Fringe Diaries

Can You Joke About Rape?

Lynne Parker | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

I was at the Edinburgh Fringe for the duration and, outside of our own female-centric activities, it seemed that misogyny abounded with an unusual amount male comics telling jokes about rape and domestic violence.

Hello and Goodbye

Sandy Thomas | Posted 30.10.2012 | Home
Sandy Thomas

There's 2 small notebooks with jottings about shows and sights and sounds that I'll be looking through and posting from for the next couple of days. The highs... the lows... the sticky toffee pudding. But first I'll be driving my mom back to Dead Lake (unfortunate name, but a very nice lake).

Comedians Punched and Headbutted in the Street at the Edinburgh Fringe

John Fleming | Posted 27.10.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Before I left Edinburgh this week, I had a drink with comedian-writer-photographer Ian Fox  who was attacked in the street last Wednesday night.

I Was Just Too Tired Last Night to Post Anything

Sandy Thomas | Posted 24.10.2012 | Home
Sandy Thomas

Friday August 24th, 2012 I sure hope the 'blog cops' don't collar me for not posting anything last night. It wasn't premeditated or anything.... just...

Dear Edinburgh Fringe...

Andrea Mann | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Andrea Mann

Dear Edinburgh Fringe, Look, you know I love you. We've been together for 15 years now (remember?! I was handing out flyers on the Royal Mile. You were the Royal Mile). I adore you.

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.

Stargazing: Edinburgh Fringe Heads Into Final Straight (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Comedy

We're in Edinburgh for the final week of the Fringe, and we've never seen so many stars. And we don't just mean Tim Key in the Pleasance Courtyard bar...

'Someone Once Did A S**t Inside Our Venue'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Award-winning duo Max & Ivan are back at the Edinburgh Fringe with an epic narrative sketch comedy about a heist. Want to know more? You're in luck! T...

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.

Will Joy Help Me Get Through The Last Bit Of The Edinburgh Fringe?

Catie Wilkins | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Catie Wilkins

Things have definitely improved since the Olympics finished. But not quite as dramatically as everyone hoped. If the Olympics and Edinburgh were like some kind of patronage divorce - forcing punters to choose between one or the other; then now that the dust has settled, just like in a real divorce, everyone is flat broke.

So Much to Do, So Little Time

Sandy Thomas | Posted 18.10.2012 | Home
Sandy Thomas

Our final show of this week was today. We only have one week left to go! I can't believe how fast the time is going.

Mabel Had a Fun Time at Camp

Sandy Thomas | Posted 17.10.2012 | Home
Sandy Thomas

We got to talk to our daughter Mabel tonight! She's been at Girl Scout camp for 13 days. We were able to email her, but she could not send any emails to us.

'I'll Be Ignoring Every Rule About Good Self-Care I Learnt As A Therapist'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Former therapist (and current Huffington Post blogger) Taylor Glenn often feels like the craziest person in the room. But don't let that worry you! Se...

Pre-Apocalypse, Post-Coalition Britain - With Songs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK Comedy

There are plenty of political comedians out there. And there are plenty of cabaret ones, too. But the fiendishly talented duo Bourgeois & Maurice comb...

'My Show Is A Light-Hearted Look At Stalking'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Geordie giant Luke Benson was named one of the 'Top 10 Comics to Look Out For' in 2011 by London Is Funny. In 2012, he's bound to be even funnier - so...

Masturbatory Humdrum

Matt Roper | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

It's such a bubble, this Fringe business. Last August we were all up here promoting our own sordid offerings while the riots were raging in London and beyond.

"See As Many Shows As You Can At The Stand"

Posted 14.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Life almost did begin at 40 for Markus Birdman - because at precisely that age, he had a stroke. That's not very funny, admittedly - but fortunately h...

Black Hat and Critical Thinking at the Fringe

Asher Treleaven | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Asher Treleaven

I was curious to know what it's like to be a critic at the Fringe. If you watch 10 shows a day how do you stay open minded? Is Twitter and the multi-headed reviewer blog hydra killing the role of the critic, now that everyone's a critic? Why work as a critic in the first place?

They Yelled Bravo!

Sandy Thomas | Posted 11.10.2012 | Home
Sandy Thomas

Saturday August 11th, 2012 We had a great show this morning. (The Property Known As Garland) The audience loved it, and some people even yelled 'Brav...

Mike Marcotte and the Beverly Hillbillies

Sandy Thomas | Posted 10.10.2012 | Home
Sandy Thomas

So my friend Mike coins all these phrases and words. He speaks what seems like his own language. Marcotte-isms you could call them. A word he uses to describe anything British, is 'Faversham'. As in "Mansfield Park is totally Faversham".

'I Once Punched A Fellow Performer Square In The Face'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Comedian Garrett Millerick is back at the Edinburgh Fringe with a new show entitled Sensible Answers To Stupid Questions. Talking of which, he's just ...

Gigging at the Witching Hour

Taylor Glenn | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Taylor Glenn

When I first found out my stand up show at the Edinburgh Fringe would be at 11:30 PM every night, I'll admit I was a little panicked. First of all, if I wasn't a comedian, I gotta fess up and admit I'd probably head to bed at about 8:00, maybe 8:45 on a kicking evening. So 11:30 sounded like a fake time to me, a time where no one exists in an awake state except comics driving home from gigs, or lorry drivers hauling Tesco sandwiches somewhere. And you know, hookers.

'It's A Mix Of Silly Characters - A Pirate, Time Traveller And My Welsh Cousin'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Fliss Russell brings her debut character comedy show to the Edinburgh Fringe this month. And to get us in the mood, she's answered our 10 Quick Questi...

'We'd Have Haggis For Main Course And Mars Bar For Pudding'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.08.2012 | UK Comedy

WitTank - aka the stars of BBC Three's Live At The Electric - are back with a brand new sketch show at the Edinburgh Fringe. They're also the latest c...

'I'd Take A Swift Kick In The Balls Over Deep-Fried Haggis Or Mars Bar'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Acclaimed stand-up Chris Ramsey was nominated for the Foster's Comedy Award at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. This year, he's back with a brand new sho...