PublicationsThe Guardian

The Guardian

You would expect a newspaper as up with the liberal arts as The Guardian to have a lot to say about the Fringe, and it does. In fact it has a lot to say about comedy generally, with capable writers like Stephanie Merritt and Jo Caird. Jay Richardson is never less than impeccaby well-informed, and James Kettle, having once trod the boards himself, brings a great deal of empathy to his what’s-on roundups.

Brian Logan, on the other hand, shoots from a rather different hip, and he was the newspaper’s reviewer for most Fringe shows last year. While I don’t entirely share my colleague Packet Panda’s view on Logan (I think he’s an excellent writer even where I don’t agree with his views), I do wonder whether The Guardian couldn’t CELEBRATE the Fringe a little more rather than just report on its participants and trends. The paper box-ticks all the angles, sure, but there’s rarely anything visceral.We need a national daily to give a true taste of the joy, sweat and chaos in Edinburgh, if only in response to a great deal of priggish shite that has been written about the Fringe in other ‘qualities’ (Carol Sarler in The Times springs to mind). On the whole, The Guardian is a great champion of comedy. Brian Logan, on the other hand, is a thing apart.

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Reviewers for The Guardian

Paul Fleckney

Paul Fleckney is the main man at London Is Funny, so you would hope his reviewing skills are strong. Well, ...

Jay Richardson

Jay Richardson writes for everyone who matters at the Fringe, and others that don’t particularly. The two things that define ...

Brian Logan

It is a curious thing that, while 95 per cent of stand-ups are on-message with the Guardian’s brand of sympathetic ...

Nione Meakin

In 2008 Meakin reviewed Rob Deb’s The Dork Knight Returns, giving it one star. In 2009 she reviewed Rob Deb’s ...
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