Edinburgh Fringe

20 sketch and character comedy recommendations for Edinburgh Fringe 2016

One of the great joys of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the chance to see an assortment of mad weirdos push comedy to new levels with inventive new characters and brilliant new sketch narratives that offer something different to the great stand-up also on offer.

But who to see that is an example of the previous paragraph? Well, you’re in luck because here are our picks of the best sketch and character comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

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Cassie Atkinson

Supernumerary Rainbow

A special show name for a very special act. Cassie is a gifted character comedian with a gloriously inventive mind who is destined for greatness.

Cassie Atkinson: Supernumerary Rainbow
6-27 Aug, 1.30pm

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Katia Kvinge


Katia risked death last year performing in the sickness trap that is The Caves. She recovered though, and has spent the past wee while in the U.S. honing her character/improv skills and making videos about mountains. Lovely stuff.

Katia Kvinge: Squirrel
Gilded Balloon at the Counting House
3-29 Aug, 3pm
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

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Marny Godden

Where’s John’s Porridge Bowl?

Last year’s Flap ‘em on the Gate was one of the most peculiar and delightful shows at the Fringe, with Marny embracing such oddities as the Hoover Lady, a shuffling Moses and a kid who just wanted to get through the alphabet. Brilliant oddness.

Marny Godden: Where’s John’s Porridge Bowl
Heroes @ The Hive
4-28 Aug, 3pm
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

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Beth Vyse

All Hands To The Pump

Last year’s show As Funny as Cancer was a monumental achievement of blending the personal with Beth’s trademark surreal props and masks. This year she returns has Olive Hands (think Jane McDonald but on 40 vodka redbulls and having been spun in a washing machine)

Beth Vyse: All Hands To The Pump
Heroes @ The Hive
4-28 Aug, 3.10pm
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

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Sooz Kempner

A Bit Of A Character

We’ve already recommended Sooz for her excellent sounding show based on Queen, but she’s so good we’ve listed here here too! This one features songs too, but will also probably have more wigs and fewer moustaches.

Sooz Kempner: A Bit Of A Character
Just The Tonic @ The Caves
4-28 Aug, 4pm

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There are not many sketch duos like Goose (for a start 50% of them remain off stage for most of the time). Last year’s debut Kablamo was a very frantic James Bond movie parody portrayed solo by Adam Drake with a backing band in tow. Presented in a sauna of a room, complete with copious amounts of sweat (courtesy of Drake), Goose’s show last year was a runaway critical success. The dense writing and the physical performance will be hard to match anywhere else in Edinburgh.

Goose: Hydroberserker
Assembly George Square Gardens
4-28 Aug, 4.30pm
£10 – £12

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The Kagools

The Kagools

We’ve still to see this duo, but by all accounts their style of miming fun and interactive gameplay sounds right up our street.

The Kagools
Just the Tonic @ The Caves
4-28 Aug, 5.15pm
PWYW or £7 to guarantee entry

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Daphne’s Second Show

2015 was a breakthrough year for Daphne, with the smart, slick trio picking up best newcomer nominee. The boys (who count LOL favourite Phil Wang in their number) are pretty much your best bet this year for an hour of high quality, well-polished sketchotainment.

Daphne’s Second Show
Pleasance Courtyard
3-28 Aug, 5.45pm
£11 – £12

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Lolly Adefope

Lolly 2

Lolly’s star is on the rise, with a rather wonderful Sky Arts Christmas short at the end of last year and a host of TV appearances in shows like ITV’s @elevenish, Rovers, Plebs, Josh and The Last Leg. It’s on the stage that she shines though, breathing life into absurd characters that still evoke sympathy with a painful trace of humanity.

Lolly Adefope: Lolly 2
Pleasance Courtyard
3-28 Aug, 6pm
£9 – £10.50

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Zoe Coombs Marr

Trigger Warning

Another act who has made waves in Australia and is looking to replicate that success in the UK, Zoe picked up the respected Barry Award for best show at the 2016 Melbourne Comedy Festival for this show where she plays the role of Dave, a rather laddish lad with rather pathetic beard.

Zoe Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning
4-28 Aug, 6.50pm
£10 – £11

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Holly Burn

I Am Special

Holly’s shows are always among our favourites at any Fringe, with her style of clowning and interaction fearlessly pushing boundaries and turning comedy into a whole new artform. This year she’s making things much more personal, although in a rather non-traditional way. Get to know a bit more of the real Holly this year.

Holly Burn: I Am Special
Underbelly Med Quad
3-28 Aug, 6.55pm
£9.50 – £10.50

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Colin Hoult / Anna Mann

A Sketch Show For Depressives

A bit of Fringe legend, it’s great to see Colin taking another full show to Edinburgh. And this one looks more interesting than most, with his Anna Mann character set to star.

Colin Hoult/ Anna Mann: A Sketch Show For Depressives
Pleasance Courtyard
3-28 Aug, 7pm
£8 – £10

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Mr Swallow


Nick Mohammed is another of the comedy world’s rising young stars, making a name for himself in a plethora of great TV shows and films, including Together, Murder in Successville, Cuckoo, Miranda and The Martian. He’s even in the new Ab Fab movie. Wow. His alter ego Mr Swallow may be less successful on the acting front, but he still delivers a wonderfully entertaining show.

Mr Swallow: Houdini
Pleasance Courtyard
3-28 Aug, 7pm
£13 – £14

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Lazy Susan

Crazy Sexy Fool

Best newcomer nominees a couple of years back, Lazy Susan are one of the freshest, weirdest and brilliant sketch duos around.

Lazy Susan: Crazy Sexy Fool
Pleasance Courtyard
3-29 Aug, 7.15pm
£9 – £10

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Steen Raskopolous

You Know The Drill

Steen took the Fringe by storm a couple of years ago for his Adam Riches style audience interaction and improv and for wearing two suits every day in the sweat pit that is any Edinburgh Fringe venue. Since then he’s gone on to appear alongside LOL favourite John Kearns in Top Coppers and is now back with an all new character show.

Steen Raskopolous: You Know The Drill
Underbelly, Cowgate
4-28 Aug, 7.40pm
£11.50 – £12.50

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Emma Sidi


Emma shone in a ten minute slot at a Laugh Out London gig earlier this as a very feisty Spanish soap opera star. A full hour should be inspired latin lunacy.

Emma Sidi: Telenovela
Pleasance Courtyard
3-28 Aug, 8.15pm
£8 – £9

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Tessa Waters

Over Promises

Tessa! It’s been a while, what with Tessa being back in her Australian homeland, but we are very excited to welcome her back to the Fringe and see what her dance-loving alter ego WOMANz has got in store.

Tessa Waters: Over Promises
Gildead Balloon @ The Counting House
3-29 Aug, 8.15pm
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

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Max and Ivan

Our Story

Max and Ivan are something Fringe veterans having now created several narrative-driven sketch shows showcasing honed writing, ludicrous talent and unbelievable hard world. This year promises to be different though as the lads get personal with their own true story.

Max and Ivan: Our Story
Pleasance Dome
3-28 Aug, 8.20pm
£10 – £12.50

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Kieran Hodgson


Last year the queues for Kieran’s show stretched right around the street and left the many who couldn’t get in sorely disappointed (including us!). We finally caught his homage to Lance Armstrong in London and quickly understood what all the fuss was about. One of the best one-man, character-driven storytellers around.

Kieran Hodgson: Maestro
Voodoo Rooms
6-28 Aug, 9.30pm

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Another supremely talented sketch duo who match great writing and proper acting skills. Joe Barnes is also a member of Minor Delays who were one of the best reviewed shows of 2015 (and one of our favs too).

Bedlam Theatre
3-28 Aug, 9.30pm

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