Comedy, Marissa Burgess

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Casual Violence: The Great Fire of Nostril

21 Aug 20143 stars

Fun and absurd comedy undermined by underwritten script at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Everyone, it seems, would rather hear a story featuring evil conjoined twins rather than one about a happy gherkin and so the hapless narrator Ridley loses out to his unseen voiceover narrator rival. Young Roger Nostril is distraught when his father is…

Natasia Demetriou: You'll Never Have All of Me

20 Aug 20143 stars

Fun hour of comedy with help from comic Mae Martin at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

It's hard to imagine that Natasia Demetriou has much of a clue as to where this show is going, and she has the air of someone flying by the seat of her one-piece tuxedo. It's pretty joyous knockabout stuff though, despite, or perhaps because of its…

Cal Wilson: It Could Have Been Me

18 Aug 20144 stars

Loveably mad performance from New Zealand comedian with fantastic use of props

Cal Wilson is a thoroughly loveable performer and is also a bit mad. She takes us on a journey through her many and disparate alternative selves, pondering what she might have been had she not ended up a married mother-of-one performing a one-woman show…

Nathan Caton: Teenage Mutant Nathan Caton

17 Aug 20144 stars

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy show exploring what it means to be a man and a role model

At the top of the show Nathan Caton chats to the crowd making amiable jokes about a few topical subjects such as Scottish independence, the Commonwealth Games and UKIP. It looks like we're in for an hour of solid and accomplished club-style stand-up.

All at Sea

15 Aug 20142 stars

Weak script lets down fearless acting by trio at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Intuitive Creatures' All at Sea employs a huge amount of audience interaction, and nowhere in the room is safe. During one skit they even come in from the back and mingle with the people hanging around casually at the bar who were mistaken in thinking…

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Nev: Gold

15 Aug 20142 stars

Surreal hour shows promise despite shortcomings with venue

The vast majority of free venues are great but occasionally things go wrong and it has to be mentioned here because it was so detrimental to the show. In The Wee Pub it's the massive amount of noise bleed from next door, people wandering in and talking…

Croft & Pearce: Give and Take

11 Aug 20143 stars

Enjoyable hour of comedy in need of extra funny injection

One thing's for sure in this show, you can't fault Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce's skills as actors. They bring to life all of their diverse characters with absolute precision and conviction. Effortlessly changing from middle aged, middle class ladies…

Amy G: Entershamement

10 Aug 20144 stars

Brooklyn cabaret star provides one of the most feel-good experiences around at 2014 Edinburgh Fringe

Anyone suffering from festival fatigue can look no further than Amy G. Entershamement is one of the most feel good experiences you could have. The cabaret star from Brooklyn blends slapstick humour, a fantastic voice and some very special talents to…

Austentatious: An Improvised Novel

10 Aug 20144 stars

A cannily entertaining period improv show in the style of Jane Austen

Plenty of improv, particularly long-form like this, easily becomes meandering and flabby if you take it on a journey where literally anything can happen. But they're a canny lot Austentatious: not only does performing improv in the style of Jane Austen…

Nish Kumar: Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity

10 Aug 20144 stars

Intelligent, informed, scattershot stand-up

Nish Kumar's new relationship has brought about a whole other level of understanding about his personality thanks to having someone around to point out how pessimistic, self-centred and egotistical he is. Other people have suggested that he shouldn't…

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John Kearns: Shtick

9 Aug 20144 stars

Last year's Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer delivers a funny, contemplative follow-up

There's always going to be a certain level of expectation the year after you win the Best Newcomer award in Edinburgh. The queue on a rainy Sunday is around the block and, as it's free and unticketed, some of us won't get in. Kearns’ follow-up displays…

Tony Law

9 Aug 20144 stars

Comic lunacy almost tempered by real life at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show

Tony Law is apologetic for not being fully prepared: 'if I go over here, don't think I’m looking at my notes, I'm just checking on my beverages!' It seems surprising that he prepares anything at all. Law is simply a force of funny. Bounding on stage in…

Sean Nolan: The Joke Manifesto

7 Aug 20143 stars

A low key delivery can't detract from finely-crafted jokes at this Edinburgh Festival Fringe show

This is possibly the most low key show at the Fringe. After announcing himself onto the stage minus any run-in music, Sean Nolan proceeds to read his one liners from a notepad, pausing occasionally to laugh self-consciously at a punchline or shake his…

Chelsea Manders: Don't Tell My Dad

7 Aug 20143 stars

A quirky set of comedy country songs from an endearing performer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Chelsea Manders is both Canadian and a good middle class girl who laments the fact that her parents brought her up balanced, so has been working hard to undo their good work. A folk singer with a country and western twang, Manders has an oddball…

Massive Dad

7 Aug 20143 stars

Moments of brilliance but still room for tightening up in sketch troupe's Edinburgh Fringe debut

Without some kind of unifying thread, theme or structure, an hour long sketch show can seem a little unruly. But sometimes, as is the case here, the theme itself is the part that's a bit confusing. There's no apparent reason for the ladies of Massive…

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Yacine Belhousse: Made in France

7 Aug 20143 stars

Promising debut from the surreal, Eddie Izzard-endorsed comic at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

There can't be many comedy shows that feature jokes about conjugating verbs, but for French comedian Yacine Belhousse one of the main obstacles to putting on an Edinburgh show was first learning English. Belhousse's style is surreal and pretty random…

Sol Bernstein: Still Standing

7 Aug 20144 stars

Non-PC stand-up set from the geriatric Jewish character, performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Wearing a trilby and a suit so sharp you could cut yourself on it, 86-year-old Sol Bernstein dodders to the stage to greet fans old and new (with an emphasis on the old – the age range of the room is impressive). The Jewish old timer revels in non-PC…

Dan Jones: New Kid

4 Aug 20142 stars

A comedic play with great potential that just doesn't come together at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Eager compere Dan Jones welcomes us his show 'Live at the Lolaceum', a – very probably – London-based comedy night. He introduces us to his acts; all of whom are suspiciously like Jones and all equally unhinged. From somewhere in the north of England is…

Andy Field is a Giddy Manchild

4 Aug 20143 stars

Enjoyable Edinburgh Festival Fringe show from perfect host and a confident performer

This could have gone horribly wrong for Field – it's the first night of his debut show at the Fringe, he reckons he's not really prepared much and he's got a tipsy late night audience on the top deck of a bus – even before he starts a member of the…

Beta Males: Happenstance

4 Aug 20144 stars

A clever, innovative and very, very funny show from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe sketch group

We probably should have guessed how detailed the plotting would become given that the four fellas, Adam Blampied, Guy Kelly, John Henry Falle and Richard Soames, are almost OCD-like in their setting up of the show as we file in, placing apparently…

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Eddie Pepitone: RIP America, It's Been Fun

3 Aug 20144 stars

Reclaiming the true art of stand-up

It’s doesn’t feel like you’ve had the full Fringe experience until you’ve seen an overweight, bald man ranting at you. Here in Edinburgh that could be on a stage or in Tesco. And in either place it could be Eddie Pepitone. The American is one of those…

Stuart Black: The Crossroads

3 Aug 20144 stars

A poetic and eloquent comic storytelling show at Edinburgh's Free Fringe

Stuart Black has reached many crossroads in his 42 years. Some have led to five years on the dole following disastrous exams results, others a psychiatric hospital stay after not taking bath for several months and living in a van as it was easier to…

The Jest

3 Aug 20144 stars

Sketch comedy quintet displaying intelligent and deliciously absurd skits at the Edinburgh Fringe

This year the Jest team have been pruned from the previous nine piece down to five. It hasn't taken away from the quality though as this year's offering is just as tight as last year's; it's just resulted in a little more running about for the remaining…

Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans With High Class Issues

3 Aug 20141 star

No amount of flashing of flesh can make up for the distinct lack of jokes or plot here

This offering from the New York based group who last year brought us The Inventor and The Escort makes British farce look distinctly layered. Unfortunately no amount of flashing of flesh, nipple or arse cheek makes up for the distinct lack of jokes or…

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…