Kevin Eldon's one-man show is one of the Edinburgh Fringe festival's must-sees

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Further proof, were it needed, that comedians cannot resist returning to the bosom of live comedy is comic actor Kevin Eldon. Given his revered status among comedy fans, Eldon taking a one-man show to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time is among the festival's most intriguing propositions. This dazzlingly versatile actor has been stealing scenes in UK comedy shows for more than 15 years – including I'm Alan Partridge, Brass Eye, under-acknowledged sketch show Big Train, Spaced, Nighty Night, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, Jam and Fist of Fun.

In the early 1990s he performed as earnest and pompous poet Paul Hamilton (a character he has recently resurrected), which proved his writing credentials. Early previews of Kevin Eldon is Titting About suggest he will be using his hour to showcase his considerable acting talents, through a series of characters.

Eldon's previous contributions to the festival have been curious: punk covers band Beergut 100 featuring Bill Bailey and Martin Trenaman, and Eldon as lead singer (2006); and alternative comedy cabaret Cluub Zarathustra (1995-7), the vehicle for Simon Munnery's deranged, Nietzsche-baiting character The League Against Tedium, in which Eldon featured alongside Stewart Lee, Sally Phillips and Julian Barratt.

'Kevin Eldon is Titting About', The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh, to August 30 (except 16 and 23)

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