August 1, 2012
7 unmissable queer comedy acts at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival starts on Friday 3 August. Amid the hundreds of excellent comedy acts we’ve picked out some gems you should definitely look out for – comedians and acts who are both hilarious and lesbilicious.
Mae MartinShe’s tiny, she’s chirpy, she reminisces about her dorky teenage self’s stalkerish obsession with the cool girl at camp. A delightful mix of oddball stories, parody songs and disarming Canadian charm.
Jen Brister takes no prisoners. Whether she’s impersonating her Spanish mum, racist Australian audiences or drunken Glaswegian men, Jen’s energy is infectious and her comedy timing is perfect.
Susan CalmanSusan Calman is making waves on the comedy scene. If you listen to Radio 4 you’ll know Susan as the funny Glaswegian on panel show The News Quiz, where she’s stealing Sandi Toksvig’s crown as the queen of tiny lesbian comedy.
Lashings of Ginger Beer TimeIf you only go to one queer feminist Victorian sex education burlesque show this summer, make it this one. Songs of sub-standard shagging and dancing in thigh-high fetish boots, all to the tune of 19th century musical theatre and 21st century gender politics.
Hilariously weird sketch comedy, as all the best sketch shows are. Surreal, high energy, occasionally a little bit gross.
Think you over-analyse your life? You haven’t heard Suzi Ruffell’s in-depth analysis of Lady Gaga’s lyrics. Refreshingly different humour from an intensely likeable comedian.
Two 1920s cabaret stars, Claud and Maud, give a whirlwind tour through the lesbians of history. This is history as told by Bill and Ted, if Bill and Ted were lesbians singing songs about Gertrude Stein’s giant poodle, ‘Basket’. Celebratory, feminist and more than a little silly.
Who did we miss? Tell us in the comments…
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