Top 5 sketch comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 8 July 2013

This article is from 2013.

Top 5 sketch comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Birthday Girls

Featuring Birthday Girls, How Do I Get Up There?, BEASTS, Lead Pencil and Thrice

Birthday Girls: 2053

Three members of Lady Garden go their own way to offer up a sketch show of the future. 2053 to be exact.
Pleasance Courtyard, 31 Jul–26 Aug.


Superb sibling duo Toby team up with absurdist Nathan Dean Williams for some off-kilter fun.
Underbelly, 1–25 Aug.

How Do I Get Up There?

Our locally heroic threesome attempt to storm the Fringe after consolidating their success in the clubs.
Assembly Rooms, 31 Jul–25 Aug.


We suggested their debut last year was ‘slick’ and also ‘impressive’, so they better not let us down this time around.
Pleasance Courtyard, 31 Jul–26 Aug.

Lead Pencil

A combination of Saved by the Bell and Art Attack, if you can imagine such a thing.
Underbelly, 31 Jul–26 Aug.


  • 3 stars

Beasts present a night of sketch comedy.

Lead Pencil: In Full HB

A sketch show that is literally sketched.

How Do I Get Up There?

  • 4 stars

How Do I Get Up There?/ The Assembly Rooms. Stars of BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama, Chris Forbes, James Kirk and Kevin Mains are Scotland's most exciting live sketch group. The critically acclaimed trio finally perform their highly anticipated first ever full run at the Fringe. 'Excellent comic actors … arresting ideas and…


  • 2 stars

James Grant Comedy / Mike Leigh Associates. Nathan Dean Williams is wrong. Sibling sketch duo Toby are worse. Together they are perfect. Witches, whingers, perverts, fantasists, simpletons, sadists and sillybillys. Inventive sketch comedy from the murky corners of an unwell mind. Written by Nathan Dean Williams…

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