Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

The Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show at the Cabaret Bar in the Pleasance Courtyard claims to be the longest running and most successful lunchtime show at the Edinburgh Fringe. It allows you to see five comedians in one hour long show, with a new line-up each day. Everybody gets a good ten minutes and there’s good humour introducing the acts from compere and fellow comedian Rich Wilson.

What’s more, even if the comedians aren’t the best ones, you’ve only got ten minutes with each one.

In the Showcase I saw the guest comedians were 2012’s Face of MTV Joel Dommett, who has appeared on BBC3 and Channel 4 and received great reviews for his 2011 and 2012 Edinburgh shows, Irish comedian Eleanor Tiernan, who has featured on Comedy Central’s Alternative Comedy Experience show, Al Lubel who has appeared on David Letterman and guitar-picking, funny-song-singing Christian Reilly. The acts all had very different styles with Christian Reilly's musical styling being a nice note to end on.

Joel Dommett is a likable and young comedian. He does a solid skit about shooting a gun in the States and playing Korn songs as an awkward thirteen year old and a teenage tweet to Ian Watkins. Eleanor Tiernan provides good laughs and funny tips with a light and typically Irish sensibility. Al Lubel has a weird singing act and makes sure you’ll never forget his name: ‘Allubel’, whilst Jonny Awsum delivers original wacky songs making fun of famous artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. His Mumford and Sons is great and there’s a very funny number from the Pope.

This is a good show to come to if you want to get a flavour of different comedians but don’t have a lot of time. It’s also a good way to sample a few of the comedians at the Fringe and see if you like them. What’s more, even if the comedians aren’t the best ones, you’ve only got ten minutes with each one. But in this particular show each comedian certainly kept the laughs coming. 

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The Blurb

The best and brightest of this year's Fringe comics and with a new line up every day, the Showcase Show is the longest running and best loved lunchtime comedy show, popular amongst comics and comedy fans alike. Whipping up a selection of top comedy acts into a delicious lunchtime feast and held in the best comedy room in town. Perfect for comedy fans looking for some early afternoon laughs. ‘A perfect bite-size flavour of the festival – a must-see’ **** (ThreeWeeks, 2009). ‘A brilliant way to discover new talent’ **** (ThreeWeeks, 2011).