8 must-see sketch comedy shows at the Fringe
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The Fringe is a great proving ground for comedy sketch groups – new talent gets the chance to shine and more established acts get the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Monty Python, Cambridge Footlights & co.

Matthew Dunne-Miles looks at some of the sketch comedy acts that you would be really rather silly to miss from your Edinburgh itinerary this year.

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[‘Rachel, pweeeeeeeese!’ Cardinal Burns return to Edinburgh]

Anna Morris: Would Like to Thank

Anna Morris may be familiar to some from the BBC 1 show Outnumbered, but in this show she takes on the persona of four comedy creations battling it out to be voted ‘Woman Of The Year’. Who wins? That’s down to the audience. Check out the video below and see why Anna is one of the finest female comedians on the Edinburgh scene.

Jul 30 – Aug 25, Underbelly, £11, more info

Clever Peter: Free For All!

Clever Peter bring their award-winning sketch style back to the Fringe. Their show includes new material and old favourites from their BBC Radio 4 series ‘Strap In – It’s Clever Peter’. We like to think they wear their matching jumpers even when not performing on stage.

Jul 31 – Aug 24, City Cafe, free, more info

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: And So Am I

Sometimes a Fringe show will come up with an abstract or misleading title to reel you in, but it’s safe to say ‘Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre’ could not be accused of that. There’s a part of the human brain that’s easily pleased by the sight of a funny-looking puppet using bad language. Watch below as the Sock Puppet Theatre give their take on Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor Who.

Jul 31 – Aug 24, Gilded Balloon, £11, more info

Foil Arms and Hog: Loch’d

Fast paced, smart with wordplay, award winning, willing to accuse you of racism if you even mention a potato. Foil Arms and Hog are a well-oiled sketch machine who are making their return to the Fringe on the back of selling out their shows in the five previous years. No pressure then.

Jul 31 – Aug 24, Underbelly, £10, more info

In Cahoots: Some Like It Hoots

After making their debut last year to positive reviews – the In Cahoots duo are back with their sophomore Fringe show.  Straight away it’s obvious that these young guys have big writing chops and definitely have shades of Fry and Laurie in their delivery. One to watch this year – they could go far.

Aug 1 -25, St. John’s, free, more info

BBC: Sketchorama

A chance to see some up and coming sketch show talent courtesy of the Beeb and their long running Radio 4 series ‘Sketchorama’. Expect young talent with a way with words – but hurry and enter for tickets now as it’s for one night only.

Aug 11, Potterow, free, more info

Cardinal Burns

Fresh from their second series on channel 4, Seb Cardinal and Dustin Burns bring their offbeat brand of sketch comedy to the Pleasance for eight shows in August. Fans of the show will no doubt be expecting appearances from some of their favourite characters from the show, including Banksy the boring middle aged Stepdad, the cast of ‘Young Dreams’ or even London Taxi cab heart-throbs ‘Hashtag’ and ‘Bukake’.

Aug 15-17, Pleasance Courtyard, £13, more info 

Sketch Transfer Deadline Day

An interesting concept, Sketch Transfer Deadline Day takes some of the best sketch groups of the last ten years of the Fringe and messes with their very fabric by making them swap troupe members for one night only. All the drama and laughs of transfer deadline day without having to watch Harry Redknapp hang out of a car window. All proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

Aug 18, Pleasance Courtyard, £10, more info

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