Day four on the Fringe. Made sure to try and visit some local landmarks: Edinburgh Castle and The National Gallery to take a break from the venues seeming hotter than ever. Mini fans are fast becoming a necessity.
Hannah Fairweather:’Just a Normal Girl Who Enjoys Revenge’
Hannah loves Taylor Swift and has been inspired by her song ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. She has taken names and checked them twice of the people who have crossed her over the years as well as struggling to work in male dominated environments, golf, engineering and of course, comedy. This show isn’t as venomous as it sounds, due to Hannah being a warm, witty performer. One to watch.
Chelsea Birkby: ‘No More Mr Nice Chelsea’
Chelsea’s debut hour covers some deep subjects, mental health, sex and drugs. She says she no longer wants to be the the nice guy, but her genial, considerate (blessing the audience when they sneeze) presence tells us otherwise. Chelsea’s a natural and delivered a show that you’d expect for someone who has been playing Edinburgh for years.
Nick Helm: ‘What Have We Become?’
Nick Helm is always a must see act up in Edinburgh. This night he needed all his experience to get over the show being 15 minutes late, and to deal with the people leaving for the toilets, before getting lost backstage and needing Nick to herd them out of the venue. This could derail plenty of shows, but with Nick it just seems to add to the beautiful chaos. The show is a lockdown story, with poems, crowd participation and a hint of Pepsi Max cherry. A great performer with some of the best jokes of the Fringe
Paul Foot: ‘Swan Power’
Paul Foot is a whirlwind of hyperactivity, constantly on the move on a quest for laughs. He will straddle audience members (with a face visor for our safety) twist and slide around the stage whilst delivering set pieces that include panda sex, Specsavers and his reenactment of the 1997 James Cameron film ‘Titanic’. It turned out that his mic was not working for the majority of the show but did anyone notice? No, it made it even funnier to know that Paul was wrestling with the lead for no actual reason. Though their is a rumour that the mic went due to all of the tears of laughter. Brilliant!
John Norris: ‘Mr Chonkers’
The American clown is attracting some of the finest comedians of the fringe to his shows, including Tim Key, Ed Gamble and Stu Goldsmith. All curious to see what Mr Chonkers is all about. The answer a variety of hat gags, hand puppetry and Italian family scenarios. The show is an industry showcase full of surreal, silly and imaginative jokes. Give it a try.
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