12 newcomers to see at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The debut Fringe comedy shows we're most excited about this year
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.
George Egg: Anarchist Cook
George Egg’s been on the circuit for two decades, but he’s finally making his Fringe debut. The baldy comic cooks up a three-course meal using only equipment found in hotel rooms – an iron, trouser press, coathangers etc – live on stage. With jokes, of course.
Harriet Kemsley: Puppy Fat
Jonny Pelham: Before and After
Debut solo show from this sharp-witted rising star, who’s been hotly tipped for a few years now – we picked him as one of our favourite new acts in 2014. Expect autobiographical stories about his teenage years (which weren’t that long ago – he’s only 23.)
Newcomer. Character comedy.
We’re dead excited about Lolly Adefope’s debut hour. This character comic performs stand-up routines as her various alter-egos. Gemma, for example, is a confident-yet-hapless first-time comic whose co-workers have all told her she’s hilarious. And she is, just not for the reasons she thinks…
Marny Godden: Flap ’Em on the Gate
Marny Godden’s long been a Fringe favourite as part of oddball sketch troupe The Grandees. But this year she’s going solo with a mix of silly character comedy and absurdist clowning. She’s always been an enchanting performer in The Grandees’s shows, so we can’t wait to see what she comes up with all on her lonesome.
Matt Winning: Mugabe and Me (3D)
Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived
This neurotic newcomer might seem unassuming and twee, but there’s a sharp comedic mind behind his low-key persona. Brush reached the final of the BBC New Comedy Awards a couple of years back, and now he’s making his Edinburgh debut with his understated tales and unexpected punchlines.
Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal
Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap
This Danish stand-up has been making a name for herself on the circuit since moving to London a few years ago, reaching the final of practically every new comp and bagging Chortle’s Best Newcomer gong in 2014. She’s an engaging stand-up, weaving serious topics with stories of her verging-on-stalkerish Westlife obsession.
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