It's been really tough whittling it down, but I've managed to hand-pick the 155 best shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015. I've had to limit it to shows I've seen some of, in order to guarantee that what we have here is an exclusive list of the best of the best. I'll be publishing them in 6 separate blog posts over the next couple of weeks. Here's the first batch. They're arranged in order of quality, so by the time we get to the sixth blog, we'll be scraping the barrel. It also just so happens that the best shows all begin with A, and some of the ones I'm least excited about begin with W. Funny, that. I've provided links to their EdFringe pages, so click through for more info.
Also, as many people know, there was a bit of a kerfuffle over the Cowgatehead venue this year, and many shows initially listed there have had to move elsewhere. I've gone with the EdFringe listings here, which I believe are all up to date, but if there are any I've listed as happening at Cowgatehead that have actually been moved then I apologise! Just double-check anything I've said is happening there, basically.
Abbie Murphy As Stephanie Vange: Have A Word
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 13:20. Free
In which Abbie plays a mouthy Essex girl in a snazzy jumpsuit.
Abigoliah Schamaun: Post-Coital Confessions
Gilded Balloon, 17:15. Paid
Abigoliah once said "Nobody creates an awkward atmosphere like Joz Norris," so she really gets me.
Adam Blampied: I Am Mr Children Man
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 22:45. Free
In which one quarter of the Beta Males tells distressing children's stories.
Adam Hess: Salmon
Heroes @ The Hive, 17:20. Pay What You Want
Before the year is out, I'm going to get Adam to actually Retweet something of mine rather than just Favouriting it.
Aisling Bea: Plan Bea
Gilded Balloon, 21:30. Paid
Hi Aisling, thanks for reading! Hope things are good with you.
Alasdair Beckett-King & Nick Elleray: Dangerous As Milk
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 21:15. Free
Gets in largely due to Captain Beefheart reference in title, but also for being top quality.
Alexander Bennett: I Can Make You A Moron
PBH @ Cowgatehead, 19:30. Free
In which a Bill Pullman lookalike eats a banana.
Ali Brice Presents: Eric Meat Has No Proof, Only Memories Of Pasta
Heroes @ The Hive, 13:30. Pay What You Want
In which a sentient moustache dresses up as a plate of spaghetti.
Alison Thea-Skot: Some Like It Thea-Skot
PBH @ Cowgatehead, 20:45. Free
In which Alison eats a tin of beans and plays Phil Collins at full volume.
The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society
Heroes @ The Hive, 22:00. Pay What You Want
In which John-Luke Roberts and Thom Tuck introduce a bunch of weirdos and idiots and dreamers and fools.
Anna Morris: It's Got To Be Perfect
PBH @ The Voodoo Rooms, 15:55. Free
In which a horrible bride-to-be rehearses her own wedding every day until she gets it exactly right.
An Audience With Harry Deansway
Just The Tonic @ The Tron, 17:00. Pay What You Want
In which Harry plumbs the depths of his own soul and business decisions.
Barry Ferns: The Barry Delusion
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 22:00. Free
In which Barry transforms into a large arrow, I think.
Bearpit Podcast (Podcast) Gala Show
Just The Tonic @ The Caves, 23:30, August 26th-27th. Paid
In which Richard Gadd, Mat Ewins, Adam Hess, Lolly Adefope, Fin Taylor, Matt Winning and John Kearns talk nonsense.
Bec Hill: Caught On Tape
Gilded Balloon, 17:30. Paid
In which Bec glues ribbons to her head for an hour.
Ben Clover: Read All About It!
PBH @ Cowgatehead, 15:00. Free
In which Ben talks about running a newspaper while holding an eagle.
Ben Harris: Private Harris
PBH @ Cowgatehead, 18:45. Free
In which Ben surfs all day and parties all night.
Beth Vyse: As Funny As Cancer
Heroes @ The Hive, 16:20. Pay What You Want
In which Beth talks about how Michael Jackson helped cure her cancer.
Birthday Girls: Party Vibes
Pleasance Courtyard, 00:10, August 24th-30th. Pay What You Want
In which Beattie Edmondson, Rose Johnson and Camille Ucan dance around with some broccoli.
Bisha K. Ali: Ridiculous
PBH @ Cowgatehead, 18:00. Free
Not actually seen Bisha in a bit. Last saw her on a bus in Deptford telling off an insolent man. Always great, mind.
BlundaBus: Never Mind The Bus Stops
Heroes @ Bob's BlundaBus, 00:30. Pay What You Want
In which Bob Slayer sits everyone in a circle and they all get drunk and tell stories.
Bob Slayer: Fat Jockey
Heroes @ Bob's BlundaBus, 23:00. Pay What You Want
In which Bob Slayer sits everyone in rows and probably gets drunk and tells stories.
Bobby Mair: Filthy Immigrant
Heroes @ The Hive, 20:50. Pay What You Want
What's your show about this year, Bobby? Doesn't say on the website, dunno what to say about it. He's good, mind.
Brickhead: Yeah Yeah
PBH @ Cowgatehead, 22:45. Free
I once watched Dr Brown ordering Dan Onslow to slap his own naked chest while screaming for three minutes. One of the best things ever.
Bridget Christie: A Book For Her
The Stand Comedy Club, 11:00. Paid
In which Bridget launches a book and does a comedy show at the same time.
Brydie Lee-Kennedy Loves You Two
Just The Tonic @ The Caves, 16:15. Pay What You Want
Last year Brydie said I was wasting my time writing stuff about all the shows I was listing, so this year I'm not saying anything about hers. I think it's about love or something.
Pleasance Courtyard, 18:00. Paid
In which Jon Pointing and Ed Eales-White play overenthusiastic detectives, among other things.
Candy Gigi: Chicken Soup
Heroes @ The Hive, 15:30. Pay What You Want
Dunno what Candy's working on this year. Maybe she pours chicken soup over her head. Wouldn't put it past her.
Cassie Atkinson & Oh Standfast: Comedy In Progress
PBH @ The Southsider, 12:55. Free
In which Graham Goddard shouts through a megaphone and Cassie hopefully does her Moaning Myrtle impression.