Edinburgh’s double comedy winners mix humour with darker takes on life
Shows about relationship breakdown and homophobia pick up a prize – or two – for John Robins and Hannah GadsbyThe longest ever shortlist. The first ever joint winners. And clearly, the most indecisive judging panel ever.It was indeed, as the publicity would have it, an “unprecedent... [Read More]
Edinburgh’s double comedy winners mix humour with darker takes on life
Shows about relationship breakdown and homophobia pick up a prize – or two – for John Robins and Hannah GadsbyThe longest ever shortlist. The first ever joint winners. And clearly, the most indecisive judging panel ever.It was indeed, as the publicity would have it, an “unprecedent... [Read More]
Edinburgh festival fringe comedy award shared for first time
Judges could not choose between shows by Hannah Gadsby and John Robins – so have given both the £10,000 first prizeFor the first time in the history of Edinburgh’s festival fringe, the top comedy award has been shared between two acts. Related: Moon dances, chaotic comedy and a hym... [Read More]
Edinburgh comedy awards: the nominees in full
Female comics dominate the nine-strong shortlist for the ‘Oscars of live comedy’, as shows about a breakup, a goodbye and class consciousness make the cut• Plan your trip: the Edinburgh 2017 shows we recommendThe Edinburgh comedy award shortlist has been announced, and it features m... [Read More]
Edinburgh fringe's funniest jokes, from 2012 to 2017 – video
Chuckle at what are officially the best gags from the Edinburgh fringe festival in recent years. From Stewart Francis’s 2012 one-liner to Ken Cheng’s 2017 triumph, all were voted winner of the Dave Funniest Joke of the Fringe awardKen Cheng’s pound coin gag voted Edinburgh fringe&r... [Read More]
Ken Cheng's pound coin gag voted Edinburgh fringe's funniest joke
Comedian who quit Cambridge University for online poker says both his careers are based on ‘extreme punishment or reward’The 10 funniest jokes we heard at the Edinburgh fringeThey say comedy can be found in the most banal of subjects, and the 2017 winner of Dave’s Funniest Joke of ... [Read More]
Mark Thomas review – comic gambles on his audience in a lively show
Summerhall, Edinburgh The political comic mixes debate about Britain’s future with confessional memoir in an odd hybrid that solicits contributions from the crowdMark Thomas has called this latest fringe outing The Show that Gambles on the Future, which you’d peg as a reference to Britai... [Read More]
Alex Salmond ... Unleashed review – Edinburgh show is all bark and no bite
Assembly Rooms, EdinburghThe former first minister of Scotland and ex-MP promises a political kiss and tell, but while a convivial host, fails to deliver the goodsWhen the former first minister of Scotland and now ex-MP Alex Salmond announced this last-minute fringe run, it sold out faster than you ... [Read More]
Stars from comedy’s punk past return to the Edinburgh fringe
They were at the vanguard of political comedy. Now Alexei Sayle, Craig Ferguson and Sue Perkins are heading back to the festival, as it celebrates its 70th birthdayUnknown talents and student hopefuls head for the Edinburgh festival fringe at this time of year, aiming to break into the entertainment... [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]