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Punchline recommends Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!

13 Aug

Photograph of Lazy SusanWords by Suzy Romer

If you haven’t seen Lazy Susan before then this is the year to go. Every year there’s one show I have to see twice and this is it. They perform high-energy, engaging comedy with a freaky dark edge that sweeps you up from the beginning and takes you over completely for an hour of hysterical fun.

Celeste Dring and Freya Parker move in and out of formal sketches and their stage personas with skilful ease and apply their wicked sense of humour to fashionable concepts and popular expressions. They are particularly funny as wide-eyed, high voiced sisters who are cute and unsettling in equal measures. They also impersonate bad men too well to forget. Like all the best horror writers, they vary their subject matter until something really gets under your skin. The sketch that did it for me was one where a Ginger Rogers-like character tells a Fred Astaire-like character that he is repellent while he cheerily brushes off her words LIKE A PSYCHOPATH as if she were flirting with him. I hardly dare go back to the originals now.

The structure and writing of this show are absolutely flawless and as an audience member, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. These two performers know exactly how to make us laugh and keep us guessing until the bloody end, but perhaps I’ve said too much.

Catch Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother! at Assembly George Square at 4.20pm througout August.

Punchline’s 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Recommendations

7 Aug

Here they are! Our picks for this year’s Fringe. As usual, we advise you to see these acts live as YouTube just doesn’t do them justice.

Photograph of Alex EdelmanAlex Edelman: Just for Us

With sizzling stories ranging from Stephen Fry and Prince William to Nazis, this bright young comic sheds blazing light on current themes in Britain and the U.S.

8pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Punchline Q&A



Photograph of Lazy SusanLazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!

An hour of comic perfection with a twist of horror that will stay with you long after the show. Who says sketch is harmless?

4.20pm, Assembly George Square

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Photograph of Darren HarriottDarren Harriott: Visceral

Easy going hour of top notch comedy from this incredibly assured comedian. Only in his second Fringe, he already has star quality. Get in there.

9.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Lou Sanders: Shame Pig

An afternoon delight with material as fascinating as it is explicit. Lou has a charismatic charm that has to be experienced live.

12.30pm, Monkey Barrel

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Photograph of Rosie JonesRosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes

After years of comedy experience behind the scenes as a TV writer, Rosie Jones is making a killer start to her stand up career with an impressive supply of wicked one-liners.

8.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Punchline Q&A



Photograph of Tim KeyTim Key: Wonderdate

Worshipped by many, Tim Key recently made a splendid short film, Wonderdate, for the BBC. This is the live show along the same lines.

11.15pm, Pleasance Courtyard from 16th August

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Photograph of Suzi RuffellSuzi Ruffell: Nocturnal

If you haven’t seen her on TV yet, you will soon. Suzi upped her game last year and this may be your last chance to see her in a smaller venue.

9.45pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Photograph of Kieran HodgsonKieran Hodgson:’75

Kieran Hodgson reinvents himself yet again, this time with a new perspective on Brexit.

8.15pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Photograph of Laura LexxLaura Lexx: Trying

Laura Lexx has reached a new level in life and comedy. She whetted our appetite with her fantastic Punchline Q&A and we can’t wait to see this year’s show.

5.15pm, Gilded Balloon

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Punchline Q&A



Photograph of Foil, Arms and HogFoil, Arms and Hog: Craicling

They have had a gazillion YouTube hits and deservedly so. High energy and polished sketches from this switched-on trio.

9pm, Underbelly

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Photograph of Felicity WardFelicity Ward: Busting A Nut

We’ve been banging on about her for years. If you have seen her you’ll know why; if you haven’t, get a wiggle on.

9pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Punchline Q&A



Most shows are on every day until 26th August and some have a day off. Please double check details and availability with the venue.

Lazy Susan answer Punchline’s Burning Questions

13 Aug
Photograph of Lazy Susan

Photo by Bobby Goulding

What is the best advice for a new performer in Edinburgh? 

Flyer and talk to people – you are the best person to sell your show. Commit to every aspect of your show when you perform it – your show will have flaws but try not to point out where they are. People will start coming if you do these things, so don’t worry about hype and PR and posters and all that. The one thing you have control over is your show, so just do the best job you can of that. Know that it’s very hard to do all the above so it’s ok if you don’t. Try not to flyer with the kind of earnest sincerity expressed in this answer. 

What is the best advice for a new festival goer?

Set off with an umbrella, snacks and a good knowledge of cash points. Set a timer to go off in February so you can still get tickets for James Acaster. 

What do you have to have in your fridge during August?

 The big four: butter, milk, veg, jam.

What is the weirdest after-show comment you have had from an audience member?

We’ve never had anything that weird that I can recall. Of course we get the backhanded compliment, ‘I don’t normally find women funny but you guys were alright’ fairly often, but that’s more wearisome than weird. 

Which living person would you like to spot in your audience?

Dolly Parton. I love her in the simplest, truest way. 

What is the best non-Fringe thing about the city of Edinburgh?

The landscape.  

How do you relieve Fringe cabin fever?

Going and exploring the above. Or getting a hair-cut. Very soothing. 

Who or what last made you laugh like a hyena at the Fringe?

It’s always going to be Lou Sanders. A classier idiot there is not. 

Tell us about your 2016 show.

It’s very compact and stylish. Perfect with a cocktail! Less evasively, it’s character / sketch / less categorisable bits. It’s called ‘Crazy Sexy Fool’ and this title is pretty spot on. What luck!

What are the best shows at the Fringe apart from yours?

Have not seen enough to be any authority here BUT we loved ‘My Name is Gideon’. Unique, unassuming and full of soul. You won’t see anything like it. 

When you go home and your friends say “How was Edinburgh?”, what will you say?

September – ‘Relentless. Knackering. Up and down.’ 

October – ‘Pretty good’ 

December – ‘Time of my life, I’m going again.’ 

Catch Lazy Susan: Crazy Sexy Fool at 7.15pm at the Pleasance Courtyard until 29 August and as part of Massive Lazy Girls at 11.30pm on 24-28 August

Final Fun at the Fringe

31 Aug

Photograph of Edinburgh Fireworks

It’s the last day of the Fringe. Boooo.

But it’s a lovely sunny day! Yeah!

Some venues finished their programmes yesterday, plus a ton of shows have been cancelled so here is our pick of the best comedy shows for the last day. Please check with the relevant box office or Fringe Office before finalising your plans.

  • For a spot of lunchtime comedy, go to see Tom Binns (12.40 at the Bosco Tent, George Square)
  • OR Austentatious (1.15pm at the Underbelly)
  • If you haven’t seen BEASTS yet, what are you thinking?! Get down there! (4.45pm at Pleasance Courtyard)
  • OR if you have seen them, an excellent alternative is Adam Hess, who was shortlisted for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Newcomer this year (5.20pm at the Hive)
  • Our next recommendation is The Pin (7pm at Pleasance Dome) followed by a mad dash to Lazy Susan (8.10pm at Pleasance Dome)
  • OR how about Joseph Murpurgo, shortlisted for this year’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award? (8.15pm at Pleasance Courtyard)
  • OR if you prefer a leisurely walk after The Pin, you have a choice of shows at 9pm: Felicity Ward (Pleasance Courtyard)
  • OR the marvellous Spencer Jones would be a wonderfully surreal way to end the Fringe (9pm at The Hive)
  • Don’t forget the Edinburgh International Festival has their fireworks tonight, so find a hill and celebrate the end of a brilliant month.
  • And if you’re really going to go for it, why not finish at Late ‘n’ Live to take you through to tomorrow? (1am at Gilded Balloon)

Have fun! For those heading back home, have a safe journey and we’ll see you next year. For the locals, see you very soon, after a long sleep! 🙂





Punchline recommends Lazy Susan: Double Act

13 Aug

Lazy Susan 2015

Words by Suzy Romer

The first sensation of watching Celeste Dring and Freya Parker’s spectacular show is one of being grabbed by the scruff of the neck and whisked into their own parallel universe. It’s initially rather frightening, what with all the psychopaths and criminals, but then you laugh so much you don’t want to come out again.

Their range of characters knows no bounds yet they all fit into a general backdrop of eerie unpredictability and charismatic menace. Ducks, dogs and rabbits all get the funny-scary treatment. The most astonishing change of character is when Freya comes on as Jackie Sanchez, the Scottish business mogul, and tells us how she built her empire. Her accent is absolutely on the money but it is her approach to success which makes us crack up en masse. Sanchez’s assistant Big T (Celeste) makes the audience collapse into giggles by uttering single words. We’re talking Rowan Atkinson territory here. I promise you, the word “Frothy” will never be the same.

This pair were nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomers last year but even so, it is amazing to think this is only their second time round. This is a show of thrilling, unhinged comedy from a pair of ferociously funny dare devils.

You can see Lazy Susan: Double Act at the Pleasance Dome at 20:10 until 30 August

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