Edinburgh Festival Day 17: Review: Women in comedy

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'Backstage we call this 'Birds with Jokes',' Lynn Ferguson rasps. While the bill for Women in Comedy rotates every night, the Scottish comedienne remains its backbone. No shrinking violet, Ferguson quickly establishes a celebratory atmosphere which allows women to be funny without apologising. Last week's line-up included the diminutive Charmian Hughes on chat-up lines, cucumber-cool Hattie Hayridge, and the marvellous Donna McPhail. The guests this week include Julie Balloo, Jo Brand and Rhona Cameron, so you're bound to see some of the Fringe's funniest women.

Gilded Balloon (venue 38), 233 Cowgate (031-226 2151). 8pm. To 3 Sept

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