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fringe 2012 Comedy Guide

Greg Proops

Susan Calman

You may know him from the improv TV show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ or perhaps you’ll recognise his weasely California surfer voice from his podcast, ‘The Smartest Man in the World’. As is clear with these examples, Proops is one of those comedians who’s clearly just a funny guy – on and off the stage.

As a regular performer and MC at Edinburgh’s ‘The Stand’ comedy club, Glaswegian comic Susan Calman is a familiar face in the Edinburgh comedy scene.

Proops brings his intellect to his standup – it’s very well-observed and witty. However, he’s not afraid to throw-in something absurd or borderline inappropriate.

More recently, Calman has expanded her fame south of the border, appearing on the BBC’s ‘Have I Got News for You’ and Channel 4’s hit show ‘Fresh Meat’. Calman’s blend of self deprecating humour and genuine likability makes her one to watch at this year’s Fringe.

Venue: Assembly George Square

Venue: Underbelly, Bristo Square

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The Boy with Tape on his Face The Boy with Tape on his Face – yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like – is bringing his incredibly thoughtful and hilarious physical comedy back to the Fringe this year.

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard

More Info If this year’s show is anything like last year’s, be prepared for a lot of audience engagement, but don’t worry – it’s all very fun.

Doctor Brown Venue: Underbelly, Cowgate More Info

Fresh off his big Barry Award win at the 2012 Melbourne Comedy Festival, Doctor Brown is arriving at the Fringe as one of the festival’s most highlyanticipated comics. He’s been described as a modern day clown, performing a bizarre and absurd blend of physical comedy unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Rhys Darby

The Rubberbandits

Everybody’s favourite manger from ‘Flight of the Concords’ is making the trek all the way from New Zealand to Scotland just to perform for you at the Fringe.

This duo from Limerick haven’t let their YouTube stardom go to their heads (which are, of course, covered in plastic shopping bags). They’re still busy working the comedy circuit and their next stop is Edinburgh.

Darby is a genuinely likeable guy, clearly intelligent and naturally funny. His show ‘The Way to Spaceship’ has received great reviews, making him one of our ‘not-to-miss’ acts of the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe.

If you’re interested in hilarious songs sang in thick accents, with some crazy sexy dance moves thrown in for the ladies, then this is the show for you.

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard

Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot

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Axis of Awesome These are the guys who discovered that every song in the history of music has been comprised of just 4 chords. And they taught the world ‘how to write a love song.’

Venue: Gilded Balloon

More Info So, just sit back and let this loveable Aussie boy band entertain you. But get your tickets ASAP – they always sell out fast!

Danny Bhoy Venue: Venue150 @EICC More Info

This homegrown comedian has been performing at the Fringe since 1998, and to the delight of his fans, he’s back again for yet another year. Straight-up, funny stand-up that will most def have you LOL-ing or maybe even ROTFLMAO-ing.

For more information on the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, check out the official Festival website.


Edinburgh doubles its population during the festival, so book your accommodation early! Research hotels near Edinburgh city centre and organise your transport to Edinburgh as soon as possible.

Edinburgh Fringe Guide 2012  
Edinburgh Fringe Guide 2012  

A preview of which comedians to see at the Edinburgh Fringe this year.