Ben Elton - The Musical
The Black Sheep
Breakfast Bedlam, Live!
Cambridge Medics Revue
DJ Danny - Music Therapy
Dutch Elm Conservatoire in Prison
Ed Byrne - Standing Up and Falling Down
Gary Le Strange - Beef Scarecrow
Janey Godley & Ashley Storrie
Jim Henson's Puppet Improv - Adults Only
Michael Piper - Best Newcomer
My Brother and I Are Porn Stars
Penny Spubb's Prawn Free
Simon Munnery's AGM
This Is So Not About The Simpsons
We Are Klang
For his first Edinburgh Fringe show this was remarkably polished and also remarkably funny, although having said that Doody has been an accomplished TV and radio writer for some time. Some very intelligent political material aimed at the usual suspects but hitting them well above the belt were mixed with songs which were both surreal and original. I always suspected that clowns had a hidden agenda and Doody's outrageously deviant opening song confirms all my fears. Doody's show is an ideal mix of political satire and surreal whimsy plus there's a hat.
Although playing at one of the bigger venues, Doody's show is what the Fringe is and should be about, new comedians trying out new stuff in small spaces and not treating the Fringe as an annual cash cow. Don't waste your time queuing in the rain around the block or waste your money (£20 for bloody Muppets) for the over-exposed TV stars at the Assembly Rooms, take a little time to read a few reviews and see the newcomers in small sweat-filled rooms and not only will you be the first to see the next big thing you'll also see much more original comedy than anything going on at the 'barn' size venues. Rant over.