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Venue:The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DD
Phone: 0131 667 7533
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Attic
AUG 1-25 at 17:45 (60 min)
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Sam See (MTV, Comedy Central Asia) brings his show to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time! As a stand-up comedian in a country where free speech and gay rights are non-existent, Sam has a lot he wants to talk about. Coming Out Loud is a journey of government censorship to bad charity shows to a very curious orgy. From Singapore to the rest of the world, Sam is letting it all out. Bring money.

"Quick-witted" - THE STRAITS TIMES

"Whip-smart, risqué" - ESQUIRE ASIA

"Within seconds, he has the audience laughing, clapping and clinging onto his every word"

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August 15, 2019  Chortle
Edgelord comedians take note. One of the biggest risk-takers on the Fringe is a small, smiley Singaporean man with a genial manner and dressed in a colourful bow-tie and waistcoat.

Because where he’s from, Sam See’s very existence is illegal, with same-sex activities punishable by up to two years in prison. And the system for compulsory military service is like Carry On Kafka, with officials having to rank gay recruits on a scale of effeminacy. See only has to explain this ridiculous state of affairs to get a laugh.

If that wasn’t challenging enough, See has even performed in even stricter regimes, using subterfuge to gig in front of the most unlikely of audiences in the most unlikely of places, and again his stories are fascinating. Click Here

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August 6, 2019  Broadway Baby
It's a fact of life that any standup on the Fringe who is neither white nor straight is likely required to spend at least part of their show addressing it. Sam See – working the room in a muggy Attic, immediately gaining some audience traction by offering to lightly spray them with cool water – is no exception. That said, he does appear to understand how being a gay stand-up from Singapore is a definite USP.

There’s real steel in his comedic bones.

Singapore, it turns out, doesn’t really "do" Human Rights that well, famously once described as "Disneyland with the Death Penalty". It's a country where a man, publicly declaring themselves on stage to be homosexual, genuinely risks arrest, imprisonment and large fines. Given how See likes to discuss his sexuality on stage (talk about what you know, right?), he has had to often officially "pretend" he's gay, even though he and everyone watching him knows it's the truth. This may help explain why, on seeing an audience member taking notes, he has to remember they’re a critic, not a government inspector.

Lee comes across as honest, clever and (at the risk of being condescending) endearing. (Sexy too, especially if you like bow-ties.) But that doesn't mean he’s a push-over; there’s real steel in his comedic bones. There has to be: while it may be entertaining to learn about the full reach of police powers in Singapore when it comes to stage magicians, See doesn't shy away from the darker consequences of such laws and social traditions. Yes, he may detour for comedic affect into now "traditional" subjects for an Fringe show (Grindr and dating, for example) but never gratuitously.

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