Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face review – a pop at pop-feminism

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe Bristolian standup’s blunt good sense is deployed to optimal effect in taking fashionable feminism in the Instagram age to taskAfter several shows in which showbiz and song featured as prominently as standup, Jayde Ada…

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Edinburgh Comedy awards 2019: surrealists, standups and sausage act vie for prize

London Hughes and Jessica Fostekew are among the comics on the shortlist of nine nominees, while Catherine Cohen is up for best newcomer The shortlist for the biggest prize in live comedy, the Edinburgh Comedy award, has been announced – and it’s one o…

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Edinburgh Comedy awards 2019: surrealists, standups and sausage act vie for prize

London Hughes and Jessica Fostekew are among the comics on the shortlist of nine nominees, while Catherine Cohen is up for best newcomer The shortlist for the biggest prize in live comedy, the Edinburgh Comedy award, has been announced – and it’s one o…

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James McNicholas: The Boxer review – a knockout comedy

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghMcNicholas throws down a heavyweight hour of standup and storytelling about his champion grandad Terry DownesTerry Downes was world middleweight boxing champion in the early 1960s. His grandson James McNicholas is a writer…

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Edinburgh fringe ‘must do more’ to tackle sexual harassment

Call comes as Equity union is inundated with complaints from acts appearing at festivalThe Edinburgh festival fringe has an “appalling” record of sexual harassment and assault, according to a leading union and a workers’ organisation, which say employe…

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Sebastian Maniscalco: the record-breaking comic who impressed Scorsese

The world’s fifth highest-earning comedian talks about going from serving Robert De Niro drinks to co-starring with him on screenIt’s an early Thursday morning in Los Angeles and Sebastian Maniscalco sounds weary, but for good reason. Not only is he en…

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Crystal Rasmussen review – drag star with charisma by the bucketload

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghA Romanov raised by wolves meets a struggling Lancashire boy in a memoir dipped in glamour and pulsating to powerpopThere’s a well-travelled road from boy- or girlband glory to solo success. So why shouldn’t it be open to a…

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When the fringe is no joke: minding your mental health in Edinburgh

Performing at the festival can be a taxing experience. Objectively Funny has created a peer support network that turns attention offstageIt’s lunchtime in Edinburgh’s Old Town and I’ve swapped comedy for something more serious. On stage, psychotherapis…

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Jokes about Tourette syndrome can be funny. It’s just that most aren’t

As someone with the disorder, Olaf Falafel’s Edinburgh gag tickled me. But harmful stereotypes are difficult to overcome‘I keep randomly shouting out ‘broccoli’ and ‘cauliflower’ – I think I might have Florets.” This one-liner from the Swedish comedian…

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‘I want everyone to pay attention to me!’ Meet Catherine Cohen, comedy’s peak millennial

Caught between self-love and neurosis, Cohen has taken Edinburgh by storm with a musical show that plays up to her generation’s stereotypes. She’s even got a song called Look At Me … ‘The other day I woke up, I was like, ‘This is the most magical pla…

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