Three to See

World class shows that won’t break bank

Vlad cigarWithout a little bit of inside knowledge, finding the right show to see at the Edinburgh Fringe can be harder than solving a Rubik’s cube.

Looking up a show in the Fringe guide is like trying to find a street in the index of the London A-to-Z. As usual, it is full to bursting with comedy, quite a lot of which will be utter rubbish, and quite a lot of which will be over-priced over-hyped rubbish. A high ticket price does not guarantee a quality show. Don’t be swayed by ten-foot high posters on The Mound or adverts on the sides of buses.

Here are my recommendations for today.  Three genuinely world-class shows at a price that won’t break the bank.

Assembly Rooms, George Street. 9.40 pm

One of Canada’s finest comedians, Tom Stade has now made Edinburgh his home, is a frequent performer at the city’s comedy stages all year, and is now finally receiving some long-overdue and much-merited TV exposure. His stoned persona masks a huge intellect, and his ability to construct multi-layered routines from the smallest of beginnings is a shear joy to watch.

Stand Comedy Club 2 (Venue 5) 7.10 pm

Don’t be put off by the title, it’s an ironic twist on the fact that Gavin was recently voted the Comedians’ Comedian of the Year. His style is an intriguing blend of surreal whimsy with old-school delivery. At times intentionally shambolic, his comedic observations are always razor-sharp.  One of the few comics who consistently makes his fellow pros laugh out loud.

Assembly Rooms, George St (Venue 20) 12.45 pm  Thursday 20th only

Quite simply a must-see event. Some of the original “alternative comedians” talking about their craft. A series of lunchtime conversations hosted by Oliver Double, the first person ever to be awarded a doctorate in comedy. Guests will include such legendary names as Jo Brand, Mark Thomas and Alexei Sayle.

Vladimir McTavish’s one-person show “Scotland, 45 Events That Shaped A Nation” is at The Stand Comedy Club 5, at 6.15 pm from 7 to 30 August (except Monday 17)

He is also appearing at the Daily Business Summer Party at the Jam House on 26th August. Tickets can be booked online here:

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