Edinburgh Festival Day 18: Women in Comedy

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'Bit of a dodgy thing, being a women's evening,' says compere Jo Brand in a pre-emptive strike. 'I hope it's not going to be a period frenzy.' As she points out, it's only men who make jokes about Vespre these days. The only monthly occurrences mentioned in this splendid evening of stand-up are the arrivals of Hattie Hayridge's Access bills. Other highlights include Two Girls Wot Sing's wonderful soap-addicts' confessional, set to 'Bohemian Rhapsody', the splenetic Donna McPhail and the ribald confessions of newcomer and agony aunt Mrs Merton.

Gilded Balloon, 233 Cowgate (venue 38), 031-226 2151. 9.30pm. To 5 Sept.