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Monday, August 28, 2023

Was it worth it? Edinburgh fringe acts give their verdict on the festival by Rachael Healy

As the curtain falls on this year’s fringe, we ask performers and producers how it was for them By the end of the Edinburgh fringe, anyone who has been here all month will tell you how tir…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:43AM
Saturday, August 26, 2023

‘I used to get in role by harassing my girlfriend’: the risky brilliance of playing anti-woke characters by Rachael Healy

Edinburgh fringe comics portraying cancelled standups and rightwing politicians talk about the dangers and successes of their satire The US comedian Martin Urbano has always enjoyed mocking …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:33AM
Monday, August 21, 2023

‘I’ll never be rich’: Edinburgh fringe standups consider the cost of living – and comedy by Rachael Healy

As the expense of performing and watching shows at the fringe is ever rising, three comedians ask their audiences to reassess what they place value on Money is changing hands during a number…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:07AM
Friday, August 18, 2023

Courtney Pauroso: Vanessa 5000 review – a sex robot seeks human contact by Rachael Healy

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghPauroso is an astonishing performer who teases the crowd but her show raises more questions than there’s time to fully explore Vanessa 5000, the creation of s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:25PM

‘It’s like a cult’ … the Edinburgh fringe acts willing audiences to take part by Rachael Healy

Comedians at the festival are enlisting volunteers to join in their acts, creating a warm, inclusive and fun space As I cross the threshold of US comedian Moses Storm’s Edinburgh fringe sh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:49AM
Thursday, August 17, 2023

Jodie Mitchell: Becoming John Travulva review – skilful weaving of drag, standup and storytelling by Rachael Healy

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIdentity politics are deftly and hilariously tackled, with the help of a diamante-studded sporran, in a compelling show Jodie Mitchell’s debut hour in some wa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:55AM
Monday, August 14, 2023

Adam Flood: Remoulded review – high-kicks and comedy gems in energetic debut by Rachael Healy

Monkey Barrel Comedy, EdinburghShowing off an impressive range of facial expressions, the comic takes us on a whistle-stop tour of his life with songs and sketches I’ve seen Adam Flood tel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:19PM
Saturday, August 12, 2023

Cerys Bradley: Not Overthinking Things 2019 review – divorce, autism and pass the parcel by Rachael Healy

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, EdinburghBradley throws a kids’ birthday bash full of nostalgic fun as they discuss their parents’ recent split, deftly immersing the audience in games and stori…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:49PM
Friday, August 11, 2023

Frankie Thompson and Liv Ello: Body Show review – a total takedown of gendered expectations by Rachael Healy

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghUsing snippets of pop culture, lip-syncing, video and clowning, the pair craft a rich exploration of eating disorders and gender dysphoria Frankie Thompson, res…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:55PM
Tuesday, July 25, 2023

‘If you break even that’s a bonus’: what it costs to perform at the Edinburgh fringe by Rachael Healy

Theatre and comedy acts at this year’s festival break down their expenses and consider the financial risks “The big, difficult cost this year is accommodation,” says RoguePlay’s arti…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:43AM
Tuesday, June 13, 2023

‘I like to slag off the headliner’: what is it like to do standup at a music festival? by Rachael Healy

Sophie Duker and Jacob Hawley discuss how to draw revellers away from pop stars while Glastonbury’s Charlotte Lang explains what it takes to win over the cabaret tent You’re in a massive…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:37AM
Friday, April 28, 2023

Heard the one about the standup lawyer? Why even top artists now need a side job by Rachael Healy

Want to survive in the arts? Get a side hustle. We speak to an award-winning poet and governance manager, a gigging guitarist and teacher – and a successful comic who doubles as an immigra…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Monday, April 10, 2023

‘We’ve had to stop people fighting and urinating in their seats’: the ugly new side of theatre audiences by Rachael Healy

On Good Friday, police were called to a performance of The Bodyguard – and there have been numerous other examples of audiences behaving badly. With crowds heckling, screaming, livestreami…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

‘I did standup with my baby strapped to me’ – the comics motherhood can’t stop by Rachael Healy

Some lied. Some hid it. And few even mined it for jokes. Becoming a mum used to be near-fatal to a comedian’s career. But now, in a Mother’s Day special, we meet the new wave taking on t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:00AM
Monday, March 6, 2023

‘Addiction can be funny’: the standups tackling drugs, booze, psychosis and self-harm on stage by Rachael Healy

Rich Hardisty cut himself, Harriet Dyer numbed her pain with drugs. A new wave of comics are working out their issues in their acts. But is it really helping them? And should we be laughing?…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:00AM
Friday, February 17, 2023

Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image Saves the World review – impressive puppetry by Rachael Healy

Birmingham RepThe excellent puppeteers are the stars of this two-hour staging of the popular TV satire where Paddington plays an evil powerbroker but the punchlines are too often predictable…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:00AM

Cult standup John Kearns: ‘You might not like my show for 20 minutes, but you’ll leave happy!’ by Rachael Healy

The self-deprecating star has won two Edinburgh awards but remains a niche concern. Will a recent breakout turn on Taskmaster and a huge nationwide tour bring his absurdist comedy to the mai…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:00AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

One Woman Show review – joke-packed Fleabag parody is perfectly pitched by Rachael Healy

Ambassadors theatre, LondonLiz Kingsman’s slick, self-conscious ‘troubled woman’ show nests its complex jokes within jokes to tremendous effect ‘We need women’s story,” says Liz …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Friday, November 18, 2022

The Delightful Sausage: ‘Impostor syndrome has propelled us forward’ by Rachael Healy

It will take more than multiple Edinburgh nominations to convince comedy duo Amy Gledhill and Chris Cantrill that they’re a success. Perhaps a TV sitcom would do it? When Amy Gledhill and …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Friday, November 11, 2022

Swarm review – a scathing appraisal of Britain’s political parasites by Rachael Healy

Camden People’s theatre, LondonDonning an insect costume, the magnetic Liv Ello uses clowning to land a deeply serious point about our times Liv Ello is the director of Frankie Thompson’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Friday, September 23, 2022

‘I felt a responsibility to get it right’: the male standups using jokes to cope with miscarriage by Rachael Healy

Even though it affects one in five pregnancies, the loss of a baby is rarely talked about, especially among men. But standups Jacob Hawley and Will Duggan are using comedy to break that tabo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:25AM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

‘We need an intervention’: five ways to fix the Edinburgh festival fringe by Rachael Healy

Too pricy, too elitist, just too big? After the criticisms of this year’s event, a panel of festival regulars consider the way forward for Edinburgh’s summer spectacular Katy Koren, co-a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM
Friday, September 16, 2022

‘I try to be repulsive’: comedian Patti Harrison on why she likes to bait liberal audiences by Rachael Healy

The Ohio-raised star of movies and TV shows such as Shrill and I Think You Should Leave says comedy is a refuge from the impacts of being trans and that, right now, she’s happy to be in th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:13AM
Friday, August 26, 2022

How to say the unsayable: the comics tackling anti-‘woke’ trolling by Rachael Healy

While debates about cancel culture rage on at Edinburgh, a trio of performers are critiquing ‘edgelord’ humour, while still remembering to be funny ‘Cancel Anti Wokeflake Snow Culture�…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:43AM
Friday, August 19, 2022

‘It felt like this might never happen again’: comedians rejoice at the return of crowds by Rachael Healy

After lockdowns kept them out of touch with audiences, standups explain their exhilaration at coming together to raise laughs at Edinburgh fringe The lights go down signalling the start of t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:54AM
Thursday, August 18, 2022

‘Night after night I get harassed’: comedians call for safer working conditions by Rachael Healy

With research showing sexual harassment is a routine occurrence, there is growing demand for arts venues to commit to protecting entertainers Posey Mehta, like many performers at the Edinbur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:07AM
Monday, August 15, 2022

‘You have to be 100 times funnier in Danish’: the pitfalls and pleasures of taking comedy across borders by Rachael Healy

Just because a joke works in one country or language doesn’t mean it will in another. Globetrotting standups talk about routines that have bombed – and the changes that saved them When Y…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:33PM
Monday, August 8, 2022

Olga Koch review – break-up sex and getting left on read by Rachael Healy

Monkey Barrel Comedy, EdinburghFrom relationship recovery to getting her phone messages spoken out by the audience, Koch has charisma and punchlines to burn The infamous opening notes of Sha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Sunday, August 7, 2022

Frankie Thompson review – all the feline feels with a magnetic performer by Rachael Healy

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghLeaving no cat-related reference unlicked, Thompson’s show is artfully clownish and funny The stage is set with a treadmill, yoga mat, step-up box and a big s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42AM
Saturday, August 6, 2022

Ania Magliano review – skilled off-key laughs from affable rising star by Rachael Healy

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghA properly fresh take on quarter-century living, Magliano’s is a charismatic debut moving through divorce, sexuality and cat-buying with ease Absolutely No W…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54PM
Friday, August 5, 2022

Jordan Gray review – a standup superhero by Rachael Healy

Assembly George Square, The Box, EdinburghIn her show Is It a Bird? the comic has the audience on their feet with a nuanced and deeply funny hour of music and jokes ‘This is going to be br…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42PM

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