ALSO's comedy programming features the very smart and the quite silly - often both at once.

Robin Ince is in the field exploring consciousness and comedy in his wondrous, unique way and the superbly sardonic Natalie Haynes presents her retelling of the Trojan Wars - prepare for 'Troy Story.'
 
Friday night sees the multi-talented Phill Jupitus, star of BBC2’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks take to the main stage as Porky The Poet, the poet who toured with Billy Bragg, The Housemartins and Style Council.
 
French showman and raconteur, Marcel Lucont returns for another midnight serving of his hit monthly show Cabaret Fantastique, fresh from Soho’s art deco cabaret den, Zédel, but performed in a tent with hay bales for chairs. He'll be introducing master absurdist and Edinburgh Fringe favourite, John-Luke Roberts, multi-award winning character comedian and his live ALSO band.
 
Joanna Neary will perform her new intergalactic show “Wife On Earth” and on the Sunday, we can't wait for her and Ben Moor's hilarious show: “BookTalkBookTalkBook,” featuring “two of Britain’s most published, though least read, novelists.”
 
Don't miss Edinburgh Fringe preview shows from Simon Caine and Steve Vertigo, both examining the foibles of the modern world in different ways and for those who enjoy getting to the heart of comedy, and fascinating sessions from academic Dr. Sophie Quirk on why stand-up matters and feted comedy scriptwriters Joel Morris and Jason Hazely (Cunk on Britain, Charlie Brooker's End of Year Wipe, Lady Bird Books for Grown-ups) on the art of comedy writing.
 
And last, but certainly not least, is the man who’s been writing this précis and now has the awkward task of doing so in the third person. Alexis Dubus will be discovering your inner idiot, co-running clowning workshops for adults and children over the weekend and also giving a talk on his favourite cult band, Half Man Half Biscuit.