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Edinburgh Fringe Review 2019 – Crybabies, Danger Brigade, Heroes @ Boteco

In a darkened cellar, aided only by some hats, a few sheets, some torches and a mop, three young men re-enact World War Two.

We meet a young man so lonely he has only a mop, a table and ashtray for company, an evil actor, the man who does everything by the book and a host of strangely eccentric British generals and camp dastardly Nazis.

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Edinburgh Fringe Review 2019 – Good Bear, Dougal, Pleasance Dome

The Dougal of the title is the lighting and sound technician behind the desk.

Henry Perryment and Joe Barnes play backstage staff, who have to fill in when the advertised act fails to show. 

Our plucky heroes are also at the mercy of Dougal, who plays tricks with the sound and lighting cues and who has an improbable dislike of swearing. 

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News: So You Think You’re Funny? Final - Results

Finlay Christie has won 2019’s So You Think You’re Funny? competition, the UK’s original comedy talent search celebrating its 32nd year. 

Following heats across the country, Finlay Christie was winner, with Shane Daniel Byrne coming in as first runner-up and Charlie George coming in as second runner-up.

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Edinburgh Fringe Review 2019 – Eshaan Akbar, Infidel-ity, Gilded Balloon

For Muslim families a data sheet is a way of comparing eligibility for marriage, which includes economic status, qualifications and family heritage.

On paper Eshaan Akbar is an excellent match. His parents and grandparents were eminent accomplished and intelligent. He has a fine education – and before becoming a comic he had a well paid, prestigious job.

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Edinburgh Fringe Review 2019 – The Delightful Sausage, Ginster's Paradise, Monkey Barrel

The dark heart of light entertainment is exposed in this hilarious hour packed with surprises.

Chris Cantrill and Amy Gledhill introduce themselves as the resident artistes at a grim northern holiday resort called Ginster's.

There’s an introduction voiced by Johnny Vegas, a karaoke singalong with disturbing lyrics and a discernable air of desperation from our pink-coated hosts.

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Edinburgh Fringe Review 2019 – Jessica Fostekew, Hench, Monkey Barrel

‘Hench’ for people who don’t know the word – is a body building term that means well built, muscular and strong.

Jessica Fostekew has always been sturdily built – but now she’s started bodybuilding and she’s happy to think of herself as ‘hench’.

This is a show about body issues, about feminism and about how, as a woman, we are supposed to be strong.

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Edinburgh Fringe Review 2019 – Jack Rooke, Love Letters, Assembly George Square

Gig theatre is a big thing these days. Having a live band or a solo musician on stage to provide a soundscape is having a moment.

Jack Rooke, storyteller and broadcaster, performs his show about love to the accompaniment of classical harpist Alexander Thomas. 

His previous shows have covered loss and mourning but in this one ‘no one dies’. 

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Edinburgh Fringe Review 2019 – Laura Lexx, Knee Jerk, Gilded Balloon

Climate change and mental health are everywhere this year – and Laura Lexx has something to say about both of them.

She also mentions Brexit – which is now guaranteed to plunge an audience into despair. Lexx has noticed this too – so she’s come up with a way of mentioning it without actually saying the word.

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News: Winner Of The BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award Final Announced

The winner of the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award Final has been revealed in the BBC Tent and at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Mark Watson (pictured) compered the final which featured Janine Harouni, Hannah Platt, Josh Jones, Donald Alexander and Mo Omar.

Previous finalists include Lee Mack and Peter Kay. Last year's winner was Glaswegian stand-up Stephen Buchanan.

And the winner this year, following in the footsteps of previous winners Rhod Gilbert, Lucy Beaumont and Alan Carr, is Janine Harouni.

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Edinburgh Fringe Review 2019 – Phoebe Robinson: Sorry, Harriet Tubman, Assembly George Square

Phoebe Robinson is a name very much on the rise in America. As half of the podcast 2 Dope Queens her candid, full-on brand of humour has won millions of fans and it has just been announced that she is to get her own chat show on Comedy Central. She probably doesn't need to make her UK debut at the Edinburgh Fringe to give her profile a boost.

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