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An Edinburgh Fringe 2014 Interview with Jason Cook

11 Aug

Words by Susan Ford

Jason Cook

Jason Cook

Jason Cook is a fantastic comedian, and his show ‘Broken’ was one of the first ones we recommended (read the recommendation here). With the festival now in full swing, I was delighted for the opportunity to catch up with Jason Cook to discuss his shows so far.

Hello Jason Cook how are you?
I’m a bit tired, bit hungover, just about to staple reviews to flyers, so overall, in a state of “unwilling admin”.

Are you enjoying the Edinburgh Fringe Festival?
I really am! It’s been great so far, and the reviews and audiences have all been lovely so I’m having a lovely time.

What have been your highlights from this year’s festival so far?
My daughter, who is 3, likes to do my soundcheck for me every day, so watching her run around with a mic in her hand makes me smile. And makes me also think she will be my retirement plan.

Your show is called ‘Broken’, Jason, are you ok?
I am now, but I wasn’t before. No-one is 100% fixed but I’m getting there.

Without giving too much away, what is your show about?
It’s about all the things in my life really, and how all those things, while positive, take their toll.

What have the audience reactions been like so far?
Great, loads of lovely comments and people waiting until after the show to come up and say hi.

What other shows do you recommend this year?
Carl Hutchinson, it’s a great show he’s got this year! Check him out!

See Jason Cook’s act ‘Broken‘ at the Edinburgh Festival, 5.40pm in Pleasance Dome (Queen Dome) until 24th August.

Punchline Recommends Carl Donnelly: Now That’s What I Carl Donnelly Vol.6

11 Aug Photograph of Carl Donnelly
Photograph of Carl Donnelly

Carl Donnelly

Words by Suzy Romer

By the time Carl Donnelly formally introduces himself to the audience, he’s already made friends with us. His relaxed style and lack of pretension make him an instant hit.

This is no mean feat because Carl has had a difficult year. He talks candidly about separation from his wife and coming off anti-depressants but never burdens the audience with his angst. Instead, he takes us through the hilarious stories of how he’s recovered his appetite for life. Many of these stories have a “You had to NOT be there” condition and cause ripples of laughter that tip back and forth across the room. His up-for-anything attitude gets him into one scrape after another but here he is to tell the tale, with his sharp outfit and self-proclaimed expensive haircut. The overriding thrust of his stories is that boys just wanna have fun, especially naughty ones, but then it’s so much better when he tells it…

When he suddenly announces it’s time to wrap up the show, it comes a bit of a shock. We’ve got to know him a little, caught up on recent stuff, but our time’s up so it’s goodbye until next time. It’s like meeting up with an old friend after a long time apart. It’s rare to find a comedian so warm and easy-going – nice one, Carl.

Catch Carl Donnelly at 8.30pm at the Pleasance Courtyard. Buy tickets here

Punchline Recommends: Seann Walsh ’28’

7 Aug

Words by Susan Ford

Seann Walsh

Seann Walsh

We don’t just recommend Seann Walsh, we absolutely love him! Seann is the only comedian to perform TWICE for Punchline, and his new festival show ’28’ has been at the top of our must-see list for sometime now.

Seann Walsh has had a fantastic year since his Best Comedy Award nomination in 2013, including many TV appearances and a DVD release. His new Fringe 2014 show ’28’ doesn’t focus on these huge achievements however, it is all about Seann, now aged 28, and his hilarious observations of life. Seann may have grown up a lot in the past year, but he still portrays his classic boyish humour in all his anecdotes about the small, niggling aspects of his adult life.

Seann’s presence on stage is fascinating; his ability to bring simple stories to life is one of the reasons he is so brilliant. Spending an hour with Seann, relating to all his very funny tales, is an hour of your time you don’t want to miss out on.

Catch Seann Walsh’s ’28‘ in Pleasance Cabaret Bar at 21.20, but be quick as his shows are selling out very fast.

Punchline Recommends: Ian Smith ‘Flappable’

5 Aug

Words by Susan Ford

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Ian Smith made his debut solo show last year, but 2014 sees him perform in a bigger venue with his even bigger show ‘Flappable’.

The theme of the show is uncertainty, a topic which Ian explores admirably and thoroughly. If you were ever unsure about what direction to turn in life, or what path to choose next, attending Ian’s show will almost certainly make no difference to your decisions! He will however clear up those niggling issues of life in the most hilarious way possible.

Ian Smith is a an observational comedian, but such chuckle-worthy observations don’t just fall on Ian by chance; the way he twists and turns obscure situations in his life, into very funny anecdotes, is exactly what makes his performance so good.

Catch Ian Smith’s ‘Flappable‘ at Pleasance Below at 18.00 throughout the Edinburgh Festival.

Punchline Recommends: Clever Peter

4 Aug

Words by Susan Ford

Clever Peter

Clever Peter

Clever Peter have got their work cut out for them this festival, performing two shows a day with very little time in between! Clever Peter’s main show ‘The Dream Factory’ is at Pleasance Courtyard, but they are also taking part in the Free Fringe at City Cafe with ‘Free For All!’

Clever Peter are a trio of actors, who make up an award-winning sketch comedy act. They deliver sketches at a speed similar to the way Tim Vine reels off jokes – very very quickly! You barely have time to finish chuckling at one visually brilliant joke before the next one starts, meaning you’ll be laughing continuously from beginning to end at both shows.

The sketches from Clever Peter are outrageous, silly, quirky, but quintessentially, very clever. The shows flow very well; even as the actors manically jump around the stage you can tell they are already setting up the next sketch, thus creating perfectly-timed gags.

If you do intend on saving money by going to the free show, please be wary that despite taking place in one of the bigger free fringe venues, the Clever Peter show fills up fast. The best advice would be to get down as early as possible to get a seat.

Catch Clever Peter’s ‘Free For All!’ at the City Cafe at 16.15 and ‘The Dreams Factory‘ at Pleasance Courtyard shortly after at 17.45

Punchline Recommends: Hennessy and Friends

3 Aug

Words by Susan Ford

Photograph of Hennessey and Friends

Hennessey and Friends

Hennessy and Friends skipped a Fringe year in 2013, but 2014 now marks their return to the Festival. Hennessy and Friends are a trio of comedy actors – Steven, Dave and Miranda – who combine to make a very funny sketch act. The show is a free one in Cowgatehead and is called ‘Murmurs’.

Whilst there is no one particular theme to show, it is tied together very well with jokes, and flows beautifully start to finish with recurring sketches. The actors take great care to portray a simple scenario on stage, before adding an unexpected twist to the situation to make it hilarious. Unique, quirky and original, the Hennessy and Friends sketches are ones to quickly fall in love with.

Hennessy and Friends started their run of festival shows on Friday, but have already seen both nights packed to the brim with eager spectators. Because it is a free show, we recommend getting down well before doors open to ensure a seat at this excellent performance. ‘Murmurs‘ is on at 19.30 at Cowgatehead, 65 Cowgate.

Punchline Recommends: Jason Cook ‘Broken’

3 Aug

Words by Susan Ford

Jason Cook

Jason Cook

Jason Cook may be ‘Broken’, but he’s written a really good show on the back of it. The things that have broken Jason the most are his family and his job. If this sounds like the depressing reality of your own life, then I recommend you spend an hour with Jason at the Fringe and watch him turn all unfortunate situations into hilarious anecdotes.

Whilst working on his sitcom ‘Hebburn’, Jason became seriously ill – only this brilliant writer and comedian could have an audience literally roaring with laughter as his stories of sickness unravel. Jason Cook turns unavoidable misery into a heart-warming show, whilst still remaining cheeky and incredibly funny throughout.

Jason Cook performs at the Pleasance Dome at 5.40 throughout the Fringe and I strongly recommend booking your seat early.

Punchline Recommends: Danny Bhoy

1 Aug

Words by Susan Ford

Danny Bhoy

Danny Bhoy

Danny Bhoy is no stranger to the Edinburgh Fringe, and he’s doing it all for charity this year. ’12 Nights, 12 Charities’ will see all proceeds go to local charities for disadvantaged children and young adults (for a full list of charities go to www.dannybhoy.com).

It’s a fantastic sentiment, but charity is not the main reason I recommend Danny Bhoy. We recommend Danny because he is a fantastic comedian who has perfected the art of humour to a tea. Danny sets up every anecdote so well, that quite often he doesn’t need to write a Punchline, the audience are already there. His observations are unique and the stories that go with them, absolutely brilliant.

Danny Bhoy will only be performing 12 shows this year, so I strongly suggest getting down early. You may have had a glimpse of him on various comedy TV shows, but you’ve seen nothing until you’ve seen a full hour show by him. Danny Bhoy is original stand up comedy at its best.

Catch Danny Bhoy 31st Jul-11Aug at The Assembly Rooms on George Street at 19.55.

Des O’Gorman Celebrates 30 Years of Ghostbusters with New Stand Up Show

28 May

desogormanghostbustersIrish comedian, actor and self-confessed nerd Des O’Gorman is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic movie Ghostbusters next week in Edinburgh.

His hour long stand up show, entitled “STILL ready to believe you..”  will take place in The Counting House, on Friday 6th June.

The performance will be a tribute to Ghostbusters, nerd culture and, in Des’s own words, “loving what you love”.

Cosplayers are encouraged to come and celebrate in style, as not only will there be an hour of Des O’Gorman’s unique brand of comedy, but there will also be a showing of Ghostbusters on straight after.

So, Who you gonna call?

Edinburgh Fringe Highlights: David O’Doherty ‘Will Try to Fix Everything’

25 Aug

davidodWords by Susan Ford

Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be an Edinburgh Fringe without David O’Doherty and his endless qualms about the world. Equipped with his miniature keyboard and well of funny songs, O’Doherty delivers his 2013 production in the side-splittingly funny way he does every year. His show ‘David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything’ is a montage of all the things that have really angered David this year, performed dramatically through music and vivid stand up.

Themes of anger this year include having short legs, children’s pictures, and mostly that man in the audience who keeps texting!  His reasons why the world may be against him get more sinister and surreal every year, so it’s a good job he has got his keyboard with him to lighten the mood.  His songs are just as funny as his stand up material, making his show ultimately, another massive success.

Although O’Doherty played in a huge venue this year, the promoters had to add extra shows (as they do most years!) to the run to keep up with demands: this reflection on his popularity comes from the quality of his performance and his status as a well-liked comedian.  If you didn’t manage to catch David O’Doherty’s downright hilarious show at the Fringe this year, fingers crossed he will make a delightful return in 2014.

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