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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Nick Hall: Spencer @ Underbelly

This account of the life and death of Spencer Perceval, the only British prime minister ever to be assassinated, mixes lively Blackadder-style historical japery with some patchy attempts to satirise modern politics. It's uneven but gets by on Hall's pleasingly eccentric manner.

Nick Hall: Spencer

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Graham Dickson: Timber @ Underbelly

This extended stand-up comedy sketch, set in an alternative reality post-#MeToo Hollywood, asks why things became so messed up but never really answers its own question. It has a few good moments but is ultimately more silly than hilarious.

Graham Dickson: Timber

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Zach & Viggo + Thumpasaurus: Where Does The Love Go? @ Underbelly

What do you get when you cross a Norwegian-American comedy duo, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and a funk-punk band? An absurdist, avant-garde, funk opera! It’s a lot of bouncy buffoonery successfully stretching out a smallish amount of great material.

Comedy double-act Zach & Viggo

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Scientology: The Musical @ Gilded Balloon

Adelaide-based musical comedy troupe visits Edinburgh's Fringe Festival with this enjoyable, if occasionally messy, jab at L. Ron Hubbard's strange scam cult. Expect songs, hilarious banter and even some cheap faux-magic tricks. See them before they get sued.

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Scientology: The Musical


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Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Stoph Demetriou @ The Free Sisters

Stoph looks at a theory hypothesising that incompetent people are likely to overestimate their own competence in this inspired satirical multimedia show.

Stoph Demetriou


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