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Dave's Edinburgh jokes make appearance on Pointless

A number of jokes told by comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have appeared on an edition of BBC quiz Pointless.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 27th December 2017

How to think up a title for your very first Fringe show

First of all, think of it not from your viewpoint but from the viewpoint of the punters and the reviewers. In my opinion, you should have a title which starts in the first half of the alphabet.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 20th December 2017

Fringe Dog's 2017 Christmas message

A traditional Christmas address given by comedy journalist Fringe Dog, with a story that shows friendship can be found in the most unlikely places.

Fringe Dog, The Skinny, 11th December 2017

Comedians say faces used in Canada artwork are theirs

UK comedians say it is no joke that their faces, initially featured in an Edinburgh Festival brochure, are being used in an art installation in Canada.

Emma Harrison, BBC, 29th November 2017

Mark Thomas investigates the NHS

Comedian Mark Thomas is currently performing one show and is touring a new show early next year, but is already working on his next major show which will premiere at the Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in summer 2018.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 25th November 2017

Worbey & Farrell won't be playing the Edinburgh Fringe

Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell met while studying at the Royal College of Music. They formed their Katzenjammer act in 2003. Their 'hook' was that they play the same piano simultaneously - a 'four hands, one piano' musical act.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 25th November 2017

A fancy man at the Fringe confused by English language

Katsura Sunshine lives half his year in Tokyo and half in Camden Town in London. He always wears a kimono in the street and, usually, a bowler hat.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 10th October 2017

Physical effects of the Fringe on comics a week later

I got home from four weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe exactly a week ago. The Fringe runs for 3½ weeks.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 5th September 2017

Are Edinburgh Fringe reviewers sexist?

Some Edinburgh Fringe reviewers are demonstrably biased against female comedians, one blogger has claimed.

Chortle, 5th September 2017

Record numbers attend Edinburgh Festival Fringe

A record number of people attended this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BBC, 28th August 2017

Pleasance claims a record year for ticket sales

The Pleasance has claimed a record year for ticket sales at the Fringe, with box office takings up five per cent on 2016.

Chortle, 28th August 2017

Edinburgh Fringe, day 26

To feel that tranquility amidst the Fringe adrenaline.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 27th August 2017

Reviewer review: Frodo Allan (Broadway Baby)

In any case he needs to edit his own stuff because I'm sure the only thing the editors of Broadway Baby ever check is their Snapchat and the wet patch behind their ears.

Billy Coconuts, FringePig, 27th August 2017

Reviewer review: Tamsin Bracher (EdFringe Review)

There have been some apocalyptically dodgy wearers of the REVIEWER T-shirt in the past, but Tamsin Bracher isn't one of them.

Becky Walker's Panda, FringePig, 27th August 2017

Reviewer review: Laura Pujos

Nobody could accuse Pujos of being dismissive about what she sees. Bloody hell no. She attends comedy shows as if she's been asked to take notes for a Hague War Crimes tribunal; presenting each point before cross-examining it and (usually) finding it guilty of something.

Edmund Rumania, FringePig, 26th August 2017

Reviewer review: Jonny Sweet (The Wee Review)

Sweet needs to bring that sense of alacrity to all the stuff he writes and - I can't believe I'm saying this in Fringepig - not be so afraid to say when something's not as good as it ought to be.

Becky Walker's Panda, FringePig, 26th August 2017

Circuit Bunny: 5 star stuffed bell end

Photo comic strip.

FringePig, 24th August 2017

Publication review: The Wee Review

The Wee Review used to be TV Bomb. It is a review site whose title is in the Scots diminutive but which could just as much refer to the litres of hot steaming micturition this site is wont to point at things it really, really takes exception to.

Mister Kipper, FringePig, 23rd August 2017

Reviewer review: Rowena McIntosh (The List)

So it seems that McIntosh is much, much too fussy, and a bit mean with it. But she's still pretty good.

Business Leopard, FringePig, 23rd August 2017

Reviewer review: Paul Whitelaw (The Scotsman)

Whitelaw is best understood not as a writer but as an attendant detail; a sort of maggot that will provide forensic colour to anyone in the future who cares to study the pathological decline and suicide of a once-great newspaper.

Edmund Rumania, FringePig, 23rd August 2017

Eau no not again

The Edinburgh Fringe is all about the winning, not the taking part says Margo Terraces.

Margo Terraces, FringePig, 23rd August 2017

Tourist rage is no longer confined to the Fringe

I have a new version of "road rage" to report from Edinburgh, where I am covering the festival. I am now suffering from a related condition called "Fringe rage", a syndrome that will hit anyone walking down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh who actually wants to get somewhere.

Ann Treneman, The Times, 22nd August 2017

Campaign to improve pay for Fringe works create union

A new union could be set up as part of a campaign to improve pay and conditions for workers at the world's biggest festival. The Fair Fringe campaign said a new "pop up union" could be established to help change pay and conditions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Phil Miller, The Herald, 18th August 2017

Tommy Sheppard: changing festival dates could be good

A long summer season might be beneficial on a number of counts, argues Tommy Sheppard.

The Scotsman, 17th August 2017

Party Like it's 1947!

The Fringe is 70 this year! Are you excited? We're excited! Edinburgh is excited! The world is excited! But is Edinburgh Council excited? SURELY our City Fathers are excited? Let's look at what they're doing to celebrate seven decades of fun...

FringePig, 16th August 2017

Boris Johnson talks Brexit the Musical

The new piece by Brexit lawyer Chris Bryant is an audience favourite at this year's Fringe.

Ben Hewis, What's On Stage, 16th August 2017

Survival is all about quality, not quantity

Halfway through and our intrepid veteran Chris Bratt is bruised but still standing, and coming to terms with limiting himself to just six shows a day.

Chris Bratt, The Independent, 16th August 2017

Tommy Sheppard calls for 'code of practice' for Fringe

Tommy Sheppard has urged organisers of the event to set firm guidelines to ensure staff are paid the "living wage" of £8.45 an hour.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 15th August 2017

Finalists for So You Think You're Funny revealed

The finalists for this year's 30th anniversary So You Think You're Funny Grand Final have been revealed.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 14th August 2017

Looking at stars, but not necessarily from the gutter

Searching for the stellar performers can be precarious work so be sure to follow the stars very carefully and with a plan in hand.

Chris Bratt, The Independent, 14th August 2017

There is too much focus on comedy at Fringe says chief

Shona McCarthy, who took over as chief executive of the Fringe Society
last year, wants to "rebalance and refocus" the event's reputation as part of a drive to "future proof" it.

Brian Ferguson, Edinburgh Evening News, 11th August 2017

Reviewer review: Martin Gray, The Scotsman

When you work at the Scotsman, I guess, you don't feel you need to impress anyone. I mean sure, the paper is going down the tubes faster than a KY-jellied eel poo at a waterpark but for the moment it's still the grand dame of Scottish journalism. Or croque monsieur, since Scotsman is the most patriarchal title on earth. But enough of this flannel. Martin Gray is a flannel-free reviewer.

Business Leopard, FringePig, 9th August 2017

Reviewer review: Eva Hibbs, Broadway Baby

We were beginning to think that the art of the reviewer brainfart was passed, so thank all that's holy for Eva Hibbs. Her small stack of reviews so far provide some of the most perplexing and intractable sentences yet committed to the canon.

Mister Kipper, FringePig, 8th August 2017

Exploiting Fringe leafleters is no joke, comics told

A campaign has begun to ensure that bar workers and leafleters are properly paid at the Fringe after fears were raised that they were being exploited by employers.

Mike Wade & Molly Drnec, The Times, 8th August 2017

Reviewer review: Eve Livingstone, The Skinny

There's no affectation to Eve Livingstone's reviews; they're straight as an arrow hewn out at the Rolls Royce machineworks. The quality isn't far off either.

Becky Walker's Panda, FringePig, 7th August 2017

Circuit Bunny: Parking Palaver

A photo comic strip.

FringePig, 7th August 2017

Nica Burns: give comedy more credit to culture

Comedy deserves more recognition for the contribution it has made to culture. That was the plea made by Nica Burns, producer of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, at a lunch for industry 'movers and shakers' on the first official day of this year's Fringe.

Chortle, 6th August 2017

Fringe fights for right to party amid corporate calm

Spectacular light show in New Town square has shut down smaller events and venues, say critics.

Vanessa Thorpe, The Guardian, 5th August 2017

Edinburgh Festival should be in July says city leader

Edinburgh's new culture chief has called for a major shake-up of the city's main festivals to ensure they coincide fully with Scottish school holidays.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 5th August 2017

Fringe landlords 'dodge paying millions in tax'

As Edinburgh gears up for the busiest month of the year, research suggests the city could be missing out on up to £10 million in lost tax revenue from short-term lets.

The Big Issue, 4th August 2017

Fringesider #1: comedy, charm and covfefe

An unforgettable List Festival party, the early favourites from our reviewers, and some hot tips for the first weekend.

Craig Angus, The List, 4th August 2017

Comedians 'booted out' to make way for light show

Edinburgh's 70th festival season opens tonight with a row brewing between the official event and one of the largest Fringe promoters.

Mike Wade, The Times, 4th August 2017

Edinburgh Fringe day 2

Good advice on dodgy comedy stage show directors.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 3rd August 2017

Where are the disruptive voices to inject Fringe fun?

When did comedy get so serious? This is the eternal question muttered by Edinburgh old-timers like myself.

Mark Borkowski, The Stage, 3rd August 2017

How comedy captured the Edinburgh Fringe: part 4

In the final part of our series celebrating the Fringe's 70 year history, comedy finally rules the Fringe programme.

Ben Venables, The Skinny, 2nd August 2017

The Old Fart's Festival guide part 2

Fringe veteran Chris Bratt has some top tips for fellow 60-somethings: travel light, pack a waterproof, and avoid wool - there's nothing worse than gently steaming in a portacabin.

Chris Bratt, The Independent, 1st August 2017

What's the maximum number of Fringe shows you can see?

Visitors to the Edinburgh Fringe could feasibly see a total of 314 shows over the festival's 25 days.

Chortle, 1st August 2017

Ten ways comedians will ruin their own Fringe

To all my fellow comedians heading to the Edinburgh Fringe - you're about to ruin it for yourself.

Ashley Frieze, Chortle, 31st July 2017

Finalists announced for Amused Moose New Comic Award

They are Helen Duff, Huge Davies, Jack Gleadow, Joseph Emslie, Michael Clarke, Olga Koch, Rob Oldham, Rosie Jones, and Sam Whyte.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 31st July 2017

Festival tensions are rising ahead of Fringe

For all the changes Edinburgh's festivals have undergone in the last decade or so, their staggered starts seem the most striking.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 31st July 2017

Edinburgh Fringe Festival jobs 2017

There are just days to go until the festival kicks off in the Scottish capital and there's still time to get in on the action.

Daily Record, 29th July 2017

Biggest mistakes that tourists make during the Fringe

Don't fall into the same trap as many others that have trod the Capital's cobbled streets before you.

Sareta Puri, Metro, 29th July 2017

Fringe 2017 - Jellybean - When Will I Be Famous?

Come join Jellybean, the biggest kid in the world, as he tries his hardest to get famous.

The Edinburgh Reporter, 29th July 2017

The Old Fart's Festival guide to surviving the Fringe

As a veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe - he took his first trip up in the seventies - Chris Bratt has some top tips for fellow sixty-something revellers hoping to survive the month-long fun and madness. Now, let's pack those cases ...

Chris Bratt, The Independent, 27th July 2017

Accountant stole £220,000 from Edinburgh Fringe

Employer contribution pension payments went straight into Lynn Taylor's bank account.

STV, 27th July 2017

Why I avoid the Edinburgh International Festival

Stick to the Edinburgh Fringe, which continues to get bigger - if not exactly better - at 70.

Lloyd Evans, The Spectator, 27th July 2017

Anti-terror barriers to be installed ahead of Festival

Security barriers are to be erected at Scotland's biggest arts festival in the wake of terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

Fraser Clarke, The Scotsman, 26th July 2017

The Fringe, or the great big comedy takeover

In 1946 there was nothing. Then, in 1947, eight theatre groups arrived uninvited to Edinburgh. Ben Venables spent this summer cooped up in the archives, and found out what happened next.

Ben Venables, Fest Mag, 22nd July 2017

They want to send a reviewer? Just say no.

Fringepig received a call yesterday from one of the larger venue chains at the Edinburgh Fringe. He said he was looking forward to seeing us this year but there was one reviewer we had sent last year who we must not, under any circumstances, ever send their way again.

FringePig, 19th July 2017

Risky business at Edinburgh Fringe

Running a festival venue is about more than booking acts and selling tickets. From converting lecture rooms to spending £25,000 on Astroturf, we reveal the costs of putting on a show.

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 19th July 2017

Fringe award set up in memory of actor Filipa Braganca

A new award for the best female solo performance by an emerging artist at the Edinburgh Fringe has been announced by Gilded Balloon.

Thom Dibdin, The Stage, 18th July 2017

Star comics on camera in their early Fringe days

A stash of film shot in the 1990s chronicles the rise of comedy's big names including Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Jo Brand.

Dan Glaister, The Guardian, 16th July 2017

Editing your script & not being invisible at the Fringe

If you fancy yourself as a wordsmith on stage or screen, my advice is to write as little dialogue as possible.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 15th July 2017

Enduring Edinburgh: How to survive the Fringe

Coming to Edinburgh for the Fringe? Here's a guide of what to pack, what to eat and how to recover once it's over...

Jenni Ajderian, The Skinny, 14th July 2017

How comedy captured the Edinburgh Fringe: part 3

In the third part of our Fringe history, two long-forgotten venues put comedy before theatre with the help of Austin Powers and a Wonder Dog.

Ben Venables, The Skinny, 11th July 2017

The Uninvited 8 who showed up to the 1947 Festival

They're calling it Spirit of '47. It's a series of talks co-curated by the British Council as part of this year's 70th anniversary Edinburgh International Festival (EIF). The one on 16 August has an intriguing premise. It's called "Contesting the Spirit of Unity: Whose Festival? Whose Culture?" and rather than focus on the productions that were invited to the inaugural EIF, it's looking at those that weren't.

Mark Fisher, The Scotsman, 11th July 2017

The stars who made it big at the Edinburgh Fringe

'I saw them long before they became famous' is a common Fringe-goer's boast. But, as Fiona Shepherd discovers, there's a good reason for that.

Fiona Shepherd, The Scotsman, 8th July 2017

Archive reveals how rations helped first Edinburgh Fest

A new archive created to mark the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival has revealed how the city's residents were initially divided about the first event - but ended up ensuring it went ahead by donating rations.

Brian Ferguson, Edinburgh Evening News, 4th July 2017

New Fringe award for mental health show announced

A new award has been launched for the Edinburgh Fringe show that most successfully explores the subject of mental health.

Chortle, 22nd June 2017

Edinburgh Fringe website to charge £50 for reviews

The site, edfringereviews.com, wants to charge companies £50 for a "professionally written" review of their production that it will then publish within 48 hours of seeing the show.

Thom Dibdin, The Stage, 16th June 2017

The stories behind Fringe venues

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this August, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has a long and rich history. It's the explosion of theatre, comedy and art that rightly demands the limelight - but the intriguing stories behind some of the venues might surprise you too.

Gillian McDonald, i Newspaper, 16th June 2017

Biggest ever Fringe to be 'alliance of defiance'

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be promoted as a global "alliance of defiance" on freedom of expression this summer as it was confirmed it would be biggger than ever in its 70th anniversary year.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 7th June 2017

Brexit fears for Fringe ahead of 70th anniversary

The entire ethos of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is under threat from Brexit as it marks its 70th anniversary, according to one of its most experienced promoters.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 6th June 2017

How comedy captured the Edinburgh Fringe: part 2

Our first instalment of this series covered over three decades, when the Edinburgh Fringe was almost without comedians at all. Now in Part Two, we find one year alone - 1981 - influences comedy more than all the previous Fringes put together.

Ben Venables, The Skinny, 6th June 2017

How to mess up a Fringe show and lose a review star

The Edinburgh Fringe Programme is published tomorrow - almost two months before the world's biggest arts festival actually starts. So here is my two happence on why some comedy shows will fail or will lose at least one star in reviews.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 6th June 2017

Fringe puts accessibility first in 2017 programme

Access and diversity are prioritised in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society's free events programme at this year's festival.

Thom Dibdin, The Stage, 31st May 2017

Fringe 2017 - tickets for Underbelly shows now on sale

Underbelly's full Edinburgh Fringe season of over 150 shows is now on sale, with over 40 shows announced today including exciting theatre, comedy, circus, musicals and children's shows.

Phyllis Stephen, The Edinburgh Reporter, 11th May 2017

How comedy captured the Edinburgh Fringe: part 1

In the first of a series of articles to celebrate the Edinburgh Festival Fringe's 70th anniversary, we look back at the remarkable rise of stand-up comedy and how it came to dominate the once theatre-heavy programme.

Ben Venables, The Skinny, 9th May 2017

Flyering the Free Fringe

On first moving to Edinburgh in 2004 & experiencing its International Festival, two things struck me. One, there was loads of amazing entertainment on offer, & two: I couldn't afford to see any of it. Then Peter Buckley Hill came along & set up a system where performers could bypass the epic funds needed to put on a Fringe show, meaning we punters could chuck money in a bucket at the end of the show instead. Which basically meant more money for beer!

Damian Beeson Bullen, Mumble Comedy, 24th April 2017

Karen Koren: ready for a feast of Fringe fun

The deadline for registering shows for this year's Edinburgh Fringe is tomorrow at midday.

Karen Koren, Edinburgh Evening News, 11th April 2017

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