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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Hats Off to Laurel and Hardy – Sweet Waterfront 1

Two men dressed as Laurel & Hardy

Reviewer: Simon Topping Oliver Hardy (Philip Hutchinson) looks to start the show but cannot as he is being heckled from the back of the room. We soon find out it is Stan Laurel (Tony Carpenter) doing the barracking and Hardy goes to confront him. This is the start to Hats Off to Laurel and Hardy, a loving tribute to the comedic ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Die, Die, Die, Old People Die – Komedia Studio

Man sitting at table with head thrown back

Writers:  David Woods and Jon Haynes Reviewer: Simon Topping Looking like characters from the French animation Belleville Rendezvous, two old men and one old woman populate a sparse stage consisting of a table and a couple of chairs.  As the characters begin to shuffle around the space, mainly in silence, the audience can already sense that Die, Die, Die, Old ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Bryony Twydle: Twaddle – The Warren TheatreBox

Blonde woman looking startled

Reviewer: Simon Topping Marching onto stage, complete with luminous yellow safety jacket, is our speed awareness course leader. We have all been irresponsible road users and are here for "correction!". Reminiscent of the Peter Kay’s fire safety officer in Phoenix Nights, this is the first of Bryony Twydle’s fabulously deranged and mad-cap characters Starting off is a series of sketches; ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Scott Gibson: Life After Death – Komedia Studio

Bald man with beard looking angry

Reviewer: Simon Topping Scott Gibson schleps on to the stage. He is a big, bearded, bear of a man, from Glasgow. Friendly and foulmouthed, Gibson quickly endears himself to the crowd. On his first trip to Brighton, he is surprised at the politeness of our homeless people and how anyone can afford to live here anyway. Winner of the Edinburgh ...

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Andy Parsons: Peak Bullshit – The Lowry, Salford.

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Andy Parsons cut his comedy teeth in the 1990s as one of the main writers for Spitting Image. Since then the comedy merry go round has turned full circle and in the current political climate, Parson’s style of satirical comedy is now back in vogue. Parsons bounds onto the large stage with confidence big enough to fill ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Burning Gadulka – Sweet Venues Dukebox

Writer: Rayko Baychev Director: Milena Aneva Reviewer: James Napleton For those who don’t know the hardship of being a Gadulka player in the 21st Century Miro Kokenov is here to educate. The Burning Gadulka is a witty, charming and emotive performance exploring the view of a musician in a Bulgaria folk orchestra. It is a lonely life. Kokenov is painfully aware of ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Treason Show  – Festival Special, The Warren

Four people in front of an image of Theresa May

Directed by: Mark Brailsford Reviewer: Simon Topping Brighton’s legendary Treason Show is back for its 17th festival special. Written by a team of over 40 writers, as the audience settles down, we look forward to a funny night of parody songs, topical gags and satirical bite. The two female and two male performers bounce onto the stage and immediately spring ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Foil, Arms and Hog: Doom Dah-ish – The Warren

Three men in black shirts

Written by: Foil, Arms and Hog Reviewer: Simon Topping From the moment Foil, Arms and Hog begin the preamble into their show the audience instinctively know they are in a safe pair of comedy hands. Ireland’s foremost sketch comedy trio are a confident and likeable bunch from the off. Before the skits begin we are gently jibed for our awfully ...

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