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EVELYN MOK: HYMEN MANOEUVRE
Pleasance Courtyard, 5–27 Aug (not 14), 6pm, £7–£9 (£6–£8). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6. Dubbed ‘the Swedish Amy Schumer’, Mok explores first- generation guilt, intersectionality as well as adult virginity in a confident, smart and highly-anticipated debut show. No pressure, then.
MARK THOMAS: A SHOW THAT GAMBLES ON THE FUTURE
Summerhall, 4–27 Aug (not 3, 14, 19), 6pm, £15 (£12). Preview 2 Aug, £12 (£10). Mark Thomas sets out to discover what the future has in store for us by collecting and examining his own predictions and those of his audiences before gambling on their outcome.
ONGALS: BABBLING COMEDY Assembly Roxy, 5–28 Aug, 6.05pm, £15 (£12). Previews 2–4 Aug, £10. With breathtaking magic, effortless circus and formidable beatboxing skills, Ongals will have you laughing your hat off. A high energy non-verbal comedy spectacular tickling the funny bone of every age, this wave of K Comedy is truly side-splitting fun for all generations.
GLENN MOORE: THE VERY BEST OF BELINDA CARLISLE
Just the Tonic at The Tron, 3–27 Aug (not 14), 6.20pm, £5 or Pay What You Want at the venue. When he’s not doing his Thünderbards sketch duo thing, the boy Moore is here with a show featuring his grandfather and an unsolved mystery. See Q&A at list. co.uk/festival.
SPENCER JONES: THE AUDITION Heroes @ Monkey Barrel, 4–27 Aug (not 15), 6.20pm, £7 or Pay What You Want at the venue. Jones charms his way back to Edinburgh with another character comedy mash-up of music, visuals and props. The Herbert wakes up in his flat on a very important morning. He has an audition for a big movie and is determined to get it right but just cant get the lines right.
MICHAEL REDMOND: I WROTE A JOKE IN 1987
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 5–28 Aug (not 14), 6.30pm, £10 (£9). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6. The Glasgow-based and highly renowned stand-up Michael Redmond left his native Dublin 30 years ago to try his luck on the London comedy circuit . . . with just one joke. Best known for playing the monosyllabic priest, Father Stone, in the iconic Father Ted, Michael promises he will use a number of two and three syllable words in his show and might even throw in one with four syllables. Oh, and there will definitely be more than one joke in there.
ALEXEI SAYLE DEPLORABLE
Underbelly Med Quad, 5–11 Aug, 6.45pm, £13–£15 (£12–£14). Previews 2–4 Aug, £11. The Godfather of Pleasance Dome, 5–28 Aug (not 15), 6.50pm, £8–£11 (£7–£10). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6. Some men have brought
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DOUBLE DENIM Madcap antipodean duo Michelle Brasier and Laura Frew invite you to a group date with dance, sketch, singing and jump rope. Prepare to get involved . . . Gilded Balloon Teviot, 5–28 Aug (not 14), 11.15pm, £8–£11 (£7–£10). Previews 2–4 Aug, £5.
alternative comedy returns to the Fringe for the second time in 37 years with a new show. His career spans work as a comic, novelist, actor and columnist with an acclaimed second volume of memoirs, Thatcher Stole My Trousers, having been published last year. You might have heard him on the radio with his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.
ASHLEY STORRIE: MORNING GLORY
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 3–27 Aug, 6.45pm, free. The sexy Hodor of Scottish comedy returns to Edinburgh with a whole new hour of self-effacing comedy. After a successful year of viral videos and comedy triumphs, Storrie is excited to return to her spiritual home.
BRENDON BURNS AND CRAIG QUARTERMAINE IN RACE OFF
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 5–28 Aug (not 17), 6.45pm, £12–£13 (£11–£12). Previews 2–4 Aug, £7. Last year Burns did a show largely about ‘charming ball of rage’ Quartermaine. This year they’re actually teaming up for a unique identity-based comedic extravaganza. See interview at list. co.uk/festival
CATRIONA KNOX: ADORABLE
us to the brink of apocalypse. Now meet their wives. For too long they’ve been kept in the shadows and for way too long they’ve been just a piece of lean meat on the arm of a sociopath. Well, not any more, Edinburgh. For one hour only, open your earholes and hear them speak as Catriona Knox, former member of the Boom Jennies, unleashes a character comedy tsunami.
SARA PASCOE: LADSLADSLADS Pleasance Courtyard, 5–27 Aug (not 14), 7pm, £10–£13.50 (£9–£12.50). Previews 2–4 Aug, £7. Pascoe has been enjoying a year-long, one-woman stag do. From spiritual retreats, city breaks, life drawing classes and football matches, she has been drunk and lonely everywhere. Following a sell-out live tour of Animal (inspired by her acclaimed book of the same name), the multi award-winning comedian and star of Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and Taskmaster returns to Edinburgh with a brand-new stand-up show.
SARAH KENDALL: ONE- SEVENTEEN
Assembly George Square, 5–27 Aug, 7pm, £10.50–£12.50 (£9.50–£11.50). Previews 2–4 Aug, £7. Nominated twice for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award (in 2004 and 2015) popular Australian Kendall returns with
another brand-new hour of awesome storytelling. From the creator and star of Radio 4 series Australian Trilogy comes One-Seventeen.
ANGELA BARNES: FORTITUDE Pleasance Courtyard, 5–27 Aug (not 14), 7.15pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6. Following sell-out Fringe shows in 2014 and 2015, Angela Barnes (Mock the Week, Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled, Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, host of Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 Extra) is back with her brand new 2017 show, Fortitude. Stand-up and stories from a reluctant 40-year-old with some stuff to say. See interview at list.co.uk/festival
ED GAMBLE: MAMMOTH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–27 Aug, 7.15pm, £10–£12 (£9–10). Previews 2–4 Aug, £8. After a sell-out success in 2016, that gobby little toerag Gamble is back with a brand-new lumbering beast of a comedy show. Think you know his face? It might have been from seeing it on Mock the Week, Drunk History, Almost Royal, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central or Man Down as well as countless other things (three other things).
TOMMY TIERNAN: UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 5–27 Aug (not 13 & 14, 24), 7.30pm, £15–£17 (£14–£16). Preview 4 Aug, £10. Part divine aspiration, part filth, part pure silly from the Perrier Award winner from way back in the late 20th century (it was 1998). This is a language-loving, shape-shifting performance from one of the world’s best.
ALUN COCHRANE: ALUNISH COCHRANISH
The Stand III, 4-27 Aug (not 14), 7.40pm, £12 (£10). Grumpy-joyful, silly-serious stand-up. Jokes, ideas and (possibly) movement will all be deployed for your amusement during this show. As seen on blah blah and blah, and heard on various funny radio shows.
JOSEPH MORPURGO: HAMMERHEAD
Pleasance Courtyard, 5–28 Aug (not 14), 8pm, £9–£12 (£8–£11). Previews 2–4 Aug, £7. Best to get this out of the way: how the Edinburgh Comedy Awards judges saw fit not to give Morpurgo the big gong two years ago for Soothing Sounds for Baby is anyone’s guess. Chance for them to make amends possibly with his latest slice of outlandishly funny multimedia comedy and new voodoo from the mind of the See interview at list.co.uk/festival
MARK NELSON: IRREVERENCE Gilded Balloon Teviot, 5–27 Aug (not 15), 8pm, £10–£12.50 (£8–£10.50). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6. The award- winning Scottish comedian with the