The BCG team sees hundreds of shows during each Fringe. Here is a list of our favourites from 2022, in alphabetical order. If you're intrigued by a show and are thinking of booking tickets to see it, click through to the listing for more information.
A consummate jokesmith, Cliff's new show is packed with gags and punchlines that catch you off guard. Witty wordplay with a penchant for silliness, Cliff's upbeat outlook on life makes her show the perfect mid afternoon treat.
The talented high octane American sketch trio return after an Edinburgh debut in 2019. Part of the Stamptown stable of acts who are enjoying a strong Fringe this year.
This story is a late night spectacular, full of top-notch comic set pieces.
Tales from the not-so-wild-west. The mid-octane musical duo's Fringe debut is an unpretentious bean-swigging joy, with lots of horseplay, occasional gunplay but no trigger warnings
The Royal Marines may not want him, but their loss is comedy's gain. Check out this 40 minute work-in-progress show to witness a future stand-up star honing some very funny routines.
One of the Proclaimers on Prozac? Roaring onto the stage at a maximum of 1mph will be the UK's premier - or only - purveyor of often scone based comedy for another meander through his mind.
Edy Hurst's Comedy Version of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of HG Wells' Literary Version (Via Orson Welles' Radio Version and Steven Spielberg's Film Version) of the War of the Worlds
What have we just seen!? Absolutely non-stop bonkers. Hurst rockets through intergalactic warfare, remakes and rock opera with a ramshackle show that will pleasure the uninitiated comedy fan and the sci-fi invasions nerd equally.
Elf Lyons takes the audience on a journey into the macabre as she tells a tale inspired by the works of Stephen King. But, fear not, although horror is the theme, the show is infused with Lyons' infectious enthusiasm as she commits fully to clowning onstage, building to a crescendo of comic chaos.
The Awkward Silence present a fast-paced hour of sketches, with each scene neatly linking into the next - there's no pauses at all. There's some great writing and performance skills showcased here.
Sarah Louise Young's one woman tribute to Kate Bush is a joyous celebration, not just of the Wuthering Heights singer, but of fandom itself. Fusing cabaret and karaoke, Young's enthusiasm and kindness shines through and, by the end, the audience were thunderous in their appreciation not just for Kate Bush, but Young's tour de force performance.
Samuel Barnett is fantastic as a neurotic stand-up hell bent on sabotaging his own happiness. The monologue is packed with laughs, delivered at pace with a brilliant climax.
59 minutes of non-stop great jokes. His posters were already pretty crowded by that brilliant title, but - if there's any justice in this world - there'll be no room left by the time all the five star stickers have been added.
This year's Fringe is a golden time for talented young comedians bringing their first full hour to Edinburgh. Hannah Fairweather's comfortable and unassuming style eases the audience into her routines.
A super funny show from one of the uniquest voices of the stand-up circuit. She is still as unguarded and outwardly messy as ever yet between all the confessions and wackiness she slips in some weighty themes by stealth. Every year Harriet Kemsley takes on big difficult topics with a deep focus, this year its is motherhood and the beauty industry, but you'll be laughing too much to realise you are also being educated by a very smart cookie.
From the first few words on the Fringe-postered stage you can tell that this tale of Edinburghs past and present will be an absolute treat - painfully honest, with some of the biggest belly laughs this year. A lovingly crafted show.
He's playing but you can feel the audience draw an audible sharp breath when working class good kid Jacob Hawley declares he is becoming more right wing as he ages. It is a risky gambit to open a show at an arts festival with. The adept and increasingly fast paced comedian somehow manages to take in fatherhood, foot fetishism, vigilante justice, mental health and the hit movie Grease in this impeccable hour of man-and-mic stand-up.
Wow. Archie Henderson's character is already an online musical star, but this live show hints he could become a superstar in the future. So much work has gone into making this a brilliant hour. It's worth emphasising: if you're already a fan, this isn't a showcase of the existing videos - it's fresh material.
If you buy a ticket for Jessica Fostekew, one thing you can be guaranteed is more enthusiasm than a single human body should ever scientifically or legally be allowed to possess. Big belly laughs follow universal "around the room"ers with this flawlessly written, flawlessly delivered show about her new found queerness. Expect Wordle, unlikely beer swilling and judgmental cats in this epic follow-up to Hench.
Despite the subject matter of his recent traumas (divorce, a bike accident and the death a close friend), this fantastic show packs in lots of big laughs.
The audience adores Josh Pugh and it's easy to see why. His lightly-surreal jokes are consistently superb, and never let up throughout a brilliant hour. He's destined for the big leagues.
Not a single dud sketch. We can't emphasise that point enough... this is an hour of non-stop great sketches, performed slickly by four skilled and very likeable performers.
A very exciting newcomer: confident, supremely likable and naturally funny.
The Aussie comic is on blistering form here, kicking off locked down in New Zealand then shifting gears to get furious about what on earth is going on everywhere else.
BCG loved Leo Reich's two person sketch show Manhunt in 2018 - now he's back, solo, with an autobiographical hour that gently mocks Gen Z issues. His style is light-hearted, knowing self-obsession and this well-structured show is peppered with songs that showcase a great singing voice.
A great, engaging storyteller and this is her best hour yet.
From the second he stepped onto the stage, Henry Lewis had the audience in the palm of his hand. His sharp improv skills ensured that the laughter in the crowd built almost to the point of mass hysteria. Crammed with gags, slapstick and Mischief's well honed brand of chaos, Mind Mangler is an absolute triumph.
This is a joyous celebration of the great Victoria Wood, and Paulus is the perfect host. Warm, witty and with an adoration of Wood's work that shines through every moment, his rapport with pianist Michael Roulston was lovely to see. Wood's songs, as you would expect, are exceptional and sung with real feeling.
Drag star Myra DuBois's agony aunt format is oven ready to become a television show - and fingers crossed a channel does commission it, as then the whole nation could revel in the non-stop laughs this host delivers. Brilliant from start to finish - you must go and let her insult you.
Luxurious velvety stand-up from a comedian who it is a pleasure to be in the company of. There's some lovely turns of phrase delivered across this well thought-out hour... and some salty guts.
This is a high energy hour largely on class, with her trademark caustic observations and lots of big laughs.
A brilliantly funny hour that won Most Outstanding Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival earlier this year. It's packed with jokes on gender identity, sexuality, eavesdropping and divorce.
An admirably sensible discussion about gender wrapped up in some lovely Nicoresti lunacy, including surely the biggest face you'll see at this year's Fringe.
One of the most underrated comedians on the circuit delivers his masterpiece. Surely if he keep producing hours like this then Sean McLoughlin has to tip over and become a household name. This is a dense hour, full of fertile ideas, self referential malaise, surprising physicality and the finest routine about a horse ever to grace a microphone.
A frank and very funny hour about the fallout from his time on Strictly, from PTSD and suicidal thoughts to therapy, quitting alcohol, feeling happy again and reconciling with his heroin-addicted father. The hour has lots of big laughs and some bang on impressions.
A queer double act riffing on, amongst other things, how many people mistake them for young boys. Destined for the big leagues.
Unique Fringe legend. The only man who would choose to interpret review comment 'the closest comedy gets to art' via a Venn diagram.
A little lunchtime hidden treasure, this almost-silent duo do joyously silly things with unlikely props, possibly just found in the Carnivore's kitchen.
It's worth emphasising you don't have to care about, or know anything about, US politics to enjoy this PowerPoint-based show from Ted Hill. The likeable performer has found plenty of history to laugh about as he zips through his well-constructed and researched slides.
His viral greeter clips and exceptional audience-interaction sections make up the high points of this show, but it's all very fun and daft.
A breathless hour of industry-poking sexy hi-tech clown business: you'll spot hints of his infamous character Jack Tucker here, but Zach Zucker is a lot easier to sit in a darkened room with.