A bit of the hard stuff: six controversial comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014
- Brian Donaldson
- 22 July 2014
This article is from 2014
Featuring Dangerfield: Sex with Children, AIDS: A Survivor’s Tale and Kitten Killers
In the maze that is the Edinburgh Fringe, sometimes the best plan for an act is to simply think up a controversial title in order to sell tickets. Gavin Webster clearly couldn’t come up with one, so the popular Geordie comic brings us, quite literally, A Controversial Title in Order to Sell Tickets (The Stand III & IV, 31 Jul–24 Aug, 5.50pm).
Other shows have certainly gone for the Daily Mail’s jugular (assuming that paper knows the Fringe or Edinburgh actually exist) with Dangerfield: Sex with Children (The Hive, 4–23 Aug, 9pm) a sure-fire headline-maker while Josh Howie should invoke intrigue and outrage with AIDS: A Survivor’s Story (Canons’ Gait, 2–23 Aug, 2.25pm).
Scottish comics Viv Gee and John Scott have injected a little bit of politics into their otherwise wonderfully profane Anything’s Better Than These Cunts (Beehive Inn, 3–21 Aug, 5.10pm) while Kitten Killers (Underbelly, 30 Jul–25 Aug, 2.45pm) almost doesn’t bear thinking about. And Foul Play: The Fucking Nasty Show (Pleasance Dome, 1–23 Aug, 11pm) is Comedy 4 Kids in reverse as stand-ups are invited to spill their spleens with the most hardcore material they possess in their armoury.