Comedy, Issue 611

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The Wackness

21 Aug 20083 stars

COMEDY/DRAMA Jonathan Levine’s follow-up to the surprisingly good horror film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is another voyage into nostalgic romanticism and teenage growing pains. This time Levine is pining for his lost youth with a film set in 1994…

College Road Trip

21 Aug 20081 star

Aiming for the generational conflict of Freaky Friday, director Roger Kumble’s family-comedy-drama focuses on trust issues between high-flying teen Melanie (Raven-Symoné) and her over-protective father, police chief James Porter (Martin Lawrence). When…

Janey Godley

21 Aug 20083 stars

Family tale from straight-talking Glaswegian

The title of this show, Domestic Godley, doesn’t refer to the cooking, cleaning, dinner parties ‘domestic goddess’ stereotype. Janey Godley’s candid stand-up is specific to her east end of Glasgow upbringing and subsequently eventful life. With a…

Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

21 Aug 20084 stars

Schaal and pal delve into surreal corners

A warning is gently dispatched: Double Down Hearts will break our minds. Co-written in reverse chronological order by Kristen Schaal, of Flight of the Conchords fame, and Kurt Braunohler, her ‘gift’ of a comedy partner, the play pastiches the melodrama…

Michael McIntyre

21 Aug 20082 stars

The accent is on over-familiarity

Last year, Michael McIntyre apparently harangued two judges on the if.comedy panel for doing this nation the great disservice of not handing him the award on a plate. Still, he could at least reassure himself of his genius with all those flattering star…

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Nick Doody

21 Aug 2008

As if a three-week run at the Fringe wasn’t enough to leave him desperate for a well-earned break, Nick Doody brings highlights from his daffy, gently satirical Edinburgh show Tour of Doody to the west coast as part of Susan Morrison’s Pick of the…

Scott Capurro

21 Aug 20083 stars

A mix of the inspired and the obnoxious

It’s been said that the older people get, the less worried they are about causing offence. Scott Capurro, veteran of some 15 Fringe summers, has clearly decided to go for broke this year, trampling all over every sacred cow and totem of political…

5 Questions - John Wheeler

21 Aug 2008

What five words best describe your stand-up show? Only the truth is funny. Which comics should be more famous than they are now? Just Jamie Kilstein. Here is a man that is not only funny but also likes ale. Can you tell me one strange thing…

7 Sins

21 Aug 20083 stars

Limelight-loving, fabulous and about as butch as Dorothy's dog Toto, San Francisco comedian James Judd's fate was inevitable from the day his mum paid him to act out soaps she'd missed. In a breathless hour, with quick Martini stops, he acts out…

About Benson & Hill

21 Aug 20083 stars

This likeable double act play tag, so you get Geordie comic Luke Benson's audience-based improvisations and clever wordplay followed by his Leicestershire counterpart Martin Hill's observations about everyday life laced with surreal…

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Achtung Pal

21 Aug 20081 star

Twelve hopeful students chew, gag and gurn their way through a barrage of German and 'Schottish' accents in this dreary 1943-Nazi-occupied-Dundee-set comedy. Sparky performances from the stinky Scottish gypsy prostitute and an officer's secretary are…

Aeneas Faversham Forever

21 Aug 20085 stars

Dreadfuls give us a daring, playful and epic tale

A trio of Victorian gentlemen humourists, the Penny Dreadfuls bring you the visually resplendent, aurally pleasurable Aeneas Faversham Forever, one of this year’s most scrumptious and comically edifying Fringe treats. Something shadily undefined yet…

Ahir Shah & Alex Maple

21 Aug 20083 stars

Raw talents in unfettered mayhem

A few years back, a show entitled It’s a Shambles won the Perrier Best Newcomer award. If that moniker hadn’t already been snapped up, it could so easily have applied to this ramshackle affair. And yet, rather than making this an hour of difficult…

Ali Cook

21 Aug 20084 stars

A pleasing mix of cheesy and sinister

He chews razor blades, crushes doves and gets journalists up on stage to help him perform tricks: Ali Cook simply has no fear. With a pleasing mix of cheesy/sinister, there is happily little that is A Touch of Vegas as he demolishes mobile phones…

And On Your Left… Ruth Bratt

21 Aug 20083 stars

Memorably madcap bunch of characters

It’s been a mixed bag of a Fringe for female character comics, but Ruth Bratt’s collection of mad hatters certainly puts her in the top bracket. Set up as a road trip around the sites of Edinburgh, the show introduces a tour guide who is a mixture of…

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…And Other Stories

21 Aug 20081 star

Yet another in a long Fringe line of below-average youth sketch shows by a group (this time the Durham Revue) that will no doubt have some talented writers and actors within its circle but whose abilities are swamped in a sea of over-enthusiastic…

Andrew O’Neill

21 Aug 20083 stars

A history lesson with bizarre wordplay

With his whimsical garb and gothic make-up, Andrew O’Neill resembles an Edwardian punk, a juxtaposition that extends to a strange little set rife with absurdity. Presented as a mock history lesson about British industry replete with the now-ubiquitous…

Andrew Stanley

21 Aug 20083 stars

Being whimsically funny seems to be part of the Irish birth right and Stanley is another example of an act who is adept at managing a crowd and building up a sweat as his shaggy hair matches the tales he unfurls. Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633…

Arthur Smith’s Arturart

21 Aug 20083 stars

Artistic venture with knob gags

Winner of last year’s Spirit of the Fringe if.comeddie award, Arthur Smith’s Arturart returns with another explosion of what its creator describes humbly as a ‘vanity project’. Situated at 15 Queen Street, the fiftysomething stand-up veteran’s…

Bad Dog Variety

21 Aug 20082 stars

Oddball creations lacking in bite

A show presented in the form of the worst cabaret show you could have the misfortunate to see has plenty of potential, but something just doesn’t quite gel with Bad Dog Variety. Our two German hosts Christian and Barnard (all the way from Antwerp? The…

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Badly Ranted Thoughts Via the Magic of Song

21 Aug 20082 stars

A cult alternative to stand-up-by-numbers

Doktor Cocacolamcdonalds is a crowd divider of a man. One half remains stony-faced, mentally working out what else they could have spent that tenner on, and the other ends up laughing slightly hysterically at his brand of freak or unique comedy. Wearing…

The Balloon Debate

21 Aug 20082 stars

Less of a debate and more of a meander as friends Gary and Dan are thrown together on a hot air balloon trip with a somewhat haphazard pilot when Gary's girlfriend fails to turn up. Cue much fretting about his relationship from Gary, an exasperated…


21 Aug 20084 stars

Slapstick moments and lyrical buffoonery appear effortless

There a couple of pre-requisites for attending Barbershopera: an appreciation of musical comedy and a passion for a cappella are essential. A penchant for false facial hair is helpful. That said, Toni & The Guys put on an almost seamlessly tight show…

Beautiful People (Don't Travel Economy)

21 Aug 20083 stars

Any airline comedy with a bitchy hostess at its helm is always going to draw parallels with Pam Ann. The larger than life (thanks to a fat suit) Alexis Van Airbust certainly isn't as slick and the gags are somewhat familiar but nevertheless Robert…

Carl Donnelly & John Robins

21 Aug 20082 stars

Two chaps with bright futures amble along amiably with their separate stand-up sections, linked by an amusing satisfied drinking sound, fashioning out little urban observations and memories of childhood. Clearly, this has no bearing on the star rating…