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Best North American comedians at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

The Edinburgh Festival has been something of a stepping stone for several big North American comics in recent years, with the likes of Demetri Martin, Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress all seeing their profiles rise significantly after successful runs in Scotland’s capital.

Last year’s break out US act was Eddie Pepitone, who gained rave reviews for his unabashed, unashamed anarchy and a subsequent run at the Soho Theatre.

We list ten of those comics from the US and Canada that we think will follow in his footsteps.

Best North American comedians at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

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Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted

Tig Notaro Edinburgh Festival

Tig Notaro

We’ve been in love with Tig ever since first encountering her as a guest on the Comedy Bang Bang and WTF podcasts. We then grew to love her even more through her own Professor Blastoff podcast, where her dry humour shone through amid the multi-personalities of Kyle Dunnigan and David Huntsberger attempting to keep everyone on track on the science/philosophy themed show. She then shared a rather terrible year (nearly dying through infection after fighting pneumonia, mother dying in a tragic fall, being diagnosed with breast cancer) with her podcast audience, before a memorable gig heralded by everyone who was there (including Louis CK) and now captured in recorded format as Live. Now in recovery, Tig is touring again, and this is bound to be a show of revelation and inspiration.

Aug 16 – 25, 6.45pm
Gilded Balloon Teviot
£14 – £15


Greg Proops

Greg Proops Edinburgh Festival 2013

Greg Proops

Still perhaps most famous for being the speccy American one on Whose Line Is It Anyway, Greg Proops has been building a new reputation as one of the most prolific and wittiest podcasters around throught his Smartest Man In The World podcast. It’s helped him share his meandering monologues with the world, but it’s this slice of sure-to-be super smart scripted stand-up we’re most excited about.

July 31 – Aug 14, 9pm
Gilded Balloon Teviot
£12.50 – £14.50


Bo Burnham: What

Bo Burnham Edinburgh Festival 2013

Bo Burnham

Still stupidly young and stupidly young, Bo is back after a resoundingly successful debut show in 2010 that saw him pick up the Panel Prize at the Comedy Awards. Still plying his trade with a set that utilises his skills at piano, poetry and a near-academic mix and analysis of language, audiences should be prepared to clap, laugh and hmmm.

Aug 9 – 19, 11.15pm
Pleasance Courtyard
£11 – £13.50


Reginald D Hunter: In The Midst Of Crackers

Reginald D Hunter Edinburgh Festival 2013

Reginald D Hunter

Too offensive for footballers, Reg will be more at home among a comedy audience who understand the importance of context when it comes to language, and what a flawed idea it is to frame a word or phrase in cold isolation. Expect a charismatic and cool man with an assured and hilarious shows.

Aug 9 – 24, 8pm
Pleasance Courtyard
£13 – £17


Rich Hall

Rich Hall Edinburgh Festival 2013

Rich Hall

Like Reg, Rich is a big name on the panel show circuit, and he’ll be grumping it up at the Fringe too in two shoes: one an hour of straight stand-up that will likely draw on his Montana roots and the other a comedy/music extravaganza in hoedown form. Both should be brilliant.

Aug 1 – 25, 9.30pm
Assembly George Square
£12 – £14

Rich Hall’s Hoedown
Aug 1 – 25, 11pm
Assembly George Sq
£13 – £15


Rob Delaney Live

Rob Delaney Edinburgh Festival 2013

Rob Delaney

The king of Twitter is just as funny in person, according to sell-out crowds in London. Fringe audiences should love his bare-all style of comedy and charming personality that masks a past more troubled than most people’s, with stories of depression, car crashes and alcohol-driven lows.

Aug 20 – 21, 7pm
Underbelly Bristo Square
£18.50 – £19.50


Will Franken: Concert To Benefit The Victims Of My Father

Will Franken Edinburgh Festival 2013

Will Franken

After finding some success in his native US before gaining huge praise at last year’s Edinburgh Festoval, Franken had found himself on the club circuit in London in recent months. His slick sketches and imaginative characters have seen Franken build a name for himself in his adopted home, and he should prove a worthy draw again.

July 31 – Aug 26, 5.40pm
Pleasance Dome
£7.50 – £10


Caroline Rhea

Caroline Rhea Edinburgh Festival 2013

Caroline Rhea

What’s this? The hot aunt from Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a stand-up comedian and she’s appearing at the Fringe? Don’t worry, it’s not a magic spell (HA HA HA HA HA – Ed), Rhea has been gigging long before she met Melissa Joan-Hart and made Saturdays worth waking up for, and should have some interesting Hollywood stories to share.

July 31 – Aug 26, 8.15pm
Gilded Balloon Teviot
£12.50 – £14.50


Pajama Men: Just The Two Of Each Of Us

Pajama Men Edinburgh Festival 2013

Pajama Men

Perhaps the greatest sketch duo on the planet, every Pajama Men show is a thrilling adventure of layered plotlines and purposeful characters and beautiful slapstick and crafted jokes, all done in very dashing pajamas. Guaranteed to be a sell out every night, so get booking now.

July 31 – Aug 26, 9pm
Assembly Roxy
£12 – £15


Lee Camp: Destruction! Distraction! Evolution?

Lee Camp Edinburgh Festival 2013

Lee Camp

One of the leading firebrands in America’s political comedy circuit, Camp brings ideas and passion to the stage alongside a cutting comedy that attempts to understand and expose social failings in the US today.

Aug 1 – 25, 6.50pm
Just The Tonic At Bristo Square
£11 – £12


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