Edinburgh Fringe 2014 – reviews round-up

Here’s fun! A bite-sized compendium of all London is Funny reviews at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. Happy browsing …

Edinburgh Fringe Festival reviews 2014

*****
Adam Riches – Damn it’s good to have Riches back

 

****½
Bridget Christie – Another A1 marriage of comedy and politics
Ivo Graham – Graham comes of age in his second offering
John Kearns – Confirmation of Kearns’s brilliance
Mark Watson – A show with virtually no … wait for it … FLAWS!

 

****
Liam Williams – The boy done good. Again
Luisa Omielan
– Another funny and fearless show from Omielan
Lazy Susan – Extremely talented humans
Will Adamsdale – The Edinburgh Fringe’s very own “Just So Story”
Alex Edelman – The lad’s going places and no mistake
Carey Marx – T’rrific signing for the Free Fringe
The Pin – Seriously impressive, innovative stuff
Des Bishop – A crash course in Chinese culture – with funnies
Rob Auton – The very definition of weird and wonderful
Luke McGregor – Turns self-doubt into subtle entertainment
Sheeps – Sheeps are officially the real deal
James Veitch – A very funny account of taking on email spammers
Joel Dommett – Uplifting, funny, and on the right side of nostalgia
James Acaster – Another strong and original showing from Acaster
Andrew Maxwell – THIS is how you do political comedy
Candy Gigi – Being terrorised at 4pm has never been so fun

 

***½
Angela Barnes – Barnes has a debut show to be proud of
Charles Booth
– Tantalisingly close to brilliance
Luke McQueen – Odd, and good
Lucie Pohl – Loud, fast, and funny
Tim Renkow – Difficult subjects handled with impressive deftness
Nick Revell – Political comedy with heft and grace
Massive Dad – A solid debut from a sketch group with funnybones
Sarah Kendall – An original and clever show

 

***
Fred MacAuley – The year’s most misleading walk-on music …
Eddie Hoo – Always angry, sometimes funny
Catriona Knox – Enjoyable until the audience work takes over
Alex Horne – Not quite the laughs to match the creativity
Chelsea Manders – More Dennis Wise that Didier Drogba
Joseph Morpurgo – Talent, suffocated
Spencer Jones – Lunacy in the slow lane
Kraken – Undeniably impressive, but Dr Brown looms large
Ursula Burns – A sort of Edinburgh Fringe Kate Bush. With a harp
Tom Shillue – A Kent Brockman sound-a-like who can spin a yarn

 

**
Sam Simmons – Wacky pathos that leaves me cold
Spencer Brown – Comedy-by-numbers by the returning stand-up
Zoe Lyons – A poor showing from a gifted joke teller
Gein’s Family Giftshop – Funny, but with an unpleasant streak
Tommy Rowson – Tentative considering its 40%-proof contents
Ed Gamble – Flashes of brilliance before it descends into hack

 

*
Come Heckle Christ – Thou shalt not waste people’s time
Brent Weinbach – Shockingly bad, offensive stuff
Nick Coyle – Pleased with itself and not funny
Mat Ewins – Not even Quantum of Solace had this much padding
The GrandeesThe worst kind of student drama-style escapade

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