The comedians returning to stand-up at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 16 July 2013

This article is from 2013

The comedians returning to stand-up at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

David Baddiel, Jem Rolls, John Lloyd and Jenny Eclair return to their stand-up roots

As Alexei Sayle, the man responsible for alternative comedy, makes a very long-awaited comeback to the fold, we find a few more acts being lured to the August madness for the first time in a while

Jenny Eclair
Still revered as the only female stand-up to win the Perrier (and all its guises subsequently), her appearance this year marks Eclair’s first solo hour since 2001’s Middle Aged Bimbo. She may have grown older but that bite is still as strong.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Bristo Square, 0131 622 6552, 2–17 Aug, 7.30pm, £13.50–£14.50 (£12.50–£13).

David Baddiel
In 1998, Baddiel (alongside buddies like Frank Skinner) was riding the wave of laddism as Loaded sold by the bucketload. Times have changed since then and the comic is back with his first solo show since that year and plenty of stories to fill the gaps.
Assembly George Square, 0131 623 3030, 1–11 Aug, 7.30pm, £15–£17.50. Preview 31 Jul, £7.50.

Jem Rolls
A pioneer of poetry cabaret nights when they were about as popular as ebola, Rolls returns to the festival for the first time since 2002 (or 2004, depending on how you look at it) with a show he describes as 70% comedy and featuring a really big joke about gunpowder.
Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry Street, 0131 226 0000, 3–24 Aug (not 20), 8.40pm, free.

Rory McGrath and Philip Pope
The year 1994 was the last time McGrath and Pope did Edinburgh together. In the year 2013 they will be traversing a Bridge Over Troubled Lager with songs and chat which should have ‘something to offend everybody’.
Assembly George Square, 0131 623 3030, 3–26 Aug (not 10–15), 10.10pm, £12–£13 (£10.50–£11.50). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £8.

John Lloyd
The great-grandfather of all Fringe returns comes from the man known now for Spitting Image and QI but who last appeared here in 1976. Yes, you read that right: nineteen seventy six. In a show entitled The Unpleasantness, he performed with One Foot in the Grave writer David Renwick and Hitchhiker Douglas Adams.
Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, 3–24 Aug (not 13), 4.40pm, £11–£13 (£10–£12). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £7.

Jenny Eclair: Eclairious

  • 4 stars

A grumpy look at life from Ms Eclair, giving her usual wry take on life.

David Baddiel: Fame: Not The Musical

It's been a whopping 15 years since David's last stand-up show, so tonight he's exploring the different ways he's perceived: whether it's token Jew, new lad or comedy rock'n'roller.

Jem Rolls

‘Dynamic, funny, sharply political … captivating… metaphor master… kept his packed audience utterly transfixed… sharp one-liners … Hilarious … The Godfather of Scottish Performance Poetry …Go see’ (Scotsman). ‘Fast, funny and angry’ (Herald). ‘Hilarious … hypnotic… A true Fringe gem’ (Toronto Now).‘Absolute master … sharp…

John Lloyd: Liff of QI

  • 4 stars

So Comedy by arrangement with Quite Interesting Ltd. The founder of QI, Blackadder and Spitting Image and 'comedy mastermind' ( returns to his roots as writer/performer with a hilarious take on The Meaning of Liff and other quite interesting stuff. Book early! Ages 14+.

Rory McGrath and Philip Pope: Bridge Over Troubled Lager

Musical comedy from the stand-up and composer.