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12 newcomers to see at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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

By Ben Williams
Adam Hess
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Adam Hess: Salmon

Newcomer. Stand-up. Free.

It’s about time Adam Hess performed a full-length solo show. He’s been on the circuit for five years, experimenting with different styles – from frantic one-liners to childish stories. Expect gag-packed tales.

5.20pm, Heroes @ The Hive.


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.

Darren Walsh

Darren Walsh: Punderbolt

Newcomer. Stand-up.

Silly puns, visual puns, animated puns, musical puns, groan-worthy puns… Puns galore, basically, from this one-liner slinging comedy giant (he’s 6' 8") in his debut full-length show.

8.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard.

George Egg

George Egg: Anarchist Cook

Stand-up. Newcomer.

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.

2.45pm, Gilded Balloon.

Harriet Kemsley

Harriet Kemsley: Puppy Fat

Newcomer. Stand-up.

Harriet Kemsley’s one of the Fringe debuts we’re most excited about this year. Her scatterbrained stories, jokes and endless list of worries are a constant source of laughs. She’s an anxiety-ridden mess, and that’s why she’s so funny.

5.45pm, Pleasance Courtyard.

Jonny Pelham
© Karla Gowlett

Jonny Pelham: Before and After

Newcomer. Stand-up.

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.)

6.45pm, Pleasance Courtyard.

Lolly Adefope


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…

4.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard.

Marny Godden
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Marny Godden: Flap ’Em on the Gate

Newcomer. Character comedy. Clowning.

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.

5.20pm, Underbelly Cowgate.

Matt Winning

Matt Winning: Mugabe and Me (3D)

Stand-up. Newcomer. Free.

Offbeat one-liners, strange observations and pure silliness from this young Scottish comic in his Edinburgh debut. We were already excited about seeing Winning’s solo effort, but after he made this classy trailer we’re even more pumped.

3.45pm, Opium.

Peter Brush
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Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived

Stand-up. Newcomer.

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.

6.55pm, Just the Tonic at The Community Project.

Phil Jerrod

Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal

Stand-up. Newcomer.

Another Edinburgh Fringe debut we’re excited about. You could say Phil Jerrod is a bit of an overthinker. His eloquent rants – where multilayered jokes and highbrow references are packed into each line – deconstruct life’s petty woes.

7pm, Pleasance Courtyard.

Sofie Hagen
© Karla Gowlett

Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap

Stand-up. Newcomer. Free.

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.

7.10pm, Liquid Room Annexe.


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