Comedy Cuts: Zoe Lyons| Tom Rhodes

Zoe Lyons. Pic: Comp
Zoe Lyons. Pic: Comp
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THE sheer variety of comedy on offer in the Fringe can’t possibly be overstated. Fortunately for their fans, comedians and other such purveyors of wit have, by their very nature, an insatiable appetite for it all - from the slightly cockeyed to the unutterably ridiculous.

Zoe Lyons: Mustard Cutter

Gilded Balloon, Teviot

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Tom Rhodes: Colossus

Gilded Balloon, Teviot

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Chelsea Manders: Don’t Tell My Dad

Assembly, George Square

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Zoe Lyons is a grinner. Throughout her show, she unleashes non-stop rapid-fire bolts of vinegar wit at the entitled and ignorant, among other worthwhile targets, wearing the meanest grin you ever saw.

Unable to do or say anything wrong for this audience, she flitted around knitwear, politics and her love of cheap booze and cheese. She also shared probably the funniest and best ever observation on the consequences of a ‘Yes’ vote in the referendum.

Comedy is such a personal thing, and recommending a show can be very hit and miss. Not so with Lyons. I defy anyone not to fold up with laughter at her show.

As an American appearing at the Fringe for the first time, Tom Rhodes revealed his first (hilarious) impressions of the Scottish National Gallery. This isn’t such a stretch for the comedian, since he doubles as a travel writer for the Huffington Post as he travels the world.

Something of a classic stand-up, Rhodes has what seems like a vast store of one-liners at his disposal and, although his show feels scripted, he’s more than comfortable going AWOL at the drop of a hat.

Highly recommended if you want a fast thinking, razor sharp and – above all – irreverently funny show.

On the other hand, Chelsea Manders brings a big bag of nutty fruitcake to the party. With a perfectly normal, middle-class upbringing, she had to find her deranged sense of humour all by herself – and she found a real beauty.

Generously littered with delightfully off the wall songs, including a Tom Lehrer style list of Commonwealth countries, delivered heroically and flawlessly. Her thin veil of slightly wonky folk singer is as inspired as she is.

Manders offers the scathing world view of a not-at-all-dumb blonde, mercilessly bludgeoning fairy tales and flights of fancy with hard, funny reality.