Once more, the great and good of the arts world will descend on Edinburgh for the world-renowned Fringe Festival this August.
With around 4,000 shows and countless more performers descending upon the city between July 31 and August 26, OnTheBeat will do its best to highlight the standouts from this year’s selection.
For 2019, we are taking a slightly different tack and will be looking at the themes that grab us this year.
Every year, the Fringe provides the platform for up-and-coming comics to break into the mainstream. We take a look at some of the best comedy in Edinburgh this year.
FOUR WOKE BAES
As the title suggests, this dark comedy follows four friends on an ill-fated river-rafting stag do. Naturally, an encounter with a mysterious woman sends groom-to-be and chief protagonist Dez into an existential spiral.
Jonathan Caren delivers a pin-sharp take on modern friendship and masculine identity in a changing world as friendships are questioned, strengthened, made and broken during one debauched night.
WHEN: Aug 1- Aug 25
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT TAMING OF THE SHREW
Listicles have long been a favourite of internet news sites, and now they are set to become an Edinburgh staple.
Riffing on Shakespeare has long been a favourite starting point for Edinburgh comics, but this show instead picks apart one of the more memorable movies his work spawned.
Australian comic Gillian English brings her cutting wit to this dissection of the world of teenage Shakespeare film adaptations and their lasting impact on a generation.
WHEN: Aug 3-14, 16-25
WHERE: French Quarter
World War II and its barbaric orchestrator may be thin ground on which to base a comedy, but writer Michelle Kholos Brooks brings a rare warmth and humanity to one of the war’s stranger tales.
The show focuses on the women charged with tasting Adolf Hitler’s food everyday, charting the way the girls navigate sexuality, friendship, patriotism, and poison.
A show with heart, humour and historic tragedy at its centre, this is likely to be up there with one of the Fringe’s most unlikely comic successes.
WHEN: Olive Studio
WHERE: Aug 2-10, 12-17, 19-24
1 CHICK, 2 DICKS: 3 AMERICANS GET TOO PERSONAL
There is always time to take in a comedy show from across the pond, especially one as wide-ranging and invasive as this.
Jeanne Whitney, Carter Morgan and Mike Lemme take turns hosting the show, each exploring different topics every night.
Nothing is off limits, and it embodies much of what the Fringe is about in sparing no details.
WHEN: Just The Tonic At The Caves
WHERE: Aug 1-11, 13-25