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Monkey Barrel Comedy Archives - One4Review

Dane Baptiste – Bapsquire 4****

August 22, 2023 |

It was back in 2014 when I first saw Dane Baptiste, the year he was deservedly nominated for Best Newcomer Award, and I have seen him a couple of times since. He hasn’t been at the Fringe for 5 years … Read More

Liam Withnail – Chronic Boom 4.5 ****

August 17, 2023 |

Liam Withnail – Chronic Boom 4****1/2

2022 Fringe saw Liam Withnail have a critically acclaimed show that sold out nightly and a lucrative series of gigs were planned for the autumn. But then in October he was diagnosed with ulcerative … Read More

Olga Koch – Prawn Cocktail 4****

August 13, 2023 |

It is not so unusual for the underlying theme of a Fringe show to be ‘what happened to me over the last 12 month’s and in essence this is the case here. Although being Olga Koch it is far from … Read More

Sikisa – Hear Me Out 4.5 ****

August 13, 2023 |

Sakisa made her Fringe debut last year and it was both critically acclaimed and did large numbers at the box office, so I was very interested to how the ’difficult’ second show panned out. Bounding out onto her stage Sikisa … Read More

Ian Smith: Crushing 5*****

August 11, 2023 |

Ian Smith is such a great storyteller, tirelessly weaving amusing anecdotes and delightfully bizarre observations into an hour of mirth and laughter that rushes past. He masterfully encapsulates and expands irrelevancies into something so much bigger and better than would … Read More

Amy Matthews – I Feel Like I’m Made of Spiders 5*****

August 4, 2023 |

Okay it’s preview days at Fringe 2023, so sometimes one has to make allowances for nervous performers settling into their space and show right? No. That is not always the case. Amy Matthews oozed confidence and class from the opening … Read More

Alison Spittle – Soup 4****

August 4, 2023 |

Slightly hidden away in Edinburgh’s Old Town, in a strangely hot room the thought crossed my mind did I really want soup on the menu? But the answer was a resounding yes, when this is served up by Alison Spittle. … Read More

Mark Nelson – Bits & Pieces 4.5****

August 2, 2023 |

This is Mark Nelson’s 10th Fringe and he has plenty to say in this incredibly funny hour long show. A lot has happened in the past 12 months and he reminds us quite vividly of some of the highlights.

Be … Read More

Richard Brown: Horror Show 4****

August 21, 2022 |

Richard brown starts his set with a satire of the stereotypical late-night American comedy, the sort that includes ‘jokes’ in the format of ‘mention rural area, insert generic inbred comment’ which I also find boring at best, and so while … Read More

Susan Riddell: Living My 2nd Best Life 4****

August 21, 2022 |

Ms Riddell is from Glasgow, and delivers swear words throughout the set as only a Glaswegian can. It’s delightful. Perhaps because of the accent (she does say she’ll annunciate for any non-Glaswegians), or because Ms Riddell is both experienced and … Read More