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Sarah Kendall touches down

Sarah Kendall touches down

21st August 2014

Sarah Kendall is one of my favourite comedians. Not because she is wearing the same Oxford bag jeans and checked shirt that she wore when I first saw her over a decade ago (that would be a minus as she’s had children since then!) or that her pre-Raphaelite looks bely her ripe antipodean turn of phrase (I know, quaint eh?).  It’s because she has really owned the C-word for all that time too. She uses it in an understated gentle way more in line with its use as a Scottish ‘term of endearment’ than a harsh expletive that makes you wince when the reality of its meaning hits you between the eyes.

This show explores the real story behind a school days misdemeano…

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It all works out for Celia

It all works out for Celia

20th August 2014

There are some acts that envelope you in their world from the outset. I am more familiar with brash hard talking antipodean stereotypes so Celia Pacquola is a rare gem shining in that big Australian pool. Don’t get me wrong, she is totally ballsy and could stick up for herself in a bar brawl, I am sure, but there is a calmness and confidence about her delivery that makes you feel very secure in her comedic hands.

Celia’s show has a strong narrative thread which revolves around her love of psychic readings – why not pay somebody in a purple dress to talk about you, she reasons?  Since splitting up with her long term boyfriend last year (no – this is not one…

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Kerry Godliman: Face Time

Kerry Godliman: Face Time

20th August 2014

I first saw Kerry in the inaugural Funny Women Awards in 2003.  She was given highly recommended status rather than a place in the face of some hot competition that included winner Sarah Adams as Jade The Folk Singer and runners up Ria Lina and Anna Keirle.  Kerry has gone on to perfect the art of stand up in a down-to-earth accessible chatty style that has also put her in the casting line for some amazing roles as a comic actress, notably as Hannah in Ricky Gervais’s comedy drama, 'Derek'.

10 years on and Kerry has returned to the Fringe after a three year break.  She’s been saving it all up and has lots to say about marriage, motherhood and mo…

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Zoe Lyons: Mustard not only cut, but decimated.

Zoe Lyons: Mustard not only cut, but decimated.

16th August 2014

Funny Women Awards 2004 winner Zoe Lyons took to the stage in the dining room of the Gilded Balloon on Friday to unleash her unique stream of consciousness upon a delighted fringe audience.

Starting from her very Vegas style entrance, Lyons delivers a fast paced hour of comedy, addressing such topics as global warming, funerals and snobbery. Zoe also brags of her excellent parallel parking skills. Skills so superior, in fact, that they are commented upon by an unexpected source.

Lyons showcases her wit and skill as a performer perfectly with a strongly constructed set and an excellent delivery.

Beautifully passive aggressive; Lyons triumphs at every turn. And every parall…

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Oh My Godley, Janey!

Oh My Godley, Janey!

16th August 2014

Watching Scotland’s mistress of mirth, Janey Godley is like being repeatedly pummelled by a battered Mars Bar, whilst being simultaneously tickled by a highland cow. This quintessentially Scottish lassie and her talented warm-up act, daughter Ashley Storrie, heartily welcome the audience into their unconventional family life with a friendly “Hiya”, but you dannae wanna mess wi’ them.

Ashley opens with select stories of family life with her mother pre-emptively chuckling at her punch lines. Their rapport is a joy to witness and completing the trio with anecdotes about father/husband, this comedy family will never be without good material. Now there’s a dinn…

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