News: Fight In The Dog Announces Edinburgh Fringe Shows

Fight in the Dog, the production company co-founded by acclaimed writer and comic Liam Williams, has announced its 14 shows for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018. It is their biggest roster yet, covering theatre and comedy.

The line-up includes Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner Adam Riches (pictured in mask), who is bringing two shows to Queen Dome.

Jordan Brookes (pictured in blue paint) returns following his Comedy Award Nomination last year.

Fringe favourites Sheeps are reunited (despite never having broken up) to bring “lots of new sketches and no old ones.”

Another two acts returning after years away are William Andrews and Beard, both back to back at the Pleasance.

Rob Carter is showcasing huge ambition by putting Christopher Bliss in the world of theatre, where he has written, directed and will star in his first play.

Maddie Rice, star of Fleabag, brings her debut play Pickle Jar. There are also two debuts from stand-ups Sarah Keyworth and Rob Oldham. Josh Glanc and The Bear Pack return to Edinburgh following sell-out runs at Melbourne Comedy Festival. Holly Morgan mixes Comedy and Cabaret in an attempt to fix misogyny, and The Crooners will serenade you late into the night. 

Details below:


Beard: Baby Come Back, Pleasance Bunker One, 3:30pm, 1st – 26th Aug (not 14th)
Returning after their award-winning, sell out 2015 show, Beard (‘one of the best kept secrets in comedy-town’ The List) are back with their genre-defying comedy. Part-romance, part-nightmare, part-darkly-intimate-
experience, Baby Come Back is the latest offering from these masters of tension and surprise.

Pickle Jar by Maddie Rice Underbelly Big Belly, 4:40pm, 2nd – 26th Aug (not 14th)

It’s hard keeping it together when your whole life is falling apart. The pressures of teaching, Tinder and outrageous best mates are a lot to juggle when you’re still figuring out how to be a grown up. Stranger danger, heartbreak and pina coladas are on the syllabus in this hilarious debut play by Maddie Rice. Directed and developed by Katie Pesskin.

“Maddie Rice is captivating” Guardian
“Maddie Rice oozes presence and exquisite comic timing” Fest *****


William Andrews: Willy Pleasance Bunker One, 4:45pm, 1st – 26th Aug (not 14th)

A joyful return to stand-up for this cult idiot. William is wholeheartedly embracing the Willy he always was, telling remarkable stories with a beguiling blend of daft creativity and ingenuity. Yes, he was in Alan Partridge, for like a tiny bit. Yes, he had a spot on Him & Her. Yes, he was in the second series of Broadchurch (the one that didn't make sense), but no, for the last time, he wasn't in Horrible Histories (he was in the other one). "All hail the comedians you could never clone" - The Times _____________________________________________________________________________

Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse Pleasance Bunker Two, 5:30pm, 1st – 27th Aug (not 14th)

You’ve seen her on Comedy Central, you’ve seen her on the BBC. Now see Nottingham-born rising star Sarah Keyworth’s debut hour. Join Sarah as she tells you about her life with an important little girl and her battle against every expectation of what being a girl means. Think ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ but British, deadpan and in no way similar. Tour Support for Dane Baptiste, Stewart Francis, Kerry Godliman. Funny Women Runner Up.

"Charming" - The Independent
"Excellently deadpan" - Huffington Post
"I liked that joke about her fanny" - Sarah Millican
"A complete breath of fresh air" - EdFestMag _____________________________________________________________________________

Josh Glanc: Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian Underbelly Bristo Sq, 5:30pm, 1st – 26th Aug (not 13th)

WINNER BEST COMEDY PERTH FRINGE 2017, named “one of the most exciting emerging [Aussie] talents” and fresh from a total sell out season at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Glanc is ‘Surreal, frenetic, indisputably energising ****’ Herald Sun **** Fest Mag _____________________________________________________________________________

Sheeps: Live and Loud Selfie Sex Harry Potter Pleasance QueenDome, 7:00pm, 1st – 27th Aug (not 10th, 11th, 25th)

Everything is going well in the wider world. No crises on the horizon. Seeing that the coast is finally clear, the Sheeps three are reuniting, despite never having broken up. It will be lots of new sketches and no old sketches. So if you mainly like our older stuff then this one’s not for you. But if you want to see new (wiser) sketches from some old masters (Time Out’s ‘Ones To Watch, 2011?) then see it. No Potter stuff. [newpara] Sheeps are still Daran Johnson (Siblings), Al Roberts (Flowers) and Liam Williams (Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee). As seen on BBC3's People Time and Year Friends. _____________________________________________________________________________

I Spy With My Little Eye Something Beginning With Why Have You Been Sleeping With My Wife: A Play by Christopher Bliss Pleasance 10 Dome, 7:00pm, 1st – 27th Aug (not 25th)

Award-winning Rob Carter’s cult-hit creation, Christopher Bliss, is back. The worst novelist in Shropshire, has written, directed, and cast himself in his first ever play, alongside both of his friends.
“One of the best character shows we’ve seen for a long time” British Comedy Guide

“This is how character comedy should be done.” Chortle ****
“Pant-wettingly funny.' Fest ****
As seen in Channel 4’s Peep Show and Fresh Meat and BBC’s Siblings. #ISWMLESBWWHYBSWMW _____________________________________________________________________________

Holly Morgan: Madonna or Whore? Assembly Roxy, Downstairs, 7:35pm, 1st – 26th Aug (not 14th)

Holly Morgan is going to sort this whole misogyny mess out once and for all, using something she half-remembered from university about the Madonna-Whore complex and the greatest pop songs of all time. Join her as she channels controversial women from history and forces Sigmund Freud to 'Vogue' for change. _____________________________________________________________________________

Jordan Brookes: Bleed Pleasance Beside, 8:30pm, 1st – 27th Aug (not 14th)

The Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show 2017 nominee returns for more loosely-justified nonsense. Critically acclaimed and adored by his peers, Jordan is riding high. There’s been so much buzz about him. I’ve heard he does absurd stuff on stage? Yeah sort of, but it’s also very accessible. Apparently he’s a really nice guy in real life, too. Yeah he is. Very charming. Yes very charming. Got a lot of time for him. Shall we give him a go then? Oh, absolutely not. “Wildly entertaining ****” - The Guardian “Brookes is a startlingly talented comedian” **** Scotsman _____________________________________________________________________________

Rob Oldham: Worm’s Lament Pleasance That, 9:30pm, 1st – 27th Aug

Rob Oldham, Amused Moose Breakthrough Comic 2017 and tour support for John Kearns and Abandoman considers politics, youth, and death. He does jokes to ensure this is funny. Worm’s Lament is an hour of stand-up, poetry, reflective nostalgia and ambient anxiety drawing on Rob’s ‘Quirky, offbeat sensibilities that distil into smart jokes that rarely sound like anyone else’s’ (Chortle). To put it enthusiastically, ‘You have not lived until you have heard one of Rob Oldham’s tonal prose poems.’ (Ed Fest Mag). Don’t miss this debut show from an exciting, thoughtful young comic. Directed by Liam Williams. _____________________________________________________________________________

Adam Riches is The Lone Dueller Pleasance QueenDome, 9:45pm Dates Vary

The Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner returns with a brand-new show unlike anything else. He’s a shamed Cavalryman turned blade for hire who sets out to free the townsfolk from tyranny and oppression. Only problem is, there is no tyranny or oppression, so he just hangs around forests fighting himself. Expect Swords. Expect Sex. Expect Swords having Sex. (Don’t expect that) _____________________________________________________________________________

Adam Riches is Coach Coach 2: Coach Harder Pleasance QueenDome, 9:45pm, Dates Vary

The Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner returns with this hotly-anticipated sequel to his 2015 smash hit. This time he’s battling age, personal demons and the inevitable Hollywood reboot of his past life.


The Bear Pack Underbelly Belly Button, 10:40pm, 8th – 27th Aug (not 20th)

The Bear Pack is Sydney’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated Steen Raskopoulos (Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia, BBC’s Top Coppers) and Carlo Ritchie (The Checkout) accompanied by Ange Lavoipierre on the cello. Their show is 60 minutes of improvised storytelling inspired by the audience’s suggestions. The audience have no idea what thrilling and hilarious twisted tale they’re in for, but are guaranteed to be left in awe of the quick-witted and creative minds of these improvised comedy masterminds.'Master improvisers.' ***** (Sydney Morning Herald) 'Masters of their craft and will have you in stitches.' ***** (The Music) _____________________________________________________________________________

The Crooners Pleasance Bunker, 11:00pm, 1st – 27th Aug (not 14th)

An hour of non-stop, razor-sharp, unadulterated show business. Comedy, crooning, cocktails and class from critically acclaimed character comedians, Brendan Murphy & Kiell Smith-Bynoe (stars of BBC Radio 1's improvised comedy show, BattleActs!). Frankie Paradise and Louie Valentine know all the hits! Join them on a journey through the golden age of crooners. A stupid, surreal, and really really good looking musical comedy with live piano.

“Flamboyantly juicy” (The Times)
"Unquestionably hilarious" (Digital Journal) "Brought the house down" (British Comedy Guide)

Tickets for some shows are available now. Tickets for all shows should be available from from April 19.





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