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August 25, 2009

Guy Incognito – Tomorrow’s Leaders

Filed under: Edinburgh Festival,Live Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 10:10 pm

Guy Incognito – Tomorrow’s Leaders
Pleasance Dome

A series of sketches set over one public school term, the former BBC New Talent Pick of the Fringe act has a more interesting conceit than material. Though wonderfully empathetic at times (the English teacher defining ‘love’ nearly brought tears not laughter), and unique in developing a narrative, it’s a muddled execution that feels unfinished.

5.5/10

Free Fringe Round Up

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Beta Males' Picnic

In a festival where Ricky Gervais can charge whatever he wants for a show in the Playhouse and sell out comfortably, as well as expecting to pay £10 for a half-decent comedian nobody’s heard of, it’s nice to see the free alternatives still going strong.

A main part of that strength would be the brilliant Beta Males’ Picnic (●●●●) whose silly but smart sketch show manages to be just as clever and quipful as Idiots of Ants or Pappy’s Fun Club. Looking the part in waistcoats too, and with a matching air of grinning eccentricity, few free acts are so charming and so prepared. (more…)

Lucy Porter – Fool’s Gold

Filed under: Edinburgh Festival,Live Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 10:04 pm

Lucy Porter – Fool’s Gold
Pleasance Courtyard

Though her youthful looks and childlike attitude hide it, Porter has had more experience than most at the Fringe.

It all makes for a performance that is assured if a little safe, never in danger of falling flat but equally never challenging any preconceptions.

And she’s only half-joking when she admits that a (properly brilliant) childhood poem about the chemical elements is the best thing she’s ever written.

5.7/10

Amanda Palmer – HMV Picture House, Edinburgh 22/08/09

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Amanda Palmer
HMV Picture House, Edinburgh
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Amanda Palmer

With spectacular support from Zen Zen Zo, a unique and terrifying part of the five-star dance spectacle, Zeitgeist, Amanda Palmer gives herself a lot to live up to. A proper cabaret entrance though, slowly stepping down the stairs of the Picture House in full 1930s trappings with horn accompaniment is a special start that the former creative force behind Dresden Dolls takes glee in. (more…)

Shut Up, Play!

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Shut Up, Play!
Sweet, ECA

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Taking the amusing, confusing chaos that fills such Japanese cultural signifiers as Katamari Damacy and any weird animé trip, and turning it into a live stage show of technological and imaginative brilliance, Shut Up, Play! is unlike anything else you’re likely to find. (more…)

Sparrow and the Workshop – Sneaky Pete’s, 20/08/09

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Sparrow and the Workshop
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
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Sparrow and the Workshop

It’s a sign of their sweet nature that Sparrow and the Workshop feel the need to apologise for the sweat dripping down most people’s backs in the bunker that is Sneaky Pete’s. They must surely be the ones most feeling the heat, if the sodden t-shirt of support act Ross Clark is anything to go by. (more…)

Two Episodes of MASH

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Two Episodes of MASH
Pleasance Courtyard

Pleasingly deadpan, and with valiant attempts at mixing life’s mundanity with surrealist fantasy (the thought processes of a worker bee being particularly imaginative), Diane Morgan and Joe Wilkinson are so close to getting it right.

The oddball sketch format falters though, and beneath the daft situations, the dialogue has little substance to turn good ideas into a worthy show.

4.3/10

Late ‘n’ Live at Gilded Balloon

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Late ‘n’ Live
Gilded Balloon

It’s hard to say what to expect at this Edinburgh institution. The hours between 1am and 5am are never the most predicatable in August, and less so when 400 drunken revelers are expecting entertainment from four even drunker comedians.

That’s the charm of this ever-changing comedy cabaret though, and Sam Simmons, Lee Nelson and Pete Johannson all do a fine (and explicit, of course) job of retreading their own material, and embracing the free-for-all nature of heckling and unusual hats. And it really is an audience speaking its mind that makes the show, with spirits giving courage and the evening becoming a communal dialogue of mirth.

The music too from Big Hand is pure ska fun for those still standing, with partners swapped and moves dropped. And leaving just in time for the nearby chippy? A fine evening indeed.

6.0/10

Coffee Over Hangovers

Filed under: Edinburgh Festival — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 7:57 pm

Waking up on the floor of my own room (the bed seemingly too much of a climb) to the all too recognisable noises of a rain-sodden Edinburgh morning, with dull memories of stand-up, biscuits and the Udderbelly Pasture trudging through my brain was not the brightest start to the day. But there’s just something about the Festival though that just makes you want to keep going. For art, for money, for culture, for enlightenment, for a baked potato from The Tempting Tattie. And so, for at least four of the above, I made my way to the Pear Tree, with the promise of free comedy and a breaking sun. (more…)

Young Fathers – Cabaret Voltaire, 15/08/09

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Young Fathers
Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

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Revelling in his simple but effective dance pop that narrows the gap between LCD Soundsytem and old school Nintendo theme tunes, local boy Unicorn Kid’s support slot is very much a home-crowd affair – with his joy as genuine and bountiful as the sweat pouring from the teenager’s back. (more…)

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