Abigoliah Schamaun

5 things I’ve learned at the Fringe: Abigoliah Schamaun

Some tough love for the sensitive performer… This is my 6th hour at the exhausting but exhilarating Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I love this festival and everything it has to offer. It is an emotional roller coaster where some days you find yourself riding high on that five star review and the next day you’re curled …

5 Fringe survival tips with: Jonny Awsum

First time at the Fringe? Unsure what to expect? Fear not, before you arrive at Waverley Station screaming like a headless chicken – take a look at our ‘Fringe survival tips’ series for advice from those looking to provide the laughs. Here is stand-up Jonny Awsum with a mixture of old wives’ tales, comedian comradery …

Kieran Hodgson: The Long Road Back To The Stage

The following is an extract from Kieran Hodgson’s upcoming book recounting his doping-fuelled rise to the top of marginal character comedy, his discovery and punishment by the authorities, and subsequent reinvention as a clean comedy ambassador. 3AM. I think. But I might have got the time wrong as I’m confused about it. I’m in a police …

James Hamilton: Stories don’t go out of style

Sketch is dead! Sketch is alive! Stand-up’s boring! Stand up’s pure! Clowning’s a fad! Clowning’s rad! Meta’s better! Meta’s pretentious! After five years making award-winning live comedy, James Hamilton (of Casual Violence acclaim) has learned one thing: story is king, and kings don’t go out of style. Unless people decide they’d prefer a constitutional republic. …

In Cahoots: ‘You’re really funny, AND you’re a British Asian guy’

Conversations with comedians can be painful. They’re creative beings, and as such are sensitive. It’s important to treat them with respect; then write an article about the painful conversation you’ve had. With the help of their inner thoughts, In Cahoots paint a picture of a successful new material night’s surprising post-show-bar-chat with a pair of aspiring …

Aunty Donna: Is silliness a universal language?

Last year, Aussie sketch group Aunty Donna wrote about the differences between Australian and British humour. Now, with their first Edinburgh Fringe under their belt, they divulge a little of what they learned from their experience at Edinburgh last year. What topics are funny across the globe? Are there jokes Aussies see one way and …

Amy Howerska: Dead funny

Every comic has a terrific story about the worst time they died on stage, and it’s true that there has been no shortage of Edinburgh comedy shows over the past few years that confront the realities of sickness and death. But for Amy Howerska, death has been so commonplace it makes her stand up regarding …

Kelly Kingham: From lorry-yard to arts festival

This year I shall be performing my fourth stand-up show on the Edinburgh Fringe but my love affair with the greatest arts festival in the world actually began in 2010 when I wrote a musical comedy called JUMP. This came about when, at 45 and working in a lorry-yard, I suddenly realised that if I didn’t …

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