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Laughing Horse Free Festival Archives - One4Review

Daphna Baram: Unmuted 3***

August 24, 2021 |

Ms Baram doesn’t apologise for her Israeli accent anymore (why should she ever have?), and there’s little else to be apologetic about in this show either. Ms Baram is a story teller, and this year – and the rest of … Read More

Ashley Haden: F*ck You, and F*ck Your Beliefs 2**

August 23, 2019 |

Mr Haden’s show is that of an angry young man who’s lost his hope that things could change or be better. His observations – on climate change, politics (left and right), the current cabinet, and a whole range of other … Read More

Amy Howerska: Serious Face 4****

August 21, 2019 |

The show opened with a gentle stroke on the head for those of us nearest the aisle, and a reference to a mid-nineties pop song, a niche and risky opener that Ms Howerska named and claimed with confidence. Ms Howerska … Read More

Eleanor Conway: You May Recognise Me From Tinder 3.5***

August 18, 2019 |

Eleanor Conway is utterly unashamed to talk about sex in the most frank and honest way, and the women especially in the audience were absolutely with her. She’s vibrant and energetic on stage, and her chat about sex and sexual … Read More

Sarah Lee: Half a Man 3.5***

August 18, 2019 |

Sarah Lee is all smiles for this short but well formed show, which is built on autobiographical anecdotes and complimentary observational material. Not all of the audience seemed particularly engaged but a good number were giggling away. A small number … Read More

Leslie Ewing-Burgesse Exists! 2**

August 16, 2019 |

Ms Ewing-Burgess is a tall, statuesque figure, and her head nearly brushes the ceiling above the stage with the addition of fabulous spangly platform boots. The stage is quite small and full of paraphernalia; alongside the boots it doesn’t aid … Read More

Caroline Mabey: Hair of the Dog 3***

August 16, 2019 |

Caroline Mabey is a strong performer in want of much stronger material. Her performance is polished (more impressive given her assertion that she’s on the point of a mid-Fringe breakdown) and she demonstrates both the audacity and empathy that would … Read More

Andrew Frank: Cognitive Goof 4****

August 15, 2019 |

Mr Frank is a newcomer to the Fringe, but not to comedy, having performed in America for some time. His experience is evident in his confidence and easy facility with his material, and in his effusive, enthusiastic energy on stage. … Read More

Jenny Collier: The Jen Commandments 3***

August 8, 2019 |

Most of this show is your basic common-or-garden stand-up; nothing fancy, just solid material delivered by an experienced performer. Where Ms Collier lights up – and to which her audience respond with burgeoning enthusiasm – is in discussing, in blunt … Read More

Shut it Down Carol 4****

August 6, 2019 |

Mr Hedges presents as a genuine, lovely, and humane comedian. He checked if it was okay to ask people direct questions. He told stories about people in his family, but never with mean intent. Mr Hedges does long-form … Read More