LGBTQ+ comedians that are worth seeing this year

By James Macfarlane

In today’s society, it seems opinion of comedy is divided. It’s either viewed as a welcome distraction to much of the toxic environment that we find ourselves in, or something that offends us. This August, there are some fantastic comedians from the LGBTQ+ community offering some great sets. They represent this concept of divided opinion – controversial, yet undeniably brilliant.

Andrew Doyle – ‘Exodus’ – (Venue 33, Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance Above, 10:30pm)

Quick witted, sharp tongued and a very close acquaintance of Twitter’s love her/hate her icon Titania McGrath, Andrew Doyle truly provides some of the most cutting satire at the Fringe this year. Co-creator and co-writer of the internet sensation Jonathan Pie, he is never one to shy away from a little controversy. Doyle has a limited run of shows this year – one week only. An act definitely not to be missed!

Catherine Bohart – ‘Lemon’ – (Venue 33, Pleasance Courtyard, Upstairs, 6pm)

Catherine Bohart makes no attempt to hide that she is irritated about certain aspects of life during her hour long show. In fact, at the beginning of ‘Lemon’, she reveals that the whole show was created as a response to a piece of criticism unfairly leveled at her. Star of BBC’s ‘The Mash Report’ and ‘The Guilty Feminist’ podcast, Irish-born Bohart’s show delves into the world of relationships with men and women, sexuality and the difficulties of dating another stand-up comedian, in a show that that is equally as poignant as it is funny.

Amelia Bayler – ‘Emotional Bangers’ (Venue 452, Mirth Meltdown @ 52 Canoes, The Den, 12:30pm)

Queen of gesticulations, Queen of the millennial aesthetic, Queen of the emotional gut punch, Amelia Bayler’s star is truly on the rise. Recently featured on BBC Scotland’s “The Comedy Underground”, Bayler seamlessly weaves eccentric songs with some ‘did-she-just-say-that?” moments to leave the audience with more than just a few quirky bops stuck in their heads.


Craig Hill – ‘Bottoms Up!’ – (Pleasance at EICC, Lomond Theatre, 7:20pm)

The veteran festival performer returns for his 21st year at the Fringe. A constant Fringe sell-out, Craig Hill is a master of his craft and is a natural born story-teller, with a few innuendos thrown in too. Sassy, outrageous and a delight to watch.

By James Macfarlane

5 Shows We Are Hyped to See This Fringe!

With only a few days to go until the fringe kicks off, we have pulled together a selection of shows we are hyped to see. From the big returns to brand spanking new, these are all top picks from the ScotsGay team.

Frisky and Mannish’s Pop Lab 

Celebrating 10 years at the Fringe, the critically acclaimed cabaret duo are back with their wildy popular brand of musical entertainment. Officially qualified Pop Phd’s Frisky and Manish use their new show to conduct scientific analyses of the molecular intersections between every pop song ever. For the first time, you are invited into their Pop Lab to peek down the microscope at all their latest research projects.

Assembly George Sq, Spiegeltent – 7pm

Sam Morrison: Hello Daddy! 

The Florida-born US stand-up’s debut show shows Sam as a master at finding hilarity in the awkward adventures of being a closeted gay man…who wants to have sex with your dad…!

Just The Tonic, Marlins Wynd – 5.25pm

Catherine Bohart : Lemon 

Following last year’s powerhouse debut, Irish rising star Catherine Bohart brings her sophomore show, ‘Lemon’ exploring sex, sexuality and relationships with Catherine utilising her unique perspective and razor-sharp comic mind to dismantle stereotypes and again stake her claim as one of the hottest properties on the UK and Irish stand-up circuit.

Pleasance Courtyard, Upstairs – 6pm

Milo McCabe as Troy Hawke in ‘Tiles of the Unexpected’  

Straight from a sellout run in Perth, the 1930’s matinee idol comedic investigator Troy Hawke dedicates his time to uncovering everyday dangers and conspiracies that other people seem to take for granted. The new show chronicles Troy’s continuing investigations into dangers that lurk all around us, focusing on (and proving through scrabble maths) a link between IKEA and the CIA’s infamous Mind Control Project MK Ultra and their ultimate plans to have Kanye West elected as a puppet president.

Underbelly Bristo Sq, Dexter Room – 5.30pm

Cirque Berserk! 

The UK’s biggest and best theatre-circus spectacular Cirque Berserk! returns to the Festival following its smash hit sell-out Fringe debut in 2018.  This hour-long show features the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, bringing this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action. This astoundingly talented international troupe includes over 30 acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen.

EICC, 6.30pm also matinees at 1.30pm (6th-25th)




By – Our Editor – Taylor Crockett

🐦 = Taylorccrockett

On a flying visit to London to see some previews before the madness of Edinburgh Fringe Kicks in, It was only right I caught up with one of my favourite acts from last year, the very beautiful and recently married Holly Morgan, and her stud of a new hubby Tom for a quick interview.

Oh my lovely Holly, so good to see you again, Marriage has given you such a glow, so tell me. what have you been up to since last August?

Hello darling! Well, we’ve been working on a TV project which has been a lot of fun. We can’t say too much about it, but hopefully, there’ll be some very exciting news on that soon. Are you familiar with ‘Crime Watch?’

Witches, go on, spill, what’s the lowdown on this year’s theme.

I’ve always been obsessed with witches. Witches are the ultimate divas: they’re sexy, terrifying, hate children and generally live alone so they can control the interior decor. Straight men have always demonised fabulous women and, when they could get away with it, they burned them. This show is us thumbing through the pages of the patriarchy’s Burn Book. And sticking two middle fingers up at the fuckers.

Your shows are there to highlight an important issue, how we see woman, do you consider yourself a role model for woman?

I’ve made some very questionable decisions in my time, so I guess I’m not your typical role model. But I do think it’s important to speak out about things that bother you, make your voice heard, cause a scene. Because what’s the worst that can happen? They can’t burn us at the stake anymore. Not without incurring some serious red tape.

How do you make it work? Taking a challenging issue and making it camp, hilarious and full of song? 

I was brought up surrounded by very camp people – my parents’ mates were all theatrical, my godfather was the stage manager at ‘Miss Saigon’ so I learned really early to “read” by listening to the sass he’d clap back to the chorus when they came in late for their call. I think looking at the world through a camp lens is the only way to deal with the current global shit show.

You got married this year (congratulations ❤️). how is married life? 

Well, nothing sticks it to the patriarchy like marrying a straight, white man! It’s wonderful thanks darling – we’re skint AF but it was worth it We got married in Italy just after the Fringe last year. We were so knackered, so when I saw a unicorn wandering around our Studio 54 themed after-party I thought I was tripping. It was just our mate James Rowland in a mask. And I was tripping.

Who comes up with the content? You or Tom? Are you both pretty much on the safe wavelength 

We write our tv stuff together. With the live shows I’ll generally have written a draft and then Tom and our director Lisa will make it make sense. But we are very much on the same wave length – Tom is a feminist and not just because he’s trying to get laid.

You both ensure there’s a message to your art, putting light on inequality, misogyny the likes. are you both so passionate in real life?

I’d like to think so. The tools we have are creative ones and it’s our small way of contributing – alliance is so important. We are obviously nauseatingly straight but our director Lisa is a gay woman and it was very important for us to have a non-heteronormative viewpoint to the show.  With the exception of Tom, it’s an exclusively female production team as well.

Why should people come to see the show? 

I do a Liza Minnelli impression at the end – surely that’s worth the price of admission? Aside from that, I don’t think there’s anyone else doing quite what we’re doing – mixing feminist stand up, musical impressions and providing niche historical info about how people used to believe witches had collections of living, amputated dicks which they kept in birds’ nests and fed on porridge.

Where, When? 

The Billiard Room, Gilded Balloon, Teviott, 10pm, every night except 12th.

Was so lovely to catch up and get all the fringe gossip, and won’t be long till we are getting ridiculously drunk in the Gilded Ballon Loft Bar! Cant wait to see the show


Taylor Crockett

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