As this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival line-up has now been announced, we thought we’d wade through the shows to give you a taster of who to look out for.
We’ve focused on satisfying your funny bone and compiled 5 out of hundreds of comedians set to perform this year. From dynamic duos to sell-out, award-winning acts and up-‘n’-comers, here is a very small selection of the very funny guys and girls that’ll make you chuckle, blush, cringe and maybe even let out a little snort this summer.
1. Danny O’Brien
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No newbie when it comes to stand-up comedy, Danny O’Brien was handpicked in 2017 to perform as part of the iconic ‘Best of the Edinburgh Fest’ show, following in the well-trodden footsteps of Simon Pegg and Dara Ó Briain. After a tour of South East Asia and a string of comedy festivals across Australia, Danny will once again grace the Underbelly stage for a 1-hour set throughout the festival.
When: ‘Lock-In’, Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61), Aug 2-12, 14-26 @ 10:15pm
2. Maddy and Marina Bye
“Full time sisters” and professional impersonators, Maddy and Marina have been being funny since they were foetuses. The parents of this comedy duo are none other than Ruby Wax and Ed Bye – while their godfather was the legendary English actor, director and straight-up genius Alan Rickman – so, the funny bone quite literally runs in the family.
While one went to drama school, the other went to clown school in Paris. Not your average sisters from Notting Hill, that’s for sure. They’ve since graduated into sell-out shows for both Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe. Comedy queen Jennifer Saunders says to “watch out for these girls” and – in their own words – you’ll be watching ‘moments of real grossness’, which we imagine will be memorable whether you're filled with shock or delight. Hopefully, just the right amount of both.
When: Underbelly, George Square (Venue 300), Aug 1-13, 15-27 @ 6:40pm
3. Foil, Arms and Hog
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Celebrating a decade at the Fringe (and 8 consecutive years of sell-out shows), Dubliners Sean Finegan, Sean Flanagan and Conor McKenna make up ‘Foil, Arms and Hog’. After selling out their May 2018 show at the Eventim Apollo in London, you’d be mad not to catch them at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Despite their heavily subscribed YouTube channel, this threesome pride themselves on their live shows. Rowan Atkinson quite simply calls these ‘former children and regular eaters’: “very funny”. A glowing recommendation, if ever we heard one.
When: ‘Craicling’ will be performed at Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 302), Aug 1-26 @ 9pm
4. Croft & Pearce
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Sell-out comediennes Croft & Pearce return to the Fringe this year for their comedy sketch show ‘Double Take’ at Underbelly. Their previous accolades include winning the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe aware; the Fringe Total Sell-Out Show Laurel; and being nominated for the What’s On London Comedy Award 2017. The delightfully funny duo has sold out theatres in London, New York and around the U.K.
June & Jean are our personal favourites. Try watching ‘On the Train Tracks’, ‘On Amazon’ or ‘Major Turn On’ without snorting with laughter. Don’t miss these ‘masters of pinpoint observation and characterisation’ [Telegraph].
When: ‘Double Take’, Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 302), Aug 6-26 @ 2pm
5. Luisa Omielan
For the ultimate in female empowerment and feel good vibes, don’t miss Luisa Omielan’s headline show at the Gilded Balloon. Luisa addresses everything from thigh gaps (3.6m views and counting), to mental health issues with the same hilariously accurate insights; shamelessly addressing all the things that most would kill to say to anyone who’d listen...let alone live at the Apollo!
Luisa is back with a bang with her third stand-up instalment, to share her opinion on something she knows ‘absolutely nothing about’: politics. We can’t wait to find out how she’ll tackle this one.
When: ‘Politics for Bitches’, Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14), Aug 1-13, 15-22, 24-26 @ 9pm
We couldn’t leave without mentioning a sneaky 6th comedian to watch out for…
Maisie Adam won the ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ final in the Debating Hall of the Gilded Balloon at last year’s Fringe Festival, a mere 18-months after deciding to try stand-up comedy.
Chortle.co.uk calls her a ‘natural wit’ and she’ll be back on the stage with the same laidback charisma and effortless, Northern charm.
When: 'Vague', Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14), Aug 1-27 @ 4.30pm
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