Ellie Taylor’s first foray at Edinburgh – Elliementary received critical acclaim for its treatment of the big topics and hard hitting issues like love, life, and Matalan. She may not be your traditional comic, Taylor is a former model turned TV presenter, but her self-deprecation and surrealist qualities quickly prove that she’s much, much funnier than you would expect anyone involved in Snog, Marry, Avoid to be. As she mentions herself, she wasn’t host of the prestigious ‘Butcher’s Shop of the Year’ awards for no reason!
THE TREASON SHOW Fri 10 Apr Ropetackle Arts Centre
Brighton’s very own satirical comedy show are now in their 15th record breaking year. An irreverent collection of sketches, songs and satire based on the news and current affairs The Treason Show is a Brighton Institution. Providing gag-a-minute comedy, it’s savagely funny stuff in the vein of Have I Got News For You and The Thick of It. Blisteringly topical, they haven’t survived this long by shying away from hitting a target where it hurts.
What is subjectivity? Nish Kumar has been variously described as “a highly polished stand up” and “a comedian I’ve never heard of”. That’s subjectivity in action. As you can probably guess from the show’s title, Nish Kumar’s comedy has a certain degree of reflexiveness. It cleverly straddles the line between self-awareness and self-obsession. As seen on The Alternative Comedy Experience and Live At Edinburgh Festival, Kumar doesn’t settle for making people laugh, his intelligent comedy forces them to think.
There are four women. There is one award. Who’s going to win Woman of the Year? Originally shown at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Anna Morris has come up with a framework to show a series of comic characters. The audience decides the winner, but will it be Nina Gordon, aggressive businesswoman who made her fortune with her BabyFit gym; Jane Dough, who bakes to fill her empty life; Keva O’Leary, war correspondent and Alexi Steele, a militant protestor for single women’s rights.
Scott Capurro’s show regales us with his marriage to his boyfriend, a near lynching in Cardiff and the events around his mother’s death. From that cheery jumping-off point, Capurro launches into tirades against the Chinese, Mohammad and Cardiff. If this all seems very controversial, don’t worry as Capurro eventually manages to insult absolutely every group of people without discrimination. If you look up the phrase ‘not for everybody’ Islamohomophobia: Reloaded is the dictionary definition.
SHAPPI KHORSANDI Fri 24 Apr Ropetackle Arts Centre
Having selfishly taken 2013 off to have a child, Iranian-British comic Shappi Khorsandi is back for a brand new tour. Having established herself as one of Britain’s best young female comics, Khorsandi mixed razor sharp wit and whip-crack jokes with enough self-awareness to make her act the right blend of feisty and endearing. Her new show chronicles her haphazard personal Yellow Brick Road to success, and it’s that edge and awareness that keeps it grounded and charming, rather than showy and indulgent.