Comedy Fringe For a Fiver
Ooh, a Fringe in a credit crunch. We’ve selected 50 of the finest shows you can see for the price of a Royal-Mile-in-August pint. Venue booking information is at the end of the listings.
A-Team – The Musical Scratch presents Hannibal, BA and co like you’ve never seen them before. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 5.30pm, £5. Tom Allen The very neat and pretty Allen talks about the fairer sex in Women! Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 7.30pm, £5.
Will Andrews The former star of Ugly Kid and Will and Greg shows that he’s anything but a Nitwit. Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 6.50pm, £5.
Dan Atkinson Oo-er. Atkinson is facing Death by a Thousand Pricks this summer. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 9.30pm, £5. BBC Comedy Presents The BBC showcase is a late-night selection of some of the finest comedians you may, or may not yet, worship. Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 11pm, £5.
Des Bishop Bishop combines comedy with Emotional Turmoil in his latest show. Assembly, Thu 6 & Fri 7 Aug, 8.45pm, £5. John Bishop The Liverpudlian is coping with life in Elvis Has Left the Building. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 8pm, £5 .
Kevin Bridges Get set for sharp lines and packed routines in An Hour to Sing For Your Soul. Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 8.45pm, £5.
Cardinal Burns Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns, return to the Fringe. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 5.45pm, £5. Daliso Chaponda An African Perspective: Westerners Calm Down! is a delicious hour of Chaponda’s unique perspective. The Lot, Fri 7 Aug, 7pm, £5.
Bridget Christie Totally barking comedy from the former gossip columnist in My Daily Mail Hell. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 6.30pm, £5. Clever Peter A sketch show with pace, which returns after riding high last year. Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 8.10pm, £5.
Comedy Zone The longest-running showcase of the Festival returns with Jen Brister, Ed Gamble, Chris Ramsey and Gareth Richards. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 10.45pm, £5.
Neil Delamere We’re intrigued how long he can draw out this year’s topic in his show Bookmarks. Assembly @ George Street, Thu 6–Fri 7 Aug, 8.50pm, £5. Pippa Evans The character comedian returns to show us more of her weird and wonderful creations in Your Evening’s Entertainment. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, £5.
Mick Ferry This year Ferry makes his Fringe debut with The Comedy Final. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 10pm, £5.
Ginger and Black The partnership are here to tell you stuff with stories and comedy and songs in The Extraordinary Life and Times of Harold. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 6pm, £5.
Janey Godley See what’s new in Godley’s World this year. Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 7pm, £5. 48 THE LIST 23 Jul–5 Aug 2009
John Gordillo Get an alternative education with the very accomplished Gordillo in F**konomics which covers insights such as ‘Sex. Man. Consequences.’ Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 8.10pm, £5. Matt Green Intelligent comedy from the highly amusing and terribly baby- faced Green with Truth & Pleasure. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 7.15pm, £5.
Richard Herring After the triumph of his last couple of shows The Headmaster’s Son talks about having a Hitler Moustache. Underbelly, Thu 6 & Fri 7 Aug, 8.40pm, £5.
Wil Hodgson He’s an ex-wrestling punk who collects My Little Ponies and is a damn fine comedian. Who better to perform Punk Folk Tales? Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 8.20pm, £5.
Idiots of Ants If you like your comedy fast, furious and all Radio 4, then this could be the show for you. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 8.15pm. Improverts The Bedlam Theatre improvised troupe are here again for comedy tales and skits plucked out of thin air. Bedlam Theatre, Thu 6–Sat 8 Aug, 12.30am.
Miles Jupp Jupp is back with more well-spoken, withering tales in Telling It Like It Might Be. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 8pm, £5. Russell Kane Human Dressage promises more goodies from the chirpy Essex boy. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5- Sat 8 Aug, 9.20pm, £5.
Helen Keen Genuinely refreshing comedy from the off-beat Keen in The Primitive Methodist Guide to Arctic Survival. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 12.45pm, £5.
Tim Key This year Key’s all about The Slutcracker. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5 & Thu 6. 9.50pm, £5. Shappi Khorsandi She’s a book out, she’s on the telly and the world is in love
with her. Yep, you’ll need to book early to get a seat in her new show The Distracted Activist Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 7.40pm, £5. Lady Garden The all-female Hackney Empire New Act Finalists have breathed fresh life into the sketch show format. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 5.20pm, £5.
Lloyd Langford Welsh-boy Langford has written for such chirpy offerings as Never Mind the Buzzcocks but things might get moany with his show Every Day I Have The Blues. An astute performer. Wed 1–Sat 4 Aug, 8.15pm, £5.
Andrew Lawrence Mr Lawrence is known for dark, twisted streets of comedy dimly lit with weird anecdotes and creepy songs, but Soul-Crushing Vicissitudes of Fortune is apparently about luck. How chirpy. Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 9.35pm, £5.
Zoe Lyons Expect no-nonsense comedy littered with tight punchlines in Miss Machismo. Pleasance Courtyard, Thu 2 Aug, 8pm, £5. Rebus McTaggart Only a short run so move fast to catch our favourite police- based Fringe act. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Fri 7 Aug, 7pm, £5.
Sarah Millican Millican’s talking about the sexes in Typical Woman, and she gets a gold star in advance for the fab poster. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 7.30pm, £5.
Patrick Monahan Cheek and charm from Monahan with this year’s show Cowboys and Iranians. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Fri 7 & Sat 8 Aug, 9.15pm, £5.
Justin Moorhouse Moorhouse is this year using his storytelling prowess to tackle seven tales in his show . . . umm . . . Seven. Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 9.40pm, £5. David O’Doherty Last year’s winner of The Big Fancy Award returns avec keyboard to warm your soul and make you skip all the way home. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 10.30pm, £5.
Penny Dreadfuls They always sell out, and little wonder with their unique blend of sketch show/theatre/Victorian mystery that has to be seen to be appreciated. 2009 sees the Dreadfuls perform The Never Man. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 8.30pm, £5. Jarlath Regan Relax in the company of the softly-spoken Regan. Let’s hope Man of Very Little Mystery is another one of his verbal massages. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 8–Sat 8 Aug, 4pm, £5.
Jon Richardson He’s constantly worried, has the stage-persona of a fretful old man and we love him for it. This might be his biggest year yet, with his successful 6 Music Show and growing legion of fans, so rush for This Guy at Night. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Sat 8. 8.30pm, £5. Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Two squeaky sock puppets telling jokes and singing songs. This year the theatre Goes to Hollywood. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 10.15pm, £5.
Laura Solon Top-notch character comedy from the star of Radio 4’s Talking and Not Talking, Solon is dispatching a new bunch of creations in Rabbit Faced Story Soup. Assembly@George Street, Thu 6–Sat 8 Aug, 5.05pm, £5.
Andrew Stanley The world of eBay is being tackled by Stanley in On Sale Now, a show inspired by trying to buy a laptop online. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 9.30pm, £5. Tiffany Stevenson Stevenson has shot up the comedy ladder in the few years she’s been performing, and we’re intrigued by her show Along Came a Spider. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 5.45pm, £5.
Eleanor Tiernan Breathless comedy, addressing the theme of Trouble, with what we can only hope is the same top- notch material and twinkly performances she’s been dishing out so far. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 7pm, £5.
Danielle Ward Dark material but chipper delivery, Ward is a whole bunch of contradictions but, hell, it seems to be working. This year, Danielle Ward Lies, the minx. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 9.45pm, £5. Felicity Ward Felicity Ward’s Ugly As a Child Variety Show went down a storm at Melbourne this year, and we’re very excited to see what all the fuss is about. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 9.15pm, £5.
Rosie Wilby Funny Women finalist Wilby follows on her scientific theme from last year with geeky props galore in The Science of Sex. Sweet Grassmarket, Thu 6 Aug, 7.30pm, £5. Tom Wrigglesworth This charming comedian discusses restoring train karma with his Open Return Letter to Richard Branson. Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 7pm, £5.
www.edfringe.com Assembly 0131 623 3030.
Gilded Balloon Teviot 0131 622 6552.
The Lot 0131 225 9922. Pleasance 0131 556 6550.
Sweet Grassmarket 0870 241 0136. Underbelly 08445 458 252.