Comedy, Marissa Burgess

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Narin Oz: Addicted to Love

1 Aug 20143 stars

An exhilarating, perplexing, intimidatingly intimate Edinburgh Festival Fringe experience

It’s a shame to have to give anything away about this show as it’s fun to experience it with no warning whatsoever. Beforehand, I only knew that it was being performed in a car so it was easy to guess that it would be somewhat intimate. Consequently, it…

Lloyd Griffith: Voice of an Angel, Body of a Trucker

31 Jul 20143 stars

The comedian/choirboy delivers an affable if slightly obvious Edinburgh Festival Fringe set

It's always good to have a gimmick to make you stand out from the rest of the stand-ups; but it's not often the case that a comedian doubles up as a choir singer. Even more incongruously, Lloyd Griffith is big and beardy, yet has a beautiful falsetto…

Lost Voice Guy: Laughter Is The Worst Medicine

31 Jul 20143 stars

A cheeky hour of shattered misconceptions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

Last year at the Fringe, Lost Voice Guy was part way through his run when he fell ill. It turned out he had been standing out in the Edinburgh rain a touch too long and duly developed a life-threatening bout of pneumonia. Still, at least it gave him the…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: sketch trio Foil, Arms & Hog get Loch'd

25 Jul 2014

'We’ve got a sketch about an Irish intervention to a son that -doesn’t- drink'

‘The group stuff’s so much better now, that it’s hard to go back to the other, lesser reaction,’ laughs Sean ‘Hog’ Flanagan as he dismisses a return to performing solo stand-up. A Dublin-based trio who met at their university drama club, Foil, Arms…

Interview: comedian Camilla Cleese comes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

22 Jul 2014

'Six-foot blonde, slightly resembles John Cleese but not that much, thank God'

It’s a brave move going into comedy when your dad is John Cleese, but if you’re currently thinking that the offspring of celebrities get an unfair break because of their bloodline, you can forget that now. Camilla Cleese has the goods to back it up…

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Interview: alternative comedy forerunner Andy de la Tour on returning to stand-up

22 Jul 2014

The comedian will be ending a 20 year absence by appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

Andy de la Tour hadn’t performed stand-up for 20 years when he started to feel its pull again. ‘If you don’t do stand-up, you can still get on with your life, but there’s something about it which you miss. It’s the buzz, the adrenaline, the rush. A…

Sketch trio WitTank dig deep for their fully themed hour, The School

25 Feb 2014

‘I'm starting to meet the teachers that they have been doing impressions of for years!’

Kieran Boyd, Mark Cooper-Jones and Naz Osmanoglu have been making steady progress over the last few years as the cheeky spoonerism sketch troupe WitTank. Having made several appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe, with a series of sketch shows that morphed…

Doctor Brown: Because

29 Aug 20134 stars

Show full of the unexpected is lapped up by the audience

It's not often that you get pelted with olives during a show. But then of course as we've come to realise over the last four years at the Fringe, Doctor Brown's shows are full of the unexpected. Anyone who has seen or at least heard about him before…

Adam Buxton: Kernel Panic

29 Aug 20134 stars

Maximum stupidity and joyous silliness from tech-heavy video show

The title 'Kernel Panic' is derived from the technical term when everything with your computer goes pear shaped. It's the one thing that certainly doesn't happen in Buxton's show – apart from the obligatory 'oh no the macbook's crashed gag'. But then…

Nick Hall: Live!

22 Aug 20133 stars

Promising debut in trying circumstances

There are some spaces at the Fringe that really shouldn’t be used as venues, and this is one of them. There’s nothing but a vague partition to separate the show from the diners in this spot’s restaurant, while its main bar runs alongside the audience…

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Akmal

22 Aug 20133 stars

An engaging but often obvious hour

He may be little known on these shores but, on Australian TV, Akmal is a familiar face; though not, he notes, quite as ubiquitous as Adam Hills. Much of his material concerns how he moved Down Under at the age of ten with his orthodox Christian parents…

Paul F Taylor Presents The Greatest Show in the World Ever

22 Aug 20134 stars

An unhinged, dizzying but quality hour

Having picked his show title for the Fringe brochure back in March, Paul F Taylor spent the intervening months searching for a mysterious Chinese man to buy The Greatest Show in the World Ever from. Cue a dodgy accent and a not-so-mysterious looking…

Kai Humphries: Shameless!

22 Aug 20133 stars

Salt-of-the-earth stand-up

Kai Humphries considers himself to be shameless and not, as he points out, in the sense that he’s from the Geordie equivalent of the Chatsworth Estate. Instead, he means that he’s prone to being a bit naughty. But really, he appears to be a genuinely…

Eric and Little Ern

20 Aug 20134 stars

Hugely enjoyable piece of comedic theatre, more than just a tribute to Morecambe & Wise

Ernie Wise lies in a hospital bed in the final moments of his life. In waltzes his white coated doctor, picks up his notes, turns to the audience and with a gentle push up the nose of his thick rimmed spectacles becomes Wise's 15-years-dead comedy…

Chris Kent: Second Fix

20 Aug 20133 stars

Irish comedian offers an unashamedly straightforward hour of stand-up for his Fringe return

Cork resident Kent has been pottering about the Irish scene quite successfully in the last few years not least having won a few competitions. However his luck seemed to run out last year when he caught an attack of mumps here at the Fringe - though it's…

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Gamarjobat (ga-ma-jo-bat) Rock Out!

20 Aug 20134 stars

Mime, magic and tomfoolery showcased in a pretty tidy hour of great fun

It doesn't feel like the Fringe if you haven't seen Edinburgh regulars and mohawk-sporting Japanese clowns Gamarjobat – even if it's just doing their shopping on Nicholson Street. It's one of those rare Fringe shows where it really doesn't matter how…

The Coin-Operated Girl: A Sex Workers Real Life Revelations of Frivolous Fornications!

20 Aug 20133 stars

Miranda Kane's warmly and enthusiasticly introduces us to the world of escorts

Whatever else this show is, it's certainly uniquely interesting. Since Belle De Jour's revelations about the sex industry, stories of escorts have piqued the interest of both sexes. The room is full and (presumably) not for titillation purposes - though…

Gavin Crawford - A Bummer Abroad

20 Aug 20134 stars

Canadian character comedian mixes impressions, music and monologues with great success

This Canadian character comedian presents a disparate and unexpected show with impressions, music and monologue. Taking its inspiration from all sorts of areas, the only linking factor it seems is that they simply draw from Crawford's own points of…

Garrett Millerick: Does it Matter?

16 Aug 20133 stars

Safely left wing and pretty obvious rhetoric from the angry comic

It's a wonder that Garrett Millerick doesn't burst a blood vessel during his show; particularly as he has to get this annoyed every night for almost a month. He's a very angry young man. He's 30, unmarried (though he came close), lives with a bunch of…

Shirley Gnome

16 Aug 20132 stars

Not-so-well-crafted filthy material leads to a dull show

After the third song focused on below the belt activities you start to wonder whether the whole show's going to be like this. The answer is quite simply, yes. The level of the filth isn't the problem, there are many good acts on the Fringe gloriously…

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Simply the Jest

16 Aug 20134 stars

Good solid writing and delightfully silly sketches

Simply the Jest perform pared down almost prop-less sketches, which is probably a very good thing given that there are nine of them and there's barely enough space on the stage. It's a gag in itself on the rare occasion that they all perform in the same…

Leeds Tealights: The Ultimate Indoor Experience

16 Aug 20133 stars

Fringe experienced foresome aren't afraid to plunge into the dark side

This is one of the most slickly choreographed sketch shows at the Fringe, it's a feat of co-ordination that no one falls off the tiny stage. This year's four strong Tealights troupe certainly form a tight and tidy team. Formed in 2005 at the…

Milo McCabe: Schiz

16 Aug 20134 stars

A wonderful conceit for a character comedy show

This a wonderful conceit for a character comedy show. On a screen on stage Milo McCabe sits in ethereally white room talking to the characters in his head. They're a disparate bunch, camp actor Troy Hawke, the Glaswegian trainspotter who thinks he's…

Mark Smith: The Most Astonishing Name In Comedy

14 Aug 20133 stars

A pleasant exploration of the comic's inability to truly grow up

An act playing to just six people is all too common an occurrence at the Fringe. Even worse when at least one of them is a critic. But Smith is admirably upbeat about it, which has the immediate effect of putting us at our ease. He high-fives each one…

Liam Williams

13 Aug 20134 stars

Member of sketch show Sheeps performs intelligent and inventive material

On Williams' poster the text is written upside down. No surprise then that his debut solo hour of stand up is deliberately obtuse. That could be greatly annoying but as it turns out he can back up this insistence to be different with an intelligent hour…