Punchline recommends Max & Ivan: Commitment

Words by Suzy Romer Max and Ivan have an energetic, funny playfulness that reminds me of Alvin and the Chipmunks. They are quite as adorable and actually much funnier with silly jokes that belie their dazzling professionalism. They always do their homework and they are the kind of act you can absolutely depend on toContinue reading “Punchline recommends Max & Ivan: Commitment”

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Punchline recommends John Robins, Hot Shame

Words by Suzy Romer John Robins is a performer who manages to usher us into his very brain in order to perceive life as he does. Given how much he worries and frets, there is a certain mystery in his ability to make this shared experience so laugh-out-loud funny. Some of his greatest worries thisContinue reading “Punchline recommends John Robins, Hot Shame”

Punchline recommends Laura Davis: Better Dead than a Coward

Words by Suzy Romer Laura Davis is a big talent in a tiny venue, with more than a touch of magic. As you enter Bob’s Blundabus passed the bright cosy bar on the lower deck to go up the dark stairs, something flips in your brain and you are ready for anything. Laura Davis ownsContinue reading “Punchline recommends Laura Davis: Better Dead than a Coward”

Punchline recommends Sophie Duker: Venus

Words by Suzy Romer Sophie Duker is one of the hits of the Fringe this year with her star-bright, energetic, idea-packed new show. The moment she comes on stage, her alert, observant manner and scintillating delivery captures the full attention of the audience and creates a fascinating atmosphere of attentive connection which she maintains allContinue reading “Punchline recommends Sophie Duker: Venus”

Punchline recommends Sara Barron: Enemies Closer

Words by Iain McLaren I first saw Sara Barron at the Fringe last year with her Newcomer nominated show, For Worse. It was a great first year and one she has followed up with another impressive show, Enemies Closer. I love Sara’s energy and American style mixed with her now ingrained British self-loathing. Her abilityContinue reading “Punchline recommends Sara Barron: Enemies Closer”

Punchline recommends 30 minute wonder shows: Krystal Evans and Amy Matthews

The most common format for shows at the Fringe is the hour-long spectacular. While this is great, not everyone has time to spare, especially during the week. This year however there seem to be a range of 30 minute shows showcasing some great talent which you could take in over a lunchtime. Krystal Evans: FishnetsContinue reading “Punchline recommends 30 minute wonder shows: Krystal Evans and Amy Matthews”

Punchline recommends Adam Riches: The Beakington Town Hall Murders

Words by Suzy Romer Audience participation has always been a thrilling, essential feature of Adam Riches’ shows. Over time he has created innumerable styles of interaction and honed his skills when treading that waffer-thin line between audience trust and unpredictability. The atmosphere of this year’s show is particularly delightful and makes me smile just thinkingContinue reading “Punchline recommends Adam Riches: The Beakington Town Hall Murders”

Punchline recommends Sam Taunton: It’s Nice, It’s Modern

Words by Suzy Romer For a lovely, friendly hour of feel-good comedy from a new name at the Fringe, look no further than Sam Taunton. He is warm, charming and self-depreciating, perhaps a little too self-depreciating but he is young and will one day stop using his ex’s words to describe himself. There’s a reasonContinue reading “Punchline recommends Sam Taunton: It’s Nice, It’s Modern”

Punchline recommends Tom Parry: Parryoke!

Words by Suzy Romer If Tom Parry’s name is attached to any show as a writer, director or performer, you can guarantee it will be a great laugh. Parryoke! is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an hour in the vibrant, effervescent company of the Renaissance man of comedy. This is his most strictly stand-up showContinue reading “Punchline recommends Tom Parry: Parryoke!”

Punchline recommends Josie Long: Tender

Words by Suzy Romer Josie Long has been pretty busy with a baby for the last 13 months but this Fringe she is back in comedy and has a great show at the ready. She has that marvellous standing in comedy now which creates a warm atmosphere even before she comes on stage because everyoneContinue reading “Punchline recommends Josie Long: Tender”