review star review star review blank star review blank star review blank star

Big Value Comedy Show (Late)

Note: This review is from 2000

Review by Steve Bennett

With so many comics extending their 20-minute sets into hour-long Edinburgh shows - with varying degrees of success - it's nice to be able to see a collection of stand-ups in their native habitat.

Comedy promoter Screaming Blue Murder has established a regular club night at the Café Royal with all the usual ingredients ­ three comics, one compere, a venue that's seen better days and a couple of beer breaks.

And the late-night line-up is not a collection of hopeful newcomers, but a team of talented, established stand-ups who certainly know their stuff.

Quick-witted and lively compere Greg Burns did a fantastic job sparring with a rowdy and vocal midweek crowd with a series of sharp comebacks and a fine routine packed with unexpected punchlines.

The overexcited audience, and a couple of enthusiastic hecklers, were won over by all the acts - distinctly amusing, and sometimes downright disgusting, Sally Holloway, Cockney funnyman Mickey Flanagan and weird American cowboy Glenn Wool.

At £6.50 for two hours of top-notch entertainment, this show certainly lives up to its name. A safe bet for a great night's comedy.

Review date: 1 Jan 2000
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

What do you think?

Today's comedy-on demand picks


Hosted by actor Brian Baumgartner, who played Kevin Malone in the US version of the Office, this new podcast gives a full account of the massive hit, starting with its origins when American producer Ben Silverman met Ricky Gervais at a Starbucks in Soho about adapting the popular workplace mockumentary.

The series will feature interviews with Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer.

Click for more suggestions
... including Hannah Gadsby giving an in-depth podcast interview and Tim Minchin taking part in a Matilda listening party.

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.