Reviews

Edinburgh Review: Jo Caulfield

Jo Caulfield is an old-fashioned, class act which is driven by a natural ability for timing and interaction, writes Paul Fleckney. There is something of the racy housewife about onstage Jo Caulfield, like a slightly more rock n roll version of the people who listen to her on Radio 4. She makes derogatory, unmaternal remarks(…)

Edinburgh Review: Isma Almas

Isma Almas’ willingness to talk about her British-Pakistani Muslim background is a good thing, as is the writing, even if her debut performance is a shaky one, says Paul Fleckney. I don’t think a British-Pakistani Muslim female comic should necessarily have to do jokes about being a British-Pakistani Muslim female. Paul Sinha, ‘the gay, Asian former GP’(…)

Edinburgh Review: Mick Sergeant

Mick Sergeant is our best and most sympathetic vein-popper since Basil Fawlty, says Ben Clover. Mick Sergeant is a star. It’s good to have one Fringe boast, one act you can say you’d never heard of, went to see on a whim and was brilliant. This raging Geordie character act is mine. Pretty much from(…)

Edinburgh Review: Superclump

Henry Paker! Ben Partridge! Elis James! Nat Luurtsema! Sian Harries! Mike Wozniak! Tom Craine! Josh Widdicombe! Henry Widdicombe! They are… Superclump! Any good? If the Travelling Wilburys and Audioslave have taught the world anything, it’s to beware the supergroup. And while the nine members of Superclump are not household names, they have proved themselves to(…)

Edinburgh Review: Celia Pacquola

It’s not easy to tell how good Celia Pacquola actually is, but her debut Edinburgh show is still a good hour of comedy, writes Paul Fleckney. Just because a comic can use props, doesn’t mean they should. For every show where they enhance, there are nine where they detract. Celia Pacquola gets it right, littering her show(…)

10 Questions with… Matt Kirshen

Short in stature, tall in comedy terms, Matt Kirshen introduces us to his 2009 Edinburgh show. What is your show, Shorter Than Napoleon, about? My show’s about confidence and self awareness. And it’s about America and France. And older relatives. Plus there’s a story about an optician. Who doesn’t like opticians? Not me, that’s for(…)