Comedy, Niki Boyle

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Brendan O’Carroll takes Mrs Brown’s Boys on full UK tour in 2015

4 Jul 2014

Tickets for the UK tour go on sale from Fri 4 Jul

Following the release of Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, Brendan O’Carroll is taking his larger-than-life comic creation on tour, calling at Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Cardiff, Leeds, Nottingham, London, Liverpool and Sheffield throughout…

Performers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: Send us your bribes!

9 Jul 2014

Send us free stuff and get valuable exposure for your show

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, and as a result, individual shows or performers can sometimes struggle to make themselves heard. In an ideal world, it'd be great if every show could achieve a decent level of…

Interview: Jackass/CKY star Bam Margera on Nikki, Novak and watching Titanic alone

24 Jun 2014

'I'm Peter Pan with credit card. Nothing can become everything – and repeat!'

First record you ever bought? I didn't buy it, Phil [Bam’s father] did. It was Metallica Master of Puppets for $8 at Kmart. I had to cry til I got it. Last extravagant purchase you ever made? Giving away millions of dollars / meeting nine assholes…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Goodbye Gunther

5 Aug 2014

A visit from the Grim Reaper results in free publicity for Frank Wurzinger

We thought that Big Fat Fringe Bribe season had peaked with the delivery of a real live human being, but we clearly weren't thinking metaphysically enough. The Grim Reaper himself appeared in the List offices to hand out the next bribe (incongruously, a…

Life After Beth

25 Jun 20144 stars

Superlative zombie dramedy starring Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick and John C Reilly

‘Imagine The Graduate, but with zombies.’ That seems to have been Jeff Baena’s brief for Life After Beth, a ‘zomromcom’ that couldn’t be further from the Shaun of the Dead vibe that label suggests. Dane DeHaan is expertly cast as Zach, a gothier version…

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Lee Nelson to tour UK in 2015 with Suited & Booted tour

2 Sep 2014

Tickets for the comedy creation's new show will go on sale from Fri 5 Sep

Comedy character Lee Nelson is set to travel across the country as part of his 2015 Suited and Booted tour. Nelson (the creation of stand-up Simon Brodkin) will play indigo at The O2, London on Sat 9 May 2015, with further dates to be…

Come Heckle Christ

14 Aug 20143 stars

Josh Ladgrove's Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy show is entirely dependent on audience interaction

You get no prizes for guessing that Come Heckle Christ is a show dependent on the quality of its audience. Character comedian Josh Ladgrove props himself on the cross for (almost) the entire duration, responding to a mix of insults, theological queries…

Sophie Wu is Minging, She Looks Like She’s Dead

10 Aug 20143 stars

Amusing monologue on teenage years from Fresh Meat from Kick-Ass actress

Sophie Wu is currently forging a decent acting career for herself, picking up supporting roles in the Kick-Ass franchise and Channel 4’s Fresh Meat. She wasn’t always so successful, though: in her teenage years, she suffered intense bullying at the…

George Ryegold: Iron Face in a Velvet Beard

10 Aug 20143 stars

Sturdily constructed and potent Edinburgh Fringe show from disgraced medic

Disgraced medic George Ryegold has an impeccable and reassuring bedside manner. He wears a fuzzy beard and corduroy jacket; his speech is peppered with avuncular Old Etonionisms (everything’s ‘bloody’ or ‘a bugger’); and his Radio 4-friendly voice is…

Foil, Arms and Hog

9 Aug 20142 stars

Likeable enough trio suffer from acute lack of originality

You’ll find nothing especially wrong with affable Irish sketch trio Foil, Arms and Hog. You’ll go along and be vicariously charmed by how much fun they seem to be having on stage; you’ll be swept up in the merriment of the battle of the mimes, or the…

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Jay-Z and Me: A Fast-talking Memoir

8 Aug 20142 stars

Impressive mastery of Hova's verses fails to disguise empty plot at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

60-year-old New Yorker Brenda Cullerton is a massive Jay-Z fan. Forced to attend his concerts alone (her husband isn’t a hip hop fan; her children are too embarrassed), she stands in awe of the man whose love of words equals her own, and whose…

Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked

5 Aug 20143 stars

Blacker-than-black comedy has solid in-depth character study but lacks significant story-line

When booking tickets for this blacker-than-black comedy, it may be worth bearing in mind the words of Mike Myers’ Wayne Campbell, who, upon hearing that rock band the Shitty Beatles make awful music, quips: ‘So it’s not just a clever name.’ Yes, the…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

4 Aug 2014

The List are presented with their own Spanish waiter in exchange for a few words of exposure

It was always gonna be hard to top a pair of floppy dog ears, but the cast of the Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience (note the clever, lawsuit-negating spelling) did their darndest by pitching something the Big Fat Bribe team had never experienced…

Larry Dean: Scottish Comedian of the Year 2013

3 Aug 20142 stars

An amiable hour that goes nowhere

The show title Scottish Comedian of the Year 2013 isn’t one that inspires a lot of hope in this comedy reviewer. For a start, it’s just lazy – unlike, say, Stewart Lee’s 41st Best Stand-Up, there’s no sense of ironic detachment. Secondly, it has the…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Two More Liars

30 Jul 2014

Stand-up Struan Logan buys some valuable exposure with a minimalist bribe

Comedian Struan Logan doesn't like to stoop to childish, sugar-filled bribery like edible rats. No sire, not he. Struan sent us a symbol of 'the futility of what you and I are both doing. Writing and writing about comedy shows for one month that only a…

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Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Rat: Induction

30 Jul 2014

The Free Fringe sketch trio keep us sweet with some edible rodents

Board games and word searches are all very well, but they don't give us the artificially-sweetened energy we need to get us through the hectic Fringe days. Thank heavens, then, for sketch comedy trio Rat, who sent us two jumbo tubs of rodent-shaped…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Swiss Cheese

28 Jul 2014

Bawsoot Theatre Company swap some cheesy craftsmanship for valuable exposure

There was a marked contrast between the last bribe we received – Gary from Leeds' ultra-minimalist Yeti Action Pack – and our most recent arrival: a painstakingly assembled cheese house. Hand-delivered by two members of Bawsoot Theatre Company, the…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Yeti

26 Jul 2014

Performance poet Gary from Leeds bags some easy exposure with his Yeti Action Pack

We thought our last bribe – a handheld 8-bit gaming console – was lo-fi. Then we received Gary from Leeds' Yeti Action Pack: a slab of cotton wool, a twig and three numbered index cards. Rather than explain what each item did/does, Gary merely assured…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: McNeil & Pamphilon Go 8-Bit

25 Jul 2014

A handheld gaming console buys the comedy duo some valuable exposure

It was a bit jarring to switch from the powerful sounds of anthemic German pop music to sub-Game Boy chiptune, but that's what greeted us as soon as we switched on the 9999 IN 1 Brick Game, as provided by comedy duo McNeil & Pamphilon. The handheld…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: A TED Talk with Clay JW Crowne

24 Jul 2014

Ben Mills buys some valuable exposure with the gift of German pop

Having thoroughly warmed our wrists with our previous bribe, the List staff were ready to pump our fists in the air to some anthemic pop – which is why we were lucky Ben Mills' bribe arrived when it did. Wolfgang Petry is (according to Wikipedia) one of…

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Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Sweater Curse - a Yarn about Love

23 Jul 2014

A 'knitting obsessive' buys some exposure with handmade 'small dog sweaters'

Following Chelsea Manders' perhaps too valuable bribe, we were happy to receive something that had more of a homemade vibe to it. 'Writer / actor / obsessive knitter' Elaine Liner sent us an envelope stuffed with woollen wonders; were it not for her own…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Chelsea Manders - Don't Tell My Dad

21 Jul 2014

The Canadian comedian buys some exposure with a classy bottle of icewine

Despite trying to emphasise the tongue-in-cheek nature of our Big Fat Fringe Bribe, there are always one or two performers who go above and beyond with their payola. Possibly not realising that she could get away with an ornamental bottle-stopper…

Lucie Pohl bring debut show Hi Hitler to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

German-American draws from her unconventional childhood for comedy show

Let’s get one thing out of the way: the title of Lucie Pohl’s Fringe debut, Hi Hitler, is not there purely for shock value. ‘It’s a joke, of course, because when I was young I thought it was a greeting,’ she explains over the phone from Istanbul. ‘I…

Interview: comedian Gary Little chats to us about Munros, clown paintings and prison table tennis championships

14 Jul 2014

First record you ever bought Suzie Quatro ‘Devilgate Drive’. Last extravagant purchase you made 1969 omega watch. First film you saw that really moved you Loads, but one that gets me all the time is Cinema Paradiso. Last lie you told I…

Billy Connolly coming to Scotland on High Horse tour 2014

9 Jul 2014

The Big Yin will visit Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh & Glasgow; tickets on sale from Fri 11 Jul

Legendary Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has announced he's returning to his homeland as part of his High Horse world tour in autumn 2014. The tour will call at Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Interestingly, the Big Yin's appearance…