Edinburgh Fringe 2022: our selection of the 20 must-see comedies

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he Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022 promises to be unique. After two years away, there is a bottleneck of artists bursting out to perform. The official Fringe brochure is out this Thursday but it could take until September to read it all. From newbies to stars trying out their new tours, we’ve picked 20 must-see shows that will have you roaring with laughter.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 3-29. Tickets available on edfringe.com

Seen on screen

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Maisie Adam

Adam has quickly become one of the most in-demand comedians around – even if you haven’t seen her on Mock The Week or QI, you’ll have heard her voice doing continuity ties and TV commercials. And of course, she’s the owner of that distinctive hairdo that’s almost as memorable as her sharp-edged observational comedy.

Golden ball, from August 3 to 29

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Pritchard-McLean brings her latest show, Home Truths, to the Fringe – in which she talks about moving to Anglesey, getting chickens and learning Welsh. Pritchard-McLean is funny and dynamic. When lockdown first hit, she set up online comedy club The Covid Arms – it’s still going strong, raising over £150,000 for charity.

Monkey Barrel, August 3-28

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Paul Sinha

TV quiz fans will know Sinha as the white-suited Sinnerman from The Chase, but comedy connoisseurs will know him as an accomplished storyteller. In 2019, Sinha was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and calls his latest show his “second post-diagnosis album” describing how his life has changed. The title alone is worth the ticket price – One Sinha Lifetime.

The grandstand, from August 4 to 2

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Frank Skinner

Skinner is a stand-up legend, but so much more, from football fan to literature lover. In recent years he has presented television programs on poetry and written a modern prayer book. He returns to his funny bone roots with a taste of his new show, 30 Years of Dirt.

Roxy Assembly, August 4-28

Troy Edige

Daniel Sloss

The outspoken Scotsman has made a name for himself with his searingly honest shows on topics ranging from toxic masculinity to divorce. These dates are an opportunity to see a first version of his next show, CAN’T. You’ll have to wait a while to see it in London; from Edinburgh, he travels to New York for an errand in the United States.

Just the Tonic Core, August 4-28

Returning Heroes

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Catherine Bohart

During lockdown, this Fringe favorite released a podcast about relationships with her partner. They then broke up and the Irish comic had to learn to love each other while dealing with OCD. Lockdown wasn’t so bad, he produced this inspired show about finding the funny in trauma.

Monkey Barrel, August 4-28

Matt Croquet

Jordan Brooke

Brookes won the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2019 with a thought-provoking, largely improvised show. He’s now back with a show he says is his most accessible set to date. Live at the Apollo-worthy jokes are intertwined with Brookes’ existential angst and self-exploration.

Monkey Barrel, August 3-28

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Sophie Duker

Duker arrives at the Fringe after her win over Channel 4’s Taskmaster. Those in the know knew she was a rising star before then. His informed and intelligent comedy earned him a nomination for Best Newcomer in 2019.

Pleasance Court, August 3-28

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Key Tim

Key won Best Show in 2009 and has recently become a ubiquitous TV face, co-starring with Steve Coogan in various iterations of Alan Partridge and most recently as the helm of The Witchfinder. Another lockdown show is Mulberry, but if you only see one lockdown show, make it sublime.

Pleasance Dome, August 3-17; Pleasance Court, August 18-28

Matt Strong

Ivo Graham

Everything seemed golden for Graham in 2019. He landed a Best Show nomination and one of his jokes was chosen as the Fringe Joke – “I have an Eton College advent calendar, where all the doors are opened by my father’s contacts.” During the lockdown, he unearthed his childhood possessions – My Future, My Clutter is the result.

Pleasance Court, August 3-28

next big things

Isabelle Fara

Isabelle Farah’s Ellipsis was considered by many to be the best show of the clean 2020 Fringe. This year, she takes it up again and also creates Irresponsabelle. The first speaks of mourning, the second of growing up. See both.

Irresponsabelle, Assembly George Square, August 3-28; Ellipsis, Underbelly August 16 – 27

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Sam Nicoresti

The Leicester Square New Comedian of 2021 tackles contemporary politics in his solo show Cancel Anti Wokeflake Snow Culture. Nicoresti has an engaging surreal streak, making it a must-have for lovers of silly but also skilled comedy.

Banshee Labyrinth, August 6-28

Matt Croquet

Chloe Petts

It’s sometimes hard to tell what an Edinburgh show will look like from a first glimpse of Fringe, but seeing Petts in a cafe in Highgate discussing gender fluidity as punters lined up for coffee , it was clear that she had something special.

Pleasance Court, August 3-28

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Lily Phillips

Phillips once worked as a Disney Princess impersonator, but was fired for her feminist rhetoric. Stand-up probably best suits this honest, deadpan Londoner whose comedy takes in her thoughts on pop stars and how she learned life lessons from her pet spaniel.

Pleasance Court, August 3-28

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Lara Ricote

Ricote, from Mexico, won the Funny Women stage award last September and last month shared the top prize in the 99 Club’s Edinburgh Bursary showcase. His Fringe debut is about having an anti-vaxxer parent, moving to Europe, and being partially deaf.

Monkey Barrel, August 3-28

Wildcards

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Josh Berry

Berry wasn’t even going to Edinburgh this year, but he played the Monkey Barrel on tour and did so well they invited him back for three new sets of material and three sets as a political adviser Rafe Hubris parody. A parody of Downing Street even more comical than reality.

Monkey Barrel, August 15-17

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Rosie Holt

Holt has become an online star thanks to her quick-response satirical clips in which she plays an anonymous (and clueless) politician defending the government’s latest gaffes. She is now expanding her repertoire by embodying a whole cast of characters in L’heure de la femme.

Pleasance Court, August 3-29

Dylan Woodley

Liz Kingman

Kingsman’s Soho Theater run received multiple five-star reviews and sold out. If you still haven’t caught this excruciatingly funny multi-layered satire on Fleabag-style feminist comedy, your best bet is to go to Edinburgh in August.

Traverse Theater, August 16-28

Joz Norris

A wacky comedy whose reputation grows every year. Norris performed a concert in London last week and an audience member tweeted: “Weird? In a glorious way. Which I think means they enjoyed it. In his subversive new show, he sets out to have his entire audience flash in unison.

Pleasance Dome, August 3-29

Steve Ullathorne

sugar coated sisters

Siblings Chloe and Tabby Tingey have scored millions of hits on Tik Tok and now bring their fast comedy songs to life on stage in Bittersweet, blending tight harmony with songs about mental health and suburban life.

Just the tonic, from August 4 to 28