Sami Abu Wardeh review – a clown in character-comic’s clothing

Underbelly, EdinburghOutlandish physical antics and a spontaneous stage presence keep Wardeh’s audience laughing as he clowns through a cast of oddball charactersClown is in vogue again, coming at us wide-eyed wherever you look on the fringe – at Frank…

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‘Horror and comedy were a saving grace’: facing her anger gave Elf Lyons the last laugh

Scary movies can exorcise the audience’s own demons but silliness can also help you process rage, says the comedian“Stop being hysterical!” “You are over-reacting!” “Put that watermelon down!” If I had a pound for every time I’d heard one of these rebu…

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Camels, clowns and sex education: what to see at Edinburgh fringe 2021

The festival has shrunk because of Covid but there are plenty of shows in person and online this summer – here’s our pick of the first to be announcedSex Education Xplorers (S.E.X.)What did they miss out in your sex ed at school? Mamoru Iriguchi fills …

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Les Beaux Freres Audition for America’s Got Talent 2021

Who are these two clowns? They’re Les Beaux Frères, aka a French-Canadian duo act who have worked with Cirque du Soleil and Machine de Cirque. Yohann Trépanier and Raphaël Dubé performed on France’s Got Talent in 2014, and now they’re…

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Les Beaux Freres Audition for America’s Got Talent 2021

Who are these two clowns? They’re Les Beaux Frères, aka a French-Canadian duo act who have worked with Cirque du Soleil and Machine de Cirque. Yohann Trépanier and Raphaël Dubé performed on France’s Got Talent in 2014, and now they’re…

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From an earth stage to a willow Globe: theatre goes al fresco in the UK

With the reopening of indoor venues delayed, it’s open season for outdoor performances with companies heading out into the sunshineIf you want to watch live theatre in the UK, you currently have two options: go online or into the great outdoors. With s…

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Xanadu review – psychedelic circus evokes summer of love

Chiswick House, LondonCal McCrystal brings a woozy vibe to Giffords Circus, though these hippies are versatile performers and formidable athletesWe expect a display of random skills. But this remarkable travelling show from Giffords Circus takes its ti…

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Episode #262: Natalie Palamides

Natalie Palamides grew up in a small Western Pennsylvania town but could not be contained by convention or conventional wisdom. After an internship with Conan during college, she trained with the Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia, then headed to…

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