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roped in to help out at short notice, Nancy never lets the pace drop. All the stuff of comedy is here, married men, American neuroses and the boneless wafer

It isn’t hilarious Ray steals most of the laughs but it is solrdly entertaining and engagingly different (Stephen Naysmith: I Smart l’r’onren, Stupid Clio/(es lF/llth‘l Nancy Hartman, Famous Grouse House llenue 34/ 220 5606, until 30 Aug (no? 26' 70 0pm, £6 ([4!

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'Best pills sinte '89" lLra'is Saul, but what does he know" As s'ster Zee points out, he hasn't been rreck'nr; Es that long The Rushmore-s are self-styled natural born (hillers, mad-for-rt tmns whose patter is peppered ‘.'.’llll ’Witked's' and hire one's' Eanttl, that is, Paul meets Jo and things go a bit Delmonte-shaped for all (onterned Forget all the pre-Festival press huilabaloo, Beyond E< stasy rs a striking love story ‘.‘./ll|(ll deals in (hernrral (unihappiness, twentysorriething blues, and spiritual healing The final element

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5 COMEDY PREVIEW Frans Ruhl Presents Amsterdam Comedy Explosion

Amsterdam comedy is being showcased in the last week of the Fringe with a group of top Netherlanders proving that you

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laugh along with the Dutch. So, just who have put the flat country on the comedy map?

f Well, they were responsible for the original stooge the boy who stuck his finger in the dyke, allegedly to prevent flooding, but

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During the war, Anne Frank became famous for a long-drawn out routine which involved various shenanigans behind a bookcase.

r She died of typhus, but Van Gogh was one of a long line of comedians to top himself. Alarmed at the failure of his set which included giving away all his possessions and lopping his lug off the colourful funnyman shot himself in a field.

Holland also boasts some famous comedy venues. John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their Bed-In

Iaughathon at Amsterdam's Hilton, spending a whole weekend kipping Vincent Van Gogh: Had a good ear for a for ’world peace.’ punchl'm’

Yet while the Amsterdam Comedy Explosion hits Edinburgh, Glasgow is currently waiting for some killer one-liners from Celtic's new boss, the hirsute Dutchman Wim Jansen - though being a double for Nigel from EastEnders and Eddie Large is surely hilarious enough. (Stephen Naysmith) I Frans Ruhl Presents Amsterdam Comedy Explosion (Fringe) Frans Ruhl, Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 2 75 I, 27—30 Aug, 77.30pm, £7 ([6).

With an audience of loyal enthusmsts, the charismatic nutter ~ who admits to not being Spanish himself ~- and his four genuine -- Spaniards poke fun at '[7 all the pride and sentimentalism of FldlthlitO (ulture. More farce than spectacle, this is lightweight comedy at its silliest Be prepared for audience participation invoIVing flying eggs and SeVille oranges (Tanya Stephan)

I O/e’ (Fringe) Assembly Rooms (Venue 3) 226 2428, unt/l 30 Aug (not : 28) [7 50/[8 50 ([6 50/[7 50).

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