Preview: Ten Edfringe Shows I Must See In Week 3

Dara O'Briain

It’s the final week of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and as well as ongoing shows which are doing well there are some particularly good one-off late-night shows where comedians loosen up a little and have a good time. There are over 600 comedy shows on the Fringe so I'll never see them all, but these are some highlights that I’m determined to catch. If you can’t bag tickets for these stick a pin in the brochure and take a punt. You never know what you might find. I did that a decade ago and wandered into a Michael McIntyre show in the Pleasance Attic.


Addison Cresswell Çomedy Tribute, Assembly Hall, Wednesday, Midnight.

All-star tribute to the superagent who died last December, with Dara O Briain, Seann Walsh, Jon Richardson, Phill Jupitus, Shappi Khorsandi, Romesh Ranganathan, Angela Barnes, Marlon Davis, Suzi Ruffell & more to be announced.


Romesh Ranganathan, Pleasance Courtyard, 8.15pm

Dissatisfaction turned into an art form – though Ranganathan does have something to smile about now – his wife had a baby last week.


Sketch Transfer Deadline Day, Pleasance Courtyard, Monday, 10pm

From the people that brought you the classic show The Wrestling, Edinburgh’s top sketch combos – including special guests Pappy’s – chop and change members for one night only. 


Take A Comedian Out, Pleasance Courtyard, Tuesday, 11.15pm

Another one-off, this one features comedians competing for dates. Hosted by David Morgan with Carl Donnelly, John Kearns, Romesh Ranganathan and many more. Guaranteed no Paddy McGuinness.


BJ Novak, Assembly George Square, Aug 19 - 24, 9.10pm

Star of US version of The Office makes his Fringe debut.


Jack Dee’s Help Desk, Assembly George Square, 6.30pm

In case you hadn’t heard, times must be tough, the comedy grouch is now moonlighting as an unlikely agony uncle.


Lewis Schaffer, Heroes at the Hive, 7.45pm 

Truly unpredictable comedy that is grimly compelling if occasionally painfully unwatchable. Sometimes Andy Kaufman with jokes, sometimes Andy Kaufman without jokes. Lewis Schaffer


Sam Simmons, Underbelly, 8.50pm

Lunatic Australian who always delivers something unexpected.


So You Think You’re Funny Final, Gilded Balloon, Thursday, 7.30pm

Previous winners include Peter Kay and Dylan Moran – always a good place to spot future stars.


The Pin, Pleasance Courtyard, 6pm

Another smart sketch combo, this duo plays with the form with ingenious style.






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