Geoff Boyz

Geoff Boyz

Glaswegian comic Geoff Boyz made his solo debut at the Edinburgh festival in 1996, returning the following year with Noise And Other Announcements at the Assembly Rooms.

He has appeard in various TV panel games and stand-up shows, hosts corporate events and also acts as a studio audience warm-up man. He has performed across the world, and was one of the first British comics to perform in China.

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It's all one big lie

Exposed: Comic who uses bogus Fringe reviews

Irish stand-up Dave McSavage has been exposed for fabricating a complimentary review to promote his Edinburgh Fringe show.

The blurb he submitted for the official programme comprised just one gushing quote from Scotsman critic Kate Copstick saying: ‘The best show I've seen on the Fringe... and that includes dance, and theatre.'

Only trouble was, she never wrote that.

In fact, she slated his show last year with a withering one-star review, which read: ‘McSavage is like a prototype Phil Kay, without any of the talent. His vague ramblings are occasionally - and pointlessly - sung. I am rarely moved to heckle, but, had I not been reviewing, I would have dragged him off the stage myself.’

Defending his lie in today’s edition of the paper, McSavage said: ‘I was just doing it to have a poke at Kate Copstick - just to get her review and stick it where the sun don't shine.

‘And really, does it matter a damn? I mean, nobody reads that bloody thing anyway. People only look at the pictures.’

The paper has also taken issue with Jim Jeffries’ poster quote, supposedly from The Scotsman, saying: ‘Hysterical ... a man untouched by political correctness’.

While the second part of the quote is true, the word ‘hilarious’ did not appear in the three-star review Jeffries received last year – which promoter Brett Vincent blamed on a genuine mistake in collating press quotes from the comic’s former PR agency.

The practice of using made-up quotes is not new. Last year, Sony had to pay $1.5million to disappointed movie-goers in an out-of-court settlement after using a fake critic to praise its movies, including A Knights’ Tale.

And in 2002, comic Geoff Boyz claimed Chortle had called him ‘the best comedy act I’ve seen on the fringe’ – when his show hadn’t been reviewed. He had used semi-anonymous comments submitted by punters or friends.


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Published: 29 Jul 2006

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Edinburgh Fringe 2002

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