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Fringe festival news and stories

Thursday 25th August 2016

As we near the end of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, here are some dispatches from the city. We've got some heckler videos for you, interesting stories from acts, and a few pictures to share.


Sarah Franken interview

Monday 9th November 2015

Sarah Franken talks about performing her stand-up show at the Museum Of Comedy, why she prefers living in the UK compared to America, and discusses being transgender.


Press Clippings

I was censored... by the free speech stand-up night

It was a night set up to champion free speech - but today Comedy Unleashed has been accused of trying to censor comedians who do not agree with its agenda. American stand-up Will Franken, once one of the stalwarts of the club, has criticised its promoters for attempting to influence what he should talk about on stage. However, those behind the club deny censoring the comic, and accused him of making 'fabrications and misrepresentations' following a furious fall-out about the direction of the night.

Chortle, 10th April 2020

Comedy Unleashed to do pop up gigs at party conferences

London's free-thinking comedy club Comedy Unleashed is taking the same comedians with the same stand-up routines to both Labour and Conservative Party conferences this September.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 1st September 2019

Rescuing comedy from liberals and the PC Brigade

Rupert Hawksley meets the team behind the new liberal-baiting night 'Comedy Unleashed', where the only rule is, 'Be funny'.

Ruper Hawksey, The Telegraph, 1st February 2018

Heard the one about the right-wing comedian? You will

The worst thing about British comedy these days is its predictable Leftiness.

Zoe Strimpel, The Telegraph, 21st January 2018

Andy Shaw - reviewing the reviewer

Andy Shaw isn't happy about a write-up his political show received by Brian Logan of The Guardian.

Andy Shaw, Chortle, 27th June 2017

Comedians for Corbyn?

Stand-up is supposedly a leftie haven. But from what I saw this week, the scene offered little support for the Labour leader - and, despite some droll insights, a lack of real debate.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 9th June 2017

Podcast - Will Franken: "Why I support Donald Trump"

The UK based American comedian discusses the cultural wars. He explains why he supports Donald Trump, what his 'Defining the Norm' Edinburgh Fringe awards were all about, why he left Sarah, why identity politics have left us in a mess.... and he spills the beans on the real Little Joe.

Martin Walker, Broadway Baby, 2nd January 2017

Comedian discussion: Taking offence at jokes is stupid

Taking offence at jokes displays a 'self-imposed stupidity', comedians claimed yesterday at the Battle Of Ideas festival.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 24th October 2016