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Jordan Brookes: Bleed review


Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer & Reviewer

Brookes’ new version of Bleed fails to match the Edinburgh iteration, but remains compelling viewing.  

The self-styled “riskiest comic in the biz” has landed at Soho Theatre with a typically arresting show that relies on unsettling honesty and bold sensory tricks to give its creator the laughs he craves.

Bleed, Brookes’ fourth hour-long show, was unfortunate not to be nominated for the main prize at the Fringe, where it stood out in both style and substance.  For the former, Brookes took the punchy decision to use a quirk of the venue – the Pleasance Courtyard’s hustle and bustle – as a pretence for employing technology to extend his efforts to assault the audience’s senses.  Here, in the calmer confines of a darkened performance space, Brookes has had to tweak that conceit to achieve similar results, albeit a little more telegraphed and a little less edgy in its execution.

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Category: Comedy

The Edinburgh Fringe: Ten To See

With just over one week left of the world’s greatest arts festival, Ian Cater lists his top ten comedy shows to see if you’re lucky enough to be north of the border before the Edinburgh Fringe comes to a close on 27th August.  And if you can’t make it up there, continue to follow What’s On London on Facebook and Twitter for news of when these fantastic shows are heading here. 

gs_gary_starr_micf18Garry Starr Performs Everything (right).  Occasionally a show has people almost soiling themselves with laughter from start to finish and this spoof whirlwind theatre lesson is one such daft, chaotic and immensely talented production.  Damien Warren-Smith’s actor-who-knows-best rattles through every theatrical form in various states of undress in a manner that’s equal parts hilarious and unpredictable.  Every day from 20.10 at Underbelly Cowgate, with an extra show at 22.50 on 21st August (tickets here).

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Jordan Brookes: Bleed, Edinburgh preview

In the second of our Edinburgh previews, Ian Cater speaks to unconventional stand-up Jordan Brookes about Bleed, perhaps the most eagerly anticipated show at this year’s Fringe.

Few comedians have as big a buzz around them right now as Jordan Brookes.  The 32-year-old heads north on the wave of a soaring reputation amongst critics and fellow comics, evidenced by last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination and Chortle gong for the 2018 Comedian’s Comedian.  As a further mark of progress, Brookes has gone from beginning his last run at a remote Free Fringe venue to a primetime slot at Pleasance Courtyard – still perceived as the Edinburgh gold standard.

The plaudits and upgrades stem from the unfeigned, unflinching and unconventional style of comedy that stands him apart.  “Oh Christ,” Brookes groans.  “Why the hell did you have to say that?  Now they’ll expect too much.”

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Category: Comedy