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Brian Donaldson picks some comedy highs as the Fringe kicks off
TAPE FACE Silence is truly golden in the hands of the artist formerly known as The Boy With Tape On His Face. This innovative best-of show should leave audiences speechless. See interview at list. co.uk/festival Pleasance Courtyard, 5–27 Aug (not 15), 9.40pm, £13–£17 (£12–£15.50). Previews 2–4 Aug, £10.
TRYGVE VS A BABY Another Kiwi silent guy is in town. Trygve Wakenshaw follows up the Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated Nautilus by challenging his one-year- old son, Phineas, to see who’s the funny one in their family. It might seem like an unfair fight, but perhaps dad has got a small chance of victory . . . See feature, page 20. Assembly Roxy, 5–27 Aug (not 14, 21), 3pm, £11–£12.50 (£10–£11.50). Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £8.
STEEN RASKOPOULOS AHIR SHAH
For the intriguingly titled The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess, the Australian one-man sketch machine will be making his move for true glory this August. See feature, page 52. Underbelly Cowgate, 5–27 Aug (not 14), 8pm, £11.50–£12.50 (£10.50– £11.50). Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £7.
SARA PASCOE LadsLadsLads marks the return of the Animal author, with expectations high that she can build on her Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination from 2014. See vegan comedians feature, page 57. Pleasance Courtyard, 5–27 Aug (not 14), 7pm, £10–£13 (£9–£12.50). Previews 2–4 Aug, £7.
In Control, the passionate political commentator (and writer of some splendid silly gags) has another poke at the ills of the world. And he has some stuff in there about milk. See Q&A, page 47. Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 3–27 Aug, 2pm, free.
KIRI PRITCHARD-MCLEAN After a successful debut last year, the non-performing member of Gein’s Family Giftshop brings her own dark vision onto the stage with Appropriate Adult, a show about mentoring a vulnerable young person. See feature, page 54. Pleasance Courtyard, 5–28 Aug, 8.15pm, £7.50–£10 (£7–£9.50). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6.
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