Nic Wright

5 must-see sketch shows at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe

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Sketch shows; they’re a genre within a genre. Don’t know your Dead Parrots from your Local Shops? Worry not, because sketch shows at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe are as varied as the fudge flavours on the Royal Mile. From the deliciously dark to the deliriously silly, there’s a sketch show to suit all tastes. So if you fancy a break from a lonely comic moaning in a dark room, here’s five top sketch shows to take in at the Fringe.

Daphne Do Edinburgh

Daphne are a brand new sketch trio, who are Phil Wang, Jason Forbes and George Fouracres. The group has appeared in various incarnations on Channel 4; BBCs One, Two and Three; and BBC Radio 4. Witness the wise wit of Wang, the flawless physicality of Forbes, and also George, in the group’s premiere hour.

Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
Aug 5-16, 18-31, 15:15

Foil, Arms and Hog: Skiddlywup


Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato you racist. Ireland’s top comedy trio. Sold out Edfringe 2009 – 2014. Over 4 million hits on YouTube. Fringe favourites Foil Arms and Hog present a delicious blend of bizarre, surreal and hilarious comedy scenes with outrageous characters and unexpected twists.

Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61)
Aug 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 23:20

Birthday Girls: Party Vibes

Acclaimed sketch troupe Birthday Girls return to the Fringe for one week only with their smash-hit sold out 2014 show! A comedy party of odd characters, offbeat sketches and try-hard dancing. Prepare for party vibes. Prepare for friendship. Prepare for the best and most rewarding time of your life.

Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
Aug 24-3, 00:10

Gein’s Family Giftshop: Volume 2

Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominees and Chortle Award winners Gein’s Family Giftshop bring their second show to the Fringe. Ed, Kath, Jim and the one you never see are darker, faster and funnier than ever before, and they have an hour of brand new sketches that aren’t for everyone but might just be for you.

Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
Aug 5-16, 18-30, 22:45

Max and Ivan: The End

Welcome to Sudley-on-Sea. Take a look around. You don’t have long. Seriously. Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award and Melbourne Barry Award nominees Max and Ivan (BBC One’s W1A, BBC Radio 4’s Casebook of Max and Ivan) return to the Edinburgh Fringe to tell an epic narrative sketch comedy tale about the hopes, fears and dreams of a doomed town.

Pleasance Dome (Venue 23)
Aug 5-17, 19-30, 20:20