Reviews

chastity butterworth
Assembly Roxy***Character comedy hasn't had a really good run on the Fringe since the breakthroughs of Otis Lee Crenshaw and Al Murray over a decade ago, but it is still alive and kicking if you look... more
that pair
Just the Tonic at The Caves***What's in a name? Quite a lot if it means you end up seeing the wrong show. A couple of years ago I enjoyed a show by sibling duo Toby and heard that they'd changed... more
liam williams
Just The Tonic at The Tron****I wrote earlier this week about how the scheduling of shows can be crucial to their success and that dysfunctional comedian Bobby Mair should have been booked into a... more
alfie brown
Underbelly****When I launched Beyond The Joke back in January one of the first performers I wrote about was Alfie Brown. I'd seen him at the 99 Club in London and from the moment he came onstage he... more
ivo graham
Pleasance***Winners of the So You Think You're Funny award have a good track record when it comes to bagging bigger awards later on. Both Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran went on to win the Perrier... more
john robins
Pleasance***The Edinburgh Fringe is a marathon, not a sprint. Three and a bit weeks of hard work making the public laugh while being judged by critics and awards panels. In an ideal world a show... more
nish kumar
Underbelly****Nish Kumar is the kind of genial, warm, chatty comedian that makes you feel immediately relaxed. He is a safe pair of hands in the best of senses. Intelligent and amiable and never... more
bobby mair
Just The Tonic at The Tron***Comedy is all about timing and I think somebody got the timing seriously wrong with London-based Canadian Bobby Mair. This scruffy, potty-mouthed, debauched,... more
the world's end
I finally managed to see The World's End last night. Not at a press screening but in a normal cinema with normal people. Or as normal as people in Brixton get. I was expecting to sit there irritated... more
eddie izzard
Normally when I go to Latitude I plan my assault on the Festival with the precision of Montgomery planning El Alamein. Spreadsheets and marker pens have been involved. Frankly though this is easier... more

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