Review: The Stevenson Experience – Identical As Anything, Fringe 2017

The joy of the Fringe is always in finding something new that you loved every moment of when you went in with absolutely zero expectations. The Stevenson Experience were an absolute tour de force that had me laughing from start to end. I openly admit to having a soft spot for musical comedy, so seeing it done well is always going to be a winner for me. Their show was a great mix of frequent chuckles and thumping laugh out loud moments.

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Review: Sean Kelly – Sold Your Way, Fringe 2017

Many people think of Dr Suess or Coca Cola when they think of Christmas. Not me. I don’t have TV, so the only time I watch any is when I go home for the holidays. My parents are from the generation where the TV must always be on. It doesn’t matter if no one is watching it, it just has to be on. My brother and I moan about it all the time, somehow thinking we’re above all that as we stare into a laptop or mobile phone screen instead. 

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Review: Andrew Maxwell – Showtime, Fringe 2017

Straight to the point, Maxwell opened his show with the double whammy of Trump and Brexit. Trump gots a casual mention as, let’s face it, he’s the content of most other Fringe acts, but we lingered on Brexit as Maxwell dug into all that’s awful about it. He recently moved out of London to a village where all his neighbours have Union Jack flags and voted for Brexit

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Review: Edd Hedges – Wonderland, Fringe 2017

It’s not often you are left stunned at the end of a Fringe show. Usually it’s all smiles and a warm feeling inside, sometimes even a post workout chest-type burn from laughing too hard. Edd Hedges is a different type of comedian with a different type of comedy. Don’t let his cheeky youthful face fool you – he’s got the knives out.

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Review: Eshaan Akhbar – Not For Prophet, Fringe 2017

I make my way to the Gilded Balloon’s Turret, unsurprisingly situated at the very top of Teviot, and find myself a chair. The rows are already filling up and as the start time approaches I take a look around to see nearly every chair taken. I think it must be close to sold out, the crowd tightly crammed into a space the size of a middle-class Grandma’s living room. The Turret is definitely an intimate venue and following the introduction over the loudspeaker Akhbar has to howl “keep clapping!” during the applause as he struggles to squeeze himself through the wall of chairs to the stage in a timely fashion. 

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