The comedy calendar goes a little quiet around this time of year as most comics pack up their things and head to the Edinburgh Fringe for the month of August. You’ll still be able to get your comedy fix from the likes of XS Malarkey, The Comedy Store, Frog & Bucket and even Shhark at Hold Fast every Monday here in Manchester, but if you are heading up to the Fringe at any point we thought we’d give you a little heads up of some of our favourite acts that’ll be kicking around in Edinburgh.

The Delightful Sausage | 2-26 Aug | Monkey Barrel | 12pm | £5 adv
The critically acclaimed meat themed sketch duo tackle gentrification and the death of the North with insightful yet scatalogical humour all wrapped in Yorkshire accents. Delightful.

Jack Evans | 2-12 & 14-26 Aug | The Mash House | 2.20pm | £5 adv
Jack Evans only seems to be getting smarter and his latest show entitled ‘Work’ is a look at why we spend around 35 hours a week hating ourselves for someone else’s gain. Timely stuff.

Found Footage Festival | 17-26 Aug | Underbelly Cowgate | 10.40pm | £10
We first saw this VHS dream at Jabez Clegg a few years ago and have been obsessed ever since. Childhood friends Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett flaunt their weird video collection for all to see and promise a grosser, ‘sexier’ show this year in ‘After Dark’.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean | 1-27 Aug | Pleasance Courtyard | 8pm | £8.50-10.50
This will be the third Fringe show from the diabolique behind Gein’s Family Giftshop and this one is no less packed with social commentary. Having tackled sexism and racism in comedy for her first, and then mentoring at risk teens in her second, Kiri’s now taking on the tricksy nature of gaslighting in new hour ‘Vitcim, Complex’.

Rachel Fairburn | 1-12 & 14-27 Aug | Underbelly Bristo Square | 9.30pm | £10-11
Pritchard-McLean’s All Killa No Filla podcast co-host Rachel Fairburn is also back at the Fringe with a show entitled ‘The Wolf at the Door’. A show about mistakes big and small and how they craft our every day lives for years to come, Rachel is whip-smart, hilarious and non-more-Manc.

Ross Brierley | 1-13 & 15-27 Aug | Underbelly Bristo Square | 4.30pm | £9-10
Ross Brierley is a professional gambler. No really. He is. In ‘Accumulator’ he tells the story behind his ridiculous occupation (even more ridiculous than ‘comedian’) and lifts the veil on an intriguing world of high stakes and big laughs.

Chris Washington | 1-26 Aug | Pleasance Courtyard | 8.30pm | £9-10
Last year Washington was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Fringe and since then he’s had a number of viral BBCThree sketches, appeared on Live at the BBC and managed to quit his day job as a postman. Chris celebrates the last fantastic year where everything changed whilst acknowledging the ten years it took him to get to his big break in ‘You Beauty’.

Wed 1 Aug - Mon 27 Aug
John Stansfield
Published on:
Tue 31 Jul 2018