Fringe shows you need to see: Larry Dean

Glaswegian comedian Larry Dean returns to the Fringe with the exhaustingly funny Farcissist. What is it? Dean was nominated for Fosters Best Newcomer of the year award in 2015 for Out Now! and it’s easy to see why with his witty, cheeky chappy brand of comedy in Farcissist. The weegie takes the audience through his failed attempts to …

Comedy review: Isy Suttie

Gives us a reflection of that grey area between adolescent and adulthood with a warmth and loveliness not often seen by a touring comic

Comedy review: Isy Suttie

Gives us a reflection of that grey area between adolescent and adulthood with a warmth and loveliness not often seen by a touring comic

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February 9, 2016

Comedy review: Carl Donnelly: Jive Ass Honky

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Carl Donnelly: Jive Ass Honky, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ Whatever mental health baggage Carl Donnelly has carted around Edinburgh over the course of recent Fringes, he’s always delivered on stage, and so it proves here. Although he doesn’t subscribe to the tears of a clown cliché, and …

Comedy review: Carl Donnelly: Jive Ass Honky

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Carl Donnelly: Jive Ass Honky, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ Whatever mental health baggage Carl Donnelly has carted around Edinburgh over the course of recent Fringes, he’s always delivered on stage, and so it proves here. Although he doesn’t subscribe to the tears of a clown cliché, and …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ashley Davies ★★★★ AS STEVIE Martin, Tessa Coates and Liz Smith bounce on stage, we are given a computer game-style introduction about each one’s strengths and weaknesses, but rather than having their combat specialities summarised for us, the …

Comedy review: Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ashley Davies ★★★★ AS STEVIE Martin, Tessa Coates and Liz Smith bounce on stage, we are given a computer game-style introduction about each one’s strengths and weaknesses, but rather than having their combat specialities summarised for us, the …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Minor Delays

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Minor Delays , reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ Outstanding sketch comedy this, from Abi Tedder, Harry Michell and Joe Barnes, a tight trio whose disciplined, stripped- back approach to the form delivers a robust framework for dazzling writing and finely tuned performances. With zero props beyond their chairs, …

Comedy review: Minor Delays

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Minor Delays , reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ Outstanding sketch comedy this, from Abi Tedder, Harry Michell and Joe Barnes, a tight trio whose disciplined, stripped- back approach to the form delivers a robust framework for dazzling writing and finely tuned performances. With zero props beyond their chairs, …

4
August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Max and Ivan: The End

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Max and Ivan: The End, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ I’m not sure anyone is currently delivering live, multi-character comedy with more consistency than Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez. Returning to the Pleasance’s Queen Dome, arguably the Fringe’s most accommodating space for such carefully layered hi-jinks, the pair …

Comedy review: Max and Ivan: The End

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Max and Ivan: The End, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ I’m not sure anyone is currently delivering live, multi-character comedy with more consistency than Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez. Returning to the Pleasance’s Queen Dome, arguably the Fringe’s most accommodating space for such carefully layered hi-jinks, the pair …

4
August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ Although he’s railing against relatable stand-up, this remains the most personal show I’ve seen Sam Simmons perform. Affording an explicit definition of what comedy should aspire to, a manifesto of sorts, there’s also belated insight into the dark …

Comedy review: Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ Although he’s railing against relatable stand-up, this remains the most personal show I’ve seen Sam Simmons perform. Affording an explicit definition of what comedy should aspire to, a manifesto of sorts, there’s also belated insight into the dark …

4
August 31, 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 …

4
August 25, 2015

Comedy review: Paul Sinha: Postcards From the Z List

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Paul Sinha: Postcards From the Z List, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ Otherwise occupied appearing on ITV quiz show The Chase, this is Paul Sinha’s first Fringe show in four years. But it’s a typically classy, self-effacing hour. Affirming his Z-list celebrity credentials at the top, the long-established …

Comedy review: Paul Sinha: Postcards From the Z List

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Paul Sinha: Postcards From the Z List, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ Otherwise occupied appearing on ITV quiz show The Chase, this is Paul Sinha’s first Fringe show in four years. But it’s a typically classy, self-effacing hour. Affirming his Z-list celebrity credentials at the top, the long-established …

4
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
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