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Punchline recommends Mark Simmons: One Linererer

19 Aug

Photograph of Mark SimmonsWords by Susan Stewart

The Edinburgh Fringe is an excellent platform for comedians and performers to talk about big issues, and this year has certainly brought a lot of well-deserved hot topics to the forefront of comedy. However, sometimes you just need hundreds of jokes thrown at you really quickly, to momentarily forget how grey the world is outside. I know just the man to bring this kind of levity and joy: if you were wondering where all the jokes are, you can find them in Mark Simmons show, One-Linererer.

Mark’s show is everything you’d hope it would be with a title One-Linererer; it is full of fast, punchy one-line jokes, combining clever and silly in the perfect recipe.  It is a show that you need to be on board with from the start, because if you fall behind, you aren’t going to be able to keep up to the end.  Despite being a show of one-liners, Simmons sets up each punchline perfectly, with callbacks and themes that you wouldn’t think could even be possible.

Catch Mark Simmons: One-Linererer at 4pm at Banshee Labyrinth throughout August. This is a free performance, though we recommend a generous donation at the end of the show.

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Punchline recommends Henry Paker: Man Alive

16 Aug

WPhotograph of Henry Pakerords by Ross Stark

A live drawing intro is a gentle ice breaker that kicks off this absolute treat of a show. Paker paints an image of living an unhappy middle class life; doing so only to keep his middle class wife happy. However, not everything is as it seems.

The show cuts between Paker’s stand-up and a live narration of a story board containing hand drawn images. It is a beautiful piece of work with a musical accompaniment that provides an experience comparable to that of Dianne Jackson’s “The Snowman”.

Paker has a gentle, eager-to-please comedic style and a wonderful and extremely professional narration.

Henry Paker should be proud. He has a beautiful show on his hands and I can’t recommend it enough.

Catch Henry Paker: Man Alive at 5.10pm at Banshee Labyrinth throughout August

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