Category Archives: Comedy Review

Jane Postlethwaite “The House

Jane Postlethwaites The House
Join the many characters on a tour of Cumbrian Derwent House, built on an old brownie burial ground, some characters from last years made in Cumbria show appear and this provides a backstory for regular viewers of Janes work, her writing and performance were excellent, entertaining and hilarious she manages the audience, which today was sold out with knowing looks encouragement and warm prods which all add up to a visceral experience for the audience who played their part with great spirit and fun, sound and video accompany this show in between acts which were also funny Jane Postlethwaite will become one of the top performers at Edfringe due to her work ethic and high quality performances it’s always a joy to hear when she is coming up to the festival and this reviewer has become a fan of her work. Spend an afternoon at the house @sweetvenues Grassmarket 13:30
Coroners Rating: 5 Star performance

Erin Mcgathy: Murdertown

At the Guilded Ballon Rose theatre attic  venue Erin Mcgathy, who debuted last year performed Murdertown! she plays all the parts, with great drama and comic timing her stagecraft is excellent and the writing is clever and hilarious I was hoping for a piece of deconstruction toward the end and I was not disappointed Erin is becoming an Edfringe staple and awards for original concepts are surely coming her way.

Coroners Rating: 5 Stars

Pippa Evans: Joy Provision!

This show looked sold out in the cabaret bar at pleasance,everyone enjoyed her energy and crazy sense of humor, the gags and music are fast paced, and her interaction with the audience was expertly handled, she works all parts of the room and it was a pleasure being witness to this star. The premise is to find joy in everyday life and for August you could do worse than find your joy watching Pippa Evans’ Show.

Coroners Rating 5 Stars

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Tom Stade: I Swear

Tom stade commanded the stage and the at least 300 strong audience, the well crafted routine flowed really quickly the laughs were thick and fast as he involves 3 audience members expertly in a fun example of how time flies-by and how Jesus would be regarded as a twitter failure today as he only had 12 followers. The adult themes are well executed and not overused always in context and so well crafted, this is a comedian at the top of his game,this show is a joy to see I can’t recommend it highly enough.

The Mozambique Child soldier would be impressed by his latest gilded balloon appearance.

Coroners Report: 5 stars

Samantha Baines: 1 Woman, a High flyer, and a flat bottom.Bunker One Pleasance 

Another sold out Bunker One Pleasance venue hosts Samantha Baines: 1 woman,a high flyer,and a flat bottom.Samantha is a great comedian,she instantly has the audience in the palm of her hands referring to last years show and her subsequent restraining order from Brian Cox! she evolves last years theme to highlight the lost women of science, what i like about her comedy is the pop culture references and the clear academic research that has gone into the show to educate as well as entertain she highlights 3 women (sadly i had only heard of one of them) i learned more from this routine about women in science than i ever did in school and this is a sad reflection on society, and the laughs come quick and fast from small self defence sketch sequence to the poetry corner segments after each scientists presentation, she finishes the show with a touching tribute to her late father and the hour is over. the audience are buzzed in appreciation as they left. this was a show that has hit the ground running this early in its run and i can’t recommend it highly enough
Coroners Rating: 5 stars 

Gilded Balloon News 

 
Gilded Balloon offers top class comedy lineup for Drygate Brewery
Janey Godley, Will Duggan and Jamie Dalgleish with compere, Scott Agnew – Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate – Friday 5 May 2017
 
 
Manchester born Will Duggan, known for his witty, sharp-tongued and energetic comedy, together with Scotland’s newest and hottest comedy talent from the East End of Glasgow, Jamie Dalgleish, will join headliner Janey Godley, ‘the most outspoken female stand-up in Britain’ for Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate on Friday 5 May. Scott Agnew, master storyteller and one of Scotland’s top entertainers will compere the mirth-fuelled evening, keeping both comedians and audience in check.
 
With a humanity that lifts his lightly cynical observations, Will Duggan performs sharp-tongued, honest comedy delivered with an arsenal of fine-tuned vocabulary. He takes his audience on a laugh-filled journey covering a diverse range of topics and grubby little opinions. Not only is he is creative with the things that raise his ire – doctors, a selection of waterfowl, the arrogance of horses, and his dad’s wind-ups; he also focuses on finding the joy in moments.
 
Jamie Dalgleish, a natural born story teller oozing with Glasgow charm, is a comedian steeped in the more colourful parts of the city of his upbringing. He brings cheek and charm to accounts of entrepreneurial ingenuity in Glasgow’s East End and many of his routines revolve around closeted, culturally impoverished aspects of Glaswegian life meeting the wider, more cosmopolitan world – from International Politics to fake Lacoste Trackies! As the self confessed drunken philosopher plays with class stereotypes has a wry eye for cultural absurdity and invariably makes himself the butt of the joke.
 
In her comedy treasure chest Janey Godley has an unstoppable tsunami of outrageous stories and home truths, so extreme they are barely believable – sex, politics, poverty, abuse and meeting the great and good. She can pick and choose from a bottomless well of barbed tales according to whim and where the audience inspire her. 
 
The master story teller, Scott Agnew, one of Scotland’s top compere’s will be taking charge of proceedings at The Drygate Brewery. With his searing honesty and addictive personality, this 6’5″ comic mixes tales of night life, gay life and general misadventure to charm his audiences and transport them into his world – which is far from run of the mill by anyone’s standard. He is laugh-out-loud funny from beginning to end.
 
Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate brings together the very best craft beer, fearless food for the soul and strong intelligent comedy with a quality blend of up and coming comedians and the finest established comics in an intimate comedy club. Audiences can also enjoy the popular dinner and comedy packages that have the craft beer kitchen and bar – The Vintage at Drygate – take on the role of front of house hosts.
 
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For more information go to Gilded Balloon website: http://www.gildedballoon.co.uk
 
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Paddy Cuthbert | Littlehouse Media | E: paddy@littlehousemedia.uk.com
M: +44 (0)7913 951717
 

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate
 
Line Up – Friday 5 May 2017
Scott Agnew (compere), Will Duggan, Jamie Dalgleish and Janey Godley (headliner)
 
Venue: Drygate Brewing Co, 85 Drygate, Glasgow G4 0UT
Date: Friday 05 may 2017
Time: 20:30 – 22:30 (doors open 20:00)
Tickets: £12.50 / £11.50 conc / £10 groups of 6+
* Pre show dinner offer – 15% off with valid ticket – must be booked in advance *
Box Office: +44 (0)141 212 8815 / http://www.gildedballoon.co.uk/drygate/ or http://drygate.com/events/gilded-balloon/
In Person: Drygate Brewing Co, 85 Drygate, Glasgow G4 0UT
Future Drygate Comedy line ups
 Friday 2 June

Marcel Lucont
Jojo Sutherland
Tom Ward
Sarah Callaghan

 
Fri 7 July

Josh Howie
Scott Agnew.

Applications now open for the 30th anniversary of So you think you’re funny

Applications are now open for the 30th year of So You Think You’re Funny?
Gilded Balloon’s comedy newcomer competition, So You Think You’re Funny? is back in 2017. Celebrating the competition’s 30th year, it continues its status as the very best comedy newcomer competition with its “strong track record of showcasing the stand-up stars of the future.” [British Comedy Guide].
 

Created in 1988 by Karen Koren, Artistic Director of the Gilded Balloon, to develop comedy stars of the future, the alumni list of finalists and winners says it all. Dylan Moran, Peter Kay, Aisling Bea, Jason Byrne, Tommy Tiernan, Miles Jupp, David O’Doherty, Lee Mack, Tom Allen and Phil Kay to name just a few.
 

Applications are now open and close at the beginning of May. The competition producers make every effort to ensure every applicant’s live set is seen at Regional Showcases, applications are taken and booked on a first come first served basis – so APPLY NOW or miss out!
 

To apply for this year’s competition go to…
http://soyouthinkyourefunny.co.uk/apply-for-sytyf/
 

This year will be the 30th Anniversary of the newcomer competition and will be celebrated alongside the Fringe’s 70th celebrations. As well as special celebration events planned throughout the Fringe in 2017, Gilded Balloon will also be launching a new regular year-round presence for the competition.
 

With the success of the competition over the year’s, the Gilded Balloon are excited to launch a platform for those that have been through the competition as well as for complete newbies.
 

 

NODHA: The Ultimate Comedy Test Ground for New Acts and Old Pros
 
From Thursday, March 9th, the producers of newcomer comedy competition So You Think You’re Funny? will be launching a new comedy night at Leith Depot on Leith Walk. For the first time in the competition’s history, there will be a new material night one Thursday of every month giving new comics a platform to practice and develop. The night will be an opportunity for past and future contestants to try out new material alongside more established comics. Each night will have open spots for new comics to trial new material with a familiar headliner to close the show.
 

Headliners for the first couple of months will include Alexis Dubus (aka Marcel Lucont), Amy Howerska, Chris Forbes, Eddy Brimson, Will Duggan, Luca Cupani and Scott Gibson. Expect a few special guest surprises along the way as Gilded Balloon opens up the night to the huge roster of acts that have been part of the competition and their Fringe programme over the years. 
 

Quote from Katy Koren “Leith is the perfect place to host a night of new comedy each month. I love Leith and it’s an area with new events and venues popping up all the time. Moving our offices after 15 years from the top of Leith walk to the bottom seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring a little comedy to Leith too!”
 

The night will also be an absolute bargain of only a fiver for tickets booked in advance online, otherwise punters can come on the night and pay at the end of the show.
 

 

Applications are now open for Class Clowns –
the UK’s only comedy competition for the under 18s!
 

So You Think You’re Funny?’s younger sibling, Class Clowns is the UK’s only comedy newcomer competition for under 18’s. Created by the producers of So You Think You’re Funny? in association with Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Class Clowns gives a platform to aspiring young comics and performers to try their hand at stand-up!
 

Each year Class Clowns hosts workshops in the run up to the final in August, with established comics helping to develop the applicant’s material and getting comfortable on stage. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get tips and advice from professional comics who get up on stage every day.
 

The Class Clowns Final will be held at Gilded Balloon during 2017’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and will be judged by a panel of industry professionals who have previously included Jo Brand, Zoe Lyons, and Kevin Day
 

The competition producers make all efforts to ensure that every applicant is given a place on at least one of the workshops but all workshops are booked on a first come first served basis – so APPLY NOW or risk missing out!
 

To apply for this year’s competition go to…
http://soyouthinkyourefunny.co.uk/apply-for-class-clowns-2017/
 
 
 
So You Think You’re Funny? New Material Night at Leith Depot 
140 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5DT
Thursday 9th March
Thursday 6th April
Thursday 4th May
Thursday 1st June
Thursday 6th July
Thursday 5th October
Thursday 2nd November
Thursday 30th November
 

First in the series on Thursday 9th March will be hosted by Chris Forbes and Scott Gibson headlining.
 

The Dresser, Duke Of York Theatre, Ken Stott, Reece Shearsmith. 

Regarded as Ronald Harwoods greatest creation The Duke of York Theatre was mostly full as we took ou seats to enjoy “The Dresser” set in WWII we follow a Shakespearean theatre group as they tour the country spreading the word of this country’s best playwright ever! 

Set back stage in the changing room, of the theatre much consternation is in the air as tonight’s performance of King Lear hangs in the balance as Sir is in hospital.

The character introductions are charming and slick the absence of sir in itself causes tension, 

Sir enters as his wife ‘Pussy’ and Norman are discussing the situation there is a tension between these two as they both care about Sir. 

Sir enters Ken Stott delivers a powerful pompous and gentle performance as one of the last great Shakespearean actors coming to the end of his career reluctantly he is regarded as carrying the other actors indeed, his own wife, who is close to quitting both the theatre, and her husband. 

The Co-dependence of ‘Sir’ (played by Ken Stott) and ‘Norman’ played by Reece Shearsmith betrays his feelings toward him in a time when you would never open up about your sexuality you tend to pity Norman through this play and toward the end you understand his angst.

Reece Shearamiths performance is energetic and powerful the play ends with him poignantly broken and by the end of this play I wanted to see the movie with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Anthony Hopkins, this production benefits from the moveable stage which is expertly used to provide unique angles of the actors performing to an out of view audience this was clever usually you see such uses of stage movement at small fringe venues but it was lovely to see it at the Duke Of York.

Yes this strictly wasn’t a comedy but it was worthy of a review
Coroners Rating 5 Stars

Comedy Awards latest:

RICHARD GADD AND SCOTT GIBSON TRIUMPH OVER OUTSTANDING COMPETITION AT THIS YEAR’S LASTMINUTE.COMEDINBURGH COMEDY AWARDS
 
The winners of the 36th lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards were announced today at a ceremony at the Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh.
 
The Awards were presented by last year’s Best Comedy Show winner Sam Simmons and 2016 Best Newcomer, Sofie Hagen.

The nominees for lastminute.com Best Comedy Show are:
Al Porter: At Large
James Acaster: Reset
Kieran Hodgson: Maestro
Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud
Randy Writes A Novel
Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do
Tom Ballard: The World Keeps Happening
Zoe Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning

The Award for lastminute.com Best Comedy Show goes to
 Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do

The nominees for lastminute.com Best Newcomer are:
Bilal Zafar: Cakes
Brennan Reece: Everglow
Jayde Adams: 31
Michelle Wolf: So Brave
Nath Valvo: Happy Idiot
Scott Gibson: Life After Death
 
The Award for the lastminute.com Best Newcomer Prize goes to
 Scott Gibson: Life after Death

Nica Burns, director of the lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards said: A record- breaking year for Scotland with a double Scottish win as Best Comedy Show is won by Richard Gadd from Fife and Best Newcomer by Glaswegian Scott Gibson. Richard Gadd’s highly original, extraordinary show combines hilarity and heart and Scott Gibson is a brilliant stand-up who can make a near death experience funny. The first Scottish winners since Arnold Brown in 1987.
 
The lastminute.com Panel Prize goes to:
 Iraq Out & Loud: Reading the Chilcot Report in Full
 
An idea originated by comedian Boothby Graffoe and produced by Fringe personality Bob Slayer with his co-producer Sorcha Shanahan, involving many of the comedy community. Read at a table in a purpose built shed; the first readers were comedians Arthur Smith, Nish Kumar, Shappi Khorsandi and Mark Thomas. So many people wanted to take part that some had to be turned away. 6,000 pages, 2.6 million words, 24 hours a day, the reading ended on Saturday 20 August after 284 hours & 45minutes of continuous reading.
 
Nica Burns said: This was a big idea, of the moment and of huge importance involving a large part of the comedy community. It truly captured the spirit of all that can be possible at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
 
The Awards and prizes are:
· Best Comedy Show with a cash prize of £10,000
· Best Newcomer with a cash prize of £5,000
· Panel Prize with a cash prize of £5,000
 
The winners and nominees can be seen at the lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show on Sunday 28 August at 15.30 (17.00) at The Grand, Pleasance Courtyard.
 
The lastminute.com Fringe Comedy Awards Show will be at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London on the 17, 24 & 31 October. Tickets exclusively available at http://www.lastminute.com/entertainment/comedy.html

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS IMAGES OF THE WINNERS. 
 
 
Press enquiries:
Anna Arthur at Arthur Leone PR
020 7836 7660 / 07973 264 373 anna@arthurleone.com
 
Joanna Hawkins at Arthur Leone PR
020 7836 7660 / 07910 920207 joanna@arthurleone.com
 
Website: http://www.comedyawards.co.uk
Twitter: @comedyawards
 
 
Notes for Editors:
Over 650 comedy shows were eligible for the three awards and the judging panel and awards team attended over 1700 performances over the three weeks of the Festival.
 
The 2016 judging panel were:
Alice Jones, Arts Editor, I (Chair)
Sam Michell, BBC Comedy Editor
Laura Riseam, Assistant Editor, Comedy; Channel 4
Claire Smith, Reviewer and Feature Writer, The Scotsman
Dominic Maxwell, Theatre & Comedy Critic, The Times
Saskia Schuster, Commissioning Editor, ITV
Susan Provan, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Niki Di Palma, Public Panel Competition Winner
Jim Johnson, Public Panel Competition Winner
Sam Haslam, Public Panel Competition Winner.