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Jacqueline Thompson August 20th, 2014 by

Jacqueline Thompson doesn’t like men being loud. And she doesn’t like them being all … you know…  man-like. Time and again Thompson reacts with barely-concealed disgust to any whiff of volume or testosterone. Even so gentle a creature as Caimh McDonnell unnerves her: “His fast-paced, slightly shouty style can be witnessed on a number of […]

Sarah Lewis August 19th, 2014 by

I feel slightly stupid reviewing Sarah Lewis, as everyone else in the Fringepig office is convinced she doesn’t exist. I should probably explain: SOMEONE at Mumble Comedy exists, and if he or she wishes to sometimes identify as Sarah Lewis, then that is fine. But we think this person identifies sometimes as Mark ‘Divine’ Calvert […]

Laura Gavin August 16th, 2014 by

Laura Gavin “has an MSc in creative writing from the University Of Edinburgh” apparently. Yet there is nothing whimsical or narrative about her reviews. She has the look of a district magistrate, and her reports on Fringe entertainment are like something a stenographer would type up. Her reviews always feel like a weighing-up of the evidence […]

Jenni Ajderian July 17th, 2014 by

Jenni Ajderian proofreads science journals, apparently, which would account for what, in this publication, is an uncharacteristic lack of typographical errors in her reviews. She also has a nice way of recreating the atmosphere of the gig. Of Dan Cook she writes: “The tiny venue makes it possible for the comic to stare down audience […]

Carys Evans July 17th, 2014 by

“Don’t expect to be blown away, unless it’s by a strong gust of wind,” says Carys Evans of a comedy show staged halfway up Arthur’s Seat. But this mildly biting froideur is about as bitter as Evans gets. On the whole, you can’t help but like Carys Evans because her prose talks to you like […]

Eleanor Lang July 15th, 2014 by

Purely in the interest of dotting the i and crossing the t of this collection of reviewer reviews, I present, joylessly, my review of Eleanor Lang. I really shouldn’t have to bother, because Lang only reviewed one piece of comedy in 2013, preferring to review theatre and ‘physical’, whatever the hell ‘physical’ is. Also, she performed […]

Callum Madge July 15th, 2014 by

Although I can only find one comedy review by Callum Madge in 2013, he does seem to write a lot of stuff elsewhere, some of it for a website called TV Bomb which “reports back from stage and screen with scathing clarity to help students decide how best to spend their loans.” On books, for […]

Alice Harrold July 15th, 2014 by

The tight constraints of a Three Weeks review (150 words or less) doesn’t really suit Harrold, as her powers of description are too vague to allow us to see things through her eyes in the time allowed. We have a lot of things that are “great”, or even “Fringe Weirdness at its best” or even […]

Natasha Gartside July 13th, 2014 by

Natasha Gartside says that she ‘hails’ from Hampshire and studies English literature at St Andrews. She only wrote three comedy reviews in 2013, probably because she was too busy eating roast swan. I don’t want to get all classist about her, I just question the use of phrases such as “nitty-gritty” and “somewhat loony” and […]

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