Print Interviews

Tom Stade

First published in Fringepig - Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

I feel like I’m talking to a comedy psychiatrist… so tell me about your show Tom…

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Jarred Christmas

First published in Fringepig - Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

I think reviewing is a skill that a lot of reviewers do not possess. Also maybe have a tiny review of the reviewer at the top of their review. Their experience, their preferences. How they were feeling that day. How many shows they had seen that day. Then we get a balanced view of their opinion.

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The Lampoons

First published in Fringepig - Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

We won’t mention who, but a stout gentleman arrived with an old brief case and note paper, which we knew may not end well after he rejected the ping pong balls we give out to the audience (for secret reasons) needless to say he opened the review with “I’m not sure what I walked into, but there was aimless laughing for no reasons that I could compute.” Also he hated our snake puppet but that was hit and miss!

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Sean Morley

First published in Fringepig - Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Objectivity in the arts is the tooth fairy for adults. If you want to be successful you must appeal to the value system of the kind of person capable of becoming a professional reviewer – the tight cabal of coughing men, sitting at the back coughing into their notebook.

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Colt Cabana

First published in Fringepig - Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Our show is so weird the reviewer usually says that it shouldn’t be a show, how is this a show? Then they give it 4+ stars. Not one negative review in 5 years.

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John McInnes

First published in Fringepig - Sunday, July 29th, 2018

I plan to write reviews of my show. I don’t plan on reading those reviews.

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Martin James

First published in Fringepig - Sunday, July 29th, 2018

To my knowledge I have not been reviewed, and I’d like to keep it that way for as long as possible. Though I do remember at the back of one of my gigs, an older gentleman was VERY INTENTLY examining a London A to Z map, so there’s probably a review implicit in that.

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Ivo Graham

First published in Fringepig - Saturday, July 28th, 2018

I like to see Edinburgh posters uncluttered with stars, and have been doing my best to lead by example since 2013.

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Phil Ellis

First published in Fringepig - Saturday, July 28th, 2018

…the incompetent fools at EdFringe Review send two idiots into each show, so now you get two stupid people reviewing at the same time. They wear fleeces with the “publications” name on them, so if I see them in my show this year, I’m going to piss on their notebooks, which are almost certainly going to be electrical.

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The Establishment

First published in Fringepig - Friday, July 27th, 2018

I don’t think politicians, or the authorities should be deciding what is funny or not.

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Paul Currie

First published in Fringepig - Friday, July 27th, 2018

Reviews are ALL bullshit, they mean nothing, all written by scared introverts who have no comprehension of what live comedy actually is and the bravery it takes to do it, because if they did they wouldn’t be judging any of us.

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Jojo Sutherland

First published in Fringepig - Friday, July 27th, 2018

Belfast Empire Jan 2018, notoriously one of the toughest gigs in the country and I got a standing ovation, A STANDING FUCKING OVATION… I’ll say that again A. Standing. Ovation but I don’t like to mention it.

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Johannes Dullin

First published in Fringepig - Friday, July 27th, 2018

When they are nice, they are nice. When they are good looking, they are good looking. When they eat soup, they eat soup. When they smile, they smile. When they write a bad review about my show, then… I get very sad.

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Foxdog Studios

First published in Fringepig - Friday, July 27th, 2018

The star system is a bit naff. It doesn’t take into account the reviewer and their personal preferences; ideally you’d read reviews from people whose interests are akin to yours and go from there.

Although we’ll take the stars. It’s an arms race.

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Jack Shanik

First published in Fringepig - Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Reviewers are part of the entertainment aren’t they? I wouldn’t expect anything other than polemic, but so far I’ve only had one review that wasn’t genuinely thoughtful. Having conflicting reviews of the same show inoculates you a bit.

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Paul Sinha

First published in Fringepig - Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

How does one even begin to generalise reviewers? Some are sociopathic pricks, some are utterly delightful. Some know literally nothing about comedy, others have relentlessly nuanced opinions. Edinburgh involves a lot of crossed fingers hoping you get lucky.

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Spring Day

First published in Fringepig - Monday, July 23rd, 2018

I only read reviews of other people’s shows I’ve already watched. That always tells me more about the reviewer than it ever does about the show. I find that fascinating.

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Pity Laughs

First published in Fringepig - Monday, July 23rd, 2018

At its heart it’s an exploration of what it is to be gay… or at least it would be if it had a heart. It straddles silliness, darkness and unsentimentality in a way you might not have seen at the Fringe before.

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Rik Carranza

First published in Fringepig - Saturday, July 21st, 2018

My best review and worst review are one and the same!! It just contains the wonderful line, ‘Rik Carranza was excellent…at first.’ Such a high to then get my hopes dashed!!

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Becky Fury

First published in Fringepig - Thursday, July 19th, 2018

I really fancy reviewers, especially if they give me good review. I’ve always found you attractive Wrigley. Haven’t I told you that already?

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David Mills

First published in Fringepig - Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

I’m a free speech absolutist so I don’t support laws that regulate speech. In my mind the concept of ‘freedom of speech’ is specifically about protecting offensive speech. At one time a group chanting ‘votes for women’ would have been offensive. I just think once you start regulating speech you open yourself up to having your own speech curtailed.

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Paul ‘Silky’ White

First published in Fringepig - Monday, July 16th, 2018

If you’re going to review, make it worth reading, and about the thing you’re reviewing. Your name isn’t on the ticket.

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Nicky Wilkinson

First published in Fringepig - Monday, July 16th, 2018

I will read my reviews. I take them with a pinch of salt and if there’s something I can genuinely take on board, then I certainly will.

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Mel Byron

First published in Fringepig - Monday, July 16th, 2018

An audience member once saw me in the toilet, pointed to me, and said to her friend ‘Now, she was very good.’ Well, I was chuffed.

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Daniel Connell

First published in Fringepig - Monday, July 16th, 2018

I don’t mind reviewers, they contribute to ticket sales, I just hope in a positive way.

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