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Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the third Edinburgh Comedy Festival on the Fringe. We’ve excelled ourselves with this year’s programme with no less than 362 quality shows cementing our reputation as the biggest (and best) comedy festival on the planet! Even a fleeting glance through these 80 pages reflects the quality of our programme. 14 Edinburgh Comedy Award winners (and a further 36 nominees) are performing new shows at this year’s festival, as well as scores of new comedians and companies who have come to cut their teeth on the greatest festival in the world. We’re proud to welcome other venues into our programme again, with Just The Tonic At The Caves, Ghillie Dhu and shows at The Festival Theatre, 150 @ EICC, Bongo Club and The Space @ Surgeons Hall joining Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly. And the great news is that once again you can book for any show 24 hours a day via our website edcomfest.com or until at least 10pm every night by phoning or calling into any one of our box offices. If you’re a festival newcomer, come and be entertained by both the TV favourites, recognisable for their years in the business, and take a chance on the new talent that has travelled to Edinburgh to be discovered - you won’t be disappointed! You can quite literally watch great shows from the moment you wake until the time you eventually sleep; and even after 25 days, still have to do the same for another 4 months to see them all. In the first half of this brochure are delights to be wondered at, with wonderful theatre highlights, exciting kids’ entertainment, an international music programme, upbeat musicals and extraordinary dance and physical theatre. In fact, why would you sleep? We hope you have a wonderful festival, William, Karen, Anthony, Ed and Charlie and all at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival Team

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YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED: THE MATHS OF DEATH

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JOHN HEGLEY: MORNING WORDSHIP

Matt Parker & Timandra Harkness

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Cows kill 20 Americans every year. 8 bottles of wine a week halve your chance of a fatal heart attack. You have a 0.000043% chance of dying during this show. Stand up mathematics that will make sure you at least die laughing.

Ocean-going, emotion-flowing communion.

Timandra Harkness has a deadly wit. She tosses away subtle one-liners as though they were chocolate wrappings SCOTSMAN Infects the audience with so much laughter someone should call a paramedic GUARDIAN (ON THE LEISURE VIRUS)

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PRODUCTIVITY: A PRODUCTION ABOUT A PRODUCT

MAGICIANS! BEHIND THE MAGIC!!

The phrase ‘pyramid-scheme’ is always bandied about. The phrase ‘prism investment’, however, may signal your opportunity to make a million. In this dazzling pitch/showcase spectacular, two entrepreneurs/ enthused performers professionally dazzle you with the story of their dazzling new product. Let them cut through the business chaff (lies) to find the kernel (kernel) of wheat (success/truth). Agricultural references will otherwise be at a minimum.

Fabuloso and Dupont present an intimate lunchtime soirée of love and toast and magic. And magic. Gasp! at the sleight behind the hand. Sob! at the tears behind the handkerchiefs. A charmingly riotous tale of spangly leggings, French accents and bad hair. Sometimes, magic is a four letter word.

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UNDERBELLY, COWGATE | WHITE BELLY

EVERYTHING ELSE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE (BUT DIDN’T CARE TO ASK)

Featuring the music of Louis Jordan

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E’ ‘FIVE GUYS NAMED MO IE’ ‘CHOO CHOO C’BOOG FRY’ ‘SATURDAY NIGHT FISH

After a sell-out at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival, Bad Bread return to deliver more fast-paced, original sketch-comedy, in their continual attempts to answer all the questions you’ve never dared to ask. We explore further into the mind than Freud, move beyond Socrates and make Einstein’s theories look watered down!

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Comic poet and sometime journalist Kate Fox anchors her life story to the big news events.

AL MURRAY THE PUB LANDLORD’S COMPETE FOR THE MEAT

While The Satanic Verses burned in Bradford, Kate hit local headlines after eloping with a gunrunner. As the Twin Towers fell she was crafting it into a soundbite for radio news. From Thatcher to MP’s expenses, Radio 4 ‘Saturday Live’ regular asks: where were you when the news broke?

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The Pub Landlord returns to the Fringe with COMPETE FOR THE MEAT – the ultimate lunchtime pub quiz. Pub quiz questions, Pub Landlord Rules! Test your general knowledge and win a frozen chicken! Sausages for the runners-up! Shame for the losers!

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HOW TO MAKE A MILLION BEFORE LUNCH

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Want to be the next Richard Branson but have no idea where to start? Dream of being a fabulously successful entrepreneur but daunted by the time and effort it will involve? Well don’t be. The Sunday Times Enterprise Editor and author Rachel Bridge will show you the shortcuts and secrets to success. Her entertaining account of how real-life entrepreneurs make it work will show you that if they can do it, then so can you. Fascinating, revealing and informative, this show could literally change your life - before lunch. rachelbridge.com

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Baba Brinkman explores the history and current understanding of Darwin’s theory, combining hilarious remixes of popular rap songs with clever lyrical storytelling and improvised freestyle rhymes. Winner of Scotsman Fringe First Award in 2009 and fact-checked by eminent evolutionary biologists, here’s a second chance to see the first-ever laugh-out-loud, peer-reviewed rap-show.

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| THE BEST OF THE FESTIVAL EVERY WEEKEND

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PLEASANCE DOME | ACEDOME

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JUST THE TONIC AT THE CAVES | JUST UP THE ROAD

AMUSED MOOSE COMEDY’S GANGSHOW

TOM WILLIAMS - LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE JURY

Grab your hot tickets to talent-spot the next Rhod, Jimmy, Sarah, Jack, Mark and Simon amongst this year’s stellar crop of Amused Moose Comedy’s Hot Starlets, plus a past Hot Starlet or two who are now rather famous.

Tom likes watching court cases, because you get the interesting story without having to worry about going to jail afterwards. He has seen quite a few, but there is one case that stuck in his head like a wayward javelin. So he wrote this show about it.

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twitter.com/tomwcomedy | unexpectedcomedy.com

The place to see tomorrow’s stars today THREEWEEKS Damn good standard ... hard to beat value for money ONE4REVIEW

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CELLOPHANE A hit comedy about the modern woman trying to make it on all frontiers. Being a brilliant mom, foxy career bitch, wife with a volcanic sex-life and being tops 40 kilos - looking like Angelina Jolie while she’s at it.

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Do you support homophobic marriage? Are we naturally monogamous, or “romantic multi-taskers”? How does the Ku Klux Klan view President Obama? The creator of ‘Jesus: The Guantanamo Years’ investigates (exclusively interviewing the KKK). Sold Out Edinburgh Fringe 06, 07, 08. Toured London, Hollywood, Pakistan. Boycotted by Ian Paisley’s DUP.

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... the audience were ecstatic... ZURICHER ZEITUNGEN, SWITZERLAND ... such a briliant idea one wonders why it hasn’t been written before... MORGUNBLADID, ICELAND The auditorium sizzles and boils with excitement and laughter... JENS PETERSON, NÖJES BLADET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

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IT IS ROCKET SCIENCE! V2 Helen Keen

Helen Keen’s award-winning space-based show (soon to be a BBC Radio 4 series) relaunches! With a meteor shower of new bits, a cosmos of costumes and approximately 99 feet of tinfoil. Come and join her whistlestop tour around the Great Brains who put monkeys, ladies, dogs and gentlemen into orbit.

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The famous lunchtime Showcase Show featuring a different comedy line-up daily. Special guest hosts, top headliners and hot new acts. A handpicked show great for talent spotting, where the comedians showcase their show and you get a hilarious sneak preview. A must see for comedy fans. 7th Sell-out year.

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DAMION LARKIN: CUDDLY LOSER

Returning with their stellar improvised extravaganza after Sell-Out Shows The Oxford Imps will teach you the meaning of flying by the seat of your pants! Armed with audience suggestions the Imps create a ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ style show, blending a range of improv formats . Suitable for families.

He left a successful career in stockbroking to talk to strangers. One day he’s on Radio 4 and ITV’s Working Lunch. The next he’s sitting in his underpants wondering how to be a comedian. Themes: Joy, loneliness and what happens when you chase your dreams.

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2 for 1 offer available on 5th, 9th and 10th.

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THE INAUGURAL 3 SIDED FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Cambridge Footlights

Keith’s failing – as actor, lover, and liver. Middle-aged, middle-of-theroad and middle-talented, he’s finally cast in his dream play. In his nightmare role: “Ones to watch.” (Jonny Sweet). “Fun in abundance... a little ray of sunshine.”  (TCS). “An abomination.” (British Shakespeare Association). Shortlisted for Cambridge Footlights Harry Porter Prize.

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Compete for the prestigious Mike Sheilds Sheild at the fringe’s first 3 sided football tournament. One ticket enters a team of 6. In East Meadows Park, next to the tennis courts. Huge prize for the champions. More at www.theinvisibledot.com. theinvisibledot.com

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As Broken Britain crumbles, Clarkson and Crouch denounce the horrors of modern life no one else admits.

Laying herself bare to a room of strangers daily, sharp and sassy stand-up Gemma Goggin shares a hilarious account of the dating disasters and sexual shenanigans of her 20s. No holds barred.

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THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH Random Entertainment Ltd

David Mitchell hosts the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 panel game in which four comedians are encouraged to tell lies, and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they are able to smuggle past their opponents. (Please note - there is no interval).

Sarah Bennetto

It’s the most important party of her life. To her horror: she’s late, dressed in polyester and probably not even invited. Direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, comes the hilarious true story from the host of Storytellers’ Club. Find out how an innocent Aussie ended up dining with Prince Charles. You have been summoned.

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Blond Ambition, Renegade and O’Connor Entertainment

BBC New Talent Pick of the Fringe, Musical Comedy Awards ‘best newcomer’ 2009 and ‘finalist’ 2010, Jay Foreman brings his guitar and an hour of his newest, darkest songs to Edinburgh for his biggest show yet. ‘Pretend You’re Happy’ is a surprisingly uplifting show you won’t want to miss! www.jayforeman.co.uk

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Virtuoso performances combined with razor sharp wit guarantee a sure-fire hit of the fringe.

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See tomorrow’s stars today. The cream of London’s Open Mic circuit, including up-and-coming stars from Time Out-featured clubs, Good Times and Comedy Mayhem @ The Miller, such as Comedy Store Gong Show winner Ian Baker, Joe Stillers (aka topless comedian Mr Stillers), Francis Foster, Jo Lacey, Shane Mallon, etc...

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Award-winning comedian, Andrew Lawrence.

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Chaired by Nicholas Parsons. Paul Merton and fellow witty and loquacious panellists, try to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation.

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Pleasance Upstairs

Radio Comedy Writers Seminar

10.45 – 11.45

Producers and writers from BBC Radio Comedy offer advice and tips about what it takes to write a radio comedy and get it on-air. Includes a Q & A session.

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Beyond

Front Row

10.45 – 11.45

Mark Lawson and guests with the hits, misses, debates and talking points from this year’s Festival and Fringe in a recording of BBC Radio 4’s nightly arts programme.

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Beyond

Comic Fringes

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Be part of the audience as three leading comedians perform their specially written short story for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Afternoon Reading’.

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Beyond

The NonConformists’ Guide to Civic Responsibility

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Award-winning comedian, Andrew Lawrence records two fifteen minute monologues for BBC Radio 4 in which he skirts around some of life’s big questions without drawing any useful conclusions.

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Beyond

Curiosity Killed the Cabaret

23.00 – midnight

Ali McGregor, Australian cabaret star and all round diva, hosts a special cabaret show for BBC Radio 4 featuring the best cabaret and burlesque acts appearing at this year’s Fringe.

Thursday 19th

Beyond

Arthur Smith’s Edinburgh Bash

12.00 – 13.00

Arthur Smith hosts a special Edinburgh edition of his BBC Radio 4 comedy and music show from the Pleasance. Be prepared to travel around the nooks and crannies of this festival landmark!

Thursday 19th

Beyond

An Audience with Ed Reardon

14.15 – 15.15

BBC Radio 4’s most celebrated impoverished author presents his favourite prose and poetry, all written by himself. Annoyingly enough, Ed’s helped by two so-called celebrity actors he’s never heard of. He’d rather do it himself and trouser the fee.

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Loose Ends

11.00 – 11.45

Clive Anderson ties up the Loose Ends with cool music, lots of comedy and, of course, scintillating conversation.

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PENSION PLAN

CHARMED FORCES

Leisa Rea (Adams & Rea – 4 Stands Up, BBC Radio 4) flaunts her failures from cycling proficiency to Life in general. Her pension plan is fully loaded. Join the conga and celebrate Losing, like a Winner. Expect origami, dark mischief and a visit from The Biscuit-Eyed Lady.

Charmed Forces have arrived in Afghanistan to entertain the troops with their variety act. Having met with moderate success at some small British coastal holiday resorts, the team behind Charmed Forces hope that their distinctive act, including songs, plays and games, will be well received by the soldiers.

Leisa Rea

Charmed Forces

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Superlative talent  THREEWEEKS Lightning fast comedy  FEST

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Tom Binns the creator of Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominated Ivan Brackenbury has a new character. Ian D Montfort the Sunderland Psychic, who talks to dead famous people. Celebrities that may or not make an appearance are William Shakespeare, Jesus, Rod Hull, Ernie Wise and Hitler. Ian is actually psychic. The D stands for Dean.

Confident, colourful, compelling comedy… innovative, sexy and ludicrously funny SCOTSMAN Continually funny… smart and sharp… hilarious METRO French and Saunders started out doing surreal sketches like these... prodigiously talented SCOTSMAN

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Hats will be worn, songs will be sung, accents will be slaughtered and sketches will be sketched in Strong and Wrong’s debut sketch show. The humour is Strong, the topics are Wrong. (contains live original music and insightful sociopolitical commentary)

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CHECKLEY BUSH

Assembly

Dressing Room 5

Checkley Bush are the most exciting new comedy duo in the country with sell-out shows at The Camden Festival, Canal Cafe and Soho Theatre. A clever mixture of dark humour and show-stopping numbers, make Checkley Bush your first stop!

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GORING & STOKES: NERDS OF A FEATHER Fluid Thinking

Hilarious double-bill from pair of geeks LOL! Award winning Graham Goring and Chris Stokes. Graham and Chris have geekdom pretty much covered. With intelligent, thoughtful material and audio-visually enhanced rapid-fire gags about videogames, movies and sci-fi, everyone can enjoy this laughter-packed hour. Unashamedly nerdy. Universally funny.

A compilation of quality, the good times are guaranteed. www.assemblyfestival.com

The Jewel in the crown of the Fringe SCOTSMAN Fringe Powerhouse EVENING NEWS National Theatre of the Fringe THE STAGE

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Best Show Manchester Comedy Festival 2009 LOL!! MANCHESTER COMEDY AWARDS 2009

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A BETRAYAL OF PENGUINS: DON’T RUN WITH SCISSORS

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DOMESTIC GODDI WONDERLAND

Fringe sellouts Domestic Goddi bring their Wonderland to Edinburgh. In a brand new sketch show, yummy mummy Rosie Wilkinson weens her baby on udon noodles, clinically single Helen O’Brien reminisces about assassinated presidents and borderline homeowner Genevieve Swallow studies for a PhD in game show formats.

Sketch + Sit-Com = Sketch-Com. A dysfunctional couple and their quirky best mate try to negotiate modern living, interrupted by a plethora of larger-than-life characters from the world of sketch: perverted employers, a philosophical pizza delivery guy, hairy blind dates and friends that range from the obsessively clingy to the gleefully vain.

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RULE OF THREE: THE SKETCH-COM

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Audience members with a keen sense of humour required for light work at the award-winning Durham Revue’s latest sketch show. Wit, whimsy and chairs will all be provided. All genders, accents and haircuts welcome. Salary (non-negotiable): an hour of original and ground-breaking hilarity. Apply on the door.

Eric

Smash Hit of last year’s Fringe, gifted raconteur Eric is back; with the aid of some astonishing visuals, we get an insider’s view of the mysterious world beneath the waves in a Nuclear Submarine. Unique, riveting, funny and poignant... Three Weeks Editors Award Winner 2009

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NO SON OF MINE

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The Dog-Eared Collective

Dennis Hazeley (Actor, Delusional) and his father Don (Excruciating, Grimsby-based) offer up fun and dysfunction. For anyone who looked at their father and craved adoption. Starring Perrier Nominee Rufus Jones (Dutch Elm Conservatoire, Lead Balloon, Peep Show) and Alex Kirk (Peep Show, Jam & Jerusalem). www.FestivalHighlights.com

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One of Fringe Review’s Top Ten Sketch Shows at Brighton Fringe 2010.

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The hilarious journey of four unique characters faced with the momentous task of speaking in public for the very first time. From the hopelessly indiscreet Venezuelan cleaner to the nightmare pushy bridesmaid, join them as they’re thrust into the spotlight... Directed by Logan Murray (We Are Klang) eirlysbellin.com

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A rising star of character comedy and fresh from appearing in ‘Russell Kane’s Fakespeare’, Sadie Hasler (Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder, ITV1) presents her bastardised biographies of ladies who lived, and some who did not. avalonuk.com

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HOLLY BURN - LIVING AND DYING

THE FITZROVIA RADIO HOUR

After 2009’s critically acclaimed, sell-out show “At Home with Holly”, Holly returns to Edinburgh with more renegade character comedy that breaks all the rules. This year’s must-see show sees Holly stage her own birth and death in another hour of distinctive silliness.

Classic radio yarns, brilliantly evoking a dinner-jacketed age of casual imperialism. Gasp at ‘The Man Who Was Ten Minutes Late’! Puzzle over ‘The Four-Minute Mystery’! Thrill to ‘Mudmen from the Thames’! Original 40s-style rip-roaring tales, with sound effects created live by an acclaimed cast fresh from two sell-out London runs.

Holly Burn – Bombshell productions

Festival Highlights

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AT lUURTSEmA – n IN MY HEAD I’M A HERO

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Fringe First Award winner 2009 for ‘his brilliantly conceived, effervescently performed’ (Scotsman) ‘Rap Guide to Evolution’, Baba Brinkman returns with a dangerous new comedy rap invention. Gangsters, gold-diggers, and the science of behaviour.

After last year’s sell-out hit, ‘Superclump’, Nat, (Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee and star of The Comedy Zone) returns to the Fringe with her debut solo show.

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One of the World’s great intelligent rappers... what Baba does is amazing THREE WEEKS Brinkman is a latter day wandering minstrel, a “raptroubadour” NEW YORK TIMES

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WIL HODGSON - PUNKANORY Just the Tonic

Punk folk storyteller, Perrier Best Newcomer Winner and cult favourite, as seen on ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ and supporting Mark Thomas on tour; Wil returns for a laid back afternoon affair with tales of childhood fears, his life as a collector and half-baked ideas for 80’s cartoons. www.justthetonic.com

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15:50 (16:50) Great Scott! Victorian magic duo Morgan and West travel 100 years into the future presenting an hour of baffling magic, unparalleled precognative powers and a totally genuine ability to travel through time. No future is left unforeseen, no timeline left unaltered as this pair of temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with their trademark mixture of magic, wit and whimsy.

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FOOTLIGHTS IN ‘GOOD FOR YOU’ The Cambridge Footlights

Sell out show 2009 morganandwest.co.uk

 ...they are 100% genuine about their mental magic gift. LIST  You know you are being conned, but you can’t work out how. FRINGEREVIEW ...well worth going to see for a look at how these two men’s brilliant minds work. BROADWAY BABY

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ADAM RICHES RIDES!

In their 127th year the Cambridge Footlights return to Edinburgh with a brand spanking new hour of topclass sketch comedy. Tickets always sell fast, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Tigco in association with United Agents

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‘Gloriously funny character comic’ (Scotsman), Adam Riches returns with a brand new hour of ‘raucous daftness’ (Metro)

A must-have ticket TIMES Very funny indeed’ GUARDIAN Fast, well-observed, hilarious - lives up to the hype FEST

Total sell-out 2009 ‘Rogue Males’ ***** Chortle; **** Times; **** Scotsman; **** Metro; **** List; **** Fest; **** Three Weeks

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MIKE NEWALL: MR FAMOUS

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Fluid Thinking

An insight into the life of Mr Famous (a name given to Mike by friends because of his ‘Glamorous’ stand-up career), his life, the sex, drugs and rock’n’roll….the car journeys, b&b’s and bacon rolls. A journey of highs, lows & ambitions and the tales of people who influence and have an impact on his life. fluid-thinking.co.uk

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PAUL MERTON’S IMPRO CHUMS Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live

Paul Merton and his highly acclaimed Impro Chums are wonders of nature. Impro Chums take audience suggestions and create cascades of fantastic tumbling laughter. Most of the time. The Impro Chums are Paul Merton, Suki Webster, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson and Mike McShane. mickperrin.com

Every year they bring the house down...a testimony to their brilliance and consistency...you could see this every night and never tire of it  MIRROR These are masters of their craft and there wasn’t a dull moment. Terrific fun. MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

A masterful demonstration of improvised comedy DAILY TELEGRAPH

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E4’s hit adult sketch show returns to Edinburgh for one week only. Don’t miss their brand new characters and some of the best loved favorites from the series. Bugsy Malone on Speed. 12+ only. ‘Audacious success’ Times ‘Laugh out Loud Funny’ Metro ‘*****’ The List

Bec Hill is an adult. She does adult things, like watch the news, mind the gap and avoid eye contact with people on public transport. She has written a show about coming of age. Don’t laugh. “Coming” is not a funny word. No late-comers. www.bechillcomedian.com

 THE LIST A comic wonder woman RIP IT UP MAGAZINE

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Sequel to Fringe Report Award winning The Science Of Sex, Funny Women Finalist Rosie Wilby delves further into the science of attraction, love and sexual identity. Rosie has appeared on Radio 4, Radio 5, LBC, BBC London and Resonance FM. www.rosiewilby.com

Excellent and a bit posh TIME OUT Talented performer with a winning self-deprecating personality EVENING STANDARD £6 £6.50

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Are you a failure? We think so. But we like you. You have Potential. So get your ass to our Self Help Seminar, where we’ll supply MOTIVATION, PERSPIRATION, and SHOULDER-PADS. Soon, you too could be Going Places. The critically acclaimed Oxford Revue return with more surreal, subversive sketch comedy.

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Bound and Gagged Comedy by arrangement with International Artistes | Gyles Brandreth

Hilarious anecdotes from Actor Andy Linden’s colourful life. Van Morrison’s Fan from Hell, Up Close with Roman Polanski, Queasiness in Cuba and Carol Singing in April. True Stories from the school yard to showbiz via all manner of mischief. (Appearing soon in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Andy’s many credits include Not Going Out, Merlin, Drop the Dead Donkey, Rome, The Business and Lock Stock.)

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CAROLINE MABEY: EAT YOUR FRIENDS Just the Tonic

Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live

Breakfast- the difficultest meal of the day, especially at 4.35 pm. Caroline Mabey has a cartoon coffee pot and a drawing of some scrambled egg. That might help. Animation! Mayhem! Cannibalism! After the success of 2009’s Go Go Go Coffee Show she’s back. And she’s looking for biscuits. Let’s kick this breakfast in the nuts. carolinemabey.com

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UNDERBELLY, COWGATE | IRON BELLY Chortle Award nominee Colin Hoult returns with a shockingly different character sketch show; a nightmare of paranoia, prejudice and general pissing about. Praise for 2009 sell out ‘Carnival of Monsters’:

ROSS SUTHERLAND: THE THREE STIGMATA OF PACMAN

‘A magical, awe-inspiring hour’ **** Daily Express, ‘Comic Genius’ The Stage, ‘Haunting and Hilarious’ ***** Three Weeks, ‘Demands to be seen’ **** Fest, Top Ten Tee Hee Acts for 2010 The Sun, ‘Lusty gags and hilarious characters ****’ - Brian Donaldson, The List

The Times’ Top Ten Literary Star combines animation with poetic lyricism in this darkly comic true-story. Transforming from a tabloid hack to a timeline-altering saboteur, Ross explores the power of selffulfilling prophecy, memory and media, using some of the cheapest and least reliable forms of time-travel.

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Lewis Carroll meets The League of Gentlemen...will draw out laughter from the deepest recesses of your soul’ TIME OUT Tear-inducingly funny  CHORTLE A hugely arresting and memorable hour GUARDIAN

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Bespectacled duo Phil Gilbert and Jacob Edwards proudly present their hotly anticipated follow-up to last year’s sell-out show ‘Friend and Foe’. The live favourites present their unique blend of classic double act banter, smart character comedy and irreverent sketches. ‘Two fantastic performers…some of the best writing I have seen.’ ***** Fringe Guru. ‘A superb double act’ London Is Funny. **** Edinburgh Guide.

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Funniest reminder that Oxbridge has no monopoly on genius mucking about. All hail the new chiefs!  JOHNNY VEGAS Fantastic! Every single sketch is funny. They’re the must see sketch group! JAMES MCAVOY

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THE SUNDAY DEFENSIVE: FURTHER COMPLICATIONS

After selling over 3000 tickets playing to sell out crowds last year, the boys return with more silliness, surrealism, great characters and 80’s anthems as they continue their mission to put the fun back into comedy. Individual comedy credits include Little Britain, Simon Pegg’s Run Fat Boy Run, Skins, Rab C Nesbitt- not to mention 2 Fringe First Awards. So if you like your comedy served extremely funny then order a portion of Ginge, Geordie, Geek, but book early! ‘side-splittingly funny sketches’ **** THREEWEEKS ‘a trio whose talent and timing is so good.’ **** EDINBURGH GUIDE

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | CELLAR

JESSICA RAnSOm – RANSOM’S MILLION

Sam Simmons & David Quirk

Australian cult comedians Simmons (‘glorious… will tickle your soul’ Scotsman) and Quirk (‘blunt, brazen and brilliant’ The Age) join forces creating an emotional roller-disco of the mind. Godot meets Point Break… in a shop. The rise and fall of an entire relationship in one hour.

What would you do with a million pounds? Everyone could find a way to spend it, but does everyone deserve it? Join Ransom on a breath-taking multi character journey, where the cavalcade of creations all reveal why they should get the cash! A dazzling performance by the brilliantly funny comedy actress and regular co-star of BBC1’s ‘The Armstrong and Miller Show’ and cult sketch night, The Ransom Club.

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This production fuses Simmons’ absurdist humour with Quirk’s pitch-black observational comedy, to great success  AGE

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MIKE WOZNIAK AND HENRY PAKER: THE GOLDEN LIZARD

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Who is Floyd Vernon? Two award winning comedians deliver a clutch of bizarre characters, bogus science and scrambled mystery. Henry Paker won Leicester Comedian of the Year, 2008. His cartoon ‘Why Steve Was Late’, appears regularly in the Times. Mike Wozniak was Time Out’s Best New Act, 2008.Directed by Matt Peover.

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ASSEMBLY @ GEORGE STREET | DRAWING ROOM

THE INCIDENT

Phil McIntyre Entertainments by arrangement with Dawn Sedgwick Management

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | BEYOND

HAMLET! THE MUSICAL

MATT TILLER’S AWKWARD SITUATION Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Management presents

By Alex Silverman, Timothy Knapman and Ed Jaspers

What do you do when you find out the girl you’re chatting up is racist, when a handshake goes wrong, when you’re walking at night in the same direction as a lone girl? Musical comic celebrates the moments - romantic disasters, social faux pas, professional humiliations - when you wish the ground would swallow you up. Quirky one-liners, songs and stand up in this warm, engaging show that’s full of laughs. gagreflex.co.uk

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PLEASANCE DOME | JOKERDOME Join six fearless actors and a live orchestra as they squeeze murder, madness and musical theatre into this blissfully funny retelling of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. This fast-paced, foot-tapping comedy boasts rapier-sharp wit and some colossal cod-pieces and is set to a sumptuous score. Follow our moody hero as he struggles to cope with a dead dad, psychopathic uncle, mad girlfriend and amorous mother. Inventive, imaginative and immaculately observed, Hamlet! The Musical will leave you helpless with laughter and singing in the aisles.

ADDICTED TO DANGER! McNeil and Pamphilon

Sketch comedy from the 2009 Sitcom Trials Award-Winners, Steve and Sam, with 2008 Funny Women finalist, Rachel Stubbings. As seen on Warner Bros’ ComedyBox, BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Directed by if.comedy Award-Winning director, Matt Holt.

See it or Elsinore!

mcneilandpamphilon.com

Directed by Ryan McBryde

Hysterically funny. Brilliant performances. LARRY CHARLES -

hamletthemusical.com

BORAT, SEINFELD, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM

The inventiveness of this production never seems to let up. It’s brilliantly irreverent CHANNEL 4

Comic timing and instincts that cannot be taught. BRENDON BURNS - 2007 IF.COMEDY AWARD-WINNER

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An afternoon of hilarious stand-up, interactive and comedy magic.

GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | BALCONY

Gilded Balloon

Join us for your repeat appointment, showcasing the extraordinary talents of our ‘Comedy Graduates’ and hosted by famous UC tutors: Viv Gee, Paul Sneddon, Susan Calman, Jo-Jo Sutherland and Steven Dick.

Immediately recognisable from his role as Father Stone in the Channel 4 series, Father Ted, in which he hardly spoke. In this show, he will speak, about spare ribs, his moustache, and more.

Universal Comedy help people experiencing the downside of life get their voices heard - because everyone laughs in the same language.

gildedballoon.co.uk

Hilarious... a great comedian SCOTSMAN People often say to me... ’Hey you!.. get out of my garden.’ MICHAEL REDMOND A true legend of Irish comedy. THE IRISH TIMES

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lA PETITE mORT – THE ORGASm La Petite Mort is a raunchy cabaret romp through sex and sexuality. Isabel’s kinky, comic & shocking tales, accompanied by raunchy, sexy songs, will have you squirming, blushing, laughing & crying, perhaps even at the same time. Prepare for a post-coital smoke after this foxy ride. “Musical Genius” Arts Hub

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**** Mail on Sunday www.avalonuk.com | www.laurasolon.com

 TELEGRAPH  TIMES An adventurous and hilarious masterclass SUNDAY TIMES

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Ladies Who Lounge and Green Room Presents

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IT’S NOT FATHER STONE IT’S... MICHAEL REDMOND!

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | DEBATING HALL

THE RUPERT PUPKIN COLLECTIVE Gilded Balloon

Steve Steen, Stephen Frost, Andy Smart, Ian Coppingger and Dave Johns have been touring their Impro show over 4 continents for the last 30 years. Regular performances on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and with the Comedy Store Players, and with over 100 Edinburgh Festivals between them, you are in safe hands with these comedy giants. gildedballoon.co.uk

Some of the Funniest Improvisers in the World EDDIE IZZARD Witty, silly, satirical, occasionally ludicrous, ultimately crowd pleasing SKY ARTS They are all pure geniuses THE SOUTH CHINA POST These boys rock! TIME OUT NEW YORK

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | DEBATING HALL

PLUCK: MUSICAL ARSON REIGNITED!

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NICHOLAS PARSONS’ HAPPY HOUR Pleasance

The world’s funniest string trio return to Edinburgh. Award-winning Fringe favourites Pluck wreak havoc between the harmonies in a raucous revamp of their original hit show. They compete, ridicule and seduce their way through the classics as they revisit the show that earned them a Tap Water Award (2003) and Spirit of the Fringe Award (2004). pluck.me.uk

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He’s back! The legendary star of stage and screen and the inimitable host of Just A Minute on Radio 4 returns for the tenth successive year with his sell-out Edinburgh show Nicholas Parsons’ Happy Hour. Come and join in the fun and laugh with popular guests that will surprise and delight you.

IN O J E M O C ! THE PARTY

bbc.co.uk/comedy| ni cholasparsons.co.uk

Icon of Post Modern Cool INDEPENDENT Choose this one for smoothness DAILY ExPRESS That genial ease of manner...effortless rapport with the audience STAGE

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | CABARET BAR

THE TIM VINE CHAT SHOW

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | BESIDE

TOULSON & HARVEY USED TO BE FRIENDS

BOUND & GAGGED COMEDY | TIM VINE

Expect the Pun-expected. Join Tim and his very special guests for three shows only! ‘Vine is superb, as clever as anything being done today’ (The Guardian). BOOK EARLY!

Pleasance

Perrier Best Newcomer nominees in 2005, but no longer speaking to each other by 2007. As Lions befriend Christians, only to be eaten by Russell Crowe, and Justin Lee Collins claims credit for Toulson’s early career, it’s time for the audience to take sides…are they with Toulson, or with Harvey?

www.boundandgaggedcomedy.com| www .timvine.com

A comedy virtuoso. SUNDAY TIMES Exceptionally amusing. TIME OUT

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Mon 23rd (19:20) & Tue 24th (17:20) www.assemblyfestival.com | www.funnywomen.com

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The big storm is back from Tokyo! Through Japanese Manga, Anime and Game Shows, 3 GAGA HEADS show you 999 funny takes on daily life with non-verbal performances. A bit of Art, A bit Technological, and a lot of Modern Tokyo! Nominated for “The Malcolm Hardee Award 2009”

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High-octane show of supremely funny, infectiously surreal and delightfully optimistic material from 2009’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ finalist. Brilliant solo debut from Newcastle’s genuinely hilarious rising comedy star (catch Kai on Comedy Central’s ‘Comedy Store’).

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BABY WANTS CANDY THE FULL BAND IMPROVISED MUSICAL Baby Wants Candy

Tumbleweed Theatrical Productions

The 2009 Fringe hit returns. Seven Aussie women bring you a satire dealing with those meek and male-dependent icons, the Disney Princesses. Using fast-paced sketches and songs they explore old conventions and their nostalgia for childhood heroines. Who knows, maybe happy endings don’t always require a prince! tumbleweed.org.au

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UNDERBELLY, COWGATE | BELLY LAUGH BWC, The original improvised musical returns to the Fringe! As one of the best known, longest running and most celebrated improv shows in the world, BWC runs in NYC, Chicago, and tours internationally. BWC has spawned careers of many top comic actors and writers in the U.S. Complete with a full band, the BWC show is a roller coaster of spontaneously choreographed dance numbers, rhyming verses and witty jawdropping comedy. BWC has performed over 2,000 completely improvised musicals. Start thinking of your title now!

THE ROARING BOYS WILL SET YOU FREE The Roaring Boys

NB. The Roaring Boys cannot actually set you free from prison. It’s more a metaphor for aspiration, corporate lies and stuff. With jokes and songs. From the creators of recent fringe sensations ‘TIM: Against All Odds’ (2009) and ‘Why We Ate Cliff Richard’ (2008).

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Ginger and Black enter Her Majesty’s Prison to hear the haunting, harrowing tales of the fallen inmates, turning their recollections into a fun packed, colourful hour of musical storytelling. As featured on E4, BBC3, and BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4.

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | PLEASANCE BENEATH

RONNA AND BEVERLY

Circus Trick Tease is a raucous & entertaining collection of misfits including a maladjusted strongman, his neurotic femme fatale & their international star. Together, they play out their chaotic roles in dazzling displays of acrobatics, precarious balances & hilarious antics.

L.A. cult hit and raucous chat show hosted by America’s favourite fiftysomething Jewish mothers (played by thirty-somethings Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo). They interview guests! Give unwanted advice! Hawk their self-help book! Past guests include Matthew Perry and Russell Brand. Every night is different - You’ll laugh till you plotz.

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 you will walk away amazed, chin to the floor and wanting to see more ADELAIDE ADVERTISER … a Comedy Festival treat of physical buffoonery THE AGE

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Perrier Nominee, writer of The Sunday Times column Dad Rules and star of BBC2’s My Almost Famous Family in a show about learning the rules of love. How do you find a man? How do you keep him? Must he be trapped? An uplifting, hilarious hour of stand-up.

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GARETH RICHARDS: STAND UP BETWEEN SONGS

Eric

Eric wants to make the world a better place, but how? Well make it law – simple! Eric’s laws will make life better for everyone, only trouble is they are not on the statute books, Yet! What laws get passed? You the audience decide…

Gareth Richards, star of Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show, will be performing his “exceptionally inspired and truly memorable” standup (Chortle) between some funny, poignant and genre-defying songs – accompanied by the The Incredible Omnichord.

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Gareth will be standing-up between songs but you don’t have to.

Everyone loved him, simply hilarious

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | UPSTAIRS

NICK MOHAMMED IS MR. SWALLOW

CKP by arrangement with United Agents | Nick Mohammed

All-new character comedy from star of Radio 4’s ‘Quarters’, BBC Three’s ‘The King Is Dead’, CBBC’s double-BAFTA-nominated ‘Sorry, I’ve Got No Head’ and BBC One’s ‘Reggie Perrin’. Total sell-out 2008/09. Critic’s Choice: Times, Guardian, Independent, Time Out, New Statesman, Radio Times. Follow Mr. Swallow on Twitter @MrSwallow nickmohammed.com | ckproductions.co.uk

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TOM CRAINE - CHOIRBOY TO ADDICT & BACK AGAIN

Draw HQ

Bound & Gagged Comedy | Tom Craine

Top 50 Edinburgh picks 2009. Star of comedy shorts on Dave, ‘Tom Craine show’ (BBC Bristol), Songs Of Praise (head soloist, aged 9). With own sitcom and sketch shows commissioned for TV and BBC Radio2. Star of Superclump (sell out Edinburgh ’09). www.boundandgaggedcomedy.com | www.tomcraine.com

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JUST THE TONIC AT THE CAVES | JUST UP THE ROAD

Festival-favourites The Penny Dreadfuls, present their much-anticipated return to their original format sketch comedy. A all-new show of sketches and characters premiering at this year’s festival in the fantastic Pleasance One venue in the Courtyard. Do come. From the critically-acclaimed Aeneas Faversham Trilogy, ‘The Never Man’, Radio 4’s ‘Guy Fawkes’ and ‘The Brothers Faversham’. As seen on BBC2 and BBC3.

SIMON DONALD IS COMPLETELY HATSTAND

www.pennydreadfuls.co.uk

Viz co-founder turns character creating skills from comic page to comedy stage in this 5 character one-man show, a special Fringe version of his sell-out Theatre show. Opening with a brief history of Viz in amazing but true anecdotes, then using the ‘magic of showbusiness’ he becomes new outrageous creations.

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Just the Tonic

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COMEDY BITCH: THEM IS US

THE BROTHERS STREEP

Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live

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Do you enjoy songs about evil pirate captains, the global economy crisis, movie spoilers and scrunchy faced celebrities? Join Dylan and Simon for an evening of comedy and music. From humble beginnings in South Africa, The Brothers Streep stumbled into the spotlight on the Graham Norton Show playing to Anna Paquin. Now the comedic duo are stumbling into Edinburgh to share their songs with you. edcomproductions.com

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JUST THE TONIC AT THE CAVES | JUST THE BAR Comedy Bitch return following their smash hit 2009 sell out run. Witness for yourselves the joy and wonder of their new show “Them Is Us” brought to you in glorious sPaNaViSiOn... float through the colours of this six-strong sketch team. Go on... touch them.

HIS EYES WERE LIKE OYSTERS You have a tiny penis. I have a tiny penis. Come and see our tiny penises. A girl who looks like Barbara Streisand and a boy whose eyes are like oysters have organised a surreal and hilarious comedy show for the Fringe. You should definitely come and stare at it. Sponsored by Alan the DJ (Not available for Bah Mitzvahs).

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A cult show... get your tickets now... will be a sell out  ONE4REVIEW.COM Wouldn’t look amiss amongst some of our current TV favourites  ALLTHEFESTIVALS.COM Delicious... perfectly formed... you can feel a TV contract beckoning  TIME OUT

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I’M TURNING INTO MY DAD 25 LONDON Hammersmith 0844 8444 748 EXTRA DATE 26 SCARBOROUGH Futurist Theatre 01723 374 500 27 SCARBOROUGH Futurist Theatre 01723 374 500 EXTRA DATE DECEMBER 2010 01 COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre 02476 524SOLD 524 OUT 02 COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre 02476 524SOLD 524 OUT 03 IPSWICH Regent 01473 433SOLD 100 OUT 04 LIVERPOOL Empire 0844 847 2525 08 WOLVERHAMPTON Civic 0870 320 7000 EXTRA DATE 09 WOLVERHAMPTON Civic 0870 320 7000 10 BLACKPOOL Opera House 0844 856 1111 0844 856 1111 EXTRA DATE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 11 BLACKPOOL Opera House 15 SOUTHAMPTON Guild Hall 02380 632 601 EXTRA DATE 7th-11th AUG 16 SOUTHAMPTON Guild Hall 02380 632 601 17 PRESTON Guildhall 0845 344 2012 18 PRESTON Guildhall 0845 344 2012 EXTRA DATE 0131 226 0000 JANUARY 2011 www.edfringe.com 19 HARROGATE International Centre 0845 130 8840 EXTRA DATE SEPTEMBER 2010 21 CROYDON Fairfield Hall 0208 688 9291 01 BUXTON Opera House 0845 127SOLD 2190 OUT 22 CROYDON Fairfield Hall 0208 688 9291 02 BUXTON 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MARC SALEM’S MIND GAMES Assembly by Arrangement with Andrew Fell Ltd

Surefire ‘you-gotta-see-this-show’ Variety. World-renowned mentalist Marc Salem takes his audience on a captivating excursion into the possibilities of the human mind through hilarious, astounding and mystifying mind games.

The hotly anticipated debut solo show from this very funny comedian. Love, death and magpies will be mentioned. Should be a laugh. avalonuk.com

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He doesn’t just have a sixth sense, but a seventh, eighth and ninth as well. I was bewitched and bedazzled. TIME OUT CRITIC’S CHOICE

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TOM WRIGGLESWORTH’S NIGHTMARE DREAM WEDDING

Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live

I don’t know what you’re talking about- what gig? “Naturally funny & cleverly subversive” The Metro “Frivolous and fun” Chortle Guardian Best Sketch Winner Edinburgh 2009

CKP by arrangement with Comedy Store Management | Tom Wrigglesworth

Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Time Out Breakthrough Performer of the Year & Chortle Best Show Winner 2009. Getting to the church on time should be straightforward, unless you’re embroiled in an ordeal you knew nothing about until you awoke.

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One of the most exciting and laugh out loud funny young sketch groups. TIME OUT Gentle parody, well-thought out satire and expert timing TIMES

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THE BRUCE COLLECTIVE Gilded Balloon

The Bruce Collective drag improv comedy kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Gasp and be dazzled as they improvise a Sci-Fi film in front of your face. Featuring: Jarred Christmas, Mike Wozniak, Simon Young, Chris Harvey John. 4 Men, 2 Laptops, 1 Green Screen, 1 hell of a movie! Winners Leicester Comedy Festival Best new Show 08 gildedballoon.co.uk

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | DEBATING HALL The constantly acclaimed NewsRevue returns with a compilation of the year’s best material from the Canal Cafe Theatre’s London shows. NewsRevue lampoons everyone from the spheres of politics and celebrity and is performed live by four performers plus an on-stage Musical Director (a post previously held by Bill Bailey). NewsRevue’s exceptional writing, outstanding performances and ever-original takes on current affairs have made it a Guinness World Record breaker, a Fringe First Winner and a Perrier Finalist. From airport scanning machines to volcanic eruptions and the UK elections no subject matter is left unscathed by this squad of comedy terrorists.

HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI - CHAT MASALA Festival Highlights | Gilded Balloon Productions

www.newsrevue.com | canalcafetheatre.com

I love NewsRevue! It’s almost too funny for Edinburgh! JOAN RIVERS Genuinely funny material delivered in an impeccably groomed manner. EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

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MONSTER OF THE DEEP 3D Claudia O’Doherty

The performance on 5th August will be at 21:30 (22:30) www.HardeepLive.com | www.FestivalHighlights.com

A capacity crowd in the palm of his hand. His concoction on the night? Haggis and butternut squash vindaloo. Even funnier, it was delicious. THE SUN Hardeep is a generous performer who includes everyone in the process of filling the room with fun.  THREE WEEKS As multi-tasking cultural polymaths go, writer, cook, broadcaster, columnist and all-round top bloke Hardeep is pretty much up there in the can-do stakes. THE LIST £6 £11 (£10) W

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LORETTA MAINE: ‘I’M NOT DRUNK, I JUST NEED TO TALK TO YOU’

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TOM BINNS IN IVAN BRACKENBURY’S HOSPITAL RADIO REMIX CKP by arrangement with Ashley Boroda Entertainment | Tom Binns

Chambers Management

USA export Loretta Maine comes to the Festival with her band DogVagina, performing hits such as “Cock Sucking Mother F**ker” and telling tales of her shitty life. www.lorettamaine.com

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PLEASANCE DOME | ACEDOME Tom Binns is back as Ivan Brackenbury the insensitive hospital radio DJ. The 2007 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show remixed with new bits and the best bits of his sell-out and critically acclaimed 2008 & 2009 shows. “THE funniest show at the fringe” Times . “Top 50 Most Memorable Gigs of the Decade” Chortle. Recently back from sell-out shows in Australia, they don’t really have hospital radio there but they know about it now! He was nominated for Best Act at the Adelaide Fringe and at Melbourne he was “Pick of the Festival” The Age.

DAnIEl SlOSS – mY GEnERATIOn MZA & Get Slossed Productions

www.ivanbrackenbury.com | www.ckproductions.co.uk

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ANT DEWSON: I BOUGHT RICHARD HAMMOND’S UNDERPANTS ON EBAY Ant Dewson and Desperately Seeking Stagetime

BSL SIGN INTERPRETED THU 19 & SAT 28 AUGUST

This show contains songs about some / all / none of the following: love, puppies, alternative uses for gravy, 1000 years of AngloFrench relations, Carol Vorderman, necrophilia, pirates and Richard Hammond’s underpants. It also contains bad piano playing and jazz chords. Sorry.

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | SPORTSMANS

FELICITY WARD READS FROM THE BOOK OF MORON

Pleasance | Mackenzie & McGuire

Hell is other people, those people are live on air. Be a part of the studio audience and rubberneck as everybody struggles to stop Radio Hoohah going into cardiac arrest. Mackenzie & McGuire return to Edinburgh with the hilarious disintegration of a radio station in crisis.

One of Australia’s most exciting new comics, award-winning Felicity Ward returns to read stories that should have stayed in her diary. Come, sit and relax, knowing that it didn’t happen to you!

www.mackenzieandmcguire.co.uk

www.buxstock.com

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BUSTING OUT! Busting Out

A smash hit from Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Busting Out! is an audacious, raucously entertaining, funny, thoroughly theatrical, inclusive, empowering and affirmative celebration of the female body. Extraordinarily talented performers, songs and dance, a shadow play, sketches and incisive comedy. As Gok Wan would say ‘HERE COME THE HOOTERS!’ www.busting-out.com

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CACTUS: THE SEDUCTION Directed by Mark Chavez of the ‘Pajama Men,’ Jonno Katz takes the audience on a lush tour of the psyche. Both a love story and a carnival of boundless imaginings, this multi-award winner is like the kicking love child of the Wachowski Brothers and Andy Kaufman.

Festival Highlights

A heartfelt love letter to Auntie Beeb, by Dawson Award winning creator of ‘Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf’. A romp through 30 years of TV icons: this is the only comedy show in history to mention Quatermass, The Clangers and Juliet Bravo. Passionate and stroppy enough to be on Points Of View (during the Wogan years).

www.epicworlds.com

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Australia’s Triple Perrier Nominee returns with something a little different. This year Adam’s throwing the script out the window and devoting an hour to ad-libbing with the audience. No script, no plan, no idea.

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US Star/Creator of Sundance award-winning ‘Paper Heart’ and featured in Judd Apatow’s ‘Knocked-Up’. Comedy heartthrob Charlyne Yi will tickle your funny bone with songs and tales about love. Guaranteed to take your (bad) breath away. Free breath mints at the door!

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ADAM HILLS - MESS AROUND

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DOC BROWN - UNFAMOUS

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STRASSMAN: DUALITY

Doc Brown

Foster Entertainment

Being human, we all have a desire to be special- to leave our mark. But how far would you go to be remembered? What’s so special about human beings anyway? Witness a lifetime of extremes as Doc recalls the remarkable events that for him should have spelt infamy. But only spelt unfamy. What led Doc to leave behind crowds of 40,000, sharing stages with Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen…? Why did he walk away from the star treatment, the adulation…? The Fringe provides a chance to see him explain his idiocy to about 50 people in an attic. www.docbrown.co.uk

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JOLLIE: ROGER!

Following his total sell out in 2005, Strassman reinvents the art of ventriloquism in this World Premiere event written and directed by Steve Altman.

Jollie

Jollie (John and Oliver) have, due to unforeseen circumstances (John’s alcoholism), been forced to lower their artistic standards and earn cash by doing a show on a miserable cruise ship. Jollie: Roger! is a wondrous mixture of story, song and sketch which was wasted on those stinking geriatric CRETINS onboard.

Teetering on the edge of psychosis, Strassman battles his alter ego for sanity, finally crossing to the dark side with this compelling psychological comedy. Radically original, disturbingly funny … and not to be missed! chuckwood.com

 His hysterical show reinvents the art of ventriloquism with the help of a renegade band of puppets you wouldn’t want to meet on a dark night SCOTSMAN Brilliant GUARDIAN

Brilliant musical sketch show CHORTLE Refreshingly complex double act ... fabulously animated and creative hour TIME OUT

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Every year, Janey’s Edinburgh show is like listening to an overfriendly cleaner telling you all the things that ever happened in her life but in a funny way. Some stories are whimsical, some plain daft, some involve talking animals but all wonderfully spun by the multiaward winning Scot.

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MATTHEW HARDY- WILLY WONKA EXPLAINED: THE VERUCA SALT SESSIONS EdCom

Don’t miss this refreshing show which was a smash-hit at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Matthew Hardy and Julie Dawn Cole, the original actress who played the little tyke Veruca Salt in the classic ‘70’s film, appear as if sat on their respective therapist’s couches. Dawn Cole in London complains about being a former child star, while Hardy, in Australia, bemoans his unshakable obsession with the film she starred in. Hardy’s Wonka love shines through and Cole’s presence is the icing on the cake. Caution: May contain hilarious multi-media interludes. Ommpalicious!

Marking the publication of ‘How I Escaped My Certain Fate, The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian’ PS: This event is not part of the Edinburgh Comedy Festival

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Wonderful… Delightful… Endearing AGE

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | WEE ROOM

WENDY WASON IN OTHER PEOPLE’S SECRETS

Gilded Balloon

Colourful interwoven strands of natural material, twisted for extra strength and a rough warmth. Phil Kay gets closer and this year he will smoke the belly button fluff of the audience in a wee pipe!

Wendy Wason loves Secrets – knowing them, telling them and keeping them. It seems there are a lot of them about – ask any politician or footballer. The delightfully funny Miss Wason will let us in on a few whoppers.

gildedballoon.co.uk

Genuinely magnetic stage presence FEST MAGAZINE Phil Kay is a comedy jesus METRO Such outlandish behaviour attracts and repels the audience in equal measure FEST MAGAZINE

She’s charming, clever and funny. THE SUNDAY TIMES A naturally funny and charismatically beguiling performer. CHORTLE

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Wendy Wason

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AAA STAND-UP

At the age of nineteen Daniel Rigby was converted to Christianity. After being stood up by Jesus every Sunday for two years he dumped him.

Total sell-out 2005-2009, returns with a brand new line-up. Marlon Davis: ‘Bursts on to the stage like a breath of fresh air and an effortlessly open, confident style’ (Chortle). Paul McCaffrey: ‘Likeable, animated and fluid, with a first rate sense of timing. A very appealing act indeed’ (Chortle). Matt Rudge: ‘Crowd pleasing buffoonery at its best’ (Three Weeks). BOOK EARLY!

Bound & Gagged Comedy

Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live

This is the post natal confession of a lapsed Born-Again. “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and getteth understanding.” Proverbs 3:13

www.boundandgaggedcomedy.com

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AAA Stand-Up is comedy the way it should be: a laugh-aminute which leaves the audience wishing the show was just a little bit longer.  FEST

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‘A must see!’ (The Sunday Times). ‘Terrific’ (The Scotsman). ‘Emotional Retard!’ (The Girlfriend). This show consists of English words arranged in such an order so as to achieve optimum comedy value. ‘A natural’ (The Herald). Award-winning BBC and Comedy Central regular.

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Bound & Gagged Comedy by arrangement with Beyond Compere | Chris McCausland

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DANIEL RIGBY: AFTERBIRTH

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PAPPY’S - ALL BUSINESS

Phil McIntyre Entertainments by arrangement with Lisa Thomas Management

Brett Vincent for getcomedy.com

After 15 years touring the world, Cuban Brothers head honcho comes clean as he returns to his hometown of Edinburgh for his highly anticipated debut solo show. Never before will you have seen/heard anything like this. brettvincent.com

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NEW ART CLUB: BIG BAG OF BOOM New Art Club | Escalator East To Edinburgh

Back with their genre-defining stand-up dance, Tom Roden and Pete Shenton, one of the most original acts in comedy, bring together the most explosive moments from a decade of award-winning shows. It’s a Greatest Hits/Remix comedy dance sketch show bomb waiting to spontaneously combust.

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 INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Best in their genre  MIRROR The sheer joy with which these men deliver their skits and lines make Pappy’s irresistable  METRO

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Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live and Dawn Sedgwick Management

Award-winning actor, writer, comedian and star of Father Ted; My Hero and Val Falvey. An acclaimed stand up, Ardal has toured globally to sell-out audiences and released two Top Ten solo live DVDs. Credits include Skins, Dr Who, Greyfriars Bobby and the lead in the feature, Wide Open Spaces. This is a limited run of Ardal’s new stand-up show, prior to his Autumn UK tour. Book early! www.mickperrin.com

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FASCINATING AIDA: PEARLS BEFORE WINE Britain’s top female comedy trio return to the fringe with a selection of their greatest hits plus a smattering of new numbers including, according to a recent review in The Times “..the dirtiest & funniest song of the century so far”. Following their hugely successful 25th Anniversary tour, which, due to popular demand, actually spanned 3 years, the girls are throwing on their frocks, dusting down the piano, leaving a note for the milkman and hitting the road to Edinburgh, in their trusty white van. In a very special show to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Assembly Theatre, Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and singing sensation Liza Pulman remind us why their shows have garnered three New York Drama Desk nominations and plaudits from all over the world:

See them before you die otherwise your life will have been meaningless. MAIL ON SUNDAY Marvellous DAILY TELEGRAPH The glamour is magnetic, the satire razor-sharp, the lyrics brilliant... intensely poignant. GUARDIAN

FA are not here to deliver lectures. They are too busy having uproarious fun on Tesco Saves, a gospel romp through our consumer culture, while the graphic, Chaucer-meets-Squeeze sentiments of Dogging surely make it a contender for the dirtiest and funniest song of the century so far  THE TIMES £10 £15 (£14) W

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SEAN LOCK: LOCKIPEDIA Off The Kerb Productions

Nick Brooke and Brett Vincent in association with Angelo Fraboni, Peter Martin, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, and Rick Newman

Lockipedia is a brand new stand-up show from the comedian Sean Lock. Lockipedia is what Sean ‘knows’ about stuff. Lockipedia is a very unreliable, misleading but highly entertaining information resource. Lockipedia can only be accessed live. www.offthekerb.co.uk

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The funniest show in town, hands down NEW YORK POST You weep with laughter NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Awesome and hilarious AWESOME AND HILARIOUS

JUST THE TONIC AT THE CAVES | JUST UP THE ROAD

THE BIG VALUE COmEDY SHOW – EARlY Just the Tonic

Four top comedians, 1.5 hour show. In it’s 16th year as the recognised launchpad for future stars. Tomorrow’s comedians, yesterday’s prices...today. A proper club gig for £10 or less. We spend the year auditioning for this. We bring you the BEST of the breaking through talent. We’ve found some of the big names. Trust us! www.justthetonic.com

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STUART GOLDSMITH: THE REASONABLE MAN

True spirit of the fringe, multi-award winning comedian, author and explorer Tim FitzHigham FRSA, FRGS is back in the festival’s most incredible venue. Come and see the amazing new show from this brilliant talent. ‘Inspirational’ Time Out

A white-knuckle, high-octane meander through the worlds of sex, circus and subculture. Stuart has spent his whole life desperately trying to be interesting. It sort of worked. This is what happened when he tried to be himself instead...

brettvincent.com | fitzhigham.com

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Gut bustingly funny SCOTSMAN A national treasure CHORTLE

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TOM ALLEN TOUGHENS UP!

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TIM FITZHIGHAM: GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER

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JONNY SWEET - LET’S ALL JUST HAVE SOME FUN (AND LEARN SOMETHING, FOR ONCE)

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EDWARD ACZEL: EVER TRIED. EVER FAILED. NO MATTER. TRY AGAIN. FAIL AGAIN. FAIL BETTER.

The Invisible Dot Ltd

Edinburgh Comedy Newcomer Award Winner 2009, Jonny Sweet (Star of Channel4’s When Boris Met Dave, Radio 4’s Party and BBC3’s The King Is Dead), returns with a whole lecture series and mid-level multimedia budget. Total Sell-Out 2007-2009. www.jonnysweet.com theinvisibledot.com

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This could be one of the funniest men on the Fringe  HERALD One of the most entertaining oddities in years  METRO Britain’s greatest entertainer... probably the best hope for the future of comedy  TIME OUT

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HELEN ARNEY’S SONGS FOR MODERN LOVING

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OFF THE KERB PRODUCTIONS

Last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee and ‘Have I Got News For You?’ panelist presents a brand new hour of stand-up.

Helen’s debut comedy hour looks at Modern Love: If Juliet were alive today, would she still choose secret trysts and suicide over fixed-rate mortgages and awkward chit-chat with Romeo’s parents?

offthekerb.co.uk

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helenarney.com | youtube.com/helenarney

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JON RICHARDSON: DON’T HAPPY, BE WORRY

Comic songs, ukuleles and stand-up to take you through the highs, lows and heartaches of looking for that perfect someone.

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PAUL FOOT - ASH IN THE ATTIC

JOSIE LONG: BE HONOURABLE!

Paul sweeps the loft conversion of his mind for comedy lampshades, bronze slapstick geese and Persian golf balls. Directed by Noel Fielding.

Josie Long presents a ramshackle call to arms. Come, or she’ll find you and cut your face up real good. She’s 5’ 5”. Every show she’s done has received 2, 3, 4 and 5* reviews so she must be doing something.

www.paulfoot.tv

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It’s impossible to describe what Paul does, it’s like trying to strangle mercury... in an all too predictable comedy universe, Paul Foot orbits his own planet. Fantastic

What great comedy should be. Inspired and inspiring.  METRO

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JOE ROWNTREE: PEACEFUL WORRIER

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THE AXIS OF AWESOME: SONGS IN THE KEY OF AWESOME

RBM

The star of Sky One’s multi award winning Brainiac: Science Abuse and host of the sell out tour, Brainiac Live; performs his hotly anticipated debut show. A frank and funny story about the nature of worrying; from STDs in Africa to a dramatic stag-do in Barcelona. He’s supported several top comedians on their national tours including Rhod Gilbert, Scott Capurro and more recently Stephen K Amos. rbmcomedy.com | joerowntree.com

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DOMMETT & LAMPAERT

It’s “Spinal Tap meets Flight of the Conchords” (Scotsman) as Australia’s gods of comedy rock return to Edinburgh to sing funny songs at your face. Join Jordan, Lee and Benny for “musical comedy at its best” (Daily Express).

CKP in arrangement with Lisa Thomas Management presents

Join stand-up’s hottest rising stars, Joel Dommett (Skins, ‘The perfect stand up’ - Vibrant Magazine) & Eric Lampaert (MTV, ‘Like a minihurricane, destroying complacency and raising the spirits’ - Chortle) as they take you on a combined hour of engaging bewilderment and mischievous magnificent-ness.

After a complete sell out season in 2009 The Axis of Awesome are back with a brand new hour of romedy (rock comedy).

www.ckproductions.co.uk | www.ericlampaert.com | www.joeldommett.com

 If you don’t laugh until your jaw aches and you’re clutching your sides begging them to stop then I have no polite way to finish this sentence. BROADWAY BABY  Truly awesomely funny! ADELAIDE ADVERTISER  A superbeast of high-energy, high-impact comedy CHORTLE.CO.UK

Also don’t forget to check out The Axis of Awesome in their late night musical variety show “The Axis of Awesome and Friends Sing Songs... And Friends!”. axisofawesome.net

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Star of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Shappi Talk’ and BBC One’s ‘Live at the Apollo’ is back with a brand new show about wanting it all!

Join us as we celebrate our 30th year and rocket into another stunning Assembly season of the Fringe’s best theatre, music, dance and comedy. The Gala Press Launch lets you take a sneak peek at a great selection of shows from our 2010 programme.

Assembly

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DAN ANTOPOLSKI TURN OF THE CENTURY Seventh solo show from 2009 Winner of the Dave Award for Funniest Joke of the Fringe. Triple Perrier Award Nominee.  List.  Herald.  londonisfunny.com avalonuk.com | www.danantopolski.com

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DAVID QUIRK I DON’T WANNA TELL JOKES Laughing Stock Productions

An honest and frank, painfully funny storyteller, award-winning Australian comic David Quirk takes his audience on a brazen journey through comfort and discomfort, to the humour in life’s darkest moments. For those who like their comedy so dark it’s burnt, David makes his Edinburgh debut in what one newspaper described as ‘a chainsaw with cheekbones’, which certainly works best as a metaphor. See the spectacle. It will be one of the things that flashes before your eyes as you are dying.

Golden Gibbo Award Winner 2010 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

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EMO PHILIPS: PLEASE WITNESS MY ACT

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THE FUNNY FARM

Gilded Balloon

In 1989 the Funny Farm was born in Glasgow - a collective of Scottish based stand-ups. In the early 90s the Funny Farm was the only standup show on STV.

OFF THE KERB PRODUCTIONS

Emo Philips -- 54th funniest comedian ever (Channel 4 survey) -- last played Edinburgh in 2001; he out-sold every act on the fringe. This is the show he currently performs in the states.

Come see the best of these: Fred MacAulay, Parrot and Bruce Morton.

www.offthekerb.co.uk

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...a master of one-liners, he’s way ahead of anyone else.

FROM RECENT SHOWS AT THE GLASGOW COMEDY FESTIVAL

INDEPENDENT

...rib-achingly funny THE SUNDAY TIMES ...very funny indeed THE LIST

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EAn HUGHES – DUCKS AnD OTHER mISTAKES I’vE S MADE

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MILES JUPP: FIBBER IN THE HEAT (A CRICKET TALE) RBM

Perrier Nominee tells the story of his attempt to become a cricket journalist by simply pretending to be one. After pulling a few strings, an unprepared and unqualified Jupp heads to India with the English press to embark on a month long, sun-soaked disaster (and some minor triumphs). milesjupp.co.uk | rbmcomedy.com

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JUST THE TONIC AT THE CAVES | JUST OUT OF THE BOX

SEYMOUR MACE IN ‘HANGIN’ OUT WITH SEYMOUR MACE’

Bound & Gagged Comedy | Sean Hughes

After selling out in 2009, Sean has been on the road for a whole year, perfecting his new show. Now at its absolute peak, he brings it to Edinburgh! With his dark, explosive style of quick-fire audience banter, he is a household name appearing in countless TV shows. Sean has returned to his first love, stand-up, and is back at his absolute best. BOOK EARLY

Ashley Boroda

My name is Seymour Mace, I’m 41 and single and I live alone. It’s brilliant! I can go anywhere, be anyone and do anything without ever leaving the comfort of my cosy little hole. So why not come on down, hang on out and find out how I managed to escape from growing up. There’ll be music, dancing and generally acting crazy, like an excited monkey with a bag of boiled sweets at the end of the week!

www.boundandgaggedcomedy.com | www.myspace.com/seanhughescomedian

High-calibre comedy as it should be THE EVENING STANDARD His delivery is a delight… captivating. TIMES Intelligent stand-up. GUARDIAN

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REGINALD D HUNTER: TROPHY NIGGA Mick Perrin for Just Laughs Live

Reginald D Hunter’s uniquely non-secular approach to comedy continues in 2010. mickperrin.com

Shimmers with stage presence...comic timing is sharp enough to burst balloons INDEPENDENT Few acts nestle a crowd in the palm of their hands quite like this TIMES Nearer the knuckle than an over-sized sovereign ring METRO A consummate stand-up with a punchy delivery and comic timing to die for LIST One of the most skilled, powerful, charismatic comic performers around SCOTSMAN Challenging opinions… mesmerising delivery CHORTLE Consistently at his best delivering dry and unexpected observations EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | SPORTSMANS

THE INVISIBLE DOT CLUB BY THE SEA

JARRED CHRISTMAS STANDS UP

The Invisible Dot Ltd

One of New Zealand’s funniest exports is BACK for Edinburgh 2010.

Secret bill at a secret location by the sea. More info at www.theinvisibledot.com

Following sell out shows in Edinburgh and London, a starring role in a BBC2 sitcom, winning an award, and dancing like Beyonce for pot noodle, Jarred Christmas returns to do what he does best…stand-up.

Gilded Balloon

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Winner of Chortle Award - Best Compere 2010

The Invisible Dot Club offers themed nights featuring a quixotic mix of stand-up, sketches, music, art and video, including the promise of live endoscopies. GUARDIAN

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The Winners and nominees of the UK’s premiere comedy awards on one fabulous bill! This outstanding comedy show brings you tomorrow’s big stars today. Book early. Every year a sell-out!

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DARRIN ROSE: WHAT’S POTPOURRI?

Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live

Award nominated Canadian comedian Darrin Rose brings his acclaimed act to the Edinburgh Fest for the first time! His smart, aggressive style hits home with tales of growing up amongst men - his brother and single dad. A Canadian Comedy Award (2007) and Canadian Screenwriting Award nominee (2009 & 2010), his fun act is a great way to spend an hour! darrinrose.com | justthetonic.com

Fresh, witty, sometimes naughty and always funny! SCENE MAGAZINE, LONDON

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Ireland’s favourite comedian performs his latest, internationally acclaimed show. Motivated by his Father’s lung cancer diagnosis, Des contrasts the real heroics of Fatherhood against ridiculous ideals of manhood everyday guys try to live up to. www.lisarichards.ie | www.edcomproductions.com

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JOHN-LUKE ROBERTS DISTRACTS YOU FROM A MURDER

SUSAN CALMAN: CONSTANTLY SEEKING SUSAN

John-Luke Roberts performs whimsical, esoteric comedy to distract you from the brutal, sickening murder he will be committing during the show. John-Luke is ½ of peculiar double-act The Behemoth, Josie Long’s tour support and writer for Radio 4’s News Quiz. This will be the first time he has murdered professionally.

The award-winning Glasweigan fireball takes you on a journey of self-discovery, self-assessment and self-ishness. Bring a date! Bring a friend! Bring a stranger! Bring pets! Bring yourself! As seen on BAFTA award-winning Blowout (Channel 4) and Rab C Nesbitt (BBC2) and heard on MacAulay & Co (BBC Radio Scotland) and News Quiz (Radio 4). Sold out 2008.

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Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent

theinvisibledot.com

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JENNIFER COOLIDGE YOURS FOR THE NIGHT

Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live

Shy dynamo Dave Hill presents tales of addiction and ostensible fame overseas in a show punctuated by occasional full-on rock guitar assaults. It’s a true story of one man’s undying will to rock the f@# out of people.

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Comic movie star, best known for ‘American Pie’, ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Best in Show’ commands the stage in this outrageous, hilarious and sometimes shockingly funny one-woman show.

That one man (mentioned earlier) is Dave Hill and over the course of his allotted time slot, Dave will finally speak publicly about what it’s like to be a gigantic celebrity in Japan, a country where he’s pretty much like Princess Diana or something.

Sexy with a side of silly - this show will leave you begging for more. www.edcomproductions.com

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MATT GREEN: BLEEDING FUNNY RBM

This rising star and Pick of the Fringe (Guardian, The List) returns with new tales of embarrassment and redemption. But mainly embarrassment. mattgreen.org | rbmcomedy.com

A stand-up audience’s dream; his off-the-cuff jokes are so good they could have been scripted, his clever prepared material delivered so nonchalantly it could have been improvised...an explosion of comedy that left everyone in stitches  THREE WEEKS £5 £9 (£7) W

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A deliciously wicked evening of no-holds-barred, infectiously spontaneous fun from the comedian that Scotland on Sunday said was Funny as Hell! Radio Forth wished his shows would last forever and The Scotsman said seeing Craig Hill live was a Revelation and called him Priceless! Book early - Soldout 2002-2009! BSL INTERPRETED SAT 21 & THU 26 www.mrcraighill.com

Hill actually has to wait until the audience stops laughing before he can start again. It’s absolutely hilarious! EVENING NEWS, EDINBURGH Riotously funny… He is that rare thing, a naturally funny comedian INDEPENDENT Absolutely hilarious… An hour with Hill makes for a cracking show… has the rare ability to make any audience feel like part of an intimate gathering… Magical!... Irresistible! LIST £7.50 £12.50 (£11) W

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Phil McIntyre Entertainment by arrangement with Dawn Sedgewick Management

The stunning debut Edinburgh show from Time Out Magazine’s ‘Rising Star ’. With a unique style of comedy, Sara fuses high intellect with the surreal and playful. Her razor sharp wit, one liners and hilarious left field view of the world, ensure she is a true original. Television incs, Free Agents; Campus ( series regular roles); The Thick of It; Being Human, and Happy Finish.

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CARL BARRON

Assembly by arrangement with A-List Entertainment

For the first time since her days in The Nualas, Tara Flynn (Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Thank God You’re Here) returns with wickedly funny songs, as dark and bitter as Belgian chocolate. (Does not contain chocolate. Or Belgium. Just funny.) www.taraflynn.ie

Refreshingly testosterone-free comedy zone that still has balls. THE STAGE You could listen to the lovely Ms Flynn all night. CHORTLE

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PLEASANCE DOME | QUEEN DOME Australia’s most popular comedian, Carl Barron has featured twice at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival – and headlined the Just for Laughs National Tour – and he’s ready to crack up Edinburgh! He’s a legend in Australia, where his last DVD outsold Robin Williams and Eddie Murphy combined. Maybe it’s his big brown eyes or his almost shy, uncanny observations of everyday life? Whatever his secret, wherever Carl decides to perform – it sells out and audiences want more! Carl Barron manages to turn everyday absurdities into knee-thumping hilarity, and he’s got the worldwide fan-base to prove it.

JEREMY LION GOES GREEN Phil McIntyre Entertainments

Perrier Award Nominee, Jeremy Lion roars back to life! Join The UK’s most extraordinary children’s entertainer as he attempts to save the world from ecological meltdown. Learn about global warming, recycling, polar bears and wine in this informative and entertaining show. Fun for all the family, although entirely unsuitable for children.

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 the audience was in a state of uncontrollable joy THE AGE, AUSTRALIA A gifted physical comic and monologist LA TIMES With a deadpan expression breaking out into gleaming wickedness… has the audience in fits with his resonating observations of common experiences SCOTSMAN

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JIMEOIN - SOMETHING SMELLS FUNNY MZA & Geffer Notice Productions

Stunning 70 minutes of world-class stand-up from one of live comedy’s masters. No gimmicks, purely and brilliantly simply about having a laugh. BSL INTERPRETED THU 19 & SAT 28 www.jimeoin.com | www.livenation.com

Inspired… Comedy so deceptively bright it almost blinds you… not so much stand-up comedian, more stand-up David Attenborough… comedy of the highest order EVENING STANDARD A wicked self-deprecatory tone… that has his victims doubled up in agonising laughter… Exemplary stand-up comedy positively honking with the scent of his greatest success to date  HERALD Hilarious… It gets no better than this... He’s not trying to preach to you, he won’t change your life but he will make you laugh a lot… brilliant! TIME OUT Comedy of the highest order… inspired ramblings INDEPENDENT A series of hilarious, often surrealistic climaxes. This is the comedy of one who truly perceives human behaviour, breaks it up and puts it all together again in all its ridiculousness, to leave you with your eyes streaming… Comic genius! EVENING NEWS, EDINBURGH £7.50 (5th) £10 (6th) £12.50 (£11) W

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At last! Mr. Chris Addison off BAFTA Award-winning comedy The Thick of It, In The Loop, Skins and Lab Rats is back in Edinburgh with a nice big slab of critically acclaimed stand-up. Daftness! Whimsy! Jokes! Lies! Smartarsery! Flapping about! All present and correct. www.chrisaddison.com

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ASSEMBLY @ GEORGE STREET | BALLROOM Following 2009’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Nomination (formerly Perrier), three sell-out Edinburgh Festivals and working alongside John Cleese at the Montreal ‘Just For Laughs’ Festival, The Ants (BBC1, BBC2, Radio 4 and Chortle ‘Best Sketch Act’ Award Winners) return with their fourth brand new full-length comedy show. They’ve had a busy twelve months; with a UK tour, a West End run and sketches featured on the BBC Comedy website. This year you’ll get to sing along with the Idiots’ machine washable alter egos, see a sketch entirely in German (don’t worry there’s subtitles) and you may leave with a few extra points on your driving license. Book now!

PAUL ZERDIN: SPONGE FEST REVISITED

Brett Vincent for getcomedy.com | Robert Voice at International Artistes

Arguably Britain’s most talented and leading ventriloquist and comedian, by far the stand out performer of last years Royal Variety Show, a complete sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2009 run and star of numerous other TV shows. Come and see Paul and friends, Sam, Albert, Baby and a few new tricks up his sleeve...

idiotsofants.com

Great, original, focused comedy writing, performed by a consummately talented foursome  KATE COPSTICK, SCOTSMAN Rock ‘n’ roll hysteria meets sharp and brilliant comedy  TIM ARTHUR, TIME OUT You leave utterly elated by this comedy cocktail  DOMINIC MAxWELL, THE TIMES

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‘Joyous’ (Scotsman), ‘quietly rebellious’ (Stage), ‘gentlemanly’ (Metro) comedian Alex Horne discusses numbers, the universe, gambling, regrets and quantum physics. He’ll also try to distract you with his majestic PowerPoint skills as featured on BBC4’s We Need Answers.

Token Events

WINNER FESTIVAL DIRECTORS’ AWARD – Melbourne Comedy Festival. Before her Assembly Rooms debut last year, Hannah walked across England. It was a really bad idea. In a world obsessed with perfecting youth, beauty and achievement, Hannah clearly missed the boat. This show is about preparing for a graceful downhill shuffle.

avalonuk.com

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Dave always thought his family was pretty normal and typefaces were mundane, until everything changed when he was nineteen. In 2009 Dave performed in Singapore, New York and around Australia. Now he’s back at the Fringe and guaranteed to be ‘razor sharp and very funny’ (Inpress, Melbourne).

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SEAnn WAlSH – I’D HAPPIlY PUNCH MYSELF IN THE FACE

Chris will do anything to get out of a fight, whatever the consequences.

Bound & Gagged Comedy by arrangement with Glorious Management Seann Walsh

Hotly anticipated debut from a multi award winning emerging star. He made a silly noise on Mock the Week, was actually grouchy on Grouchy Young Men and supported Stephen K Amos on tour. It’s going well. He’s still not happy.

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Star of 8 out of 10 cats, Friday Night Project & Spoons, Rob’s triumphant return to Edinburgh last year won him fantastic critical acclaim. A sell-out festival run, followed by a national tour took his trademark comedic storytelling to a career high. This year Rob is knuckling down. Girlfriend, toddler, dog... check! However, you can’t live off high spirits and adrenaline forever, the honeymoon’s over. Now the hard bit; sorting himself out.

Britain’s leading ventriloquist returns to Edinburgh with Monk. Following her 2008 sell-out smash hit, Evolution, don’t miss this hilarious new show. Occasional special guests and three new characters take Nina off-script and access her uncensored mind. No two shows will be quite the same. Created with Bill Dare.

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A mighty imagination at work SUNDAY TIMES A gem...funny, poignant, novel. GUARDIAN Uproariously funny  SCOTSMAN

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One room. Two jingle-writing geniuses. Catchy melodies and crippled emotions. Can love rescue these men or will they pummel each other into the abyss of madness? From the creators of the hit show A Porthole into the Minds of the Vanquished (***** Three Weeks) www.myspace.com/aporthole

...midway between Beckett and the Boosh... the stuff cults are made of... CHORTLE.CO.UK  ... indecently funny... the most joyously deranged hour you’ll ever pay to spend METRO £6 £6.50 W

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ASHER TRELEAVEN: SECRET DOOR Jeremy Meadow

Open a Secret Door with Barry Award nominee (Melbourne Comedy Festival) Asher Treleaven as he asks: what maketh the man? Is it the suit or something more fleshy? Asher goes full on to tackle the question of what makes a man “manly”? Winner Critics’ Choice Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2010

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Andrew’s a white, English, straight male with a face that says “I read Nuts”. As a closet sensitive soul he’s spent his whole life making up for it. A show about the consequences of trying too hard to be liked by everyone. Sell-out 2008. Book early. andrewbirdcomedian.com | ckproductions.co.uk

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | BALCONY Legendary frontman for rock’s Black Flag returns with his extraordinary and hilarious stream-of-socialconsciousness. Hard-hitting, side-splitting - and always in your face. Author, Actor, Grammy Award-winner, above all, Rollins is an unmissable live powerhouse onstage. Soldout 2008! www.henryrollins.com

ANIL DESAI HEY, IMPRESSIONS GUY!

henryrollins.com

The Stand Up Chameleon returns for his second solo show after spending the last year playing to audiences all over the UK and Internationally. He has starred in his own BBC online mini series ‘How To Impersonate’ and now he returns to share a lot more about himself and how his life is connected with his famous impressions.

Fabulous spoken-word... the audience were in tears of laughter. DAILY RECORD A warm, charismatic big tattooed-bear of a man who talks excitedly about his remarkable experiences... Add his compelling observations on the current political climate and in-depth knowledge of and passion for all sorts of music and you have one of the most unique shows on the Fringe. THE LIST Sometimes the Truth hurts H.ROLLINS

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Come while away a magical hour with Malcom Hardee Award nominee for original comedic content - Joey Page. Joey looks at the subject of human species through the offbeat looking glass that is his chaotic mind, presenting sporadic snapshots of human life and muddling them into his surreal, quaintly imagined human museum.

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The Time Out London Critics’ Choice show hits Edinburgh with two exclusive showcases. Get ready to turn it up to eleven with the UK’s best emerging and established musical comedians from this year’s Awards. www.musicalcomedy.co.uk

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FRISKY & MANNISH: THE COLLEGE YEARS Underbelly Productions

Following their packed house, critically acclaimed, smash-hit debut School of Pop, F&M return. Every great highschool show needs a kick-ass college sequel: The College Years. A thesis in pop dialectics focussing on collision theory, covering great pairings from Brandy and Monica, to Freddie Mercury and What’s her face Opera Bitch! www.friskyandmannish.co.uk

 Wildly Talented INDEPENDENT Pure exhilarating brilliance  CHORTLE Inventive mash-ups delivered with irrepressible style and verve  MAIL ON SUNDAY Hardly a moment when the audience stopped laughing. Irrepressible...fabulous delivery... crisp military precision...but it’s the material that sticks in the mind  EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

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Phil McIntyre Entertainments by Arrangement with Lisa Thomas Management

He’s moved in, he’s officially a Scot, there’s just no getting rid of Jason Byrne at the Edinburgh comedy festival. He returns each year with a show that is hilarious, exciting, and full of surprises. Jason Byrne 2010: a show about where Jason is in his life now...at his funniest! EXTRA SHOWS Friday 20th & Saturday 21st Aug 00:00 £19.50 (£18.50) www.jasonbyrne.ie

An hour of Stand-up the kind so joyous the clinically depressed should get it on prescription. METRO Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like watching lightening in a bottle... Jason Byrne could do no wrong. EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

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PATRICK MONAHAN I WALKED, I DANCED, IRAN

SHAZIA MIRZA - MULTIPLE CHOICE Most people have a crush at 16. a relationship by 32, sex in between. Not me and Susan Boyle alledgedly. What happens when you don’t follow the obvious path? New stand up show from stand up comedian and Guardian Weekend Magazine columnist. Regular TV and radio appearances include ‘Beautiful People’ BBC and The Now Show (BBC).

New stand-up show from the international award-winning Irish/ Iranian/Teeside stand-up comedian, fresh from a sell-out national tour and regular appearances on Paul O’Grady CH4. Includes cracking routines on his Irish/Iranian upbringing, a phobia of geese and a funked up version of the Iranian National Anthem!

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Phil McIntyre Entertainments by arrangement with Lisa Thomas Management

In a heady mix of comedy, drama and lycra, these kids of the 80’s bring you a new sketch adventure packed with a parade of bizarre and compelling characters. Get ready for this surreal brand of fantastical hi-jinx. Whoosh! www.thegrandees.com

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Cumbernauld, Cockermouth, Croydon....life as German Comedy Ambassador to the United Kingdom is far from glamorous. In fact, it is a right old struggle. But Henning Wehn makes it look easy. Teutonic jolliness at its best. Come along... or else. Deutschland über alles! henningwehn.de

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WINNER Piece of Wood (peer’s choice) Award & WINNER Golden Gibbo Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2010. Sam Simmons is back. “a cult in the making” Scotland On Sunday. “Simmons is a genius” Chortle.

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In his new show, the triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee explores self, family, and the consequences of his Dad buying his own council house. Sociological silliness, and high energy contortions guaranteed.

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LEGEND OF THE CARD NINJA

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CIRCUS BURLESQUE

Javier Jarquin

Lola LaBelle’s House of Burlesque

Comedian, magician, ninja, Jav Jarquin debuts with a show that combines his acclaimed stand up and his dazzling card ninja act. Hard hitting comedy and feats you would have never thought possible with cards. Winner Best Local Show NZ International Comedy Festival, Wellington 2010 www.assemblyfestival.com

Who would have thought a man throwing playing cards could be so much fun? THE PRESS, NEW ZEALAND Fresh, funny and unique THE PRESS, NEW ZEALAND £5 £10 (£9) W

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | SPORTSMANS Sexy, edgy and funny, the Festival’s biggest burlesque extravaganza is an irresistible evening of sinful delights and sophisticated sensuality, featuring a heady mix of the best in art-house burlesque and breathtaking circus acts. Direct from a sold-out London season, ringmistress and cabaret star Tempest Rose welcomes you to a circus of the Seven Deadly Sins; introducing a stunning array of daring and dazzling new interpretations of classic burlesque, vaudeville and circus routines. Starring award-winning international burlesque queen Lola LaBelle and the legendary Wam Bam Belles, plus special guest stars.

SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE - ON THE TELLY Earth’s funniest socks return for a 4th sellout year with more new songs, sketches, socks and violence.

Adults only.

How on earth does The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre turn out to be so bloody good? CHORTLE For sheer energy and laughs per hour, these comic stockings are the biz - denier miss it SCOTSMAN

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Tempest Rose - Show stealer TIME OUT Lola LaBelle - Glorious EVENING STANDARD The Wam Bam Belles - Best of Burlesque LONDON DAILY £5 £13 (£12)

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ANDREW LAWRENCE: THE TOO UGLY FOR TELEVISION TOUR 2010

CKP in association with Tim Payne | Terry Alderton

Chambers Management

Life’s not fair and the world’s a disgusting place to live. Andrew Lawrence tries to find some consolation. Join him on his debut UK tour. Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2006/7 Best UK headline act Chortle Award nominee 2010 www.andrewlawrencecomedy.com

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21:30 (23:00) Following sell-out tours of the UK, Australia and New Zealand the record holder for the most encores at the Comedy Store and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee returns to the Fringe with a brand new show. As seen on The Royal Variety Performance and Comedy Central. “Spot-on accents, powerful sound effects, impressive beatboxing and instant characterisations delivered with the force and speed of a bullet train. The vocal range is amazing and the energy is irresistible.” Chortle. Total sell-out 2006-09. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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THE CRACK

Assembly, Miss Behave & Mick Perrin for Just For Laughs Live

www.terryalderton.co.uk | www.ckproductions.co.uk

Brilliant, always funny LIST A mind-blowing whirlwind of physical and verbal clowning EVENING STANDARD Fantastic comedy mind EDDIE IZZARD

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ARJ BARKER: LET ME DO THE TALKING

An explosive combination of stand-up, variety and side-splitting comic performance. Celebrating all that is funny, diverse and truly original in live comic entertainment. Anarchic, chaotic, and fun-filled. A sell out smash at the E4 Comedy Festival on London’s Southbank, and the climax to the Bulmer’s Comedy Festival, Dublin. An edgy comedy show mixing shit hot safe bets with risky geniuses.

Packed theatre? Relax. I’ll handle this. You just sit back and do what you do best - listen, laugh and look good. Luckily for us, I’ve been in this situation before, and although it’s never easy, it’s nothing an hour of classics won’t handle!

Miss Behave (Olivier Award Winning Sensation ‘La Clique’) presents a mixture of grade A headliners and undiscovered gems. Acts include: Phil Kay, Paul Morocco, Nina Conti, Kalki Hula Girl, Dr Stewart, Hotnuts n Popcorn, & more.

Chambers Management

www.assemblyfestival.com

The Crack is the more chilled-out cousin of cabaret sensation La Clique... decadent underground cabaret. CHORTLE Miss Behave by name, misbehave by nature… Funny, sexy, talented. SCOTSMAN Sassy and charismatic. ASSOCIATED PRESS, NEW YORK

Arj was already a highly respected name on the stand-up circuit for many years before he landed the role of ‘Dave’ on TV hit ‘The Flight of the Conchords”. Come and enjoy watching Arj do what he does best - all killer, no filler stand up! www.arjbarker.com

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THE BIG VALUE COMEDY SHOW - LATE

You look lovely today. No, really. The smallest things we say can really make someone’s day. As a professional small thing, Tiernan knows this well. Douieb’s second solo show explores good nature, unsung heroes, just how dangerous ants are and why, on the whole, he’s a really shit friend.

Four different comedians to the early show with all the added extras. Established as one of the best shows on the fringe. Must see for any comedy fan. In recent years, we’ve discovered some of the big names including Jason Manford, Jim Jefferies, Jon Richardson, Josie Long, Wil Hodgson, Sarah Millican, Seann Walsh, Matt Kirshen, Jarred Christmas etc.

Small in stature, not in talent. SCOTSMAN Infective enthusiasm - he is instantly likeable and his anecdotes are amusing and uplifting. THREEWEEKS

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TIERNAN DOUIEB: LITTLEST THINGS Brett Vincent for getcomedy.com

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CAROLINE RHEA

FOIL, ARMS AND HOG - STRANGERS WITH SWEETS

Caroline Rhea, standup comedian and actress brings her fresh, funny and spontaneous show to Edinburgh.

Best of the Fest and Pick of the Fringe 2009. They’re back! Following sell out shows at Ed fringe ‘09 and in London, Dublin and Manchester, these Irish boys are rapidly developing a cult status amongst comedy goers and cementing their place on the Irish and UK comedy circuit. ‘Strangers with Sweets’ is a hilarious and original sketch comedy show that will leave you with a satisfying sweet taste in your mouth!

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Feck Arse Productions

You know her from Curb Your Enthusiasm; she was Aunt Hilda in Sabrina The Teenage Witch and the host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Her films include Man in the Moon, The Perfect Man and Christmas with the Kranks.

foilarmsandhog.ie

Supported by Costaki Economopoulos.

Deliriously funny and at times unexpectedly dark. LIST The crowd’s laughter and the performers’ attempts to stop giggling entered an inescapable feedback loop... an enjoyable evening all round. THREEWEEKS  Charming, Witty and Clever BROADWAY BABY

www.carolinerhea.com

Unpredictable, witty and very smart! Robin Williams with tits - great tits. If I were trapped on a desert island with one person I would choose her

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JUSTIN MOORHOUSE - THE BOILED EGG ON THE BEACH

Phil McIntyre Entertainments by arrangement with Lisa Thomas Management

Had all you can of experimental theatre and artistic angst? Look no further for one of the funniest hours you’ll see on the fringe. The Boiled Egg on the Beach is a stand-up romp from one of Britain’s best comedians. Watching Justin live is a joy to behold, his comedy only coming second to his modesty. Justin didn’t write this. He got someone else to do it but he agrees. www.justinmoorhouse.com

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UNDERBELLY, COWGATE | BELLY LAUGH

The Gilded Balloon is 25 years old! Come and see our special friends and favourite performers re-live the highlights. With friends like Jo Brand (who started stand-up at the Gilded Balloon), Arthur Smith, Jonny Vegas, Fred MacAulay, Bill Bailey and Tim Minchin... who knows who will come to the party.

MARCEL LUCONT: ENCORE

See www.gildedballoon.co.uk for details of the spectacular line ups as they are announced!

Marcel returns to grace Edinburgh with his dry wit, wry observations and a poem about tits. Fresh from sell-out shows in Adelaide, Melbourne and Auckland, be prepared for a second course of laconic humour from France’s premier misanthropist and lover. To miss this show is to give up on life. Best Comedy Buxton Fringe 2009.

Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent

Talk to most of the Big Comedy Names around this August, there will be very few of them who don’t have a slew of Gilded Balloon stories to tell you. KATE COPSTICK The Gilded Balloon is real fringe. The Gilded Balloon is a pioneer. SCOTSMAN ...an exciting, eclectic place to see great shows and meet great people. KIM HOPE High-calibre comedy as it should be THE EVENING STANDARD The Gilded Balloon is both my favourite balloon and my favourite gilded thing. Without the GB I’d be picking fruit. TIM MINCHIN £8 (£8) £16 (£14)

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Fresh, accessible and hilarious GUARDIAN Vraiment tres amusant... Encore! KATE COPSTICK - SCOTSMAN Devilishly handsome and devastatingly disdainful LIST £6 £6.50

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