Iain Stirling review – the voice of Love Island speaks out
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghFans have flocked to hear him spill the beans on the islanders, but instead we get some sharply expressed though extremely familiar standup materialEdinburgh native Iain Stirling has been bringing comedy shows to the fringe for most of a decade, but only this year has h... [Read More]
Phil Wang: Kinabalu review – patriotism, privilege and lots of lube
Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghEthnicity and empire are tricky subjects, but not for someone living the immigrant dream and riffing on race with a childlike glee‘I finally became a man this year,” says 27-year-old Phil Wang, citing a first purchase of lube as the threshold to adulthood. H... [Read More]
Comedian Phil Wang: 'I enjoy a level of patriotism that only immigrants can have'
The British-Malaysian comic on why conversations about race in the UK have become absurd, his favourite standups and how to outdo a rival’s nipple tassels You talk a lot in your show about having one foot in British society and one foot out of it.I’ve always felt like an outsider. I was ... [Read More]
Spider-Man's dad, Ruby Wax and Labour v Tory standup: Edinburgh festival 2017 – in pictures
The Edinburgh festival 2017 is still going strong with unlikely film stars, black-history monologues and toddler comedy sidekicks – here’s a selection of the latest shows photographed by Murdo MacLeod Continue reading...... [Read More]
Hannah Gadsby review – electrifying farewell to standup
Assembly George Square, EdinburghComedy proves inadequate consolation for battling the patriarchy in the Tasmanian standup’s uncomfortable but indelible swansong Hannah Gadsby’s extraordinary Nanette arrives in Edinburgh trailing plaudits from its Australian run. But it is, she announces... [Read More]
The superhero and the standup: Spider-Man Tom Holland and his dad Dominic
The star of Marvel’s blockbuster is the subject of his father’s comedy show at the Edinburgh fringe. They discuss the art of getting laughs, sending Spidey back to school and finding the old man a part in a webslinging sequelThere is no shortage of up-and-coming comedians with famous par... [Read More]
Ivo Graham: 'Shaving my head was meant to give me an air of mystery and menace. It did not’
The up-and-coming standup whiz spills the beans about the things that make him laugh the most, from Lucky Jim to A Fish Called WandaHenry Paker at Edinburgh in 2010. Him, the surrealist maverick “unreading the Bible” in his hoodigan. Me, the spotty teenager coming to watch every day on m... [Read More]
Ivo Graham: 'Shaving my head was meant to give me an air of mystery and menace. It did not’
The up-and-coming standup whiz spills the beans about the things that make him laugh the most, from Lucky Jim to A Fish Called WandaHenry Paker at Edinburgh in 2010. Him, the surrealist maverick “unreading the Bible” in his hoodigan. Me, the spotty teenager coming to watch every day on m... [Read More]
Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead review – a gory cult classic in the making
Heroes @ Monkey BarrelThe comedian’s inspired mashup of Evil Dead 2 and Elvis songs is much juicier than an ironic stunt‘This was only ever supposed to amuse me and my mates,” says Rob Kemp – blood-drenched, chainsaw-wielding, shirt in shreds. You can picture the scene: a few... [Read More]