Top 10 Edinburgh Fringe newcomers

Remember the names … (or better still, go check ’em out)


• Alex Edelman (above, centre)
Already a recipient of a 4-star review from this website, Edelman is a class act and will surely go far. (8.15pm, Pleasance Courtyard)

• Dane Baptiste (above, right)
Baptiste is a super-relaxed comic who knows how to handle himself in the nation’s comedy clubs, he’s making his full Edinburgh debut with Citizen Dane. (5.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard)

• Mark Cooper-Jones (above, left)
One-third of WitTank (I wonder if they regret that name), Cooper-Jones is branching out this year with a superb solo show about his obsession: geography. Very funny indeed. Oxbow lakes do get a mention. (3pm, Globe Bar)

• Angela Barnes
A zero-bullshit stand-up and former BBC New Comedy award winner, who is rightly making a name for herself. (6pm, Pleasance Courtyard)

• Joe Wells
An unashamedly leftie stand-up makes his much-anticipated debut on the Free Fringe. A very talented fellow. (Noon, Viva Mexico)

• Tim Renkow
Also over from the US, Renkow is a very funny comic who plays on his cerebral palsy and the audience’s expectations that come with it. (6pm, Heroes @ the Hive)

• Lucy Beaumont
A delightful comic from Hull with real home-spun charm. (5.45pm, Pleasance Courtyard)

Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall
An Australian/Canadian stand-up who is smart, wordy and definitely worth a watch. (8pm, Underbelly Cowgate)

Rhys James
It’s a promising debut from this precocious young gagsmith with a bright future ahead. (4.45pm, Pleasance Courtyard)

David Elms
A Musical Comedy award winner 2014, and certainly a warming comedian who plies his trade with minimal fuss. (4.45pm, Pleasance Courtyard)

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