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Transatlantic comedians having a laugh

Vlad headThousands of North American tourists visit Edinburgh for the Fringe, but it’s not only audiences that cross the Atlantic in August, as every year’s Fringe attracts a lot of top quality comedians from across the pond.

There is a sprinkling of good quality comedy from the US and Canada this year, so here’s a sample of who is worth hearing.

Gilded Balloon, Bristo Square  5.30 pm

Will Durst is probably the finest American comedian of his generation.  The pin-point accuracy of his satire is on a par, if not superior to, that of the late Bill Hicks.  When I started out in comedy, he was one of acts I really looked up to, and I have been fortunate enough to share a stage with him on a couple of occasions.  After being nominated for The Perrier Award in 1989, Durst has only made a couple of return trips to Edinburgh.  He’s back this year with a show which deals with the problems faced by the Baby Boom generation as they enter old age.

Assembly Rooms, George Street. 9.40 pm

One of Canada’s finest comedians, Tom Stade loves Edinburgh so much he has now actually made the city his home.  A veteran of upwards of ten Fringes, Stade 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, 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.

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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