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John Kearns: loser takes all at Edinburgh

John Kearns has turned failure into silly, soul-searching comedy. Will scooping Edinburgh's top comedy award spoil the punchline? Brian Logan meets the man hailed as the new Hancock'Can you call back in, like, two minutes?" John Kearns is still in bed whe

Edinburgh festival 2014 review: Lazy Susan tender and ridiculous romcom

Pleasance CourtyardThe comedy duo's will-they-won't-they Geordie couple are back, and they're as endearing as everRomcom isn't a branch of comedy often encountered on the fringe, but that's what double act Lazy Susan are up to and their show is none the

Edinburgh festival 2014 review: Alex Horne's Monsieur Butterfly a show that could only originate on the fringe

Instead of telling jokes, Horne is building a Heath Robinson contraption on stage that manages to be a heroic metaphor for our lives.

Edinburgh festival 2014 review: Alex Horne's Monsieur Butterfly a show that could only originate on the fringe

Pleasance CourtyardInstead of telling jokes, Horne is building a Heath Robinson contraption on stage that manages to be a heroic metaphor for our lives Continue reading...

Last days of the fringe Edinburgh shows to make a comical dash for

Edinburgh festival fringe ends on Sunday, so our comedy critic reveals where to go for last-minute fun, from debut comics to wacky standups Continue reading...

Edinburgh comedy awards 2014 shortlist: who would get your vote?

Liam Williams is my personal favourite of this years nominees. I loved his subterranean hour of nihilistic Gen-Y standup and Id have welcomed an appearance on the shortlist for his group SheepsSo the Fosters Edinburgh comedy award shortlist is out and i

Edinburgh 2014 review: Jeremy Paxman out of his comfort zone

Paxman after Newsnight seems a little nervous but is soon back to blustering form, even if he's occasionally fishing for wordsEntering the stage with a "Golf sale" placard, Jeremy Paxman wants us to know he's out of work and available for business. But wi

Sara Pascoe takes lively tour of her magpie mind Edinburgh 2014 review

Assembly George Square, EdinburghFrom sperm selection to sexual anthropology to dating woes, a super-entertaining Pascoe gets personalSara Pascoe has been looking at history's epic romances, seeking useful instruction as she tries for the first time to ma

Edinburgh 2014 review: Luke McQueen takes standup to desperate new levels

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghMcQueen recasts his show as an aggressive confessional, railing against his disapproving dad and even smoking out the Guardian critic, to leave the room crackling with lifeThe comedy of rage and anti-audience hostility has a

Edinburgh 2014 review: Alex Edelman accomplished and poised

Boasting technical flair and a precocious authority, Edelman's comedy manages to capture the voice of Generation Y.