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Random Bag Check review

Random Bag Check is a marvellous show – despite the stigma surrounding the Free Fringe. Sadia Azmat and Vittorio Angelone bring with them both experience and a refreshing view on political comedy.  Azmat is a witty woman from East London and certainly brings with her an edgy and rebellious comedy set. Identifying as Muslim, Azmat […]

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‘Sacrifices visual impact’: Edinburgh University Footlights RENT review

RENT is a demanding musical in terms of vocal ability and subject matter, and the Edinburgh University Footlights rise to the challenge with consistently strong vocals that encapsulate the humour and tragedy of the story. The Footlights front-focus their musical prowess by positioning their live band onstage, immersing the audience in the musical world of […]

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Comedy Fringe

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human review

Zoe Lyons is a physical and vocal comic and displays her excellence from start to finish. From her use of the entire stage to her witty responses to audience participation, her show is a whirlwind of performance rather than simple comedy.  Lyons’ opening joke sets the mood of the show: a terrific story of a […]

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‘Enlightening, embarrassing and uplifting’: What Women Want review

Intersectionality, corporate feminism and neoliberalism. If these words confuse you, too, then this is the show for you! This show – recently turned podcast – encourages conversations about the “misconceptions, misadventures and misogyny” in day-to-day life. Amy Annette hosts a panel of comedians to discuss an often provocative theme and shows us the inherently individualistic […]

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The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord review

Despite its long and unwieldy title, the premise of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord is relatively simple. The entire plot consists of these three famous men finding themselves in a locked room together. The playwright Scott Carter leaves them there alone to bump against each other, like […]

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Comedy Fringe

Maria Shehata: Hero

Flatmates, overbearing parents and dating – Maria Shehata attempts to tackle the struggles many young women face in her 45-minute set. The unique feature of Shehata’s set is her ability to interweave her unique experience as a Coptic Christian Egyptian-American, but at the same time, relate to her audience. While straying away from politics, Shehata offers […]

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Stevie Martin: Hot Content review

If you have seen Stevie Martin all over Twitter then it means that the opening of her show is working: she immediately invites all her audience members to tweet about her show: “Saw @5tevieM #hotcontent, it was great. Buy a ticket!” This introduction is one of the weaker moments of what is otherwise an extremely […]

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Comedy Fringe

‘Well-honed humour’: The Brand-New, Full-Throated Adventures of Reginald D Hunter review

Reginald D Hunter has become known for both his stand-up and BBC panel show appearances. He delivers a show that is entertaining, and while a little close to the line, it is clear he is at ease with toeing that line. His show consists of short sections, each with its own main set-up and punchline, […]