Four shows that top the list

Four to see on final weekend

Vladimir McTavishIt’s the final weekend of the Edinburgh Fringe, and your last opportunity to catch some upbeat entertainment before the city dons its dismal autumn clothes, and the night starts drawing in.

Many people spend the entire day catching shows they’ve meant to see for the past three weeks. If you do plan on making a day of it, here are four shows I’d recommend from lunchtime to late at night.

Stand Comedy Club, York Place  12.10 pm

Fern Brady is the personification of the word “feisty”.  Her in-your-face gruff-voiced delivery and opinionated material can often mask the fact that much of her comedy is highly self-deprecating. She already has a string of TV credits under her belt, including a self-penned sitcom.  Fern Brady is, without doubt, going to be a major star.  Catch her now in the infinite surroundings of Stand 4, before she starts selling out major venues.

Laughing Horse @ Free Sisters, Three Sisters, Cowgate 5pm

I first worked with Jenny Collier at this year’s Adelaide Fringe. This forty minute show is the perfect way to start off an evening at The Fringe. Jenny has a warm, engaging personality and a natural wit.  Yet beneath her air of sweet innocence lurks some very dark and edgy material.  Definitely a star of the future, were there to be any justice in showbiz.

Gilded Balloon, Bristo Square 9.15 pm

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”

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, West Nicolson Street  10.15 pm

This is a bizarrely exciting show for audience and performers alike, and has proved to be a hit at festivals worldwide.  I have guested on the show in Adelaide and Singapore, and did their Edinburgh show this Tuesday.  Comedians are paired together.  In the first half, they perform a short set of their own material.  It is in part two that the show gets interesting, when the acts have to copy or parody one another.  It’s a bit of a white knuckle ride for the stand-ups but hilarious to watch.

Vladimir McTavish’s one-person show “Scotland, 45 Events That Shaped A Nation” is at The Stand Comedy Club 5, at 6.15 pm until Sunday 30th August

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