The Talk Show is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about talking by award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton.
Following on from his shows about hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, Rob now turns his attention to talking because he is ready to talk about talking.
Since 2012 Rob has chosen a specific theme for his shows and challenged himself to create an hour of material about each subject. These shows have given rise to sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe as Rob continues to build his audience through his unique use of words and humour.
After his appearances on the Russell Howard Hour, BBC at the Edinburgh Festival and Channel 4’s Random Acts, Rob now looks to talk to as many people as possible with The Talk Show.
The Talk Show was the second best reviewed comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival 2018.
WHY? ‘A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot’ The Guardian
‘Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch’ The Independent
‘Funny, poetic, observant and wholly original. Auton’s brilliant use of language and perfect comic timing throws up laugh after laugh after laugh after laugh’ ★★★★★ Beyond the Joke
‘It's both touching and bizarre. A warm and frequently funny hour’
★★★★ The List
‘Inspiring and uplifting. Well worth seeing’ British Comedy Guide
‘A remarkably moving emotional journey. A thoroughly enjoyable, engaging and entertaining hour’ ★★★★★ Entertainment Focus
‘Thought-provoking, heart-warming and heart-breaking’ ★★★★★ Three Weeks
‘Auton cleverly controls the mood to a minute degree. It feels like a new kind of poetry’ ★★★★★ The Peg Review
‘He uses words like a potter uses their wheel’ ★★★★★ Marbles magazine
‘An experience not to be missed’ ★★★★★ The Student Rag
One of the Edinburgh Fringe's most celebrated talents of recent times sets out on his first full national tour.
John-Luke Roberts' show this year was a complete sell-out run and one of the most talked about shows of the festival: a dizzying avant-garde ride through the mind of a gifted comic-philosopher. One with a blue moustache. Who thinks far more about the Spice Girls than anyone should. A masterclass in prop, clown, costume and Mel C-themed comedy.
And that's all we can tell you in the brochure, because his stupid title takes up the rest of the allotted space.
Suitable for ages 16+ years.
'An impeccably choreographed, giddily inventive, turbo-charged hour' ★★★★ The Telegraph
'A hit' ★★★★ The Times
'Killer gags... glorious idiocy' ★★★★ The Guardian
'Mind warping hour which follows through brilliantly on its own absurd logic...relentlessly funny' ★★★★ The List
Fresh from a complete sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival, Alfie Brown is going on his first UK Tour and he remains charming and disgusting.
His new show is about identity politics, trying to be a good father in a horrible world and being responsibly horny in the wake of wide-spread male sex crimes. He provides no answers, only questions. Society's new-found fondness for moral certainty is the subject of a search and destroy mission by Brown. They were wrong all along, it turns out if you believe in something, you’ll fall for anything.
WHY? ★★★★ The Times | ★★★★ The Evening Standard | ★★★★ Chortle | ★★★★ The List | ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide
Suitable for ages 16+ years.
£14 (£12 conc)
He’s been cluster-bombed with yoghurt on Dave’s Taskmaster and half-killed on Channel 4’s Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island. Now Mark returns to what he's best at: being indoors.
Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world's population is made up of other people: why can't we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK's most beloved and thinnest acts offers some suggestions, with his usual notoriously high joke-and-rant-per-minute rate.
Suitable for ages 14+ years.
WHY? ‘He sparkles with originality and verve' Chortle
'A kind of unstoppably funny Superhero' Sunday Times
'Hugely entertaining, craftsmanlike, remarkable' Telegraph
A brand new stand-up show following a stonking set on Live at the Apollo and a sell-out Fringe, one of the UK's top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour. Sunday Times Best of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.
He's blind. He's a dad. He's a husband. He's third in command. He'll speaky about all of that, and loads more.
WHY? 'A joke heavy show with gags a plenty' The List
'Passionate and rib-tickling. An illuminating, heartfelt performance. Highly recommended!' EdFestMagazine
'He paints us pictures with fantastical words and images... it's almost impossible not to like him' ThreeWeeks
They say all political careers end in tears.
In Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star is back on tour with his new show celebrating all things theatrical.
Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), the BBC Radio 4 Just a Minute regular delivers dazzling wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy and hilarious name-dropping.
WHY? ‘A master raconteur’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph
‘Total joy’ ★★★★★ Scotsman
Suitable for ages 11+ years.
The musical comedy duo and sisters are travelling the country with a new hour of their dark and witty songs.
Flo and Joan enjoyed a sell out run of their critically acclaimed 2017 show The Kindness of Stranglers. They were winner of Best Musical Act at Leicester Comedy Festival 2018 and winner of Best Music and Variety Act in the 2018 Chortle Awards. Suitable for ages 14+ years.
WHY? ‘These intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute, wiping away a tear the next' ★★★★ The Telegraph
'Their style is stiletto sharp, their diction perfect as they race through their complex rhymes' Evening Standard
The UK's leading comedy magician is back on the road with his astonishing new show.
You've seen him on television, now experience his trademark blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic live on stage!
As seen on ITV1's Tonight at the London Palladium and The Next Great Magician, BBC1’s The Magicians, The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme.
Suitable for ages 14+ years.
WHY? 'The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century’ The Times
'The new poster-boy for British comedy magic’ The Telegraph
'Seamless blending of quality magic and stand-up comedy. It is a joy to watch’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
'Breathtaking illusions’ The List
‘The best magic tricks in the Universe’ Independent
‘Firman is responsible for making it socially acceptable to say that you like magic again’ The Guardian
£16 (£14 conc)
Stu's back with a comic odyssey on how it works out in the end, and whether anyone cares.
Intelligent stand-up comedy for everybody, but of particular interest to people over thirty who've lost touch with all their old friends and can't eat just one pain au chocolat.
Featuring ultimates, absolutes and surprisingly few conclusions.
Host of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast (10 million downloads) and as seen on Dave's As Yet Untitled and Comedy Central's Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central.
WHY? 'Truly a comedy masterclass... endlessly inventive' The List
'Expert, charming stand-up' The Sunday Times
'A master of the form' The Independent