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My Edinburgh: Jessie Cave on Stand-Up School, migraines and unique star ratings

I am doing 20 stand-up gigs during this festival which will bring my stand-up gig total to 34 and a half. I am thinking of it as Stand-Up School. I am not comfortable telling people I am trying stand-up because to me that implies confidence. I'm - well, I'm not.

Michael Che

Edinburgh 2013: Michael Che: Cartoon Violence

Tonight is one of those nights where the comedy comes dangerously close to being defined by the audience rather than the comic. The tension occasioned by audience banter gone on too long, and gone wrong, at the start of this American comedian's show casts a shadow over much of the rest of the night.

Rick Wakeman

Edinburgh 2013: Rick Wakeman - An expressive evening from a musical demigod

Midway through this set of anecdotes, reminiscences and often breathtaking recitals upon the piano, the former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman describes his “Countdown ladies” to us. These are the elderly, grey-haired women who enjoyed his wit when he appeared on the game show and have no idea that he also plays piano.

Taking the mic: Edinburgh Fringe favourite Bo Burnham

Edinburgh 2013: Bo Burnham - The wunderkind of comedy keeps his edge

"The problem with Bo Burnham is that he's 22 and better at what he does than anyone else in the world." So tweets one of the American wunderkind's fans after tonight's masterclass in stand-up and musical and physical comedy.

Edinburgh International Festival Opening concert

Edinburgh 2013: Official Festival Opening concert, ALexander Nevsky, Valery Gergiev

What a thrilling start to Jonathan Mills' penultimate International festival: the RSNO in excoriating form, the Festival Chorus, with beefed-up bass section, singing in stirring Russian and clearly-enunciated Latin, all with puppetmaster Valery Gergiev pulling their strings.

Lucy Ellinson in Grounded

Edinburgh 2013: Grounded - A one woman answer to Zero Dark Thirty

This is theatre's answer to Zero Dark Thirty, but instead of Jessica Chastain and a multimillion dollar re-enactment of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, there is one woman, standing in a flight suit and boots, in a gauze cube.

Hamlet

Edinburgh 2013: Hamlet - The Wooster Group's efforts are like an elaborate parlour game

There is much to admire in the Wooster Group's technically impressive splicing of Richard Burton’s 1964 Broadway Hamlet with a live performance in a Victorian theatre.

Aisling Bea, pictured, and David Baddiel, both raise laughs at the Fringe

Edinburgh Festival 2013 comedy review: Just what we need - a pen of one's own

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My Edinburgh: Max Olesker on wrestling comedians at The Fringe (and not plugging his new show at all)

If I were a truly canny businessman I might be tempted to use these precious column inches to plug the show I am performing in all month (Max and Ivan: The Reunion, 8.20pm, Queen Dome – a heart-warming, hilarious and poignant tale of the class of 2003’s 10 year school reunion, directed by sketch maestro Tom Parry of Pappy’s) but instead, I am here to talk about The Wrestling. Or rather, The Wrestling II.

Edinburgh 2013: Threeway - An enjoyable romp

Threeway is the latest from the up-and-coming Scottish playwright DC Jackson, who had a hit at the Fringe in 2010 with My Romantic History, a wisecracking office anti-romcom. There's another amorously challenged couple at the heart of the new play but this time Jackson throws in a third man, with most unexpected consequences. 

Comedian John Lloyd whose Liff of QI is at Underbelly Bristo Square

My Edinburgh: John Lloyd is having the time of his Liff

The Fringe is a bit like a day at the races, 26 days in a row. Thrills, spills, wild fun, impossible glamour, terrible disappointment, tearing up your ticket, getting caught in the rain, drinking till you can't take any more, laughing till you cry – you may even find love if you're lucky.

Jigsaw

Jigsaw: A comedy show that has got the ex-factor

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