Fringe shows you need to see: Nish Kumar

Nish Kumar is back at the Fringe with his most confident and poignant performance yet in Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud. What is it? Having hosted Have I got News for You on BBC 1, the fast talking comic is well on his way to becoming a household …

Comedy Reviews August 11, 2016

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: Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ At THEIR unassailable best, Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez are masters of a unique character comedy that flows with supreme fluidity. And in Allen’s portrayal of Cardinal Richelieu, a grimacing, oleaginous mass of liquid fat that alternately …

Comedy review: Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ At THEIR unassailable best, Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez are masters of a unique character comedy that flows with supreme fluidity. And in Allen’s portrayal of Cardinal Richelieu, a grimacing, oleaginous mass of liquid fat that alternately …

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August 31, 2015

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: 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: Angela Barnes: Come As You Are

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Angela Barnes: Come As You Are, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Belatedly crystallising her opinions into an impactful show about body issues, Angela Barnes is an engaging authority on the subject, laying bare the insecurities that have dogged her since she was a teenager. Perceptive about society’s twisted …

Comedy review: Angela Barnes: Come As You Are

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Angela Barnes: Come As You Are, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Belatedly crystallising her opinions into an impactful show about body issues, Angela Barnes is an engaging authority on the subject, laying bare the insecurities that have dogged her since she was a teenager. Perceptive about society’s twisted …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Steve Bugeja: Day Release

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Steve Bugeja: Day Release, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Steve Bugeja eclipses his early promise as a solid gag writer to deliver a polished hour of plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling. Having established himself as something of a geeky loser, a reluctant misfit on a stag do who’s …

Comedy review: Steve Bugeja: Day Release

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Steve Bugeja: Day Release, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Steve Bugeja eclipses his early promise as a solid gag writer to deliver a polished hour of plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling. Having established himself as something of a geeky loser, a reluctant misfit on a stag do who’s …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Goose: Kablamo

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Goose: Kablamo, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Confirming Adam Drake as the most energetic comedian on the Fringe, hurtling through an hour of sweat-spraying, frenetic one-man character silliness, Goose delivers another of their ridiculously ambitious, dementedly intense physical spectacles. Relatively speaking, this has a clearer narrative through-line than …

Comedy review: Goose: Kablamo

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Goose: Kablamo, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Confirming Adam Drake as the most energetic comedian on the Fringe, hurtling through an hour of sweat-spraying, frenetic one-man character silliness, Goose delivers another of their ridiculously ambitious, dementedly intense physical spectacles. Relatively speaking, this has a clearer narrative through-line than …

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August 31, 2015
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