Five hirsute gents tickling our fancies (and chins) this month

Look out for these bearded men at this year's Festivals


This article is from 2010.

Five hirsute gents tickling our fancies (and chins) this month

Phil Kay makes four appearances this year

Phil Kay
Furry Fringe veteran Kay makes no fewer than four fuzzy-faced appearances this year. His kids’ show Gimme Your Left Shoe makes a welcome return; there’s a solo show in the evening called In Tweed; a late-night radio show titled RadioFree; and finally a collaboration with fellow hairy man and musician Cammy Sinclair called Cammy and Phil’s Late Night Nonsense.

Alex Horne
Shaggy showman Horne will be hosting three Fringe shows: Odds mixes up maths, science and Powerpoint projections; The Taskmaster is the result of a year-long project in which Horne challenged 20 comedians to complete one task a month; and The Horne Section is his late-night ‘comedy-infused jazz’ show, featuring special stand-up guests improvising with a full jazz ensemble.

One of only two bewhiskered performers to reference his beard in his name, Beardyman: Unshaved is the name of the UK Beatbox Champion’s two-night show at the Udderbelly. Accompanied by visuals creator Mr Hopkinson, Beardyman will improvise a lip-smacking, tongue-twisting beat performance. If you fancy joining in, here’s a beginner’s tip: boots’n’cats’n’boots’n’cats’n’...

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Dan le Sac, the computer whizz-kid who puts the beats behind compadre Scroobius Pip’s spoken-word rhymes, may feel slightly over-shadowed (or should that be five o’clock-shadowed?) by the latter’s undeniably epic facial follicle furniture. He shouldn’t, though, as he has been known to sport an impressive set of mutton-chops himself.

The infamous children’s bedtime tale of the bristly wife-killing villain is presented for one week only at theSpaces on the Mile: an energetic, music-filled adaptation that may not be suitable for the younger ones. Then again, in a story brimming with sexual undertones and marital murdering, it’s surprising that it was ever considered a kids’ story in the first place.

This article is from 2010.


  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • France
  • 107 min
  • Directed by: Catherine Breillat
  • Written by: Catherine Breillat
  • Cast: Dominique Thomas, Lola Créton, Daphné Baiwir, Marilou Lopes-Benite

This dark, misogynistic tale about a nobleman with a penchant for uxoricide (murder of a wife) is given a feminist twist, exploring the contradictions implicit in both romantic and feminist impulses. Somewhat visually sparse, but with an excellent cast, it is an idiosyncratic take on the fairytale and costume drama genres.

Phil Kay: In Tweed

Phil Kay weaves colourful strands of natural material together that are twisted to provide strength and a rough warmth. In its 22nd year - it must be good - how does he do it? Stories fused together with instant thought from the topical now and barmy non-stop two-liners 'Pops Phil-Osophy', a good new sing-song... A fan of…

Phil Kay - RadioFree

Come witness meticulously planned mayhem... finally all the fantastic ideas that Phil can never remember on stage can come out to shine in this live radio show, recorded as live, in front of a live studio audience, live. Tune in, set memory, adjust volume and listen. Note: This might be very silly. Ages: 18+

Alex Horne: The Taskmaster

For one year he set them monthly challenges including 'Who Can Gain the Most Weight in a Year?' and 'Find Me a Hedgehog'. Competition between the comedians was fierce and, often, underhand. But now, at last, in a one-off specactular, Alex Horne will tell the story, reveal results and declare either Dan Atkinson, Tom…

The Horne Section

  • 4 stars

Yes, it's jazz-infused comedy time as a pioneering group of artists put jazz and comedy on stage together for the first time ever (definitely). Late, live and loud, these unique shows see the UK's finest jazz musicians collaborate with the Fringe's favourite comics. Part improvised, part honed, part performance, part…

Beardyman Unshaved

Unlike anything else you will see this year, the two times UK Beatbox Champion and all-round vocal genius Beardyman is back by popular demand to take you on a journey through his larynx, improvising his way out of reality with only the audience as a guide. All created live and unplanned, with live visuals provided by…

Cammy and Phil's Late Night Nonsense

Phil Kay and Cammy Sinclair present late night musical comedy and dancing. Opening the evening is up-and-coming surrealist folk singer Cammy Sinclair. His toe-tapping 'Silly Songs', containing tales of amputee dogs and nostalgic recollections of near mental breakdown, are hilarious. Phil Kay needs no introduction. Winner…

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

Spoken-word artist David Peter Meads (aka Scroobius Pip) and producer Daniel Stephens (aka Dan le Sac) are a unique collaboration, overlaying electronic beats with spoken word lyrics. The hip-hop duo first collaborated together on single 'Thou Shalt Always Kill', which received critical acclaim upon its release in…


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