Recommended 2018 Recommended 2018

The BCG team are currently out and about in Edinburgh seeing lots of shows. Here are some of our favourites so far, in alphabetical order. This list is not comprehensive - there are still a lot of shows we have yet to see, and some of the team have yet to file their inital write-ups - this list will be updated daily with new recommendations.

Remember: everyone has different comedy tastes, so before you head to buy any tickets do read up to check if it is your type of humour.

Adam Rowe: Undeniable. Adam Rowe.

Adam Rowe: Undeniable

This is a masterful hour on his upbringing, his girlfriend and life in general. It's well-written and well-delivered with lots of big laughs. Adam Rowe is the real deal - see him now before he's playing arenas.

Alex Edelman: Just for Us. Alex Edelman.

Alex Edelman: Just for Us

Stephen Fry asked Alex Edelman to assist him with his BAFTA scripts, so he should be good. And he is. From self labelled 'stupid jokes', to a strange tale involving his subversive act of infiltrating the 'hard right', it's a well produced and consistently funny show.

Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew. Ashley Blaker.

Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew

This is a fascinating debut show from Ashley Blaker on his secular Jewish upbringing, his move to Orthodoxy and how he combines his new life with his job in media. He's a great presenter and there are jokes aplenty.

Athena Kugblenu: Follow The Leader. Athena Kugblenu.

Athena Kugblenu: Follow The Leader

Athena Kugblenu looks at leaders in the modern world and considers whether she herself could be one. Likeable, effortless and honest, Kugblenu, who is currently heavily pregnant, pulls a very funny and original show out of the bag.

Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids!.

Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids!

Kafka's angst-ridden stories might not seem the obvious choice for a family-friendly show, but this is a great hour for children and adults alike. The group's own adventures intertwine with re-enactments of Kafka's tales, brought to life with the most basic props, and there's a chance for some audience participation. The sketch group dynamics - the earnest one, the strict one, the one who only speaks Finnish - are crowned by the joy that radiates from the ever-hilarious Tom Parry.

Bethany Black: Unwinnable. Bethany Black.

Bethany Black: Unwinnable

Slick, confident stand-up from a great comedy mind - 15 years in the industry, you're in very safe hands. As she says, if you're at the Edinburgh Fringe and you don't watch a comedy show by a fat autistic transgender lesbian, have you *really* been at the world's biggest arts fest?

Briony Redman: Sketch Artist. Briony Redman.

Briony Redman: Sketch Artist

Briony Redman can always be relied on for a great Fringe hour. Her clever but fun one-women sketches would be perfect for their own Radio 4 show. Until that happens, enjoy her here.

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

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Home Sweet Home

This is an excellent debut hour from a young Scottish comedian. From his knowingly terrible impression of his Australian girlfriend, to his love of wrestling, and life at home with his parents, he keeps the laughs flowing in a brilliantly written show.

Ciarán Dowd: Don Rodolfo. Ciaran Dowd.

Ciarán Dowd: Don Rodolfo

Top-notch solo show from this member of acclaimed stretch trio BEASTS. Expect high quality laughs from this swashbuckling tale.

Ed Gamble: Blizzard. Ed Gamble.

Ed Gamble: Blizzard

An energising and delightful hour of comedy from a disarmingly charming comedian. Fun and joy pervade the air during Ed Gamble's refreshingly positive latest Fringe offering. Any worldly worries disappear for an hour and leave everyone on a pleasant high. If you like fun, go see Blizzard.

Eshaan Akbar: Prophet Like It's Hot. Eshaan Akbar.

Eshaan Akbar: Prophet Like It's Hot

Lots of super fun, intelligent humour on race, religion and identity can be found in Eshaan Akbar's show at the Gilded Balloon.

Fin Taylor: When Harassy Met Sally. Fin Taylor.

Fin Taylor: When Harassy Met Sally

Fin Taylor impressively wins over a huge room with ease while tackling the #MeToo movement. He has a gutsy take on matters and pulls laugh after laugh out of what should be difficult to pass-off material. Taylor is a unique voice in comedy right now, see him while you can still get a ticket.

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

Flo & Joan: Alive on Stage

Another strong hour from the deadpan musical comedy duo. This time they take on inappropriate tweets, crackers and sex robots. Hilarious, original and very enjoyable.

Foxdog Studios: Robot Chef. Image shows from L to R: Lloyd Henning, Peter Sutton.

Foxdog Studios: Robot Chef

As the title suggests, Foxdog have created a Robot Chef which the audience finds itself in charge of via an augmented reality world. It's a truly unique experience in terms of the technology and there's some brilliantly understated comedy to boot. All you need is a fully charged phone and an empty stomach.

Garrett Millerick: Sunflower. Garrett Millerick.

Garrett Millerick: Sunflower

A great hour of intelligent comedy from Garrett Millerick with 90s pop references, a discussion of context and humour, and a much more personal story of how laughter helped in dark times. He has huge energy, there are big laughs and his story-telling is masterful.

Gary Tro: Idoit. Gary Tro.

Gary Tro: Idoit

This is an entertaining and at times highly-impassioned show. Tro has some especially good arguments surrounding the topic of karaoke. Tro can also be seen performing in MARVELus.

Gusset Grippers.

Gusset Grippers

60 minutes giving women clinical advice on how best to care for their vaginal and pelvic floor health. Yes really. But there's also good jokes, and you'll almost certainly learn something.

Heidi Regan: Heidi vs Sharks. Heidi Regan.

Heidi Regan: Heidi vs Sharks

Describing herself from the off as a 'slow burner', Heidi Regan uses PowerPoint to detail the timeline of films about killer sharks. If you think this can't sustain an hour... think again! There is, of course, more personal material within and, while Heidi admits she can't fix anything in the wider world with an hour of stand-up, she certainly leaves you asking a few questions. Namely, which 'Sharktopus' movie shall I watch first?

James Meehan - Gaz. James Meehan.

James Meehan - Gaz

A passionate, heartfelt and very funny hour of stand-up from working-class comic James Meehan. A voice that needs to be heard.

John Hegley: New and Selected. John Hegley.

John Hegley: New and Selected

The long-serving Lutonian poet and low-key rock 'n' roller is on cracking form, strutting around Assembly Studio Two and making reading out of books seem super-cool.

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

The preposterous title says it all. Introducing this as his 'manifesto for absurdity', John-Luke Roberts is relentless in the performance of his farcical characters and rich skits. The show is absolutely packed with gags and huge laughs rightly abound.

Jon Harvey: TreasuRETROve. Jon Harvey.

Jon Harvey: TreasuRETROve

Jon Harvey has spent his life finding hidden gems in the world of low-budget films, archaic computer games and lesser-known comic book heroes, which he generously shares in this show. They're the impetus behind another story in his life (the audience are asked not to spoil the big reveal) and the second part of the show details his mind-blowing adventure. We can't say anything more - you'll have to unearth this gem on your own.

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

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Victim, Complex

Kiri Pritchard-McLean gets great jokes out of emotional trauma. A raw breakup tale from this fast-rising storytelling comic.

Laura Lexx: Trying. Laura Lexx.

Laura Lexx: Trying

A terrific stand-up who's had a tough time since her last Edinburgh hour: this show explains what happened, but is still choc-full of fine gags.

Lou Sanders: Shame Pig. Lou Sanders.

Lou Sanders: Shame Pig

  • Stand-Up
  • PWYW
  • 12:30pm (1 hour)
  • 2-14, 16-26 Aug 2018
  • Monkey Barrel

This is a very funny hour on shame, particularly around sex on the part of women. Lou Sanders tackles difficult subjects like assault and alcoholism with the lightest of touches and lots of big laughs - this show has been selling out so get there early to avoid disappointment/shame.

Lucy Pearman: Fruit Loop. Lucy Pearman.

Lucy Pearman: Fruit Loop

A brilliantly barmy follow up to last year's Newcomer nominated show, Maid of Cabbage. In Fruit Loop, Lucy Pearman brings the room to life again with her ludicrous costumes and ridiculous characters. It's an hour of wonderfully crafted nonsense which is almost impossible not to go along with.

Manhunt. Image shows from L to R: Emm Downie, Leo Reich.


If student shows strike fear into a comedy punter's heart, Manhunt breaks the rules. This is a slick hour of sketches centred round two young people's search for love. It's a very funny hour that's well written and flawlessly performed - it's also worth checking out their sister show Big Shop.

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

Another hour of impressive video trickery from the Fringe regular and Live From The BBC star. He's good on iPlayer, but there's nothing quite like seeing his technological achievements in person.

Mawaan Rizwan: Juice. Mawaan Rizwan.

Mawaan Rizwan: Juice

  • Stand-Up / clown
  • 8.50 - 10.50
  • 5:30pm (1 hour)
  • 1-12, 14-27 Aug 2018
  • Pleasance Dome

In this high energy show, Mawaan Rizman talks about the rest of his family's unexpected success in showbusiness; about his boyfriend; and about breaking society's pressures on sexuality. There are loads of jokes, mesmerising dances and the catchiest songs on the Fringe - you'll be singing about your new walk for the rest of the week.

Natalie Palamides: Nate. Natalie Palamides.

Natalie Palamides: Nate

While she asks a lot from her audience, Natalie Palamides presents a thought-provoking hour in Nate, exploring themes of masculinity and consent. A remarkable return for last year's Best Newcomer.

Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead. Rob Kemp.

Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead

This Malcolm Hardee Award-winning show returns for a second year, polished as ever but still performed nightly with full-on commitment to the cause of retelling The Evil Dead II through the songs of Elvis. Rob Kemp's creation is absolutely niche, yet accessible, and remarkably funny.

Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes. Rosie Jones.

Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes

As she warmly greets the audience with a bowl of sweets, Rosie Jones looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth. Truth is, it would sizzle. This is very funny debut hour on disability and sexuality from an assured performer. You'll never look at Ryan Gosling the same way again.

Sam Campbell: The Trough. Sam Campbell.

Sam Campbell: The Trough

The Trough is an exceptional example of the absurd and the surreal. Campbell uses video clips and a variety of props to induce fits of laughter throughout the room. It is silly, nonsensical and simply brilliant.

Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse. Sarah Keyworth.

Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse

Sarah Keyworth is navigating her way through the ever changing landscape of gender and sexual identity. An insightful and meandering trip via unisex toilets, buying a suit in the children's section, and inspiring a little girl on her own journey through it all. Warm, intelligent and funny!

Seymour Mace Gets Sucked Off by God. Seymour Mace.

Seymour Mace Gets Sucked Off by God

Start your day at the Fringe with some lunchtime nonsense from Seymour Mace. This is another cracking hour from one of the most creative minds in comedy with ugly puppets, daft songs, sad drawings and his trademark understated charm.

Sindhu Vee: Sandhog. Sindhu Vee.

Sindhu Vee: Sandhog

Sindhu Vee has a unique take on family life. Married to a very rational Dane and raising three children in the UK is a triple culture clash for this feisty whirlwind. She freely shares advice on how to 'win' at marriage and why threatening children with your own demise is way more effective than a star chart.

Stuart Goldsmith: End Of. Stuart Goldsmith.

Stuart Goldsmith: End Of

Another consistently strong hour of stand-up from the slick and very personable Stuart Goldsmith.

Suzi Ruffell: Nocturnal. Suzi Ruffell.

Suzi Ruffell: Nocturnal

This is a great hour of pure stand-up from Suzi Ruffell that will resonate with anyone else who dreads 'organised fun'. Her un-mawkish look at anxiety and at gay representation in the media keeps the laughs flowing while making a serious point, plus it turns out she has a lovely singing voice!

Tamar Broadbent: Best Life. Tamar Broadbent.

Tamar Broadbent: Best Life

Tamar Broadbent works everyday millennial angsts into very funny songs. A consistently great Fringe act.

The Bear Pack. Image shows from L to R: Carlo Ritchie, Steen Raskopoulos.

The Bear Pack

Join two masters of improv - Steen Raskopoulos and Carlo Ritchie - for a brilliant hour-long play based on suggestions from the audience. It's a joy to watch these two interact on stage and there's a Q&A for any elements of the story you'd like to focus on.

Tom Walker: Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk. Tom Walker.

Tom Walker: Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk

Super-creative madcap fun. Tom Walker has created a show full of quirky, clever surrealism that boasts a winning hit ratio.

Twonkey's Night Train To Liechtenstein. Paul Vickers.

Twonkey's Night Train To Liechtenstein

Paul Vickers' alter-ego is still brilliantly bizarre, but this year's show is actually pretty darn coherent, with some corking songs. The former indie-rocker and his cohorts create some genuinely interesting music and effects to soundtrack Twonkey's emotional journey.

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