Top 5 free comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

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Top 5 free comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Featuring Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, Sean McLoughlin, Nat Luurtsema and John-Luke Roberts

Wonder & Joy

‘An interactive atheist service singalong meets comedy pep rally experience’ is how Sanderson Jones describes his venture with Pippa Evans. From the ashes of this show, three Sunday Assembly dates will rise as their comedy congregation swells.
Heroes @ The Hive, 226 0000, 4–24 Aug (not 14, 21), 7.30pm. Previews 1–3 Aug.

Sean McLoughlin

Having outgagged Iain Stirling in a 2011 double-header, the intriguing McLoughlin does a solo hour that reflects on his Backbone. Or possibly lack thereof.
Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 477 7007, 3–25 Aug (not 13), 6.15pm. Previews 1 & 2 Aug.

Nat Luurtsema

One-third of sketch team Jigsaw, this self-dubbed ‘tea-sodden clown’ gives us Here She Be, a show apparently about bits of her personal life that she insists she is rubbish at.
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 667 7533, 2–26 Aug, 2.45pm.

Joke Thieves

Last year, Will Mars won bronze in Dave’s Joke of the Fringe tournament. He’s celebrated by launching a brand new comedy night, which has comics swapping each other’s sets. Among the names confirmed to be taking part so far are Milo McCabe, Jessica Fostekew, Will Franken and Stephen Carlin.
Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 477 7007, 1–25 Aug (not 13), 10pm.

John-Luke Roberts

Sporadically one half of the excellent Behemoth sketch duo, JLR had the critics drooling with his 2010 Fringe hit John-Luke Roberts Distracts You From a Murder. This year, he delivers some Broken Stand-Up.
Clever chap. Voodoo Rooms, 226 0000, 3–25 Aug (not 13), 4.15pm.

Here She Be

Nat Luurtsema. Hilarious / smart / stupid new hour of stand-up from Jigsaw's Nat Luurtsema about loving your ex but not in that way and other less mature things. Star of Jigsaw's Radio 4 series and BBC3's Live At The Electric. Winner of Best Comedy at the European Independent Film Festival 2013. 'Utterly unique…

John-Luke Roberts: Broken Stand-Up

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Vigorous sort-of-stand-up from co-founder and host of The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, half of sketch group The Behemoth, writer for Radio 4’s The News Quiz and star of 2010 hit Distracts You From a Murder. '…unique, highly accomplished debut hour from a talent to watch' ★★★★ (Time Out). 'Fantastically ornate but…

Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans - Wonder & Joy

Sanderson Jones & Pippa Evans. The founders of the Sunday Assembly unleash an interactive, digital, improv, atheist church service spectacular. Pippa Evans: Best Newcomer Nominee, if.comedy, 2008. Sanderson Jones: 'Mind blowing' ★★★★★ (Scotsman). Ages 16+.

Sean McLoughlin: Backbone

Sean McLoughlin / Free Festival. Comedy is easy if you're good at it. Life is hard if you're bad at it. Sean McLoughlin brings his debut hour to Edinburgh. 'A joy to watch' (Fest). 'A painful genius … he's brilliant' ★★★★ ( 'A delicious edge to his delivery, showcasing a sardonic wit' (Scotsman). 'A…