Three to See
Early evening shows aplenty
Looking for a midweek show at the Fringe? If you are an Edinburgh resident and are back at work, the chances are you’ll be looking to catch an early-to-mid evening show. Thankfully, there are plenty of quality offerings at that time of night.
Here are my top three shows to see between seven o’clock and half past ten.
JENA FRIEDMAN “AMERICAN C**T”
Stand Comedy Club, York Place 7.30 pm
This is one of the hottest tickets at this year’s Fringe. New Yorker Jena Friedman produces The Daily Show and has written for David Letterman. This is a hard-hitting and thought-provoking hour of satirical stand-up. Definitely book in advance, as audiences are queuing around the block to see this show.
Mark Nelson won Best Headline Act at this year’s Scottish Comedy Awards, a long-overdue recognition for one of the most consistently-funny comedians in Scotland. Mark turned 34 this year, and will be musing on the fact that he’s now officially older than Jesus. Expect him to do so in his own unique style, which, according to the Sunday Times “pushes dangerously near the boundaries of good taste”
GAVIN WEBSTER “THE SEXIST’S SEXIST”
Stand Comedy Club 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.
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 Friday 7th to Sunday 30th August.
Vlad is also appearing at the Daily Business Summer Party on 26th August at the Jam House. Pay at the door: £10 or £7 for U25s.