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Punchline Recommends Dane Baptiste: G.O.D (Gold. Oil. Drugs.)

16 Aug

Photo of Dane Baptiste

Words by Iain McLaren

If you want thoughtless, pointless, run of the mill “comedy” then you are in the wrong place. This is Dane Baptiste and he is anything but run of the mill. Join him for a look at G.O.D. No not the beardy guy in the sky; Gold, Oil and Drugs because that’s what makes the world go round! This insightful comedian will show you just what makes the world tick as he explores the capitalist side of life using the best of his craft. Nominated for Best Newcomer in 2014 this guy is about explode!

Catch Dane Baptiste: G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs.) at 9pm at the Pleasance Courtyard throughout August

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Punchline Recommends Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Appropriate Adult

15 Aug

Photograph of Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Words by Suzy Romer

Kiri Pritchard-McLean had some killer material (I’m talking shrieks here) when I first saw her a couple of years ago on a mixed bill show. This is the first year I have seen the full hour and what a splendid show it is. She is utterly at ease with the audience and remains constantly alert and open to reactions around the room. We relax and laugh with her from the start. While she is in complete control of her material, her performance is set alight by her ability to pepper her show with ideas from the audience and things that she has just thought of. I had the opportunity to see just how masterful she is at combining good writing with improvisation because a fire alarm meant I saw the first section of her show twice.

Her material is fresh, well-rounded and wide-ranging. Among other topics she explores the borders between working and middle class culture with a critical but non-judgemental eye. Far from alienating or dividing her audience, she looks at the ways we can use privilege in a positive way, and she brings this same humanity and kick-start energy to the subjects of education, family life and relationships between the generations.

Her audience interaction is flawless and this particular writer was almost persuaded to announce something very personal in front of the whole room as a result. I wonder whether an Edinburgh audience might be coaxed into writing down admissions on scraps of paper? Having been brought down to earth and then shown our potential, we come away from the show in a state of high emotion and positive ambition. Her words stay with you. This is an opportunity to see someone far ahead of her venue size and it is one of the best hours you can spend at the Fringe.

Catch Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Appropriate Adult at 8.15pm at Pleasance Courtyard throughout August

In the Hot Seat: Kwame Asante

3 Aug

Photograph of Kwame AsanteClose your eyes and picture Edinburgh. What do you see?

A guy on a unicycle juggling fire in the rain!

What is the last thing that made you snort with laughter?

A conversation me and some mates had in a pub, where we were trying to decide on which animal would make the best spirit animal. We eventually decided on a parrot, because of its ability to repeat things that have just been said. This means that it would say no to your no’s and yes to your yes’s.

Friend – ‘Hey Kwame, would you like another drink?’

Me – ‘No’

Parrot – ‘NO!’

Me – ‘…yes?’

Parrot- ‘YES!’

The idea of a party parrot had me in stitches (maybe you had to be there…)

Tell us about this year’s show.

This year’s show covers what has been a very eventful few years in my life. Finishing medical school in London, moving away from my family home, and living and working full time as an NHS doctor up in Birmingham. It’s been exciting and challenging, with many funny stories and observations along the way. I’ve used these to create a smart, laid-back and uplifting stand-up comedy hour, which I’m hoping will turn a lot of heads this festival!

Who do you want to see this year?

I’m really keen to see Daphne (Pleasance Courtyard) this year! They’ve got a good buzz around them, and I’ve seen one of their shorter sets down in Birmingham, but I keep missing their full length Edinburgh Fringe shows due to schedule clashes and sold out tickets. But I’ve bought my ticket for this year nice and early, and am now counting down the days!

Do you have any Edinburgh Fringe traditions?

I’ve been coming up to the Fringe pretty much every year since 2011, and the one place I visit every year is Mosque Kitchen. When money is low and self-neglect is high, I always turn to Mosque Kitchen for a reasonably priced, hot meal with lots of greens!

What is your getting ready music?

Amazing by Kanye West and Young Jeezy. The opening lyrics perfectly captures the pre-show vibe backstage; the combination of nerves and excitement. And the beat gets me into a performance frame of mind. It’s a track from a better time. I miss the old Kanye…

If you could have any guest in your show, who would it be?

THE NEW KANYE!!

What is the best backhanded compliment you have had?

‘You’re quite sexy until you open your mouth.’

Who made you howl with laughter when you were a child?

When I was a child, my mum worked as a midwife. She did a lot of night shifts and so had to sleep a lot during the daytime. This meant that me and my brother had free reign to watch pretty much whatever we wanted on TV while she was asleep! One of my FAVOURITE inappropriate TV shows was The Simpsons. Inappropriate in the sense that a lot of the jokes weren’t aimed at 8 year olds (something I appreciate more now, watching back through old clips). One of my favourite Homer Simpson quotes is ‘OWWW. I have three kids and no money! Why can’t I have no kids and three money?!’

What should Donald Trump know?

6.45pm, Bunker 2, Pleasance Courtyard. He gets a special mention in my show that I know he’d love to be there for. AMAZING.

What do you do in Edinburgh that your parents wouldn’t approve of?

Everything! The money spent. The food and drink consumed. The hours not slept. The miles stumbled late night. But the Fringe really is one of my favourite places in the world, and my parents are slowly coming round to how much it means to me! I’ll give it a bit before I invite them up though. I have enough to worry about during my debut year, without my mum constantly complaining about the hills…

Catch Kwame Asante: Open Arms at 6.45pm at the Pleasance Courtyard throughout August

In the Hot Seat: Pippa Evans

23 Jul

Photograph of Pippa EvansClose your eyes and picture Edinburgh. What do you see?

Me and my comedy pals eating haggis in City Restaurant, digesting the day’s comedy going on.

What is the last thing that made you snort with laughter?

Myself and Ruth Bratt (Glenda J, Showstopper) doing an improvised scene about career newts. It was so sublime in its ridiculousness I snorted in Ruth’s face.

Tell us about this year’s show.

It is like if you put me, Brian Conley and Sandi Toksvig in a blender, added a band and covered it with sequins. Also a lot of winking.

Who do you want to see this year?

Ummmmmmm, Peter and Bambi Heaven, Jamie Wood and anything by the American High School Musical Festival. They deliver those performances with jazz hands like you have never seen.

Do you have any Edinburgh Fringe traditions?

I always have an Irn Bru before every show and Gaz the security guard at the Pleasance reminds me of the time I got very drunk in 2006.

What is your getting ready music?

Oooh Shake it Off by Taylor Swift and Bette Midler singing Friends (not the theme tune to the sitcom). Also a Ru Paul track will get thrown in, such as Can I Get An Amen?

If you could have any guest in your show, who would it be?

Brian Conley. We’d sing Hushaby Mountain from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and then do a tap routine.

What is the best backhanded compliment you have had?

It was my husband who said ‘do you ever worry you sing too much?’

Who made you howl with laughter when you were a child?

Me and my brothers used to watch black and white Jerry Lewis movies. We loved him and his slapstick ways. We also loved Laurel and Hardy and Lee Evans.

What should Donald Trump know?

Anything would be a start.

What do you do in Edinburgh that your parents wouldn´t approve of?

Go to bed early and not drink alcohol.

Catch Pippa Evans: Joy Provision! at 2.40pm at the Pleasance throughout August. You can also see her as part of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at the Pleasance.

In the Hot Seat: Tez Ilyas

22 Jul

Photograph of Tez IlyasClose your eyes and picture Edinburgh. What do you see?

Ooh, I see the Pleasance Courtyard, I see the castle, I see Arthur’s Seat and clouds and flyerers and jugglers on the Royal Mile and the Mosque Kitchen and hordes of confused tourists. I love it.

What is the last thing that made you snort with laughter?

My 7 yo nephew telling me jokes. My nieces and nephews give me life man. This was his joke: ‘Why did the beard fall on the hat? Because the baby dropped the beard.’ Loooooool.

Tell us about this year’s show.

My new show, Teztify, is about me ‘teztifying’ against the assumptions that people have about me. From the trivial to the more serious, all with a subtext of up-to-date political discourse obvs.

Who do you want to see this year?

Oh so many people: Dane Baptiste, Kae Kurd, Sophie Willan, Twayna Mayne, Aatif Nawaz, Sara Pascoe, Eshaan Akbar, Joe Sutherland, Aditi Mittal. So many!

Do you have any Edinburgh Fringe traditions?

Yup: get up late, have a bagel, see a show, shower and get changed, go to the mosque and pray, do my show, meet friends for dinner, go to one of the bars til too late, grab a Palmyra’s on the way home, go home, sleep. Repeat.

What is your getting ready music?

Public Enemy’s Harder Than You Think is my jam. Gets me right in the mood to take on the world.

If you could have any guest in your show, who would it be?

Alive or dead? Muhammad Ali. Although he’d completely steal the show, but the absolute honour of it!

What is the best backhanded compliment you have had?

‘You know… you’re really funny for an Asian.’ Gee thanks.

Who made you howl with laughter when you were a child?

My cousins. Growing up in Blackburn meant I was exposed to British Asian Northern humour and it’s so side-splittingly hilarious, it genuinely deserves its own sitcom or sketch show.

What should Donald Trump know?

That the world has changed and we will not go down without a fight. These freedoms ain’t going easy mate.

What do you do in Edinburgh that your parents wouldn´t approve of?

Er… Let’s keep it PG yeah? Sleeping in til the afternoon every day and eating out every night. Oh and running through the fields of wheat! Tut tut…

Catch Tez Ilyas: Teztify at 8.30pm at the Pleasance Courtyard throughout August

In the Hot Seat: Dane Baptiste

21 Jul

Photo of Dane BaptisteWe can’t wait to see Dane’s show this year. But until then, we have asked him some questions to keep us going…

Close your eyes and picture Edinburgh. What do you see?

A Royal Mile of cobblestones lined with the hopeful, the curious and the desperate. And Predator for some reason.

What is the last thing that made you snort with laughter?

A baby beatboxing on Instagram. I’m easily pleased.

Tell us about this year’s show.

This year’s show is called G.O.D. That’s for Gold, Oil and Drugs. The show is about worship, faith, science and religion. It’s about mashed potatoes and bears, but you’ll have to see it to learn more.

Who do you want to see this year?

Kae Kurd, Twayna Mayne, Maddy Anholt, Bobby Mair, Thaniya Moore; there’s too many to name.

Do you have any Edinburgh Fringe traditions?

Spending more money than anticipated; and threatening to run away about once a week.

What is your getting ready music?

Hardcore aggressive Hip-Hop, the perfect genre to address the liberal artisan crowd at the fringe.

If you could have any guest in your show, who would it be?

No preference really; if they laugh and pay, they stay.

What is the best backhanded compliment you have had?

“You’re ACTUALLY funny”. Well I actually don’t give a fudge what you think.

Who made you howl with laughter when you were a child?

My cousin Marvin, he’s the ‘Comedian of the Family’. So I guess that makes me the well-adjusted one without any repressed resentment and something to prove…

What should Donald Trump know?

That when the American empire burns; history will remember him as Nero. And then on closer study he will be the 21st century’s Caligula.

What do you do in Edinburgh that your parents wouldn´t approve of?

Continue to pursue an unstable career while remain childless and not owning property.

Catch Dane Baptiste: G.O.D. at 9pm @ Pleasance Courtyard throughout August

Punchline’s 2017 Fringe Recommendations

9 Jul Photo of Sara Pascoe

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Last year we recommended Richard Gadd and Larry Dean who went onto win the Edinburgh Comedy Award and Amused Moose Award…

This year is set to be a belter. As ever, these are our shows we already know we´ll love, and we will continue to recommend shows throughout the Fringe. We’re not doing YouTube videos this year as these acts have to be experienced live to see just how brilliant they are.

Photo of Sara PascoeSara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads

7pm @ Pleasance Courtyard

Sara Pascoe has always had major talent but since her 2016 book Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body, she has unleashed a surge of confidence and insight as never before. She is showing a new stylistic freedom and incredible energy that make her 2017 show unmissable. Her time has come. @sarapascoe

 

 

 

 

Photo of David TrentDavid Trent: Here’s Your Future

10.35pm @ Just the Tonic at the Caves

Let David be your Virgil as he leads you through the circles of hell that exist in politics and popular culture. He´s got a great line in pumped up technology, which is put together as beautifully as his finely written material. Don´t let his stern demeanour stop you seeing the shrewd passion that drives his outstanding comedy. @mistertrent

 

 

 

Photo of Steen RaskopoulosSteen Raskopoulos: The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess

8pm @ Underbelly

We´ve always loved Steen´s mix of character comedy and non-confrontational audience participation with a just a touch of aching poignancy. If you liked him on TV´s Top Coppers, you´ll be crazy about him live. He shone in Edinburgh 2016 and this year he really will be one of the coolest kids in comedy. @steenrasko

 

 

 

Photo of Adam RichesThe Inane Chicanery of a Certain Adam GC Riches

9.45pm @ Pleasance Dome

The pulsing heart of total immersion Fringe comedy is back in Queen Dome to exhilarate, terrify and delight us with his unique combination of great writing and blasts of improvised chaos.  The suspense and surprise make every night deliciously different so go early in case you have to go back for more. @TigcoRiches

 

 

 

Photo of Tiernan DouiebTiernan Douieb: Miserably Happy

2.30pm @ Waverley Bar

Tiernan has a happy temperament and sparkling intelligence but life so often has a way of putting all that to the test. His perfect comic expression of the struggle to sift the sense from the nonsense is both daring and soothing. He takes an unflinching look at the current issues that worry us all but he´s just what the doctor ordered to bring out that sneaking optimism in us all. @TiernanDouieb

 

 

 

Photo of Kiri Prichard-McLeanKiri Pritchard-McLean: Appropriate Adult

8.15pm @ Pleasance Courtyard

We are twitching with anticipation to see Kiri´s new show.  She is the co-host of podcast All Killa No Filla and does a great line in rip-roaring stories that men don´t usually get to hear. She tells it like it is and gets shrieks of laughter in return. @kiripritchardmc

 

 

 

 

Photo of Spencer JonesSpencer Jones: The Audition

8.20pm @ Heroes @ Monkey Barrel

If you have ever felt that adult life seems to have forgotten to include the utterly joyous laughter of childhood, then this is the show for you. Spencer takes you with him from the beginning and the comic energy just builds and builds. Carefree belly laughs from a man who says, eyes twinkling, that he can´t believe he´s allowed to do this as a job. @spendals

 

 

 

Photo of Bilal ZafirBilal Zafar: Biscuit

3.40pm @ Just the Tonic at the Caves

The Edinburgh Newcomer award winner from last year returns to the city of dreams with a brand new show. Destined to become a firm Fringe favourite, catch him with the early birds. @Zafarcakes

 

 

 

 

Photo of Nick HelmNick Helm: Masterworks in Progress ’17

5.20pm @ The Pleasance Courtyard

He´s back! After a couple years away, the one man mega myth returns to an intimate setting. You may have seen him on BBC´s Uncle or Channel 4´s Loaded and now you can see the man himself trying out new material. Do exactly what he says and you will have a fantastic time. A special opportunity for a thrilling evening with a comedy legend. @TheNickHelm

 

 

 

Photo of Sofie HaganSofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

2pm @ Bedlam Theatre

Sophie Hagen is going from strength to strength with an ever-growing following of Guilty Feminist podcast fans. Her searing honesty, direct approach to delicate subjects and attentiveness to her audience´s needs make her a breath of fresh air and a stellar name for the future. @SofieHagen

 

 

 

 

Photo of Dane BaptisteDane Baptiste: G.O.D. (Gold.Oil.Drugs)

9pm @ The Pleasance Courtyard

You may have seen this politically and socially astute comedian on Frankie Boyle´s New World Order with his fearless, on-point comments. Dane is going to be one of the big stars of 2017 and with a title alone that promises diamond standard comedy, we just can´t wait to hear what he has to say. @DaneBaptweets

 

 

By Rosalind and Suzy Romer

Punchline recommends Larry Dean: Farcissist

21 Aug

Words by Iain McLaren

Most of us have had a bad date or two in our search for that special someone, but few can share those stories in the same hilarious and engaging manner as Larry Dean. Join him for an hour of honesty delivered by a someone with a keen eye for the funny side of life and an amazing ability to share it with everyone. This comedian is just coming in to the height of his powers, expect big things!

See our recommendation as part of the best 2016 Fringe shows here and see the man himself at the Pleasance Courtyard at 7.15pm every night until 28 August. Tickets and info here

Felicity Ward answers Punchline’s Burning Questions

19 Aug

Photograph of Felicity WardWhat is the best advice for a new performer in Edinburgh?

You will cry. It’s just a matter of when.

What is the best advice for a new festival goer?

You will cry. It’s a matter of when.

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

The illusion that I will eat salad.

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

That was the first boob my son has ever seen.

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

A dying, philanthropist billionaire.

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

Everything. This city is in my bones.

How do you relieve Fringe cabin fever?

Swim in the pool. The rage of people using the lanes incorrectly really transports me from my fringe self-obsession.

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

I saw Rose Matafaeo and Joel Dommett’s shows and I laugh so so hard. Honestly.

Tell us about your 2016 show.

It’s about a lady with control issues who loses her bag… mixed in with some jokes about mental health statistics, suicidal construction workers, women’s pockets and swimming.

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

Shows I saw in Australia that are here that I loved were: Zoe Coombs Marr, Susie Yousseff, Nick Cody, Rhys Nicholson, Tom Ballard, Naht Valvo, The Blind Date Project. There are so many. I don’t know how anyone chooses.

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

A lot less crying than usual. Which is all anyone can truly hope for. #blessed

 

Catch Felicity Ward: 50% More Likely to Die at 9pm at the Pleasance Courtyard until 29 August

BEASTS answer Punchline’s Burning Questions

18 Aug

Photograph of BEASTSWhat is the best advice for a new performer in Edinburgh?

 

See as much as you can.

What is the best advice for a new festival goer?

See as much as you can. Or alternatively, just come and see BEASTS every single day.

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

Honestly, just milk. We cook next to nothing. It’s a steady diet of paninis and crisps. September is basically just sleeping and detox.

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

The other day an audience member came up and pressed a fiver into James’ hand, which was weird because they’d already bought a ticket.

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

Elvis (we still believe).

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

It’s just so ruddy bloody beautiful. Also, the queues in Primark are shorter here.

How do you relieve Fringe cabin fever?

A day out at the beach can make the world of difference.

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

Phil Dunning. He’s brilliant and mad and very very funny.

Tell us about your 2016 show.

It’s kind of a pageant meets game-show meets sketch-show. The three of us compete for the title of Mr. Edinburgh 2016, and depending on who wins on any given night there are three alternative endings. It certainly keeps us on our toes.

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

Birthday Girls’ new show is an absolute blast. Also we’re very annoyed we clash with Mr Swallow’s Houdini – we’d love to see that.

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

“It was amazing. Now can we have a year off?”

 

 Catch BEASTS Present Mr Edinburgh 2016 at 7pm at Pleasance Dome until 29 August

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