Textual Healing PR Edinburgh Fringe roster 2022

Pictured in alphabetical order: Chelsea Birkby, Sasha Ellen, Hannah Fairweather, Alex Kealy, Will Mars, Simon Munnery, Sam Nicoresti, Pierre Novellie, Eric Rushton and Bilal Zafar.

Textual Healing PR has 10 acts going up this year, an exciting mix of brilliant newcomers, up-and-coming acts and veterans of various vintages.

Each act name below is linked to their website.

Downloadable PDFs of press releases also available, where completed.

Chelsea Birkby: No More Mr Nice Chelsea – DEBUT

Just the Spare Room @ 3.40pm

On the perks of having a breakdown in your early 20s. Chelsea has written on multiple seasons of Mock the Week. Laura Lexx is a big fan. Finalist in the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year in 2021.

Show keywords: 2003, The Noughties, sexual shame, shame, nice, nasty, how we’re seen, mental health, bipolar disorder [and questioning it], mania, depression, university, class, coming of age, MeToo.

Sasha Ellen: Creeps and Geeks

Underbelly – Daisy @ 4.15pm

On why women feel ‘sex scared’ and how that can change, nominated for Leicester Comedy Festival’s Best Show this year. Written for BBC Radio 4 Extra, shortlisted for BAFTA Rocliffe Award.

Press release here.

Show keywords: men are scary, ‘men be horny’excuse, creepiness, nerds, being on the same team.

Hannah Fairweather: Just a Normal Girl Who Enjoys Revenge – DEBUT

Just The Tonic at the Caves @ 2.25pm

Hannah ticks off those who have wronged her, Taylor Swift style. A Scot who spent her teens in Australia (and nearly became a pro golfer in the US) Hannah has ended up with her identity in limbo. Writer on Mock The Week and The Now Show. Joe Lycett and Eshaan Akbar are among her fans. 

Show keywords: revenge, rejection, identity, nationality, culture wars, cancel culture, identity politics, woke comedy, podcasts, sexism (in the workplace), religion, Christianity, university, Scottish, Scotland, Third Culture Kid, nomadic childhood, belonging, Taylor Swift, golf, break ups.

Alex Kealy: Winner Takes All

The Big Room at The Hive (Monkey Barrel) @ 4.15pm

Grappling with the tech billionaires and social media addiction. Acclaimed as a rising star of the British stand-up scene by The List, and praised by The Sunday Times.

Show keywords: tech, politics, advertising, surveillance, freedom, addiction.

Will Mars: My Life In One-Liners

Gilded Balloon @ Patter Hoose (Coorie) @ 2.20pm

One-liners meet bio show from the Malcolm Hardee winner who has enjoyed much success Stateside. A life in approx 300 gags! Press release here.

Show keywords: childhood, family, parents, siblings, dating, modern dating, being poor, class, relationships, having kids, ageing, body image.

Simon Munnery: Trials and Tribulations

The Stand @ 3.15pm

Twenty years ago, in Edinburgh, legendary comedian Simon Munnery was arrested for “being a German in a built-up area”. It wasn’t an early brush with ‘cancel culture’ but it did lead to a trial.

For the first time, British Comedy Award nominee, serial innovator and ‘Perennial fringe maverick’ (Guardian), Simon Munnery tells the tale of this trial, as well as his second court appearance last year, one that only came about after four years of a gruelling legal battle (or possibly an administrative backlog). Well, it worked for Lenny Bruce.

Sam Nicoresti: Wokeflake

Banshee Labyrinth, 6-28 Aug @ 8.55pm

A multimedia character take on identity politics and the alt-right, Sam won Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year in 2021. Sam solves the whole gender debate in under an hour.

Show keywords: woke/anti-woke, gender identity, queerness, freedom of speech in comedy.

Pierre Novellie: Why Can’t I Just Enjoy Things?

Monkey Barrel @ 6.10pm

Pierre explores his anhedonistic existence. Star of Mash Report, co-host of Bud Pod with Phil Wang, YouTube special currently going viral, rave reviews from The Times, Metro and Chortle, among others. Press release here.

Show keywords: being a miserable git, being introverted or anti-social, what sort of rewards make life worth living, excitement or lack of it.

Eric Rushton: I Had A Dream And You Were All In It – DEBUT

Just The Tonic at The Mash House @ 4pm

Winner of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2020 and previously SYTYF finalist in 2017, his show follows how the death of a father led to the birth of a joke about Chris Kamara.

Show keywords: death, life, love, Chris Kamara, Alan Curbishley.

Bilal Zafar: CARE

Underbelly: Jersey @ 5.30pm

About the year Bilal worked in a care home armed with only a media degree. Former Edinburgh Comedy Award newcomer nominee, now a Twitch sensation! Press release here.

Show keywords: care Homes, dementia, minimum wage, being underqualified, wealth, attitudes towards the elderly, scams.