Edinburgh Fringe Picks 2013: Acts on the up

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Five shows featuring acts that are going places...

Want to find good comedy this Edinburgh Fringe but don’t know where to start? We’ve taken ten cuts of the programme to help you find shows you will love.
They're not exhaustive, instead picking out the shows that caught our eye in given categories, but when your brain can't process another flyer we're pretty sure this is the best way to work out what to see.
A quick note that we have decided this year to stop separating out the Free Fringe acts and have mixed them in with our other selections. There are so many intriguing shows across both the paid and the free fringe that separating them seemed fairly arbitrary.

Jessie Cave and Jenny Bede: Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

Henry’s Cellar Bar, 1.10pm
What we say
Jessie Cave’s show last year, Bookworm, was well-considered and confident character comedy that showed she could - and does - do much more than rely on her Harry Potter origins; Jenny Bede has shot from shooting YouTube videos to producing increasingly courageous work on stage. This is the best double-header we’ve seen in the Fringe brochure this year. Here's the last we heard from Jenny, and from Jessie.
This act is in Secret Edinburgh, our guidebook to the city penned by 160 comedy acts. Order it here!
What they say
Jenny Bede (Best Newcomer, Musical Comedy Awards 2013) and Jessie Cave (Writer/Performer of last year's sell-out, 5-star Bookworm) each see what they can do in 30 minutes.
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One of us Might Be Famous

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 00:30am
What we say
Combo of three of any of the four acts. It’s a hefty load of awards the four are touting around, with serious Scot Fern Brady likely to be the biggest draw, as she’s on the next series of Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience. Tom Taylor is armed with a keyboard and some snappy songs, and Manraj Bahra brings his dour routines from the student comedy award set. Glenn Moore brings what will be much-needed energy to the group. (He is out of  Thunderbards, who also have their Edinburgh debut this year and will be very worth checking out - it’s sketch comedy that goes far beyond the fresh-out-of-uni vibe they first give the impression of being.) And check out our Incoming slots from all four acts that went up earlier today... 
What they say
Four comedians: Fern Brady (So You Think You’re Funny? and New Act of the Year finalist), Glenn Moore (Chortle Student Comedy Award runner-up and So You Think You’re Funny? finalist), Manraj Bahra (Chortle Student Comedy Award semi-finalist) and Tom Taylor (Harrogate Comedy Festival Comedian of the Year finalist). Three perform each night. Guaranteed audience of one as we pool our multiple awards and new act finals in an effort to get one of us on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.
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Fin Taylor: Cramp

Globe, 4.45pm
What we say
45 minutes from the assured stand-up. He’s got solid observational material, plus he can handle the crowd and is good at working with audiences - it’s not hard to imagine him becoming a very dependable MC or circuit favourite. Here’s the last we heard from Fin
What they say
A show about trying to seize life, rather than seize up. And Robot Wars. Warm-up for BBC2's Never Mind the Buzzocks and Glenn Wool tour support hits Edinburgh with a 40 minute free show. 'Original, distinctive and fresh' (Chortle.co.uk). @FinTaylorcomedy
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Tommy Holgate: Good Spirits

Heroes@Bob’s Bookshop, 8pm
What we say
Show concept winner of the year: Tommy tells the tales of how he stopped drinking after being asked to leave the office in his job at The Sun for being a mess when Rupert Murdoch was turning up. When you’ve had enough from comedians having Zach Braff-esque quarter-life crises and having little to talk about, this should be a useful antidote.
This act is in Secret Edinburgh, our guidebook to the city penned by 160 comedy acts. Order it here!
What they say
After 35 stitches, two brain scans and bouncing back from the dead, Tommy stopped drinking and started living. After founding and writing the comedy column in The Sun for three years, the physical comic is back where he belongs - on stage. Upbeat, chipper and wonderous, this show will spread joy in its purest form. Forget vodka and whisky - come and find out what good spirits really means. Warning: includes positive affirmations and optimism. 'Feel good show of the Fringe' (Rhys Darby). 'Charming. Obvious talent.' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Clever and funny' (Al Murray).
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Kieran Hodgson: Flood

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 5.40pm
What we say
Kieran of ______ & The Joes fame brings a new set of characters to life. He can chuck himself into character like no-one’s business - for proof of his acting chops, let’s just consider the fact that he’s got a part in the new Alan Partridge film, which is pretty amazing - so the big question is on whether the flood concept provides enough material to give him good characters to inhibit. We’re optimistic...
What they say
2012 brought the wettest summer in a century. 2013 brings a brand new character comedy show from rising star Kieran Hodgson (Radio 4's Fresh from the Fringe and Cabin Pressure, upcoming film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa). Writer on The Amazing World of Gumball for the Cartoon Network, Kieran returns to the Fringe with an array of hilarious and inventive comic creations, as the small Lincolnshire town of Gainsborough and its inhabitants struggle to survive the rising waters. 'Relentlessly hilarious' **** (Daily Telegraph). **** (Metro.co.uk). **** (FestMag.co.uk). 'Like a one-man Little Britain ... highly impressive' (LondonIsFunny.com).
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Jenny Bede
Jessie Cave
Kieran Hodgson
Fern Brady
Fin Taylor
Tommy Holgate
Glenn Moore
Tom Taylor
Manraj Bahra
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