Edinburgh festival

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The Delightful Sausage: ‘Impostor syndrome has propelled us forward’
It will take more than multiple Edinburgh nominations to convince comedy duo Amy Gledhill and Chris Cantrill that they’re a success. Perhaps a TV sitcom would do it?

Rachael Healy

18, Nov, 2022 @2:00 PM

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‘My parents wanted to give me horse hormones’ – Sam Campbell, comedy’s new champion
He breezed into the Edinburgh fringe late with just half a show – and won the ‘Oscar of comedy’. In his first ever face-to-face interview, the eccentric Aussie standup reveals what’s next (‘Something’)

Brian Logan

25, Oct, 2022 @4:10 PM

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Jerry Sadowitz on his Edinburgh ban: ‘Cancel culture isn’t a culture. It’s a diktat that’s been imposed on us’
When his show was pulled this summer over reports of nudity, sexism and racism, it caused a furore. In his first major interview since, the comedian explains why he will never tone down his splenetic act

Brian Logan

18, Oct, 2022 @3:22 PM

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‘I’m not saying we won’t make mistakes’ – violin sensation Nicola Benedetti on becoming EIF’s first female director
She was leading an orchestra at the age of eight and won Young Musician of the Year at 16. What is the virtuoso’s vision for Edinburgh international festival? Audiences moved to tears and bagpipes going global

Alex Needham

17, Oct, 2022 @2:55 PM

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‘I’m a venal narcissist’ – standup Leo Reich on skewering his inner Gen-Z monster
The hotly tipped comic was the talk of Edinburgh with his blistering hour of hilariously hollow egomania – and audiences haven’t a clue whether to pity or deplore him

Brian Logan

11, Oct, 2022 @3:41 PM

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‘We need an intervention’: five ways to fix the Edinburgh festival fringe
Too pricy, too elitist, just too big? After the criticisms of this year’s event, a panel of festival regulars consider the way forward for Edinburgh’s summer spectacular

Rachael Healy

22, Sep, 2022 @10:34 AM

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The Edinburgh fringe has a high price for locals as well as performers | Letter
Letter: Short-term lets and austerity-weakened services have degraded the world heritage site, writes Cliff Hague of the Cockburn Association (Edinburgh’s Civic Trust)

Letters

04, Sep, 2022 @4:19 PM

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Tom Walker: Javelin review – lots to enjoy, even if the central conceit does not soar
The Australian physical comedian conjures up a career for himself as a professional spear-thrower in this wacky if uneven show

Brian Logan

04, Sep, 2022 @10:42 AM

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Jessica Fostekew review – sexuality switch exposes rich vein of fast-paced mirth
Since her last show, about weightlifting, the 39-year-old has split from her son’s father and moved in with a woman. Which adds up to hilarity for the audience if not the comic

Brian Logan

01, Sep, 2022 @1:12 PM

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Fringe audiences are 99% white? As a South Asian critic, I found Edinburgh’s screaming lack of diversity hugely troubling | Anya Ryan
Outdated terminology, racist gags, almost entirely white audiences … with just a few fantastic exceptions, fringe shows do not feel like they are for people like me

Anya Ryan

01, Sep, 2022 @10:46 AM

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Jamali Maddix review – the somewhat funny side of sex addiction
Maddix is a fluent, playful comic, but the window opened here on his conflicted psyche feels unresolved – for him as much as his audience

Brian Logan

31, Aug, 2022 @11:15 AM

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BriTANick review – dazzling mirth from two SNL sketch masters
There are few bells and whistles in Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher’s fringe debut, just two seasoned US comics in effortless harmony with each other

Brian Logan

30, Aug, 2022 @2:54 PM

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