Category Archives: 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Reviews

A Class Act

Glad to say I had a bumper last day on the Fringe with one particular jewel in the crown. I hope Inder Manocha will forgive me for using the colonial reference but as his show White Man’s Burden doesn’t as … Continue reading

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Kelly’s a Hero or a Zero?

He’s a sly one, that Kelly Kingham. His promo piece and his appearance – cheap suit, no tie, shirt buttoned to the neck – suggest middle-aged geezer giving the comedy game a go. I picked him for that very reason … Continue reading

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Eins, zwei – give them a try!

Last year The Fringe was awash with German comedians. This year it’s more of a trickle. There’s always Henning Wehn who was der erste but maybe not das beste. Challenging him for the USP (which is not so unique these … Continue reading

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Punny Guys

How to follow Wil Hodgson’s – mainly serious – spoken word piece on capital punishment? How about one hour of seriously groan-worthy puns and one-liners courtesy of Atella the Pun? Delightfully old-school cheese with the audience gleefully feeding the pun-tastic … Continue reading

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Capitalising on the Zeitgeist

They say timing is everything in comedy. I don’t mean timing in the traditional comedic sense but more in the sense of being in the right place at the right time. Almost as important has to be categorisation. And funnily … Continue reading

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Lovable, but not a loser!

Quite early on in Disasterpiece, Sy Thomas produces a flip-chart displaying feedback he’s received over the years from casting directors: ‘loveable loser’, or just ‘loser’, ‘losing his hair and his mind’… Now, self deprecation is something that many comedians attempt … Continue reading

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A Suitable Case for Comedy?

A lot of Fringe shows talk a good game when it comes to controversy. Who can forget the rash of show-promo posters plastering Jimmy Savile‘s image all over the city a few years ago? How many times the blond-botherer-of-the-vulnerable was … Continue reading

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More Depp than Dodd!

Nygel G Harrot’s Uninterrupted Jollification (Banshee Labyrinth, 16.20 until 24 August) is described as ‘old school comedy in the style of Ken Dodd, Morecambe & Wise, Les Dawson, Frankie Howerd, Peter Sellers and The Goons‘. Couldn’t be any clearer you … Continue reading

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But, seriously…

Review for 12 August I’ve enjoyed most – and absolutely loved some – of the comedy I’ve seen on the Free Fringe. However it’s nice to get a bit of variety so I decided to seek out that very rare … Continue reading

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Not Quite Eurotrash…

Review for 14 August There was a general buzz of excitement as the near capacity audience took their seats for The EU Explained (17.05, Cabaret Voltaire until 23rd Aug, not 20th ) the other day. Looking back I wonder just … Continue reading

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