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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.

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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.

02.

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.

03.

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?

04.

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.

05.

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.

06.

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?

07.

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.

08.

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.

09.

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.

10.

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.

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