Top 40 tips for Edinburgh Fringe 2013 – part I

In chronological order, for your convenience … (part II to come later today)
Read the top 40 Edinburgh tips, part II


• Marcel Lucont (above) – various times/locations
Charter a comedian! A really, really good one! Once a day withering Frenchman Lucont performs a show to the highest bidder (plus friends) at the time and place of their choice. You should totally do this.

• Bridget Christie – 11.10am, the Stand
Pour some silliness and social commentary onto your cornflakes why don’t you. Christie’s on the up and this is a great time to see her.

• Mike Wozniak – 12.10pm, the Stand
The return of the moustachioed master. Stand-up you can really get your teeth into.

• Tony Law – 12.40pm, the Stand
Canadian maverick and industry darling charms luncheon audiences with his unique style of wild anti-comedy.

• Austentatious – 1.30pm, the Counting House
The purveyors of this Jane Austen-spoofing improvisation smash could easily have whacked this on the full-price Fringe. They didn’t, it’s free. Take advantage!

• Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (Volume Too) – 2.30pm, PC
Professional Londoner Smith reprises his Cohen-based comedy show.

• Nick Helm – 4pm, PC
One of the comedians du jour, Helm’s bombastic, heartfelt shows have been a huge hit in recent years, can he come up with the goods again? As seen on Live at the Electric.

• Sam Fletcher (above) – 4.45pm, PC
Charming scamp follows up his Best Newcomer nod last year with another home-made show with a warm glow.

• Zoe Lyons – 5pm, Assembly Rooms
A brilliant stand-up who’s been on McIntyre’s Roadshow et al, but yet still seems under-rated.

• John Kearns – 5.05pm, the Voodoo Rooms
False teeth, silly voice, big heart, lots of laughs. Go see this excellent newcomer.


• Ivo Graham – 6pm, PC
No-frills stand-up, wonderfully done by this young newbie.

• The Pin – 6.15pm, PC
Sketch comedy needs new heroes as Pappy’s and Cardinal Burns are increasingly lost to TV, and this slick, smart duo might fit the bill.

• Aisling Bea – 6.30pm, Gilded Balloon
Charisma bomb Bea performs her highly anticipated debut hour. Destined for big things.

• Ian D Montfort – 6.40pm, PC
A psychic comedy act who’ll f##k with your mind. Also check out Tom Binns (for it is he) performing as his other characters including hospital radio DJ, Ivan Brackenbury at Heroes @the Hive, at 9pm

• Tig Notaro – 6.45pm, GB
A big shot in the US, whose style is measured and kind of graceful.

• James Acaster (above) – 7pm, PC
The third show by the new king of whimsy James Acaster. Is this his year …?! Suspect it might just be.

• Andrew Maxwell – 7.15pm, UBS
The fearless and fearsome Maxwell returns with a new show.

• Joe Lycett – 7.15pm, PC
Strong contender for “nicest man in comedy”, Lycett is following up his Best Newcomer nomination last year.

• David O’Doherty – 7.20pm, PC
The Edinburgh favourite with a big imagination and a tiny keyboard is back.

• Bobby Mair – 7.40pm, PC
Chaotic Canadian makes his debut – another one tipped for big things.


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