Day 3: Can’t stop noticing that half the male performers wear New Balance trainers and wondering if this is some trade secret? The rain is enjoying itself and I’m lucky that the Edinburgh festival is very indoors.
‘Hot Shame’ is 2017’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Robins’ first show since sharing the title with Hannah Gadsy two years earlier. He performed in the biggest venue I’ve seen him play during my ten years coming to the fest and he didn’t disappoint. The show is a mix between some of Robins’ worst shame anecdotes and regretful romantic encounters. The perfect comedian to spill his overthinking, neurotic, mind palace. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
‘Lemon’ is all about sexualality, having sex with both genders and the ups and downs. Some of the content could have been a bit sleazy or cringeworthy in the hands of another comic, but Bohart genial delivery allows her to chat about taboos like sex toys and lesbian bed death and make them sound like she is discussing her favourite crisps. This aside, someone is bound to walkout during the show. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
‘Au Revoir’ is Phil Ellis’ farewell to the Fringe. He just doesn’t seem to fit in to the modern climate and his style of comedy isn’t welcome here or on TV. Ellis takes us back to his childhood being bullied for reading poetry from 4 and how his events led to him becoming the clown he is today. Obviously this is a Phil Ellis show so expect absolute chaos and some very impressive sound effects. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Honourable mention to Carl Donnelly’s Blurb: comedians including Seann Walsh, Laura Lexx and Phil Wang have to sell their new show, but sadly these are not their own shows, but randomly selected show blurbs from a the Fringe guide chosen by the host Donnelly earlier. With one of the shows selected being called ‘White Muslim’ this could be difficult. Oh and it took place on a bus at midnight. That’s Edinburgh Fringe.