Edinburgh Fringe 2010 comedy highlights for a fiver
The best comedy shows doing cheap previews
This article is from 2010.
The two young Irish jokers return with more sketchy nonsense in a show entitled Don’t Run with Scissors?
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4-6 Aug, 2.45pm.
The man behind Rogues Males is back in the saddle as he Rides! again.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4-6 Aug, 4pm.
Cleverest man in comedy? Got to be up there, certainly. Odds is the fullest run of the three shows he’s doing, and in it he addresses numbers, quantum physics and regrets.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4-6 Aug, 8.30pm.
The gingered one cruelly concludes that this is his Too Ugly for Television Tour. Didn’t stop (INSERT UN-PRETTY SMALL SCREEN CELEB OF YOUR CHOICE) from making a career there, though, did it?
Pleasance Courtyard, 4-6 Aug, 9.20pm.
Gerardine Coyne and Maria Hodson do a neat mix of music, comedy and drama for their Secret Breakfast Gig.
The Caves, 5 & 6 Aug, 11.35am.
Bec Hill Didn’t Want to Play Your Stupid Game Anyway is arguably the most endearing comedy show title of the Fringe.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4–7 Aug, 4pm.
The 16th year of this showcase for tomorrow’s giants of comedy does two 90-minute slots per evening.
The Caves, 5 & 6 Aug, 7.30pm, 9.30pm.
An hour of mime: how funny can that possibly be? Blindingly so, as it happens.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 5 & 6 Aug, 10.30pm.
Declaring that We Want Action, the BJs are getting the comedy revolution started.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4-6 Aug, 2.10pm.
Directed by Mark Chavez of the Pajama Men, this is a ‘carnival of boundless imaginings’. A bit like the Pajama Men, then?
Assembly Rooms, 5 & 6 Aug, 6.50pm.
Beatbox, a cappella and martial arts: wouldn’t be happening in my kitchen.
Assembly Rooms, 5 & 6 Aug, 4pm.
The desperately likeable Aussie follows up a gleefully successful debut last year with Flying Solos, a show about getting out of your safety zone and stepping right on up.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4–6 Aug, 6pm.
Someone Better Known is a debut that ponders over one’s superfluity. Well, Charlie’s anyway.
GRV, 5 & 6 Aug, 4pm.
The Welsh wizard comes back after a long absence from the Fringe. His debut starred him and some puppets and a bit of flip-charting and he’s since gone on to entertain the weans on CBeebies with the magnificent Doodle-Do. Here, he declares that What Goes on Tour, Stays on Tour. Sounds mildly perilous.
Le Monde, 5 Aug, 6.45pm.
Can this possibly be funny? Of course it will be. After all, swearing is neither big nor clever. Apparently.
The Lot, 6–30 Aug, 5pm.
Man, this showcase has been going on for years. Among the quartet this time around are Scotsman Davey See, who gave splendid support to Jenny Eclair at her recent Glasgow Comedy Festival show, and Naz Osmanoglu, one of the WitTank chaps.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4–6 Aug, 10.45pm.
He churned out the best joke of the Fringe last year, according to Dave (the TV channel, not just some random bloke with that forename), so let’s see what he’s made of in ‘10 with Turn of the Century.
Pleasance Dome, 4–6 Aug, 8pm.
In The Making of an American Smartass, signor Bevins delivers a cocky and opinionated diatribe.
The Tron, 5–11 Aug, 10.20pm.
Another one of those terribly funny antipodeans flicks her way through an hour as she Reads from the Book of Moron.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4–6 Aug, 6.45pm.
Reflecting on some dating disasters, this show is entitled Get Laid or Die Trying. One for the mainstream rappers among you, there.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4–7 Aug, 1.30pm.
The one-off that is Ms Burn follows up her site-specific show of last year with Living and Dying, a rule-dispensing slab of character comedy.
The Caves, 5 & 6 Aug, 3.35pm.
Aussie comics Sam Simmons and David Quirk collaborate for ‘Godot meets Point Break in a shop’. We are suitably intrigued.
Assembly Rooms, 5 & 6 Aug, 4.45pm.
After a long absence, possibly drying out, the UK’s outlandishly inappropriate kids entertainer has returned. Look behind the gaudy make-up and you might recognise a guy that was in The Thick of It.
Pleasance Dome, 4–6 Aug, 8.20pm.
Seem him on telly yet? Never mind, he’s well better in the flesh.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4–6 Aug, 10.20pm.
The former one half of Adams and Rea has more mature matters on her mind these days. A Pension Plan for instance.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4-6 Aug, 2pm.
Now, there’s a title and a half. Probably not what you might expect it to be, this show, then again, maybe it will deliver exactly that. Apparently it’s a ‘one-act comic romp.’
Assembly Rooms, 5 & 6 Aug, 10.40pm.
The cheeky Irish lass beguiles us and impresses us with her Personal Best.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4 & 5 Aug, 4.30pm.
The posh fop with the wicked sense of fun takes a real chance with his Scottish fanbase by sticking the word ‘cricket’ into a show title. Thusly: Fibber in the Heat (A Cricket Tale). Mind you, it also has the word ‘fibber’ in there, so maybe that will balance it out.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4-6 Aug, 8pm.
An amalgamation of their past shows from this musical-dance act. Not many of them kicking about, right enough.
Assembly Rooms, 5 & 6 Aug, 7.15pm.
Another chap returning to the Fringe after a lengthy absence, Lounge Wizard will no doubt be full of eye-poppingly awesome magic stuff. Unless in the interim period he’s decided to be the new Jim Jefferies and has a set full of jokes about women and the disabled, which does seem rather unlikely.
Le Monde, 4 & 5 Aug, 9.15pm.
Brand new sketch fare from the increasingly beloved Fringe faves.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4–6 Aug, 6pm.
Still challenging Jason Byrne as the comic most likely to need a lie-down at the end of an hour-long show, our lad is doing a number of things this Fringe (we think that number is four). Here, it’s RadioFree, a whirlygig of music-based comedy.
The Caves, 5 & 6 Aug, 11.40pm.
The new Pros from Dover, some are saying, not a bad recommendation for this sketch trio.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4-6 Aug, 10.45pm.
Still entertaining the Fringe crowds for the full month despite getting mighty close to being far too big for that kind of annual malarkey, the Essex lad can’t see what he’s doing for Smokescreens and Castles. What does it all mean?
Pleasance Courtyard, 4-6 Aug, 9.10pm.
She’s directing a couple of shows while she’s here, but the tipped-for-massive things comic gets a chance to do her own thing with Sara Pascoe vs Her Ego. Pleasance Courtyard, 4 & 5 Aug, 8.15pm.
The former Scottish Comedian of the Year (we’ll stop saying that one day) follows up his full debut of 2009 with Pride (In the Name of Love), another personal exploration of the soul. But funny with it, don’t worry.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4-6 Aug, 11.15pm.
Someone else striking out from her past. Once part of the great Fat Tongue, Ms Black is now doing sketch stuff all on her tod.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4 & 5 Aug, 8.15pm.
If sinister ventriloquist dummies keep you awake at night, maybe best to avoid this. For everyone else, the master of such things returns, battling his alter ego in a desperate race against insanity. Holy bejesus, that sounds spooky.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4 & 5 Aug, 7pm.
No longer hanging around the Kiosk of Champions, the former street entertainer tries to prove he’s a Reasonable Man.
Pleasance Dome, 4-6 Aug, 7.30pm.
If a straight-down-the-line solid night’s comedy is your bag of desires when it comes to picking a Fringe stand-up to see, then Tel is your man.
Pleasance Dome, 4-6 Aug, 9.20pm.
Any sketch shows out there with a better name than this? Thought not. Joe Wilkinson and Diane Morgan deliver a somewhat obtuse set entitled A Sketch Show by These Two People. Bit vague.
Pleasance Dome, 4–6 Aug, 4.20pm.
Becoming a right old staple of the Fringe is the Chippenham chap. Last year he was spotted at the Caves chewing the fat with Mark Thomas and now he’s in there doing a gig. Funny old world.
The Caves, 5 & 6 Aug, 3.50pm.
Just like school this, as we get numbers thrown at us before noon. But Matt Parker and Timandra Harkness will make it even funnier than watching a teacher (geography or similar) slip on some soap in the playground.
Assembly Rooms, 5 & 6 Aug, 11.25am.