The best of comedy at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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Late August Fringe belly aches: the best of comedy at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Dylan Moran, Tim Key, Russell Kane, Jimmy Carr amongst big names set to perform

Dylan Moran

The first of three winners on this list of the big Edinburgh comedy award in its various guises shows that he’s no less grumpy on stage now as he was when he scooped the Perrier back in 1996.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 0844 871 3014, 15, 23 Aug, 8pm, £24.

Mick Miller & Jimmy Cricket

A one-night only affair for these two grand old chaps of the comedy business as some old-fashioned entertainment comes to the Fringe.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 18 Aug, 8.20pm, £12 (£10).

Tim Key

Award-winner numero two joyfully brings back his Masterslut from last year, a show about a man, a bath and some warmly enjoyable graphics. A five-star treat 12 months ago, we expect nothing less this year, Mr Key.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 16--21 Aug, 11.30pm, £14 (£12); Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 23--25 Aug, 11.15pm, £14 (£12).

Russell Kane

And the most recent winner of the big Edinburgh prize shows that he’s still up for the battle with a decent-sized run of a Posturing Delivery. He’ll also be hopping over to the Book Festival and chatting about his debut novel, the busy boy.
Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, 13--24 Aug, 9pm, £15 (£12).

Jimmy Carr

No rude shouting from the back about financial affairs ok? You know he’ll have his cutting barbs at the ready just in case.
EICC, 0844 847 1639, 16--18, 23--25 Aug, 9.20pm, £18.50.

Greg Proops

The Proopdog (does he still call himself that?) avails himself of the Fringe after quite a time away. Expect some gruff commentary about the state of the world and his place in it.
Assembly, George Square, 623 3030, 16--25 Aug, 6.15pm, £15--£16 (£13--£14).

Jerry Sadowitz

It’s possible that two of the acts above might get it in the neck from the New Jersey-born Scottish philosopher. Maybe more if we’re lucky. He’s doling out dangerous gags and hugely impressive card tricks this year.
Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, 14--18 Aug, 12.30pm, £15.50; 17 & 18 Aug, 10.25pm, £17.50.

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr.

Russell Kane: The Fast and the Curious

The award winning comedian tours his newest show.

Jerry Sadowitz: Card Tricks and Close Up Magic

Brushing aside his reputation for the offensive, Sadowitz is also an amazing magician and king of the sleight-of-hand.

Tim Key - Masterslut

The Invisible Dot Ltd. Key (Newswipe etc) is doing poetry and getting sodden in the same manner as he did last year. A fusion of Radox, talking, standing around and aquatic filmage. Winner, Best Show, Chortle Awards, 2012. ‘This is sublime, busy and evocative work from a man who keeps getting better and better,’ ★★★★…

Jerry Sadowitz: Adults Only

Very funny, totally offensive and he hates your guts. What more do you want? Emptied the room in Edinburgh, 2006 with his warm-up material. Punched in Montreal. Gay, public school, untalented, humourless middle class Jew, yet banned by the BBC … eats children as part of his ‘five a day’ … people would rather pay to see…

Mick Miller and Jimmy Cricket

Two comedy legends together. One night only. With nearly 70 years experience of treading the boards between them, they are showing today’s comics exactly how it's done. TV credits include the Royal Variety, Ideal, Comedy Rocks, Comic Relief, Kings of Comedy, and there's more, and erm, more! 'A very funny man and a true…

Russell Kane: Comedy Winner With Caustic Debut Novel

Stand-up Russell Kane has made creative hay in mining his own working class background, earning himself an Edinburgh Comedy Award. For his debut novel, The Humorist, he turns his attention to comedy critics. He may never have cracked a smile in his life but Benjamin Davids White is about to discover the formula behind the…

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