Edinburgh Fringe 2016 programme unveiled

Edinburgh Fringe 2016 programme unveiled

The programme for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe has been officially unveiled, boasting 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues across the Capital. Despite a small drop in the number of shows – down 1.3% from 3,314 last year – the Fringe remains the largest arts festival in the world. Shona McCarthy, the festival’s new chief executive, said: “The breadth and diversity of talent that comes to the Fringe is unparalleled, and this year is…

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Carry On films to make a comeback

Carry On films to make a comeback

Oooh Matron! The hugely popular Carry On comedy series is returning to the big screen after a 24-year absence. According to reports, two new films are in the works – Carry On Doctors and Carry On Campus. The films, the first of which is Carry On Doctors, are being written by Tim Dawson and Susan Nickson, who penned the popular BBC sitcom Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps. Nickson said: “I’m thrilled to be…

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Only Fools and Horses dinner show set for The Brunton

Only Fools and Horses dinner show set for The Brunton

If loveable rogue Del Boy Trotter is one of the guests you dream of inviting to your hypothetical celebrity dinner party, then a British theatre group have created the perfect show for you. Del & Rodney: The Comedy Dinner Show, which is set to arrive at The Brunton in Musselburgh on Wednesday, November 18 for one night only, promises to give fans of Only Fools and Horses the chance to dine with some of the…

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Inteview: Doug Stanhope adds to his Tron legacy

Inteview: Doug Stanhope adds to his Tron legacy

Back in 2002, a relatively unheralded US comic made his debut at the Edinburgh Fringe, playing the cramped but convivial basement room at The Tron in Hunter Square. Apparently, this guy Doug Stanhope was utterly uncompromising and uncannily uproarious, and he dared to go where other comedians feared to tread – all of which turned out to be abundantly true. That celebrated first Fringe appearance was the beginning of Stanhope’s career outside the US, and…

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Top 10 jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe

Top 10 jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe

A pun by comedian Darren Walsh scooped the prize for funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe. The 39-year-old, whose show Punderbolt was a big hit at the Pleasance, took first place in the vote by TV channel Dave. It was the eighth year that the joke award has been made. Previous winners include Tim Vine, Stewart Francis, Zoe Lyons and Nick Helm. Do you agree with the judges? Or did you hear a funnier joke at this…

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Fringe: Tez Ilyas interview

Fringe: Tez Ilyas interview

TEZ Talks is the debut Edinburgh show by British Muslim Tez Ilyas, one of the hottest rising stars on the comedy circuit. AAA caught up with Tez for a chat. How has your Fringe been so far? Really very excellent! Enjoying it a lot. Trying to keep a level-head between the shows. Tell us about the show you’re in… It’s a satire. It’s basically presenting my life as a Muslim in Britain in 2015, but in…

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Fringe: Lucy Frederick interview

Fringe: Lucy Frederick interview

Take a walk on the wild side with comedian Lucy Frederick in the Capital this August. An Amused Moose semi-finalist in 2012 and a Funny Women finalist in 2013, she’s known to have ‘great comic timing’, and her latest show is described as ‘an animal lover’s dream’. AAA caught up with the affable comedian, writer, actor and, er, ‘fat model’ this week for a chat about the Fringe. How has your Fringe been so far? Good! It’s…

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Fringe: Sajeela Kershi interview

Fringe: Sajeela Kershi interview

Award winning actress/comedian Sajeela Kershi has two shows on the Fringe this year. The hard-hitting Immigrant Diaries is storytelling and stand-up provided entirely by a group of immigrant performers, while Shallow Halal is her one-woman show. AAA caught up with the  hugely likeable comedian earlier this week. How has your Fringe been so far? I arrived in Edinburgh in agony due to putting my back out, so I’m pacing myself. I’ve had to learn the hard…

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Fringe: Anna Morris (Georgina the Bride) interview

Fringe: Anna Morris (Georgina the Bride) interview

Georgina the Bride, Anna Morris’ critically acclaimed comic character, and the star of ITV2’s Bad Bridesmaid and BBC One’s Outnumbered, returned to the Fringe this August after the success of last year’s sell-out hit show, Would Like to Thank. Georgina (known as Britain’s Biggest Bridezilla in the press) is having 22 wedding rehearsals at the Fringe (one a day) in the lead up to her wedding to Tory Politician, Simon Hamilton at the end of the month. Gary…

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Fringe: Ria Lina interview

Fringe: Ria Lina interview

Ria Lina’s 2014 show School of Riason received award nominations and a commission for BBC Radio 4. This year, Ria’s aiming for Comedy Central as she returns with her new show looking at modern taboos such as racism, sexism and discrimination. AAA caught up with Ria earlier this week for a chat about her new show and more. How has your Fringe been so far? Up and down. But then that is the nature of…

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