Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016: 5 Don’t-Miss Comedy Acts

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, spanning 25 days and comprising more than 50,000 performances of more than 3,000 shows. Best known for hosting the hottest names in comedy, if you time it right, you can see five of them in one day.

Bridget Christie: Mortal
August 5-14 and 17-29, The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place, Edinburgh
Kick off your day with the new show from Bridget Christie as she discusses
the legacies we leave behind after death, taking on bigots, water massage
and Motörhead vibrators en route. It’s an hour-long show so you’ll have to
leave slightly before the end to hot-foot it to your next comedic appointment – maybe
ask a mate to let you know how it ends?
BOOK NOW: £12/£10 concs, tickets.edfringe.com

Josie Long and Martin Williams: Investigations
August 16-28, The Stand Comedy Club, 5 & 6, 34-38 York Place, Edinburgh
Socially conscious chuckle merchant Josie Long is joined by investigative journalist Martin Williams of The Guardian for a politically charged show offering buzzy topicality and intense silliness.
BOOK NOW: £10/£9 concs, tickets.edfringe.com

Rhys James: Forgives
August 3-28, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh
Described by Time Out as “a whip-smart d*ckhead with a barrage of intricately crafted jokes”, James is one of the most buzzed-about young stand-ups on the circuit.
Plus: the most hilarious poetry since Tim Key.
BOOK NOW: £11.50/£10 concs, tickets.edfringe.com

James Acaster: Reset
August 3-28, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh
Acaster is a comedian’s comedian with the most ingeniously crafted stand-up you’ll ever see – little wonder he’s been up for Best Show at Edinburgh every year since 2012. Here’s a taster: “What happens in the Bermuda Triangle stays in the Bermuda Triangle.”
BOOK NOW: £14/£13 concs, tickets.edfringe.com

Marcel Lucont’s Whine List
August 3-14 and 16-28, Pleasance Dome, Potterow, Edinburgh
The award-winning Marcel Lucont (actually the French alter-ego of Londoner Alexis Dubus) returns to Edinburgh with an audience participation show. Expect louche Gallic musings and deadpan wit.
BOOK NOW: £12/£11 concs, tickets.edfringe.com

Laugh yourself stupid at Amy Schumer’s UK tour
August 30 Edinburgh Playhouse
Wise-cracking New York comic Schumer will be treating the UK to three rare stand-up shows at the end of the summer. Expect resplendent rudeness from the Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer writer and star, as well as the hard-hitting commentary on feminism, body image and mental health.
TICKETS: £35, livenation.co.uk