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We're Halfway Through Edinburgh Festival Fringe... So Let's Check Out Those Reviews!

Written by Andy Ritchie / August 15, 2017

We're midway through the Edinburgh Festival Fringe madness and quite frankly, we don't know how this lot do it. With most of the fest's finest comics and entertainment putting in a 28-day slog without any days off (alright, maybe one!), it's a miracle nobody's had a meltdown yet. Kudos to everyone pulling the month-long stint!

Anyway, let's see what the reviews are saying so far, shall we?



WHO? Gein's Family Gift Shop
THE SHOW: Gein's Family Gift Shop: Volume 3
WHERE / WHEN: 10.20pm at Pleasance: Above
WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING:

 The Guardian: "An object lesson in offbeat humour"
 Chortle: "It’s another deliciously dark and funny hour of sketch from the Gein’s gang"
 EdFest Mag: "A fantastically dark sketch show with a brilliant twist at the end"
 Fest Mag: "Very funny, in a subtly off colour way"
 Fringe Guru: "Provoking malicious laughter in even the most saintly"
 The Skinny: "By far one of the most original sketch acts in Edinburgh"
 The 730 Review: "For an evening of murderous, sick comedy, look no further than this" 
 The Wee Review: "There are moments that are screamingly funny at the same time as making you gasp in shock"



WHO? Kiri Pritchard-Mclean
THE SHOW: Appropriate Adult
WHERE / WHEN: 8.15pm at Pleasance: Attic

WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

 Voice Mag: "Delivered with excellent comedic talent, cleverly disguising an important moral message"
 The Arts Desk: "Hugely likeable and energetic; disarmingly honest"
 The Guardian"No opportunity is missed for a second laugh to build upon the first"
 The Skinny"No punches are pulled, and an interesting story backed up with research and experience"
 Fest Mag: "Kiri specialises in comic misdirection and has a lot of fun with her delivery, sneaking in punchlines and zingers behind blind corners"




WHO? Josh Pugh
THE SHOW: A Boy Named Pugh
WHERE / WHEN: 7.15pm at Bunker One (not 15th)

WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

 Broadway Baby: "Confident but not cocky, immediately likeable, and a natural on stage"
 EdFest Mag: "Honest and unapologetic about his quirky style of stand-up, Pugh is an endearing performer"



WHO? Chris Turner
THE SHOW: What A Time To Be Alive
WHERE / WHEN: 9.45pm at Pleasance: Upstairs (Not 28th)
WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING:

 Broadway Baby: "The breadth of Turner’s references is impressive"
 Shortcom: "Equal parts childish, smart, and funny"




WHO? Sara Schaefer
THE SHOW: Little While Box
WHERE / WHEN: 7pm at Pleasance: That

WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

✭✭✭ The New European: "One of those comedians that you just love from the first minute and you’d have to try very hard not to find her hilarious"

WHO? Lauren Pattison
THE SHOW: Lady Muck
WHERE / WHEN: 5.45pm at Pleasance: Attic / EXTRA SHOW: 3pm at Pleasance: Bunker Two on 25th

WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

✭✭✭ The List: "Lauren Pattison is going places"
✭✭ Telegraph: "Catch her now before she hits the big time"
✭✭ Chortle: "You can certainly tell how Pattison got her Masters in drama, for she has the storytelling skills to draw the audience into her life and take us on an emotional journey with her"
✭✭✭ The Arts Desk: "This is a very well constructed hour of storytelling, and we will be seeing a lot more of Pattison"

...and how about this added bonus from an audience member:




WHO? Abigoliah Schamaun
THE SHOW: Namaste, Bitches
WHERE / WHEN: 7.40pm at Underbelly: Belly Laugh (not 15th or 28th)
WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

 The Wee Review: "Abigoliah Schamaun bursts on stage with the energy of Mr. Motivator and the stage presence of a high-level Scientologist"
 Bouquets Brick Bats Review: "Abigoliah has a lot to say – and it’s definitely worth listening to."




WHO? Mark Nelson
THE SHOW: Irreverence
WHERE / WHEN: 8pm at Gilded Balloon: Sportsmans (Not 15th / 28th) / EXTRA SHOW: 11.45pm at Gilded Balloon: Sportsmans on 25th
WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

✭✭ The Wee Review: "It might be too early to say, but it could already be one of the comedic highlights of this year’s Fringe."
✭✭ The Voice Mag: "Nelson delivers another prescribed, no frills crescendo of my week at the Fringe"
✭✭ The New European: "A very good comedian who knows how to tell a funny story"




WHO? Patrick Turpin
THE SHOW: Itty Bitty Little Titty Piece
WHERE / WHEN: 10.40pm at Underbelly: Delhi Belly (Not 14th / 28th)

WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

 Chortle: "File under ‘interesting’, for sure"



WHO? James Adomian
THE SHOW: Lacking In Character
WHERE / WHEN: 9.15pm at Gilded Balloon: Sportsmans (not 28th)

WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

 Festmag: "You could do worse than to find yourself in Adomian's safe comedic hands"



WHO? Brennan Reece
THE SHOW: Everlong
WHERE / WHEN: 6pm at Pleasance: Beside

WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

✭✭ Define Arts: "A funny, charming and emotional hour which is well worth your time"



WHO? Gráinne Maguire
THE SHOW: Gráinne With A Fada
WHERE / WHEN: 6.30pm at Gilded Balloon: Turret (not 15th)
WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

✭✭✭✭ EdFest Mag: "A definite must see performance from a comic at the top of her game"
✭ The Skinny: "Maguire is a self-confessed try-hard who wants to make everyone love her"
 Broadway Baby: "Her anecdotal and self-critical style of stand-up comedy is deftly interwoven with the political"

Let's see what ol' Graham Norton is saying while we're at it...

 


WHO? Rachel Parris
THE SHOW: Key Note
WHERE / WHEN: 8.20pm at Pleasance: 10Dome (not 28th)
WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

✭✭✭✭ Shortcom: "Parris is ludicrously nice, extremely funny, and just the sort of person you’d want advising your kids"

And how about THIS for a review...




WHO? Lloyd Griffith
THE SHOW: In:Undated
WHERE / WHEN: 7pm at Pleasance: 10Dome (not 28th)
WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

✭✭ Broadway Baby: "Griffith stands out from the Edinburgh pack with his hour long narrative of a love lost, carried along by his giggly, affable persona"



WHO? Rhys James
THE SHOW: Wiseboy
WHERE / WHEN: 6pm at Pleasance: Upstairs (except 28th)
WHAT THE REVIEWS ARE SAYING: 

✭✭✭✭✭ Theatre Weekly: "A masterclass in comedy"
✭✭.5 Shortcom: "Rhys James is better than half the comics with twice the experience."

✭✭ Broadway Baby: "James proves that having gimmicks or a deeper meaning isn't necessary to give an audience a highly entertaining hour"

We'll keep adding to this article as the reviews roll in - so keep checking back to see what the people are saying!

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