In the past three years Al Porter has progressed from playing a tiny room at the Gilded Balloon to a giant barn at the Underbelly.As we come into the room a toga clad keyboard player and two backing... more
When you’ve been seeing comedy shows back to back for over a week themes and subjects start to emerge and knit together. I left Kiri Pritchard-McLean’s show in which she touches on her recent break... more
The second final on the same day in Edinburgh came courtesy of the BBC. Six more aspiring stand-ups were in competition for quite a nice prize. The winner takes home £1000 and a 15-minute script... more
The Amused Moose Grand Final in Edinburgh for bigger acts is still to come on Sunday August 20 but first there was this one for relative newbies. And there are a lot of newbies around. Over 500... more
America's Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are the Wombles of comedy. The friends since childhood have made a cult career out of putting together hilarious laugh-your-organs-out shows from things that... more
In recent years audience participation shows seem to have grown in popularity, with the likes of Adam Riches and Dr Brown having award-winning hits with gigs where the ticketholder becomes co-star.... more
Update 23/8/17: Mae Martin has been nominated for a Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show. See nominees here.UK-based Canadian comic Mae Martin has been building up an impressive... more
I hadn’t seen Phil Wang live for a few years and I didn’t have much inclination to see him this year. The last time I saw him I thought he was pretty childish and immature, but decided to give him... more
I was sitting next to a friend at Cactus, the latest show from Adam Hess, and afterwards they turned to me and said “I’ve never heard you laugh so much.” I’m not known for laughing out loud at comedy... more
The thing about plucking someone from the audience to take part in your heavily immersive sketch is that you have to pick the right person. On the night I was in Adam Riches, who is usually spot-on... more


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