Comedy, Henry Northmore

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FrightFest 2014: Wolfcop

20 Aug 20143 stars

Fun, furry retro horror from writer-director Lowell Dean

Some films take on a life of their own before they are even released, with the internet going into overdrive before anyone's seen the first frame of footage (recent examples being Snakes on a Plane and Sharknado). Wolfcop now joins these illustrious…

The Twins Macabre: Small Mediums at Large

19 Aug 20144 stars

A series of grisly black comedy vignettes at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Ivy and Morris are The Twins Macabre, two psychic siblings that come across like creepy Victorian children trapped in the modern world. Equally influenced by Hammer Horror and the Addams Family, they brilliantly inhabit their characters: Ivy is the…

Jonny & the Baptists: The Satiric Verses

19 Aug 20143 stars

Catchy, political songs from musical comedy double act at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Musical comedy double act Jonny & The Baptists (aka Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers) got an unlikely publicity boost earlier this year. After setting out on their 'Stop UKIP' tour and releasing a video on YouTube, the party sat up and took notice…

Billie Was Tap Dancing for the Seagulls

18 Aug 20143 stars

Intrinsically odd and captivating one-woman show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

With such an esoteric title, it's hard to know what to expect from Billie Was Tap Dancing for the Seagulls. Yet, even after seeing Katie Bridget O'Brien's one-woman show, it's still hard to know exactly what to make of its intrinsic oddness. She comes…

Twins

17 Aug 20144 stars

Laidback, freewheeling comedy from Annie McGrath and Jack Barry at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Annie McGrath and Jack Barry patently aren't twins. This misguided assumption that people can't tell them apart is a running joke throughout their show. It's simple and silly but they just about manage to keep the notion weird and quirky rather than…

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Aunty Donna

4 Aug 20144 stars

Stupid, smart, clever and big sketch comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

There are two things that need to be cleared up about Aunty Donna: there are three of them and they’re all men. This Aussie trio present a fresh, very physical take on sketch comedy that verges on the surreal: Broden Kelly, Zachary Ruane and Mark Samual…

Twisted Loaf: Half Baked

2 Aug 20144 stars

Comedy on a knife edge from edgy and unpredictable duo

The first thing that will flash through your mind as you stagger out of Half Baked is: ‘what the fuck have I just witnessed?’. Your mind will be struggling to comprehend the barrage of weirdness that has filled the last hour. Opening with probably the…

Andrew O'Neill - Heavy Metal: A History

9 Aug 20144 stars

Huge connection with a subculture results in massive pay-off for those in the know

From the black clad hordes, sporting Mastodon t-shirts and Mohawks, waiting in line you know Andrew O'Neill is preaching to the converted. The clue is in the title if the thought of anything heavier than Coldplay brings you out in a cold sweat steer…

Tobias Persson: One Thing Led to a Mother

7 Aug 20143 stars

Easy going and accessible Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy show about IVF

Tobias Persson has worked the stand-up circuit in his native Sweden for many years and One Thing Led to a Mother marks his fifth year doing comedy in English. He rattles through a sharp, fast paced homage to Swedish stereotypes in the opening ten…

Luke and Harry's Journey to Sex Colony 01

20 Aug 20134 stars

Baffling but really kind of wonderful creepy sci-fi odyssey

Subtitled ‘Journey to Sex Colony 01’ Luke Davies and Harry Carr’s show is a vaguely creepy sci-fi odyssey. It's as far removed from stand-up as you can get, the entire show is an immersive experience. Most of the audience will only sway, chant and dance…

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Adult World

15 Jul 20143 stars

John Cusack, Emma Roberts and Evan Peters star in this appealing porn industry dramedy

Ignore the tacky cover art that suggests John Cusack is Emma Roberts' favourite customer at a pole dancing club, the film contained within is a far more appealing comedy drama set on the fringes of the porn industry. In a bid for independence aspiring…

Lloyd Langford: Old Fashioned

18 Aug 20143 stars

Solid, dependable and reliably funny stand-up at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Welsh comic Lloyd Langford has been bubbling under for a while now as Rhod Gilbert's regular sparring partner (and former flatmate) on radio and TV alongside guests appearances on QI and Russell Howard’s Good News. His show, Old Fashioned, fits the…

John Robertson: A Nifty History of Evil

18 Aug 20143 stars

A hour of manic, horror-themed comedy storytelling at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

John Robertson begins his routine with its own prequel, a whacked-out retelling of the universe’s creation. The Aussie stand-up then launches into several manic stories involving the Marquis de Sade, Rasputin and Filipino vampires during A Nifty History…

Igor Meerson: Hou I Lernt Inglish

3 Aug 20142 stars

Russian comic avoids politics and sticks to tired, old-hat material at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Officially approved by Edinburgh's favourite morose comedian Dylan Moran (who is presenting the show in association with Mike Perrin Worldwide), Igor Meerson is the first Russian stand-up on the Fringe. He's incredibly sweet, and considering live comedy…

Danny Buckler: Punch

9 Aug 20143 stars

Quality patter that instantly engages in hour exploring fantasy vs reality of life

Russell Brand is right there's definitely a certain air of Tony Hancock about Danny Buckler. A dreamer who's constantly disappointed by how life lets you down. You might be the hero in the film that plays within your head but the truth is you're often…

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Juliette Burton: Look at Me

3 Aug 20143 stars

Heartfelt and infectiously positive 'docucomedy' show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Dressed all in pink, Juliette Burton bounds on stage with unbridled enthusiasm. She's a perky and effervescent performer but this sparkly façade hides a darker truth (mild spoilers ahead): Burton was once anorexic (weighing just four stone as a…

Hot 100 2013: 89-80

11 Dec 2013

Anna Meredith, Neil Forsyth and Greg McHugh among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Russell Brand - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 12 Oct 2013

17 Oct 20134 stars

Messiah Complex is the comedian's most coherent, unashamedly intelligent show yet

There are two versions of Russell Brand in the public domain. There’s the brilliant, fast-witted comedian, and there's the tabloid caricature, a grotesque exaggeration of Brand's worst traits, and a paper-thin construct reduced to the adjectives 'randy…

Sam Avery: Rock and Dole

10 Aug 20143 stars

Absorbing autobiographical and hilarious insight into hidden world of rock'n'roll

Dispatches from the frontline of rock'n'roll. At the age of 15 Sam Avery and three of his pals formed a band. After mulling over some frankly ridiculous ideas they finally called themselves dHb (far better than one early suggestion: 'Techno Pussy…

Fin Taylor: Real Talk

4 Aug 20143 stars

Charismatic, offbeat Edinburgh Festival Fringe solo debut for the charming comedian

Making his solo debut at this year's Festival is young stand-up Fin Taylor. The Fringe can be tough on new comics but Taylor copes admirably with tonight's low turnout. He takes the time to riff with the audience and build the thin crowd into the show…

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Cheap Thrills

27 May 20143 stars

Black comedy that brings to mind a drug-fuelled Coen Brothers flick with a hint of early Sam Raimi

Family man Craig (Pat Healy) is resoundingly down on his luck. Facing eviction after losing his job, he hits the bar with old drinking buddy Vince (Ethan Embry). It's there they encounter rich couple Colin and Violet (David Koechner and Sara Paxton)…

Interview: Stuart Gordon, director of Re-Animator, From Beyond and Castle Freak

20 May 2014

The filmmaker has also turned his hand to theatre, directing Re-Animator: The Musical and Taste

For aficionados of the undead, Re-Animator is counted as a true great alongside Dawn of the Dead and Zombie Flesh Eaters. The film is a smart, funny and gloriously gory slice of horror cinema starring Jeffrey Combs as an insanely driven medical student…

Interview: comedian John Kearns offers Sight Gags for Perverts

25 Feb 2014

A show that's part confessional, part character comedy, but all very, very funny

Sight Gags for Perverts is a very unusual show. John Kearns shambles on stage dressed in scruffy wig and false teeth before launching into a patience-testing song and rambling on about loneliness, failure and Berlin. ‘It's basically me,’ says Kearns in…

Sight Gags for Perverts

22 Aug 20133 stars

Zig zagging through a warped world

John Kearns is a very strange man. Judging by the fright wig, false teeth and opening ‘musical’ number, you know this isn’t going to be conventional stand-up. The Guardian review that he mentions here is right on the money: there are no jokes per se…

Foil, Arms and Hog - Late Night Irish Sketch Comedy

20 Aug 20133 stars

Lovable Irish cheeky chappie trio

Sketch trio Sean Finegan (Foil), Conor McKenna (Arms) and Sean Flanagan (Hog) have made a decent name for themselves in their native Ireland. And it’s easy to see why, their hyperactive knockabout comedy is an hour of solid entertainment with a decent…