Edinburgh Preview: Mike Wozniak

Mike Wozniak

In my head Mike Wozniak has a little place in Edinburgh Fringe history. Long before free shows were sweeping the awards board his gratis gig in the basement of a restaurant near the Pleasance was the first free show that the Edinburgh Comedy Award panel advised me to check out back in 2008. It got him a Best Newcomer nod and in retrospect it was the shape of things to come. And since then Wozniak – another GP turned comic like Harry Hill, Simon Brodkin and Paul Sinha – has gone onto bigger things. most notably co-starring with Greg Davies in Man Down. He has also written and co-stars in a wonderful silent comedy, Ruby Robinson, with Kim Catrall, which can be seen on Sky Arts in the autumn. Wozniak was shortlisted for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination in 2013 and returns this year with an all-new show. In some ways he has gone full circle. He is back doing a free show, though I'm sure it will be even better this time. Like fellow ex-medic Hill Wozniak has a wonderfully witty sideways view of the world. I’m not sure if I’d want him to examine me, but I’m more than happy for him to entertain me.

Mike Wozniak is at Komedia, Brighton tonight, tickets here, and at The Laughing Horse @ Free Sisters, Aug 6 - 30, info here.

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