Comedy Hitlist

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  • 26 August 2009

This article is from 2009

Comedy Hitlist

Brendon Burns
In years gone by this mouthy Aussie could have started an almighty battle in an empty room. He doesn’t have that problem anymore given the number of dates he’s added to this sold-out run.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 25–29 Aug, 10.30pm, £16 (£14.50).

Anna & Katy
Crilly and Wix pull out all the Pythonesque stops with a raving hour of all-out lunacy.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 6.40pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8–£9).

Phil Nichol
The crazy Canadian brings it down a gear to devastating effect with his creation Bobby Spade.
The Stand II, 558 7272, until 30 Aug, 9pm, £10.

Kim Noble
One half of Noble and Silver returns to the Fringe with a difficult show confronting the darker recesses of his, and our minds.
Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 30 Aug, 6.20pm, £12–£13 (£11–£12).

Richard Herring
One of this year’s most anticipated comedy shows delivers its promise with passion and hilarity.
Underbelly, 08445 458 252, until 30 Aug, 8.40pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).

Pappy’s Fun Club
A supersonic jaunt through a ludicrous yet hilarious number of sketches over 60 minutes.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 7.20pm, £12–£14 (£10.50–£12.50).

Alun Cochrane
One of our most merry daydreamers delivers another heavenly set.
The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, until 30 Aug, 10.50pm, £9 (£8).

Jonny Sweet
The guy that just announced to play a young Davdi Cameron in a future More4 production delivers a devistatingly funny show about a deceased brother.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 30 Aug, 4.45pm, £8.50-£9.50 (£7-£8).

Jonny Sweet: Mostly About Arthur

  • 5 stars

From BBC2's 'Winging It' and the acclaimed 'House of Windsor'. Sell-out 2007/08. 'Unmissable' (The List) 'Box-fresh wit and bitingly original' - ***** (Scotsman) 'Intimidatingly brilliant' - **** (Ed Fest) 'Truly unique' - ***** ( Critic's Choice (Guardian, Times)

Pappy's Fun Club's World Record Attempt: 200 Sketches In An Hour

  • 5 stars

Fresh from Channel 4, 'The funniest sketch troupe on the Fringe' (Scotsman) fearlessly take on the impossible. if.comedy nominees 2007. Chortle Best Sketch Act 2008. 'Turbo-charged' (Guardian).

Brendon Burns: Comedy Good Yeah Silly Side C**t

After touring the US and Australia, Brendon Burns returns to his home away from home that isn't London - the Pleasance in Edinburgh. Two nights only! Book early! Exclaim!

Alun Cochrane … Is a Daydreamer (at Night)

Observational comedy, droll storytelling and fantasy all collide to create very funny sort-of jokes from the undisputed king of 'Cochranian' humour: Alun Cochrane. '…just really, really funny' - ★★★★★ (

Richard Herring - Hitler Moustache

Reclaiming Chaplin's moustache for comedy, 'Headmaster's Son' star muses on iconography, the positive side of racism and why an innocent square inch of facial hair took the blame for Nazism. 'Best comedian of his generation' (GQ).

Kim Noble Will Die

  • 4 stars

The sublimely talented Kim Noble from Noble and Silver is a unique artist and comedian and in his new show, 'Kim Noble Will Die', he lays bare his plans for departing this world in an absurd mix of comedy, video and avant-garde theatre.

Phil Nichol: A Deadpan Poet Sings Quiet Songs Quietly ...

  • 5 stars

Ridiculously deadpan one-liners, fantastically sublime comic poems and quietly engaging comedy songs interspersed with the hairbrained musing of an idiot. 'Entertainingly unpredictable'**** (List). 'Brilliance'***** (Sunday Times).