THE Fringe boasts a huge variety of comedians – from the raw recruits to the time-served old hands, and all stops in between - but it’s interesting to notice that they all attract audiences of all ages, however long they’ve been at it.
Lucy Porter: Me Time
The Stand, York Place
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Rhys James: Begins
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Jen Brister: Wishful Thinking
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You know you’re about to see Lucy Porter when you see how low the microphone stand has been set.
In this, her 10th anniversary year at the Fringe, she wants to discuss ‘Me Time’ – a phrase she normally hates, but manages to successfully twist and pull into a great show.
Porter delightfully witters and wibbles non-stop throughout the hour, barely pausing for breath, leaving the audience
to punctuate her hilarious tirade with constant laughter. She’s endearingly cheeky with the crowd, and always gets away with it.
She’s a class act and it’s a joy to see her in Edinburgh’s home of stand-up.
Following an excellent filmed prologue, Rhys James burst on stage to perform... poetry. No, honestly, it’s fine – it was more like snappy one-liners that just happened to rhyme.
He’s 23 so he’s an adult now, which explains the title. What it doesn’t explain is where he got his wonderful self-assurance from. Like a comedy veteran, his is a constantly popping, alert mind and, more important than even that, he has quite possibly the best mic stand ever.
With an outstanding and seriously funny performance like this, I have no fears for the future of comedy.
Jen Brister is a show off, apparently. That’s why she does stand-up.
She’s also happy to share the fact that - because she comes from a Mediterranean
family - she’s also particularly hairy.
Her fabulously over-supportive mum, bless her, made sure she stayed that way because it’s natural. These are just a few of the things you’ll learn in an hour of her remarkably fluid comedy, and you’ll be glad you did.
It costs anything around £1200 and up to put on a paid show in the Fringe, which is why her extremely funny show is free, but you’ll want to put your hand in your pocket by the end.