Comeback comics: 5 comedians staging a return to the Fringe after a long absence

This article is from 2018

Comeback Comics: Five comedians stage a return to the Fringe after a long absence

Helen Lederer / credit: Steve Ullathorne

Expect fresh new material from the likes of Fringe veterans Helen Lederer, John Molony and Miles Jupp

It might not be exactly like riding a bike, but these comics are firmly back in the Fringe saddle after all these years. Find out where their years away from Edinburgh have taken them, and how this triumphant return compares to their debut.

Helen Lederer
Finger Food in 2004 was when Lederer was last at the Fringe, in a spoof cookery show alongside a certain Miranda Hart. I Might As Well Say It has her revealing all about the comedy biz.
Helen Lederer: I Might as Well Say It, Underbelly Bristo Square, 4–25 Aug (not 13), 5.05pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50). Preview 3 Aug, £7.

John Moloney
Acting in consort with Fred MacAulay, the man who was once dubbed the Bentley of stand-ups (in a world where all comedians were comparable to cars), Moloney will perform half an hour of straight-down-the-line comedy.
Fred MacAulay and John Moloney, The Stand, 3–26 Aug (not 13), 8.05pm, £14 (£12).

Arnab Chanda
In 2007, Chanda performed a split show with Greg McHugh and his future looked bright. A little while later, personal reasons had him fleeing the comedy scene with his return only now secured. Stories from Arnab will be exactly that.
Arnab Chanda: Stories from Arnab, Banshee Labyrinth, 4–26 Aug (not 12, 19), 5pm, donation.

Paul Mayhew-Archer
You have to go all the way back to 1975 for Mayhew-Archer's previous Fringe appearance, beside Andy Hamilton in one of those revue shows you got back then. For Incurable Optimist, he's chatting about his determination to not let his Parkinson's get him down.
Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist, Underbelly Bristo Square, 4–26 Aug (not 13), 5.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9). Previews 1–3 Aug, £6.50.

Miles Jupp
2010 was the last time Archie the Inventor from Balamory (oh come on, no one thinks of him hanging around a pink castle anymore, surely?) had a full show on the go at the Fringe, and here he's hosting daily interviews with the likes of Les Dennis, David Gower, Jess Phillips and John McCarthy.
The Miles Jupp Interviews, The Stand's New Town Theatre, 3–12 Aug, 3.40pm, £14 (£12).

Fred MacAulay and John Moloney

Fred MacAulay and John Moloney / The Stand Comedy Club With a friendship that has endured numerous governments, several economic downturns and expanding waist sizes, these two stand-ups join together to bring you a one-hour show which will provide a craftsman-like masterclass in stand-up comedy. Anecdotes, jokes, routines…

The Miles Jupp Interviews

Miles Jupp / The Stand Comedy Club On each day of this run Miles Jupp (actor, writer, comedian, host of Radio 4’s The News Quiz) will sit down in a hopefully comfy chair (ideally one with arms) in front of a discerning audience and opposite a carefully selected guest of interest and note and then proceed to have a proper…

Arnab Chanda: Stories from Arnab

  • 3 stars

Arnab Chanda (Russell Howard's Good News, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2007) quit stand-up in 2011. In his debut hour, he tells stories about what happened after that: broken dreams, death, getting alopecia and other hilarious topics. 'Star of tomorrow… he’s a rare talent on the UK circuit…

Helen Lederer: I Might as Well Say It

  • 3 stars

So Comedy and Broken Robot Productions The Naked Video and Absolutely Fabulous star feels it's time to spill, before she forgets and gets taken off the patches altogether. What went on in the Big Brother house? Can she be honest about stand-up comedy, being fat, wheezy and other secrets? Probably not. She might lie. 'A…

Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist

Debut stand-up hour from the multi award-winning co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley.