Laugh Out London recommends some more of our favourite comedy acts heading to the Edinburgh Festival this year.
Last year saw a very healthy resurgence of acclaimed sketch comedy, including several shows among the big award nominees, and this year is looking equally promising. Here are 20 to watch out for.
Comedy In Progress
We’ve got to know Cassie very well in the past year as she has emerged as a stand-out performer in our experimental collaborations with Weirdos where she has perfected not just one, but two characters from Harry Potter to terrifying specificity. We’re not familiar with Oh Standfirst but we trust Cassie to pick a partner for this double-hander that’s suitably brilliant.
Cassie Atkinson and Oh Standfast: Comedy In Progress
8-29 August, 12.55pm
The Grin of Love
A relative new act to us, Beard is a female double act who like to keep things joyfully odd. And just a bit twisted and black. Think League of Gentlemen mixed with old time freak show and that forensic scene in a BBC1 crime drama.
Beard: The Grin of Love
8-29 August, 1.15pm
This one-man sketch experience has been getting a lot of attention among comics this past year for his sweaty, ambitious and energetic shows. We’ve yet to see him live. We’ll put that right this August.
Assembly George Square
6-30 August, 3.20pm
It’s Got To Be Perfect
We first got to know Anna when she starred in an episode of Bad Bridesmaids as an uptight ‘friend’ of the bride determined to make things as awkward as possible for the rest of the bridesmaids. For this show, she’s the one getting married as Georgina. She wants it to be perfect. We imagine it somehow won’t be.
Anna Morris: It’s Got To Be Perfect
8-30 August, 3.55pm
After a split bill in 2014 this is Lolly’s debut hour. And it is very hotly anticipated, considering Lolly’s standing among both the Invisible Dot and Bearpit Comedy Podcast meaning you can be sure she’s on the cutting edge of barminess.
Lolly Adefope: Lolly
5-31 August, 4.30pm
Presents The Dawn Chorus
Maybe the three loveliest men in sketch comedy (and there are a lot of lovely men) this trio have an amazing pedigree, from regular Radio 4 writings to Cartoon Network to Rocky Horror sequels. This show sees them attempt to turn a heartbreaking novel into an hour-long comedy sketch show. Can they do it?
Sad Faces Presents The Dawn Chorus
6-30 August, 4.40pm
Present Stale Mate
Cabaret clowns with a keen eye for the absurd and the foolish. This show will be fun.
Twisted Loaf: Present Stale Mate
Just The Tonic @ The Caves
6-29 August, 5pm
Flap ‘em on the Gate
Watching Marny Godden is like watching the best bits of Shooting Stars all wrapped up in one person. It’s rather joyous blur. This is her first solo year after a successful 2014 with story-telling trio The Grandees. We expect similar over-the-top yarns and just a touch of insanity.
Mary Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate
6-30 August, 5.20pm
I Am Kirsty K
Holly can do no wrong in our eyes. A charming clown of a character comedian, Holly replaces her usual mixed selection of screwed up creations to focus on Kirsty K, a geordie sweetheart who’s using this Fringe to celebrate her nan. It’ll be glorious and silly and probably a bit messy.
Holly Burn: I Am Kirsty K
Just The Tonic @ The Mash House
6-30 August, 6.20pm
Another act who we’ve grown to love through our regular Weirdos collaborations. Sooz was almost too perfect as Bellatrix Lestrange in our all new Harry Potter tale. She’ll bring that darkness and magic into this hour which introduces us to four women wanting to make their mark on the world.
Sooz Kempner: Character Activist
Just the Tonic @ The Mash House
6-30 August, 6.20pm
Step Up 2 Massive Dad
One of our favourite shows of 2014, Massive Dad were an absolute revelation that again showed that the sketch genre is just as imaginative and fun as it ever has been.
Massive Dad: Step Up 2 Massive Dad
5-31 August, 6.50pm
10 Seconds With The Pin
Talented and young and hugely critically acclaimed. Big things beckon for this duo.
The Pin: 10 Seconds With The Pin
5-31 August, 7pm
We’ll never forget Katia’s dazzling performance of Swimming In Shallow Water at the Weirdos pantomime last Christmas. She’s more than just a singing mermaid though. A lot more, as this multi-charactered show sets out to prove. Katia’s also just come back from a US experience performing with improv legends at UCB, Groundlings and Second City, where she has no doubt strengthened her already strong performing skills.
Katia Kvinge: 140 Karakters
Just The Tonic @ The Caves
6-29 August, 7.45pm
One of several new sketch groups to make the breakthrough last year and another deserved nominee for Best Newcomer. They promise more wigs. We look forward to that promise being delivered.
Lazy Susan: Double Act
5-31 August, 8.10pm
Soothing Sounds For The Baby
Having had Joseph preview for us last month I have to say this will be the highlight of the festival. Playful, silly, smart and above all superbly funny, Morpurgo’s characters all come from the various vinyl records he chosen as his desert island discs, each one spawning a new character. If his name isn’t being mentioned come awards time there is no justice.
Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds For The Baby
5-31 August, 8.15pm
2 Man 3 Musketeers
Legends of the Fringe and deservedly so. Making sketch comedy an artform for years.
Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers
7-30 August, 8.20pm
The Fosters Comedy Award Winner returns with a show that is more play than his usual mixed bag of manic character creations and audience participation. Expect a similar layer of madness and a performance that has it all.
Adam Riches is Coach Coach
5-31 August, 9.45pm
£12 – £14
This northern sketch trio were a surprising nominee for Best Newcomer last year. However, it was fully merited recognition of a show that breathed new life into the sketch genre, with volume 1 proving to be a delightful and dark critique and breakdown of a three-way friendship
Gein’s Family Giftshop: Volume 2
5-30 August, 10.45pm
Pret A Comedy
I can’t put my finger on it but Twins’ show title always makes me giggle. So I assume their show will too. Jack Barry’s also a very good comedian and he makes up this double act with Annie McGrath, who I’m sure is equally very good.
Twins: Pret A Comedy
7-30 August, 00.00
Matthew Kelly – Hypnagogia
Karl’s debut as Matthew Kelly still ranks among our top 5 Edinburgh Fringe experiences. He’s maybe not quite lived up to such standing with his subsequent Edinburgh shows, but we’ve got a special feeling about this one.
Karl Schultz: Matthew Kelly – Hypnagogia
7-29 August, 00.10am
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