Edinburgh Picks 2014: The bringers of buzz

Andrew Mickel - Such Small Portions - Friday, July 25th, 2014

The most talked-about acts going into August…
Want to find good comedy this Edinburgh Fringe but don’t know where to start? We’ve taken ten cuts of the programme to help you find shows you will love.

They’re not exhaustive, instead picking out the shows that caught our eye in given categories, but when your brain can’t process another flyer we’re pretty sure this is the best way to work out what to see.

Every year there are certain acts that everyone is talking about, but some have a headstart. This list pulls together several acts who have been away from the festival for a few years but have all come back at once, giving 2014 something of a quarter quell feel, as well as people who delivered award-winning and appetite-whetting shows in 2013 who we’re likely to be discussing a lot this August.

Bridget Christie: An Ungrateful Woman
The Stand, 11.10am

What we say
Last year’s winner and accidental bannerholder for feminist comedy, Bridget Christie’s new show was looking a treat at Argcomfest. She’s one of a tranche of early daytime The Stand acts, so it’s worth earmarking which day in August you’re going to get up early to see them all.

What they say
Why did people praise Michael Gove on 25 February 2014? What made Bridget lose control of her emotions at a casting for a yoghurt commercial? And which national newspaper genuinely mistook Bridget (from R4’s Bridget Christie Minds the Gap, Dilemma, Heresy, News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, BBC’s HIGNFY, It’s Kevin and C4’s Cardinal Burns) for King Charles II? ‘One of the finest comedians around’ (Independent). ‘A superb stand-up with a powerful voice and something to say…a revelation’ ***** (Observer). ‘A beautiful balance between the personal, the public and the parodic’ **** (Times).


What Now?
Because You Demanded It / Mortal
A Book For Her
An Ungrateful Woman
A Bic For Her
War Donkey
Housewife Surrealist
A Ant
My Daily Mail Hell
The Court Of King Charles II – The Second
The Court Of King Charles II
The Cheese Roll

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