Comedy: Edinburgh fever

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There's no escaping the fact that with the Edinburgh Festival in full swing, there are very slim comedy pickings for those further south. Anyone in need of a good laugh who is singularly unexcited by the thought of Richard Digence playing Worthing this Friday would do well to cut their losses and head for the Fringe, where the cream of the stand-up circuit are unveiling their new material. Myriad highlights this week include the inimitable comedic musician Bill Bailey (Palladium, 15-22 Aug, see Comedy Gig of the Week, p22), a rare appearance by Rory Bremner (17 Aug), if you like that sort of thing, and the gentle genius that is Dylan Moran (right) whose latest offering, Poncing About, promises more surreal rambling from the deeply gifted Irish comic/actor who has already won a Perrier Award.

Pleasance, Edinburgh (0131- 556 6550) 19-31 Aug, 9.40pm