Five Edinburgh Fringe shows coming to the Glasgow International Comedy Festival

A chance to catch up on some of last year's best acts

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Five Edinburgh Fringe shows coming to the Glasgow Comedy Festival

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe comes around just once a year, much to the relief of thousands of exhausted performers and embattled venue staff. But if you missed seeing a great show in August there's often a chance to catch up at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, which conveniently enough opens on Thursday.

We've rounded up five of the best returning shows, including Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee Larry Dean.

Jena Friedman: American C*nt ●●●●
'Friedman’s main focus is on how hard it is to be a "woman in a woman's body", especially if you happen to be over 60. In a typically skilful move, she brings it all back home by tying that issue into the next presidential campaign. You might not like what Jena Friedman says or the way she says it, but her voice deserves to be heard.'
Saint Luke's, Sat 19 Mar, 8.30pm, £13

Bridget Christie: A Book for Her ●●●●
'By now, you might well know the Christie modus operandi: impassioned pleas for social justice bumping up against surreal musings (17th century muskets and contemporary kitchen taps get, you'd presume, their first airings at this year's Fringe) while exaggerated character decapitations (Andy Burnham, Rachel Dolezal, Jeremy Clarkson, Eddie Izzard and Nigel Farage are all uniquely dismantled here in superbly original ways) help to make her broader points. All are present and correct here in another devastatingly funny and vital hour.'
Citizens Theatre, Mon 14 Mar, 8pm, £15 (£13)

Fern Brady: People are Idiots ●●●●
'Bemused to find she'd been voted 99th in The List’s Hot 100 run-down of Scotland's top cultural contributors in 2013, confused at being labelled "working class" ("we had three tagines in my house growing up"), and stumped on how to make friends with girls without resorting to flirting, Brady's emo-ennui is brilliantly on point. Just as her savvy, lethargic seething recently scored her a BBC pilot sitcom (Radges), this show should give a lot more power to her arm. Unless, of course, people really are idiots.'
Blackfriars Basement, Thu 24 Mar, 8.30pm, £9 (£7)

Andrew Maxwell: Yo Contraire ●●●●
'He moves through the hour effortlessly, dropping in some modern man observations on feminism and a common sense take on Greek debt. Even when Maxwell takes on potentially hack topics like weed, he still wheels out an original gag. Maxwell's a Fringe banker, delivering comedy with an edge no matter how cheery he gets.'
Garage, Tue 15 Mar, 7.30pm, £14 (£12)

Larry Dean: Out Now! ●●●
'Dean's routine works best when it teases at the fissures between his religious and familial roots, as well as his sexuality. Though it flounders during a section about his sexual experiences with women, he can exploit the ambiguity of being gay but not camp and demonstrating the importance of addressing culturally ingrained homophobia.'
Yesbar, Fri 18 Mar, 7.15pm, £10 (£8)

Glasgow International Comedy Festival runs 12–29 March at various venues.

Larry Dean: Out Now

  • 3 stars

Sharp wit and storytelling from the award-winning Glaswegian stand-up.

Bridget Christie: A Book For Her

  • 4 stars

Bridget Christie presents a new book whose title is based on her show about that infamous Bic marketing campaign.

Fern Brady: People Are Idiots

  • 4 stars

Fern's here to let you know that most people aren't that smart, so you better lower your expectations. You'll recognise her from the telly – think 8 out of 10 Cats, Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience and Radges.

Andrew Maxwell: Yo Contraire

Social commentary and political observations.

Jena Friedman: American C*nt

  • 4 stars

Dark, acerbic American stand-up from Jena Friedman.

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