Fringe 2011 comedy: 5 shows about parents

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  • 29 July 2011

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Fringe 2011 comedy: five shows about parents

Scott Capurro

Featuring Scott Capurro, Tom Rosenthal, Catie Wilkins, Des Bishop and Jack Whitehall

Scott Capurro

In 2009, the San Francisco comic wrote movingly and warmly about the death of his mother, Donna. Now he’s turned his pain into Who are the Jocks? a show about his ‘best friend and coke dealer’.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 6–29 Aug (not 16), 8pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8–£9). Previews until 5 Aug, £5.

Tom Rosenthal

The star of Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner believes he had a charmed childhood, growing up as the son of a well-known ITV sports pundit. Intriguingly, Welsh comic Elis James also has some routines about Jim Rosenthal. Fight, fight.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 6-29 Aug (not 16), 9.30pm, £9.50-£12 (£8-£10.50). Previews until 5 Aug, £5.

Catie Wilkins

With A Chip off the Odd Block, this rising star reveals her father to be a robotic sort who shunned some swinging sixties free lovin’ to train as an accountant and dubbed JFK’s assassination as ‘a bit of a whodunit’.
Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, 6-29 Aug (not 15), 8pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50-£9.50). Previews until 5 Aug, £6.

Des Bishop

After last year’s emotional triumph with My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, the US-Irish comic revisits a show which will overflow with added poignancy given that the subject died in February.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 5–14 Aug, 9.10pm, £14 (£12.50). Preview 4 Aug, £11.

Jack Whitehall

Could Jack be the only lad to actually appear with their dad on stage this year? Papa Michael shows up to no doubt embarrass his boy with Back Chat as they attempt to broaden each other’s horizons.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 24–28 Aug, 5.10pm, £11–£12.50 (£9.50–£11).

Tom Rosenthal - Chortle Student Comedy Award Final

Jack Whitehall - Live At The Apollo

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Tom Rosenthal: Child of Privilege

  • 4 stars

Ladies and Gentlemen, announcing Master Tom Rosenthal. He plays Jonny Goodman in Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner and is the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2011. His Dad is sports presenter and keen jogger Jim Rosenthal. His mother is not famous or athletically active. His show is called Child of Privilege. Buy…

Des Bishop - My Dad Was Nearly James Bond

  • 3 stars

Following a critically acclaimed run at last year's Festival and a succession of sold out venues all over Ireland, Des Bishop is back with his most interesting show yet. Motivated by his dad's terminal lung cancer diagnosis, Des holds up the real heroics of fatherhood against the ridiculous macho ideals everyday guys try…

Catie Wilkins: A Chip Off the Odd Block

  • 3 stars

Catie’s dad is an odd, robotic man who shunned free love during the swinging sixties to focus on accountancy training for Tesco. Catie (as seen on FHM’s Stand Up Hero, ITV4) however, is normal. Almost definitely. Well, surely she's more normal than the man who described JFK's assassination as just a bit of a whoddunit? Or…

Jack Whitehall and his Father Michael: Back Chat

Jack (eagerly) and his dad Michael (reluctantly) present their BBC show Backchat – an evening of chat and squabbling.

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