Looking for a little politics with your Fringe comedy?

This article is from 2018

A little bit more politics

Luisa Omielan

Fringe comedy shows to see that tackle (in their diverse ways) some of the issues du jour

From Brexit and Theresa May to health policies and even Russia's influence in the US elections, the world of politics is ripe with controversy for comedians to draw inspiration from at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. Here are some of the acts that are hoping to tickle your funny bone and distract you from the political turmoil we have found ourselves in.


Fringe 2018 Comedy: A little bit more politics

A finalist in Burlesque Idol (you didn't know such a thing existed, did you?), Jones paints a satirical picture with Fifty Shades of May, in which she mercilessly lampoons political figures such as the PM, Angela Eagle, Arlene Foster and Nicola Sturgeon.
Assembly Roxy, 3–24 Aug (not 13), 8.50pm, £8–£10 (£7–£9). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £5.


Fringe 2018 Comedy: A little bit more politics

The true successor to Rory Bremner's mimicry crown, Forde marks his final Fringe as an EU citizen (presumably) with the cunningly named Brexit Through the Gift Shop in which this stridently New Labour man takes off as many of the leading politicos as he can in a single hour.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4–26 Aug, 8.30pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12). Previews 1–3 Aug, £8.


Fringe 2018 Comedy: A little bit more politics

In his last two critically adored shows, he's tackled disgraced cyclists and the world of classical music, and here the talented Mr Hodgson is back with a show which recalls the time when Britain initially joined Europe to become part of the Common Market.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4–26 Aug, 8.15pm, £8–£12 (£7–£11). Previews 1–3 Aug, £6.


Fringe 2018 Comedy: A little bit more politics

Like many people, Omielan was passionately anti-politics until an issue touched her personally. In this case, her mum's illness and death triggered a questioning of the government's health policies.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–26 Aug (not 14, 23), 9pm, £14–£15 (£12–£13). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £9.


Fringe 2018 Comedy: A little bit more politics

With Russia never far from the news headlines (Putin, poison and Pussy Riot for three), the time is truly ripe for another comic from that land, with Doublethink acting as a vessel to analyse progaganda, democracy and the truth behind Trump's notorious pre-presidency trip to Moscow.
Just the Tonic at The Tron, 2–26 Aug (not 13), 11.40pm, £5 (£4) in advance or donation at the venue.

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Lolly Jones: Fifty Shades of May

  • 4 stars

Lolly Jones Lolly (BBC Three/Comedy Central) lampoons political figures in this character comedy/burlesque hybrid show. As Theresa May, she will taunt and tease in Brussels and in fields of wheat. Featuring footage of Liam Hourican as Jacob Rees-Mogg (Murder in Successville/Tracey Ullman's Show). It's Downing Street on…

Kieran Hodgson: '75

  • 4 stars

Kieran Hodgson tells the story of how the UK joined the EU in the first place in his Edinburgh Comedy Award 2018 nominated show.

Oleg Denisov: Doublethink

  • 3 stars

Just the Tonic Edinburgh C/O Yippee Productions Ltd If information is in infinite supply, why are we surprised it has no value? Moscow's top (yeah, only) satirical stand-up, the 'quick-fire funny' (Vin Arthey, Scotsman) Russian returns to Edinburgh from the neo-archaic futureland! A political animal from Putin’s petrified…

Matt Forde: Brexit Through the Gift Shop

Avalon Promotions The whole thing's a mess and only one person can sort it out. Sadly, we have no idea who. Join Britain's leading political comedian, Matt Forde, for his last show as an EU citizen. 'A hugely impressive hour of political comedy… it keeps hitting the spot' ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk). 'Possibly the best political…