Edinburgh Festival

Comedy review: Laurence Owen: Cinemusical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Laurence Owen: Cinemusical, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★★ It quickly becomes apparent that The Gods did not so much smile on Laurence Owen as burst into tinkling peals of delighted laughter. He is a gifted composer and musical arranger, a witty lyricist, a versatile engaging performer, a nimble …

Comedy review: Laurence Owen: Cinemusical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Laurence Owen: Cinemusical, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★★ It quickly becomes apparent that The Gods did not so much smile on Laurence Owen as burst into tinkling peals of delighted laughter. He is a gifted composer and musical arranger, a witty lyricist, a versatile engaging performer, a nimble …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Chris Martin: This Show Has a Soundtrack

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Chris Martin: This Show Has a Soundtrack, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★ He is a smart comic, Chris Martin, so I was disappointed that he did not do more with the premise of his show. “This Show Has a Soundtrack” explores the power of the musical soundtrack to …

Comedy review: Chris Martin: This Show Has a Soundtrack

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Chris Martin: This Show Has a Soundtrack, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★ He is a smart comic, Chris Martin, so I was disappointed that he did not do more with the premise of his show. “This Show Has a Soundtrack” explores the power of the musical soundtrack to …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★ I HAVE quite honestly never sat through anything remotely like this. I am, in fact, still unsure whether the person onstage was some fiendishly subversive Dadaist character creation. Tim Drain …

Comedy review: Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★ I HAVE quite honestly never sat through anything remotely like this. I am, in fact, still unsure whether the person onstage was some fiendishly subversive Dadaist character creation. Tim Drain …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Asp

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Asp, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★★ Daniel Nils Roberts has done a really clever thing with this show. He found that he only had about half an hour’s worth of really good material. And so he did a half-hour show. He takes a few minutes to reel us …

Comedy review: Asp

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Asp, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★★ Daniel Nils Roberts has done a really clever thing with this show. He found that he only had about half an hour’s worth of really good material. And so he did a half-hour show. He takes a few minutes to reel us …

4
August 28, 2015

Comedy review: Richard Brown: Art is Easy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Richard Brown: Art is Easy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★ I saw Richard Brown’s first Edinburgh show last year and I loved his intelligence, his anger, his way with words and his deadpan fearlessness when standing on the thinnest of comedy ice. All of that is still here. …

Comedy review: Richard Brown: Art is Easy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Richard Brown: Art is Easy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★ I saw Richard Brown’s first Edinburgh show last year and I loved his intelligence, his anger, his way with words and his deadpan fearlessness when standing on the thinnest of comedy ice. All of that is still here. …

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August 27, 2015

Comedy review: Abnormally Funny People

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Abnormally Funny People, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★★ There is an ever-changing bill of funny here in the Yurt, with four variously disabled comics and a token non-disabled performer. Steve Day opened the first night I was there with a storming set, absolutely ripping into his flatmates (and …

Comedy review: Abnormally Funny People

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Abnormally Funny People, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★★ There is an ever-changing bill of funny here in the Yurt, with four variously disabled comics and a token non-disabled performer. Steve Day opened the first night I was there with a storming set, absolutely ripping into his flatmates (and …

4
August 27, 2015

Comedy review: Clusterf**k

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Clusterf**k, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★ This is a compilation show (of “the best acts on the Fringe”) and different every night. Joe the MC was superbly minimal, I just wish the dreadful improv troupe Outtakes and the deeply underwhelming (but incomprehensibly prize-winning) sketch duo Midbrow had also …

Comedy review: Clusterf**k

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Clusterf**k, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★ This is a compilation show (of “the best acts on the Fringe”) and different every night. Joe the MC was superbly minimal, I just wish the dreadful improv troupe Outtakes and the deeply underwhelming (but incomprehensibly prize-winning) sketch duo Midbrow had also …

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August 27, 2015

Comedy review: Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★ Clark is a gently smart guy who looks like an extra from Deliverance, only friendly. He starts, as you might assume, by reading the phonebook – the Vancouver version. He times his segue into other phonebook-related material perfectly, …

Comedy review: Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★ Clark is a gently smart guy who looks like an extra from Deliverance, only friendly. He starts, as you might assume, by reading the phonebook – the Vancouver version. He times his segue into other phonebook-related material perfectly, …

3
August 26, 2015

Comedy review: Aidan Strangeman: Horsey

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Aidan Strangeman: Horsey, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★ This is a sweet show by a lovely man. We get songs about everything from being a Man With The Heart Of A Lady to one about a dubious religious experience which I am pretty sure isn’t in the usual …

Comedy review: Aidan Strangeman: Horsey

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Aidan Strangeman: Horsey, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★ This is a sweet show by a lovely man. We get songs about everything from being a Man With The Heart Of A Lady to one about a dubious religious experience which I am pretty sure isn’t in the usual …

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August 26, 2015

Comedy review: Patrick Monahan – The Disco Years

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Patrick Monahan – The Disco Years, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★★ It says a lot for Pat Monahan’s appeal as a comic that the birth dates of his audience spanned more than half a century. And we all have an absolute ball. Well, a disco, to be fair. …

Comedy review: Patrick Monahan – The Disco Years

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Patrick Monahan – The Disco Years, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★★ It says a lot for Pat Monahan’s appeal as a comic that the birth dates of his audience spanned more than half a century. And we all have an absolute ball. Well, a disco, to be fair. …

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August 26, 2015

Comedy review: Simon Slack – The Fantasist

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Simon Slack – The Fantasist, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★ This is an extraordinary hour with undercurrents of darkness that stay with you long after the laughter engendered by the show goes. Simon Slack dances Swan Lake (with impressive port de bras) while masturbating, he more or less …

Comedy review: Simon Slack – The Fantasist

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Simon Slack – The Fantasist, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★ This is an extraordinary hour with undercurrents of darkness that stay with you long after the laughter engendered by the show goes. Simon Slack dances Swan Lake (with impressive port de bras) while masturbating, he more or less …

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August 25, 2015

Comedy review: Jamie Kilstein: Sober Song Rants and a Cat Story

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Jamie Kilstein: Sober Song Rants and a Cat Story, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★★ Jamie Kilstein is having a mid-life crisis, he tells us, so he jams out with his loop machine at the top of the show. After which we are all feeling a little calmer. But …

Comedy review: Jamie Kilstein: Sober Song Rants and a Cat Story

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Jamie Kilstein: Sober Song Rants and a Cat Story, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★★ Jamie Kilstein is having a mid-life crisis, he tells us, so he jams out with his loop machine at the top of the show. After which we are all feeling a little calmer. But …

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August 25, 2015

Comedy review: Bob Slayer: Fat Jockey

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Bob Slayer: Fat Jockey, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★ This is a jolly hour in the company of a man who really knows how to tell a story. This one is about his time as a jockey. And it is not just fascinating because seeing Slayer as a …

Comedy review: Bob Slayer: Fat Jockey

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Bob Slayer: Fat Jockey, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★ This is a jolly hour in the company of a man who really knows how to tell a story. This one is about his time as a jockey. And it is not just fascinating because seeing Slayer as a …

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August 25, 2015

Comedy review: Ed Aczel: The Random Flapping of a Butterfly’s Wings

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Ed Aczel: The Random Flapping of a Butterfly’s Wings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★★ Ed introduces his hour with a rather well made little bit of video. Very nice camerawork. We kick off with St Thomas Aquinas and some Wordsworth before Ed gets stuck into winning us over …

Comedy review: Ed Aczel: The Random Flapping of a Butterfly’s Wings

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Ed Aczel: The Random Flapping of a Butterfly’s Wings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★★ Ed introduces his hour with a rather well made little bit of video. Very nice camerawork. We kick off with St Thomas Aquinas and some Wordsworth before Ed gets stuck into winning us over …

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August 25, 2015

Cabaret review: Twonkey’s Stinking Bishop

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Twonkey’s Stinking Bishop, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★★ The room is sunk in Stygian gloom. The sound of Gregorian chant comes as something of a surprise to the two rows of happy “relaxed” young men from Bishop Auckland who had stumbled in en masse and probably by mistake. …

Cabaret review: Twonkey’s Stinking Bishop

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Twonkey’s Stinking Bishop, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★★ The room is sunk in Stygian gloom. The sound of Gregorian chant comes as something of a surprise to the two rows of happy “relaxed” young men from Bishop Auckland who had stumbled in en masse and probably by mistake. …

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August 25, 2015

Comedy review: Michael Brunström: The Golden Age of Steam

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Michael Brunström: The Golden Age of Steam, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★★ As he enters, accessorised with peaked cap and whistle we, the audience, shout “chuff” at indiscriminate intervals until we eventually synchronise and, lo, we are the steam train alluded to in the title of the show. …

Comedy review: Michael Brunström: The Golden Age of Steam

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Michael Brunström: The Golden Age of Steam, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★★ As he enters, accessorised with peaked cap and whistle we, the audience, shout “chuff” at indiscriminate intervals until we eventually synchronise and, lo, we are the steam train alluded to in the title of the show. …

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August 24, 2015
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