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ALISTAIR MCGOWAN

Erik Satie's-faction
12:50 | 3 - 28 Aug, PLEASANCE FORTH

The French composer of the beautiful Gymnopedies described himself as 'a pretentious cretin whose music makes people laugh and shrug their shoulders.' See if you agree as BAFTA-winning impressionist and Olivier award nominated actor Alistair McGowan plays several of Satie's well known, groundbreaking piano pieces and delivers his own, new translations of Esoterik, Satie's never before performed and often surreal articles and poems. A new, unique, warm, witty, intelligent and moving show.


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MATT FORDE

It's My Political Party (and I'll Cry if I Want to)
15:50 | 3 - 28 Aug, Pleasance Cabaret Bar

Following the UK's most important referendum until the next one, Matt Forde celebrates why it's great/awful that we're in/out of the EU/UK/NATO/whatever the hell happens next. As seen on The Royal Variety Performance 2015 (ITV), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Mock the Week (BBC Two), and Question Time (BBC One).

"A first class comic" (Guardian).

"Highly engaging, inherently funny... an ability to ad-lib laughs out of thin air" (Chortle.co.uk).

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TIFF STEVENSON AND @PRORESTING

Casting Call Woe
16:30 | 15 - 28 Aug, Gilded Balloon at the Musuem

'Actress with good sized boobs wanted to play sexy nun...' 'She is past her prime aged 23-30...' Actors are asked to do ridiculous things in the name of their craft. Sexist, racist, homophobic, ageist - you name it; there has been a casting breakdown for it. On stage for the first time the actors' casting process is laid bare by amazing guests from the worlds of acting and comedy. Hosted by Tiff Stevenson and blog creator @proresting.

"Casting Call Woe exposes the different standards of expectation when it comes to male and female acting roles" (Telegraph).

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MATT FORDE

Matt Forde's Political Party Podcast
17:10 | 17 Aug, Pleasance Cabaret Bar

Following three years of sell-out London shows Matt Forde's Political Party returns to Edinburgh for a one-off special! Previous guests include: Tony Blair, Nigel Farage, Michael Portillo, Liz Kendall, Alastair Campbell and Angus Robertson. The Political Party Podcast has had over 400,000 downloads and was named one of the Telegraph's Best Comedy Podcasts and the Times Podcast of the Week. The guest for the Edinburgh show will be announced shortly.

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ALISTAIR MCGOWAN

12TH IMPRESSION
18:00 | 16 - 28 Aug, Gilded Balloon Debating Hall

One of Britain's most celebrated impressionists (The Big Impression, Live at the Apollo, Tonight at the Palladium) returns to Edinburgh for a twelfth year, with an hour of unfeasibly accurate impersonations. Alistair McGowan will cover some of the biggest names and most recognisable voices in sport, entertainment and politics including Wimbledon champion and new dad Andy Murray, comedian John Bishop and football's man of the moment Harry Kane, as well as delivering brand-new comedy in his own voice. Warning: May contain puns.


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AL MURRAY

Let's Go Backwards Together (Work in Progress)
18:45 | 4 - 14 Aug, Assembly, Spiegeltent Colombino

Publican. Politician. Other thing beginning with P. Philosopher, yeah, that. The nation's critically acclaimed bar-based Braveheart, Al Murray - The Pub Landlord embarks on a common sense campaign to re-Great Britain in his brand new show. We live in troubling times. Europe. The NHS. Whatever the hell is going on in the Middle East. Who knows where it will end? Watch the one man who will answer the call of destiny even though it's an unlisted number.

"A supremely polished performer" ***** (Mail on Sunday).

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RUSSELL HOWARD AND STEVE WILLIAMS

Work-in-Progress
18:40 | 3 - 21 Aug, Pleasance Cabaret Bar

Russell Howard and Steve Williams return to Edinburgh to tit about for half an hour each. New ideas, new routines, anything could happen! It's gonna be great and it's only a fiver. Who's in?


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IAIN STIRLING

Onwards!
19:40 | 3 - 16, 18-28 Aug, Pleasance Courtyard

Edinburgh's very own Scottish BAFTA-winning and triple BAFTA-nominated comedian returns to the festival following four consecutive sell-out runs. As seen/heard on Drunk History (Comedy Central), Love Island (ITV2) and The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC).

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CARL DONNELLY

Bad Man Tings
20:30 | 3 - 16, 18-28 Aug, Pleasance Upstairs

Join twice Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated Carl Donnelly for an all-new hour of funnies as he takes us through his thoughts on reaching the ripe old age of 34, the age that is statistically the happiest of your life. Following the mess that was his late twenties and early thirties (involving divorce, depression, hallucinogens and worse) Carl has now seemingly found peace in being a vegetable planting, self-hating liberal with a wide array of useless kitchen utensils and is trying to work out which life he prefers.

"Observational genius"(Guardian).

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JOE DEROSA

Zero Forward Progress
21:00 | 4-9, 11-14, 16-21, 23-28 Aug, Uderbelly Belly Laugh

US writer, actor and stand-up Joe DeRosa makes his highly anticipated UK debut. As seen on a host of hit shows including Better Call Saul, Louie, Inside Amy Schumer and Chelsea Lately. Don't miss this chance to catch Joe's trademark brand of brutal honesty and frustration at the workings of the world!

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THE DOUG ANTHONY ALLSTARS (DAAS)

Live on Stage!!
22:00 | 3 - 7, 10 - 14, Pleasance Forth

Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson have teamed up with mentor Paul 'Flacco' Livingston for a sublime night of songs, sex, violence, feminism (and sex) that revolutionised the world of comedy in the '80s and '90s and made DAAS the world's first and most feared, loathed and adored comedy rock stars. Following a 2015 sell-out international run, Australia's most controversial export invites you to come running and screaming down memory lane! Meet the men who built the legend. Age has only made them angrier.

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