Joe’s comedy picks for Edinburgh Fringe 2022

Now that Edinburgh Fringe is back, here are some of my comedy highlights. My apologies for the length of the list, there is so much good stuff to see!

I haven’t posted show links, if you’re reading this you will already know where to find them. The shows are in no particular order.

Paul Currie – The Chorus of Ghosts… It’s fair to say that you never know what you are going to get with a Paul Currie show. This is part of his appeal. I reviewed his 2019 show, Trufficle Musk. Paul has the unique ability to not only make an audience laugh but also to change the way they feel. He is highly recommended.

John Robins – He’s doing a month of Work in Progress shows. Sometimes people can be reluctant to see WiP’s, I love them. They tend to be excellent value for money. John’s work is a masterclass in stand up comedy. The thing that struck me about his 2019 show, Hot Shame, was that there didn’t seem to be a wasted word in the whole piece.

Nathan Casssidy – Observational. I first saw Nathan at this year’s Brighton Fringe, see the review here. An excellent comic, with a very original show and a stunning finish. He’s one comic that may have slipped under your radar, don’t hesitate to put him on it.

Helen Bauer – Madam Good Tit. As you go around the comedy world, like the music scene, names of up and coming acts filter through. In Helen’s case they come at you like a runaway steam train. It won’t be long before she becomes very expensive to see.

Nik Coppin and his band of Shaggers – What can I say about Shaggers that I didn’t say here. This is a cracking way to finish off a day at the fringe. Imagine what you get if you let a bunch of comics loose to talk about love, sex and relationships, it’s Shaggers. TBF there is not a lot about love. There is a reason this show has been playing fringes for 12 years.

Foil, Arms and Hog – Hogwash. One of the best sketch comedy groups you’ll see. A massive hit online, sell outs at fringe year on year. You won’t be disappointed.

JoJo Sutherland – Growing Old Disgracefully. A Scottish comedy legend. I could watch JoJo for hours, funny, cutting, honest, sarcastic, rude and very Scottish. She is a treat.

Liam Withnail – Hot Sauce. Winner of the Amused Moose Outstanding Show Award in 2019. Blew the room apart when I saw him in 2019. Top material and top delivery. Another one on the rise to stardom.

Simon Evans – His Big Ideas. You don’t have to be young to be a brilliant stand up. Check out his CV. His 2019 show was brilliant, and the twist was a gem. Here is my review of it. Quality and class in everything he does.

Jessica Fostekew – Wench. Actress, panellist and stand up, Jessica is the real deal. Hench was magnificent, read the review here. I’d expect Wench to be every bit as good, if not better.

Ian Stone – Righter of Wrongs. Not a recent fringe regular. Ian is a comedian that deserves far greater recognition than he gets. One of only four comedians to make me cry with laughter, and the only one to do it twice.

Ed Gamble – Electric. I was surprised how much better Ed is live than on TV. Yes, a big name with a premium price but worth it.

Craig Hill – I Always Knew I Had it in Me. Another Scottish institution. King of the innuendo. His show is based on audience interaction, and he is a master. It is rude, fast, funny and creates a party atmosphere. Here is my review of Bottoms Up!

Jordan Brookes – This is Just What Happens. I have a habit of asking comics who they would go and see, Dan Antopolski suggested Jordan. Without any preconceptions, I reviewed his 2019 show. His anarchic mayhem struck a cord. I’m not convinced he knows what he is going to say or do next, this gives his performance an energy. BTW, when Jordan noticed I was reviewing the show, he picked on me for the remainder of the time and asked me to include a sketch, I did.

Emanuel Sonubi – Emancipated. Quickly risen up the comedy ranks following a stunning performance on Live at The Apollo. Definitely one to watch.

Dave Chawner – Undergdog. Smooth, accomplished, clever and engaging, what’s not to like? Critically acclaimed, with a long list of Radio and TV credits, this affable charming and positive comedian is a top treat.  

Frankie Boyle – Lap of Shame. Frankie needs no introduction.

Tudur Owen – Alive Huw. A few years ago I spent a very pleasant evening with Tudur, drinking far too much, far too quickly. At the end of the evening I discovered he was a stand up, and the following day, I went to see his show. He’s clever, articulate and accomplished. His particular brand of dour Welsh charm is engaging. Prepare to be surprised.

Grant Buse – Sentimental. I reviewed Grant’s show a couple of years ago. He is incredibly an incredibly talented performer. Packed with energy and laugh out loud musical comedy this is a great way to spend an hour.

Henning Wehn – It’ll All Come Out In The Wash. Billed as Germany’s comedy ambassador, Henning’s material is clever, sophisticated and delivered with trademark German efficiency. One of the few bigger names on the list.

Here is to a brilliantly funny Fringe!