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CARMEN LYNCH: LYNCHED

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Venue:The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DD
Phone: 0131 667 7533
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Loft
AUG 3-14, 16-27 at 16:00 (60 min)
 
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Carmen Lynch (The Late show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, Inside Amy Schumer, Splitsider’s "2016 Best Late Night Sets") shares her hour of twisted, singular stand-up comedy that frequently dips into the dark side. She'll share her views on Jesus, giraffes, scoliosis, her Spanish mother, and mostly, death. 'Carmen is one of my absolute favorite comics' (Amy Schumer). 'Effortlessly Funny with the best, simplest, most deeply weird jokes.' (John Mulaney).


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August 26, 2017  Funny Women
Acerbic, dry and very witty, not many people can open the shows with a joke that is technically about unwanted pregnancy, but this successfully set the dark tone of Carmen’s humour. I don’t think anyone is safe from her sharp observation, not the men she dates and not her Spanish niece’s grasp of written English.

This is not to say Carmen is mean, this is the woman who put fans on seats for her audience in the hot loft she was performing in. And it was hot, it’s not easy to hold an audience’s attention for an entire sweaty hour. It could have been the heat of the room, it could be that Carmen is extremely funny, but I did laugh until I very nearly vomited.

Apart from some material on devout Catholicism was with her all the way. I’m certainly with her on her opinion of men who use emojis, but it is when she is self deprecating that she is at her best, describing a medical situation regarding her knees and people’s reactions to her six foot figure.

A must see, just don’t steal any fans. Click Here

August 26, 2017  The Scotsman
Carmen Lynch’s dry, ­deadpan delivery isn’t a great ­combination with her boxy, attic room, making for a rather airless performance, her lethargic, nihilistic drawl suffocating some otherwise sharp writing.

The New York-based comic’s material tends towards the bleakly cynical, establishing her tone with a darkly funny morning-after-pill gag soon after her ­insincere gratitude for ­Donald Trump’s presidency.

At her best, she’s surprising and quirkily original, setting out a contentious position before justifying it with perverse logic. Too often though, she allows a good punchline to simply drift away into the ether with a blank, expressionless look. Unusually tall, a bundle of therapy-requiring neuroses and blessed with an overtly dramatic ­Spanish mother, she’s got plenty to stoke her insecurities. Her characterisation of the latter injects a little welcome energy into a show that runs comfortably short of an hour, as if Lynch simply runs out of momentum. That’s a shame because you suspect that with a minor tweak in presentation, a little more early ingratiation with the crowd rather than detached observations about how we’re staring at her like she’s crazy, and Lynch might be a force to be reckoned with this Fringe. Click Here

August 26, 2017  The Herald
"DO YOU want to shut the window or do you want to live?" She may be one of Amy Schumer's favourite comedians, but for the month of August, New Yorker, Carmen Lynch is appearing in a blisteringly-hot attic – that could easily have a second career as a cupboard – as part of the Free Fringe. Lynched, her debut UK hour, has caused a buzz. It's standing-room or rather sitting-on-the-floor-room only, with the open window option and it has been for most of her run. There's a lot to smile about. Well there would be, except Carmen doesn't do smiling, she does deadpan. She warms up with a steady sneer of languid one-liners before conjuring up a disturbingly-erasable image involving a chicken and a hard-boiled egg. This woman is drier than an unbuttered water biscuit. She's deliciously dark at times too. Her morning-after pill routine causes a few sharp intakes of breath and a smattering of silent protest arm-folding. You can't read her poker face, but disappointingly, you often can't hear her either. She mumbles, she tapers off. She doesn't throwaway lines, she lobs them straight out of that open window. The writing is top-notch though and her list of ailments, including unfeasibly high knee caps, confirms that a hypochondriac's life is indeed a bed of neurosis. Click Here

August 24, 2017  Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
Carmen Lynch plants herself on the stage confidently, letting you sit back assured that you’re in for a good hour. She has a laid back, cutting sense of humour in her Fringe debut, Lynched.

The jokes are fast paced, the laugh per minute rate is outstanding, and no subject is off limits. Lynch talks mostly about dating, delivering the material with a hilariously vacant expression. She tells us about being an awkwardly tall teenager with scoliosis, who turned into an awkwardly tall woman who became a comedian. Her blunt, deadpan humour knows no bounds as she explores topics like abortion and her Catholic upbringing by her Spanish mother. A highlight of the set was a well-executed piece of storytelling about her Spanish nieces and her late night texts from their father.

Unlike other Fringe shows there’s no one story: instead, there’s a series of stories, most of which start with, “I was dating this guy…”. Although there is no overarching narrative to this hour, it does not disappoint. Lynch hops from subject to subject effortlessly, landing the toughest of unsavoury jokes with style and ease uniting her audience with a love for humouring the sickest of jokes. Lynch is able to frivolously deliver deeply dark and twisted observations about her life in an extremely hot and tiny room for an hour, and somehow make it worthwhile. Click Here

August 13, 2017  The Skinny
Carmen Lynch squeezes past people sitting on the floor to get to the front of her loft venue, an international comedian playing a glorified cupboard, but she seems unfazed by it all. In fact, the intimacy of the venue seems to allow some of her routines an extra level of bite, even though having such a friendly rapport with the front row also serves to lighten some of the more nihilistic tendencies of her bleakest punchlines.

With her sharp comic mind and impressive timing, Lynch skewers her own frailties and weaknesses – a segment about the pros and cons of being a light sleeper is a particular highlight. While a young New Yorker airing their multiple neuroses (and a refreshing hatred of cats) via an hour of well constructed stand-up might not be about to change the comedy world overnight, it's difficult to fault funny and Lynch certainly delivers. Click Here

August 12, 2017  Broadway Baby
On the Richter Scale of humour, if your threshold doesn’t reach the level of sick and sadistic then Carmen Lynch is probably not for you. The American comic’s UK debut hour was crammed with her twisted thoughts, spanning everything from childbirth to drugs, religion and family, and while there were some outstanding, slick one-liners, if the show was a sport it would be white water rafting – with Lynch riding us through the rivers, drops and rapids.

Death is a central theme, which Lynch flirts with throughout her set. Her style is to move minimally while delivering lines with a deadpan tone. This most certainly works for the type of comedy she is offering and the set begins well with three deliciously dark jokes on the morning after pill, why she’s happy Donald Trump was elected and dating men in their 40s. These three gags were strongly executed with wit and style and offered high expectations for the show ahead. It is such as shame the cluster of jokes that followed immediately after, did not reach the same level.

That must be the difficulty with writing jokes of such high quality – it is often hard to keep the momentum. Lynch did however bring up the energy level again, with what I believe to be her best piece of storytelling in the set — it involves her nieces who live in Spain and their dad, Carlos. In fact, all her observations of Spain, the culture and the people, including her mum, were well-delivered. One of her closing pieces about her dramatic mother is a story that you’ll be relaying back to your friends.

Overall the weirdness and dark nature of Lynch’s humour prevails in her UK debut hour, but not in the quantities that one might have hoped for. That being said, this is a comic I will continue to watch because her humour speaks to the sadist within us all, and in very few other circumstances are you going to hear controversial opinions delivered with this level of self-deprecation and panache. Click Here

August 8, 2017 Fringe Review
Recommended show
Low Down

In her UK debut hour Lynched, Carmen Lynch (Inside Amy Schumer, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan) shares her twisted, singular stand-up comedy, which frequently dips into the dark side.



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Carmen Lynch is an accomplished comedian who charms her audience with her vulnerability and her honesty as soon as they manage to walk into the Counting House loft, gasping for breath and winded from the climb. She adjusts fans so we don’t end up in a pool of sweat and she says, “This feels like an intervention.” And so she begins her monologue about life as a single, childless woman in New York City. She is 6’2” and speaks at length about the challenges of being tall and the attitudes people have about tall women. She says,” I still have a vagina. When you get so tall, do they take it away from you?” and continues, Because she is tall, “short guys follow me around. It makes me feel like Snow White.”

She discusses how we all want to be what we are not. For example, she dreams of being short. “I want to fit in someone’s pocket . But I don’t fit in anyone’s trunk.”

She is from America and she cannot resist taking a few jabs at the mess that country is in. “I’m happy Trump was elected. They say you need to do something scary every day. Now it’s living.”

Every single girl has to discuss the morning after pill and Lynch is no exception. She tells us the medical profession doesn’t tell you when it will kick in or how you know when it has worked: “I burped and that was the baby.”

And of course, she has to discuss dating as a single woman in our two by two society. “Break ups are worse than death because he is still alive.“ she says. And continues, ”I stopped on-line dating. Now, I just walk outside and hope.”

Public displays of affection annoy her because it is so embarrassing to see, she says, and when it comes to finding the right man, she prefers the older ones because they are so desperate. She talks about the difference of dating as a single person compared to when married people go out on date nights. When married people go out on a date, they always say, “Remember when we didn’t hate each other.”

Her parents were very religious but she is not. “I don’t go to church anymore,” she says. “I go to therapy. Religion is cheaper.”

This is a laugh-filled hour full of observations often too true to be funny, but Lynch twists them into something to laugh at. It is a well crafted show, well worth the climb to the top of the Counting House in the rain and wind of Edinburgh during the fringe. Click Here

August 7, 2017  The Wee Review (previously TV Bomb)
New-York comic Carmen Lynch enthusiastically gathers the audience in from West Nicolson Street into The Counting House, and her gregarious attitude continues inside for the next hour of stand-up. Without any extended introduction, we are launched into both frivolous and dark observations about her life, and Lynch effortlessly and swiftly wins over the crowd.

Although dating, family and children might not be ground-breaking topics, Lynch has witty, new and acerbic perspectives on each of them: her opposition to dating apps and return to the “old way” of finding love; her childhood-borne phobia of guns inadvertently instilled by her mother; and musings on why she doesn’t particularly like children yet finds them unintentionally wise.

What Lynch wins on is her delivery. She has the audience grasped throughout, even when the tone shifts into touchy or risky territory (abortion, religion). The jokes are consistently cleverly constructed and don’t always rely on a single finishing punchline, often rolling on and bringing the laughter with them. Lynch also has a knack of firing out hilarious micro-stories that instantly demand you memorise them in order to pass them on afterwards.

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