Fringe guide

Com­edy treats you must see

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The Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe is renowned for its com­edy shows. Some of the big­gest names be­gan their jour­ney at the Fringe, so it is not sur­pris­ing that it is one of the hottest gen­res at the fes­ti­val. With so much on of­fer, KIRSTY GORDON has se­lected the 10 best com­edy shows that are made just for you Best for fam­i­lies: Vil­lain: DeBlanks

Where: theS­pace @ Venue 45 When: Au­gust 20-25 at 10:05am Du­ra­tion: 50 min­utes

Age: 5+

Price: £8/10

Fill in the blanks of the ac­tors’ scripts with this hi­lar­i­ous show. The au­di­ence pro­vide the words as the ac­tors read their newly crafted script for the first time on stage. Ev­ery show will be dif­fer­ent as new au­di­ences put the word’s in the ac­tors’ mouths.

Best for mu­sic lovers:

Ger­al­dyne: Im­prov from Mu­sic Where: Bar Ba­dos Com­plex When: Au­gust 11-25 at 9:15pm Du­ra­tion: 1 hour

Age: 16+

Price: Free

This show fea­tures a guest mu­si­cian ev­ery night, from rock-pop artists to clas­si­cally trained opera singers. Lis­ten to their great­est hits, and watch as Ger­al­dyne does a hi­lar­i­ous im­pro­vised ver­sion. Ex­pect mu­si­cal tal­ent mixed with roar­ing laugh­ter.

Best for au­di­ence

par­tic­i­pa­tion: Steen Raskopou­los: Stay Where: Un­der­belly Cow­gate When: Au­gust 2-12, 14-26 at 8pm Du­ra­tion: 1 hour

Age: 16+

Price: £11.50/12.50

For au­di­ences who love to get in­volved in the ac­tion, the Steen Raskopou­los show will not dis­ap­point. His sketches rely on au­di­ence mem­bers who love to throw them­selves into a crazy char­ac­ter. Lively and in­ter­ac­tive, don’t ex­pect to sit back and watch.

Best for ab­surd com­edy: Neal Portenza’s Fi­nal Ed­in­burgh Show Will Be a Bad Magic Show on a Bus. BBC, ITV, Chan­nel 4, Net­flix and Ama­zon Prime Are All Wel­come

Where: He­roes @Bob’s Blund­abus When: Au­gust 2-26 at 10:40pm Du­ra­tion: 55mins

Age: 14+

Price: £7 Ex­actly as it says in the ti­tle, this is Neal Portenza’s fi­nal Fringe show. Step onto the bus and en­ter a sur­real world of com­edy. Au­di­ences try to keep-up with Portenza and catch a breath from laugh­ing.

Best for par­ents: Ai­dan Goat­ley: 10 Films with My Dad Where: Sweet Grass­mar­ket When: Au­gust 3-14, 16-26 at 8pm Du­ra­tion: 1 hour

Age: 16+

Price: £10

Ai­dan Goat­ley takes the au­di­ence through a com­i­cal jour­ney of how fa­thers and sons com­mu­ni­cate. For him and his dad, it was through films. Chat­ting film plots, char­ac­ters, and pop­corn, Goat­ley charms au­di­ences through ten films that con­nected him and his dad. Best for late night bingo play­ers: Bongo’s Bingo Where: The Jam House

When: Au­gust 2-31 ev­ery Thurs­day and Fri­day at 10:45pm

Du­ra­tion: 3 hours 45 min­utes Age: 18+

Price: £15

Get the night started with Bongo’s Bingo party. This is not the av­er­age bingo night, ex­pect danc­ing on the ta­bles, sing-alongs and crazy prizes as the au­di­ence ex­pe­ri­ence their wildest night of bingo yet. Cross out your score­cards as you party the night away.

Best for po­lit­i­cally cor­rect

fem­i­nists: Aye­sha Hazarika: Girl on Girl

Where: Gilded Bal­loon Te­viot When: Au­gust 2-11 at 6:45pm Du­ra­tion: 1 hour

Age: 14+

Price: £11/12

Ex-po­lit­i­cal ad­viser Aye­sha takes to the stage to an­a­lyse the fight for fem­i­nism in the 21st Cen­tury. This bru­tally hon­est and hu­mor­ous look at fem­i­nism is both en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tive. Aye­sha ques­tions what has hap­pened to fem­i­nism and whether women of the world are re­ally unit­ing.

Best for nerds: Ac­tion Fig­ure Archive with Steve McLean Where: 52 Ca­noes Grass­mar­ket When: Au­gust 4-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-25 at 4:45pm

Du­ra­tion: 50min­utes

Age: 16+

Price: Free

For adults who are still hold­ing onto their child­hood ac­tion fig­ures, Steve McLean wel­comes you to his show. With a hi­lar­i­ous walk down mem­ory lane, McLean dis­cusses ev­ery nerd’s unan­swered ques­tions about their fig­urines. Best for mash-up cult fans: Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead Where: Plea­sance Court­yard When: Au­gust 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 at 10:20pm

Du­ra­tion: 1 hour

Age: 14+

Price: £10/12 Fans of Evil Dead II and Elvis Pres­ley unite with multi-award win­ning Fringe co­me­dian Rob Kemp. Watch as Kemp rein­vents this cult clas­sic through the songs of the King of rock n roll. Ex­pect to be laugh­ing and singing along with this “groovy” late night show.

Best for his­tory buffs: Daniel

Downie: 2 o’clock gun Where: The Bee­hive Inn

When: Au­gust 2-19, 25-26 at 2pm Du­ra­tion: 1 hour

Age: 16+

Price: £5

Ever won­dered why a mas­sive canon is fired from Ed­in­burgh cas­tle ev­ery day? Find out why with Daniel Downie, who takes a com­i­cal look at Ed­in­burgh’s his­tory and tra­di­tions. Per­haps not the most his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate, this show will cer­tainly open your eyes to Ed­in­burgh and teach you a thing or two about this bril­liant comic.

If you love the gore of the Evil Dead and the catchy tunes of Elvis Pres­ley, then The Elvis Dead at the Plea­sance Court­yard is for you

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