Julian has been the comedy critic for The Independent since 2003. He is also the author of The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy, www.textualhealing.co.uk
17 August 2012 10:35 AM
Alfie Brown isn’t the only comedian at the Fringe berating his industry for catering to the lowest common denominator, but he may well be the one doing it with the least amount of grace.
16 August 2012 10:42 AM
In recent years the returns that Sean Hughes has made to the Fringe have been diminishing ones, contrasting ever more unfavourably with his peak in the 1990s and exposing an increasingly bitter disillusionment with, well, everything.
16 August 2012 10:36 AM
San Franciscan Will Franken provides the most whistlestop character comedy that you’re likely to see at the Fringe this year.
16 August 2012 10:24 AM
“So what happened in the first 15 minutes, did you just not like me?” asks Sarah Kendall of her audience at the end of her show. Observational comedians are supposed to say what everyone else is thinking but on this matter, Kendall is too close to the bone: her audience tonight just don’t buy into her.
14 August 2012 12:00 AM
According to Newsweek, the appearance of the South African comedian, Trevor Noah on 'The Tonight Show' earlier this year had sub-Saharan newspapers reporting it "as if it were breaking news". MSNBC Africa meanwhile aired it across the continent.
13 August 2012 12:17 PM
Small on stature but big on heart, the lawyer-turned-comic Susan Calman has made great strides in her career since her debut Fringe hour in 2008, making an impression on Have I Got News for You and various Radio 4 shows including The News Quiz and The Now Show.
13 August 2012 12:16 PM
More than just Essex jokes from Davies
First Night: Daniel Kitson - 'As of 1.52 GMT on Friday 27th April 2012, this show has no title', Traverse Theatre Edinburgh
11 August 2012 12:00 AM
An exercise in mental gymnastics from comedy's best worst-kept secret
10 August 2012 09:33 AM
Over a decade has passed since everyone's favourite 'dunce' from ‘QI’ last flexed his stand-up muscles, so he has some catching up to do.
09 August 2012 10:14 AM
Nick Helm, barking dictator of fun, and nominee for last year’s comedy award, has pushed the military nuances in his act to their logical conclusion.
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