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THE FREE FRINGE FESTIVAL Launches it's Online Listings for Fringe 2020! You can now check out our Online Line-up for August

July 6, 2020   Free Fest News

THE FREE FRINGE FESTIVAL Launches it's Online Listings for Fringe 2020! You can now check out our Online Line-up for August

We're still here! Coronovirus may have stopped us from physically being in Edinburgh together, but we can still enjoy the fun of the free Fringe Fest online this year with daily shows delivered direct to your living room! Click Here For Article


A FEEL-GOOD SHOW

May 23, 2020   Fringe Review

Article about Show Up, Kids! Online LIVE!

A FEEL-GOOD SHOW

Using Zoom to reach audiences virtually, Peter Marino creates an interactive 50 minutes of imaginative, high-energy fun that kids can join in with from home! Click Here For Article


Eliott Simpson: (a)sexy and I Know It

July 24, 2019   ArtsYork

Article about Eliott Simpson: (a)sexy and I know it

Eliott Simpson: (a)sexy and I Know It

Comedian Eliott Simpson brings his show (a)sexy and I Know It to the Great Yorkshire Fringe prior to a run at the Edinburgh Fringe next month. The (a) is aptly placed, as Simpson’s show centres around his asexuality, and society’s response to this oft forgotten and misunderstood minority.

Simpson is an instantly likeable figure, bounding on stage enthusiastically in an Austin Powers style violet suit and waffle bowtie, and from that moment on the audience feels relaxed in his self-deprecating yet simultaneously self-assured company. Complete with props to aid his cheesy yet well-placed one-liners (plus running commentary of how much they set him back), and PowerPoint which largely serves to project various ‘dick pics’, the laughs just keep on coming. A section on the new-found gay romance between the Babadook and Pennywise the clown is a highlight.

As with any work in progress there are a couple of jokes that fall a bit flat (I’d skip the one about the Glaswegian comic’s advice), but by this point the audience are so in tune with Simpson that it doesn’t matter. Overall, he succeeds in finding the right balance between being both informative and hilarious, personal and universal, with a fominute show that is accessible and inclusive to members of the LGBTQIA community and its allies. Worth checking out in Edinburgh – with this ace show you can have your cake and eat it too.

(a)sexy and I Know It previewed at The Basement, York on the 23rd July 2019 as part of the Great Yorkshire Fringe. Keep up with Eliott and his gigs calendar here. Click Here For Article


Wild Comedy

January 20, 2019   DC METRO ARTS

Article about Show Up, Kids! Online LIVE!

Wild Comedy

‘Along with the delights of its wild comedy and interactive experiences, Show Up, Kids! teaches young audiences some valuable lessons about honoring your commitments, expressing your ideas with confidence, and being true to yourself.’ Click Here For Article


OUT AND OUT HILARITY

October 9, 2018   The Front Row Center

Article about Show Up, Kids! Online LIVE!

OUT AND OUT HILARITY

'A one-man whirling dervish of energy, comic timing, physical agility, and out and out hilarity. the kids were absolutely mesmerized.' Click Here For Article


HILARIOUS

October 8, 2018    The Wee Review

Review of Show Up, Kids! Online LIVE!

HILARIOUS

'Marino knows what kids find funny. A show of this caliber is an opportunity to show up for!' Click Here For Review