Aussies at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012

By Lisa Clark

The Programme for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival is up and as usual I have been scouring it to find out how many Australians will be putting on shows there this year.
Not all shows make it into the programme and not all are obviously Australian, so if you know of any I’ve missed feel free to contact Squirrel Comedy and I’ll add it to the list.

Sometimes it’s hard to define who to consider as Australian. Watching Rolf Harris perform in his union jack waistcoat at the Queens birthday made me think; does he really still define himself as Australian? It’s been his bread and butter, but I don’t really think of him as an Australian performer, more of a beloved British institution with an Australian background. And so as I went through this list it made me think; is someone like Brendon Burns or Mark Little still counted as Australian? Both list themselves in the Fringe programme as coming from England and neither have performed regularly if at all in Australia for many years. Should I only be listing people who are living in Australia and going over there? So what of Sarah Bennetto, who I left off a previous year’s list but then added when she asked me to… And why not? She lives in London, but does make regular trips home to perform and still participates with the Australian comedy community via twitter etc. Then there is someone like Celia Pacquola who’s been back and forth for a couple of years but is surely still an Australian act.

As you can see there can be some grey areas, I’ve added Mark Little to the list mostly to let people here know. He hasn’t done a show anywhere in a long time and there’s been a bit of controversy about the Fringe censoring the name of his show The Bullshit Artist in the Programme. Mark got pretty angry about it and I must agree with him. They’ve done it to several shows including Jon Bennett’s show Pretending things are a Cock. Though how C*ck is deemed more acceptable than Cock or the phallic picture on his poster is beyond me!

There are also acts below that I’ve never heard of, though I did try to check out their websites etc. I must say, I am amazed that some performers don’t have much current information on their websites, if they have websites at all! I can’t recommend this to performers highly enough. If you don’t have any personal web presence, get a friend to make a website for your show with some background info about you and your show if at all possible, even if it’s just one page. Let this be a reminder to everyone else to look through all the pages on your website and update it! Now!

Audiences, the media and comedy industry types have to choose what to go and see from hundreds of shows, your website might help them choose yours.

I’ve listed some shows from the Cabaret and Kids sections that have comedy connections and can recommend the cabaret show Briefs a group of hilarious drag/circus/cabaret performers from Queensland who wowed the HiFi Bar at The Festival Club. As the winners of RAW, Lessons with Luis have won the chance to perform in Edinburgh but are unable to take the whole family this year, so are planning to go in 2013.

I have also added reviews that we have done for shows where we have them. Some older reviews were originally published in our earlier incarnations The Groggy Squirrel, Australian Comedy Review and At the bottom of the list I’ve added some non Australian shows that we reviewed this year at MICF.

As usual The Gilded Balloon Teviot  is the venue packed to the gills with Australian and New Zealand performers but there are Aussies at all the major venues including The Pleasance Courtyard, Underbelly and beyond, including many great comedy acts performing with the Free Fringe. Venues are dotted all over Edinburgh with even some venues having various performance spaces in different parts of Edinburgh, such as Assembly with thirteen theatres at six different addresses.

Coming up over the next month or so, performers will be doing fundraisers in Australia to help pay for their trip and we thoroughly recommend that you support them as this is a huge undertaking. Most of the performers giving it a go have brilliant shows that are worth sharing with the rest of the world. It can only help our own comedy community for performers to go over and sample what else is happening, make connections, bring back their experiences and realise how world class Australian performers really are.

Exciting news that I can announce is that three Squirrels will be off to Edinburgh this year and will be sending back reviews and news. The lucky three will be Ron Bingham, (our UK correspondent), Colin Flaherty and yours truly Lisa Clark.

So enjoy the list and I hope it proves useful.


Adam Hills – Mess Around – Assembly Hall

Anne Edmonds – My Banjo’s Name is Steven – Underbelly Bristo Sqare

Asher Treleaven – Troubadour– Guilded Balloon Teviot
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Axis of Awesome – Cry Yourself a River – Pleasance Courtyard

Barry Morgan’s World of Organs –Underbelly Bristo Square
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Bec Hill Is more afraid of you than you are of her – Guilded Balloon Teviot

Bonnie Davies I’m high on life what are you on – C Ecca

Bob Downe – Smokin – Guilded Balloon Teviot

Bogan Bingo – Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Bruce Griffiths – Because I felt Like it Free – Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde

Cameron The Comedian Davis– Human Conditioning – Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Celia Pacquola – Delayed – Guilded Balloon Teviot
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Claudia O’Doherty – The Telescope – Underbelly Cowgate

Confessions of a Grindr Addict – Assembly Hall

Bootleg Comedy Perth, – Convicted – The Cabaret Voltaire

Dave Thornton – The Some of All the Parts – Guilded Balloon Teviot
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Denise Scott – Regrets – Assembly Hall

Eric Hutton – Every other show in the Fringe Sucks free – Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Ethan Addie – Rookie Mistakes – The Street

Faulty Towers Dining Experience – B’est Restaurant
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Felicity Ward – The Hedgehog Dilemma – Underbelly,Bristo Square
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Ged Cogley and Jamie McCarney  – Upstaging: A modern guide to acting for gentlemen and gentleladies Free – Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Gravity Boots – Guilded Balloon Teviot

Hannah Gadsby – Hannah Wants a Wife – Guilded Balloon Teviot
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Mary. Contrary. – Guilded Balloon Teviot

Heath Franklin – Chopper in a Hard Bastards Guide to Life – Underbelly,Bristo Square

Imaan Hadchiti – A Little Perspective with Imaam – Guilded Balloon Teviot

Jackson Voorhaar – One True Loves Free – Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Jennifer Carnovale – Scraping the Barrel Free – Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Jimeoin – What?! – Venue 150 @ EICC

John Conway and Michael Burke – New Conway Dimension – Guilded Balloon Teviot

John Robertson – The Old Whore – Assembly Hall
– The Dark Room Free – Alternative Fringe @ The Hive

Jon Bennett – Pretending Things Are A Cock – Pleasance Courtyard
Squirrel Review

Karin Muiznieks – World War Wonderful – SpaceCabaret @ 54
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Keira Daley – Ladynerd -Assembly George Square

Lady Melville and Rosie Rebel – Dirty Thirty – Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Madeleine Culp – Fark – Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Marcus Ryan – Home and Away Free – Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Mark Little – THEbullshitARTIST -Assembly George Square

Marie Connolly – Cucu-rucu-cu in the French Alps – Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Michael Workman – Mercy – Gilded Balloon at Third Door
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Michael Workman & Tommy Little – Splitting the Bill – Guilded Balloon Teviot

Morven Smith – One in a Million Free – Laughing Horse @ City Cafe

Nellie White – The One Handed Show; An Introduction To Pornography Free – Cabaret Voltaire
Nellie missed out on the official programme but is in the programme of the PBH Free Fringe:

Nick Coyle – Me Pregnant! – Underbelly, Cowgate
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Nick Sun – Potty Time – Alternative Fringe @ The Hive

Out Cast Theatre – Mr Braithwaite has a new boy – C Aquila

Paddy Magee – Do Not Trust The Animals, free – Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Ro Campbell – Midnight Meltdown – The Stand Comedy Club II

Ryan Withers – One Woman Showe Free – Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde

Sam Simmons – About The Weather – Guilded Balloon Teviot
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Sammy J & Randy – The Inheritance – Underbelly,Bristo Square
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Sarah Bennetto – The Temps – Pleasance Courtyard
Storytellers Club –  Pleasance Courtyard

Sarah Jones – Does Not Play Well With Others – CAquila

Shane Dundas – Believe – Assembly Hall

Slow Clap [Vachel Spirason and Stephanie Brotchie] – Truth – Underbelly, Cowgate
Squirrel Review –

Tessa Waters and Kai Smythe – Sexytime – Underbelly, Cowgate
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Tim Lee – Scientist Turned Comedian – Assembly Roxy

Tom Flanagan – Kaput –  Underbelly,Bristo Square

Xavier Toby – Binge Thinking – C nova

Yianni – Numb and Number Free – The Canons’ Gait


Briefs – Underbelly, Bristo Square

Crab House A Bloody Cabaret Free – Fingers Piano Bar

Funkier Than Alice – Love, Lust & Lager – SpaceCabaret @ 54

Lady Celeste – Exploring Down Under – The Street

Lady Sings it Better – Guilded Balloon Teviot

Sugar & Spice  – All the men we’ve never slept with The Voodoo Rooms

Virginia Gay – Dirty Pretty Songs – The Famous Spiegeltent


Bubblewrap & Boxes – Guilded Balloon Teviot

Frehd Astarr and Tim Eee – Ta Daaa!– Guilded Balloon Teviot

Mark Trenwith – Mr. Snot Bottom’s Stinky Silly Show – Guilded Balloon Teviot


INTERNATIONAL ACTS at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012  reviewed by Squirrel Comedy

Daniel Kitson – Where Once was Wonder
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DeAnne Smith Livin the Sweet Life
Squirrel Review-

Dr Brown – Befrdfgth
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Alex Horne – The Horne Section
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Simon Amstell – Numb
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