How the devil are you, MC Hammersmith (aka Will Naameh)

MC Hammersmith

Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?

I enjoy Elmer Fudd and Wile E Coyote. Both hell-bent on Sisyphean tasks. The futility to their endeavours is quite amusing, especially through an adult’s eyes.

What’s one of the best compliments you’ve received and what was it that made it significant for you?

Numerous times I’ve walked onstage in Glasgow and people have shouted “Briefcase Wanker” at me. To me that’s a compliment, as it’s very much the image I try to radiate before I start rapping. I don’t have to try particularly hard though, in fairness.

Describe your ideal front row audience member.

I enjoy audience members who get involved, and joyfully throw me specific suggestions at the right intervals. I had a 90-year-old man in the front row of a gig recently, and converted him to understanding what hip hop was by the end of it. He seemed to enjoy it, despite the strong language. I also like audience members who laugh openly, as opposed to internally.

Which comedy routines have you watched until you know them by heart?

Eddie Izzard’s “Do you have a flag?” routine regularly still plays on loop in my head. She’s made so many surreal masterpieces. And while it’s not a comedy routine, I could probably tell you every word of MC Juice and MC Supernatural’s freestyle rap battle from 1999. Some iconic punchlines from both of them.

What did you miss most about comedy in the last two years? What do you value more now because of it?

I definitely value the pace of face-to-face interactions a lot more. It’s tough to do crowd work on Zoom. Bad wi-fi really sucks the rhythm out of comic timing. On the flip side, a mute button for hecklers would be a welcome addition in real life.

Which podcast can you not live without?

The Bugle is a wonderful masterclass in bitter, depressing, acerbic rants. It’s also brilliantly funny. Andy Zaltzman is like a walking thesaurus.

Which shows do you have a great feeling about at this year’s Fringe?

Lily Phillips will have a great Fringe I think. And Sam Lake is doing his debut hour, he’s a nice young man with a head full of cake. Also, Baby Wants Candy will be bringing ‘Shamilton’ (their improvised Hamilton) to the Fringe this year, and I’m very excited about that. And my improv team is sharing a venue with Basil Brush, so I look forward to backstage chats with him.

Tell us about your Fringe show.

It’s called ‘MC Hammersmith: 1 Man 8 Mile’, and it’s an hour of improvised comedy raps based entirely on your suggestions. It’s got auto-tune, spontaneous rhymes, and it’s at The Hive at midday. If you’re an Edinburgh local, you’ll know why that’s worth mentioning.

Anything else you want to tell us?

The Hive is a classy establishment and I respect it greatly.

Click here to buy tickets for MC Hammersmith: One Man Eight Mile

12 noon | Monkey Barrel (The Hive) | 5 – 28 August (not 8, 15, 22)

You can also see Will in Spontaneous Potter: The Unofficial Improvised Parody

5pm | Gilded Balloon Teviot (Debating Hall) | 3 – 29 August (not 4)


How the devil are you, Sam Nicoresti?

Sam Nicoresti

If Sam’s answers are anything to go by, this show is going to be BRILLIANT. Go early as once word gets out you’ll be fighting to get a ticket…

Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?

Wile E. Coyote. Hard to say why, but I always felt deeply sorry for him. He’s a talented mural painter, a resourceful inventor and a cunning strategist; but he’s a victim of his environment. His plans never malfunction through his own fault – he reads the Acme manual, he follows the instructions to the letter – they go wrong due to unreliable products and a cosmic misorder too large to comprehend.

The Road Runner passes through solid painted rock and runs across open air; traps don’t go off, tar doesn’t stick; but when the coyote expresses his incredulity at the fundamental laws of nature, putting himself into the place of the Road Runner to demonstrate what should have happened, reality snaps back with a stinging bite. It’s like Wile E Coyote’s true enemy is the universe itself. His tragedy is he doesn’t realise he lives in a cartoon until he finally looks down at the canyon floor.

Very entertaining!

How old were you when you started telling jokes and can you remember the first one?

One year for Christmas I received a book of Knock Knock jokes. I’m guessing I was around 5 or 6. I would take the book with me everywhere and read people the jokes to see what they made of it all. I liked the participatory aspect of the Knock Knock format. I liked that the audience had a stake in the success or failure of the joke. I think my mum confiscated it after a week.

Describe your ideal front row audience member.

Ideally a celebrity; any gender. Someone I have heard of, but wouldn’t be intimidated by (i.e. Chris Tarrant, Robert Webb). No one who’s going to draw too much attention away from me (i.e. Bono, Eamonn Holmes), but someone about whom other audience members will later say “Did you see…?” and “I can’t believe that was…!” (i.e. Buddha).

What did you miss most about comedy in the last two years? What do you value more now because of it?

Everyone’s kinder now. That’s a subjective experience which may have more to do with my slightly altered standing within the hyper-partisan social scene compared to pre-pandemic, but I really earnestly believe people are just happy to be out and seeing each other again. It’s possible, I hope, that there’s a greater appreciation for the live scene and an enhanced respect for those who enrich it. I never used to gig because I hated the way comedians were, but there’s a nicer bunch of people around now and long may they continue to say hello to me.

Which podcast(s) can you not live without?

I always enjoy Adam Buxton’s, and Jon Ronson’s latest one is great. I’ve been listening to ‘The History of Witchcraft’ which has a good balance of first-hand accounts and historical scene-setting, and recently a friend recommended ‘Bible Brothers’, where two comedy-writers attempt to read the bible cover-to-cover. I’m nearly at Exodus.

What is comedy’s greatest benefit for the world?

It’s good to laugh. Health experts attest it strengthens core muscles and produces chemical reactions in the brain that make you feel closer to other human beings and more productive in your day labour. We need that, now more than ever. When we laugh, as monkeys, we’re showing submission. People will tell you this, you can research it yourself. But submission to what? Well, for me I believe it’s submission to the idea! You’re admitting you found the joke funny, and really great jokes are funny because they speak to something deeper within you than you assumed language could reach. At its worst comedy helps bring prejudices to light, and at its best it points out how ridiculous those prejudices are. It diagnoses and it heals. It’s also a great way to make new friends and relax after a long day!

Which shows do you have a great feeling about at this year’s Fringe?

I feel great about Joz Norris, Ania Magliano, Cerys Bradley and Sheeps! They all have such wonderful posters, which I think is essential. I’m excited to see Chloe Petts and Jen Ives, plus Ben Moor, Peter Fleming and John Kearns are all doing short-runs that I want to catch.

Tell us about your Fringe show.

My show is called ‘Cancel Anti Wokeflake Snow Culture’. One year ago I began to worry I was wrong about all my opinions and so I decided to engage with all the ‘right-wing/freedom of speech comedians’ on YouTube to see what their arguments actually amounted to. Then I got really ill, and then I came out as queer. The show is a surrealist-satire that examines that experience and attempts to catalogue, as honestly as it can, the inner-monologue of someone struggling with questioning themselves, battling their worst instincts, and trying to grow. It’s a patchwork of multimedia, film, animation, character and stand-up and it’s going to be great.

Anything else you want to tell us?

Drink plenty of water. I have a 4l bottle of water by my desk and I force myself to glug it. You don’t notice the change straight away but you snack less, your mood improves and your skin looks healthier. I glug my water and then I go for a meander around the corner and back once a day. These basic functions create an environment in which the brain is better primed to tackle larger issues like systemic injustice and the need for radical change within our corporate and political institutions.

Click here for more information about Sam Nicoresti: Cancel Anti Wokeflake Snow Culture

8.55pm | PBH Free Fringe @Banshee Labyrinth (Cinema Room) | 6-28 August (not 17)

How the devil are you, Helen Bauer?

Helen Bauer, Photograph by James Deacon

Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?

Do you remember the Disney pixar short ‘The Birds’, well the Big Bird in that that tries to make friends with all the little birds but get bullied by them then ends up surrounded by all of them naked (bird naked aka no feathers) yeah that bird is me.

What’s one of the best compliments you’ve received and what was it that made it significant for you?

Anytime someone says I am smart, like at the end of a pub quiz when you get an obscure 00s pop culture reference. That I love because I was never the ‘smart’ one at school so it feels great. Also when people say I have nice tits, yeah they are big and therefore can be annoying but it’s still great to be appreciated. THIS IS NOT A RESQUEST FOR MEN TO SLIDE INTO MY DMs THOUGH!

How old were you when you started telling jokes and can you remember the first one?

I can’t remember not doing it, it’s always something I loved doing, not exactly telling jokes but being the ‘funny’ one. I do remember very clearly not wanting to be funny one, thinking it wasn’t cute to guys so trying to be more serious and it never works out for me.

Describe your ideal front row audience member?

A row of completely basic babes with rosé in hand.

Which comedy routines have you watched until you know them by heart?

I am one of those weird stand-up comics who has not watched much comedy apart from live in clubs. I can quote ‘Ab Fab’ though from heart!

What did you miss most about comedy in the last two years? What do you value more now because of it?

The attention of course. I value every part of it more now. I really love people and the best thing for me to do with people is make them laugh. I’m so happy to be back.

Which podcast(s) can you not live without?

Such a cliché but a love a true crime moment, every Monday when ‘Crime Junkie’ comes out I feel so excited at the prospect of a new horrific crime to listen to that I am genuinely concerned for my loved ones.

What is comedy’s greatest benefit for the world?

Making people smile about things that thought they were alone in feeling. It sounds so self-righteous but when you find out through a joke that your bizarre thoughts and habits are common it feels great. Everything from anxiety to finding hairs in your butt crack when you leave the shower after washing your hair!

Which shows do you have a great feeling about at this year’s Fringe?

Looking forward to seeing Jordan Brookes’ new show and excited to see Catherine Bohart, Andrew White and Sophie Duker they are all amazing and I am obsessed. Also Jayde Adams new show looks incredible and she is always the queen of fringe for me.

Tell us about your Fringe show.

Madam Good Tit is my second full show. It is an hour about self-confidence, self-esteem and self-care. It’s the year of ‘self’ so I am taking it very literally. Taking care of yourself has never been more ‘in’. Inspirational quotes and facemasks are a big industry and, like all my basic friends, I am trying to ‘be the change I want to see’. However self-care like everything else is a money-making business. These self-care influencers get you when you are down and you are truly stuck. I have lost so many hours watching ‘Yoga With Adriene’ and I am really not convinced ‘putting yourself first’ is the best option for wellness.

Anything else you want to tell us?

Ahhhhh I am going on my first ever tour this September to November and I am so excited. ‘Madam Good Tit’ is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe and then going all over the country ending with a week at Soho Theatre. I cannot wait to take my own show around and see if I have a crowd in all the towns. Please come and say Hello! It’s more than a show, it is self care baby!

Click here to buy tickets for Helen Bauer: Madam Good Tit

5.40pm | Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker Two) | 3-28 August (not 15)

How the devil are you, Amy Matthews?

Amy Matthews

We’re back baby! Oh we have missed asking our favourite comedians our burning questions! Kicking off our 2022 questions is Amy Matthews:

Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?

A toss-up between Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers and Bertie from Tuca & Bertie. Both anxious queens.

Describe your ideal front row audience member?

A mixed-gender group of about 6 people or an ever-so-slightly mad older couple. Can’t even explain why, they’re just the two demographics that seem to have the nicest time.

Which comedy routines have you watched until you know them by heart?

When I was about 12 I could have answered that with the entirety of Lee Evans’ XL show. I don’t know what my answer would be today. I’m more susceptible to co-opting quotes or cadences from comedy tv shows than I am able to recite stand-up routines. I absolutely tore through ‘Stath Lets Flats’ and my internal monologue had a Greek-Cypriot accent for about three months.

What did you miss most about comedy in the last two years? What do you value more now because of it?

Aside from the obvious – the laughing together in a live setting – I value time in greenrooms much more. There’s something really nice about turning up in a strange city, walking backstage and there being a combination of familiar faces and new colleagues. And the new colleagues, (nine times out of ten), end up being new friends of some description. You experience an accelerated sense of kinship because you share this weird and wonderful job. Comics hanging out in a pub after a show look like the most bizarre mish-mash of folk. You can feel eyes on you wondering ‘how do these people know each other?’. We’re like the human equivalent of furniture in a hipster café – like, why are a chesterfield, a bar stool and a deck chair around the same table? The answer to both questions is that they all happened to be available in that area for a nominal fee.

Which podcast(s) can you not live without?

I go in phases with what I listen to, but at the moment it’s ‘Comfort Eating with Grace Dent’ – I love her and I love food and it’s got both.

What is comedy’s greatest benefit for the world?

Providing a space for shared experience. I know how much I love it when a comic has material about something that I thought quite particular to my own experience. Sharing that with a stranger – and surrounding strangers – is a little slice of magic. Also, silliness is underrated. In a culture of constant productivity and hustle and people trying to top-trump each other with their own idea of what cleverness looks like, to do or consume anything just for the sake of its inherent silliness is pretty radical and cool.

Which shows do you have a great feeling about at this year’s Fringe?

Amelia Bayler is doing a greatest hits of musical comedy bangers and her energy is a completely escapist tonic. She’s punk AF, I love her. Oliver Coleman is back from Australia with his show, ‘Sublime’ and I cannot wait to see him – he’s one of the most naturally funny and imaginative people I’ve ever known. Also, I saw a work in progress version of Rob Kemp’s ‘Agenda’ last year and it was phenomenal so I’ll definitely be going to see that in its finished form. It made me laugh so much that I didn’t mind one bit that the ending made me sob into my little can of coke and I had to go and sit down on a step for a bit.

Anything else you want to tell us?

I’ll be doing my show at Monkey Barrel at 2.35pm for the Fringe! I think you’ll really like it. The previews have been a lot of fun. It’s all about how external gazes shape how we act and feel about ourselves, which sounds a bit serious but there’s lots of very daft bits in it too. There’s a retelling of the plot of Amelie that you and friends and your enemies will really enjoy.

Click here to buy tickets for Amy Matthews: Moreover, The Moon

2.35pm | Monkey Barrel (Carnivore) | 4-28 August (not 15)

Fringe 2022

Hello! We’re busy creating lists of shows we want to see at this year’s Fringe, and of course we’ll be selecting our Top Shows for your delectation… coming soon.

We’ve also got some questions lined up for our favourite acts, and will be keep you posted with new discoveries as we go. This appears to be the year of the newcomer!

It’s so good to be planning a proper Fringe again. In August 2020 we went for a wander around the deserted Royal Mile and past empty venues. What were we thinking? Last year was better but it was very odd having a wish list of fifteen shows and seeing them all. Here’s to a laughter filled August!

Edinburgh Castle

Punchline’s Top Fringe Shows 2021

It´s that exhilarating time of year again and wow have we got a great line-up of live comedy shows for you! There are of course a few changes to watch out for, as you might expect. Most shows are only running for a few nights rather than the whole month, although there are some plucky performers who are sticking it out for the full run. A lot of shows are work in progress, a bit like life at the moment, and that´s fine too. We are all getting back into the swing of things at our own pace.

We are proud to say that this year´s list boasts an impressive Scottish line-up, perhaps unsurprisingly. Could this be the year where Scottish comics get featured in their own city?

As a final note, please check dates and times with the venue before travelling. If tickets are sold out at the venue or the Fringe Box Office, try the other one as they have separate allocations.

Leith Comedy Festival & Invisible Cities: Lassies of Leith

Paul Stewart, tourguide

Let’s kick off with a show that’s close to our hearts. Full disclosure, we jointly produced this fabulous walking tour with Invisible Cities and, though we say it ourselves, you have to see Paul in action because this is one of those Fringe events that will stay with you long after the show has finished. If you’re looking for a real Fringe experience with your feet on the ground and the show all around, this is the show for you.

Various Times | Queen Victoria Statue & Zoom (Live + Livestream) | 7-29 August | Buy tickets

Fern Brady: Autistic Bikini Queen (Work in Progress)

Fern Brady

As the title suggests, no topic is off the comedy table for Fern Brady. If you like your comedy direct and shockingly truthful, go with an open mind because she is capable of anything. It’s not so much laughing yourself silly as laughing yourself smart.

6.45pm | Monkey Barrel | 6-17 August | Buy tickets

Nish Kumar: Control (Work in Progress)

Nish Kumar

Comedy hero and long-time Punchline favourite Nish Kumar brings you brand new jokes for your delectation. Catch his original set ahead of next year’s tour, safe in the knowledge that his work in progress is funnier than a lot of finished shows. And just think, you might be there for the coining of a new classic joke.

7.15pm | Monkey Barrel | 16-22 August | Buy tickets

Jo Caulfield: Four Night Only

Jo Caulfield

An essential in the Who’s Who of Edinburgh Comedy. This modern classic stand-up appeals to a range of comedy tastes so this is one of those tickets you can’t go wrong with.

7.30pm | The Stand | 12-15 August | Buy tickets

Larry Dean: Work in Progress

Larry Dean

On the verge of superstardom, Larry Dean returns to Edinburgh with his sparky good-natured charm and a raft of jokes that will carry you along on a rip-roaring helluva ride.

8.30pm | Monkey Barrel | 16-19 August | Buy tickets

Ray Bradshaw: The Ray Bradshow

Ray Bradshaw's Fringe Poster: Ray's face surrounded by 4 and 5 star reviews

Loved by audiences and critics alike, Ray Bradshaw is definitely one to check out this year – just look at all those stars on his poster. With tour support for Frankie Boyle already in the bag, this comedian is going places.

3.30pm | Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn | 20-29 Aug | Buy tickets

Adam Rowe: Imperious (Work in Progress)

Adam Rowe

An easy-going hour of virtuoso storytelling and quips about family, friends and other adventures. Grab a pint and sit back for Friday night laughs any day of the week. You may have seen him on YouTube and social media, so now’s the time to see him live.

8.45pm | Pleasance Courtyard | 17-19 August | Buy tickets

Kiri Pritchard McLean

Kiri Pritchard McLean

Oh Kiri… Her magnificent hallmark sparkling costumes are nearly as bright as her mind. She has been a pioneer of Covid era comedy and raised a stack of cash for The Trussell Trust and The NHS while she´s at it. One of the strongest voices on the comedy circuit, she´s got this – everything – and you can trust you’ll have a great hour of laughter with her.

8.15pm | Edinburgh Corn Exchange | 14-15 August | Buy tickets

Barry Ferns Stands Up for 2021 (On Arthur’s Seat)

Barry Ferns on top of Arthur's with a large

Outrageously likeable, this guy has been doing great outdoor stand-up shows for years so if you like your comedy with a lunchtime hike and a stunning backdrop, you’re in safe hands.

1pm | On Top of Arthur’s Seat | Free | 7-28 (not 11,18,25) August | Buy tickets

Jay Lafferty: Blether

Hats off to talented compere, writer and performer Jay Lafferty, for bringing one of the few fully-fledged hours of stand-up for the whole of the month. Her theme is the last year and a half which she will no doubt treat with her usual comedy magic. Her warm manner and sharp observations make this Edinburgh local a delight to spend an hour with.

6.30pm | Gilded Balloon Teviot | 5-8 & 11–29 August | Buy tickets

Paul Sinha: Hazy Little Thing Called Love

If you´ve heard Paul Sinha’s award-winning History Revision radio programmes or seen him at previous Fringes, you´ll know he knows his stuff all right. This year, he returns to Edinburgh with a relatively new subject for him, love.

5.30pm or 8.30pm | The Stand | 18-21 August | Buy tickets

Josie Long: Work in Progress

Josie Long combines towering knowledge of the world at large with an ability to bring out the daft humour of everyday life. If you want a different perspective delivered with unpretentious, down-to-earth energy, Josie Long’s ability to smile in the face of anything will remind you that there is always a way forward, whatever the odds.

8.30pm | Monkey Barrel | 4-6 & 23-29 August | Buy tickets

Christopher MacArthur Boyd: Oh No (Work in Progress)

A firm favourite and rising star on the Scottish circuit and beyond. Bursting with energy and good vibes, think of your best night out and multiply it by 10.

8.30pm | Gilded Balloon Teviot | 13-29 August | Buy tickets

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 to put on a great show to the extent that you don’t even have to read what the show’s about before you go.

In case you DO want to know, this year it is about Ivan’s stag night, organised in characteristically grandiose style by Max with an almost Marx Brothers Night at the Opera level of orchestrated outrageous fun. They give us a few background details to the story of course, starting with their births… And as we romp through their childhood stories with plenty of sounds and images, I can’t resist looking repeatedly into the audience to see rows of enchanted smiling faces, laughing with fondness and surprise at the madcap projects the lads have brought to life over the years.

The careful, detailed writing of the show is wonderful, precisely because I didn’t think about it until after the show. They know exactly how to set up situations, in-jokes and inside information so that they can bring them back with a party bang of dramatic and comic effect at the moment of their choosing. This show made me wipe away tears of joy and I think I might love them. Too much? Go and see for yourself.

Buy tickets for Max & Ivan: Commitment here

8.20pm | Pleasance Dome | Until 25 Aug

Punchline recommends John Robins, Hot Shame

John RobinsWords 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 this year have been about holiday photos, treating damp and buying coffee, and he explores them with an engaging, meticulous attention that he clearly applies to everything he regards as important in life.

If the title of his show does not produce a visceral reaction in you, then his stand-up material certainly will. He punctuates his main show with cringing confessional stories from childhood and beyond about mistakes and misunderstandings that continue to bring him agonies of shame when he recalls them. Some of the memories are so personal that I sincerely hope he gets some sort of closure by sharing them with a room of guffawing strangers. He knows how to tell a seemingly everyday story in staggering detail with a level of analysis that makes me ache with exasperation that he puts himself through it all, even as I laugh out loud along with the rest of the theatre. He is a master of making himself the butt of his own jokes and we love and respect him for it.

The show covers some controversial subjects of recent times (diversity and #MeToo are particularly notable) and deals with them from a self-conscious position as a privileged white male with sensitivity and a delicious quivering humour that is both hyper-aware and exquisitely nuanced. It makes a welcome, refreshing contrast to the blunt extremes of social media that distort real people into barking caricatures. The only barking in John Robin’s show comes from the yelps of delight and steady laughter at his frank admissions and highly accomplished material.

Buy tickets for John Robins, Hot Shame here

7.30pm | Pleasance Courtyard | Until 25 Aug

Punchline recommends Laura Davis: Better Dead than a Coward

Laura DavisWords 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 owns the room (top deck) from the start and seamlessly takes a couple of unhelpful audience members in hand while treating the rest of us like we are already friends. She tells us she has been performing at the Fringe for twelve years and everything about her unique material and laid-back competence shows us how well she has used that experience. There are touches of Daniel Kitson in her ability to create visual images and take the audience with her but she has an absolutely original world view and does some ingenious material on moths and Facebook that should win some kind of literary comedy award.

Laura Davis can give extraordinary meaning to ordinary events with a warm, wry perspective that generates disproportionately big laughs in such a tiny space. She succeeds in talking about current world concerns without losing sight of the baffling peculiarity of human nature and manages to make us feel all the better for it. That’s no small feat these days, and if Laura Davis can bring together a disparate bunch of punters on a lightly swaying bus, maybe there is hope for some other stuff too.

Get tickets for Laura Davis: Better Dead than a Coward here

9.10pm | Heroes@Bob’s Blundabus | Until 25 Aug

Punchline recommends Sophie Duker: Venus

Sophie DukerWords 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 all the way through our wonderful hour with her.

She tells us that she is tired of being expected to represent everyone who is not white, male or heterosexual and takes us through some of the stereotypes about women of colour that she discovered and tried to avoid as she was growing up. Most of the audience are on unfamiliar ground here but she takes us with her on a finely mapped journey which delves into history, popular culture and her own life with an abundance of varied jokes and surprises that keep on coming with vital energy and consummate skill.

Her material displays an impressive balance of precise writing and playful delivery and I get the impression that she would be perfectly capable of developing each strand of her show into a fully developed hour of solid funny material if she decided to do so. I very much look forward to future developments but meantime, this show was fully satisfying with takeaway laughs and ideas to go over at home. Excellent.

Buy any remaining tickets to see Sophie Duker: Venus here (though hopefully you paid attention to our recommendation before the Fringe!)

7pm | Pleasance Courtyard | Until 25th Aug

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