The idea of a fourteen-year-old ingénue f-ing and blinding her way across a stage in her mother’s trouser suit might send shivers down every conservative parent’s spine, but School of Comedy are back. The comedy sketch troupe of 12 to 16- year-olds triumphed last year with their show in which the likes of Will Poulter (who played bad boy Lee Carter in Son of Rambow) took turns as drunken wives, gawky IT guys and nympho-gymnasts. They may be kids, but they sure ain’t acting like it. School of Comedy. Pleasance Courtyard. 556 6550, 7 8—24 Aug. 7.40pm, £9 (£8).
Rhona Cameron came for a full run last year, and this time around she’s teasing us with just the one week of shows. Here she messes around, in the spirit it was intended, with our penetrating Q&A
What five words best describe your show this year?
Live lesbian sex on stage.
Which comics should be more famous than they are now?
Whatever happened to those nice guys Matt Lucas and David Walliams?
The little one used to do an act called Sir Bernard Chumley; never seen him
since. And the taller one. the Peter Cook-ish one. he lived around the
corner from me. Where are they now. eh?
Can you tell me one strange thing that you’ve heard about
Edinburgh in August that you really wished was true?
The cab drivers love the festival and all the work it brings to them. Why,
they're happy to take you anywhere.
Name one dead comedian that you wish was still alive and
Linda Smith. A sad. sad loss. She was brighter than all of us.
Tell us one thing that you’d like to change about the comedy
I don't think there are enough young lrish men involved in it. We need more. Gilded Balloon Tex/lot. 668 1633, 18—25 Aug (not 21;, 7.30pm,
£7 i.50—£.‘l2.50 (£‘I().50—t‘l 1.50).
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Barry & Stuart The Part- Time Warlocks fight a winning battle with those who doubt all this magical stuff is for real. It is. See review. page 20. Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, until 24 Aug, 70.20pm, 5950—27 7.50 (£8.50-Ei 0.50).
Louis CK The highly-rated US comic pops our way after upsetting Dubliners and Londoners aplenty. Now it‘s your turn, Edinbro'. See interview page 18. P/easance Courtyard, 556 6550, 75 8 16 Aug, 70.30pm, £72.50 (£71).
Pajama Men With Versus vs Versus. this physical duo have quite almost literally cemented their estimable reputation. See review, page 26. Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 24 Aug, 7.40pm, 872—273 (£7 7—272).
David O’Doherty The lo-fi muso comical icon does more dabbling upon his keyboard with tunes of highly amusing glory. See review. page 22. The Stand /l/ 8 /V, 558 7272, until 24 Aug, 9pm, £9.50 (£8.50).
JL Roberts 8. Nadia Kamil This disgustingly talented pair bring us this year's Behemoth, a mindsqueezin’ and wisecrackin’ sort. See review, page 20. Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 i 633, until 25 Aug, 5.30pm, $39—$70, (£8—EQ).
Jon Richardson Last year he pun us over with Spatula Pad. This year he's just being mightily funny even when he's being Dogmatic. See review, page 26. Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 8.40pm, £1 7—£‘12 (£9. 50—}: 7 0. 50).
John Pinette The Boston big guy with the massive talent talks about food. A lot. See review, page 22. Udderbe/ly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug, 9.75pm, [lo—£72.50 (29—27 7.50).
Russell Howard The wide- eyed comic exposes his Dingledodies to Edinburgh. See interview, page 19. Assembley Rooms, 623 6550, 20—24 Aug, 70.30pm, £74 (£72).