This year there are 2,871 shows taking place at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. That's 24,107 artists in 273 venues... NOT EVEN including any of the fun things taking place at the Book, International, or Art festivals.
So how do you pick? Well really you should just go out and take a chance - open a festival programme at random and pick the show that jumps out to you from the page, wander down the Royal Mile and chat to performers and people flyering (as well as watching some ace street performers!), or ask the people sitting next to you in the pub what they'd recommend. Watching something TERRIBLE and finding amazing hidden gems is all part and parcel of the Edinburgh Festivals experience.
But if that sounds like too much hard work, then go and see one of these instead:
PHEW. Hopefully that helps! If you still feel a bit overwhelmed, then take a look at my guide on how to do the Edinburgh festival and have a cup of tea. It's going to be brilliant.