There’s only a week or so left of the Ed Fringe fest for this year. If you’re not too sure what it is, here’s some deets. Every year, thousands from around the world flock to Edinburgh for the largest arts festival in the world. You’ll find theatre, comedy, dance, music and plenty more.
We sent someone from team MP! up to Scotland to discover the funniest comedians of this generation. Check them out below and keep your eyes peeled on the TV for them, they’re proper hilar. If you fancy catching a play up at Ed Fringe, read up on our faves from this year.
With so many comedy acts to choose from at the Fringe, it’s hard to know where to start, but we went for Naomi Petersen because a) it’s a musical comedy show and b) it’s named after a song from the amazing ‘Dreamgirls.’ It’s hard to know how much of this show on the theme of agoraphobia is truly based on Naomi’s real life, but we loved all the funny characters she impersonated from her past. The scene with the school bully in the girls’ toilets was the definite highlight, and one of the most memorable moments of our Fringe. Naomi’s sweet persona made the more edgy side of her humour seem all the more shocking – don’t be fooled!
A mark of a good comedian is when you go home wishing you were friends with them, and we definitely felt that way about the lively and hilarious Rose Matafeo. She’s come all the way from New Zealand to perform in Edinburgh, and although she’s on the other side of the world, the humour certainly translates as the crowd were giggling away throughout her show, in which she imagines what would happen at her very own funeral. Our favourite bit was when she performed the high energy dance routine she wants her friends and family to do at the big event, to the sound of 90s pop hit ‘Together Again’ by Janet Jackson. We’re also kind of obsessed with her big, bouncy hair.
In Edinburgh each August, Mark Watson is famous. His stand-up show sells out every night and this year he even had to add extra performances. But the rest of the year he struggles to be recognised, and if he is, they’re usually mistaking him for another comedian. In his show, ‘I’m Not Here,’ Mark chats to the audience like they’re old friends, and openly admits his envy of other comedians who overtook him to become big names on the scene. It’s this friendly, humble persona that has made him an Edinburgh favourite, and even if he never gets his own TV show and an arena tour, he’ll be welcome in the Scottish capital any time.
While many people save their cash for the big name comedy stars at the festival, you can have just as much of a laugh seeing up-and-coming comedians, and you might even get in for free. Ed Patrick’s show has a ‘pay what you can’ policy, which helps the young hopeful ensure he’s got bums on seats every night at his show, ‘Junior Optimist.’ The theme is his double life as a doctor and a comedian, which got us wondering about the secret lives of doctors. What do they do when they go home at the end of the day? Our knowledge of what goes on in hospitals mainly comes from ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ so it was cool to hear about the quirks of the job, and some of the most awkward and uncomfortable situations Ed has found himself in. Prepare to cringe!
Not sure what to see at the Fringe? Head to George Square at midday or midnight each day of the festival to experience ‘Best of the Fest,’ featuring excerpts from some of the most popular shows of the season. The line-up ranges from stand-up to song, dance and all kinds of variety – it’s a bit like a live version of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’! The performers change every day, but the highlights when we went were cheeky comedian Joel Dommett, sassy and super-talented singer Michaela Burger from the show ‘Exposing Edith’ and the fantastically creepy and crazy cabaret act, Vaudevillains.