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Punchline’s Top 10 Comedy Shows for the 2014 Fringe

13 Jun

The Edinburgh Fringe is famous for its vast variety of performers taking to the stage in just one month, so how could we possibly narrow it down to 10? Well, here it is, Punchline’s Top 10 shows for the 2014 Fringe:

1. Bridget Christie: An Ungrateful Woman

Last year’s big winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award. Grab a coffee instead of a pint (it’s on at 11am), and spend an hour with one of the funniest and most life-affirming comedians on the Fringe. Buy tickets here

2. Cardinal Burns

No doubt destined for greatness. You may have seen their TV series but they are EVEN BETTER live. Their off-the-wall and increasingly dark shows have always been popular at the Edinburgh Fringe so make sure to catch them before they get too big for it! Buy tickets here

3. Lucy Beaumont: We Can Twerk It Out

We’re particularly excited about Lucy’s debut show at the Fringe this year. She has won a plethora of awards including the BBC New Comedy Award. Like a kitten with really sharp claws. Buy tickets here

4. Felicity Ward: The Iceberg

We’ve been banging on about Felicity for years and she continuously gets better and better. Outrageously hilarious stories and shriek-inducing observations, definitely a hot ticket this year. Buy tickets here

5. James Acaster: Recognise

Whimsical whilst wearing knitwear, James Acaster is a fantastic act. He weaves make-believe tales in with bizarre refrences and of course, is a two-time runner up for the Edinburgh Comedy Award. Buy tickets here

6. Susan Calman: Lady Like

A favourite on Radio 4 and a loveable story-teller who everyone will immediately warm to.  Calman is a sure fire, strong candidate to please everybody. Buy tickets here

7. Abandoman: Hot Desk

So slick you’ll think it’s all been planned before the show. But it can’t be! Abandoman will enchant you with improvised rap – go and find out for yourselves. Buy tickets here

8. Lloyd Langford: Old Fashioned

Slightly grumpy, very silly and one to watch, expect childish yet sincerely clever humour from Lloyd Langford. Buy tickets here

9. Dave Griffiths: C U in Court

Something a bit different – listen to Dave’s engrossing story of taking on the big boys. It’s being made into a feature film so here’s your chance to catch it live. Buy tickets here

10. Nina Conti: Work in Progress

Laugh out loud funny, Nina and Monk return to Edinburgh for a delightful and outrageously rude show. You’ll love it. Buy tickets here

We’re also looking forward to seeing David Trent, Tiernan Douieb, Luke McQueen, Hennessy & FriendsEleanor Morton and Ellie White.

We have already got our tickets for Fringe heroes Will Adamsdale, Adam Riches and Nick Helm!

Look out for our Guide to the Free Fringe coming soon, and we will let you know about new shows as soon as we discover them throughout the Fringe.

Edinburgh Fringe Interview: Lloyd Langford

22 Aug

Words by Susan Fordlloydlangford

Lloyd Langford’s show ‘Galoot’ is a glorious 60 minutes of comedy (see my full review here). I was lucky enough to catch up with Lloyd before the festival finishes, to discuss his 2013 Fringe show.

SF: Hello Lloyd Langford, how is the festival going?
LL: I’m really enjoying it, I’m living on my own for the first time which is nice, and I’m enjoying the show, I really like my show. I’m only about a five minute walk to the venue, so I’m happy. I bumped in to another comedian today who told me it was all going to end too soon, I couldn’t believe that, I said don’t tell anyone that because no one else is thinking it!

SF: Cool, how are the shows going?
LL: like I say, I’m really enjoying doing the show, I’ve had a couple of nights off which I think helps to just break the festival up a bit and get to see some other shows that have been on the same time. I’ve been doing a lot of extra shows as well, like Late ‘n’ Live and Best of the Fest, Comedy Countdown, just to mix it up a bit.

SF: Your show is called ‘Galoot’, whats it all about?
LL: It’s kind of about trying to be more of an idiot, in sort of every day life.

SF: And where do you get your ideas from for the show?
LL: Well it’s a mix of things; there are anecdotal things, stuff that’s happened to me. And then there are observations, and a bunch of ideas from the previews from the past three months moulded in to a show.

SF: As you said, the festival is nearing the end, what has been your highlight?
LL: Oh that’s a good question. I really enjoyed Bridget Christie’s show, it’s on very early at 11am and took a while for my body clock to adjust, but in terms of standup I think its the best 60 minutes I’ve seen.

SF: What has been the highlight of your own show?
LL: I think it’s just nice to do a show and get positive feedback. I did a show yesterday and when I was leaving the venue someone came up to me and thanked me for putting the show on, it’s really nice when your caught off-guard almost and when someone comes up and gives you a compliment.

SF: Other than Bridget Christie, is there anyone else you’ve seen who you would recommend?
LL: Yes I’ve seen loads of cool stuff. I really liked Nadia Kamil, and Alex Horne’s show. I also really liked Nick Helm and Bobby Mair. I usually mainly see comedy but I have see a couple of plays which I enjoyed.

SF: This is obviously not your first year at the Fringe, what has been different this time around?
LL: This is my 5th solo show and my 11th year coming to Edinburgh in August, I really know my way about now! The main difference is the weather! Less rain, bit better. I think there has been a lot more public interest this year in female comics, which can only be a good thing. There are a lot of excellent shows put on by female performers and journalism about females in comedy has really improved. You think it wouldn’t be an issue in 2013 but I think the variety of comedians getting championed by the press is really cool.

SF: What is next after the festival finishes?
LL: I’m doing a sketch show in the Autumn for Radio Wales, I can’t wait for that. And I’ll be gigging more, it’ll be pretty busy.

There are only 4 days left to catch ‘Galoot’ by Lloyd Langford, get your tickets in early!

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