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Six sketch comedy shows to see at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The sketchiest beasts hitting this year's festival

Daphne Do Edinburgh
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Daphne Do Edinburgh

Sketch comedy. Newcomer.

This smart sketch trio – made up of Jason Forbes, George Fouracres and stand-up Phil Wang – haven’t been around very long but they’re already causing a stir, having won the Best New Act award at London Sketchfest. Their skits are tightly-written and skilfully performed, and the threesome have a joyous chemistry.

3.15pm, Pleasance Courtyard.

Gein’s Family Giftshop: Volume 2
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Gein’s Family Giftshop: Volume 2

Sketch comedy. Award nominee. Second show.

This dark, depraved sketch troupe (performers Kath Hughes, Edward Easton and James Meehan plus co-writer Kiri Pritchard-Mclean) bagged a Best Newcomer nomination at last year’s festival. Their skits are innovative, debauched, occasionally unsettling, and ridiculously funny. One of our favourite sketch troupes right now.

10.45pm, Pleasance Courtyard.

Goose: Kablamo

Goose: Kablamo

Sketch comedy. Character comedy.

Goose describe themselves as a ‘sweaty one-man cartoon’, and we can’t really beat that description. Despite being solo on stage, Goose are a two-man team, made-up of Adam Drake (who performs the high-energy, multi-character skits alone) and his co-writer Ben Rowse (unseen). It’s loose and fluid with a high gag rate – impressive stuff.

3.20pm, Assembly George Square Theatre.

Lazy Susan: Double Act
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Lazy Susan: Double Act

Sketch comedy. Award nominee. Second show.

After bagging a Best Newcomer nomination in 2014, this understated sketch duo – made up of Celeste Dring and Freya Parker – return with more superb performances, silly characters and wigs Lots of wigs. Sketch comedy with heart.

8.10pm, Pleasance Dome.

LetLuce in Sea Men (A Naval Tale)
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LetLuce in Sea Men (A Naval Tale)

Clowning. Sketch comedy. Free.

This madass double-act – made up of LAMDA graduates Letty Butler and Lucy Pearman (see what they did with their name, there?) – submerge themselves in this underwater adventure. Part ‘The Little Mermaid’, part ‘The Mighty Boosh’.

4pm, Just the Tonic at The Caves.

Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad

Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad

Sketch comedy. Second show.

Just like that street dance crew had to up their game to compete in that underground dance content in ‘Step Up 2: The Streets’ (remember?), we’re expecting this talented sketch trio to move up a gear after last year’s impressive debut. Massive Dad’s slick, traditional skits are chockablock with bold gags.

6.50pm, Pleasance Dome.