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Twisted Edge Productions


Venue:Southside Social, 42 - 44 Buccleuch Street Edinburgh EH8 9LP
Phone: 0131 662 0974
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Upstairs
AUG 4-28 at 19:30 (60 min)
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Twisted Edge Comedy presents the participants of their newly founded stand up workshops. The line up each night will be filled with brand new comedians, showcasing the very best of the Twisted Edge Workshops. Expect an hour of risqué jokes, surrealist rants and dodgy mic control all held together by the workshop leader and host Andrew Sim. With the majority of the performers being newcomers to stand up comedy, you could be supporting and witnessing the birth of a new generation of comedians.


Twisted Edge Workshops is here to give performers in Edinburgh a chance to create and perform stand up comedy. Through a series of beginner workshops, the members of the group have a chance to explore the comedic art form and find their 'own' material and style.

Please message Andrew Sim on Facebook or email at andrewsimcomedy@gmail.com for details of regular meetings every Monday and Friday.

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February 15, 2016  Student Newspaper
Twisted Edge Comedy
Twisted Edge Comedy is a new company that can currently be seen presenting a variety of stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival. The company itself gives students free workshops, training them in stand up and giving them the confidence to perform in front of audiences. The shows themselves are extremely engaging and provide something for everyone, from surrealist humour to comic anecdotes to one liners.

Andrew Sims, one of the company’s founders, hosts and warms up the audience, involving certain audience members to ensure that the various comedians receive an enthusiastic reception when they come out to perform.

The eclectic range of comedians perform a few minutes of stand-up each, with their style being mostly anecdotal. The comedians are a combination of amateurs, who have never performed before, and more experienced performers. One criticism of this style of performance is that, at points, it is quite clear which performers are less experienced and which are more so. Therefore the sense of continuity is slightly less cohesive than it could be.

Much of the humour arises from the subtlety of the performance — the taller acts taking the time to slowly adjust the height of the mic before they start their act — as well as pauses and changes in the nuance of tone which show that the performers are both confident and well versed in their individual acts. The sheer energy of the performers, the diversity of approach to comedic venture, and the pure boldness of the performers ensures the enjoyment of the audience. Click Here

January 13, 2016 ESAF Blog
Twisted Edge Comedy

What are you bringing to ESAF this year?

What I am bringing is Twisted Edge Comedy which is a company that was set up by myself and James Hughes last year. We did some late night showcases back at the Fringe which was something like 2am starts until 3am. It was absolutely chaos but it was a good learning experience of putting on stand-up gigs but from then on it kind of petered out and nothing was really done about it. I then got a couple of people asking if I'd do stand-up workshops for them. These were all my friends and performer people that I knew, usually on my course. They were all asking if I would do a workshop because I had done workshop things on sketch and performed in sketch groups for quite a while. I then realised it makes the most sense to do an art form that is not actually very accessible to most people.

Then I realised it was perfect for ESAF. It really helps three types of people. Potential comedians, so people who genuinely want to do stand-up comedy or any other type of comedy. Secondly it helps young actors, performers, directors, young producers or anyone in industry who want to understand comedy to a certain extent. The third type of people are people who are not really comedians or not really performers either, they just come along and they do their stuff and they play around with things and they can really help themselves. It can help if they have anxiety and they have confidence issues or even if they are just lonely. Even if they just want to get out of the house or out of their flat and want to spend a night to be funny with people in a room. The kind of community we have created with people within the workshops has led to a very safe environment for everyone. Even if you don't think you're funny you'll still enjoy it. I will find the funniest in you! I don't teach stand up that is a very important thing I facilitate a workshop so people can be encourage to be creative.

Can you describe your work in 4 words?

Progressive, stand-up, workshops and free.

How do you prepare people for hecklers?

It's all about confidence building that I have used within my workshops. At the showcase every now and again and then there's a heckle but it is a nice heckle but the audience are mostly family and friends. They all dealt with it perfectly. There was an issue with the mic stand where the mic stand actually came out like it actually came out in half and one of my participants Nick came out and stared at it and it was one of the funniest things of the night. He dealt with it perfectly he could have gone ‘‘oh no’’ and panicked but that wouldn't have been funny. Dealing with hecklers is entirely up to the performer. I have performed in front of stag dos; it's really interesting because I was always in a weaker spot because I look like a boy. I look younger and because I look like a child they thought they would ‘eat this guy for breakfast’. To delay that thought and to get rid of that thought in their heads, for two minutes I would dance and I would straddle the stag and all his mates would cheer and go mental for it. Then as soon as I started my set and actually started speaking they had all the respect for me and so did rest audience because I dealt with it.

What do you want the participants to gain from this workshop?

I want them to gain confidence. That's kind of the most important thing because everything else is the effect of that. You can't give someone confidence but you can give them a platform to find it. Click Here

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