I’m not going. I’m spending most of the month sat seeing if I can spot the signs of Zika on a TV screen. But many hardy souls are going. These are my tips. As usual they are biased towards the largely unhyped.
Laura Lexx Just the Tonic Mash House 1420
A comedian on the rise, irrepressibly funny.
Gavin Webster Stand 2 1910
Don’t go if you want slick. Go if you want unpretentiously clever and hilarious.
Zoe Lyons Gilded Balloon Teviot 1900
If there is any justice, Zoe is on the brink of superstardom. Go now while you can afford to.
Mark Silcox Ciao Roma 1410
As usual with Mark this could be groundbreakingly brilliant. Worth finding out.
Adam Rowe Just the tonic Caves 1720
An unstoppable self-publicist, with undoubted comedy chops. His debut hour will definitely be worth seeing.
David Longley Stand 4 2015
An intelligent contrarian, with bold jokes to match. Don’t miss.
Ahir Shah Cabaret Voltaire 1330
Former wunderkind has evolved into a skilled political comedian, with one of the Fringe’s best received shows in 2015
Tom Allen Pleasance 2015
Delightfully arch, lyrical and sophisticated, Tom has been on the brink of breaking through for a while. This may well be the year.
Geoff Norcott Underbelly Med Quad 1910
A consistent performer in the highest echelons of the circuit, Geoff is that rarest of Fringe beasts – openly Conservative. He is also a brilliant comedian, as you will find out if you go and see him.
Jo Neary – Stand 5/6 1430
I have a massive soft spot for Jo’s superbly observed character comedy.
Jamali Maddix – Pleasance 2015
Distinctive and original comic voice, Jamali has been much touted since he started and this is a hotly anticipated debur
Felicity Ward – Pleasance 2100
Last year’s show was a bravura tour de force of storytelling. She has become one of the Fringe’s must sees.
Tom Ballard Assembly George Square 2115
So many gay comedians now ply their wares on the Fringe. Some of them are ludicrously talented and stupidly hot.
Taylor Glenn The Caves 2110
Last time I saw her, she took a room apart. Was intrigued at what had happened to her. This show, it seems, will explain all.
And finally Paul Thorne Stand 5 2130
I recommended this show last year. He never turned up. He has promised me that he will this year. Brilliant and prolific topical musical comedy at its best.