How many comedians does it take to change a light bulb?
None – they’re all too busy in Edinburgh.
The comedy section of the Fringe programme is by far and away the largest, and the comic fare on offer ranges from the big name stand-ups packing out huge venues every evening, to the rising stars of the circuit playing back rooms of pubs to the proverbial two men and a dog.
As well as the stand-ups, there’s a whole host of shows with a twist that are also in the comedy section – often, some of the funniest and best-hidden gems of the Fringe are here: be it magic, ventriloquism or something even more surreal.
This year, our comedy award nominations are:
- Frisky & Mannish’s The College Years – returning after last year’s breakthrough School of Pop, Frisky & Mannish delighted with a show which took their spoof pop-based education to a higher (degree) level.
- New Art Club’s Big Bag Of Boom – proving that contemporary dance and comedy do mix, the creative lunacy of the New Art Club was far funnier than two grown men prancing about in skin-tight leotards had any right to be
- The Ginge, The Geordie & The Geek – Graeme Rooney, Paul Charlton and Kevin O’Loughlin created an excellent fast-paced sketch show packed with genuinely original characters and surrealism. Their talent was uniformly superb and comedic timing exceptional. Ones to watch out for.
And the winner is…
New Art Club’s Big Bag of Boom
From the sublime to the ridiculous (most often missing out the ‘sublime’ bit entirely), Tom Roden and Pete Shenton presented a consistently hilarious ‘greatest hits’ package, which saw them perform dance-based interpretations of irresponsible school teachers, touching scenes of first love, and IRA revenge beatings…
For their surreal comedy that most definitely had to be seen to be believed, they are hereby awarded the