Edinburgh Festival reviews

Jazz Emu (Pleasance) ⭐⭐⭐

An un-categorisable mash up of musical parody, Terry Gilliam style animation, brilliantly filmed spoof pop video inserts and much more besides. A bit of Tim Minchin here,  a dash of Flight of the Conchords there. Very cult-y, very clever, very slick.

Will appeal greatly if you are a) under 40 and b) out of your box on industrial strength spliff. He’s playing the Clapham Grand later this year. Worth a look if you’re feeling adventurous.

Gyles Brandreth Can’t Stop Talking (Assembly) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Basically, this is an extended version of R4’s Just a Minute – it could be called Just an Hour – which works very well thanks to our immensely likeable host’s amusing non-stop verbiage and (no doubt shamelessly exaggerated ) quality anecdotage.

Good old fashioned mainstream entertainment – although to be fair there were a few risqué jokes about sex. One for the over 40s.

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