Jo Caulfield: Awkward Conversations (The Stand 20:00)
Brand new show. Award-winning comedian recounts hysterical arguments and embarrassing misunderstandings. Answers she wishes she’d given and things she wishes she’d never said! As featured on Mock the Week, Fighting Talk, and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. ‘Jokes and observations so well crafted she makes the whole endeavour seem effortless’ ***** (SGFringe.com). ‘One of the most intelligent comedians on the circuit. Not only are her jokes well sculpted, but she manages to keep surprising the audience with further punchlines’ ****(BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Incapable of doing a bad show’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Biting wit, razor sharp’ ****
Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts (Pleasance 19:15)
Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2014. Dane Baptiste returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with a brand new show about doubt. His doubts. Your doubts. Our doubts. Expect fresh perspectives from this original and provocative rising star. TheIndependent‘s Face to Watch in 2015. As seen on Sweat the Small Stuff (BBC Three), Virtually Famous (E4) and Live at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central). As heard on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4. ‘Observational comedy at its finest’ (Independent). ‘Baptiste is a comical genius’ **** (EdFestMag.com). ‘A thunderingly charismatic comic’ (Guardian).
Tiernan Douieb: The World’s Full of Idiots, Let’s Live in Space (Liquid Room 14:30)
Commander Chris Hadfield said that six months on the International Space Station made him feel a great sense of just how much the world is all one place and we are all one people living together on it. ‘Very friendly but fiercely political’ (Time Out) comedian Tiernan Douieb wonders why we have to send people quite so far away to have that realisation, and just how feasible is it to fire a large portion of the population into space until they behave?
Ed Byrne: Outside Looking In (Gilded Balloon 21:00)
That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show! ‘Comedy’s holy grail … go see!’ **** (Sunday Times). ‘l assure you Ed Byrne is one comedian you should definitely see’ ***** (EdFestMag.com). ‘A great comedian making the simple sublime’ **** (Edinburgh Evening News). ‘It is rare for a comic to merit the word “masterful”, in this case it is no overstatement’ **** (Scotsman).
Saturday 18th July
Comedy Club 4 Kids
For the last twelve years, we’ve been running a proper comedy club for anyone over the age of 8, featuring the best comedians on the circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits!
Now you and your family can catch the Festival’s funniest acts, swear-free and otter-ly hilarious.
Ideal for ages 8-11 year olds but smaller and bigger people welcome. No dragons!
Kevin Day: Hairline (Gilded Balloon 18.15)
There are some terrible things happening in the world that only comedy can resolve. But sod that, Kevin’s losing a bit of hair, which is far more important. The bloke off Match of the Day 2 and writer for Have I Got News for You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and A League of Their Own returns with another ‘Beautifully crafted, cleverly paced, hugely funny show’ (Scotland on Sunday). ‘Day is quite simply performing at the top of his game.’ **** (List).
Charlie Baker: Just the One (Assembly George Sq 20.40)
Charlie Baker brings the funny with his award-winning blend of stand-up and song. Live! One hit wonders underscore jokes about life as a husband, comfort eater and besotted father of one son. So good you’ll go out and download Shaddap You Face. Star of Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2012 and 2014, and Comedy Central at The Comedy Store. ‘Pure, undiluted barmy musical fun not to be missed – not even by you’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Genuinely funny’ **** (Herald). ‘Bulletproof’ (Guardian).
Nick Revell: Feminist Porno Jihadi (The Stand 22:05)
Returning to The Stand after last year’s Closet Optimist, Perrier Award nominee and Fringe veteran Nick Revell continues to mix satirical comedy with surreal storytelling, in a show which promises to be his finest to date. ‘An impressive, hefty hour of political comedy’ (LondonIsFunny.com). ‘An expert in delivering thought-provoking, political satire, combined with a strong delivery and great stage presence’ (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). ‘A master at work’ (Bruce Dessau). ‘Consistently excellent’ (Guardian).
Jesterlarf New Act Showcase
Tiernan Douieb (mc) Jesterlarf regular Tiernan will be our host for the evening with his trademark warm and witty audience banter and frivolities.
Edd won the most prestigious of all new act competitions So You Think You’re Funny back in 2013 at the tender age of 19. He has that rare talent to breathe fresh comedic air into well-trodden areas of observational comedy with his original self-deprecating and hilariously awkward style.
Darius Davies Darius began his comedy career at the open mic nights in New York. His unique brand of high-octane comedy won him an MTV New Talent contest. He hopped overseas to the UK and was runner up in both Reading Comedy Festival and Hackney Empire New Act of the Year. He’s an American style comedian with British soul and a distinct voice in a sea of ubiquity.
Jack Campbell English Comedian of the Year 2014 and BBC Radio 2 Comedy Award finalist Jack is refreshingly inventive with his delightfully funny and warped logic humour.
Alex Bennett Alex may not have won any new act awards but his original warm, weird and dark comedy will undoubtedly see him go onto bigger and better things as the spearhead of a wave of great new comics.
Friday 17th July
Patrick Monahan: The Disco Years (Gilded Balloon 20:15)
The Festival’s family favourite funny man and occasional disco dancer returns with a brand new stand-up show! ‘A definite must-see!’ **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). ‘Monahan possesses the rare ability to be hilarious without being outrageous’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘There isn’t a comic quite like him and his hugs alone are worth the price of admission’ ***** (TheNewCurrent.co.uk). ‘I had sore cheeks from laughing by the time l left. The hour was sadly over far too quickly’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘The same mix of control and on stage charisma as a young Alan Davies’ **** (Herald).
Steve Frost Improv All Stars
Andrew Maxwell: Yo Contraire (Assembly George Square 22:30)
Your friend and ours Andrew Maxwell is back and funnier than ever for his 21st appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He just can’t get enough of you, and we know you feel the same! One of the planet’s most natural comics returns to Edinburgh for yet another thought-provoking, charming and hilarious hour. A masterful show where anecdotes and observations are interwoven with razor sharp political and social commentary. ‘Stand-up is rarely this politically well informed or thought provoking’ ***** (Scotsman). ‘Fiercely funny and utterly invigorating’ ***** (Times).
Thursday 16 July
Mark Watson: Flaws (Pleasance Courtyard 28-29 Aug 23:15)
Last year in Pleasance Courtyard, Flaws sold every ticket. It ended up going on an enormous 100-date UK/Australia tour including a triumphant run at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Now, the most personal, best-reviewed and most popular show of Watson’s career comes back to the place where it began, for two final, enormous, special edition performances including a chunk of new material alongside last year’s big hitters. If you missed it, and you miss it again this time, you’re acting very oddly. ‘Terrifyingly funny’ **** (Times). ‘Belly laugh brilliant… The audience was weeping with laughter’ ***** (Time Out).
Joel Dommett: Conquer (Laughing Horse 21:00)
Join Joel (Impractical Jokers BBC Three, Reality Bites ITV2, Russell Howard’s Good News, Skins) in his hilarious quest to become world champion at something. Literally anything. ‘Excellent storytelling comic’ (Guardian).
Wednesday 15th July
Matthew Crosby: Smaller Than Life (Just the Tonic 19:40)
Matthew Crosby (one of Pappy’s, co-star/co-writer of BBC Three’s Badults) returns to Edinburgh with another lovely little show. Come along, have a chuckle or two, leave, never really think about it again. Matthew’s appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Celebrity Fifteen to One, and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. And let’s not forget that he played a news-reading dog on BBC One’s Animal Antics. Anyway, it’s only a fiver to see his new show so what are you waiting for? ‘Fabulously funny… a close to perfect show’ (Chortle.co.uk).
Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South (Pleasance Courtyard 21:20)
Beckett’s back with a brand new hour of funnies and he’s taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread! Star of BBC One’s Live at the Apollo, BBC Two’s Mock the Week, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats & ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now. ‘…a revelation’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner whose unshowy, unpretentious but thoroughly funny shtick has every chance of winning him a big audience…’ (Guardian).
Tom Parry: Yellow T-shirt
Parry wears yellow T-shirts and can prove that fancy dress makes you live longer. The funniest* third of award-winning Pappy’s (*citation needed) presents his debut laugh-riot** (**citation needed). Star*** of Badults, Miranda, Phone Shop (***correct). ‘Parry is Lord of Misrule’ (Guardian). ‘I take my hat off to people who get up there and just have a blast. Bloke from Pappy’s the other night got up there with half a clue what he was doing, had the time of his life … as did the audience’ (@nottinghamropes). Chortle Award winner. Two time Edinburgh Award nominee.
Paul Chowdhry is back with his biggest tour to date. The Lafta funniest stand-up award winner of 2013 tackles everything borderline within the human psyche. Why is one person’s offence another person’s humour?
PC may be his initials, but the relentless world he lives in definitely isn’t. Why has tackling the preconceptions of political correctness become so offensive? Paul will tackle these areas with hard-hitting subjects like the fine art of attracting a women, jokes cut from his TV appearances, homosexuality, non-existent customer services and the now infamous 1980’s. It’s time to enter PC’s World.
“Dangerous comic genius” – Eastern Eye
“Revives distant memories of Richard Pryor at his relentless best.” – The Times
Tuesday 14th July
Pete Firman: Super Duper (Pleasance Courtyard 20:00)
After sell-out performances in 2014, ‘the UK’s leading comedy magician’ (Time Out) returns with an astonishing new show. Star of BBC One’s The Magicians and guest on BBC Two’s The Sarah Millican Television Programme, and Channel 4’s Comedy Mash-Up. Expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic, it’s not to be missed! ‘The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy meets magic in the 21st century’ (Times). ‘The new poster boy for British comedy magic’ (Telegraph). ‘Impressive, well-executed illusions delivered with the same speed and lightness of touch as his surgically-precise one-liners’ (List).
Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal (Pleasance Courtyard 19:00)
In his debut show at the Edinburgh Festival, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee and winner of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival Best Debut 2015, Phil Jerrod unravels the mess that is modern life. Come and watch this eloquent bearded weirdo persuade you there’s really not that much to worry about after all. As seen at the Pleasance Reserve 2014. ‘A comic whose instinctive mastery of his form immediately marks him out as one to watch’ (Guardian).
Liam Williams (Laughing Horse 23:30)
Hench-souled Pilsner socialist talks career, climate, breakup and the 1%. Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2014. Best Newcomer nominee 2013. ‘Number one comedy show of 2014’ ***** (Guardian). ‘Voice of a generation’ **** (Independent). ‘Delivered with marvellous moroseness, also fizzes with wit, intelligence and eloquence’ **** (Telegraph). ‘A clever and unique performer’ **** (Time Out).
Nathan Caton: Straight Outta Middlesex (Pleasance Dome 20:00)
After stellar performances on BBC One’s Live at the Apollo, Radio 4’s Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothin’ and wowing audiences in comedy clubs up and down the UK, this rising star is back with his unique blend of charming, charismatic and intelligent on-point comedy in a show not to be missed! ‘A huge star in the near future’ (One4Review.com). ‘…laidback, on-the-nose material, chopping down fools of all colours, both in day-to-day life and in the media’ (Guardian). ‘The most exciting young black comic on the scene’ (Fest).