Marissa Burgess
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Marissa Burgess has spent 14 years following and bothering comedians under the guise of comedy journalist. She's used the titles of comedy editor at City Life magazine and main comedy writer for the Manchester Evening News to hide her terrible addiction to stand ups. Since 2003 she has been travelling to the Edinburgh Fringe to provide comedians with unwanted star ratings on their shows.

Though she 'performs' in an entirely talentless and clothes-less manner in Arthur Smith's shows she has no intentions to take up stand up and any laughs derived from her appearance on stage are purely accidental.

This year she is reviewing for the List, is once again prancing like an idiot in Arthur's show and trying not to get strangled in the night by the comedians also living in her flat.

When she remembers she updates examples of her work here.

Entries by Marissa Burgess

My Favourites of the Fringe

(1) Comments | Posted 26 August 2013 | (01:00)

So what were my finds of the Fringe this year? Reviewing for The List and sitting on the panel of the Amused Moose Laughter Award has highlighted plenty of acts I might not have seen otherwise.

A particular favourite was Al Lubel, who won the Moose...

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Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award

(0) Comments | Posted 23 August 2013 | (12:13)

The 33rd Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award short list has been announced. For those not familiar with the comedy world, it's the big award for best comedy show at the Fringe - though you can't be too big a star already to win it.

It was set up in...

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Arthur Smith's Nude Reviewer

(1) Comments | Posted 21 August 2013 | (13:40)

As I've done in previous years, as well as reviewing at the Fringe, I was to be in Arthur Smith's show. Now don't get excited, I can't sing, tell jokes or even juggle (well only if I'm allowed to drop the balls) but what I can do is stroll completely...

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How to Be a Critic and Not a Twat

(1) Comments | Posted 16 August 2013 | (20:24)

This week I find myself with something in common with Ed Miliband - we've both had people throw their groceries at us. The other day at 3pm people were throwing tomatoes at my face, well not my actual face, a photograph, but the principle's the same. When asked to supply...

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The Edinburgh Fringe - The Early Days

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2013 | (13:13)

My years of doing the Edinburgh Fringe for the full run reach double figures this year. And like most 10 year olds I'll probably be celebrating with a lot of sherbet dabs and a bit of a cry underneath a table.

After writing about comedy for four years I first...

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