13 up and coming comedians to check out at the Fringe
Bec Hill

While the natural progression for modern comedians may seem to involve a quick guest appearance on a panel show followed by a five-minute slot on Live at the Apollo, the more informed stand-up enthusiast will know that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe serves as the true comedic testing ground.

This year’s Fringe will be no exception, with a wealth of talent from across the globe along with a few festival favourites set to have venues across the city erupting with laughter.

Luke Wilson introduces ten of the best up and coming comedians to seek out in Edinburgh this August.

Bec Hill
Bec Hill

Tom Rosenthal

Having already achieved a significant amount of TV recognition, the star of Friday Night Dinner and Plebs now looks to take it to the mic, bringing to the Fringe his own brand of panel show all about the internet, Meme, Myself and I.

Pleasance Dome, 14-23 August; more info

Mary Bourke

The wonderful Irish comic would be worth the ticket price alone, but with Funny for a Grrrl Mary Bourke presents four female comedians every night, which is, as she recently tweeted, “more female comics on one day than T in the Park and V festival combined”.

Stand in the Square, 1-25 August; more info

Adam Hess

With a truly unique performance element applied to the one-liner format, this man’s shows are an all-out onslaught of jokes that will leave audience members barely catching their breath from the previous punchline before they are hit with another.

Heroes @ The Hive, 31 July – 24 August; more info

Alex Edelman

New Yorker Alex Edelman’s performances are the only introduction really necessary. He balances observational comedy and storytelling and he does it incredibly well. Check out his 2014 show Millenial and see for yourself.

Pleasance Courtyard, 30 July – 24 August; more info

Hannah Gadsby

Aussie comedienne Hannah Gadsby is a specialist in self-deprecating comedy. Having already captured Australian audiences with a number of appearances at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, she now heads to the UK to conquer the Fringe.

Assembly George Square Studios, 30 July – 24 August; more info

Dane Baptiste

If you can get past his use of the Fringe cliché of giving the show a movie pun title (Citizen Dane), then you are in for a treat with one of the UK’s most promising young comedians. Baptiste’s performances are a perfect concoction of wit and observational humour, and definitely worth checking out.

Pleasance Courtyard, 30 July – 24 August; more info

Bec Hill

Armed with a pen, sketch pad and a refreshing stand-up routine, Bec Hill heads to Edinburgh well equipped to impress Fringe audiences. If you’re looking for innovative comedy, Hill’s brilliant blend of stand-up and illustration is quite possibly the solution.

Gilded Balloon, 30 July – 24 August; more info

James Acaster

Mild mannered James Acaster has already made a name for himself through his numerous TV appearances and now looks to rocket towards the height of his career with his Fringe solo show, Recognise. His calm and casual delivery perfectly contrasts the content of his material with side-splitting results.

Pleasance Courtyard, 30 July – 24 August; more info

Katie Mulgrew

Following up on her debut Fringe performance last year, Lancashire comedian Katie Mulgrew has perfected the art of down-to-earth, no-nonsense stand-up comedy. Well, except for the fact that this year’s show is Disney-themed and Mulgrew “thinks that she’s a real life Disney princess”. Clearly this is not one to miss.

Gilded Balloon, 30 July – 24 August; more info

Iain Stirling

Performing in his hometown on the back of a BAFTA nomination and two previous sell-out runs at the Fringe, the stage couldn’t be more set for Iain Stirling. A natural comic and crowd favourite who is certain to entertain.

Pleasance Courtyard, 30 July – 24 August; more info

Jonny Lennard

With Tale Blazer, Jonny Lennard presents his alternative take on children’s literature, narrating his own set of stories to give the young ones an education for the real world. Probably best to leave the kids at home for this one then.

Assembly George Square Studios, 30 July- 25 August; more info

Miles Allen

Tired of regular stand-ups? Look no further, as YouTube star Miles Allen brings One Man Breaking Bad to Edinburgh. A niche performance maybe, but one that is still sure to gather a huge amount of attention during the Fringe. Expect an impressions-based set, but one that can appeal to more than just fans of the hit TV show.

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 13-24 August; more info

Rhys James

It’s that funny bloke from Twitter. Oh and he’s also one of the most encouraging young comedians at the Fringe this year. His talent for comedy writing transfers effortlessly to the stage, making him one of the top picks for this year’s Fringe.

Pleasance Courtyard, 30 July – 24 August; more info

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