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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Barry Ferns: Barry Loves You @ Just the Tonic

This Dorset-born comedian has that rare, natural flair for stand-up as well as a genuine sense of audience empathy. He hilariously dissects both the superficial differences and uncanny deep-down similarities in our individual human thought processes.

Barry Ferns: Barry Loves You

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Linda @ Underbelly

Freya Slipper plays a number of characters connected with the titular heroine, who gets picked for a mission to Mars. Some are hilarious and some are not. Still, the audience participation elements are fun and there's a nice overall message.

Freya Slipper in Linda

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Wikipedilove @ Paradise in Augustines

Noam Osband and Rena Hundert mix musical numbers, stand-up comedy and some eye-opening Wikipedia facts in this look at love in both the human and animal kingdoms. While the concept has only limited mileage, the show still has plenty of fun with it.

Wikipedilove

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Nick Hall: Spencer @ Underbelly

This account of the life and death of Spencer Perceval, the only British prime minister ever to be assassinated, mixes lively Blackadder-style historical japery with some patchy attempts to satirise modern politics. It's uneven but gets by on Hall's pleasingly eccentric manner.

Nick Hall: Spencer

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Russ Peers: Hereditary Peers @ Just the Tonic

Russ's hour of stand-up is pleasant enough but probably won't knock your socks off. His humour revolves around social anthropology in a provincial English industrial town, dieting, the LGBT+ scene and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Russ Peers

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Archie Maddocks: Matchstick @ Just The Tonic

This stand-up of Trinidadian origin ribs his audience in an easygoing, banterish style. His mix of observational humour and social commentary is wry and solidly funny, frequently sailing close to the wind but always getting away with it in the end.

Archie Maddocks

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Graham Dickson: Timber @ Underbelly

This extended stand-up comedy sketch, set in an alternative reality post-#MeToo Hollywood, asks why things became so messed up but never really answers its own question. It has a few good moments but is ultimately more silly than hilarious.

Graham Dickson: Timber

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Moon @ Pleasance

This chalk-and-cheese double act's Fringe debut is a wonderfully assured, technically slick and surprise-filled show, making maximum use of the square Pleasance Attic venue. More to the point, the material is top-notch from start to finish.

Jack Chisnall and Joshua Dolphin are Moon

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Murray Hill: About to Break @ Gilded Balloon

This long-running New York drag king's brand of humour might have worked better with a larger audience and fewer technical/venue issues. As it is, it feels uncomfortable and lacking in truly great material.

Drag king Murray Hill

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: GrĂ¡inne Maguire: I Forgive You; Please Like Me @ Gilded Balloon

The Irish comedienne returns to the Fringe with another blisteringly funny and self-deprecating show. Her particular brand of humour is commendably unafraid to touch upon certain Elephant in the Room aspects of both her own country and Britain.

GrĂ¡inne Maguire

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