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Hosted by award winning comedian Sian Davies (“Compelling and distinctive” The Scotsman) and featuring the very best comics, who just so happen to be from working class backgrounds.
Best in Class was founded in 2018 by Sian Davies, who was fed up with class, money and social status being used as a barrier to performing. The project works with a squad of working class comedians and enables them to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe. The comics work tirelessly in the run up to the festival to crowdfund the costs involved. Crucially, none of the acts pay to participate and they all receive payment for the work they do.
Best In Class has been a runaway success at the Edinburgh Fringe. Audiences flock to see the show, queueing early for a seat and selling it out daily. There is a real buzz around this group of comics bringing something different to the table at the world’s biggest arts festival, which is often dominated by middle class voices.
Best In Class alumni have gone on to achieve fantastic successes within their comedy careers. Graduates of the project have had nominations for Best Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Fringe Awards, created shows for BBC Radio 4, signed for agents, gained TV work, created sell out shows and had critically acclaimed work.
Line-up for 24 Oct: Micah Hall, Tamsyn Kelly, John Meagher, with Sian Davies hosting.
WINNER: Panel Prize at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2022