The Stand – 10pm, 4th till 14th August
Award-winning performer Kevin P. Gilday is back to lambast, lampoon, and lamp roond-the-heid concepts of class and identity. When does one transition from working class to middle class? Is it your first pesto pasta? Is it once you start pronouncing the t sound in ‘butter’, or when you use butter instead of marge? Is it when you start writing for an arts and culture magazine? Kevin uses his special concoction of comedy and spoken word to share this hilarious and humbling exploration of his lived experience of class, art, and acceptance.
LIZ LOCHHEAD WITH STEVE KETTLEY ON SAX: BACK IN THE SADDLE
The Stand – 9pm, 18th and 19th August
Fifty years after her first Fringe performance, Liz Lochhead is back, and her powerful words are underscored by sleek sax from Steve Kettley. Our previous Makar is the apogee of poetry – come see her in action – she promises to be ‘funny, frank, soulful, shameless, true’.
CHRIS THORBURN’S MONDAY MASH-UP MELTDOWN
Monkey Barrel Comedy (MB4), Edinburgh – 10.25pm, 22nd August
If you’ve ever wondered what a mashup of B*Witched and the Beastie Boys would sound like, or argued that Butterfly by Crazy Town is an underrated classic, then this could be your lucky night. Glasgow comedian Chris Thorburn is playing a one off night of his ‘ill-advised’ mashups for a night, with all profits going to Trussell Trust.
Assembly George Square Studios Studio One, Edinburgh (Venue 17) –7pm, 3rd till 28th August (excluding 17th and 27th)
Police Cops, the critically acclaimed physical comedy ensemble, are back with an expanded cast, a banging 80s soundtrack, and another breakneck parody of classic cop movies and action blockbusters.
Expect clichéd revenge stories, wild plot twists, hysterical performances, and plenty of dodgy facial hair. It promises to be another sell-out show and the best damn police cop adventure yet.
KATHY AND STELLA SOLVE A MURDER!
Summerhall –9.50pm, 3rd till 28th August (excluding 4th, 16th and 23rd)
Put a finger down if you are obsessed with true crime podcasts. Put a finger down if you’ve ever thought of starting one. Put a finger down if you have dreams of solving a murder one day with all this knowledge you have yet to put to good use! Well, this comedy murdery mystery musical follows two pals who run Hull’s least successful podcast but are ‘thrust into a thrilling whodunnit’ when their favourite author is killed.
NATHAN MOSHER IS INJURED
C Arts Studio – 6.05pm, 3rd till 28th August
A show with high highs and low lows: jokes, songs, and poems feature in this autobiographical tale of breakups, breakdowns, and breakthroughs. Mosher is multimedia and mega and magnetic.
A BOOKISH COMEDY SHOW
32 Below – 3.30pm, 4th till 28th August (excluding 16th)
This cabaret compilation show features a rotating cast of comedians and storytellers regaling us with tales of the bookish variety. Add to your Fringe list if you are a book nerd or anyone who ‘has ever read naked’, apparently.
ERYN TETT FINDS HER AUDIENCE
Just the Tonic at The Tron – 5pm, 4th till 28th August (excluding 15th)
Have you ever been part of a scientific experiment? Would you like to be? Be part of Eryn’s audience/test sample as she very literally and pragmatically finds her audience. She promises a ‘bizarre exploration of her own thoughts…word play, odd observations and surreal storytelling’.
THANK GOD FISH DON’T HAVE HANDS
The Stand – 4pm, 4th till 28th August (excluding 15th)
Marjolein Robertson’s new ‘unapologetic brain dump’ will splatter all over the city of Edinburgh, served fresh from two years of Shetland living. She has promised mind reading too – is there nae end to these Shetlanders’ talents?
TOM LITTLE HAS GOOD REVIEWS SO PREPARE TO BE IMPRESSED
Subway – 3.45pm, 9th till 28th August (excluding 15th)
Too lazy to write his own promo or an efficiency aficionado? Tom Little’s show description and press release is made up almost entirely of quotes from a vast range of publications – they are all overwhelmingly positive and he certainly seems to be one to catch now on his ascendance. Here’s a few words plundered from these quotes because we too like efficiency: ‘quirky’, ‘unexpected’, ‘a huge talent’, ‘hidden treasure’. There you are –go see him so at the very least you can add more descriptors for him to utilise.
DANIEL DOWNIE: THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
The Beehive Inn (Beehive 2), (Venue 178) – 2pm, 5th till 28th August
Local comedian Daniel Downie is best known for his popular Mountebank Comedy Walk tour and History of Scotland podcast series – combining sardonic humour with real Scottish history. For his Fringe debut, Daniel casts a comedic eye over the astounding life of Mary Queen of Scots -arguably Scotland’s most famous person. It’s sure to be the perfect, sweary alternative to a stuffy history lesson.