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Three Interesting Comedy Themes

By | Published on Wednesday 3 August 2022

Three interesting comedy themes at Edinburgh Festival 2022…

Njambi McGrath: Black Black | Pleasance Courtyard | 3-28 Aug (pictured)
I love comedy, and – as someone who gets to write about comedy – I have to say I love a comedy show with an interesting theme. Because, you know, I love a comedian who just tells a string of jokes, but there’s honestly not much to write about if you find yourself penning a one hundred word tip about that kind of comedian’s routine. So here are a few comedians doing comedy shows with a genuine hook, starting with Njambi McGrath, whose show this year scrutinises the life of her grandmother, whose entire existence was determined by British occupation in Kenya, and which compares events of the past with what’s happening in the present. Click here for info and tickets.

Ted Hill: All The Presidents Man | Just The Tonic at The Mash House | 4-28 Aug
Next up is Ted Hill, whose show ‘All The Presidents Man’ might have been quite at home in our previous section on mental health, as – in this debut stand-up show – he talks about every single US president and their role in saving his life. “From Washington to Biden, Ted talks about his recovery from mental breakdown and includes a joke about each and every US president. It’s just your standard coming-of-age, multimedia, mental health recovery, every single US president sort of stand-up show we’re all so used to these days”. Expect silly graphs, silly drawings, silly jokes and more. Click here for info and tickets.

I Miss Amy Winehouse | Paradise In The Vault | 6-28 Aug
I miss Amy Winehouse too, and that’s why I’ve been wanting to see this show ever since I saw that it was playing venues in London earlier this year. So obviously I now want to recommend it to edfringe audiences. It’s a first solo hour from writer, comedian and journalist Suchandrika Chakrabarti, a regular writer on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’, and a Funny Women semi-finalist. It’s eleven years since the singer passed away, and it sounds like Chakrabarti – who spent lots of time partying in Winehouse’s Camden stamping ground – can’t get over the fact that she never met her hero. I got pretty close to her one time, but then got overcome with morning sickness and had to go home. Anyway, go see this show. Click here for info and tickets.

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