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10 Things to see at the ​Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

Hello, I’m Fran Garrity, comedian, radio presenter on Zetland FM and a very good friend of Les Battersby off that Coronation Street.

I’ve been asked to give you my top picks for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe 2019, I’ve chosen 10.

If you check the Edinburgh fringe website (for comedy only) there’s four thousand two hundred and twenty five shows to choose from. Yes, good luck with that.

I know there will be some great comedians who won’t feature in this top 10 as I’ve done the maths.

These shows have been put together by some wonderful people and receive my seal of approval, not that they need it. To make it easier for you I’ve done them in the times they are scheduled, not which ones are the best. Although having said that, the show that I’m involved in is at number 1 (it’s on the earliest) – here we go….

1. Best in class – Showcase

Showcasing underrepresented working-class comedy voices. 8 comedians over 4 weeks –  Ash Preston, Jordan Gray, William Stone, Kimi Loughton, Hannah Platt, Charlie George, Wilson Milton & Fran Garrity.

Sponsored by Spam, chippy teas, knock-off trainers, hand-me-down clothes, Universal Credit, zero-hour contracts and empowerment. A crowd-funded profit-share, as it should be. 8 comedians over 4 weeks. Hosted by the wonderful Sian Davies. You can catch the show at 3.30pm between 1st -25th at the Counting house. I’ll be there from 8th to (and including) the 13th

2. Troy Hawke – Tiles of the unexpected

Following a sell-out run in 2018 in which he exposed bingo as the deadliest sport in the country, the empty Marxist promise of Poundland’s false advertising and Aldi being responsible for Princess Diana, 1930s throwback comedic investigator Troy Hawke returns, applying his scrabble mentalism to Kanye West, xenophobia and the ugly truth of IKEA’s link to the CIA.

Perth Fringe World 2019 Best Comedy nominee, Perth Fringe World 2019 Weekly Comedy Award winner.

5.30pm 31st July – 11th & 13th-25th – Underbelly

3. Jack Gleadow – Mr Saturday Night

Winner of Amused Moose National New Comic and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year makes his Fringe debut after performing as part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve in 2018.

Jack is one of the most exciting new stand-ups on the comedy circuit and has been seen performing at Latitude providing tour support for Lloyd Griffith. Runner-up in 2017’s Chortle Student Comedy Award. ‘Wonderfully surreal visual and physical comedy’ (TheArtsDesk.com).

5.45pm 31st July – 11th, 13th -25th Pleasance Courtyard

4. Mike Newall – Re: Newall

Following on from his successful show as being ‘High on Gravy’, Mike’s had to move back home at 36 and “start again”, maybe this is the right time.

‘Well-crafted jokes, great callbacks and a wonderfully dry delivery’

5.55pm 1st-11th, 13th-25th – Mash House

5. Hayley Ellis – Nobody puts Hayley in the corner

As featured in the top Edinburgh Fringe jokes of all time in The Scotsman, The Independent and The Mirror. Hayley Ellis is back for nine days only, like Craig David if he extended his song by two days. 

It’s a show about being easily influenced, putting water in your belly button and awkward holidays. International tour support for Sarah Millican.

6pm 09th-11th and 13th – 18th – Just the Tonic

6. Kagools – Cirque du Kagool

The multi award-winning physical comedy duo bring a brand-new hour of pure joy and anarchic buffoonery ‘brimming with wit and imagination’.  Join these dazzling idiots for (probably) The Greatest Show on Earth.

Winner, Amused Moose Comedy Award – Best Show, Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

Winner, Best Comedy Show award at Adelaide Fringe 2017. One of Sydney Morning Herald’s must-see acts at Sydney Comedy Festival 2017.

6.15pm 31st July to 11th & 13th to 26th Gilded balloon

7. Steve Bugeja – single mum

Steve helped his single mum find her Prince Charming all while learning his times tables. (He was seven). He returns to the festival following four critically-acclaimed shows. As seen on The Russell Howard Hour, The Zoe Ball Show, Stand Up Central, Love Island Aftersun and Comedy Up Late at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

‘Steve’s a charming, likeable stand-up with a set packed with gags’ (Sunday Post).

7.30pm 01st to 11th & 13th -25th – Just the tonic at the caves

8. Gavin Webster Buddhism and other such rubbish

Who needs experts? Buddhism? Absolute nonsense! I’m appalled about it or something. Mental health?! We didn’t have mental health 40 years ago and we still survived. Tran’s rights?! I don’t have rights but you don’t hear me complaining do you? Veganism? Oh please! I love meat me, what do you think of that then, vegans?! Fracking?! Don’t get me started, well, wait till I think of something. I’ve correct opinions on all these subjects despite having minimal knowledge. ‘Funny, clever and as brilliantly observed as you’ll find’ (Scotsman).

7.35pm 1st to 11th & 13th -25th – The Stand 2

9. Chris Washington – Raconteur

2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee, Chris returns with a brand-new show. If you like your comedy hard-hitting, boundary-pushing, genre-defying, jaw-dropping, eye-watering and Brexit-berating, then this is definitely not the show for you. 

However, if you fancy a laugh as a lad from Wigan tells you some funny stories for about an hour, buy a ticket and take the ride.

As seen on Live from the BBC & Jason Manford’s Tour Support.  ‘A mainstream comedy star in the making’ (Chortle.co.uk).

8.15pm 31st July to 25th Aug – Pleasance Courtyard

10. Matthew Fong – BBC

This is the debut show from British-born Chinese comedian Matthew Fong. His politically incorrect view on love, life and growing up is far from political.    

He has performed all over the world including Las Vegas, Tampa, Orlando, Sunny Beach, Los Gigantes and a regular on the UK comedy circuit; this is one comedian you won’t want to miss. This being his debut one-man show gives you the opportunity to say I found him first… before he was famous. Must see!

11.15pm 1st to 11th and 13th -25th – City café