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In pictures: exclusive shots from Idil Sukan’s ‘This Comedian’ exhibition

Flick through these stunning comedy portraits of acclaimed photographer Idil Sukan

By Ben Williams
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Walk along the streets of old town Edinburgh during the Fringe festival and you’ll be bombarded with the faces of comedians, on posters, flyers and billboards (and sometimes in person.) Every comic’s artwork is trying to catch your eye, but if you find yourself thinking ‘that’s a particularly stylish poster’, chances are their picture was taken by Idil Sukan.

Sukan’s been shooting the great and the good of comedy – from Steve Coogan to Eddie Izzard, The Muppets to, er, David Hasselhoff – for a decade. Now she’s holding her first exhibition, ‘This Comedian’ – which runs at the Embassy Tea Gallery from February 20 till March 8 – and she allowed Time Out these exclusive shots.

David Mitchell
© Idil Sukan

David Mitchell

‘I’ve taken pictures of David Mitchell years apart and both times he looked effortlessly cool. This is my pitch to greenlight the “Peep Show”/James Bond crossover.’

nina conti
© Idil Sukan

Nina Conti

‘I was at the Edinburgh Fringe with sketch trio the Penny Dreadfuls and Nina was playing the same venue. We had a complex set and elaborate costumes, and I was gushingly nerdy around Nina, envious that all she needed was a hand to have an amazing show. Oh and a puppet. Monkey was late for this shot, the diva that he is.’

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eddie izzard will ferrell
© Idil Sukan

Eddie Izzard and Will Ferrell

‘Eddie and Will discuss their five minute open spots at Pear Shaped Comedy Club in Fitzrovia.’

David Hasselhoff
© Idil Sukan

David Hasselhoff

‘Maximum David Hasselhoff. Not convinced this actually happened, and yet I woke up and there it was on my memory card.’

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al murray
© Idil Sukan

Al Murray

‘Our South Thanet MP-in-waiting, relaxing amongst British plants supporting a British band.’

johnny vegas
© Idil Sukan

Johnny Vegas

‘Johnny Vegas scrubs up well. Shot backstage at the British Comedy Awards.’

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ed byrne
© Idil Sukan

Ed Byrne

‘Ed behind the Hammersmith Apollo after the Roar With Laughter gig, fundraising for the Zoological Society of London.’

kevin eldon
© Idil Sukan

Kevin Eldon

‘Kevin Eldon performing as the titular character on The Penny Dreadfuls’s extremely funny “Guy Fawkes Afternoon Play” for Radio 4.’

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lee mack
© Idil Sukan

Lee Mack

‘Lee Mack leans in during a raucous press junket just as the light from a video camera hit his dreamy crystal clear eyes.’

peter serafinowicz
© Idil Sukan

Peter Serafinowicz

‘Peter before his chin-reduction surgery. A still on set of BBC One sitcom “Father Figure” starring Jason Byrne and Karen Taylor.’

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beattie edmondson
© Idil Sukan

Beattie Edmondson

‘Beattie performing at the Women’s Aid fundraiser at the Groucho Club.’

carey marx
© Idil Sukan

Carey Marx

‘Carey Marx, one of the best club comics in the country, performing at the Pleasance Dome at the Edinburgh Festival.’

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Danny John-Jules
© Idil Sukan

Danny John-Jules

‘Part-time Red Dwarfer, full-time pop tenor John-Jules sings at Karaoke Circus.’

profession brian cox
© Idil Sukan

Professor Brian Cox

‘Michael Legge’s understudy for all of Robin Ince’s gigs. Shot during Brian and Robin’s Christmas Compendium gig while Brian was accompanying The Cure on the piano. No big deal.’

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david trent
© Idil Sukan

David Trent

‘David Trent has not fucked up. Google confirms those are indeed crates.’

simon evans
© Idil Sukan

Simon Evans

‘Simon phenomenally headlining the meta-comedy night This Comedian launch at the Duchess Theatre, with a one-off, off-the-cuff, never-to-be-repeated hilarious set about the inner workings of being a comedian, unscripted.’

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Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine
© Idil Sukan

Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine

‘Phenomenal comedy chums Joanna and Vicki backstage before the British Comedy Awards.’

james acaster
© Idil Sukan

James Acaster

‘Discussing the plight of stand-up comedians at the meta-comedy night This Comedian, an evening about comedians doing sets about being comedians at the Duchess Theatre.’

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lou sanders
© Idil Sukan

Lou Sanders

‘Lou setting up for her show at the Pleasance Dome at the Edinburgh Festival.’

richard herring
© Idil Sukan

Richard Herring

‘Probably best known for having a baby recently. The wonderful Richard Herring.’

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phil nichol
© Idil Sukan

Phil Nichol

‘Phil Nichol posing nude. I added the clothes on in post. Backstage at the Hammersmith Apollo.’

sarah campbell
© Idil Sukan

Sarah Campbell

‘I was a huge fan of Sarah for ages based off one YouTube video she made. It’s very rare that I geek out at meeting anyone but I did, and then immediately dragged her behind the Gilded Balloon venue at the Edinburgh Fringe to take pictures of her. I’m surprised she came with me.’

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danielle ward
© Idil Sukan

Danielle Ward

‘Danielle hanging out with her bass at the 100 Club which she later performed with as part of the cast of the all-female version of Julius Caesar.’

sofie hagen
© Idil Sukan

Sofie Hagen

‘The very brilliant Sofie Hagen performing at The Phoenix as part of All Day Edinburgh, curated and run by Michael Legge, to raise money for Peter Buckley-Hill’s Free Fringe.’

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danielle ward
© Idil Sukan

Danielle Ward

‘Danielle Ward has been safely locked in a cupboard to make way for supreme rock god Dani Frankenstein.’

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