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What to Look Forward to at Edinburgh Fringe

14 April 2018 | Sian Brett

The first round of Edinburgh Fringe comedy shows have been announced – mostly from venues Pleasance, Gilded Balloon and Underbelly. There’s still more to come, but we definitely like what we see so far!

Returning to the Fringe after hit shows What Would Beyonce Do? and Am I Right Ladies? Luisa Omielan is back, and this time she’s tackling the big scary world of politics. After losing her much loved mum last year Omielan has spoken out about the lack of care and support they received, the state that the NHS is in and the lack of responsibility that the Tory government is willing to take for it. Politics for Bitches will no doubt follow in the style of Omielan’s previous shows – every time she steps on stage it feels like you’re being taken on a night out by your best friend before she slips in incredibly serious material about death, cancer and cannabis oil. We can’t wait.


Image Credit: Luisa Omielan via Facebook
 
Similarly returning to the fringe this year after smash hit successes, last year’s Edinburgh award newcomer nominees Elf Lyons and Ed Night are both returning with their second Edinburgh hours, hoping not to fall foul of second album syndrome. Night looks set to continue his millennial jokes with An Aesthetic, whilst clown and comedian Lyons is going to tackle the economy through the power of song in a new show titled ChiffChaff.
 
Other award winning newbie comics hitting the fringe this year include 2017’s BBC New Comedy Award Winner Heidi Regan with her debut show Heidi VS Sharks, and last year’s So You Think You’re Funny winner Maisie Adam with Vague. These two have been blowing up award panels and we can’t wait to see what joys their debut hours will hold.


Image Credit: Maisie Adam via Facebook
 
Another debut hour, but from a more seasoned Edinburgh performer, Stevie Martin’s Vol. 1 will hit up Pleasance this year. One third of sketch group Massive Dad her if her debut hour is anything as funny as her Twitter then there’s something very exciting in store. Another Pleasance stand up is the wacky John Hastings with his show Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like John Hastings. If you like the title then you’re sure to love listening to Hastings explore the year he was hit by a car, became homeless, and entered into a long distance relationship.
 
Production company Fight in the Dog are bringing very exciting double act The Bear Pack and their improvised storytelling to the Fringe, after a hit run at VAULT festival earlier this year. Another improv group, Austentatious are back at the Fringe once more this year, creating Jane Austen inspired comedy from audience suggestions. The show’s been performed on the West End and all around the country in between it’s very successful Edinburgh runs.
 
One of sketch group Gein’s Family Giftshop, Kiri Pritchard McLean returns with a new hour of stand up, in which she will investigate the victim complex. As well as this, her hit show Amusical will also return to the Pleasance Grand for one night only. Amusical sees comedy stars perform the musical theatre hits they’ve kept to the shower, finally giving them their time to shine. It’s a glittery, jazz hands infested treat, and one that tickets will go for quickly – get on it!


Image Credit: Kayla Wren
 
All of these shows are now on sale. Edinburgh Fringe 2018 runs from 3 – 27 August and all listing information and box office information can be found on the official website.

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