Five big-name comedy shows to see at the Fringe
Russell Howard

If you’re looking for star power at this year’s Fringe, then look no further

Look, we all know the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is about supporting the up and coming artists, and making sure they get off to a good start in their career.

But we hungry ticket-buyers also need some celebrity action to give the month a bit of glitz and glamour.

Here, without further ado, are some of the biggest comedy ‘slebs’ making an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016.

Russell Howard and Steve Williams Work In Progress

While it feels like decades since Russell Howard last played the Fringe, he’s inextricably linked with it – roughly half the comedians in the programme boast his Good News show as evidence of quality control. He’s back this year with comedy compadre Steve Williams for a work-in-progress show.

And, unlike some other acts who might charge full price for a work-in-progress, this’ll only set you back a fiver.

Aug 3-21: Assembly George Square Studios, George Square, EH8 9LH / more info

I Don’t Believe It! An Evening With Victor Meldrew

A treat for fans of classic British sitcoms, as Richard Wilson himself performs a famous episode of One Foot in the Grave.

‘The Trial’ has Victor Meldrew bouncing off the walls of his suburban home on his tod, muttering to himself and allowing frequent outbursts of irascible rage.

Aug 16-28: Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU / more info

Rory Bremner Meets…

It’s been a funny old time, politically, so there’s no better time for one of Britain’s foremost political comics to hash out the issues of the day with a selection of special guests.

No telling who the guests are at this stage, of course, but that’s all part of the surprise, innit?

Aug 13-19: Gilded Balloon at the Museum, Lothian Street, EH1 1HB / more info

Mark Watson: I’m Not Here

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Neil Bennet

The Fringe veteran has come a long way from his endurance-testing marathon shows, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down.

In addition to his month-long solo run, I’m Not Here (which explores identity in the digital age), he’ll also be hosting another ten nights of his Edinborolympics, pitting the festival’s finest comedic talents against each other in supremely silly events.

Aug 3-28: I’m Not Here, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ / more info
Aug 18-27: Edinborolympics, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ / more info

Bridget Christie: Mortal

The firebrand feminist comedian, author and Guardian columnist is back with a work-in-progress show examining her own mortality – and asking what kind of world she’ll be leaving behind when she does shuffle off this mortal coil.

We imagine this’ll include plenty of fiery diatribes against the ruling political class as well.

Aug 5-29: The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place, EH1 3EB / more info


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