Edinburgh Fringe 2022: 10 comedy shows you can’t miss | Edinburgh Festival 2022


The comedy

Phil Wang: the real hero in all of this
The British-Malaysian comic book routines about race and cultural difference are not only fascinating and insightful, they also manage to be extremely funny and tell themselves in unexpected ways. His new show is sure to cement his reputation as one of the standup greats of his generation. Rachel Aroesti
9 p.m., George Square Assembly, August 15-21.

Jacqueline Novak: Get on your knees
American comics’ deep, intriguing, and supremely clever dive into the cultural baggage of the blowjob might be a little more exciting than your standard stand-up show, but Novak never skimps on the gags: Get on Your Knees is a very smart hoot. AR
10 p.m., Cour Pleasance, August 11-14.

Chloe Petts: ephemeral
New school meets old school in this Kent-born newcomer’s stand-up, which draws warm, approachable humor from its complex relationship with the genre. Football obsessed with a blocky delivery style and a radical queer feminist, Petts is also a distinctly non-preaching approach to identity politics – the adjacent comedy is a joy. AR
6 p.m., pleasure yard, to August 28ust.

Jordan Brookes: That’s exactly what’s going on

Jordan Brooke. Photography: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

The reigning fringe champion – he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award when it was last presented in 2019 – is known for his relentlessly meta but viscerally hilarious stand-up comedy. He returns with a slightly simpler hour, focusing on promiscuity, his own face, and an insult that has haunted him for years. AR
9:55 p.m., Comedy Monkey Barrel,to August 28.

Jen Ives Peak Trans
Fresh out of Joe Lycett’s Big Pride Party, stand-up Jen Ives is getting the attention everyone who’s seen her live knows she deserves. Its first hour Peak Trans promises to settle the toxic rise of transphobia in the UK with creativity, intelligence and lots of laughs. Rachel Healy
7 p.m., Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, August 14 and 16-28.

The delicious Nowt But Sea sausage
Butlin’s hilarious and chilling adventure Ginster’s Paradise earned this sketch duo an Edinburgh Awards nomination in 2019. Previews of their follow-up, in which Chris Cantrill and Amy Gledhill are lured to an island by a letter mysterious, already offer a similar mix of the dark and the absurd. HR
12:45 p.m., Monkey Barrel 4, August 16 and 18-28.

Bilal Zafar: Care
He led a wave of genre-comedies on Twitch during the pandemic; now Bilal Zafar is back on the sidelines, where he was named best newcomer in 2016. Care explores his time spent working in a nursing home, being paid minimum wage while caring for wealthy elderly people. HR
5:30 p.m., Underbelly Bristo Square Jersey, August 14 and 16-29.

Ania Magliano: Absolutely no worries if this is not the case
It’s already won Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival – now Magliano is taking its meditations on identity and Gumtree cats to the sidelines. A surreal segment about girls on horseback will have you in tears of laughter, while its assured stage presence belies its rookie status. HR
4:35 p.m., Cour Pleasance, to August 28.

Dance

Circa Humans 2.0

Circa Humans 2.0.
Circa Humans 2.0. Photography: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

You can always count on Australian circus troupe Circa for a richer experience than your average acrobatic show. Here, the breathtaking spins come with a contemporary dance sensibility – rather than elaborate sets and characters, the focus is on the possibilities of bodies and the connections between people. Lyndsey Winship
6:35 p.m., Underbelly’s Circus Hub, August 9, 11-14, 16-21, 23-27.

Akeim Toussaint: Buck Windows of Displacement
A show that has been on the rise for a few years now gets a grandstand on the Edinburgh stage. Toussaint Buck explores the legacy of slavery and colonialism through his own journey from Jamaica to the UK in a mix of captivating spoken word, song and dance. L.W.
8 p.m., the Studio, August 12 & 13.

Theater

This is not a program about Hong Kong
Using physical theater to explore Hong Kong’s terrifying extradition laws, this intense new choreography from Max Percy and Friends is part of New Diorama’s Untapped program for emerging businesses. It is a dangerous game; If the show were to perform in Hong Kong today, the team could face up to five years in prison. Kate Wyver
2 p.m., Underbelly Cowgate, August 14, 16-28.

happy meal
The world needs as many stories of trans joy as possible, Happy Meal by Tabby Lamb (Since U Been Gone) promises a sweet and funny love story of a teenager in transition. kW
Variable hours, Traverse theatre, August 7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-28.


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