News: Berk's Nest Announces Edinburgh Fringe Line-Up

Production company Berk's Nest has announced its largest Edinburgh Fringe roster yet.

There are 16 new hour-long shows, along with three additional shorter runs. 

Returning acts include:
·        Double-Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Kieran Hodgson, who returns to the Fringe with ’75 – the story of Britain’s initial entry into Europe and a beautiful relationship falling apart in the shadow of Brexit.
·        After a complete sell out Fringe in 2017, Rose Matafeo unveils her third hour, Horndog, this time tracing her complete romantic history (spoiler: she’s kissed fewer than 10 guys) and interrogating what the feeling of ‘horny’ actually is.
·        Acclaimed character comedian and star of Pls Like (BBC3) Emma Sidi (pictured in black top by James Deacon) returns to the Fringe after a year away with new hour Faces of Grace, meeting a host of creations who are all looking for perfection, but are unfortunately all deeply graceless creatures.
·        Tour support for Joe Lycett & James Acaster, and that guy from the McCoy’s crisp packets, Jack Barry returns with his fourth solo show, Tango, the true story of how this year he was asked by his parents to become their unofficial marriage counsellor.
·        Barry Award nominee Tom Walker brings his latest hour of crazed clowning and prop comedy Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk to Edinburgh after acclaimed runs in Adelaide and Melbourne.
·        Following up on her complete sell-out 2017 debut, Tessa Coates reveals Witch Hunt, a brand new stand-up hour that puts her anthropology degree to good use – in a fun way, we promise.
·        The Mash Report writer Tom Neenan brings a fourth genre-spoof to Edinburgh with It’s Always Infinity, the story of how ‘Tom’ has made important ‘theatre’ out of the disappearance of his ‘girlfriend’ (spoiler alert: a girlfriend never went missing).
·        Fresh from supporting Colin Hoult on tour, acclaimed stand-up Daniel Cook tells the story of Carpet, his one faithful feline friend, and the month of his life where he was forced to lie on his side and never stand up.
Joining them are brand new ideas from festival favourites:
·       Star of everything from Jo Brand’s Damned to TBS’s upcoming Miracle Workers starring Steve Buscemi, Lolly Adefope (pictured with hooped earrings by Idil Sukan) returns to the Fringe with Lolly 3, a character show in which it’s down to the audience to help her get to the end.
·       Hotly tipped sketch duo Lola & Jo follow up their debut hour with Focus Groupies – they’re pretty certain they’ve got a revolutionary show on their hands, but to double check they’ve employed award-winning market researchers Leslie & Jackie to try out their sketches first.
·       After releasing his debut music album (“I can’t say enough good things about it” – James Acaster), New Zealander Paul Williams returns to comedy, saddling up to take his audience on a journey of a lifetime, all the way to Santa Fe.
And five debut hours:
·       Co-writer of the Vicar of Dibley, Paul Mayhew-Archer returns to the Fringe after 47 years away withIncurable Optimist, the tale of his sitcom-like life, behind the scenes stories from Dibley, and revealing what it’s like living with Parkinson’s (that last bit’s surprisingly funny).
·       Co-host of hit podcast Boners of The Heart (with Rose Matafeo), Alice Snedden arrives in the UK for the first time with her hit show Self-Titled, which has stormed her native New Zealand, where she’s also head-writer on the hit TV show Funny Girls.
·       Piccadilly Comedy Club New Act of the Year 2017 and one third of critically acclaimed sketch group Princes of Main, Ben Pope strikes out on his own with debut solo hour Baby Sasquatch.
·       Stars of hit improv group BattleActs! (who’ve just had a BBC Radio 1 podcast commissioned), EGG are Emily Lloyd-Saini and Anna Brophy, two off-white women ready to ask all the big questions that aren’t about fertility. That’s not why they’re called EGG, come on guys.
·       Daughter of an ex-Russian politician and game show host, Olga Koch (pictured) debuts Fight, the story of her parents’ romance in the USSR, and how everything got kind of weird thirty years later when the family were stopped at the Russian border. 

Berk’s Nest will once again be co-producing Amy Annette’s sell-out discussion show What Women Want, where guests (previously including James Acaster, Lolly Adefope, Nish Kumar, and Josie Long) discuss this age-old question, discussed by philosophers, rom-com scriptwriters and many a helpful meme. 

Though taking a year off from taking a new show to the Fringe, Berk’s Nest regular Colin Hoult will once again appear as his “master class in character comedy” (TimeOut) Anna Mann in five nights of Anna Mann’s Late Night Cheese & Sex Party – joined every night by special guests from across the Fringe (previous guests at Soho Theatre have included Mae Martin, Zoe Coombs Marr, Ed Gamble, Steen Raskopoulos and Kiri Pritchard-McLean).
And finally, after a sell out night in 2017, the Berk’s Nest Mid-Fest Comedy Special returns to the middle Monday night of the festival. A spectacular and silly night of festival favourites, the best new acts, and special guests, last year’s line-up included Mae Martin, Phil Wang, Rose Matafeo, Colin Hoult, Christopher Bliss, Ivo Graham, Desiree Burch, Tom Walker, and Colin Hoult. This year’s looks to be even bigger, moving to the Pleasance Courtyard and into the Cabaret Bar.
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