Who run the (comedy) world? Girls! On the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, ladies, we’re where it’s at. With big names like Sue Perkins and Sara Pascoe making appearances, here’s 5 acts you should see before they become stratospheric.
SHELF: Boys, 15-26th, 4pm, Black Market 6 – PBH’s Free Fringe. FREE. @shelfcomedy
The lo-fi sketch ladz (dw, they’re not actually lads) are back to tickle you in the nicest way possible. Shelf manage to master blending inventive and charming sketches with even more sketches disguised as compering. Also see them and other funny laydeez hosting The LOL Word every day (6th-13th Aug, 5.15pm, The Street, PBH’s Free Fringe).
SOFIE HAGEN – Dead Baby Frog, 2-28th, 2pm, Bedlam Theatre, £8-£10. @sofiehagen
Best Newcomer winner and former Westlife-lover Sofie’s third show revolves around anger and a funeral. She’s also trying to make her show as anxiety-free as possible: message firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries about the show or venue.
Listen to Sofie’s podcast Made Of Human below:
FERN BRADY: Suffer, fools! 2, 4-13, 16-27th, 12.05pm, Stand 2, £8-10. @fernbrady
Angry Scottish woman Fern Brady will no doubt be angry, Scottish, a woman, and very funny. Again. Brady speaks frankly about taboo subjects that need talking about; last year, mental health, sexism and being a stripper to fund academia were on the cards. This year, expect some equally cutting stand-up.
ATHENA KUGBLENU: KMT. 2-13, 15-27th, 5.50pm, Underbelly Med Quad, £6.50-£11. @athenakugblenu
The debut hour from a BBC New Comedy Awards Finalist 2015. As heard on the Guilty Feminist, Global Pillage and Made of Human Podcasts, KMT (‘Kiss mi teeth’, a Caribbean Patois expression of annoyance) will include intelligent, witty and self-deprecating material about race, culture, and the state of the world today. Certainly one to watch.
KIRI PRITCHARD-MCLEAN: Appropriate Adult, 2-28th, 8.15pm, Pleasance Courtyard, £6-£10. @kiripritchardmc
The unseen one from dark sketch gods Gein’s Family Giftshop and co-host of the fantastic All Killa No Filla podcast returns with her second hour, this time about mentoring vulnerable kids. Billed as an ‘immoral comedian’s morality tale about other people’s lack of morals’, Kiri’s second hour is bound to be just as fantastic as her first.
I might not do my show tonight? Might just read the sex scene from Morrisey’s book over and over.
— Kiri Pr’chard-McLean (@kiripritchardmc) 6 August 2017
Words and images: Polly Glynn