It’s that time of year. The Edinburgh Fringe is lumbering over the horizon, a monstrous beast fuelled by cheap cider, Texan high schools performing inexplicable four-night runs of West Side Story, and the self-doubt of a million artists.
On the advice of our astrologer we’re not going to the Fringe this year (also, we’ve been writing a play and radio thing!), however we have compiled a tightly edited selection of shows that we urge you to see. They are…
Stylish sketch trio, expertly directed by the invincible Tom Parry (of Pappy’s and The Reunion). This year, all three of the Beasts attempt their own solo shows. What happens? Go along and find out! But, in all probability, hilarious shenanigans.
Party vibes! That’s both the title of the show and also the general atmosphere you can expect from this joyous sketch hour. Birthday Girls was formed by three members of the awesome Lady Garden, and they’re directed by Tom Parry as well. It’s an absolute bloody win-win.
Wise, bearded, Irish. Just three adjectives that describe D’o'D (though he has been known to shave the beard). Expect him to deliver low energy whimsy on a tiny keyboard, whilst also somehow incorporating over a billion jokes. It’s remarkable.
Deeply affable sketch quartet (formerly a quintet, but Jon Gracey has gone off travelling the world like an absolute turncoat bastard) who have, variously, introduced Edinburgh audiences to a post-apocalyptic bunker, a train heist, the truth behind the space race and a city populated by superheroes. This year they’ve got a new show, Happenstance, and they’re branching out into solo stuff too. Go see.
HE’S BACK. Terrifying, anarchic, interactive comedy from the absolute master of terrifying, anarchic, interactive comedy. His last show, in 2011, was so good that it practically broke Edinburgh. Now he returns to the Pleasance Dome, having aged like a fine wine. We’d advise you not to sit in the front row, but frankly you’re not safe anywhere in the room.
Terrifyingly clever and exquisitely funny – it’s a brand new show from Sara Pascoe off the telly (she completely bossed QI in her first appearance, it was staggering), and you should definitely go and see it. She’s vegan, but that mustn’t put you off – the show will be awesome.
This, obviously, is just the tip of the iceberg, so to cover our backs we also suggest that you see all other shows in Edinburgh. Go on.