Edinburgh Fringe

20 stand-up comedy recommendations for Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Once again Laugh Out London has delved into its collective comedy brain to bring you 20 stand-up comedy recommendations for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016.

We’re tried to avoid the more obvious comedy sorts who are certain to be brill and do well in any case (Bridget Christie, Sam Simmons, Stewart Lee, James Acaster etc) and bring you a few more interesting and newer names you may not be aware of yet but are still among the best shows at the Fringe this year.

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Fern Brady

Male Comedienne

Maybe our favourite show title at this year’s Fringe, Fern has a real knack for calling out bullshit in an engaging yet understated style. From an early preview, the potential for this show is immense, with Fern’s backstory one of a life well-lived.

Fern Brady: Male Comedienne
The Stand
4-28 Aug, 12.10pm

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Sooz Kempner


We’ve got to know Sooz this year as a crucial member of the Weirdos crew, bringing a proper, professional singing voice to silly Eurovision nights and Harry Potter talent shows. Here, she pays homage to Freddie and the boys.

Sooz Kempner: Queen
Underbelly Med Quad
3-29 Aug, 12.10pm
£8 – £9

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Eleanor Morton

Happy Birthday Katie Lewis!

Eleanor Morton is one of our favourite young acts, emerging as a vital member of alternative comedy troupe Weirdos – showcasing a perfect impression of Ginny Weasley – and also developing her playful solo material that merges angst, awkwardness and intelligence.

Eleanor Morton: Happy Birthday Katie Lewis!
The Stand
16-28 August, 2.25pm

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Seymour Mace

Shit Title

A stalwart of the comedy scene, Seymour was recognised last year for what many said was his best show yet with a Best Show nomination in the awards. Let’s hope it encourages the anarchy.

Seymour Mace: Shit Title
The Stand
4-28 Aug, 2.30pm

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Sam Fletcher


A surprise nominee for Best Newcomer back in 2012 for his highly imaginative show of magic, dad jokes, odd props and superbly realised mechanical animations on the trusty drawing pad, we are so glad to see Sam back.

Sam Fletcher: Daftwerk
Underbelly, George Square
3-28 Aug, 4pm
£9.50 – £10.50

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Andrew Hunter Murray

Round One

Andrew is no stranger to the Fringe having been an essential part of the brilliant Austentatious improv group alongside Rachel Parris and Cariad Lloyd. This is his first solo show though, and Andrew is not taking it lightly, even promising a music round. With his credentials as a QI elf and member of the No Such Thing As A Fish podcast, we’re expecting some proper nerding out too.

Andrew Hunter Murray: Round One
Pleasance Courtyard
3-29 Aug, 4.15pm
£8.50 – £9

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Tom Neenan


This is the third solo storytelling effort from Tom, spinning funny, engaging yarns brimming with deep layered imagination and a real thoughtful narrative. Previous efforts have focused on haunted houses and outer space. This year it’s vaudeville.

Tom Neenan: Vaudeville
Underbelly Med Quad
3-28 August, 4.15pm

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Annie McGrath

The Seven Ages of An

Pun in the show title? Relative success as part of a sketch group in previous Fringes? Annie McGrath is doing the Fringe the right way with her first full length solo effort. We thoroughly enjoyed her work with Jack Barry last year as part of Twins, taking sketch to new postmodern levels, and expect this solo effort will go down similar dark, sardonic pathways.

Anne McGrath: The Seven Ages of An
Pleasance Courtyard
3-28 Aug, 4.45pm
£8 – £9

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Josie Long

Work in Progress

It’s Josie Long. Go see her.

Josie Long: Work in Progress
The Stand
16-29 Aug, 5.30pm

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Rose Matafeo

Rose Matafeo is Finally Dead

An act we’re all very excited about seeing, Rose one of the undergound hits of the Melbourne Comedy Festival this year. Let’s bring her overground in Edinburgh!

Rose Matafeo is Finally Dead
Pleasance Courtyard
3-28 Aug, 5.45pm
£8 – £9

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Stuart Laws

So preoccupied with whether or not he could he didn’t stop to think whether he should (1hr show)

Stuart’s week long visit to the fringe last year was all too brief. Thankfully this year he’s seeing it through to the bitter end and it should result in a lot more lucky Fringe-goers their highlight of the festival. Having watched him over the course of five years his shows get leaner and funnier each time; 2015’s was a particularly daft romp (you can watch it in full here).

Stuart Laws: So preoccupied with whether or not he could he didn’t stop to think whether he should (1hr show)
Pleasance Courtyard
3-28 Aug, 6pm

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Brennan Reece


A newcomer for us, but one that has caused our ears to prick up. Winning awards all over the place, this is a big Fringe for Brennan and we’re sure he’ll step up

Brennan Reece: Everglow
Pleasance Courtyard
3-28 Aug, 6pm
£8.50 – £10

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Sarah Kendall


Sarah’s 2015 effort was one of the most emotionally engaging and gripping storytelling shows I have ever seen performed. One of the few 2016 shows I’m hoping to cry at.

Sarah Kendall: Shaken
Assembly George Square
3-28 Aug, 6.45pm
£10.50 – £12.50

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Grainne Maguire

Great People Making Great Choices

A long time favourite of Laugh Out London Grainne has always captured our interest with our passionate, political stance mixed with a winning charisma and personality that welcomes everyone into her world and inspires hope even in the bleakest of time.

Grainne Maguire: Great People Making Great Choices
Pleasance Courtyard
3-29 Aug, 7.15pm
£10 – £12

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Nish Kumar

Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud

Nish has been a must-see for many years. Maybe the greatest traditional stand-up in the country.

Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud
Pleasance Courtyard
3-28 Aug, 8pm
£10 – £12

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Lou Sanders

What’s That Lady Doing?

A Lou Sanders show at the Edinburgh Fringe is a guaranteed hour of stupid, silly fun that will make you go back into those rain-soaked streets with a giant smile. Unpretentious and joyful with just the right amount of innuendo.

Lou Sanders: What’s That Lady Doing?
Pleasance Dome
3-28 Aug, 8.10pm
£8 – £9

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Jamali Maddix

Chickens Come Home To Roost

Another young man with intelligent ideas and a great deal of charisma. A Chortle student award winner, much is expected from Jamali’s full debut.

Jamili Maddix: Chickens Come Home To Roost
Pleasance Courtyard
3-29 Aug, 8.15pm
£8.50 – £10

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Heidi O’Loughlin

Cult Comedian

We saw New Zealand native Heidi at Soho Theatre last year where she performed a deeply engaging hour that blended elements of Who Do You Think You Are with sharp, feminist drive polemic that told the story of her stint on New Zealand TV. It was a wonderful effort, and no doubt this will be other a similar level.

Heidi O’Loughlin: Cult Comedian
Underbelly, Cowgate
4-28 Aug, 9.30pm
£10 – £11

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Phil Nichol


Phil is always a must-see at the Fringe for us, but this year he is doing something extra special – performing a greatest hits set of the best bits of his shows from the past 20 years. Essential stuff.

Phil Nichol: Twenty
Assembly Checkpoint
3-28 Aug, 9.45pm
£12.50 – £14

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Chris Gethard

Career Suicide

The latest in a long string of U.S. comedians (and podcast stars) to take to the Fringe for a full-run. Chris promises an hour of stand-up comedy that focuses on suicide, depression and alcoholism. We’re presuming there’s some Scottish blood in him.

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide
Pleasance Dome
3-29 Aug, 10pm
£10 – £11

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3 replies »

  1. How about a recommendation on some of the quality shows on the Free Fringe? Not all of us can afford the high prices at the big venues!

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