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Punchline’s Top 10 Comedy Shows

4 Aug

felicity ward

It’s difficult to narrow down our top picks for this year’s Fringe, but here is Punchline’s Starter for 10 (in no particular order):

Nick Helm is the only person in the comedy world who can get away calling himself a “One Man Mega Myth”. Those who came to October’s Punchline won’t need convincing. You will be part of the show but you probably won’t mind.

Boy with Tape on His Face is a delightful hour that’s original, funny and touching. It’s also a good one if you have any visitors who don’t speak English as a first language.

Felicity Ward One of Punchline’s Top 3 last year, Australian comic Felicity Ward is laugh out loud funny. She covers various subjects and you kind of feel like you’re chatting to her in the pub, then find yourself crying with laughter.

Joe Lycett is delightful and very funny, with a sting in his tail. He’s going to be a comedy superstar so get in now.

Josh Widdicombe is fast becoming a household name, as seen on Last Leg and Mock The Week.

Andrew Lawrence is one of the best comedians full stop. Go and see him.

Local lad Iain Stirling is a Bafta-nominated presenter and Chortle-nominated comedian, returning home to bring you a new hour of standup.

Ivan Brackenbury is the hapless hospital radio DJ who plays pumpin’ but inappropriate songs. Be advised to pay in advance as he has queues around the block already.

Susan Calman is here until 12 August, doing a work-in-progress show. Clever comedy and personal stories from an inspiring performer.

Seann Walsh is another Punchline favourite – will this be his big year?

Other recommendations: David Trent, Aisling Bea, Carl Donnelly, Pat Cahill, James Acaster, Claudia O’Doherty & Romesh Ranganathan

We’re hearing good things about John Kearns – let us know what you think!

Matt Richardson is not doing a Fringe show but he is appearing on a couple of late night shows and he’s well worth a look if you can find him.

Comedy Reserve has four bright young things including Punchline’s own John Hastings, and Comedy Zone has the excellent Lucy Beaumont and Carl Hutchinson (who also has his own solo show).

Punchline’s Free Fringe Recommendations!

24 Jul

Ivan Brackenbury

Words by Susan Ford

As a comedian or performer, the beauty of the Fringe Festival lies in its ‘anyone can take part’ policy.  The theory is, that as long as you have a venue willing to house your show, you can perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  This is the spirit very much at the heart of the Free Fringe, a vital part of the Fringe Festival that showcases comedians who perhaps wouldn’t have the opportunity were the festival still in the hands of the elitist.

Anyone will tell you to take a chance on the Free Fringe, and admittedly there is something wholly romantic about venturing through Edinburgh and unearthing the best new comedians.  However, let’s face it, the bohemian idea of allowing anyone to perform does not give much way for quality control.  I guess, what I’m saying is yes, take a plunge in to the unknown and discover your favourite new comedian, but take on our recommendations before you go exploring!

It’s also worthwhile to mention that the Free Fringe is not “free”! The performers and comedians have spent their own money on production, travel and accommodation already and rely on contributions from the audience to get by.  If you have enjoyed the show, be expected to show your gratitude with a donation, and please be respectful of this.

Now I’ve got my admin duties out the way, on with the recommendations…

Laughing Horse present a 60 minute joint show from one to watch Adam Hess and Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist David Elms. As part of super-sketch group Jigsaw, Nat Luurtsema performed regularly on BB3’s Live At the Electric: this year she presents her first solo show in three years also through Laughing Horse. Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans’ (The Now Show, Radio 4) show has been described as “an interactive, digital, improv, atheist church service spectacular”, join them for their hour long joint set and see them live up to the hype.

Eric Lampaert

Also in association with Laughing Horse are Glenn Moore and Eric Lampaert.  Glenn Moore was So You Think You’re Funny 2012 finalist and Chortle Student Comedian 2011 runner-up, this year he invites friends to join him for his hour long show ‘Employees of the Month’. Eric Lampaert was a backing singer in Nick Helm’s band on Comedy Blap “I Fancy the Pants off of You”. Absurdist and energetic, Lampaert’s show is not to be missed.

PBH Free Fringe is bringing some great names to the Free Fringe festival. Luke Toulson is another comedian seen on Russell Howard’s Good News, and was nominated for a Perrier Comedy Award; his show is on in the beautiful Cabaret Voltaire throughout the festival. John-Luke Roberts is a comedian, writer and actor, and is bringing his new stand up show to PBH’s Free Fring this year.

Mark Stephenson has a plethora of comedy awards under his belt – Time Out’s One to Watch 2013, Chortle Best Newcomer nominee, Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, and Leicester Square New Act of the Year. His show ‘Half Man Half Amazing’ will prove how worthy he is of his awards collection. 2013 marks Jessica Fostekew‘s third solo show at the Fringe. In the last year Jess has performed on Stephen K Amos’ new BBC Radio 4 show , she’s appeared on BBC Breakfast (BBC1) four times and she has supported Micky Flanagan and Terry Alderton on tour accross the UK: don’t miss her Free Fringe show this year. Edinburgh Amuseum: Three’s A Crowd squeezes three up and coming comedians, all from Edinburgh, in to one show: Katia Kvinge, Eddie O’Dwyer and Rory Telfer perform.

Nathaniel Metcalfe  has been doing stand up since May 2007, and went through to the semi-finals of the So You Think You’re Funny? competition after only five gigs: his free show this year allows him to indulge in his minor obsessions. QI Elf and creator of BBC2s ‘The Museum of Curiosity’ Dan Schreiber, is quite possibly the coolest person in the world.  Or so he used to think: watch him explore many reasons why he perhaps isn’t, and I swear you will fall in love.

David Burke

The Beehive’s Scottish Comedy Festival is a great way to experience the Free Fringe.  Our recommendations for the Beehive are Ray Mearns ‘Waking Up Next To Myself’, Bob Graham ‘Animal Person’ and Pearse James and Martin Bearne ‘Comedy Has the Right to Children’.  After sell-out nights at last year’s festival, Robin Grainger and Gregor Wappler are back with ‘Applause 2: Breaking Gags’ and is a must see this year, with each show featuring a special guest host. For the Beehive’s full line up, visit www.scottishcomedyfestival.com.

David Burke has a real knack for storytelling, he can make any story hilarious and charming all at the same time, hence the name of his new show ‘Exciting Adventures of an Uninteresting Man’. For an absolute guarantee of a giggle, catch Punchline favourite Ivan Brackenbury, radio DJ and very funny character. See him at the Fringe, and then join us in October to see Ivan play at Punchline in both Edinburgh and Perth.

London is Funny Presents… is the alternative variety comedy show.  With the likes of previous performers Cardinal Burns and James Acaster, this show is a very valuable showcase of new talent. Marcel Lucont’s Cabaret Fantastique is another great free variety show that invites guests to perform in an hour of fun.

We hope you have found our guide useful, and that you make the most of the Free Fringe when it visits us in August.  If you have any recommendations that you’d like to share with us, please do tweet us @punchlineuk.

Edinburgh Fringe 2013 Preview: an interview with The Colour Ham

17 Jul

The Colour HamWords by Susan Ford

If you like more from your comedy show than just some plain old stand-up routines, then The Colour Ham is the group for you. The Colour Ham consists of three different personalities – a mind reader, a magician and a manic comedian. Individually, they have appeared alongside Jimmy Carr and Derren Brown in ‘4Talent’, performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and received 4 ‘yeses’ from the Britain’s Got Talent Judges. Together, they are The Colour Ham, a very exciting comedy project.

As The Colour Ham get ready for the festival, I caught up with them for an interview to discuss their show.

SF: Hello The Colour Ham, how are you?
TCH: We are very well thank you. Busy getting ready for the Fringe and Kev’s wife is due any day now so life is mad but great.

SF: Tell me a bit about yourselves?
TCH: We are Kev, a magician, Colin, a mind reader and Gav, a former primary school teacher. We’ve been performing together as The Colour Ham for about 3 and a half years now. We perform comedy with special effects. Sometimes it’s magical and sometimes it’s just very silly!

SF:How did you all meet?
TCH: Colin knew Gav, Colin also knew Kev. Colin introduced Gav to Kev, it didn’t really go very well. Then we fell in love!!

SF: Where does the name ‘The Colour Ham’ come from and what does it mean?
TCH: We can’t tell you this. It’s a secret. We will reveal this when The Colour Ham movie comes out.

SF: How excited are you about performing at the Fringe this year?
TCH: Very excited. We had no idea what to expect last year, none of us knew it would be as successful as it was. We have put in a huge amount of effort and we can’t wait to show the world what else we have!

SF: Tell me about your Fringe show 2013…
TCH: It’s high energy, it’s in your face, it’s full of wonder and it’s one of the silliest things we’ve ever written. Can’t wait!

SF: What can we expect in a show by The Colour Ham?
TCH: You can expect a joyous experience full of organised chaos…

SF: Is this your first time at the Fringe?
TCH: This is our 2nd year at the Fringe as the Colour Ham. We have all performed in other shows throughout the years.

SF: What other acts do you recommend for this year’s festival?
TCH: There’s so many, however as they are only doing 4 nights it has to be Slaughterhouse Live. They are Gav’s comedy heroes and they are insane live!!!

SF: Where can we find out more about The Colour Ham?
You can find out more at http://www.thecolourham.com and on Twitter: @thecolourham and on Facebook

The Colour Ham perform 16 nights only at Just the Tonic at the Caves – https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/colour-ham

Edinburgh Fringe 2013 Preview: an interview with Katie Mulgrew

11 Jul

Katie Mulgrew: Your Dad's Not Funny

Katie Mulgrew: Your Dad’s Not Funny


Words by Susan Ford

Katie Mulgrew is currently previewing her new Edinburgh Fringe show up and down the country in the lead up to this year’s festival. The performance showcases this lovely lady as an extremely funny comedian, a clever joke writer at heart and a twister of the imagination. Last year at the Fringe Katie Mulgrew performed a 30 minute set alongside Tony Jamieson, but this year sees her stand up to her first full hour set at The Stand. When she previewed her show in the Beehive Edinburgh last week, I got the opportunity to catch up with her to discuss the Fringe 2013:

SF: Hello Katie Mulgrew, how are you?
KM: I am splendid, although the hot weather has reduced me to a puddle of a woman.

SF: Are you excited to be playing this year’s Edinburgh Fringe?
KM: I am more excited than I was when I first discovered you could get microwave camembert. WHICH IS VERY.

SF: How many times have you played the Fringe now?
KM: This is my first year doing a solo show but last year I did a split show with another stand up and then before that I’ve compared a couple of late shows and done various bits and bobs. I also worked in the Box office of one of the Fringe venues one year. I’ve been coming seven years but performed for about four of them.

SF: Your solo show is called ‘Your Dad’s Not Funny’, where does this name come from and what does it mean?
KM: It was what kids at school used to say to me because my Dad’s job was a comedian.

SF: Tell me a bit of what the audience can expect from your show this year?
KM: Jokes, pictures of cats and a probably poorly judged rap.

SF: What other acts do you recommend during this year’s festival?
KM: Michael J Dolan, Gary Delaney, Peacock and Gamble, Jayne Edwards, Cariad Lloyd, Gein’s Family giftshop, John Robins.

SF: What are your plans for the lead up to the festival?
KM: To try and not drive myself insane and to sleep loads.

SF: Where can we find out more about Katie Mulgrew?
KM: Well I am glad you asked me that, my website is http://www.katiemulgrew.co.uk or you can like my Facebook page thingy https://www.facebook.com/katiemulgrewcomedian
OR follow me on twitter @katiemulg. Phew, think that is all social media covered.

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