Monday 25 June 2018

Punbelievable stand-up at the Fringe

Last year's Fringe Comedy winner, Harriet Braine
back with a new show 20-22 July at Underground Venues

This year the Fringe is packed full of amazing stand-up comic talent.
Inspiration comes from many sources with family foibles being top of the list. In her preview show 10,000 Decisions, Robyn Perkins (English Comedian of the Year Finalist) marries family stories and neuroscience as she explores the nature of decision-making. Australian Adam Vincent, writer for TV’s The Last Leg, believes family demands are controlling his life. Juliet Meyers’ family includes her rescue dog Homer who appears on stage with her. High-energy comic Daniel Cook meanwhile wants to talk about his pet cat.

Comedy can be quite confessional, witness Upstart Crow’s Rob Rouse and his “journey of enforced introspection” or performer Jim Campbell who says he’s had a breakdown “so you don’t have to!” Political comic Alex Kealy considers himself to be a ball of anxiety while joke-writer and stand up Gerard Harris is a self-confessed Attention Seeker. Owen Roberts hit such severe writer’s block that his act is called: “I Let A Six Year Old Write My Show”. Meanwhile joke-merchant Phil Chapman is appearing on stage with his own personal comedy crutch that just happens to be a spatula…

Tone varies enormously with zany puns from masterly comic Richard Pulsford and punbelievable Darren Walsh and a dark edge from seasoned Fringe comedian Amadeus Martin and from Fringe Award-winning Harriet Braine whose Apocalibrary imagines a world where “Trump has literally broken the internet”. The #MeToo movement comes under scrutiny from Harriet Kemsley whilst award-winning Nathan Cassidy exposes the secrets behind - and even his involvement in - the 2008 financial crisis.

Comedy can be found in a variety of settings but particularly in managed venues, Underground and the Rotunda. Offering extra value for money is the ever popular comedy showcase Barrel of Laughs at Underground or new initiative Comedy at the Rotunda in conjunction with Off the Kerb productions.
The comedy category at this year’s Buxton Festival Fringe is the biggest ever with 42 separate events. See for full details of everything in this exciting section.

The Fringe wishes to thank its sponsor The University of Derby as well as financial supporters The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.

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