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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Mind Mangler review – Magic Goes Wrong spin-off is all fun and mind games by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghMischief Theatre are up to their old tricks as silly slapstick meets telepathy in a send-up of stage mentalism Stage mentalism – the world of Derren Brown and…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48PM
Friday, August 12, 2022

Lara Ricote review – razor-sharp goofball is an original gagster by Brian Logan

Monkey Barrel @ The Hive, EdinburghThe endearing comic’s Edinburgh debut is a riotously inventive show that blurs notions of race, gender and disability You could call Lara Ricote’s Edi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54PM

Rachel Parris review – the smiling assassin gets up close and personal by Brian Logan

Underbelly, George Square, EdinburghIn her show All Change Please it’s marriage, not politics, that’s at the heart of the Mash Report satirist’s finest jokes Rachel Parris always knew …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54PM

Boris the Third review – the greased-piglet antics of a schoolboy PM by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghAdam Meggido’s play finds the teenage Johnson starring in Shakespeare’s tragedy and gives a taste of his future leadership Out of his depth as a tragedy unf…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12AM
Thursday, August 11, 2022

Crizards review – classic double act outlawin’ all over the wild west by Brian Logan

Assembly George Square, EdinburghDebut show directed by Jordan Brookes sees Will Rowland and Eddy Hare deliver a familiar odd-couple turn with freshness “The UK’s lowest energy double ac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Masterclass review – the ‘great male artist’ put through the shredder by Brian Logan

Pleasance Dome, EdinburghBrokentalkers theatre company and feminist comic Adrienne Truscott joyfully burlesque the ugliness of machismo in art and in life The great male artist may soon be o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24PM

Eunice Olumide review – engaging stories are light on jokes by Brian Logan

Stand New Town theatre, EdinburghMaking her fringe standup debut after blazing a trail through modelling and activism, Olumide has some promising material but it fails to come together Fashi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Rosie Holt review – web sensation’s political skits disconnect on stage by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIn her show The Woman’s Hour, the viral comedy star offers caricatures of burbling backbenchers and a woke-bashing TV host In the darkness of our political mo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:07PM

Amy Gledhill review – juicy stories of sexual and romantic catastrophe by Brian Logan

Monkey Barrel, EdinburghWith cartoonish flair, the likable comic – one half of sketch duo The Delightful Sausage – revels in the repeated indignity of being ditched for someone else The …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:07PM
Monday, August 8, 2022

Laugh? I almost cried at Gordon Brown’s night of Edinburgh fringe comedy by Brian Logan

The former PM’s one-off onstage chat with standup Matt Forde belied his dour image. If only he’d shown more of this side of himself to the electorate Where is the comedy, Matt Forde, in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12PM

Frankie Boyle review – scorching standup gets laugh after appalled laugh by Brian Logan

Assembly Rooms, EdinburghWith Lap of Shame, the comic delivers a set of breathtakingly rude jokes and thought-provoking ghastliness A friend of Frankie Boyle’s, he tells us, stopped watchi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM

Shelf review – peppy journeys through gender and sexuality by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Childhood friends and LOL Word affiliates Rachel WD and Ruby Clyde leave no assumption unturned with their deft wit and breezy musical interplay A venerable tr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM

Seann Walsh review – an eye-opening and bitterly funny show by Brian Logan

Stand Comedy Club, EdinburghThe standup delivers a compelling show that reflects on his Strictly Come Dancing notoriety and harsh childhood experiences Many may struggle to sympathise – f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42AM
Sunday, August 7, 2022

Sikisa review – a sparkling comedy party by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghSikisa Bostwick-Barnes’s ebullience carries her through a debut solo show that’s punctuated with dance breaks You can see why Sikisa Bostwick-Barnes themed …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42PM
Saturday, August 6, 2022

Troy Hawke review – TikTok’s raffish fop puzzles out modernity by Brian Logan

Underbelly Bristo Square, EdinburghMilo McCabe’s matinee-idol character initially feels at odds with his material, but it’s hard not to be won over by his enthusiasm Milo McCabe performe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:03PM

Leo Reich review – uproarious Gen-Z narcissist blazes through by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghReich’s flouncing, self-obsessed comedy is a brittle skewering of irony and anxiety – and a must-see One of countless acts this fringe whose Covid-delayed d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:37PM
Friday, July 22, 2022

Jon Culshaw on Les Dawson: ‘even his most savage mother-in-law lines were written with love’ by Brian Logan

In his Edinburgh fringe show Flying High the impressionist wants to convey the warmth and affection of the comic and Blankety Blank host Who knew, growing up in the 70s and 80s, that we were…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12AM
Monday, July 18, 2022

NewsRevue review – 43-year-old formula is still good fun by Brian Logan

Canal Cafe theatre, LondonThis high-energy hour of songs and sketches includes a Conservative leadership medley from The Greatest Showman and Boris Johnson’s Jailhouse Rock In the 43 years…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM

Yummy: Iconic review – drag burlesque gets a bit too cheeky by Brian Logan

Underbelly festival, LondonThe acrobatic feats of Jarred Dewey go some way to redeem a show that’s way too high on cliches and exposed buttocks Enough buttock already! It’s not a sentime…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Sunday, July 10, 2022

Clownts review – three maestros compete in a celebration of anarchic hilarity by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonArmed with cherry tomatoes, paper boats and a leaf-blower, Julia Masli, Viggo Venn and Sami Abu Wardeh brought the London clown festival to an uproarious close ‘I hate …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Thursday, July 7, 2022

Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler review – crude comedy with a baroque flourish by Brian Logan

Oxford PlayhouseThere are some low-wattage anecdotes in this set but the standup delivers gags about farting and haemorrhoids with an undeniable vitality There are seven signs of ageing, acc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Edinburgh festival 2022: 50 shows to see by Brian Logan, Mark Fisher and Lyndsey Winship

Phil Wang makes a heroic return, Ian McKellen stars in a balletic Hamlet and Sophie Duker is gleefully carefree. Here are our picks of the festival’s comedy, theatre and dance 20 great Ed…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:37AM
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Patrick Kielty: Borderline review – cautionary Northern Irish tales by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonAt a crisis point for his country, Kielty’s ‘module on borders’ is warm and engaging, though his even-handedness dims some of the laughter “A comedian shouldn’t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM

Arrest that joke! A history of gags so offensive that punters called the cops by Brian Logan

Standup Joe Lycett has revealed that he was reported to police for one of his routines. From Sacha Baron Cohen to Jo Brand, our writer looks at what happens when laughter and the law collide…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM
Sunday, June 26, 2022

Chris McGlade review – working-class scourge of wokeness by Brian Logan

Conway Hall, LondonMcGlade pours his heart and soul into the show but his picture of a golden age of working-class racial harmony is a stretch When Soho theatre declined to re-book Chris McG…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42PM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Travis Jay review – a loose, likable set about fathers and sons by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe comedian’s troubled relationship with his ‘alpha dad’ is under scrutiny in this enjoyable show of (mostly) new material There’s a choice joke, midway through…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Monday, June 20, 2022

Chris McCausland: Speaky Blinder review – genial gags for midlife grumps everywhere by Brian Logan

Leicester Square theatre, LondonEngaging, blokey, old-school standup about domesticity, parenthood and the frustrations of modern life is mixed with material specific to the scouse joker’s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Friday, June 17, 2022

Brodi Snook: Handful review – caustic comedy of depressing dates by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonMalign males on the dating scene are the focus of this heartfelt set, with keep-fit fans, activists and men who claim to be feminists also under the microscope Hot on the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48PM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

Mary Beth Barone review – sex comedy that keeps on giving by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonA delightfully silly but sneakily serious take on hook-up culture and its collateral damage, with bonus standup sets Comedy show or treatment programme? Mary Beth Barone…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48PM
Sunday, June 12, 2022

John Waters: False Negative review – the 'sultan of sleaze' at the Barbican by Brian Logan

Barbican, LondonThe veteran film-maker is on fine form in this motor-mouthed show, which mixes slick anecdotes with gleeful transgression Common as it now is for well-loved figures to bring …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:37AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Edinburgh fringe 2022: 20 theatre, comedy and dance shows you shouldn’t miss by Brian Logan, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher, Anya Ryan, Rachael Healy, Kate Wyver, Claire Armitstead, Arifa Akbar and Lyndsey Winship

In the first of our festival previews, we round up some of the best offerings we’ve already reviewed – including Tim Key, Liz Kingsman, La Clique and Hungry This searing, sweaty disco is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM

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