10 of the best Edinburgh Fringe comedy shows now touring
Where to catch this year's Fringe successes, from Richard Gadd to Bridget Christie
This article is from 2016.
This year's Edinburgh Fringe brought to the fore a broad range of terrific comedy, from political polemics to starkly personal projects. Now that the crowds have dispersed and the sound of laughter is but a distant echo, many of the more successful shows are about to embark on tours around the country.
If you didn't make it to Edinburgh this year, or you couldn't get a hot ticket or were flummoxed by a particular show's convoluted ticketing allocation process then fret no longer. We've selected a few of the best shows, curated from a mixture of the Edinburgh Comedy Award winners and our very own choices.
Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do
This year's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner was THE hot ticket and another resounding success story for the Free Fringe.
What we said: 'Wonderful multimedia hour that is part comedy, part theatre and full-on therapy.'
Scott Gibson: Life After Death
It was a Scottish double this year, with Glaswegian Gibson taking the crown of Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.
What we said: 'A born raconteur who can hold your attention for an hour without flagging.'
James Acaster: Reset
Acaster has now been nominated a record five consecutive times for the Edinburgh Comedy Award's top prize.
What we said: 'This exhilarating new hour is simply a sideways look at the realities of life and the humour that lurks in every corner.'
Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It
Festival favourite Christie rewrote her show in late June following Brexit, resulting in the best-rated comedy show at the Fringe.
What we said: 'Inevitably this show will grow and change as the political landscape continues to shift. But the razor-sharp wit, personable asides about her family, and the gentle but pointed call to arms which Bridget Christie delivers so brilliantly, will remain firmly intact.'
Steen Raskopoulos: You Know The Drill
Phenomenal one-man sketch show featuring audacious audience interaction.
What we said: 'In this technically astonishing and emotionally fulfilling hour, there's not a single bum note played or a scene that falls flat.'
Felicity Ward: 50% More Likely To Die
Unrelenting pace from the straight-talking Australian comedian.
What we said: 'A garishly colourful tapestry of pin-sharp comic observations, thoughtful discussion around mental health and euphoric squawking.'
Ahir Shah: Machines
Politics and philosophy explored at breakneck speed by a comedian whose confident material belies his youth.
What we said: 'Shah has always had a burning passion at his fingertips and the gags to back up his fire, but everything appears to have crystallised wonderfully in Machines.'
Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout The Words Real Loud
Barely into his 30s and Kumar is already a Fringe veteran. A deft mixture of serious and flippant material from a supremely comfortable comedian.
What we said: 'Kumar's skill is casually shoehorning in some very weighty, problematic issues to a set of sparkling, memorable pub banter.'
Zoe Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning
Wonderfully inventive postmodern show in which a comedian dissects her alter-ego, Dave, an appalling, misogynistic stand-up.
What we said: 'Coombs Marr has done the unexpected with her odious creation and through a committed performance she makes him part of something very special indeed.'