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Glorious Reviews From Edfringe

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We've had some great reviews and awards already in the festival for our acts. Keep checking back to see the new reviews as they appear. 


PHIL NICHOL : SOMEWHERE BENEATH IT ALL, A SMALL FIRE BURNS STILL -“ a brilliant reminder or how excellent of a performer Nichol is. Do not miss this.” ***** - Across The Arts 24/08/2011

PHIL NICHOL : THE SIMPLE HOUR - “It’s non-stop entertainment... wide-eyed bounding enthusiasm.” – STV 26/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - WINNER –  DAVE’S FUNNIEST JOKE AWARD 2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - NOMINEE - BEST SHOW - FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD 2011 

PHIL NICHOL : THE SIMPLE HOUR - “...a ‘simple’ hour with Phil Nichol is a veritable comedy goldmine...  riotously funny ... the audience demand more of the crazed comedy majesty that is Phil Nichol.” ***** - Fringe Guru 22/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - AS SEEN ON BBC THREE @ THE FRINGE

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “top tip – the utterly full on Nick Helm” – Bruce Dessau – The London Evening Standard

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “... this heaving, lovably shambolic show is the most fun you will have in a portacabin... This is a wonderfully crazy funny hour with a man who... the funniest, most loveable monster you are ever going to see dancing on bubble wrap.” **** - Kate Copstick – The Scotsman 22/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “And talking of Edinburgh sophomores, a quick word on Nick Helm: mixing cock-rock swagger, an ear-blasting bellow and the emotional dilapidation of a young Johnny Vegas, Helm turns things up to 11 with the riotous Dare to Dream. I wouldn't be surprised to see him among this week's Comedy Award nominees.” – The Independent 21/08/2011

PHIL NICHOL : SOMEWHERE BENEATH IT ALL, A SMALL FIRE BURNS STILL -“Phil Nichol fabulous in Somewhere Beneath It All, A Small Fire Burns Still Burns @ Gilded B even if script too clever by half.” – The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner’s Twitter

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “... massively enjoyable and with plenty of brilliant touches.” **** - London Is Funny 20/08/2011 

PAUL McCAFFREY : SAYING SOMETHING STUPID – “...obviously born to be a comic.” – The Scotsman 20/08/2011

PHIL NICHOL : THE SIMPLE HOUR - “Phil Nichol is such a versatile performer it just isn’t fair to the rest of us mortals... Again this year he has reverted to doing simply an hour’s worth of stuff with no complex characters, just being himself, the crazy, wacky, funny hyperactive comedy genius and musician that only he can do at once.” ***** - One4Review 19/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “Where To Go And What To See : Like a Jack Black with an English accent, Nick Helm produces an unholy cocktail of pelvis-thrusting swagger, crippling self-doubt, edgy audience participation and dismal songs and poetry.  Dare to dream is also one of the funniest sets you'll see all year, anywhere” – Daily Telegraphy 20/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM -  "A thrillingly unpredictable hour from Nick Helm. Hysterical and terrifying in equal measure. Utterly exhilarating. ****” - Ben Williams – Time Out Twitter Review 19/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “Dare to Dream may just be the funniest show on the Fringe.” **** - Bruce Dessau – London Evening Standard 18/08/2011

PHIL NICHOL : SOMEWHERE BENEATH IT ALL, A SMALL FIRE BURNS STILL – 

“... one performance you are unlikely to forget.” **** - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine 17/08/2011

CAREY MARX : LAZINESS AND STUFF - “...a genuinely funny and interesting hour of comedy.” **** - Fest 17/08/2011

PHIL NICHOL : THE SIMPLE HOUR - “Simple it maybe in name, but it is expertly delivered and perfectly timed... The Simple Hour is very funny hour of madness, mayhem and magic, as only Nichol has mastered.” **** - Chortle 17/08/2011

PAUL McCAFFREY : SAYING SOMETHING STUPID - “ had all in stitches... McCaffery has stage presence, is an engaging raconteur and plenty of substance in his material...  I’m certain on this showing he will have a successful career ahead of him, certainly it’s a name I’ll look out for in the future.” **** - One4Review 17/08/2011

STEPHEN CARLIN : GUILTY BYSTANDER - “... he delivers a pitch perfect and very funny show ...dry and absurdist wit... There's a mixture of observational stuff, one-liners and funny anecdotes, all held together by Carlin's intelligent sense of the surreal and the ridiculous. This is perfectly complemented by his droll and quirky style of delivery... All in all, it's a great show, well written and expertly performed.” **** - Spoonfed 16/08/2011

STEPHEN CARLIN : GUILTY BYSTANDER – “Unsettlingly funny with flashes of greatness.” – The List 16/08/2011

PHIL NICHOL : THE SIMPLE HOUR - “If EVER there were an irresistible comedy force, it is Phil Nichol.  This year there was no Bobby Spade, no band, no nudity.  Instead there is feelgood factor, funny songs, flirting, jokes and generalised silliness from a comic whose show has enough energy to run an entire tram system, were there such a thing around. I can imagine Nichol coming up with some new kind of wonderful every night.  You would have to be not just miserable but insensible not to be infected with Nichol's funnybug.  It is like spending an hour in a comedy jacuzzi." - Kate Copstick. - The Scotsman **** 16/08/11 

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “Not to be missed” **** - Broadway Baby 15/08/11

PHIL NICHOL : SOMEWHERE BENEATH IT ALL, A SMALL FIRE BURNS STILL - “ The charisma-drenched comic relates the play's touching backstory—Kevin is a disabled teen Nichol once cared for—then resumes his act flawlessly.... Nichol is an engaging and unpredictable performer.” **** - Fest 14/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “...inspired anarchy” – Scotsman On Sunday 14/08/2011

CAREY MARX : LAZINESS AND STUFF - “... a darkly comic Quentin Tarantino... guarantees a solid cascade of laughs.” **** - Steve Bennett – Chortle 14/08/2011

PHIL NICHOL : THE SIMPLE HOUR – “Former Perrier award winner Phil Nichol may have labelled this The Simple Hour, but there’s nothing simple about delivering a set with enough energy to light up the New Town on a damp Edinburgh evening... ingenious.” **** - Fest 13/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “Don't miss: A star is born, OK, a rather paunchy, aggressive, lovelorn, unshaven star, who divides his time between melodic-rock anthems, reading us his poetry and molesting the front row.  But, still, Helm is properly funny: Johnny Vegas reborn as the roadie for an AC/DC tribute band."  - What Critics Would Pay To See – Critic’s Choice by Dominic Maxwell – Saturday Times 13/08/2011

STEPHEN CARLIN : GUILTY BYSTANDER - **** - The Skinny 13/08/2011

PHIL NICHOL : THE SIMPLE HOUR – “...vibrant and purposeful... penetrating and exuberant” **** – Simon Fielding - The Skinny 13/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM – “....a genuinely unique comedy brain.... It makes for a tremendously liberating show, and one where you feel you’re in the presence of a potential megastar.” – James Kettle  – The Guardian Guide 13/08/2011

CAREY MARX : LAZINESS AND STUFF – ““It’s a real joy to see a comic at his gleeful best” ***** - Edinburgh Evening News 12/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “Nick Helm – maddest funniest thing I’ve seen so far on the Fringe.” – @markymonahan (Telegraph’s Comedy Critic Mark Monahan’s twitter) 12/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “For Nick Helm’s is one of those rare sets where you’re never quite sure what you’re watching, or where the act starts and stops — you’re just nervously grateful that you’re there.... genuinely exciting.” ***** - Mark Monahan - The Telegraph 12/08/2011

PHIL NICHOL : SOMEWHERE BENEATH IT ALL, A SMALL FIRE BURNS STILL – Winner Scotsman Fringe First Award 2011

PHIL NICHOL : SOMEWHERE BENEATH IT ALL, A SMALL FIRE BURNS STILL - “ Phil Nichol adds a coiled-spring intensity that makes the man simultaneously comic, pathetic and dangerous.” – The Stage 11/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “...an absolute riot... it is fantastic fun. It's a great show." – STV 11/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “...mournfully and explosively funny, with a palpable edge of unpredictably to his supercharged performance. There is no comic quite like Nick Helm. Comedy should be thankful that there is one of him; and equally thankful that there is no more than one of him.” **** - Chortle 11/08/2011

CAREY MARX : LAZINESS AND STUFF - “His material is superbly crafted and honed to razor sharpness, his delivery style precise, occasionally slightly edgy, and he goes with stuff that some lesser comic may baulk at. Yet,  like a naughty schoolboy, he has this disarmingly cheeky grin that somehow salves any excursions into the insalubrious.

As a craftsman of his art, he despairs on others using hack material, the tried and tested route to laughs, but judging once again on the night he was never short of laughs himself with yet another quality performance.

So do yourselves a favour, go and see him for yourself and see what you have been missing.” ***** - One4Review 11/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “a show with this much heart cannot fail to make a big impression." **** - Festmag 10/08/2011 

PHIL NICHOL : SOMEWHERE BENEATH IT ALL, A SMALL FIRE BURNS STILL -“Florez blends Nichol’s personal facts and fictions in a perfect showcase for this engaging performer’s talents... clever stuff and perfectly executed.” ***** - Terri Paddock – What’s On Stage 10/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM – Mentioned as one to watch by The Evening Standard 08/2011

CAREY MARX : LAZINESS AND STUFF – “‎‎...mischievous but smart” **** - Edfestmag 09/08/2011

CAREY MARX : LAZINESS AND STUFF - ‎"...thoughtful, shocking and hilarious. Laziness and Stuff is a cleverly conceived, far from lazy hour of comedy." **** - The Skinny 08/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “Nick Helm gives Pleasance Press launch a good old kicking... the fantastic Helm, who is surely worth catching if you can scrape a ticket for his show” – STV Online 08/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - "If they were all as laugh-out-loud funny as Nick Helm the time would just fly by... an exciting comedian" **** - The Times 08/08/2011

PAUL McCAFFREY : SAYING SOMETHING STUPID - “His engaging storytelling is crafted with intelligence, yet is far from pretentious; devoid of gimmickry, yet often deliciously inventive...  McCaffrey’s honest, articulate performance is impeccably delivered and consistently funny.  Meta-comedy this isn’t, but for me it was a delightfully satisfying experience, and (finally!) a great example of what the festival has to offer.” **** Edfestmag 07/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - Listed as one of “6 Not To Miss Comedians” – The Times 06/08/2011

PHIL NICHOL : THE SIMPLE HOUR- “To answer the great philosophical question - if Phil Nichol fell in the forest and no-one was watching, it undoubtedly would make a sound. And that sound would be bloody funny.” – Kate Copstick - The Scotsman 06/08/2011

NICK HELM : DARE TO DREAM - “A newcomer to watch, Helm's shouty lovelorn loser persona is winningly memorable. His stunning 2010 show majored on audience participation - at one point only one fan was still in their seat while everyone else was onstage. Hilarious songs too.” – The London Evening Standard ’25 Reasons To Go The Edinburgh Festival’ 02/08/2011 


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