While the infiltration of worldwide comedy acts during the Fringe is what makes it such a landmark event, it’s always nice to try and catch a couple of local comedians on their home turf during festival season.
In no particular order, here are some of our favourite Scottish comedians performing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
In the words of Billy Connolly, “she is a f*cking great comedian”. We have to agree with the Big Yin on this. Godley is a razor-sharp, quick-witted whirlwind of shocking comedic observations. Covering everything from sex to politics, her hilarious weekly podcast is a good indicator of what you can expect from her outrageous stand up show. Her daughter, Ashley Storrie, also has her own show this year.
Janey Godley: Honest to Godley. 6-30 August, 19:45 @ The Counting House. More info
Since his Fringe debut in 2008, Sloss has gone from strength to strength, selling out seven consecutive Fringe seasons and appearing on Russell Howard’s Good News and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. His smash-hit new show Dark is in direct response to him being fed up of people labelling his comedy as such. Due to massive demand, the internationally acclaimed funny man has added six extra ‘late-night’ shows which are most likely to be even ruder than the earlier ones…
Daniel Sloss: Dark. Various dates, 20:40 and 22:00 @ Venue 150 @ EICC. More info
Up next is born-and-bred Edinburgh lad, Gareth Waugh. A young up-and coming comedian, Waugh has performed the festival several times before and has multiple radio comedy credits to his name. A future star of the Scotland comedy scene, Waugh is a regular guest at The Stand this Fringe, alongside fellow talented Scots Gareth Mutch, Robin Grainger and Liam Withnail. Each night will see fresh talent join this power of four. Beware: Waugh (‘waugh is he good for?’) will most likely make a few references to his beloved telescope.
Various: The Stand Rising. 7-30 Aug, 22:30 @ The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4
She only made her Fringe debut last year – a 7pm slot at The Stand no less – but Susie’s second festival appearance sees her back with a bang, in a show that promises to hilariously examine how she has managed to make it to the age of 35 without any major mishaps. Cuttingly honest and quick-witted, Susie will take the audience on a journey through her substance-fuelled teenage years.
Susie McCabe: The Drugs Don’t Work. 7 – 30 Aug, 19:10, The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4
Mark Nelson is now a staple of the Scottish comedy circuit, having cemented his roots since bagging the coveted Scottish Comedian of the Year title in 2006. Offensive and likeable in equal measure, Nelson has appeared on BBC’s Don’t Drop the Baton and was the Telegraph Critics’ Choice in 2011. Consistently funny, his one liners and spot on punch-lines make him a safe bet for belly laughs (and mild offence) during this year’s Fringe.
Mark Nelson: Older Than Jesus. 21.15, GIlded Balloon (Venue 14)
Award winning comedian Bruce Fummey brings together some of his previous critically-acclaimed Fringe shows into one performance that take promises to take the audience on a journey through the history of Scotland. Known for his respected portrayals of Scottish culture; from Robert the Bruce to Robert Burns, you can expect both hilarity and historical accuracy for a compelling, entertaining and interesting show.
Bruce Fummey: A History of Scotland. 17.40, Stand in the Square (Venue 372)
Larry Dean, Scottish Comedian Of The Year Award winner, returns to the Fringe this year with his debut hour long show. The self-proclaimed ‘Glaswegian bender’ is insanely likeable and ferociously funny. His new show Out Now! tells the tale of personal struggles with stereotypes, pride… and prejudice.
Larry Dean: Out Now! 17:30, Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33).
Sarcastic and dark witted, Fern Brady is a shining star of the Scottish comedy scene. While her obvious disdain for many other humans is close to the edge, her delivery is dry enough to make it hilarious. This is award-nominated Brady’s first full-hour slot at the Fringe, and she plans on using the time fully to ‘lower your expectations for happiness’ and help you come to terms with the fact that ‘people are idiots.’ As well as having several TV appearances, Brady has written a new BBC3 pilot show Radges about her time spent in a mental health unit.
Fern Brady: People Are Idiots. 12:10, The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4 (Venue 12)
After undergoing surgery for a heart condition, Mearns decided to take to the stage while he could and has since become one of Scotland’s most respected comedians. Suggesting that he was “probably a bad influence on the boy” when speaking about his occasional support slots for The Libertines’ Pete Doherty, Mearns, who you might recognise from Limmy’s Show, says he will never be a ‘shining example of how to live your life’. He knows how to drink and he knows how to swear, and he won’t let a little thing called age get in the way of that. Oh, and he’s very, very funny.
Raymond Mearns: Raymond Mearns Is Growing Old Disgracefully. 19:55, @ The Beehive Inn (Venue 178a)
Perhaps one of the most ill fitting names of the Fringe, Gary is anything but little. He’s actually very big. His large frame, shaved head and booming Glaswegian accent making him an imposing presence on stage. A master of turning the mundane into the insanely funny, Little is brutally honest and while you may not agree with some of his observations, you will laugh. We guarantee it. After all, he’s just trying to be friendly…
Gary Little: Just Trying to be Friendly. 21:30 at The Stand Comedy Club (Venue 5a)
At the ripe old age of 27, it seems that Hari is thinking a lot about death. Like Breath on a Mirror is a show about immortality and we suspect it’s probably quite funny. 2014’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award finalist and 2012’s Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist, he’s a scientist by trade and his dismissive take on things combined with his fairly calm stage presence is an appealing change from some of the more typically in ‘yer face acts on offer at the Fringe.
Hari Sriskantha: Like Breath on a Mirror. 15.20, Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170)
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