Comedy Club 4 Kids – Edinburgh Fringe - ★★★★

James Beagon, Broadway Baby August 9th, 2014


an 11 year old just made an excellent joke about Tibet and I still can’t get this out of my head.

I didn’t expect to be hearing hard-hitting political satire this afternoon, but wow, that was actually quite a good Tibet joke. A Tibet joke from an 11 year old. Yes, 11. ‘Comedy Club 4 Kids’ is an hour of stand-up comedy with a difference; it’s largely catered to kids and occasionally stars them. I say ‘largely catered’ because an 11 year old just made an excellent joke about Tibet and I still can’t get this out of my head.

With a shifting line-up, it’s obviously difficult to predict if the day you choose to go will be funny, but if today was anything to go by, you have nothing to worry about. This mix of adult and child comedians will have you chuckling merrily throughout the afternoon.

We begin with Tim FitzHigham MC-ing us through the night, swiftly getting the children in the audience involved and capturing their attention. His mixture of jokes go down well, with many registering with the younger audience. Others go over their heads as the adults titter instead. Joe Wells then comes out with some simpler material – warnings about bogies. Nevertheless, this equally goes down a treat with the younger audience. Never have I seen children so eager for spinach, handed out as a bogey deterrent.

We then come to our young comedians of the afternoon – Frankie Yeates Riddoch and Grace MacLaughlin. I think the audience were slightly surprised to see them come on after two adult comedians and they took a while to adjust accordingly. Yet Frankie soon entertains with a barrage of puns and some well-placed witticisms about crepes, Edinburgh and the Fringe. Grace engages in some altogether surprisingly heavy material, including Tibet amongst a sweatshop joke and other things. Whilst I was shocked, I laughed a lot. I do wonder how well these jokes registered with some of her contemporaries however. Regardless, keep an eye out for these two names on comedy circuits in a decade’s time. If they’re this good when they’re 11, imagine what they’ll be like then.

Jonny & The Baptists round us off for the afternoon with an amusing musical performance; one that once again deftly toes the line between child and adult humour. This is certainly a show that has the ability to entertain those of all ages, though I pity the parents who might have to retrospectively skirt over what certain jokes meant. A few jokes from all did occasionally feel slightly inappropriate for the afternoon, not that the kids in the audience realised.

Nevertheless, a solid afternoon’s entertainment can be found here. Perhaps the stars of the future will be too.

Latest From
Our Blog

Saturday, July 27th, 2019
Edinburgh Line-Ups revealed!
Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Vault Festival line-ups revealed!
Friday, December 14th, 2018
MERRY CRISPMAS!

Come & See Us
Upcoming Shows!

Saturday 16th November 2019,
Pound Arts, Corsham
Saturday 16th November 2019,
Soho Theatre, London
Sunday 17th November 2019,
OSO Arts Centre, Barnes
Saturday 16th November 2019,
G Live, Guildford
Sunday 24th November 2019,
Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford
Saturday 7th December 2019,
Komedia, Brighton
Sunday 8th December 2019,
The Boulevard Theatre, London
Sunday 8th December 2019,
Farnham Maltings
Saturday 14th December 2019,
Soho Theatre, London
Saturday 21st December 2019,
Greenwich Theatre, London
Sunday 12th January 2020,
Arts Depot, North Finchley
Saturday 15th February 2020,
De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Saturday 15th February 2020,
Komedia, Brighton
Saturday 22nd February 2020,
G Live, Guildford
Thursday 9th April 2020,
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Saturday 9th May 2020,
Komedia, Brighton
Saturday 23rd May 2020,
G Live, Guildford
Saturday 20th June 2020,
G Live, Guildford
Saturday 10th October 2020,
Komedia, Brighton
Saturday 5th December 2020,
Komedia, Brighton

Latest From
Our Twitter