It is that time of year again, when people give you their considered advice on who you should go and see at the Edinburgh Fringe, whilst carefully hiding their real reasons for plugging the shows. I cannot tell you how excited I am to be one of Time Out’s 74 recommended shows. These are my honestly held views on who you could take a punt on. If they turn out to be shit, well that is kind of fun anyway. Alphabetical to avoid accusations of bias.
Adam Hess Heroes@The Hive 1720
He’s that clever funny guy on Twitter. He tells very funny jokes. This is his first hour. Am I biased because I get on with him very well ? Possibly. But he is dead funny. Good luck Adam.
Aisling Bea Gilded Balloon 2130
She doesn’t need my support. But one of comedy’s next superstars gets my support anyway. Go see her while ticket prices are still reasonable.
Alistair Barrie Movement 1545
By his own admission, one of the most talented comedians in the country, Al has had proper life trauma. Joking aside, if anyone has the deft writing skills to make this funny, it is him.
Alun Cochrane Stand Comedy Club 1830
Is he a mate? You bet. We have played chess against each other many times. But he also the epitome of effortless gimmick-free comedy, and although he is doing perfectly well for himself, deserves a wider audience.
Amir Khoshsokhan Laughing Horse@Espionage 1730
I have never seen him. But I have heard such good things about him that I thought I would cynically jump on this bandwagon. So to speak.
Andrew Lawrence Assembly Roxy 2010
Really Paul?????? Yep. Because I still have fond memories of when he was the most exciting new comedian in the country. As Voltaire never said “I may violently disagree with your opinions. But I respect your comedic chops.”
Andrew Watts Laughing Horse@Counting House 2045
One of 2014’s less heralded critical hits, Andrew is proper clever and proper funny.
Brett Goldstein Pleasance 2130
The lst time I saw Brett do stand up it was story telling of a blisteringly high quality. He has now done all kinds of creative shit with his life, and frankly, he wouldnt be doing Edinburgh if he didnt have a great show
Ed Aczel Heroes@The Hive 1730
Genuinely gutted he is on at the same time as me. I absolutely adore this bizarre champion of anticomedy. Hugely funny.
Felicity Ward Pleasance 2100
A Fringe specialist with list of awards and nominations as long as your arm, your money is very safe here.
Gary Little Stand Comedy Club 2130
Gary has stories to tell from a life that has been lived. He tells them brilliantly, and his reward is a prime time Fringe show. Good for you Gary.
Gein’s Family Gift Shop Pleasance 2245
I’ve met them. I have not seen them. But boy is there a buzz about this uber talented sketch trio. They seem to come highly recommended by absolutely everyone.
Gurpal Gill Just the Tonic at the Mash house 1300
Because every list should have at least one show that nobody else is recommending. I have a strong feeling this will be memorable. I hope Im right.
Jenny Bede Pleasance 1530
I have only ever seen her do ten minutes. But her musical parodies were intriguing, original and funny. One for the future for sure.
Jim Smallman Just the Tonic at the Caves 1755
Right so Jim is a mate and a stable mate. But I have seen the preview. It’s great, and I do have a soft spot for comedians who have lived a life. And until you have married an s/m dominatrix, you have not lived. Go Jim.
John Robins Assembly George Square Studios 2000
A Fringe veteran, and one of the really in form comedians of the moment. I have never seen him not have a great show.
Joseph Morpugo Pleasance 2015
I didnt quite get round to seeing his critical smash hit last year. Ihave no excuses this year. Expect much hype.
Larry Dean Pleasance 1730
Paul, are you just recommending someone because he is both hot and gay? Yes I am. But he is also very funny indeed.
Laura Lexx Underbelly 1605
Utterly charming stand up, with surprising bite, this debut show comes highly recommended.
Lolly Adefope Pleasance 1630
Not seen her yet, but she is one of those acts about whom I keep hearing great things.
Luke Toulson Stand 5/6 1545
Ive seen this show. It has a fantastic premise and it is very funny.
Markus Birdman Canon’s Gait 1540
DISCLAIMER – Possibly my best mate in comedy. However……. he really is incredibly underated given that he has been performing in the top tier of club comedy now for the best part of a decase. Always both intelligent and funny.
Matt Reed Just the Tonic at the Mash House 2145
Again, a mate. But boy does Matt have a tale to tell. I shall say no more, but I have every faith this show will be great.
Michael Che Stand 3/4 1940
Daily Show/SNL alumnus. This is a fantastic coup for The Stand
Michael J Dolan Stand 3/4 1650
When Michael’s debut show was a big critical hit, I was as shocked as he was. I just didnt know that he was actually very good at comedy, such was his disdain for the industry.
Michael Legge Stand 2 1210
Vegan, mate, superb comedian, and occasional writer for Mrs. Browns Boys, this show will be a hoot.
Milo McCabe Laughing Horse @ Counting House
Conceptual character comedy of the highest order, Milo is a name which keeps coming up when people are discussing great previews.
Natasha Noman Gilded Balloon 1945
I know nothing about this comedian. But gay female journalist in Pakistan ?? I will be there.
Nish Kumar Pleasance 1915
Bright, charismatic, funny. It is Nish’s year.
Notorious Mary Bourke Stand 5/6 1430
Mary is criminally underrated, and keeps producing hilarious and very well received shows every year.
Pat Cahill Heroes @ The Hive 1840
Pat is a hero of mine. So daft, so bold, so original and so funny.
Peter Brush Just the Tonic @ The Community Project 1855
Trivia fans ! He is the son of former West Ham footballer Paul Brush. He is also a much admired, original comedic voice, and his debut show will be just great.
Ro Campbell Stand 2 2240
I’ve just never seen him deliver a joke that wasnt top drawer. That he isnot better known is utterly mystifying.
Sean McLoughlin Pleasance 2015
I’m previewing with Sean tomorrow. I heard amazing things about last years show, and from what I have heard this year will be just as good.
This Month’s Apocalypse Canon’s Gait 2025
It is Cutting Edge king Paul Thorne, making a rare foray into the Fringe, with a huge back catalogue of brilliant political material, this will be fun.
That is not to mention the countless other brilliant comedy shows on the Fringe. It is, as it always is, a massively diverse programme, and I cant help be struck by just how many Asian comedians there are. It is almost as if there is a disproportionate number of people entering comedy as a reaction against poorly thought out career choices.