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Punchline recommends Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes

19 Aug

Photograph of Rosie JonesWords by Duncan

Rosie Jones welcomes us warmly with a glint in her eye, ready to tease the audience with her sparkling wit and juicy surprises. She’s willing to take a joke to extreme lengths, Borat style, with gleeful enjoyment in the social discomfort of others. The fact that she has cerebral palsy is not in competition with her comedy but rather forms a central part of the creative process, and she is a comic force to be reckoned with. As the audience catch onto her style, she builds on the anticipation of her jokes with pulsating fun and she visibly relishes the shrieks and giggles that meet every surprise comment.

In the show she explores whether she would be funny if she were able-bodied Rosie with beautiful simplicity. She illustrates with utter clarity that every comedian brings everything that makes them them onto the stage, and any other comedian would struggle to make the same jokes as funny. Every once in a while a show makes a shift in your brain as you re-evaluate your assumptions. Hannah Gadsby did it last year and Rosie Jones did it this year.

Catch Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes at the Pleasance Courtyard at 8.30pm until 26th August.

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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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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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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.

Punchline Quizzes Rosie Jones

18 Jul

Photograph of Rosie JonesWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

I do – my pants are currently in the washing machine as we speak! Ooo there’s nothing quite like the smell of clean laundry, is there?

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

So many words! In my Northern accent any word with a ‘u’ in sounds funny. ‘Bubble’ is one of my favourites; I feel a tickle in my mouth when I say it.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

God, it’s quite embarrassing, but do you remember Candy Crush, the game that everybody was addicted to, about five years ago? Well, I’m still playing it. Every day. I’m on level 3350. It makes me feel a little queasy when I think of all the hours I’ve wasted on that game. But it relaxes me, and sometimes I need to escape into my little Candy Crush world.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

It’s a stone cold classic… ‘Four Candles’. My favourite routines play with words, and The Two Ronnies were insanely talented at this. In my own routines, I agonise over wording for hours on end. A joke is a jigsaw, and it’s my job as a comedian to provide the exact amount of pieces the audience needs to see the whole picture.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

Mosque Kitchen – Every. Single. Day. I can’t tell you how nice it is, and the portion sizes are crazy generous. It’s also great when you need a big intake of veggies, which I sometimes forget to consume during the Fringe!

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

Usually, the audience is great, and at the end of a gig they say nothing but lovely things. But the other week somebody did come up to me and spent ten minutes mansplaining my own joke back to me…I was like, “yeh, I know why it’s funny, I bloody wrote it!”

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

I learnt so much last year: don’t start every single gig with a rum and coke, don’t let all your friends stay in your room during the most stressful month of your life and don’t stay out past five in the morning every day for a month! But the biggest lesson I learnt was to go with my comedy gut; if you find it funny, chances are, somebody else will.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Great, great question. So many choices, but I think I would have to go with French and Saunders. They are living legends and I grew up on a healthy dose of their sketch shows, The Vicar of Dibley and Ab Fab. French, Saunders & Jones…do you think they’d be up for that?!

I’d love to do one of their film parodies with them – their Silence of the Lambs sketch still cracks me up!

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

That’s interesting, I don’t think I’m here because of any coincidence or piece of luck, this has been seven year journey… actually, more of a twenty eight year journey! I am quite ‘lucky’ to have worked in the media industry (as a researcher) since I was twenty one, so I know a lot a lot of people in the business on a personal level… but that’s not really luck, that’s hard work.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

I’m excited to see so many people this year, it’s going to be quite a female dominated Fringe and a lot of my friends are taking their debut hour. My top picks are Heidi Regan and Sindhu Vee.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Going out without a jacket or umbrella! Even if it looks sunny, chances are it’ll chuck it down at some point during the day. God bless the Scottish summer!

 

Catch Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes at Pleasance at 8.30pm, 1 – 26 August (not 13)

Rosie Jones is a comedian with a penchant for being mischievous. Her cerebral palsy doesn’t slow her down in the slightest. Catch her before she wobbles her way to stardom! As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats and Silent Witness. Finalist: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018, Amused Moose Comedy’s National New Comic Award 2017. ‘It’s rare to see a comedian who exudes such joy’ (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk).

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