IT'S HERE! IT'S FINALLY HERE! HAPPY EDFRINGE, Y'ALL!
We've decamped North of the border with 19 of our finest, funniest acts for the next four weeks, and we want YOU to come join the fun.
So if you're sitting comfortably, please allow us to introduce you to this year's Motley Crue of funny faces.
NAME: Lauren Pattison
WHO'S THAT, THEN? As one of the finalists in last year's BBC New Comedy Award, she's one of the hottest rising names on the circuit. You might have caught her warming up for Katherine Ryan on a few of last year's Kathbum tour dates.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? Lady Muck
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HER? The Geordie's Lady Muck show is one that tells a story of love, feelings and stuff which is always a goldmine for laughs. Also Clive Anderson once called her "psychologically devious", whatever that means.
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 5.45pm, Pleasance: Attic
NAME: Rhys James
WHO'S THAT, THEN? Him off the telly! You might have seen him on Mock The Week THIS VERY WEEK, in fact.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? Wiseboy
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HIM? If you like your comedy the wrong side of edgy, Rhys should be right at the top of your Edinburgh Fringe list. This boy's mind, we tell you...
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 6pm, Pleasance: Upstairs
NAME: Brennan Reece
WHO'S THAT, THEN? Our favourite rubber-faced Mancunian, back at Edinburgh Fringe for the second year running.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? Everlong
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HIM? Last year's 'Everglow' (there's a theme emerging) saw him nominated for Best Newcomer at the festival, which is pretty special, isn't it?
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 6pm, Pleasance: Beside
NAME: Gráinne Maguire
WHO'S THAT, THEN? A sharp-as-anything comic in her own right, Gráinne also has writing credits on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Channel 4's Alternative Election Night and a whooooole lot more.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? Gráinne with a Fada
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HER? Short.com called her 2016 show "one of the best structured hours of material at the Fringe", which is probably the best compliment you could receive (as long as you're not an improv act, obviously).
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 6.30pm, Gilded Balloon: Turret
NAME: Sara Schaefer
WHO'S THAT, THEN? A US comic who has her own Emmy, Sara also has a hugely sucessful web series called 'Woman Online'.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? Little White Box
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HER? Making her first visit to the Fringe, Sara's looking to lay down a solid base in the UK for replicating her US success. If you want A Real Life American dissecting Trump's America, this is the show for you.
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 7pm, Pleasance: That
NAME: Lloyd Griffith
WHO'S THAT, THEN? Part-time choirboy, aspiring goalkeeper and our old pal. His BBC Three series Taxi To Training has really taken off in recent months: imagine Carpool Karaoke but with footballers and bants, not singing and James Corden.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? In: Undated
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HIM? Lloyd's done more gigs over the years than we've had hot dinners, and it shows in his live set. Basically if you want to see a man make being funny look really easy, Lloyd's yer man.
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 7pm, Pleasance: 10 Dome
NAME: Josh Pugh
WHO'S THAT, THEN? The English Comedian Of The Year, don't you know.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? A Boy Named Pugh
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HIM? A Boy Named Pugh is "mostly things I've thought of whilst hoovering". Which could go either way, when you think about it.
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 7.15pm, Pleasance: Bunker One
NAME: Abigoliah Schamaun
WHO'S THAT, THEN? The Ohio born, New York-come-London bred comic was recently named one of the Top 5 Up And Coming Female Comedians by The List. High praise, that.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? Namaste, Bitches
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HER? Goliah's been doing this for years now, and it's her fifth show at Edinburgh Fringe. That's some tried, tested, tried and tested again funny stuff.
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 7.40pm, Underbelly: Belly Laugh
NAME: Mark Nelson
WHO'S THAT, THEN? The Glasgow-bred comic who has broken the internet several times with videos featuring his inquisitive two-year-old daughter.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? IRREVERENCE
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HIM? Because he's driving back to Glasgow every night and could use the petrol money. Oh, he's a right funny chap, too.
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 8pm, Gilded Balloon: Sportsmans
NAME: Rachel Parris
WHO'S THAT, THEN? The all-singing, piano-tinkling primary school teacher with songs as sharp as her comedy.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? Keynote
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HER? Her part-autobiographical, part-musical schtick is unlike anyone else out there doing a similar thing, and she's JUST SO LOVELY, too.
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 8.20pm, Pleasance Dome
NAME: The Midnight Beast
WHO'S THAT, THEN? Legendary internet spoof trio who first shot to fame with their take on Kesha's 'Tik Tok'.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? All Killer
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE 'EM? Because 'All Killer' is the live musical version of the group's film of the same name, and it's an absolute riot. Book early if you want the chance to see this lot. Just saying...
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 8.30pm, Pleasance Dome: King Dome
NAME: Kiri Pritchard-McLean
WHO'S THAT, THEN? One of the brains behind the massively successful Gein's Family Gift Shop sketch group (scroll down for more on that), Kiri is back at the Fringe for her second solo year.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? Appropriate Adult
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HER? As the winner of Best Compere at last year's Chortle Awards, Kiri's already award-winningly funny. Is more silverware headed her way this summer?
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 8.15pm, Pleasance: Attic
NAME: James Adomian
WHO'S THAT, THEN? The US comic, writer, actor and impressionist, best known for his work on 'Comedy Bang!', and as the voice of George W Bush on The Late Late Show.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? Lacking In Character
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HIM? James is a jack of all trades - expect stories, jokes, impressions and a whole lot more in his Fringe hour.
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 9.15pm, Gilded Balloon: Sportsmans
NAME: Chris Turner
WHO'S THAT, THEN? A comic... who's also an incredibly dextrous freestyle rapper. Watch this space as we put him to the test before the fest...
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? What A Time To Be Alive
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HIM? He's a comedian and a freestyle rapper. 'What A Time To Be Alive' is heavy on the jokes and the freestyles... so make sure you come armed with your most awkward suggestions to throw at him!
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 9.45pm, Pleasance: Upstairs
WHO'S THAT, THEN? The world's most ethnically diverse sketch trio. Probably. The trio first broke out after creating, writing and starring in their own Radio 4 show 'Daphne's Sound Experience'.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? The Best of Daphne
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE 'EM? Because they really are the creme de la creme of sketch comedy. Last year's shows were packed to the rafters everyday, and they're only popping North of the border for a short visit this time so we expect the same again.
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 10pm, Pleasance: Forth (Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd August ONLY)
NAME: Gein's Family Gift Shop
WHAT'S THAT, THEN? A dark-as-the-night sketch crew, whose work has featured in BBC2's Inside No 9.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 3
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE 'EM? They won best Sketch Act AND the Audience Choice Award at London's Sketchfest in the past, PLUS the 2014 Forsters Best Newcomer at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. so you know it's good.
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 10.20pm, Pleasance: Above
NAME: Patrick Turpin
WHO'S THAT, THEN? A former member of Leeds Tealights student revue troupe, who's been doing his own stand-up stuff since '08.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? Itty Bitty Little Titty Piece
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE HIM? His Fringe show this year has been described as "a new show/hour-of-performance-art/arse-flapping-gently-in-the-wind that rodgers the ‘system’ quite firmly in the poo-poo place". Need we say more?!
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 10.40pm, Underbelly: Delhi Belly
NAME: Tim & Gendle
WHO'S THAT, THEN? A pair of ex-snowboarders, TV presenters and BFFs, you might recognise their voices from the Red Bull Soap Box Race coverage on the tellybox.
WHAT'S THEIR SHOW? Famous First Words
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE 'EM? Famous First Words has been dubbed "a music entertainment experience." What does that mean? Come along and find out!#ItsNotKaraoke
SHOW TIME & VENUE: 11pm, Gilded Balloon: Wine Bar
NAME: Hot Dub Time Machine
WHO'S THAT, THEN? Only the best damn party on the planet!
WHY SHOULD I GO SEE 'EM? HDTM will be hitting the Fringe for two nights only this year, so you need to make it count. Imagine singing and dancing along to songs from every year going back to the 50s, with the biggest, cheesiest grin plastered across your face.
SHOW TIME & VENUE: Royal Highland Centre (11th & 12th August ONLY)
#EdFringe Is Coming: Our Guide To The Best Of This Year's Comics!
Written by Andy Ritchie / June 18, 2017
IT'S HERE! IT'S FINALLY HERE! HAPPY EDFRINGE, Y'ALL!