My pick of the Fringe... | Tony Kinsella sums up Edinburgh

My pick of the Fringe...

Tony Kinsella sums up Edinburgh

The Russell Pannell Show, Punctured Balloon, 8pm

Semi-regular telly favourite sellotapes a radio mic to the side of his face and performs an energetic sub-McIntyre set about things in cupboards and how amusing his kids are, even though he looks about 12. Builds to an hysterical climax about buying hummus in Waitrose, complete with a fast-paced dialogue involving a silly-voiced-checkout girl. T-shirts available for £25 each in the foyer.

With Hilarious Consequences, Cheviot Hill, 2.30pm.

An improv show in which The Box Tickers, three lapsed stand-ups of varying genders and ethnicities, pay vague lip service to generic suggestions from their six mates in the audience and end every 12-minute meandering narrative with a reference to Michael Gove being a twat. Watch them weave the same daily parody of a low budget goth-horror movie, loosely based on the bar staff’s suggestion, ‘Get off, you’re shit!’

Carry On Campus, Vom Bar, 4.20pm

A weird and wacky posse of undergraduates from Blackburn University double their academic debt with a debut show that’s high on hyped-up zest but still manages to crowbar in three jokes about wanking and one about a hipster. Free rag mag for every punter.

The Lund That Time Forgot, Farmer’s Gate, 11.30am.

Hack journeyman comic, Mikki Bland, sacrifices all of the jokes and routines developed over a decade and opts for a show that depends exclusively on his enthusiasm for Nordic Noir Scandi-dramas like The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge, usually to a bewildered audience who prefer soaps. Please note that this show is performed partly in English, occasionally in Danish, but mostly in a cod imitation of that chef from The Muppets.

All men Are Bastards, Laughing Whores at The Chip On The Shoulder, 7pm.

A quartet of female comics, plus six different female guests each day, including at least two LGBT acts, rant aggressively about the under-representation of female comics at The Fringe and why this is a patriarchal conspiracy. Contains body piercings.

Yew Tree Is In The Eye Of The Beholder, The Thunder Dome, 2pm.

Jaded and disillusioned middle-aged Fringe veteran, Sammy Professional, thinks of a topical pun when asked for his show title in October and spends the next nine months trying to write a few gags to at least hint at the hastily emailed pun, before dying on his arse in three previews and cobbling together a composite of previous shows in the hope that nobody will notice. Nobody does.

Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Book, The Cake Stand, Midnight.

A random selection of half-decent Fringe acts, desperate for any opportunity to hand out flyers, perform chunks of their main sets while liberally adding the word ‘cunt’ for the benefit of binge-drunk lager louts who are now struggling to figure out the lamest puns as if they were questions on Only Connect.

Published: 1 Aug 2014

What do you think?

Live comedy picks

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.