"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."

SCOTSMAN

SUNDAY 21ST AUGUST 2022

Pleasance One, Venue 33

12.40pm-2.10pm

Tickets: £15.00


TODAY'S SHOWS


Jess Robinson: Legacy

Comedy (music, impressions)
Watch multi award-winning impressionist and star of Spitting Image Jess Robinson save the world in under an hour! Join the Edinburgh favourite as you've never seen her before – starring in a brand new musical multimedia one-woman show. As seen/heard on The Last Leg, The Guilty Feminist, The Now Show and Stars In Your Ears. 'Slick impressions, super powered ballads' (Guardian). 'By some way the best, most exciting impressionist we have' (Rory Bremner). 'Mind blowing' (Scottish Sun). 'A star is born' (Metro). 'Side splitting comedy, sensational music' (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). 'A feel good, celebratory show' (Observer).

Anthony DeVito: My Dad Isn't Danny DeVito

Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)
All little boys want their dads to be superheroes. Anthony’s father died when he was just a baby. Armed with only one photo of the two of them, Anthony created a loving, gentle and caring vision of his father, the proud new dad. And his father was all of those things. He was also a fully initiated member of a prominent Italian organised crime family. A compelling storyteller with a gag-rate to match, US comic Anthony DeVito (Comedy Central; HBO) makes his much-anticipated Edinburgh debut. 'Terrifying and heartbreaking... and of course, hilarious’ (Vulture.com).

Sugar

Theatre (new writing, solo show)

One girl. Five ages. Many morally ambiguous choices. 2021's online smash hit returns to Fringe reworked and for the first time, live! What critics called 'Witty, well observed and at times devastating; a must see!', Sugar follows Mae as she grows up an ambitious young woman in a world ready to see her fail. Sugar is a rollercoaster of laughs and poignancy, a piece that will leave the audience thinking. Everyone needs a serving size of Sugar to sweeten their Fringe.

Masterclass

Theatre (comedy)
Featuring the savagely comedic feminist discourse of Adrienne Truscott with the slippery dramaturgy of Brokentalkers, Masterclass parodies the "great male artist" to within an inch of his life to uncover some difficult truths about privilege and power. The show begins in the form of a cockamamie masterclass performed by fed-up feminist Adrienne Truscott and all-around good guy Feidlim Cannon. It's fun. It's familiar. But there is something more at play. Using the arts world as a metaphor, Masterclass is a literate and hilarious examination of gender and power. Supported by Culture Ireland.

Heroes

Theatre (drama, new writing)
Football, fathers, friendship. Teetering on the edge of manhood, 18-year-old Jonno spends his summer days playing footy with his best mate, Sol. He’s desperate for a role model but on Holly Grove council estate, a decent father figure is hard to come by. One fateful Father’s Day in East London, Jonno finally comes face-to-face with the dad he always wanted. New bonds are formed whilst others come crashing down. An original double award-winning (Marlowe Other Prize, Mustapha Matura Award) play by Chakira Alin.

Scott Bennett: Nine Lives

Comedy (stand-up)

Described by the Evening Standard as 'live comedy’s best kept secret' Scott Bennett has been blazing a trail through the stand-up circuit for the best part of a decade. He’s written for many high-profile acts such as Chris Ramsey and Jason Manford, and recently recorded his debut on BBC One’s Live at the Apollo. With regular appearances on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show, Scott is an act hotly tipped to break through into the big time, come along and see why. Tour support for Rob Brydon, Jason Manford, John Bishop.


The Queen's Cartoonists

Music (comedy, jazz)

The Queen's Cartoonists perform music from classic and contemporary animation, synchronized with the projected films. The band matches the energy of the cartoons, leading the audience through a world of virtuosic musicianship and comedy. Expect the unexpected from the Golden Age of Animation, cult cartoon classics and modern animated films. The six musicians hail from four continents and are all active members of the jazz scene in New York City. In partnership with Aardman, The Queen's Cartoonists are presenting films starring Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and classic American animated characters.


Mervyn Stutter

Host and Compere

Mervyn has been in the entertainment industry since 1974. He started in theatre where he acted, wrote scripts, songs, and directed for around 14 years. In the 1980s, he became the 'regular topical song bloke' on the BBC TV's first ever daytime show, 'Open Air', fronted by a thin Irishman called Eamonn Holmes. Over the years he has performed weekly topical songs on many TV current affairs programmes and more of the same on radio. In the late 1980s, he took his comedy songs onto the Comedy Circuit and then touring theatres. Merv's first Edinburgh Fringe was in 1986 and he has been every year since. 'Pick of the Fringe' started life as 'Have you seen anything good?', a show to help answer the perennial Fringe-goer question. The title was changed to 'Pick of the Fringe' in 1994 and it he has built it up into one of the must-see Fringe shows.

“Mervyn Stutter is very, very good as compere of this chat show, for to make such a showcase work requires skill, talent and quick reactions. Stutter works the crowd like the showman he is.”

THE OBSERVER


FREE TICKET GIVEAWAY COMPETITION

(+ a 20% off ticket promotion for every entrant!)

Yes, our ticket giveaway competition is back.

To celebrate the 29th year of Mervyn Stutter's 'Pick of the Fringe' we are giving away ten pairs of tickets in our BIG, free, ticket giveaway competition. Plus if you enter, we will send you a special promo code that will get you 20% off tickets.

Good luck!

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