Posts tagged as Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Plumbing Politics and the Crazy State of the World for Comedy with Andy Zaltzman

Andy Zaltzman is best known in the States as half of the excellent satirical podcast The Bugle, which he co-hosts with long-time collaborator John Oliver. A lover of all things satire, he's hosted his "Political Animal" show for years, and his new show, "Satirist for Hire", adds a twist to the format. For each show, audience members request topics for him to satirize with his sharp, pun-loving wit; topics range from war and government policy to sports and fashion trends. I caught up with him at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to talk about audience suggestions and why The Bugle will last forever.

You’ve been coming up to the Fringe for 15 years. What’s the [...]

American Alex Edelman Wins Best Newcomer Award at Edinburgh Fringe

25-year-old New York comedian Alex Edelman won the Edinburgh Fringe's Best Newcomer prize on Saturday for his show, Millennial. The prize is awarded to the best full-length debut show on the Fringe. The last American to win was Arj Barker back in 1997; other winners include The Mighty Boosh, Tim Minchin, and Sarah Millican. The overall Best Comedy Show award went to last year's best newcomer, John Kearns, for his absurdist show Shtick, and the Panel Prize, awarded to the show deemed to best capture the "spirit of the Fringe," was awarded to the interactive children's show Funz and Gamez, a show written by comedian Phil Ellis to appeal equally to parents and kids. [...]

Kristen Schaal Looks Back At Her Missed Connection With Spider-Man

Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler are returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with their show Hot Tub With Kurt and Kristen for the fourth time, and so too does Kristen's heart turn back to what could have been. "I did just find out I went on a date with Andrew Garfield, who is the new Spider-Man," Schaal says, referring to the show's now-defunct bit Win a date with Kristen Schaal. "He was in the crowd when we did it at the Soho theatre in London and he got randomly selected and then won through the tests and I went on a date with him. But I didn't realize [...]

How to Succeed at Edinburgh Fringe with Alex Edelman

Alex Edelman has had an excellent August. The American comic headed to the Edinburgh Fringe with his debut show, Millennial, and on Saturday, he walked away with the coveted Best Newcomer Award at the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Past winners include stars like The Mighty Boosh, Tim Minchin, and Sarah Millican, and it means the eye of the British comedy industry has turned to the 25-year-old New Yorker. I caught up with him after his win in Edinburgh to talk about previewing his show in London, his American style, and being transatlantic.

So why did you decide to come to Edinburgh this year?

I had sort of been invited by accident in [...]

British Troupe Calls for Improv to Be Considered for Prizes at Edinburgh Fringe

An improv troupe in the UK is calling for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to include improv shows when judging the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award. Producers for the award have said that improv is too difficult to judge because it is "impossible to compare performances seen on different nights with the amount of dependency on the audience." But on comedy site Chortle, British troupe The Noise Next Door have argued that good improvisers are in control of their shows and that "the quality of the comedy is down to the performers and that quality is entirely comparable."

The five-man group claims that "the days of Whose Line Is It Anyway? [...]

13 Shows to See at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

It's not a huge event on the American comedy calendar, but every August, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe plays host to hundreds of comedians from around the world. In 1981, the first winners of the Edinburgh Comedy Award were the Cambridge Footlights, a group that included Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. Other winners have included Steve Coogan and Demetri Martin; Best Newcomer Awards have gone to Arj Barker and the Mighty Boosh.

The program for this year's festival, which will feature more than 900 comedy shows, was released last week.  While there are a few familiar American faces, including Todd Barry, David Sedaris, Margaret Cho, and Hannibel Buress, the program [...]

Daniel Sloss and the Art of Telling Critics to Piss Off

At only 23, Daniel Sloss has become one of the biggest draws at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Scottish comic played to packed houses during his fun in a 400-seat lecture hall in Edinburgh, and he's about to take his show "Really?!" on tour throughout the UK. He's also got his eye on the US, having appeared three times on Conan in the last year. I caught up with him in Edinburgh to talk about being famous in his hometown, not letting reviewers into his show, and his first attempt at pilot season in the US.

I feel like a lot of Americans don’t quite understand Edinburgh. What’s the appeal of the Fringe [...]

Enjoy The Best Joke Of The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Okay, so what do you think about Edinburgh Fringe Festival's funniest joke? Submitted by comedian Nick Helm, the public voted "I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" to be the most knee-slappingest. Comedian Paul Daniels won the prize for the year's worst with his joke "I said to a fella 'Is there a B&Q in Henley?' He said 'No, there's an H, an E, an N an L and a Y'," which is probably actually a lot funnier not knowing what the hell he's taking about.