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Have a bite to eat and take a seat – you're in for a treat. The bustling Pleasance Courtyard hosts this lunchtime show, presenting a selection of bite-size stand-up performances. The line up changes each day, but on the bill when I was there were Mark Simmons, Eleanor Tiernan, Matt Richardson and Jo Caulfield. The audience was treated to a packed hour consisting of four mini stand-up sets, compèred by the equally funny Ian Smith.

A simple concept, but highly effective and entertaining, it was a far better use of my time than seeking out an overcrowded café for lunch.

The show is billed as ‘great value’, with the ‘best’ comics Edinburgh has to offer. This is a big claim, but if the other days offer a similarly notable line-up then the Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show’s promotional self-confidence is not misplaced. Now in its fourteenth consecutive year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it’s a great opportunity to see some rising stars of the comedy world.

Many of the comedians involved have other solo shows on at the Fringe, so this compilation show is truly a win-win: if you find yourself without the time to see several different individual shows then you get a 5-in-1 hour of entertainment, and if you’re looking for shows to see and you enjoy the performances then there will be several you can add to your list.

The variety of the comedians’ stand-up styles - from one-liners that take unexpected twists to more anecdotal storytelling - give a diverse sense of what the Fringe has to offer. My only grievance was that Ian Smith as the compère was so funny I almost didn't want him to bring any of the acts on, and during the acts’ sets I found that I didn't want those to come to an end either, and when Smith returned to the stage the whole process would begin again. Infuriating.

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show basically does what it says on the poster/flyer/ticket. A simple concept, but highly effective and entertaining, it was a far better use of my time than seeking out an overcrowded café for lunch.


3rd Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
4th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
5th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
6th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
7th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
8th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
9th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
10th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
11th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
12th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
13th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
14th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
15th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
16th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
17th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
18th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
19th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
20th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
21st Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
22nd Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
23rd Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
24th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
25th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
26th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
27th Aug 20171:20pmPleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance

The Blurb

Great value lunchtime compilation comedy showcase with the best and brightest of this year's festival comics. Hand picked with a delicious new line-up every day, this is a popular taster menu of the amazing comedy smorgasbord that is found across the Fringe. Now in its 14th successful year in the Pleasance Courtyard Cabaret Bar. See edcomproductions.com for daily listings and news. 'A perfect bite-sized flavour of the festival' **** (ThreeWeeks). 'A brilliant way to discover new talent' **** (ThreeWeeks)

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