Five of the best musical comedy shows to see at the Fringe
Phil Nichol Cray Cray Cabaret

Being funny isn’t enough for some comedians.

Some like to flaunt their musical talent as well as their ability to tickle audiences.

Here’s our selection of acts who will be marrying comedy and music at this year’s Fringe.

David O’Doherty

Irish comedian O’Doherty won the Best Comedy Show in 2008 for the whimsical Let’s Comedy and this year he’s back with Big Time. With his Yamaha keyboard and skill-set honed during a failed jazz career, O’Doherty focuses on the blander things in life, bringing them to life in this consistently hilarious 60 minutes of musical comedy.

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Gareth Richards

Richards brings his 6th solo show The Halo Effect to Edinburgh, following appearances on Radio 1, Radio 4 and Russell Howard’s Good News. Performing at live music venue Whistlebinkies, Richards taps away on failed ’90s instrument the Suzuki Q Chord, with a delightful range of low key tunes.

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Fascinating Aida

Cabaret trio Fascinating Aida were formed in 1983 and – apart for a couple of breaks – have been performing their hilarious satirical brand of musical comedy at the Fringe ever since. This year their show Greatest Hits: Back in the Saddle will be playing for seven nights only, so be sure to snap up tickets.

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Axis of Awesome

The Aussie trio became YouTube sensations with the genius Four Chord Song and have been favourites on the comedy circuit since. They’re playing two shows a night and are a guaranteed hit, so there’s really no excuse to not see them.

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Phil Nichol

Formerly of Corky and the Juice Pigs, Robert Downey Jr. lookalike Nichol is performing at the Fringe for the 20th year in the suitably titled Twenty. The show is a compilation of all his best bits from the past 20 years, featuring several musical turns including Corky and the Juice Pigs classic ‘Eskimo’.

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