The best reviewed comedy of the Edinburgh Fringe? Buffy Revamped | Ed Byrne's Tragedy Plus Time is the best new show

The best reviewed comedy of the Edinburgh Fringe? Buffy Revamped

Ed Byrne's Tragedy Plus Time is the best new show

A one-man run-through of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer canon was the best-reviewed comedy show of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Brendan Murphy's parody Buffy Revamped attracted seven five-star reviews and one four-star, giving it the best average at the festival: 4.9 stars.

It was followed by Reuben Kaye’s The Butch Is Back, improvised musical Showstopper and Ed Byrne’s stand-up show, Tragedy Plus Time, about his late brother Paul.

The analysis was conducted by the British Comedy Guide, which looked at a strict mathematical average of the stars awarded, regardless of whether they are issued by a broadsheet newspaper or a fan blog. The only criteria is that a show receive at least six reviews and be in the comedy section of the programme.

Of the top ten shows, only three – Byrne, Kieran Hodgson’s Big In Scotland and Michelle Brasier’s Reform – attracted the attention of national newspapers.

Byrne’s was the only show in the top six that was a premiere, with all the others having been at the festival before. He attracted an average rating of 4.6 stars across 22 write-ups.

The top 20 were

  1. Buffy Revamped
  2. Reuben Kaye: The Butch Is Back
  3. Showstopper
  4. Ed Byrne: Tragedy Plus Time
  5. The Man Who Thought He Knew Too Much
  6. Austentatious
  7. My Last Two Brain Cells
  8. Police Cops The Musical
  9. Kieran Hodgson: Big In Scotland
  10. Michelle Brasier: Reform
  11. Julia Masli: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha 
  12. Bill O'Neill: The Amazing Banana Brothers
  13. Stamptown
  14. Jon Culshaw: Imposter Syndrome
  15. Paul Foot: Dissolve
  16. Phil Ellis's Excellent Comedy Show
  17. Mark Watson: Search
  18. Drag Queens vs Vampires
  19. Gyles Brandreth Can't Stop Talking!
  20. Pierre NovellieL Why Are You Laughing?

Murphy also wrote another tie-in show – Friend (The One With Gunther) – which was also performed at this year's Fringe.

The full list is available on the British Comedy Guide.

Published: 5 Sep 2023

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