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Vlad’s best of the Fringe…so far

Vladimir McTavishSo here we are, eight days into the Fringe and approaching the end of Week One.  To be honest, it feels like an entire month has passed since the whole thing kicked off. 

I make no apologies for recommending shows today that have previously featured in this column, as I would like to take the chance today to give my highlights of the first week.

So here are the top three shows I have seen in Week One of Edinburgh 2015

TOM STADE “YOU’RE WELCOME”
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 sheer joy to watch.

GAVIN WEBSTER “THE SEXIST’S SEXIST”
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.

RAYMOND MEARNS “IS GROWING OLD DISGRACEFULLY”
Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, Grassmarket. 7.55 pm

Raymond Mearns is a comedy genius. And don’t just take my word for it, he told me himself.  His inventive, scathing wit has a brutal self-honesty that makes his solo shows compulsory viewing.

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 (except Monday 17th)

Vlad is also appearing at the Daily Business Summer Party on 26 August. Ticket details here:

https://dailybusinessgroup.co.uk/shop/

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