Edinburgh Festival

Comedy review: Chris Martin: This Show Has a Soundtrack

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Chris Martin: This Show Has a Soundtrack, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★ He is a smart comic, Chris Martin, so I was disappointed that he did not do more with the premise of his show. “This Show Has a Soundtrack” explores the power of the musical soundtrack to …

Comedy review: Chris Martin: This Show Has a Soundtrack

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Chris Martin: This Show Has a Soundtrack, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★★ He is a smart comic, Chris Martin, so I was disappointed that he did not do more with the premise of his show. “This Show Has a Soundtrack” explores the power of the musical soundtrack to …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★ I HAVE quite honestly never sat through anything remotely like this. I am, in fact, still unsure whether the person onstage was some fiendishly subversive Dadaist character creation. Tim Drain …

Comedy review: Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick ★ I HAVE quite honestly never sat through anything remotely like this. I am, in fact, still unsure whether the person onstage was some fiendishly subversive Dadaist character creation. Tim Drain …

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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, …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★★★ Could we be entering the era of the rock and roll mime act? Perhaps. Since we saw him last, Trygve Wakenshaw has acquired an expensive-looking geometrically cut shock of bright blonde hair. In between sketches, he leaps into his spotlight …

Comedy review: Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★★★ Could we be entering the era of the rock and roll mime act? Perhaps. Since we saw him last, Trygve Wakenshaw has acquired an expensive-looking geometrically cut shock of bright blonde hair. In between sketches, he leaps into his spotlight …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Louise Reay: It’s Only Words

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Louise Reay: It’s Only Words, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Trained by the acclaimed likes of Phil “Doctor Brown” Burgers and Eric “Red Bastard” Davis, Louise Reay has taken her contemporary clown education and applied it to the statistic that only 7 per cent of communication is verbal. …

Comedy review: Louise Reay: It’s Only Words

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Louise Reay: It’s Only Words, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Trained by the acclaimed likes of Phil “Doctor Brown” Burgers and Eric “Red Bastard” Davis, Louise Reay has taken her contemporary clown education and applied it to the statistic that only 7 per cent of communication is verbal. …

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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 …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Jena Friedman: American C***

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Jena Friedman: American C***, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ As YOU might expect from a producer on US television’s most famous satirical news source, The Daily Show, Jena Friedman’s material is wide-ranging, topical and button-pushing. But it’s also clearly still a work-in-progress, which you might ascertain even if …

Comedy review: Jena Friedman: American C***

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Jena Friedman: American C***, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★★ As YOU might expect from a producer on US television’s most famous satirical news source, The Daily Show, Jena Friedman’s material is wide-ranging, topical and button-pushing. But it’s also clearly still a work-in-progress, which you might ascertain even if …

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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 …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Luke Toulson: Grandpa, Hitler and Me

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Luke Toulson: Grandpa, Hitler and Me, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ DRAWING on 200 or so letters that his grandfather wrote to his grandmother during World War II, Luke Toulson has made a reasonable stab at telling an emotive story, but he doesn’t quite have the courage of …

Comedy review: Luke Toulson: Grandpa, Hitler and Me

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Luke Toulson: Grandpa, Hitler and Me, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ DRAWING on 200 or so letters that his grandfather wrote to his grandmother during World War II, Luke Toulson has made a reasonable stab at telling an emotive story, but he doesn’t quite have the courage of …

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August 30, 2015

Comedy review: Underwhelmed

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Underwhelmed, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★ Twanya Mayne is a distinctive new voice on the comedy circuit but she’s got barely 25 minutes of material right now, let alone the billed 40. Contrarian and aridly deadpan, her default hostile attitude is appealing and she shows her potential with …

Comedy review: Underwhelmed

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Underwhelmed, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★ Twanya Mayne is a distinctive new voice on the comedy circuit but she’s got barely 25 minutes of material right now, let alone the billed 40. Contrarian and aridly deadpan, her default hostile attitude is appealing and she shows her potential with …

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August 28, 2015

Comedy review: Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★★ Expanding on last year’s strong introductory debut, Pierre Novellie derives tremendous capital from his unlikely background, delivering an erudite, intelligent, scholarly but accessible hour that’s full of wry, self-effacing humour. His name itself is a gift from the …

Comedy review: Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★★ Expanding on last year’s strong introductory debut, Pierre Novellie derives tremendous capital from his unlikely background, delivering an erudite, intelligent, scholarly but accessible hour that’s full of wry, self-effacing humour. His name itself is a gift from the …

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August 28, 2015

Comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ Some people have likability in spades. And Tom Stade charms his audience from the moment he heckles the pre-show safety announcement in his trademark husky, sweary and irreverent voice. Canadian, but now living in Edinburgh, Stade strides on to …

Comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ Some people have likability in spades. And Tom Stade charms his audience from the moment he heckles the pre-show safety announcement in his trademark husky, sweary and irreverent voice. Canadian, but now living in Edinburgh, Stade strides on to …

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August 28, 2015

Comedy review: Alice Fraser: Savage

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Alice Fraser: Savage, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★ Having initially sought to write a light-hearted show, fate intervened and led Alice Fraser to this darker, more thoughtful hour. Although it doesn’t always click as stand-up, Savage provides an ambitious and often poetic, existential musing on mortality inspired by …

Comedy review: Alice Fraser: Savage

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Alice Fraser: Savage, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★ Having initially sought to write a light-hearted show, fate intervened and led Alice Fraser to this darker, more thoughtful hour. Although it doesn’t always click as stand-up, Savage provides an ambitious and often poetic, existential musing on mortality inspired by …

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August 28, 2015

Comedy review: Spencer Jones Presents: The Herbert in Proper Job

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Spencer Jones Presents: The Herbert in Proper Job, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★★ With his speech slightly more coherent and with fewer inexplicable moments for their own sake than his cult introduction last year, Spencer Jones’s return as his cockney idiot alter-ego, The Herbert, feels like he’s aiming …

Comedy review: Spencer Jones Presents: The Herbert in Proper Job

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Spencer Jones Presents: The Herbert in Proper Job, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★★ With his speech slightly more coherent and with fewer inexplicable moments for their own sake than his cult introduction last year, Spencer Jones’s return as his cockney idiot alter-ego, The Herbert, feels like he’s aiming …

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August 28, 2015

Comedy review: Nick Cody – Beard Game Strong

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Nick Cody – Beard Game Strong, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★★ With all the swagger of an unreconstructed Aussie bloke who knows he’s a supremely good stand-up, gangsta rap-loving, ultimate fighting devotee, special forces-worshipping Nick Cody makes a strong impact in his first Fringe show. Although his irritations …

Comedy review: Nick Cody – Beard Game Strong

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Nick Cody – Beard Game Strong, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★★ With all the swagger of an unreconstructed Aussie bloke who knows he’s a supremely good stand-up, gangsta rap-loving, ultimate fighting devotee, special forces-worshipping Nick Cody makes a strong impact in his first Fringe show. Although his irritations …

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August 28, 2015

Comedy review: Julian Deane

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Julian Deane, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★ A poised performer on the comedy circuit, where his masterful joke writing and casual roguishness set him apart, Julian Deane has got rather stuck between two stools for his Fringe debut. Opening with a fusillade of some of his best one-liners, …

Comedy review: Julian Deane

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Julian Deane, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★ A poised performer on the comedy circuit, where his masterful joke writing and casual roguishness set him apart, Julian Deane has got rather stuck between two stools for his Fringe debut. Opening with a fusillade of some of his best one-liners, …

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August 28, 2015
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