Category Archives: Comedy

Fiona O’Loughlin: Spirited (Tales from an Angel in a Bottle), Gilded Balloon, Teviot, August 3rd – 28th, 9pm

This was a hilariously funny show.  It’s about Fiona’s battle with the demon booze, all the agonies, all the ups.  This was a really professionally well presented comedy.  With Fiona’s joining AA and her journey through it all, her mother Dierdre, her husband etc, the audience were roaring with laughter.  This was a wonderful show which I would recommend to anyone with a good sense of humour.  There is a suprise at the end; we were were asked not to disclose it to anyone.  Now if your curiosity has been aroused you will have to see the show! Well done Fiona.

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After Lunch – Laugh Lounge (Jokes, stories, Hobnobs), Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 1.30pm

This is a comedy show, Venue 264, upstairs in a pub is the stage.  Five young comedians from London (3 male, 2 female) went on the stage one after the other.  The comedians were brilliant and well interacted with the audience (over a dozen people were there).  There was a lot of laughing and clapping hands.  One hour, 1.30pm – 2.30pm was well spent.  “Eating Hobnobs and watching Free Comedy” – I recommend it.

‘Run, deaf boy, run’: Steve Day at the Stand Comedy Club, venue 5b

Performances with electronic notetaker: Sunday 21st and 28th August
But first, a special preview show, organised with Hearing Link, at the Eric Liddell Centre, on 3rd August.

So you thought because you’re deaf, your days of going to live, stand up comedy were over?
Well, think again. Steve Day, the professional comedian who lost his hearing at the age of 18 (‘the only deaf comedian on the British circuit: if there are any others, he hasn’t heard…..’) brings us his contribution to this year’s Fringe, ‘Run, deaf boy, run’, charting his hilarious, sometimes poignant progress from sluggish middle age to streamlined ambition, as he entered and ran the 2011 London Marathon, to raise funds for Hearing Link (the charitable organisation which aims to empower adults living with hearing loss and their families)
At the preview, hearing impaired and hearing folks alike were in stitches at Steve’s act. With the fleet fingered speech to text reporter and fully functioning loop system, Steve’s rapid fire, well projected delivery was lost on no-one.
The precious memory of being able, once again, to laugh simultaneously with my hearing friends, will linger, even once I forget the actual jokes!
Self deprecating, wildly funny, thought provoking and extremely rude, with a highly engaging personality, Steve’s hour long show should not be missed.
After the gig, Steve told me, ‘The Stand’s been excellent in supporting accessible performances. We’ll be having an electronic notetaker at the final 2 Sundays of the run. Most people think that, if you’ve got a ramp, you’re accessible but there’s a lot more to it than that.’
[certain other venues, please note…]

Accessibility and top entertainment – what a class act to enjoy together!