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Venue:Harry's Southside, 42 - 44 Buccleuch Street Edinburgh EH8 9LP
Phone: 0131 662 0974
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Upstairs
AUG 3-14, 16-27 at 14:30 (60 min)
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Juliet (writer on Sarah Millican Television Programme and 8 out of 10 Cats) and her dog have issues. This is a show about unconditional love, anxiety, peeing on things and being a wolf. Contains stand-up, stories, a bit of tenderness (mostly caused by bruising when the dog chased a squirrel), and the actual dog as he doesn’t like being left. You can pet him - he's a tart for the attention. A 'Devilish… on the edge' **** (Scotsman). ‘Laugh-out-loud show that resonates’ **** (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Quirky and original’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Smart... very funny!’ (Independent). Panellist on Breaking The News (BBC Scotland).

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August 12, 2017  Chortle
Probably the only comedy show at the Fringe to include a warning about dog allergies at the top, Juliet Meyers latest hour is a double-act with Homer, an endearing and placid Portuguese Podengo Médio.

With the hound stealing sips from Meyers' water when she's not looking, loping around the venue and just generally ingratiating himself with the audience, the comic is aware that she's very much 'the Ernie Wise to his Eric Morecambe', his nascent celebrity attracting a cadre of dog lovers to boost her numbers.

This isn't merely a cutesy contrivance though, as Meyers and her rescue dog are essentially joined at the hip, with Homer's separation anxieties impacting heavily upon teh comedian’s personal and professional life, robbing her of opportunities to be spontaneous and compromising her perception of herself as a 'lone wolf'.

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August 6, 2017  The Wee Review (previously TV Bomb)
Props are an important part of any good stand-up routine, and as the Fringe is famous for the diversity of its shows, it seems only fitting that the materials used in them are diverse as well. However, although most viewers are prepared for the odd cardboard sign or homemade snacks, this may be the first Fringe show of 2017 that includes a dog. And not just any dog; Juliet Meyer’s dog, Homer, is a rescue dog from Portugal, with the cutest ears and most charismatic face of any canine on earth (a big claim, and one which will no doubt be contested by every other dog lover/owner; if you can get through the entire stand-up routine without trying to win Homer’s affection at least once, you have won a near-impossible challenge).

Thanks to Homer, Meyers has, in her own words, become a Boring Dog Lady™. Through her stand-up routine, she explores exactly how Homer has transformed her life, including the woes of separation anxiety and the joy of having unconditional love from a furry companion (“It’s like being in a cult!”).

Although the focus of the show is clearly on Homer – which admittedly does make for a delightfully fun and entertaining hour – it sometimes feels Meyers isn’t quite hitting her stride on social and political commentary as a result. She raises very valid points about how women are pressured into becoming mothers, often by strangers, and her struggles as a feminist when she tries to work up the courage to confront particularly rude or belligerent men. But just as the women in the audience begin nodding in unspoken agreement, the tone suddenly shifts again and it’s back to discussing the way Crufts dogs are the supermodels of the animal world.

Meyer shows that a dog can really transform your life; Homer has made her into a more confident individual who isn’t afraid to tell drunk strangers on trains that if they touch her dog, she will decapitate them – with a knife from the buffet cart, no less. The duo is inspiring and undeniably funny; it just seems like there is so much Meyers wants to say in such a short period of time that the message sometimes gets a little confused between heartwarming dog anecdotes and insightful commentary on the way society treats women today. Click Here

August 5, 2017 The Girl With the Ediburgh Tattoo
There’s an old adage that if you want to have a friend in politics – get a dog. You could also stretch that one to Edinburgh Fringe shows – get a dog if you want to experience a noticeable spike in audience numbers. I couldn’t possibly comment but according to Juliet Meyers – ‘co-star’ of This Flipping Rescue Dog Has Ruined My Life – this adage has empirical truth.

Okay – Juliet did have healthy audience numbers yesterday on a typically dreich and disgusting Edinburgh weather afternoon. And that could possibly have had something to do with the other co-star – Homer, the adorable rescue dog. Here’s the irony though – Juliet is a fine comedian and doesn’t actually need a gimmick. But the paradox is – her show is all about Homer the rescue dog so there would be a big dog-shaped hole if he wasn’t there.

Statistics and philosophy aside – let’s talk about the show. Juliet is warm, funny and weaves some cracking material about middle-class pseuds, Mumsnet and everyday casual sexism into the main tale (hmm, I promised I wouldn’t do doggy puns… ) of how Homer came into her life. Homer – for his part – isn’t made to do that much which is a relief for those dreading Britain’s Got Talent – type animal exploitation. He’s just there – and he’s absolutely gorgeous.

Dog existentialism aside – although there is a fair bit of that – this is a very funny and heart-warming show which is definitely worth an hour of your time. Click Here

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