2018 Edinburgh Fringe

Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist

Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist. Paul Mayhew-Archer
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302: Underbelly, Bristo Square
Room: Friesian

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Paul's co-written or worked on many much-loved comedy shows - The Vicar of Dibley, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, Mrs Brown's Boys, Spitting Image and Roald Dahl's Esio Trot starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench. Now Paul has Parkinson's, but he's still laughing. Following an award-winning BBC documentary Parkinson's: The Funny Side and a triumphant debut at London's Comedy Store, here's a one-man show about the therapeutic power of comedy. Paul is not contagious, but he is worth catching. 'Very funny - and moving too' (Richard Curtis). 'An inspiration' (Audience member with Parkinson's).

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The shows serious about accentuating the positives

Perhaps sensing that the news agenda has taken a dark turn, a number of shows are serious about accentuating the positive, writes David Pollock.

David Pollock, The Scotsman, 13th August 2018

Fringe 2018: the best comedy to see

The best comedy to see.

Alice Jones, i Newspaper, 2nd August 2018

5 comedians staging a return to the Fringe

Expect fresh new material from the likes of Fringe veterans Helen Lederer, John Molony and Miles Jupp.

Brian Donaldson, The List, 2nd August 2018

British Comedy Guide - Top Tips

British Comedy Guide's team selects the best Edinburgh Fringe shows they've seen so far in preview.

British Comedy Guide, 30th July 2018

Paul Mayhew-Archer interview

The writer of The Vicar of Dibley and Mrs Brown's Boys discusses the funny side of living with the illness and his new Edinburgh show, Incurable Optimist.

Stephen Moss, The Guardian, 20th July 2018

Ten comics at the Fringe for the first time in a while

Ten veteran comedians who are making their first festival appearances in a long time... or even ever.

Chortle, 16th July 2018

Ten comics returning to the Fringe after a long absence

We kick off our annual series previewing just a tiny proportion of the comedy offerings at the Edinburgh Fringe with ten of the veteran comedians who are making their first festival appearances in a long time... or even ever.

Chortle, 16th July 2018

Edinburgh preview: Paul Mayhew-Archer

Paul Mayhew-Archer is 65 years old, he has an incurable illness and he's about to do something he has never done before: He is about to perform a one-man comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Theatre Weekly, 17th June 2018

Paul Mayhew-Archer returns to Fringe after +40 years

The co-writer of Vicar of Dibley and ex BBC Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Comedy, Paul Mayhew-Archer is set to perform his debut show, Incurable Optimist, at the Underbelly throughout the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He last performed at the fringe in 1975 as part of a revue show with Andy Hamilton.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 10th April 2018

Performances

Date Time Venue
1st Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
2nd Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
3rd Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
4th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
5th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
6th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
7th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
8th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
9th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
10th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
11th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
12th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
14th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
15th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
16th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
17th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
18th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
19th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
20th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
21st Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
22nd Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
23rd Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
24th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
25th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)
26th Aug 17:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square (Friesian)

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