Chris Turner's tutors at Oxford were never convinced he was really committed to Archaeology & Anthropology. They're perceptive these Archaeology types, given Turner was secretly busy fitting his studies in around the more time-consuming matter of launching a stand-up career.

Though fortunately for him archaeologists are also pretty patient. Something he put the test. Turner takes up the story... Click here to read the column.
Four past winners of the ThreeWeeks Editors' Awards have provided their own tips for shows to see from this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

The ThreeWeeks Editors' Awards are presented at the end of each Festival by, well, the ThreeWeeks editors, strangely. There are no categories or shortlists. They go to the ten shows, performers or projects that the ThreeWeeks editorial team think made that year's Festival particularly special.

Needless to say, shows from any former Editors' Award winners are always recommended by ThreeWeeks. But this year four of those former winners – Sarah-Louise Young (2010 winner), Richard Tyrone Jones (2012 winner), Daniel Cainer (2013 winner) and Tamzin Fitzgerald from 2faced Dance (2013 winners) – have taken time out to tip some other people and companies from within the genres they are best known for.

These guest tips accompany ThreeWeeks Co-Editor's Caro Moses's annual 3 To See show recommendations, and appear in the preview edition of ThreeWeeks, which is out now, and will be landing on door mats across Edinburgh over the next few days, and will be available for pick-up at most Fringe venues once the Festival cranks into motion on Wednesday.

Read Sarah-Louise's cabaret tips here, Richard's tips for spoken word here, Daniel's tips for music here, and Tamzin's dance recommendations here. And click here for all of the ThreeWeeks show tips so far.
Welcome to the Edinburgh Festival of comedy and joy. And now here's ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses with three comedy shows about misery and death. Though some of the dying is metaphorical, if that helps. Enjoy.

Andrew Lawrence: Reasons to Kill Yourself
As you'll know, because you can read, Andrew Lawrence's show this year is cheerfully entitled 'Reasons To Kill Yourself' and though this probably isn't really the sort of title to make you think mirthful thoughts, you have to remember that this is Andrew Lawrence we're talking about. A now seasoned veteran of the Fringe and comedy in general, with regular TV and Radio appearances under his belt, misanthropy and bitterness is kind of his thing. If he wants to talk about his disappointing life and how crappy the world is, he will. And, of course, it will be funny.
The Assembly Rooms, from 31 Jul until 24 Aug. Tickets here

Comedy Death: Comics Talking About Their Worst Gigs
I honestly don't know whether this will be funny or just horribly painful, but it's a show in which a range of comedians tell you about their most agonisingly soul-destroying moments as perfomers. There's a reason why we talk about dying on stage, of course. It's because it is utterly, utterly terrible when you go down like a lead balloon. Yet, come, come; this isn't people actually dying on stage, it's people talking about dying on stage. It might be informative for you, possibly even entertaining. And it might be cathartic for them. To live through that horror all over again. Maybe.
Cowgatehead, from 2 Aug until 24 Aug. Tickets here

The Walking Dead
ThreeWeeks knows this show about zombies is good because we actually saw it last year – yes, it's a re-run, but it's one that's definitely worth seeing, and that's a fact pretty much proven by sell out runs at the Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. "It is hard not to be engrossed by this natural and well seasoned comedian" said our reviewer. "He is incredibly comfortable and hilariously informal on stage. Even those who think they have no interest in fantasy or zombies should attend". Amen to that.
The Liquid Room, from 1 Aug until 24 Aug. Tickets here.
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