sat 14/12/2019

Comedy Reviews

Edinburgh Fringe 2018 reviews: Alex Edelman/ Jayde Adams/ Kieran Hodgson

Veronica Lee

 

Alex Edelman ★★★★

When Alex Edelman first appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 he walked off with the Edinburgh Comedy Award for best newcomer. Now in his third stand-up show, Just For Us, he delivers a beautifully constructed hour of narrative comedy.

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018 reviews: Catherine Bohart / Norris & Parker / Pelican

Veronica Lee

Catherine Bohart ★★★★

Catherine Bohart tells us at the top of the show that she is the bisexual daughter of an Irish Catholic deacon, which is, when you consider it, a niche description. Oh, and she has OCD. That’s quite an introduction, and she more than lives up to it in this debut show, Immaculate.

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Flight of the Conchords review, Eventim Apollo - New Zealand musical spoofers make welcome return

Veronica Lee

When Flight of the Conchords first played at the Edinburgh Fringe they were a sleeper hit, championed by other comics and loved by critics.

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Bridget Christie, Brighton Festival review - politics through a domestic lens

Veronica Lee

Bridget Christie tells us at the top of the show that she is a heterosexual, able-bodied, privileged white female – so why is she feeling so discontented?

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Sarah Kendall, Soho Theatre review - a superb storyteller

Veronica Lee

For her past few shows, Sarah Kendall's stock in trade has been intricately crafted stories that mix fact and fiction, drawing on her childhood in Newcastle, New South Wales, and observations about the world she now lives in.

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Danny Baker, Touring review - boy, can he talk

Veronica Lee

The first thing that greets the audience in the foyer for Danny Baker's new showGood Time Charlie's Back!, which I saw at Princes Hall in Aldershot, is the merchandise stall, selling various items; T-shirts for £20, programmes at £10 (pre-signed!), and mugs for £8.

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Shazia Mirza, Touring review - race and politics examined

Veronica Lee

With Love from St Tropez was inspired by Shazia Mirza's visit to a beach in the south of France that had a nudist beach nearby – and it was just before the French government's ban on burkinis.

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Flo and Joan, Soho Theatre review - sisters in satirical harmony

Veronica Lee

Flo and Joan are sisters (Nicola and Rosie Dempsey: they have borrowed their stage names from their nan and her sister) and you may have recently seen them on television doing advertisements for Nationwide. Others may know them from social media, and their runaway hit “The 2016 Song” about music fans' annus horribilis with the deaths of David Bowie and Prince.

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Ed Byrne, Touring review - the perils of modern fatherhood

Veronica Lee

Ed Byrne is a worried parent. Thankfully his two young sons are hale and hearty, but he is concerned he may be bringing up a pair of pampered, Lord Fauntleroy youngsters, and in Spoiler Alert he ponders the differences between his experience of being parented as a child in the 1980s, and now being a dad himself.

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Angela Barnes, Soho Theatre review - history with great gags

Veronica Lee

It's always nice to come away from a show having learned something and Angela Barnes, history buff and a woman with an obsession some may consider weird (more of which later), certainly fills in a lot of historical detail in Fortitude.

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