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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: 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: 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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