Festival Review

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There’s Sean, the famous comedian with the huge ego and major attitude, Faith who’s promoting her one-woman show, Joan, the radio journalist trying to pull one of the comedians, Micheline, the Edinburgh housewife who spys on the theatre troupe renting her


This ambitious British ensemble comedy explores the clash between archetypal participants of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe one summer. As a feisty Scottish reporter (Nardini) shocks a boozy Irish comedian (O’Dowd) by accepting his crude advances, she also spars with an arrogant celebrity comedian (Mangan) who’s on the same judging panel.

While these characters both amuse and involve — Mangan’s emotionally stunted womaniser in particular — others feel either peripheral or unnecessary: the one-woman show outlives her comic potential and the crazy Canadian actors aren’t given the benefit of sufficient characterisation. Griffin successfully captures the Edinburgh vibe and the spirit of bawdy British wit, but Festival remains a cluttered comedy that would benefit from concentrating on its stronger characters.

Slightly weak characters but that could be because there are so many of them. The atmosphere of the festival is effectively portrayed though and there are few decent laughs.