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Please see below information on all of our 2017 Fringe acts.
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Aatif Nawaz; The Last Laugh
Newsroom @ 11.15pm, 3 – 27 August
Aatif Nawaz marks ten years in comedy and reveals the hilarious rejections and pearls of celebrity advice he has received along the way from the likes of Omid Djalili and Jimmy Carr.
Among Aatif’s credits are BBC Radio 4’s Inconspicuous Consumption and Stephen Fry’s English Delight. He was featured as the voice of reason on the controversial Channel 4 programme, What British Muslims Really Think, an experience he wrote about for the Guardian. Aatif has also appeared on BBC Newsnight. talking about comedy and free speech.
Abi Roberts: Anglichanka
Underbelly (White Belly) @ 6.40pm, 3-27 August
Last year Abi Roberts became the first UK comedian to perform in Russia, in Russian. Abi and Russia go way back – she was once a member of the Moscow Conservatoire and the Russian Orthodox Church. In this, the centenary year of the Russian Revolution, come and find out about what makes our continental neighbour tick!
A seasoned club stand-up and tour support, Abi’s projects have included Musical CID where well-known comedians talk about their music collections, which featuring comedy stars such as Al Murray, Romesh Ranganathan, and Seann Walsh. Abi has recently appeared in two critically acclaimed short films which have aired at prestigious film festivals including London’s LOCO Film Festival, Tribeca, Hollywood and New York Film Festivals – The Honeymoon and One Under.
Alex Kealy: The Art of the Keal
Just the Tonic at the Caves (Just Up the Road) @ 4.20pm, 3 – 27 August (not 14)
Alex Kealy believes liberal democracy is having a rough old time. As ever, the centre-left is brilliant at getting mad and crap at getting even. The right has clear, simple messages – can the left do the same for the complex challenges society faces?
Alex Kealy was a So You Think You’re Funny Finalist in his first year of stand-up and since then has performed on BBC Radio Four Extra as part of the BBC New Comedian Award. Alex runs The Comedy Grotto in King’s Cross, a fortnightly charity fundraiser comedy night, which Time Out praises for it’s ‘consistently excellent line-ups’ that have “comedy connoisseurs drooling’ and The Independent raves has ‘always well-programmed bashes.’
Andrew Doyle: Thought Crimes
Stand 1, 6:30pm @ 4-27 August (not 14)
Andrew Doyle doesn’t know his left from his right. But then, neither does anyone else. A staunch left-winger, Andrew has somehow found himself accused of being on the Dark Side. Partly it’s because he’s the only left-wing comic who openly opposed the EU, or maybe it’s because he co-wrote a viral video after the US election which was widely shared by the pro-Trump “alt-right”. Either way, in the current political climate, does ‘left’ or ‘right’ even mean anything anymore?
As well as a Fringe regular, Andrew is the co-writer of internet sensation Jonathan Pie, the spoof news reporter created by Tom Walker. Andrew started writing for Pie in December 2015, and since then has collaborated with Tom on weekly online videos and a live show which toured the UK culminating in a sell-out performance at the London Palladium. Their online video responding to the US election result has had in excess of 130 million views.
Ben Van der Velde: Sidekick
Espionage (Pravda Room) @ 8.45pm, 3 – 27 August
Ben Van der Velde isn’t feeling too sure about the future for him, his wife or his vaguely imminent kids. The world seems like a tinderbox ready to explode and he’s not prepared for the fallout. He’s on the hunt for a hero, whilst trying to find any upside to life as a perennial sidekick.
Ben Van der Velde is a regular host and act for respected British comedy clubs such as The Stand, Komedia, the Frog & Bucket and The Boat Show and is currently helmsman of the Chortle Award-winning Good Ship Comedy Club in Kilburn. Outside the circuit, Ben has performed a voodoo re-marriage ceremony, founded the Church of the Holy Kazoo with comedy legend Mark Thomas, and walked the entire London Underground network to raise money for The Refugee Council.
Carmen Lynch: LYNCHED – SOLO DEBUT
Counting House (Loft) @ 4pm
In her UK debut hour LYNCHED, Carmen Lynch shares her twisted, singular stand-up comedy that frequently dips into the dark side. Childless and drug-free (but only because of her heart murmur), she’ll share her views on Jesus, giraffes, scoliosis, her Spanish mother, and very often, death.
Carmen Lynch comes to the Edinburgh Fringe after enjoying a host of high profile television appearances including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and twice on The Late Show with David Letterman, she has been featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Conan, @midnight (Comedy Central), Inside Amy Schumer, and The Good Wife. On the big screen Carmen appeared in Miu Miu’s series of Women’s Tales directed by Chloë Sevigny entitled Carmen.
Erich McElroy Tops Trump
Laughing Horse @ Espionage (Pravda) @ 3.45pm, 3-27 August
It’s pretty hard to top the most controversial figure in modern political history but American-born, British-based comic Erich McElroy has stacked the deck. He’s got all the alternative truth, the fakest news and is gonna make the Fringe great again. This is comedy that grabs you – by the funny bone.
Heard on BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking the News and BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze. Seen on BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain, Sky News – Erich has made a name for himself in 2016 as a Presidential Election pundit. Thanks to Trump he is needed more than ever!
Geoff Norcott: Right-Leaning But Well-Meaning
Underbelly George Square (Wee Coo) @ 6.40pm, 2-27 August (not 14)
The follow up to Conswervative from the Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show nominee and writer for Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night (2015), BBC1’s Live At The Apollo, BB2’s The Sarah Millican Television Programme, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Alan Carr’s Happy Hour (both C4), and Sky 1’s A League of Their Own.
Geoff has recently been appearing on screen as part of the regular panel of Comedy Bigmouths on My5 and, during the course of the tour of Conswervative, was featured on Question Time (BBC One), the Daily Politics (BBC Two), Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4) and he has written for The Telegraph, Independent Voices and The New Statesman.
Harriet Braine – Total Eclipse of the Art – SOLO DEBUT
The Golf Tavern @ 1.15pm, August 4 – 27 (not 14)
The 2016 Funny Women Stage Award winner and So You Think You’re Funny? finalist of the same year, Harriet Braine, believes that art history delivered through the medium of parody song is the only possible remedy for the broken hearts and minds of a broken world.
As seen on BBC 100 Women Season, and one of Metro’s nine hilarious women to look out for in 2017, Harriet was named Best Newcomer at the Musical Comedy Awards 2016 with only a handful of gigs under her belt. She has performed at diverse venues such as Up the Creek, the Southbank Udderbelly and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and regularly headlines at some of London’s best comedy and cabaret nights.
Kat Bond: Loo Roll – SOLO DEBUT
Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance That) @ 5.45pm, 2-28 August
One woman’s hilarious search for her family who left her in a bin – Loo Roll is a joy-filled hour of the most intelligent silliness you’ll see at this year’s fringe.
Fresh from her triumphant Comedy Award-winning run at this year’s VAULT Festival (2017), Kat Bond (star of Channel 4’s Comedy Blaps, BBC One’s Call the Midwife, Sky’s The Greatest of all Time, Sketchorama, Expenses Only for Radio 4; one half of critically acclaimed duo That Pair), debuts her first solo character comedy show.
Leo Kearse: I Can Make You Tory
Gothic Room, Three Sisters @ 4pm, 3 – 27 August
Sick of sanctimonious lefties lecturing you about global warming, Jeremy Corbyn and sexism? No? Award-winning comedian Leo Kearse has betrayed his Scottish upbringing and hippy parents and now slaughters liberal sacred cows with razor sharp wit, showing audiences that it’s all right to be right.
As well as straight stand-up, Kearse, a former criminal intelligence analyst, he also performs at festivals and cabaret nights as the improvised ‘Pun Man’, and holds the 2015 Dave TV UK Pun Champion title. Leo is also the co-creator of sellout show Hate ‘n’ Live, which has top comedians hate on audience suggestions.
Louise Reay: Hard Mode
The Stand Comedy Club, Stand 4 @ 5.55pm, 3 – 27 August (not 14)
Experience life in an authoritarian regime. Yay!
Imagine how you’d act if you were always being watched? Imagine living in an authoritarian regime? Imagine if the Chinese government bought the BBC?
Louise Reay trained as a stand up with Jill Edwards (Brighton Komedia) before moving into more physical comedy with Phil Burgers (Doctor Brown) and with Deanna Fleysher (Butt Kapinski), who directed Hard Mode. Louise is also a documentary-maker, among her credits are C4 Dispatches, BBC1 Panorama the C4 series on immigration, Why Don’t You Speak English? and the BBC’s education experiment Chinese School: Are Our Kids Tough Enough?
Louise has written and performed in two live shows questioning our attitudes to language, immigrants and race, It’s Only Words and Que Sera,些拉. The shows were all in Chinese – but for people who didn’t speak any Chinese at all, utilising the 93% of communication that is non-verbal! It’s Only Words made the Amused Moose shortlist for best show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and Que Sera, 些拉 was nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe Groundbreaker Award 2016, and transferred to the Southbank Centre (December 2016). Hard Mode recently won the Best Emerging Artist award at Adelaide Fringe 2017 and was nominated for Best Comedy at Brighton Fringe 2017.
Olaf Falafel presents The Marmosets Of My Mind
City Cafe @ 4.15pm, 3 – 27 August (not 15)
Follow up to the award-winning Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth, critically acclaimed idiot, Olaf Falafel is back with another hour of surreal stupidity. Who knows what it’ll involve, probably conkers, maybe sandpaper. Whatever it is, he personally guarantees your money back if you actually learn something of any use.
Olaf secured publishing’s fastest ever picture book deal for his semi-autobiographical masterpiece Old MacDonald Heard A Fart. Olaf’s Vines received 75 million views, with one example, his croissant-haired Donald Trump, being retweeted 19,000 times and clocking up 23 million views in total. Olaf gets Retweeted over 500 times a day on average.
Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance That) @ 9.45pm
Pierre Novellie brings an American-style hour of high-quality stand up comedy to the Fringe. A sincere attempt to recreate the best of what the medium has to offer: catharsis, exploring taboos, the admission of sins and, most importantly, laughter.
Pierre was recently nominated for the Best Club Comic 2017 award by Chortle, his third nomination in a row and second for Best Club Comic. Pierre has a regular podcast called My Favourite Podcast available on iTunes. He will appear in BBC Two‘s The Mash Report and Comedy Central’s Stand Up Central later this year.
Underbelly, Cowgate (Belly Dancer) @ 8.45pm, 3 – 27 August (not 14)
Inspired by true events, Prom Kween tells the story of Matthew Crisson, the first ever boy to win the coveted US high school title…and the bitches who tried to stand in his way.
In 2014 Rebecca Humphries, Jo Cichonska and Sam Swann came together with the aim to reinvent musical comedy. Their debut show Dizney Rascal subsequently sold out the entire Edinburgh run, was the Scotsman’s ‘Pick of the Fringe’ and was performed live on BBC3’s ‘Edinburgh Comedy Spectacular’ which led to a UK tour. Rebecca went on to win the 2015 Musical Comedy Award-scooping both the Judges first prize and the Audience’s favourite. Prom Queen is their highly anticipated follow up.
Sajeela Kershi: Fights Like a Girl
Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap @ 6.15pm (not 7, 14 or 21)
Celebrated for her comedy and her spoken word projects (Immigrant Diaries and Mother Tongues From Farther Lands), Sajeela has picked up a number of nominations and awards including winner of an Asian Women of Achievement Award 2015 (Arts & Culture category), winner of Angel Award for Artistic Excellence (2015). Sajeela starred in the Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show, Brendon Burns: So I Suppose This Is Offensive Now (2007), and was a finalist at the Hackney Empire New Act Awards 2011. Among her scripted radio credits are a Muslim/Jewish collaborative sketch pilot for BBC Radio Four; multi-faith sitcom, Mixing It, alongside Janey Godley and Sanjeev Kholi, for BBC Radio Scotland, and four specially commissioned monologues, also for BBC Radio Scotland. Sajeela is a regular pundit on BBC London 94.9, BBC Asian Network, BBC Surrey, BBC Sussex, LBC and has featured on BBC Radio Four’s Loose Ends and Saturday Live, BBC Radio Two’s Good Morning Sunday with Claire Balding and Kay Adams’ BBC Scotland show. On television, Sajeela has appeared on Comedy Central, ITV2’s Comedy Cuts and ITV1’s The Big Debate with Nina Hussain.
Sid Singh – A Singh in the North
Dropkick Murphy’s @ 2.45pm, August 3 – 27
Life is awkward in all of its interactions and search for identity. Sid Singh goes deeper and more personal finding comedy in the discomfort of being brown in America, being an atheist who regrets it, and dating all over the world.
Sid Singh is a regular at numerous clubs in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego including Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, and The Tony Show (run Comedy Central’s Adam Atamanuik). Among his television credits are Living the Life (Islam Channel), Greatest Party Story Ever Told (MTV), Night Train With Wyatt Cenac (NBC). On radio Sid has appeared on BBC Radio Four’s Inconspicuous Consumption, among other shows.
Spencer Jones: The Audition
Heroes @ MONKEY BARREL (515) 9 Blair St. EH1 1QR
HEADROOM (GROUND FLOOR) @ 6.20pm
Writer and star of BBC’s BAFTA-nominated Big Babies, Upstart Crow star, Sky Comedy Shorts star and 2017 Chortle Awards nominee for Best Variety or Character Act, Spencer Jones returns to the the Edinburgh Fringe with his comedy alter ego and total idiot, The Herbert, in his latest joy-filled odyssey, The Audition.
In this latest adventure, another magical mix of musical and visual comedy, The Herbert lands himself an audition for a Steven Spielberg movie. It’s the main part – playing a robot. It’s also a once in a lifetime opportunity, but can this hapless hero grasp it? We stay with The Herbert as he prepares himself for the big day – with a little help from his son, 250 tennis balls and a shy coconut.