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Ed Byrne modestly describes his act as being ‘just a bloke telling jokes; there‘s no fireworks”. Exploding coloured sparkly lights or not. judging by

r i ; ' w > the reaction he gets from all sections of his sell-out audience during the ’, . ,2' x , . . i : . . .i .. . . .. first weekend of the Fringe. his finely observed misanthropic rants resonate ,r w 'r; p.» r I); ,v ; :' i ' -' :' ' ' : . .' : ' ' with the many. Byrne loves the Edinburgh Festival; to date. it's still the only w :r r ’. r, ' : :w ' r festival he‘s performed at where he‘s been heckled in the street. ;, r . ‘v ' i ' ' " z'w : l . ' ' ' . 2 Si 1 1 H -- :. While Byrne comes across as wonderfully grouchy and neurotic at the .1. ~ . . v r 2" . . , . : i ; . , - best of times. he'd just broken up with his girlfriend and was taking the v w r' ,v x . ,’> . : ' .- :' : " " ' ' " ' . 2' z .' concept of ‘stage as therapy' to new levels of dependency. spewing forth 3.. i r 2 i . ' z' r r i i ' vitriol at the unreasonableness of her behaviour: he ‘did nothing'; she was 'a r v ; r ,v .r v . ' ' : o ' ' fucking bitch‘. It's pleasing to find he’s almost gotten over that particularly .r j ,. - y. i v ' 2' l' ' ' . . ' bitter episode and has a new love to poke fun at. although the evil ex still

H i v i ' r' r . i . E 1 i .i .i z- i I finds her way into the act, albeit briefly. i},;'w in ° v i i u i i i '.' r ' H ' ~ : ..i A compelling storyteller, Byrne is particularly adept at incredulously

l't. ' i r r v :i . r ,r : i .i i 1 . pointing out all that‘s bonkers about modern life. Targets here include the fawn: '2 a' the tar- " : ‘i-t' i f the '1‘" t' Pope apologising for the Spanish Inquisition, an American Embassy official «r‘ 'r ,‘r: i ifzilliil" l? .r L 't, (,4 .r w i l ' 'N;:" a in Montreal who refused to take payment in Canadian dollars. and a brilliant in r: .r‘r-urrx. an: .r -1' i : mix. 1' :‘ t‘li-af' -' l) ftwr expose of the way Glaswegians highlight the most important points they through .'.I'ri ( i'ul w Ar" ~ «fa [rear f-l tire sf'wrrti want to make before beginning the sentence: ‘See me. See chips. I fancy <,j,r,;,L; vv,.jki,-,-,a, ,aiwu'ua‘ .rrl"."l' atnrf, the somechips.' i-irru, iii-2.2144: ;a. ma: w; ’li'.r" is; llrt." ast lr :sri: \...Il|r\lll?); rir Byrne really is the comedy steak dinner after the unsatisfying Fringe lil.‘flf. .rvrl talliei‘, rtll’l 'l.:." r; .21?. at squ miiiwai'. . the “in Is aperitif, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a safer bet for your August srrrrs irr .'.’llll,ll Mai » a" t“.irr,*."‘~w Thai Herr: l‘a‘l lrdkfrr’l. ‘3‘??? pennies. (All n Radcliffe) llllllriilll sneak, l‘: l'l'l tiarate'ise'l“riswailier 'riiliiliieirt.rrNii‘uirr-mir , i9 __.i - izrirl‘,.llillirliillrttirrl, art «ii/liraigirw-x.ri‘ui:hi;:it f'ee.Am'i'w-stia'i‘tx:3“’ " siirrriiirirsi, she/glory; tlzi' a'lr'ziiatri, M‘ The “rift. sketu“ folk-3.1,“: paritsirlf'aru, Nire thruqh,«ri.?ee|i1ertaiir another, the‘.‘.hi lethirxi

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DAN ANTOPOLSKI: A WHIM AWAY Hirsuted comic juggles the bizarre OOOO

llavrng taken on two other lilt)](?(ilf§ this lringe, his one man show was nexer going to hate Dan Antopolski on his hest lorrn. But the at near old pr'ett\. iharnr hox ‘.‘.’|lll a home ifounties at‘iterrt ‘.‘.’0ll\lllt] at half i‘apaitih, is still hotter than most of his peers.

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Add\, Van Der Borgh's last Fringe show in 2002 focused on the voices \.'.’|llllll which terrrpt us to foolish aetions. This trnre, he's rrrulling oxer external rnlluenees i.‘.'hri:h lead us astray. In his ease. this |arge|\ means alitohol, so much so that he's exeri created iiharaeter‘s for his taxourite tipples: the saum French Merlot. the holshx Srrrrr'noff and the hlatantli. gay Peach Schnapps.

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ALEX HORNE: EVERY BODY TALKS Tech-happy psycho- seminar .0.

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