Review: Jeff Dunham, “Relative Disaster” on Netflix
No, you’re the puppet! Jeff Dunham is undoubtedly the biggest ventriloquist in the world. By fans. By tickets sold. Dunham set ratings records for Comedy Central, and landed his previous special in primetime for NBC in 2015. Now he’s on Netflix. Because everyone in the comedy game is on ... [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]
Plan your week's theatre: top tickets
Noma Dumezweni directs I See You at the Royal Court, Dominic Dromgoole presents his Globe swansong and Standby for Tape Back-Up is out on tourThe hollowness of the New Labour dream is exposed in Luke Wright’s What I Learned from Johnny Bevan, which is terrific and has a run at Soho theatre, Lo... [Read More]
Sock it to Satan: the barman behind profane puppet drama Hand to God
Robert Askins drew on his evangelical Texas upbringing to create a comedy about a teenager tormented by an evil puppet. As the play hits Britain, will he quit his day job mixing margaritas in a Tex-Mex restaurant?When the playwright Robert Askins was a kid in Cypress, Texas, his mother forced him in... [Read More]
The Edinburgh fringe's puppet noir stars
Puppets pop up in lots of children’s shows at Edinburgh, but they also play leading roles in productions that are definitely not safe for toddlers. Here’s a who’s-who guide to the principal puppets in a trio of fringe thrillersThe star of Bruce (Underbelly, Cowgate, until 30 August... [Read More]