Anyone who has ever read a listicle in Chortle will have a decent impression of how white and male comedy is as an industry. It can be difficult, when faced with such overwhelming hegemony, to tell which shows are going to be brilliant compared to the ones that are just someone complaining about living life on easy mode.
To make things a little less stressful, we’ve selected some of the acts that genuinely deserve your attention.
This is far from an exhaustive list. In fact, there are few other white dudes on the other Edinburgh Fringe lists we’ve put together, in case you’re looking for double acts or something that’s weird as all hell.
But otherwise these are our favourites.
Aaron Simmonds – Disabled Coconut
Jewish Comedian of the Year 2017 Aaron Simmonds is at the fringe this year with his new show, Disabled Coconut. His new show takes you back to the beginning of his career in comedy so you can join him as he recounts the most memorable moments.
His show runs from August 1-11 and 13-26 at Underbelly, Bristo Square.
Jordan Brookes – I’ve Got Nothing
With his pure and simple approach to comedy, Jordan Brookes invites you just to enjoy his company and share some laughs while the world falls apart around us. Jordan has created he kind of show that doesn’t shy away from the things making the world tense right now, but welcomes you to relax anyway.
His show rungs from August 1-12 and 14-25 at Pleasance Courtyard.
Lost Voice Guy – I’m Only In It For The Parking
After crushing it on Britain’s Got Talent last year and being showered with comedy and writing awards ever since, Lost Voice Guy is now bringing his own solo show to the Edinburgh fringe. It’s going to be one of those shows that people talk for about for years.
The show runs from August 11-25 at the Gilded Balloon at the Museum.
Michael Legge – The Idiot
Perhaps one of the most endearingly angry comics you’ll find working today, Michael Legge’s fringe show The Idiot is no doubt a labour of love. Ranty and bitter and misanthropic, for sure, but love nonetheless. And, let’s face it, who isn’t feeling a bit misanthropic these days?
The show runs from August 2-11 and 13-26 at The Stand Comedy Club.
Pat Cahill – Uncle Len Needs A New Part For His Hoover
An act that makes musical comedy look easy and drifts between songs with a charming sense of whimsy, Pat Cahill’s shows offer something a little bit different from your typical stand-up. A little bit weird and a little bit lovely, Pat’s new show has all the joy his reputation demands.
The show runs from 2-11 and 13-25 August at Monkey Barrel Comedy.
Ray Bradshaw – Deafinitely Baby
Ray Bradshaw is and we suspect always will be a Blizzard Comedy favourite. One of the only acts to sign his show in BSL as he speaks, not only does he open up comedy to deaf audiences but also manages to write shows are simultaneously hilarious in two languages. This year he’s coming to the Edinburgh festival on the day that his firstborn is due, so it would be a bit rude if you missed it.
The show runs from August 2-11 and 13-26 at Gilded Ballon Teviot.
Tom Ballard – Enough
Via gay saunas, dog walking and eating a dodgy sandwich before a crowded tube journey, Tom Ballard’s Enough is an hour of raw millennial angst. Climate change, the banking crisis and Boris Johnson all factor into his critique of the world. Original and brutally funny, please see Tom Ballard while he’s on this side of the planet.
The show runs from 2-12 and 14-25 August at Monkey Barrel Comedy.
Tony Basnett – 28
One of our own homegrown favourites, Tony Basnett’s new show explores how existence itself feels determined to make life difficult for us. After making his name in competitions and running one a night that makes Manchester a comedy destination, this is Tony’s debut and it is one you can’t afford to miss.