Our Top Ten Picks of Week 3 at the Edinburgh Fringe!
Week 3 is over. The end line is near. Everyone is tired, damp and spent all their money on Berocca. I have eaten my dinner standing up, for 4 days in a row now. But we are still going because we love it!!!!!! Here are our Ten Top Picks for week 3!
Yuriko Kontani: Somosomo
Pleasance Courtyard- The Attic 19:00
A debut hour from Japanese comedian Yuriko. They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but Yuriko has spent her life making sure she doesn't stick out. Born and raised in Japan, watch Yuriko walk the tightrope of cultural differences as she embraces her individuality with this hotly anticipated debut hour. BBC New Comedy Award winner 2015. Time Out's One to Watch. As seen on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central and BBC Three's Pls Like. 'Left-field rising star' (Time Out).
2. Jen Brister: Under Privilege
Monkey Barrel 3 - 19:45
Brister has it all: a wife, kids, a house and a job she loves (sometimes) so what the hell is she moaning about? Join Jen as she takes an irreverent look at the often controversial subject of 'privilege'. Who has it? Who doesn't? And why does no one like to admit they have any? 'A powerhouse performance' ****½ (Chortle.co.uk). 'A big dose of double up funny' ***** (DeadLinenews.co.uk). 'Glorious raging' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Brister uses anger to quite stunning comedic effect' ***** (Skinny). 'Blisteringly funny' **** (List).
3. Ed MacArthur: Humoresque
VooDoo Rooms 14:00
He’s v talented, he’s v charming and he’s v funny. Join award-winning Ed MacArthur in this madcap, multi-instrumental, one-man musical comedy. Star of hit shows Inheritance Blues (**** (Scotsman)), Swansong (**** (Stage)), Stack (**** (Fest)) and Murder For Two (**** (Telegraph)), MacArthur returns to delight audiences with his razor-sharp wit and stunning musicianship. 'MacArthur, straight-backed and deadpan, has talent in spades' (Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph). Produced by Fringe favourites DugOut Theatre, Humoresque is a hilarious hour in which MacArthur thrills audiences on piano, guitar, accordion, ukulele and more. ‘MacArthur has natural charm and considerable skill’ (Lyn Gardner, Guardian). **** (List). **** (ThreeWeeks). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (ThePegReview.com). **** (AYoungerTheatre.com). **** (WestEndFrame.com).
4. Jack Tucker: Comedy Stand-Up Hour
Underbelly- Belly Button 21:20
An hour of character comedy like you’ve never seen before. Jack Tucker makes his entrance on stage with a bang (...and a trip…and a spill) Following sell-out shows in New York, London and LA, award-winning comedian Zach Zucker returns with a new hour of absurdist stand-up! Important: Jack Tucker is a very funny stand-up comedian who is doing this for the first time but is already blowing up around the world. He's sold out around the world, from New York to Manhattan to Brooklyn; Jackie is a powerhouse superstar rock star. 'A man well versed in female genitalia' ***** (WhatsOnInAdelaide.net.au). 'The world's worst American stand-up comedian' ****½ (GlamAdelaide.com.au). 'Where comedy goes to die' ****½ (Kryztoff.com/RAW).
5. Jessica Fostekew: Hench
Monkey Barrel 4 13:30
We were lucky to see Jessica’s preview of Hench here at 2Northdown as part of the Comedy Grotto’s all dayer. Absolute powershed and regular host of The Guilty Feminist, Jessica Fostekew explores her big strong strength. Have you ever watched a feminist try and take ‘hench’ as a compliment? It’s like watching a snake eat but funny. In preview, Hench was nominated for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival. You’ve seen Jess in BBC sitcoms Motherland and Cuckoo and BAFTA Award-winning drama Three Girls. She's also in forthcoming feature films: Gavin Hood’s Official Secrets and Michael Winterbottom’s Greed. She writes for 8 out of 10 Cats. 'Consistently hilarious' (Fest). 'Smarts on her sleeve, great' (Guardian).
6. Mat Ewins: Actually Can I Have Eight Tickets Please?
Just The Tonic at The Caves 21:00
'I reiterate my request for a full refund and look forward to your theatre’s explanation [for] why you chose to market this show as suitable for 16-year-olds' (Audience review). It’s hard to explain what an hour in Mat’s company is like, but please just go and watch him stand with a presentation clicker for 60 minutes, and you will not regret it.
Pleasance Courtyard- Upstairs 23:00
Sometimes, when it’s late at night, and you’re soaking wet from trying to persuade yourself to have dinner outside because it’s ‘summer,’ the only way to cheer yourself up is a bit of late night improv. New Zealand's favourite comedy improv show Snort makes its way to Edinburgh for the first time! Cheeky, topical, and relentlessly silly, Snort sees NZ's best young comedians (including Rose Matafeo, Guy Montgomery, Alice Snedden, Eli Matthewson, Chris Parker) build an intricate hour of far-fetched, high-stakes comedy, entirely made up on the spot. 'New Zealand's coolest comedy improv group... the stuff of dreams' (TheSpinoff.co.nz). 'These are some New Zealanders we would be happy to claim as our own' (SquirrelComedy.com). Each night they also have 3 special guests to help their stories come to life.
8. Ian Smith: Half-Life
Underbelly- Buttercup 17:15
Multi award-winning comedian Ian Smith (BBC3's Sweat the Small Stuff, Dave's The Magic Sponge podcast) returns with his sixth solo show. It's part one of a one-part show about halves, love and a holiday to Chernobyl. It will include theatrical techniques such as shouting and moving around. Amused Moose Comedy Award and ThreeWeeks Editors' Award Winner 2017. 'Catch him now before his inevitable jump to the big time' (Telegraph). 'One of the best you will see at the festival' (Mirror). 'A riot of sprightly silliness' (Chortle.co.uk). ***** (ThreeWeeks). ***** (Mirror). **** (Chortle.co.uk). **** (Metro).
9. Guy Montgomery: I Was Part of the Problem Before We Were Talking About It
Assembly George Sq -Studio 4 20:55
Best Male Comedian winner, New Zealand Comedy Guild awards 2017. Best Show nominee, NZ International Comedy Festival 2017. Best Newcomer nominee, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016. It's hard to believe, but Guy Montgomery hasn't always been perfect. Embrace this rare opportunity to hear from someone unlearning the various blind spots that made him part of the problem before we were talking about it. ***** (KeepingUpWithNZ.com). 'Intoxicating, enveloping and absurdly entertaining' (NZ Herald). 'A supremely gifted comic' (Ruminator.co.nz). P.s. he’s also in improv group Snort who i mentioned earlier; a double helping of Guy.
10. Olga Koch: If/Then
Monkey Barrel 1 16:30
Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Olga Koch is back! Ahead of her BBC Radio 4 special, the acclaimed stand-up tells a love story through the medium of computer programming (which she studied at university, and, like, barely ever brings up). In her feminist investigation into what happens when we can't separate love and technology, Olga will teach you how to code and explore what happens when our expectations for love, happiness and Michael Bublé no longer compute. Directed by Charlie Dinkin. ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (Telegraph). **** (Skinny). **** (List). **** (TheArtsDesk.com).