AJ Bell’s Fringe on Friday: In Support of The Edinburgh Fringe: Online: 2020
Rachel Fairburn: Maniac (work in progress): Camden Fringe: 2Northdown, London, 2021
London Comedy Allstars: Underbelly Festival, Spiegeltent, Cavendish Square, London, 2022
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2022 

In August 2020, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe should have been taking place for three and half weeks.  Because of the Coronavirus epidemic, the Fringe was cancelled for the first time in its seventy-three-year history and the creative arts industry, including comedians, suffered badly as a result.  Undeterred, the EdFringe website featured several projects to provide support for Fringe acts and to keep the spirit of the Fringe alive.  One such project throughout August was Fringe on Friday – an online show featuring Fringe acts and sponsored by innovative investment platforms and stockbroker, AJ Bell.  An act of the online Fringe on Friday show that I watched was Manchester-based comedian Rachel Fairburn.  Her routine included being single, friendships, her broad Northern accent, and serial killers.

In August 2021, I watched her perform the new material live at 2Northdown in London for the Camden Fringe preparing for her tour Maniac and then again as a guest for London Comedy Allstars at the Underbelly Festival in Cavendish Square, London and her debut for Always Be Comedy both in June 2022.  Everytime, she was immensely likeable, extremely confident, and hysterically funny.

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