What with the international flavour of the Edinburgh Festival, it can sometimes be difficult for our homegrown talent to grab the spotlight.
Thankfully, Scotland is bursting with comedians who can easily hold their own alongside visitors from further afield – here are five of the best to check out this year:
Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm
The diminutive Glaswegian’s comedy career has been rising steadily over the past few years, with regular appearances on TV panel shows and BBC Radio 4. Head along for a cheery, optimistic tone with loads of sharp observations just under the surface.
Aug 3–28: Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ / more info
Fern Brady: Male Comedienne
Dad just phoned: "Hullo! I heard your new show is called 'Female Comedian'."
— Fern Brady (@FernBrady) April 22, 2016
West Lothian comic Brady is on a high after last year’s celebrated Fringe show People Are Idiots. This year’s effort, sarcastically titled Male Comedienne, tackles ‘gender, class and Catholicism’. So, you know, nothing too heavy.
4–28 Aug: The Stand Comedy Club 2, 16 North St Andrew Street, EH2 1HJ / more info
Burnistoun Live at the Fringe
Airing hot on the heels of Limmy’s debut telly series in 2010, Iain Connell and Robert Florence’s similarly dark sketch show was a cult hit set in a fictional borough of greater Glasgow. The series bit the dust in 2012, but a live revival at last year’s Glasgow Comedy Festival has shown there’s still demand for the show yet.
Aug 4-14: Gilded Balloon Teviot, 25 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA/ more info
Phil Kay: Laugh & Death
Local legend Kay is more Fringe than most – this is his 27th year at the festival, and while he’s eased off the hyperactive involvement of years past (he’s only doing one show this year, as opposed to the standard bazillion), that manic energy is still ever-present in his surrealist, whimsical stories. Oh, and it’s pay-what-you-want, and it’s on a bus.
Aug 4-14: Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, Potterrow Underpass, EH8 9AA / more info
Limmy: Daft Wee Stories
The Glaswegian internet sensation turned sketch comedy superstar turned his attention to book-writing last year, with the launch of his collection of Daft Wee Stories (you can read an excerpt over on the Scotsman site). Join him for four nights at the Fringe as he picks out some of the book’s highlights.
Aug 18-21: Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, EH3 8EE / more info