John Bishop to play 14 Edinburgh Fringe shows

John Bishop to play 14 Edinburgh Fringe shows

John Bishop will play 14 shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. And this year the Liverpudlian funnyman will snub the Capital’s bigger venues and perform a series of intimate gigs in the 278-seater Cow Barn. Bishop will be performing previews of his Winging It autumn tour from August 12 to 25. Among the other big-name acts announced today by Underbelly is Jason Manford, who is also returning to the city for a week of ‘work in progress’…

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Russell Brand to visit Edinburgh on Re:Birth Tour

Russell Brand to visit Edinburgh on Re:Birth Tour

Controversial comedian Russell Brand is returning to the stage with a new stand-up tour later this year, and will visit Edinburgh’s Playhouse on October 3. The Re:Birth Tour will begin at Cambridge’s Corn Exchange on April 4 and visit cities including London, Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff and Aberdeen between April 2017 and November 2018. Talking about the tour, the 41-year-old said, “How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents?…

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Jason Manford and Phill Jupitus to host comedy gala in Edinburgh

Jason Manford and Phill Jupitus to host comedy gala in Edinburgh

Top comedians Jason Manford and Phill Jupitus will step aside from their roles in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to host a Comedy Gala in support of Waverley Care, Scotland’s HIV and Hepatitis C charity.  This one night event takes place at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh on Sunday 9, October at 9pm and gives a rare opportunity to see two of the best-known comedians on the same bill.  More special guests for the evening are also being lined…

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Anna Morris: It’s Got To Be Perfect, review

Anna Morris: It’s Got To Be Perfect, review

There’s something about planning a wedding that can make even the most rational women lose their minds. Months of planning can become more stressful than a house move, whilst what colour of plates to serve dinner on can seem to become almost as big a dilemma as deciding which man to marry. For comedian and YouTube sensation Anna Morris, the lengths some brides will go to in order to ensure everything from the dress to…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Tom Allen review

Edinburgh Fringe: Tom Allen review

From a very young age, comedian Tom Allen has always known he was ‘better’ than anyone else. And he is. Better than most other comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe, that is. His latest show, Tom Allen: Indeed, sees the delightfully posh comedian take on the pitfalls of suburban life including competitive neighbours, awkward house parties and the necessity to learn how to drive. Allen is chatty, charming and likeable throughout the show, meaning he has…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Ruby Thomas interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Ruby Thomas interview

What do a filthy aristocrat, a gynaecologist, a vlogger, a dominatrix and you have in common? Limescale. And Chick, the hit Fringe show from 25-year-old comedian Ruby Thomas. AAA caught up with Ruby for chat earlier this week. How has your Fringe been so far? If I just said ‘fine’, you would look at me weirdly. So exhausting, tumultuous and rainy, yes, but mainly fine. Tell us about the show you’re in… It’s a character…

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Fringe comedy reviews: Des Clarke and Spencer Jones

Fringe comedy reviews: Des Clarke and Spencer Jones

Des Clarke 3D Stand Comedy Club **** Des Clarke needs little introduction to audiences in Edinburgh. The affable Glaswegian is a regular at the Stand Comedy Club, and it’s there he cut his comedy teeth, at the venue’s popular Red Raw weekly showcase, all those years ago.  He’s on familiar ground, then, as he returns to the Fringe with new show 3D, which sees him performing three different sets – each running for eight days – about…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Ryan Cull interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Ryan Cull interview

When a childhood illness forced Ryan Cull to spend two of his formative years in leg braces, he did what any kid would do: blamed his parents, milked the situation for all it was worth and developed a skewed sense of humour. See him put all that trauma to good use in a sharp and poignant debut hour about overcoming insecurity and adversity and resenting the hell out of Forrest Gump. AAA caught up with…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Myra Dubois interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Myra Dubois interview

Fresh from her appearance on BBC One’s The John Bishop Show, Rotherham’s least celebrated daughter – that’s Myra Dubois to you and I – is tearing up the Fringe in the ever-so-cleverly titled Self AdMyra. Expect acid-tongued conversation, razor sharp observation, songs and maybe even dance (if her hip’s up to it) in this unapologetic hour of self-adoration. AAA caught up with Myra for a chat last week. How has your Fringe been so far? It’s been wonderful,…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Get Your Own Back: Live review

Edinburgh Fringe: Get Your Own Back: Live review

If there’s one Fringe show that’s going leave you with a smile on your face this year, it’s Get Your Own Back: Live. The show is based on the popular TV phenomenon, which aired in the Nineties and gave children the opportunity to seek revenge on their parents by putting them through a series of trying challenges before dunking them in a pool of gunge. Featuring water pistols, silly games, mindless jokes, a gunge chamber…

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