Mr Swallow and the Vanishing Elephant review – a trunkful of tricks
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghNick Mohammed doesn’t quite conjure the powers of previous extravaganzas but this entertaining set has some impressive feats of memoryNick Mohammed’s comedy, magic and musical mashups have been among the highlights of recent Edinburgh fringes, culminating in... [Read More]
'After 15 minutes, my audience walked out': standups on their Edinburgh debuts
Bridget Christie got locked out, Nina Conti ran off with a monkey – and Reginald D Hunter begged his ex for help. Top comedians relive their first fringe gigDave GormanI was 19 and nowhere near ready. I had a decent enough act – if there was a full house and everyone was up for it. But I... [Read More]
Jessie Cave: Sunrise review – a twisted indie romcom in standup form
The Stand, EdinburghThe comic’s tangled personal life is the subject of bracingly raw scrutiny in this dazzling display of soul-searching comedyThere’s intimate standup comedy, and then there’s Jessie Cave’s shows: animated diary entries tracing the ebb and worrisome flow of ... [Read More]
Comedian Alex Edelman on meeting his antisemitic trolls: 'Curiosity is my defining characteristic'
The 29-year-old Bostonian followed a string of racist tweets all the way to a white nationalist meeting – and turned the experience into his new Edinburgh showThe 29-year-old Bostonian comic Alex Edelman (“I’m from a really racist part of Boston called Boston”) resembles a ca... [Read More]
Comedian Alex Edelman on meeting his antisemitic trolls: 'Curiosity is my defining characteristic'
The 29-year-old Bostonian followed a string of racist tweets all the way to a white nationalist meeting – and turned the experience into his new Edinburgh showThe 29-year-old Bostonian comic Alex Edelman (“I’m from a really racist part of Boston called Boston”) resembles a ca... [Read More]
Edinburgh festival 2018: the 10 best jokes
From patriarchy and perineums to why Donald Trump is like a bikini wax ... the funniest gags so far from this year’s standupsAthena Kugblenu: Patriarchy is putting Jane Austen on £10 notes the same time as bringing in contactless. Christian Talbot: Sometimes even I don’t understand... [Read More]
Edinburgh festival 2018: the 10 best jokes
From patriarchy and perineums to why Donald Trump is like a bikini wax ... the funniest gags so far from this year’s standupsAthena Kugblenu: Patriarchy is putting Jane Austen on £10 notes the same time as bringing in contactless. Christian Talbot: Sometimes even I don’t understand... [Read More]
Ahir Shah: Duffer review – political standup gets personal
Laughing Horse @ the Counting House, EdinburghThe comic discusses race, mental health and mortality in a set that’s packed with difficult materialAhir Shah made his name – and secured a 2017 Edinburgh comedy award nomination – with polemical standup about the disintegrating state o... [Read More]
Ahir Shah: Duffer review – political standup gets personal
Laughing Horse @ the Counting House, EdinburghThe comic discusses race, mental health and mortality in a set that’s packed with difficult materialAhir Shah made his name – and secured a 2017 Edinburgh comedy award nomination – with polemical standup about the disintegrating state o... [Read More]