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Chortle Presents Fast Fringe: Andrew Maxwell, Piff The Magic Dragon, Rory McGrath and Philiip Pope, Carey Marx, Christian O'Connell, Will Franken, The Showstoppers, Bridget Christie, EastEnd Cabaret, Mike Wozniak, Christian Reilly, Cassette Boy, Le Gateau Chocolat, Mat Ricardo, Benny Boot, Tricity Vogue, Liam Williams, Bob Slayer, Ian Smith, Plus More!
28 Edinburgh-bound comedy and variety acts in one manic night!
A fast-paced celebration of the best of the Edinburgh Fringe, with 28 of the best stand-up, character, sketch, musical and variety acts, all chosen by the Chortle comedy website to perform bite-sized previews of their 2013 festival shows on one amazing – if ridiculously busy – bill.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Andrew is a very fine Irish comedian and BAFTA Award winner who can keep an audience focused with accessible and unpretentious topical comedy which has a pinch of his unique laddishness.
'I've seen the future of Irish Comedy and its name is Andrew Maxwell' (Irish Times)
'... infuriatingly excellent... he delivers a superb set' (The Sunday Times)
'Stand up is rarely this politically well informed or thought-provoking' (The Scotsman)
'All you can do is revel in the mischief this comically attuned Dubliner makes... utter magic' (The List)
'A social sage for the fast changing world... a wealth of first-rate material' (Fest)
'One of the most significant comedians working in the country today' (The Independent)
'Expect pin-point accents, biting observations and suave stories... One of the
best comics around. Blissfully funny' (Time Out).
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Piff the Magic Dragon is a former Hackney Empire New Act of the Year finalist and Edinburgh Fringe favourite. He has appeared in the West End as part of La Soiree (formerly La Clique) and has performed a sell-out run in Australia. "One of the most magical things we've ever seen" - Penn & Teller
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Carey Marx's wilful disregard for the controversial and delicate is tempered beautifully by his ability to find joy in the most unexpected places.
Formerly in double-act 'Kez and Jodi', a comedy illusion act. Live wire, Canadian comedy magician. Winner of Best International Show at the New Zealand Comedy Festival 2009, he blends dark humour with a mischievous, gleeful delivery,
'Marx's slick delivery lends itself to clever verbal comedy, while his flexible features can switch in an instant from cheeky schoolboy grin to menacing stare' (The Scotsman)
'Hilariously demented' (Edinburgh Evening News)
'Excellent' (The Guardian)
'He is a masterful stylist, gracefully switching from surrealism to sardonic irony' (Skinny Fest)
'Anecdotally debauched... But if his lines are frequently sick, they're elegantly written, too, and there's a childlike glee to his naughtiness' (The Herald)
'A darkly comic Quentin Tarantino' (Chortle)
'Opium for the people' (Broadway Baby)
'supremely crafted comedy' (The List).
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Christian O'Connell is a 10-times Sony Award Winning DJ and stand up.
'Furiously funny' (The Guardian)
'A natural, warm and charismatic comedian' (Big Issue)
'O'Connell is as engaging live as he is on air' (The Scotsman).
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American Will Franken is a critically acclaimed satirist and high-speed, quick-change character comedian. Franken’s humour is rooted in the British sketch comedy tradition, notably Monty Python. Onstage, he portrays an eclectic mix of characters through a series of interconnected vignettes. His skits are often satirical, skewering a range of subcultures and political views, often absurdist.
'Strange, sometimes awkward, often funny and always interesting, Franken’s act is
like Marmite – ****ing awesome – and deserves an audience as big as his character roster' (Three Weeks)
'Amidst the anodyne wannabe TV comics who are 40% hair product, 40% ego and 20% talent there is still plenty of the real thing to be found, comedically. Will Franken... is absolutely brilliant. Iron satire in a velvet glove. Clever, creative comedy' (The Scotsman)
'The sharp-clawed satire on US culture and liberal piety, and the constant upending of what it is we think we're watching, make for a unique and compelling hour... You can't take your eyes off these inspired outpourings' (The Guardian)
'Will Franken is an astounding character comedian who makes almost everyone else in his field look like lazy chancers' (Chortle).
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The Showstoppers are a comedy group who thrive on improvisation - they spontaneously transform audience suggestions in to an all singing / all dancing show on the spot!
They have played sell-out seasons in London's West End, and have been a must-see staple of the Edinburgh Fringe for five years – as well as delighting audiences on tour around the world. Recently the group recorded their first BBC Radio Four series to great acclaim.
'Having now seen Showstopper! twice, I can testify that not only is each performance achingly funny, it's a genuinely new full-length musical every time. Top-class creativity in action. Worth seeing again and again' (Time Out London Critics' Choice)
'A brilliantly executed piece of work that is a shining example of how good improv can be' (Chortle)
'The show is a blast. It makes your jaw drop in impressed amazement and your ribs ache with laughter. Simultaneously a pastiche, a parody and a paean to musical theatre' (Mail On
'Spontaneous and hilarious. Awe-inspiring and very, very funny' (Whatsonstage.com).
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Bridget Christie has been a regular on the sketch and stand-up circuit for the last 5 years. She was a finalist in the Funny Women Final 2004, nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2005, won the inaugural Funny Women Best Show Fringe Award 2007 and was nominated for the Chortle Best Breakthrough Act 2009.
Bridget appeared in the second series of The Omid Djalili show on BBC1 and on Andy Zaltman's Radio 4 Series, Andy Zaltzman's History of the Third Millennium Series 1 of 100.
'One of the finest comedians around' (The Independent)
'A superb stand-up with a powerful voice and something to say. It's nothing short of a revelation' (The Observer)
'... another cracking show from the current queen of crusading UK comedy...' ( The Guardian).
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EastEnd Cabaret is the irrepressible, award-winnning musical comedy duo Bernadette Byrne (deviant diva) and Victor Victoria (freakish multi-instrumentalist). This debauched duo have rapidly stormed to the forefront of London’s cabaret scene, captivating and titillating audiences with hilarious original songs, quick-witted improvisation and tales of the playfully perverse, played on instruments from the accordion to the musical saw.
'A high-powered feminine Flight of the Conchords, dipped in acid and drenched in smut' (Crikey)
Comic genius' (Three Weeks)
'Queens of musical smut' (Time Out).
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Star of Channel 4's Man Down, Mike Wozniak triumphed over 500 aspiring comedians to win the Amused Moose Laugh Off 2008.
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Maverick cut and paste merchants with absolutely no respect for (copyright) law. Funny and wrong.
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Le Gateau Chocolat is an opera-singing diva with a penchant for being wrapped in body hugging lycra and a passion for laughter. This delicious confection is a killer baritone who delivers outrageous yet moving renditions of everything from pop-rock to opera. He has garnered acclaim around the globe from The Royal Opera House, the V&A and Barbican in London to the Spiegeltent in Australia.
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Mat Ricardo is one of the few jugglers in the World specialising in the almost-lost art of gentleman juggling - the art of performing juggling or balancing tricks with objects found in a restaurant, bar or gentleman's club. Mat delights in working hard to develop completely unique and incredible tricks that leave audiences unsure if they can safely believe their own eyes. Slick, smooth and occasionally very silly - and with enough tricks up his sleeve to stun even the most jaded of audiences.
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Benny Boot has been performing on the UK stand-up comedy circuit for 6 years. He is considered by many comedians as a wonderful stand-up artist to watch. Boot delivers his jokes in a unique style on a variety of strange topics. His engaging persona and material keeps the laughter rolling through the entire show and is guaranteed to bring any audience undone.
'He's got a keen instinct for the joke, an imaginative turn of phrase and an ability to find an offbeat angle to whatever he chooses to talk about' (Chortle)
'... an arsenal of consistently brilliant gags' (The Guardian).
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Charming, offbeat musical cabaret from a vintage songstress with a repertoire of surprising tunes and a colourful history of romantic misadventure. Tricity Vogue presents her own blend of slink and sass - the music she likes to call 'cheeky jazz'. Think Peggy Lee after a few too many cocktails.
'Tricity Vogue and her uke... recipe for one of the finest shows you'll see.
It's cabaret to run down side-streets for - just get there early' (Time Out London Critics' Choice).
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Amused Moose finalist 2010, stand-up, actor, writer and one third of comedy group Sheeps, Liam is one of the most talented new comics working today.
'... the most exciting act from this year's Edinburgh Fringe' (The Guardian)
'A beautifully crafted, downbeat narrative... Every elegiac word has been polished until it sings' (Metro)
'We predicted this debut was going to be a cracker, and it feels good to be proved
right' (Time Out)
'Such mastery of language and economy of wit' (The Scotsman)
'An exceptional talent with language' (Chortle)
'Who knew that melancholy could be so enjoyable?... an assured piece of work
that demonstrates an impressive command of tone' (Fest)
'Liam Williams's exceptional new show, delivered with marvellous moroseness, also fizzes with wit, intelligence and eloquence' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Intelligent and inventive' (The List)
'The voice of a generation’ (The Independent).
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Bob Slayer is a tour manager turned award winning comic, who has twice been nominated for the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality - winning it in 2011.
'His brand of insane merriment perfectly encapsulates the Edinburgh mood' - The Spectator.
'Good natured bad behaviour from a very funny man, the ultimate Off-Off-Fringe performer, guaranteed to give you a memorable disaster to add to your Fringe memorabilia' - Copstick, The Scotsman.
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One of the new crop of emerging acts, Ian Smith employs a careful, unhurried delivery that conceals a nicely pointed attitude with a sack full of neat gags to match.
'Fantastically funny' (The Times)
'Star of the future' (Time Out).
'... delightfully offbeat writing, a mastery of phrasing and summons up some fine comic images. A talent, for sure' (http://www.chortle.co.uk).
Winner of the 'People's Champion Award' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 with his show 'Snowflake'.
Winner - Amused Moose Comedy Award People’s Champion
Winner - ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award
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