Jokes, guffaws and hardy perennials: Shedinburgh mows down the fringe

With the Edinburgh festival shelved by Covid, standups have turned a garden shed into a stage for an online extravaganza. Our writer enjoys flashes of brilliance amid a dislocating experienceThere are precedents when it comes to memorable Edinburgh fri…

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Edinburgh Unlocked review – a carnival of comedy from the festival that never was

Audiobook, available onlinePenguin’s fine pandemic audio festival delivers hours of laughs from comics including Jordan Brookes, Glamrou, Mo Amar, Michelle de Swarte and Sheeps‘I’m just imagining a world in which, I’m going to the fringe, the highlight…

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Shows, suds, cider and a soaking: the Edinburgh fringe from my bathtub

The festival may be cancelled but our writer is determined to recreate the experience at home. So she pours a cider, steps into her bath – and logs on to the fringe’s freakiest showsThe Edinburgh fringe is always a highlight of my year. Where else but …

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Shows, suds, cider and a soaking: the Edinburgh fringe from my bathtub

The festival may be cancelled but our writer is determined to recreate the experience at home. So she pours a cider, steps into her bath – and logs on to the fringe’s freakiest showsThe Edinburgh fringe is always a highlight of my year. Where else but …

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Edinblurb festival: the AI bot creating new fringe shows every hour

Edinburgh University’s ImprovBot uses data from eight years of past productions to invent tantalising no-showsYou can see how it happens. The company has yet to start devising the show, but the deadline for the Edinburgh fringe programme is tomorrow. O…

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‘Edinburgh made us!’ The stars catapulted to TV fame from the fringe

Lily Savage, The League of Gentlemen, Fleabag and a host of telly sensations started out on tiny stages at the extravaganza. In its absence, who will be next?Paul O’Grady’s first night at the Edinburgh fringe did not go according to plan. He made his f…

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Greatest Ever Late ’n’ Live review – a welcome hit of Edinburgh standup

YouTubeFootage of Dara Ó Briain, Sarah Millican, John Bishop and Jason Byrne features in this attempt to recapture the mythic status of a renowned fringe nightGreatest Ever Late ’n’ Live, they’re calling this anthology of clips from the legendary Edinb…

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August without Edinburgh fringe: ‘the heart has been pulled out of my year’

Covid-19 has cancelled the annual jamboree, leaving performers – and our comedy critic – bereft. What does the festival mean to them and how will it change?Meeting Flight of the Conchords and seeing the teenage Bo Burnham. Improvising a musical with Ti…

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Fleabag producer unveils Shedinburgh fringe festival streamed from sheds

With this year’s Edinburgh festival cancelled, performers including Sara Pascoe, Deborah Frances-White and Gary McNair will be broadcasting live from the tiniest of venuesIt started as a throwaway pun. With the Edinburgh festival cancelled by Covid-19,…

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Edinburgh’s cancelled. So why am I still dreaming about performing naked there? | Nish Kumar

I’ve been doing standup at the fringe almost every year since 2006. And despite the stress, lousy lodging and worse food there’s nothing I’d rather do It’s the last week of July and, like most comedians in the country, in any other year I’d be about to…

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