Edinburgh

The Sunday Defensive: Further Complications

By Lee Levitt, August 16, 2010

I arrived a few minutes late for this show in the poorly signposted Pleasance Hut, but - having been warmly welcomed by Jacob Edwards on stage - was quickly transported into the zany otherworld he and fellow producer/comedian Phil Gilbert inhabit as he bent down on one knee, lifted up his friend's shirt, gripped the top of his trousers and blew several lengthy raspberries on to his stomach. "We hate that," he explained, helpfully.

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Josh Howie: Gran Slam

By Lee Levitt, August 16, 2010

"This show is a lot less Jewy than last year's," says Josh Howie, referring to his 2008 Edinburgh run, "Chosen".

"I made a vow to my agent that being Jewish is no longer going to be my schtick."

So far, so ironic. Howie's mother is the PR guru Lynne Franks, Jennifer Saunders’ inspiration for her "Absolutely Fabulous" character Eddie; and Franks’ 87-year-old mother, Angela Franks, with whom Howie lived for the past four years in Arnos Grove (latterly with his wife, Monique) is the inspiration for his painstakingly crafted, densely packed new show.

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Lee Nelson's Well Good Show

By Jennifer Lipman, August 13, 2010
Chav comedian Lee Nelson (otherwise known as Simon Brodkin) is in Edinburgh throughout the festival with his 'Well Good Edinbra' show. Here he is in action on his BBC3 series 'Lee Nelson's Well Good Show'.

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Daniel Cainer's 'Jewish Chronicles'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 13, 2010
Daniel Cainer is in Edinburgh with his show "Jewish Chronicles".

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WATCH Comedy from Lynn Ruth Miller

By Jennifer Lipman, August 13, 2010
American comedian Lynn Ruth Miller is in Edinburgh with her show "Granny's Gone Wild". Here she is covering everything from old-age dating to ordering at Baskin Robbins.

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Ivor's New Show

By Lee Levitt, August 13, 2010

It's a mark of Ivor Dembina's enduring comic ability that he can lasso in his audience with the unpromising contents of his sandwich in a "Guess-the-contents-of-Ivor's-sandwich" opening routine to his experimental show. But that's the kind of guy he is.

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Granny's Gone Wild

By Lee Levitt, August 13, 2010

"The nice thing about dating at my age is you don't have to worry about meeting the parents." So says Lynn Ruth Miller, who at 77 is a self-styled "senior hottie".
 
With commendable energy, and more than a dash of smut, the diminutive, twice-divorced singleton rips through the niche comedic area of septuagenarian dating in San Francisco, occasionally elaborating her tales with a smattering of fantasy, as when she pictures the effects of a romantic liaison on an oxygen mask-wearing suitor.
 

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Joe Bor: a study of embarrassment by a guy with two bumholes

By Lee Levitt, August 13, 2010

All comedians can have off-nights - you probably just hope it doesn't coincide with your efforts being reviewed.

For Joe Bor, the 2007 Jewish Comedy Factor winner and a Comedian of the Year 2009 finalist at the Leicester Comedy Festival, a nervy start in his Edinburgh debut solo show wasn't helped by a youngish, reserved audience who seemed collectively to be contemplating a bout of dental surgery rather than the end-of-the-pier humour they were being served up.
 

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Chabad aims for Fringe benefits at Edinburgh Festival

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2010

Among the street performers and acrobats on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, the local Chabad group has been handing out kosher snacks and encouraging Jewish visitors to this month's Fringe Festival to lay tefillin.

Rabbi Pinny Weinman and two New York yeshivah students, Yaakov Hecht, 19, and Herschy Hecht, 17, have set up a stall close to Edinburgh Castle, where performers gather to hand out flyers for the 2,000-plus shows.

Rabbi Weinman said that proximity to the castle was like "being a part of history, like being near the Western Wall.

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Separated at birth: Jewish twins seek mum

By Jessica Elgot, July 30, 2010

A pair of identical 64-year-old twins, born in Leeds, separated at birth and raised by Catholic families, are now seeking their birth mother - Leah Cohen.

With the help of genealogist Martin Cahn, whom they met on JewishGen, Mary Holmes, from Kirkby in Ashfield, and Elaine Allin from Chesterfield, are seeking their Jewish relations.

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