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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Catchphrase comedy is dead. Am I bovvered? by Brian Logan

The former head of BBC comedy claims catchphrases are out of fashion. But as Corporal Jones might say, ‘Don’t panic!’ There’s life in sloganeering yet Catchphrase comedy is a dying a…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Cameron Esposito: a new kind of comedy hero by Brian Logan

Esposito’s last show, Rape Jokes, was hailed as part of a new queer-friendly, woke brand of comedy for the #MeToo era. How does she follow it up?When Hannah Gadsby’s show Nanette went su…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Kevin Bridges review – savant of Clydebank laughs in the face of piety by Brian Logan

Hammersmith Apollo, London The 31-year-old breathes new life into well-worn observational comedy in a masterful show that scorns pretensionKevin Bridges is in his 30s now, a time when fear o…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Olga Koch review – from Russia with love and oligarchs by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh In a spirited Edinburgh debut, the daughter of a former deputy PM of Russia tells her father’s fascinating storyPlenty of comics get good material from their…

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Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse review – tomboy tales and top-notch jokes by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe LGBTQ+ standup twists gender into new shapes in a fringe debut that feels like a great intro to a fresh comic personalityShould we be disowning words like …

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

The League of Gentlemen review – a brilliantly twisted return to the stage by Brian Logan

Sunderland Empire Exhilarating new material joins favourite vintage sketches as Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton bring their chilling creations to life again on tourTV tie-i…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Edinburgh award champ Rose Matafeo's Horndog is a comedy smash by Brian Logan

The Kiwi standup thoroughly deserves her success with an uproarious, emotionally intimate and feminist show With the triumph of Rose Matafeo in this year’s Edinburgh Comedy awards, a sub-p…

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Larry Dean: Bampot review – cheeky, chatty, all-smiles comedy by Brian Logan

Assembly Checkpoint, EdinburghDean is a standup with the popular touch and an easy swing to his style. Just don’t go expecting anything high-conceptWednesday was a day of ups and downs for…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Jason Donovan’s Amazing Midlife Crisis review – heartthrob hits 50 by Brian Logan

Assembly George Square, EdinburghThe star revisits his success as a singer and soap-star to find out whether he is older and wiser, or just olderWhat an odd confection this touring show by J…

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Glenn Moore review by Brian Logan

Just the Tonic @ The Tron, EdinburghSupposedly the story of his attempt to go on a mission to Mars, Moore’s set is actually a string of high-quality jokes Comedy is not just about jokes, a…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Felicity Ward: Busting a Nut review – a jumble sale of jokes by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghFrom gags about vintage frocks to her toilet roll-hoarding mother-in-law, Ward is endearing, if under-poweredNot every Edinburgh comedy set needs a theme, story…

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Brexit's a joke: Edinburgh fringe's EU comedies by Brian Logan

Britain’s exit from the EU is quicksand for artists as well as politicians. This year, it’s inspired polemical cabaret and a drama that goes nowhere fastThe Edinburgh fringe’s best res…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother! review – brilliant send-up of #MeToo anxiety by Brian Logan

Assembly George Square, EdinburghSketch duo Celeste Dring and Freya Parker are unstoppable in an outrageous and irreverent hour for ‘ladies and predators’‘Good afternoon, ladies and pr…

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Edinburgh comedy award shortlist includes Ahir Shah and Rose Matafeo by Brian Logan

Felicity Ward, Alex Edelman, Glenn Moore, Larry Dean and Kieran Hodgson also among standups in the running for £10,000 main prize – but the list has some striking omissions The shortlist …

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

I saw a man die on stage. It was me | Brian Logan by Brian Logan

He’s been derided by Daniel Kitson, shamed by Stewart Lee – and now our comedy critic has been depicted having his brains blown out by Sam Campbell. Just as well he can take a jokeI can …

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John-Luke Roberts review – Spice up your life with the nonsense manifesto by Brian Logan

Assembly George Square, EdinburghA parade of daft characters and killer gags illustrate Roberts’ credo that absurdism reflects the chaos of being aliveLeft-field standup John-Luke Roberts …

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Camilla Cleese review – drily amusing jokes about dad by Brian Logan

Assembly, George Square, EdinburghIn a set called Produced by John Cleese, the Python’s daughter shares the bill with political standup Steve HofstetterHaving eschewed nepotism in the past…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Steen Raskopoulos review – tears flow in emotionally raw comedy by Brian Logan

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghThe Aussie standup ditches blithe character-comedy for a brave show that is often more sad than funnyNo one who’s seen the Aussie act Steen Raskopoulos would a…

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Richard Coles: Confessions review - as cosy as a teapot at crochet class by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghWith its chummy chat and Strictly gossip, this fringe show is like being force-fed pages of OK! magazineHis show is called Confessions and promises “candid ch…

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Mat Ewins review – hi-tech gags from multimedia noodler extraordinaire by Brian Logan

Just the Tonic at the Mash House, EdinburghArtistry and geekery combine in a set that shows off Ewins’ clever video editing and pranksterish sense of funBrexit. #MeToo. Editing a newspaper…

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Dylan Moran review – superb standup sets out to solve the problem of life by Brian Logan

Stand Comedy Club, EdinburghIn his new show Dr Cosmos, Moran ranges across religion, politics, cat personalities and TV ads for shampooElsewhere on the fringe, twentysomething tyros will hur…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Alex Edelman review – a Jewish comic walks into a Nazi meeting … by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIn Just for Us, the smooth-talking and apparently fearless Bostonian standup recounts gatecrashing a white supremacist gathering in New YorkA young Jewish guy g…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Pin review – one of Edinburgh's most dazzling comedy shows by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghTerrific skits and inventive gags mean the laughs come thick and fast in a delightful new hour from the sketch duoCleverness comes as standard from sketch duo t…

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Jayde Adams: The Divine Ms Jayde review – comedy in full diva mode by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe standup’s compelling personality and powerful voice add up to emphatic entertainment in this musical showThe audience are on their feet by the end of The …

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Evelyn Mok: Bubble Butt review – a bummer of a show by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghMok’s routines about sexuality, dolls and her mum’s disciplinary habits are promising but underpowered By the end, Evelyn Mok is blaming tiredness and askin…

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Mr Swallow and the Vanishing Elephant review – a trunkful of tricks by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghNick Mohammed doesn’t quite conjure the powers of previous extravaganzas but this entertaining set has some impressive feats of memoryNick Mohammed’s comedy…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Jessie Cave: Sunrise review – a twisted indie romcom in standup form by Brian Logan

The Stand, EdinburghThe comic’s tangled personal life is the subject of bracingly raw scrutiny in this dazzling display of soul-searching comedyThere’s intimate standup comedy, and then …

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Ahir Shah: Duffer review – political standup gets personal by Brian Logan

Laughing Horse @ the Counting House, EdinburghThe comic discusses race, mental health and mortality in a set that’s packed with difficult materialAhir Shah made his name – and secured a …

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Sam Campbell: The Trough review – a brimming bowl of meaninglessness by Brian Logan

Monkey Barrel, EdinburghSense and subtlety are in short supply in this hour-long dive into the award-winning comic’s ‘wackadoo’ psycheInspired lunacy or meaningless drivel? In nonsense…

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Kate Berlant: Communikate review – the most vivid new comic voice on the fringe by Brian Logan

Assembly George Square, EdinburghThis pin-sharp satire on self-love doesn’t aspire to comedy so much as ‘connect’ with its audience, yet positively gleams with surprises and smart impr…

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Ciarán Dowd: Don Rodolfo review – spoof swashbuckler is surprisingly seductive by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghCharacter comedy doesn’t come less cutting-edge, but despite his cheesy cliches and nonsense machismo, Dowd has his way with the crowdImagine Zorro struggling…

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