Next week the Edinburgh Fringe Festival kicks off and we’ll be telling you about some of the best shows, as well where you can see your favourite Standard Issue contributors.
Bryony Kimmings & Tim Grayburn: Fake It Til You Make It
Traverse Theatre, times vary
The audience went wild for this at Latitude and rightly so; Bryony and Tim’s tale of what they’ve learned about depression and how it’s brought them together is extraordinary. Granted, it doesn’t sound a laugh-a-minute, but in parts it’s actually very funny. More importantly, it’s incredibly uplifting and their bravery in discussing such a tough but important subject is inspirational. An absolute triumph.
You can read more about the background to the show here: http://standardissuemagazine.com/health/fake-til-make/
Assembly George Square Theatre, 3.20pm
In the interests of fairness, I have to say I’m friends with these guys. But they’re Cambridge Footlights alumni and I have a backbreaking chip on my shoulder, so if I can overcome that you should be able to get past my nepotism.
If you don’t, you’re missing out on one of the most innovative, sharply written and exquisitely performed sketch shows I’ve ever seen.
Goose consists of Ben Rowse (writer/director) and Adam Drake (one-man whirlwind actor). Adam plays all the parts and if anyone else tried to master the pace, wit and nuance of their stuff it would be a sweaty mess. As it is, it’s a sweaty triumph.
Sketch gets a hard time for being shit, I get it, but also an easy time for never having the pressure to comment on the world in the way standup has to. Goose handle satire and social commentary with an aplomb and grace I’ve not seen before. You won’t have seen anything like it before. Unless you’re familiar with one-man sketch shows that talk about human trafficking one second and Shakira the next.
Rob Auton: The Water Show
Banshee Labyrinth, 4pm, free
It’s not often that you fall in love with a preview but I properly did when I saw this one earlier this year at Machynlleth Comedy Festival.
The bones of the show, and Rob himself, were so fragile and charming. The guy is a philosopher, with poetry powering every last piece of him. Simultaneously heartbreaking and hilariously playful, I was hanging on his every word.
If you’re looking for a comedy show with a difference then this show is certainly worth your attention. I’ve never found a cucumber so fascinating.
Gein’s Family Giftshop: Volume 2
Pleasance Courtyard, 10.45pm
Just pipped to the post for last year’s newcomer award, awesome foursome Gein’s Family Giftshop are darker than the inside of a cow. And if said cow was sacred, they’d definitely slaughter it for a laugh.
Kath Hughes, Edward Easton and James Meehan perform, while fourth member Kiri Pritchard-McLean lurks in the shadows, the Jeremy Dyson of the group. Macabre, filthy and hilarious, Gein’s embrace the comedic power of death, jizz and bumholes – and do so joyously.
Time for more than that? Here’s where you can get tickets for shows by dozens of Standard Issue contributors.
Abi is a standup comedian. She trained as a classical singer in Moscow and worked as a session vocalist and recording artist before becoming a comic. She can be found treading the boards at the UK’s comedy clubs.
Angela is an award-winning standup comedian. She is sometimes on TV and the radio and is often in a comedy club near you.
Bisha K Ali
Bisha is a writer and comedian. Off stage, she can be found under a duvet with a notebook.
Brydie is a Sydney-raised, London-based comedian and writer who has never met a Buffy reference she couldn’t shoehorn into conversation.
Cariad is a comedian, actor, improviser and writer. Her dream is to one day pay off her student loan and to finally find the perfect concealer.
Deborah Frances White
Deborah is a comedian and screenwriter, and creator of the BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice.
Diane is a standup comedian and writer. Her favourite genres include comedy, horror and sci-fi. Loves halloumi.
Elaine is a comedian, writer and science communicator. Raised in Northern Ireland, lived in Wales, now resides in Glasgow – bewildering brogue.
Standup, writer, actress, sister, introvert. Almost no street smarts whatsoever. Avoids the bandwagon if possible.
Felicity is an Australian comedian, writer, actor and full time knucklehead, based in the UK.
Jenny is an actor, writer and comedian living in London.
Jessica is a writer, comedian, actor, law degree-waster, sister, daughter and beard-fan with an unabashed food infatuation.
Standup comedian. Comedy writer. Crime fighter. Happy drunk.
Juliet is a writer (for radio and television), comedian, feminist and middle-lane swimmer.
Juliette is a docu-comedian, actor, writer, thinker, dreamer, doer and person. She has a history of mental health problems and loves The Muppets. These two things are in no way linked.
Kiri is a Welsh standup comedian and one fourth of sketch group Gein’s Family Giftshop. She is also a farmer’s daughter. The subtext to all this? Great at swearing.
Laura is a comedian, writer, baker and glorious feminist. She is nothing if not enthusiastic about everything.
Lou is a comedian, writer, actor, lover of curry and cheese, and is also a giant simple child.
Pippa is a comedian, improviser and the co-founder of Sunday Assembly. She lives in London.
Rachel is a comedian, musician, actor and improviser. She is best known for her award-winning musical comedy songs, presenting Thronecast on Sky Atlantic and improvising in hit show Austentatious.
Sadie is a playwright, actor, columnist, artistic director of Old Trunk theatre company, and frequently discombobulated multi-tasker.
Sarah is an Australian standup comic who lives in London. She likes pictures of cats with lasers coming out of their eyes.
Sofie is a Danish standup comedian based in London. She is also a body positivity activist and a comedy writer.
Funny Women Variety Award Winner 2012. ASDA Kate Bush.
Susan is a comedian and writer who sometimes appears on things like the News Quiz and QI.
Tania is a standup comedian and writer.
Likes music, swearing and biscuits. Media underling by day, fledgling standup comedian by night.
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