We went to Edinburgh last weekend - and all you got were these stupid reviews. Enjoy!
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Carl Donnelly – Different Gravy
This was our favourite show of the weekend BY FAR.
At one point we think we actually did a bit of a wee in our knickers. Don’t pull that grossed-out face at us – blame Carl!
Weaving in classic stand up with excerpts from his autobiography (yes, he wrote one especially for the show) we barely had time to breathe between laughs as we watched Carl’s show.
Find out why his book is called Different Gravy, whether eating a WHOLE CRUMPET is a good idea and why Jamelia is to blame for the coalition government. Carl’s nothing if not educational.
Honestly, whole-heartedly, if you’re going to Edinburgh, do not miss this show.
Stephen Carlin – Pandas vs Penguins
Have you ever wondered if you were a panda or a penguin?
No, us neither, but Stephen certainly got us thinking.
Using the comparison between the two animals as a structure for his show Stephen makes jokes about everything from alcohol to politics, via relationships. Oh, and there are some really cute stuffed animals at the side of the stage the whole time.
Delivering traditional stand-up in a charming and appealing style, Stephen’s definitely worth a mid-afternoon watch.
Richard Herring – Talking Cock 2: The Second Coming
Don’t let the slightly lazy analogy “the male version of the Vagina Monologues” put you off this brilliant show.
Yes, it’s a whole show about willies – and the scores of other ridiculous names men have for their members.
Based around a series of surveys Herring asked both men and women about men’s private parts, the show tackles (sorry) everything you need to know and didn’t want to ask about… that.
As well as hilarious (for women as much as men) the show also has some really touching moments and has a real message about us all being a bit nicer to each other.
The Boy with Tape on His Face – More Tape
It’s pretty difficult to describe this show without spoiling anything, but also trying to make it sound as amazing as it is.
The Boy, has tape on his face… the whole time, so can’t speak. Yep, it’s a comedy show with no words.
But instead there is lots of audience interaction (shy and retiring types, you can’t even hide in the back), ridiculous amounts of imagination (you’ll spend the whole time wondering how he thought that up) and loads more laughs than you’d ever expect.
We went having no idea what we were letting ourselves in for and LOVED it. We suggest you do the same.
As is with the case with all sketch shows, there are highs and lows during the performance by this threesome – who you may have spotted on BBC Three’s Live at the Electric.
While some of the sketches had us giggling, others had us howling with laughter and have even spawned a new dance move, which was whipped out several times later that night (look out for the raptor kick).
On the whole a very funny show, that rises above many of the other sketch shows at the Fringe, and definitely worth a watch if you like some silly comedy mixed with a bit of thought.
Chris Corcoran and Elis James – The Committee Meeting
Ever wondered what goes on in a Welsh workingman’s club?
No, us neither, but if this show is anything to go by, we’ve been missing out.
The comedy show, which includes audience interaction, games, various characters and a game of Mastermind, is unlike anything else you’ve seen and a good laugh with it.
It sits nicely in the early-afternoon slot and is a great way to get the laughs going while still nursing a bit of a hangover.
The Horne Section – Live at the Grand!
The Horne Section changes it up every night – compered by Alex Horne and backed by his band, the show includes games, random songs and a good few jokes.
There’s also three guest slots for comedians playing at the festival to come along and show off their comedy to the backing of the band.
Obviously the quality of the show heavily relies on the audience interaction that night and which comedians are guesting when you see the show, but all in all, the Horne Section is a great 11pm-ish show to enjoy with friends with a few beers.