Sam Simmons wins the Foster's Edinburgh comedy award 2015
Australian standup takes prize for best comedy show at the fringe, while Sofie Hagen is named best newcomer and Karen Koren gets panel prizeEdinburgh comedy awards: explore all the past winners – interactiveThe results are in, and it’s in-yer-face Aussie absurdist Sam Simmons who bags th... [Read More]
Jena Friedman at Edinburgh festival review – intriguing faux-callous comedy
Stand Comedy Club, EdinburghEdgy material about liberal concerns – Bill Cosby, Ebola – lacks the confidence required for such a bloodless deliveryIf fans of The Daily Show are seeing anyone on this year’s fringe, it’s likely to be new host Trevor Noah, who arrives this weeken... [Read More]
What's the one consolation of 10 years of Tories? Some decent political comedy
Political comedy used be an orthodox, tub-thumping affair. Today, it’s a far subtler art, with Nish Kumar, Sheeps, Stewart Lee and Ahir Shah all reinventing the form You can tell plenty about the state of a nation from its comedy. Throughout the noughties, live comedy was by and large unintere... [Read More]
Trygve Wakenshaw at Edinburgh festival review – a fine time for mime
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe angular New Zealander has the audience in raptures with his wonky physical comedy – and a brilliantly inventive finaleThere’s nothing new under the sun, they say, so maybe this has been seen before. But the simple trick Trygve Wakenshaw pulls at the end ... [Read More]
'I'll miss your dark embrace': standups' thank-you letters to their fringe venues
As the Edinburgh festival staggers to the finishing line, comedians contemplate their cramped but comforting stage homes for the past monthDear City Cafe,When my mum heard I was going to be performing in the basement of a diner for a month, she was worried that I would develop “spores” i... [Read More]
Spencer Jones at Edinburgh festival review – something delightful
Heroes @ The Hive, EdinburghThere are goofy set pieces aplenty in this exuberantly silly show in which Jones’s alter ego, The Herbert, gets a ‘proper job’From Mr Bean to Mr Tumble, there’ll always be an audience for unworldly dorks messing up at life for our entertainment. Sp... [Read More]
Corinne Fisher and Katie Hannigan stick “Ladies Night Comedy” to the Fringes in “The Comedienne Project”
For all of the plights that befall women who pursue stand-up comedy just getting to the stage, there's also the hurdle of overcoming stereotypes audiences have of what they're like onstage. The Comedienne Project stars stand-up comedians Katie Hannigan and Corinne Fisher, and directed by Ted Alexand... [Read More]
Sarah Kendall: A Day in October at Edinburgh festival review – artful, slippery and engaging
Assembly George Square studios, EdinburghThe comedian’s heartfelt story about the shark-infested waters of her teenage life sits uneasily with the truth, but this makes for a gripping experience Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, they say, and Sarah Kendall is playing slippery... [Read More]
Edinburgh comedy awards: I’d love to see Kieran Hodgson grab the glory
The comedian’s show Lance would be a worthy winner, if he can triumph over four-time nominee James Acaster and the inventive Joseph MorpurgoThe 35th Edinburgh comedy award nominees in full Explore all the winners – interactiveYou’d guess – by the two-hour delay to today&rsquo... [Read More]
Edinburgh comedy awards 2015: the nominees in full
Find out who is in the running for the biggest prize in the funny businessEdinburgh comedy awards: explore all the winners – interactiveA record-breaking eight-strong shortlist of acts are up for best comedy show at the 35th Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy awards. The nominees, announced on We... [Read More]