Funny in Real Life

Theatre (comedy, drama)

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A stand-up comedian sees his world fall apart when his wife decides he can no longer mention her onstage. Should anything be off limits in the realm of confessional comedy? Is it OK to overshare with an audience of complete strangers? How would you feel if your life was turned into a joke? After last year’s hugely successful run of their debut play, The Ladder, real life married couple Rob Rouse (Bottom in BBC's Upstart Crow) and Helen Rutter (Holby City, Coronation Street) return to Edinburgh with their brand new show. ‘Hilarious... unforgettable’ (

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  • Accessible entry: Entrance via level access after taking stairs or lift to level 2.
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MH 150 days ago

Didn’t know that to get multiple stars and happy reviews at the EdFringe, performers have to resort to sex and toilet ‘jokes’. This is one of the two shows I wanted to walk out on. The spousal gag was old after 2 minutes and then there was another 56-58 to tolerate! While many reviews below are positive , the audience I sat in was quite silent throughout and the burning anger at the show from the audience was palpable. Maybe EdFringe and its reviewers think they are breaking taboos and boundaries by fostering an environment of low level genital and toilet ‘humour’, and EdFringe is certainly raking in pounds this way; but it really ruined my 2 weeks at the Fringe to (a) see sensitive and truly funny and whimsical shows ignored by the venues in their tweets, (b) read inaccurate teenage ‘professional’ reviews from outfits like Broadwaybaby and Theatre Weekly while (c) promoting low level puerile humour as in this show. Overall I would give 0 stars to this show and to EdFringe itself for its imbalance in promoting puerile standup ‘comedy’ vs other genres in the arts.

Susan Wilson 154 days ago

Recommended by a friend and really glad we saw this.

Julie Phillips 154 days ago

Funny show 4 out of 5

Katie Worsick 158 days ago

A brilliantly funny, well-performed and thought-provoking stand up comedy drama. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kathleen Noonan 158 days ago

Another brilliant performance from this husband and wife duo. It is very funny and tests the boundaries of what private matters should be shared.
Glad I did not miss this.

Emma 158 days ago

A brilliant, bitter sweet show about the line between life and art, fact and fiction, reality and perception. All that at 11:15am.

Kathryn Wright 158 days ago

This was a spur of the moment show for us and it didn't disappoint. Some moments did get a bit awkward, but over all it was very funny.

AlainaS 159 days ago

One of my favorites of the Fringe! Hilarious, unexpected, and especially a must-see for anyone who's married, or a writer, or married to a writer, or the child, partner, child, cousin, sibling, friend, or Tinder date of a writer.

James Robertson 159 days ago

We only went to see this show (which we hadn’t seen advertised) as Rob Rouse was handing out flyers and he was so nice we decided to give it a go. We’re so glad we did. Such an original idea – laugh out loud funny and highly entertaining. The hour just flew by. The fact they are married in real life made it all the more engaging. Definitely worth making the effort to see at 11.15 in the morning. Highly recommended.

Stu and Lesley 163 days ago

Pleasantly surprising comedy, exceeded all expectations. So funny, highly recommended put it on your 'must see' list!!

Alastair McInnes 164 days ago

What happens when a comedian loses half his material? In turns hilarious and agonising, but (spoiler alert) it ends well!

Susannah Mears 164 days ago

Sooooo funny.....and then uncomfortable.....and then sooooo funny again. Best if you haven't read the blurb first to get the real rollercoaster effect! Love Rob Rouse as Bottom in Upstart Crow

Nigel Metheringham 170 days ago

Fantastically well performed piece which at times leaves you shifting uncomfortably as a family falls apart in front of you. Its also hugely funny

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 158 days ago

Comparing comedian Rob Rouse and writer/actor Helen Rutter to Chekhov might seem a tad hyperbolic, but ‘Funny in Real Life’ has more than a touch of ‘The Seagull’ to it. A clever, self-aware (and yes, funny) play, it begins with Rouse performing stand-up, before being interrupted by his (actual) wife....

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 162 days ago

Some stand-ups aren't that funny in real life. Rob Rouse, you suspect, is different. ...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 165 days ago

There's a tacit understanding that when standups talk about their loved ones, you're only getting one side of the story — exaggerated, twisted and just straight-up invented in the service of provoking laughter. But what happens when 'er indoors gets the right to reply? That's the premise of this very...

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 167 days ago

This is clever. Funny In Real Life is a deconstruction of the comedian’s art – the kind of thing Fringe performers are wont to do and make overly in-jokey – made as accessible as any mainstream stand-up or theatre show. Rob Rouse (stand-up comedian) and Helen Rutter (actor and writer)...

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