Comedy, Issue 610

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Barry & Stuart: Part-time Warlocks

14 Aug 20085 stars

Part-time warlocks, full-time fun

It's hard to imagine Paul Daniels onstage with a joint that transforms into a gold chain, and there's no danger you'd have caught him magically turning a porn mag into a map of Iraq. Describing themselves as the 'anti-Paul Daniels of magic', these…

Louis CK

14 Aug 2008

Domestic policy

Championed by Ricky Gervais, loved by late-night US TV and censored by his wife, Louis CK is preparing to launch his brand of outrageous confessional comedy on the UK. Claire Prentice finds out just how far he's prepared to go. Louis CK is driving…

Russell Howard

14 Aug 2008

Beat surrender

Russell Howard can't resist a spot of testicular tomfoolery but, he tells Jay Richardson, his new act is less Buster Gonad than Jack Kerouac With his infectious, wide-eyed optimism currently offering a counterbalance to Frankie Boyle's unflinching…

Simon Munnery - Festival veteran

14 Aug 2008

Simon Munnery shares his lessons learned from 21 years on the Fringe

John Pinette

14 Aug 20084 stars

Say yeah yeah to big bad John

Since getting Jerry and co locked up in the grand finale of Seinfeld, John Pinette has spent the last decade making a name for himself on Broadway and in Hollywood. Having worked with the likes of Sinatra, Arnie and Travolta, he may not need the Fringe…

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Pajama Men

14 Aug 20084 stars

Fantastic yet familiar physical horseplay

The Fringe traditionally gets its unfair share of headlines for being a hotbed of nudity and a feast of skin-baring. But two guys in their jimmy-jams before the watershed? What gives? The massively innovative North American double act of Shenoah Allen…

5 Questions - Rhona Cameron

14 Aug 2008

Rhona Cameron came for a full run last year, and this time around she's teasing us with just the one week of shows. Here she messes around, in the spirit it was intended, with our penetrating Q&A

A Beginner's Guide to Happiness

14 Aug 20081 star

The highlight of Paul Conneely's torpid rumination on happiness is an anecdote about missing a train when a man at the front of the ticket queue asks a meaningless and complex question while those behind suffer silently. I can identify - not so much…

Adventures of Pink Peter

14 Aug 20081 star

What do you get when you cross dress an ex-Blue Peter host, Croydon's premier ex-personal shopper and Vera, pretend sister of Valerie Singleton? Stuart Miles, ghost of childhood past, dons heels, wigs and desperation in an attempt to cast off that goody…

A Guide To Sexual Misery

14 Aug 20082 stars

More chatty lecture than stand-up set, friendly Viennese therapist-comedian Wolfgang Weinberger gives relationship advice, like why and when things go wrong in the bedroom. And what women really want. Using an audience Q&A, some gender clichés…

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Aliens Ate My Schnitzel!

14 Aug 20081 star

Generally speaking, Fringe sketch shows with deliberately wacky titles are about as entertaining as the Star Wars prequels. This is no exception. This duo barely have enough half-decent material to fill five minutes, let alone an hour. The pop music…

AL Kennedy

14 Aug 20083 stars

Those familiar with Kennedy's profound award-winning fiction will be surprised by her style of stand-up. Affable, enthusiastic and a little amateurish, Kennedy's routines revolve around commonplace subjects ranging from a visit to the dentist to pulling…

Alpha Males

14 Aug 20084 stars

Savage indictment of brutish blokes

Last year, our introduction to Victor Legit ended in a shocking explosion of abrasive violence. This time around, the finale from the slightly corrupt but quick-thinking officer of FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) occurs in similarly gory…

Alyssa Kyria

14 Aug 20083 stars

Employing an easy charm and fluid banter, Kyria takes her audience on a rather oddly contrived trip to Greece, introducing us to her cavalcade of stereotypes. Many elements do shine: a geographic shift of Estelle's 'American Boy' to Glasgow is…

The Americans

14 Aug 20082 stars

A typical US family gather up to see how they are going to deal with the threats looming over their way of life. Dad Sam, mom Libby (Liberty: geddit?) and gobby daughter Mary (sounds a bit like America, apparently) tackle the issues with sketches broken…

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Amsterdam Underground Comedy Collective

14 Aug 20084 stars

If you were to ask the audience why they were laughing hysterically at Hans Teeuwen, they probably couldn't tell you. This is because Teeuwen's humour is so stupidly bizarre, so darkly deadpan, so poetically distasteful, with a Kaufmanesque quality, a…

Andrew Clover

14 Aug 20081 star

Jumping off from his Sunday Times column, Clover spins tales of his marriage and burgeoning fatherhood, but with little faith in the humour of his material, he tells his audience when he thinks they should clap, cheer and holler. Any good laughs in the…

Andrew Lawrence

14 Aug 20083 stars

Lawrence may be cleaner cut than the former tramp-devil he once 'played', but that hasn't dampened the amusing malevolence seeping from his mouth. He isn't the only comic this year to make the connection between the Shannon Matthews discovery and the…

Andy Zaltzman

14 Aug 20083 stars

Political comedy may have been on the wane for some time, but thanks to this Art Garfunkel doppelganger, it's heart-warming to see that the flame is still burning somewhere. The Olympics, credit crunch and Mugabe naturally get a full airing, but…

Arnold Brown

14 Aug 20083 stars

Quite why this veteran comic needs a warm-up act is anyone's guess. Irish stand-up Ian Macpherson has got a perfectly fine line of patter, but Brown is such a consummate and idiosyncratic comedian you want a full hour of him. Nevertheless, the impish…

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The Art of Dating and Dumping

14 Aug 20082 stars

It's official: romance is dead

Ghost tours are annoying because the part of you that secretly believes you may actually see a ghoul, is always let down. This show similarly disappoints. You are drawn to it, suspecting that it may just present you with the holy grail of practical…

The Axis of Awesome

14 Aug 20084 stars

In a word: awesome

Catchy tunes, brilliant lyrics and hilarious banter make this one of the most feelgood shows around. Australia's answer to Spinal Tap start with a spot-on parody of Europop before singing about adult mutant ninja turtles and a Bond villain with a lazy…

Bernard O'Shea

14 Aug 20082 stars

Despite the rainy night and damp, undersized audience, O'Shea soldiers on with a show that rails against the confines of society. There are some nice moments and the premise is a good one but it rambles into ennui and the three false endings, though…

Bunny Galore

14 Aug 20083 stars

No-one knows how old aging actress Bunny Galore is, but rumours abound that she was the first Neolithic pin-up. Assisted by her middle European nurse Olga, Galore belts out songs ranging from Patsy Cline to the Divine Comedy, shows us clips of her Acorn…

Clarkson and Crouch

14 Aug 20082 stars

Given the obvious talent of writers and performers Jonathan Clarkson and Rob Crouch, this show simply doesn't deliver as many laughs as it should. Seeing two of the Thundercats being reunited at a former colleague's funeral and watching Shelley and…