Here is a little list of comedians you cannot miss at the Edinburgh Fringe this year!
BRITNEY: FRIENDS AND NOTHING MORE
The award-winning comedy duo, Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson, return to the Fringe for the first time in 5 years. Fresh from their universally adored BBC Three pilot, they bring a new show, Friends and Nothing More, a sketch show about love. But which of these two girls will you fancy more?
VENUE: Pleasance Below, Pleasance Courtyard
DATES: 3rd to 28th August (not 16th)
Character comedians and IRL sisters Marina and Maddy return to the Fringe with their new show; Siblings: Siblage. Expect absurdist sketch comedy and physical comedy from this duo. Siblings is a comedy double act and cacophony of character and sketch featuring sisters Maddy and Marina Bye. In the last four years, they have performed internationally and across the UK in festivals and on the live circuit. They have sold out three consecutive Edinburgh Fringe runs as well as a sold out extended run at Soho Theatre in 2019. In 2020, The Guardian included them as one of ‘The Sisters who became ferociously funny comedy duos’. You can read our interview with Marina and Maddy here!
VENUE: The Attic, Pleasance Courtyard
DATES: 3rd to 29th August (not 15th)
TOM LUCY: MELT
Tom Lucy makes his highly anticipated return to the Fringe, with a brand new show – Melt. Tom had complete sell-out runs in 2017 and 2018, and now he is back with a new hour of razor sharp comedy, which asks the question “do all 25 year olds ‘get into stuff’? And is that stuff always furniture, Spotify and circumcisions?” You can read our interview with Tom here!
VENUE: Pleasance Courtyard, Upstairs
DATES: 3rd – 28th August (not 15th)
LEW FITZ: SOFT LAD
Lew Fitz is launching his much anticipated debut solo hour: Soft Lad, at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Soft Lad is a bold and disarmingly honest show about running away from family, swapping Manchester for Miami, and what happens when you have to come back. Lew is not only an award-winning stand up, but has also scored in the Top 5 Jokes of the Fringe across The Guardian, Dave TV and The Telegraph. Expect explosive comedic energy and a rare vulnerability, as this Northern cherub attempts to reconcile his past and face his present.
VENUE: Gilded Balloon Teviot, Turret
DATES: 3rd to 29th August 2022 (not 15th)
ROSIE HOLT: THE WOMAN’S HOUR
Swallow your post/mid-work curries and slide your briefcase of booze past security, as social media sensation and Chortle Award winner Rosie Holt is launching her debut solo hour of cutting political satire at the Fringe. Rosie Holt: The Woman’s Hour is a character comedy show bringing Holt’s viral satirical videos to delighted live audiences.
VENUE: Pleasance Courtyard, The Attic
DATES: 3rd to 29th August 2022 (not 16th)
MICHAEL SPICER: THE ROOM NEXT DOOR
Following the publication of his first book, The Secret Political Adviser: The Unredacted Files of the Man in the Room Next Door, Michael Spicer’s The Room Next Door provides an entertaining insight into the global internet sensation. During the one-hour show, Michael will talk about his life making comedy under the radar, his viral hits of the past and of course, brand new, exclusive Room Next Door sketches for Edinburgh Fringe audiences. This is a unique opportunity to see Michael on stage for the final series of live performances as the celebrated online phenomenon. Michael’s viral sketch, The Room Next Door has 60 million views and counting!
VENUE: Assembly George Square – Studio One
DATES: 19th – 28th August
TESSA COATES: GET YOUR TESSA COATES YOU’VE PULLED
After two sell-out Fringes, her own BBC Radio 4 special, and opening for Nish Kumar on his latest tour, Tessa Coates is almost unconscious with excitement to be back at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a brand-new stand-up hour. Get Your Tessa Coates You’ve Pulled is a joyful celebration of life being back with a vengeance. A smorgasbord of the weird and wonderful, Tessa will take you on a journey across Faberge eggs, the Lascaux cave paintings, being offered ketamine out of a woman’s scrunchie in the toilets at a party, a recent diagnosis for ADD (not the H for Hyperactive, turns out, she’s very lazy), lying about liking opera at a wedding, and how all her 30-something friends have started having babies and don’t want to hang out any more!
VENUE: Pleasance Courtyard, Beside
DATES: Aug 3-28 August
JESS ROBINSON: LEGACY
Watch musical impressionist and star of Spitting Image Jess Robinson save the world in under an hour! Join the Edinburgh favourite as you’ve never seen her before – starring in a brand-new musical multimedia one-woman show. Audiences can expect to be blown away by stunning original music and Jess’ jaw-dropping speaking and singing impressions including the likes of Olivia Colman, Zoella, Lady Gaga, Gal Gadot, Kim Kardashian and Adele to name a few.
VENUE: Pleasance Above, Pleasance Courtyard
DATES: 3rd-28th August (not 16th or 23rd)
PATRICK MCPHERSON – COLOSSAL
Patrick McPherson is an upcoming writer-performer and Edinburgh Fringe success story, who has seen a swift rise through the British comedy and fringe theatre ranks, following his back-to-back sold-out shows. As a queer writer, Patrick looks to explore and champion LGBT voices and narratives through his writing. Colossal is an hour of dynamic theatre, comedy and music that embraces the spectrum of modern romance, from the first date to the last text, from falling headfirst to falling apart. In his one-man comedy play that dives into love stories, morality, and the dance between the two, Patrick weaves sketch comedy, gig theatre and spoken word to tell the comedic and candid story of a man called Dan, his affinity for owls, and his messy recent past. READ OUR REVIEW OF COLOSSAL HERE!
VENUE: Belly Button, Underbelly
DATES: 3rd-29th August (not 15th)
HEIDI REGAN GIVES BIRTH ON STAGE EVERY NIGHT OR YOUR MONEY BACK
This brand-new hour is Heidi’s most personal yet. Having had very limited experience in committed relationships, Heidi moved in with her girlfriend and began looking into parenthood minutes before a global pandemic kicked off. As things get serious, an increasingly hopeless Heidi tries to support her NHS girlfriend via her usual tactics of telling very bad jokes and making niche pop culture references that never land. It has mixed results. Oozing personality and a unique perspective on life, all while maintaining her extremely silly tone, this hour is one not to be missed!
VENUE: The Voodoo Rooms
DATES: 6th-28th August (not 20th or 21st)
CATHERINE BOHART: THIS ISN’T FOR YOU
Catherine Bohart is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe 2022 following her hugely successful UK and Ireland tour, with her critically acclaimed show This Isn’t For You. Catherine Bohart loves control, hates change and is a serial planner. So imagine, if you will, how the past two years have been. First up there’s Covid-19 and its succession of charming sequels- looking at you Omicron BA.4 and Omicron BA.5! Then, there’s separating from your partner of 5-years in an out-of-the-blue dumping, being forced into living alone for the first time during multiple ‘hard lockdowns’, the complete shutdown of your entire industry, oh and your old friend OCD makes an unwelcome appearance.
VENUE: Monkey Barrel 1
DATES: 4th – 28th August (Not 16th)