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Comedy Reviews

Edinburgh Fringe: Josie Long/ Josh Widdicombe

Veronica Lee Josie Long: her political material would embarrass the average six-year-old

Last year, Josie Long, famous for her whimsical comedy and fey delivery, decided to get serious. Disheartened by the election result, she started to do political comedy, but sadly her level of analysis was along the lines of: “Anyone who voted Tory in May's election is a fucking cunt.” One year on in The Future is Another Place, the level hasn't been raised.

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Edinburgh Fringe: Chris Ramsey/ Thom Tuck

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Chris Ramsey, Pleasance Courtyard ****

It's easy to see why the Edinburgh Comedy Awards panel shortlisted South Shields comic Chris Ramsey. He's personable, very funny, has a well-constructed show - and is destined for a big television career any day soon.

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Edinburgh Fringe: Sam Simmons/ Totally Tom/ Humphrey Ker/ Nick Helm

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Sam Simmons, Gilded Balloon ****

 

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Edinburgh Fringe: Luke Haines/ The Horne Section

theartsdesk Luke Haines: the former Auteurs man has a story to tell

If the cards had fallen differently Luke Haines might have been as big as Blur. As frontman of The Auteurs he was briefly tipped for Britpop greatness, so it is no surprise that he likes the idea of alternative histories. This special show, The North Sea Scrolls, was all about them, as Haines, former Microdisney linchpin Cathal...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Kieran and the Joes/ Conor O'Toole/ Tom Allen/ Kate Smurthwaite

Veronica Lee Kieran and the Joes: clean-cut comics with a dark side

Kieran and the Joes are a three-man sketch group (Kieran Hodgson, Joe Markham and Joe Parham, working with co-writer Tom Meltzer) who are young, personable and very neatly dressed in shirts and ties - but while they may appear clean-cut their comedy veers nicely towards the dark.

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Edinburgh Fringe: Adam Riches/ Kristin Hersh

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From the moment Adam Riches bursts onto the stage, spewing his business cards around as a manic showbiz agent who wants to sign up everyone and everything - including even the venue's walls and floor - this is a show of hyper energy and absurdist comedy.

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Edinburgh Fringe: Tiffany Stevenson/ Carl Donnelly/ The Two Wrongies

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Tiffany Stevenson ★★★★

The comic is currently appearing on Show Me the Funny on ITV, where her smily disposition is a welcome antidote to some of the sneery critics they have mustered. There’s boyfriend stuff in Cavewoman but Stevenson also delivers a few astute political observations, as well as the occasional unPC gag - such as suggesting Tina Turner's dance moves were inspired by her avoiding Ike’s punches.

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Cave Singers/ The Real MacGuffins/ An Instinct for Kindness

theartsdesk The Cave Singers: authentically hairy three-piece from Seattle

A three-piece hailing from Seattle and its environs, The Cave Singers are an authentically hairy proposition. With his tweed hat and red beard, at this Edge festival gig singer Pete Quirk looked like a cross between the late Robin Cook and a stray leprechaun from Finian’s Rainbow, while Derek Fudesco dispensed his lovely, liquid guitar lines from beneath a blur of flying hair.

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Edinburgh Fringe: DeAnne Smith/ A Slow Air/ Dregs

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DeAnne Smith, Gilded Balloon ****

 

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Edinburgh Fringe: Jason Cook/ Cul de Sac/ Fear of a Brown Planet

Veronica Lee Jason Cook: the comic has masterly audience skills

Jason Cook has masterly audience skills, and he needed them all the night I saw him. A middle-aged teacher (who really should know better), whose refreshment clearly led her to the delusion that she was the person people had paid to see, kept interrupting. Even the engaging and unfailingly polite Geordie comic's patience was wearing thin, but he constantly bested her and got on with the job of making us laugh.

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