While everyone and their mum is plugging a solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, there is genuine gold to be found in those shows that smash multiple talented people together on one stage.
We’ve picked seven of our favourites at this year’s festival that we cannot recommend highly enough.
About Time/Bully – Sian Davies/Thanyia Moore split
This split bill show features two multi-award winning comedians and is the kind of unmissable show that makes the Edinburgh Fringe such a damn special festival. Thanyia Moore’s Bully explores the complexities of childhood friendships with the aim of figuring out who the real bullies were. In About Time, which debuted earlier this year at the Manchester Fringe, Sian Davies acknowledges that it took 27 years for her to finally let go of her own childhood.
The show runs from August 1-25 at Laughing Horse @ City Cafe.
The Delightful Sausage – Ginsters’ Paradise
If you’re not familiar with The Delightful Sausage then there is a hole is your life that you may not yet realise needs filling. But trust us. It is there. And the double act that is Amy Gledhill and Chris Cantrill are ready and willing to satisfy your need for surreal sketches that will stay with your forever.
The show runs from August 2-12 and 14-25 at Monkey Barrel Comedy.
FOC IT UP: The Femmes Of Color Comedy Club
One of London’s fastest rising comedy shows, FOC IT UP Comedy Club exclusively features a line-up of women, trans and non-binary people of colour for those days when the overwhelming white cis-maleness of comedy gets a bit much. Their sell-out line-ups feature Kemah Bob, Sophie Duker, Aditi Mittal, Yuriko Kotani, Njambi McGrath, Isma Almas, Michelle De Swarte, Charlie George, Mary O’Connell and more.
The show is on Aug 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 at The Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose.
The LOL Word
Another of London’s fiercely inclusive nights, The LOL Word regularly struggles to fit everyone in the room when their LGBTQ+ women and non-binary comedians take to the stage. After massively popular runs in previous, their return to the fringe in 2019 promises their best show yet.
The show runs from July 31st-August 11th and August 11th-25th.
(No) Money In The Bank – Nobody Likes You When You’re 33
Blizzard alumni (No) Money In The Bank are returning to the Edinburgh Fringe this year with their new pop punk themed show, Nobody Likes You When You’re 33. An exploration of self, as much as a labour of love for the music that shaped this double act, Andrew and Thom invite you to join them as they come to terms with the fact that they are grown ups now.
The show is on Aug 2-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-25 at Sweet Novotel.
Best in Class
The comedy revolution that showcases the voices of working class comedians, Best In Class has a line-up to die for at this year’s fringe. Hosted by the incredible Sian Davis, you’ll find Ash Preston, Jordan Gray, William Stone, Kimi Loughton, Hannah Platt, Charlie George, Wilson Milton and Fran Garrity taking to the stage in this crowd-funded, profit-sharing, wholesome hell of a show.
The show runs from August 1-25 at The Laughing Horse @ The Counting House.
Secret Dinosaur Cult Live
There are few podcasts as uniquely addictive as Secret Dinosaur Cult. Through the medium of dinosaurs, Sofie Hagen and Jodie Mitchell explore their trauma, ranging from the things that make them feel like terrible people to their long troublesome daddy issues. It is the kind of absurd and wonderful show that always comes with a happy ending and is a genuine gift to this year’s fringe.
The show is on August 5-6, 13, 20 at the Bedlam Theatre.