Six debut hours of stand-up comedy you should see at Edinburgh Fringe

Six debut hours of stand-up comedy you should see at Edinburgh Fringe

Sara Schaefer

It's a strong year for female stand-ups and here's a sextet of aspiring debutantes

Plenty of comedians return to the Fringe year on year but for many comics the 70th anniversary will be their debut. We take a look at six comedians bringing their first show to Edinburgh this August.

Lauren Pattison
This Geordie comedian, who has supported Katherine Ryan, presents a personal show about embracing your flaws, with plenty of swearing. Read our full interview with her.
Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck, Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, 5–28 Aug (not 14), 5.45pm, £7.50–£10 (£7–£9.50). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6.

Evelyn Mok
The 'Swedish Amy Schumer' has had enough of how her gender is treated in the public realm. Hymen Manoeuvre rips all that misogynist stuff apart. But in a funny way.
Evelyn Mok: Hymen Manoeuvre, Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, 5–27 Aug (not 14), 6pm, £7–£9 (£6–£8). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6

Urzila Carlson
This South African-born, New Zealand-based comic is big in Australia. And with her first show she muses on hipsters, morons and how to win arguments.
Urzila Carlson: First Edition, Assembly George Square Studios, George Square, 5–27 Aug (not 15), 7.45pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50). Previews 2–4 Aug, £7

Sara Schaefer
This US comic might not be ready for the apocalypse just yet, but if it's pending then she might as well go down fighting. In Little White Box, she tackles religion, America, death and that guy in the White House.
Sara Schaefer: Little White Box, Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, 5–28 Aug (not 14), 7pm, £9.50–£12.50 (£8.50–£11.50). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6

Athena Kugblenu
BBC New Comedian of the year finalist Kugblenu has looked at the British political landscape and concluded that it's time to talk about it in a different (and funny) way.
Athena Kugblenu: KMT, Underbelly Med Quad, Teviot Place, 5–27 Aug (not 14), 5.50pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6.50

Tessa Coates
Breaking out from her Massive Dad sketch gang, Coates monkeys around with Primates, a show which utilises her degree in anthropology not one jot. Caitlin Moran likes her.
Tessa Coates: Primates, Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, 5–26 Aug, 3.30pm, £7–£9 (£6–£8). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6

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Evelyn Mok: Hymen Manoeuvre

  • 3 stars

Award-winning Swedish comedian looking at intersectionality and adult virginity.

Tessa Coates: Primates

  • 3 stars

Berk’s Nest and United Agents One third of Massive Dad – 'Hilarious' ★★★★ (Guardian) – Tessa has an absolutely useless degree in Anthropology and some very big questions about how we got here. Her debut show combines character and story-telling with very intense academic research. Which is surely what everyone wants…

Sara Schaefer: Little White Box

  • 4 stars

Live Nation In her debut show Schaefer employs her vulnerable, whip-smart comedy style to confront her complicated relationship with Jesus, America, and death. In the age of Trump, Sara can't separate the deeply personal from the absurdly political and mines her own life to find answers. An endearing show where even…

Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck

  • 5 stars

Live Nation in association with United Agents One of the brightest young talents on the comedy scene, with a fresh and fierce female voice, Lauren Pattison has arrived with her hotly anticipated debut hour about embracing your flaws. After stellar performances at both Leeds and Latitude Festival and supporting…

Urzila Carlson – First Edition

  • 3 stars

Urzila Carlson South African-born, New Zealand-based award-winning Urzila Carlson's natural, straight up style has audiences eating out of her hand the moment she takes the stage. 'Effortlessly likeable, a well-paced stream of belly-laughs' (Sydney Morning Herald). 'A refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous rage…

Athena Kugblenu: KMT

  • 3 stars

So Comedy by arrangement with Troika Tired of the conventions of both the left and right, KMT – acronym for the Caribbean Patois expression 'kiss mi teeth', a mouth gesture used to show annoyance – is a debut hour that finds a new way to talk about politics, class, race and identity at a time both ends of the political…

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