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Best Stand Up Tours Spring 2018

6 March 2018 | Sian Brett

It’s that time of the year where the best of the Edinburgh Fringe’s stand up shows embark on tours around the UK, hitting up arts centres, theatres, and generally spreading comedy gold across the nation. We’ve picked out the best ones to look out for, wherever you are.

Star of The Mash Report and member of period drama improv group Austentatious, Rachel Parris is taking her show Keynote on tour, no chance buoyed by the success of her incredibly slick and acerbic Mash Report segments. The show tells the story of Parris being asked to give a talk on success at her old school, and Parris uses music and characters to try and work out exactly how she’s going to do that. It’s already sold out at Soho Theatre so you know it will be in high demand – see where else it’s headed here.


Image Credit: Soho Theatre
 
In a similar examination of success, Jessica Fostekew’s The Silence of the Nans focuses on her invitation aboard a cruise, to perform to its elderly clientele. What at first seems like an amazing and exciting opportunity for the new mum, becomes weird, strange, and a bit horrible. With best friend and baby in tow for the adventure, Fostekew’s dynamic storytelling takes you on a hilarious journey across the ocean. The Silence of the Nans is Jess Fostekew’s first national tour and you can find out about dates and location here.
 
After yet another highly successful fringe, Dane Baptiste is hitting the road once more. G.O.D. (Gold, Oil, Drugs) was the third of Baptiste’s shows, and it sees him heading not only around the UK but also to Melbourne for their international comedy festival. Covering a whole host of topics, each bigger than the last, G.O.D. tackles the big issues, and who better to tackle them than Baptiste? Find out more information about where he’s headed here.


Image Credit: Dane Baptiste
 
Joint winner of the Edinburgh Best Show prize was John Robins, XFM Radio DJ and Queen enthusiast, with The Darkness of Robins. Following his break-up with fellow comedian Sara Pascoe, the 2017 Fringe saw both comics doing shows about their break ups mere feet away from each other in the Pleasance Courtyard. But as the dumped, rather than dumpee, Robins is in the perfect position to make light from the darkness, despite what the name of the show might suggest. As he describes adjusting to single life, living alone and battling with his own thoughts, he exercises a perfect balance of comedy and tragedy; for every heartfelt low there is a soaring, comic high. John Robins is on tour now, and you can find out more information here.
 
To make a heartbreak double bill of it, catch Sara Pascoe on tour too. Whilst Robins’ break up landscape seems bleak, LadsLadsLads details how Pascoe feels liberated, going on a yoga retreat to the Costa Del Sol for new year’s eve and discovering the freedom of single life after a series of long term relationships. There are joyous references to the realities of womanhood - hairy legs and the right pair of knickers and the fear of being “too tampony” - that creep in between the tales of a relationship breaking down and a single woman emerging from the debris. It’s empowering and funny, and will leave you feeling like perhaps you too need a personal rebrand, and a trip to the Costa Del Sol. Find out more information here.


Image Credit: Theatre Royal Plymouth 

Edinburgh Award nominee and political comedian Ahir Shah brings his sharp comic mind to the nation as he tours his show Control. Bemoaning the Brexit vote, analysing the Trump presidency and trying to unpick the dysfunctional times we’re living in, Shah is incredibly intelligent but also incredibly angry about the way that things are going. Despite this, however, the laughs are plentiful and Shah never fails to conclude his salient political points with a biting punchline – the mark of a truly wonderful political stand up. Find out where you can catch Ahir here.
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