festcomedy SUITABLY SURREAL
The Safe Bets SLEDGEHAMMER
PLEASANCE DOME, 5:30PM – 6:30PM, 1–27 AUG, NOT 8, 14, £7 – £13.50
GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT, 9:15PM – 10:15PM, 1–26 AUG, NOT 13, £5 – £11.50
Fresh from smashing the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and picking up an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination last year, Simmons takes the most boring of conversations—that of the weather—and filters it through his surreal comedy lens. Bags of fun.
Last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee talks about his love life with all the sensitivity of a smack to the face. Which is why we love him. In a bigger venue, this promises to be loud, relentless and may involve some nice songs about romance.
The pair got themselves nominated for the Best Newcomer award last year, so if you haven’t seen them yet, put that on your things to do list. Clever, silly and assured sketch comedy.
Yes, it’s sold out already, but Kitson will be releasing 15 tickets on the door before each night’s show. First come first served to catch a master and possible genius’s return to standup.
UNDERBELLY, BRISTO SQUARE, 6:40PM – 7:40PM, 1–27 AUG, NOT 13, £6 – £11
THE STAND, 11:59PM – 1:40AM, VARIOUS DATES, £10
UNDERBELLY, COWGATE, 9:05PM – 10:05PM, 2–26 AUG, NOT 13, 20, £6 – £11.50
UNDERBELLY, COWGATE 6:30PM – 7:30PM, 22–26 AUG, £10 – £11
A masterclass in subtle—and not so subtle—clowning and mime, it’s not difficult to understand why Doctor Brown (aka Phil Burgers) is an absolute must-see. Performed to perfection, often in total silence, he’s as bonkers and as brilliant as they come.
Astounding wordplay from an insanely talented poet with a gift for Berkoffian cockney swagger, genuine heart-wrenching emotion and the odd dick joke. There is nobody quite like him and he just keeps getting better and better.
PLEASANCE COURTYARD 4:45PM – 5:45PM, 1–27 AUG, NOT 14, £5 – £10
All eyes are on last year’s Best Newcomer nominee as she brings her array of characters from the Free Fringe to the Pleasance. Refreshingly original and definitely worth checking out.
UNDERBELLY, BRISTO SQUARE, 8:15PM – 9:15PM, 1–26 AUG, £10 – £16
Every year, from discussions about love to his childhood to wearing a hitler moustache, Herring nails it. This year he’s talking about the nature of masculinity and probability says he’ll nail it again.
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