We all want to see the major comedy players during the Fringe, but there’s much more than that
While you can shell out £15 and more for someone who’s done the rounds of the TV panel shows, up and coming comedians are usually less than half the price.
Some will even be free – you never know who will break into the mainstream.
Here are some of the future stars we’re tipping to make an impact at this year’s Fringe.
Nick Cody: Come Get Some!
Since his highly-rated Fringe debut last year, the Australian comedian has been delivering his obscure yet hilarious anecdotes – including an explicit incident with a toilet hose in Thailand – to various audiences around the world. As support for Jim Jefferies and Bill Burr, he has played sell-out shows in his native Australasia, New York and Singapore.
There was huge word-of-mouth buzz around last year’s ‘Beard Game Strong’, and there’s a reason why Cody was one of the ten best reviewed comedians, as he displays an intrepid style of comedy that makes him look like a veteran.
Aug 3-28 (not 15th): Assembly George Square Studios, George Square, EH8 9LH / more info
Lauren Pattison: Reet Petite – A Work in Progress
It doesn’t seem too long since Tyneside local Lauren Pattison was performing at the Chortle Student Comedy Awards. She now has her own show at the Fringe after impressing at BBC Radio’s New Comedy Award. The up-and-coming comic is fresh from being tour support for Katherine Ryan and Stewart Francis – where the former was astonished by the youngster’s stand-up – and a slot at Latitude Festival.
Publications such as The Guardian and Narc Magazine are already praising the youngster, who will surely relish the challenge of playing for the entire month at the most prestigious comedy festival in the world.
Aug 3-29 (not 15th): Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD / more info
Hayley Ellis: FOMO
‘Fear of Missing Out’ is one of those terms that all the kids are using nowadays, and they’re tormenting comedienne Hayley Ellis because she has it. In her first Fringe show since 2014, she has grasped the realisation that things have been pretty good for her since then.
Ellis has already managed to bag some weighty accolades, featuring in the top Fringe jokes of all time by The Scotsman and The Independent. As a regular contributor for Russell Howard’s Good News, this is only the beginning for her impeccable stagecraft – and the end of this festival should see her momentum grow.
Aug 4-28 (not 15th): Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QA / more info
Christopher Macarthur-Boyd and Rosco Mclelland
This youthful duo are swiftly becoming eminent figures in Scottish comedy, making their Fringe show one to watch. The humourists already have an imposing curriculum vitae, both earning nominations for Best Newcomer at the Scottish Comedy Awards and both managing to reach the Scottish Comedian of the Year final twice.
With a prime time slot of 8pm more or less in the centre of the action, they’re expected to grab colossal crowds throughout August.
Aug 3-29: Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD / more info
Brennan Reece: Everglow
After running a successful Free Festival stint with his show ‘Marvel’ at last year’s Fringe, Reece has his first proper show at the Fringe. The comedian hasn’t been in the industry long, but has already constructed a noteworthy stature that includes ‘English Comedian of the Year’ and a second place in the BBC New Comedy Award.
With admirable credentials there will surely be a transition to highly sought after stand-up after the Fringe ends.
Aug 3-28: Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9JT / more info