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Edinburgh Fringe interview: rarely asked questions - Kate Barron

Kate Barron is one of the performers appearing at The Tron @ Just the Tonic, which in a bold move this year has been declared an all female venue.

Claire Smith, Beyond The Joke, 8th August 2022

Comedy's hot property: Matt Winning, the scientist tackling global warming at the Edinburgh Fringe

The comedian tells Mike Wade about his Fringe show.

Mike Wade, The Times, 8th August 2022

Best jokes from Edinburgh Fringe 2022

The funniest lines from Olaf Falafel, Richard Pulsford and more.

Mike Wade, The Times, 8th August 2022

EdFringe talk: Josh Pugh: Sausage, Egg, Josh Pugh, Chips and Beans

"I love the festival even though I've never objectively had a good one, this is going to be different though."

Dan Lentell, Get Your Coats On, 8th August 2022

How class and money are taking centre stage at the Fringe

Barriers of social class and economics have long made it hard for comedians and theatre makers to bring their work to the Fringe. But now, says David Pollock, they're fighting back.

David Pollock, The Scotsman, 8th August 2022

Fringe Q&A: Simon Brodkin on leaving behind Lee Nelson to be himself

If you haven't heard of Simon Brodkin before, chances are you'll have seen him at some point as part of his various stunts over the years.

Ross Crae, The Sunday Post, 8th August 2022

How I survived the Edinburgh Fringe's Meet the Media event

Thirty minutes into the queue for the Meet the Media event at The Speilgeltent I realise I'm wasting my time, but that's okay, because I have time to waste.

David Visick, Fringe Review, 8th August 2022

My advice for first-time visitors to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe...

Don't assume that, because a show is tucked away at 0930 or midday or 1600 that it is any less good than one at 2000 or 2300... and see lots of shows by people you have never heard of - take a punt.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 8th August 2022

Fringe 2022: Six debut comics set to make a splash this year

For those heading to the Fringe, here are six newcomers not to miss.

Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard, 8th August 2022

Why you should give musical comedy another go

Not just ukuleles, bad rhymes and gimmicks.

Jay Bennett, Chortle, 8th August 2022

Lucy Hopkins: People are ready to get together and get things done

You're never quite the same after watching Lucy Hopkins perform

Claire Smith, Entertainment Now, 8th August 2022

Robin Grainger: 'One person turned up to watch my Fringe show'

A Scots comedian who went ahead with his Fringe show despite having just one person in the audience has become a festival legend.

Debbie Jackson, BBC, 8th August 2022

Tom Ward on the best and worst of Edinburgh Fringe

'Why the hell is that wanker on a poster?'

Tom Ward, Chortle, 8th August 2022

Laugh? I almost cried at Gordon Brown's night of Edinburgh fringe comedy

The former PM's one-off onstage chat with stand-up Matt Forde belied his dour image. If only he'd shown more of this side of himself to the electorate.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 8th August 2022

Paul McCaffrey: We Go Again interview

I arranged a chat to find out more about Paul, his relationship with the Fringe and his future plans.

Caro Moses, ThreeWeeks, 8th August 2022

Fringe: Paul Black on how to survive the festival and his must see shows

Ahead of his Gilded Balloon show, we discovered whether Paul Black prefers, Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh Zoo, salt and vinegar or salt and sauce and his top tips for this year's festival.

Gary Armstrong, Edinburgh Live, 8th August 2022

Controversial Edinburgh Fringe Shannon Matthews show creator looking to cash in with t-shirt

Despite the controversy, audiences have praised the show which focuses on the bizarre disappearance of Shannon Matthews in 2008 - but others want it pulled from the festival.

Douglas Dickie, Scottish Daily Express, 8th August 2022

Edinburgh Fringe interview: rarely asked questions - Anthony DeVito

Anthony DeVito may not be Danny DeVito's son but he has a pretty interesting life story of his own.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 7th August 2022

Are 'woke mobs' killing comedy? You must be joking, say top Fringe comedians

Every week there's some new claim that comedy is being ruined by 'woke' mobs out to destroy freedom of speech. Is that really true?

Neil Mackay, The Herald, 7th August 2022

Boris Johnson satire at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022 is relevant now more than ever

Imagine the scene: a theatre at Eton College, an expectant audience awaits a production of Shakespeare's Richard III, and, playing the titular, hunchbacked villain, one Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, aged 18. However, Johnson arrives on stage woefully under-rehearsed and incapable of remembering his lines.

Mark Brown, The National (Scotland), 7th August 2022

Candide in Glasgow is an outdoor opera for our times

Candide, the satirical novella by Voltaire, is one of the great works of philosophical literature.

Mark Brown, The National (Scotland), 7th August 2022

Fringe show La Clique's new Scottish act, Miranda Menzies, on her hair suspension circus skills

She's part of the variety show, which was born in Edinburgh in 2004.

Gaby Soutar, The Scotsman, 7th August 2022

Fringe faces criticism for lack of disabled access

Much of the Edinburgh Fringe programme remains inaccessible to disabled audiences, prompting criticism from campaigners and advocates as the 2022 festival gets underway.

Eve Livingston, The Herald, 7th August 2022

Morgan Rees picks his comedy favourites

'He's a comic with a toolbelt and not a single loop is empty'

Morgan Rees, Chortle, 7th August 2022

Emergency Question: What's the one legal thing you would make illegal?

Edinburgh Fringe comedians answer.

Chortle, 7th August 2022

Stewart Lee: How much Brexit bull can a proud Brummie take?

The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony tried to gloss over what a rotten country this has become. It only confirmed it.

Stewart Lee, The Guardian, 7th August 2022

Fringe Q&A: John Hastings

Both moods of John Hastings answer our questions.

Ben Venables, Fest Mag, 7th August 2022

EdFringe talk: Assume People Like You

"Unfortunately I can't say that Edinburgh will be the world premier. I could perhaps say that it is the premier of the definitive version of Assume People Like You, as the previous showing featured a section of the show that I didn't like, so it's been improved."

Dan Lentell, Get Your Coats On, 7th August 2022

EdFringe Talk: Shelf: Hair

"Fringe is one of the only places you can get a really intensive, near deadly amount of stage time as a comedian, even if you're new."

Dan Lentell, Get Your Coats On, 7th August 2022

EdFringe talk: Isabelle Farah: Irresponsabelle

"I'm learning at the moment that selling a show is easier when the audience have less choice about what to see."

Dan Lentell, Get Your Coats On, 7th August 2022

Dan Kelly: How I Came Third In The North Korean Marathon interview

Who wouldn't want to investigate this story? I arranged a chat with Dan to find out more.

Caro Moses, ThreeWeeks, 7th August 2022

Edinburgh fringe split on politics in satire

As this year's festival opens, Boris Johnson is a popular target of comedians while others prefer a lighter touch in these turbulent times.

Vanessa Thorpe, The Observer, 7th August 2022

Luke Rollason on prop comedy

I thought I was a prop comedian. Turns out I'm a hoarder.

Luke Rollason, Chortle, 7th August 2022

Tamar Broadbent's Fringe cringe, binge and whinge

'The occasional threat of death keeps you on your toes'

Tamar Broadbent, Chortle, 7th August 2022

Jessica Fostekew: "I canoodled in hedges and fumbled in recycling bins as a teenager - and I don't regret a thing"

Growing up in the countryside in the 90s there wasn't much else to do than get off with boys. And every crush and heartbreak was an education.

Jessica Fostekew, The Guardian, 7th August 2022

Ben Moor: Who Here's Lost interview

I arranged a chat, to find out about the three shows he's working on this Festival and what it's like to be back.

Caro Moses, ThreeWeeks, 7th August 2022

Fringe 2022: 10 comedy shows you shouldn't miss

More picks from this year's festival, including Jordan Brookes, The Delightful Sausage, plus dance from Circa and theatre.

Rachel Aroesti, Rachael Healy and Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian, 6th August 2022

Politics loom larger than ever at Edinburgh fringe

Scandals, an outgoing PM and a Tory leadership race - comics seeking material are spoilt for choice.

Miranda Bryant, The Guardian, 6th August 2022

Eleanor Morton interview

Eleanor Morton on Fringe 2022 show, being a woman online and climbing Schiehallion.

Craig Meighan, The National (Scotland), 6th August 2022

Edinburgh Fringe is in a crisis

From a lack of accommodation to a booking app that never launched, the festival has some big problems it needs to address if it wants to survive another 75 years.

Veronica Lee, i Newspaper, 6th August 2022

I discovered Dad was a mafia hitman -- and wrote a comedy show about it

The American comedian Anthony DeVito has turned a shocking revelation about his father into a show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Dominic Maxwell, The Times, 6th August 2022

Fringe: Former Leicester pub landlord set for comedy gigs

Alex Hylton will be among 3,000 artists performing at the prestigious festival in the Scottish capital in August.

Tom Oakley, BBC, 6th August 2022

Sophie Duker flies her 'Hag' flag high at the Fringe

The comedian returns to Edinburgh with a new stand-up show that chooses its own label.

Janet Christie, The Scotsman, 6th August 2022

How comedians at Edinburgh Fringe are coping with cancel culture

Reginald D Hunter, Omid Djalili, Simon Brodkin, and other top comedians spoke from Edinburgh Fringe about how they're coping with cancel culture.

Katie Spencer, Sky News, 6th August 2022

Fringe: Seventies comedians find an audience from beyond the grave

There are new shows about Charlie Williams, Les Dawson and Eric Morecambe.

Mike Wade, The Times, 6th August 2022

Emmy Blotnick picks her comedy favourites

'We are all just lawnmowers doing loop-de-loops in the wind'

Emmy Blotnick, Chortle, 6th August 2022

Tall stories: performers on their wildest Edinburgh moments

Stand-up in a swimming pool, naked tractor driving, heart attacks, heckles, walkouts, rain and an onstage marriage proposal - as the fringe turns 75, this year's performers on the memories that make the festival unique.

Tim Key, Sindhu Vee, Jayde Adams, Flo & Joan, Arthur Smith, Reginald D Hunter, Paul Foot, Tim Crouch, Nina Conti, Simon Munnery, Bilal Zafar, Lou Sanders, Matt Forde, Fascinating Aïda, La Clique, The Guardian, 6th August 2022

Nish Kumar interview

"The Tory leadership race is like choosing from the menu of an all-shit restaurant".

Anna Bonet, i Newspaper, 6th August 2022

I made a name for myself with 'sex-positive' comedy. Then I was raped on a night out. Would my openness be used against me?

I've never held back when it comes to talking about sex. But after an attack while on holiday in Las Vegas, going to the police didn't feel like an option.

Grace Campbell, The Guardian, 6th August 2022

Rob Auton: The Crowd Show interview

I arranged a chat to find out more about this year's show, and some other things.

Caro Moses, ThreeWeeks, 6th August 2022

Interview with comedian Tony Law

Tony Law talks to Voice about his new show, A Now Begin in Again, up to Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 6th August 2022

Interview with comedian and animator Alasdair Beckett-King

"I'm not convinced that 'cancel culture' is sufficiently coherent a concept that an exemption from it could reasonably be sought."

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 6th August 2022

Interview with comedian Tom Lucy

"Do it but only do it when you think you really have a good show. It's too stressful and expensive to do it if you're not really bringing something worthwhile."

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 6th August 2022

Emergency Questions: Have you ever had a near-death experience?

Edinburgh Fringe comedians answer.

Chortle, 6th August 2022

Comedy Reviewer #edfringe top tips & hot picks 2022

Here's a collection of top shows and up and coming talent at this year's edfringe.

@ComedyReviewer, 6th August 2022

Amy Gledhill: I am desperate to prove it wasn't a fluke

I once caught the end of my friend's show through a window in a door. It was going so badly he was just laid on the floor in silence.

Entertainment Now, 6th August 2022

Hal Cruttenden interview

There are great nights and there are awful nights.

Kate Copstick, Entertainment Now, 6th August 2022

What good is sitting alone in your room....

Cabaret on the Fringe has come a long way since The Lady Boys of Bangkok first wowed an Edinburgh audience over twenty years ago with their glamorous variety show.

Fiona Shepherd, Entertainment Now, 6th August 2022

Fringe Q&A: Roisin Crowley Linton

The comedian, poet and burlesque performer speaks about her new show Medusa, working for the NHS and what the future might hold.

Arusa Qureshi, Fest Mag, 6th August 2022

EdFringe talk: Jake Farrell: Sky

"I've learned it's not much fun working at your kitchen table all day and not seeing your mates so I am pleased with our restored freedoms."

Dan Lentell, Get Your Coats On, 6th August 2022

EdFringe talk: Mary Beth Barone: Silly Little Girl

"This is my very first time at the Edinburgh Fringe. I've been warned it's a completely insane experience so naturally I am very excited."

Dan Lentell, Get Your Coats On, 6th August 2022

EdFringe talk: The Awkward Silence's Big Break

"No other festival is as intense or all-consuming; at no other festival does Basil Brush rub up so closely against a one-woman comedy show about going through a divorce."

Dan Lentell, Get Your Coats On, 6th August 2022

EdFringe talk: Colin Hoult: The Death of Anna Mann

"I have learnt to lift large weights at the gym and how to do yoga."

Dan Lentell, Get Your Coats On, 6th August 2022

EdFringe talk: Tom Little Has Good Reviews So Prepare to Be Impressed

"I genuinely think the Fringe is the best place in Britain to see stand-up. You've got to see the right show though. (The right show is mine)."

Dan Lentell, Get Your Coats On, 6th August 2022

Shannon Matthews musical at Fringe branded 'bang out of order' after Yorkshire ban

The musical was written by Essex punk musical comedian Kunt and the Gang and depicts the hoax kidnapping of Shannon Matthews.

Eve Beattie, Scottish Daily Express, 6th August 2022

Edinburgh Fringe 2022: What's on at The Stand?

In the space of two hours, we saw a wide range of acts, each given a whirlwind three minutes to essentially pitch themselves to a room full of eagle-eyed professional journalists. So, who are our Stand-out acts of the night?

Lucy Jackson, The Student Newspaper, 6th August 2022

Sikisa picks her comedy favourites

This is what sketch comedy is all about!

Sikisa, Chortle, 6th August 2022

Fringe comedian Sasha Ellen shares her Perfect Playlist.

"Existential questions about mortality... plus jokes about pizza."

Sasha Ellen, Chortle, 6th August 2022

Jamie MacDonald's Fringe cringe, binge and whinge

Could you have the Edinburgh festival in Glasgow?

Jamie MacDonald, Chortle, 6th August 2022

Nicholls & Brown podcast interview

We join Rosie, Sully and producer Jon in a Fringe bar, for a fun half hour of improv comedy and chat that you won't hear anywhere else.

On The Mic, 6th August 2022

Susan Morrison, interview

Self confessed festival veteran Susan Morrison talks about the return of the Edinburgh Fringe, a unexpected 'guest' in her venue, and some highlights from The Stand Comedy Club at this years festival.

Chris Mackrell, Black Diamond, 6th August 2022

Boris Johnson's downfall proves fruitful for Edinburgh Fringes comedians

Comedians performing at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival draw inspiration from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's downfall, and the ensuing turmoil in the Conservative Party.

Katie Spencer, Sky News, 6th August 2022

Trigger warnings 'rob Edinburgh Fringe of its shock factor'

Organisers and critics split over 'nanny state' advice about events that may upset those of tender disposition.

Jeremy Watson, The Times, 6th August 2022

How dark humour is bringing light at Edinburgh Fringe

Being a comedian after pandemic lockdowns, political uncertainty and a cost of living crisis, is a tough gig - but Edinburgh's fringe performers are coming out smiling.

Katie Spencer, Sky News, 5th August 2022

A better, healthier Edinburgh Fringe has emerged from the pandemic

The first Edinburgh Festival Fringe was established in 1947 alongside the International Festival. Seventy five years later, the broad community that underpins the biggest arts festival in the world is re-emerging following the pandemic.

Benny Higgins, The Times, 5th August 2022

Has the Edinburgh Fringe lost its edge?

This year, with performers facing hefty registration fees, rent more expensive than a luxury foreign holiday and exorbitant marketing campaigns, all in the midst of a cost of living crisis, more and more are asking: has the Fringe lost its edge?

Liam Pape, The Spectator, 5th August 2022

Reuben Kaye: 'Anyone who thinks the arts aren't hard work needs to wake up'

Taking two shows to this year's Edinburgh Festival, outrageous cabaret star Reuben Kaye tells Fergus Morgan about the moments that have made up his theatre career - from losing a tooth on stage to making a four-wheeled entrance using an unlikely source of propulsion.

Fergus Morgan, The Stage, 5th August 2022

Arthur Bostrom shares his Perfect Playlist

"Lily Tomlin inspired my Edinburgh show."

Arthur Bostrom, Chortle, 5th August 2022

Esther Manito: #NotAllMen Q&A

We caught up with Esther to talk about looking after yourself at the Fringe and Nuts magazine...

Funny Women, 5th August 2022

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