Reviews

Jon Richardson
After last week’s show on relationships, the second part of Jon Richardson’s trilogy discovering how to be a happy adult looks into the subject of money. Does wealth make you happy? he asks. It’s a... more
Jon Richardson
There has been a bit of a trend for sending comedians off to do things in pairs recently. There have been all those scariest-car-journey-in-the-world docs and the other week Simon Day and John... more
Schooldays are the happiest days of your life? Well, there are plenty of belly laughs in the BBC3 classroom with the third series of Bad Education. It’s the new term and the kids have come down with... more
Michael Palin
I haven’t seen many reviews of Michael Palin’s latest volume of diaries, which covers the globetrotting years from 1988 - 1998. This might be because reviewers are still wading through the 500-plus... more
Omid Djalili
This autumn we are no doubt going to be drowning in the usual pre-Xmas autobiographies of comedians. So it is canny that Omid Djalili has got in first with Hopeful. Fans of Djalili’s stand-up shows... more
Bruce Dessau review
So many comedians, so little time. I nippped away on a small break after the Fringe and took my notebook with me. I did some adding up the other night. I saw nearly 100 shows in three weeks and... more
obvious child
Obvious Child pretty much has hip US indie hit running through it like the word Blackpool running through a stick of sugary seaside rock. Real-life comedian Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a... more
Alex Edelman
Pleasance Courtyard****Alex Edelman asked me if I could give him one star so that he could leave Edinburgh with the full range of stars on his reviews. Sadly I’m going to have to disappoint him and... more
Funz & Gamez
Just The Tonic at the Mash House****Beyond The Joke doesn’t normally review children’s shows, but then Funz and Gamez is no ordinary children’s show. It works for children, but also for adult... more
Kim Noble
Traverse**** It’s such a shame that Kim Noble’s latest show is not in the comedy category of the Fringe brochure. I think it would have either won the Foster’s Award or caused the judging panel... more

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