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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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Beat that: how dominatrix-turned-comic Desiree Burch plans to top her hit show by Brian Logan

Her last standup show, about working in a New York sex dungeon, was a fringe hit – and is now bound for TV. How will she top it? Desiree Burch is putting the finishing touches to her new E…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Baby Reindeer review – Richard Gadd's solo theatre debut is a haunting hour by Brian Logan

Summerhall, EdinburghRecounting his experiences with a stalker, the comedian seems to live the horror afresh in a gripping show If you followed Richard Gadd’s career up to his Edinburgh co…

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Titania McGrath review – Twitter avatar proves less substantial in 3D by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe incarnation of a woke social media caricature raises a few smiles but mostly pokes predictable fun at the softest of targets Only the terminally woke would…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Catherine Cohen review – stellar strychnine-laced cabaret by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghCohen crackles with attitude as she serves up an alarming but entertaining song-and-chat about sex, love and self-image One of the most eye-catching newcomers a…

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John Robins review – dating and DIY from standup's funniest fall-guy by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghRobins delivers a masterclass in tone, tempo and character as he shares his failed attempts at flirting and home improvement If you’re John Robins, there’s …

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Sophie Duker review – charismatic comic's eye-catching debut by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIn her show Venus, the standup explores her sexuality, education and how black people are used as props in white narratives ‘What colour am I?” Sophie Duke…

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Simon Brodkin review – the private life of prankster Lee Nelson by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe comic best known as a cheeky-chappy explores male emotional inarticulacy and antisemitism When you’ve pranked Theresa May at the Tory conference, or publ…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Michelle Wolf review – Trump's tormentor avoids politics but not controversy by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonOne of the US’s most outspoken social commentators tackles sex and gender in a sparky show that confirms her place in the big league ‘I’ve learned a lo…

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Jerry Seinfeld review – multimillionaire with a masterly common touch by Brian Logan

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonNow in his mid-60s, the comedian is still delivering beautifully honed, brilliantly timed observations on everyday life ‘I feel like a blacksmith up here sometime…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Trevor Noah on Trump: ‘I’m just trying to raise questions’ by Brian Logan

From plummeting ratings to a global success, how did the Daily Show host become “America’s therapist”? It is a few hours before Trevor Noah takes his seat at The Daily Show’s present…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

'Stormzy inspired me': Mo Gilligan, the selfie comic turned chatshow star by Brian Logan

His viral videos earned him a sell-out tour and a new late night TV show – can the character comedian become the Instagram era’s Chris Evans? Two years ago, Mo Gilligan was selling jeans…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Edinburgh fringe 2019: 10 essential shows by Brian Logan, Miriam Gillinson, Mark Lawson, Mark Fisher, Judith Mackrell, Bridget Minamore and Lyndsey Winship

Jessie Cave’s intimate standup, a beatbox Frankenstein and a twist on the star-crossed lovers are among the Edinburgh shows we’ve previously reviewed. Here’s what we said … Pleasance…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Bad jokes? They're outright evil from this anti-comedian by Brian Logan

Neil Hamburger is a loser, insulting B-list celebs for our amusement, yet he can be less offensive – and funnier – than certain comedy superstars ‘What disease did legendary ice-cream …

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sam Jay review – SNL comic's contrarian takes on Trump and #MeToo by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Saturday Night Live writer has skill but hits bum notes and wanders into incoherence at the end It takes more than a few smart routines to make a show. I left Boston …

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

David Blaine review – astonishing spectacle is not for the squeamish by Brian Logan

Eventim Apollo, LondonIn Real or Magic? the bicep-piercing endurance artist demonstrates supernatural command of his body ‘The last time I performed in London, I was shut in a box for 44 d…

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Jimmy Carr review – a relentless wallow in grubbiness by Brian Logan

Rose theatre, KingstonDespite occasional glimmers of subversive wit, Carr continues to rely on dubious jokes about dwarves, fat women and FGM ‘Welcome to 90 minutes of your life you’re n…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Edinburgh festival 2019: 50 theatre, comedy and dance shows to see by Mark Fisher, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

There’s a Belle and Sebastian play, a show in a hair salon, Frances Barber performing Pet Shop Boys songs and top comics including Josie Long and Stephen Fry. Here’s our guide to the wor…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Michael Palin review – entertaining whistle-stop trip through history by Brian Logan

Anvil, BasingstokePalin offers up a fascinating potted history of an ill-fated naval journey, then goes on an affable tour through his six-decade career Geography, history and comedy. Those …

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Seann Walsh review – standup steps back into his Strictly scandal by Brian Logan

Loughborough Town HallHe became ‘the most hated comedian in Britain’. Now Walsh is on tour with the most engaging show of his career Three weeks into Strictly Come Dancing last autumn, S…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Jess Robinson review – slick impressions and super-powered ballads by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonBig of voice and wide of smile, the Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist fills the room with her singing and mimicry At points in Jess Robinson’s show, as you’re bein…

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Frank Skinner review – Mr Funny Bones reaps big laughs by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonThe former king of lad comedy moseys through a delightfully meandering set about ageing, libido and ‘the Strictly curse’ Frank Skinner is 62, and it’s r…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ricky Gervais review – anti-woke tittering over Liam Neeson and Louis CK by Brian Logan

Bournemouth International CentreCasting himself as a taboo breaker for his Netflix show Supernature, the cacklesome comic delivers a squarely liberal-baiting set ‘That’s not going in ……

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