The Female Comedians to Watch at Fringe 2016
Looking for the bright side of life this 2016? Well, there’s no guarantee the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be optimistic in its laughs, but it’s for certain that laughs will be had. And contrary to the perception of comedians appearing in the line-ups of panel shows, some funny people performing are women! Here’s a rundown of some of the women to watch at this August’s Fringe festival.
Massive Lazy Girls
Massive Lazy Girls, the title, a portmanteau of Lazy Susan, Massive Dad and Birthday Girls, is a mashup of the three critically acclaimed all-women comedy groups. All eight bright young women will appear on stage, in surreal sketches, and, according to their own description, it will be: “Unmissable, unless you can’t make it.”
24-28 August at the Pleasance Courtyard, 11:30 p.m. start
Bella Younger, in her pseudonymous role, Deliciously Stella, Bella parodies the whole conceit of “wellness”, instead extolling the joys of spiralised sweetie laces, poached eggs (of the Cadbury’s Creme variety) and rice cakes (Rice Krispie Squares). If you’re fed up of Instagrammed avocado toast, here’s the gig for you.
3-14, 16-28 August, Pleasance Courtyard 7:15 p.m. start
Luisa Omielan the woman who presented the world with "What Would Beyoncé Do?" in 2013, credited by The Guardian as, “the biggest stand up hit of the decade” and slated as “compulsory viewing” by The Scotsman, will re-play the show as a one-off. The following night she’ll perform her newer show "Am I Right Ladies?"
26 and 27 August, Venue 150 at EICC, 9:30 p.m. start
In Tents And Purposes
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This two-woman show from Alys Metcalf and Roxy Dunn, who have been called “serious talent to watch” by Female Arts, delves into the thought-provoking difference between destiny and choice.
4-14, 16-25, 27-29 August, Assembly George Square Studios, 1:30 p.m. start
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Viv Groskop following on from a sell-out show in 2015, the Radio 4 star performs a show called "Be More Margo", a modern-day look at The Good Life and the British obsession with class.
4-14, 16-28 August, The Stand Comedy Club, 5:55 p.m. start
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Wendy Wason “she’s charming, clever and funny”, says The Sunday Times, and in "Tiny Me", the comedian looks at the responsibility put on women to juggle multiple identities.
3-14, 16-28 August, Gilden Balloon Teviot, 6:45 p.m. start
Jayde Adams winner of the Funny Women award 2014. Jayde tips her hat to Adele by naming 2016’s Edinburgh show after her own age, the very catchy 31. Called “Britain’s funniest comic” by the Daily Mail, something she suffixes with "and they mostly hate women!" on her website, Jayde skewers preconceptions of young, working-class women.
6-16, 18-28 August, Voodoo Rooms, 10:30 p.m. start
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Ella Woods a self proclaimed “top bloke from London”. Ella’s feminist show about wanting a Stag Do is sure to tear up notions of gender like a discarded kebab wrapper.
24-28 August, Cinema Room at Cabaret Voltaire, 8:30 p.m. start
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A former adviser to former Labour leader Ed Miliband and former cabinet member Harriet Harman. Ayesha’s "Tales from the Pink Bus" asks big questions about political canvassing, tactics and why women aren’t in real power.
16 August, starts at 8:15 p.m. and 17 August starts at 9:30 p.m., Gilden Balloon Teviot
Harriet Kemsley having supported both Katherine Ryan and Isy Suttie, Kemsley is “a very funny new stand up” according to Time Out, and one who still seems to be making bad decisions, as she explores in her show, "The Girl on the Wrong Train".
4-14, 16-28 August, Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9:25 p.m. start
Siân and Zoë
The surrealist comedy duo take their show on a mindfulness retreat…in space. Heralded as “genuinely hilarious” by The Tab, their "Luxury Cruise Through the Horrifying Vacuum of Space" takes a pop at the cult of mindfulness and examines the expanse of the universe.
4-14, 16-28 August, Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4:15 p.m. start
This Danish stand-up has been called “the poster girl for Generation Overshare” by The Guardian, so expect many very personal anecdotes in her second show, "Shimmer Shatter".
6-28 August, Liquid Room Annex, 7:50 p.m. start
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The comedy actress presents her first solo show, "Vicious". Described as “erotic and extremely funny at the same time…a natural” by The Spectator, she promises to unveil “a collection of weird, wonderful and truly vicious characters in a riotous hour of all things malicious.”
4-14, 16-28 August, Just the Tonic at The Caves 5:20 p.m. start.
Directed by Gavin & Stacey’s Mat Horne, Thomas’s show, "Chick", uses a hapless male character to see how women as diverse as vloggers, dominatrices, aristocrats and gynaecologists are treated so similarly.
4-14, 16-28 August, Just the Tonic at The Caves 6:40 p.m. start
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Talking race and politics, this meta-narrative character comedy shows Lolly’s “Real spark and verve… the sort of natural charisma that can’t be held back" according to The Guardian.
3-28 August, Pleasance Courtyard, 6 p.m. start
Zoe Coombs Marr
Zoe Coombs Marr this Australian comic plays Dave, a neat little parody of Dapper Laughs, in her show "Trigger Warning". Dealing with sexism via parody, she’s been recommended by The Mirror as “punky and original.”
4-14, 16-28 August, Underbelly, Cowgate, 6:50 p.m. start
Stiff & Kitsch
Their show, "Adele is Younger Than Us", is part-comedy, part-cabaret, and the pair promise an “irreverent revue.”
3-19, 18-29 August, C venues - C nova, 2:30 p.m. start
This Funny Women finalist 2014 is going to space in her show, "1 Woman, a Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox". One part science, another part comedy, Huffington Post has said she is “mind-blowing”.
3-5, 7-29 August, Pleasance Courtyard, 3:30 p.m. start