Before the Fringe - Edinburgh previews at The Roundhouse, featuring Richard Herring, Rita Rudner, Rich Fulcher and more

Posted: 13th June 2011

Held at the Roundhouse in Camden, 'Before the Fringe' is a week-long series of comedy double bills offering a sneak preview of some of the acts who'll be making the headlines at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

'Before the Fringe' runs at the Roundhouse from 24th to 30th June. Tickets are available now, priced at £10 (£8 concessions).

The following acts will be trying out their Edinburgh routines in Camden:

Tony Law / The Beta Males [24th June]
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The show 'Go Mr Tony Go!' asks: Is Tony Law a way of doing comedy? A stand-uppy, sketchy, improv-ey, arty comedy show 'for people who are already funny'.

Critically acclaimed sketch troupe The Beta Males welcome you aboard their latest comedy thrill-ride, 'The Train Job', which hurtles through a world of hard-boiled cops, gentlemen thieves and a disgraced former Secretary of State for Transport. This train calls at suspense, conspiracy and Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

Richard Herring / Joel Dommett [25th June]
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'What Is Love Anyway?' Does anybody love anybody anyway? So asked Howard Jones in 1983. Finally someone (Richard Herring) dares to answer. Does Richard's dry-cleaner genuinely love him? And how could a romantic gesture involving Ferrero Rochers get dangerously out of control?

Following the sold out success of Dommett and Lampaert in 2010, Joel Dommett returns with his highly anticipated debut solo show, 'Neon Hero'. We've all fallen in love with a famous movie star. Joel is no exception. However, what happens when that movie star invites you to share their birthday amongst the neon lights of Las Vegas?

Jason Cook / Pete Firman [26th June]
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After smash hits, awards and five-star reviews for the last four years, Jason Cook embarks on an adventure for the ultimate prize in 'The Search for Happiness'. Known through festivals worldwide for his uplifting stand-up, this show will put a smile on your face and a fuzzy feeling in your belly.

After sell-out Edinburgh shows in 2007/08/09/10, comedic conjuror Pete Firman returns with his 'Jiggery Pokery' show and 'the best magic tricks in the Universe' (Independent). Expect amazing feats that defy logic and a fast and furious delivery of gags.

Keith Farnan / Elis James [27th June]
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In his show 'Money, Money, Money', Irish comedian Keith Farnan looks at our obsession with money and Ireland's fiscal meltdown, and comes up with a cunning plan to repay £85,000,000,000,000 to Europe, which may include hoodwinking Abba fans into paying money to see a show that's not about Abba.

A chance encounter with a celebrity, an accident at a wedding and the good old-fashioned drunkenness of others make Elis James' 'Do You Remember the First Time?' a show to remember. An hour of hilarious, freewheeling storytelling from one of Welsh comedy's rising stars.

Rita Rudner / Steve Hall [28th June]
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Acclaimed US stand-up and actress Rita Rudner is bringing her one-woman show to the UK from Las Vegas, where she has sold more than one million tickets since her residency began in 2001. She's looking forward to returning to the UK to see all her friends here, 'especially the ones who owe me money'.

We Are Klang man and Russell Howard tour support, Steve Hall presents his show 'Very Still Life'. Hall's CV boasts 'Adecco Alfred Marks Borehamwood Branch June 1997, Temp of the Month nominee' and GQ's observation that he's 'The most intelligent stand-up you've never heard of'.8

Andy Zaltzman / James Acaster [29th June]
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The disenfranchised masses of the world have risen up against oppression, teamed up with technology, and fought for freedom. 'Armchair Revolutionary' Andy Zaltzman taps his coffee table in approval, and wonders if he'd have the balls to do likewise.

After a fantastic year touring the UK supporting Milton Jones and Josie Long, James Acaster taking his exciting debut show, 'Amongst Other Things', to Edinburgh. James often makes good/very good first impressions on other people's parents - he believes this bodes well for his show and wants you to know that. Expect gangly limbs, fond memories and references to Weetabix.

Rich Fulcher / Sarah Pascoe [30th June]
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Rich Fulcher Rich Fulcher, from The Mighty Boosh and Snuff Box, demonstrates how to stick it to The Man with his show, 'Tiny Acts of Rebellion'. In this day and age, it's very difficult to topple dictators or even smoke a parking meter. But through a series of videos, audience experiments and petrified yogurt cups, Rich shows us how we can fight the madness simply by being ourselves.
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'Sara Pascoe vs the Apocalypse': The Armageddon is imminent and Sara plans to survive. How will she breed? Create pornography? Kill zombies? An arresting stand-up show about the end of the world as we know it. The hotly anticipated follow up to 2010's sell-out Edinburgh show.

Stewart Darkin