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Tue 23 August 2016
Flyering tips for introverts
Ian Lane shares his wisdom
23/08/2016 … After reading a few articles on how to flyer successfully, I ran out into the streets of Edinburgh like a driver who'd just finished their speeding awareness course at the Marriott Hotel, eager to put my newfound knowledge to good use.
Mon 22 August 2016
'My vagina gives me problems on stage'
Helen Duff on being a female clown
22/08/2016 … At the time of writing, I’m suffering from a cricked neck after simulating a full-body blow job-cum-Circle Of Life Lion King homage during my first gig at Glastonbury.
Sun 21 August 2016
Can the over-70s cut it in comedy?
Lynne Jassem says ‘yes’!
21/08/2016 … Is Edinburgh a young man’s game? Surely you jest! It takes an ‘alta caca’* to understand the human heart.
Fri 19 August 2016
A message from a comedian NOT in Edinburgh
Sonia Aste is doing just fine...
19/08/2016 … Over two weeks ago, most of my comedy colleagues left for Edinburgh.
Thu 18 August 2016
Are improvisers just too lazy to write?
Graham Dickson sticks up for his art
18/08/2016 … Two chairs.
Tue 16 August 2016
Sex and comedy... do they mix?
Samantha Pressdee thinks so
16/08/2016 … I’ve just rolled a condom onto a dildo, using my mouth.
Mon 15 August 2016
Compromise doesn't have to be a dirty word
Comedians should remember the show isn't all about them, says JoJo Bellini
15/08/2016 … Every time I want to date someone I invite them to my house and cook them a meal.
Sun 14 August 2016
What does it mean to be a political comedian?
Grainne Maguire's not exactly sure...
14/08/2016 … It’s always tricky when people ask what kind of comedy you do; it’ s a bit like being asked what sort of person you are.