Edinburgh Fringe 2011

Edinburgh Festival review – James Acaster

Never mind the Best Newcomer award, the former support act for Milton Jones and Josie Long could go all the way WALLOP. Welcome to one of the funniest shows on the Fringe this year. Those who have a penchant for silliness in particular will have a whale of a time at Amongst Other Things. There’s(…)

Edinburgh Festival review – Matt Rudge

Rudge’s natural ability is constrained by the format of his show, but it’s still a far better debut than most It’s possible Matt Rudge has seasonal affective disorder. Seen in a showcase on the sunny first day of the Fringe he was smiling, upbeat and fun. Seen in his own hour on the next miserable,(…)

Edinburgh Festival review – Jeff Leach

A surprisingly endearing show from the self-proclaimed ‘wild man of comedy’ Combining the sexual charisma and debauched backstory of Russell Brand with the sense of entitlement and undercutting self-awareness of Jack Whitehall, it’s a pity for Jeff Leach his precursors are so high-profile, because he’s a capable storyteller who’s landed himself in a succession of(…)

Edinburgh Festival review – Ahir Shah

A shouty and petulant debut – and the curse of Stewart Lee strikes again … Ahir Shah is 21 and talks very fast indeed. I’m afraid those are the two most notable things about his show, Astrology. The verbiage lowered further the jokes:words ratio in a show that already wasn’t overly blessed with punch lines.(…)

Edinburgh Festival review – W Kamau Bell

Bell’s debut chimes with Julian Hall .. Despite predicting in 2005 that Barack Obama would never become president because his name was just too black (“He might as well be called Blackie Blackerson”), W Kamau Bell’s career has entered a new term with his Edinburgh Fringe debut. Central to his titular task is that “race(…)

Edinburgh Festival review – Rich Hall

An iconoclastic set from an icon of the Fringe The all-conquering American comedy hero that is Rich Hall is doing an hour of straight-ahead stand-up comedy at the Pleasance and you should go and see it. The only reason this is not a five-star review is because there wasn’t that magic, catching-fire atmosphere that gigs(…)