EDINBURGH FRINGE 2018


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Last year Gully visited the Scottish capital to capture the atmosphere of the world’s largest performing arts festival; The Edinburgh Fringe.

This year he made his way back to review a few shows ideal for someone in need of a good laugh.

JOEY PAGE: PERHAPS UNDER STARS THAT WOULD STRETCH FOREVER (AN IDIOT EXPLAINS THE UNIVERSE IN UNDER AN HOUR)

An idiot perhaps yes but an entertaining one nonetheless. Joey Page is far from your average comedian in fact he’s very much left of centre which makes this show a must see even if you have no interest in parallel universes. To be honest, don’t expect a science lesson here, instead sit back and experience Joey’s witty impressions of some of our popular known planets including Mars. We even take a trip down memory lane with Joey employing North Korea’s top dog on stage for rehashing of Stars In Their Eyes (90’s throwback). He may be a one man show travelling the course of the universe but at least life’s biggest questions such as did dinosaurs actually have genitalia are answered with the help of our prehistoric friends. This show may not be for everyone but Joey’s ability to keep the audience engaged with some props works a treat.  If the Big Bang Theory was anything close to this perhaps I’d be more inclined to watch the box a bit more.  3.5/5 stars

EGG: Richard Pictures

You could be forgiven for thinking this show had some small link to reproduction or a fry up British breakfast but in-fact, it’s neither. Described as feminist comedy by some, this show by Anna Leong Brophy and Emily Lloyd-Saini (EGG) is everything you want from sketch comedy. Flipping between the pages of different characters almost feels seamless for this duo. We’re initially introduced to sisters Vivanda and Rwanda, fortune tellers guided by spirit. Instantly their ability to capture the accents and character already leaves you wanting more. In this day and age who enjoys commercial breaks? Well if TV absorbed some of the humour from this show, I’d happily sit through an infomercial on the new phone app: the Manulator. Some sketches range from the worst jobs the duo have endured, men’s tactfulness when praying on women and a priceless scene when one of the ‘mandem’ discovers he’s found the one. ‘Richard Pictures’, the show title becomes much clearer thereafter.  Having seen 8 shows over 2 days, this was the one that left me feeling more optimistic about ethnic representation and diversity with our comics in this country. You’ll be hard pressed to find a show as likeable as this and after watching this solid hour, my only hope is we see this duo on our telly real soon.  5/5 stars

DANIEL COOK: Carpet

Even if you wanted to take your eyes off him he probably wouldn’t allow you which is testament to the manic comedian that is, Daniel Cook. Putting his sofa to good use, the man himself runs through routines from shatter proof rulers to ISIS whilst barely taking a breather. The intimate venue of Bunker Two serves well as Daniel lands his punch lines directly in people’s faces which is far from painful, it’s only reminds you why this very show is worth every penny. The pace does let up for a moment as we learn about his tale taking in a rescue cat accompanied by a quite incredible feline impression.  Story telling is his strong point here and he has bags of likeability. If you need an energy drink or caffeine hit, look no further than Mr Daniel Cook. 4/5 stars

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