Hitlist - the best Festival comedy

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This article is from 2007.

Hitlist - the best Festival comedy

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).

This article is from 2007.

Stewart Lee

  • 5 stars

Another phenomenal contribution to the sanity of the world from Stewart Lee, full of the bravery and wit that have seen him through two decades of a comedy career. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'

Jason Manford

  • 4 stars

The ever-endearing Jason Manford returns to the Fringe with more traditional stand-up show, after his 2005 Award-winning show 'Urban Legends'. Over 12s only. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

Mark Watson

  • 4 stars

Bristol-born writers and comedian returns to the Fringe with a show whose title he nicked from an evangelist. Sharp, intelligent and deservedly popular comedy. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

Kristen Schaal

  • 4 stars

An intriguing mixture of kooky whimsy and charming wit in a truly memorable Fringe show. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

Jimmy Carr

The easily offended shouldn't even breathe the same air as Carr, but if you like your gags blunt and your comedians off the telly, then come on down. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'

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