Punchline recommends Max & Ivan: Commitment

Words by Suzy Romer Max and Ivan have an energetic, funny playfulness that reminds me of Alvin and the Chipmunks. They are quite as adorable and actually much funnier with silly jokes that belie their dazzling professionalism. They always do their homework and they are the kind of act you can absolutely depend on toContinue reading “Punchline recommends Max & Ivan: Commitment”

Punchline recommends Sara Barron: Enemies Closer

Words by Iain McLaren I first saw Sara Barron at the Fringe last year with her Newcomer nominated show, For Worse. It was a great first year and one she has followed up with another impressive show, Enemies Closer. I love Sara’s energy and American style mixed with her now ingrained British self-loathing. Her abilityContinue reading “Punchline recommends Sara Barron: Enemies Closer”

Punchline recommends Tom Parry: Parryoke!

Words by Suzy Romer If Tom Parry’s name is attached to any show as a writer, director or performer, you can guarantee it will be a great laugh. Parryoke! is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an hour in the vibrant, effervescent company of the Renaissance man of comedy. This is his most strictly stand-up showContinue reading “Punchline recommends Tom Parry: Parryoke!”

Punchline Recommends Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face

Words by Iain McLaren I first saw Jayde Adams 2 years ago. First as part of the Pleasance Opening Gala with her iconic Pavarotti on the bus routine then her full show from the same year. I was struck by her power and her stage presence. She was brilliant. Adams is best known for herContinue reading “Punchline Recommends Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face”

Punchline recommends Nick Helm: Phoenix from the Flames

Words by Suzy Romer When I picked up my ticket for Phoenix from the Flames I was promised (OK… warned about) audience participation, swearing and nudity but the actual show is so much better than the sum of the parts. The glorious gruff superstar is back for his full Edinburgh run for the first timeContinue reading “Punchline recommends Nick Helm: Phoenix from the Flames”

Punchline recommends Ciarán Dowd: Padre Rodolfo

Words by Suzy Romer If you met Don Rodolfo last year, great. If you didn’t then now’s your chance. Last year Ciarán’s show was so complete and satisfying that it got him the Best Newcomer Award but the 2019 show is somehow even better. It shoots way beyond any particular parody and takes on aContinue reading “Punchline recommends Ciarán Dowd: Padre Rodolfo”

Punchline recommends Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang

Words by Suzy Romer Every Fringe has a few golden tickets for sell-out shows so this recommendation is really to tell you to just buy Phil Wang tickets on sight if you get the chance. I thought I was too late myself but I got lucky at the public box office on the night soContinue reading “Punchline recommends Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang”

Punchline recommends Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids

Words by Iain McLaren It’s the start of the festival and my second as a father. Last year didn’t really count all that much though as my son was too small to take anything in or sit still for long enough. However this year is different. With that in mind this year’s Fringe kicks offContinue reading “Punchline recommends Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids”

Benefit Gigs: an easy way to organise a big night out at the Fringe

Words by Suzy Romer The beginning of the Fringe brings a sweep of emotions for anyone planning to venture into this magical annual pop-up world. Whether you are a beginner or a regular Fringe goer with years of experience, the initial encounter with the myriad shows on offer via the Fringe Guide, media and streetContinue reading “Benefit Gigs: an easy way to organise a big night out at the Fringe”

Impertinent Questions for Nick Helm

What is your favourite synonym for “bum”? Arse. Whose swearing makes you laugh the most? My Mum’s. Who should come to see your show and why? There are a lot of shows up here. So many to see. So much to do. And that will all still be right there waiting for you once everyoneContinue reading “Impertinent Questions for Nick Helm”