The free part of the Edinburgh Fringe just gets stronger and stronger, and here are London is Funny’s top recommendations …
• Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It
A provocative, political, timely “one-lady rape about comedy”, which returns for a limited run after an award-winning run last year.
• Andrew O’Neill, Mindspiders
You get a little bit of everything from O’Neill – personal revelations, social commentary, surrealism and terrific outfits.
This improvised period novel is what Austen would have called a “no-brainer”.
• Ben Norris, Benny on the Loose
A terrific, mischievous stand-up who has been a club headliner for the best part of 20 years.
• Bobby Mair (left), Off Meds
Mair woz robbed to not get a Best Newcomer nomination last year, so says LiF. Check out the young Canadian (as seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats), who will gleefully take you to dark places.
• Carey Marx, Abominable
Another classic stand-up from the clubs who has a twinkle in his eye. A cast-iron recommendation.
• Cariad and Louise’s Character Hour
Two fabulous character comics – Cariad a Best Newcomer nominee and Louise a West End star – join forces for this one.
• Don’t Worry Guys, It’s Sarah Campbell (left)
Don’t worry indeed! That Sarah Campbell is channelling her anxiety for your comedic pleasure in her latest show. Tis a joy to be in her company.
• Gareth Morinan’s Play: Time
Now here’s a comic who uses tech and artwork to ENHANCE the comic experience, not as a crutch. Morinan’s show this year is “multimedia theatrical comedy”. Gulp.
• Joel Dommett, Finding Emo
One of the finest story-telling stand-ups around pops up in the free section to tell the story of his old teenage emo band. This one will be a big draw.
• John-Luke Roberts, Stnad-Up
A wordsmith. A purveyor of smart delicious wordsmithery. HOWEVER, JLR’s new show is also labelled “absurdist”, so enter with an open mind.
• John Kearns, Shtick
Last year’s Best Newcomer winner is back. If you haven’t seen the Kearnsman, go see, and expect heart-felt oddness.
• Josh Howie, AIDS: A Survivor’s Story
Another king of club comedy nuzzles to the bosom of free Edinburgh comedy. As the title suggests, Howie ain’t for the easily offended.
• Kieran Hodgson, French Exchange
A hugely impressive character comedian returns to Edinburgh for his second solo show.
• Lewis Schaffer: Success Is Not An Option
Daniel Kitson hit the nail on the head by describing self-destructive New Yorker (left) as “the logical conclusion of all stand-up comedy”.
• Liam Williams, Capitalism
One of last year’s Best Newcomer nominees and something of a critic’s darling turns his attentions from the personal to the political.
• Luisa Omielan, Am I Right Ladies?
Her previous show, What Would Beyoncé Do? , rightly has become one of the most successful comedy shows in recent years – now Omielan is back with a new one.
• Mark Cooper-Jones, Geography Teacher
A tremendously middle-class show if ever there was one, and it’s extremely funny, too. It’s heavy on the geography material, and not ashamed about it.
• Matt Roper, Wilfredo Deconstructed (left)
Let this grotesque lounge singer/lothario/raconteur into your life, he doesn’t like to leave people disappointed.
• Robert White, The Curious Incident of the Gag and the Gun Crime … Plus More Stuff!
A lightning quick, lewd, and obscenely talented musical comic/stand-up.
• Spencer Brown
A hugely successful club comic making a rare appearance at the Fringe.
• Tim Renkow, At Least Hell Has Ramps
Plenty of hype about American comic Renkow – who has pronounced cerebral palsy – and this is his big chance to show he can live up to it.