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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