Gilded Balloon***Are funny bones inherited? This year's Fringe seems to be swamped with comedy offspring with the progeny of Jan Ravens, Rory McGrath and Jennifer Saunders among those appearing here... more
Josie Long
The Stand****I’ve followed Josie Long’s career every since I spotted her in the semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Awards in 1999. She went on to win that competition and she has never disappointed me... more
Rhys James
Pleasance Courtyard****There has been a bit of a buzz about Rhys James in the first week of the Fringe. His debut hour, entitled Begins, feels pretty close to being just right for Edinburgh. It is a... more
Mark Watson
****Pleasance CourtyardEdinburgh wouldn’t be Edinburgh without a bonkers high-concept show from Mark Watson. Actually he is taking it relatively easy this time round and giving his famous marathon... more
Mr Swallow
Update 12/2/15 - the show is now called Dracula! (Mr Swallow – The Musical). It has just opened at the Soho Theatre and immediately extended its run until March 7. Ticket details here.Pleasance Dome... more
Bec Hill
Gilded Balloon****Comedians get their ideas for shows from all over the place. I sometimes wonder if some get them from old skips. Bec Hill got hers last October when she drunkenly described herself... more
Josh Howie
Canons' Gait**It’s a few years since I last saw Josh Howie and his latest show, AIDS: A Survivor’s Story, marks a change in tack for him. Not totally. Despite the doomy title he hasn’t suddenly gone... more
Dan Schreiber
Underbelly***Dan Schreiber is an unashamed geek and not frightened to admit it. He co-created R4's Museum of Curiosity and is a QI Elf and now he brings his love of obscure knowledge to the Fringe... more
Assembly George Square Theatre***When it comes to Richard Herring’s plays I think I’m going to have to take a leaf out of Woody Allen’s script and say that I prefer the early, funny ones. Back when... more
Mark Thomas
Traverse****Mark Thomas certainly has an impressive work ethic. Two years ago he was at the Fringe with a very personal show, Bravo Figaro!. He then spent the last year on the more political, not to... more


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