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The Alternative Fringe
@ The Hive, Edinburgh
Featuring: Trevor Lock, Bob Slayer, Phil Kay, John Robertson, Barry Ferns, Half Past B****, Joe & Kishore, Dixon of Fogg Green, MC Devvo, Nick Sun, Aidan Killian, Chris Dangerfield, Lewis Schaffer, David Mills, Laura Levites, Josh Richards
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The Alternative Fringe: Trevor Lock, Bob Slayer, Phil Kay, John Robertson, Barry Ferns, Half Past B****, Joe & Kishore, Dixon of Fogg Green, MC Devvo, Nick Sun, Aidan Killian, Chris Dangerfield, Lewis Schaffer, David Mills, Laura Levites, Josh Richards
The world's largest Arts Festival has grown beyond a fringe, attracting huge stars and TV names. The downside of this is that the trappings of mainstream increasingly tarnish the beauty.
Come and see genuine comedy legends, alongside the most exciting freaks around. Celebrate chaos and the unexpected. Recreate the spirit of adventure that existed before the Alternative went Mainstream.
For £10.00 you can buy a membership that will allow you to see all the paid shows at the alternative Fringe for no extra cost. Paid shows are otherwise £5.00 each.
See heroesof.com/fringe/ for further information.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
A gifted young actor and comedian who is best know for his mute supporting role on Lee & Herring's TV show. He looks like a cross between Neil Morrisey and Hugh Grant, but he can also act!
'Trevor Lock is the most organic, refreshing and profoundly hilarious comedian I've ever seen' (Charlie Dupre).
Trevor Lock tour dates
Bob Slayer is a tour manager turned award winning comic, who has twice been nominated for the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality - winning it in 2011.
'His brand of insane merriment perfectly encapsulates the Edinburgh mood' - The Spectator.
'Good natured bad behaviour from a very funny man, the ultimate Off-Off-Fringe performer, guaranteed to give you a memorable disaster to add to your Fringe memorabilia' - Copstick, The Scotsman.
Bob Slayer tour dates
Scotland's madcap king of stand-up comedy has been performing since 1989. He has garnered a pile of awards, nominations and TV appearances but it is his stage shows that see him at his best. His childlike take on the world is blended with sacks of energy, spoonfuls of improvisation and jumps of the imagination. The results are hilarious, crazy shows where even Phil doesn't know what's going to happen next!
Phil Kay tour dates
John Robertson is a comedian, writer and MC from Australia. A diverse kind of guy, he tours the world hosting festivals and appearing in clubs and theatres. As John toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009 he was rewarded with a four-star review and has been awarded both the Critic's Choice and Artist's Choice Awards at Australia's Wild West Comedy Festival.
'With his incredibly original observations on everyday life and his captivating storytelling, he cleverly balances surprise and expectation in his own unique way'
'A manic and quick-witted revelation if you only see one Perth-born set this year, make it John Robertson... a ridiculously entertaining hour' (The Scotsman)
'... stylish, alternative, funny' (Chortle)
'Brilliant, bemusing and bloodthirsty' (Metro)
'A tightly- scripted surreal monologue full of fascinating true stories' (The List UK)
'A hotly- tipped comedian for a good reason... this is a passionate show with plenty to enjoy' (The Skinny).
John Robertson tour dates
Barry Ferns has been writing and performing comedy since he was 17 years old. He won the Glastonbury Festival Comedy competition and reached the semi final of So You Think You're funny.
He was described by Bristol's Venue Magazine as 'sickeningly talented' and by Matt Lucas as 'one of the best new acts I have ever seen'.
'Surreal genius' (Metro)
'So funny someone should call a paramedic' (The Guardian).
Barry Ferns tour dates
Darren 'Devvo' Devonshire, labelled the biggest chav in Yorkshire. A notorious Channel 4 and E4 star, famed for his wonderful videos. Described by the Sun as ‘the vilest man in Britain.’
MC Devvo tour dates
You'll hear many descriptions of Nick Sun; from erratic, acidic, confrontational, surreal and subversive, but these all become seemingly pointless when you let him loose on a stage. His approach to comedy is unlike anything you're likely to have seen before. A man confused and jaded with the comedy world.
'If you don't like Nick Sun, you suck at being an audience' - Doug Stanhope.
Nick Sun tour dates
'A bloody good laugh.' (Time Out London) The New York comic now hostage in London.
'He can insult you and love you in the same sentence' (Time Out New York).
'An hour with Lewis Schaffer is an hilarious, cathartic, exhilaratingly appalling experience' (The Scotsman).
Lewis Schaffer tour dates
Mills' mix of sharp and hilarious rants and unexpected covers make for an incendiary show that will have you choking back the laughter.
2011 Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year.
'His talent for whip cracking one-liners is audaciously thrilling' (offwestend.com)
'David Mills is heading for the big time. Most definitely one to watch' (Time Out)
'Devilishly charming' (Chortle)
'A legend in the making' (Fringe Review)
'A gifted, bravura performer. His ruthless, cynical bitchiness is hysterically funny' (SF Bay Guardian)
'David Mills is heading for the big time. Most definitely one to watch' (Time Out).
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Venue: The Hive
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