THE Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world and as a comedian it can be a right of passage as well as a springboard into TV and radio work and/or gout. 

Working within an industry that fetishises London in a way that would make Dick Whittington cringe, it can also be a way for acts from across the country to be seen.

For performers living or making work in "the regions” (that’s shy Tory for “somewhere we sneer at when we have to go to a wedding there”) the Fringe can be the only way for them to be seen or even noticed. It’s coincidentally prohibitively expensive but that’s an article for another day…

So, I thought I’d knock up a non-exhaustive list of Welsh acts who are up here for the month peddling their wares.

Morgan Rees: Bi and Large 

Morgan Rees’s charm on stage knows no bounds. He’s warm and smiley with a gag rate that comes at you like a (delightful) machine gun. It’s been amazing to see Morgan develop from a straight up gag writer into a skilled storyteller and everything I’ve heard about his first hour has been glowing. 

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/morgan-rees-bi-and-large

Tadiwa Muhlinge: The Pleasance Reserve

Tadiwa has been gathering pace as a prodigious act and landing a highly sought after spot on The Pleasance Reserve showcase has cemented his star in the making status. His sharp jokes and broad range of subject material shows a sharp and curious mind and his work ethic is unparalleled. 

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy-reserve

Cerys Bradley: Sportsperson

Cerys has a beautiful, whimsical mind with a expertely honed delivery that is the perfect vehicle for some of the best gags I’ve heard in years. Cerys is incisive and vital as they use their comic skills to talk about neurodivergency and gender in a way other comics can only dream of. They are endlessly creative, always making art, having a zine up at this year's fringe and creating a show that is as important as it is hilarious. 

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/cerys-bradley-sportsperson

Robin Morgan: Snip, snip bitch (WIP)

Robin has been writing jokes for acts on tv and radio for years and the last two years have seen a heartening transition as he’s the one actually saying them now. A regular on Mock the Week, Robin manages to apply an inherent silliness and light touch to every subject he approaches, a killer skill.

His fringe shows have gathered a massive following as he’s known for immaculate storytelling and routines that manage to throw out jokes every few seconds. Although he’s working up a new hour here, I already know it will be slicker and funnier than most of the shows that have run for the whole month.

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/robin-morgan-snip-snip-bitch-work-in-progress 

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Esyllt Sears: Absolutely Not

Esyllt manages to magic her warmth off stage - instant best friend material - on stage, no mean feat. It’s worth acknowledging she’s a passionate and well loved backbone of the Welsh comedy scene, curating and supporting Welsh language gigs and supporting new acts with aplomb. Her writing has a lyrical nature that feels uniquely Welsh, as do the more surreal moments in her show. We just make brains differently over here and I love it. 

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/esyllt-sears-absolutely-not

Lloyd Langford: DILF

Lloyds had a busy few years, most of us just bought a (still unused) hula hoop and put on two stone over the lockdown but fair play to Lloyd he moved to live in Australia and had a kid. Overachiever. Our gigs and tv shows have sorely missed Lloyd’s sardonic presence but our loss is their gain as he’s basically turned into the most successful Welsh export in Australia (it was never going to be wool, was it). 

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/lloyd-langford-dilf

The National Wales: Pictured, clockwise, are: Robin Morgan, Morgan Rees, Tudur Owen and Lloyd Langford.Pictured, clockwise, are: Robin Morgan, Morgan Rees, Tudur Owen and Lloyd Langford.

Tudur Owen: Alive Huw

Tudur and I hail from the same island, Ynys Mon, and it’s gutting to know you’re the second best comedian on an island with a population of 65 thousand.

A darling of the circuit and King of Welsh language media, Tudur is at his best in front of a live audience. He’s managed to bang out a run of acclaimed Radio 4 specials that have allowed us to see how skilled he is when working a narrative.

His latest show, Alive Huw, is a culmination of all that work as he weaves a tale that could only be from Wales and in trademark style celebrates and mines comedy from the niche in a way that’s enviably accessible.

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/tudur-owen-alive-huw

Also, I’m up here for the month doing my show Home Truths, a show all about moving back to Wales and reconciling with my identity. Oh and there’s a healthy dose of me trying to examine colonialism in there too, if that’s your bag? 

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/kiri-pritchard-mclean-home-truths

In short, go and support Welsh talent. Not just because they’re Welsh, but because the list of people above are heavy hitters at a global festival. As usual, Wales might be small but our talent is mighty and we’re shaping the future of comedy in our borders and around the world. 

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