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Comedy review: Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am?

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am?, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ There’s always something appealing about the capriciousness of fate forcing principled curmudgeons into becoming the thing they detest. Mark Steel used to be sneeringly disdainful of the vogue for tracing one’s family tree, imagining his …

Comedy review: Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am?

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am?, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ There’s always something appealing about the capriciousness of fate forcing principled curmudgeons into becoming the thing they detest. Mark Steel used to be sneeringly disdainful of the vogue for tracing one’s family tree, imagining his …

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August 25, 2015

Comedy review: Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ From a certain skewiff angle, Marny Godden resembles a concussed Joyce Grenfell rummaging wildly through a dressing-up box. She’s an oddball character comic who, in her first solo Fringe show, welcomes us into her daft yet …

Comedy review: Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ From a certain skewiff angle, Marny Godden resembles a concussed Joyce Grenfell rummaging wildly through a dressing-up box. She’s an oddball character comic who, in her first solo Fringe show, welcomes us into her daft yet …

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August 25, 2015

Comedy review: Fern Brady: People Are Idiots

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Fern Brady: People Are Idiots, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ With her brook-no-shit attitude, this is a curious introductory show from Fern Brady, as it’s ostensibly about who she isn’t rather than who she is: a self-declared “psycho”. A Scot living in England, she wreaks harsh revenge on …

Comedy review: Fern Brady: People Are Idiots

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Fern Brady: People Are Idiots, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ With her brook-no-shit attitude, this is a curious introductory show from Fern Brady, as it’s ostensibly about who she isn’t rather than who she is: a self-declared “psycho”. A Scot living in England, she wreaks harsh revenge on …

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August 25, 2015

Comedy review: Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Setting expectations to middling with his self-effacing intro, Peter Brush’s underpowered stage presence and low-key delivery can’t hide the fact that he’s a fine joke-writer, inventively playing with language and finding unlikely angles …

Comedy review: Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Setting expectations to middling with his self-effacing intro, Peter Brush’s underpowered stage presence and low-key delivery can’t hide the fact that he’s a fine joke-writer, inventively playing with language and finding unlikely angles …

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August 25, 2015

Comedy review: Fin Taylor: Stink

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Fin Taylor: Stink, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ A FOOD-OBSESSED, scientifically clueless cultural philistine and blood sport enthusiast, not to mention paranoid stoner and conspiracy theorist, Fin Taylor seems precisely the sort of guy you don’t want to be trapped in the kitchen with at a house party. …

Comedy review: Fin Taylor: Stink

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Fin Taylor: Stink, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ A FOOD-OBSESSED, scientifically clueless cultural philistine and blood sport enthusiast, not to mention paranoid stoner and conspiracy theorist, Fin Taylor seems precisely the sort of guy you don’t want to be trapped in the kitchen with at a house party. …

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August 25, 2015

Comedy review: Christian Talbot is Shite at Being Irish

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Christian Talbot is Shite at Being Irish, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★ There is a marvellously comfortable feeling to Christian Talbot’s shows. He is a genial performer, relaxed and natural. Which roughly translates as: he’s Irish. And much better at it than the title would lead you to …

Comedy review: Christian Talbot is Shite at Being Irish

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Christian Talbot is Shite at Being Irish, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★ There is a marvellously comfortable feeling to Christian Talbot’s shows. He is a genial performer, relaxed and natural. Which roughly translates as: he’s Irish. And much better at it than the title would lead you to …

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August 24, 2015

Comedy review: Japanese Samurai Don Quixote Challenging Against English Giant Windmills!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Japanese Samurai Don Quixote Challenging Against English Giant Windmills!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★ This is a strange but heartfelt show that comes hurled at you in shouts, sweat and enthusiasm. It is not exactly hilarious but is instead its own kind of wonderful. Hiroshi Shimizu is an …

Comedy review: Japanese Samurai Don Quixote Challenging Against English Giant Windmills!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Japanese Samurai Don Quixote Challenging Against English Giant Windmills!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★ This is a strange but heartfelt show that comes hurled at you in shouts, sweat and enthusiasm. It is not exactly hilarious but is instead its own kind of wonderful. Hiroshi Shimizu is an …

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August 24, 2015

Comedy review: Pat Cahill: Panjandrum

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Pat Cahill: Panjandrum, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Pat Cahill is his own utterly unique act. And that act is currently wartime Cockney knees-up singalongs that linger long in the memory. After all, who can forget such tunes as Two Little Puppies in Two Little Pushchairs and Forgetful …

Comedy review: Pat Cahill: Panjandrum

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Pat Cahill: Panjandrum, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Pat Cahill is his own utterly unique act. And that act is currently wartime Cockney knees-up singalongs that linger long in the memory. After all, who can forget such tunes as Two Little Puppies in Two Little Pushchairs and Forgetful …

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August 24, 2015

Comedy review: David Elms: Mister Boy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: David Elms: Mister Boy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★★ David Elms has exquisite control of silence. It is as if someone has squeezed all the sweet and nice out of Stewart Lee and made a whole new comic with it, complete with Lee’s awesome ability to hold a …

Comedy review: David Elms: Mister Boy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: David Elms: Mister Boy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★★★ David Elms has exquisite control of silence. It is as if someone has squeezed all the sweet and nice out of Stewart Lee and made a whole new comic with it, complete with Lee’s awesome ability to hold a …

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August 24, 2015

Comedy review: Sarah Kendall: A Day in October

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Sarah Kendall: A Day in October, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ It HAS become a cliché in recent years for comedians to base a stand-up show around a sad episode from their own lives, in the hope that audiences/arts festival judging panels will leave feeling moved as well …

Comedy review: Sarah Kendall: A Day in October

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Sarah Kendall: A Day in October, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ It HAS become a cliché in recent years for comedians to base a stand-up show around a sad episode from their own lives, in the hope that audiences/arts festival judging panels will leave feeling moved as well …

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August 17, 2015

Comedy review: Liam Williams: Bonfire Night

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Liam Williams: Bonfire Night, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ With this overwrought follow-up to last year’s award-nominated Capitalism, Liam Williams is becoming easier to admire than to laugh at. That the self-declared “Pilsner socialist” is racked with self-loathing and hatred of inequality is readily apparent. So too, that …

Comedy review: Liam Williams: Bonfire Night

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Liam Williams: Bonfire Night, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ With this overwrought follow-up to last year’s award-nominated Capitalism, Liam Williams is becoming easier to admire than to laugh at. That the self-declared “Pilsner socialist” is racked with self-loathing and hatred of inequality is readily apparent. So too, that …

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August 8, 2015

Comedy review: Brett Goldstein: Burning Man

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Brett Goldstein: Burning Man, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ As Brett Goldstein has revealed in previous Fringe shows, he’s no wallflower. But there’s a thoughtful quality to his reflections on sex, hard drugs, fame and hippy soul-searching that ensures his stand-up is both vicariously entertaining in its thrills …

Comedy review: Brett Goldstein: Burning Man

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Brett Goldstein: Burning Man, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ As Brett Goldstein has revealed in previous Fringe shows, he’s no wallflower. But there’s a thoughtful quality to his reflections on sex, hard drugs, fame and hippy soul-searching that ensures his stand-up is both vicariously entertaining in its thrills …

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August 8, 2015

Comedy review: Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ Fulsome of beard, cynical of outlook and lyrical of rant, this is an outstanding introductory hour from Phil Jerrod, blending insightful, despairing wit with delightfully vivid flights of the imagination. Neanderthal man only had two concerns, suggests the intense, bulging-eyed …

Comedy review: Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ Fulsome of beard, cynical of outlook and lyrical of rant, this is an outstanding introductory hour from Phil Jerrod, blending insightful, despairing wit with delightfully vivid flights of the imagination. Neanderthal man only had two concerns, suggests the intense, bulging-eyed …

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August 8, 2015

Tim Key: Single White Slut – comedy review

Comedian, actor and performance poet Tim Key‘s latest show Single White Slut ran recently at London’s Arcola Tent. Review by Nick Eardley It’s almost five years since Tim Key won the Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe with his show Slutcracker – the first poet to win the most important prize in UK comedy. Since …

Chris Ramsey – comedy review

Chris Ramsey reduced a sold-out audience to fits of laughter as he ended his latest tour at Newcastle City Hall. Review by Vicki Newman You could tell Chris Ramsey was humbled by the amount of faces looking back at him in a packed Newcastle City Hall – and the audience fed off his energy. The …

Ed Byrne: Roaring Forties – comedy review

Ed Byrne’s latest show deals with the trials and tribulations of middle age. Review by Steve 
Canavan After an opening 10 minutes which were a little slow, this turned into a terrific night. Dublin-born Byrne is an accomplished comic who doesn’t really do one-liners. He’s more of a storyteller, carefully building sketches (often with funny …

Comedy Comedy Reviews February 14, 2014

Stewart Lee – comedy review

Tim Cotton delivers his verdict on a thought-provoking bout of offbeat humour from acclaimed stand-up Stewart Lee, at the Crucible in Sheffield. It’s fair to say that Stewart Lee polarises opinion. To some, the writer and comedian is a “true artist of comedy”. To Jan Moir of The Daily Mail, he is a “slime-pit of bitterness”. …

Comedy Comedy Reviews February 4, 2014
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