Comedy, Henry Northmore

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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…

Scott Ian: Swearing Words in Glasgow

7 Nov 20143 stars

Anthrax metal man's spoken word tour proves he is 'a decent storyteller with some wicked tales'

As the only constant member of thrash titans Anthrax, Scott Ian is one of the most recognisable faces in metal and also boasts perhaps the best goatee in the business. Not only guitarist in a multimillion selling band, he's a regular talking head in…

White Reindeer

12 Nov 20143 stars

An interesting alternative to generic Christmas movies starring Anna Margaret Hollyman

A quirky low budget indie drama, Suzanne Barrington's (Anna Margaret Hollyman) December gets off to a particularly traumatic start. This tragedy sets off a series of unusual encounters as this seemingly prim and proper real estate agent veers out of…

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…

Northern Soul

13 Oct 20143 stars

Elaine Constantine's directorial debut takes a look at the titular youth scene

For the uninitiated, northern soul was a youth movement that gripped the North of England during the 60s and 70s, fuelled by high octane funk and soul records from the States. DJs were on a permanent quest for ever more elusive tracks, unearthing gems…

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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…

Tom Neenan: The Haunting of Lopham House

26 Aug 20144 stars

Sharp wordplay and bizarre comedy characters at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Tom Neenan is a master storyteller vividly bringing to life his ghostly tale The Haunting of Lopham House. He draws on the works of MR James and his ilk for inspiration as a young man finds himself staying in a haunted mansion. With just a few simple…

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories!

26 Aug 20143 stars

Silly comedy ghost stories at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Rather than long-form narrative, Will Seaward opts for a selection of short nonsense tales in the Gilded Balloon. You'll encounter salty sea dogs, vampires and ghosts aplenty. Perhaps a bit too silly to be genuinely scary but Seaward is a natural…

Anna Morris: Would Like To Thank

22 Aug 20143 stars

Well-written comedy with clever framework and comic timing at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Structuring her Fringe show as a Woman of the Year final (sponsored by YouthAnasia Anti-Ageing Products), Anna Morris has come up with a clever framework to showcase a series of comic characters. All of whom are presided over by last year's winner…

Rat: Induction

21 Aug 20144 stars

Shrewd and funny sketch show hits the mark at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Rat are already standing on stage, bored and dejected, as the audience file in, hellishly inane muzak playing on a loop over the soundsystem. The trio (Alistair Donegan, David Newman and Camilla Whitehill) are trapped, waiting for an unspecified…

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Jonny Awsum: Sexy Noises

21 Aug 20143 stars

Musical comedy is feelgood frivolous fun at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Jonny Awsum bounds on stage grinning from ear to ear, a mischievous twinkle in his eye, an acoustic guitar strapped round his neck. And the feelgood vibes never relent through this hour of musical comedy. The songs are similarly cheery and you can't…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…