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REVIEW - Chris Turner: Vegas Baby! (Comedy, Stand-up, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023)


Chris Turner: Vegas Baby! Stand-up comedy at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023. Photo credit: John Cafaro

Chris Turner's new stand-up show is about becoming a parent, performing in Las Vegas and living with a baby. But it's so much more than that. It's a narrative story full of thrills, spills and laugh-out-loud moments. It's personal and touching; it's varied and fun. No-one else has a story quite like this, and it's one of the finest, most well-judged hours of comedy I've ever seen. He's a magician. No, he would hate that... He's exceptional!

An engaging performer and a charismatic host, Chris tells us how he ended up performing a residency with Cirque du Soliel in Vegas - the first and only comedian to ever be asked to join the company. His stories of working with the exceptionally fit and beautiful circus performers had me in stitches.

Chris Turner performer with Cirque du Soliel. Photo credit: Chris Turner: Vegas Baby! (Comedy, Stand-up, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023)

Chris opens up about being abused for his personal appearance by people who should frankly know better, and who have no right to throw stones. And in a complete surprise for me, he showcases his astonishing talent for improvised rap! What did I just watch? Manchester City football, Turnips, Singapore and more were (metaphorically) thrown at him by the audience, and from which he produced a frankly unbelievably brilliant rap song.

His audience interaction and overall performance skills are impeccable. His jokes and retorts are sharp and swift. Everything landed; everything worked. His show is so full of energy but also manages to be deeply profound.

A brilliant set from a remarkable performer. Why is he not in a bigger room? He will be next year.


When and Where?

VENUE: Underbelly Buttercup, Underbelly Bristo Square,

DATES: Wednesday 2nd - Sunday 27th August 2023 (no show Monday 14th August)

TIME: 9:45pm (60mins)

AGE GUIDANCE: 14+ recommended



About Chris Turner

Chris Turner: Vegas Baby! Stand-up comedy at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023. Photo credit: John Cafaro

As well as being the first comedian to ever perform with Cirque du Soleil, Chris Turner was also the first British comedian to perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (for which he received a standing ovation). His intelligent wordplay, quotable gags (as featured in The Times’ Top Jokes from Edfringe 2022) and rapid freestyle raps have seen Chris rack up over 40 million views on YouTube and perform sold-out five-star runs all over the world.

He is now based in New York and can regularly be seen at the world famous Comedy Cellar where he has performed on shows with Dave Chapelle, as well as closing after Chris Rock, Ray Romano and Sarah Silverman. One of the most in-demand acts on the corporate circuit, Chris has appeared at Oslo Freedom Forum, Wired and Forbes’ 30 under 30 conference and performed over 400 virtual shows for companies including Nike, Microsoft and Google.

Chris is also a founding member of Racing Minds, one of the UK's most respected improv troupes, with 7 sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, a twelve-part Audible series and 600,000+ Soundcloud subscribers.

📸 Photo credits: John Cafaro


🌟REVIEW - Chris Turner: Vegas Baby! (Comedy, Stand-up, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023)🌟

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