"A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent."
TUESDAY 9th AUGUST 2022
Pleasance One, Venue 33
Music, Mayhem and a Mezzo
Cabaret and Variety (music, comedy)
'Absurdly talented' (FringeBiscuit.co.uk), these multi instrumentalists have soundtracked Hollywood and produced multi platinum-selling records for artists from Alfie Boe to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but now Juliette Pochin and James Morgan are turning their prodigious musical talents to comic songs from #MeToo to middle age, clever musical mashups, and piano acrobatics – all with an operatic sense of humour. 'A voice like melted chocolate... brilliantly delivered' (Times). 'A perfect blend of humour and poignancy' (FringeBiscuit.co.uk).
Ignacio Lopez: El Cómico
Spain's best export, Ignacio Lopez, scrutinises his family tree and his immigrant upbringing in a relentlessly funny show about clashing cultures, legacies, and never fitting in. Ignacio contemplates if his ancestors would be proud of where he's ended up, performing an armada of sarcasm, silliness, and songs. As seen on BBC One's Stand-Up Sesh. Heard on BBC 5 Live and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4). Jason Manford and John Bishop tour support. 'Unique and hilarious' (Buzz). 'Charismatic with waspish charm' (Chortle.co.uk).
Theatre (clown, political)
Their choice? To die on stage – or off it. Beautiful and bonkers – it's the clown show about totalitarianism you never knew you needed. Informed and inspired by conversations with international artists living under authoritarian regimes. Rhum + Clay return to the Edinburgh Fringe after 2019's sell-out smash hit The War of the Worlds **** (Guardian) and 2018's total sell-out and The Stage Award-winning Mistero Buffo. ***** (WhatsOnStage.com). 'Vivid... athletic and sensational. Essential' **** (Stage). 'Powerfully resonant... deceptively playful' ***** (Indiependent.co.uk).
Attenborough and His Animals
Theatre (physical theatre, comedy)
The magic of David Attenborough's documentaries, live! A blue whale swims through the depths. Racer snakes pursue an iguana across the desert. Two hapless fools recreate wonderful scenes of the natural world. Clownfish return to Edinburgh with an updated version of their hit show, following sell-out, award-winning seasons in Perth and Adelaide and prior to a London transfer. 'Dazzling duo triumph' ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). 'Never lets up in its comedy. Excellent!' ***** (GlamAdelaide.com.au). 'Hilarious exchanges abound' ***** (GreatScottMedia.com). 'They transport the audience around the world creating one hilarious moment after another' ***** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).
Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle
Comedy (magic, theatre)
'Telepathically challenged. Blissfully Funny' (Metro). 'Can't read an autocue, never mind a mind' (Financial Times). Mind Mangler returns to the stage following a reasonably good two-night run at the Luton Holiday Inn conference centre, suite 2b. His new solo spectacular is predicted to spiral into chaos as he attempts to read your mind. This hilarious new comedy from Mischief, the team behind Magic Goes Wrong and The Play That Goes Wrong, with Henry Lewis will leave you gasping for breath.
Patrick Monahan: Classy
In a world of groups, hierarchies and class systems, everyone’s trying so hard to fit in. What's wrong with being a misfit? Be you, be proud! From the caravan to the middle-class neighbourhood, it's taken Monahan four decades to realise this. Enjoy Monahan's stand-up observations on living a contemporary life. As seen recently on BBC One’s The One Show, Loose Women ITV, BBC's Asian Network. 'Rip-roaringly funny….. another hour would have suited everyone!’ ***** (One4Review.co.uk). 'Hilarious' ***** (Three Weeks). 'Terrific Comic' **** (Scotsman). 'Definite must see!' **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).
Music (flamenco, classical)
Ben Bruant and Will Cashel play songs you know in ways you probably don't in a style fusing flamenco, pop and classical music. They met and formed their duo while studying at the Royal Academy of Music and have since recorded five albums and two EPs and performed to audiences worldwide. In 2020, the band came to wider public attention while playing free gigs in the gardens of key and frontline workers. This exhilarating live show is their Fringe debut.
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. To 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.”
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.