Edinburgh Fringe 2012

John Robins – Edinburgh Festival review

Comedy’s kingmakers can’t keep ignoring John Robins, writes Paul Fleckney   The comedy circuit is alright for white, male, 30-ish, T-shirt-and-jeans stand-ups, but John Robins is clearly one of the best. He knows all too well that standing out from the rest in the minds of the masses is the tricky bit, and while his peers(…)

Late Night Gimp Fight – Edinburgh Festival review

Late Night Gimp Fight are riddled with talent, they just haven’t quite figured out how to use it yet, writes Paul Fleckney If Late Night Gimp Fight were consistent, they’d be bloody amazing. As with their 2011 Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show, their 2012 one displays such originality, creativity and pioneering spirit (as well as great(…)

The Beta Males Midnight Movie Theatre – Edinburgh Festival review

A collision of horror and comedy that’s messy for the wrong reasons, says Paul Fleckney Late-night experimental shows are an exciting part of the Fringe, and sketch storytellers Beta Males have chipped in this year with their Midnight Movie Theatre show, which somewhat disappointed. It’s an extension of the “bad movie” comedy night idea where(…)

Jonny and the Baptists – Edinburgh Festival review

Not so much a comedy act as Mumford and Sons fronted by Boris Johnson, says Paul Fleckney Sometimes as a reviewer you feel like a right stick in the mud, the only person in the room who is completely unmoved while everyone else is having a great time. That’s exactly what happened while watching Jonny(…)

John Hastings – Edinburgh Festival review

Canadian stand-up John Hastings manages to hold the gaze of a room full of very, very hot people, writes Paul Fleckney A downbeat stand-up performing in a room that’s hotter than the sun doesn’t exactly sound like super mental funtimes. This is a free show, too, so walkouts are expected, but John Hastings proves a(…)

The Wonderful World of Wilfredo – Edinburgh Festival review

Half Brian Gittins, half Tony Ferrino, Wilfredo serves up a comedy-cabaret show that’s a tranquiliser dart among the hurly-burly of the Fringe, says Paul Fleckney My first time seeing Wilfredo, the creation of Matt Roper that’s half way between Brian Gittins and Tony Ferrino. As a comic persona he’s utterly convincing, and seeks to dominate(…)