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10 up-and-coming comedians to check out at the Fringe


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The Edinburgh Fringe is just around the corner, and with so many shows it can be difficult to decide what to see.

As always there are some big names in the comedy world hitting the Fringe, including Ed Byrne and Eddie Izzard - but there are also hundreds more up-and-coming comedians that you'd be silly to miss.

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Here's our round up of the top ten:

1. Amelia Bayler

Ameila is a regular on the Scottish comedy circuit, producing quirky songs about anxiety and snacks. This year she is taking audiences on a light-hearted musical trip through the big issues du jour: addiction, narcissism and compulsive snacking, as part of her Emotional Bangers show. Essentially a quirky a mash-up of music and stand-up, which is infectiously funny. 

More information on Amelia's act can be found at the Fringe website here.

2. Harriet Dyer 

Harriet is bringing her love of dinosaurs to the Fringe in her latest show. She's had numerous critically acclaimed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, her favourite being Barking at Aeroplanes, and has been gigging full time since 2013.  While not necessarily a newbie to the scene, she is certainly up-and-coming as her profile increases ever more. 

More information about 'The Dinosaur Show' can be found here.

3. Andrew Sim 

Andrew is bringing his second solo show to the Fringe this year. The young Scottish comedian has been doing stand-up since he was 17, and there’s no doubt he’s a rising star.  Full of silly songs, dark jokes and an energetic queerness, his show will have you entertained and chuckling away from start to finish. 

Buy your tickets to see Andrew live at the Fringe here.


4. Lauren Pattison 

Lauren Pattison is returning to Edinburgh for a one-off performance of her 2018 show, Peachy. From being nominated for the Edinburgh best newcomer award in 2017 to supporting Katherine Ryan on tour, Lauren has a long list of accolades and achievements - a list that is certain to keep getting longer and longer. 

More info about Lauren's show can be found on the Ed Fringe site here.

5. Steff Todd

Award-winning comedian, impressionist and internet sensation Steff Todd is gracing the Fringe with her debut solo show. The Yorkshire lass recently went viral with her hilariously accurate impressions of this year’s Love Island stars. She’s also previously gained international attention with her impressions of the Kardashians. In short, she is absolutely worth a watch. 

Grab a ticket for Steff's show here.

6. Charlie George

Charlie is a former circus performer and dancer, who decided a career change was in order and is now an award-winning comedian and writer. She was recently crowned LGBTQ+ New Comedian of the Year and is also winner of the Leicester Square New Comedian Award, as well as also being a 2018 Pride’s Got Talent finalist. You can catch Charlie at The Counting House featuring in the Best In Class line-up, which showcases underrepresented working-class comedy voices.

Find more info about Charlie here.

7. Esther Manito

So You Think You’re Funny finalist 2017 and co-author of Don’t Panic I’m Islamic, Esther Manito brings her debut solo show Crusade to the Gilded Balloon. A gritty observational look at identity politics: motherhood, marriage, ethnicity, gender and religion.

Check out Gilded Balloon's website for more info here.

8. Maddie Campion

Maddie was shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award in 2018 and performed at the Fringe the same year (alongside a lovedoll) in the interestingly named show 20 Uses for a Lovedoll. This year she’s back (minus the inflatable) with her first solo stand-up show, Truly Maddie Deeply. Expect hot gossip about a ghost, a one-hit wonder, and the paperclip from Microsoft Word.

Book your ticket to Truly Maddie Deeply here.

9. Annie McGrath

Tackling issues ranging from male toxicity to sheep herding (all the important stuff), Annie McGrath is returning with her third stand-up show, Shepherd. She was awarded one of Dave’s Top Ten Funniest Jokes of the Fringe in 2016 with her debut show and has gone on to be nominated for many other awards, including being named in The Telegraph’s Funniest One-Liners from the Fringe 2017.

More info can be found on the Ed Fringe website here.

10. Darren Harriott

Nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 and with appearances on television comedy panel shows such as Mock The Week, Darren Harriott is bringing his brand new show, Good Heart Yute, to the Fringe. Learning more about himself and realising maybe he's never actually been happy with who is, join Darren for his trademark passion and insightful wit as he tries to work himself out.

Check Darren out on the Pleasance website here.

Edinburgh Fringe runs throughout August. For more information and tickets, visit their website:

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