Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Edinburgh Festival review – Gordon Southern

The fundamental flaws in Gordon Southern’s Borders mean he stands little chance of making it into a belting hour of comedy, writes Paul Fleckney. It’s one thing being humble and self-deprecating, it’s another to constantly undermine a show with real-time reviewing and drawing attention to its faults, which is what Gordon Southern repeatedly does to(…)

Edinburgh Festival review – Doc Brown

Doc Brown’s debut displays his considerable rapping talents, which he puts to brilliant use on the comedy stage. If you want star quality in a debutant, go to Doc Brown, real name Ben Smith. The rapper-turned-comic is a consummate performer who has come up with a debut show of impressive versatility and big laughs. Of(…)

Edinburgh Festival review – Robert White

Robert White’s debut show is a highly impressive, weirdly exciting, audacious hour, finds Ben Clover. It’s not just demented energy you get from Robert White. There’s also some surrealism, a healthy dollop of filth and a real sense that anything could happen. I don’t know if he finds someone he fancies to bring onstage at(…)

Edinburgh Festival review: Claudia O’Doherty, Monster of the Deep 3D

Monsters of the Deep 3D is a gem of a show that makes you wish it had gone for longer, even if it’s not a laughterfest, writes Ben Clover. It’s no disrespect to Monster of the Deep 3D to say that it’s the second best sea-related fake lecture on the Fringe. Claudia O’Doherty’s presentation on(…)

Edinburgh Festival review: Josie Long

Josie Long is on the form of her life in new show Be Honourable, achieving the tricky feat of making social commentary funny, writes Ben Clover. As Jon Stewart said in his latest riposte to Fox News, comedy and social commentary are often the same thing. But comics can run aground trying to work backwards(…)

Edinburgh Festival review – Kevin Eldon

So how has master of comic acting Kevin Eldon got on in his debut solo Edinburgh show? Impressively, thinks Julian Hall. As one of the most ever-present comedy actors of the last two decades (appearing everything from Big Train to Brass Eye) Kevin Eldon is hardly off our screens, albeit mainly in sinister background roles.(…)