ED2014 Comedy ED2014 Three To See ED2014 Week0 Edition

Three To See 2014: Comedy misery and death, yay!

By | Published on Sunday 27 July 2014

Andrew Lawrence

Welcome to the Edinburgh Festival of comedy and joy. And now here’s ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses with three comedy shows about misery and death. Though some of the dying is metaphorical, if that helps. Enjoy.

Andrew Lawrence: Reasons to Kill Yourself
As you’ll know, because you can read, Andrew Lawrence’s show this year is cheerfully entitled ‘Reasons To Kill Yourself’ and though this probably isn’t really the sort of title to make you think mirthful thoughts, you have to remember that this is Andrew Lawrence we’re talking about. A now seasoned veteran of the Fringe and comedy in general, with regular TV and Radio appearances under his belt, misanthropy and bitterness is kind of his thing. If he wants to talk about his disappointing life and how crappy the world is, he will. And, of course, it will be funny.
The Assembly Rooms, from 31 Jul until 24 Aug. Tickets here

Comedy Death: Comics Talking About Their Worst Gigs
I honestly don’t know whether this will be funny or just horribly painful, but it’s a show in which a range of comedians tell you about their most agonisingly soul-destroying moments as perfomers. There’s a reason why we talk about dying on stage, of course. It’s because it is utterly, utterly terrible when you go down like a lead balloon. Yet, come, come; this isn’t people actually dying on stage, it’s people talking about dying on stage. It might be informative for you, possibly even entertaining. And it might be cathartic for them. To live through that horror all over again. Maybe.
Cowgatehead, from 2 Aug until 24 Aug. Tickets here

The Walking Dead
ThreeWeeks knows this show about zombies is good because we actually saw it last year – yes, it’s a re-run, but it’s one that’s definitely worth seeing, and that’s a fact pretty much proven by sell out runs at the Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. “It is hard not to be engrossed by this natural and well seasoned comedian” said our reviewer. “He is incredibly comfortable and hilariously informal on stage. Even those who think they have no interest in fantasy or zombies should attend”. Amen to that.
The Liquid Room, from 1 Aug until 24 Aug. Tickets here.