Reviews

At 32 James Acaster does seem a trifle young to be writing his autobiography – not that that has stopped various footballers, pop stars and deluded reality TV stars – but he has found a neat way here... more
Spencer Jones is certainly having a busy 2017. He has picked up a last-minute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for his latest Fringe show and has filmed three sitcoms. He was in last week’s Tim... more
This year’s final of the English Comedian of the Year proved one thing. You don’t actually have to be English to be eligible, but maybe it helps. It also helps, of course, if you are funny, and the... more
There were plenty of young turks at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, but it was good to see that there were some, how shall we put this, more mature performers reminding us that form is temporary,... more
I had a heated debate with a colleague earlier this week about Natalie Palamides’ lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer-nominated show Laid. Is it a show about pro-choice? Is it a sex... more
2017 could go down at the lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award’s year of the nutters. There have been nominations for oddball loon Spencer Brown and parrot-faced Elf Lyons in the Best Show category... more
There has been a lot of talk about the lack of working class voices in Edinburgh this year - Chris McGlade has been particularly vocal about it. But actually working class voices have fared better... more
After you have watched Elf Lyons performng her version of Swan Lake in a ludicrously bright bird costume you’ll find her unique voice stays with you. Lyons, who is a stand up-turned-Gaulier-... more
Sophie Willan has been out all night celebrating her nomination for the lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards and her voice has become a husky squawk. Branded is her follow up to last... more
The first thing the judges agreed on when discussing this year’s So You Think You’re Funny? final was that comedians are getting more efficient. There was no drying up, no fluffing of lines, even the... more

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