Comedy review: Rich Hall

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Rich Hall at Assembly George Square (Venue 3), reviewed by Jay Richardson Rich Hall is at a point in his career where he can trot through the motions and still more than capably entertain a lively, late-night crowd. The grizzled American gives the sense that, newer songs aside, he has no …

Comedy review: David Quirk

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: David Quirk – Shaking Hands With Danger, reviewed by Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Jay Richardson A show about David Quirk’s two relationships – the one he has with Guns N’ Roses and the other he had with a landscape architect named Claire – this is a refreshingly candid slice …

Comedy review: Carl Donnelly

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Carl Donnelly: Now That’s What I Carl Donnelly! Volume V at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Jay Richardson Despite his Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination, Carl Donnelly is having a wretched Fringe, after becoming estranged from his wife in the build up. Little squeaks of anguish about this state of affairs …

Comedy review: Carey Marx

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Carey Marx: Intensive Carey at Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14), reviewed by Jay Richardson This is a brilliant, deeply personal performance – but it is worth issuing a disclaimer that if you’re squeamish about cracked ribcages, bodily functions and the chilling grasp of death, this may not be the show for …

Comedy review: Richard Herring

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Richard Herring – We’re All Going to Die! at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Jay Richardson Death is the only thing more certain than taxes and Richard Herring putting together a compelling, big-theme Fringe hour. Although he contemplates Hamlet’s famous soliloquy and inevitably, finds it lacking, the undiscovered country is …

Comedy review: Jigsaw

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Jigsaw – Jiggle It at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Jay Richardson An interesting companion piece to Nat Luurtsema and Tom Craine’s solo shows, as scrutiny of their respective hours about their break-up reveals the odd inspiration for sketches in this continuing project with Dan Antopolski, Jigsaw don’t quite scale …

Comedy review: Colin Hoult – Characthorse

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Colin Hoult: Characthorse at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Jay Richardson Marvellously evoking the distortions and exaggerations of a child’s imagination, Colin Hoult has channelled his capacity to create weird, wonderful and grotesque characters into a fantastical narrative set in Snottingham, a mythical Narnia influenced by events that supposedly took …

Comedy review: Sight Gags for Perverts

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Sight Gags for Perverts at The Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68b), reviewed by Jay Richardson This is not strictly speaking John Kearns’s debut, the bespectacled oddball having previously disgraced the Free Fringe in a shambling, patience-testing show with Pat Cahill appearing briefly as his sidekick. But Sight Gags For Perverts is …

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