Claire Sawers

Freelance Writer

Month: July 2008 (page 1 of 2)

Pajama Men – Night moves

Pajama Men

The List
31 July 2008

Their brand of unique, unhinged comedy has had critics and judges raving about the Pajama Men. Claire Sawers finds that they’re keeping the silly wigs firmly in the bag Continue reading

Dananananaykroyd

Danananakroyd

The List
17 July 2008

Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Wed 30 Jul; The Arches, Glasgow, Thu 31 Jul

‘I break an average of three drumsticks per show,’ nods John Baillie Jnr, one of the two drummers in crashing, Glasgow guitar-rock band Dananananaykroyd. Continue reading

You’ve Been Mangoed

The List
Edinburgh Festival Guide
17 July 2008

A Case of Exploding Mangoes The mysterious death of Pakistan’s dictator General Zia is still the subject of fevered speculation today. Mohammed Hanif tells Claire Sawers about a debut novel he’s based on memories, rumours and jokes

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The Treasure Principle

Joshua Sofaer

The List
Edinburgh Festival Guide
17 July 2008

Anneka Rice may have popularised scavenging but performance artist Joshua Sofaer is taking it to a new level. Claire Sawers asks him why he wants to trash Edinburgh Continue reading

Cat Power

Cat Power

Metro
24 April 2007

Can a girl do no wrong? Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, may famously lack self-confidence, but her gushing supporters may big her up if she feels a flaky moment coming on. Continue reading

Asobi Seksu

Asobi Seksu

Metro
30 October 2007

Layering sugary vocals over guitar drones, Asobi Seksu (Japanese slang for ‘playful sex’) are earning themselves a name as the darlings of the New York indie scene. Frontwoman Yuki Chikudate sings in Japanese and English, while James Hanna and Ben Shapiro create a wall of intense, throbbing sound in the background. Continue reading

Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi

The List
23 August 2007

3 stars

Shappi Khorsandi looks Greek, sounds posh, sleeps around and is an attention-seeking nightmare. Or so she would have us believe. Continue reading

Rebecca Drysdale

Rebecca Drysdale

The List
9 August 2007

4 stars

It’s not often that a comedian invites the audience to join in a chirpy singalong about children drowning in the Titanic disaster. It’s even rarer that it has the crowd in stitches. Continue reading

Life’s a gamble on the web

13 November  2005

Quitting your day job to play poker full-time may seem a risky proposition, but the young Scots leading the pack have never looked back.

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Maria Bamford

Metro
17 August 2006

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American comic Maria Bamford is one of a kind. With only a chair onstage, she walks you through her life, introducing you to her family and old school mates, using an unbelievably versatile range of characters and voices to animate her one-woman show. Continue reading

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