Category: Stand-Up

  • Fringe Cuttings
    Fringe Cuttings

    Yesterday we had a browse through the 1997 Edinburgh Fringe brochure. So today let’s travel a year further back and see what we can find in the 1996 one. Beginning with this. If you’ve not heard Simon Day’s Radio 4 show, you should. It features all of these characters (and more), and it’s excellent. Now,…

  • Barcode Dress Code Decode
    Barcode Dress Code Decode

    If you want to see the full Edinburgh Fringe brochure from 1997, you can look at it here. But here are some of the bits that jumped out at me as I digitally thumbed through it.

  • Bun Ultoon – The Clips From Auntie
    Bun Ultoon – The Clips From Auntie

    It pains me to admit it, but it was only recently that I realised the title of Ben Elton’s show The Man From Auntie was a play on the 60s TV show The Man From UNCLE. I just went with the notion of him being from the BBC, without noticing that other layer. The show…

  • Phil Kay Feels
    Phil Kay Feels

    One of the more memorable of my live stand up experiences was watching Phil Kay expound an hour long shaggy dog story about some fish and chips. I think my first experience of him would have been his appearances on TV, perhaps on Edinburgh Nights, or Festival of Fun, or maybe even The Stand Up…

  • Michael Keaton Standing Up
    Michael Keaton Standing Up

    Here’s some stand up from a young Michael Keaton, all nervous energy, from the Improv. Sorry about the annoying, and twee squeaking they use to bleep the swears.

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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