THE problem with stand-ups is that they all think they are hilariously funny... even when they are not. With more than 90 pages of comedy listed on the Fringe website - that’s nearly 1000 different shows - it can be difficult to know what to choose.
However, if it’s a good laugh you want, sometimes it’s better to stick with the tried and tested names - comedians who have earned their comedy stripes.
Here, to help you decide what you might want to spend your hard-earned cash on this August, are a few recommendations, with a couple of less well known acts thrown in for good measure.
Tickets for all shows are now on sale from the Fringe Box Office 0131-226 0000 or from www.edfringe.com
BRIAN APPLETON’S HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN THREE DARTS
GRAHAM Fellows returns to the Fringe as ‘rock musicologist and part-time lecturer’ Brian Appleton. The nearly Man of pop, Brian’s brilliantly innovative ideas are always hijacked by some passing pop wannabe.
Best known as the man behind comedy legend John Shuttleworth (or if you’re old enough, as Jilted John - all together now, ‘Gordon is a moron’) Fellows’s last Fringe show, Brian Appleton’s History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, was made into a BBC Radio 4 series.
Grab your tickets now to avoid being so upset that you cry all the way to the chipshop.
Pleasance Ace Dome, 5-11 August, 8.20pm
PAUL VERDIN: NO STRINGS
LAST time he was here, in 2010, Paul Zerdin sold out. He did the same in 2009, so expect great things as the star of the Royal Variety Show returns with a brand new show featuring gobby Sam, senior citizen Albert and precocious Baby Paul.
Gilded Balloon, Nightclub, 31 July-25 August, 8pm
ALISTAIR McGOWAN: DAMN LABELS
BRITAIN’S favourite impressionist asks the big questions: would the world be a happier place if Ed Miliband was PM? What are we really thinking while watching Shakespeare? And is Hilary Devey Jessie J’s mum? Expect everyone from Andy Murray to Colin Murray, Jo Brand to Kevin Bridges and at least one song about butter.
Gilded Balloon, Teviot, 18-25 August, 7.30pm
THREE NIGHTS ONLY
CHRIS RAMSEY: FEELING LUCKY
THE Celebrity Juice and Hebburn star brings his critically acclaimed show to the Fringe for three nights only.
How did we get here? Elaborately laid plan or just pure fluke? Who knows, do you feel lucky? Perhaps you should.
Underbelly, Bristo Square, 23-25 August, 7pm
LUCY PORTER: NORTHERN SOUL
DOES geography shape our destiny? Born in Croydon to a Northern Irish dad and a Midlander mum (who met in Africa), discover why the diminutive Fringe favourite considers herself ‘like the littlest hobo’.
The Stand Comedy Club, York Place,
31 July-25 August, 5.10pm
FATHER Ted star, Ardal O’Hanlon has the gift of the blarney, his observational style tackling the subject matter is life itself.
Join him as he explores the world around him with his ever present trademark look of bemusement and disbelief.
Assembly Rooms, George Street, 12-18 August, 7pm
SUSAN CALMAN: ALWAYS
SCOTTISH comedy doesn’t come much funnier than this. The News Quiz and QI star is back with a new show, asking questions like: Where is she? What is she doing with her life? And can she put cat wrangler as her occupation on a mortgage application?
Stand Comedy Club III & IV, York Place, 1-12 August, 6pm
ERIC AND LITTLE ERN
MORECAMBE and Wise brought us sunshine for decades. This show uses classic scripts to vividly recreate some of the finest moments of the great double act’s television and stage performances.
Gilded Balloon, Teviot, 1-26 August, 3.15pm
LEE NELSON LIVE
STAR of Well Funny People, the Well Good Show and host of Live at the Apollo, Nelson brings his unique brand of character comedy to the Fringe for two weeks only.
Expect audience interaction and appearances from his alter-egos, Premier League footballer Jason Bent and bungling medic Dr Bob.
Assembly, George Square, 12-24 August, 7.30pm
IS it comedy or music? Maybe both, but you will laugh. Airnadette is an air band - six musicians dub the greatest songs and the greatest films of all time and mix them together to make their (almost) true story. Could this be the phenomenon of the Fringe?
Underbelly, Bristo Square, 31 July-26 August, 8.50pm
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