We have a whole bunch of fantastic comedians previewing their Edinburgh Fringe shows right here at the Backyard. You can buy a ticket for one show for £3, two shows for £5… or the whole afternoon of five shows for just £10.
12pm – 1pm – Ali Brice: Work in Progress
You are cordially invited to the grand reopening of Ali Brice’s Lemonade Stand. Expect silly characters, daft voices and bizarre audience interaction. Brice has quickly become a master of his own hilarious style of character comedy. Combined with his lightning-fast wit, this makes for a truly unique show from a one-of-a-kind performer. Come and celebrate the silliness! ‘A twinkle-eyed comedy natural’ ***** (ShortCom.co.uk). ‘Eric Meat is a side-splittingly comical entity’ ***** (TheUpcoming.co.uk). ‘Joyously bonkers… the perfect level of exaggerated oddness’ **** (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Tear-inducingly hysterical’ **** (Skinny).
1.15pm – 2.15pm – Sarah Keyworth: Work in Progress
You’ve seen her on Comedy Central, you’ve seen her on the BBC. Now see Nottingham-born rising star Sarah Keyworth’s debut hour. Join Sarah as she tells you about her life with an important little girl and her battle against every expectation of what being a girl means. Think Girls Just Wanna Have Fun but British, deadpan and in no way similar. Tour support for Dane Baptiste, Stewart Francis and Kerry Godliman. Funny Women runner-up. ‘Charming’ (Independent). ‘Excellently deadpan’ (HuffingtonPost.com). ‘I liked that joke about her fanny’ (Sarah Millican). ‘A complete breath of fresh air’ (EdFestMag.com).
2.30pm – 3.30pm – Brennan Reece: Work in Progress
After the sold-out success of Everglow and Everlong, English Comedian of the Year winner, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and voice of ITV’s Survival of the Fittest is back with a lovely story from a loveable boy about loving things. Lovely. ‘Unmistakable influences of Daniel Kitson’ (Fest). ‘A teenage Alan Bennett’ (Skinny). ‘Very polite passenger’ (Uber). ***** (VoiceMag.uk, Define Arts, Glitterati, TheWeeReview.com). **** (Independent, Scotsman, Sunday Times, Herald, Chortle.co.uk, Evening Standard). Over six million YouTube hits. As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Rob Brydon, Joe Lycett, Jason Manford and Nick Offerman tour support.
3.45pm – 4.45pm – Tim Renkow: Work in Progress
Comedy’s one rule is ‘no punching down’. Tim Renkow is a crippled, redneck, Mexican Jew. It’s hard for him to find a group he is not allowed to make fun of, which is insulting. Join Tim as he tries to find a group that is off-limits and prove that he’s not the bottom of the social ladder. ‘A proper renegade as a comic’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Renkow is a smart comedian who also knows how to handle dark, risky material’ (Guardian). Star of A Brief History of Tim (BBC), Bobby and Harriet Get Married (VICELAND).
5pm – 6pm – Jayde Adams: Work in Progress
Comedian Jayde Adams is going full diva with glorious gowns, acerbic charm and show-stopping music by Olivier Award winner Richard Thomas. Directed by Matt Peover.
Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2016.
Scottish Sun’s Best Female Comedian Winner 2017.
Scottish Suns Best Show of Edinburgh Fringe Winner 2017.
Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2017.
Lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2016.
★★★★”Fearless” – The Independent
★★★★★ ”Unmissable” – Scotsgay
★★★★ ”A phenomenal talent. Genius” – ITalk
“Jayde Adams is the 3rd funniest woman in the world. Fact!” – Dawn French