Comedy - Take A Risk

Feeling a bit adventurous this Summer? Why not try out these top tips for 2009

Feature by Sam Friedman | 04 Aug 2009

Janeane Garofolo
Better known for acting roles in 24 and The Larry Sanders Show, Janeane Garofolo used to be one of America’s most highly rated stand-ups. Has she retained any of her old magic?

Anna Crilly and Katy Wix
Brilliantly absurd, Anna Crilly and Katy Wix were responsible for the critically adored but publically underrated Penny Spubbs in 2005 and 2006. This year the school friends return to Edinburgh doing what they do best – silly, silly sketches.

Daniel Sloss
For a comedian, fresh-faced Daniel Sloss is positively embryonic at 18. Patronising aside, Sloss's sharp and accomplished comedy may make him a good outside bet for this year's newcomer award.

Hans Teeuwen
To critics he’s close to comedy genius, but to the many punters who have walked in and promptly walked out of his gigs, Hans Teeuwen is at best obscure and at worst downright offensive. An acquired taste, perhaps, but Teeuwen is certainly one of the Fringe’s most fascinating performers.

Tim Key
Tim Key is a frustrating performer. An unrivalled commitment to creativity and a fantastic turn of phrase mean he is partial to moments of 5-star brilliance; but at other times his casual, low-fi approach can completely lose momentum.

Tom Craine
After earning his stripes as Rhod Gilbert’s support act, Tom Craine looks like one of the most exciting young prospects at this year’s Fringe. Another Welsh Wizard in the making perhaps?

Jim Jeffries
The question is, will the artful and subversive Jeffries will turn up at this year's Fringe as he did in 2007 or will we get the shambolic and horribly misogynistic Jeffries who came last year? Decide at your peril.

Jack Whitehall
Not another arrogant little upstart from E4, I hear you cry? Yes, unfortunately Jack Whitehall is indeed one of those shaggy-haired lotharios from the small screen. But, happily, he’s also quite funny.

Cardinal Burns
If the new project from Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns is anything like their if.comedy nominated show, Fat Tongue, it should prove one of the most popular and exciting sketch shows at this year’s Fringe.

Kevin Bridges
Described as nothing short of a “comedy prodigy” by The Guardian and buoyed by a triumphant recent appearance on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Glaswegian Kevin Bridges’ Fringe debut is reputedly nearly sold out.