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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face review – a pop at pop-feminism by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe Bristolian standup’s blunt good sense is deployed to optimal effect in taking fashionable feminism in the Instagram age to task After several shows in whi…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Edinburgh Comedy awards 2019: surrealists, standups and sausage act vie for prize by Brian Logan

London Hughes and Jessica Fostekew are among the comics on the shortlist of nine nominees, while Catherine Cohen is up for best newcomer The shortlist for the biggest prize in live comedy, …

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James McNicholas: The Boxer review – a knockout comedy by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghMcNicholas throws down a heavyweight hour of standup and storytelling about his champion grandad Terry Downes Terry Downes was world middleweight boxing champio…

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Crystal Rasmussen review – drag star with charisma by the bucketload by Brian Logan

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghA Romanov raised by wolves meets a struggling Lancashire boy in a memoir dipped in glamour and pulsating to powerpop There’s a well-travelled road from boy- or…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

'I want everyone to pay attention to me!' Meet Catherine Cohen, comedy's peak millennial by Brian Logan

Caught between self-love and neurosis, Cohen has taken Edinburgh by storm with a musical show that plays up to her generation’s stereotypes. She’s even got a song called Look At Me ... …

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It'll Be Alt-Right on the Night review – punk, trumpets and far-right friends by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghMatthew Greenhough’s buzzy one-man show clashes comedy, factionalism and jazz trumpet into a plea for tolerance between the echo chambers Are we “trapped in…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Sarah Keyworth review – one of comedy's most engaging new voices by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh In a thoughtful sophomore fringe show, the standup reflects on her relationship with a fellow comic Sarah Keyworth’s 2018 fringe show – which secured her a…

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Jack Tucker review – washed-up standup pans for comedy gold by Brian Logan

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghSounds and samples are tailored to the hack comic’s every comment, punchline and flirtatious wink in this fun character show The hack comic is such a mainstay …

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Desiree Burch review – a scorching, sweat-soaked odyssey to nowhere by Brian Logan

The Hive, EdinburghA hallucinogenic trip through the desert provides the basis for a standup show teeming with ideas but lacking true cohesion Desiree Burch is out of the traps at a gallop i…

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Jonny Pelham review – darkest of subjects brings compassion and hilarity by Brian Logan

The Caves, EdinburghThe comic turns his childhood trauma into a warm and deeply reflective show laced with jet-back humour An iron law of Edinburgh shows is that your trauma is your big reve…

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Jordan Brookes review – refuses to play by the normal rules of comedy by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghBrookes delivers one of the coups of this year’s fringe with this deconstruction of a standup set, in which you never know what he’ll do next ‘In all sinc…

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Jessica Fostekew review – punchy polemic about gender stereotyping by Brian Logan

Monkey Barrel Comedy, Edinburgh The standup rails against old-fashioned ideals of femininity, the diet industry and society’s policing of women’s bodies. It’s strong stuff. Who decides…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Goodbear: Dougal review – smart sketch show scrambles reality by Brian Logan

Pleasance Dome, EdinburghWhen the billed act fails to materialise, front-of-house staff played by sketch duo Goodbear fill in – and prove themselves more than capable The audience has asse…

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Phil Wang review – record-breaking riffs on sex, race and Popeye by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghWang is back with a new no-messing, harder-nosed attitude, along with excellent jokes including some choice one-liners Phil Wang made a little piece of fringe h…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Rose McGowan: Planet 9 review: 'She can hold a note – but not always the right one' by Brian Logan

Assembly Hall, EdinburghThe #MeToo activist made herself a refuge, where orbs shimmer and we can be our best selves. What a pity she spends this frustrating show wafting around like a refuge…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Sara Barron: Enemies Closer review – brassy, sassy standup by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghParading her sex life, friendships and militant subjectivity, the triumphantly profane comedian takes a step into the big league The men have gone sensitive, it…

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Tom Rosenthal: Manhood review – dick jokes, demons and diatribes by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe standup, who was circumcised as an infant, gets het up in a show where the polemic overshadows the comedy Dick jokes are as old as comedy, but few – Richa…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Anna and Helen review – self-care klutzes conjure comedic bliss by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghMining the comedy of motivational seminars with a delectably clownish touch, this double act could make anything funny Self-help and motivational speaking have …

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Fishbowl review – delightful view from the rooms at the top by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThree neighbours in a Parisian apartment block squabble, fall in love and steal each other’s biscuits in an appealing wordless comedy It won a Molière award …

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Edinburgh festival 2019: the shows we recommend by Brian Logan, Alex Needham, Catherine Love, Michael Billington, Chris Wiegand, Mark Fisher, Anna Winter and Kate Wyver

Plan your schedule with our roundup of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated daily throughout the festival BoutSummerhall, 10.20am, until 25 AugustAn exploration of bro…

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Janine Harouni review – a standup attempt to forgive Trump-voting dad by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghPolitics and family tensions fuel a precision-engineered debut show that fuses the mundane with the terrifying to smart effect Janine Harouni’s dilemma is tha…

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Kai Samra review – shrewd standup puts his industry through the wringer by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghSociety’s ‘follow your dreams’ mantra is pulled apart in a poignant show that tackles race, class and brotherly love Is standup the perfect meritocracy? T…

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Four Woke Baes review – masculinity interrogated around the campfire by Brian Logan

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghA group of friends have their worldviews picked apart by a seductive stranger in Jonathan Caren’s well-acted drama Stag parties are where masculinity supposedl…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

London Hughes review – roof-raising routines from a comic force of nature by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghRaucous and rude, the standup provides a whirlwind tour of her sexual history and blows past all objections with the G-force gusto of her performance You might …

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Zoë Coombs Marr review – a brazen hour of mind-bending meta-comedy by Brian Logan

Monkey Barrel Comedy, EdinburghThe Australian absurdist lays waste to standup convention with glee and skill – but is she too clever for her own good? No gimmicks, promises Zoë Coombs Mar…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

George Fouracres review – sketches of childhood by a poetic pen-portraitist by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe most physical third of the sketch group Daphne makes his solo standup debut with a considered rumination on class identity and social mobility George Fourac…

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Josie Long review – the mother lode of love, joy and laughs by Brian Logan

Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh The standup tenderly hymns the joys of new parenthood in this delightful, tightly focused show Having a baby is about as far from unique an experience as it’s …

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

#HonestAmy review – warmth and stoical wit in ukulele ditties by Brian Logan

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh Kathy Burke directs Amy Booth-Steel’s feelgood, if cliched, chronicle of cancer and PTSD Five years ago, Amy Booth-Steel was a jobbing actor, when she was diagnos…

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Courtney Pauroso: Gutterplum review – the latest sexy clown from Dr Brown by Brian Logan

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghMore anarchic comedy, sexual frankness and in-yer-face clowning from the director behind Natalie Palamides Is there a more singular style in comedy than Dr Brown…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Ahir Shah: Dots review – humour and poetry in existential angst by Brian Logan

Monkey Barrel Comedy, EdinburghThe polemicist style of his early work may have given way to a more conflicted thinker but the comedy remains emphatic Ahir Shah has long joked about the contr…

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Daniel Kitson review – seat-of-the-pants caper funnier than it has any right to be by Brian Logan

Stand Comedy Club, EdinburghKitson delivers a last-minute set of quarter-baked routines, but it’s still a pleasure to be entertained by his unique humour It’s from one extreme to the oth…

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