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Venue:The Argyle, 15 Argyle Pl Edinburgh EH9 1JJ
Phone: 0131 221 9759
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Cellar Bar
AUG 3-15, 17-27 at 22:00 (40 min)
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Brink is a free stand-up show from award-winning young comic, Rob Oldham. It looks at growing up, politics, and being a hypocrite in the 21st Century. There are also two jokes about bums.

Since 2016 Rob has exploded onto the London circuit, has won a Quantum Leopard New Act Competition, reached the final of this year's Amused Moose New Comic Award, written for ‘Newsjack’ on Radio 4, and has also been working on his popular podcast, ‘Menagerie’ (https://www.menageriecomedy.co.uk/).

In 2016 Rob toured America with the Cambridge Footlights, and this year is bringing his 'Diamond Ability' (Broadway Baby) to the Fringe with a solo show.

'Comedy doesn't get much better than this' – 5 Stars – The Tab
‘Had the audience in stitches from start to finish’ – 5 Stars’ Broadway Baby

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August 24, 2017  Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
You have not lived until you have heard one of Rob Oldham’s tonal prose poems. He may be straight out of university, but his amateur poems demonstrate the emotional bravery of a much older man. He also has a thing or two to teach us. Is Deliveroo a sign of the end times? Why is branding so important? Why are comedians so into murder documentaries? Oldham has all the answers.

In only forty minutes, he covers a wide range of subjects, capturing the room with his comedic rhythm and spot-on timing. He has the instincts and flow of a much more experienced comedian. If his stories don’t all tie together perfectly or lack an overarching theme, his hilarious facial expressions will make you forget it. Oldham tackles tough topics like the rise of China and the misuse of nostalgia with the same flippant insight he uses to explain the student left and Jack Black. Whether it’s a shock reveal, cringe-worthy speculation or advanced metaphor, Oldham is equipped to make you understand the truth and to make you enjoy it at that.

The small, casual venue perfectly fits Oldham’s amicable, conversational style but he expressed a lack of enthusiasm about trekking out to Marchmont to contribute to the free Fringe below ground, so catch him at the Cellar Monkey now before you have to compete with the crowds for eight-quid tickets to see him on the other side of the Meadows. Click Here

August 24, 2017  Chortle
Rob Oldham claims that he doesn’t really like comedy… though there’s just a slim outside chance that could be a joke. He’s certainly studied comedy enough to mock it, subvert it, and deploy its tricks so he can put a tidy lid on his unconnected routines to affect the illusion of substance. And then point out that’s exactly what he’s just done. So meta!

He offers a little swipe at David Mitchell – in whose footsteps Oldham has followed through the Cambridge Footlights – and Live At The Apollo. Nine times out of ten when a newcomer mocks those at the top of their game, it jars as a cheap shot, usually from someone struggling to make a room laugh at all.

But over his 40-minute, toe-in-the-water Edinburgh show, Oldham earns the right, by demonstrating himself to be an imaginative writer with interesting ideas and command over their delivery. ‘Give me back my dick string,’ is a fine punchline in anyone’s book, no matter what the set-up.

Still just fresh out of uni, he is aware of technological trends, such as emoji-driven phone sex, even if he doesn’t understand them – while having has post-millennial fears about the gig economy and his place in the world, part of a wider political awareness.

He laughs in the face of Tory hubris over the election, but is also dismissive of the student left, morally bullying everyone to fall into line in the name, ironically, of tolerance. That’s been something of a touchstone for comics this Fringe as free speech gets constricted, and Oldham needs to do more to stand out here. But then his surreal take on Jeremy Vine’s election-night analysis is entirely his own.

A unique technique is to offer prose poetry to backing tracks – the emotive power of music in comedy presumably picked up from his study of the art. And of course it works, as well as a giving a distinctive trick to remember him by.

Oldham picked up the breakthrough prize at the Amused Moose new comedy awards earlier this Fringe, and it’s clear to see why. He has quirky, offbeat sensibilities that distil into smart jokes that rarely sound like anyone else’s. Quite a rare achievement in such a newcomer. Click Here

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