2012 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards
Where to see this year's winners and nominees in London
Each year, the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award picks out the funniest emerging talent at the Fringe, some of them surely to become household names of the future. 'But what of us Londonites?' we hear you cry. Don't you worry, for those that couldn't make it to Scotland, most of the nominees are bringing their shows to London.
Time Out's review of 'Champions'
It’s an odd, awkward intro for Daniel Simonsen – he performs the first five minutes of his show from behind the curtain. But it’s this offbeat, deadpan awkwardness that makes this young Norwegian comic stand out.
‘Champions’ is predominantly made up of observational material – tales of social faux pas, flat-sharing and shit jobs – but Simonsen is refreshingly low-key, with a pokerfaced, nonchalant delivery and ‘alienated outsider’ perspective, giving each story a quirky angle.
It’s by no means a perfect show – the material feels a little stretched to make up the required 50 minutes – but there’s no doubt that Simonsen has proven himself a talent to keep an eye on. (Reviewed at the Edinburgh Fringe)
See Daniel Simonsen in London
Time Out's review of 'Spontaneous Comedian'
There’s much hype around David Trent’s technology-heavy debut show, which is the opposite of spontaneous, as he mocks in his opening gambit. A junior school teacher by day, Trent uses slickly edited video clips to help bring his routines to life, and has a bravado attitude similar to Nick Helm (funnily enough, Trent is in his backing band).
But underlying the nicely presented routines is material that’s lacking in originality. God’s Facebook page, Sigur Ros’s emotionally blackmailing music, embarrassing YouTube clips – it’s all been done before and Trent doesn’t have particularly fresh angles. He knows this, of course – his computer even tells him so: ‘You were shit before me’.
There’s potential there, but ‘Spontaneous Comedian’ doesn’t quite live up to the hype. (Reviewed at the Edinburgh Fringe)
See David Trent in London
Time Out hasn't yet reviewed 'Discover Ben Target'
See Ben Target in London
Time Out hasn't yet reviewed 'Some Lycett Hot'
See Joe Lycett in London
Time Out's review of 'Good on Paper'
There’s a lot of potential in Sam Fletcher’s charmingly lo-fi debut solo show. The nerdy, bespeckled comic is modest and self-deprecating in his delivery of terrible ‘dad’ jokes, sloppy magic tricks and flipchart drawings.
There are some inspired moments – his ‘Shoes’ song is a particular highlight and his obsession with keeping things tied to string, mittens-style, is a nice through-line (no pun intended).
‘Good on Paper’ is a scatty hour, though; it doesn’t quite feel like a show, more a mish-mash of ideas, and some sections drag out with no real conclusion. However, there’s plenty to enjoy here, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of Sam Fletcher. (Reviewed at the Edinburgh Fringe)
See Sam Fletcher in London