Why a standup gig at Edinburgh is the perfect summer job for a jaded MP | Joanna Griffin and Lola Stephenson
Canvassing for support, getting heckled, hanging out in bars – it’s all great practice for politicians. And Alex Salmond is leading the way• Joanna Griffin and Lola Stephenson are a comedy double actParliament rises for recess tomorrow and the MPs will swap the daily commute to West... [Read More]
'We haven't made a profit for five years': risky business at Edinburgh fringe
Running a festival venue is about more than booking acts and selling tickets. From converting lecture rooms to spending £25,000 on Astroturf, we reveal the costs of putting on a showTen years ago, at the Edinburgh festival, Anthony Alderson became the not very proud owner of 44 Vauxhall Astras... [Read More]
'I had to relearn how to be funny': comedian Lou Conran on her show about baby loss
Lou Conran terminated her pregnancy after five months when she discovered her baby would not survive outside the womb. Now, she is telling her story at the Edinburgh fringe“Nobody has cried through the previews,” says Lou Conran, “so it can’t be that bad.” The standup, ... [Read More]
Alex Salmond to star in Edinburgh Fringe show
Ex-first minister to host Alex Salmond Unleashed – billed as mix of comedy, music, political reminiscence and chats with guestsAlex Salmond vowed to bounce back after losing his parliamentary seat last month. “You’ve not seen the last of my bonnet and me,” he said, paraphrasi... [Read More]
Alex Salmond to star in Edinburgh Fringe show
Ex-first minister to host Alex Salmond Unleashed – billed as mix of comedy, music, political reminiscence and chats with guestsAlex Salmond vowed to bounce back after losing his parliamentary seat last month. “You’ve not seen the last of my bonnet and me,” he said, paraphrasi... [Read More]
The must-see standup of summer 2017: Daniel Kitson, Sara Pascoe, Rob Delaney and more
The star of Catastrophe brings carnality, the elusive Kitson attempts to ‘alter language’, Sara Pascoe goes dating, while Hannah Gadsby goes out with a bang•Summer culture: TelevisionLas Vegas’s loss is Britain’s gain, as the veteran magic double-act return for UK tour. ... [Read More]
The must-see standup of summer 2017: Daniel Kitson, Sara Pascoe, Rob Delaney and more
The star of Catastrophe brings carnality, the elusive Kitson attempts to ‘alter language’, Sara Pascoe goes dating, while Hannah Gadsby goes out with a bang•Summer culture: TelevisionLas Vegas’s loss is Britain’s gain, as the veteran magic double-act return for UK tour. ... [Read More]
Laugh a minute: Edinburgh festival's 2017 comedy lineup
Sara Pascoe looks at life after a breakup, Trygve Wakenshaw brings his baby on stage, and Alexei Sayle, Ruby Wax and talkshow king Craig Ferguson all return to the fringe this yearIn recent years, they’ve populated the shortlists of Edinburgh’s major comedy awards. Now they’re back... [Read More]