You’ll find truths and talent a-plenty amongst this year’s top Fringe female acts…

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Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Victim, Complex

As well as four live shows of All Killa no Filla – a cult podcast about the lives of serial killers – Kiri returns to the Fringe with her third full-length stand-up show. Her comedy has been described as passionate and raw and in this show, she will be directing her ire on the connections between victims, women, love and lies.

Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug, 8pm, from £10

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Image result for Luisa Omielan: Politics For BitchesLuisa Omielan: Politics For Bitches

Her two stand-up shows – What Would Beyoncé Do? and Am I Right Ladies?! – were billed as party comedies. Or rather PARRTYY!! comedies. A quick glance at Luisa’s Twitter feed reveals that party politics have been on her mind more recently. Welcome to Politics for Bitches because this Londoner believes that it is her ‘right to have an opinion on something I know absolutely nothing about!’

Read our interview with Luisa Omielan

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-26 Aug (not 14, 23), 9pm, from £9

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Image result for cora bissett what girls are made ofCora Bissett: What Girls Are Made Of

Before Cora Bissett was a director, and before she was an actor, she was the lead singer of indie-hopefuls Darlingheart, who landed a five-album record deal with Phonogram and supported Blur, the Cranberries and Radiohead on tour. Now she’s returning to her teenage diaries to remember the highs and lows of rock’n’roll excess in the company of a live band. Part of Made in Scotland.

Read our interview with Cora Bissett

Traverse Theatre, 3–26 August (not Mon), times vary, from £15

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Image result for Rose matafeo edinburgh festivalRose Matafeo: Horndog

Having started her stand-up career in her native New Zealand at the age of fifteen, Rose is, at the age of 26, a stage veteran. For Horndog, her second Fringe show, she examines that evergreen comedy topic: horniness. Expect stand-up, sketch and mid-twenties angst.

Rose is featured in our Festival Favourites Series – head on over to take a look.

Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 Aug (not 14), 6.20pm, from £10

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Image result for lou sanders edinburgh 2018Lou Sanders: Shame Pig

Talk of shame, sobriety and unrequested sex. Sanders has met some pigs – and been a mucky little pig herself. Now she’s rolling around in her own filth for your delight.

Monkey Barrel, 2-26 Aug (not 15), 12.30pm, from £5

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Image result for jayde adams edinburgh 2018Jayde Adams: The Divine Ms Jayde

No less an authority than Dawn French has said that, ‘Jayde Adams is the third funniest woman in the world’. The Scottish Sun went further, awarding her their Best Show of Edinburgh Fringe 2017 gong. This year, she has gone full diva with garish gowns, acerbic charm and show-stopping music by Richard ‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’ Thomas.

Fancy a hilarious Q&A with Ms Jayde? We’ve got you covered – click to read now

Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug, 9.30pm, from £12

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Image result for felicity ward edinburgh festivalFelicity Ward: Busting a Nut

Back at the Fringe after a two-year break, the Australian comic is full to leaking point with new material. Not that she has been slacking. Podcasts, Radio 4 series, Channel 4 Blaps, mental health advocacy, yoga and, oh yeah, getting married have kept her busy.

Felicity Ward is also part of our Festival Favourite series – read it here. 

Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 Aug (not 13), 9pm, from £11

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Related imageJay Lafferty: Wheesht!

The Renaissance woman of Scottish comedy, Jay is a stand-up, producer, writer and director who has been rising through the ranks since 2005. Her comedy has been described as ‘chocolate-covered grenades’ and this show looks at the unexpected consequences of keeping her gob shut. Never easy for a comic.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-27 Aug (not 20), 6.30pm, from £9

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Image result for natalie palamides nateNatalie Palamides: Nate

Last year, this American producer, actor, voice over artist and comic was named the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer for her egg-based show Laid. Likely to be just as imaginative, Nate examines just how hard it is to be a man in the early 21st century.

Natalie Palamides features in our Award Winners series – read it here. 

Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 Aug (not 13), 6pm, from £11

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Image result for elf lyons chiffchaffElf Lyons: ChiffChaff

Elf is busy. When not clowning around on stage, she might be writing an article on polyamorous relationships for The Guardian or contributing to a book on economics with her father. For this show, she is dissecting our fiscal situation through the mediums of songs about Japan and tap-dancing about South Korea.

Pleasance – Jack Dome, 1-27 Aug (not 13), 6.50pm, from £8.50

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Image result for suzi ruffell nocturnalSuzi Ruffell: Nocturnal

Anxiety seems to be increasingly common and Suzi Ruffell aims to find out why. In her case, everything from global human rights to her cat’s quality of life are nagging away at her. When not feeling an unspecified dread, the Portsmouth-born comic is busy knocking out material for The Last Leg, Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 Aug (not 13), 9.45pm, from £7.50

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Image result for edfestmag paloma faithPaloma Faith: Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Cover star Paloma Faith brings her slick soul pop, flamboyant costumes and effervescent stage presence to Edinburgh Summer Sessions in the hopes of spreading her self-styled Epidemic of Kindness to the festival city.

Read our exclusive interview with Paloma Faith here. 

Princes Street Gardens, 17 Aug, 6pm, from £55.75

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Image result for edfestmag nina conti is monkeyNina Conti is Monkey

For years, Nina has played the organ grinder to Monk the Monkey, her ventriloquist’s puppet. What happens when the roles are reversed and Nina becomes the monkey? Over the last few years, Ms Conti has given new life to the concept of the vent act and this show looks to push the definitions further.

Find out more about Nina Conti becoming Monkey

Underbelly Bristo Square, 1-27 Aug (not 13), 7pm, from £15

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3 Responses

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    I go to comedy all over the UK and different places and I can honestly say, very few of these acts (Kiri, Suzi Ruffell maybe Nina Conti) are what I would call either comedians or funny. Most are cabaret acts at best and one or two really are just performance art. Get some proper funny comedians on your lists reviewed for a change instead of what the agents feed you !

    • Edfestmag

      Hi Orby!

      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. Rest assured none of these were fed to us via agents, and it’s a roundup of all female talent, not just comedians.

      Hope that’s cleared up any confusion for you.


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    Thanks for the reply. Erm….not really. The list is very strongly dominated by comedians, so I think my point stands. We in Bittal towers are a wee bit curious as to how 95% of the comics on your list are with big/international agents (and presumably the accompanying big PR agents also) and how only one of the listed comedy acts are “undiscovered” or “independent” or are even comedy acts that regularly entertain large groups of people for a living rather than just rolling out a performance art or cabaret show every Edinburgh Fringe? Of the comedy acts on your list, about four of them regularly get people to pay to see them do comedy. I just don’t see how a list like this can purport to be a list of “the female talent you have to beg, borrow, and steal tickets for at Edinburgh Fringe 2018” without at least a few acts that don’t have a big agent. Big agents are not a guarantee of quality…far from it…what to usually means is that the comedy act in question has won a competition…which is not the same as being funny. And your list is primarily comedians, so…..

    How about featuring some female comedy acts that AREN’T with big agents? Mary Bourke, Katie Pritchard, Laura Lexx?

    And just to back up my contention – the act and their agent:
    Kiri P-Mc: PBJ
    Louisa Omielan: Debbie Allen/Catface
    Cora Bisset: Casarotto Ramsay Associates
    Rose Matafeo – Avalon
    Lou Sanders – Avalon
    Jade Adams – United Agents
    Felicity Ward – Phil McIntyre
    Jay Lafferty – hurrah! Not with a big agent!
    Natalie Palamides -UCB (Los Angeles)
    Elf Lyons – Intertalent/CKP
    Suzi Ruffell – Off The Kerb
    Nina Conti – PBJ

    See? Aye? A coincidence or no?

    Orby Bittal Esq x 🙂


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