Edinburgh Fringe 2010 comedy highlights for a fiver

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  • 27 July 2010

This article is from 2010

Comedy Fringe for a Fiver

Lesbian Bathhouse

The best comedy shows doing cheap previews

A Betrayal of Penguins

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.

Adam Riches

The man behind Rogues Males is back in the saddle as he Rides! again.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4-6 Aug, 4pm.

Alex Horne

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.

Andrew Lawrence

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.

The Aspidistras

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

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 Big Value Comedy Show Early/Late

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.

The Boy with Tape on His Face

An hour of mime: how funny can that possibly be? Blindingly so, as it happens.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 5 & 6 Aug, 10.30pm.

The Boom Jennies

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.

Celia Pacquola

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.

Charlie Talbot

Someone Better Known is a debut that ponders over one's superfluity. Well, Charlie's anyway.
GRV, 5 & 6 Aug, 4pm.

Chris Corcoran

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.

The Clean as Possible Comedy Show

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.

The Comedy Zone

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.

Dan Antopolski

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.

Danny Bevins

In The Making of an American Smartass, signor Bevins delivers a cocky and opinionated diatribe.
The Tron, 5–11 Aug, 10.20pm.

Felicity Ward

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.

Gemma Goggin

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.

Holly Burn

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.

The Incident

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.

Jeremy Lion

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.

Lee Nelson

Seem him on telly yet? Never mind, he's well better in the flesh.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4–6 Aug, 10.20pm.

Leisa Rea

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.

Lesbian Bathhouse

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.

Maeve Higgins

The cheeky Irish lass beguiles us and impresses us with her Personal Best.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4 & 5 Aug, 4.30pm.

Miles Jupp

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.

New Art Club

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.

Paul Zenon

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.

The Penny Dreadfuls

Brand new sketch fare from the increasingly beloved Fringe faves.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4–6 Aug, 6pm.

Phil Kay

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 Real MacGuffins

The new Pros from Dover, some are saying, not a bad recommendation for this sketch trio.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4-6 Aug, 10.45pm.

Russell Kane

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.

Sara Pascoe

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.

Scott Agnew

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.

Sophie Black

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.

Strassman: Duality

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.

Stuart Goldsmith

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.

Terry Alderton

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.

Two Episodes of MASH

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.

Wil Hodgson

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.

Your Days are Numbered: The Maths of Death

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.