Featuring Michael Che, Pajama Men, Carey Marx, Felicity Ward, Bo Burnham ... Read the top 40 Fringe tips part I
• Reginald D Hunter (above) – 8pm, PC The increasingly bold and uncompromising Hunter has incorporated Edinburgh into the UK tour of his prickly new show. • Michael Fabbri – 8pm, City Café One of the finest stand-up on the London club circuit has a show on the Free Fringe. • Alex Horne – 8.15pm, Pleasance Courtyard More whimsical brilliance from "platinum-selling R&B artist" Horne, whose show this year is called Lies. Also check out his comedy-jazz party Horne Section if you've not done yet. Time for Horne's boat to come in. • Abandoman – 8.45, Underbelly Bristo Square If you've never seen this improvised hip-hop/comedy act it's f.u.n. Not to mention funny. This year, there's a full band. • Craig Campbell – 8.45pm, Assembly Rooms The UK's adopted mountain man is a force of nature onstage; this run is also part of a nationwide tour. • Pajama Men – 9pm, Assembly Roxy Diurnally confused New Mexican duo conjure up another show of cartoonish physical comedy-cum-sketch. A must-see whenever they come to Edinburgh. • Howard Read – 9.30pm, GB A first in comedy, so listen up: Read will be performing live, as a cartoon character; that's live, as a cartoon character. Live. • Glenn Wool – 9.50pm, Assembly George Square One of the best stand-ups in the world, ok? COmedy brains and comedy brawn all bundled up in one big grizzly Canadian. Another must-see! • Claudia O'Doherty – 9.50pm, PC Irony-slathered Aussie and one of comedy's cool kids. How can you resist a show whose blurb says "If the money comes through, this year's production will include The Carousel of Feelings." • Carey Marx – 10pm, GB Heart attack last year, Edinburgh show this year. Which is more stressful? We know which will be funnier
• Michael Che – 10pm, Assembly Rooms A classy stand-up over from NYC who might just go on to be a stand-up superstar. • Kunt and the Gang – 10pm, Free Sisters Very much not going to be a stand-up superstar, this is cult, underground stuff in very bad taste. Not for the easily offended. • Felicity Ward – 10pm, Underbelly Bristo Square An Aussie comic that we've happily adopted, Ward is following up her star-hogging 2012 show. • Liam Williams – 10.20pm, Just the Tonic at Tron Williams' description of himself as a "lyrical anti-lad" can't be bettered. This is an honest and uncompromising show show by a hugely talented debutant. • Rubberbandits – 10.40pm, Gilded Balloon Teviot As good a musical comedy act as Flight of the Conchords, except these two probably would have bullied Jermain and Bret at school. • David Trent – 10.45pm, PC Multimedia mentalist Trent bagged a Best Newcomer nomination last year, and he's back with more irreverent bombast. • Rich Hall's Hoedown – 11pm, Assembly George Square The QI star and professional American is arguably at his creative peak, with both this musical comedy gem and a solo stand-up show at 9.30pm at the same venue. • Bo Burnham – 11.15pm, PC (limited run) The prodigy that won over the most cynical of comedy-followers with his 2010 show is back – can he raise his own ridiculously high bar? • Doctor Brown – 11.30pm, UBS (limited run) Last year's Fosters Comedy Award winner reprises his previous three (all amazing) shows, and also has the rather intriguing Bexperiments on August 13. • Alternative Comedy Memorial Society – 11.30pm, the Stand (limited run) Quite simply you will see things you've never seen before at this show. And no one yet knows what those things will be. How exciting!