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Jun
6
Thu
DESIREE BURCH + JESSICA FOSTEKEW
Jun 6 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

DESIREE BURCH: Desiree’s Coming Early!
She was born late, bloomed late and always missed the bus. But a compelling shift has the fresh-faced/world-weary comedian (Netflix’s Flinch, The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo) mischievously changing up the tempo. As seen on Have I Got News For You, QI, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, 8 Out of 10 Cats. ***** (ScotsGay.co.uk). **** (Scotsman). **** (Guardian). About self and everything else. Every comic has a relationship show but what happens when that relationship’s with the one person you were most trying to avoid? One isn’t prime or perfect. But it is magic!

JESSICA FOSTEKEW: Hench
Absolute powershed and regular host of The Guilty Feminist, Jessica Fostekew explores her big strong strength. Have you ever watched a feminist try and take ‘hench’ as a compliment? It’s like watching a snake eat but funny. In preview, Hench was nominated for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival. You’ve seen Jess in BBC sitcoms Motherland and Cuckoo and BAFTA Award-winning drama Three Girls. She’s also in forthcoming feature films: Gavin Hood’s Official Secrets and Michael Winterbottom’s Greed. She writes for 8 out of 10 Cats. ‘Consistently hilarious’ (Fest). ‘Smarts on her sleeve, great’ (Guardian).

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £12 on the door / £8 advance

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Jun
11
Tue
PAUL SINHA + LAURA LEXX
Jun 11 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

PAUL SINHA: Hazy Little Thing Called Love
Thus far, Paul has lived his life content in the understanding that stability and emotional happiness were lovely ideas but not really for him. Nonetheless, several decades of cheerfully bearing boozy witness to the narratives of others can slowly change a man. And so can a prosecco-fuelled Christmas. ‘This is what a good stand-up should be. Hilariously funny, passionate and articulate’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Full of insight and delight. One of our most thoughtful and enjoyable comedians’ (Times). ‘Comedy gold. Every punchline feels fresh’ (Skinny).

LAURA LEXX: Knee Jerk
Star of Live at the Apollo, Laura Lexx is a ‘bouncy, bubbly stand up star’ (Telegraph) shining a hilarious light on how hard it is to be a good person these days. Can you change the world without offending anyone? Her sell-out 2018 show Trying was ‘a masterpiece’ ***** (VoiceMag.uk) and earned her a prestigious Comedian’s Choice Award. Now, Lexx takes on society’s big issues… but come for jokes, not answers. It’s sure to be ‘stomach-achingly funny’ **** (Entertainment-Focus.com) and ‘another skilfully-constructed hour from an underrated performer’ **** (Fest). Early booking recommended.

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £12 on the door / £8 advance

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Jun
12
Wed
JOSIE LONG + RACHEL FAIRBURN
Jun 12 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

JOSIE LONG: Tender
Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and very hard to pin down indie-underdog-nightmare Josie Long is back with a new show for the first time in five years. It’s about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood, but mostly about kindness, gentleness, and joy. All in all, the edgiest thing you will see this Fringe. The aim is for you to come out of it feeling optimistic about the future, although that’s a big ask. At the very least there will be some really silly voices, and that’s not nothing. **** ‘Brilliantly evocative, an original and unflagging spirit’ (Times).

RACHEL FAIRBURN: The People’s Princess
Rachel’s been described by some losers as obnoxious, rude and contrary. However, she thinks she’s absolutely adorable and the natural choice for the dormant title of The People’s Princess. **** (ThreeWeeks). **** (Skinny). **** (One4Review.co.uk).

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £12 on the door / £8 advance

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Jun
19
Wed
JONNY & THE BAPTISTS + ANNIE McGRATH
Jun 19 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

JONNY & THE BAPTISTS Love Edinburgh and Hate Bastards

We live in a divided world and we want to cross that divide. But how can we be popular now ‘populist’ means ‘I’m a shit’? Answer: we love everyone. Oh, except bastards. Everyone hates bastards, right? We agree.

Multi-award nominated* musical-activist-comedians, Jonny & The Baptists, are sick of being political and divisive. This show is about how everything is definitely fine. Let’s just get along!

‘Excellent’ **** (Guardian)
‘Wickedly funny’ **** (Times)
‘Lovely’ **** (Scotsman)
‘Superbly crafted’ **** (Metro)
‘Disgraceful’ *** (Telegraph)… (bastards)

*We’ve lost five times, won no times.

ANNIE McGRATH: Shepherd

Deadpan comic Annie McGrath returns with her third stand-up show. Dark and charmingly offbeat, Annie tackles issues of male toxicity, consent and sheep herding. The big three! Dry jokes, silly anecdotes and some potentially serious underlying themes, from a young (ish) comedian cynical beyond her years.

Directed by Steve Hall (We Are Klang, The Russell Howard Hour). As seen on ITV2, BBC3, Channel 4 and Sky Sports.

‘Smart and smutty’ (London Evening Standard)
‘Hilarious’ ***** (Edfringe Review)
‘Spot on comic timing… delightfully dark’ **** (ThreeWeeks)
‘Ridiculously funny’ **** (Edinburgh Reporter)

Funny Woman Awards Finalist 2018.

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £7.50 on the door / £5 advance

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Jun
22
Sat
LUCY FREDERICK + AMY HOWERSKA
Jun 22 @ 8:00pm – 10:30pm

AMY HOWERSKA: Serious Face

Non-TV famous, non-award-winning comic Amy Howerska returns with a brand new show because she has not yet learnt her lesson.

Through a series of errors (love), Howerska has accidentally found herself Californian. As her friends beg her “not to get all American”, Howerska knows that she will never be that confident. But she’s made some loltastic stories out of it; you know, “Americans are like this and Brits are like ‘ello Governor” sort of comedy, but not rubbish.

A BBC Writers Room writer.
As heard on BBC Radio 4 and in your local shop buying Wotsits.

“Sardonic, charismatic and teasing” – The Scotsman

LUCY FREDERICK: Famtastic

Three years ago comedian Lucy Frederick – ‘Delightful’ (BroadwayBaby.com) – was picking herself up from the floor and ordering a gin and tonic; now she is picking up dirty socks and ordering fish fingers and peas.

From disaster queen to model stepmum – this is a stand-up show about Lucy’s journey towards becoming part of a modern blended family, avoiding its wicked pitfalls and navigating the alarming world of parenting.

‘A genuinely gifted performer’ **** (Scotsman)
‘Strong and diverse’ **** (ThreeWeeks)
‘Like catching up with a best friend’ **** (TheWeeReview.com)

Tickets £5 – or turn up without a ticket and pay what you want!

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Jun
25
Tue
JEN BRISTER + SARA BARRON
Jun 25 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

JEN BRISTER: Under Privilege
Brister has it all: a wife, kids, a house and a job she loves (sometimes) so what the hell is she moaning about? Join Jen as she takes an irreverent look at the often controversial subject of ‘privilege’. Who has it? Who doesn’t? And why does no one like to admit they have any? ‘A powerhouse performance’ ****½ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘A big dose of double up funny’ ***** (DeadLinenews.co.uk). ‘Glorious raging’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Brister uses anger to quite stunning comedic effect’ ***** (Skinny). ‘Blisteringly funny’ **** (List).

SARA BARRON: Enemies Closer
2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee, Sara returns to the Fringe following her five-star debut hour and two sell-out runs at London’s Soho Theatre. Her stunning new show examines kindness, meanness, ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, current husbands, all four of her remaining friends, and two of her twelve enemies. ‘An excellent line in cynicism about sex, life and friendship’ (Evening Standard). ‘Darkly humorous… smart… acerbic… endearingly charming’ (Bust). ‘Filthy and fearless’ **** (Telegraph). ‘A raucous, unapologetic hour with big laughs’ ***** (Skinny). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (FunnyWomen.com). ***** (TheWeeReview.com).

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £7.50 on the door / £5 advance

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Jun
26
Wed
MARK & HAYDN + WILL PENSWICK
Jun 26 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double-bill of Edinburgh comedy previews

Will Penswick: Nørdic(k)

Full time detective. Part time DJ. Full time Scandinavian. Pætur Pætursson is from the Faroe Islands. A detective in the Tórshavn (that’s the capital city) Police like his father and his father before him, a semi-legendary DJ and a troubled man, Pætur is going toe-to-toe with Scandinavia’s most dangerous criminals… and he needs your help.

“Netflix-special-worthy” ***** (Stagedoor)
“You will be in for a comic treat” **** (PlaysToSee)
“Brilliant” **** (Radio Ha-Ha)
**** (BroadwayBaby)

Mark & Haydn: Llaugh (pron. Claugh)

Sketch comedy double act Mark & Haydn have been described as “brilliant” by their Guardian. They bring their fast-paced, gag-filled show “Llaugh” (pron. Claugh) to Brighton.

Leicester Square Theatre Sketch-off Finalists 2019. Max Turner Prize Runner Up 2018. Chortle Student Comedy Finalist 2017.

“Smart comedy operators we can expect to hear more from.” (Chortle)
***** Broadway Baby
**** EdFringe Review
**** The Wee Review
**** Three Weeks

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £7.50 (£5 + b.f. advance)

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Jul
1
Mon
MATT RICHARDSON + LOU SANDERS
Jul 1 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

MATT RICHARDSON
Award-winning comedian, and Virgin Radio drivetime presenter.
Funniest Show nominee at the 2018 Radio Academy Awards.
“A firecracker… hilarious” **** – BroadwayBaby

LOU SANDERS: Say Hello to Your New Step-Mummy
Loulie, AKA the face that launched a thousand dicks, examines conduct (in the media, baby), mental health (other people’s, I’m fine) and perverts (that one is mainly me, actually). I’ll be oversharing, wanging on about spirituality and giving everyone some much unwanted advice. As seen/heard on Taskmaster, QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Hypothetical, The Russell Howard Hour, The Unbelievable Truth, Ultimate Worrier and more. ‘A comedian who leaves you wanting more’ **** (Times). **** (Guardian). **** (Evening Standard). **** (Chortle.co.uk).

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £12 on the door / £8 advance

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Jul
10
Wed
SPENCER JONES + CANDY GIGI
Jul 10 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

SPENCER JONES
Best Show nominee at the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards
Co-star of BBC Two sitcom Upstart Crow.
“Flamboyantly stoopid… gleeful gormlessness” **** – The Guardian

CANDY GIGI: Friday Night Sinner!
Friday Night Sinner! is a one-woman, horror-comedy musical about a Jewish, sexually repressed, newly-married maniac (stick to what you know). This deluded, narcissistic, unsatisfied and occasionally violent woman has delusions of grandeur and wants to become the biggest star in the universe – or at least in Borehamwood – and spills her guts out to her guests over a highly unconventional Friday night dinner. There will be twists and turns, gruesome deaths and comedy at its darkest and most horrifying. ‘Magnificently insane. Five stars!’ (List). ‘Sheer audacious lunacy’ (Chortle.co.uk). Malcolm Hardee Award winner.

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £12 on the door / £8 advance

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Jul
11
Thu
CIARÁN DOWD + HARRY AND CHRIS
Jul 11 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

CIARÁN DOWD: Padre Rodolfo
World-famous lothario, swordsman and butthead Rodolfo is back! Following an unspeakable tragedy he turns his back on his lifestyle – rejects the sword, takes a vow of chastity and joins the priesthood. But as dark forces rise he must face personal demons and battle actual demons. A supernatural action-adventure and follow-up to the 2018 smash-hit Don Rodolfo. Winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2018. Nominated for Breakthrough Act at the Chortle Awards 2019. ‘Comedy of the most ridiculous variety’ **** (Guardian). ‘The funniest show you will see this year’ **** (Telegraph).

HARRY AND CHRIS: This One’s for the Aliens
Harry and Chris (Guardian Pick of the Fringe 2018) are at the top of their field, having invented the field of comedy-rap-jazz. They’ve sold out three Edinburgh shows, appeared on the Russell Howard Hour and were called ‘fabulously entertaining’ by Jonathan Ross (we didn’t even pay him). From the ridiculous to the sublime, the world’s greatest comedy-rap-jazz duo bring award-winning wordplay, awe-inspiring musicality, eyebrow-raising bromance and unashamed joy to the biggest PR task of all time – spinning planet Earth. ‘Thoroughly feelgood’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Magnificent’ ***** (Sunday Post). ‘Blisteringly talented’ ***** (FringeGuru.com).

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £7.50 on the door / £5 advance

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