Edinburgh Fringe Preview 2016

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Aces has booked in two months of great comedy. Starting in July we’ve got Edinburgh previews pretty much every night, featuring some of the most exciting acts heading up to the Fringe. Then in August we are hosting the Camden Fringe for the second year and we’ve got some brilliant acts from across the globe taking part in that. With so much comedy on, for the first time ever we are going to be printing a comedy program and to celebrate it’s launch we are going to put on a free night featuring some of our favourite acts appearing over the two months.




Emma Sidi: Telenovela

Character comedian Emma Sidi has got a Telenovela to get off her chest. Think passionate Mexican soap opera meets telly-addicted heartache in this full throttle Edinburgh preview. We’re talking transglobal emotion on a fringe comedy scale. With dancing.

‘Writing so rich and rewarding’ - **** (Fest)

‘A creative new comic force’ (Chortle)

As heard on BBC Radio 4Extra and Radio 4 Fresh From The Fringe 2015.

Andrew Murray: Round One

Andrew Hunter Murray, star of Fringe smash hit Austentatious, ***** (Times), and award-winning QI podcast No Such Thing as a Fish, presents his debut solo hour, a sizzling slab of character comedy and high-stakes idiocy. Comes complete with outlandish wordplay and an extremely exciting music round.

Bring the spirit of adventure, a thrilling sense of the possibilities of life, and a biro.

'Exquisitely punchy' (Times).


Jon Long - You Can't Recycle Dead Cats!

Jon Long performs stand-up comedy with songs, in this 40-minute preview there will be four songs (one about recycling, one about jogging, one about Martine McCutcheon, and one about falcons). In between the songs are jokes, one of which is about cats. No cats are harmed in this show.

Winner of the Audience Prize at the 2016 Musical Comedy Awards

Winner of the Comedy Store King Gong in late 2015

Runner Up at the Brighton Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2015

"Clever gags and witty songs...delivered with laser-guided timing" - Bruce Dessau

James Wilson-Taylor: Ginger Is The New Black (Edinburgh Preview)

Join James Wilson-Taylor for a musical history of the redhead as he attempts to end the bullying and rebrand gingers for 2016. Can he make Ed Sheeran less boring? Can he turn Ron Weasley into a sex symbol? And why do people think he's a vampire?

James is the writer and performer of Fringe comedy hits Batfan and I Need A Doctor: The Whosical. Other credits include Newsjack (BBC Radio 4 Extra) and the Musical Comedy Awards 2016 (semi-finalist).

"Wildly Fanatically Talented" The Skinny

"Passionate And Well Crafted" Fest Mag

"Everything is delivered with a buoyant energy...Delightful" Chortle


It's time to get personal. In an extraordinary true story, Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees Max & Ivan (BBC Two's W1A, BBC Radio 4's Casebook of Max and Ivan) introduce the world to two never-before-seen characters; themselves. Directed by Tom Parry. 'Astonishing: fast-paced and unflaggingly funny' ***** (Times). 'Truly outstanding individual performances' ***** (Edinburgh Evening News). 'Phenomenal range of talent' ***** (Mirror). 'First-rate comic acting' **** (Scotsman). 'Max and Ivan are the real deal' **** (Guardian). 'Immaculate.' **** (Sunday Times). 'Max and Ivan ooze class' **** (Chortle). 'Undoubtedly superstars of tomorrow' (GQ).

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Holly’s special, she knows it… but when will everyone else catch on?! The loud voice of Generation Y wants it all, without doing anything to get it. ‘A proper mad comedian’ (Stewart Lee's Fringe Recommendation 2015). A gloriously silly woman with a warped mind and a cheerful disregard for shame.’ **** (Chortle). ‘Hilarious... Burn is an irresistible performer …. her writing is strong too, packed with deliciously surreal details…’ (Independent). James Acaster's Top Comedy Picks 2015. ‘One of my favourite acts to watch ever’ (Guardian). ‘Turns stand-up on its head. **** (To Do List).


Two of the best acts in the worldwide comedy firmament touch down for ONE NIGHT ONLY at Aces & Eights Saloon Bar to preview their new EDINBURGH FRINGE shows. Expect HILARITY on a level never before seen in all of Tufnell Park. Come witness the magnetic stage presence of TRUE STARS and their power to reduce even the most hardened NW5 residents to tears of joy. Let nothing deter you from these two shows that will very likely change your life and the course of comedy history. FREE!


'Cathartc, anguished, messy. Her show is a hoot!' - Guardian


'Beautifully crafted, sparkling, little missiles of wit.' - Scotsman



“The sheer joy and silliness in Cahill’s material is irresistibly funny” – **** Time Out
“Imagine a cross between Sean Lock and Eddie Izzard and you might be getting somewhere, but nowhere close” – Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard.


“An uplifting hotch-potch packed with content… Put simply no other show has made me smile so much this year” **** – Alice Jones, The Independent

“what I come to Edinburgh for….the fun of subversion and the pleasure of seeing a man more in control than he likes to let on” **** – Dominic Maxwell, The Times.


Twins and Lazy Susan

'Tender and ridiculous' (Guardian) duo Lazy Susan finesse / workshop (TBC) their Edinburgh show. Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominees. You might have seen or heard them on BBC Radio 4, ITV (@Elevenish), Channel 4 (The Windsors) and BBC Three (Josh).

“Brilliant sketch comedy from start to last… This is everything sketch shows should be - odd, inventive, silly and lots of fun”


Edward Aczel and Will Seaward

Two entirely splendid comedians preview their exciting new Edinburgh shows!


Jake Yapp and Rob Auton

Jake Yapp and Rob Auton will be doing previews of their new shows that they are taking up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August as part of the Shambles Edinburgh preview season at Aces and Eights in Tufnell Park. Each show will last for an hour. It is free to get in. It is Rob writing this blurb. I'm not sure what else to put. I really like the room downstairs at the Aces and Eights bar. I'm not really into lamps but it has got a brilliant lamp as far as lamps go. I've never used Billetto before. I don't know what it means. I saw Jake do a previous Edinburgh show and it was brilliant. I have never seen one of my shows so I don't know what they are like from an and audience point of view. From a performers point of view they are mixed. One piece of feedback I had recently was "Wow, this guy makes Forrest Gump look normal." Would be great to see you on the 12th if you are around.


Annie McGrath & Patrick Turpin

ONE NIGHT... TWO SHOWS. ONE NIGHT... TWO POUNDS (buy tickets please).

Annie McGrath - The Seven Ages of An

Annie McGrath (one half of sketch duo, Twins) presents her highly anticipated debut stand-up show: The Seven Ages of An. Annie has written and performed on ITV2's @elevenish, Channel 4's Girls Go Trolling, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 4 Extra.

“The audience is at her mercy with every line she speaks... Safe, hilarious hands” - EDFRINGE REVIEW

“Stole the show... Beautiful timing and spot-on delivery” - THE TAB

Patrick Turpin - To Me, You Are Perfect

Who is this boy? And why doth he suckle so? It's time for Turps to curl back into the foetal, reconnect the umbilical, and tell himself that everything will be alright. Another show from another heteroflexible white lad, living a life without the loveliest-of-true-loves, and the fuckiest-of-true-fucks.

"A comic on the crest of a wave" - FEST

"A voice so expressive it seems to simply invite laughter" - THREEWEEKS




The underground comedian returns, following in the footsteps of the ‘undisputed buzz comedy of last year’ **** (Guardian), Waiting for Gaddot, which received rave reviews, sell-out crowds and an Amused Moose Best Show 2015 Comedy Award. “… the wildest ride I’ve yet been on this Fringe.” ★★★★★ Daily Telegraph. “This could be the end of comedy as we know it.” ★★★★★ Mirror. “Exhilarating, upsetting and appallingly funny” ★★★★★ Scotland on Sunday. "Takes convention and bashes it around with the brutality of a street fighter.”★★★★ ½ Chortle. "Gadd has produced the must-see show of this year's Fringe.” ★★★★ The Independent. “A twisted, grimly hilarious adrenaline rush of misadventure.” ★★★★ Scotsman


Following a surprise sell-out run for last year's critically acclaimed debut People Are Idiots, Fern returns with a new show about gender, class and Catholicism. As seen on BBC Three's Britain's Biggest Sexists, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience. 'Top five young comedians to watch' (Telegraph). 'Appealingly acidic... a great comic sensibility with moments of sparkling verve' (Guardian). 'Bold, whip-smart and unabashedly honest' (Herald). 'Brilliantly on point savvy seething' (List). 'Last year she was promising, this year she’s kicking down the door to the big time' (GiggleBeats.co.uk).


Spencer Jones and Ali Brice

Spencer Jones and Ali Brice perform previews of their new Edinburgh Fringe shows!


Ed & Katia preview their brand new shows. It will be good and exciting and funny and free and good.

Ed Gamble: Stampede

Gamble thunders into town with a wagonload of misguided opinions and wild conjecture. As seen on Mock the Week (BBC Two), Almost Royal (E4), Drunk History (Comedy Central), Conan (TBS), Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three), Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC Three), Man Down (Channel 4) and as heard on the Peacock & Gamble Podcast. 'Gamble's humour darts down unexpected avenues paved with elegant turns of phrase' **** (Scotsman). 'Consistently funny... be there or be square' **** (Time Out). **** (List). **** (Skinny) **** (BroadwayBaby.com) **** (One4Review.co.uk)

Katia Kvinge: Squirrel

Scottish BAFTA nominated character comedian Katia Kvinge (BBC, MTV) brings her multi-character comedy show, fresh from performing at the Second City, Groundlings and UCB Theatre LA. 'One to watch' **** (Vanity Fair). 'Naturally Funny' (Skinny). 'Laugh Out Loud Funny' ***** (Cream of the Fringe). 'Impressive' (BroadwayBaby.com). 'So good' (Edinburgh Evening News). 'Highly entertaining and fabulously versatile' (EdFringeReview.com). 'So funny, unique and special' (R Olson, Comedy Central). 'Very funny... Very promising... one to watch' (Ben Worsfield, NBC Universal). @katiakvinge www.katiakvinge.com


Work - In - Progress

Katy Brand: I Was A Teenage Christian

One Sunday, aged 13, Katy Brand went to a local church service and became

a fundamentalist Christian. From then on she attended church four times

a week. For seven years she put the 'fun' into fundamentalism. And the 'mental'. She was an obnoxious, self-important dick, but at least she knew she was going to heaven. Now she's not so sure. Katy will reliveher glory days of certainty and judgement, whilst trying to figure out what the hell was going on in her own head.

'An infectious sense of fun' The Guardian

Work In Progress

Beth Vyse's sassy, leopard print clad alter ego: Olive Hands (Britain's number 2 in the morning!), daytime TV wannabe resurrects her career on a cruise ship. After a terrible stint performing on land she takes to the seas, when she begins to sink. What depths will she go to to save her show? ‘Hands down the funniest thing I've seen at the fringe’ ★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘This show has cult written all over it, a formidable comic actress’ ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk). ★★★★ (Skinny). ★★★★ (Stage). ★★★★ (Three Weeks). Dresscode: Leopard Print.


Larry Dean: Narcissist

Fosters Comedy Award 2015 nominee and gallus Glaswegian Larry Dean returns to the fringe with a show about emotional detachments and an absent love life. It’s essentially jokes about intimacy in a bigger room. Sell Out Show 2015.

As seen on: ‘Live From The BBC’, ‘Comedy Centrals, Live At The Comedy Store’ and ITV2's ‘Elevenish’. Scottish Comedian Of The Year Award Winner, “Dean is Unmissable’ ***** - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine “The audience lap up his cheeky-chappie shtick…here’s to a generation of new Billy Connollys” – The Guardian “Definitely one to watch” – Time Out “Fascinatingly funny” - Evening Standard


Venture to Aces and Eights to see two rising stars in comedy preview their Edinburgh shows at Tufnel Park's finest pizza serving rock-bar-cum-comedy-venue. AND IT'S FREE.

Luke Kempner: Jusi Dench Broke My Heart

Impressionist and star of The Only Way Is Downton, Luke Kempner, can't wait to marry Judi Dench. But has Britain's most celebrated thespian only been acting like she's in love? Will they be getting a honeymoon room with a view or is Luke's sky about to fall? Our hero is joined by a stellar cast of celebrities on a quest in the name of love.

As seen on Murder in Successville (BBC Three), Luke Kempner's Impression of 2015 (ITV2) and Drunk History (Comedy Central).

'A remarkable tour-de-force' **** (Telegraph).

'Gloriously funny' **** (Independent).



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