Yes yes yes, there’s Reeves and Mortimer, Josie Long, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Ryan, Joe Lycett etc, all grabbing lots of the attention at this year’s DLCF. Plus there’s the stonking Preview Show on Friday January 8th that raises the curtain on the festival, featuring Lee Nelson, Nish Kumar, Sofie Hagen and Kai Humphries.
But such is the depth of quality to the festival, there’s plenty of other good stuff to pick from. It’s what football managers might call a “selection headache”.
So in that spirit, take a look at this lot. In chronological order …
• Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap (Feb 5)
A deserving winner of Best Newcomer in Edinburgh last year, Hagen’s debut show is a delight, taking in subjects as diverse as Westlife and body dysmorphia.
• Amir Khoshsokhan: Milk and Hedgehogs (Feb 5)
A comic with a style so slight and quiet you wouldn’t think he could hold a crowd for an hour. But he can.
• Jonny Awsum: Live in Loughborough (Feb 6)
A delightfully old-school musical comedian and all-round entertainer who has the Anneka Rice stamp of approval – what more do you want?!
• Mr Susie’s Interstellar Bobbins (Feb 6)
A face you may recognise from such sitcoms as Toast of London and Cuckoo, Mr Susie (real name Mark Davison) is a storytelling lunatic onstage.
• Sarah Kendall: A Day In October (Feb 8)
A poignant storytelling show from Aussie Kendall about the death of a schoolfriend, which scooped an Edinburgh nomination for Best Show.
• Andrew O’Neill is Trapped Down a Well (Feb 9)
A new show from upbeat and pleasingly surreal stand-up O’Neill.
• Pippa Evans: There Are No Guilty Pleasures (Feb 9)
A rare stand-up show from Evans, she of Showstoppers! the Musical, Fast and Loose (BBC1) and musical comedy brat Loretta Maine. It’s about loving all the things we pretend to don’t like, and a thoroughly enjoyable romp it is too.
• Phil Kay: Megabusy (Feb 12)
If you’ve never experienced an hour in the company of maniacal Scot Phil Kay, then here’s your chance to change that.
• Tez Ilyas: Tez Talks (Feb 13)
A cheeky hour of comedy about being a Muslim! Funny, insightful and smart, Ilyas woz robbed not to get a Best Newcomer nod in Edinburgh.
• Alternative Comedy Memorial Society (Feb 14)
A night like no other, where comics are encouraged to go off-piste. The results can be thrilling.
• Nick Revell: Feminist Porno Jihadi (Feb 18)
A heavyweight political comedian in fine form performs his latest show.
• Daphne Do Edinburgh In Leicester (Feb 19)
Strange name for a sketch troupe comprising three blokes, but not to worry, their debut show very, very chucklesome and that’s what counts.
• Michael Brunström: The Hay Wain Reloaded (Feb 20)
An hour of debonair weirdness with a sprinkling of showbiz.
• Peter Brush: Awkward Jokesmith (Feb 20)
Peter Brush is literally an awkward jokesmith, and an extremely good one at that. A strong recommendation for this one.