The Times have printed their Fringe Roundup, listing everything from the best and brightest to the most quirky shows and stories from this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Here’s one of their picks (including the incredible Tom Binns as Ian D Montfort)
Comedians are mentalists
Which is to say, you can see the influence of Derren Brown all over town. Not just in the actual magic acts, but comedians such as the character comic Nick Mohammed (amazing maths tricks), Nina Conti (whose puppet Granny reads an audience member’s mind), Sam Fletcher and, most of all, Ian D Montfort, a spoof psychic from Sunderland. He made a stunning Fringe debut two years ago, but last year his creator Tom Binns got too taken with the tricks at the expense of the comedy. This years is once again a near-perfect mix of mockery – Binns never lets you forget that Montfort and his ilk prey on the credulous: standing in his turquoise kung-fu pants, he proudly tells us that he is “UK spokesperson for the Pseudo Sciences” – and some genuinely jaw-dropping mind-reading stunts. He has his cake and eats it. Always a good trick.
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Don’t miss your last few chances to see this Unbelievable show!
The London Evening Standard have picked their favourite jokes of the Fringe, the list includes gags by Tim Key, Chris Ramsey and our very own David O’Doherty
“Who are the most decent people in the hospital?… The ultrasound people!”
Pretty good for a comic who only has 3 actual jokes in the show!
David O’Doherty is doing 2 EXTRA shows, now on sale HERE
Saturday 25th @ 1.10pm
Sunday 26th @ 3pm
Don’t miss your last chances to see Seize The David O’Doherty!
Michael Downey: Standing Up Again
Dry and wry comeback after serious road crash
In 2002 when Downey was driving to Dublin for a gig he was involved in a head-on collision with another car. At the time he was a stand-up making his mark on the circuit, a regular at the Comedy Cellar in Dublin and he’d reached the final of the BBC New Comedy Award the previous year alongside Alan Carr. Seven-and-a-half years after the accident he made a return to stand-up and this is his first solo show. Given that he broke several bones in various places, suffered a head injury and was in a coma for ten days it’s a wonder that the only evidence of Downey’s accident hat shows on stage is his very slightly impaired speech and occasional moments of amnesia. One thing’s for certain, he hasn’t lost his sense of humour. It’s with a wry and dry wit that he relates the story of his somewhat put-upon girlfriend, shows clips of himself before the accident and describes his relief that he hadn’t turned out to be a vegetable after all: ‘I didn’t like vegetables.’
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Tom Binns as Ian D Montfort – Unbelievable has been awarded 5 Stars from Three Weeks
Read The Full Review below