Baddiel and Burnham head to the Fringe

Hundreds more shows go on sale

David Baddiel is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe for his first full solo show for 15 years – as Bo Burnham also makes a festival comeback.

Baddiel will be performing his show Fame: Not The Musical, which he has been working on in London’s Soho Theatre, for the first two weeks of the festival in the George Square Theatre. The same slot for the second half of the run will be taken by Lee Nelson.

Baddiel last appeared at the Fringe in 2000 with Unplanned, where he and Frank Skinner improvised an hour – a format that later became a TV show.

Meanwhile Burnham, who won the Edinburgh Comedy Award panel prize in 2010 is returning for ten nights in the 700-seat Pleasance Grand. His new show, What, comes on the back of his first comedy series, Zach Stone is Gonna be Famous, for MTV.  

These were just some of the shows announced today, as hundreds of shows went on sale in advance of the official programme release date of May 30.

Other highlights include Twitter king Rob Delaney, who us coming to the Fringe for two nights at the Underbelly in Bristo Square.

Last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Doctor Brown is performing an experimental all-day show on August 13. Bexperiments comprises eight consecutive 50 minute shows. Each will start from the best material generated in the previous one, so it gradually gets honed in for the final show at 7pm.

Al Murray, Adam Buxton, Russell Kane, Reginald D Hunter, Trevor Noah, Paul Merton, Showstoppers and Jenny Eclair are also among the newly-announced names returning to the festival.

Meanwhile, Friday Night Dinner star Tom Rosenthal might have shot himself in the foot with the name of his show, which is the Bulgarian word for thank-you, but since it is in the Cyrillic script, both the Fringe and the Pleasance website have rendered it as a series of question marks.

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Published: 9 May 2013

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