Jen Brister

News: Comedian Jen Brister Longlisted for Book Prize

Comedian Jen Brister has made the longlist for the Polari Prize for LGBTQ+ literature for her book The Other Mother: A Wickedly Honest Parenting Tale for Every Kind of Family by Jen Brister (Square Peg).

The book is Brister's account of becoming a parent to twins with her partner and the stresses and joys that followed.


News: Soho Theatre and NextUp Announce Partnership

Soho Theatre, one of the UK’s leading comedy producers and presenters, joins trail-blazing streaming platform NextUp in a new partnership to film and distribute a series of live comedy specials. 

This marks the first time in the UK that a major comedy venue and an online service have teamed up to record and showcase full length stand-up shows. 

The initial tranche of shows to be filmed are:


Edinburgh Fringe Review 2019 – Round-Up Featuring Seann Walsh, Phil Wang, Jen Brister, George Egg, Tom Rosenthal, Carl Donnelly & More

So many shows, so little time. Well actually so many shows, quite a lot of time. But still not long enough to do more than scratch the surface of comedy at the Fringe. I was at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 for 23 days. And saw 91 shows. Not quite the most I’ve seen in a Fringe stint, but it may have been more. Some were free gigs with no tickets so I may not have made a note of them. 

Edinburgh Preview: The Women Set to Dominate The Edinburgh Fringe This Year

I got into an interesting discussion last week when I reviewed new magic show The Illusionists and pointed out that the seven magicians were all male. The producers got in touch to explain that they want to cast women but there weren’t enough high quality female illusionists available for all their worldwide shows.

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