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Take your pick of home grown talent

Vlad 2016 portraitIt’s the penultimate weekend of Edinburgh 2016.  From now until the Bank Holiday weekend, the city will be full to bursting point. 

In previous years, there has not been a great deal of Scottish comedy of offer, other than at The Stand. 

However, Scotland’s presence at its own comedy trade fare has never been greater than it is this year.

Here is a small sample of must-see shows:


Gilded Balloon, Teviot Square  8.45 pm  Until Sunday 28th

Mark Nelson won the award for Best Headliner for the second year running at this year’s Scottish Comedy awards, and the accolade was richly merited.  Nelson is quite simply one of the finest live stand-ups currently performing in the UK.  His gleefully edgy wit is a joy to watch.


Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive , Grassmarket. 7.45 pm Until Monday 29th

Raymond Mearns is a powerhouse of a comedian, and a genuine force of nature.  As exceptional skilled improviser, he can riff on virtually any subject, such is his vast encyclopaedic knowledge.  In turn both bombastic and self-deprecating, an hour in the company of Mearns is not an experience to be forgotten overnight.


Stand 3, York Place  Friday 19th at 10.05 pm  Monday 22nd-Tuesday 23rd 8.35 pm

Fictional retired football manager-cum pundit Bob Doolally returns to the Fringe with his mix of drink-fuelled rage and off-key comments. The star of BBC Scotland’s hit series Live Floor Show which was nominated for a BAFTA well over a decade ago, Doolally still draws a huge hard-core following of Scottish football fans.  Book early for this, as he is only doing three nights this year.

Stand 6, York Place  5.20  Daily except Monday 15th
This satirical panel show features a number of comedians who have appeared on BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking The News. A mixture of stand-up, chat and video clips, it features Keir McAllister and Mark Nelson alongside myself and host Stu Murphy, whose spontaneous wit and ability to think on his feet is worth the ticket price alone.


Edinburgh International Conference Centre  8.40 pm Until Sunday 28th (except Tuesday 23rd)

Since breaking onto the comedy scene as teenager, Daniel Sloss has gone on to achieve global acclaim.  When he first started performing stand-up at the tender age of sixteen, much of his material centred around his youth.  His writing has matured exponentially since those early years, and his comedy now has a deliciously dark side.  Sloss is a genuine joy to watch. 


The Stand Comedy Club, York Place   7pm   Until Sunday 28th

The host of Breaking The News on Radio Scotland, and of his own breakfast show on Capital FM, Des Clarke is one of the most ubiquitous comedy faces in Scotland.  His rapid-fire style has mass appeal, but his material has real substance.  This is show which will entertain audiences of all ages.

Vladimir McTavish is appearing in his solo show “Scotland in Sixty Minutes” at Stand 5, York Place at 7.30 nightly until Sunday 28th August

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