How Bridget Christie found the funny side of Brexit
After the EU referendum result, Bridget Christie ripped up her Edinburgh show and created a new one in just a few weeks. This is an anatomy of a standup set that has changed with the headlinesCreating a new hour of standup can be a lengthy process. Most comics spend months writing material and honin... [Read More]
How Bridget Christie found the funny side of Brexit
After the EU referendum result, Bridget Christie ripped up her Edinburgh show and created a new one in just a few weeks. This is an anatomy of a standup set that has changed with the headlinesCreating a new hour of standup can be a lengthy process. Most comics spend months writing material and honin... [Read More]
Laugh? I nearly died: how an aneurysm led Scott Gibson to standup
After undergoing brain surgery, call-centre worker Scott Gibson quit his job to have a crack at comedy – and ended up storming EdinburghEight years ago, while returning home from a stag do in Blackpool, Scott Gibson began getting headaches that were so excruciating he rang the NHS’s 24-h... [Read More]
Laugh? I nearly died: how an aneurysm led Scott Gibson to standup
After undergoing brain surgery, call-centre worker Scott Gibson quit his job to have a crack at comedy – and ended up storming EdinburghEight years ago, while returning home from a stag do in Blackpool, Scott Gibson began getting headaches that were so excruciating he rang the NHS’s 24-h... [Read More]
Comedy’s new oversharers make even Amy Schumer look coy
There was an outpouring of emotional candour from standups at the Edinburgh festival, but Schumer skilfully keeps her anxieties at a safe distanceDoes Amy Schumer’s new tour justify the hype? I caught up with it at the O2 in London on Sunday night and one of the aspects that struck me most was... [Read More]
Richard Gadd's show about sexual assault wins Edinburgh comedy award
Scottish standup picks up prize for fringe’s top comedy show, while Scott Gibson is named best newcomer and marathon reading of Chilcot Report also recognisedRichard Gadd has won this year’s Edinburgh comedy award with his extraordinary personal show about his difficulties overcoming a s... [Read More]
Richard Gadd's show about his sexual assault wins Edinburgh comedy award
Scottish standup picks up top prize, while Scott Gibson is named best newcomer Richard Gadd has won this year’s Edinburgh comedy award with his extraordinary personal show about difficulties overcoming a sexual assault he experienced four years ago. The show, Monkey See Monkey Do, saw off seve... [Read More]
Randy Writes a Novel review – existential crisis of a puppet standup
Underbelly Potterrow, EdinburghThere’s plenty of cartoonish comedy in Heath McIvor’s show about a writer who is given to splenetic outbursts – and made of feltI spent the first 10 minutes of Heath McIvor’s show Randy Writes a Novel marvelling at how expressive Randy can be. H... [Read More]
Randy Writes a Novel review – existential crisis of a puppet standup
Underbelly Potterrow, EdinburghThere’s plenty of cartoonish comedy in Heath McIvor’s show about a writer who is given to splenetic outbursts – and made of feltI spent the first 10 minutes of Heath McIvor’s show Randy Writes a Novel marvelling at how expressive Randy can be. H... [Read More]
Scott Gibson review – near-death experience brought to life by standup
Gilded Balloon teviot, EdinburghIn recalling his brain haemorrhage, the Glaswegian comic – shortlisted for Edinburgh’s best newcomer award – delivers a cheerful-squeamish setI’ve heard Scott Gibson’s fringe show – now shortlisted for a best newcomer award – ... [Read More]