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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: Gráinne 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.

Gráinne Maguire

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Camels @ Underbelly

Patrick McPherson and Zac Peel make for a classic comedy double act who take us through this hour of inventive, family-friendly sketches. Quality material, impeccable timing and straight, unforced delivery make the humour fly - even those dreaded dad jokes.

Camels @ Edinburgh Fringe 2018

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Dreamgun: Film Reads - The Matrix @ Underbelly

A collective of Irish comedians send up a different film each night in this unrehearsed stage show. Since the delivery is spontaneous, there are occasional stumbles. However, the overall comic rhythm and sense of high-spirited fun manage to pull it through.

Dreamgun: Film Reads

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Zach & Viggo + Thumpasaurus: Where Does The Love Go? @ Underbelly

What do you get when you cross a Norwegian-American comedy duo, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and a funk-punk band? An absurdist, avant-garde, funk opera! It’s a lot of bouncy buffoonery successfully stretching out a smallish amount of great material.

Comedy double-act Zach & Viggo

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Ruth Cockburn - Love Letters from Blackpool @ Summerhall

As the title suggests, both that most iconically tacky of British seaside towns and the nature of true love are explored in this mixture of comedy, acoustic songs, poetry, spoken word, trivia and audio snippets. Cockburn's personality holds together an affectionate if rather twee production.

Ruth Cockburn - Love Letters from Blackpool

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Scientology: The Musical @ Gilded Balloon

Adelaide-based musical comedy troupe visits Edinburgh's Fringe Festival with this enjoyable, if occasionally messy, jab at L. Ron Hubbard's strange scam cult. Expect songs, hilarious banter and even some cheap faux-magic tricks. See them before they get sued.

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Scientology: The Musical


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Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Francesco De Carlo @ Underbelly George Square

The Italian comic's show Comfort Zone proves that he has no need to try hard to be funny: he's a natural at it.

Italian comedian Francesco De Carlo


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Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Amanda Miller @ Laughing Horse (Newsroom)

The multitalented Manhattanite's show How to Suffer Better is a wonderfully anarchic piece of character comedy.

Amanda Erin Miller suffers telephone bureaucracy better

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Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Danny O’Brien: RaconTour @ Underbelly

The Irish comedian's storytelling is gripping, his humour amusing - but not groundbreaking.

Irish comedian Danny O'Brien

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