I’m not doing Edinburgh this year. That is three years in a row. I have my reasons, and I am confident that I will be up in 2015. In the meantime the following people are risking everything in the hope of public acclaim and artistic progress.They have my utmost admiration, and if you are up in Edinburgh do go and see them.
Alexis Dubus – Cars and Girls. Stand 5 1500
Alexis is best known for his comic creation, arrogant French raconteur Marcel Lucont. It seems that the talented bugger has moved into more conventional storytelling and this show comes garlanded with cracking reviews from Melbourne.Great to see a hardworking niceguy doing so well.
Bobby Mair – Off Meds. Laughing Horse @citycafe 1745 (FREE)
Yet another product of the magnificent comedy nation of Canada, underneath his slightly scruffy exterior lies a great and intelligent comic mind.
Caimh Mcdonnell – Southbound and Down Cabaret Voltaire 1320 (FREE)
Caimh (pronounced caimh), has been a hugely respected and distinctive club comic and writer for ages now , and this show is simply guaranteed to be good.
Ola the Comedian – The Comedian and his Future wife Espionage (FREE)
I’ve been intrigued by the self confidence and intelligent comedy of Ola ever since he came up to me at a gig and plonked a DVD in my hand. He is a rising star for sure, and I’m sure this debut hour will be great.
Hannah Gadsby – The Exhibitionist Assembly George Square 2000
Brilliant Aussie Hannah has been chalking up superb reviews at Edinburgh for years and just goes from strength to strength. This show, one of many about her love of art, is a must see on my list.
Eddie Hoo – Angry in the Afternoon City Cafe 1500 FREE
This could easily be either the worst hour or the best hour of your Fringe. It’s free. Take a chance on this awkward looking British-Chinese gagsmith many of whose jokes are simply breathtakingly outrageously good.But not all of them. And that’s where the fun begins.
Liam Williams – Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey 1315 FREE
One of the most talked about acts last year and deservedly so. His debut hour was packed with fine jokes and mordant observations. It is a bold move to follow it up with a move to the Free Fringe. Good luck to him.
Vikki Stone – Instrumental Underbelly Cowgate 1920
Musically she is obscenely talented. But crucially she knows how to harness that into laughs and the last time I saw her she was just superb
Mick Ferry – What’s Going On Just the Tonic at the Community Project 2015
Watching Mick Ferry hold court in a comedy club is watching a master at work. Naturally funny bones, sharp wit, great material.Here’s hoping that this is the year that one of the country’s best comics gets the Edinburgh love he deserves.
Tom Allen – Life/Style Stand 5 1615
Tom is brilliant. His debonair, louche camp persona is allied to an exquisite delivery. And his material just gets better and better. Incidentally Stand 5 has a quite brilliant programme of comedy this year it seems.
There are of course loads of others. Alun Cochrane, Zoe Lyons, Dane Baptiste, Markus Birdman, Katherine Ryan, Kerry Godliman, Romesh Ranganathan, Phil Wang, Nish Kumar, John Robins, Larry Dean and the effervescent Justin Moorhouse. I’ll just say what I say every year. It’s a brilliant comedy festival, and a lot of the best comedy is outside of the “BIG 4″ venues.