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 buxtonfringe.org.uk 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.