Anatomy of Dating

Anatomy of Dating

This is a disappointing show, billed online as storytelling comedy. What it is, is a person flicking through a PowerPoint presentation, occasionally making comments, but for the most part just reading off the slides... 

Robin Morgan: Free Man

Robin Morgan: Free Man

A very well-structured and well-performed show, delivered from a fantastic up-and-coming comedian. Here Robin Morgan shows that he is both a phenomenal comic and storyteller and that he is someone to expect many great things from in the future... 

Tom Allen: Indeed

Tom Allen: Indeed

Tom Allen presents a hilarious hour of standup comedy in his show Indeed. His jokes fly fast, and innuendos abound. His delivery is quick, and it is laced with witty banter. It seemed like he was dropping as many hilarious asides to the wings as he was jokes... 

NewsRevue 2016

NewsRevue 2016

Over the course of an hour, Canal Cafe Theatre manage to shape the politics of this year into an hour of songs and sketches that feel fun and fresh. If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately – or, realistically, if you have a pulse – you’ll probably know what NewsRevue is going to cover... 

Pss Pss

Pss Pss

This show is unlike much else at Fringe this year. Put on by the company Compagnia Baccalà, this show received huge acclaim when it was at the Fringe in 2014. Since then it has won 15 international prizes, and has toured all over Europe... 

Edinburgh - A Tale of Two Towns

Edinburgh - A Tale of Two Towns

This tour covers both the Old Town and the New Town, and includes a wide breadth of history about Edinburgh. I highly recommend it for people both old and new to the town. If you’re new, it will make this city feel like home, and you’ll get a better idea of what you want to get done while you’re here... 

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

In this play we’re granted a view into a future version of the world of Peanuts. In this world, Charlie Brown & Company are all teenagers, and they’re completely changed, yet totally recognizable, versions of their cartoon selves... 

The Magic Cave of Salamanca

The Magic Cave of Salamanca

This was a hugely disappointing hour of theatre. Overall, it was less a comedy of errors than it was merely an error in comedy. The production is described on the Fringe website as being “an exciting, lively and colourful production”... 

Sofie Hagen: Shimmer Shatter

Sofie Hagen: Shimmer Shatter

Last year Sofie Hagen won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. Now she’s here again, performing at the Free Fringe, with a brand new show that will knock your socks off... 

Rose Matafeo is Finally Dead

Rose Matafeo is Finally Dead

The initial conceit of this show is that we’re all present at the funeral for Rose Matafeo. This seems interesting enough, at the start, not to mention it’s probably one of the reasons a lot of people go to the show... 

Thanks But No Thanks

Thanks But No Thanks

Lesley Lightfoot has worked in theatres all over the United Kingdom, in productions both large and small. That depth of experience is evident in this one-woman show. In this performance, she recounts many of the experiences that she had working in those other theatres, playing a character who is a version of herself... 

Yaseen Kader: Smile

Yaseen Kader: Smile

This is a show about depression and dating, told by a smart young man trying to find happiness. Sometimes his set is hilarious. Sometimes it just feels a bit narcissistic. Of course, this is a storytelling comedian, and maybe long monologues about being in the throes of depression -- Yaseen telling his story -- are what one ought to expect... 

The Baffling Adventures of Question Mark Man

The Baffling Adventures of Question Mark Man

What if punctuation marks were superheroes? During this show, we follow Question Mark Man as he tries to rescue his love interest Becky from the evil Captain Conundrum. Be prepared for silliness galore... 

Mark Nelson: Smiley Face

Mark Nelson: Smiley Face

Mark Nelson is a down-to-earth guy. He’s your average every man, and in Smiley Face he delivers a great (albeit sometimes questionable) hour of standup. In his show -- much of which he performs with a beer in hand -- he talks about being a father, about being sad, and about the world... 

Lords of Strut: Late Night TV Talk Show

Lords of Strut: Late Night TV Talk Show

Lords of Strut is hands-down the most fun I’ve had at Fringe this year. From the very start of this sketch narrative show, straight through to the finish, Lords of Strut had me laughing my ass off in total awe... 

Jimmy McGhie: Apologia

Jimmy McGhie: Apologia

Jimmy McGhie is a sensational comic. His set is packed with fantastic material. He talks about Britain’s decision to leave the EU. He talks about his parents’ decision to leave each other... 

Cosmic Fear or The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia

Cosmic Fear or The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia

This is a bold and ambitious production, brought to life by three very talented young actors: Sam Ducane, Jack Gordon, and Jessica Sian. This play is an intense, schizophrenic experience... 

The Very Nice Improv Show

The Very Nice Improv Show

These guys are fantastic improvisers. The name of their group is Beard of Zeus (formerly ‘Southhampton Outtakes’), and unlike many improv groups performing at this year’s Fringe, they manage to distinguish themselves on sheer talent rather than ostentatious production... 

Rory O'Keeffe: Monoglot

Rory O'Keeffe: Monoglot

Monoglot is a show about linguistics and languages. It is a show that is thoughtful and self-aware. It is a show that is funny, and not particularly outrageous or crude. In other words, this is a show you could bring home to mum... 

Tony Cowards: Daft Pun

Tony Cowards: Daft Pun

The title says it all: this is a seriously ‘punny’ show. Tony Cowards is an excellent joke-writer, and in this show, over the course of 55 minutes, he lets loose a wild torrent of puns and cheeky one-liners... 

Kai Humphries: In Full Colour

Kai Humphries: In Full Colour

In this hour-long set, Kai Humphries manages to deliver some fantastically hard-hitting comedy – truly the stuff of (as he’d probably call himself) a ‘legend’. If you haven’t seen Kai before, know that his sense of humor is at once smart and savage... 

In The Mood: The Music of Glenn Miller

In The Mood: The Music of Glenn Miller

In this performance, three talented musicians play some of Glenn Miller’s greatest hits. They consist of Brian Kellock on piano, Colin Steele on trumpet, and John Rae on drums. They're great fun to listen to and watch perform... 

Scott Gibson: Life After Death

Scott Gibson: Life After Death

This is Scott Gibson’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut, and he is fantastic. In his show, Life After Death, Gibson displays a huge deal of promise and talent. You might be tempted afterward to call him the Scottish Louis – his style and humor (and, it must be said, his goatee) are very similar to that of the American comic Louis CK, and in some ways, even better... 

Improvabunga!

Improvabunga!

This show is put on by the Watch This Improv Troupe. They perform very fun narrative long-form improv comedy, with a number of different and inventive tweaks – ensuring a delightful experience every single night... 

The Oxford Revue: Hello You

The Oxford Revue: Hello You

This is a disappointing show, mainly because the Oxford Revue don’t have that many funny sketches to perform. Over the course of an hour, they spend too much of their time trying to be clever and ‘meta’, and too little time actually delivering funny jokes... 

The Rooster Rebellion

The Rooster Rebellion

This is a drama about a young woman who discovers that a former history teacher of hers has become homeless on the streets of London. She decides she’s going to run away from home in order to help him survive... 

Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary

Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary

Gary Delaney has been touring all over the UK for months. Now, at long last, he has arrived in Edinburgh, and he is well worth seeing. This is a show that is dumb but fun. It’s a show filled with groaning laughter and “oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-believe-I’m-laughing-at-this” gasps... 

The Improverts

The Improverts

The Improverts are a group of five students from the University of Edinburgh who bring hard-hitting, lightning-quick comedy to the stage. They are first-rate improvisers. You would be cheating yourself if you were to call them “mere University comedy... 

Screw Your Courage! (or The Bloody Crown!)

Screw Your Courage! (or The Bloody Crown!)

In this one-woman show, Klahr Thorsen takes her audience on a whirlwind journey that dips and glides – sometimes gracefully, sometimes not – between fiction and personal history... 

The Noise Next Door's Comedy Lock-In

The Noise Next Door's Comedy Lock-In

Do you like improv? Do you like standup? Hate having to choose between the two? Well, at The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-In, you don’t have to settle – you can see both! Yes, at this you’ll even get the chance to see both short-form and long-form improv comedy, as well as two standup sets performed by new and different special guests every night... 

Puddles Pity Party: Let's Go!

Puddles Pity Party: Let's Go!

It’s possible you’ve seen the likeness of ‘Big’ Mike Geier’s character Puddles before. Shaved head. Covered with white face paint. A little bent crown worn poutily to the side... 

A Funny Valentine

A Funny Valentine

This show tells the story of famous American jazz musician Chet Baker’s life and death, featuring storytelling by Mike Maran, and live music by Colin Steele and Fraser Urquhart.The story starts with two people up on stage...