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Gary G Knightley: Twat Out fo Hell

Gary G Knightley: Twat Out of Hell
11:35 @ City Cafe Aug 2-6, 8-20, 22-26th
Free Festival Laughing Horse

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is lively. Very lively. Quick witted with strong audience work, sharp observations and great stage presence Gary G Knightley commands the room and supplies some close to the knuckle, very funny material.

The show has good structure and is very well written and thought out. The pacing and timing come together to form a brilliantly funny performance for adults with a filthy sense of humour.

Knightley beings bags of charisma to the show with boundless confidence and some fairly unusual approaches to solving some of the world’s major problems.

If you’ve ever thought ‘I’,m going to hell for laughing at this’ not only is this the show for you but I’ll see you down there.

This is very much worth taking the time to see, just make sure you don’t take the kids or that reflective you have who’s easily offended. For me, this is top notch stuff.

Henry Cafe: Quiz Machine

Henry Cafe: Quiz Machine
18:30 @ Whistlebinkies (Venue158) Aug 5-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is exceptionally written and brilliantly performed. With a high but relaxed level of audience participation, a peculiar pub quiz unfolds complete with drama, suspense, and weird questions. Everything is spot on with this performance from stage presence to material, from delivery to framing, it’s just masterful. The way the jokes are built up paired with the timing and execution makes this the complete comedy package leaving the audience wanting more.

The crowd work itself is skillful and highly polished, allowing, the feel of a real pub quiz to  seep through the room. The narrative of the show is also so superbly shot though that everyone in the room is not only invested but leaves with the sense that they’ve seen and been a part something brilliant.

I couldn’t stop laughing and I urge you to do the same. Go and see this. It’d be silly not to.

Gethin Alderman: Limelight

Gethin Alderman: Limelight
14:40 @ Hispaniola (Venue 79) Aug 4-14, 16-25th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bursting with energy from the start, this peculiar performance is intense and welcoming from the start. Gethin Alderman even includes audience members loitering by the door, unsure whether to venture in. The hyper surreal quality of the performance continues on at the same pace, with the same energy throughout.
There was a wonderful ad-lib bit in the show where at one point a group of Spanish children came in and sat down to watch. Alderman began speaking in Spanish to them. This to me set him apart and added an extra fantastic layer to the show.

Alderman is quick on his feet in all senses of the phrase providing all round good fun for all the family, incorporating interesting and well developed character work and excellently crafted jokes.

Limelight is a cleverly written show that has positive messages and leaves the onlooker happy if not ever so slightly baffled but in the best possible way.

Go and see it for a total break from seriousness.

Raymond Burke – The Metaphoric Table: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

In a world where all is uncertainty, Raymond Burke has attempted to bring some clarity to one aspect of the human experience. From alliteration to metonymy, catechresis to synedoche, Burke has set out to bring order to the oft murky world of writing devices and figurative language.

This is a very well-crafted, informative show that has been put together with the passion of a seasoned writer. The talk is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation which helps to shed light and share examples of the various devices that are explored in this show. Burke brings a calming charm to the proceedings, weaving the knowledge of the craft together with engrossing and light-hearted story telling. Perhaps the highlight of the show is a scholarly break-down of Trump’s infamous Elton John speech, which perfectly highlights and underpins the whole purpose behind the talk; that we all subconsciously use these devices but are unaware that we are doing so.

Burke shines a light on how we speak and write with great care and wit throughout. This is a must for any writer.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Raymond Burke – The Metaphoric Table

Bar Bados, 1215. Part of PBH Free Fringe

4th – 25th August (except 12th and 19th)

Holt & Talbot – Mansplaining Feminism: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐

Talbot is a great feminist. From the very start of the show, to the vox pops from well-known faces that are dotted throughout this hour of sharply-written sketch comedy, this is never in doubt. However, both his and the audience’s  beliefs and expectations are challenged by well-observed and daring sketches that seek to both exaggerate and the flip the stereotypes of conventional relationships between male and female partnerships.

One very strong narrative that runs through this show is that Rosie Holt just wants a compliment on her physical appearance – one compliment in particular. Both simmering beneath this show and in full plain view are many important lessons that everybody needs to learn – about judging people on physical appearances, about how to fundamentally act around other people, about treating each other with respect. All of these lessons are presented by two performers whose energy, chemistry and passion radiates from the stage.

The sketches themselves are perfectly written and timed, ranging from a beautiful parody of periods, original sin in the garden of Eden to how social media can draw out and blow up the smallest of disagreements.

There is no doubt that this is a very important show, absolutely on point with the long-overdue movements sweeping society today. Holt and Talbot bring all of this to their show with amazing craft, wisdom and intelligence.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Holt & Talbot – Mansplaining Feminism

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 2000

Part of The Free Festival

2nd – 26th August

Alex Kealy – A Kealy’s Heel

Bunbury Magazine – 

Alex Kealy brings a comedy show to Edinburgh Fringe 2018 at perhaps the hardest time in a comedian’s life – when they are happy. However, his particular brand of observational comedy with crisp one-liners is refreshing and original. He is able to talk about a whole range of subjects, from suicide to Brexit, from sport to reality TV with a fantastic speed and sharpness.

His easy charm on the stage disarms the audience, particularly when his comedy pushes on potentially awkward topics, such as anxiety.  The levity in his humour can push through boundaries in a daring way without ever making the audience feel uncomfortable.

This is an hour of self-aware and intelligent comedy from Alex Kealy which weaves between a whole range of subjects seamlessly. This is a bold and daring comedian that should not be missed.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Alex Kealy – A Kealy’s Heel

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 1715

Part of The Free Frestival

2nd – 26th August 

Nathaniel Metcalfe – Chameleon, Comedian, Corinthian and Caricature

Bunbury Magazine – 

From the very beginning of this show, with Nathaniel welcoming the audience into the room with an easy and warm charm, it is clear that he is an expert performer. This is a show about how his 2014 lead to the break up of his relationship and how this is his first Edinburgh show since then.

It is a show that explores the paths and avenues of artistry, full of sideways glances at a wide array of subjects – the influential figures in his life such as David Bowie, Coco Pops and pretty much everything in between. This is a sharp comedic brain in action which knows how to write a tightly bound narrative, where unexpected and surreal turns to things such as Dylan covering the theme tunes of 1980’s sitcoms are never left by the wayside, and feed into a fantastic ending. Every moment is well-constructed, moves with purpose and confidence and displays exactly what the performer is capable of.

Nathaniel Metcalfe has put together a show here that has everything. There is superb use of multimedia – a break-down of a bizarre Jeremy Irons interview and subsequent return later in the show is a particular highlight. It’s an innovative, intelligent and sharp-witted hour of comedy that demonstrates how Metcalfe is absolutely at the top of his game.

This was a hour of comedy that was an absolute pleasure to be part of.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Nathaniel Metcalfe – Chameleon, Comedian, Corinthian and Caricature

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 1310

2nd – 26th August (except 14th)

Phil Nichol: Your Wronger

Phil Nichol: Your Wronger
21:00 Monkey Barrel (Venue 515) Aug  2nd-26th
Heroes @ Monkey Barrel

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Even before some audience members had taken their seats, Phil Nichol makes it clear what kind of show this is going to be. In a warm and friendly manner, bouncing with energy, Nichol greets pretty much every audience member making sure they’re happy and comfortable. This already sets the show apart from others. From early on in the performance it is clear that Nichol is a born story teller, using highly descriptive language to paint hilarious and at times, poignant pictures in the eye of the beholder.
The audience is taken on a journey which is not only beautifully but passionately told and with masterful timing and pace.

Full of peculiar peeks and troughs, the show is a reflection of some of the most ridiculous, sometimes cringe worthy and occasionally outright bizarre situations that life has thrown at him. On the other hand, it is entirely relatable in that side splitting, head shaking way that, in parts of the show makes you think, I know exactly what you mean.

Nichol is the definition of charm and charisma with razor sharp wit and stage presence. This show has a definite feeling of the triumphant about it, packed with positive messages that leave you feeling really good.

Go to this show. It’s impossible not to absolutely love every second of it.

Daniel Audritt – Trying to Be Good: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

Daniel Audritt is a comedian with a refreshingly sharp and quick-witted mind presenting an hour of rapid-fire jokes on the subject of falling – or jumping – in love. He cuts an incredible charming and likeable figure on the stage, dotting his set with audience interactions that never makes those members feel uncomfortable. It helps bring the crowd into Daniel’s world of often sideways and dark glances at the subject of love.

He is a comedian with a clear pedigree of writing well-crafted jokes, with a clarity and confidence of delivery that is at the height of the profession – even with jokes that he self-admittedly only wrote that morning, making this even more impressive.

Inevitably, a show about falling in love and all the foibles around it – Daniel is trying to be a better person for his new partner – there are lots of jokes about sex which are presented in a very accessible way and never strays into uncomfortable territory. His comedic talents also turn very well to fantastic word play and the flipping of the tropes and convention associated with love.

This show is a fantastic way to start the day at the Fringe, a highly enjoyable and hilarious hour of comedy that needs to be seen.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Daniel Audritt – Trying to Be Good

Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 1200

3rd – 26th August (except 15th)


Jimmy Hogg – A Brief History of Petty Crime: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

Jimmy Hogg presents the story of how being a juvenile delinquent in Plymouth lead to him being in an horrific accident. From the very beginning, this is an engrossing and engaging story. Jimmy has a sharp and vivid for for beautiful detail, bringing this story to life with rich imagery coupled with mime and acting.

There is a wonderful rhythm to this story, carried by two simultaneously travelling narratives – the story of the climactic car crash and the criminal escapades he was involved in with his best friend, from a hostel in which he found himself living. Jimmy knows exactly how to use silence and the negative space around the words of the story to punch home the morals and lessons that bubble underneath the narrative.

This is an expertly and well-researched show that moves through the gears at a rate that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Jimmy is also not afraid of cutting away from the story to engage with the audience on a personal level, filling in spaces and giving us a glimpse behind the curtain.

This is a show that needs to be seen, that will not fail to leave you with lessons that you can carry to the rest of your life.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Jimmy Hogg – A Brief History of Petty Crime

The Banshee Labyrinth, 1930. Part of PBH Free Fringe

4th – 26th August (except Mondays)