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Standard Issue at the Fringe: Part Two

As the Edinburgh Fringe dives into its first week proper, we thought there was no better time to offer up part two of our round-up of Standard Issue contributors who are up there, doing their talented thing.

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(Clockwise from top left:) Sooz Kempner, Andrea Hubert, JoJo Smith, Abi Roberts, Deborah Frances-White, Bisha K Ali, Jo Neary, Rachel Fairburn.

The Edinburgh Fringe has had its first weekend and is now in full swing. Here’s some more of our ace contributors – top broads who are treading a variety of boards north of the border throughout the world’s biggest arts festival.

We’re incredibly proud to be associated with them all and wish them a cracking August.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and Showstopper Kids’ Show
Featuring: Ruth Bratt, Pippa Evans and Lucy Trodd
Where is it?
Pleasance Grand and Pleasance Above, respectively
When is it?
6pm (Showstopper!) and 11.40am (Showstopper Kids’ Show), 5-15 and 17-28 August (Showstopper!) and 5-21 August (Showstopper Kids’ Show)
What’s it all about?
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical has been an Edinburgh must-see show for nine years running and is now an Olivier Award-winner and a West End hit. Every performance sees a spanking new musical created from scratch, thanks to audience suggestions and the multi-talents of the cast who turn them into all-singing, all-dancing productions, with unpredictable and hilarious results.
Showstopper Kids’ Show finds The Showstoppers in their very own story factory, where they take ideas from kids in the audience and transform them into marvellous musical adventures, on the spot. Grown-ups should note, their suggestions will not be considered. This is all about the kids.
Get tickets here and here.
@ruthbratt
@IAmPippaEvans
@TroddenBratt
@TheShowstoppers

Abi Roberts: Anglichanka
Where is it?
Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street
When is it?
4.15pm, 6-15 and 17-28 August
What’s it all about?
Anglichanka (Englishwoman in Russian) tells the story of Abi becoming the first UK comedian to go to Russia and do standup in Russian (beating several male comics who were hoping to do it), and of her time living in the former Soviet Union in the 90s when she trained to be an opera singer at the Moscow Conservatoire. It’s already picked up two nominations for Best Comedy Show at Buxton and Guildford Comedy Festivals.
Free, no ticket needed.
@AbiRoberts

Andrea HubertAndrea Hubert: Week
Where is it?
The Counting House, Nicholson Street
When is it?
3.45pm, 5-14 and 17-29 August
What’s it all about?
On Monday, Andrea was in a supermarket, clutching a mini-carafe of don’t-judge-me wine. By Friday she was musing: ‘Should I get on the train, or jump in front of it?’ Awaiting audiences is a surprisingly uplifting debut hour of medication, night sweats, stoned teenage philosophy and how putting on socks is life’s most challenging and meaningless endeavour.
Get tickets here.
@ShutUpAndrea

Deborah Frances-White: Global Pillage
Where is it?
Assembly Studios, George Square
When is it?
6.40pm, 25-28 August
What’s it all about?
This is a recording of a new comedy panel show podcast all about idiom, culture, customs and norms, featuring two teams of comedians versus the hive mind of the audience.
Get tickets here.
www.globalpillage.net
@DeborahFW

JoJo Smith: I Was Mick Jones’s Bank Clerk: Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll and Menopause
Where is it?
Upstairs at Cabaret Voltaire, Blair Street
When is it?
6.45pm, 15-28 August
What’s it all about?
After 23 years as a standup comedian and 55 years on the planet, JoJo Smith has decided to perform her first solo hour at the Fringe as part of the Laughing Horse Free Festival.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of punk and JoJo was 15 when it happened. Punk rock saved her soul. At 17 she was working as a bank clerk, living next door to Sting and enjoying having her idol Mick Jones of The Clash as one of her customers. Really.
Free, no ticket needed.
@MissJoJoSmith

Rachel FairburnRachel Fairburn: Skulduggery
Where is it?
Just the Tonic at the Community Project
When is it?
12.05pm, 18-28 August
What’s it all about?
We’re told never to make assumptions, but people have been making them about Rachel all her life. Adorable, sweet and friendly are the usual ones. Trustworthy another.
You’ll hear all about OCD (the proper one, not just some chump who does a bit of cleaning), serial killers and weird crushes (not connected). You’ll also find out about a politician’s favourite cake and what Rachel would do with it. She doesn’t want to make an assumption, but you’re curious, aren’t you? Of course you are.
Get tickets here.
@RachelFairburn

Hayley Ellis: FOMO
Where is it?
Just the Tonic at the Caves
When is it?
9.35pm, 5-14 and 16-28 August
What’s it all about?
Hayley Ellis has Fear of Missing Out (FOMO to the kids). Join the award-winning comic and find out just how neurotic we all really are.
Get tickets here.
@Hayles_Ellis

Sam Golin & Bisha K Ali Present: Cult Comics
Where is it?
The Banana Skin, Blair Street
When is it?
3.30pm, 6-28 August (not Mondays)
What’s it all about?
Two up-and-coming comedians promise an hour of nerdy standup comedy. Sam Golin and Bisha K Ali take on cult culture: from video games and horror movies to comic books and science fiction. Part of PBH’s Free Fringe.
Free, no ticket needed.
www.cultcomics.tumblr.com
@bishakali
@SamGolin

Jo Neary
Jo Neary
Does Animals and Men
Where is it? The Stand V and VI
When is it?
2.30pm, 16-28 August
What’s it all about?
Reacting to political turmoil, class struggles and bothersome intrusive thoughts, Jo Neary attempts the escapist talent show Opportunity Knockers. With women, animals and men.
As a baby, Jo was dropped on her head and stolen from outside Coventry Library. She started work aged 12, picking moss on Bodmin Moor for a pervert. She avoided getting beaten up by pretending to be French, and dislikes the fashion for bags that look like bums. At Polytechnic, she paid by cheque for a Pot Noodle.
Get tickets here.
@MsJoNeary

Jo Caulfield: Pretending to Care
Where is it?
The Stand Comedy Club 5 and 6
When is it?
7.50pm, 5-14, 16-21 and 23-28 August
What’s it all about?
Award-winning comedian with jokes and microphone, seeks audience for good time. That’s about the size of it.
Get tickets here.
@Jo_Caulfield

Sooz Kempner
Sooz Kempner: Queen
Where is it?
Underbelly at the Med Quad
When is it?
12.10pm, 3-15 and 17-29 August
What’s it all about?
Queen has been the soundtrack to Sooz Kempner’s entire life. With music that epic and triumphant scoring her every move, how does she consistently end up as one of life’s losers? Expect the music of Queen alongside original comedy songs and tragically hopeful standup.
Get tickets here.
@SoozUK

Read part one of our Fringe round-up here. And don’t miss Standard Issue’s own Edinburgh events: more details here.

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