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: 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 Review: Alex Kealy ***

Fringe Review: Alex Kealy ***

Seating about 60, the small subterranean venue based at Cabaret Voltaire was packed for Alex Kealy’s afternoon set. Returning after good reviews following his 2017 festival show The Art of the Keal, his new show Kealy’s Heel revisits the mix of the politics and the personal that, by his own opening gambit, delivers “something for everyone and everything for no-one”. The 20-something rattled off to a good start by addressing his own pedantic ticks on…

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Shazia Mirza bringing new comedy show to Edinburgh

Shazia Mirza bringing new comedy show to Edinburgh

Fresh from being ravaged by hunger and sand-flies on Channel 4’s Celebrity Island, Shazia Mirza has announced she is bringing her brand new show, With Love From St Tropez, to Edinburgh. Following her critically acclaimed 103-date sell-out international run of The Kardashians Made Me Do It, Mirza’s newbie is a show about lies and truth, nudity and the periodic table. The Kardashians Made Me Do It explored politically correct liberalism, the intrusion of ISIS into…

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Amy Howerska to headline Gilded Balloon’s new comedy night

Amy Howerska to headline Gilded Balloon’s new comedy night

Amy Howerska – the top class comedian whose great jokes and wonderful turn of phrase elevate her above many of her peers – is to headline this week’s Nodha, The Gilded Balloon’s new comedy night. Edinburgh’s ultimate comedy test-ground for new acts and old pros heads to its new home of The Basement Theatre at The Rose Theatre, Rose Street tonight (Wed, 29 Nov) at 8pm, as part of The Gilded Balloon’s new winter programme….

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Edinburgh Fringe: Athena Kugblenu (KMT) interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Athena Kugblenu (KMT) interview

Tired of the conventions of both the left and right, KMT – acronym for the Caribbean Patois expression ‘kiss mi teeth’, a mouth gesture used to show annoyance – is a debut hour that finds a new way to talk about politics, class, race and identity at a time both ends of the political spectrum couldn’t be any further apart. Whether you agree or disagree, Athena Kugblenu’s thought-provoking observations will have you laughing out loud….

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Edinburgh Fringe: Harriet Braine interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Harriet Braine interview

2016 Funny Women Award winner, So You Think You’re Funny? Finalist and Musical Comedy Awards Best Newcomer Harriet Braine presents her debut hour of funny songs about the great and good of the art world. AAA caught up with Harriet for chat in between shows. How has your Fringe been so far? Very nice. It’s been really exciting, I’ve met some of my absolute heroes, and had very receptive audiences at my shows. That rhymes! Tell…

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