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20 stand-up comedy recommendations for the Edinburgh Fringe 2015

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Another year, another Edinburgh Festival Fringe and another set of recommended comedy shows as picked by Laugh Out London.

This list concerns those solo stand-up shows you still have to pay money for (they’re increasingly rare). So here are our top 20 recommendations for paid-for stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.

And do note, we have avoided recommending some of the more obvious acts, such as Stewart Lee, Bridget Christie, David O’Doherty etc. And we have more recommendations coming up, including sketch/character shows and free shows.

eleanor mortonEleanor Morton

Allotted Mucking Around Time

Eleanor has emerged this past year as a true comedy weirdo playing a key part in almost all of Laugh Out London’s collaborations with the Weirdos comedy collective to bring experimental comedy to London. She’s also a rather excellent solo act, with a satisfying take on the awkward misfit who’s taken up the ukulele.

Eleanor Morton: Allotted Mucking Around Time
The Stand
5-30 August, 1.20pm
£7 – £8

james veitchJames Veitch

Genius Bar

A relative new face for us, James performed at one of our recent nights and blew us away with a fast-paced, fresh, multimedia take on email spammers. In this show he promises to tell us about online dating, unrequited love and what it’s really like to work for Steve Jobs. Laugh Out London has experienced two out of three of these. But what ones?

James Veitch: Genius Bar
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 4.45pm
£6 – £10.50

rhys jamesRhys James


Another youngster with tremendous talent who is bound to make a sizable impact at this year’s Fringe. He’s a top Twitter person in too. Case in point:
There once was tweet with a limerick
But the character count was too limited
So he […]
& he […]
And he just had enough room to finish it

Rhys James: Remains
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 4.45pm
£6 – £12

jessie caveJessie Cave

I Loved Her

After a very impressive Fringe debut a few years back and an equally fun follow-up, Jessie has been out of the stand-up game of late. She has a good excuse though in the form of her new child. This is the story of how that child came to be, and Jessie does it all with deep self-analysis that is genuinely exciting, sweet and manic.

Jessie Cave: I Loved Her
Underbelly, Cowgate
8-30 August, 5.30pm
£9- £10

harriet kemsleyHarriet Kemsley

Puppy Fat

Harriet attracted a lot of attention in the very early stages of her career, seemingly winning every best new act competition going in her first full year as a stand-up in 2011/12. We’ve been tracking her progress since, always amazed by how much better she seems to get. This year’s show seems the perfect showcase for her frantic, excitable style that blends smart lines, real emotions and endearing scattiness..

Harriet Kemsley: Puppy Fat
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 5.45pm
£6 – £9.50

ivo grahamIvo Graham

No Filter

Everyone’s favourite public schoolboy comic. Well, ours anyone. We’ve been mighty impressed by Ivo of later, who is still only in his early 20s but has been going for years and only seems to improve. Expect niche and enjoyable pop culture referencea; a self-referential, self-deprecating take on class; and probably the most honed material at the Fringe.

Ivo Graham: No Filter
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 6pm
£7 – £11

fin taylorFin Taylor


Young and funny and bearded; Fin has it all. He’s also got another excellent show by all accounts after a debut in 2014 which saw one his efforts rank among the top 10 jokes of the Fringe.

Fin Taylor: Stink
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 6pm
£6 – £9.50

tom neenanTom Neenan

The Andromeda Paradox

Formerly one half of Gentlemen of Leisure alongside Nish Kumar, Neenan has set himself up as a long-form comedy storyteller, with his gripping 2014 about a mysteriously haunted house a masterclass in narrative absurdity. This year Neenan takes on the sci-fi genre with an all new story concerning the discovery of alien technology.

Tom Neenan: The Andromeda Paradox
Pleasance Dome
5-31 August, 6.40pm
£6 – £10

dane baptisteDane Baptiste

Reasonable Doubts

Despite being pipped by Alex Edelman to the Best Newcomer crown last year, 2014 was a major breakthrough year for Dane Baptiste who has emerged as one of the slickest acts in London. Not the sort you’d imagine to have many doubts, but he’s promising an hour of talking about them.

Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 7.15pm
£7 – £13

nish kumarNish Kumar

Long Word… Long Word… Blah Blah Blah… I’m so Clever

See James Acaster above. No Fringe is complete now without a bit of Nish, who is quickly emerging as one of the greatest stand-ups this country has.

Nish Kumar: Long Word… Long Word… Blah Blah Blah… I’m so Clever
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 7.15pm
£6 – £12

alfie brownAlfie Brown


Of all the shows we saw in 2014 Alfie’s ranked as one of the most memorable for its brutal honesty and fiercely intelligent philosophising that set out to challenge people’s preconceptions as much as to make them laugh. For the walk-outs it was for too much, but for anyone with an open mind eager to hear from someone who could turn a routine about airplane food into a emotional breakdown of a man’s purpose in life, this year’s show should be a must-see.

Alfie Brown: Ism
Assembly George Square Theatre
5-31 August, 7.20pm
£6 – £11

matthew crosbyMatthew Crosby

Smaller Than Life

AKA the sensible looking one from Pappy’s. This is his third solo effort, and will no doubt be a showcase for Crosby’s complete likability and playful material.

Matthew Crosby: Smaller Than Life
Just the Tonic @ the Mash House
6-30 August, 7.40pm
£4 – £5

adrienne truscottAdrienne Truscott

Adrienne Truscott’s A One Trick Pony

Adrienne stunned the Fringe in 2013 as part of Bob Slayer’s excellent Heroes venue with a show that was daring yet purposeful. It may have been Adrienne’s half-dressed nature that got the immediate attention from the press, but it was the quality of a performance that confronted the deeply flawed perception of rape that still exists in UK society that kept critics and audiences coming back. Contrary to its title, this year’s show promises much.

Adrienne Truscott’s A One Trick Pony
Gilded Balloon
5–17 August 2015, 8.15pm
£7.50 – £14

angela barnesAngela Barnes

Come As You Are

Former nurse Angela Barnes turned from comedy promoter to full-fledged comedian a few years and has yet to look back, picking up numerous awards and building a reputation as one of the most likable and consistent performers on the circuit. She’s bringing all that experience (apart from maybe the nursing) into her second hour, we are expecting great things.

Angela Barnes: Come As You Are
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 8.15pm
£7 – £11

mark steelMark Steel

Who Do I Think I Am?

The other Mark (not Thomas) who is now a legend of the political comedy world. It’s a been a while since his last full show at the Fringe (19 years even) and we are looking forward to his return.

Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am?
Assembly George Square Studios
5-30 August, 8.15pm
£10 – £14

alex edelmanAlex Edelman

Everything Handed To You

Last year Alex Edelman hit a nerve among a certain core of 20- to 30-year-olds feeling more than a little lost in society with his show Millennial. After his amazing success last year (winning Best Newcomer at the Fosters’ Edinburgh Comedy Awards) he’s back with some more overly deep thinking and neuroticism.

Alex Edelman: Everything Handed To You
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 8.30pm
£6 – £12

james acasterJames Acaster


A Fringe where we didn’t recommend James Acaster would be a strange Fringe indeed. This is not a strange Fringe. Go see him. Those three Best Show nominations aren’t a fluke.

James Acaster: Represent
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 8.30pm
£6 – £12

sam simmonsSam Simmons

Spaghetti For Breakfast

The Australian surrealist ranks among our most favourite acts of all time. He makes an artform out of silliness and takes the ridiculous very seriously.

Sam Simmons: Spaghetti For Breakfast
Underbelly Potterrow
5-30 August, 9pm
£12.50 – £14

phil nicholPhil Nichol

I Don’t Want To Talk About It

Phil is no stranger to the Fringe, picking up the top award back in 2007 when it was sponsored by that great partner of the comedy world – a bank (that can now no longer open new accounts). He’s emerged since as an actor appearing as the token North American in most UK sitcoms, but it’s as a live act that Phil is most at home, with an energy and personality that can win over any crowd.

Phil Nichol: I Don’t Want To Talk About It
The Stand
6-30 August, 9.30pm

luke mcqueenLuke McQueen

Double Act

We missed Luke’s show last year, but kept track of his wildly successful publicity stunts, including selling tickets for a secret Frankie Boyle show that was so secret Frankie didn’t even know about it. We did catch up with it at Soho Theatre later in the year, and we are very glad we did. A raw and original performer, there are few out there who know how to create atmosphere better than Luke. Undoubtedly this show will be another exhilarating experience.

Luke McQueen: Double Act
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 9.45pm
£6 – £10.50

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