EiF’s top 40 Edinburgh festival tips (part 1)

Ladies and gents, the first 20, in chronological order for your convenience …
EiF’s top 40 Edinburgh tips (part 2)

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• 2.30pm, 3.40pm, 6.20pm. Simon Munnery – Hats Off to the 101ers, and Other Material
Alternative comedy hero and gentle, thoughtful stand-up.Munnery has wider appeal these days while remaining utterly unique. This year’s show includes a one-musical about an airship. (The Stand)

• 3.20pm. David O’Doherty Presents: Rory Sheridan’s Tales of The Antarctica
Former Edinburgh Comedy Award and whimsy behemoth O’Doherty delves into character comedy as an Edwardian-period Antarctic explorer. (Underbelly)

• 4.10pm, 5.15pm, 8.05pm. Stewart Lee – Flickwerk – work-in-progress
You probably know already if you like Stewart Lee or not. (The Stand)

• 4.25pm. Andy Zaltzman: Armchair Revolutionary
Flame-haired king of satire Zaltzman performs a personal show in response to the Arab Spring. Recent podcasts The Bugle suggest he’s on cracking form. (The Stand)

• 4.30pm. Toby – Lucky
Return of the bickering sister duo, one put-upon and one vainglorious, in what is essentially a comedy play. Surprise package last year. (Pleasance)

• 4.45pm. Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches
A character comic with balls the size of Berkshire. Six or so characters, all performed with hurricane-like intensity. At times terrifying. (Pleasance)

• 4.45pm. Sheeps: A Sketch Show
Oddball sketch trio, deserve to break through this year. Bloody talented for young’uns. (Pleasance)

• 4.45pm. Hannah Gadsby – Mrs Chuckles
Self-deprecating, razor-sharp Australian stand-up, whose show received rave reviews at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival. (Gilded Balloon)

• 4.55pm. Trevor Lock
Mysteriously absent from the EdFringe website, this is a treat – free comedy by Lock, a comedian’s comedian. Check him out between August 20-28, and help divest him of that dubious honour. (Canon’s Gait)

• 5pm. Isy Suttie – Pearl and Dave
Suttie (pictured top), aka Dobby from Peep Show, does bittersweet musical/character comic that is punchier and less twee than you might imagine. P&D is a story about an internet romance, and it looked a bit special even in preview. (Pleasance)

Daft, fun, lo-fi sketch from stand-ups Dan Antopolski, Nat Luurtsema and Tom Craine. (Pleasance)

• 5.45pm. Diane Spencer – All-Pervading Madness
A classy, award-winning stand-up quite possibly destined for big things. Has a penchant for a “bit of blue”, so not one for prudes. (Gilded Balloon)

• 5.45pm. Joe Wilkinson – My Mum’s Called Stella and My Dad’s Called Brian
One of the most anticipated debuts, from the bearded bloke from BBC3’s Him and Her and last year’s Fringe hit Two Episodes of Mash. An easy-going stand-up who knows his way round an anecdote. (Pleasance)

• 6pm. Kerry Godliman – Wonder Woman
One of the form horses on the London circuit, as seen on McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, supporting Micky Flanagan etc, capable of absolutely storming it. (Pleasance)

• 6.40pm/10.05pm. Lloyd Langford – The Cold Hard Facts of Life
One of the most natural comics around, Langford’s a deadpan, home-spun stand-up who you may have seen on Rhod Gilbert’s BBC show. (The Stand)

• 7pm. Stuart Goldsmith – Another Lovely Crisis
Currently starring in ITV’s Show Me the Funny, so seeing Goldsmith might soon become a bit more tricky/expensive. His 2010 show was a beaut, too. (Pleasance)

• 7pm. Josie Long – The Future Is Another Place
An indie comedy hero who has moved in political comedy without losing any of her characteristic verve. Another very personal, gag-filled hour to follow up her Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination last year. (Pleasance)

• 7pm. Chris McCausland – Big Time
Another particularly highly rated show from the London previews, straight-forward observational stand-up from a guy who appears to be on the up. (Pleasance)

• 7.15pm, 10.40pm. Paul Sinha – Looking at the Stars
Another of the solid-gold headliners on the circuit, and one with some fabulous Edinburgh shows behind him. Sinha (pictured) ought to be bigger than he is – perhaps this year …? (The Stand)

• 7.15pm. Josh Widdicombe – If This Show Saves One Life
Widely tipped as one of the top newcomers this year, and rightly so. An hour of uncomplicated stand-up, and a bloody funny one at that. (Pleasance)
Look out for the part 2 of EiF’s top 40 tomorrow, taking in shows from 7.30pm onwards …

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