Posts Tagged ‘reviews’

Reviewing The Reviewers At The Fringe

Monday, August 31st, 2015

With its tounge slightly in cheek, FringePig has award its first “ham-fisted” award for “the Fringe reviewer who most misunderstood what they were looking at.” to The List’s Graeme Connelly for his review of Stuat Goldsmith’s show:

Graeme wins for his stunning use of bathos. In his review of ‘Stuart Goldsmith: An Hour‘ he worships at the feet of Goldsmith for several paragraphs, and then ends with three stars. It’s a simple formula, but a winning one. The funniest reviews are often the simplest. Connelly receives the staggering sum of £50 which, we are told, can buy a very brief sensation of three-star pleasure if you know where to look. Mr Goldsmith wins £200, which he hardly needs since he is, apparently, a glowing comedy adonis with the world at his three-star feet.

Here’s the ‘winning’ review for your pleasure. Now, who’s reviewing the podcasters?

I feel a great freemium disturbance in The Force

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

What the world needs is another poorly implemented collectible card game on a mobile phone, with far too many freemium elements grafted on top of it. But it’s okay, because this one has a Star Wars theme…

Er, no. See my review of Star Wars: Assault Team on All About Windows Phone for the reasons against.

When a review can kill a Fringe show, where’s the oversight?

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Chris Cox hits a home run:

No one reviews reviewers, there is no comeback for any disgruntled performer who feels unfairly treated by a review because the facts might not be right, because it is just a synopsis of the show, because it’s not a review. Where is the right to reply for a performer who gets reviewed by someone who is grumpy, tired, seeing their eighth show of the day in a hot room and would much rather just be having something to eat then churning out another few hundred words on something they aren’t going to enjoy, despite the hundreds of people round them having a wonderful time.

I realise reviewers have it tough and on the whole do a great job, but every now and again something slips through the net and that something can have a huge effect on someones performance, show or even career. Perhaps it’s time reviewers remember how important reviews are to the performers as well as the audience, and open up a dialogue to ensure that there is a right to reply, not from bitter performers and comics who think differently to the reviewer, but when something is obviously at odds between the performance audiences are loving and what the reviewer has written.