Edinburgh Fringe reviews 2010
Here's a list of the shows the British Comedy Guide team watched in 2010, with the best-rated shows at the top.
The whole show is inventive and fun but there is one moment in particular that must be one of the most magical on the Fringe.
At once unsettling yet strangely touching, Hoult delivers his creations with confidence and a luscious touch of pure theatricality.
Original, polished and perfectly crafted, Dead Cat Bounce are a must-see.
Simply put, delightful sketch group Delete The Banjax are adorably funny.
Quite simply, this is one of the most joyous hours of stand-up I have seen in a very long time.
Hyperactively clever, Eldon whisks his way through a deconstruction of comedy, picking apart its exquisite corpse genre by genre.
It's painfully funny, and so inventive that you can't recall why you ever bothered going to see common-or-garden stand-ups.
Collins is an endearing performer, and although most of the audience are made up of Collings & Herrin fans, it wouldn't be hard for him to win over newcomers with this watchable and very funny show.
Young comics could do worse than watch this master-craftsman go about his business.
Two creepy but cool guys in smart suits doing magic? Thank you very much, Barry and Stuart.
Carl Donnelly's stage presence and comfort in front of the audience, belies the fact that he is one of the fringes newer performers.
Strap In - It's Clever Peter. Image shows from L to R: Richard Bond, William Hartley, Ed Eales-White. Copyright: Pozzitive Productions
Intelligent material in sketch comedy is sometimes hard to come by, and it is through this that Clever Peter are refreshing.
Four Screws Loose. Image shows from L to R: Thom Ford, Joseph Elliott, Richard David-Caine, George Conan House
A sketch show with lots of laughs - particularly in the skits where music was involved.
Innovative and different it may not be, but sometimes that's all you want from a gig - to be able to sit back and have a chuckle.
After a lengthy stint in the States, Jeffries seems pretty bloody relieved to be back (drinking) on stage in Scotland.
A double-header featuring two charming young comedians who are clearly destined to go onto bigger things.
Late Night Gimp Fight. Image shows from L to R: Richard Campbell, David Moon, Lee Griffiths, Paul Richard Biggin, Matt Ralph
Some fast-paced, high-energy, well directed - if a little over-crude at times - sketch show fun.
Loretta Maine, the singer with the feel-bad factor, is back in Edinburgh to spread her jaded-fairy magic via the medium of music.
Telling the audience that they will one day die is usually a route to the graveyard shift of live comedy, but not for Sammy J...
Amnesty International's legendary annual stand-up Fringe showcase delivered a top quality line-up.
The Lunchtime Club 2010. Image shows from L to R: Liam Williams, Ian Smith, Rob Beckett, Joel Dommett, Tom Rosenthal
This year's Lunchtime Club line-up is as strong as ever. It's a chance to see five very talented young comedians for a bargain price.
Now unconstrained by corsets and breeches, The Penny Dreadfuls are clearly having a ball.
The Three Englishmen, a four person sketch group, have got charisma, wit and talent - and this should take them far.
Wide eyed and bounding around, FitzHigham has a brilliant air of enthusiasm, and is incredibly keen to involve his audience in every aspect of his storytelling.
Tripod Versus the Dragon would be a runaway family success if it was in an earlier time slot.
The press release may say "don't expect any hefty punchlines" but the show is, in fact, full of them.
A review of sketch group 'Comedy Bitch'... "It's a comedy review cliche to describe a sketch show as a 'mixed bag', but with Comedy Bitch said mixed bag consists of the hilarious and the merely funny.
It is in the songs that these two shine, with ridiculous notions and genuinely catchy lines. It's just a shame the venue isn't great.
Jollyboat, a musical comedy duo from Liverpool, look set to be one of the hits of this year's Free Fringe.
Lucont works his way through the material effortlessly. Quick witted and exceedingly sharp, his one-liners shouldn't be taken for granted.
It's an hour of easy fun - and that's what Pappy's is, and always has been, all about.
This isn't the finished article but Douieb is a wonderful storyteller and clearly has the nous and nerve to negotiate the peaks and troughs of a proper hour.
You aren't going to learn anything from this late-night hour and a half, but you will have fun.
A fun hour and a great demonstration of vocal acting, but don't expect any deep laughs.
Whilst the audience aren't rolling around in the aisles, they're clearly having a good time.
Some funny songs about the awkward situations in life, but some issues stop the show being as funny as it could be.
Overall this is an enjoyable hour performed by a warm, witty comic with a vivid imagination.
The Pros From Dover were fine, you know, just fine. Not brilliant, not bad - just fine.
The Real MacGuffins, made up of three rather plummy blokes, are fine if you like your comedy unchallenging and easy to digest.
Lady Garden. Image shows from L to R: Eleanor Thom, Jessica Knappett, Hannah Dodd, Rose Johnson, Camille Ucan, Beattie Edmondson
Lady Garden have delivered some great ideas in their sketch show this year, but the laugh count is lower than it should be.
Something has gone wrong when all you can remember about a show is the set.