Punchline Quizzes Felicity Ward

10 Jul

Photograph of Felicity WardWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

Me. Why? What have you heard?

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

Cockfosters. Pianist. You know, all the classics.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

I’m embarrassed to say Candy Crush. I’ve deleted it and downloaded it four times in one week before. It’s the terrible lover I can’t stay mad at.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

One is stand up and one is from a movie:

Stand Up is Maria Bamford’s “Road Comic” – she basically explains that she doesn’t come across as accessible in her current form so she has a “relatable” comedian persona she adopts when doing shows in middle America. I’ve seen slightly different versions of it, but the one on John Oliver’s stand up series is unbelievably good. She gets more and more manic and ends up singing Star Spangled Banner and plugging her merch at the same time.

The other scene is Steve Martin playing Ruprect in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. From the line “May I hold your trident, Sir?” to “May I please go to the toilet?” it is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. My Mum was pretty strict on the rubbish we were allowed to watch, but this one somehow slipped through the net at an alarmingly young age.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

I love the breakfast at Urban Angel. Being the whingeing Australian that I am, I was delighted when I found someone that did an excellent and late breakfast and it had all the wanky coffee too. Yes please.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

Jesus, there have been so many. Years ago I remember a woman storming out of my show, inexplicably, and when I made a joke and said she was very offended by all this chat of pineapples (I was obviously trying to lighten the mood) she yelled very angrily back at me “YOU ARE.” I’ve had old friends resurface after years of no contact, get absolutely plastered and then yell out corrections to any joke I’ve written that they think they could improve with slurred accuracy. I’m pretty sure one of them called me a liar. They kind of all blend in after a decade.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

That it is possible to come back from the dead.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

It would be with Maria Bamford and Steve Martin and the sketch would be how they really would both love to adopt an Australian comedian who’s much smaller in real life than she appears on stage because they’re both just dying for a mentee/child.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

I went out with a guy who knew Adam Hills. We went to see one of Adam’s shows and afterwards Adam found out I didn’t drink and said if I could be half this funny on TV, he’d get me on his panel show in Australia. He did. I’d never done stand up at that point. When his wife Ali asked me onto her variety show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, I was going to ask trivia questions to an audience member, and we were going to shock each other with these infrared toy tanks, depending on who got the answer right. The tanks got stolen two days before the gig and I ended up having to write my first stand up set. And that is literally why I’m doing it today.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

I wasn’t there last year to perform so I’m excited about EVERYONE! The amount of talented comics doing their debut hour is incredible: Sindhu Vee, Catherine Bohart, Sarah Keyworth, Rosie Jones, Micky Overman. It’s very exciting. Oh and Kate Berlant is finally coming to Fringe from America. She’s fantastic. Oh, and then there are my excellent mates like Suzi Ruffell, and Rose Matafeo and Rhys Nicholson and Nish Kumar and it goes on and on. I’m just happy to be back there.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Getting drunk in high heels then trying to run on the cobblestones.

 

Catch Felicity Ward: Busting A Nut at The Pleasance Courtyard at 9pm, 1 – 26 August (not 13)

Fresh off the back of her new BBC Radio 4 series Appisodes, a Netflix special Live from the BBC, and regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Felicity Ward returns to the Edinburgh Fringe after a two-year hiatus. She’s back and ready to bust a nut-ful of jokes. ‘A killer show… tremendous… unrelenting… she’s so bloody funny‘ ***** (List). ‘Felicity Ward is rocking Edinburgh again… one of the finest stand-ups dashing across comedy stages today’ **** (Fest).

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Punchline Quizzes Alex Edelman

8 Jul

Who puts your pants in the washing machine?

Screw you I wash my own goddamn underwear what’s your problem

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

The word ‘corpse’ is great. Also, Pete Holmes I think had a great joke about not understanding the word “non-fiction” and it really makes me chuckle now every time I see it.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

I’m addicted to the smell of new post offices. You ever go into a new post office? It’s got it’s own type of smell. Also, I love a good view. I will hike to the top of a mountain or pull the car over on the side of a highway for a good view. I also love ice cream from a place in Cincinnati, Ohio called Graeters. If you’ve ever been to it you know what the hell I’m talking about. If I was being given a last meal for my vicious murder of a string of comedy interviewers, than I’d want Graeters.

I’m just kidding. I wouldn’t kill any comedy interviewers unless they asked me to pick a favorite comedy routine.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

I cannot possibly choose one. If I did a top 10, Brian Regan would be in there six or seven times. I do love Gary Gulman’s “State Abbreviations” bit, Patton Oswalt’s “Physics for Poets” bit, John Mulaney’s “What’s New, Pussycat?” bit, Maria Bamford’s stuff about her mental health, and so much of Steve Martin’s stuff.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

There’s a chicken wing place in Edinburgh. If you really want to know what it’s called, come up to me in person after my show in Edinburgh and I will tell you. It’s amazing.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

“I thought we were going to have to stab you for what you said about the Waffle House, but I think it’s probably OK.”

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

There were times in 2014 and 2015 when I felt so exhausted and on-edge that I thought my body could not possibly keep going but I think you always find – in the thirty seconds before you need to go onstage – that you may have this little reservoir of courage you hadn’t previously recognized.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Mel Brooks, Steve Martin. They’re having dinner and talking about how down to earth and kind they are. I’m the waiter they keep abusing.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

A professor in college – Zadie Smith – telling me to travel more and that I should go study abroad in England instead of Australia if I was interested in comedy. Thanks Prof. Smith.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Jacqueline Novak. Ivo Graham. Lou Sanders. Ramon Rivas. Kate Berlant – oh my god, Kate Berlant – Myq Kaplan. So many others.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Seeing cabaret.

 

Alex Edelman: Just For Us at The Pleasance Courtyard at 8pm August, 1 to 26 August

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Alex Edelman returns to Edinburgh with his third solo show. It’s about jigsaw-loving Nazis and tribalism. Come. In the last year alone, Edelman has performed on Conan, supported Beck and Ricky Gervais and saw his special, Live at the BBC, released on Netflix UK. A Boston native, NYC dweller, this millennial posterboy is wise beyond his years, remarkably self-assured and at the top of his game. He’s still Jewish. Hope that’s OK. ‘Boasting technical flair and a precocious authority, Edelman’s comedy manages to capture the voice of Generation Y’ (Guardian).

Punchline Quizzes Evelyn Mok

7 Jul

Photograph of Evelyn MokWho puts your pants in the washing machine?
My mom.

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?
Unitard

Tell us about your favourite addictions.
Sugar, I love sugar, which is terrible because I am pre-diabetic and can’t have any.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?
I love Dave Chappelle’s bit about “How old is 15 really?” from his special For What it’s Worth. He hits everything in that joke. It’s a brilliant commentary on race relations in America and also just a really funny bit.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?
I have so many! Edinburgh is such a great city for food. There is the garlic pizza bread with cheese at Moriarty’s at the bottom of the Pleasance, there is Dim sum at Saigon Saigon on St Andrew Square, Ting Thai Caravan and Mosque Kitchen by Bristo Square, 10 to 10 in Deli on Nicholson Street and Noodles and Dumplings on South Clerk Street. Best part is that Edinburgh is so small and walkable so you can indulge and walk everything off.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?
A lady came up to me after my show and unprompted started the conversation with “I go to China every year so I am down with the whole Chinese thing. DO YOU go to China? HOW OFTEN DO YOU go to China? YOU DON’T SOUND LIKE you go to China!”. I spoke about a lot of different subjects that night, but felt like she had got a bit stuck on that one particular part of my set.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?
One year is a lot of time as long as you do proper work everyday of that year. Stress is just a state of mind.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?
Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, it would be the cat lady sketch from SNL, which is one of Kate McKinnon’s regular ones.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.
I was up for a job on the Swedish version of Newsjack in 2012. If I had got it, it would have meant financial security and I could have started to think about settling down, but alas they went a different way, which led to me having no roots in Sweden which led to my decision to move to London.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?
Very excited to see many people, Sarah Keysworth, Sindhu Vee, Catharine Bohart, Jordan Brookes, Pierre Novellie, Phil Ellis, Kate Berlant, Janeane Garofalo and my own show, because I have no idea what it is yet!

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?
Space out your shows, don’t aim to try and see 6+ shows in a day, it will only make you  tired and mushy in the head and will lead you to sit quietly in the audience by your sixth show even if you are appreciating it, which in turn will make the comedian on stage doubt every decision they’ve made in their life up until that point because they just can’t seem to get a response out of the audience.

 

Catch Evelyn Mok’s: Bubble Butt at the Pleasance Courtyard at 6pm, 1 – 26 August

After an eventful year, Evelyn’s feeling the paradigm shift and trying to figure out her place in this brave new world. In this much-anticipated second hour, the sharp-witted comedian explores her agency, the third-culture-kid-experience, weight loss and what this shift means for her as a woman of colour. Seen on Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and Rhys Darby’s Furious Andrew (Channel 4). Winner: Best Newcomer, The Pleasance Indies Awards. BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. ‘Uncensored, unapologetic and… wildly refreshing’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Honest and revealing comedy… both poignant and funny’ **** (ShortCom.co.uk).

Punchline Quizzes Catherine Bohart

6 Jul

Photograph of Catherine BohartWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

Well, I’m a grown woman so I do.

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

Menimism.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Does Rupaul’s Drag Race count? It’s the best show of all time. I love it. I’m also happy to claim an addiction to chocolate. But I feel like that might just be because I don’t want to have to stop eating it.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

I really love Dara O’Briain’s routine on humans being made in God’s image. It was one of the first I could recite and it’s such a good example of how to make a point through comedy without being preachy.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

Mum’s cafe. It’s just sausage and mash and I’m all about it.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

“You shouldn’t gig with your hair up”. Makes sense, how could the audience possibly listen to me if they can see my ears too?!

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

That a month can be a very long time!

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Ellen Degeneres and Kate McKinnon. I think I’d just skip the sketch and ask them to hold me.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

There’s so many! I’ve been really lucky in my comedy career so far. The one I’m most grateful for is that there were no agents in any of the rooms I gigged in for the first 50-100 times! It’s nice to have space to learn!

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

So many great ladies this year! Sindhu Vee, Sarah Keyworth, Heidi Regan, Micky Overman, Harriet Kemsley, Evelyn Mok, Felicity Ward, Maisie Adams.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Don’t bring your gym gear. It’s never going to happen.

 

Catch Catherine Bohart: Immaculate at Pleasance Courtyard at 4.15pm, 1 – 26 (not 14)

Catherine Bohart is the bisexual, OCD daughter of an Irish Catholic Deacon and she’s got a hell of a lot to say about it. Debut show from a rising comedy star. Finalist: BBC New Comedy Award 2016. BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. Nominee: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018. Writer: BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The News Quiz and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC Two). Ellie Taylor tour support. ‘A comic with a distinctive voice and a story you’d like to hear’ (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk). ‘Pretty much the perfect comedy package’ (Bruce Dessau, BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).

Punchline Quizzes Zoe Lyons

6 Jul

Photograph of Zoe LyonsWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

My wife. I’m not allowed near the laundry these days because I do it wrong apparently. There is always one solo sock left in the drum when I do the washing. I like to think that we haven’t lost one but rather they are breeding in there and we have actually gained one. I can’t fold towels either. It took getting married to discover this awful void in my skill set.

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

I like the word slacks, as in the trousers… slaaaacccks. It sounds so 70’s. Also very fond of the Dutch word for slippers, pontoffel, how cute is that?

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Cheese is a big one. According to my mother I could say cheese before I could say mama. I can spend a happy hour just browsing in a continental supermarket cheese aisle. And of course cheese wouldn’t be the same without a little wine.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Probably Dave Allen’s routine about teaching a kid to tell the time. He was an absolute master of storytelling. A large part of his telly show was him, suited, sitting in a chair with a whisky and cigarette on the go and just talking and it was brilliant. Imagine trying to convince a channel to show that these days.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

The Witchery has been a favourite over the years, I love its gothic splendour. I imagine I am a vampire on a nice night out.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

“Can I lift you up”? I politely declined the offer.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

Don’t get too distracted by what other people are doing. I can guarantee they’re not thinking about what you are doing.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

John Cleese and Bette Midler dressed as vikings breaking the news to me that I am not their natural daughter but rather they stole me on one of their invasions and me resolutely refusing to accept the news in the most British way.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

I don’t think luck has played a leading role in this production. I can’t think of one incident where it influenced my future. Who knows, maybe my big lucky break is just around the corner (but probably not).

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

It’s always good to take a complete punt and see people you have never heard of before so I look forward to being surprised. To be honest I haven’t even flicked through the brochure yet but that is not unusual for me. I am normally in complete denial that the festival is happening and I am part of it until I get off the plane in Edinburgh. Then it becomes very very real.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Staying out until 5am every day. I did that one year in Edinburgh and I was a husk of a human by the end of the Fridge.

 

Catch Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human at Gilded Balloon at The Museum at 5.15pm, 1 – 26 August

As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Room 101 (BBC One) and regularly heard on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz, Just a Minute, The Now Show and plenty more. This hugely popular comic returns to the Fringe with a fresh crop of quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction not to mention ‘proper laugh-out-loud one-liners’ (Herald). ‘Lyons is on top of her game: in command of her material, her audience and her stage’ **** (Chortle.co.uk). ‘An hour of intelligent observations and hilarious character comedy’ **** (ThreeWeeks).

Punchline Quizzes Tom Ward

5 Jul

Photograph of Tom WardWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

I f**king do, what do you take me for?

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

My sister every time she rings me puts on an uptight Leeds accent and says ‘Is now a bad time?’ and it immediately becomes one. How many people don’t realise it’s how you say things not what you say?

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

I am proudly a non-smartphone user and always have been so I’m not one these losers shuffling around unable to get offline and taking pictures of myself. I am loser for other things though, the classic stuff – alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, late 80’s indie and a total inability to accept getting older.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Probably Cardinal Burns’ sketch of drug casualties Dean and Murf from Manchester, it has me doubled up with laughter that, which is rare. I also love Ben Elton’s stuff about the ‘reality gap’ between adverts and the real world from his 1989 tour.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

‘This guy is terrible’ was pretty weird considering I was having a very good gig. I flicked him the finger as he got up to leave.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

That it isn’t about you, you can never be the number one, you will always, always be a worker ant, and even if you glimpse glory it’ll soon be followed by another test. You are just a regular wanker drowning in your own desire. And desire = misery.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Cardinal Burns cos they’re the best thing ever. It would be set in a charity shop and they’d be two gay men from the rival charity shop trying to ruin mine.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

Meeting the flatmate of my two new friends Alex and Natalie in 2011, and he had tried open mike comedy the week before and told me I should. So I did. May not have done it if it hadn’t been for him. Then again I may have, cos if you’re meant to do something you probably do do it.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Phil Kay, Daniel Kitson, my own sad face in the mirror after each instalment of this overly ambitious nonsense I’m doing.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Don’t get taken in for questioning by Edinburgh CID due to mistaken identity on the penultimate night of the fringe, causing you to have your laptop, phone and clothes taken away for two weeks while checks are made. I don’t recommend it.

 

Catch Tom Ward: Popcorn Lung at Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 7.30pm 2 – 26 August (not 13)

On the back of last year’s critically acclaimed Love Machine and an appearance on Live from the BBC (BBC Worldwide), Tom Ward is going in for a closer inspection of his favourite themes: love, freedom and aloneness. Join the hip-haired one as he takes a look at the burgeoning “cutesy culture”, the myth of sunglasses, the cold slap of passport photos, the reality of sex parties, visions of an Uber vs black cab utopia, living alone and dancing with his mother. ‘A star in the making’ (Time Out). ‘A unique and genuinely exciting talent’ ***** (Herald).

Laura Lexx Answers Punchline’s Increasingly Inquisitive Questions

3 Jul

Photograph of Laura LexxWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

Usually me but if I have guests round I think it’s rude not to offer.

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

I like the phrase “underlying understanding”. What a lovely quirk of language that is.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Firstly tea: I love tea and I think it’s the only thing I’m genuinely addicted to – I get terrible headaches without the caffeine.

I also have a love of plants and buying seeds and plants – far more than I have space for but I just don’t seem to stop buying them!

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Phil Jupitus doing an impression of Eddie Izzard doing material about Darth Vader. It’s from We Know Where You Live, Live! It is a dream of layering, impressions and clever material.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

The City Restaurant; get the maxi breakfast and thank me later when you’ve cleared your arteries enough to speak again.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

That nothing matters and we’re all wasting our time in some way so why not waste it at the largest arts festival in the world?

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

I would like to work with Rob Delaney and Tim Minchin and I’d like the sketch to be about rainforests because then we could get Attenborough to cameo.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

I went to Kent University because I wanted to do an undergraduate masters in writing for radio, then in my first year they cancelled that course. Then I started improvising with some guys who went on to become The Noise Next Door and I thought “huh, performing comedy is fun” and so I did the masters in Stand Up instead… then I got my only other addiction.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Adam Riches, actually. I just find his shows so fun and that’s really what I look for in Edinburgh to blow off steam.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Ooh, I’d avoid Shakespeare done by American schoolchildren and defining your worth as a person by the opinion of strangers.

 

Catch Laura Lexx: Trying at Gilded Balloon Teviot at 5.15pm, 3 – 26 August (not 15)

‘One can only hope there’s some life-altering catastrophe around the corner for Lexx’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Luckily, the award-winning comedian with ‘superb material, brilliant delivery and irresistible personality’ (**** TheWeeReview.com), has had a breakdown. Laura spent 2017 trying to get through therapy, trying the patience of everyone and trying unsuccessfully for a baby. She’s done trying now; it’s time to laugh. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and Absolute Radio. Winner: Best Compere, UK Comedy Awards 2017. Amused Moose Comedy Award finalist 2016. ‘Exceptionally funny’ **** (One4Review.com). ‘A joy’ (Independent). ‘Real comedic steel’ (Guardian).

Goodbye Sean Hughes

19 Oct

Photograph of Sean HughesWords by Suzy Romer

Goodbye Sean Hughes. It´s difficult to know what to write about someone so important when it is such a shock. But beyond the protocol of press coverage, the news is something that will take a little while to be absorbed by the comedy community.

It´s hard to believe that 27 years have passed since he won the Perrier Award. It seems like yesterday that he would appear on stage in a t-shirt and jeans, sometimes with a large cardigan on, his fingers sweeping through his hair, and start to talk to the audience, to everyone and to individuals. There was never any doubt about how the show would go because he connected naturally with people. He delivered his jokes quickly, one after another, so that you had no time to stop laughing before the next wave of laughter started. He didn´t shy away from difficult topics such as family relationships and love but he knew how to present deeper thoughts with a light touch. He made it possible for his audience to acknowledge darker truths and let them go.

He didn´t realise how different he was. His comedy was like meeting a best friend after an evening spent with mediocre colleagues. He was amazing for what he was and what he was not. He was down-to-earth, warm, adaptable and easy-going, but the only “easy target” he picked on was himself. His style of delivery looked so effortless that the uninitiated might be excused for thinking that everything he said was off the top of his head. His blend of improvisation with written material was seamless. He was able to interact with the audience throughout the show, using their answers to his questions as a launch into relevant comedy routines.  He could do his set in any order without losing momentum or repeating himself.

I was 15 when I first went to see Sean Hughes and fell in love with him instantly. I know many others did too. He was a great introduction to the world of live comedy because he represented all the best things about it. In person, he was always kind and never took admiration for granted. He never lost the human connection. His many achievements are well-known but it is his comic energy and real life charm that make him an unforgettable figure in comedy history. We miss him.

Keep the Comedy Going!

1 Sep

Photograph of Nish KumarThat’s another fringe over for another year and we had a ball! We hope you found some gems and enjoyed our recommendations. We were particularly excited that Hannah Gadsby and John Robins both won the Edinburgh Comedy Award – big congratulations to both.

So now what? To stop you getting withdrawal symptoms, we have put together a Punchline Comedy Gala in Edinburgh on 14th October, headlined by critically acclaimed comic Nish Kumar.

You’ll have seen Nish Kumar on Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Rising stars Chris Betts (‘Properly hilarious’) and Jamie MacDonald (‘One of the funniest Scots on the circuit’) will round off a fantastic evening of big laughs. Hosted by the fearless Anna Devitt.

Find out more and book tickets here

 

Punchline recommends Kwame Asante: Open Arms

27 Aug

Photograph of Kwame AsanteWords by Suzy Romer

After years of being berated by comedians to laugh and make a noise no matter what my feelings about their material, it is an utter joy to read in Kwame’s Fringe guide entry that listeners, smilers and nodders are welcome to his show. All are welcome because he knows exactly what he is doing. As soon as you spend five minutes in his company, his calm good humour lets you know with absolute certainty that you are going to thoroughly enjoy the next hour of your life with him. As the son of Ghanaian parents, Kwame uses his bicultural identity to explore Britishness in a fresh way that sparkles with truth and fun. His experience as an NHS doctor similarly provides tremendous comic material and food for thought about human nature.

His writing is carefully thought out and polished, and he is excellent story teller who knows just when to turn expectations on their heads, providing rolls of laughter around the room. He often reveals the surprise take on the story in two parts which has an amazing cascade effect as different audience members catch on in their own time. His control of his material and his ability to create a warm, friendly atmosphere are quite stunning in a comedian presenting his first full show at the Fringe. A pleasure, an absolute pleasure.

The last performance of Kwame Asante: Open Arms is tonight, and there appear to be a few tickets left if you hurry…

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