Reviews

Edinburgh Review: Pappy’s Fun Club

Pappy’s Fun Club have done it again with another hour of irresistible, barely controlled comedy chaos, writes Paul Fleckney. Cheesy as it sounds, I fail to see how anyone could leave this show without a smile on their face. Last year’s Funergy was a hard act to follow but their 2009 show is at least(…)

Edinburgh Review: Mike Wozniak

Despite being an oddly fascinating show by a classy comic, Mike Wozniak’s Clown Shoes is underwhelming, writes Paul Fleckney. Mike Wozniak’s precise, understated delivery is a potent weapon, but dry comedy is not exactly known for building up great reserves of energy in a room, to fall back upon if the material falters. Unfortunately this(…)

Edinburgh Review: Iszi Lawrence

Iszi Lawrence’s A Matter of Tact may be indulgent, but there are winning moments, writes Paul Fleckney. If good writing is an innate talent and editing something that can be more easily acquired, then Iszi Lawrence could be onto a winner. Because while her debut solo show, A Matter of Tact, sometimes feels like an outpouring of material(…)

Edinburgh review: Nick Mohammed

Nick Mohammed’s Apollo 21 is an early contender for being one of the shows of the Fringe, writes Paul Fleckney. It’s not often that you can call a comedy show beautiful but, Nick Mohammed’s Apollo 21 is exactly that. Whereas the laughs come from his exemplary character acting, as he retells the story of the(…)

Edinburgh review: Marcus Brigstocke

Jay Richardson finds Marcus Brigstocke to be an eloquent Doubting Thomas in his religion-based show God Collar. Religion has always been a tempting punchbag for stand-ups but agnostic Marcus Brigstockesmacks it with intelligence, cheek and a discernible degree of grace. Although he admits to having a “God-shaped hole” and cautions atheists on their smug delusions of(…)

Edinburgh review: Sarah Millican

Sarah Millican has followed up her 2008 If.Comedy Best Newcomer award with an impressive, if risk-averse show, writes Jay Richardson. Sarah Millican is as much your typical woman as she is your typical comic, with the audacity and skill to follow an If.Comedy Best Newcomer award with a show that, superficially at least, seems preoccupied with(…)