Bridget Christie: witty, wise, a little off-the-wall

Edinburgh 2013: Bridget Christie - A winningly warm comedian

Early on in her show, Bridget Christie says that she was ready to give up on stand-up last year. Thank goodness she stuck with it. This is a fiery, original and laughter-packed hour which announces her as one of the finest and most engaging comedians around.

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Edinburgh 2013: Knightmare Live - The 'dungeoneer' is back

“This is not entry level stuff,” warns Lord Fear (joyfully evil Tom Bell) as he welcomes us to this very special Kickstarter-funded production of cult Eighties TV show Knightmare Live. He needn't worry, each audience member is clearly a fan.

Comedian Reginald D Hunter

My Edinburgh: Reginald D Hunter on Fringe disasters and why comedy is like lifting weights

'I’ve had people react badly to my stand-up. I’ve been called sexist, racist and misogynist'

Seann Walsh: The Lie-In King

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Seann Walsh: The Lie-In King

Towards the end of his show the curly-haired Seann Walsh mimics Michael McIntyre and Kevin Bridges, two of his stablemates at his management company.

Chastity Butterworth and the Spanish Hamster

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Chastity Butterworth & The Spanish Hamster - Game of Thrones' Gemma Whelan as you've never seen her before

Chastity Butterworth might look like a Victorian in service with a butter-wouldn't-melt expression, but, in reality, she's in debt to her drug dealer and is "garrotted on poppers" after an all-night squat party. She's old school new school - a renegade governess.

Gregor Schneider at Summerhall, Fringe venue 26

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Summerhall, Fringe venue 26

Described by some as the most overly hyped show of the Edinburgh Festival, Gregor Schneider heads the bill of visual artists at Fringe venue 26, Summerhall. Süßer Duft  (sweet scent) does not, however, disappoint. Schneider brings his particular mixture of visual/sensory and performative elements together to produce a work that will linger long in the mind, I am sworn to secrecy but this is a work that you will not forget.

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Perhaps the best analogy for the Martha Reeves live experience is the city which made her, Detroit: both still iconic, both now diminished from their past lives.

Making News: A new comedy from Robert Khan and director Tom Salinsky

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Making News - A BBC drama so improbably daft it isn't funny

There is an excellent satire to be written about the trials of the BBC over the last 12 months. Making News is not it. A new comedy from Robert Khan, a Labour councillor for Islington, and director Tom Salinsky, who last lampooned the government in Coalition, it focusses on the BBC's tendency to become the story, rather than report it.

Writer Jack Thorne

My Edinburgh: Jack Thorne, writer of Stuart: A Life Backwards

This is my third Edinburgh as a writer. The first time I came was with my University drama society doing a reworking (my 'radical feminist' reworking) of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. It sounds as bad as it was. Three Weeks called it, simply, 'wanky', The List went even further with the reviewer describing it as 'the stupidest show I've ever seen'.

Comedian turned author Mitch Benn

Edinburgh 2013: Mitch Benn talks stand-up, science fiction snobbery and Doctor Who

I meet Radio 4 comedian Mitch Benn outside Piccadilly Circus tube station, where he’s slouched against a railing checking his phone. Passers-by ignore him, presumably because, in his own words, he “isn’t on telly properly”.

Stewart Lee performs as Baconface

Edinburgh 2013: Baconface- an in-joke for Stewart Lee devotees

B-b-b-b-baconface. It's hard not to think of Lady Gaga when you're watching someone perform with raw meat draped over their head, albeit with a Mexican wrestling helmet as a protective layer in between.

Lost Voice Guy, comedian Lee Ridley

Edinburgh 2013: Lost Voice Guy- comedian Lee Ridley on living with cerebral palsy

Ridley cannot speak, but delivers his stand-up show thanks to an iPad app

Dave Johns as Entwhistle, Kyle Secor as Andy and Omid Djalili as Red

Edinburgh 2013: The Shawshank Redemption- Omid Djalili stars as hardened murdered Red

This year’s main production in the Assembly Rooms brings comedian Omid Djalili back to the “legitimate” stage – he’s already played Fagin in Oliver! and an insane doctor in Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw — in the Morgan Freeman role of Red, the hardened murderer and Mr Fixit in the Maine County gaol, Shawshanks; Red befriends the innocent banker, Andy Dufresne – Tim Robbins on screen – who is convicted of killing his wife and her lover.

Josh Widdicombe

My Edinburgh: Josh Widdicombe finds watching other comedians a struggle

I am trying to go and see more shows this year. You'd think, at the Edinburgh festival, that watching shows would be a given. For a month my life is a combination of the world's largest arts festival and day upon day of free time - what else is there to do? A lot, it turns out. I am good at finding excuses. Last year the Olympics was on TV, I can't miss history in the making. And the year before that we had a Playstation in my flat. I'm only human.

The Events

Edinburgh 2013: The Events - David Greig's play drawn on Anders Breivik's Norway killings

David Greig caused a flurry earlier this year when it was reported that in between rehearsals for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End he had written a new play about Anders Breivik and the Utoya shootings.

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