Beta Test

Beta Test

This show will be hilarious and moving and energetic and tearjerking and heartwarming and most of all: made up completely on the spot! We are an improv group from Stanford University in California!  

Woman Up Comedy Improv

Woman Up Comedy Improv

One of Scotland's all-woman comedy improv troupes! 

Carmen: A Gender-Flipped Film Noir Fantasy

Carmen: A Gender-Flipped Film Noir Fantasy

Sultry and cool, Carmen is a gender-swapped film noir fantasy. Step into a world of drama, tension, sex and intrigue, where the struggle between good and evil is real and personal. Tough female detectives, baddies and a sultry homme fatale flirt, steal and kill in this stylish and intoxicating piece... 

Here Be Improv

Here Be Improv

Join the (dis)Order of Improvised Comedy in their quest to wondrous realms of hilarity. Interactive and dynamic, this family-friendly show brings a new medieval fantasy to life on a (k)nightly basis! The goodly knights and damsels in our audience are invited to shout out scene suggestions, which our bold, brave, and dashingly witty improvisers enact entirely off the cuff... 

Tony Slattery's Crimes Against Improv

Tony Slattery's Crimes Against Improv

Whose Line is it Anyway? star and inaugural Perrier Comedy Awards winner Tony Slattery returns to where his comedic heart truly lies; with his brand-new, headlining, all-star improvisation show... 

Villain: DeBlanks

Villain: DeBlanks

Come laugh your (body part)_____ off! A Time Out NY Critics’ Pick written by Billy Mitchell, Villain: DeBlanks is the uproarious improvisational comedy where the cast says words you put in their mouths... 

Improvable and the Chapter of Secrets

Improvable and the Chapter of Secrets

Improvable and the Chapter of Secrets is an improvised magical story in the style of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named-For-Copyright-Reasons. Come with us as we play an entirely new chapter of wizarding history, with new heroes and villains... 

Richard Plays Richard Rogers

Richard Plays Richard Rogers

Celebrated pianist, composer and broadcaster Richard Michael BEM pays homage to the song-writing talents of another Richard in a programme of his best known tunes – song-writing genius Richard Rodgers... 

The MMORPG Show – Scruffy Looking Nerd Herder

The MMORPG Show – Scruffy Looking Nerd Herder

The multi award-winning MMORPG Show returns with more improvised, role-play comedy adventures. Each show sees three volunteers adopt characters in a narrative of the audience's making and embarking on an epic quest... 

Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere

Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere

Comedy legend Tony Slattery reveals all in conversation with comedy-historian Robert Ross. After playing to packed houses last year, with a return to his greatest triumph Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Tony Slattery is back with a no-holds-barred reflection on his life and work... 

There Will Be Cake

There Will Be Cake

An all-star improv show from award-winning improvisers Marcus Brigstocke (Live at the Apollo, BBC Two), Rachel Parris (The Mash Report, BBC Two), Pippa Evans (Tonight at the Palladium, ITV) and Paul Foxcroft (Cariad and Paul)... 

Link and Lorne: Terrestrial Is the Bestrial

Link and Lorne: Terrestrial Is the Bestrial

Link and Lorne live and breathe television. Joe Hullait (Link) is the creator of Scot Squad. Ewan Denny (Lorne) is the editor of daytime TV's biggest killers. Before the BBC Short Stuff stars take the final step to global superstardom, they're taking to the stage to spill industry secrets and brainstorm new ideas for a live audience... 

Austentatious

Austentatious

After sell-out national tours, a West End run and BBC Radio 4 special, Austentatious returns to the Fringe for its seventh glorious year! Every single day an all-star cast (including Cariad Lloyd, Andrew Hunter Murray, Rachel Parris and more) improvise a brand-new Jane Austen novel based entirely on a single suggestion from the audience... 

Unexpected Inheritance

Unexpected Inheritance

What do you wish someone would leave you in a will? This hilarious improvised romp takes you on one character’s journey of unexpected bequeathments – whether beneficial or devastating – and every twist and turn is up to you! Uncle Mac left you his Lamborghini? Hooray! But now Granny said in her will you need to drive Mittens to the seaside every day? Not the leather Mittens! Performed by two improvisational titans from Australia coming straight from performing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival!  

Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones

Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones

Love Game of Thrones, but wish you could have a say in what happens next? Think Lord of the Rings is just a bit predictable? Enter the London-based comedy improv group, Hivemind, with their new genre-twisting show, Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones... 

Playlight Robbery

Playlight Robbery

Wish you could see all the shows at the Fringe? Now you can – almost. Comedy quintet Hivemind are stealing the show. Every show. All you need to do bring us any show's flyer and using nothing but the show title, and whatever other information we can find, we'll stage a faultless reproduction... 

Here Be Improv

Here Be Improv

Join the (dis)Order of Improvised Comedy in their quest to wondrous realms of hilarity. Interactive and dynamic, this family-friendly show brings a new medieval fantasy to life on a (k)nightly basis! The goodly knights and damsels in our audience are invited to shout out scene suggestions, which our bold, brave, and dashingly witty improvisers enact entirely off the cuff... 

Bark and B

Bark and B

Bark is a tree. B is a naked cotton lady. They know nothing about the stage. Now they’ll have to perform a whole show to inherit the old theatre left to them. With the help of their Techfishian they try to keep the curtains up with a cabaret of improv, shadow puppet flashbacks and ukulele rap... 

The Understudies

The Understudies

The Understudies is a completely improvised comedy musical that enjoyed a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. Based entirely on audience suggestions, this long-form improv is a whirlwind of comical choreography and vocal prowess concerning the most mundane of objects and outlandish activities... 

Bendy House Improv

Bendy House Improv

Bendy House – an improv duo. Taking just one word as inspiration from the audience at the beginning of the show, Bendy House will create scenes, characters and sketches in front of your eyes... 

The Improvised Panto!

The Improvised Panto!

The panto that you control! Very Serious People use your suggestions to improvise a brand-new musical pantomime every single night. Whether you'd like to see a political panto or a film star fairy tale, this is a raucous night of fun and fantasy you'll never forget... 

Improvised Improv

Improvised Improv

Australia's best improvisers are here! After great seasons at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, Melbourne International Comedy and Adelaide Fringe festivals, Changing Jennifers are excited to bring you an hour of wall-to-wall laughs with their heart-stopping and hilarious improv extravaganza! Changing Jennifers perform wild and obscure stories straight from the performers' twisted minds... 

The Bureau of Untold Stories

The Bureau of Untold Stories

In the minds of people just like you are tales of significant importance, waiting to be discovered. The inspired inspectors who uncover these fables are members of an elite unit known as The Bureau Of Untold Stories... 

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton and his highly acclaimed Impro Chums are wonders of nature. They take audience suggestions and create cascades of fantastic tumbling laughter. The Impro Chums are Paul Merton, Suki Webster, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson and Mike McShane... 

The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack is Sydney’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated Steen Raskopoulos (Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia, BBC’s Top Coppers) and Carlo Ritchie (The Checkout) accompanied by Ange Lavoipierre on the cello... 

Get Silly With Willy – The Cannelloni Experience

Get Silly With Willy – The Cannelloni Experience

Come get silly with Willy Cannelloni and his many alter egos, as they take you on a mind-bending visionquest – an evening of trance-inducing stories, songs, raps and monologues based on your suggestions. 

The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room

An improvised comedy where a one-word audience suggestion inspires rapidly unfolding scenes. Somehow the players draw a story out of the chaos. Captivating cul-de-sac or part of the main plot? The truth is nobody knows how it will end until the final cut... 

Improv Cage Match

Improv Cage Match

Improv Cage Match pits two improv teams against each other, with the audience declaring the winner. Previous teams include Baby Wants Candy and The Free Association. Who will be declared the Fringe’s best improv team? You decide! Improv Cage Match gives you a taste of the best improv comedy the Fringe has to offer... 

Men With Coconuts: Improvised Bond

Men With Coconuts: Improvised Bond

One of the UK's leading improv troupes, the award-winning Men With Coconuts, return with their fully improvised Bond film! Expect villains, gadgets, femme fatales and sobering reflections on masculinity – all improvised live onstage! Praise for Men With Coconuts: 'One of the best improv shows I've seen... 

Wildly Unprepared

Wildly Unprepared

'How these guys keep up the hilarious ad-lib I don't know but they do and they do it wonderfully.' (Zoe Hunter). An hour of quick and fun improv games that use audience suggestions to create the entire show! 

An Imp-Revised History of the World

An Imp-Revised History of the World

Ever wondered what might happen if Queen Victoria met Genghis Khan? In this totally improvised comedy, the audience choose which chapters of history they want to see rewritten. After two years of full-house performances at the Fringe, Edinburgh's own Smoky Monkeys are back again demonstrating that everything you thought you knew about history is in fact completely wrong... 

The Committee: Improvised Comedy

The Committee: Improvised Comedy

London's hottest improv group bring their hilarious comedy back to the Fringe. All of it made up on the spot by performers as seen on BBC One, Channel 4 and BBC Radio 4. One of the Times' Top Improv Shows to See at Edinburgh Fringe 2017... 

Criminal

Criminal

Welcome to Criminal, an anarchic improv night in which four comedians have an hour to solve a grisly murder. With a different line-up every night, one detective and three suspects will investigate a mysterious case armed only with the power of improvisation... 

The Trevor Lock Experience

The Trevor Lock Experience

New and improved for 2018! If you think you've seen it before, look again. Is it stand-up, improv, performance art or a situationist prank? It certainly is joyful and hilarious. 'A masterclass in comedy performance... 

Bristol Improv Presents Story Slam

Bristol Improv Presents Story Slam

It’s Story Slam time! Bristol Improv’s brand new show uses your ideas and experiences as the basis for its improvised stories. Share your anecdotes and watch as 'some of the sharpest young minds on the improvised comedy circuit' (AYoungerTheatre... 

Men With Coconuts

Men With Coconuts

One of the UK's leading improv troupes, the award-winning Men With Coconuts are back! An hour of improvised comedy sketches and songs, culminating in a showstopping finale – an entirely improvised musical... 

The Eve Complex

The Eve Complex

Why do women go to the toilet in pairs? They time travel! Join Lolie and Lou on their intergalactic comedy adventures. Collide with famous historical faces and festival acts of the future... 

Questing Time

Questing Time

London's best comedy Dungeons & Dragons show is rolling into Edinburgh to ask the funniest people on the Fringe if they have what it takes to be heroes. Then, regardless of their answer, we make them play Dungeons & Dragons... 

BattleActs! Improvised Comedy

BattleActs! Improvised Comedy

As heard on BBC Radio 1! Winners: VAULT Festival People's Choice Award. BattleActs! is an award-winning, multi five-star comedy show that has performed to rave reviews around the country... 

The Shambles

The Shambles

The Shambles, University of York\'s improvised comedy troupe, are back at the Fringe! Bringing you hilarious scenes, songs and games based entirely on your audience suggestions – no two shows can ever be the same! Prepare for a raucous night of comedy as The Shambles turn whatever you shout at them into a high-energy performance of concentrated silliness right there on the spot. 

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Fringe sensations Racing Minds are back after five sell-out years! A doddery grandfather can't quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help a mystery stuffed with hilarious characters, whip-smart wit and breathtaking twists will take hasty shape before your very eyes... 

Three's Company, Where's Our Crowd? An Improvised Show

Three's Company, Where's Our Crowd? An Improvised Show

Three wise men followed a star to Edinburgh to bring you frankincense, myrrh and comedy gold. Back for their third year, Beard of Zeus is bringing the funny in three different sizes with their brand-spanking new improv show... 

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

The hilarious improvised Doctor Who parody returns! Featuring a live radiophonic workshop and a crew of hysterical performers, join us for an entirely new adventure every day based entirely on your suggestions... 

Warwick Improv Presents: Anything You Want

Warwick Improv Presents: Anything You Want

Six actors. One hour. No script. Join Warwick Improv as we create a completely improvised stage play, based on Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, and all spiralling from one audience suggestion... 

Bark and B

Bark and B

Bark is a tree. B is a naked cotton lady. They know nothing about the stage. Now they’ll have to perform a whole show to inherit the old theatre left to them. With the help of their Techfishian they try to keep the curtains up with a cabaret of improv, shadow puppet flashbacks and ukulele rap... 

Shhh – An Improvised Silent Movie

Shhh – An Improvised Silent Movie

A completely improvised silent movie accompanied by live ragtime piano music, inspired by the films and ambience of the 1920s. Every day, six actors and a piano player will create a new play on the spot, inspired by the masterpieces of Chaplin, Lloyd and many other silent stars... 

Stu and Garry's Fringe Improv Show

Stu and Garry's Fringe Improv Show

Our long-running improvised comedy show will have you in stitches. Marvel as resident duo Stu and Garry weave comedy magic from your suggestions. It's a sure-fire way to start your Fringe day. 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Edinburgh’s own improv comedy theatre company returns for more five-star improv comedy fun! Five-time Edinburgh Fringe sell-out (2013-17). Taking inspiration from audience suggestions, watch this talented cast of top Scottish and international improvisation performers create comedy characters, stories, sketches, music, songs and more before your very eyes; never seen before, never to be seen again... 

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

Join the greatest comedians from across the globe as they blur the line between arte-fact and arte-fiction in a wholly improvised set, prompted by genuine artefacts housed in the National Museum of Scotland! This unrehearsed and unrestrained show-and-tell might not be historically, or even culturally, accurate but it's guaranteed to be utterly entertaining... 

Hate 'n' Live

Hate 'n' Live

The smash-hit show returns for a fifth year, with top TV comedians – aka the Gladi-Haters – improvising rants on topics suggested by the audience. Anarchic and surreal, this show has the audience on the edge of their seat as the comedians try to walk the line... 

Improvabunga!

Improvabunga!

Improvabunga is the totally improvised movie-adventure-extravaganza. See two of your favourite film genres smashed together in a 50-minute long improvised romp, described as 'one of the best improvisation pieces in Edinburgh' **** (EdFringeReview... 

And Another Thing! An Improvised Show

And Another Thing! An Improvised Show

What’s the one thing you’ve always wished you told somebody? What was the perfect phrase for that moment that just passed you by? Never seen before, never to be seen again. Watch in amazement as your regret is transformed into a fantastically funny improvised play that's different every night! Expect love and loss, heartbreak and hilarity, a cavalcade of characters and spinning subplots all made up entirely for you on the night! What are you waiting for? Come see what you missed out on... 

The Emancipation of Resonance

The Emancipation of Resonance

Aurigami (Malcolm Ball – ondes martenot/hand percussion, Kate Cuzner – flutes/live electronics). The Emancipation of Resonance. Synchronicity flies between two highly accomplished multi-instrumentalists, folding sound into fascinating shapes and textures using acoustic, analogue and digital sources... 

Freestyle Comedy: Improvised Stand-Up

Freestyle Comedy: Improvised Stand-Up

It's stand-up, but not as you know it. No rules, no backup, no script, no set-list, just pure comedy. International double act Rick Molland and Sully O’Sullivan deliver a unique hour of improvised stand-up comedy every single show... 

Improv Mania

Improv Mania

Have you ever laughed so hard you felt like your abs got a workout? Do you enjoy improvisation games? Then, come see Spontaneous Combustion Chicago perform Improv Mania, the interactive, improvisational experience... 

Jinrou TLPT

Jinrou TLPT

This is the improvised play where you can infer with the actors, attracting more than 50,000 spectators in Japan. Werewolf – it's such an abominable existence. At night with the full moon, it pretends to be someone who it had eaten by the mysterious charm of the moonlight, and preys on families or friends every night... 

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth are St Andrews’ first, best and only improvised comedy troupe. Back for their seventh consecutive year at the Fringe with their particular brand of witty eccentricity, this isn’t any old improv, ‘this is improvisation at its best’ (BroadwayBaby... 

Plenty of Linguine at Home

Plenty of Linguine at Home

Albie and Amelia have been told by an unorthodox relationship counsellor to perform a two-man show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe despite a break-up laden with animosity. The audience is taken on a hilarious journey about how to make something creative work when there is trouble in a relationship... 

Famous First Words

Famous First Words

The devilishly addictive live music experience is back! Join TV presenters and best friends Tim and Gendle for their high-paced game that gives you a show and a party rolled into one! The game is simple – step up and sing along to the first line of a famous song and win over our panel of guest judges... 

The Improverts

The Improverts

The Fringe’s longest running improvised comedy troupe enters into its 29th year at the Fringe! Returning for another year of fast-paced, high-energy and consistently enjoyable comedy based entirely on audience suggestions... 

Stranger Things Have Happened

Stranger Things Have Happened

Some people plan their murders meticulously. They formulate their plan step by step, spend months drawing up schematics and finally fulfil their goals with the precision of a true professional... 

John Robertson: The Dark Room

John Robertson: The Dark Room

You awake to find yourself in The Dark Room! You (the audience) must choose an option – will you A) Find the light switch? B) Cry for help? C) Go north? Come and play a live-action, text-based adventure game! It's a choose your own adventure – so choose it! After 4 million YouTube hits, 10 crowd-surfs, four death threats and sell-out shows worldwide, cult hit The Dark Room returns to Edinburgh for its seventh consecutive run! Winner: ThreeWeeks Editors' Award Best Comedy Award... 

Stand-Up Showdown: Improv Apocalypse!

Stand-Up Showdown: Improv Apocalypse!

Teams of improvisers take on stand-ups on stage, and you get to choose who is funnier. Loser dies. Even better? The show is free. 

Steen Raskopoulos: Stay

Steen Raskopoulos: Stay

The electrifying new show from the gifted character comedian and improviser. Nominated for both the prestigious Barry Award and Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer, Steen's live shows are a 'triple threat of performance, material and charisma... 

Show Up

Show Up

The critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe 2017 improvised solo comedy about your crazy life returns! From the New York City comic who brought you the Edinburgh Fringe hit Desperately Seeking the Exit... 

Jack and Claire / Free Festival

Jack and Claire / Free Festival

An American-Scottish duo performs wild long-form improv developed at the renowned iO Theater in Chicago! Jack and Claire is Chicago-based improv comedy duo Claire McFadden and Jack Morning-Newton... 

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

No script Sherlock! Stars of Racing Minds and Impromptu Shakespeare take you on a thrilling new adventure each day through the underworld of Victorian Britain, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London's great detective... 

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz is the all-ages, all-action, all-improvised competitive comedy show you don’t want to miss! Two teams compete for your laughs with gags, games, sketches and songs inspired by audience suggestions... 

Chris Betts vs the Audience

Chris Betts vs the Audience

The cult hit returns! Comedian and contrarian Chris Betts will argue the opposite of anything. The topics are chosen by the audience so every show is completely new and different. 'Drolly original sense of reasoning' (Scotsman)... 

The Museum of Tat Roadshow

The Museum of Tat Roadshow

Welcome to the Roadshow – it's just like your favourite antiques-based telly programme off the telly, just not on the telly, and devoted to Tat. Your Tat. Do you own a hideous piece of Tat that is not only hideous but also annoying (and hideous)? If the answer is yes then bring your Tat along to the Tat Roadshow and we'll value it for you live! Our experts will not only value your Tat, but also classify it, demonstrate the best ways to destroy it, and give you certification that you own genuine Tat! 

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz is the all-ages, all-action, all-improvised competitive comedy show you don’t want to miss! Two teams compete for your laughs with gags, games, sketches and songs inspired by audience suggestions... 

Board Game Smackdown

Board Game Smackdown

Hosted by award-winning comedian and UK board game champion James Cook, the funniest Fringe performers play classic and new board games live on stage in this comedy panel show based on board/card/party games... 

The Puppets' Orchestra and the Children's Ball

The Puppets' Orchestra and the Children's Ball

The magic world of puppets. We open the show with a tale and introduce some of our characters, and the second part of the show is interactive: all participants are encouraged to animate the puppets and play musical instruments. 

Russell Hicks: Love Song for the Viciously Ambitious

Russell Hicks: Love Song for the Viciously Ambitious

Russell Hicks returns with another free-form explosion that he deems 'necessary medicine' for any artist who is trying too hard to make it. Relax my children, for we have been here along... 

Comedy Boxing: New Challengers

Comedy Boxing: New Challengers

Comedy Boxing triumphantly returns to Edinburgh now with different competitors each show! Comedians will compete over four hilarious rounds of stand-up, improvisation, heckling and boxing... 

Joke Thieves

Joke Thieves

Comedy set swapping live! The cult hit show where comedians perform their own jokes, then each others'. Chortle Award winner – Best Club Show London. Top five comedy shows of the year (List)... 

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

'For anyone genuinely interested in comedy and comedians, this is the must-see show of the festival' ***** (Scotsman). Fast, furious, reliably brilliant, different every night! Literally as they walk onstage, in full view of the audience, comedians are flashed a never-before-seen "set list" of topics and must instantly create a spontaneous and original new stand-up set, right then and there... 

California Backstage

California Backstage

Long-form improv comedy all the way from California. Watch improvisers build worlds and play characters that have never been seen before and never will be seen again. See the world through the lense of Californian sunshine and laugh along to a show that changes every night! 

Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film

Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film

For a fourth killer year, Alexander Fox and Dom O'Keefe are back with a bang! Armed with your suggestions, they weave together a brand-new film in the style of Britain's favourite spy... 

Neal Portenza's Final Edinburgh Show Will Be a Bad Magic Show on a Bus. BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Netflix and Amazon Prime Are All Welcome

Neal Portenza's Final Edinburgh Show Will Be a Bad Magic Show on a Bus. BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Netflix and Amazon Prime Are All Welcome

'Brilliant' ***** (Sydney Morning Herald). Show is pretty much what it says on the box. Come see this cult idiot's goodbye tour. The bus is stationary during the show. Winner: People's Champion, Amused Moose Comedy Award, Edinburgh Fringe 2016... 

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Amazing tales, elegantly told. Top award-winning comedians and improvisers tell extravagant stories, all based on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. There will be swords, duels, elephants, castles built of cheese and all of it completely and irrefutably true! Discover how the Baron invented morris dancing, how his actions saved the Isle of Skye from sinking beneath the waves, why every fourth child in Bruges is named after him and other fantastically delightful stories... 

Ella Jean

Ella Jean

Ella Jean is no stranger to fear. 23 years old and 4200 miles from home, she's using the Fringe to cross off the last few fears on her list. She moved to London at 18 to improvise songs to audiences... 

Don Quixote

Don Quixote

A story of a man who wants to make the world a better place. And fails greatly. After last year's success with four and five-star reviews, Patchwork Theatre brings you this classic tale through a raw combination of storytelling, music and improvisation... 

Tessa Waters: Fully Sik

Tessa Waters: Fully Sik

Turbo-charged physical comedy kween Tessa Waters packs a non-stop rollercoaster ride of LOLs into one high-octane hour of sketch and improv. Heaps of fun and all audience interaction is consensual (hooray!)... 

James Hancox: Sports for the Unsporty

James Hancox: Sports for the Unsporty

Do you have the heart of an athlete, but the skills of a toddler? Then this is the show for you! James Hancox is rubbish at sports. As a response he's invented his own, and plans to unveil them to the world... 

Sketch Thieves

Sketch Thieves

Comedy sketch swapping live! The cult hit show where sketch groups perform their own sketches, then each others'. Chortle Award winner – Best Club Show London. Top 5 comedy shows of the year (List)... 

Impromptu Shakespeare

Impromptu Shakespeare

Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything in-between, Impromptu Shakespeare brings you an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play inspired by audience suggestions to delight Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike... 

Russell Hicks: A Fist Full of Ideas

Russell Hicks: A Fist Full of Ideas

Russell Hicks attempts to hone a work that is forever in progress by walking on stage with – literally – a fist full of ideas.  

Dragprov Revue

Dragprov Revue

Christian Adore and Eaton Messe are a drag double act who tell the story of their fiery relationship through dazzling songs, sketches and raps based on audience suggestions. RuPaul meets Whose Line Is It Anyway, serving you wit as sharp as their contour, jinks as high as their brows and memories that will stick with you longer than last night’s glitter... 

Abandoman (AKA Rob Broderick) – Pirate Radio

Abandoman (AKA Rob Broderick) – Pirate Radio

Ireland's finest hip hop musical comedian, is back in the Cow with his biggest show yet. Using his trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, Rob will take you on a magical journey, transforming the audience's likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales... 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

The Edinburgh must-see, Olivier Award-winning (Best Entertainment and Family Show 2016) West End hit returns for its 11th consecutive year! A brand-new musical comedy is created from scratch at every performance of this multi award-winning show... 

The Noise Next Door's Really, Really, Good Afternoon Show (At Sea!)

The Noise Next Door's Really, Really, Good Afternoon Show (At Sea!)

The 10-time sell-out comedy sensation returns to Edinburgh with an epic new show for just about everyone. As seen on ITV’s Tonight at the London Palladium. 'Hilarious' (Telegraph)... 

Spontaneous Potter

Spontaneous Potter

An entirely improvised Harry Potter play, based on a suggestion of a fan fiction title. With live musical accompaniment! Brought to you by the comedy improvisers behind the critically acclaimed and award-winning Spontaneous Sherlock... 

Nina Conti

Nina Conti

Following the sell-out success of In Your Face and its two West End runs, three UK tours and three sell-out Edinburgh seasons, British Comedy Award winner and BAFTA-nominated Live At the Apollo star Nina Conti is back with a brand-new show... 

Bumper Blyton

Bumper Blyton

The picnic hamper's packed full of parody, ready for a riotous improvised spoof in the style of Enid Blyton. Come delight in lashings of ginger beer, grab a cheeky tongue sandwich or wrap your lips round a nice spotted dick! Each show is unique in this spontaneous adventure... 

The Noise Next Door's Comedy Lock-In!

The Noise Next Door's Comedy Lock-In!

The 10-time sell-out sensation returns to Edinburgh with a jaw-dropping, side-splitting evening of finely-tuned anarchy, featuring a cavalcade of incredible special guests and some once-in-a-lifetime comedy curiosities... 

Chris Turner: We're Where We Were

Chris Turner: We're Where We Were

Los Angeles hasn't changed Chris – he's a Manchester lad, born and gluten-free bread. Tricksy wordplay, niche references, and jaw-dropping freestyle raps from an award-winning 'virtuoso' (Guardian)... 

Notflix

Notflix

Five-star, total sell-out show Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and 2017 and Vaults 2017. Notflix returns to the Fringe, this time to the Debating Hall, and is bigger and bolder than ever before... 

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

No one knows who the killer is, not even the cast! The improvised comedy murder mystery is back! Following a sold out Edinburgh 2017 run, CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation returns to Edinburgh creating a 100% brand-new whodunnit every show to solve an outlandish murder invented by the audience... 

The Free Association: Jacuzii

The Free Association: Jacuzii

The Free Association – London's leading improv comedy theatre and school – returns with their smash-hit show Jacuzii. Every night, a special guest comedian will share stories and anecdotes from their lives, inspiring an all-star team of improvisers to create a completely spontaneous and hilarious show... 

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical

Ready to take the Edinburgh Fringe by storm for the fifth year running, hit show The Improv Musical returns! Guaranteed to leave you roaring with laughter, this Fringe favourite is packed full of hilarity, musical mayhem and excitement... 

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

Total sell-out 2015, 2016 and 2017! One of the best-known, longest-running and most celebrated improv shows in the world. 'Entertainment phenomenon!' ***** (Scotsman). Critics' Pick (New York Times)... 

Dan Attfield: Futureproof

Dan Attfield: Futureproof

The first human to live to a thousand years old has allegedly already been born. Musical comedian Dan Attfield (Abandoman, Amusical, The RH Experience) is determined to make sure it's him... 

The Cambridge Impronauts: A Series of Improvable Events

The Cambridge Impronauts: A Series of Improvable Events

If you are reading this then I implore you to stop now and read no further. For if you are in chipper mood, or even just mildly content, I fear there would be nothing more dampening to your happy life than to see this show... 

Murder She Didn't Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

Murder She Didn't Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

A classic murder mystery is created on the spot from audience suggestions in this ingenious show from Fringe favourites, Degrees of Error. Ms Violet in the parlour with the flamethrower? Dr Gold in Debenhams with the canon? Will you guess whodunnit? And for your Sunday night entertainment, don’t forget our late-night shows with a twist! 'Everything a Fringe comedy should be: original, professional and very, very funny' **** (EdFringeReview... 

Murray Hill: About to Break

Murray Hill: About to Break

A rip-roaring Edinburgh debut from a showbiz icon who lives to perform, and performs to live. He'll regale details of his chronic middle-aged crisis, numerous comebacks, and why he's Heartbreak Hill... 

The Puppets' Orchestra and the Children's Ball

The Puppets' Orchestra and the Children's Ball

The magic world of puppets. We open the show with a tale and introduce some of our characters, and the second part of the show is interactive: all participants are encouraged to animate the puppets and play musical instruments. 

Show Up, Kids!

Show Up, Kids!

If the main attraction doesn’t show up, the kids still want to see a comedy show! So Pete’s gonna make one up and have the kids (and adults) help write, direct, and design it. What could possibly go wrong? From the creator of the critically acclaimed improvised comedy, Show Up, comes a fresh, fun, interactive twist on the traditional kids show... 

Nina Conti: In Therapy

Nina Conti: In Therapy

Nina Conti’s In Therapy is a hysterical and intelligent piece of improvised comedy that plays with the idea of what would happen if we actually said our uncensored thoughts out loud... 

Steen Raskopoulos – The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess

Steen Raskopoulos – The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess

Steen Raskopoulos makes no effort to be cool on stage. This is a wise decision in a show heavily based on audience interaction, as he repeatedly makes the crowd feel comfortable interacting with him in the multiple sketches that require their help... 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv is on the whole a light-hearted and enjoyable experience without a bad bone in its body. The show’s four performers are likeable, confident and slick with their improvisation, and their audience interaction does a good job of getting the house excited... 

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

I remember when Doctor Who was a practically forgotten, long cancelled show that was only the domain of nerds (like me). I’ve also not forgotten the excitement of the return of the show to Saturday night TV and how happy my nerdy friends and I were to see children playing with toy Daleks and so it still gives me a thrill to see families lining up to see an un-ironic, celebration of this 50-year-old sci-fi serial... 

Notflix

Notflix

In a Fringe riddled with long-form improvisation – especially musicals – this is one of the stand-outs. An all female cast creates an entirely improvised musical based on an audience member’s film suggestion... 

The Noise Next Door: 10

The Noise Next Door: 10

Noise Next Door are supremely proficient improvisers, and know how to create an evening show which will please a rowdy audience. For those audience members with a large beer in their hands, this show was a winner... 

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Ventriloquist extraordinaire Nina Conti is back with her famous masks, ready to use you as her puppet. Managing to remain delightfully witty whilst also extracting uncontrollable belly-laughs, In Your Face is a surefire crowd-pleaser... 

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

Once again, Set List: Stand Up Without a Net returns to the Fringe at Gilded Balloon Teviot, just as loud and energetic as in previous years and with just as much potential for catastrophe... 

Murder, She Didn't Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

Murder, She Didn't Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

A murder has been committed. But the detective can’t remember who died, who is the murderer or where it happened. That’s where the audience comes in. Murder, She Didn’t Write by Degrees Of Error has an excellent concept... 

Dante's History of the Banished

Dante's History of the Banished

Dante’s History of the Banished is framed around the conceit that Dante Alighieri, legendary poet who penned the Divine Comedy, is writing a new book about the titular ‘banished’, knowing something about the experience himself... 

The Free Association: Jacuzzi

The Free Association: Jacuzzi

Jacuzzi may have been a random title for the Free Association to use for their improvised comedy show, but this hour is indeed relaxed, warm, and bubbly. And much like the aforementioned baths, it's a late-night activity made more enjoyable by the presence of alcohol... 

Folie à Deux

Folie à Deux

Folie à Deux returns! Two of the stars of Fringe smash-hit Austentatious, Andrew Hunter Murray (No Such Thing As A Fish, No Such Thing As The News) and Charlotte Gittins (Grand Theft Impro) present an hour of smart, stupid, hilarious, high-wire improvised comedy based on a single word... 

The Writers' Room

The Writers' Room

Degrees Of Error, best known for Murder, She Didn't Write, present to you their latest creation. Welcome to The Writers' Room, a basement littered with ideas where some of the greatest creative minds available have assembled... 

Artificial Intelligence Improvisation

Artificial Intelligence Improvisation

Albert is a lovable nerd who dreams of the big stage. Mylez is an outgoing hacker with a dark sense of humour. Lonely, but resourceful, they have built themselves a friend called A... 

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Shellshock! Improv Live!

In their ninth Fringe run, Shellshock! bring you Shellshock! Improv Live!, a cheery mix of improvised sketches, stories and games. Every single scene you'll see will be made up on the spot based on your suggestions... 

The MMORPG Show – No Rolls Bard

The MMORPG Show – No Rolls Bard

I have never played Dungeons and Dragons. I never thought I would want to. But after seeing The MMORPG Show - No Rolls Bard I am genuinely considering taking it up as a hobby.The creator of Knightmare Live, Paul Flannery, brings us a ridiculous improvised comedy featuring tabletop gaming and quite a substantial amount of audience participation... 

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

A pure and exhilarating romp of a good time. Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical (try saying that after a few beers) offers improv, musicals and so, so much more... 

Joe's NYC Bar

Joe's NYC Bar

Immersive Joe’s NYC Bar returns to Edinburgh Festival Fringe with two shows a day at Assembly Underground. The audience arrives at the venue and begin to queue outside for the experience of being transported to Brooklyn dive bar Joe’s... 

Whose Line is It Anyway? – Live at the Fringe

Whose Line is It Anyway? – Live at the Fringe

Improv comedy at the Fringe? It’s practically become a punchline in itself but the art of making it up on the spot is big business in Edinburgh in August. There are 96 shows in the 2017 Fringe programme that list themselves as including improvisation but they’re all in trouble because, this year the Daddy of improv has landed at the Assembly Rooms... 

Notflix

Notflix

Five-star, total sell-out show, 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and Vaults Festival, 2017. Funny Women and Laughing Horse New Act of the Year semi-finalist. Sunday Times, Marie Claire and Elle Magazine pick of the Edinburgh Fringe, 2016... 

John Robertson: The Dark Room

John Robertson: The Dark Room

There are many different kinds of video games: roleplaying, shoot-em-up, strategy, the list is endless. More broadly speaking, however, there are two basic kinds of game: games where the objective is to win and games where the objective is to keep the game going for as long as possible, where the simple act of playing is more important than the end result... 

A Singh in the North!

A Singh in the North!

A likeable character with an easy San Francisco drawl, Sid Singh is an American comedian who has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for five years now. This year’s show is a natural crowd pleaser, with enough laughs to keep you entertained throughout... 

Hivemind Presents: Playlight Robbery

Hivemind Presents: Playlight Robbery

Choosing a title from the loose flyers offered up by audience members, Hivemind’s quintet compose two improvised half-an-hour jaunts. In this instance, we are shown a murder-mystery featuring a stolen ruby and a re-imagining of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt... 

Austentatious Presents... Crosstentatious! In Aid of Waverley Care

Austentatious Presents... Crosstentatious! In Aid of Waverley Care

For one night only, the Chortle Award-winning ladies and gentlemen of Austentatious swap their bonnets and breeches to raise money for Waverley Care. Join them as they improvise a riotously funny new Jane Austen work, based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience... 

Sean Hughes's Blank Book

Sean Hughes's Blank Book

Improvised comedy is always a high stakes game. Unscripted shows walk a narrow path, attempting to circumnavigate an abyss of complete disaster and reach the coveted realms of spontaneous hilarity... 

Spontaneous Sherlock

Spontaneous Sherlock

As this Victorian romp reaches its climax and Sherlock Holmes whips a ladle out of his jacket to use as a weapon with a cry of “Good thing I sleep cook!” I am holding my sides and marvelling at the fact that this show is free... 

This Is Your Trial

This Is Your Trial

Improvisation and a cappella groups are two a penny at the Fringe, and it can be difficult to find a unique format with which to entertain the crowds. This Is Your Trial is an improvised courtroom, using the best improvisers and comedians on the circuit at the moment... 

07800 834030: Thank You for Waiting

07800 834030: Thank You for Waiting

Miranda Kane's show, 07800 834030: Thank You For Waiting returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for more secrets, confessions and answers – the dirtier the better.The show does what it says on the tin – Miranda hands out her number to the masses of the public at the festival and we listen to the stories they leave on her voicemail... 

Rhapsodes

Rhapsodes

Back for another year, Adam Meggido and Sean McCann of Showstoppers! fame return to wow us with what is possibly the most impressive improvisational feat at the Fringe.In each show, the two men compete and cooperate in their daily endeavour to create a Shakespearean masterpiece from scratch... 

Geraldyne: Improv from Music

Geraldyne: Improv from Music

Geraldyne are a team of improvisers that grew up mishearing song lyrics. We’ve practiced a lot and think we’ve finally got the act of hearing stuff down… Every show we invite a guest musician to perform live on stage... 

The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack is Sydney's Steen Raskopoulos (Whose Line Is It Anyway – Australia, BBC's Top Coppers) and Carlo Ritchie (The Checkout, Big Head Mode). Their show is 60 minutes of improvised storytelling... 

Improv Cage Match

Improv Cage Match

Improv Cage Match pits two teams of brilliant improvisers against each other as they battle for the affections of you: the audience. Who will be declared the Fringe’s best long-form improv team? You decide! This is an improv show you haven’t seen before. 

Hivemind Presents: An Offer You Can't Refuse

Hivemind Presents: An Offer You Can't Refuse

By day, this city's streets are bright and orderly, but by night, it is the playground of shysters and crooks, smugglers and thieves. Comedy quintet Hivemind are making you an offer you can’t refuse: an opportunity to join their criminal enterprise as they weave a gripping noir thriller out of thin air... 

Bendy House

Bendy House

Let Bendy House take you on a journey – maybe to a Romford kitchen sink or perhaps the weather control arm of the civil service on the planet Zarg. Two improvisers, two chairs, no script, infinite possibilities... 

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Shellshock! Improv Live!

In their ninth Fringe run, Shellshock! bring you Shellshock! Improv Live!, a cheery mix of improvised sketches, stories and games. Every single scene you'll see will be made up on the spot based on your suggestions... 

Mutiny! An Improvised Pirate Adventure

Mutiny! An Improvised Pirate Adventure

Ahoy, m’hearties! Welcome aboard the Black Tricorn. Join our crew on the high seas for a fast-paced, short-form, quirky and hilarious improvised adventure. A swashbuckling journey filled with pirates, parrots, and plunder (or whatever yer heart desires!)... 

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

The Stars of Racing Mind bring a fast paced, immensely funny and completely bonkers improvised Sherlock Holmes spectacular to the Fringe this year with this brilliant off the wall hour of mystery, twists and totally unreasonable deductions... 

Tom Bell's Citizen Test

Tom Bell's Citizen Test

The comedy game show where Brexit means Prizes! Wave a flag and cheer on two guest comics as they compete over a series of tasks to win citizenship of Great Britain. Featuring such patriotic games as competitive queuing, passive aggressive note writing and of course, trying to order some proper bloody food when abroad... 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical seems to have become synonymous with the Fringe; their billboards plastering every major walkway across Edinburgh. The buzz is palpable as one files into the packed Pleasance Grand, an expectant excitement common among the several hundred ready to see what delights this talented troupe will dole out in spades tonight... 

Show Up

Show Up

Peter Michael Marino greets the audience as we arrive. He’s bouncing about with a nervous energy that he uses to work the crowd and ensure everyone is settled in before he begins his one man show... 

Phill Jupitus: Achtung!/Acting!

Phill Jupitus: Achtung!/Acting!

Very much in the spirit of the Fringe, Phill Jupitus steps out of his comfort zone with a show of improvisational comedy that sees him inhabit two wonderfully diverse characters that come alive thanks to the prompts of the audience... 

Cambridge Impronauts: Improv Actually

Cambridge Impronauts: Improv Actually

The Cambridge Impronauts return to the fringe with a long form improvised show that is a hot mess from shaky start to hilariously absurd finish. Improv Actually, if it's not obvious, is a rom-com style improv where, using audience suggestions, an entire formulaic romantic comedy film is improvised in front of your eyes... 

Impromptu Shakespeare

Impromptu Shakespeare

Returning for yet another year at the Fringe Impromptu Shakespeare bring us a fun little romp of an hour, packed a plenty with witty one-liners and every Shakespearean trope under the sun... 

The Patchwork Odyssey

The Patchwork Odyssey

The Patchwork Odyssey is a very unassuming show. It doesn’t claim to be anything big and impressive, and to be fair it isn’t anything very big. But it is impressive and innovative in its own way... 

Questing Time

Questing Time

London's Critical Hit comedy Dungeons & Dragons show is rolling into Edinburgh for one night only, five times! Join your host, Paul Foxcroft (Cariad & Paul, Marcus Brigstocke's Unavailable For Comment), as he guides a party of Edinburgh's funniest comedians through an actual game of Dungeons & Dragons... 

Jason Byrne: The Man with Three Brains

Jason Byrne: The Man with Three Brains

Jason Byrne is no stranger to festival stand-up, or festival audiences, and he has returned once again to Scotland’s capital with his new tour, The Man with Three Brains (although, we never actually touch on the title during the performance)... 

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical

Within the last few years, the improvised musical has become a standard of the Fringe, with at least four in Edinburgh this summer. Despite their generic name, The Improv Musical is a relatively new kid on the block, but these students from Warwick University manage to provide an hour of laughs to rival some of the professional companies... 

Cluedo Inc

Cluedo Inc

Returning with their sell-out show, Cluedo Inc bring the familiar whodunnit board game to life. Who committed the murder? In which room? With what implement? Fast-paced, laugh-out-loud comedy theatre for all... 

The Improverts

The Improverts

I’m gonna start by saying this: I think reviewing improv is tough. The nature of the medium means it changes every night and is hard to be even slightly objective about. For the Improverts Fringe show, this is made even harder, because they change performers every night... 

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth are the University of St Andrews’ improv comedy group and they are back once again at this year’s Fringe. I am quite a fan of the team and certainly still appreciate the quick and sharp responses the actors are able to give on audience suggestions... 

Hung Up

Hung Up

One ex-wife. One ex-husband. One younger new girlfriend. In a spontaneous meeting between the three, civility falls apart and makes way for discussions that descend into heated discussions... 

Off the Top: Neuroscience With Attitude

Off the Top: Neuroscience With Attitude

Science rapper Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution) teams up with neuroscientist Dr Heather Berlin (host of Science Goes to the Movies on PBS) to explore the brain basis of improvisation and comedy... 

Comedians Against Humanity: Hosted by Yianni Agisilaou – Free

Comedians Against Humanity: Hosted by Yianni Agisilaou – Free

The underground hit of the Fringe returns to Edinburgh after sell-out shows in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Hosted by Yianni Agisilaou, audiences wielding cards from smash hit game Cards Against Humanity challenge guest comedians to create material on the spot... 

Improv Therapy

Improv Therapy

Improv Therapy is the free and fun way to revisit your past, predict your future and solve life's problems! Come share your stories with seven of the best student improvisers the world has ever seen, and watch, amazed, as they utilize the psychological principles of Paul Ekman, Heinz Kohut and Ernest S... 

Men With Coconuts

Men With Coconuts

One of the UK’s leading improv comedy shows and Fringe favourites Men With Coconuts are back! 60 minutes of improvised games, sketches and songs, culminating in a showstopping finale: an entirely improvised musical... 

Cheeks

Cheeks

Lady Elizabeth is a reclusive artist. You're the first people she's seen in years – and you're a complete disappointment! No one is safe in this weapons-grade comedy, where everything is up for grabs – except her pussy... 

An Imp-Revised History of the World

An Imp-Revised History of the World

Ever wondered what would've happened if Rihanna had met Genghis Khan? What if Julius Caesar accidentally invented Snapchat? In this improvised comedy, the audience choose which chapters of history are rewritten... 

The Committee: Improvised Comedy

The Committee: Improvised Comedy

London’s hottest improv group present an hour of hilarious, fast-paced improvised comedy. All of it made up on the spot by performers as seen on BBC One, Channel 4 and BBC Radio 4... 

Chris Turner: What a Time to Be Alive

Chris Turner: What a Time to Be Alive

Chris Turner has moved to the good old US of A and he’s back in Edinburgh to tell the festival audiences about it. In a dextrous hour of comedy and freestyle rap the comedian provides entertaining insights and impressive lyrical improvisations as he shares the observations and experiences of a well-mannered, tea-swilling, thoroughly decent English fellow in a whole new world... 

Tom Houghton: Class Half Empty

Tom Houghton: Class Half Empty

There are many indicators of class membership in British society, but if you have lost count of how many times you’ve been in the same room as the Queen, then it’s a safe bet that you’re somewhere near the top... 

Up Periscope

Up Periscope

Edinburgh local chats utter nonsense to a bunch of random strangers on the internet... Anything could happen, it's up to you! Stories based around my experience with Periscope over the past year: tales of stalkers, friendships and finally... 

Will Shakespeare's ImproMusical

Will Shakespeare's ImproMusical

A cast of expert improvisers promise a fast-paced, tuneful turn on the Bard’s works as if Shakespeare met Sondheim. 'Lord, what fools these mortals be… now send in the clowns!' Each show is a wholly original, and completely improvised, theatrical musical based on the plots and language of William Shakespeare... 

Wildly Unprepared

Wildly Unprepared

Improved but not new, Wildly Unprepared return to the Fringe for our third year running! Our hour-long show is rife with quick and fun improv games that use audience suggestions to create the entire show! You have to be crazy to work here, because we don’t pay anyone! And if you can’t handle us at our best, you don’t deserve us at our worst! (Imagination still required)... 

Date Night With Bristol Improv

Date Night With Bristol Improv

Date night: the time when friends, family and lovers come together (though not all together) to spend time, catch up and share stories. Welcome to Date Night with Bristol Improv. We will improvise an entire show based on your comedies, tragedies and histories of love, life and friendships... 

Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Do Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches

Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Do Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches

What it says on the tin. Everyone's favourite late night hang out. The dumb show for no one is now in its fifth spectacular year. Different show every night. Season and weekly VIP passes available... 

Comedy Lock-In

Comedy Lock-In

Daniel Audritt will be joined each evening by three of his favourite acts on the circuit. Stand-up, sketch, improv, musical comedy... every night will be a different bill. 

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

No one knows who the killer is, not even the cast! Following 2016's Edinburgh Fringe sell-out, CSI returns with its improvised, witty and absurd murder mystery. Help the CSI identify the victim and what caused his or her grizzly death... 

The Shambles

The Shambles

The Shambles, York’s premier improvised comedy troupe, are back at the Fringe! Bringing you hilarious scenes, songs and games based entirely on your audience suggestions – no two shows can ever be the same! Prepare for a raucous night of comedy as The Shambles turn whatever you shout at them into a high energy performance of concentrated silliness right there on the spot... 

Improvabunga!

Improvabunga!

You give us suggestions and we’ll give you a show! Improvabunga is the totally improvised movie-adventure-extravaganza. Featuring live musical accompaniment and buzzers which you'll use to control the performers... 

Grimmprov: The Improvised Fairytale

Grimmprov: The Improvised Fairytale

Join Beard of Zeus as they present Grimmprov: The Improvised Fairytale, an evening of grizzly tales for ghastly grown-ups. Prepare to witness menacing fairy tales far too sinister to be scripted in this improv show inspired by classic stories... 

CSI Comedy

CSI Comedy

Three of Edinburgh's funniest comedians will have their sets dissected, critiqued, and reviewed, by the toughest comedy critics there are – the comedians themselves. With a different line-up of the hottest comedians in Edinburgh every day, come and watch their sets – then see if their peers will roast them and risk their career advancement, sit on the fence, or grossly insult them by having the gall to offer a topper to a peer's joke... 

Is Edward Aczel Infinite?

Is Edward Aczel Infinite?

Is Edward Aczel Infinite? Have you ever thought: who am I? Is it all just a dream? Is time constant or variable? Is it only possible to imagine the infinite? No, me neither. Anyway, we live in uncertain times and Ed's house is built on shifting sand... 

The Rule of Threes

The Rule of Threes

Daniel Audritt (hilarious stand-up and internationally acclaimed director; Amused Moose Finalist) Tamar Broadbent (hilarious world-touring stand-up and musical comedian; Amused Moose Finalist) and chubby American Sid Singh (deeply insecure writer of this bio, no idea what Amused Moose is) are joining forces to give the only show of the Fringe that combines the best of stand-up, improv, musical comedy and more... 

Hate 'n' Live

Hate 'n' Live

The smash-hit show returns for a fourth year, with top TV comedians, AKA the Gladi-Haters, improvising rants on topics suggested by the audience. By turns raucous and surreal, this show has the audience on the edge of their seat as the comedians try to walk the line... 

Raymond Mearns is Present and Incorrect

Raymond Mearns is Present and Incorrect

Hello there! I'm back at the Fringe and back in The Beehive. If you want the meaning of life, go and see some other bawbag up at the Pleasance, because I only deal in straight-forward, laugh-out-loud comedy! If you want to see a great stand-up show with awesome storytelling and moments of genuine improvisation, then, in the words of the late departed George Michael, I’m your man... 

Happily Never After

Happily Never After

Award-winning improvisers The Maydays present this skin-prickling tale full of black comedy and haunting music, inspired by the warped imaginations of Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket and the Brothers Grimm... 

Austentatious

Austentatious

After five glorious years of sell-out shows, Austentatious returns to Edinburgh! Join the all-star cast as they improvise a hilarious new Jane Austen masterpiece, based on a single audience suggestion... 

Craig Hill: Someone's Gonna Get Kilt!

Craig Hill: Someone's Gonna Get Kilt!

'Flat-out hilarious... audience was in absolute paroxysms of laughter... he has a wide appeal and it is genuinely funny' ***** (Mirror). Weegie believe it? Scotland's kilted comedy treasure is back! ‘Class… Hill actually has to wait until the audience stops laughing before he can start again... 

Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film

Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film

Following killer runs in 2015 and 2016, Alexander Fox and Dom O’Keefe are back with a bang! Armed with your suggestions, they weave together a brand-new film in the style of Britain’s favourite spy for your eyes only... 

John Robertson: Dominant

John Robertson: Dominant

More unstructured stand-up from the Cardinal of Chaos, the Ayatollah of Abuse, the Duke of Puke, John Robertson. Chaotic, spontaneous, loud. A truly unique live experience. ***** (Skinny)... 

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

A brand new improvised radio show from the team behind Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film. ‘Quite simply the funniest show I have seen at the Fringe’ ***** (EdFringeReview... 

Anything Can Be a Podcast Returns Again for the Third Time! With John Hastings

Anything Can Be a Podcast Returns Again for the Third Time! With John Hastings

Anything Can Be a Podcast! Podcast! John Hastings improvises an hour of comedy based on suggestions from the Fringe's top comedians, his teenage blog, and his friend Paul Stanley Harrison will chip in as well... 

Playback Impro

Playback Impro

Playback Impro plays back stories from the audience. 'A real standout from all the stand-up, this is comic improvisation, theatre-style. Four actors each take it in turn to direct a narrative supplied by the audience... 

Joke Thieves

Joke Thieves

Comedy set swapping live! The cult hit show where comedians perform their own jokes, then each other’s. Chortle Award winner – Best Club Show London. Top five comedy shows of the year (List)... 

Dan & Jamie Work On Progress

Dan & Jamie Work On Progress

Daniel Audritt (BBC Radio 4 and Channel 5) and Jamie Oliphant (ITV2's TVOD and BBC New Comedian) bring an hour of stand-up to the Free Fringe's most popular venue – the Free Sisters, Cowgate (in the Marquee). 

Russell Hicks: The Brain is in the Heart

Russell Hicks: The Brain is in the Heart

70% improvisation, 30% stories about illicit drug use and Christian scientists. All heart. With more characters than a Pynchon novel pouring out of the head of Russell Hicks, this show promises to be one hell of a trip. 

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz UK

Now in it's 15th year, ComedySportz UK is the fast-paced improv show where two teams battle it out for the biggest laughs. The players create quick-witted sketches, scenes and songs from whatever suggestions are thrown at them in a show that’s fast, feel-good and fun for the whole family! With a referee on hand to keep it clean, this all-ages, all-improvised, all-action show is a real crowd-pleaser... 

Sketch Thieves

Sketch Thieves

Comedy sketch swapping live! The cult hit show where sketch groups perform their own sketches, then each others'. Chortle Award winner – Best Club Show London. Top 5 comedy shows of the year (List)... 

This Is Soap

This Is Soap

All new! The unplanned, unscripted and unconventional cult comedy show. Join us for a spontaneous soap that develops episode to episode throughout the entire festival. Twin Peaks meets League of Gentlemen via Sunset Beach: a live soap opera full of romance, drama, adventure and enough plot twists to melt your face... 

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Fringe sensations Racing Minds are back after four sell-out years! A doddery grandfather can't quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help a mystery stuffed with hilarious characters, whip-smart wit and breathtaking twists will take hasty shape before your very eyes... 

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis

It's back! The undisputed late night hit of 2016's Fringe! Join improv legends Mike McShane and Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist Asad Mecci for a mind-blowing, side-splitting show... 

This Is Your Trial (PG)

This Is Your Trial (PG)

The UK's only comedy court is back, but now, for all the family! An improvised show where Steve Bennett invites top comedians to be lawyers, prosecuting and defending members of the audience accused of crimes... 

Bright Lights, Big City Impro

Bright Lights, Big City Impro

Six improvisers barrel through the funnies in City Impro’s debut Edinburgh Fringe show where suggestions provided by you inspire an epic series of improvised comedy games, sketches and songs... 

Comedian's Cinema Club: Beauty and the Beast

Comedian's Cinema Club: Beauty and the Beast

Film and comedy lovers alike will appreciate this increasingly popular show, led by an impressive group of comedians that changes every performance, along with the film they choose to recreate... 

Notflix

Notflix

Six hilarious young women. Improvising an entire musical. Based off of an audience suggestion. What could possibly go wrong? Well, nothing actually. WFTCimprov group bring Notflix to the Brighton Fringe... 

Google Drive

Google Drive

When choosing the most appropriate art form to explain statistical significance, Dan Attfield settled on hip-hop as having the most educational value. He cites his main point of evidence as the success of Hamilton -The Musical... 

One Board Man

One Board Man

One Board Man is one of the most unique shows I have ever seen. The show is unpredictable by nature, as the material is fully improvised by John Gallagher, so each performance will be completely novel... 

Any Suggestions, Doctor?: An Improvised Adventure in Space & Time

Any Suggestions, Doctor?: An Improvised Adventure in Space & Time

Taking a much loved pop culture reference point is always a sure fire way to fill seats. It also carries with it the weight of expectation and so can easily be a sure fire way to disappoint... 

Jack Left Town: The Improvised Rock Documentary

Jack Left Town: The Improvised Rock Documentary

An improvised rock documentary is a tall order, and Jack Left Town sets out with boundless enthusiasm, a strong absurdity curve and sick air guitar to deliver, even if some areas are a little over thought... 

Ready Steady Colour

Ready Steady Colour

Join us in our make-believe restaurant! Grab a table, order your black and white 'plate of food' and get colouring! Ready Steady Colour is an interactive theatre experience for all the family... 

Peter Antoniou: 'Psychic' Comedian

Peter Antoniou: 'Psychic' Comedian

If you could ask a psychic a question what would it be? Fresh off his sell-out international tour, and with sell-out runs in London's West End, let 'Psychic' comedian Peter Antoniou peer inside your head, fondle your frontal lobe, and tickle your funny bone... 

Creating a Believable Character Without the Use of Text

Creating a Believable Character Without the Use of Text

Award-winning Dutch performer Hiske Eriks presents a physical workshop in which we will search for a believable character by making small transformations. The focus will be on timing, physical transformation, and use of space... 

Between You and Me

Between You and Me

This Brighton-based forum theatre company produce thought-provoking performances about social and political matters, using storytelling, discussion, and re-enactment. 'Between You and Me' has been created in collaboration with Mankind and is based on true stories and experiences... 

The Petting Zoo presents ZooTube

The Petting Zoo presents ZooTube

The Petting Zoo (“Improv supergroup” Time Out) presents 'ZooTube', where the good, the bad and the downright bizarre of the world of online videos is merrily ransacked to provide inspiration for hilarious scenes and sketches... 

Bramble FM

Bramble FM

Ostensibly a local radio station broadcasting on 69.9FM, the Bramble FM caravan hosts a surreal and hilarious Rock roadshow fronted by Maureen Clarke and Lesley Beauchamp. With a thumping soundtrack of world-class music provided by their legendary stable of DJs, these two architects of idiocy present absurdly popular regular features, eclectic dance moves and in-the-moment improvisation. 

The Wedding Reception

The Wedding Reception

An unbeatable theatrical dining experience where you become guests at a wedding reception to remember. Kate and Will are expecting a small family gathering to celebrate their wedding... 

Tongue Fu (and Tongue Fu 4 Kids!)

Tongue Fu (and Tongue Fu 4 Kids!)

"amazing!" Guardian. Incredible spoken word artists re-work material live with jaw-dropping improvised music from the Fu Band. Poetry, storytelling, hip hop and high energy comedy all meet for a unique event that is part show, part experiment... 

Sorry: Harald Austbø

Sorry: Harald Austbø

The Viking warrior, the HubbaBubba Gum-chewing slut and the Hermit have placed the sign 'Do Not Disturb' on the door of the hotelroom. They live in my head and I'll give you a peek through wood, strings and horsehair... 

LoveHard: Murdered By Murder

LoveHard: Murdered By Murder

1934. Devon. Six old friends. Exposition. A small get-together at the household of Lord and Lady Titan, Drenchblood Heights. Reason: A Murder Mystery Party. It promises to be the night of their lives... 

The Maydays present: Happily Never After

The Maydays present: Happily Never After

Being inspired by fairy tales, Gothic themes and the warped imagination of Tim Burton was all-too-clear in the wide and undeniably impressive range of sketches, theatre troupe The Maydays gave... 

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael

In 1987, celebrated BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish stood up on national television and shrugged off reports of an oncoming hurricane. That evening, a brutal storm hit the south coast of the country, eventually killing 18 people... 

The Presence of The Heap and The Happy Way to Go?

The Presence of The Heap and The Happy Way to Go?

Theatre Inc. and IntAct Theatre Co. at Chichester College, Fan Dance Theatre Co. and The Magic Chocolate Show bring you this exciting double-bill of physical theatre led by artists with disabilities... 

Shit-faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Shit-faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Shit-faced Showtime is the all-singing, all-dancing, all-drinking phenomenon from the professional piss-heads behind Shit-faced Shakespeare. Featuring a cast of professionally trained musical theatre performers, classic show tunes, complex choreography and one entirely shit-faced actor every night ... 

HumanMachine: Artificial Improvisation

HumanMachine: Artificial Improvisation

Albert is a lovable nerd who dreams of the big stage. Lonely but resourceful, Albert builds himself a friend, whom he calls A.L.Ex (Artificial Language Experiment). A.L.Ex is a small humanoid robot and a unique computer creation running artificial intelligence... 

The Print-shop

The Print-shop

Brighton comics creators and graphic novelists Joe Decie, Hannah Eaton and Daniel Locke are spending a week producing hundreds of original drawings, prints and comics that explore and respond to the daily life of Brighton... 

Shit-faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Shit-faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

“Swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.”The Shit-faced formula has been reliably churning out popular shows since 2010 and has become a much loved staple of the Fringe... 

Playback Impro

Playback Impro

'Playback Impro' plays back moments and stories from the audience. "A real standout from all the stand-up, this is comic improvisation theatre-style. Four actors each take it in turn to direct a narrative supplied by the audience... 

How to be Good at Everything

How to be Good at Everything

Do you lack basic skills? Do you want to be good at everything? Then you should watch 'How to be Good at Everything'. Expertly hosted by knowledgeologist, Katie Davison, and Jay Bennett, her friend, you will learn how to be good at everything*... 

Zach & Viggo: Dream Team

Zach & Viggo: Dream Team

Winner: Best Comedy Award, Brighton Fringe, 2016. Winner: Critics Choice Award, Brighton Fringe, 2016. After a successful tour across Europe, Australia and the US, Norwegian-American comedy duo Zach & Viggo return to Brighton for the premiere of their brand-new show, ‘Dream Team’! Directed by Jonny Woolley... 

James Loveridge: Work In Progress

James Loveridge: Work In Progress

Voted 'One To Watch' at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival 2016 and nominated for Amused Moose Best Show 2016 at the Edinburgh Fringe, James is back with another hour of hilarious stand up and story telling... 

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Chaos ensues as soon as you arrive at this fully immersive show where you dine, served by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Join them for lashings of laughter, spontaneity and plenty of participation, along with a 3-course meal... 

Lingua Franca Ensemble: Ephemera

Lingua Franca Ensemble: Ephemera

Lingua Franca Ensemble 'Ephemera' album launch concert. 

Walsh & Simmons: Punel Show

Walsh & Simmons: Punel Show

Ever pundered what shows like 'Mock the Week', 'Have I Got News For You', 'QI', or 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' would be like if they were just puns? Punder no longer. Darren Walsh (BBC iWonder, Dave's Joke of the Fringe) and Mark Simmons (The Mirror's Joke of the Fringe) join forces... 

City Impro by the sea

City Impro by the sea

A rip-roaring rollercoaster of laughter where six improvisers make everything up on the spot as they race from one game to another. Join us for an adrenaline-fuelled improvised comedy show where there's just enough time to catch your breath... 

Julie Jepson: Randomonium

Julie Jepson: Randomonium

Lamb Comedy are beside themselves with excitement to be welcoming Barcelona's No.1 star, Juanita Martinez Conchitez Fernandez, in a Brighton Fringe first. Also featuring Shannon Crabsticks, The Irish-ish mermaid with shipping forecast Tourettes... 

Haven't a Clue..!

Haven't a Clue..!

Think you know charades? Think again! After two sell-out years, 'Haven’t a Clue..!' returns for a third year, only this time in the late night slot for an X-rated version! In this crazy, hilarity-filled hour, comedy meets game show meets improv, as 2 teams of Brighton Fringe comics, pit their skills and wit against each other with this hysterical twist on the classic... 

Darren Walsh: S'PUN

Darren Walsh: S'PUN

Fresh from winning Dave's 'Joke of the Fringe', Darren Walsh set to work on 'S’Pun', the follow-up to 2015’s 5 star show 'Punderbolt', cramming in even more animations, videos and sound effects... 

Viggo Venn: The Life of Pepito

Viggo Venn: The Life of Pepito

Winner, Rising Star: The Media Eye, 2016. Award-winning Gaulier-trained comedian Viggo Venn performs the UK premiere of his debut solo show ‘The Life of Pepito’ at Brighton Fringe! Through clown, characters and physical comedy, Venn gives us a glimpse into the life of Pepito - a man who works in a cookie factory, only to discover he’s actually a character in a play... 

Zach Zucker: Human Person

Zach Zucker: Human Person

Winner: Rising Star, The Media Eye, 2016. After a four-month run across the Australian festival circuit, award-winning, LA-based comedian Zach Zucker premieres his debut solo show ‘Human Person’ at Brighton Fringe! Directed by Jonny Woolley... 

Off the Cuff: Crime and Funishment

Off the Cuff: Crime and Funishment

Back by popular demand following last year’s sell-out shows at Brighton Fringe and Camden Fringe! Brighton’s improvised comedy favourites return to present another series of impromptu detective dramas packed with colourful characters, lurid plots and hilarious escapades... 

Ahtuf Kontrol

Ahtuf Kontrol

Improvised music accompanying improvised contemporary dance. Family Turner-Lee explores emotions with electronic samples and retro synths, guitars and percussion. This accompanies modern contemporary dance and movement as the Turner-Lees work together with their hearts and memories... 

re:Verse

re:Verse

Ever wondered what a pavlova recipe sounds like in bossa nova? Or craved fitness tips set to industrial techno? Part improv, part concert, 're:Verse' is an interactive musical comedy show performed by a pianist and vocalist... 

Protect and Survive

Protect and Survive

1984. The doomsday clock stands at 23:57. Five strangers take part in exercise ‘HOT SEAT’, a role-play simulation for a pre- and post-nuclear attack on the UK. In 2017, the doomsday clock, once again, reads 23:57 and the game becomes reality! "Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity... 

Lachlan Werner: Belly Talk (A Language of Love)

Lachlan Werner: Belly Talk (A Language of Love)

'Venter'-To speak. 'Loqui'-The stomach. ... Lachlan Werner (satirical comic/ventriloquist) is put through his paces in a theatrical ventriloquial revue which challenges the comedic and nonsensical demons of love... 

C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation

C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation

No one knows who the killer is; not even the cast! Following a sell-out run at last year’s Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes, CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation are back, creating a 100% brand-new whodunit every show to solve an outlandish murder invented by the audience... 

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never be Caught!

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never be Caught!

Calling all hippo expert enthusiasts! Award-winning family comedy that will have kids storming the stage. Join Dr Zeiffal on the hunt for the hippo that can never be caught! Featuring: the Invisible Hippo Blanket, the Hippo Google Googles and a blizzard of Hippo packaging... 

The Maydays Present: The Fringe Show

The Maydays Present: The Fringe Show

Turn up, tear out and laugh lots as we give other fringe shows a unique makeover! Taking the Brighton Fringe brochure as their inspiration, The Maydays create an entirely new show every night... 

Paul Revill: Revillations

Paul Revill: Revillations

Paul Revill, Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2014, heads to Brighton Fringe with his debut hour. The true story of how he got the acting role of a lifetime... and how it all went wrong... 

Notflix

Notflix

Waiting for the Call: The Improvised Musical’s Notflix has to be one of the best improv shows I have seen at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. And for such young improvisers, the standard is truly remarkable... 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Like many of the other spontaneous improvisation shows here at the Fringe, Absolute Improv! offers non stop comedy through a variety of funny and fresh games that are inspired by suggestions from the audience... 

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Improvisation is the one word that can strike fear into the heart of any actor no matter what their experience. The idea of making it up as you go along is a very tricky skill to make entertaining; but here we have six very talented improvisers willing to create a fifty minute performance out of practically nothing... 

Murder She Didn't Write

Murder She Didn't Write

There are a fair number of improvised comedies this year, but Degrees of Error’s Murder She Didn’t Write is causing a particular buzz. It’s all a lot of fun and delivered with a healthy dose of farce, and despite a few shortcomings enjoyment is guaranteed... 

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton returns to the Edinburgh Fringe this year with an improvised comedy show. Unsurprisingly, the hype and expectations of the audience were high, but Merton, along with his four guest comics, did not disappoint... 

Impromptunes – The Completely Improvised Musical

Impromptunes – The Completely Improvised Musical

The Impromptunes take the first suggestion by the audience and make a musical out of it. And it can be a really silly suggestion. What more to say of it? You won’t be able to see the same thing as I did, unless someone suggests ‘Dancers on Stilts’ again... 

Folie à Deux

Folie à Deux

High-wire improvised comedy from two of the stars of Chortle Award-winning Fringe hit, Austentatious. Riffing on a single word from the audience, Andrew Hunter Murray (QI's No Such Thing as a Fish) and Charlotte Gittins (Grand Theft Impro) fearlessly entangle themselves in an hour of hilariously inventive character improv... 

The Art of Improvisation

The Art of Improvisation

Hear an acknowledged master of all styles of improvisation delve into as many variations as he can pack into a solo concert. Richard's repertoire ranges from the Great American Songbook to the great jazz pianists, the counterpoint of JS Bach to the traditional songs of Burns... 

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imagine taking seven of the most gratingly hyperactive and sexually frustrated boys you were at school with aged fourteen. Now give them a few beers, the bodies of middle-aged men and a room full of people in front of whom they can make penis jokes and hump each other for a whole hour... 

Californians Dreamin’

Californians Dreamin’

Californias Dreamin’, performed by California Poly SLO’s company Smile and Nod, comprises a mixture of short and long form improvisation, based on audience suggestions.This particular show began with a single suggestion based on the prompt “a recurring nightmare”, without any real introductions or warming up of the audience as one might expect in this sort of show... 

Big Thumb

Big Thumb

Knowing Smirk return to the Fringe, where BroadwayBaby.com assured us that ‘laughter and a warm mirth resonates in the room’. A fast-moving comedy improv and sketch show where nothing is sacred – not even the vegetables! So bring your big thumb and buckle up! @knowing_smirk 

Woman Up Improv Show

Woman Up Improv Show

Fresh from their sell-out Glasgow International Comedy Festival run, Scotland’s first all-women improv troupe Women Up are ready for their Fringe debut! With short form and long form games... 

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... 

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Starting a show with a song containing the lyrics “it’s a stupid idea and it’ll never work” feels somewhat disingenuous when the song’s fully orchestrated and lit. Nonetheless, Beardyman (Darren Foreman) doesn’t disappoint when it comes to his incredible ability to conjure up new tracks on the spot... 

You'll Never Get This Time Back

You'll Never Get This Time Back

You'll Never Get This Time Back is a zany, absurd and irreverent hour of fun that casts a comic eye over the darker regions of the human soul. Brought to you by Sussex Comedy Society, the show features a mixture of scripted sketches, improvisation and musical comedy... 

Nae Plans

Nae Plans

Taking their cue from the spontaneity of the traditional music session, two of our finest folk musicians, Hamish Napier (piano, flute, whistle, vocals) and Adam Sutherland (fiddle), sit down on stage without knowing what they will play... 

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical from the University of Warwick return for their third stint at the Fringe, and while providing some light and silly entertainment, fails to land any punches either through character, story or music... 

John Robertson: The Dark Room

John Robertson: The Dark Room

“You awaken to find yourself in a dark room”, it’s a phrase shouted many times during The Dark Room. When the hour is up you’ll be shouting it with glee like the rest of the audience, old and new fans alike... 

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

Incredible, hilarious, infectious, amazing. These are just some of the words that were uttered by audience members as they left Wednesday evening’s production of Baby Wants Candy... 

Memoirs of an Italian Stallion

Memoirs of an Italian Stallion

A comedy piece about my memories and life as a professional player. I had been doing a lot of different things and people always got it wrong! Memoirs of an Italian Stallion will be a funny way to try to explain to most of you, and you big mouths, what I really did, and have a laugh about it. 

The Oxford Imps: Hyperdrive

The Oxford Imps: Hyperdrive

The Oxford Imps’ technologically-heavy Fringe show, Hyperdrive, perform a mixture of long and short form improvisation, using technology as stimulus. However, instead of being particularly cutting edge, this diluted and convoluted an already weak show, with an incredibly gimmicky quality... 

Men With Coconuts: Improvised Bond

Men With Coconuts: Improvised Bond

Edinburgh-based improv group Men with Coconuts present an entirely improvised Bond film, based on suggestions from the audience and using many familiar tropes and improvisation games to create an entertaining new adventure starring the world’s most famous spy and his colleagues at MI6... 

An Imp-revised History of the World

An Imp-revised History of the World

Ever wondered what would’ve happened if Buddha met Hitler? Or what if Tesla accidentally invented time travel? In this improvised comedy show the audience will decide which chapters of the history books will be rewritten... 

Rhapsodes

Rhapsodes

Improvised comedy at its most virtuosic, Sean McCann and Adam Meggido (of Showstoppers! The Improvised Musical and School of Night fame) are two masters of their artform, with an awe-inspiring level of verbal and imaginative prowess and wit... 

Paul Duncan McGarrity – Ask an Archaeologist

Paul Duncan McGarrity – Ask an Archaeologist

In Paul Duncan McGarrity’s eighth show at the Fringe, Ask An Archaeologist, interesting and funny are blended to create a must see stand-up at the heart of the Free Fringe Festival... 

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Based on audience suggestions, the hour’s traffic of the stage is an improvised case which promises to be ‘the greatest Sherlock Holmes story ever’, The Case of the Lemon Posset... 

The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack is Steen Raskopoulos (BBC's Top Coppers, Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee) and Carlo Ritchie (The Checkout). Their show is 60 minutes of improvised storytelling... 

Abandoman: Life + Rhymes

Abandoman: Life + Rhymes

A totally unique and mind-blowing musical comedy experience, if you’ve never seen or heard of Abandoman before then here is your chance to rectify that. The completely improvised hip hop duo from Ireland are occupying the iconic Underbelly cow with their very loosely autobiographical show Life + Rhymes – it’s fair to say that, on paper, everything about it shouldn’t work and I’ve never been happier to be proven wrong... 

Improvised Adventures in Time and Space

Improvised Adventures in Time and Space

The Doctor’s back and combating rogue aliens at the Fringe! Directed by one of the makers of Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes, we take you on a transcendental journey each day through the furthest reaches of time and space, packed with scary extra-terrestrials, multi-dimensional plot twists and eccentric scarves... 

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Shellshock! returns for their eighth Fringe run with Shellshock! Improv Live!, a fun improvised comedy show filled with scenes, sketches, stories and games improvised entirely on the spot based on your suggestions... 

FiXion?

FiXion?

My story. Our story. His story. FiXion? is a Playback Theatre production by students from Taylor University, Indiana. Playback is an original form of improvisational theatre in which the audience members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot... 

Impromptu Shakespeare

Impromptu Shakespeare

Every single audience member is given a ping pong ball with Shakespearean tropes written on them upon entry. The audience then have to throw these balls into the baggy breeches of one of the cast... 

Spontaneous Sherlock

Spontaneous Sherlock

The premise: ‘Sherlock Holmes and the [insert audience suggestion here].’ The response: three actors improvise an Arthur Conan Doyle narrative around this title. The result: utter brilliance... 

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... 

Austentatious presents... Crosstentatious! In Aid of Waverley Care

Austentatious presents... Crosstentatious! In Aid of Waverley Care

For one night only, the Chortle Award-winning ladies and gentlemen of Austentatious swap their bonnets and breeches to raise money for Waverley Care. Join them as they improvise a riotously funny new Jane Austen work, based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience... 

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... 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstoppers! have a strong reputation preceding them, made evident by the number of people in the packed auditorium murmuring excitedly before the lights go down. The atmosphere is similar to that of the West End of London, which makes sense, considering during their time there they won an Olivier Award... 

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

An improvised Jane Austen novel was always going to be a lot of fun, and Austentatious’s talented cast certainly delivered an amusing hour of comedy. The improvised plot held together surprisingly well, and the troupe’s surreal brand of humour went down a treat... 

Nathan Cassidy: 42

Nathan Cassidy: 42

Nathan Cassidy offers comedy fare that fits right in at the Fringe, a mixture of social observation, wordplay, ranting and anecdotal amusement. Depending on how you react to explicit language and David-Cameron-and-a-pig jokes at 7... 

Taiwan Season: Sounds of Taiwan

Taiwan Season: Sounds of Taiwan

Three expert musicians from France, Japan and Taiwan blend the sounds of three of the world’s most distinctive string instruments: erhu, sitar and cello. Those who embark upon this unique musical journey will sample the enticing aural flavours of several cultures... 

Shhhh – An Improvised Silent Movie

Shhhh – An Improvised Silent Movie

A completely improvised silent movie accompanied by live ragtime piano music, inspired by the films and ambience of the 1920s. Every day six actors and a piano player will create a new play on the spot, inspired by the masterpieces of Chaplin, Lloyd and many other silent stars... 

Running-a-Mock Presents: Facebook Official

Running-a-Mock Presents: Facebook Official

King’s College London’s improv team is looking for new friends. We’re doing long-form improvised comedy based on one brave audience member’s Facebook page, so show us your 2009 status updates and we’ll show you a good time... 

Best of UCLU Comedy Club

Best of UCLU Comedy Club

UCLU Comedy Club's sketch troupe, The Gower Line, return to Edinburgh with their brand of 'fast paced madness' (Pi Media), presenting their favourite new sketches from the past year... 

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

No one knows who the killer is, not even the cast! Mirth meets murder in the world's daftest whodunnit. CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation is an utterly unique murder mystery comedy that's different every show... 

The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room

Improv Comedy where audience suggestions inspire rapidly unfolding scenes. Captivating side-scene or part of the main plot – as if by magic players draw a story out of the chaos... 

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth

St. Andrews' first, best, and only improv comedy troupe Blind Mirth present Blind Mirth, a dynamic and hilarious improv show for her. And him. And anyone who fancies a laugh really... 

BattleActs!

BattleActs!

BattleActs! is an award-winning, multi five-star comedy show that has performed to rave reviews around the country. The show sees two teams of fearless improvisers pitched against each other by a ball-busting compere... 

Late Night Old Town Bloodbath

Late Night Old Town Bloodbath

Released from the family basement after 300 years, alleged cannibal James Douglas (1697-1715) invites you to join him and his guests for a depraved late night horror show splattered across Edinburgh's Old Town streets and underground vaults... 

The Mariuh Caring Career Agency

The Mariuh Caring Career Agency

Somewhere between theatre and stand-up, The Mariuh Caring Career Agency will leave you with extra laughter lines to botox and will add some extra sparkle to your life. Laura Everett and Samantha Ng caricature some of the world's best known celebs to perform a unique and original comedy play... 

The Blind Date Project

The Blind Date Project

Desperate and looking for love, Anna (AFI award-winner Bojana Novakovic, star of Rake and Shameless) is a woman at a karaoke bar waiting for a date. Each night, her date is a different performer whose identity is unknown to her until the moment of performance... 

Glitch – The Improvised Puppet Show

Glitch – The Improvised Puppet Show

An improvised comedy show performed by a cast of puppets for adults. Using table top Bunraku style puppetry, Glitch improvise a brand new adventurous, action-packed and often emotional story from scratch at every performance... 

Comedy Countdown

Comedy Countdown

See comedians pitted against each other in something almost resembling everybody's favourite teatime quiz! Unrestrained by scripts, our star-studded line-up of irreverent puzzle-busters will take you on a journey that is as unpredictable as it is riotous... 

Trip the Light

Trip the Light

Three contemporary dance pieces by the creators of Budge3: **** (BroadwayBaby.com). Si/Si: ‘A bold and compelling work’ (Lyndsey Winship). A solo amplifying the struggle of restraining inner turmoil in order to uphold appearances: a quest for true identity... 

The Shambles

The Shambles

The Shambles, York’s premier improvised comedy troupe, are back at the Fringe! Bringing you hilarious songs, scenes and games based entirely on your audience suggestions – no two shows can ever be the same! Each performance is unique, but without you we are nothing! So join this vibrant and eclectic cast, and bring along your best and weirdest suggestions for an evening of unrepeatable, unforgettable and unbeatable improvised comedy... 

Stu and Garry’s Improv Show

Stu and Garry’s Improv Show

Award-winning Stu Murphy and Garry Dobson perform brilliant improvised comedy all year round as Stand Comedy Club residents. This year they throw open the doors of their spiritual home to welcome various terrific guests for many riotous shenanigans... 

Improvabunga!

Improvabunga!

The critically described Watch This Improv Troupe strike again at the Fringe with their unique brand of improv comedy. Come and watch an adventure based on nothing but your fantastic suggestions... 

Dreamform: Improvised Theatre

Dreamform: Improvised Theatre

Welcome to Dreamform. The theatre of the absurd of improv where nothing and everything makes sense, it’s all meaningless and full of meaning and something something something the human condition... 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Five-star, three-time Edinburgh Fringe sell-out improv comedy show! Edinburgh's improv theatre company presents a fast-paced, hilarious improv show that will have you coming back for more... 

Panicky Tack

Panicky Tack

Panicky Tack bring you musical comedy, but not as you (or they) know it. All of the songs are craftily created on the spot! The two-piece London band bring their mind-blowing, side-splitting, toe-tapping show to Edinburgh for the first time... 

Frigid Moan's Diary

Frigid Moan's Diary

Ryan Matthewson is uninhibited, unhinged and definitely under the influence as he presents Frigid Moan's Diary – a show for anyone that has ever been stood up, set up or felt up. 

Hate 'n' Live

Hate 'n' Live

The smash-hit show returns for a third year, with top TV comedians – aka the Gladi-Haters – improvising rants on topics suggested by the audience. By turns raucous and surreal, this show has the audience on the edge of their seat as the comedians try to walk the line... 

The He & She Show

The He & She Show

Funny moments exist in all relationships. Few relationships, are made up of two comedians who share each of those funny, awkward and sometimes embarrassing moments with an audience, as a married comedy team... 

Haven't a Clue! – Free

Haven't a Clue! – Free

Think you know charades? Think again! Comedy meets game show meets improv, as two teams of Fringe comics hilariously pit their skills and wit against each other, in this hysterical twist on the classic... 

Measure 4 Measure (Abridged)

Measure 4 Measure (Abridged)

Sex, politics, and puppetry are alive and well in William Shakespeare’s Measure 4 Measure (Abridged). Five actors from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi present 15 characters in 55 minutes in what is sure to have the Bard howling from his 400-year-old grave... 

Amazing (Probably)

Amazing (Probably)

Sid's the best comic you haven't heard of, which is saying a lot, because you haven't heard of a lot of comics. After you see his show, he'll be the best comic you have heard of. But honestly, who cares? What are you, some sort of comedy expert? No? Come to his show regardless... 

Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film

Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film

After a blockbuster 2015, Alexander Fox and Dom O’Keefe are back with a bang. Armed with your suggestions, they weave together a brand new film in the style of Britain’s favourite spy for your eyes only... 

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

Join the best comedians from across the globe as they blur the line between arteFACT and arteFICTION in an improvised set prompted by genuine objects found in the National Museum of Scotland archives! This unrehearsed show and tell might not be historically, or even culturally accurate, but it’s guaranteed to be 100% entertaining... 

The Sandy and Danni Improv Show!

The Sandy and Danni Improv Show!

Character comedy improvisers Leanna and Angela present Sandy and Danni, two desperate and deluded American girls looking for fairy tale romance. Attempting to find their perfect partner, they go on dates based on audience suggestions... 

Shoot From The Hip: For a Laugh

Shoot From The Hip: For a Laugh

Shoot From The Hip are coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time ever! With five years running weekly residencies at two of London’s hottest comedy clubs, Top Secret Comedy Club and Angel Comedy, the Shoot From The Hip boys have aged like fine, heavily alcoholic wine... 

The Improvised Improv Show

The Improvised Improv Show

Taking improv to the next level – we improvise the cast! ‘Belly-laugh inducing’ (Platform). Luc Valvona presents a show full of short comedy scenes and games made up on the spot and based entirely on audience suggestions... 

Playback Impro

Playback Impro

Playback Impro plays back moments and stories from the audience. 'A real standout from all the stand-up, this is comic improvisation theatre-style. Four actors each take it in turn to direct a narrative supplied by the audience' (Mirror)... 

Happily Never After

Happily Never After

A dark and twisted musical tale inspired by the warped imaginations of film director Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow, Beetlejuice) and the Brothers Grimm. Award-winning improvisers The Maydays take your suggestion and allow a unique tale to unfold, exploring the world of strange possibilities that flows from it... 

Liars' Club

Liars' Club

This successful London club night comes to Edinburgh. Join hosts Lou Sanders and Vanessa Hammick (from Hello) with drop-ins from the UK’s finest improvisers including Cariad Lloyd, Paul Foxcroft, Pippa Evans, Rachel Parris and Graham Dickson... 

Bristol Improv Takes Over the World

Bristol Improv Takes Over the World

Bristol Improv return to the Fringe with their new format Bristol Improv Take Over the World! Follow five dastardly scientists as they attempt to thwart opponents and overcome obstacles using the greatest of all weapons: improvised comedy! Fuelled by your suggestions, watch as 'some of the sharpest young minds on the improvised comedy circuit' (AYoungerTheatre... 

Shayne's Mom on Tour

Shayne's Mom on Tour

Iconic rock star Shayne’s Mom has been crossing the continents on her bike, collecting fans, lovers and badges. Join her for an evening of glittering disco classics, heart-breaking tales and mystical adventure! Only an unexpected reappearance of her long-lost love Eagle Eye could distract her and derail the performance... 

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz UK is the North West’s top improvised comedy troupe. Two teams of comedians compete for your laughs in this fast paced, all ages, all improvised show now going into its 15th year... 

Joke Thieves

Joke Thieves

Comedy set swapping live! The cult hit show where comedians perform their own jokes, then each other’s. Chortle Award Winner 2015 – Best Club Show London. Top 5 comedy shows of 2014 (List)... 

Lynch: Improvised Plays in the Style of David Lynch – Free

Lynch: Improvised Plays in the Style of David Lynch – Free

Enter a world with its veil drawn back, where good and evil battle in darkly hilarious style. Enter a world where everyday emotions run higher than even a midday soap opera can deliver... 

Sketch Thieves

Sketch Thieves

Comedy sketch swapping live! The cult hit show where sketch groups perform their own sketches and then each other’s. Chortle Award winner 2015 for Best Club Night, London. Top five comedy shows of 2014 (List)... 

Freestyle Comedy 3

Freestyle Comedy 3

It's stand-up, but not as you know it: no rules, no backup, no script, a helter-skelter descent into pure comedy. Under the influence of the audience, this international double-act deliver a unique hour of stand-up comedy every single show with 'sixty minutes of never to be repeated punchlines' (STV)... 

Playback Impro

Playback Impro

Playback Impro plays back moments and stories from the audience. 'A real standout from all the stand-up, this is comic improvisation theatre-style. Four actors each take it in turn to direct a narrative supplied by the audience' (Mirror)... 

The Wimps Show

The Wimps Show

The Arts Theatre West End’s resident improv troupe perform their high octane brand of slick, witty, musical improvised comedy for free! (Usually costs £10, duh.) Created by Beach Comet, the team behind cult hit B-musical Vampire Hospital Waiting Room and 2016 debut Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair, the Wimps Show promises the highest calibre of short form improvised comedy at the Fringe... 

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

'For anyone genuinely interested in comedy and comedians, this is the must-see show of the festival' ***** (Scotsman). Fast, furious, reliably brilliant, different every night! Literally as they walk on stage, in full view of the audience, comedians are flashed a never-before-seen "set list" of topics and must instantly create a spontaneous and original new stand-up set right then and there... 

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

An episode of Doctor Who improvised before your eyes! From a fantastic team, including five-star directors, producers, actors and comedians, (Nouse, 2015). Any Suggestions, Doctor? is a hilarious parody that takes everything from space and time and crushes it down into a brand new show every day! Featuring a cast that has received BBC and Royal Television Society award nominations, performed in Fringe cult hit The Room: The Musical and has a collective 20 years improv experience, it's guaranteed to be a brilliant show for all ages... 

Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium

Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium

If you could ask a psychic a question what would it be? Direct from London’s West End, award-winning 'psychic' comedian Peter Antoniou brings his unique skills to peer inside your head, fondle your frontal lobe and tickle your funny bone... 

Is It Tabu?

Is It Tabu?

Hilarious and moving spontaneous show reveals the dramas that transpire when an older TV actress from Hi-De-Hi and a younger classical actor get together and stage their own play. Confronting issues of age, gender and prejudice, in a cross between Chorus Line and Kinky Boots... 

Russell Hicks: Deadliner

Russell Hicks: Deadliner

Dead'liner' n. 1. Closing act from the Bizarro Universe. 2. One who exists within the parameters of their own self-made regiment. 3. A hero of the moment. Adj. last, final, absolute >SYNS outlaw, bankrobber, mercenary for truth >ANTS headliner 

This is Your Trial

This is Your Trial

The UK's only courtroom based improvised comedy returns for a fourth year. New time, new room, same 'perfect bit of improv mayhem' ***** (Mirror). Judge Thom Tuck presides with guest comedians as lawyers, prosecuting and defending charges set against you... 

When You Improv on a Star: an Improvised Disney-Style Musical

When You Improv on a Star: an Improvised Disney-Style Musical

Be Prepared for a Disney-style musical like you've never seen before! We'll take you to A Whole New World full of princesses, witches, and talking animals, starring in an improvised comedy adventure of your choice... 

This is Soap

This is Soap

The comedy soap that you control. We'll fantasise, dramatise and improvise your very own soap opera. Improvised Edinburgh Festival Fringe soap returns for a brand new series. Stories inspired by your suggestions will unfold before your eyes... 

Men With Coconuts

Men With Coconuts

Last year’s Top Free Show on the Fringe (Daily Record) is back for a limited run only! Improvised comedy games and sketches culminating in an entirely improvised musical. This show combines improvised sketches and stories, accompanied by a pianist, to create a packed and entertaining hour... 

Monkey Barrel Comedy @ The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Monkey Barrel Comedy @ The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Every night of the Festival, Edinburgh's famous Monkey Barrel Comedy Club (Winner, Best Small Comedy Club, Scottish Comedy Awards 2016), brings you a cracking showcase of premier stand-up in the heart of the city! All held together by our legendary and interactive host Rick Molland – 'The perfect compere' (ThreeWeeks) – each show features up to three of the best up and coming acts in Scotland and beyond, topped off by a brilliant national headline act... 

Prize Surprize

Prize Surprize

An incomparable evening of prizes, surprises, comedy and cabaret! Compete in your favourite TV game shows to win the big cash jackpot! You don't need brains to win... just a lorra lorra luck! 

The Noise Next Door's Really, Really Good Afternoon Show

The Noise Next Door's Really, Really Good Afternoon Show

The eight time sell-out comedy sensation returns to Edinburgh with an anarchic afternoon show for just about everyone. Join The Noise Next Door for an epic hour of outlandish characters, perfect punchlines and awesome songs all mixed together with the guys' trademark brand of off-the-cuff antics... 

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis

A jaw-dropping, side-splitting comedy experience every night, created with the likes of guest improv legends Colin Mochrie or Mike McShane, with one of the world's top hypnotists (Asad Mecci)... 

The Showstoppers' Kids' Show

The Showstoppers' Kids' Show

Here in their very own story factory, Olivier Award-winning West End improvisers, The Showstoppers, take your kids’ ideas and transform them into marvellous, musical adventures, on the spot and direct from their imaginations... 

The Free Association: JACUZZI

The Free Association: JACUZZI

The Free Association is London's leading improv powerhouse, and we're thrilled to bring you our headline show: JACUZZI. Join us for the hottest improv show on the Fringe, where every night a different special guest from the world of comedy and beyond joins an all-star team of improvisers for an hour of spontaneous hilarity... 

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Fringe sensations Racing Minds are back after three sell-out years! A doddery grandfather can't quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help a mystery stuffed with hilarious characters, whip-smart wit and breathtaking twists will take hasty shape before your very eyes... 

The Free Association Presents...

The Free Association Presents...

Three brilliant, original and hilarious improv acts: DVD Box Set – your new favourite TV show, entirely improvised by a cast of FA players, inspired by an audience suggestion. The Wunderkammer – hit improv comedy from DNAYS, inspired by TED-style talks from daily expert guest enthusiasts, academics and comedians... 

The Noise Next Door's Really, Really Good Afternoon Show

The Noise Next Door's Really, Really Good Afternoon Show

The eight time sell-out comedy sensation returns to Edinburgh with an anarchic afternoon show for just about everyone. Join The Noise Next Door for an epic hour of outlandish characters, perfect punchlines and awesome songs all mixed together with the guys' trademark brand of off-the-cuff antics... 

Shite Club – The Downfall of Jellybean Martinez

Shite Club – The Downfall of Jellybean Martinez

First rule of Shite Club: F*ck Shite Club! The mad Spanish bastard that is Jellybean searches for his new style of comedy by any means possible. Last year he brought you Mr Saturday Night TV... 

Raymond Mearns is Feeling the Love

Raymond Mearns is Feeling the Love

Raymond Mearns is one of the best and most consistent performers on the UK and international comedy circuit. Awesome storytelling combined with great routines and blinding improvisation go toward delivering one of the best hours you are ever likely to see on the Fringe... 

The Science of Living Things

The Science of Living Things

Delighting London audiences since 2013, The Science of Living Things bring their trademark show to Brighton. With crazy characters, bizarre experiments and explosions of wit; a single word is all it takes to create hundreds of never before seen improvised sketches... 

Maxx Silver

Maxx Silver

Maxx Silver writes and performs all of his own music. The concert features an eclectic mix of atmospheric songs, electronic rhythm-driven synth epics, tracks from his new album 'Psychology' and fan favourites, performed here for the first time... 

Max and Ivan: Unstoppable

Max and Ivan: Unstoppable

Fringe veterans Max and Ivan bring their show Unstoppable to The Warren for this year’s Brighton Fringe. With wrestling, pots of cream and plenty of character comedy it loosely tells the tale of how the double act met pursuing their childhood hobbies... 

Off the Cuff: Crime and Funishment

Off the Cuff: Crime and Funishment

Off the Cuff, the Brighton based improvisation troupe, bring their show Crime and Funishment to the Fringe. The five competent performers create a new and improvised take on the classic TV detective drama every night in front of our very eyes... 

Acting Funny: UoB's Short Course on Comic Theatre Practice

Acting Funny: UoB's Short Course on Comic Theatre Practice

Taught by established professional performers and University of Brighton staff, this five day course provides intensive training in physical skills and creative approaches for devising comic theatre... 

Coating Under Pressure

Coating Under Pressure

The Coaterie are a collection of some of London's finest comedy minds, brought together under a single banner. Improvisers, sketch comedians and stand-ups unite to create a new brand of comedy delivered live, straight to your brain... 

Playback Impro

Playback Impro

Actors play back audience stories. ***** (The Mirror), "A real standout from all the stand-up... comic improvisation theatre-style." "It doesn't get any better than this - ingenious and thoroughly entertaining... 

The Thermos Museum

The Thermos Museum

Those without a snide, self-deprecating, sense of humour, step away from the Thermos Museum. Do not approach, under any circumstances, unless you are willing to be made a fool of and be treated to a thoroughly naff outdoor exhibition, wherein the eccentric and garishly-dressed Tour Guide seems to wish he were somewhere else, yet also quietly emanates anorak-levels of enthusiasm for flasks... 

LoveHard

LoveHard

A family recently arrived from nearby America? Remote rural Scotland? A nice, quiet, relatively murder-free area to settle down and forget the problems they've left behind? Need we say any more? Join LoveHard... 

Tatterdemalion

Tatterdemalion

From the creators of Boris & Sergey comes a one-man show featuring puppetry, physical comedy, and mime. Hilarious, absurd and often magical this show juxtaposes themes of loneliness and belonging with joy and exhilaration... 

Amadeus Martin: God Created Brixton

Amadeus Martin: God Created Brixton

Award-winning comedian Amadeus Martin takes you on a journey through Brixton urban legends, anecdotes and observations, from the failed Viking Invasion of 885AD, the Victorian Era of 1885, and his God-fearing mother’s villainy in the 1985 riots. 

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Basil, Sybil and Manuel are back to serve a 3-course meal in this "authentic, chaotic, eccentric and hilarious experience" (The Sussex Newspaper). With two-thirds of the show improvised, anything can happen – so expect the unexpected! "Brilliant" ***** (The Argus) [newline] www... 

Star Wars: A Dating Odyssey

Star Wars: A Dating Odyssey

So you like Star Wars and can't find a date? Follow dating Padawan, Aaron Ayjay, as he takes a comedic look at his relationship disasters and his passion for all things Star Wars. Learn Jedi mind tricks to convince a hottie to go out with you... 

Funny Women: Time of the Month

Funny Women: Time of the Month

Funny Women’s share and gig night is perfect for comedy lovers and beginners. Get involved and share your stuff at Play Time (6pm) then come and enjoy Show Time (8pm) to support some of Brighton’s best new female comedy talent. 

Shit-faced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

Shit-faced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

For those of you who have yet to encounter the fringe phenomenon that is Shit-Faced Shakespeare, this is a show that does exactly what it says on the tin. The current production showing at The Warren (although they have now branched out internationally) is a trimmed, hour long version of The Merchant of Venice in which one of the performers drinks an unreasonable amount of alcohol before, during and quite possibly after the performance... 

Madame Señorita: ¿Who are Tú?

Madame Señorita: ¿Who are Tú?

Debuting in Brighton following a critically acclaimed run at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, 'Madame Señorita: ¿Who are Tú?' is a total riot of a show, lead by an idiot. If you enjoy Spanish drama, ghosts, sexy housewives and Rock 'n Roll, and you want to witness a surreal experience, this show is for you! 

Project2: Improvised Science Fiction

Project2: Improvised Science Fiction

Project2 improvise science fiction. They create the dialogue, the story, the characters and the tech anew every time they take to the stage. With nods to 'Firefly', 'Back to the Future', 'Blade Runner', 'Doctor Who', 'Shaun of the Dead' and every sci-fi you have ever watched... 

Stand Up & Slam!

Stand Up & Slam!

Stand-up comedy - poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry - comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let's find out! Six phenomenal acts go head to head for your approval in this five star hit show as poetry and comedy collide with unexpected and hilarious results! The winners? You decide! 

Vanity Bites Back

Vanity Bites Back

A “Bold, subversive and very funny” clown cookery show about searching for self worth in a cheesecake. Join aspiring TV cookery host Jill – “A cross between Alan Partridge and Margaret Thatcher” – for her most exposing episode to date – “Fresh, quick witted and supremely empowered" **** (Scotsman) 

Pimp My Busk

Pimp My Busk

The show must go on! The guerrilla Pimp My Busk crew will be ambushing unsuspecting festival buskers with a sprinkle of razzamatazz, a dash of glamour and a pinch of pazazz. We shall disappear as quickly as we appeared, a flash of footlights and, poof, we're gone. 

Comedians' Cinema Club

Comedians' Cinema Club

Comedians' Cinema Club brings together the UK’s best comedians and forces them to improvise their way through movies. Come see us as we appear around the UK (and soon the world) to record a podcast and then ruin your favourite film... 

C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation

C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation

Mirth meets murder in world's daftest whodunnit. C.S.I. return with this truly funny crime comedy made up entirely on the spot. A fully improvised, witty and absurd murder mystery comedy play... 

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Comedy Club 4 Kids

"Comedy Club 4 Kids has stand-up sets from grown-up, high-quality acts who perform their usual sets, just without the swearing or rude bits," says The Independent. True! Come and see the best comics from the international circuit do their thing for an audience of children (6+) and their families. 

Haven't a Clue..!

Haven't a Clue..!

Think you know charades? Think again! Back for a second year after a huge success in 2015. Comedy meets game show meets improv. Two teams of comics play this hysterical twist on the classic... 

John Robertson's The Dark Room

John Robertson's The Dark Room

You awake to find yourself in a Dark Room! Choose an option: A) Find The Light Switch. B) Cry For Help. C) Go North. YOU can come and play the world's only live action version of a text-based adventure game ????? (Fringe Review), ????? (Skinny), ????? (ThreeWeeks), "Not to be missed" (The Guardian) 

The Star Factory

The Star Factory

Enthused? Inspired? Vibing? If you love Brighton Fringe why not become part of it? Loquacious Luvvie or Lounge Lizard, it could be you on stage making mediocre scripts something great... 

Notflix

Notflix

Theatre Company Waiting For The Call wasted no time in making us feel included within the show. Every member of the audience was handed a slip of paper upon entry asking for the name of the last film they saw and a synopsis of it in one paragraph; the one that was then chosen from a bucket was Force Majeure for the improvisational troupe to make an entire musical out of... 

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans

Rachel Parris ('Austentatious', 'The IT Crowd') presents her new musical comedy about not having it all. No house, child, wage? No problem. Rachel is an award-winning comic whose songs are played on BBC Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music... 

G

G

Like 'Waiting for Godot' on speed, this hilarious and moving new show revealing the dramas that transpire when an old TV actress from Hi-De-Hi and a young classical actor get together and stage their own play... 

We Come in Peace

We Come in Peace

Your quick wits and sharp tongue are all that stand between Earth and total destruction. First contact. Extraterrestrial visitors sought the brightest and best that the earth had to offer - instead they got you... 

Mingus Underground Octet

Mingus Underground Octet

The great Charles Mingus had a unique approach to music. The Mingus Underground Octet features some of the finest jazz and improvising musicians in the SE and London. Capturing the excitement and the spirit of Mingus’ music and giving audiences the opportunity to hear his unique legacy. 

Bob and Jim: The Rest of The Lot

Bob and Jim: The Rest of The Lot

Bob and Jim do 'The Rest of The Lot'. Last year they thought they'd done the lot, then other stuff happened so they're back to do that. From Merkel to Zumba via everything else ever... 

Terry Pack's Trees plus The Cloggz

Terry Pack's Trees plus The Cloggz

Terry Pack’s Trees is an unfeasibly large ensemble, of up to 40 local musicians, which performs exciting, groove-based, new and original jazz. The Cloggz comprises some of the foremost musicians on the UK jazz scene today... 

Aaaaaaand... It Is What It Is

Aaaaaaand... It Is What It Is

Born in the grim shadow of Brighton Pier, the 'It Is What It Is' comedy-collective are here to bring you mirth, levity and so much more. Stand-up and sketch comedy at its best, delivered to you by an eclectic quintet of dysfunctional humans... 

Abandoman: Life & Rhymes

Abandoman: Life & Rhymes

Using their trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, Abandoman (Ireland’s top comedy hip-hop improv team) present their biggest and best show to date! "Flight of the Conchords meets 8 Mile... 

The Maydays present: Pitch That Show

The Maydays present: Pitch That Show

Award-winning comedy troupe, The Maydays, pitch ideas for a new improvised show every night, inspired by the audience. All you have to do is pick your favourite then sit back and watch The Maydays deliver whatever format they promised, using their unique blend of improvised comedy, music and theatre. 

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Fresh off a sold-out tour between New York and Los Angeles and an extended run at the Edinburgh Fringe, these Gaulier-graduates bring their high energy and low intelligence to Brighton with Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop. 

Nathan Cassidy: 42 (Preview)

Nathan Cassidy: 42 (Preview)

Award-winning comedian with a random set-list in a quest to find the meaning of life. No two shows the same! Sell-out Brighton 2012-2015, Malcolm Hardee Award Nominee, Best Show Winner 2014/Nominee 2015 Buxton Fringe... 

Improv Deathmatch

Improv Deathmatch

An improvised comedy show where two teams battle to see who can make the audience laugh hardest. It's like 'Whose Line is it Anyway?' but where the points do matter! Following a sold-out run at the Camden Fringe in 2015 and recommended by the Evening Standard, see who will be crowned 2016 champions. 

Murder, She Didn't Write

Murder, She Didn't Write

Move over Sherlock! You become the author in this original and hilarious improvised comedy! Each night, Degrees of Error presents an unplanned, unscripted and never-before-seen murder mystery, based on your suggestions... 

The Marvellous Mechanical Mesmerist

The Marvellous Mechanical Mesmerist

The title looked like something from a Victorian sideshow. P.T. Barnum himself would not be out of place at a show billed as a steampunk driven comedy play with hypnotised people. Produced by Diversity Theatre Company and members of the Academy of Hypnotic Arts as HypnoArts, I expected quite a spectacle from thisArts Council England supported show... 

Lights! Camera! Improvise! - The Improvised Movie Live on Stage

Lights! Camera! Improvise! - The Improvised Movie Live on Stage

Olivier Award winning comedy company Mischief Theatre return to the Fringe for 3 nights only with their improvised movie direct from a sell-out West End run. You choose the genre, location and title and we'll roll the film... 

Cariad & Paul: A Two Player Adventure

Cariad & Paul: A Two Player Adventure

Through their use of improvisation and mime, backed with a fantastic live band (The Glue Ensemble), Cariad and Paul bring to life a series of hilarious stories, based solely on one word from the audience... 

Off the Top

Off the Top

Baba Brinkman (science rapper, Fringe First winner, and half the cast of Off The Top) really loves his wife. His adoration radiates off him in a warming glow and is very much welcomed by his flustered, soggy audience (the great Scottish weather had not been kind that morning) who traipse into Canon’s Gait... 

Franks and Skinner Present: Myself and Myself

Franks and Skinner Present: Myself and Myself

If life gives you lemons you stuff them in a German’s face and make a joke about sauerkraut. If life gives you the opportunity to form a double act whose combined name is a mere letter away from one of the country’s best-known comedians, you take it... 

Abnormally Funny People

Abnormally Funny People

Abnormally Funny People showcases some of the best and brightest comedians living with disabilities on the circuit, oh and a token “normal”. It’s a nice idea and it works well, it could fall into mawkishness but never does, it’s a series of solid acts tied together by a theme... 

BEINGS

BEINGS

Susan Harrison and Andrew Gentilli are clearly good improvisers, and their joint credentials imply that BEINGS should be a highly entertaining and swift hour of long form improv comedy... 

Why Didn't We Have This Conversation a Year Ago?

Why Didn't We Have This Conversation a Year Ago?

Mediating Conversations about Conflict: The Church, the Constitution and the Climate. An evening of dialogue about conflict, hosted by leading mediator John Sturrock, featuring music with a house band, food and, more importantly, conversations with distinguished guest speakers about important contemporary issues where conflict abounds... 

Theatre Engine: FlashMob

Theatre Engine: FlashMob

A mash-up of dance, music, mobile phones and you! FlashMob begins as a game of words and ends as a dance party for all participants – with audience members interacting with movement artists and controlling lights and sounds... 

Notflix

Notflix

Think of a terrible plot, think of awful characterisation, think of twists so frustratingly illogical that you yearn for the narrative simplicity of Memento. Waiting For The Call: The Improvised Musical, present Notflix, the most horrible and least recommended original movies generated from the ghastly depths of audience suggestion... 

Brody and Chadwick's Great Blimp Deception

Brody and Chadwick's Great Blimp Deception

Irish comedians Giles Brody and Colin Chadwick invite you to a compendium of sketch comedy, featuring childish Nobel Prize winners, Frankenstein’s reformed monster, Teen Pope, Godzilla, Ricky Martin’s relative, a trip to heaven, Beethoven (the dog), a sold out movie theatre and the most ambitious blimp fraud of the century! 

The Society of Strange

The Society of Strange

Every year the Fringe is swarming with many improvised shows, with very few original ideas. Fortunately The Society of Strange offers an unusual change to fans of improv with its dark twists and eerie storytelling that does stand out from the crowd... 

Oliver Meech's Improvised Magic Show

Oliver Meech's Improvised Magic Show

Oliver Meech is no stranger to the Edinburgh Fringe, having brought his show When Magic and Science Collide in previous years. However, this Fringe, Meech aspires to do something a little different than a traditional magic show, and combines his skills for illusion with – as the title says – improv... 

BEINGS

BEINGS

Susan Harrison (The Showstoppers: ‘A professionally staged and brilliantly executed piece of work that is a shining example of how good improv can be’ ***** (Chortle.co.uk), and Monkeytoast: ‘One of the best shows you'll see this year’ (Time Out)), and Andrew Gentilli (Music Box: ‘This one’s brilliant’ ***** (FringeGuru... 

PianoPiano

PianoPiano

PianoPiano redefines modern classical music with this powerful show of original pieces dedicated to nine female trail-blazers. Composed and performed on two grand pianos by the award-winning duo of Hilary Brooks and Karen MacIver, the show’s unique blend of thrilling new music and enlightening anecdotes has enchanted audiences across Scotland and England since its critically acclaimed debut in 2013... 

Josh Widdicombe's XFM Show Live!

Josh Widdicombe's XFM Show Live!

After a sell-out run in 2014 Josh and Producer Neil return with their award-winning XFM Podcast ... and all the regulars have been assembled. Contains: Acaster, Kumar, Crosby, Graham, Robins, Producer Neil and more... 

The Beau Zeaux: An Improvised Comedy

The Beau Zeaux: An Improvised Comedy

The Beau Zeaux are impressive in their intensity. In this improvised comedy, solo stints become interwoven narratives before you have the chance to blink. As usual, the audience choose the direction of the show... 

The Discount Comedy Checkout – Improv Show

The Discount Comedy Checkout – Improv Show

Ever wanted to know what a camping trip sounds like through the medium of opera? Yes, I'm being serious, and this is just one of many bizarre performances you will see from The Discount Comedy Checkout... 

The Improverts

The Improverts

As the members of Edinburgh University’s improv troupe run into the flashing lights, accompanied by music and applause, they are introduced to us as ‘the players’. It’s a title that fits: the company spend the next hour playing around in a number of improvisation games... 

Tommy Tiernan Alive in Edinburgh

Tommy Tiernan Alive in Edinburgh

Before he took to the stage, Tommy Tiernan took in some shows around Edinburgh. What struck him, whether the show was good or bad, was the humility and generosity of the acts. There is, he notices, an unwritten pact between performers and spectators, where those onstage offer themselves and their carefully cultivated performances with the sole purpose of pleasing strangers... 

Five-a-Side Theatre

Five-a-Side Theatre

“Join our storytelling team as they use innovative improve [sic] techniques to craft a narrative from audience members’ true stories,” boasts the Five-a-Side flyer. Imagine the disappointment when, far from this promise, you are subjected to five students dressed in cheap Disney princess costumes, telling a story that is not only not improvised but is also mind-numbingly poor... 

48 Minutes / Free Festival

48 Minutes / Free Festival

I am not entirely sure why comedians Ben Shannon and Mike Reed decided their set should be forty-eight minutes long, rather than a full hour, but it actually doesn’t really matter as they deliver plenty of laughs in the twenty-four minutes they each have onstage... 

Folie à Deux

Folie à Deux

High-wire improvised comedy from two of the stars of Chortle award-winning Fringe hit, Austentatious. Riffing on a single word from the audience, Andrew Hunter Murray (QI's No Such Thing As A Fish) and Charlotte Gittins (Grand Theft Impro) fearlessly entangle themselves in an hour of hilariously inventive character improv... 

This Is Your Trial

This Is Your Trial

The improv concept of This Is Your Trial is sound: two comedians take on the roles of prosecution and defence as they argue over cases that are brought by the audience.On the night I saw it, comedians John Hastings and Keith Farnan acted as prosecutor and defence respectively and both did a competent job of using the format to make witty and interesting jokes... 

The Knowing Smirk Comedy Show

The Knowing Smirk Comedy Show

Banter and silliness are the driving force of this Cheltenham sketch comedy troupe. Comfortable in their own skin and being on the stage, The Knowing Smirk gang will welcome its audience to join in the fun as easily as inviting a friend to the local pub, and all the giggling that comes along with it... 

Improvabunga: Funny Side Up

Improvabunga: Funny Side Up

After a quick introduction to the performers, a few improvisational examples, such as a Lonely Hearts Ad from a toilet and a first date at the Battle of Waterloo, we were introduced to the gang behind Improvabunga... 

The Maydays & Friends: Unplugged

The Maydays & Friends: Unplugged

The award-winning Maydays take you on a tour of improv shows from the past, present... and future. Different formats, different guests and different stories, but the same inimitable Maydays improv magic... 

Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness

How do you cope when you are at your wits’ end? Is there hope in the darkness? Out of Darkness, an improvised and interactive Playback Theatre production by students from Taylor University, Indiana, explores ancient paradigms of spiritual deliverance borrowed from biblical poetry, alongside your stories of coping and hoping... 

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Beardyman has been a regular Fringe success for several years and it’s easy to see why. Back again at Pleasance Grand with One Album Per Hour, his unique brand of improvisational, musical, beatboxing comedy is as astonishing as ever... 

John Robertson – The Dark Room: Symphony of a Floating Head

John Robertson – The Dark Room: Symphony of a Floating Head

John Robertson’s send up of classic text based video games succeeds in being an hilarious evening of retro fun.Awakening to find yourself in a dark room as a person called Darren – for you are always Darren – you must use all of your wits to escape whilst avoiding all the potential pitfalls that could lead to your untimely death... 

Murder, She Didn't Write

Murder, She Didn't Write

A remarkably intricate and engaging murder mystery is created from scratch every night. Based completely on the audience’s suggestions, the incredibly sharp company spin out the intrigue over an hour with wit and skill: it’s a great concept, and it works... 

Comedians' Cinema Club

Comedians' Cinema Club

No amount of advance research can prepare you for Comedians’ Cinema Club. It's a whirlwind of movie knowledge (or lack thereof), muddled plots and regularly enforced audience interaction... 

Baby Wants Candy: The Graduation Show

Baby Wants Candy: The Graduation Show

The Graduation Show is where BWC’s Fringe Improv Intensive Workshop students strut their stuff in a showcase performance having learnt long-form improv from the finest! Find out more and register for BWC’s award-winning four-day Fringe Intensive Workshop at www... 

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Shellshock! are back at the Fringe for our seventh year running! Join us as we improvise scenes, stories, sketches and games entirely on the spot, based on your suggestions. Every show is guaranteed to be totally unique and different each day... 

Abandoman – Hot Desk

Abandoman – Hot Desk

Back by popular demand, Ireland's top comedy hip hop improv team bring 2014’s show 'Hot Desk' to Edinburgh three nights only! Using their trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, Abandoman will take you on a magical journey, transforming the audience’s likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales... 

Stuck!

Stuck!

Three strangers trapped by fate. Who are they? Where are they? You decide. Three stories unfold. Sometimes joyous, sometimes tragic, always absurd. An entirely improvised comedy with music from The RH Experience using your suggestions... 

Baby Wants Candy: The Improv All Star Explosion!

Baby Wants Candy: The Improv All Star Explosion!

Award-winning Fringe favourite musical improvisers present an evening of spontaneous music, monologues, mayhem and hilariously insane fun. Special guests TBA! ‘Pretty damn brilliant, pretty damn hilarious, and made up on the spot!’ (HuffingtonPost... 

Flow! FRINGE

Flow! FRINGE

Flow! is a revolutionary open stage event that sees dancers in close conversation with poets. From its roots in the USA, slam poetry has become a cultural phenomenon. Over the years, the lines between this form of performance and other arts have begun to blur... 

Haven't a Clue! - Free

Haven't a Clue! - Free

Think you know charades? Think again! Comedy meets game show meets improv, as two teams of Fringe comics hilariously pit their skills and wit against each other, in this hysterical twist on the classic... 

Baby Wants Candy Workshops

Baby Wants Candy Workshops

Learn musical improv from the best! Internationally renowned award-winning Chicago troupe, the 'entertainment phenomenon' (Scotsman) Baby Wants Candy invites you to learn to improvise songs and play in a more free, fast and fun style... 

The Improveteers!

The Improveteers!

Once the show begins and the lights come up, the lighting designer (or so we thought) walks away from the desk and takes to the stage in silence, before introducing himself as our host for the evening... 

Barbed

Barbed

A cosmic pile-on of free-thinking radicals from Northern Ireland present a smorgasbord of performance art, improvised music, comedy and spoken word, reeking of trusting, spontaneous, interactive improvisation... 

The Sinister Tales of Doctor Synistra

The Sinister Tales of Doctor Synistra

Improv with a dark twist! As you enter the theatre you will be welcomed by the cast who will show you to your seats and make sure you are sitting comfortably, before using dark magic to summon Doctor Synistra... 

An Improvised Murder

An Improvised Murder

An Improvised Murder. A night of stories, laughter, games … and death. A murder mystery improvised live. With no script and no plot, Foghorn Improv and the audience create a classic whodunnit... 

All Our Friends Are Dead

All Our Friends Are Dead

When Norris – one half of the outstanding comedy duo Norris and Parker (Katie Norris and Sinead Parker, directed by Lucia Fox) – learns that she was lured here labouring under false pretences and will not in fact be performing in a contemporary dance piece at the Traverse theatre, all hell breaks loose... 

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth are a special improv comedy group - wonderfully talented and energetic. The seven-strong troupe from St Andrews warm the audience up and keeping the show at that charged level throughout the hour... 

The Giggle Dungeon Take Over!

The Giggle Dungeon Take Over!

The Giggle Dungeon has its sights set sights on the north! They are bringing every weapon in their arsenal. The epic battle plan includes stand-up, improv and maybe even a sketch. Every epic fable begins somewhere... 

Yo Mama Battle!

Yo Mama Battle!

The sell-out smash hit from Australia makes its international debut, the annual Yo Mama Battle! Starring the hottest comedians battling it out over topics chosen by you! Yes you! A night filled with insults, mayhem and fun hosted by the psychotic Seizure Kaiser in this 8 Mile inspired show... 

Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net

Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net

The best in improvised stand-up, Set List presents a daily changing selection of Fringe favourites performing a never before seen set without a moment’s preparation. With topics ranging from Parliamentary Narcotics Friday to Meditation Velcro, Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net is the ultimate test for the top comedic talents... 

Shit-Faced Shakespeare

Shit-Faced Shakespeare

In Macbeth, Act II, Scene 3, the Porter states “Drink [...] is a great provoker of three things...nose painting, sleep and urine”. When it comes to Magnificent Bastard Productions, however, drink provokes a fourth thing - a fantastic night out... 

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

If you’re planning on making the trip to see Baby Wants Candy, get your title suggestions ready now! The audience for his fully improvised musical comedy has barely taken their seats (to music provided by the excellent four-piece house band, led by Dan Wessels) when the seven-person ensemble takes the stage and it’s all systems go... 

Phil Kay 'n' Russell Hicks: Psychedelicious

Phil Kay 'n' Russell Hicks: Psychedelicious

Fringe veteran, freewheeling storytelling Phil is joined by Russell the brilliant young American upstart, cut from similar cloth. Two masters at weaving improvisations with stream of consciousness and spontanious mayhem... 

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton and his highly acclaimed Impro Chums are wonders of nature. They take audience suggestions and create cascades of fantastic tumbling laughter. The Impro Chums are Paul Merton, Suki Webster, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson and Mike McShane... 

Playback Impro

Playback Impro

The concept of Playback Impro is both a simple and an effective one. Simple because the material used to create its humourous improvised sketches comes directly from audience members’ stories, and effective because this method allows the performers to dodge what is perhaps the most difficult part of creating an unscripted, unplanned performance: coming up with a structure on the spot... 

The Free Association

The Free Association

The Free Association is proud to present an hour of the finest and funniest improvised comedy on the Fringe. This 'hugely talented supergroup' (TimeOut) features members of Austentatious, Max and Ivan, Showstoppers, Lazy Susan, Boom! Chicago and the world famous UCB Theatre in LA... 

Mixology

Mixology

Like any good cocktail, this is an improv group that has layers. We like Pina Coladas and getting drunk in the rain. We also mishear song lyrics. We attempt to answer mankind's most burning, existential questions such as, how many accents can one group do poorly? or, why does that one girl keep looking at me like that? Outside of these queries, we perform a collection of short form improv games based on audience suggestions, making them feel loved and helping everyone forget about their bad childhoods. 

The School of Night: Rhapsodes

The School of Night: Rhapsodes

Improvisation in any context can be challenging, but throw in some Shakespeare and an incredibly complex collection of rhyming structures and it seems nigh on impossible. Yet improv extraordinaires Adam Meggido and Sean McCann spectacularly pulled it off... 

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised spins out a fully-fledged, one hour show, firmly founded on nothing more than the performers’ wit, charm, comedic reflexes and audience responses to an old story book... 

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical

In its second year at the Fringe, The Improv Musical is a fun, heart-warming comedy by Music Theatre Warwick, despite failing to live up to its improvised appearance. Built on the same model as its critically acclaimed counterpart Lights! Camera! Improvise!, audience suggestions are used to devise an hour of musical theatre: the setting, 1960s New York, the characters, Nigel Farage and Madonna, the title, A Bite from the Big Apple... 

Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net

Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net

What if someone else wrote a set list of outrageous and original topics for the world’s best stand-up comedians, and they had to perform from it with literally zero seconds to prepare? Top comics create unforgettable acts of spontaneous comedic genius... 

Upstairs Downton – The Improvised Episode

Upstairs Downton – The Improvised Episode

Upstairs Downton – The Improvised Episode opens with the ordinarily subdued theme tune to ITV's massively popular period drama, Downton Abbey, played on kazoos and a recorder. It's an appropriately irreverent rendition which sets the scene for what's to come: an affectionate parody, and mash up, of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs (the former's less-celebrated, BBC-produced predecessor)... 

The Discount Comedy Checkout – Improv Show

The Discount Comedy Checkout – Improv Show

Hilarious 100% raw improvisation is on the menu as some weird and wonderful suggestions are taken from the audience while performing short-form improvisation games. So if you've ever wanted to see a giant jelly man attack New York City, or a musical romance blossom between a kitchen sink and a fridge then come along, suggest it and The Discount Comedy Checkout will deliver it for you! Part of La Favorita Freestival, www... 

A Ward Winning Storey

A Ward Winning Storey

Tom Ward (BBC Radio New Comedy Award finalist 2014) and human curiosity Andy Storey (Leicester Square New Comedian finalist 2012) gloriously unite for an hour, where the carefully thought-out mixes with the improvised... 

Men With Coconuts

Men With Coconuts

Edinburgh-based Men With Coconuts are back with their five-star improv comedy show! Sixty minutes of improvised games and scenes culminating in an entirely improvised Broadway-style musical... 

Sherlock and Watson: Best Friends Forever

Sherlock and Watson: Best Friends Forever

A joyfully improvised comedy following the adventures of the world's most beloved partners in crime. An Edinburgh Fringe debut from two international improvisers with 10 years' professional experience... 

A to Z Improv Comedy

A to Z Improv Comedy

Jump on board the late night comedy roller coaster! Where will it go? Nobody knows! Based on audience suggestions, each show is unique and spontaneous. A to Z Improv promises to be a rip-roaring, raucous adventure into the unexpected... 

Bristol Improv Steals the Show – Free

Bristol Improv Steals the Show – Free

Bristol Improv return with their hit format Bristol Improv Steals the Show! Everything on stage is completely improvised based on you, the audience! Expect to have your programmes pilfered, and your brains and your pockets picked by 'some of the sharpest young minds on the improvised comedy circuit' **** (AYoungerTheatre... 

Late Show

Late Show

Where the who's who of comedy and comedy’s new breakout stars love to perform and audiences love to be. Previous acts include: Adam Hills, Noel Fielding, Jim Jefferies, Ardal O’Hanlon, Nina Conti, Reginald D Hunter, Stewart Lee, Jack Whitehall, Henning Wehn, Dara O Briain, Jason Manford, Milton Jones, Bill Bailey, Flight of the Conchords, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard, Romesh Ranganathan and Michael McIntyre... 

Supermassive Face Palm

Supermassive Face Palm

Ever screwed up? Said the wrong thing? Wished the ground would just swallow you whole? A problem shared is a problem halved, so meet improv troupe Game Face. This no-holds-barred improv team will bring your funny faux-pas and your comedy clangers to life in one great big Supermassive Face Palm. 

UCLU Comedy Club Presents...

UCLU Comedy Club Presents...

Join UCLU Comedy Club's Blank Slates for an hour of thrilling improvised comedy, as they follow the story of a young superhero on their rise to glory. ***** (Pi Media). Then, UCLU Comedy Club’s sketch troupe, The Gower Line return for another year of 'fast paced madness' (Pi Media) as they navigate the troubles of modern relationships, satanic suburbia and good old-fashioned murder... 

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Fasten your knickerbockers and hold onto your bonnets: Austentatious is back for a fourth year of frilly-meets-filthy improvisation, based exceptionally loosely on the collected works of Jane Austen... 

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday...

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday...

Improvised stories, with a big heart. Love it or loathe it, you can't escape family. Much like Christmas. Join the You, Me and Monkey troupe as they embrace all things festive and create a show built around your memories... 

Freestyle Comedy

Freestyle Comedy

It's stand-up, but not as you know it: no rules, no back-up, no script, a helter-skelter descent into pure comedy. Under the influence of the audience, this international double act deliver a unique hour of stand-up comedy every single show... 

Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy

Ben Fogg (self-proclaimed ninth funniest man alive, both halves of the original odd couple, Mr Oak Furniture Land 2009, close personal friend of Avril Lavigne) has written a deep, rich walrus of a show... 

Stu and Garry and...

Stu and Garry and...

Award-winning Stu Murphy and Garry Dobson perform brilliant improvised comedy all year round as Stand Comedy Club residents. This year they throw open the doors of their spiritual home, to welcome various terrific guests for much riotous shenanigans... 

Voices in Your Head

Voices in Your Head

Voices returns, pitting the festival’s best comedy performers against a disembodied Voice who will interrogate and inspire, creating spontaneous comedy mayhem. Casts have included: Phill Jupitus, Russell Tovey, Hannibal Buress, Rob Delaney, Marcus Brigstocke, Sharon Horgan, Sara Pascoe, Craig Hill, Mike McShane, Joe Lycett, Fred MacAulay, Kerry Howard, Marcel Lucont and Aisling Bea among many others... 

The Maydays Present: Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show

The Maydays Present: Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show

Theorising that new episodes are possible within their own lifetime, the Maydays step into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanish. Paying homage to the classic sci-fi series and based entirely on audience suggestions, the Maydays jump through time to put right what once went wrong... 

Bob and Jim – The Lot

Bob and Jim – The Lot

Bob and Jim do The Lot, from flip-flops to fracking via democracy, pop music, lentils, wrestling, nozzles and everything else ever. ‘I laughed like a loon’ (FringeGuru.com). ‘Truly inspired’ (BritishComedyGuide... 

Baron Sternlook's Improvised Musical

Baron Sternlook's Improvised Musical

James Lovelock (Showstopper, Music Box) and his herd of musical improvisers bring you the silliest musicals ever never written, all improvised from your suggestions. ‘This quality of performance, which is rarely assured within improvised performance, is a breath of fresh air and entirely in debt to the bond and rehearsal of the entire cast’ (Redbrick... 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Fast-paced, hilarious improv show that will have you coming back for more. Two-time Edinburgh Fringe sell-out! Scottish and international improvisers create witty sketches based on your suggestions (à la Whose Line is it Anyway?) - so be sure to arrive ready to shout out odd and wonderful ideas, and together we'll make some comedy gold! An Edinburgh Fringe sell-out 2013/2014... 

The Discount Comedy Checkout – Improv Show

The Discount Comedy Checkout – Improv Show

Hilarious 100% raw improvisation is on the menu as some weird and wonderful suggestions are taken from the audience while performing short-form improvisation games. So if you've ever wanted to see a giant jelly man attack New York City, or a musical romance blossom between a kitchen sink and a fridge then come along, suggest it and The Discount Comedy Checkout will deliver it for you! Part of La Favorita Freestival, www... 

The Lot

The Lot

Bob and Jim do The Lot, from flip-flops to fracking via democracy, pop music, lentils, wrestling, nozzles and everything else ever. ‘I laughed like a loon’ (FringeGuru.com). ‘Truly inspired’ (BritishComedyGuide... 

Pun-Man's Pun Party

Pun-Man's Pun Party

UK Pun Champion Leo Kearse, aka Pun-Man, is here to save humanity from observational comedy with a pun party! But he's having a bit of trouble adapting to your planet. If you like award-winning stupid jokes, interactive punning and a confused lycra-clad Scottish alien, then you'll love Pun-Man's Pun Party! What's the worst that could hear-pun? (‘My mate’s sitting on my pumpkin... 

Once Upon a...

Once Upon a...

A brand new Once Upon A… adventure where anything can happen. Join us for this imaginative and highly interactive action packed show where the audience are just as much involved as the actors are! 'Absolute magic!' **** (BroadwayBaby... 

The Shambles

The Shambles

The Shambles, York’s premier improvised comedy troupe, are back at the Fringe! Bringing you hilarious songs, scenes and games based entirely on your audience suggestions. No two shows can ever be the same... 

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imaginary Porno Charades

Forty-five minutes of unstoppable panel show mayhem. You’ll be glad they can last that long! A variety of performers from across the Fringe form our two teams ready to charade their audiences good and hard... 

Compose Mantis: The Duo-plicity of Improv

Compose Mantis: The Duo-plicity of Improv

Long-form scenic improvisation from two of the smartest, funniest, most talented and immodest improvisers in the world. Always funny, often thoughtful, sometimes moving. I texted ‘Improv groups always have stupid names... 

A Ward Winning Storey

A Ward Winning Storey

Tom Ward (BBC Radio New Comedy Award finalist 2014) and human curiosity Andy Storey (Leicester Square New Comedian finalist 2012) gloriously unite for an hour, where the carefully thought-out mixes with the improvised... 

Hate 'N' Live

Hate 'N' Live

There's too much love at the Fringe. Come watch your favourite comedians, aka The Gladihaters, hate on subjects the audience suggests, no matter what they are. You'll love it! Ever wanted to hear Darius Davies ***** (BroadwayBaby... 

Sketch Thieves

Sketch Thieves

It's comedy set swapping live! The show where comedians perform their own jokes, then each other's. Best comedy club show – London 2015 (Chortle Awards). Top five comedy shows of 2014 (List)... 

Tricorn Improv

Tricorn Improv

Tricorn Improv! Have you ever had an amazing or wonderful idea for theatre but you couldn’t quite put to it to paper? Well then maybe it is now time to try it out on stage! Tricorn Improv brings you a wonderful range of theatre made entirely by your ideas! We create both long and short form theatre based on audience suggestions, giving you either a short scene or an entire play that you can say you made! So come and bring along your friends and family, your voice and especially your creativity for some incredible improv entertainment!  

Russell Hicks: Big Mouth Strikes Again

Russell Hicks: Big Mouth Strikes Again

American smart ass showcases the wit that got him described as ‘a mix between Jack Dee and Dennis Leary’ (BroadwayBaby.com). This show has it all: humour, madness, imagination and the ability to take a punch. 

The Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure

The Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure

The picnic hamper’s packed, it’s time for a jolly adventure in the grand old style of Enid Blyton! Cast yourself back to the 1940s when houses cost thruppence, snuff was tuppence, and getting a tongue sandwich cost wuppance... 

Love Hate Relationship

Love Hate Relationship

Stand-up comedians Carmen Ali and Jake Pickford have decided to put their relationship to the ultimate test by doing a show together. A two-hander with a difference; expect jokes, improv, rap battles and songs as they both fight for stage time... 

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz is an all ages, all improvised show. Two teams battle it out for the biggest laughs as players create quick-witted sketches, scenes and songs from whatever suggestions are thrown at them by the audience... 

The Half Naked Chef

The Half Naked Chef

Stompy's back by popular demand and he's gonna be on (and all around) a bus. Expect 'hilarious, top-class street-style theatre...' (Scotsman), brilliant clown antics and culinary demonstrations that would make Nigella's nipples hard... 

What the Dickens!

What the Dickens!

Improvised comedy with a twist. The Cambridge Impronauts – ***** (Tab.co.uk) – transport you back to the timeless era of Dickensian London. Your suggestions, including the title of the tale and a twist in its plot, inspire a unique comic creation... 

Joke Thieves

Joke Thieves

It's comedy set swapping live! The show where comedians perform their own jokes, then each other's. Best comedy club show – London 2015 (Chortle Awards). Top five comedy shows of 2014 (List)... 

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

No script Sherlock! The stars of Fringe sensations Racing Minds and Impromptu Shakespeare take you on a thrilling new adventure each day through the underworld of Victorian Britain, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London’s great detective... 

All American Boy

All American Boy

Sid Singh isn't the first guy you think of when you think 'America', but so what? What're you, an expert? No? Then chill out dude. Sid's funny as hell so come watch his free show every day at the White Horse at 11pm or Cowgate at 12:15pm... 

The Improvised Improv Show – Free Show!

The Improvised Improv Show – Free Show!

Taking improv to the next level – we improvise the cast! Now in its third year, the Fringe's free daily improv jam returns for more comedy scenes and games based entirely on audience suggestions... 

Anything Can Be a Podcast Podcast Returns!

Anything Can Be a Podcast Podcast Returns!

John Hastings is back with his totally improvised stand-up comedy show that is released each day as a podcast (you know, internet radio thing). Each day John will make you laugh with your faces without the aid of prepared material... 

The Blunder Games

The Blunder Games

A non-stop hour of nonsensical family fun from madcap double act Chris and Cammy. Jump into the action and play a part in a sketch, or just sit back and let others make fools of themselves... 

All American Boy

All American Boy

Sid Singh isn't the first guy you think of when you think 'America', but so what? What're you, an expert? No? Then chill out dude. Sid's funny as hell so come watch his free show every day at the White Horse at 11pm or Cowgate at 12:15pm... 

All Made Up: This Time It's Social

All Made Up: This Time It's Social

Like or hate Facebook, you're guaranteed to love this all-female social media inspired comedy improv show. Following a hugely successful run at last year's Fringe, countless sell-out London shows, as well as being one of the Independent's highlights of this year's Dave Comedy Festival, All Made Up are back with the most bang-up-to-date improv show you could Google... 

Luca Cupani: Still Falling

Luca Cupani: Still Falling

London-based Italian comedian. Hilariously crafted material with plenty of witty improvisation and bizarre observational humour. ‘We have discovered brand new comedy talent in Luca Cupani’ (Copstick, Scotsman)... 

Playback Impro

Playback Impro

'A real standout from all the stand-up, this is comic improvisation theatre-style. It can be anything from a mundane event on the way to the theatre, to a traumatic childhood experience... 

Shaken Not Stirred

Shaken Not Stirred

Alex Fox and Dom O’Keefe improvise high-octane, tongue-in-cheek, never before seen adventures in the style of a James Bond film from your suggestions. Praise for previous work: ‘charismatic and charming’ **** (BroadwayBaby... 

Jellybean Martinez: Mr Saturday Night TV

Jellybean Martinez: Mr Saturday Night TV

Back in the day, Saturday night TV was the thing to stay in for. What happened to programmes like Blind Date, Gladiators and Stars in their Eyes? From the creator of Britain's Got F*ck All Talent, Jellybean Martinez has created his own Saturday night TV show of pure entertainment, madness and lots of fun... 

Vegas Nocturne

Vegas Nocturne

Born in a Spiegeltent at New York’s Fulton Fish Market, Spiegelworld created controversial comedy-circus hit Absinthe. It’s now in its fifth sold out year in Las Vegas and touring Australia... 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

A brand new musical is created from scratch at every performance of this multi award-winning show. Audience suggestions are transformed instantly into all-singing, all-dancing productions with unpredictable and hilarious results... 

This Is Soap

This Is Soap

Making a return in C theatre's 24th year – the comedy soap that you control. We'll fantasise, dramatise and improvise your very own soap opera. Improvised Edinburgh Festival Fringe Soap returns for a brand new series... 

Shit-Faced Showtime

Shit-Faced Showtime

From the team who brought you Shit-Faced Shakespeare comes an all new, all singing, all drinking, musical show! Shit-Faced Showtime by the legendary Magnificent Bastard Productions is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious musical revue with an entirely shit-faced cast member... 

The Noise Next Door's Comedy Lock-In

The Noise Next Door's Comedy Lock-In

It’s back… An entirely unique entertainment experience every night with the quickest wits in comedy and their astonishing special guests. The total sell-out smash-hit returns to Edinburgh with a hefty dose of The Noise Next Door’s trademark off-the-cuff madness, two stand-up stars, and some once-in-a-lifetime comedy curiosities... 

The Oxford Imps

The Oxford Imps

What makes the Oxford Imps special? They stop at nothing to ensure that every audience member is having as much fun as they are. Tirelessly attacking the stage with infectious enthusiasm, these 'living legends' (ThreeWeeks) play games, sing songs, and tell stories in a variety of styles, from Broadway musicals to Bond films to Shakespeare plays... 

The Noise Next Door: The Really, Really Good Afternoon Show

The Noise Next Door: The Really, Really Good Afternoon Show

The seven-time sell-out comedy sensation returns to Edinburgh with an anarchic afternoon show for just about everyone. Join The Noise Next Door for an epic hour of outlandish characters, perfect punchlines and awesome songs all mixed together with the guys' trademark brand of off the cuff antics...