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Number shows at the Festival

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This article is from 2009.

Number shows at the Festival - Figures of Fun

Brian Donaldson is counting on you to see these five numerically-challenged shows

2 Left Hands

Acclaimed actors, writers and presenters, Leila Hackett and Charlotte Hudson return with more of their silly yet cerebral sketches, with a show entitled Another Mouthful. Yummy.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 8–31 Aug (not 12, 19), 4pm, £10–£11 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews until 7 Aug, £5.

6 More Impossible Things Before Dinner

After freaking out the Pleasance Dome last year with his inexplicable trickery, Philip Escoffey takes his impressive mindcraft to a new venue.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 9–31 Aug (not 11, 18), 6.45pm, £9–£10 (£7.50–£8.50). Previews until 8 Aug, £5.

7 Deadly Sketches

Unlike other sketch shows, many parts of this one from Stage and the Hands are performed entirely in three dimensions. And none of the deadly sins will be confronted. Though they half-promise bits of lust.
C central, 0845 260 1234, 7–15 Aug, 9.10pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£8.50).

28 Years Later

You might have seen Tiernan Douieb on stage with rising Scottish comics Sean Grant and Daniel Sloss, but now he strikes out on his own with a show about taking responsibility. And zombies.
Underbelly, 08445 458 252, 8–30 Aug (not 17), 4pm, £6.50–£10 (£8–£9). Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £6.

39 Years of Solitude

Three years ago, this football-loving gay Bengali GP hit serious pay dirt with Saint or Sinha?. Here is an equally personal tale of his pursuit for meaning in TV quiz shows.
The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, 7–30 Aug (not 17), 9.25pm, £9 (£8). Previews 5 Aug, 8.10pm, £7; 6 Aug, 22.40pm, £5.

This article is from 2009.

Philip Escoffey: Six More Impossible Things Before Dinner

  • 4 stars

Having stormed Edinburgh 2008 and the Melbourne Comedy Festival, mind-reading's enfant terrible returns with some new impossibilities in this astonishing show. 'A sharp wit, gifted, highly entertaining' **** (Scotsman). www.6impossiblethings.co.uk

Two Left Hands - Another Mouthful

  • 1 star

Serving up effervescent sketch comedy: nostalgia, notoriety and Pauline Prescott's plans for global economic revival. 'Best sketch show on the Fringe' (Observer). **** (Sunday Telegraph). 'Scintillating writing' - **** (The List). 'Beautifully performed' - **** (Times). **** (SoS).

Paul Sinha: 39 Years of Solitude

  • 3 stars

Paul, single since 1991, is increasingly unable to deal with the world at large. Surely an obsession with television quizzes can't be the answer. Or can it? 'Superlative' (Telegraph). 'Superb' (Times). www.paulsinha.com

Tiernan Douieb: 28 Years Later

  • 2 stars

Tiernan's never grown up. In height or behaviour. Acclaimed stand-up Douieb brings his debut hour about adulthood, childish imaginings and zombies. 'Good solid laughs' (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Unquestionably talented... Genuinely funny' (ThreeWeeks).

7 Deadly Sketches

A step into the unknown as far as sketch shows are concerned: experimental and quite possibly dangerous. A little treat for connoisseurs of divine comedy. Even features an actor whose legs make up 80% of his body. Lust, Greed, Gluttony, Wrath, Sloth, Envy, Pride: None of these will be covered in our show. Actually we…

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