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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016: Best Comedians To Catch

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Updated: 1 August 2016
The Edinburgh Fringe has been home to some of the best comedians for years. As the world’s largest open access arts festival, it is no surprise that comedic prodigies appear from every nook and cranny of this Earth. Expect anything and everything from diamonds in the rough to well-seasoned acts. Have a gander and catch the best comedians of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016.

Michelle Wolf: So Brave

Fringe-goers must witness the utterly hilarious Michelle Wolf in her first solo show. Not only is this dynamic diva an on-air writer for The Daily Show With Trevor Noah but she has also performed on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Time Out has rendered Wolf as one of the ‘top ten funniest female comedians in NYC.’ If her Fringe performance is anything like her outrageous grown-up Annie impersonation, the people of Edinburgh will undoubtedly fall for this cheeky comedian.

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Max & Ivan: Our Story

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for the must-see performance of Max & Ivan: Our Story. This pair continuously wows the crowds with their wonderfully bizarre characters. This time, audiences are getting a treat with the never-before-seen characters of Max and Ivan! They have mastered their craft, as their physical work is completely on point – another testament to the fact that this dynamic duo should not be missed. With Tom Parry as the director, expect an impeccably scripted show that is packed to the brim with skits and sketches galore.

Croft & Pearce Are Not Themselves

Croft & Pearce Are Not Themselves is top notch British talent at its finest. Prepare for a sidesplitting sketch show featuring BBC Radio 4’s beloved comedians. This is the show to catch if you are looking to laugh out loud. From great existentialist debates to common life crises, it is no surprise that these fab female comedic geniuses are Spirit Of The Fringe Award winners with multiple sell-out performances under their belts. Do not miss out.

James Acaster: Reset

A true comedic wizard, James Acaster is back once more to hypnotise all at the Edinburgh Festival. This English gem has been nominated for Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. The way in which his shows flow is admirable, and his creativity is second to none. Other comedians should take a leaf out of this guy’s brilliant joke book. Undoubtedly, this year’s Fringe performance will reset the mindset of every audience member in a hilarious way.

Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option

From his unique accent and uproarious temperament to his brilliant facial expressions, this comedic guru is going to take the Fringe by storm – again! Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option promises to please. Renowned for his hilarious descriptions about stereotypes, this year’s show is expected to also address his innermost thoughts and ponderings. This hilarious German has established himself through multiple television appearances such as BBC’s Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You, and Would I Lie To You?

Henry Paker: Guilty

If he is good enough for Russell Howard’s Good News, he is absolutely good enough for the Edinburgh Fringe. Henry Paker: Guilty is an adventure and comedic journey, which addresses one of the most talked about topics: the human condition. It is safe to say that everyone can relate to this stand-up extraordinaire. Paker also co-writes and stars in the Radio 4 sketch show Small Scenes.

Alexis Dubus: A R#ddy Brief History Of Swearing

Whether it is his French alter ego Marcel Lucont or his uproarious bits, Alexis Dubus is certainly not a one-hit wonder. For one night and one night only, the hugely popular show Alexis Dubus – A R#ddy Brief History Of Swearing will grace the Edinburgh Fringe. Who doesn’t love a good swear word? This hit international show delves deep into the history behind the F-bomb, and many other swear words for that matter. Anticipate a genius take on why people swear and the science behind it. Make sure to experience this gem, and prepare for a bloody good time!

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Jayde Adams: 31

With glistening reviews such as ‘Britain’s Funniest Woman Comic’ (Daily Mail) and a ‘fearless force of nature’ (Independent, Ireland), Jayde Adams should never be taken for granted – and wow, she is brave. Anyone who has heard of her will know that she is too hilarious for words. Jayde Adams: 31 is a performance filled with side-splitting accounts of her past 31 years. If you are unsure who this woman is when walking into her show, there will be no questions upon departing.

Jamali Maddix: Chickens Come Home To Roost

This is certain to be a golden debut. Jamali Maddix has performed across the Middle East and Europe, as well as on The John Bishop Show. He was also crowned Chortle Student Comedian Of The Year in 2014. The reason: he is downright entertaining with a priceless sense of humour. Audiences will be amused beyond measure and quite taken with this youthful superstar-in-the-making. Jamali Maddix: Chickens Come Home To Roost will have everyone clucking with sheer joy.

Axis Of Awesome: Won’t Ever Not Stop Giving Up

Good news – the terrific trio return. As usual, audiences should anticipate serious laughter-induced jaw pain after each performance from these lyrical gods. Axis Of Awesome: Won’t Ever Not Stop Giving Up will restore your faith in humanity with their wonderfully witty musical parodies. Just be warned – you will leave with a spring in your step and many a tune in your head. Life could be worse!

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By Tori Chalmers.