Culture

16 July 2019

Why my mum is my inspiration for my new show After You

We’re close but we’re not that “My mum is my best friend, I tell her everything” kind of close. I love her and I see myself in her. And the ...

16 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Daliso Chaponda

I discovered Joan Rivers’ comedy because of Youtube. I knew who she was vaguely because of her red carpet roasts at the Oscars.. When a click on ‘suggested videos’ when ...

15 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Irwin from Felix and the Scootermen

Armando Ianucci. I've never questioned why I/we love this man's work as it's been in our lives since I remember taking my first tentative laughs as a baby. Of course, ...

14 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Rhys Nicholson

I hate comedy. I hate comedy with every fibre of my being. Well, when I say that I don’t mean doing it, or even watching it. I love both those ...

14 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Vikki Stone

I get asked a lot about who my favourite comedians are, and sure, there’s a list of influences that you might expect; Bette Midler, Monty Python and Tim Minchin, but ...

13 July 2019

William Hartley shares the inspiration for his new show Gun

Comedic actor WILLIAM HARTLEY is best known as one third of sketch comedy troupe Clever Pete. GUN is his debut solo theatre show - a pastiche-cum-homage to the spaghetti Western ...

12 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Eli Matthewson

ELI MATTHEWSON is a young and fabulous darling of the New Zealand stand up scene. He’s in the UK this August to perform AN INCONVENIENT POOF at the Edinburgh Fringe, ...

11 July 2019

Richard Saudek shares the inspiration for his new show Beep Boop

Award-winning physical comedian and clown RICHARD SAUDEK puts his heart and body into this human tale of one man’s cripplingly lonely obsession with technology, in BEEP BOOP. The show combines ...

10 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Tony Law

I ain’t been university and I sure as f**k do not know how to write. I’m a clown assed joker man. I’m a trickster and a jester a master japester. ...

10 July 2019

Taigé Lauren shares the inspiration for her new show Searchers

Ahead of taking her latest creation, ‘Searchers’, to the Edinburgh Fringe, Seattle-based poet, performance artist and singer/songwriter, Taigé Lauren, talks to Female First about what inspired her to write her ...

9 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Laura Daniel of Two Hearts

Rachel Bloom is a comedian I’ve followed over the last few years that has become one of my favourites. Particularly for her work creating the TV Series Crazy Ex- Girlfriend. ...

9 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Damien Warren-Smith

DAMIEN WARREN-SMITH is an actor and comedian who returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with GARRY STARR CONQUERS TROY. This new show will see Garry Starr casually conquer Troy and school ...

8 July 2019

Our favourite comedians by the Struggling Artists

Tamalynne Grant: Comedy talent is really underestimated. Dramatic roles seem to always get the forefront when it comes to having “good acting skills”, however, being funny is probably the most ...

8 July 2019

My favourite comedian by comedy magician Mandy Muden

My all time favourite comedian is the late, great Joan Rivers. I have been very fortunate to see her a handful of times and each time she got better and ...

8 July 2019

10 Things that make us laugh by Privates

Living the clown life is tough, rough and often enough. We’d love to settle down, find ourselves nice city jobs, selling shares to people who don’t know how. But if ...

8 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Eleanor Tiernan

My Favourite Comedian is Minnesota’s Maria Bamford. She’s a stand up comic whom I love for her uniquely philosophical style of comedy which she performs using her extensive range of ...
7 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Jamie Loftus

I did think about writing this whole essay about “my husband who is two inches taller than me who repeats every joke I made at the table slightly louder than ...

7 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Alasdair Beckett-King

Flaming redhead ALASDAIR BECKETT KING is acclaimed for his madcap, whimsical nerdery. At this year’s fringe he’ll be espousing silly yet subtle commentary on our dire times in his show ...

6 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Tamsyn Kelly

"The first time I remember seeing Kathy Burke was in Kevin and Perry Go Large. My parents had strictly forbidden me from watching it so I wanted nothing more than ...

6 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Patrick Monahan

The hardest thing in comedy isn't doing comedy. The hardest thing in comedy is just choosing one great influential comedian. Also the hardest thing about doing stand up comedy is ...

5 July 2019

Ed Coleman reveals the inspiration for his new show Leave A Message

Comedian and actor ED COLEMAN (as seen in Steptoe & Son, and SPY) is taking a true story theatre piece to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. LEAVE A MESSAGE is ...

5 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Harriet Baine

I can’t choose between my two favourite comedians called Adam. The same thing would happen if this was about the Spice Girls, as I couldn’t possibly choose between the Mels. ...

4 July 2019

Tatiana Pavela reveals the inspiration for her new show Brandi Alexander

Seattle-based performer TATIANA PAVELA is bringing her intimate and brutal one-woman show BRANDI ALEXANDER to Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is a primal scream of a show about rape: Howlingly funny and agonisingly uncomfortable. ...

4 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Joe Jacobs

As a rule, Canadians are all great, but Norm raises the bar. It’s really hard to put into words what makes this man so genius. Simply put, Norm Macdonald is ...