Best comedy shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015
What to see at Pleasance, Assembly, The Stand, Underbelly, Gilded Balloon and Assembly Rooms
This article is from 2015.
Following the unveiling of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme, we've chosen our pick of the comedy on offer during August.
Adrienne Truscott’s a One-Trick Pony
Proving that she’s nothing of the sort, the Wau Wau Sister lays bare society’s prejudices and problems.
Gilded Balloon, 5–17 Aug, 8.15pm
Alex Edelman: Everything Handed to You
Last year’s Best Newcomer returns with more stories and jokes about ‘responsibility and being overwhelmed’.
Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, 8.30pm
Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly
Back with a limited run of his nominated show of 2014, a typically ambitious multi-faceted spectacular.
Pleasance Courtyard, 15–29 Aug, 7pm
Bridget Christie: A Book for Her
Another early slot for the 2014 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner allows proper stand-up to get an airing from the off.
The Stand, 8–31 Aug (not 17), 11am
Felicity Ward: What if There is No Toilet?
The Aussie whirlwind has a very delicate personal issue to discuss.
Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug (not 17), 9pm
Fern Brady: People Are Idiots
One of Scottish stand-up’s rising stars will be telling it like it is.
The Stand, 6–30 Aug (not 17), 12.10pm
Jamie Kilstein: Sober Song Rants and a Cat Story
The US rabble-rouser returns with more strong opinions. And a guitar, would you believe.
Stand in the Square, 18–31 Aug, 8.20pm
Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby
The Austentatious fella will have to go some way to top last year’s superb Odessa.
Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug (not 18), 8.15pm
Kyle Kinane: Ghost Pizza Party
Another of the acclaimed American comics heading our way is merging spectres with slices. Or maybe not.
Underbelly Cowgate, 6–30 Aug (not 18), 10.10pm
Lazy Susan: Double Act
Arguably the top female sketch duo from 2014. Can they follow it up with another hit?
Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug (not 19), 8.10pm
Liam Williams: Bonfire Night
A comedy award nominee last time: what fate awaits the innovative stand-up this August?
Free Sisters, 6–19 (not 17), 11.30pm; 20–30 Aug, 7.30pm
Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies?!
Three nights only for the sassy lassie with a Beyoncé fixation.
Assembly George Square, 13–15 Aug, 8.45pm
Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am?
The political comic gets personal with a show about his own adoption.
Assembly George Square, 5–30 Aug (not 17), 8.15pm
Nish Kumar: Long Word … Long Word …Blah Blah Blah … I’m So Clever
Should have been nominated for the big comedy award last year: will the judges make amends this time around?
Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, 7.15pm
The Pin: Ten Seconds with The Pin
They blazed a genuine sketch show trail last year and we’re heavy with anticipation of what the duo have in store for 2015.
Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug (not 17, 24), 7pm
Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast
The Barry Award winner brings us more of his absurdist fare.
Underbelly Potterow, 5–30 Aug (not 17, 24), 9pm
Stewart Francis: Pun Gent
The finest punmeister in the business makes his official solo Fringe debut.
Assembly Rooms, 5–30 Aug (not 6, 17), 8.10pm
Tim Key: Work-in-Slutgress
The comedy poet’s last two shows have featured a bath and a bed. What next, we wonder?
Pleasance Courtyard, 19–31 Aug, 9.45pm
Tommy Tiernan Alive in Edinburgh
An improv show, but not like we know it, as the Irish comedy icon makes it up all out of his own head.
Gilded Balloon, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 Aug, 7.30pm
Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation
The new Daily Show host gives us three dates before heading off into the crazy world of US satirical telly.
Assembly Hall, 28–30 Aug, 10.30pm