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 die erste but maybe not die 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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