Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 5 hotly-tipped sketch comedy debuts

Featuring Aunty Donna, Gein's Family Giftshop, Massive Dad and zazU

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This article is from 2014.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 5 hotly-tipped sketch comedy debuts

Aunty Donna / Photo: James Penlidis

Aunty Donna

Not, in fact, a polite family lady, but a trio of quite-rude, variably hairy Aussie chaps called Broden, Zachary and Mark. That nation’s Herald Sun said they produced ‘uproarious, high-octane comedy’.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 1–25 Aug (not 11), 10pm, £10. Previews 30 & 31 Jul, £5.

Gein’s Family Giftshop

Earlier this year, Manc threesome Gein’s Family Giftshop won Sketchfest, an award scooped in 2013 by The Pin. That seems to be enough of a recommendation right there.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 2–24 Aug (not 11), 10.45pm, £7–£9 (£6–£8). Previews 30 Jul–1 Aug, £6.

Harvey, Garvey and The Kane

Harvey (who used to be one half of Toulson and Harvey) worked with Kane in sketch group Men of War. Garvey rhymes with Harvey and was a half-wolf dad in CBBC drama Wolfblood. He also shares his full name with an early 20th-century Jamaican political leader. Confused? Don’t be: it’s just a sketch show.
Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, 2–24 Aug (not 11), 4.55pm, £11–£12 (£9–£10). Previews 30 Jul–1 Aug, £6.

Massive Dad

Not, in fact, a huge family gentleman, but a trio of funny young women. A horse features in a number of their publicity pictures to date. We’re not too sure how significant that is.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 2–25 Aug (not 13), 6pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£8.50). Previews 30 Jul–1 Aug, £6.

zazU

A foursome (with a silent fifth partner) who appear to have emerged from the bowels of NewsRevue. Josie Lawrence and Matt Berry like them.
Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, 2–24 Aug (not 13), 3.40pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9). Previews 31 Jul & 1 Aug, £6.

This article is from 2014.

zazU Comedy

Surreality and jokes aplenty from zazU: Harrie Hayes, Tom Machell, Nick Read, Maddie Rice and Katharine Armitage.

Massive Dad

One hour of sketches and jokes.

Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 1

  • 3 stars

Dark and irreverent fast-paced sketches.

Aunty Donna

  • 4 stars

Although relative newcomers to the comedy scene, Australian sketch group Aunty Donna have made quite the splash in recent years with their distinct style of sketch comedy. Bold, confronting and surreal, Aunty Donna use a myriad of influences to create something wholly unique and a little bit filthy. With sell-out seasons…

Harvey, Garvey and The Kane

  • 4 stars

Bound and Gagged Comedy Attention grabbing opener! Brief description of performers involved: Stephen Harvey (Perrier nominee), Marcus Garvey (Peep Show, Psychoville, Four Lions), Gareth Kane (What's On Stage nominee) - followed by promise of sketch originality, hilarity and something else to complete the universal rule…

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