Ten 2013 Fringe Comedy Shows to Get Excited About

800px-Stand-up_comedy_-_StageOf the many festivals in Edinburgh held throughout the year, the Fringe is arguably the best.

For nearly a month every summer Edinburgh transforms into the world’s largest comedy stage, with venues cropping up in every nook and cranny of the city. Though the Fringe is great for theatre, spoken word, music and dance – comedy is what it does best.

Now that the 2013 Fringe programme is published, it’s time to try and squeeze as many shows into your visit as possible. Decisions, decisions…

Here are the ten 2013 Fringe comedy shows we’re looking forward to most:

1. Doctor Brown – Bexperiments

Last year’s winner of the Foster’s ‘Best Comedy Show’ title, the absurd clown mime that is Doctor Brown, is back again for the 2013 Fringe. On 13th August, he’ll perform 8 shows back to back, with each show building on the previous one. If you have half a day to spare, book this bizarre comedy experiment into your Fringe schedule.

Underbelly Cowgate

2. Daniel Simonsen: Stranger

Last year’s ‘Best Newcomer’ winner is back for his sophomore run at the Fringe. Since his success in Edinburgh last year, the Norwegian comic has appear on Russell Howard’s ‘Good News ‘and secured a lead role in the upcoming BBC sitcom, ‘House of Fools’. Here’s your chance to see him before he gets too famous for the Fringe.

Pleasance Dome

3. Aisling Bea – C’est La Bea

This straight-talking jokester and super charming storyteller took first place in Foster’s prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ competition last year, beating out 8 other finalists to bag the top prize. She’s back this year with her much-anticipated debut solo stand-up show.

Gilded Balloon Teviot

4. Brendan Burns – Brendan Burns Hasn’t Heard of You Either

Fans of brash, boisterous, crude and controversial comedy will be pleased to see Fringe favourite and 2007’s ‘Best Comedy Show’ winner back again on the 2013 programme. The Aussie comic’s show title is inspired by his recent diagnosis as ‘partial hearing’ and comes with the warning label: “may contain material that some may find offensive and/or baffling”.

The Stand Comedy Club

5. Benny Davis – The Human Jukebox

Fans of the hilarious Aussie boyband and YouTube sensations ‘Axis of Awesome’ will be treated to member Benny Davis’ first solo show at the Fringe. The premise of ‘The Human Jukebox’? You request songs and he plays them…on a melodica? Listen, laugh and be amazed.

The Gilded Balloon Teviot

6. Daniel Sloss – Stand-Up

This sharp-witted Scottish comic may have started his Fringe career at just 17, but he’s not the wee, ‘up and coming’ comic underdog of years’ past. With sell-out shows at comedy festivals across the globe, a massive UK DVD distribution deal and plenty of TV appearances under his belt, Daniel Sloss has established himself as “strongman of stand-up”. Hilariously observant and self-deprecating, Sloss is set to delight sell-out crowds yet again at this year’s Fringe.

Venue150 @ EICC

7. Joseph Morpurgo – Truthmouth

The co-creator of one of last year’s best reviewed shows, Austentatious, Joseph Morpurgo is combining his impressive improv skills with theatre company Truthmouth for a brand new show this year. As one of the most buzzed-about comics at the Fringe this year, this show is not one to miss.

Laughing Horse at The Counting House

8. Susan Calman – Always (A Work in Progress)

You may recognise her from her TV stints on Have I Got News For You, QI and Fresh Meat, or perhaps you’ve seen one of her many shows at Edinburgh’s ‘The Stand’ comedy club. Or, if you’re a true fan of this comically-blessed, vertically-challenged Glaswegian, maybe you’ve come across her twitter feed full of cat musings, hilarious one-liners and…more cat stuff. Well, now’s your chance to see her live in a brand new show that’s guaranteed to bring the laughs.

The Stand Comedy Club

9. The Rubberbandits

YouTube stars The Rubberbandits are bringing their always bizarre, hilarious and often barely audible (due to the thick accents) blend of musical comedy back to the Fringe this year. Described by the Mail on Sunday as “just the right side of disturbing”, these two Limerick lads may be the most original comics you see this year.

The Gilded Balloon Teviot

10. David O’Doherty: David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything

Winner of the coveted ‘Best Comedy Show’ award at the 2008 Fringe, Irish funnyman David O’Doherty and his mini electronic keyboard have returned to Edinburgh yet again. His silly songs, keen observations and wild imagination should all add up to deliver an hour of non-stop laughs.

Pleasance Courtyard


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Stage image by Kedellar via Wikimedia Commons

Written by Margaret Kay

Originally hailing from Seattle, Margaret has called Edinburgh home for just over four years. A freelance writer, she spends her time hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop – enjoying every angle of this stunning city along the way.

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