Reviews

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 lastminute.com 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
Update 23/8/17: Rob Kemp has been nominated for a lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. See nominees here. Elvis is Alive.  Not only that, he is battling the forces... more
At the very start of Suzi Ruffell’s set she knocked the microphone out of its stand. This was the only slip-up in an hour of excellent comedy that should win her plenty of plaudits this August.You’ve... more

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