Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Gift of Potential Disaster (Or Preparing For the Edinburgh Fringe)

Amy Gordon | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Amy Gordon

What on earth do I have to be afraid of? 1) Nobody will show up. The average audience size at the Edinburgh Fringe is four. Four people. My venue seats 200. With 196 opportunities to fail, nightly, this season is going to be downright sacred.

Beyond the Fringe

Jo Brooks | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Brooks

Is it purely about perception - the size and quality of the venue and the comfort of the seats - if indeed there are any. Is it the cost of the ticket? £20 and you're on to a winner - both as performer and audience...

A Who's Who of the Edinburgh Festival

Daniel Parker | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Parker

It's that time of year again; Edinburgh is ablaze with art, theatre, and music from around the world. For the month of August, Edinburgh is the culture capital of the world, as thousands of musicians, street-performers, actors, comedians, authors, and artists demonstrate their art at various venues across the city.

Arthur Smith's Nude Reviewer

Marissa Burgess | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Marissa Burgess

I'm still bemused as to why the sight of me naked is funny (yeah you can keep your comments to yourself on that one...) but it pretty much always gets a laugh, often a really big one.

NewsRevue: Selling, Swelling and Splitting

Thomas Judd | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Judd

My tagline, "I'm playing Margaret Thatcher as a zombie" often turns heads and has merited some terrific responses, including, "The resemblance is uncanny" and "I hope you bury her again afterwards".

Edinburgh Festival - The Who? When? & Why?

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Harrison Roberts

These days the Fringe Festival attracts any performer who can pay the fee for entry and can perform whatever they chose.

Things You Shouldn't Do in Week One of the Edinburgh Fringe

Sophie Walsh-Harrington | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Sophie Walsh-Harrington

Get blotted on night two. I was supposed to stay sober. I'm a professional. I have to pace myself. There's 23 more shows to go. My voice is my instrument. And then I got drunk, stayed up till four and spent the next day hungover, flyering with sunglasses and vodka breath.

NewsRevue: A Day in the Life

Thomas Judd | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Judd

Props and costumes form a significant part of NewsRevue; over the blank canvas of a black background and black basic outfits, the items we adorn are what give the show its colour and pizzazz. As well as dear old Maggie, our show features a host of celebrities and political figures including Richard O'Brien, Ed Miliband, Bashar al-Assad, the Queen and a Romanian horse...

On the Origin of Performers by Means of Natural Selection

Matt Lacey | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

Variability from the indirect and direct action of the conditions of creativity, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for audience numbers, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of one-star shows.

Rabbit in the Headlights

Chris Stokes | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Stokes

It often only lasts for the briefest of seconds but every regular stand-up comedy punter will have seen it happen. The moment when all emotion leaves the comedian's face for a split second as they glaze over and you would be forgiven for thinking that they are relishing the notion of killing someone. In fact, the truth is far less sinister. We are buffering.

34 Years at the Fringe

Richard Vranch | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Richard Vranch

I've performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe almost every year since 1979. The biggest arts festival in the world has given me a platform to write and act in plays, sketch shows, a one-man show, children's shows, a risque dance act, verbatim theatre and lots of impro shows

Smells Like Fringe Spirit

David Moon | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Comedy
David Moon

A lot was written and discussed at the end of last year's Edinburgh Fringe about bubbles bursting, audiences voting with their feet and growing resistance to the commercialisation of the fringe.

Horrible History...

Ed O'Meara | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Ed O'Meara

If you go to the Edinburgh Festival and you have a lovely time and lots of fun, it's because you're not putting on a show. If you go to the Edinburgh Festival and you have a lovely time and lots of fun and you're putting on a show, then there's something wrong with you.

Laugh, Don't Leak - Comedy and Continence

Elaine Miller | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Elaine Miller

Months ago, I decided to do a Fringe show. I have no understanding about The Arts whatsoever, I'm a physiotherapist. My astonishingly-clever-at-the-time idea was to use the biggest arts event in the world to break down the taboo surrounding incontinence. Made perfect sense at the time.

What Is the Spirit of the Fringe?

Gareth Morinan | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Gareth Morinan

As the more foolish among us head up to the Edinburgh Fringe this week, I've been contemplating that age-old question; what is the Spirit of the Fringe? Perhaps a good starting point is to look at the past winners of the Panel Prize (often informally referred to as "the Spirit of the Fringe award").

Edinburgh Festival: The Comedy Critics' Hot Tickets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Comedy

Navigate your way through the comedy behemoth that is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with our round-up of the critics' choices (so far)... The recom...

'It Gets Redder': Ginger Pride March In Edinburgh

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK

A flame-haired comedian will lead a march across Edinburgh in the name of Ginger pride. Shawn Hitchins’s event on August 10 will see a battalion...

Comedy From the Heart - How I Turned a Crisis Into a Comedy

Pete Shenton | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Pete Shenton

Just over 9 years ago on in the early Summer of 2004 I woke up on a lovely sunny Sunday morning and had a heart attack. I was 36 at the time and fairly fit (I was still working as a dancer and regularly running and cycling). As you can imagine it came as a bit of a surprise.

Heckled by The Killing Machine

Taylor Glenn | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Taylor Glenn

It seems fitting that a penultimate Fringe show should come with a bit of drama. We've all survived a month of triumphs (Good reviews! Networking! Belly laughs from audience number 13!) and disappointments (Comped producer never showed! Mediocre reviews! Stoned silence from audience number 22!

Alfie Brown - Soul for Sale - 4 ½ stars

Pete Strauss | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

I'd like to apologise in advance if this article crosses the boundary from critical praise into sycophancy but I genuinely can't recommend Alfie Brown's comedy stylings enough.

Matt Roper is Tapping Away Laboriously

Matt Roper | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

Being encouraged to climb a fibre-glass cow at quarter to four in the morning with two girls from Lancaster and an accountant named Henry is exactly the sort of thing I promised myself to avoid during the Edinburgh Festival this year.

Permanent Scars

Liam Mullone | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Liam Mullone

I only ever go to a gym when I'm at the Fringe. To be honest I think I go for the same reasons I go to the Fringe. I know it's not going to be fun. I know I'll be counting down the minutes until I can leave.

We Got a Five Star Review Today!

Sandy Thomas | Posted 20.10.2012 | Home
Sandy Thomas

Our largest audience yet. Lucky for us, one of them was a professional reviewer... for the Edinburgh Guide no less. She informed us after our show that she was giving us a five star review, and that we could instantly add the stars to our postcards (flyers) and posters.

Benny Boot - Def Con 4 - 3 Stars

Pete Strauss | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

Benny Boot's Def Con 4 provided an hour of relentless, quick fire gags. He begins the show with a breakdown of his show, almost becoming his own compere and he seems keen to point out at the beginning that sometimes jokes 'die'.

Josie Long - Romance and Adventure - Pleasance Courtyard - 4 stars

Pete Strauss | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

I'd heard that Josie Long was becoming ever more politicised with every Edinburgh show and this show seems to be zenith of such aspirations. Much of ...