Five new faces in British comedy to watch in Edinburgh

This article is from 2010

Five new faces in British comedy to watch in Edinburgh

A quintet of bright and shiny debutants from the UK

Joe Rowntree
Hindsight is a great thing, but who knows where this guy would be now had his planned collaboration with Laura Solon in 2005 arrived in Edinburgh. She only went and won the Perrier on her tod and half a decade later, he’s making his maiden solo voyage with Peaceful Worrier. He does look quite anxious in his press pic, right enough.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 7–29 Aug (not 16), 7.45pm, £9–£10 (£7–£9). Previews 4–6 Aug, £5.

Sara Pascoe
Not content with shoving around Toulson and Harvey (in a non-aggressive, directorial fashion, we trust), the heavily-tipped comic stars in her very own production. And Sara Pascoe vs Her Ego is its name-o.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 6–30 Aug (not 16), 8.15pm, £9.50–£12 (£8–£10.50). Previews 4 & 5 Aug, £5.

Mark Nelson
The inaugural Scottish Comedian of the Year has kept us waiting a while for this Fringe debut, but with Offending the Senses, he’ll surely deliver a shock (or five) to Edinburgh’s system.
Underbelly, 08445 458 252, 7–29 Aug (not 16), 6.30pm, £9–£10.50 (£6.50–£9.50). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £6.

Henry Paker
This chap was part of the Superclump gang last year and is hooking up with Mike Wozniak for their own Golden Lizard sketch affair. But he’s also flying solo with a 3D Bugle. A case of blowing his own trumpet?
The GRV, 226 0000, 7–29 Aug (not 16), 7.50pm, £5. Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £2.50.

Chris Ramsey
How far would you go to escape a confrontation? Ramsey would go farther. In Aggrophobic, this genial Geordie explores the lengths he will stretch to in order to avoid a rammy. Not a terrible ambition, has to be said.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug, 8.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8). Previews 4–6 Aug, £5.

Joe Rowntree: Peaceful Worrier

  • 3 stars

Star of Sky One's multi-award-winning hit TV series 'Brainiac: Science Abuse' and host of sell-out UK tour, 'Brainiac Live'; performs his hotly anticipated debut show. A frank and funny story about the nature of worrying and how it shape's our lives. Joe's got plenty to worry about, from STDs in Africa to a dramatic end…

Chris Ramsey: Aggrophobic

Rising stand-up star Chris Ramsey embarks on his debut hour with a show about avoiding confrontation. Star of the Comedy Zone, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2009 nominee and a finalist in the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Awards 2008, Chris has this year supported Al Murray, Lee Mack and Russell Kane on…

Sara Pascoe vs Her Ego

  • 2 stars

The stunning debut Edinburgh show from Time Out magazine's rising star. With a unique style of comedy, Sara fuses high intellect with the surreal and playful. Her razor sharp wit, one liners and hilarious left field view of the world ensure she is a true original. Television includes 'Free Agents', 'Campus' (series…

Mike Wozniak and Henry Paker: The Golden Lizard

Who is Floyd Vernon? Two award-winning comedians deliver a clutch of bizarre characters, bogus science and scrambled mystery. Directed by Matt Peover. 'Best new show' winner, Leicester Comedy Festival. ‘A gem’ (Sun). Henry Paker won the Leicester Comedian of the Year Award in 2008 and writes for 'Mock the Week' and '8 Out…

Henry Paker's 3D Bugle

  • 4 stars

Hold onto your skin because Henry Paker (star of 2008’s 'Comedy Zone' and Leicester comedian of the year) is about to hit you with his first hour of stand-up featuring odds and sods, whimsy and mild posturing. Henry has appeared on 'Edinburgh and Beyond' (Comedy Central) and Arthur Smith’s 'Balham Bash' (Radio 4). He’s…

Mark Nelson - Offending the Senses

  • 4 stars

Pure and hilariously unadulterated, powerhouse stand-up from winner 2006’s ‘Scottish comedian of the year’  solo fringe debut. 'Nelson possesses a talent that is simply obscene… You'll want to see what all the fuss is about, his act definitely reveals a star in the making. A remarkably accomplished stage manner with…