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Thu 05 August 2010
The rules of comedy
Yianni Agisilaou on what he's learned
05/08/2010 … ‘What do you mean “hard vowels?”’ asked my friend Lincoln.
Wed 04 August 2010
Regrets of a Fringe part-timer
Danny Robins pines for the full-on experience
04/08/2010 … In the same way that Paris empties of French people in August as all the Parisians head to their gîtes, London always feels pretty empty of comics in August as everyone with two jokes to rub together heads to Edinburgh.
Tue 03 August 2010
Why Hollywood comedies have no bite
Matthew Alford on film satire
03/08/2010 … Of all entertainment genres, perhaps comedy has the greatest potential for subversion.
Fringe optimism even acid can't corrode...
Nathan Cassidy on the spirit of the festival
03/08/2010 … In 1997, to power the speakers to play music from the show I had written for street performances, I carried a car battery from Morningside to the Royal Mile, every day for the duration of the fringe.
Mon 02 August 2010
I'm popping my Fringe cherry...
Toby Martin gets very excited
02/08/2010 … At the venerable age of 26, I, ladies and gentlemen, am a virgin.
Edinburgh hype: A cynic's guide
Tony Cowards translates the poster quotes
02/08/2010 … If you've been up to the Edinburgh festival in the last few years you'll know that there has been an explosion in the number of comedy shows at the Fringe, with the number of performers seemingly rising at an exponential rate.
Fri 30 July 2010
Vote Frank Chickens!
Stewart Lee on that Foster's poll
30/07/2010 … In the small hours of July 20, I received a badly punctuated e-mail advertising Foster’s through the medium of The Foster’s Comedy God poll, which invites the public to vote for the all-time Comedy God from 30 years of Perrier/Eddies/Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominations.
Thu 29 July 2010
Like being a comedian, only verse...
Tim Clare on the stand-up poet's lot
29/07/2010 … So the gig was going great.