Hitlist - the best Festival comedy
This article is from 2007.
Kristen Schaal Winston Churchill roamed the Assembly Rooms last year in the guise of Mel Smith. He’s back for a ghost appearance in this superb show from one of America’s most delicate new comic talents. Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 20), 8.45pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50).
Stewart Lee Only the 41st Best Stand-Up Ever? You’re having a laugh? He’s at least number 36 on the evidence of his latest barnstormer in the purple cow. UdderBELLY’s Pasture, 0870 745 3083, until 27 Aug, 7.30pm, £12.50–£14 (£11–£12.50).
Mark Watson If there’s anyone at the Fringe as gloriously straight down the line funny as the frenetic ‘Welshman’, you have to go and see them right now. But there won’t be, so the innovative livewire is your main port of comedy call. Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug, 9.10pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9–£10).
Jimmy Carr Leave your offence-ometer at the door as the stand-up with a true mastery of the Queen’s English gets all tasteless on your ass. EICC, 0870 4000 886, until 26 Aug (not 20–22), 9pm, £14 (£12).
Jason Manford He may be a gentle giant but the northern chap still knows how to subtly make his way under you skin. In a comedy way, mind. Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug, 9.45pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8–£9).
Jim Jeffries Clearly being whacked on the head has done this firecracker Aussie more good than harm. Which is not to say you should go up and attack him. UdderBELLY’s Pasture, 0870 745 3083, until 27 Aug, 9.50pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10).