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All for laughs: 5 shows to look out for at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

art and culture Updated: Aug 02, 2016 13:41 IST

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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be held from August 5 to August 29 this year.(Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016)

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is back: This time with about 50,000 performances in over 3000 shows at hundreds of venues around the city.

Beginning from August 5 through August 29 (with some previews from August 3), it will sure be overwhelming for the spectators to decide which acts to prioritize. Planning to attend the festival our not, you have got to know about these five new comedy shows that are creating news for all the right reasons.

Matt Winning: Ragnarok

Comedian Matt Winning (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016)

The Scottish comic and writer Matt Winning has been making a name for himeslf on the comedy circuit since winning the ‘Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year’ award in 2011. He performed his debut show ‘Mugabe and Me’ at the Fringe in 2015, and now he’s back with the new hour-long show ‘Ragnarok’ at the Opium from August 6 to 27.

Read: Why artistes love to perform with lights out

Darren Connell: Trolleywood

Star of the Scottish TV sitcom ‘Scot Squad’, Darren Connell is making his debut at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. His previous debut at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2015 saw all three of his shows sold-out, so expect tickets to go fast. At the Guilded Balloon Teviot, from August 3 to 29.

Sophie Willan: On Record

Comedian Sophie Willan (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016)

Another comedian to be performing for the first time at the Fringe 2016, Sophie Willan is already a ‘Amused Moose Laugh Off’ and ‘Magners New Act of the Year’ award winner. Touted as one of the breakthrough acts of this year’s Fringe, Willan has a unique and compelling life story that adds depth to her standup routines. August 3-14, 16-28 at the Pleasance Courtyard.

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Michelle Wolf: So Brave

Comedian Michelle Wolf (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016)

Michelle Wolf, an American writer for Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ and for Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars, is bravely jumping into her first solo show at this year’s festival, from August 3 to 28 at the Pleasance Courtyard. She’s one of the Fringe 2016’s most anticipated new acts, having already been listed by Vulture as one of ‘50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015’.

Johnny Cochrane: Appeal

Comedian Johnny Cochrane (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016)

The English presenter of ‘The Friday Night Show’ on Virgin Radio and nominee for two Royal Television Society Awards is making his Edinburgh Fringe debut from August 3 to 29, also at the Pleasance Courtyard. His show, expected to mix experimental humor with his signature bold style, is described as...a guide to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival itself.

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