Edinburgh Festival review – Paul Sinha

Chalk it up. It’s yet another humdinger of a show from Sinha, this time on the subject of his lack of mainstream success Paul Sinha is one of the most terminally underrated stand-ups on the circuit. Year after year he comes up with thought-provoking and very funny hours of comedy and yet somehow he manages(…)

Edinburgh Festival review – Chris Mayo

Mayo doesn’t need to tell us he suffers from nerves, as they are all to see and they hamper his set Poor old Chris Mayo. In his debut solo show, Chris Mayo’s Panic Attack, he tells us that he is an anxious hypochondriac, who constantly finds something to worry about. In an attempt to explore(…)

Edinburgh Festival review – Seann Walsh

A brilliant hour of comedy, despite veering dangerously close to the generic Seann Walsh was always destined to be a quality stand-up, but what type of stand-up wasn’t clear. There was the wasted misanthropy of Dylan Moran, a hint of Sean Hughes-y whimsy, some Peter Kay-ish homely nostalgia – and plenty of straight-ahead observational comedy.(…)

Edinburgh Festival review – Max and Ivan are … Holmes and Watson

Those hoping for a faithful trawl through a well-known Holmes story are in for a shock, albeit a pleasant one From Walt Disney to Dudley Moore and Peter Cook, there are many who have had a go at re-inventing Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. This hasn’t stopped comedy duo Max and Ivan from bringing their(…)

Edinburgh Festival review – Michael J Dolan

Dolan wrings joy from misery in this impressive Free Fringe show Manchester-based Michael J Dolan trades remorselessly off his own misery. The whole set is complaint, regret and self-pity, delivered in a whiny voice. It sounds like I’m talking about Morrissey, who Dolan presumably hates, but the two actually have a lot in common.

Edinburgh Festival review – Daniel Sloss

The conventionality of the Fifer’s act is becoming more apparent … There’s an old saw in stand-up that it takes a comic 10 years to stop imitating other comedians and find a distinctive voice. Still shy of his 21st birthday, Daniel Sloss has been gigging for less than four years and remains an exciting prospect.(…)