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R.I.P. Sean Hughes (1965-2017)

Irish comedian Sean Hughes was only 24 when he won the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s top prize for his 1990 showcase, “A One Night Stand with Sean Hughes.” Hughes returned to Edinburgh this past August with friends for an improvised showcase, “Sean Hughes’s Blank Book.” Hughes broke through young, and he has died far too young, […]

Science at the Fringe

Andrew Glester visits this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and reviews three of the several science-themed shows at this year’s festival

Edinburgh City Council To Explore Minimum Wages For Fringe Festival Performers

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The report will examine which conditions could be attached as a requirement of council funding at the festival to further these aims. This could result in minimum-hour contracts (as opposed to zero-hour contracts) and the living wage introduced at all council-supported venues, which include the Assembly Rooms.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Posts Fifth Consecutive Attendance Records

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"This is an increase of 8.96% on last year's figures, while the number of productions staged during the event rose by a more modest 3.95% to 3,398. The figures do not include footfall at the 686 free events in the official fringe programme or figures for the two free-fringe programmes not aligned with the official […]

Hannah Gadsby and John Robins share Best Comedy Show honors at 2017 Edinburgh Fringe; Natalie Palamides Best Newcomer

2 months agoHumor : The Comic's Comic

For the first time ever, the Edinburgh Comedy Awards declared not one but two individual winners of the Best Comedy Show at the Fringe, with Australian Hannah Gadsby and Brit John Robins sharing the top 2017 prize. Meanwhile, American Natalie Palamides took home the Best Newcomer prize for the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe for her […]

The Uses Of Professional Theatre Critics (Now That They're Disappearing)

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Mark Shenton considers both an Edinburgh Fringe show "in which three comedians use a device of talking out of their arses (literally) to quote from some of the negative reviews they've received" and the directors of L.A. theatres who publicly protested when critics in the city were laid off.

This Joke Is the Funniest One-Liner of 2017

If you haven't heard of Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, you may be part of the minority. The New York Times reports the arts festival is the largest "in the known world," with its organizers boasting that only the Olympics and World Cup have a bigger attendance. And it's currently underway,...

2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominees for Best Show and Best Newcomer to the Ed Fringe

2 months agoHumor : The Comic's Comic

The lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards announced their nominees for Best Show and Best Newcomer to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017, and there’s a sole American entry on those lists. Natalie Palamides, who shined as a New Face last summer in Montreal’s Just For Laughs Characters showcase, has received acclaim for her first show at […]

Scotland's Herald Newspaper Cuts Coverage Of The Edinburgh Festivals In Half

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“We are collectively concerned about the impact that this will have on the Herald's coverage of the country's vibrant arts scene, the fringe and all Scotland's festivals. The arts thrive on quality arts journalism and an enormous contribution has been made by the excellent team of arts writers and critics at the Herald."

Ready, Set, Groan: Here's The Best Joke From The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

2 months agoNews : The Two-Way

Every year, a panel of British citizens determines the funniest one-liner of the festival. This year, Ken Cheng took home the prize with a quip about a coin. A burn on President Trump placed second.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Is The Biggest Festival In The World (Is That A Problem?)

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Some locals worry that the festival is becoming an open-air museum paralyzed by tourists. “There is a debate about whether it’s too big and the city can sustain it,” said Donald Wilson, who is in charge of culture for the City Council. “But it’s not going to become a hollow museum like Venice. It’s too […]

EDINBURGH JOURNAL: Edinburgh’s Fringe, Now 70, Is Having Growing Pains

2 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival has become the world’s biggest arts extravaganza. Some say it is too big, too costly and maybe even too funny.

Edinburgh Fringe festival takes on Donald Trump

Donald Trump may not be planning to visit the United Kingdom this year, but he's become a very popular figure in Scotland's capital right now. Performers at this year's Edinburgh … Click to Continue »

Edinburgh festival shows examine mental health – with sticky tape and silliness

After the recent fringe hits Every Brilliant Thing and Fake It ’Til You Make It, a new crop of theatre productions are taking startling approaches to exploring mental illness At the 2014 Edinburgh fringe, the trailblazing Every Brilliant...Show More Summary

Young at art for Macmillan's 15th anniversary art show

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

Macmillan Cancer Support?s high-profile Art Show has returned this year as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Celebrating its 15th anniversary exhibition, the carefully selected artwork, from a variety of styles and tastes, willShow More Summary

London calling

2 months agoArts : Night and Day

What is the Edinburgh Fringe? It’s a sabbatical, a pit stop, a pause-and-check-the-map opportunity for actors who don’t quite know…

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