VIEWERS of The Chase might recognise Paul Sinha as one of the Chasers aka the "Sinnerman" in the ITV game show.

York panto fans might recall him from the Grand Opera House where he played the villainous Abanazar in Aladdin last Christmas. The former GP-turned-comedian says his six weeks in York were among the best in his life – despite lukewarm reviews.

His one-night-stand at the Great Yorkshire Fringe was a sell-out as Sinha previewed the show he is taking to the Edinburgh Fringe. We were packed in like the proverbial sardines in The Shed, a new venue on St Sampson's Square. Sinha did well to keep track of his monologue despite a crying baby (the show was for 18+) and an influx of latecomers 15 minutes in.

Over the hour he tells us about coming out, breaking up with his ex and trying to find new love, with amusing detours around quiz nights, student parties and hospital visits. It's all told at break-neck speed, but might benefit from a few more changes of gear in terms of delivery.

Sinha says he is the "third most famous Asian gay man in the world" (after the Irish PM and the man dragged off the United Airlines flight).  Sophie Willan, by contrast, is the comedian known for being "northern, female and working class."

She mines those stereotypes with a cheeky energy that is more endearing than angsty before turning to a new label to debunk: that of prostitute. In what is another Edinburgh-bound show, she talks about what it was like to be an escort ("sometimes it was like going to bed with a raw chicken"). The revelation comes towards the end of the act, but you do sense it could be a show in itself.