Evening News entertainment editor Liam Rudden shares his top picks for this year’s Fringe
Broadcaster, author and Spitting Image puppet Jeremy Paxman probes pogonophobia, underpants and the human condition. With an opportunity to quiz the grand inquisitor.
Pleasance Courtyard, 18-25 August, 5.20pm
Ian Lavender: Don’t Tell Him, Pike
Dad’s Army’s ‘Stupid Boy’ relives his glory years in the long-running sitcom accompanied by clips and questions from the audience.
The Assembly Rooms, 30 July-24 August, 4pm
Elaine C Smith
Rab C Nesbitt’s Mary Doll returns to the Fringe with her massively successful one woman show - a mix of stand-up, storytelling and music.
The Assembly Rooms, 1-10 August, 6pm
Jim Davidson: No Further Action
Fresh from winning Big Brother, comedy king Jim Davidson tells the story of his arrest and the nightmare 12 months that followed.
Assembly Hall, 1-25 August, 9.15pm
Dame Diana Rigg: No Turn Unstoned
The Avengers’ Mrs Peel reflects on the worst theatrical reviews in history and celebrates the actors who survive them. Followed by a Q&A session.
Assembly Checkpoint, 14-23 August, 1.20pm
...and This is My Friend Mr Laurel
Hi De Hi favourite Jeffrey Holland stars in this one-man show. Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel visits his dying friend.
Pleasance Courtyard, 30 July-25 August, 12.40pm
The Trial of Jane Fonda
Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe winner, Anne Archer - you’ll know her from Fatal Attraction - stars as Jane Fonda in this gripping new piece of theatre.
The Assembly Rooms, 30 July-24 August, 4.05pm
Not heard of them? Take a chance on the brilliant and hilarious Last Chance Saloon company as they resurrect Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Follow Victor Frankenstein as he attempts to create the perfect human being.
Just the Tonic at The Caves, 30 July-24 August, 7.25pm
Keeping Up with the Joans
Fringe First winning Philip Meeks latest bittersweet comedy brings together Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire), Doctor Who’s Katy Manning and Brunton panto favourite Arron Usher. Not to be missed.
Pleasance Courtyard, 30 July-24 August, 2.30pm
Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult
Hollyoaks’ DI Sam Lomax and Fringe regular Lizzie Roper returns to star in the uproarious sequel to 2004 smash Julie Burchill is Away.
Gilded Balloon, 30 July-25 August, 1.45pm
See it first. Join record-breaking Lee Evans for two very special shows in which he will be trying out brand new material for his forthcoming Monsters arena tour.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 3-4 August, 7.30pm
Barbara Nice: Squirrel Proof
Phoenix Nights’ Holy Mary, Janice Connolly, returns to the festival with a shrewd, sharp and current new show exploring the on-going battle we have with keeping nature at bay in the name of civilisation.
The Assembly Rooms, 30 July-24 August, 2.30pm
Tom Price: Not As Nice As He Looks
The Welsh Torchwood star returns to the Fringe after his 2011 sell-out run. Older, balder and louder than ever, he now has a beautiful son who even has the same huge head and big cuddly face. So how can Tom make sure he doesn’t become a bleak flinty git like him?
Pleasance Courtyard, 30 July-24 August, 9.30pm
Andrew Lawrence: Reasons to Kill Yourself
Stand-up comedy’s foremost creepy-faced ginger man, star of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo revels is awful the world. Dark comedy at its best.
The Assembly Rooms, 31 July-24 August, 8.45pm
Lucy Porter: Me Time
The diminutive funny lady brings her 10th solo show to the Fringe. Finding modern life a bit difficult? Maybe you were born in the wrong era. In this show Lucy tries to find her rightful place in history.
The Comedy Club, 31 July-10 August, 12.50pm
Siddhartha, the Musical
Inspired by Herman Hesse’s novel, Siddhartha began as a rehabilitation programme in Milan’s Maximum Security Prison, and tells the story of Prince Siddhartha’s quest for enlightenment with a sizzling Italian and South Asian influenced pop-rock score.
The Assembly Rooms, 31 July-24 August, 6.10pm
The Addams Family
Join TV and movie favourites Gomez and Morticia, along with Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and Thing in this musical celebration of Addams family values.
Assembly Hall, 31 July-25 August, 11am
Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision (Sarajevo)
Come to Sarajevo where they are hosting Eurovision. With hilarious songs and dance routines, this spoof of the famous song contest is arguably more fun than the real thing.
C venues, 2-9 August, 3.25pm
Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens
Set in a bar, buy a beer from Saucy Jack himself and kick back for an intergalactic disco extravaganza. Five star reviews greeted this musical first time around. Just don’t forget your glitter boots, they could save your life.
Just the Tonic at The Caves, 31 July-24 August, 11pm
Sinatra: Final Curtain
The sell-out show 2013 Fringe musical returns. Sinatra, now poorly in hospital, looks back on a lifetime of entertainment in stories and classic song in this acclaimed musical play.
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 1-23 August, 7.10pm
Ennio Marchetto: The Living Paper Cartoon
The Olivier award-nominated Ennio Marchetto uses ingenious paper to create a whirlwind of popular icons. Be astounded as he morphs into Gaga, Obama, Bono, Beyonce and the Queen!
Pleasance Courtyard, 30 July-15 August, 10.30pm
Andy Bell: Is Torsten The Bareback Saint
Erasure legend Andy Bell makes his Fringe debut to co-incide with the release of his fourth solo album.
Assembly, George Square, 5-16 August, 6.30pm
Camille O’Sullivan: 10
Queen of the Fringe, the award-winning Camille celebrates ten years of sell-out Fringe shows - can it really be a decade since you first read about her in the Evening News?
The Assembly Rooms, 30 July-24 August, 9.45pm
Philharmonic of Wit
Hear the classics you know and love turned upside down in this wacky, witty, sexy show. Discover the greatest operatic and symphonic hits sound as if they had been composed today. Don’t miss.
Venue150@EICC, 31 July-24August, 6.30pm
Arlene Phillips directs 16 dazzling dancers take audiences on a breathtaking journey of intense passion, sizzling sensuality, pulsing music and explosive energy. Produced by Pamela Stephenson Connolly.
Assembly Hall, 31 July-25 August, 5.30pm