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Comedy 2019 Archives - One4Review

So You Think You’re Funny 2019 Grand Final

August 24, 2019 |

It was back in the mists of time, well 1988 actually, that Gilded Balloon Grande Dame Karen Koren instigated what is arguably the premier comedy competition for new acts and over the years it has grown in stature. The alumni … Read More

Ben Pope: Dancing Bear 4****

August 23, 2019 |

Ben Pope seems like a lovely, warm fellow, without a cynical thought in his head or malice for anyone. He didn’t even have anything particularly negative to say about the sassy, nonchalant ghost, just accepted it, decided to find it … Read More

Matt Forde:- Brexit Pursued by a Bear 4.5 ****

August 23, 2019 |

For many years now TV and radio political funny man has been stunning his audiences at Edinburgh Fringe with his no nonsense style of satire pointing out the events, flaws and foibles of a whole raft of British and overseas … Read More

Joey Page: Afterlife (An Idiot Considers a Series of Distractions Before Death) 3***

August 23, 2019 |

I have seen Joey Page a few times over the years, either being a compere or doing a slot on a compilation show, yet this was the first time I ventured to see a whole hour. On entering into the … Read More

Stephen Carlin – Post Rational Carlin – 4****

August 23, 2019 |

Stephen Carlin has a wide range of topics and certainly doesn’t shy away from controversial ones – hard drugs, suicide, being called ‘gay’ – as well as some more mundane, from family relationships, small town life, and driving, to World … Read More

Loyiso Gola: Pop Culture – 3***

August 23, 2019 |

Quick-talking Gola tells us that he is a stand up with no particular message, though by the end, there is something of a theme sneaking in. What he definitely is, however, is a comic who fires numerous different topics at … Read More

Adam Larter: Good Morning Croissant 3***

August 23, 2019 |

The most notable thing about this show is the wealth of visual aids and props Mr Larter has created for the show, some of them quite complex, even those only used for a small two-second throwaway line. The other noteworthy … Read More

Joz Norris Is Dead. Long Live Mr Fruit Salad. 4****

August 23, 2019 |

Mr Norris seems to pour his heart and soul into his craft, and so what might have been simply ‘forty minutes of nonsense and a bit of scripted stand-up material’ is transformed into a – admittedly still silly and a … Read More

Tony Law and Phil Nichol: Virtue Chamber Echo Bravo Comedy 3***

August 23, 2019 |

There are badges during this show. They bear the latin motto ‘adolescens habet scientiam’, which as far as I can work out means ‘young people don’t know shit’. Mr Law, in an interview with Richard Herring, described his comedy as … Read More

Ben Target: Six Endings in Search of a Beginning 4.5***

August 23, 2019 |

Ben says during the show that this is both a work in progress, and that the work that is in progress will become a play; there is indeed something of the theatre about this work, which is meditative, quietly lyrical … Read More