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Alexander Fox: Ringo – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

man in ringo starr's sergeant pepper jacket holding drumsticks

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It's the moments of pure storytelling that resonate most in Alexander Fox's debut solo hour of original comedy: Ringo. In 2006, a then teenaged Fox, met and began a pen-pal correspondence with the world's most famous drummer, The Beatles' Ringo Starr. What follows is an at times surreal, biographical tale, with appearances from the Cadbury's gorilla drumming to Phil ...

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Dave Johns: I, Fillum Star – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

man in donkey jacket and black woollen hat

Reviewer: Matthew Farnham Dave Johns spent 30 years as a stand-up comic and just found fame, as a film star. John’s tell us the story of how a circuit comedian ended up in one of the worlds most revered and socially active films of 2016. With his Geordie accent and skilled story telling, Johns weaves through the unlikely tale of how ...

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Phill Jupitus: Achtung/Acting – The Stand 5, Edinburgh

phill jupitus dressed as sea captain and tweed suited

Reviewer: Matthew Farnham Phill Jupitus has spent the last 20 years wowing us with his quick witted banter on TV quiz shows, and this improv-styled question and answer session truly tests his limits. Jupitus demonstrates how quickly and deep his rabbit hole of a mind can turn an innocuous question into a discussion about the obscure. In his return to the Edinburgh ...

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Pageant – London Irish Centre

Book & Lyrics: Bill Russell and Frank Kelly Music: Albert Evans Director Bill Rusell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the many ways that you can divide up the world is into pre- and post-Miss Congeniality, and for lovers of Miss World-style competitions and beauty pageants, this film from 2000 revelled in its snarling contestants and bitter has-beens, that has shaped ...

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All Hell Toupée – The Rose Street Theatre, Edinburgh

woman holding donal trump mask with wig on

Writers: Kate Bowes Renna & Jeremy Stockwell Director:  Jeremy Stockwell Reviewer:  R. G. Balgray Who would have thought it? A Fringe one woman show about hairpieces – hence the punning title. In Kate Bowes Renna’s solo turn at the Gilded Balloon Rose Street Theatre, the audience is promised “an ingenious one woman show …satirical comedy”. So, how ingenious is it? ...

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Richard Carpenter is Close to You – Underbelly Wee Coo, Edinburgh

Writer:  Matthew Floyd Jones Reviewer:  R. G. Balgray What must it be like to be “the other one”; to have your own genius, exceptional in its own right, but be outstarred, outshone, outeverythinged by your closest other? This is the territory marked out by Matthew Floyd Jones, so far best-known as one half of Frisky and Mannish, in his star ...

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The Soft Subject (A Love Story) – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

man writing on chalkboard surfaces

Writer: Chris Woodley Director: Amy Liptrott Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Chris Woodley takes us back to the classroom to tell his poignant, playful and practically perfect tale of love, loss and survival - The Soft Subject (A Love Story). As an ex-drama teacher, Woodley frames his autobiographical work as a lesson plan: Aim; Introduction; Starter Activity; Main Task; Evaluation, and for any teacher or ...

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Emotional Terrorism – Just the Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

woman in black leather jacket against brick wall

Writer: Ellyn Daniels Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs A great disservice has been done to this show. It’s been placed in the comedy section of the Fringe programme with a wacky photo of performer writer Ellyn Daniels to accompany it. Let’s get this straight from the start, this is not stand-up comedy. It is a frank, brave and, at times, shocking confessional.  It ...

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