Edinburgh Fringe comedy reviews 2013

Comedy at the world's biggest arts festival, reviewed by the Time Out Comedy team


The Edinburgh Fringe is the biggest and most important gathering of comedy talent. So of course the Time Out team is up in Bonnie Scotland for the month of August, watching hour upon hour of comedy, and writing up reviews.

You'll find the latest comedy reviews from the Edinburgh Festival at the top of this page. Keep checking back, as we'll be adding new reviews almost every day.

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Rachael Pollock
Rachael Pollock

SIMON DONALD-BUTCH STRAIGHT POOF, Stand 2, Edinburgh Fringe After toying with various ideas on which to base his show (What Would Gazza Do? You Are The Tramp, Nanas Say The Funniest Things to name but a few..) Viz creator Simon Donald remembered that one of his friends had dubbed him"a butch straight poof" and decided this was the most succinct manner in which his lifestyle had ever been summed up. And lo, the show was born. Simon sets out to examine the challenges of just what it means to be a heterosexual man in the 21st century and explain just what a butch straight poof REALLY is. The audience were in stitches as he explained what traits belong in the Butch Bin, the Straight Grate and the Poof Pot. Allowing the audience a glimpse into his own life he confesses that as well as owning tools (only red ones of course), DIY, liking football and drinking beer Simon also owns a hairdryer, keeps his socks tidy, dances,drinks the wrong tea and wears pink shoes. Surprisingly to many, he also fancies women. Hence being a butch straight poof. "But hey, isn't this all a bit non-pc and homophobic?" I hear you ask. NO!! Absolutely the opposite. Don't get me wrong, this show is packed with laughs; voices from beyond the grave, insults, swearing, songs, a parody of a geordie radio phone in show and general arsing about. But there is also a serious message being driven home here; tales of Quentin Crisp's heroic stance of always being himself, Rod Stewart's inspiration for The Killing of Georgie and the shocking truth about sportsmen coming out are delivered with poignance and sensitivity. I loved this show; well written, jaw achingly funny, moving and crazy all wrapped up in a Fred Perry top (you can dress them up OR dress them down).

Rachael Pollock
Rachael Pollock

After toying with various ideas on which to base his show (What Would Gazza Do? You Are The Tramp, Nanas Say The Funniest Things to name but a few..) Viz creator Simon Donald remembered that one of his friends had dubbed him"a butch straight poof" and decided this was the most succinct manner in which his lifestyle had ever been summed up. And lo, the show was born. Simon sets out to examine the challenges of just what it means to be a heterosexual man in the 21st century and explain just what a butch straight poof REALLY is. The audience were in stitches as he explained what traits belong in the Butch Bin, the Straight Grate and the Poof Pot. Allowing the audience a glimpse into his own life he confesses that as well as owning tools (only red ones of course), DIY, liking football and drinking beer Simon also owns a hairdryer, keeps his socks tidy, dances,drinks the wrong tea and wears pink shoes. Surprisingly to many, he also fancies women. Hence being a butch straight poof. "But hey, isn't this all a bit non-pc and homophobic?" I hear you ask. NO!! Absolutely the opposite. Don't get me wrong, this show is packed with laughs; voices from beyond the grave, insults, swearing, songs, a parody of a geordie radio phone in show and general arsing about. But there is also a serious message being driven home here; tales of Quentin Crisp's heroic stance of always being himself, Rod Stewart's inspiration for The Killing of Georgie and the shocking truth about sportsmen coming out are delivered with poignance and sensitivity. I loved this show; well written, jaw achingly funny, moving and crazy all wrapped up in a Fred Perry top (you can dress them up OR dress them down).