★ ★ ★ ★
This year, Tessa Coates, part of sketch group Massive Dad is going it alone with her first solo Edinburgh hour.
In a room far smaller than she deserves, Tessa performs a show which for a debut is outstanding. She's comfortable in front of an audience, she knows how to deliver a joke and she does a great impression of her Anthropology Professor... probably. I mean, I've never met her.
Tessa is intellectual and her comedy is clever but she doesn't allow that to alienate her audience. Her style of comedy is endearing, relatable and at times fascinating.