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Venue:The Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate Edinburgh EH1 1JS
Phone: 0131 622 6802
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Wee Room
AUG 3-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 at 18:10 (60 min)
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Nominated for Best Comedy at Fringe World 2016 & selling out all 23 shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2016. Sam (AUS) has been crushing stand-up as of late. So, come join Sam for a drink and another hour of non-stop inebriated laughter. "One of the best comedy acts I've ever seen" - Scoop Magazine

Best Comedy 2016 Fringe World Festival - Award nominated
Selected by Sydney Comedy Festival 2016 for "Breakout showcase" - showcasing 6 Australian comedians to watch.
"One of the best comedy acts I've ever seen" - Scoop Magazine
"Electrifying and hysterical performance, undeniable festival highlight." - Perth Press 2015
"Sam is an amazing story teller, he draws so much life and humour out of each of his stories." - The Art of Story Telling
"Downright funny" - 4 Stars - The Music
"Punchline Power" - 4 stars - The Funny Tonne

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August 13, 2017  The Wee Review (previously TV Bomb)
The Wee Room is an intimate and uncomfortable proposition tonight as Sam Kissajukian arrives. With two competing queues he encourages the stragglers to sit on the floor and zeroes in on a Lithuanian IT student who seems simultaneously content and nervous to be facing the audience. Instead of mercilessly focusing on his inscrutable presence he ensures that the eager gathering are not excluded. A performer with less warmth and personality may have opted to eviscerate this low-hanging [sitting] fruit but Kissajukian is more of an anecdotalist than improviser.
A brief introduction of himself and the louder members of the audience is followed by some stories of embarrassment of wiping out as a thirty year old skater near a primary school: “My face decided it wanted to see what it’s like to be a foot for a while…”. Later a story about the marijuana Shangri-la of Nimbin in New South Wales could have represented a rich seam of stoner gold but Kissajukian doesn’t capitalise on the inherent surrealism and retreats from any particular viewpoint.
He favours an anecdotal delivery with light-hearted observations lacking heft or much invective. There is however an interesting moment where he describes the experience of having an older mother who shares his artistic bent and serves to regulate her son’s aspirations with healthy jibes. The relationship has been codified in a tattoo depicting Kissajukian’s various passions on his right bicep: “a skater in a tree on the ocean”.
Kissajukian delivers a perfectly serviceable set which may be too specific for certain audiences (he admits as much) but matches the interests and tolerances tonight. With more preparation and writing he could introduce some slightly weightier themes but The Wee Room’s topography almost impels audience participation and Kissajukian acquits himself admirably in this unenviable performing space. Click Here

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