Edinburgh Festival preview: Comedy - Felicity Ward, David Baddiel and Knightmare Live


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Last year, this critic was bowled over by the Australian comic Felicity Ward and her confessional tour-de-force The Hedgehog Dilemma. This time around, in Irregardless (Underbelly Bristo Square, underbelly.co.uk, Wed to 26 Aug, she's applying her spiky wit to topics including autotune and junkies.

As far as the big names go, most exciting is the return of David Baddiel with Fame: Not the Musical(Assembly George Square, assemblyfestival.com, Wed to 11 Aug), his first full show in 15 years. For something more left field, why not try Knightmare: Live (Gilded Balloon Teviot, gildedballoon.co.uk, Wed to 25 Aug), an interactive stage reimagining of the cult children's TV show?

Face to watch: Josh Thomas, a delightfully awkward Australian who recently earned himself a Girls-like semi-autobiographical sitcom back home. (Assembly Roxy, assemblyfestival.com, Wed to 25 Aug).