For one very expensive night only, the comedy legend came to the West End for an “introspective retrospective”. Both the anecdotes and the ad libs were top class.
This surreal hour of sketches made me laugh near constantly. Simmons' talent for creating unique images that stick in the mind is a rare one. A deserving winner of this year's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award.
The ubiquitous Canadian comic found time to write a slick, spiky live show which dissected celebrities, boyfriends and family alike with characteristic bitchy brio.
Morpurgo's Desert Island Discs spoof in which he played guest, host and all the records, was the stand-out show of the Edinburgh Fringe, for its ambition, inventiveness and fun. I can't wait to see what he does next.
It's always a joy to find something new and completely original. Spencer Jones's mainly mute, entirely charming character The Herbert, with his daft props, was my favourite discovery of the year. One to watch.
Turkey of the Year
Once an enjoyably bilious stand-up, Lawrence has tipped the balance too far. His Uncensored show descended into a bitter rant about political correctness, immigrants and his ailing career. Unpleasant.
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