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Edinburgh Fringe: Tried & Tested

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Tickets

Part of the fun of the Fringe is stumbling across a brilliant show by accident. Maybe a bright and garish flyer drew you in, or you wandered down a side street and found yourself in a venue you didn’t even know existed. The best shows are often late-night discoveries, held in dingy basement vaults, when you’re looking for just one more last-minute show before you head home. But, there’s always the danger your new discovery will be the opposite of brilliant. An uncomfortably unfunny hour, an empty audience, no hope of escape. To save you the trouble, we’ve picked out a few of our favourite shows which are returning to the Fringe for 2015 so you’re guaranteed to have  good time. Spontaneity is great, but a little forward planning never hurt anyone…

One Man Breaking Bad

If you’re a fan of cult classic TV show Breaking Bad, LA actor Miles Allen’s One Man Breaking Bad is an absolute must. A sell-out show at last year’s Fringe, the “Unauthorized Parody” returns for another year to bring out the funny side of Walter White and co. Adept at instantly switching between characters and playing out memorable scenes all on his lonesome, Allen is both hilarious and mesmerising to watch. All five seasons will race past in just an hour, leaving you itchting to dig out the box set once again.

One Man Breaking Bad: The Unauthorized Parody
Gilded Balloon, Teviot Row House, EH8 9AJ
Best for: cult TV aficionados

Hot Dub Time Machine

If you haven’t heard of Hot Dub Time Machine before, where have you been for the last three or four years? The Fringe favourite returns for five nights only, this time switching its usual McEwan Hall venue for City Nightclub, to help you dance your way through the decades. An incredibly fun journey through pop music history, DJ Tom Loud plays a song from each year from the ’50s all the way up to present day. They say it’s the “Best. Party. Ever.” and we’re inclined to agree.

Hot Dub Time Machine
City Nightclub, Market Street, EH1 1DE
Best for: an energetic night out with time travelling pals

Abandoman: Hot Desk

Another show with a musical twist which is back for just a few nights, Abandoman’s Hot Desk is an improv show like you’ve never seen before. Hailed as Ireland’s top comedy hip hop improv team, the Abandoman guys instantly build songs around the words or situations suggested by the audience throughout the show. Quick thinking, comedy smarts, musical talent and just a dash of P Diddy come together to create a hilarious musical extravaganza which is slightly different every night.

Abandoman: Hot Desk
Underbelly, George Square, EH8  9LH
Best for: the good kind of audience participation

La Clique: Velvet

Although we haven’t actually seen the Velvet show yet, if La Clique’s previous performances are anything to go by, you’re in for a treat. A burlesque cabaret circus who are all about glamour and mystique, La Clique are right at home in the iconic Famous Spiegeltent in St Andrew’s Square. Velvet promises to be a “disco inferno”, bringing a touch of ’70s funk to the world of cabaret. Expect singers, dancers, acrobats, magicians and more in this spectacular show.

La Clique: Velvet
The Famous Spiegeltent, St Andrew Square, EH2 1AF
Best for: a date night with a difference

Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up

Lots of comedians are Fringe regulars who bring new shows to Edinburgh year after year. One such performer is Chris Ramsey, a familiar face on the comedy circuit who has gone from playing small shows at the Fringe to appearing as a TV regular on shows like Celebrity Juice. Judging by previous shows, Ramsey’s All Growed Up promises to be full of laughs and anecdotes about becoming a “proper adult”, all delivered with his signature Geordie charm. Sure to get a smile out of just about anyone, this is one stand-up show worthing seeing.

Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up
Assembly George Square Theatre, EH8 9LH
Best for: guaranteed laughs with a heartwarming edge

Have you been to any of these Fringe shows before? Share your top picks with us over on Twitter @everyedinburgh.