The Comedy Club Reviews The World's Biggest Comedy Festival at Edinburgh Fringe 08

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As the leading authority in the world of stand-up comedy, The Comedy Club casts an eager eye over the Comedy Festival at Edinburgh Fringe 08; from the 31st July - 25th August. Tracking the hottest comedians expected this year to the funniest named shows, it's all here in The Comedy Club review. Not going to the festival? You'll find the UK's best stand-up comedians performing at Comedy Club venues nationwide so you needn't miss out. Visit our show listings.

Having a fun night out at one of the Comedy Club venues!

A month long comedy spectacle unparalleled in the entertainment industry, The Edinburgh Fringe attracts comedians from all over the world, boasting a huge programme of over 700 shows and bursting with stand-up talent.

As the UK's market leading comedy provider, "The Comedy Club will be in the thick of the Fringe searching for the stars of tomorrow so you can enjoy their talent today." Only the hottest new comedians and established headlining acts play The Comedy Club venues and with many more comedians tipped for stardom at this year's Fringe, all our 30+ venues nationwide will be packed with the biggest new acts come Autumn 08, supporting new comedy every step of the way.

Who? What? Where? Ay? Aaah!
The Edinburgh Fringe not only supports new comedians vying for their big break into TV, nor is it just for the comedy buff. Star studded shows at infamous venues including the Gilded Balloon, The Assembly and The Pleasance include Jimmy Carr's Joke Technician, Ed Byrne's Different Class and Omid Djalili's Live 2008 ensure the comedy shows remain accessible for 1st time visitors and packed with hidden comedy gems for the festival regulars.

Weird & Wonderful Shows
Amid the sea of visitors and comedy club fans, we will have our ears and elbows to the ground separating the wheat from the chaff, the worthy from the worthless and the sublime from the stupid. One thing is always guaranteed from comedians at the Fringe though and that is a raft of ridiculously named comedy shows and comedians with grand ideas. Our favourites include:

Rhod Gilbert: And the Award Winning Mince Pie
Alun Cochrane: Owner of a Shed. And a Son
Rob Deering: Boobs 2008
Lloyd Langford: Not a Lover, Not a Fighter

Record Attendances
Comedy Club insiders are predicting attendance figures over the milestone 1 million visitor mark which is fantastic news for the future of the event. Based on these figures it is anticipated way in excess of 1.5million tickets will be sold for individual stand up comedy shows at the Fringe, and you can't mock and joke about those figures!

Edinburgh Awards -- if.comedy
Highly coveted amongst comedians, an if.comedy (previously Perrier Awards) award or nomination can be a big step in a comedian's career. Epitomising this, previous winners include Lee Evans, Jenny Éclair and Al Murray who have all gone on to celebrate huge success with National Tours, TV shows and international recognition.

We know the 'big 4' comedians and shows to watch at this year's Fringe but place your bets in the office and we'll see who nails it on the head. Visit The Comedy Club for continuous updates on the comedy Fringe throughout August, keeping you in the loop with all the inside information and latest comedian gossip.

The Comedy Club Ltd -- More than just Stand-Up Shows and Comedian Hire
Whilst in the last year alone our Comedy Club venues have played host to both 2007's If.comedy award winner Brendon Burns and if.comedy nominee Zoe Lyons, we aren't just about the comedians! If you fancy having a laugh, at The Comedy Club you can win free tickets to your favourite Comedy Club venues, watch clips of the UK's top stand up comedians and sign up for free Comedy Club membership too!

Can't make it up to Edinburgh for the Fringe? The Comedy Club's venues are running shows nationwide in August so you can enjoy shows from the UK's top comedians without the travelling. Visit Comedy Club Comedian listings.

If you are travelling to Edinburgh Comedy Festival, have a great time but remember this valuable tip: Many misguided visitors believe cycling is a great way to see a huge variety of shows around Edinburgh, BEWARE! Edinburgh is a very hilly city and scattered in bicycle graveyards...this is no coincidence.

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