Comedy of the week: Bridget Christie, The Stand, Edinburgh


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Bridget Christie was ready to give up on stand-up last year, but thank goodness she didn't.

This fiery hour announces her as one of the finest comedians around. Her topic is the emancipation of women, and while she describes herself as being to Simone de Beauvoir "what Horrible Histories are to Simon Schama" that is no bad thing: her off-the-wall take on feminism deserves to be seen by as wide an audience.

It is not just feminists who can appreciate the absurdity of Bic bringing out a range of pretty pens "for women" – something Christie illustrates with a playlet imagining how much better the Brontës might have been if their quills had not been so drab. A winningly warm performer.

0131 558 7272, to 25 August