2019 Funny Women Awards semi-final to be held in Edinburgh

2019 Funny Women Awards semi-final to be held in Edinburgh

The leading showcase for British female comedy talent, the Funny Women Awards, has arrived at the exciting semi-final stage in their annual search for the next household names. Now in its 16th year, previous winners and finalists of the Funny Women Awards include Zoe Lyons, Sara Pascoe, Sarah Millican, Susan Calman and Rachel Parris, with Thanyia Moore as the current title holder. Heats are currently underway and will go on throughout June. This year’s semi-finals…

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Interview: Simon Evans, stand-up comedian

Interview: Simon Evans, stand-up comedian

While everyone from your local barista to a modestly talented centre forward might be dubbed a ‘genius’ these days, stand-up Simon Evans is not sure that many people are truly deserving of such an accolade. In the funny and erudite Hove-based comic’s new touring show (the not surprisingly titled Genius), he bemoans the fact that genuine geniuses are low on the ground. “The show is about the notion of actual genius being hard to find…

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Interview: Paul McCaffrey

Interview: Paul McCaffrey

There are plenty of contemporary comedians talking about the process of getting older but few are doing it quite so brilliantly as Paul McCaffrey. As a man who recently supported the likes of Sean Lock and Kevin Bridges, Paul is now all set to take I Thought I Would Have Grown Out Of This By Now, his first big touring show, on the road (the tour includes a visit to The Stand in Edinburgh on…

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Jimmy Carr to visit Edinburgh on mammoth UK tour

Jimmy Carr to visit Edinburgh on mammoth UK tour

Comedian Jimmy Carr will take new show Terribly Funny on the road for a huge tour throughout 2019–2020 – and will eventually wind up at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on 26 April, 2000. The 8 out of 10 Cats host will visit almost 100 venues across the UK, starting in May next year and stretching on until the winter of 2020. Carr has won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-Up Tour and been nominated…

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Mrs Brown’s Boys to visit Scotland on new arena tour

Mrs Brown’s Boys to visit Scotland on new arena tour

The award-winning Brendan O’Carroll and Mrs Brown’s Boys will return to Scotland next year, with their brand new production Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical? Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical?, which comes to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro as part of a UK tour, promises to take audiences on an exhilarating, side splitting and musical adventure. Brendan O’Carroll said: “Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical? will have you crying with laughter, tapping your toes and you will leave the show singing and…

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Interview: Phill Jupitus

Interview: Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus is currently touring the UK with his hugely-acclaimed Juplicity show. Ahead of his visit to the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh on Sunday, 4 November, the comedy giant sat down for a chat with Brian Donaldson. Is there anything Phill Jupitus hasn’t done? A DJ on BBC 6 Music, team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, poet who supported Billy Bragg in the 1980s, TV and film actor, improv player, and musical star of Hairspray…

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Fringe Q&A, Tori Scott

Fringe Q&A, Tori Scott

Celebrating poor life choices and an unconditional love of vodka, direct from New York City. This Garland for the Grindr era is ‘a force to be reckoned with’ (BroadwayWorld.com), desperate to escape Trumpland and be let loose on Scotland! Join Tori Scott and her band The Shame Spirals on an audacious musical journey of slurred autobiographical stories and songs she stole from other people. Set to the music of Lady Gaga, Queen, Edith Piaf, Pink…

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The 10 funniest jokes from this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The 10 funniest jokes from this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Comedian Adam Rowe’s joke about getting fired from a Job Centre has been named the funniest at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Rowe’s line: “Working at the Job Centre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day” scooped the 11th annual award for Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe. The gag, from Rowe’s show Undeniable, took with 41 per cent of…

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Fringe interview: Barry Ferns

Fringe interview: Barry Ferns

Barry Loves You is an hour of entertainment on what it is like to be the human being Barry Ferns living life in the 21st century. AAA caught up with Barry for a chat in between his Edinburgh Fringes shows. How has your Fringe been so far? It has been mostly dry. But a challenge (when is anything worthwhile not a challenge?). One of the biggest challenges of the Fringe is that you never really know the performance space…

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Fringe Q&A: Scott Bennett

Fringe Q&A: Scott Bennett

Rob Brydon tour support, BBC News Quiz writer, The Chris Ramsey Show writer and Amused Moose Edinburgh Award nominee Scott Bennett is performing at the Fringe with an honest and hilarious new show. AAA caught up with Scott for a chat in between shows. How has your Fringe been so far? It’s been great fun so far, audiences have been great and the room has been busy. I’m not sick of the show either, which…

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