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10 international comedy recommendations at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015

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One of the best things about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is that it allows UK audiences to see a broad range of comedy acts from across the world as the city becomes the international comedy capital for one month.

Here are 10 overseas comedy acts we recommend seeing at the Festival this year.

And don’t forget our other recommendations, including free comedy shows, sketch and character shows and stand-up comedy shows.

evelyn mok

Evelyn Mok


Sweden-born Evelyn is one of several Scandinavian comics making their mark on the UK scene.
This show is about what adult Evelyn thinks child Evelyn would think of adult Evelyn. I think.

Evelyn Mok: Idiot
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House
August 6-30, 5pm

bec hill

Bec Hill

Caught On Tape

Australian Bec is one of the loveliest, funniest and brilliant comedians around. And her shows are always sparkling with innovation and warmth. A Fringe treasure.

Bec Hill: Caught On Tape
Gilded Balloon
August 5-31, 5.30pm
£8.50 – £9.50

tessa waters

Tessa Waters

WomanZ – Jou’re Welcome

WomanZ is more an experience than a comedy show. Empowering and engrossing and very, very fun. She also won most Outstanding Comedy Melbourne Fringe 2014. How about that?

Tessa Waters: WomanZ – Jou’re Welcome
Gilded Balloon
August 5-31, 6.45pm
£9 – £10

sofie hagen

Sofie Hagen


Once Denmark’s most passionate Westlige fan, Sofie is now a London-based stand-up who is quickly rising up the ranks, winning Chortle’s Best Newcomer on the way.

Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap
Liquid Rooms
August 7-31, 7.10pm

heidi oloughlin

Heidi O’Loughlin

A Woman Talking

Another new one to us, New Zealander Heidi has already supported Josie Long on tour and been nominated for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne Comedy Festival which puts her firmly in our ‘should be good’ books.

Heidi O’Loughlin: A Woman Talking
Underbelly, Cowgate
August 6-30, 7.40pm
£9 – £10

corey white

Corey White

The Cane Toad Effect

We don’t know much about Australian Corey. He did win Best Newcomer at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which makes us think this one will be worth seeing.

Corey White: The Cane Toad Effect
Assembly Hall
August 6-30, 8.20pm

jamie kilstein

Jamie Kilstein

Sober Song Rants and a Cat Story

Jamie is one of the most engaged and informed political comics in the US, gaining a cult fanbase with his Citizen Radio podcast. He promises rants. We’re confident he’ll deliver.

Jamie Kilstein: Sober Song Rants and a Cat Story
Stand in the Square
August 18-31, 8.20pm

bobby mair

Bobby Mair

Filthy Immigrant

As his show title suggests Bobby is not from these parts. He has managed to ingratiate himself quickly however and is now a regular bearded face on the panel show circuit. He’s a stand-up first though and is famed for his honest, unhinged style that has led to him supporting the likes of US provocateur Doug Stanhope.

Bobby Mair: Filthy Immigrant
Heroes @ The Hive
August 6-31, 8.50pm
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

trygve wakenshaw

Trygve Wakenshaw


With Kraken, New Zealand clown Trygve Wakenshaw out on one of the most talked about shows of 2014, offering a more playful take on Dr Brown style buffoonery and audience interaction. He keeps up the nautical theme with this show title and we are looking forward to diving in.

Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilius
Pleasance Courtyard
August 6-30, 10pm

kyle kinane

Kyle Kinane

Ghost Pizza Party

A huge stand-up star in the US Kinane is now tackling the international market. An engrossing storytelling and a naturally funny guy.

Kyle Kinane: Ghost Pizza Party
Underbelly, Cowgate
August 6-30, 10.10pm
£10 – £12

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