Five of the best US comedians to see at the Fringe
Chris Gethard

We round up the best Transatlantic talent coming to Edinburgh this August

Before we get started, let’s deal with the mega-famous elephants in the room.

Louis CK and Amy Schumer are arguably two of the biggest superstars of American comedy right now, and they’ll both be performing in Edinburgh during Fringe-time.

However, they’re each just doing a single night at the Playhouse as opposed to a full run, and they won’t be performing under the Fringe banner.

So, by all means, go and see them – in all likelihood they’ll both be amazing – but you can get more bang for your US buck if you check out some of the following recommendations.

Orlando Baxter: Suspensions, Detentions and Summer Vacations

This laid-back Boston comedian makes his Fringe debut with Suspensions, Detentions and Summer Vacations, drawing on his background as a high school teacher.

Aug 3-29: Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ / more info

Ari Shaffir: Ari S-P-E-C-T

A raw, unflinching hour of stand-up from New Yorker Shaffir, whose fans include US stand-up figureheads Joe Rogan, Dave Attell and Bill Burr. His Comedy Central show This Is Not Happening invites comedians to tell cringe-inducing true stories around a theme, and his hosting segments are invariably filthy. Expect more of that from his solo show.

Aug 4-28, Heroes @ The Hive, 15-17 Niddry St, EH1 1LG / more info

Erich McElroy’s (US) Electile Dysfunction

An American-born comedian who’s lived in Britain for 16 years – McElroy has a light and friendly demeanour that belies some incisive (but somehow, not divisive) political commentary. This year’s show title, Erich McElroy’s (US) Electile Dysfunction, suggests he might have something to say about Donald Trump. And possibly some boner gags.

Aug 4-28: Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 50 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NE / more info

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

Gethard (pronounced ‘geth-urd’, not ‘get hard’) is something of a cult hero in the States, having created his own off-the-wall public access talk show before making the leap to network TV and YouTube fame. His stand-up is very mild-mannered, incredibly self-deprecating and immensely funny.

Aug 3-29: Pleasance Dome, Potterrow, EH8 9AL / more info

Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now

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Energetic, character-based comedy from a German-American comedian and actor, who made her Fringe debut a few years back with fish-out-of-water show Hi! Hitler. Now she’s considering everything going wrong in her life with Apohlcalypse Now.

Aug 3-29: Gilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, EH8 9AJ / more info


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