1. Nick Dixon
Christianity and Me (19-24 August) is Nick Dixon’s Edinburgh show about his personal faith journey. Writing for Premier Christianity’s blog, Dixon explained: “I found myself getting back into Christianity, and one day the idea hit me to do a comedy show about it. Comedians naturally talk about what’s happening in their lives, especially at the Edinburgh Festival, where semi-theatrical one-person shows about very personal events (usually traumatic, for some reason) have become the norm. I told my manager the idea, he said it was genius, and that was it, I was committed.”
2. Bec Hill
I’ll be Bec (20-25 August) has been billed as a comedy/sci-fi mash-up. The premise of the show is that Hill goes into the future so that we don’t have to. She comes back to answer all our questions: what are we wearing? Are robots in control? Are we on fire?
In a recent interview with Premier Christianity, Hill said: “It’s the most personal show I’ve done, in terms of the things that scare me and the things that bother me, because I try and distract myself from them a lot.”
3. Milton Jones
Milton Jones is open about his faith on social media but doesn’t tend to talk about it in his stand-up. At Edinburgh this year his show Milton Impossible (18 August) tells the story of how one man (Jones) became an international spy before being given a disappointing new identity that forced him to appear on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo. Punters can enjoy an hour of “just gloriously daft nonsense”.
4. Richard Wright
Richard Wright’s solo show – Richard Wright is just happy to be involved (20-25 August) – does what it say on the tin: it’s one man who, in the words of Robbie Williams, just wants to entertain you.
5. Tim Vine
Perhaps comedy’s best-known Christian, Tim Vine is a familiar face on the circuit. His stand-up consists primarily of a series of one-liners and puns, a skill recognised in 2010 when he won the funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe.
His 2019 show Tim Vine Presents: Plastic Elvis in Concert (7 August) sees him dressing up as Elvis and singing all the King’s big hits. “You’ll be dazzled by leg movements even Plastic isn’t expecting”.
In a hilarious interview with Premier Christianity Vine said his faith was important to him but that he’s suspicious of people “who appear to have all the answers…and jealous as well”.