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Rising stars of 2014 – stage

Sunday 5th January 2014

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Aisling Bea, comedian: 'I'll probably find myself in rehab by March'

When Aisling Bea's first Edinburgh show was nominated for the best newcomer award last year, the only person surprised was Bea herself. The previous year she'd won the So You Think You're Funny competition after less than a year doing standup, only the second woman to take the title in the prize's 25-year history (previous winners include Peter Kay, Lee Mack and Dylan Moran). Her first solo show, C'est La Bea, a riotous mix of physical comedy, anecdotes and subtle satire, was one of the most accomplished debuts I've seen at Edinburgh in recent years; the run sold out in two days...

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