Punchline Recommends: John Hastings ‘Marked From the Start’

Words by Susan Ford Punchline favourite John Hastings returns to the Festival this year, in a bigger venue with an even bigger show. ‘Marked From the Start’ is a hilarious, yet emotional tale of John’s early years, and how family life in Canada has shaped him into the comedian he is today. John tells hisContinue reading “Punchline Recommends: John Hastings ‘Marked From the Start’”


Punchline Recommends: Rob Beckett ‘Mouth of the South’

Words by Susan Ford If you like Rob Beckett on TV, you will like Rob Beckett on the stage – he really is that funny in real life. ‘Mouth of the South’ is Rob’s brand new Fringe show for 2015, and is definitely worth a watch if you get a chance this festival. Rob Beckett’sContinue reading “Punchline Recommends: Rob Beckett ‘Mouth of the South’”

Punchline recommends In Cahoots: Two White Guys

Words by Suzy Romer In Cahoots are a sketch duo (Paul G Raymond and Luke Manning) who provide an easy hour of comedy and a few things to think about afterwards. Their energy is uplifting and takes us on a dazzling tour of worldwide locations including a TV studio in India, a palace in NigeriaContinue reading “Punchline recommends In Cahoots: Two White Guys”

Punchline Recommends: Laura Lexx ‘Lovely’

Words by Susan Ford Laura Lexx is Lovely in every possible way; she is upbeat, friendly, optimistic and a seriously good comedian. Laura has a lovely story, and she’s using her first hour long solo show at the Edinburgh Festival to share it with us. Laura Lexx has a beautiful stage presence, perky and smileyContinue reading “Punchline Recommends: Laura Lexx ‘Lovely’”

Punchline Recommends: Andrew Ryan ‘Perfectly Inadequate’

Words by Susan Ford Andrew Ryan is delightfully charming and equally funny in his new 2015 show ‘Perfectly Inadequate’. Andrew’s hour set includes his current tales of living as an Irish man in London, alongside very personal stories of his family and home. This show is good old fashioned, story-telling at its best, and isContinue reading “Punchline Recommends: Andrew Ryan ‘Perfectly Inadequate’”

Punchline Recommends: Tez Ilyas ‘Tez Talks’

Words by Susan Ford ‘Tez Talks’ is the new show from Tez Ilyas, and is an outstanding hour of comedy. Born and raised in the UK, Tez Talks about being a Muslim in modern day Britain. The show is less political than you may think, and instead, is an absolutely hilarious round up of hisContinue reading “Punchline Recommends: Tez Ilyas ‘Tez Talks’”

Punchline recommends Adam Riches is Coach Coach

Words by Suzy Romer Adam Riches is a magnetic, dangerous life force and this year he takes us up a league with a fresh kind of total comedy experience. Coach Coach has all the thrills of classic (or at least old and beloved) big budget American movies that flood us with teenage rushes of ambition,Continue reading “Punchline recommends Adam Riches is Coach Coach”

Punchline recommends Lazy Susan: Double Act

Words by Suzy Romer The first sensation of watching Celeste Dring and Freya Parker’s spectacular show is one of being grabbed by the scruff of the neck and whisked into their own parallel universe. It’s initially rather frightening, what with all the psychopaths and criminals, but then you laugh so much you don’t want toContinue reading “Punchline recommends Lazy Susan: Double Act”

Punchline Recommends: Ray Bradshaw ‘I Dare Ray to…’

Words by Susan Ford ‘I Dare Ray to…’ is the first full hour from Scottish comedian Ray Bradshaw, and my goodness, it’s an absolute belter. The concept is simple: Ray Bradshaw accepts dares from the public and lives (only just) to tell the tale on stage at the Edinburgh Festival. Ray Bradshaw set up aContinue reading “Punchline Recommends: Ray Bradshaw ‘I Dare Ray to…’”

Punchline Recommends: Carl Donnelly ‘Jive Ass Honkey’

Words by Susan Ford ‘Jive Ass Honky’ is the new show from Foster Nominee Carl Donnelly, and despite its title, is a show that portrays him as a very mature and serious comedian. Carl Donnelly explores his life-long battle with mental health in a very sensitive manner, but more significantly, tells his tales through aContinue reading “Punchline Recommends: Carl Donnelly ‘Jive Ass Honkey’”