With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe packing in more than 3,000 unique and inspiring events across 24 days, you’re spoilt for choice. But fear not, as we’ve brought together a glittering handful of the most must-see acts for 2016.
Wayne Carter Teaches You to Be Fabulous August 4-28, Laughing Horse at The Newsroom (Venue 93)
You’ve almost an entire month to brush up on your levels of faaaaabulous thanks to Wayne Carter. Promising dancing, stand-up, this Aussie gay sure knows how to put on a show.
The Gayest Thing You’ve Ever Seen August 6-28, CC Blooms (Venue 171)
It ’s a bold promise, but one we’re sure will be delivered on. In his debut show at the festival, Martin Dixon will pack your evening full of raps about rimming, Grindr and being a homo-sexy-gal. Drawing on his gay life and observations, it ’s a celebration of all things gay with a magical, yet self-confessedly tragic and desperate undertone throughout.
Eurobeat August 3-15, 17-22, 24-29, Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
It ’s time to dig out your and scream until you’re all spent with a hilarious sequin-soaked celebration of the song contest. Ten countries compete
for the coveted title and you hold the power by voting live to determine the winner. Lee Latchford-Evans of Steps fame stars as co-host alongside the iconic actress Rula Lenska. Just make sure we aren’t left with ‘nul points’, yeah?
Starman August 4-14, 16-21, 23-28, Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3)
Winning acclaim for his tribute to David Bowie, this former Time Out New York critics’ pick relives the life and times of one of the greatest stars to ever grace our planet. Grab your face paint and sequinned spacesuit, and get ready for a show that ’s out of this world.
Aug 4-15, 17-29, Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3)
Australian cabaret sensation colourful life and timeless songs of music genius Cole Porter. Featuring classics from Anything Goes, you’re sure to be left feeling De-Lovely come curtain call.
Aug 3-14, 16-29, Underbelly Med Quad (Venue 302)
The Apprentice’s Sam Curry stars in a new comedy about the cult of celebrity. With his on Britain’s Worst Singer, and gaining notoriety after swearing on Children in Need, can he navigate the trappings of overnight fame to make it in the world of show business?
August 3-29, Gilded Balloon at the Counting House (Venue 170)
Are you a bad gay? You might want to keep that one to yourself, but Russ Peers certainly doesn’t. Chunky, over 40 and knowing more about pies than poppers, Bad Gay? brings his biting wit to the reality of society ’s gay man should be and observations of the gay scene. In and out of the closet, Russ looks at his big gay Northern life so far to good at being gay.
Aug 3-14, 16-28, Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
Hating his job, colleagues and the fucking news, reporter Jonathan Pie reveals the truth behind recent worldly events. Sure to be venting plenty of spleen, we’re warned the show may also contain strong fucking language.
August 4-14, 16-28, The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6 (Venue 319)
Prepare for an evening of misery and complaints as Andrew Doyle returns to Edinburgh following total sell-out runs for his last three shows. Never one to hold back his thoughts, be a good gay and join your kin in seeing the bitter side of life.
August 3-14, 16-28, Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14)
Dip a toe into the world of Rotherham’s least celebrated daughter as the acid-tongued drag star promises razor sharp observation, songs and maybe even dance — if her hip’s up to it. It ’s basically an unapologetic hour of self-adoration.