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Best sketch and character comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

In our second round-up of great comedy to see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, we bring you our top 10 sketch and character acts.

These sort of acts don’t often get the attention their stand-up counterparts receive, despite harking back to the Fringe’s beginnings in university troupes satirising everything in sight.

We love them though, and this lot are a particularly wonderful bunch of brilliant minds bursting with perfect protagonists, agitated antagonists and bright bit parts.

Best sketch and character comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Frgnge 2013

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Casual Violence: House of Nostril

Casual Violence House of Nostril at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Casual Violence

Brilliantly dark, twisted and silly, Casual Violence stand out from most sketch outfits. Led by James Hamilton, this award-winning group cite Game of Thrones, League of Gentlemen and Roald Dahl among their influences. Sketches that could easily form a book of short stories.

Aug 4 – 25, 3.45pm
Pleasance Courtyard
£6 – £9.50

Jigsaw: Jiggle It

Jigsaw: Jiggle It at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013


The trio of Dan Antipolski, Nat Luurtserma and Tom Craine are the closest comedy has to a ‘super group’. They have had a busy year appearing on Live At The Electric and their own radio 4 series, building a reputation for delivering clever sharp witted, quick fire sketches at the rate of a submachine gun.

July 31 – Aug 26, 4.45pm
Pleasance Courtyard
£9 – £12

Sad Faces Threw a Party

Sad Faces Threw a Party

Sad Faces

Those poor Sad Faces. Looks like nobody has turned up to their party. Well you should turn up for their Edinburgh show. Last year’s Sad Faces Remember it Differently was a neat hour of story-driven sketch that was inspired by Japanese cinema, and we’re expecting similar strong narrative and some of those joke things.

July 31 – Aug 26, 4.30pm
Pleasance Courtyard
£7 – £10.50

Beta Males: Superopolis

Beta Males

Beta Males

The kings of multi-layered plot-driven sketch have now become a five piece with returning member Adam Blampied joining the overwhelmingly talented cast (Woohoo! – Ed). Previous show have seen them involved in train heists, blasting into space and being trapped in a post apocalyptic bunker, and this year they bring us a world filled with Superheroes in ‘Superopolis’.

July 31 – Aug 26, 7pm
Pleasance Dome
£8 – £11.50

Colin Hoult: Characthorse

Colin Hoult: Characthorse

Colin Hoult

One of the comedy circuit’s greatest actors who, despite being one man, delivers a cast the maniacal, lonely, troubled and absurd. His talent is renowned in British comedy, and he’s featured as a character in too many Radio 4 shows to mention, as well as appearing in Milton Jones’ Channel 4 pilot and BBC’s Being Human.

July 31 – Aug 26, 6pm
Pleasance Courtyard
£7 – £10.50

Caroline Hardie: Does My Face Look Big In This?

Caroline Hardie Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Caroline Hardie

Half of sketch duo Thomas Hardie, Caroline is going it alone for a second year. She amused many on the Free Fringe last year with a range of characters that included the most obnoxious gallery guide in the world, and we’re looking forward to meeting more in 2013.

July 31 – Aug 26, 1.40pm
Underbelly, Bristo Sq
£7 – £9

Amy Hoggart as Pattie Brewster: Just a Normal Girl Doing a Cool Show


Amy Hoggart

What can be said about Pattie Brewstier? Well she’s real creepy. But creepy in a good way, a funny way. Amy Hoggart’s alter-ego is brilliantly well rounded and realised that you pretty much forget she is character. Her show last year was a highlight of the Free Fringe, including the greatest joke about Salman Rushdie heard that year.

July 31 – Aug 26, 4.20pm
Underbelly, Bristo Sq
£8 – £10

Chastity Butterworth and the Spanish Hamster


Chastity Butterworth

Gemma Whelan is becoming a proper acting star now, appearing Game of Thrones and on stage in One Man, Two Guvnors, but it’s as Chastity Butterworth we love her most. With comparisons to Will Smith and Tim Vine, Chastity is a classy lady with a penchant for wordplay that teases and delights.

July 31 – Aug 26, 5.45pm
Assembly Roxy
£8 – £10

Kieran Hodgson: Flood


Kieran Hodgson

Kieran is a one-man sketch machine, monologuing an assortment of characters like he was born to do it. He’s gained previous Fringe acclaim as part of his brilliant sketch group Kieran and the Joes, and he’s certain to gain similar praise going solo. He’s even in the new Alan Partridge film too. Wow.

July 31 – Aug 26, 5.40pm
Underbelly, Bristo Sq
£8 – £10

Max and Ivan: The Reunion


Max and Ivan

Winners of the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award for their inspired show The Wrestling and Barry nominated at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for last year’s The Con Artists, Max and Ivan have expectations to deliver another brilliant story of insanity and hilarity. This one’s about a school reunion that promises a “bewitching narrative sketch comedy tale of love, loss and shatterproof rulers”.

July 31 – Aug 25, 8.20pm
Pleasance Dome
£8 – £12.50

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  1. We caught character comedian’s show Catriona Knox – Player at the Pleasance Courtyard at w/e and thought it was one of the best we saw. Think she’s been around at Fringe for a while, but never heard her name before. Well worth a visit.

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