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Why feminism has never been so funny

At the Edinburgh fringe, new comedy icons Bridget Christie and Adrienne Truscott took on the F-word. I can't wait to see what they and their patriarchy-smashing pals do next.

Mathilda Gregory, The Guardian, 3rd September 2013

The best (and worst) comedy posters

The great and the not-so-great of 2013 festival poster art.

Ben Williams, Time Out, 29th August 2013

Is it time to extinguish the stars?

Chortle editor Steve Bennett on the review rating system.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 29th August 2013

Eight other shows we saw at the Fringe

Short takes on some of the festival's most interesting shows...

Andrew Mickel, Such Small Portions, 28th August 2013

The best (and worst) of the Edinburgh fringe festival

From dancing polythene to radical reinventions and feminist rage ... as the dust settles on the Edinburgh festival, our critics name the highlights - and lowlights - of this year's fringe.

Brian Logan and Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 28th August 2013

Festival stories: James Acaster and David Trent

Comedians James Acaster and David Trent look back on their time at the Fringe and find it mostly involves shops and star ratings.

Hamish Gibson, WOW247, 28th August 2013

Review: Edinburgh golf day

Last Thursday comedy agent Richard Bucknall organised the annual VisitScotland Mackenzie Taylor Industry v Comedians golf tournament at Duddingston Golf Club.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 27th August 2013

Steve Coogan bemoans commercialisation of Fringe

Steve Coogan has bemoaned the commercialisation of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since he shot to fame there two decades ago - saying it has become "swamped" by marketing people and promoters.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 26th August 2013

Fringe concludes with record number of tickets issued

And so the Edinburgh Fringe draws to its official close for another year with confirmation that this was the biggest one yet, with more performances of more shows and more tickets issued.

Chris Cooke, ThreeWeeks, 26th August 2013

The Art of the Heckle: How tough are Fringe crowds?

No matter how wild or wacky the act, there's one thing every show needs: an audience. Learning to deal with a rough crowd is a rite of passage for any aspiring comedian.

Emma Ailes, BBC News, 26th August 2013

The cost of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe

It is the world's biggest arts festival and the ultimate launch pad for new talent. But in recent years debate has raged over whether the Edinburgh Fringe's bubble is about to burst.

Ian Youngs, BBC News, 26th August 2013

Edinburgh Fringe: Several venues report record year

Several Fringe venues have reported a record year, with good weather helping to pull in huge festival crowds.

Gareth Rose and Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 26th August 2013

Secret Edinburgh book - my view

During this Year's Edinburgh Fringe, Tim Clark and Andrew Mickel of the website Such Small Portions published a book called Secret Edinburgh which was sub-titled A Comedians' Guide To The City. It had contributions from over 160 comedians.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 25th August 2013

Edinburgh: Let's hear it from the girls

Funny, sexy, shocking, clever: female comics are doing it for Stephen Armstrong.

Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times, 25th August 2013

Fringe stories: Tom Wrigglesworth

Tom Wrigglesworth talks about his efforts to hide himself from his Edinburgh Festival landlord.

Hamish Dougal, WOW247, 24th August 2013

Comedy 2013: gender's on the agenda again

Bridget Christie's win at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards means gender politics are back in the comedy spotlight, writes Dominic Cavendish.

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph, 24th August 2013

This week's best Edinburgh comedy

Reviews of Rich Hall, Bobby Mair and Mike Wozniak.

James Kettle, The Guardian, 24th August 2013

My tips on the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards

The list is the longest for 20 years, but is it a sign of a bumper year? I think it's a sign of prevalent competency as much as a vintage crop, but this is not to say that the shortlist does not have merit.

Julian Hall, The Stage, 23rd August 2013

Jo Caulfield's Fringe diary: 23 August

Comedian Jo Caulfield offers her take on the last week of the Fringe, and proposes her own alternatives to the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

Jo Caulfield, WOW247, 23rd August 2013

Is Edinburgh comedy too left-wing?

Chicago Sun-Times shocked at 'deep-dyed socialism' and anti-American nature of the fringe; Humza Arshad makes his Edinburgh debut; and were last year's comedy award-winners not funny enough?

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 22nd August 2013

Chris and Carl's Edinburgh Hangout: Episode 3 - video

Using Google Hangou, comedians Chris Martin and Carl Donnelly link up with other performers all over Edinburgh for an insiders' view of the festival fringe. In this final episode, Reginald D Hunter and Felicity Ward discuss groupies, audiences not laughing and that gig for the Professional Footballers' Association. Plus Streetcam goes backstage, and there's live music from Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer.

Chris Martin and Carl Donnelly, The Guardian, 22nd August 2013

Underbelly co-founder misses out on Fringe post

Charlie Wood, the co-founder of the Underbelly venues has failed in a bid to win election to the board of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 21st August 2013

You are now entering the free zone

With queues going around the block for free Fringe festival shows again this year (be that the Free Fringe, the Free Festival or Bob Slayer's Heroes of the Fringe) the prospect of well-known acts starting an exodus towards the free sector has been raised.

Julian Hall, The Stage, 21st August 2013

Free Fringe increases standing on Fringe's ruling board

Charlie Wood, co-director of leading fringe venue operator Underbelly has failed in a bid to be elected to the board of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. Wood was beaten by Free Fringe candidate Gareth Morinan who resigned from the Society's Participants Council to stand for the board.

Thom Dibdin, The Stage, 21st August 2013

Comedy is not easy to enjoy with an eye on the clock

Tig Notaro's games hold up crowd anxious not to miss next show; Gareth Ellis gives himself a black eye and wins award.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 21st August 2013

Why we still can't show old-fashioned jokes the door

As the funniest joke at this year's Edinburgh Festival is revealed, Dominic Cavendish argues that one-liners remain a vital part of our culture.

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph, 20th August 2013

Funniest jokes of the fringe? Can you do better?

TV channel Dave has announced its so-called funniest gags of the festival - but we're not convinced. Share your one-liners and put the professionals to shame.

The Guardian, 20th August 2013

A female-free best gag list? What a joke

The top jokes of the Edinburgh festival fringe have just been announced, but there is no sign of the women who have provided the funniest and most creative shows this year.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 20th August 2013

Feminism fights back against rape jokes

Last year, controversy erupted at the Edinburgh Fringe over the number of comedians telling rape jokes. Now a new wave of feminist comedians are taking a stand.

BBC News, 20th August 2013

Jo Caulfield recommends 2

Ah - Edinburgh during the Festival. It's hot, it's cold. It's wet, it's dry. It's like the whole city is going through the menopause. Perfect weather for flips-flops and an umbrella.

Jo Caulfield, ScotsGay, 19th August 2013

Porn has never been more popular at the Fringe

Pornography is everywhere in this year's comedy programme - but not for the reasons you might think. Plus: awards week begins; and Andrea Dworkin, comedy heroine.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 19th August 2013

Festival buzz: David O'Doherty, Bo Burnham, Blam!

What are people chattering about at the world's largest arts festival? For our latest dip in the choppy waters of the Edinburgh Festival reaction online, Nick Mitchell covers three hot shows: David O'Doherty, Bo Burnham and Blam!

Nick Mitchell, WOW247, 18th August 2013

Tim Fitzhigham: Is the Fringe playing it safe?

I may be the most at fault for this but it's been nagging away in my mind for a week now and I've got to at least put it out there: is it just me or is Fringe 2013 a little too safe?

Tim Fitzhigham, Chortle, 18th August 2013

Kate Copstick's Fringe diary - 18th August

Comedy critic Kate Copstick's weekly dispatch from Edinburgh.

Kate Copstick, Edinburgh Festivals, 18th August 2013

The Nazis have invaded the Fringe

In the light of the hoo-haa and hullabaloo over the ubiquity of rape jokes at last year's Fringe, I was intrigued to see what this year's comedic pandemic might be. On my limited evidence of attending around 20 gigs, the Nazis are first against the wall for this year's revolution.

Tony Kinsella, Chortle, 17th August 2013

The many faces of impro on the Fringe

You can't make it up? Oh, yes you can ... if you're prepared to take a leap in the dark at Edinburgh this year.

Celine Bijleveld, The Guardian, 17th August 2013

This week's best Edinburgh comedy

Previews of Tig Notaro, Pat Cahill and Mark Smith.

James Kettle, The Guardian, 17th August 2013

How to be a critic and not a tw*t

This week I find myself with something in common with Ed Miliband - we've both had people throw their groceries at us.

Marissa Burgess, The Huffington Post, 16th August 2013

Critics vs comedians

Earlier this fringe, cerebral comedian Liam Mullone wrote a superb piece for budding comedy critics, warning them off this depraved vocation for fear that they might lose their souls.

Julian Hall, The Stage, 16th August 2013

Behind the Fringe: backstage photos from Edinburgh 2013

Back in its fourth year is Behind the Fringe - fantastic photos of comics who have just come offstage all sweaty and adrenaline-fuelled, taken among the murky corners and unforgiving lights of the backstage by Nick Collett. More photos are added each day.

Nick Collett, London Is Funny, 16th August 2013

Jo Caulfield's Fringe diary: August 16th 2013

Edinburgh-based comedian Jo Caulfield shares her experiences of the Fringe Festival along with her pick of shows and events.

Jo Caulfield, Edinburgh Festivals, 16th August 2013

Why comedy critics aren't always right

Predicting stars-to-be is a haphazard business - as I know only too well. Plus: a grizzled comic gives us a blast from the past, and Edinburgh gets a glimpse of the future.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 16th August 2013

Kate Copstick's Sarah Millican comment stirs hate mail

Critic Kate Copstick's 'offensive' Edinburgh Fringe comment about comic Sarah Millican stirs up hate mail.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 16th August 2013

Here's who will win a Comedy Award this year

Can't wait to find out whom the nominees are for this years Edinburgh Awards? You don't have to. GQ Comedy Editor James Mullinger already knows (or at least thinks he does).

James Mullinger, GQ, 16th August 2013

Edinburgh comedy: can anything be joked about?

One performer suggests that it's not always healthy to go for the gag above all else. Plus: dreams come true on the fringe, and a computer tries its hand at standup.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 15th August 2013

Chris and Carl's Edinburgh Hangout: Episode 2 - video

Comedians Chris Martin and Carl Donnelly link up with performers across Edinburgh for an insiders' view of the festival fringe. In this episode, Seann Walsh, Zoe Lyons and Stephen K Amos debate such hot topics as vomiting audience members and the most ridiculous claims on show posters. Plus: Abandoman freestyle with Edinburgh show titles - and Seann Walsh gets told off by a complete stranger.

Chris Martin and Carl Donnelly, The Guardian, 15th August 2013

My Edinburgh Fringe hell

Two weeks in, the 'delights' of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival are taking their toll on Mark Monahan.

Mark Monahan, The Telegraph, 14th August 2013

Edinburgh festival: is the free fringe too successful?

The free fringe is beating some other comedians pants down - but can it last? Plus: is Scottish independence a huge joke?

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 14th August 2013

Letter to Edinburgh: Asher Treleaven

Regular faces from Festivals past, but who are not here this year, send a letter to the Fringe community via the pages of Three Weeks. This time, Asher Treleaven describes what it's like experiencing the Festival via his Twitter feed on the other side of the world...

Asher Treleaven, ThreeWeeks, 13th August 2013

The Dark Room and Knightmare Live! revisit the past

How to get ahead in the retromania game at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Niki Boyle, The List, 13th August 2013

Interview: Richard Herring and Matt Green

The two comedians discuss their respective shows We're All Going To Die and Alive.

The List, 13th August 2013

Edinburgh fringe: young comedians sound a tragic note

Liam Williams and Bo Burnham point the way to an anxious comic future. Plus: to sweat, or not to sweat?

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 13th August 2013

Battle at the ballot box

We interrupt this Festival to bring you a party political broadcast. Grainne Maguire, leader of the Change Party, faces off against political stalwart and BBQ enthusiast Matt Forde (heading up the House Party) for Prime Minister of the Fringe.

Stevie Martin, Fest Mag, 13th August 2013

Multi-tasking is the order of the day for Edinburgh

I started to wonder at the the different vantage points of folk who work at the fringe and I realised that some - ostensibly - only work one hour a day...I started to envy the comics...

Julian Hall, The Stage, 12th August 2013

Is Brendon Burns right that alternative comedy is dead?

Standup Brendon Burns suggests that putting comedians in pigeonholes doesn't make sense. Plus: old-school laughs on the Free Fringe, and comics have the last laugh on the football field.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 12th August 2013

Is Brendon Burns right that alternative comedy is dead?

Stand-up Brendon Burns suggests that putting comedians in pigeonholes doesn't make sense. Plus: old-school laughs on the Free Fringe, and comics have the last laugh on the football field.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 12th August 2013

Kate Copstick's diary - 11 August

Comedy critic Kate Copstick's weekly dispatch from the Edinburgh Festival...

Kate Copstick, WOW247, 12th August 2013

Opinion: Circus, clowns, mime & humour

Earlier this year I travelled to Brussels to take part in a cultural project, Unpack The Arts, in which journalists from around Europe had the chance to see cxamples of ontemporary circus, talk about circus and write about circus at length.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 11th August 2013

Edinburgh Fringe: 'Ticket sales up' after Olympics dip

Edinburgh Fringe ticket sales are up on this time last year across the major venues, with many reporting increases in double figures.

BBC News, 10th August 2013

The end of the affair, as told by him and her

Ex-lovers mine mutual heartbreak for comedy in separate fringe routines.

Vanessa Thorpe, The Guardian, 10th August 2013

Opinion: Edfringe 2013 - The year of stand-up angst?

Best shows of Week One? No contest really. David Baddiel and Bridget Christie.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 10th August 2013

Opinion: Awards - Who Needs Them?

The Edinburgh Fringe 2013 is one week old and already there is talk of awards contenders.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 10th August 2013

This week's best Edinburgh comedy

Reviews of The Wrestling II, Michael Che and John Kearns.

James Kettle, The Guardian, 10th August 2013

Should comedians be more serious?

What's the right balance between thought-provoking and laugh-inducing? Plus: Jewish Mom jokes on the fringe and why money is the root of all evil.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 9th August 2013

Edinburgh Fringe: The hot tickets

One week into the Edinburgh Fringe, this year's hit shows are beginning to emerge. Here are the plays and comedians that are attracting the most acclaim from critics.

BBC News, 9th August 2013

Jo Caulfield's Fringe diary: August 9th 2013

Edinburgh--based comedian Jo Caulfield shares her experiences of the Fringe Festival along with her pick of shows and events.

Jo Caulfield, Edinburgh Festivals, 9th August 2013

Radio 4 at the Edinburgh Festival 2013

Caroline Raphael, Commissioning Editor for Radio 4 & Radio 4 Extra discusses Radio 4's involvement with the Edinburgh Festival 2013.

Caroline Raphael, BBC Blogs, 9th August 2013

The best Edinburgh Festival podcasts and broadcasts

Whatever the reason, there is plenty of Fringe-related chat and comedy to keep you entertained thanks to the magic of radio/podcasting.

Milo McLaughlin, WOW247, 9th August 2013

Opinion: Injury time on the Fringe

2013's Wimbledon tournament was notable for the number of injuries to players. Comedians don't usually perform at high speed on grass so in theory they should be safer. But not, it seems, this year.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 9th August 2013

Fringe fever - too much, too soon?

I wondered when someone was going to mention that doing Edinburgh can seriously damage your artistic health.

Julian Hall, The Stage, 8th August 2013

Chris Martin & Carl Donnelly's Fringe hangout

Using gee-whiz Google+ hangout technology, comedians Chris Martin and Carl Donnelly are linking up with performers across Edinburgh for an insiders' view of the fringe - and recording the results for us. In this first episode, they're joined by Josh Widdicombe and Joe Lycett to discuss fainting on stage, debate the worst comedian to live with in Edinburgh, reveal what a 'brain-gasm' is - oh, and show off their CCTV-style Royal Mile streetcam.

Chris Martin and Carl Donnelly, The Guardian, 8th August 2013

Comedy at Edinburgh: when's best to watch it?

The assumption that laughter is a dish best served drunk is being challenged. Meanwhile, Mark Thomas baits Ian Rankin and Gráinne Maguire elects to go political.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 8th August 2013

The Fringe needs to ramp up its disabled access

Disabled performers are front and centre at Edinburgh this year - so why is the festival so unfriendly to disabled audiences?

Matt Trueman, The Guardian, 8th August 2013

My Edinburgh comedy highlights

When I first read through the Fringe programme it felt like everyone was coming up to Edinburgh this year.

Julian Hall, The Stage, 7th August 2013

Fringe diary: Nat Luurtsema & Red Bastard

At the Edinburgh festival, Nat Luurtsema battles bad acoustics and a broken heart, David Quirk ponders cheating and Eric Davis's alter ego sets about demolishing some inhibitions.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 7th August 2013

Edinburgh Fringe: Stand-up comedy is child's play

Have you heard the one about the comedians doing stand-up comedy and sketch shows for children?

Ian Youngs, BBC News, 7th August 2013

Promoters fall out over Free Fringe

Edinburgh Comedy Awards chief warns of 'terrible' performances.

Nick Clark, The Independent, 6th August 2013

Edinburgh festival 2013: what's the best comedy venue?

The Stand, the Cabaret Bar and Pleasance Courtyard have had legendary shows - but could there be a better place? Plus, all the rest of the day's fringe news.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 6th August 2013

Top 5 quiz shows in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Featuring Al Murray, The News Quiz and Quiz in my Pants.

Heather McDaid, The List, 6th August 2013

Free Edinburgh venues deny encouraging 'terrible' shows

Promoters of free shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have hit back at claims they encourage too many inexperienced comedians to inflict 'terrible experiences' on audience.

Chortle, 5th August 2013