Alex Edelman.

Best-reviewed Edinburgh Fringe shows 2018

There were more than 1,800 different comedy shows to pick from at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. But which of these, according to critics, were the best?

As part of our annual coverage of the festival, we log every review for every comedy performance. This year we collected up more than 4,700 reviews from 135 different publications.

Here are the shows from the comedy section of the programme that were reviewed at least 8 times and managed to average over 4 stars across those reviews. Alex Edelman is top of the list, with a very impressive tally of 14 five star reviews amongst his press list.

Click on any name to see the full list of reviews.

Alex Edelman: Just for Us. Alex Edelman.

Alex Edelman

Rob Auton: The Talk Show. Rob Auton.

Rob Auton

Vulvarine: A New Musical.


Natalie Palamides: Nate. Natalie Palamides.

Natalie Palamides

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Victim, Complex. Kiri Pritchard-McLean.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids!.

Kafka for Kids!

Steen Raskopoulos: Stay. Steen Raskopoulos.

Steen Raskopoulos

Mark Watson: The Infinite Show. Mark Watson.

Mark Watson

Joe Sutherland: Toxic. Joe Sutherland.

Joe Sutherland

Ahir Shah: Duffer. Ahir Shah.

Ahir Shah

Fringe Wives Club: Glittery Clittery.

Fringe Wives Club

Flo & Joan: Alive on Stage. Image shows from L to R: Nicola Dempsey, Rosie Dempsey.

Flo & Joan

Jessie Cave: Sunrise. Jessie Cave.

Jessie Cave

John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX: CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy!. John-Luke Roberts.

John-Luke Roberts

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human. Zoe Lyons.

Zoe Lyons

Mat Ewins: What Sorry? My Mistake! The Doors Are Not Open; The Show Has Been Cancelled. Do Not Have Your Tickets Ready!. Mat Ewins.

Mat Ewins

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Home Sweet Home. Christopher MacArthur-Boyd.

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd

Suzi Ruffell: Nocturnal. Suzi Ruffell.

Suzi Ruffell

Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes. Rosie Jones.

Rosie Jones

Nina Conti Is Monkey. Nina Conti.

Nina Conti

Zoo. Lily Bevan.


Lucy Pearman: Fruit Loop. Lucy Pearman.

Lucy Pearman



Kieran Hodgson: '75. Kieran Hodgson.

Kieran Hodgson

Jordan Brookes: Bleed. Jordan Brookes.

Jordan Brookes

Ciarán Dowd: Don Rodolfo. Ciarán Dowd.

CiarĂ¡n Dowd

Rhys Nicholson - Seminal. Rhys Nicholson.

Rhys Nicholson

Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!. Image shows from L to R: Freya Parker, Celeste Dring.

Lazy Susan

Harriet Kemsley: Slutty Joan. Harriet Kemsley.

Harriet Kemsley

Felicity Ward: Busting a Nut. Felicity Ward.

Felicity Ward

Jen Brister - Meaningless. Jen Brister.

Jen Brister

Pierre Novellie: See Novellie, Hear Novellie, Speak Novellie. Pierre Novellie.

Pierre Novellie

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We would like to stress our analysis makes no distinction between established broadsheet reviewers and blog sites run by students and their differing views on what a five star show is; plus - due to the nature of the way the press operates - there is a bias in this list towards already established and acclaimed comedy acts who are able to attract more press attention. Therefore a number of 'hidden gems' will doubtless have been overlooked.

This year Austentatious and Police Cops in Space both got five stars in every review they received, but were only reviewed three times each.

British Comedy Guide's review data is collected and analysed by Ian Wolf.