Comedy Newcomers: Our pick of the best fresh talent 1 TweetShare422SharePin422 SharesCheck out these new faces on the comedy block before they get scooped up for a Netflix special, says Gayle Anderson. Micky Overman The background bit Dutch-born Micky offers up an unusual combo of whimsy and brutal honesty in her sharp social commentary comedy. Expect a self-assured, edgy delivery from the Canadian-trained comic. The show bit While discussing some of the more questionable decisions in her own life, Micky attempts to figure out how to set an example for the next generation of women. The extra bit The show was inspired by her day job of being a nanny. Micky Overman: Role Model, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 August (not 13), 10.30pm, from £6 Buy Tickets George Lewis The background bit After successes in almost every New Act competition over the last couple of years, the Stockport stand-up and Top Gear: Extra Gear presenter brings his confessions of a nerdy youth to Edinburgh. The show bit A wonderful meander through George’s socially awkward teenage years. Be prepared for overuse of the word, ‘cool’. The extra bit: He won Celebrity Mastermind answering questions about his heroes, Oasis. George Lewis: A Man, A Plan, A Girl With A Fake Tan, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 August (not 13), 5.45pm, from £6 Buy Tickets Maisie Adam The background bit The quirky Yorkshire comic combines observational and anecdotal humour with some fantastic physicality. She’s the 2017 ‘So You Thing You’re Funny?’ winner. The show bit A self-confessed party animal and ‘slave to the sesh,’ Maisie explains the difficulties involved in combining the recklessness of youth with a medical condition that requires her to be a part-time ‘sensible Susan’. The extra bit Maisie’s comedy heroes are Victoria Wood, Lucille Ball, Peter Kay, Micky Flanagan and her Nan. Maisie Adam : Vague, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-27 August, 4.30pm, from £6 Catherine Bohart The background bit Listed on the BBC Talent Hotlist 2017, the Irish rising star has already been described as, “pretty much the perfect comedy package.” Expect an abundance of personal revelations and razor-sharp gags. The show bit As the bisexual, OCD daughter of a Roman Catholic deacon, when it comes to perfect comedy material, Catherine doesn’t need to search too far from home. The extra bit As a comedy writer Catherine has contributed material to The Mash Report and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order. Catherine Bohart: Immaculate, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 August (not 14), 4.15pm, from £6 Buy Tickets Gary Meikle The background bit Instantly likeable and wonderfully understated, this Glaswegian comic is a direct, punchy storyteller. The show bit From surviving the care system to becoming a father at the age of seventeen, Gary has turned his own difficult life experiences into an inspirational – and very funny – first hour. The extra bit Gary previously worked as a debt collector. Gary Meikle: Before All This, Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 1-26 August (not 13), 7.15pm, from £6 Buy Tickets Alice Snedden The background bit A rising star on the New Zealand comedy scene, Alice studied improv at the same New York theatre school as Amy Poehler. Deliciously dry humour. The show bit Snedden uses her extended family and weird and wacky upbringing as the backdrop for the show. The extra bit She’s a qualified lawyer who did her first comedy gig the night before being admitted to the bar. Alice Snedden: Self-Titled, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 August (not 14), 9.45pm, from £6 Buy Tickets Christopher Macarthur-Boyd The background bit The fresh-faced, bespectacled Glaswegian has a nice line in self-deprecation, once describing himself as, ‘Gok Wan meets Ronnie Corbett.’ Big things are predicted for this three-time Scottish Comedian of The Year finalist. The show bit 3.4 million adults in the UK still live with their parents. Christopher is one of them. Expect jokes about wrestling, modern masculinity and crying in train stations as he describes this uniquely millennial problem. The extra bit Christopher loves his gran so much that he got a tattoo in her honour. She hates it. Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Home Sweet Home, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-26 August (not 13), 10.15pm, from £6 Buy Tickets Kate Berlant The background bit With her surreal, experimental style, YouTube sensation Berlant is at the forefront of the US alt comedy scene. The show bit Berlant uses improvised monologues and a host of weird and wonderful characters to push the boundaries of conventional comedy. Expected the unexpected – like, is she really psychic? The extra bit Kate voiced several characters on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman series. Kate Berlant: Communikate, Assembly George Square Studios, 1-26 August (not 13), 9.15pm, from £6.50 Buy Tickets Ashley Blaker The background bit The UK’s only strictly Orthodox Jewish comedian, Ashley brings his show directly from an Off-Broadway run. The humour is witty and drier than a Matzo cracker. The show bit It offers him the chance to debunk some myths about his religion and in the process, maybe create a few new ones. The extra bit Before stand-up, Ashley was a successful TV producer. He’s the man responsible for unleashing Little Britain on the masses. Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew, Underbelly Bristo Square, 1-26 August (not 4, 11, 18, 25), 3pm, from £6.50 Buy Tickets Murray Hill The background bit The New York gender-bending legend brings his signature blend of hammy humour, torch song crooning and outrageous audience interaction to the Fringe for the first time. The show bit An all-singing, all-dancing throwback to old-school comedy entertainers, Hill contemplates the struggles and heartbreaks of his years in showbiz. The extra bit Murray has performed at the private parties of Joan Rivers and Liza Minelli. Murray Hill: About To Break, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-27 August (not 13), 9.15pm, from £7 Buy Tickets Rosie Jones The background bit Mischievous and irreverent, Rosie’s passion is to make disability less of a taboo subject in comedy. The show bit She ponders what life would be like without cerebral palsy. Who is ‘able-bodied’ Rosie? Powerful, thought-provoking and stonkingly funny stuff that delves into disability and sexuality. The extra bit When working as a researcher for 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Rosie’s first gag on TV came out of Jimmy Carr’s mouth. Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 August (not 13), 8.30pm, from £6 Buy Tickets Jake Lambert The background bit Shedloads of sharp one-liners and a sunny disposition are Jake’s stock-in-trade. When he’s not doing stand-up, he can be found writing for 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Mock The Week and The News Quiz. The show bit Described by a few people (including his own girlfriend) as, ‘the weirdest normal person they’ve ever met,’ Jake’s show extols the virtues of cutting your own hair, remembering the exact date you first tasted certain foods, and owning a one-eyed cat. The extra bit Jake decided to give stand-up a try after gaining a Twitter following of over 19k under the pseudonym, @LittleLostLad. Jake Lambert: Little Lost Lad, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 August (not 13), 6pm, from £6 Buy Tickets Sindhu Vee The background bit Indian-born former investment banker and all-round clever clogs Sindhu Vee is the host of BBC Radio 4’s Comedy of the Week podcast. The show bit Being the generation responsible for both children and aging parents is no laughing matter – or is it? Sindhu offers up super sharp observations and relaxed story-telling. The extra bit The Vee is short for Venkatanarayanan. Sindhu Vee: Sandhog, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 August, 4.30pm, from £6 Buy Tickets Sarah Keyworth The background bit Deadpan with a side order of sarcasm, Sarah’s anecdotal story-telling is punctuated with sharp one-liners. The show bit A refreshingly honest, semi-autobiographical tale about expectations, gender, and self-acceptance. The extra bit She once dressed up as Ed Byrne during a gig. Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 August, 5.30pm, from £6 Buy Tickets Jacqueline Novak The background bit A straight-talking, often shocking New York-based stand-up, Jacqueline has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with James Corden. The show bit Things get a touch hot under the collar as Novak shares some blush-worthy personal stories to help us decide what we should and shouldn’t get embarrassed about. The extra bit A published author, she’s written a self-help book on how to cope with depression. Jacqueline Novak: How Embarrassing For Her, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 August, 5.45pm, from £6. Buy Tickets Myq Kaplan The background bit New York’s cosmic joke slinger, Myq (it’s pronounced Mike) has proper comedy chops. He’s appeared on all of the US late night chat shows, reached the quarter finals of America’s Got Talent, and has his own Netflix special. The show bit A self-confessed weirdo, he ponders universal topics like love, death and bathrooms. There’s also some Nickelback and Kanye thrown in for good measure. The extra bit Myq once battled a robot in a joke writing competition. Myq Kaplan: All Killing Aside, Underbelly Bristo Square, 1-26 August (not 13), 9.15pm, from £7 Buy Tickets TweetShare422SharePin422 Shares One Response Orby August 3, 2018 Dear oh dear…every single one of these acts are already signed-up (and most have been for some time) to big agents ..so hardly newcomers – Off The Kerb, Avalon etc. Sindhu has a (very funny) Radio 4 series under her belt! I saw at Jake the Glee FIVE YEARS AGO! Myq Kaplan has been on David Letterman twice for chrissakes! Every single one of them are in paid venues…not a single one on Free Fringe or PWYW venue. You’d have thought if they are newcomers there might be a smattering of talented prospects who may be in smaller or free fringe venues, no? Och, seriously, EFM, get out a bit more and stop just blindly taking what PR and big agents spoonfeed you… dear oh dear… Orby x Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.