Brian Donaldson picks out some of the best comedy as the Fringe cranks up a gear

KIERAN HODGSON Another delightful show from the former Kieran and the Joes guy as he looks back on the quartet of loves who inspired the four symphonic movements he created. See review, page 46. Voodoo Rooms, 226 0000, until 28 Aug, 9.30pm, free.

AMY SCHUMER Technically not quite a Fringe gig, but let’s view it as the comedic fireworks at the end of another August season. See preview, page 35. Playhouse, 0844 871 3014, 30 Aug, 7.30pm, £55–£105.

AHIR SHAH He put on a great stand-up show in 2015, but this time around a level or two has been jumped up as Shah tears into politics and taps into a scary night he experienced last November in Paris. See five-star review at list.co.uk Laughing Horse at Cabaret Voltaire, 247 4704, until 28 Aug, 1.30pm, free.

CHRIS GETHARD The New Jersey-born TV star and former improv king has written a show

which manages to trace his own often desperate life but crams it full of very fine jokes. See review at list.co.uk Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 29 Aug, 10pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).


HERBERT IN EGGY BAGEL He may look a little scary, but Mr Jones has one of the warmest hearted shows on the Fringe. His Herbert character delivers a new slice of cave-based fun with Eggy Bagel. See review, page 48. Heroes at the Hive, 226 0000, until 28 Aug, 8.50pm, £6 in advance or Pay What You Want.

FERN BRADY The Scottish comic delivers a barnstorming show with a crazy finale which should upset some who are faint of heart. Read our five-star review at list.co.uk The Stand 2, 558 9005, until 28 Aug, 12.10pm, £9 (£8).

PUDDLES The Pity Party goes into full sadness mode as this very tall clown towers over the rest of the pack and sings sweet songs of misery. There are some laughs to be had here, have no fear. See review at list.co.uk Assembly George Square Gardens, 623

Museum After Hours Friday Fringe Takeover Enjoy hand-picked performers, music, comedy and bars, plus exclusive access to our spectacular exhibition Celts

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3030, until 29 Aug (not 22), 7.25pm, £14–£16 (£13–£15).

NISH KUMAR The comic with the most consistently high star ratings in the business (check the stats, people) delivers another powerfully funny hour written in the shadow of Brexit. See review, page 43. Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 28 Aug, 8pm, £9–£12 (£8–£10.50).

RICHARD GADD The Scottish comic and actor gets

even more confessional with this year’s multimedia extravaganza, Monkey See Monkey Do. See review, page 47. Banshee Labyrinth, 226 0000, until 28 Aug, 9.45pm, free.

ZOE COOMBS MARR This talented and provocative Australian keeps doing her postmodern thing by appearing in the award-winning Trigger Warning as both the laddish Dave and herself. See review at list.co.uk Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 28 Aug, 6.50pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Friday 12, 19 & 26 August 19:30-22:30 £18/£16 Over 18s only Includes admission to Celts www.nms.ac.uk/afterhours

36 THE LIST FESTIVAL 18–29 Aug 2016