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74 comedy shows to see at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

With thousands of shows on offer at the world’s largest arts festival, we tried to trim the Edinburgh Fringe programme down to just a handful of comedy recommendations. We failed. So here are a few dozen comedy picks for all tastes

It’s nearly here! The biggest and best comedy festival in the world: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Most of London’s stand-up community decamp to Scotland for August. If you’re a comedy fan, it’s the place to be for the summer.

We’ve sifted through the comedy section of the (400-page long) Fringe brochure and chosen, quite frankly, a silly number of recommendations. Of course, we haven’t seen any of these shows yet – some could be terrible – but judging by their previous efforts, circuit work or plain old word-of-mouth, these are the acts we’re most excited about.

Click through for our picks of newcomersFringe favouritesinternational actssketch showscharacter comics and many more.

P.S. We know what you’re thinking. “47 + 17 + 15 + 13 + 12 + 11 + 11 + 10 + 8 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 4 doesn’t equal 74, it equals 163!” Firstly, good maths skills. Secondly, we know. Almost every show is featured in more than one list, so we have actually chosen 74 in total. Trust us.

47 stand-ups
Comedy

47 stand-ups

Our pick of the microphone-wielding stand-up comedians at this year's Fringe

17 free shows
Comedy

17 free shows

Pay whatever you think the show's worth at these unticketed Fringe shows

15 award winners and nominees
Comedy

15 award winners and nominees

Returning Foster's Award champs and noms

13 second shows
Comedy

13 second shows

'Difficult second shows' to catch at the massive Scottish arts festival

12 newcomers
Comedy

12 newcomers

The debut Fringe comedy shows we're most excited about this year

11 international acts
Comedy

11 international acts

Americans, Australians, South Africans… Comics from across the globe flock to Edinburgh

11 character comics
Comedy

11 character comics

Wigs, wigs and more wigs! Our pick of the comedians who don't like being themselves

10 comedians off the telly
Comedy

10 comedians off the telly

Our pick of the famous comedy faces playing north of the border

8 festival favourites
Comedy

8 festival favourites

The best Fringe comedy faves playing Edinburgh… Again

7 sketch comedy shows
Comedy

7 sketch comedy shows

The sketchiest beasts hitting this year's festival

5 storytellers
Comedy

5 storytellers

Whether autobiographical or totally fictitious, these Fringe-bound comics know how to spin a good yarn

4 musical comics
Comedy

4 musical comics

Laughs and songs? Correct. Our musical comedy picks for this year's festival

4 clowns
Comedy

4 clowns

Yep, this is a thing now

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