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Sam Golin and Gabriel Ebulue – Cult Comics: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

Sam Golin and Gabriel Ebulue present a split-hour of comedy for the geeks of Edinburgh, both performers dropping in more than a few niche references for fans of comics and sci-fi.

Gabriel takes to the stage first, with a good amount of energy and charm to welcome the audience into his world. His comedy is sharp, flipping the conventions of racism and appearance. Perhaps the highlight of this half hour is how he explains he is ‘Jehova’s Witness proof’. There are stories about how he was bullied growing up but Gabriel always presents a light-heartedness to his anecdotes. When Sam takes to the stage, there is a different energy – his is more laid back and presents a different perspective to the themes from the first half, looking at another side of racism and judging people by their appearances.

These are two comics that compliment each other’s  very well and offer a good message to the audience – always find the funny side of life and just try to enjoy yourself, which is very easy to do in this show with Gabriel and Sam.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Sam Golin and Gabriel Ebulue – Cult Comics

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 1415

Part of The Free Festival

2nd – 26th August (except 13th)

Daphna Baram: Sugarcoating

Daphna Baram: Sugarcoating
19:00 @ Sweet Novotel: 3 (Venue 188) Aug 2-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-25th

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sugarcoating is not what you’d expect at all. Daphna Baram is charismatic, welcoming and brings a relaxed performance to the stage.
There is raw passion beating just under the skin of the material which is subtle & delicate in parts and very honest in others all tied together with absolute hilarity.

This is an important show to see. It is packed with positive body image, messages mixed with cautionary tales, based on actual experiences  and I guarantee this will leave you feeling good in yourself.
As a show it is conversational in tone and told with Baram’s overt but gentle material.

It is slow burning with superb structure. In hot, it is everything you want from a comedy show and more, with biting satirical humour and fantastic observational comedy.

Daphna Baram also speaks about charity work she is involved with in one part of the performance which is also magnificently funny.
The charity work revolves around and organisation where volunteers can go and help communities build homes, help with the harvest and learn about the region. You can also buy bricks to build houses for £1 a pop. Yes, you rad that correctly.
For more details visit http://www.icahd.org

If you do one thing while you’re at the fringe, go and see this show. It is on my list of vital performances to see. It’s worth far more than the entry fee and you’ll be so happy you went.

You can buy tickets here

http://bit.ly/2vPYcjR

Go and enjoy all that Daphna Baram has to offer her audience.

Abbie Murphy – Eat Sleep Shit Shag: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐

When Abbie Murphy  greets the audience in perhaps the most joyously flamboyant head-wear you could see at the Fringe, one might be forgiven for expecting a high-octane show. In perfect juxtapostion to the energy of her feathered adornment, Abbie’s performance has a great low-key rumbling to it, a conversational style that creates an intimate atmosphere between her and the audience.

Abbie brings an hour of comedy about getting older, the intrusiveness of technology in modern life and about her time working as a performer on a cruise ship. All the time, there is an undercurrent to these stories – a powerful tone of feminism upon which the narrative hangs. Abbie wonderfully flips the conventions that desperately need flipping with hard-line and jet black humour, not afraid to cut through the stereotypes with sharp teeth.

All the while, this is a show about always being who you are and chasing your dreams. Abbie has a tremendous talant for finding the sideways perspective, bringing a different view to some very important themes.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Abbie Murphy – Eat Sleep Shit Shag

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 1345

Part of The Free Festival

2nd – 23th August

Zahra Barri – Zahra Warrior (Not Princess): A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

Zahra moves on to the stage with the confidence of a warrior – she has never wanted to be a princess, despite what society has told her. This is a show about facing up to the stereotypes that women face in society, standing up to them and saying ‘no’. From the very start, Zahra has a strong confidence in her material and a great command of the room.

Her show takes in a whole host of topics – from growing up as a female in Saudi Arabia, to dating, the #MeToo movement and Repeal the 8th – there are plenty of hard-hitting moments in this show, and many dark jokes to go alongside them, but Barri has an instant charm that always makes the audience feel at ease, that this is a safe space in which to explore powerful concepts and ideas. Zahra also has plenty to say about the pitfalls of social media. There is a great structure to the narrative of this show, coupled with her self-assured delivery, brings a fantastic energy into the room.

Zahra is not a princess; this show proves she is a warrior of comedy.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Zahra Barri – Zahra Warrior (Not Princess)

Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 1515

Part of The Free Festival

2nd – 26th August

Isobel Rogers, Jen Wakefield & Kirsty Mann – WIP It: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

WIP It sees a rolling roster of Rogers, Wakefield and Mann presenting a half-and-half show of innovative, daring and touching comedy.  On the night in particular that I had the pleasure of this hour of comedy, it was Isobel and Jen taking to the stage, bringing a fantastic blend of character and musical comedy to the stage.

All three are members of the Soho Theatre Young Company and it is easy to see this in their sharp and professional delivery. Rogers presented excerpts from her show ‘Elsa’ (at the Pleasance Dome from 16th – 19th August). Not to give too much away about it, this was an absolutely engrossing and engaging narrative, story-telling of a very high order accompanied by extremely accomplished guitar-playing and singing. The detail and the characterisation in the story of Elsa were top-drawer and, were Bunbury still in Edinburgh, I would not be hesitating to see the full show to see how the whole tale unfolds.

For the second half, Jen Wakefield took to the stage for a music-laced half hour of a completely different variety. Jen talks with passion about a whole range of subjects, speaking from the heart about stereotypes and identities, flipping the conventions with a sharp wit and exceptional jokes. She also brings her years as a primary school teacher to the stage, as well as the cultural relevance of Drake and a fantastic grime tutorial.

For an excellent hour of comedy, this really cannot be missed. It should also be noted that my cousin was there too, and he loved it as well.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Isobel Rogers, Jen Wakefield and Kirsty Mann – WIP It

Southsider, 1900

Part of the PBH Free Fringe

4th – 25th August (Rogers 4th – 11th, Wakefield 4th – 25th, Mann 12th – 25th)

Phil Ellis is Ready For The Big Time

Phil Ellis is Ready For The Big Time
19:40 – Heroes @ The Hive (Venue 313)
Aug 2nd-26th

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Phil Ellis has the most unique entrance to a show I’ve ever seen and I’m not telling you what it is. You’ll have to go and see for yourself.

Brilliantly executed and dripping with charisma, Ellis has a magnificent stage presence and handles the room masterfully. There is a lot of audience participation which is relaxed in nature, leading to some unexpected, hilarious outcomes adding more layers to an already exquisite show.

This performance is totally charming and completely peculiar, playing with different styles and conventions while utterly subverting expectations. It is also ram packed full of dark humour and pure genius.

If it were possible to give this 6 stars, I would. I’ve never seen anything quite like this and I very much hope I do so again.

Go and see it. It’s an absolute must see show. Don’t miss it. It’s one of the best experiences out there.

Louise Bastock and Liz Guterbock – Sparkle Deli: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐

Welcome to the Sparkle Deli, where there are plenty of laughs on offer – a wholesale of silly and sinister laughs with a whole heap of sparkle thrown in.

Bastock and Guterbock are yours hosts at the deli, two comedians whose style and comedic themes compliment each other perfectly. This is a show in which Louise and Liz show how we view ourselves and each other through different lenses, trying to rectify the darkness that can be found which recovering from trauma and adversity – Bastock’s weight loss journey and Guterbock’s heartbreak. They have a great ability to bring the light side of these situations – which can often be bleak – and touching on the taboos of these topics while always leaving the audience assured that triumph is just around the corner.

While exploring these themes, Louise and Liz talk about subjects as varied as dating, self-image, tap-dancing, American chocolate and what it is like being an American in the UK. Their jokes have the ability to be cheeky and naughty but never over the line.

Get yourself over to the Sparkle Deli and check out what Bastock and Guterbock are serving up.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Louise Bastock and Liz Guterbock – Sparkle Deli

Southsider, 1745. Part of PBH Free Fringe

4th – 25th August (except 14th & 20th)

Conor Drum – …If: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

This year in at the Fringe, there have been a lot of innovative devices used upon which to hang the narrative of a show. Conor Drum’s is perhaps up there with the most innovative, presenting an hour of comedy around the demo-tape his fifteen-year-old self made with his band …If, which was found and reanalysed by his older self.

Conor brings a good amount of energy to the start of this show, urging the audience to come along with him on the journey of self-discovery and rediscovery. He has a sharp and surreal wit, able to cast sideways glances at all spectrums of social and popular consciousness – his analysis of the animals in Dublin Zoo was a particular highlight. He has a great ability to tell a story, with strong anecdotal comedy throughout.

This is a show about discovering your inner rocker and your inner self by a performer who is not afraid to show his most embarrassing moments – there are some cringe-worthy photos of his younger self he has offered up for laughs – which adds a nice layer of vulnerability to the show.

Underneath the comedy there is a strong message about always being true to yourself. If you do that, you can’t go wrong and that is exactly what Conor has done with this show.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Conor Drum – …If

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 1845

Part of The Free Festival

2nd – 26th August

Stranger Friends

Stranger Friends
00:00 – Laughing Horse Free Festival @ The Bunker, Espionage (Venue 185) Aug 2-14th

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Excellent and bizarre and with great audience participation, Nathan Eagle & Sunjai Arif work the room masterfully and bring to the performance boundless energy as wellas a healthy helping of the downright weird.
Although this is somewhat of a split show, Eagle & Arif have such excellent chemistry that it feels like one big show instead of the more formalised presentation most split shows have.

Eagle’s material is clearly fine honed, well written and very well performed. He owns the stage with proper, traditional comedy complete with brilliant anecdotes and strong punchlines which land and hit home with age groups in the audience.
His biting, fairly dark martial trips off the tongue and is delivered with an effortless charm that makes it impossible not to enjoy.

Arif is a tour de force. His manic, energetic style compliments Eagle’s more restrained performance perfectly and adds layer upon layer to the overall hilarity and enjoyment of the show. Arif’s interaction with the audience is nothing short of genius which leaves you slightly unable to believe what you’re seeing it and moreover, what you’re a part of, in the best possible way of course.

It’s clear to all that these two have so much fun doing what they do and it’s infectious.
I was in absolute fits of laughter.

These guys are amazing.

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.