Sam Simmons

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Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees and winners 2015 – where are they now?

8 Sep 2015

Our guide to tracking down the Fosters Comedy Awards nominees and winners post-Fringe

So you didn't make it to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year? No worries, you were probably busy. Bacon doesn't bring itself home. The good news is that missing Edinburgh doesn't mean you have to miss out on some of the best shows of the summer.

Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast

16 Aug 20154 stars

One in the eye for critics of this absurdist Aussie as he unleashes a blistering new show

Olives are not for everyone. Sam Simmons reckons that when you first pop one in your mouth, those taste buds are certain to recoil in disgust. But eventually your palate warms to the little fellas’ delights and that fixed, determined opinion will…

Interview: Sam Simmons – Spaghetti for Breakfast

24 Jul 2015

'It makes total sense for me, and this is why I do absurd comedy.'

If things had worked out differently, Sam Simmons might have ended up becoming a zookeeper. As it is, the thirtysomething Australian has spent the last decade or so travelling the world as a self-styled professional idiot, brandishing an off-kilter…

Best comedy shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015

10 Jun 2015

What to see at Pleasance, Assembly, The Stand, Underbelly, Gilded Balloon and Assembly Rooms

Following the unveiling of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme, we've chosen our pick of the comedy on offer during August.

Sam Simmons: Death of a Sails-Man

3 Aug 20144 stars

High-functioning surreality from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe mainstay

Amidst a stage strewn with Lego, cardboard sharks and coconuts (Death of a Sails-Man is set in the ocean), Sam Simmons stands be-wetsuited and repeatedly thrusting his pelvis. He introduces himself as Phil, a muesli salesman who was lost at sea while…

Sam Simmons - About the Weather

19 Aug 20122 stars

Noisy ‘play’ fails to do Aussie comic justice

Imagine a shouty hybrid of the horror movie Videodrome and that creepy old record ‘Sparky’s Magic Piano’ and you have a fairly accurate idea of Sam Simmons’ play-within-a-Fringe-comedy, About the Weather. ‘It’s going to be weird for an hour,’ roars the…

Edinburgh Comedy Award 2011 shortlist

25 Aug 2011

Plus the 10 funniest jokes from the Fringe

The shortlist for the 2011 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards have been announced. Nominations for best comedy show and for best newcomer. The winners will be announced on Saturday 27th August.

Top of the props: Best use of objects in Edinburgh 2011 Fringe comedy

24 Aug 2011

Including a levitating dog, a liver and a bag of urine

The best items on the comedy conveyor belt. A levitating dog. Brave old Mr Piffles might have his own polo neck jumper, but for the purposes of this column, he’s a prop, right? In Piff the Magic Dragon’s super show, he floats above the very ground (with…

Sam Simmons

15 Aug 20113 stars

High-octane comedic bizarrity from Australia

Sam Simmons is quite clearly demented. His show’s title, Meanwhile, refers to the quick transitions he makes between surreal sketch after surreal sketch, some brief and wordless (such as his portrayal of a dying beetle), some longer and coming from a…

Sam Simmons

11 Aug 20102 stars

Somewhat lacklustre

Some show titles require little comment when they are so horribly apt. For an hour which bounds around at breakneck speeds, as Simmons contemplates the things he loves and hates in life, its heart and soul is somewhat lacklustre. Taking part in a…

Sam Simmons

19 Aug 20093 stars

Lacking in spontaneity but his methods are inventive

For his Fringe debut, the Australian puts his all into a song-and-goof show about the things you find down the back of the sofa. His absurdist observations may be lacking in spontaneity but his methods are inventive and being from the ‘if in doubt…

Late 'n' Live – Gilded Balloon

18 Aug 20093 stars

Ever-changing comedy cabaret

It's hard to say what to expect at this Edinburgh institution. The hours between 1am and 5am are never the most predicatable in August, and less so when 400 drunken revelers are expecting entertainment from four even drunker comedians. That's the…

Twitter Natter

14 Aug 2009

Here at List Towers we have been inundated with Twitter reviews. We've collected our top picks, for the people by the people