How to Do Acting (Properly)

How to Do Acting (Properly)

This curious interactive lecture given by actress and software business advisor Zoe Cunningham offers some great advice and practical tips for anyone who wants to do acting (properly)... 

Telling the Wrong Man He Had Cancer and Other Hilarious Stories

Telling the Wrong Man He Had Cancer and Other Hilarious Stories

Kevin Jones qualified in Medicine from Liverpool University. He spent four years on the Heart-Lung Transplant team at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, six years at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, and is now an NHS Consultant Physician in Northern England... 

How I Brought Peace to the Middle East: A Tragicomedy

How I Brought Peace to the Middle East: A Tragicomedy

The award-winning true story of David Kaye's attempt to bring peace to the Middle East. Moving his family to Israel for six months put this man's optimism to the ultimate test. With missiles flying and his wife and children kvetching, Kaye had high hopes of settling the turmoil overseas once and for all... 

Canoe

Canoe

Fatherhood. A fatal canoe accident. 'Who are we now, we don't have kids? A couple come face-to-face with the powerlessness of parenthood. For Director/Dramaturg Struan Leslie, diversity is the name of the game... 

Bulgarians, Buggery, Brokeback and Beyond

Bulgarians, Buggery, Brokeback and Beyond

Tormented souls, evil villains, cliched employees, best friends and invisible men – enjoy a humorous look at the evolution of gay male characters on stage and screen in the past 100 years... 

The OS Map Fan Club

The OS Map Fan Club

Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show in 2017. Join Ordnance Survey enthusiast Helen Wood for a humorous exploration of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map. Take a fascinating, laughter-filled, virtual ramble with sheet no... 

DNA – Alexandra David-Néel

DNA – Alexandra David-Néel

August 1916, the great explorer Alexandra David-Néel has been in her hermitage cavern in the Himalayas for two and a half years, following the teachings of her guru, the Lama Gomchen... 

It's a Dog's Brexit

It's a Dog's Brexit

EU exit day is just seven months after the Fringe. Will we be ready? After the arguments, insults and other showstoppers that only Brexit seems to inspire, is the exit deal any good or are we looking at a complete dog's Brexit? Following hugely successful seasons at the last two Edinburgh Fringes, as well as two weeks at the Adelaide Fringe 2017, Geoffrey Brown returns with his new show – come along and enjoy an entertaining 45-50 minutes exploring what the latest Brexit deal means for the UK and our relations with Europe and beyond. 

Mark Watson: The Infinite Show

Mark Watson: The Infinite Show

Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on Taskmaster, half-killed on The Island, Watson returns to what he's best at: being indoors. This show began as a work-in-progress in Edinburgh last year and now makes its official premiere... 

Yvette

Yvette

Every once in awhile a piece of theatre comes along so powerful that it wobbles you, requiring time long after the curtain call to be processed in its entirety. Yvette, a one-woman play written and performed outstandingly by Urielle Klein-Mekongo, is one of these pieces... 

Demi Lardner: Look What You Made Me Do

Demi Lardner: Look What You Made Me Do

Despite the title, it’s quite clear from this hour of absurdist comedy that nobody is making Australian cult comic star Demi Lardner do anything. If there is one comedian who succeeds without ever compromising her unique sense of humour, it’s Demi... 

Heads Up

Heads Up

Kieran Hurley works towards an overwhelming state of urgency with the audience in his solo show Heads Up. Delivered with effective use of second-person narration, Heads Up is a story about the end of the world, and we follow the plight of four individuals who are deeply distressed and disconnected with the world around them... 

You've Changed

You've Changed

Fitted out in an elegant tuxedo, in an echo of Marlene Dietrich's revolutionary turn in 1930’s Morocco, Kate O’Donnell is every inch the smooth Old Hollywood dame. In You’ve Changed, O’Donnell (writer, performer, and Artistic Director of trans-led theatre company Trans Creative) tells the story of her transition with 30s music-hall flair, using a range of cinematic and theatrical references to convey how ‘transitioning in 2003 felt more like the 1930s’... 

The B*easts

The B*easts

Setting the modern obsession with putting your own child first against our responsibility as a society towards children as a whole, this dark tale, written by and starring BAFTA award-winning actress Monica Dolan (W1A, Appropriate Adult, The Witness For The Prosecution), explores how far one mum will go to give her child what she wants... 

Bec Hill: Out of Order

Bec Hill: Out of Order

Bec Hill provides the jokes. You provide the order. A brand-new hour full of stand-up, pop-ups and post-its from the award-winning Australian comedian. ‘I adored it’ ***** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)... 

Eleanor Colville: Bigamous

Eleanor Colville: Bigamous

Of all the things one expects to see when attending the Edinburgh Fringe, a public tying of the knot is likely to be towards the end of the list. Well, prepare for that to change; the solo debut from the highly talented Eleanor Colville offers just that, and much, much more... 

The B*easts

The B*easts

Setting the modern obsession with putting your own child first against our responsibility as a society towards children as a whole, this dark tale, written by and starring BAFTA award-winning actress Monica Dolan (W1A, Appropriate Adult, The Witness For The Prosecution), explores how far one mum will go to give her child what she wants... 

Hear Me Raw

Hear Me Raw

'I recognise this'Daniella Isaacs was in the newest Sweaty Betty zero gravity leggings, making hemp and cacao energy balls, flanked by her nutribullet. She was even using the hemp powder that I have... 

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here

This show, a high spot of Watson's notorious Edinburgh career, began as a work-in-progress at the Fringe two years ago. After 111 performances, and a Pleasance run last year which sold every ticket and was officially the third best reviewed comedy show of the festival, it returns for three farewell evenings... 

The Emily Triptych

The Emily Triptych

Emily Dickinson is flitting about the meeting room in the Quaker Meeting House. A beautiful room, with views spreading out from the huge windows, down Victoria street to Grassmarket and across to the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge... 

Eve

Eve

The perfect image of youth and boyhood is projected onto the mirror-like panels which hang from the ceiling as Jo Clifford gazes thoughtfully the photo of herself. Clifford speaks with deliberate resonance, commanding the stage with the presence of her lone-voice... 

Sylvia Plath, Your Words Are Just Dust

Sylvia Plath, Your Words Are Just Dust

The Bathtub Heroine presents an incredibly biting piece of new writing telling the life story of tormented poet, Sylvia Plath. The audience is led on a journey through five chapters of Plath’s writing as known through her poetry and her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar... 

Salome

Salome

In Oscar Wilde’s timeless twist on the biblical story of John the Baptist’s execution, princess Salome lives luxuriously in a bustling Middle Eastern court with her mother and stepfather, the perpetually inebriated tetrarch Herod Antipas... 

Hands-On Messiah

Hands-On Messiah

Hands-on Messiah, written and performed by F. Mary Callan, is a one-person adaptation of the Gospel of John told from the perspective of characters, great or small, who met and interacted with Jesus... 

Workshy

Workshy

Workshy is a performance art piece by Katy Baird, a lady more experienced in customer service roles than theatrical ones. Despite this rather steep career change, you could be forgiven in taking Baird to be a seasoned professional – her command of the stage and her unashamed approach to storytelling could rival several large names, and her first-hand experience of the issues she addresses gives the whole piece an authentic air... 

George Dimarelos: Self Sabotage

George Dimarelos: Self Sabotage

Have you ever made a mistake that you instantly regretted? And then made that same mistake when you really should know better? Then done it a third time and realised you suffer from terrifying, incurable psychological issues? Then this show's for you! By taking you on a tour that ranges from small instances of indecision to large moments of emotional insanity, George gives the audience the chance to compare their own lives and realise things aren’t as bad as they thought – at least they didn’t leave their dignity lying naked on a Scottish mountaintop. 

Tumble Tuck

Tumble Tuck

Though not the most affecting one-woman show of the festival, Tumble Tuck, written and performed by Sarah Milton, still definitely manages to make a splash. Daisy is a seemingly ordinary teenager with a passion for one thing: swimming... 

It's My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter If I Want to

It's My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter If I Want to

This Is My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter if I Want To, Isobel Marmion's one woman show/nervous breakdown combines music, interpretative dance (or ambiguous shaking), stand up and audience interaction in a disturbing and joyless foray into a mind I didn't want to delve into... 

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... 

How to Drown a Fish

How to Drown a Fish

Grace Gibson parades awkwardly across the stage in her brightly coloured leotards, she is about to share with us her experience of public failure, inviting us to revel in that moment with her... 

Spencer Jones: The Audition

Spencer Jones: The Audition

Spencer Jones is a genius but I’m not sure why. In his latest show The Audition he combines all of the best elements of his previous shows; object manipulation, loop pedal and recordedsounds and songs, and very silly faces and noises... 

Andrew Ryan: Did You Get Here Alright?

Andrew Ryan: Did You Get Here Alright?

Recently I have become a bit disappointed after seeing a few household name comedians as I feel that some of them have become a little out of touch with their audiences in the material that they deliver... 

Kwame Asante: Open Arms

Kwame Asante: Open Arms

An antidote to egotistical stand-up, Kwame Asante’s Open Arms is a charming hour of anecdotal and observational comedy.Asante balances his stand-up career with being a full-time Junior Doctor... 

Luke McQueen: The Boy With Tape on His Face

Luke McQueen: The Boy With Tape on His Face

Meet Luke McQueen: The Boy With Tape on His Face, not Tape Face. The difference? Tape Face cannot speak, The Boy With Tape on His Face cannot move his forehead. A subtle difference, granted, but an important one nonetheless... 

Prison Psychologist

Prison Psychologist

The performance of London-based Belarussian actress Alexia Mankovskaya has been critically acclaimed in Russia after the production's triumphant premiere at the VI Theatre Festival in Kaluga (September 2016)... 

Meet Up Yang Gui Fei Split Away from Tang Dynasty

Meet Up Yang Gui Fei Split Away from Tang Dynasty

One of the emperor's favorite concubines in the Tang Dynasty, Yang Gui Fei, was also renowned as one of the four beauties in Chinese history. The Han-Tang Dance, a traditional Chinese dance, was retrieved from wall paintings and paper documents from over a thousand years ago... 

Mine

Mine

They say a mother’s love is unconditional, but can you truly still love your child after they commit the most heinous of crimes? Put The Book Down’s Mine brings to light the experience of one mother dealing with shame, neglect, and ruin after the horror of her son committing a crime on a night out so unforgivable he has been sent to prison... 

Tiff Stevenson: Bombshell

Tiff Stevenson: Bombshell

Tiff Stevenson starts out with the ‘menstrual stuff’, and immediately challenges a male punter’s appreciation thereof. Female comics are still a minority, which affords them an opportunity that Stevenson seizes in this progressive, angry and hilarious new hour... 

Phoebe Walsh: I'll Have What She's Having

Phoebe Walsh: I'll Have What She's Having

It's difficult to know when Phoebe Walsh is being ironic, and when she is simply revelling in being a stereotypical millennial.Every line from Walsh’s script could be posted to Twitter with the hashtag #relatable... 

Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

A double-bill of extraordinary power and originality, Hope Hunt & The Ascension into Lazarus performed by Belfast-based Oona Doherty, gets beneath the hard exterior of disaffected youths to the humanity beneath in a show which achieves the hard act of being visceral and in-yer-face but also tender... 

Sunil Patel: Titan

Sunil Patel: Titan

It did not take long for Sunil Patel to win me over. His mirthful observations are simply all too relatable, for the better and the worse. A sardonic mood prevails, where Patel’s swaggering pretentious charm delivers with unnerving ease a slew of neurotic, dry witticisms that permeate down to the core... 

Amy Conway's Super Awesome World

Amy Conway's Super Awesome World

Amy Conway’s Super Awesome World is a hidden gem of the Fringe that starts off all fun and games (literally) before delving into an account of living with depression that is so heartfelt and honest that it left this stony-hearted critic a tearful mess... 

Fern Brady: Suffer, Fools!

Fern Brady: Suffer, Fools!

Following two shows that sold out through word of mouth alone, Scottish comedian Fern is back for another Scottish hour. Scottish. As seen on English comedian Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, English comedian Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience and Viceland's new series Brexit Stage Left... 

Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis

Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis

Sara Juli’s Tense Vagina: An Actual Diagnosis does an excellent job of pushing the boundaries of the relationship between the audience and performer. Not only does she provide you with snacks and sweets, but she cuddles you, massages you, rocks you as you nuzzle into her chest, wipes a mark off your cheek with her own spit, but she gets you to pass a vibrator around the audience, and musically collaborate with her on musical children toys... 

A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Man with the Twisted Hip

A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Man with the Twisted Hip

If you are in search of some polite 1930s garden-party-esque comedy mixed in with a hilariously self-aware performance, this is certainly a play to catch. Tom Taylor is an amorphous delight to watch as he carries the audience through a fast paced one-man murder mystery... 

Gary Delaney: There's Something About Gary

Gary Delaney: There's Something About Gary

Back due to popular demand! Gary thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian, short and punchy. This show is not only great for people who like lots of jokes, but also fun for people who enjoy getting offended by jokes too... 

Home is Not the Place

Home is Not the Place

Where do I belong? What defines me? Where is home? Poetic, poignant solo show by Annie George – Inspiring Scotland Saltire Bursary winner 2016 – contrasting struggles faced by her grandfather, Kerala poet PM John, shortly before India’s independence, with her own, as an immigrant in the UK... 

Martin Mor: Adventure Comedian

Martin Mor: Adventure Comedian

Martin is one of the world’s most travelled and adventurous comedians. With over 30 years as a professional performer, he has a lot of stories to tell. Come and hear an hour’s worth in this Fringe special... 

Tinder Rehab

Tinder Rehab

A friend of mine and I were recently chatting about how – even today – sexism is still very much in existence. Unfortunately, this archaic viewpoint reared its ugly head today: combine that with what I can only describe as the worst show I have ever seen at the Fringe, and you have a rough summary of Tinder Rehab... 

Sugar Baby

Sugar Baby

Sugar Baby satirised the food industry with one eyebrow firmly raised, mocking both the trend of ‘clean eating’ for which vegan titans like ‘Deliciously Ella’ are increasingly coming under scrutiny, and the corporations responsible for marketing and profiting from such trends... 

Cow

Cow

From a small attic room in the Counting House, Jane Hill is on a mission to prove that she is not the ‘lovely’ lady in a cardigan which review after review has branded her as in the past... 

Sandra Hale: Self Helpless!

Sandra Hale: Self Helpless!

Sandra Hale presents herself as kind of a Bad Grandma type. She may have reached her late 60s, but that doesn’t mean she can’t drink, smoke and explore dalliances with other men if she wants... 

Green Knight

Green Knight

A one-woman dramatic monologue performed with great storytelling skills, Green Knight is an enthralling show. Debbie Cannon, the writer and actor, holds the audience in the palm of her hand as she takes the well-known mediaeval story, full of magical ‘fairie’ set at the time of King Arthur, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and re-tells it from Gawain’s would-be seducer’s point of view with a great blend of drama, humour and atmosphere created by scene-setting mediaeval music... 

Bare Jokes

Bare Jokes

Late-night one-liners from Phil Pagett, 'One of the country's best new gag writers' (Gary Delaney, Mock the Week), ranging from the absurd to the twisted. Expect a no-frills hour of hilarious jokes in the debut solo show from Birmingham's master of puns... 

Alex White: What in Tarnation?!

Alex White: What in Tarnation?!

In 2017 Alex White has been kicking goals! After a cheeky run through the Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney comedy festivals, this tall drink of water is making his Edinburgh debut! Quirky, sharp, light and tangy observations delivered by a lovable lanky Australian... 

The Stuntman

The Stuntman

Professional idiot Nathan Lang (Pinhead from Neighbours) tells the high-energy, surreal tale of The Stuntman through clowning, characters, physical comedy and real onstage stunts..... 

Alun Cochrane: Alunish Cochranish

Alun Cochrane: Alunish Cochranish

Alun Cochrane’s 2017 offering Alunish Cochraneish feels very well-named: with enjoyable skits and well-time delivery, this show is a collection of thoughts that make up what it must be like to be inside Alun’s brain... 

C'est La Vegan

C'est La Vegan

I had really high hopes for C’est La Vegan, principally because it’s a subject matter I know about. But Dave Chawner’s hour show about veganism didn’t live up to my great expectations... 

A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built

A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built

Victor Hugo once said “You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.” It’s a line quoted in A Common Man… but I include it here because it neatly summarises what I found most irresistible about this show – its incredible timeliness... 

Iain Connell: Some Buzz (Work in Progress)

Iain Connell: Some Buzz (Work in Progress)

After years in the sketch show game, Iain Connell, star and co-creator of BBC hit show Burnistoun (a sell-out at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe) is throwing caution to the wind and finally succumbing to his long-suppressed desire to become a stand-up comedian... 

Jenny Collier: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Jen

Jenny Collier: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Jen

Following the success of last year's show, Jenny is returning with a brand-new hour of stand-up comedy. ‘Hilarious’ ***** (EdFestMag.com). ‘Brilliant... Everyone leaves wishing they were her friend’ **** (ArtsAwardVoice... 

Too Old to Be a Power Ranger

Too Old to Be a Power Ranger

Debut stand-up hour from Ben Shannon about cats, growing up and being easily distracted. It’ll be really good, you should come. Oh, look a goose! Ah no it’s a duck, shame. I've been doing stand-up comedy for around five years now and I've found out some things... 

One-Man Apocalypse Now

One-Man Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now, with its 153 minute running time, multi-million dollar production costs and jungle location, might not seem like the most obvious contender for adaptation into a one-man show... 

Lovecraft’s Monsters

Lovecraft’s Monsters

David Crawford's one man show about the great granddaddy of weird fiction, the one and only H.P. Lovecraft, tries to be both an insightful look into the life and times of the strange gentleman of providence, and a performance of some of his greatest works... 

A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Game's a Foot, Try the Fish

A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Game's a Foot, Try the Fish

What would an unpublished Agatha Christie mystery be like if, by some strange quirk of fate, its editor had given it over to P G Wodehouse for a final literary polish? Well, thanks to Tom Taylor, we now have at least an idea; a bit like one-man-show The Game’s A Foot, Try the Fish—a hit during last year’s Fringe, back again along with brand new adventure The Man With The Twisted Hip... 

Lemonade

Lemonade

Heather Litteer approaches her subject, women on- and off-stage, with a wry eye and deft, humorous touch (admittedly aided by the never-failing power of hindsight). Frequently addressing the audience, she confidently catches our eye, relaying her memories, as told by her acutely-observed, emotionally-honest characters... 

George Dimarelos: Self Sabotage

George Dimarelos: Self Sabotage

Have you ever made a mistake that you instantly regretted? And then made that same mistake when you really should know better? Then done it a third time and realised you suffer from terrifying, incurable psychological issues? Then this show's for you! By taking you on a tour that ranges from small instances of indecision to large moments of emotional insanity, George gives the audience the chance to compare their own lives and realise things aren’t as bad as they thought – at least they didn’t leave their dignity lying naked on a Scottish mountaintop. 

A Boy Named Cash: Johnny Cash Experience

A Boy Named Cash: Johnny Cash Experience

A one-man band greatest hits tribute to the legend Johnny Cash featuring Monty Cotton, as seen on The Voice. Sold out 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, 2017 Adelaide/Perth Fringe. Monty woke up one day in 2012 and realised he could imitate Johnny Cash... 

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

One show only! Dylan Thomas' enchanting masterpiece is brought vividly to life in an extraordinary solo performance by Edinburgh legend and Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson. Made famous by his uncle – Richard Burton in 1954 – Masterson makes the words his own, playing all 69 of Llaregub's ebullient inhabitants... 

It's No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl

It's No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl

With a face that shouts ‘Xmas’ but a soul that screams ‘Hanukkah’, Rachel Creeger has always felt like she has a foot in two worlds. A debut solo stand-up comedy show exploring the drive to fit in, with a bit about being a pop star... 

26.2

26.2

One girl. One goal. One treadmill. Lucy takes you on a journey from the start line of the London Marathon to the finish line and medal. As she runs 26.2 miles in front of you, she will take you through the highs and lows of training for a marathon... 

Siri

Siri

A two-woman show starring only one woman – not a typo but the conceit at the centre of the latest show by Canadian actress and interactive artist Laurence Dauphinais. The secret, as you’ve probably guessed from the title, is that the second voice comes not from another performer but from Siri, the virtual assistant on Dauphinais’ phone... 

Mike Bubbins: Retrosexual Male

Mike Bubbins: Retrosexual Male

Clad in brown flairs and turquoise patterned shirt, Mike Bubbins is instantly a performer who stands out. Unapologetically expressing his love for all things 70s, Bubbins brings us on a journey along memory lane, comparing the past and present with a varied concoction of anecdotes, jokes and clever observations... 

Carmen Lynch: Lynched

Carmen Lynch: Lynched

On the Richter Scale of humour, if your threshold doesn’t reach the level of sick and sadistic then Carmen Lynch is probably not for you. The American comic’s UK debut hour was crammed with her twisted thoughts, spanning everything from childbirth to drugs, religion and family, and while there were some outstanding, slick one-liners, if the show was a sport it would be white water rafting – with Lynch riding us through the rivers, drops and rapids... 

The Inane Chicanery of a Certain Adam GC Riches

The Inane Chicanery of a Certain Adam GC Riches

Don't worry, I also had to Google most of the words in the title. I'll save you a bit of time:Chicanery - ʃɪˈkeɪnəri/ - nounthe use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one's purpose... 

Ed Night: Anthem for Doomed Youth

Ed Night: Anthem for Doomed Youth

Anthem for Doomed Youth is the hilarious new debut hour from Ed Night. The unassuming figure of Night hides an intimidatingly sharp comedic mind, who’s not afraid to do low-brow humour in an intelligent way... 

Eleanor Morton: Angry Young Woman

Eleanor Morton: Angry Young Woman

Eleanor Morton’s show takes a smart, but self-deprecating look at feminism and the comedian’s own place in it, but feels full of more potential than she delivers.Morton warms the crowd up with a few short, clever jokes at the beginning, talks a bit about her awkwardness when confronted with the sexism of strangers, before heading into an improvised rap about a suggested historical period which was just shy of being funny or impressive enough to warrant a place in the show... 

Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea

Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea

Delightful and expressionistic one-woman show; Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea is spoken-word theatre play about the self we present to the world and the self we try to hide. Performance poet Jemima Foxtrot guides us through three separate narratives exploring memory, childhood and what happens when you’re telling a joke but can’t quite get to the punchline... 

The Times, They Were a-Changin' – The Other Great American Songbook

The Times, They Were a-Changin' – The Other Great American Songbook

Expect songs of Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Simon and Garfunkel, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Peter Paul and Mary, and more when award-winning singer/songwriter Bruce Davies presents songs from the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene that shaped a generation and continue to inspire today... 

Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman

Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman

The Dead Ringers star in her much anticipated debut Edinburgh show. Ravens brilliantly observes an array of contemporary characters, including Theresa May and Diane Abbott. Razor-sharp satire delivered with startling virtuosity... 

1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D, BBC Radio 4) returns to Edinburgh after a smash-hit, sell-out run in 2016. This year she's exploring the lost women of science... 

About a Goth

About a Goth

Life as a Goth is not easy. All those clothes, the make-up and maintaining the image make for a very demanding existence. Nick, a 17-year-old gay boy is feeling the strain and is beginning to wonder whether he has chosen the right vocation in life... 

Bec Hill: Out of Order

Bec Hill: Out of Order

To a comedian, the structure of their Fringe hour is often held too preciously. With pleasantries at the beginning, some foreshadowing, some shorter jokes, some longer anecdotes and a liberal sprinkle of “heartfelt sincerity”, many shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe come attached with a worrying level of factory line sentimentality... 

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... 

The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign

The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign

Hollywood: home to the fools who dream. Evie Edwards is not the first and certainly won’t be the last aspiring actress to fall for its charm and promise of stardom. This play critically examines the Hollywood dream and its power to simultaneously attract both the ambitious and the vulnerable... 

Phill Jupitus Up the Stand

Phill Jupitus Up the Stand

When Phill Jupitus commits to the Fringe, he does so 100 per cent. There are numerous opportunities to see him across this year's festival and with his main stand up show, he confirms that he is more than able to tackle the schedule that awaits him... 

Let Me Look at You

Let Me Look at You

Starving Artists are back with a compelling show about homosexuality in which Mark Pinkosh shares how being gay has affected his life.Written by his husband, Godfrey Hamilton, the play is set in present day Soho where Pinkosh can’t take his eyes off a young man leaning against a motorcycle... 

The B*easts

The B*easts

Even those of us who strive to find nothing inherently embarrassing about mammary glands feel a bit awkward at the box office, and this is part of The B*easts message. “I’d like ticket to see… the Beasts? The Breasts? Er, the one with the asterisk... 

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

After an hour of a narcissistic one man show, we were left with the dilemma of whether to applaud the honesty of Sam, or be totally appalled by the stark exposure of his personality... 

Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

Tucked away in one of Greenside’s smaller studios, Baby Mama is a shining diamond of a show: beautiful storytelling and intimate staging come together to create a heartbreakingly cathartic experience that you should not miss this Fringe... 

The Man on the Moor

The Man on the Moor

The tricky thing with a show like The Man On The Moor is balancing the personal, fictional story being told with the larger, true-life event it is connected to. The play traces one man’s search for answers after his long-missing father turns up dead... 

Harri Soinila's a Big Finnish

Harri Soinila's a Big Finnish

Harri Soinila is a Laugh Factory's Funniest Person in the World, 2016 semi-finalist, headliner of shows in a bunch of countries and the godfather (or baby daddy) of English comedy in Brazil... 

Mental

Mental

Kane Power makes many admissions at the start of Mental. He admits he is uncertain of how to portray bipolar disorder on stage, or even if he should. He is also not sure whether it’s right to use his mum’s illness as the basis of his performance... 

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

Ed Byrne's latest show is based around the notion that as a generation we are all spoilt. Ed Byrne is spoilt. So too are his children. Though he justifies this by saying that he's giving his children the start in life that he didn't have... 

Blank Tiles

Blank Tiles

It might seem all-too-witty for a SCRABBLE World Champion, when asked by the media for “a few words” on his victory, to admit 'I don’t really know any'. Yet, as this unexpectedly charming one-man-show by Dylan Cole reveals, the answer is all-too bitter-sweet... 

Bottleneck

Bottleneck

There’s a lot going on in Luke Barnes’ Bottleneck. From poverty and classism to northern identity and, most importantly, football, the play tackles a lot of issues that characterised the experience of 1980s Liverpool... 

Darren Harriott: Defiant

Darren Harriott: Defiant

Birmingham born and London-based, Darren Harriott has been billed as one of the most exciting up-and-coming comedians on the circuit right now. In his Edinburgh Fringe debut Darren Harriott: Defiant, he gets the opportunity to flash the quick wit and cheeky smile that, I can tell you now, is going to make him a pretty big deal very soon... 

Woman on Fire

Woman on Fire

Sisters (and the rest of the world) unite and enjoy this one-woman show as you are taken through the tumultuous life of the Preston-born suffragette Edith Rigby.For the next hour you will be engaged in the story of a woman desperately fighting for her right to vote in a society that beats her down... 

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors is an examination of homelessness and the situations which lead to it which matches the pace of how those problems develop. The show goes from real, but fun, to extremely harrowing within a fraction of a second, to such a degree that you’re almost given whiplash... 

Dust

Dust

Dust is not for the faint-hearted. With a powerful combination of spine-chilling performance and unflinching writing, Milly Thomas traps audiences in the disturbed mind of Alice, who has returned from the dead to witness the aftershock of her suicide... 

Alice Marshall: Blood

Alice Marshall: Blood

Alice Marshall is a master of character comedy. Her new show Blood (Best Comedy Award winner at this year’s Brighton Fringe) introduces us to a whole host of fascinating individuals: Greta, an anti-love ‘relationship guru’; Maria, a Spanish airline hostess; Unity, elderly, rich and writing her memoirs; Louise, socially awkward to almost inhuman levels; and Simon, a fully inhuman bird of paradise... 

Rob Auton: The Hair Show

Rob Auton: The Hair Show

It’s incredibly hard to place Rob Auton’s new show at the Edinburgh Fringe but then again, it’s hard to place Rob Auton. He’s the perfect example of when the lines are blurred between comedy and spoken word – two genres that can be hard to tell apart... 

Auntie

Auntie

Nollywood meets Hyacinth Bouquet via the fictional pan-African nation of Kengeria. Auntie vocalises her disdain for tracksuits and chicken shops, which are far from her Ey! Ey! glossy mag dreams of sipping champagne in Buckingham Palace... 

The Andy Field Experience

The Andy Field Experience

It's a hard task to sum up quite what The Andy Field Experience is about without using the words surreal and odd. Hilarious is another apt phrase that could be used. What the show is? It's a hilarious romp through the life of a comedian who is clearly going places... 

Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman

Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman

Given the way that Jan Ravens effortlessly reels off her startling array of impressions it begs the question why it has taken so long for her to branch out on her own. This is her first Edinburgh solo show and it is a masterclass in biting satire, and comedy that deals with the more personal nature of being a 'woman of a certain age'... 

Mark Thomas: A Show That Gambles on the Future

Mark Thomas: A Show That Gambles on the Future

Early in his Fringe show Mark Thomas reveals the impressively religious character of his upbringing. The discovery that the comic's family tree is littered with preachers and clergy cannot help but elicit an ‘Oh really? Ah that makes sense’ response... 

Nonsilence

Nonsilence

Nonsilence is a solo piano and song performance with bilingual singer/songwriter Emer O'Flaherty. In the intimate venue of thespace@JurysInn, Emer will air her poignant, refined lyrics (English/Irish) to the backdrop of her unique piano style of jazz and traditional Irish... 

Tokio Myers World

Tokio Myers World

Tokio Myers is a multi-instrumental artist and composer fusing classical piano with electronic sounds and beats, creating an immersive and compelling show. Tokio has shared the stage with Kanye West, the late Amy Winehouse, Mr Hudson & The Library, The Police and Sting... 

Tom Ballard: Problematic

Tom Ballard: Problematic

If you’re looking for fresh stand-up comedy this Fringe, you could do much worse than Tom Ballard. He may not be a household name on the British comedy scene yet, but there is evidence to suggest he is on the brink of great things... 

It's No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl

It's No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl

With a face that shouts ‘Xmas’ but a soul that screams ‘Hanukkah’, Rachel Creeger has always felt like she has a foot in two worlds. A debut solo stand-up comedy show exploring the drive to fit in, with a bit about being a pop star... 

D'Arcehole

D'Arcehole

Teaching survivor Jo – 'funny bones and a clownish sensibility' (Bruce Dessau) – once tweaked a kid’s nips to get them to behave. It worked, man! In her debut show, Jo D’Arcy teaches you what really happens in class when your teacher’s a complete and utter D’Arcehole... 

Brain Rinse – Puppetry of the Audience

Brain Rinse – Puppetry of the Audience

Runner-up Best Comedy Show Buxton Fringe 2017, Brain Rinse is a bizarre madcap, interactive sketch show starring you, the audience. Love, war, suicide, Beethoven and a large donkey's head... 

Caspar Thomas: More Magic and Mentalism

Caspar Thomas: More Magic and Mentalism

Following his successful runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes 2015 and 2016, Caspar returns to Edinburgh to perform more new and classic (invented by some of the greatest magicians of the last 120 years) close-up, interactive, before your very eyes sleight of hand magic and mentalism... 

The Darling Monologues

The Darling Monologues

Created, written, directed and performed by author Angela Jackson, The Darling Monologues is a series of three darkly comic monologues which interweave the lives of three women: Lily, Sadie, and Ruby... 

Andrew Doyle: Thought Crimes

Andrew Doyle: Thought Crimes

Andrew Doyle has, allegedly, lost quite a few friends this last year. Not because of some horrendous disaster, but thanks to his apparently unforgivable habit of speaking his mind in social situations and—in a world where anyone’s now a Nazi if they don’t agree with you—daring to express opinions that his now-former friends found personally insulting... 

Robin Ince's Rorschach Test

Robin Ince's Rorschach Test

For a man who claims to be a ‘professional idiot’ Robin Ince sure seems to know a lot. Rorschach Test is a show that’s ‘probably about art and definitely about a goat’ Ince informs us in his trademark breakneck style... 

300 to One

300 to One

Escaping his war poetry homework, a schoolboy re-enacts the movie 300 to the spirit of Wilfred Owen. Prior to a tour, award-winning Corin Rhys Jones premieres a new production of award-winning Matt Panesh's comical and moving one-man-show. 

The Amazing Guy Show!

The Amazing Guy Show!

Thom Peterson is The Amazing Guy! A one-man flash mob of magic and comedy. Join him as he turns your Fringe experience into a slumber party of fun and mystery. Grab a drink, grab a friend and grab a seat for magic that will blow your hair back, and comedy that’s illegal in five states (or at least… frowned upon)... 

Ready, Aim, Pray, Fire! Lemon Creek Baptist Church Handgun Training Course

Ready, Aim, Pray, Fire! Lemon Creek Baptist Church Handgun Training Course

America’s gun culture is pervasive. In recent years, even churches across the southeast US have gotten in on the act, offering handgun training as a 'community service'. Reverend Jim Hokum leads a course on firearm training at the fictional Lemon Creek Baptist Church in North Carolina... 

Rosie Sings: Facts About Me!

Rosie Sings: Facts About Me!

Join Rosie at Fingers Piano Bar for an afternoon of song and banter, with classics from musical theatre, cabaret and pop. Hear stories about her journey to Scotland and why things feel good in her mouth... 

The Matriarchy Experience

The Matriarchy Experience

Tired? Depressed? Your gender getting you down? Experience what this world would be like as a matriarchy! Like a holiday for your gender binary! Lasting results! Free seat to sit in! 'Since experiencing a matriarchy, I have felt constantly sad because I wish I lived in one' (One of many satisfied customers)... 

Anna Morris: Bitchelors

Anna Morris: Bitchelors

The critically acclaimed character comic and creator of last year’s award-winning sell-out wedding comedy It’s Got to be Perfect returns. Morris revives 2014’s sell-out Would Like to Thank, as four characters compete at the Woman of the Year Awards, hosted by Georgina the Bride and judged by you... 

Harriet Dyer – Dyergnosis Murder

Harriet Dyer – Dyergnosis Murder

Harriet Dyer (BBC Live at the Fringe, BBC Ouch, BBC Radio 4 Extra and that idiot that didn’t cook her chicken on ITV’s Dinner Date) for purposes of this show is Detective Dyer. Expect a menagerie of tomfoolery and tentacles... 

Stunt Magician – Danger Dave Reubens

Stunt Magician – Danger Dave Reubens

Back with a brand new show, Danger Dave Reubens takes you on a crash course in daredevil antics, jaw-dropping magic and bizarre comedy. Your adrenaline fuelled host offers up exciting surprises and laughs accompanied with moments of edge-of-your-seat peril and an epic soundtrack... 

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

Ever made the mistake of taking a good hard look at yourself? Rich did and he didn't like what he saw. With his children now fully grown, the sudden descent into middle age and with a string of failed relationships in his wake, Rich found himself embarking on a calamitous journey of atonement coupled with hilarious attempts at self-improvement... 

Caspar Thomas: More Magic and Mentalism

Caspar Thomas: More Magic and Mentalism

Following his successful runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes 2015 and 2016, Caspar returns to Edinburgh to perform more new and classic (invented by some of the greatest magicians of the last 120 years) close-up, interactive, before your very eyes sleight of hand magic and mentalism... 

Mary and Me

Mary and Me

Award-winning Wild Productions present Mary and Me written and performed by Irene Kelleher, directed by Belinda Wild. A 15-year-old girl dies giving birth at a grotto. But before then there's pending maths exams, an important art project to finish and what to do about Peter? Although inspired by a true story, this is a work of fiction... 

Rob Cawsey: Just Cruising

Rob Cawsey: Just Cruising

Unhinged physical comedy from Rob Cawsey on dating, sex and trying to find love. Directed and co-written by Gabriel Bisset-Smith. Rob Cawsey’s debut solo show Simon Slack: The Fantasist premiered at edfringe last summer as part of Soho Theatre’s programme to full houses and critical acclaim... 

Trevor Feelgood: Sold Out (But Tickets Still Available)

Trevor Feelgood: Sold Out (But Tickets Still Available)

The king of late-night comedy is back. Like Ellie Goulding said: 'anything could happen'. The maddest show you will see all Fringe. In the show will be... I'm writing this in January so it will have to be vague... 

The Plum Tree

The Plum Tree

Jan Groenewald takes us on a harrowing journey through a childhood experience of sexual violation to victory and riches. He relives his memories in his own theatrical creation. From the distance that age brings, he recreates his world as a young boy who intertwines fantasy with reality... 

Stuart Goldsmith: Like I Mean It

Stuart Goldsmith: Like I Mean It

Winner: Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show 2017. Comedian’s Comedian Podcast host and 'expert stand-up' (Times) Goldsmith now commits to the bit. This year: second international tour, seven million downloads, support for Jack Whitehall at Wembley Arena, and look, honestly? My best ever show... 

Instructions for Border Crossing

Instructions for Border Crossing

A twelve-year-old girl sneaks across the border into her own country. Her parents watch her on a computer screen. The works of a half-forgotten performance artist seem to hold the key to bringing down a brutal system operating on our behalf and under our noses... 

Nick Hall: Spencer

Nick Hall: Spencer

Spencer Percival has one claim to fame. He’s the only Prime Minister ever to be assassinated. Unfortunately, no one’s heard of him. 205 years later, Nick Hall tells his story. As seen on BBC Two, BBC Three, and BBC Radio 4... 

How Eva Von Schnippisch Won WWII

How Eva Von Schnippisch Won WWII

An action-packed, spy thriller, one-woman musical. The Official Secrecy Act is over – Eva is ready to set the record straight. Germany’s greatest cabaret star transforms into Britain’s No... 

Would You Want Your Daughter to Marry a Weegie?

Would You Want Your Daughter to Marry a Weegie?

Malcolm is from respectable Morningside. Imagine his horror when his daughter announces she is marrying a ned from Glasgow, a naked rapper ned, from a family of fearsome gangsters! What they said last year: 'an absolute gem of a show' (FringeReview... 

MoMentum: A Motivational Mind Reading Experience

MoMentum: A Motivational Mind Reading Experience

Experience the power of a live motivational mind reading show! Combining techniques used by motivational speakers, magicians, and stage mind readers, Phil Ainsworth is The MoMentalist; inspiring and encouraging audiences to live in the MoMent... 

Alison Kinnaird MBE: Art in Glass

Alison Kinnaird MBE: Art in Glass

Alison Kinnaird has an international reputation as an artist working in glass. Her work ranges from small intimate pieces to large architectural installations and is included in many important public and private collections including the Scottish Parliament, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Museums of Scotland... 

Polaris

Polaris

What happens when you’re in London alone at Christmas for years on end? PBH Free Fringe's Polaris explores one woman’s search for community in the face of chaos through spoken word... 

The Lynching

The Lynching

Jackie Walker tells the story the media wouldn’t let her tell you. Until recently, Jackie was a successful Labour activist campaigning for Jeremy Corbyn. Then her world exploded. She was accused of anti-Semitism, suspended from her party, and abused and demonised on TV and the internet... 

The Unaccompanied Minor

The Unaccompanied Minor

A comedy for anyone who's been single, and then got someone pregnant. When a father finds out his son's mother is attempting to take his son to Texas – Dad Goes Rogue. A hit comedy about sucking tits, and science fair projects... 

The Gods Wore Red

The Gods Wore Red

The life and times of Bill Shankly: comedian, philosopher, dictator, god, angel, devil, saint – and tragic hero. Meet Bill Shankly, football manager, unstoppable force of nature.... 

What Would Kanye Do?

What Would Kanye Do?

Marcy loves Kanye West. In fact, she would like to be Kanye West. WWKD? follows the fantasies and fears of aspiring rapper Marcy as she struggles to justify her irrational love for a divisive rap star... 

Fancy Glitter Fanciulla on Tour Without the Band

Fancy Glitter Fanciulla on Tour Without the Band

Rock'n'roll in all its facets. Fancy Glitter Fanciulla can perform all by her self for the first time ever! Her biggest dream comes true! She rocks the stage with everything she has: movement, words, singing, all with the help of her little partner in crime: a mandolin-banjo called Mandy... 

F*ck Me Like Dry Vegetable

F*ck Me Like Dry Vegetable

With over a decade's experience in the casino industry, Matthew Harrison reveals his hand on what really goes on inside a gambler’s paradise. After the success of last year's hit show A Girl With Two Dicks, Matthew returns to Edinburgh to debut his first solo show! His high-energy performance combined with his natural ability to read the room and cover risky topics without causing offence make him a crowd favourite on the London comedy circuit... 

The Love of Stationery

The Love of Stationery

‘I collect bags of sugar from cafes and restaurants I'm in. I have a big collection. Often, I forget that I've taken them with me home and somehow, if you apply time and pressure, they have the tendency to explode... 

Maria Ornata

Maria Ornata

A crisis has taken hold of the Heavens. Gods, saints and spirits have ruled the world for centuries, but in the modern world, their influence has plummeted. In this mind-boggling piece of new writing, all eyes are on the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Heavens, as she desperately attempts to keep the fabric of reality from ripping apart... 

Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder

Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder

The incredible, true story of the Wild West's greatest Lakota warrior, this original one-man drama depicts the quiet, brilliant figure who defied the mighty US military, attempting to survive the crushing tide of American westward expansion... 

Jeopardy

Jeopardy

If Lena Dunham's Girls, Requiem for A Dream and political punditry had a brain child, Jeopardy would be it. A dark comedy that explores what characterises a moment in history when the only certainty appears to be that there is none... 

Lee Kyle: Somewhat Adorable Man Baby

Lee Kyle: Somewhat Adorable Man Baby

Sometimes, when comedians are interviewed, they talk about how they have a responsibility to talk about the issues. Lee Kyle doesn’t even know what the issues are. I mean, he does, he’s not a total idiot, but he has absolutely nothing to teach you... 

Ali Brice's Never-Ending Pencil

Ali Brice's Never-Ending Pencil

A monk starts the show. You'll be taken on a journey full to the brim with nonsense, heartfelt silliness and quite possibly a song! Ali Brice is a character comedian. He's chasing his dreams and has almost caught up with them... 

Cuba/Brazil: Solo Piano Recital by Cuban Pianist Marcos Madrigal

Cuba/Brazil: Solo Piano Recital by Cuban Pianist Marcos Madrigal

Marcos Madrigal is one of Cuba's best young concert pianists. He has won many international prizes and appears for the first time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With a busy international career, he has performed in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in many of the most renowned concert halls of the world, such as the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, the Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome, the Queen Elizabeth Hall of London, the Auditorium Manuel de Falla of Granada, the Opera House of Bucharest and Volkstheater, Vienna. 

Carl Hutchinson Live!

Carl Hutchinson Live!

‘An absolute must… the next big thing!’ (Skinny). As seen on Comedy Central’s The Chris Ramsey Show. The Geordie is back! Expect the usual from Hutchinson: killer gags, hilarious stories and his trademark twisted logic that has made Carl a must-see fixture in the comedy world, it’s fair to say that 'Hutchinson has it all' (BroadwayBaby... 

Jo Caulfield: Older. Wiser. Smarter. Meaner.

Jo Caulfield: Older. Wiser. Smarter. Meaner.

Award-winning comedian. Razor-sharp. Scandalous. Hilarious. Sarcastic. Opinionated. Mouthy. Filthy. Wine connoisseur. Happy drunk. Con artist. Fabricator. Featured on Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow, John Bishop Show... 

Kit Sullivan in Digital

Kit Sullivan in Digital

Ridiculous and unpredictable, Kit Sullivan dishes out a surreal piece of comedy with mischievous charm. The digital age is here, be part of it you melons. 'Comic genius' (Chortle.co... 

Richard Pulsford: Phrases Ready

Richard Pulsford: Phrases Ready

Master of wordplay Richard Pulsford has his choice Phrases Ready, with wordplay, jokes and puns aplenty. As seen at Prague Fringe. You can interact and join in with the daily hashtag themes via #PhrasesReady on Twitter... 

Don't Cry for Me Kenny Dalglish

Don't Cry for Me Kenny Dalglish

Danny McLure goes to Argentina to support Scotland in his country’s 1978 World Cup campaign, but then finds himself at war with the people he has fallen in love with. Set against the emotional backdrop of fierce rivalries on the pitch and on the battlefield, Don’t Cry For Me Kenny Dalglish is an intense one-man show that follows Danny’s journey from a 1970s Glasgow adolescence of music and football to coming face-to-face with Argentina – the warmth and passion of its people and the brutality of its dictatorship. 

Stephen K Amos: Work in Progress

Stephen K Amos: Work in Progress

Work in progress from the maestro of feel-good comedy. Fresh from touring UK and Australia. Star of Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For? (BBC Radio 4). ‘Amos is officially becoming a national treasure... 

Eleanor Conway's Walk of Shame

Eleanor Conway's Walk of Shame

'Chaotic and electric’ **** (Skinny). Eleanor Conway has always been a woman of extremes: she partied around the world as a music journalist, ran off to Asia to work for the triads, made hardcore porn and Tinder’d her way through most of London… Now sober from alcohol and substances, she’s failing to find moderation and meaning... 

Always Be Rolling – Free

Always Be Rolling – Free

How board games can change your life and save the world. Award-winning James Cook has read the back of the box and is ready to play. Won't you join him? 'Brilliant, charming, funny' (Richard Osman). 

Elephant in the Room

Elephant in the Room

Inspired by the Indian myth of the Elephant God - Ganesha; this is a coming of age story about a boy in search of his head, wandering through a forest where creatures fret over a prophecy of doom, as a motley spider-hunter duo are on a lookout for a big ticket ransom! Winners of the META awards in India for best actor, costumes and light design. 

Cacophony

Cacophony

Hear me roar! In a world full of sound and fury, and bells and whistles, one woman is ready to listen. Cutting through the confusion and finding meaning in the madness, this vital and dynamic show proves that we can say exactly what we want when we simply shut the hell up... 

Jacob Hawley: Fruit Machine

Jacob Hawley: Fruit Machine

In his first solo show, stand-up comedian Jacob Hawley (Comedy Store King Gong winner, Fresh Comedian of the Year finalist, four-star Brighton Fringe 2016) brings tales of patriotism, wasted liberalism and camels... 

What Would Cathy Do?

What Would Cathy Do?

Cathy's just been thrown out of the supermarket for stealing, but she’s not a junkie, and she’ll kill any c*nt who says she is. Because she’s an actress, OK? Rehearsing for a film role... 

Frank Lavender: Fragile Masculinity

Frank Lavender: Fragile Masculinity

Meet Frank Lavender, comedian. When a grafting comic from the pub and club circuit of the north is told that his stock material isn’t suitable for the modern comedy palette, where does he go? Dropped by his management, left by his wife, Frank brings himself to the Edinburgh Fringe to find his place in the comedy world... 

Robin Ince: Pragmatic Insanity

Robin Ince: Pragmatic Insanity

In April 2015, Robin Ince announced that he really had to stop doing stand-up as he was on the cusp of insanity. Audiences disagreed, believing he’d breached that cusp long ago. After spending 18 months touring with Professor Brian Cox and writing his new book, I’m A Joke… and So Are You, he realised it was time to start the trepanning again and returns with a new show... 

Wow!

Wow!

Wow! The universe is mind-boggling! Isa Bonachera presents her debut Edinburgh show. If you like to hear about people, places and things, this is the show for you. Failed scientist Isa Bonachera will take you in a journey through reality... 

Ben Target's Orangeade

Ben Target's Orangeade

Gentle comedy. Mellow drama. Balmy ballgames. Peeling back the years with a softer show, the sunset on an endless summer from ‘maverick physical comedian (and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee) Ben Target’ (Guardian)... 

Dylan Gott: Cool Guy, Lots of Friends

Dylan Gott: Cool Guy, Lots of Friends

Canadian comedian Dylan Gott performs a brand-new hour of stand-up comedy about being a virgin until 23 (he's 31 now) and how that affected attempting a long distance open relationship with the only partner he's ever had, plus some jokes about pot... 

Emotional Terrorism

Emotional Terrorism

In this one woman show, Ellyn Daniels takes us on an intoxicating ride from Orlando to Togo, from ballet to bulimia, from walking the runways of Paris to blacking out in Hollywood mansions, and from sitting on the precipice of suicide to finding salvation through stand-up comedy... 

Balamory Doubtfire

Balamory Doubtfire

Why give, only to get kicked in the teeth? Is that saft (soft) or daft? This is the story about the limits of one woman’s kindness. ‘Glorious’ ***** (Scotsman). ‘A naturally charismatic storyteller **** (Fest)... 

Viv Groskop: Anchorwoman

Viv Groskop: Anchorwoman

Following last year’s five-star sold-out run, BBC Radio 4’s Viv Groskop presents Anchorwoman, a show exploring our relationship with the news, asking why exactly all the news is so annoying at the moment... 

How to Suffer Better

How to Suffer Better

After catching her fiancé screwing her friend, Celeste reads under a Snapple bottle cap: ‘We can't stop ourselves from suffering, but we can learn how to suffer better’. Mystified, she seeks out fellow sufferers to assist her in decoding the message... 

James Nokise: Britain, Let's Talk About the Golliwogs

James Nokise: Britain, Let's Talk About the Golliwogs

Let's chat about your race relations issue. Who better with than a Samoan/Welsh comedian from New Zealand? Focusing on Britain's unique history with the Golliwog – It's all about addressing the mixed-race elephant in the room… when the elephant is staring at a racially triggering doll... 

Michael Brandon – Off-Ramps

Michael Brandon – Off-Ramps

The star of 'Dempsey and Makepeace', ‘Episodes' and 'Jerry Springer: The Opera', Michael Brandon gave himself two years to star in a Hollywood movie. Still there after 50, he now lifts the lid on a half-century of showbiz... 

Caroline Mabey: Quetzals

Caroline Mabey: Quetzals

Caroline’s memory isn’t what it once was. Or so she assumes. Join her as she desperately tries to memorise the 103 allowable two-letter Scrabble words, in this joyful, addled meander through self-help, holistic dance and learning to love the disappointment of truly being yourself... 

Aaaaaaand Now It's Time for Roger Swift's Puneumatic

Aaaaaaand Now It's Time for Roger Swift's Puneumatic

Puns. Lots of puns. Spoken puns. Visual puns. Musical puns. Contrived puns. No themes, no learning, no sad bit at the 45 minute mark. You know what you're getting. From UK Pun championship finalist of 2016 and 2017 plus writer of one of Dave’s Top 15 Jokes of the Fringe 2016, comes an hour of puns and all round zany madness... 

Keith Farnan: Work and Words in Progress

Keith Farnan: Work and Words in Progress

Keith Farnan (Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow) has tried to answer some of the big questions in life in previous shows, but now seems like a good time to just be funny. In previous shows he’s talked about everything from women’s rights to the disappearance of privacy to the unjust nature of the death penalty, without ever having understood how the world can’t change and so it might just be time for him to change... 

Charlotte Gittins: Mirror Image

Charlotte Gittins: Mirror Image

In a world on the edge of breakdown, words start to crumble. Whip-smart character comedy from Charlotte Gittins, star of Fringe hits Austentatious – ***** (Times) – and Folie à Deux – ***** (BroadwayBaby... 

Odette!

Odette!

Meet the Aussie cleaning lady everybody loves to love! Brain child of Gaulier graduate Marina Margarita, the heavily pregnant and hormonal Odette dreams of stardom and romance on American daytime TV soap The Bold and The Beautiful – will her dreams come true? A hilarious new character comedy with some songs thrown in for good measure! 

Americana Psychobabble

Americana Psychobabble

A delirious investigation of American violence, emptiness and nonsense. Responding to a photograph of fingernails painted with the American flag and developed doing absurdist stand-up and anti-Trump work across the US and Mexico, Americana Psychobabble helps us understand how we got into this ugly mess... 

Jenny Collier: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Jen

Jenny Collier: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Jen

Following the success of last year's show, Jenny is returning with a brand-new hour of stand-up comedy. ‘Hilarious’ ***** (EdFestMag.com). ‘Brilliant... Everyone leaves wishing they were her friend’ **** (ArtsAwardVoice... 

Matt Winning: Filibuster

Matt Winning: Filibuster

A show about climate change from comedian and environmental economist Matt Winning describing how global warming is destroying both the planet and his life. ‘Lightweight stuff’ (Guardian)... 

Rik Carranza: I'm a Fan

Rik Carranza: I'm a Fan

How far would you go to fit in? What happens when you deny the very thing that defines you? In this deeply personal show, Rik Carranza revisits a past that forced him to choose between embracing his passions or bowing to the expectations of others... 

Suzanne Lea Shepherd: Scrappy Cuddler

Suzanne Lea Shepherd: Scrappy Cuddler

Sweet... but zingers included. Suzanne Lea Shepherd is a New York comedian who was selected for the San Francisco Comedy Competition finals and the New York Winter Film Festival finals... 

The Naz Show

The Naz Show

Heavyweight sketch maestro (WitTank) and award winning stand-up veteran, Naz, charges back to the Burgh to punch out his first solo sketch show. Characters grotesque, sketches inspired and laughs aplenty... 

Ashley Storrie: Morning Glory

Ashley Storrie: Morning Glory

The sexy Hodor of Scottish comedy returns to Edinburgh with a whole new hour of self-effacing comedy. After a successful year of viral videos and comedy triumphs, Storrie is excited to return to her spiritual home of the Edinburgh Fringe... 

Nai Bowen is Brave!

Nai Bowen is Brave!

Is Nai brave, or is she a big scaredy-pants? One half of Fringe favourites Titty Bar Ha Ha, Nai is going it alone for the first time. If she's finished the show, which she might not have done because she's a big scaredy-pants... 

Marie

Marie

'There’s two rules: first, the person you choose must be dead. And second, you have to be dressed up to get in.’ It’s Thursday night in the Prince Arthur and their latest theme night is in full swing... 

Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines

An hour of unfortunate experiences and fortunate outcomes, blurred lines is an attempt at understanding human emotions interspersed with frequent references to bodily functions. Diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration, I’ve spent the last 25 years listening and listening and listening... 

1917: A Phantasmagoria

1917: A Phantasmagoria

A hundred years ago or yesterday? Strange and distant events or strangely familiar? Feminism, art, war, pop music, revolution, crime fiction, independence, racial violence, crazy poets, protests, scientific wonders... 

One Person Production Gathering

One Person Production Gathering

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A unique opportunity for solo performers to meet each other and Fringe Society staff. Enjoy some light nibbles and refreshments whilst making friends, supporting each other, and building relationships that will sustain you during your run and perhaps beyond... 

The Tobacco Merchant’s Lawyer

The Tobacco Merchant’s Lawyer

Andy Paterson of Fringe and touring hit 3,000 Trees brings you double Fringe First-winning Iain Heggie’s classic 18th century comedy. Undercover nationalist lawyer Enoch Dalmellington would like to marry his daughter Euphemia off to secure her future... 

Nick Revell vs Lily, Evil Cat Queen of Earth Planet and The Laughing Fridge

Nick Revell vs Lily, Evil Cat Queen of Earth Planet and The Laughing Fridge

'Revell makes you laugh and think; a rare and cherishable combination these days' (Scotsman). 'Scalpel-sharp satirist' (Evening Standard). Sell-out run 2016. So, one day, this stray cat just appears out my 3D organic printer... 

David Quirk: Cowboy Mouth

David Quirk: Cowboy Mouth

Winner: Piece of Wood (Comedian's Choice) 2012, Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Winner: Golden Gibbo Award 2011, Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Nominee: Best Local Act 2013, Sydney Comedy Festival... 

Phil Ellis Has Been on Ice

Phil Ellis Has Been on Ice

Soon after winning the Edinburgh panel prize in 2014 for Funz and Gamez, Phil was cryogenically frozen until scientists could find a cure for his rare and non-sexually transmitted disease... 

Too Old to Be a Power Ranger

Too Old to Be a Power Ranger

Debut stand-up hour from Ben Shannon about cats, growing up and being easily distracted. It’ll be really good, you should come. Oh, look a goose! Ah no it’s a duck, shame. I've been doing stand-up comedy for around five years now and I've found out some things... 

Dharmander Singh from Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit

Dharmander Singh from Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit

Come and join cheeky chappy Dharmander Singh as he entertains with incredibly funny stories and observations about the pressures of being named after a Bollywood legend, the changes in long-term relationships and the challenges and pleasures of being a brown Brummie in Berlin... 

Vladimir McTavish: Scotland the State of the Nation

Vladimir McTavish: Scotland the State of the Nation

Following Fringe sell-outs in 2015 and 2016, and a successful tour of Australia and New Zealand, Vladimir McTavish returns to The Stand with a brand new topical show. After another political rollercoaster of a year, 'Scotland’s top satirical stand-up' (Morning Star) takes an irreverent look at where we go now... 

David Ephgrave: Now Who's a Comedian?

David Ephgrave: Now Who's a Comedian?

At 36, David is still unable to function in society. Every midday, the daily blogging comic will dissect his awkward life when he should be having lunch. His wife threatened to take a show with this title to Edinburgh, so David got in first... 

Dana Alexander: The Milk Is Not Free, But Sometimes It Is on Sale

Dana Alexander: The Milk Is Not Free, But Sometimes It Is on Sale

Join Dana Alexander in her fifth Edinburgh Show, as she navigates through the matrix of the modern world of dating. This full-time singleton and recent cougar has had her fair share of dating disasters... 

Tom Ward: Love Machine

Tom Ward: Love Machine

Tom Ward (Chortle Award Winner 2017, BBC Worldwide, Comedy Central) returns with a picnic of broken dreams to share! And the dome-haired, exuberant loner brings forth quite a banquet... 

Accidents Happen to Sasha Ellen

Accidents Happen to Sasha Ellen

At the tender age of three, Sasha Ellen accidentally killed a kitten... And she hasn't stopped murdering since. A brutally honest stand-up show about mishaps, misunderstandings and general screw-ups... 

Places

Places

Long before Madonna, the world was gaga for Nazimova. Places is the story of trailblazer Alla Nazimova: 1920s silent movie icon, Broadway legend and the most famous star you’ve never heard of... 

Michael Clarke: A Felt in Progress

Michael Clarke: A Felt in Progress

Michael Clarke has felt something. He'd love to share that with you. But could there be something else afoot here, lurking in the shadows? Surreal, cider-sodden work in progress from one of comedy's fastest rising stars... 

Simon Munnery: Renegade Plumber

Simon Munnery: Renegade Plumber

'One of the most tirelessly silly stalwarts of the Fringe' (Time Out) provides tales of plumbing woes and his attempts at under-tent heating, and ridicules the insanity of capitalism... 

Alfie Brown: Whatever Works

Alfie Brown: Whatever Works

Alfie Brown is trying out new jokes. Jokes about therapy, what makes a good school, war, child swearing and Eric Clapton. Come and see this exceptionally funny, ferocious and interesting comedian do jokes before he's learnt how to make them acceptable to the more easily offended... 

Alpha Child

Alpha Child

Alpha Child is here! The debut show from Alex Oliver (as heard on the BBC New Comedy Show, BBC Radio Norfolk/Suffolk, Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist, 2014). An autobiographical show taking material from his conception up until present day! Tackling the big issues such as his voice and body – the show is about maturity, as he meanders through a cacophony of anecdotes and problems to argue his case for Alpha status... 

Sarah Callaghan: The Pigeon Dying Under the Bush

Sarah Callaghan: The Pigeon Dying Under the Bush

Award-winning comedian Sarah Callaghan, fresh from two hugely successful shows and tours of Australia, returns with a show inspired by an incredibly lucky escape, forcing her to re-evaluate everything – life, loneliness and fat charges for sky dives... 

Paul ‘Silky’ White’s Food Fight!

Paul ‘Silky’ White’s Food Fight!

You are what you eat. This explains a lot. We’re in a right state. Whose idea was growing food with poison? Why risk your life for a humble pie? 2016 Fringe sell-out. 2018 statistic?  

Bronston Jones: God Bless 'Merica (3) – Free

Bronston Jones: God Bless 'Merica (3) – Free

For the third year, American atheist Bronston Jones sees the state of his nation and mutters 'God Bless 'Merica... because it'll take a miracle to fix it.' Show changes with the news. 

Charlotte Gittins: Mirror Image

Charlotte Gittins: Mirror Image

In a world on the edge of breakdown, words start to crumble. Whip-smart character comedy from Charlotte Gittins, star of Fringe hits Austentatious – ***** (Times) – and Folie à Deux – ***** (BroadwayBaby... 

It’s Better to Lie Than to Tell the Truth and End Up Alone in a Ditch Crying

It’s Better to Lie Than to Tell the Truth and End Up Alone in a Ditch Crying

We lie to our friends, family, lovers and bosses because it’s easier than telling the truth – we have no idea what we’re doing, and we might have genital warts. In her new show, former rock star and acclaimed performer Ellen Waddell (Jean-Luc Picard and Me) tackles the necessity of lying in life, love, friendship and when applying for administrative jobs at truck logistics companies... 

Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic

Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic

Ari Eldjárn is Iceland’s biggest stand-up comedian. Born and raised in Reykjavík, he debuted as a stand up comic in 2009 with his local comedy group Mið-Ísland, which is the highest selling stand-up act of all time in Iceland... 

Al Pitcher - Sweden Syndrome

Al Pitcher - Sweden Syndrome

Now living in Sweden, it's time for the Kiwi who has won comedy awards in Australia, the UK and Sweden to make you laugh once again. 'Free-wheeling genius' (Sydney Morning Herald). 'Hysterical comedy force' (Time Out) ‘Every show is new and every show is unique... 

George McGoldrick: The Good Herb

George McGoldrick: The Good Herb

Hello, I'm doing a solo show where I play a synth for a while and read some comedic short stories that I've written. I know the Golf Tavern seems like an age away, but I'm going to try my best to make it a good show, so do please come. 

Aaaaaaaaaahhh. It's 101 Clean Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free

Aaaaaaaaaahhh. It's 101 Clean Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free

Award-winning gag merchant and UK Pun Champion 2016, Masai Graham, delivers over 100 clean jokes in just half an hour. Expect puns, one-liners and wordplay in this 3.3 laughs per minute bonanza... 

Pam Ford: Pants and Pantsability

Pam Ford: Pants and Pantsability

From self-doubt and depression to fabulous and invincible, Pam takes you on a very open and honest journey of when she spent a small fortune on fortune tellers, self-help books, gurus and mediums when all the time her super power emerged from creating her own designer pants... 

Annie McGrath: Ambivert

Annie McGrath: Ambivert

After last year’s joke did so well (Dave’s Top Ten Funniest Jokes of the Fringe 2016), Annie returns to Edinburgh with another one. Annie has written and performed on ITV2, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio Wales... 

Alex Morris – Apologies

Alex Morris – Apologies

Original, notable and deplorable characters take to the stage to apologise directly to you for their wrongdoings. From D-list thespian actors to shamed NBA stars, Apologies gives each of them a chance to say their piece – and attempt to salvage any remaining dignity... 

Vicki Sargent: One Woman Army – Free

Vicki Sargent: One Woman Army – Free

Vicki is done with degrading retail jobs, fed up of waiting around for Mr Wrong and ultimately ready to get out of bed. Come hang out with her for an hour of witty storytelling and delightful characters as she shares her hopes, dreams and crisps with you... 

Ellie Taylor: This Guy

Ellie Taylor: This Guy

Following a sell-out 2016 Fringe and nationwide tour, the star of BBC's Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and The John Bishop Show, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats, and BBC Radio 4's The Now Show presents an unmissable new hour of stand-up... 

Trans-Gangster

Trans-Gangster

Tai the Comedybawse lives in a real life rap video, but is it OK for gangsters to have mid-life crises? Trans-Gangster is a comedic journey through urban wit, music, and one-liners... 

Zahra Barri: Talk Like an Egyptian

Zahra Barri: Talk Like an Egyptian

Zahra’s a bit like the country of Turkey, in that she’s a mix of Eastern and Western culture, and also she is a bird. A fun look into Eastern and Kanye Western Culture. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 2 and Talk Radio... 

Aatif Nawaz: The Last Laugh

Aatif Nawaz: The Last Laugh

After Muslims Do It Five Times A Day and Aatificial Intelligence, Aatif Nawaz returns to the Fringe to have The Last Laugh. 'His intelligent observations will have you choking with laughter' (HuffingtonPost... 

LadyFace

LadyFace

A white-knuckle ride on a character comedy carousel from chameleon woman-host LadyFace, AKA Lucy Farrett, said to be 'funny' (Neil Gaiman) and 'mesmerising' (Scotsman). So, roll up, roll up and take a journey through her multi-faced person world! See character wonders such as a Middle Age poet (literally Medieval, from the past, not a woman of 45+ years of age) to Audrey Hepburn (the real Audrey Hepburn giving great advice), even a woman who owns a dog (wow), and many more faces to amuse, beguile and outrage... 

Nathan Cassidy: The Man in the Arena

Nathan Cassidy: The Man in the Arena

Malcolm Hardee Award nominee and Buxton Fringe Best Show winner (and triple nominee) explores bravery in a volatile world. No gimmicks, no f*cking about, no prisoners. As Roosevelt said: ‘it’s not the critic who counts, it’s the man in the arena’... 

Awake

Awake

It's the middle of the night. The air is still, the moon is up, foxes are skulking under lampposts. Many people are deeply, blissfully asleep, unaware of the tortured souls around them who are struggling to sleep... 

I Hate Myself So People Will Like Me (and Other Strategies for Success)

I Hate Myself So People Will Like Me (and Other Strategies for Success)

A show for anyone who ever worried they weren't normal. Hanna Stanbridge (BBC’s River City) is perfect. Now she'll teach you how to be perfect too! No matter what. A new solo character-comedy performance from one of Scotland's most exciting new comic actresses and winner of the BAFTA New Talent Award... 

Sagar Mega Drive

Sagar Mega Drive

Sagar Mega Drive is Fiona Sagar's return to Edinburgh following her 2016 Funny Women Award nominated show Entitled. Plug in for hilarity and set your mode to multi-player with this fresh character based show with this 'talented impressionist' **** (FringeBiscuit... 

Gary Tro: SupercalifragilisticexpiGARYTROcious

Gary Tro: SupercalifragilisticexpiGARYTROcious

This is a show for everyone who feels a lack of fulfilment. This is a show for anyone who struggles with perseverance. This is a show about commitment... maybe. As seen on BBC iPlayer and as not seen on BBC Radio 4, stand-up Gary Tro – ***** (ThreeWeeks) – brings his hilarious, joyously angry debut show, SupercalifragilisticexpiGARYTROcious, back to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the second consecutive year... 

#DirtyWoman

#DirtyWoman

Work in progress: Narin Oz plays a looney lecturer in this parody lecture exploring the most vile human behaviour and language. By the end of the lecture, we will conclude why we cannot say shit and piss in public... 

Evan Desmarais: I Like Me

Evan Desmarais: I Like Me

Canadian comedian Evan Desmarais examines what it is to be happy and to love yourself. Getting over a bad break-up and finding the joy in hating yourself. This award-nominated comedian seamlessly blends the touching and hilarious!  

Scott 'The Redman' Redmond: Departures

Scott 'The Redman' Redmond: Departures

Death invited you to decide the fate of The Poet. Tom Jones is God, limes are thrown and dogs rebel against the government. Departures is a mix of stand-up, poetry, music and theatre from Scott 'The Redman' Redmond, in which a poet is stuck in purgatory... 

Will Mars: This

Will Mars: This

This British New Yorker has been seen on Fox's Showtime at the Apollo (US) and the BBC's Stand Up for Comic Relief (UK). This former English Comedian of the Year finalist has performed eight sell-out Edinburgh Fringe shows in five years... 

Siân Docksey's Totally Casual and Freewheeling Mystic Comedy: Lemon Torpedo

Siân Docksey's Totally Casual and Freewheeling Mystic Comedy: Lemon Torpedo

Siân Docksey has given up on politics to join the occult and become a lemon. A fruity stand-up show from a post-Brexit millennial with no feminist themes or messy queer stuff whatsoever... 

Jon Pearson: Feet First

Jon Pearson: Feet First

To hell with the consequences! Jon loves jumping in feet first when it comes to the big decisions. Becoming a pub landlord, building a kitchen and a bathroom in the same week, deciding to get married 2,000 miles from home, with no guests... 

Aaaaaaaaargh! It's 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free

Aaaaaaaaargh! It's 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free

Award-winning gag merchant and UK Pun Champion 2016, Masai Graham, delivers over 100 naughty jokes in just half an hour. Expect puns, one-liners and wordplay in this 3.3 laughs per minute bonanza... 

Milo McCabe: The Talented Mr Hawke

Milo McCabe: The Talented Mr Hawke

Poundland’s plastic communism, the nefarious get rich quick allure of the bingo, the empty capitalistic promise of Waitrose and more come under the inscrutable eye of the Hawke! As well as performing at all leading UK comedy venues, the world according to Troy has been spreading frenziedly on the internet and he even has his own series on the Beano channel – whacko! 'Undeniably funny’ **** (Chortle... 

One Hander

One Hander

This extremely famous one-handed actor shares his hilarious encounters with the world. Warning – may include abuse, sarcasm, sweeping judgements and songs. ‘The funniest shit I’ve ever seen’ (Celeste Barber). 

Douglas Walker: Zuschauer

Douglas Walker: Zuschauer

Can the audience change a show just by watching it? Douglas invites you to find out, by watching his latest concatenation of mind-searing comic absurdities. Then watching it again, but differently... 

Daniel Nils Roberts: The Causeway

Daniel Nils Roberts: The Causeway

The year is 991 and the Vikings are coming. Punctured Dark Ages epic from a star of Austentatious and Racing Minds. A misjudged hour of lecture and iffy reconstruction circling the obscure 10th century Battle of Maldon (curveball), as one of the UKs hottest new character comics barrels into his fiercely-anticipated second show with wild-eyed abandon... 

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 and duels, and elephants and castles built of cheese, and all of it is completely and irrefutably true... 

Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian

Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian

Cambridge University drop-out and now professional poker player, Ken applies his unique analytical brain to his debut stand-up hour. Ken burst onto the UK comedy scene after reaching the final of the 2015 BBC New Comedy Awards... 

Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan

Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan

When comedian Megan Gogerty is told that she hasn’t got the part of Lady Macbeth, a tragic figure of powerful darkness, because Megan is the human equivalent of a golden retriever, she sets out to prove them all wrong... 

Mikelangelo: Cave – Waits – Cohen

Mikelangelo: Cave – Waits – Cohen

Acclaimed crooner Mikelangelo (Black Sea Gentlemen, La Clique) takes on three great poets of rock'n'roll: Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, in a show filled with beauty, power and humour... 

Fern Brady: Suffer, Fools!

Fern Brady: Suffer, Fools!

Following two shows that sold out through word of mouth alone, Scottish comedian Fern is back for another Scottish hour. Scottish. As seen on English comedian Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, English comedian Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience and Viceland's new series Brexit Stage Left... 

JoJo Bellini: Crash-Bang Cabaret!

JoJo Bellini: Crash-Bang Cabaret!

A hilariously naughty cabaret about car accidents, kink and cucumbers. Take a look into the life of cabaret queen JoJo Bellini. Who is this woman? Where has she come from? How did she recover from such a crippling car accident? Why is she touching me? Why isn’t she touching me? Is this love? Yes... 

Michelle McManus’s Reality: The Musical

Michelle McManus’s Reality: The Musical

Michelle returns to the Festival with her debut one-woman show, which received five-star reviews across the board on its first sell-out run. An upfront take on her life since winning Pop Idol, with fabulous show tunes from Chicago to Cabaret, Les Miserables to Chess... 

Bad Dad

Bad Dad

Actor-comedian Chris Dingli comes to Edinburgh for a limited run of his hit one-man comedy, Bad Dad, ahead of a US tour. Bad Dad is a semi-autobiographical show that chronicles the trials and tribulations of becoming a father... 

Stuart Laws Stops

Stuart Laws Stops

Stuart has got fast-paced, hilarious observations and he ain't afraid to say them over the course of an hour. He does all the comedy at Turtle Canyon Comedy and supported James Acaster on tour loads... 

Phil Dunning: The House of Pigs

Phil Dunning: The House of Pigs

You are cordially invited to The House of Pigs. ‘I'd recommend that you have a few drinks beforehand’ (EdFringeReview.com). ‘Tremendously entertaining... a very special show’ (BroadwayBaby... 

Chris Kent: Moving on

Chris Kent: Moving on

Returning with his charming and surreal style and a new perspective on life, Cork comedian Chris Kent presents his fifth solo show, Moving on. Having moved to the UK and recently become a dad for the first time, adult life is leaving him more confused than ever... 

Eshaan Akbar: Not for Prophet

Eshaan Akbar: Not for Prophet

The debut Fringe show from Piccadilly Comedian of the Year 2016. The privately educated, former banker, ex-Muslim and son of a Thatcherite and a Labourite is as confused as you are... 

Tom Skelton: Blind Man's Bluff

Tom Skelton: Blind Man's Bluff

Join visionary character comedy maverick Tom Skelton on a wild gallop through the history of blindness and his own sight loss. The most famous VIPs (Visually Impaired People), from Samson to Stevie Wonder, tell their tales in this blindingly riotous one-man romp... 

Tom Stade: I Swear

Tom Stade: I Swear

Canadian tour de force returns with a new show: prepare for another epic blast of Tom Stade! Carefree and enlightened; no subject is taboo. Tom pledges to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! As seen on BBC One's Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow and The John Bishop Show... 

Rachel Jackson: Bunny Boiler

Rachel Jackson: Bunny Boiler

Bunny Boiler is the debut hour from rising star and ever so slightly unhinged comedian Rachel Jackson (BBC Three, Tupperware Party, Scot Squad). Part biopic, part therapy session and fully geared towards hilarity... 

Finding Nana

Finding Nana

'Room 17. Four walls full of lipstick, laughter, hairspray and Horlicks. Nana is nut brown and wrinkled and she has chicken fillets for arms. And she treats me like I’m way more amazing than I actually am... 

Michael Stranney: Welcome to Ballybeg

Michael Stranney: Welcome to Ballybeg

As seen on ITV2, Michael Stranney (NATY winner, Chortle Best Newcomer nominee, BBC New Comedy Award finalist) presents the debut hour from his character Daniel Duffy. Daniel invites you to a tourist board presentation for his beloved village of Ballybeg – a curious Northern Irish backwater where the milkman brings his cow door-to-door every morning, where you can win a new husband in the annual raffle, and where the local hearse doubles as a minicab service... 

1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D, BBC Radio 4) returns to Edinburgh after a smash-hit, sell-out run in 2016. This year she's exploring the lost women of science... 

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: The Boyd With the Thorn in His Side

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: The Boyd With the Thorn in His Side

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd genuinely feels like it's the dawn of the apocalypse. Not only is the western world sliding irreversibly into far-right ideology, but his girlfriend left him... 

Taha

Taha

Taha Muhammad Ali is the beautiful optimistic picture of the Palestinian people – of all of us. In his beloved verses, Taha documents hopeful survival after 50 years of loss – loss of his home, his lover, his friends and his shop in Saffuriyeh in Galilee... 

Athena Kugblenu: KMT

Athena Kugblenu: KMT

Tired of the conventions of both the left and right, KMT – acronym for the Caribbean Patois expression 'kiss mi teeth', a mouth gesture used to show annoyance – is a debut hour that finds a new way to talk about politics, class, race and identity at a time both ends of the political spectrum couldn't be any further apart... 

Pianologues (Will Pickvance)

Pianologues (Will Pickvance)

Inside the mind of a pianist, looking out. Solos and stories from Will Pickvance, creator of sell-out Anatomy of the Piano and Pianomorphosis. 'Clever, poetic, his piano playing exudes an effortless, almost careless expertise' (Herald)... 

Nathan Cassidy: The Man in the Arena

Nathan Cassidy: The Man in the Arena

Nathan Cassidy is pretty angry about a three star review he once received. He’s clearly not going to be happy about this one either. In a warm room above the Caroline of Brunswick 16 of us have spurned both the Champion’s League and Britain’s Got Talent Finals and I’m pretty sure most of us are wishing we’d stayed in front of the telly instead... 

Brawn

Brawn

Ryan was a bright lad at school. He should have done well. He could have successfully made it to university and followed a fairly traditional career path. Instead, his mind was taken over... 

Wacht!

Wacht!

We’ve all been to a gallery and not paid much attention to the invigilators there to watch over the gallery. They’re often quietly sat in the corner, or observing us from afar... 

Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks!

Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks!

Some people might think that setting the Battle of Stalingrad to Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time is somewhat trivialising the matter. On the other hand, who's to say that the most appropriate tribute to two million deaths isn't a super catchy pop song?Andy Thomas is a History teacher... 

Bones

Bones

As the audience files into the dark Rialto theatre space, a lonely figure paces across the stage, dressed in baggy tracksuit bottoms, a grubby white T-shirt and baseball hat, angrily drinking a pint of lager and staring with hatred at a pram... 

Fred Strangebone's Freakshow

Fred Strangebone's Freakshow

Dan Whitehead of Honky Bonk Theatre brings a hilarious solo performance to The Warren. Honky Bonk’s reputation rests on a threesome delivering manic and macabre theatre. In this production, the protaganist, Fred Strangebone takes a job in a Freakshow and invites his audience to “peel back the flapping tent canvas door and behold the freaks within”... 

Richard Carpenter's Close to You

Richard Carpenter's Close to You

Richard Carpenter is, for those that remember him at all, a somewhat complicated character. The most positive thing said about him is usually ‘brother of…’, not helped by his uneasy and tense relationship with the media, coupled with the undeniable talent of his more famous sibling... 

Nathan Cassidy: Watch this. Love me. It's deep.

Nathan Cassidy: Watch this. Love me. It's deep.

Award-winning writer and comedian Nathan Cassidy's new one-man theatre show for 2017. A perfect love story in a swimming pool. It's deep. For the perfect love story, you have to go to ridiculous lengths... 

Just An Ordinary Lawyer

Just An Ordinary Lawyer

Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain's first Black judge in 1978. Also a fine concert singer and keen cricket lover, he muses on international politics and history as they affect the Black world from Africa to the USA and Britain, but only as one who would rather watch sports, and spread love and peace through the medium of song... 

purged

purged

Deeply meaningful and uncomfortably honest at times, purged presents Alex (Orla Sanders) and his desire and failure to verbally explain his mental health problems to the audience... 

The Little Creepers

The Little Creepers

The Little Creepers by Charlotte Bell is a debut show that explores the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl with schizophrenia in the 21st century. Jenny is an eighteen year old girl who worries about boys, sex and the beast that she sees... 

Mad About the Boy

Mad About the Boy

Stephanie talks about mental health problems and boys for an hour, but it's totally funny, she promises, and won't be as awkward as you think it will. From a late start (she barely even met a boy till she was 17), through her "well I know boys now so I'd better touch them all" phase, and a number of failed relationships, Stephanie tells us what it's like to try to have meaningful and not so meaningful relationships when you're a bit of a nutcase... 

Price (still) Includes Biscuits

Price (still) Includes Biscuits

Satirical, witty and topical. With Jewish humour, original songs and biscuits, Naomi Paul brings her four-star show to Brighton. From lingerie to libraries, Birmingham to the Balkans, the personal to the political... 

Ian Lane: If You Lived Here You'd Be Ian Lane By Now

Ian Lane: If You Lived Here You'd Be Ian Lane By Now

This show is about two things: home and the body. What is home? What is the body? What if you don't feel at home in your body? What if there's nobody home? Veteran homebody Ian Lane (New Comedian of the Year finalist 2014) investigates by looking at lop-sided cats, onion grenades, vengeful left hands, and how the offside rule makes you late for work... 

Good Grief: Stories at 207 West 88th

Good Grief: Stories at 207 West 88th

Terriane Falcome offers a tour de force of writing and comedy, playing at the Theatre Box this Brighton Fringe. Good Grief: Stories at 207 West 88th is a series of loosely related monologues all taking place at the same New York City address and all dealing, in different ways, with a kind of grief... 

Donal Coonan: Mr Grebe Is Taking Your Class Today

Donal Coonan: Mr Grebe Is Taking Your Class Today

Sometimes you stumble on a stand-up so freshly funny that you remember why you started liking unknown comedy shows in the first place. Mr Grebe turns up with a register one day in a bright, badly fitting jacket and explains that the usual teacher is sick... 

Jokes And Their Relation To The Unconscious

Jokes And Their Relation To The Unconscious

Taken on a whirlwind of what it means to have desires, unconscious and conscious thoughts, Alex Sergeant performed an entertainingly educational stand-up show. Based on the theories of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, Freudian expectations were humorously established throughout... 

BADD

BADD

to know how to recognise the occult in your child? How to be vigilant for signs of Satan? Hoping for practical tips to drive the Devil out? This is the educational lecture for you.Pam, perfectly tailored in a pink pant suit and pearl earrings, is ready to help all those parents and concerned citizens out there who are 'Bothered by Dungeons and Dragons' (BADD), by sharing her research and advice... 

Jim Holland: Shoegazing

Jim Holland: Shoegazing

Polite, comedy-maverick Jim Holland in a funny show about shoes, shyness, and love, where Fred Astaire meets Metallica. Words! Music! Dance? "Genuine charm" (The Scotsman), "Nice" (The List), "Excellent Shoes" (The New Current), "Nervous" (The Argus), "I cried with laughter" (Seann Walsh). 

Sex Education

Sex Education

One parent refuses to talk about sex. The other parent buys their child gay porn DVDs. Revisiting the explicit films his dad bought him at fourteen, Harry Clayton-Wright explores the ways in which we learn about sex and how that shapes us later in life... 

Obama & Me

Obama & Me

“I am a cog in the wheel of free movement. I am my ancestors’, my contemporaries’, and my descendants’ wildest dreams.” While Barack Obama is fulfilling his American Dream as the first black president of the United States, Sylvia Arthur, a black Brit, is in Brussels in pursuit of the European version... 

Thelma

Thelma

Written and performed by Gina George, this one-woman show explores the power of idolisation and isolation within a grandmother, mother and daughter relationship. Is three really a crowd? Through powerful spoken word, tender (and not so tender) musical moments, and with a dollop of Geordie dialect, this show will tickle your good spots! Pilot night at Belgrade audience members 2016: "Absolutely amazing, hilarious and poignant!" "Really touched me, excellently written and executed!" "I'd love to watch it for the whole night... 

How to Die of a Broken Heart

How to Die of a Broken Heart

Uncomfortable moments full of truth, full of laughs. Femi 'loves' her way through life - all the while developing a chronic illness. Through stories of her failed relationships, Femi illuminates both the beauties and the dangers of loving someone, and ultimately reminds us that broken things can be mended... 

Amy Howerska. Progress (Work Inn)

Amy Howerska. Progress (Work Inn)

A work-in-progress show from your very own Welsh-wonder, Amy Howerska. 2016 saw her popping up all over the shop from Radio 4 to Channel 4. Now fresh from sell-out, five-star Edinburgh and Perth Fringes, Amy attempts to pull yet another hour of stand-up out of her arse, whilst trying not to have a nervous breakdown... 

The Performance

The Performance

Rowan Atkinson, move over; there’s a new show in town. Ian Gibbons gives his all, taking comedic mine to new and inventive heights, delivering a performance that is a great deal of fun... 

Jacob Hatton: True Brit

Jacob Hatton: True Brit

Amidst all the current political debates surrounding nationalism, I was curious as to the sort of person that would put on a show called Jacob Hatton: True Brit. Expecting such thoughts, Hatton cleverly confronted this expectation by bringing an inflatable elephant labelled ‘BREXIT’ onto the stage... 

Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More

Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More

In a time of pre-war political tension, gone are the days of frothy fashion journalism for Pamela More, a feisty and glamorous Times journalist who stubbornly prioritises haute-couture over Hitler... 

Escape: A Magic Show

Escape: A Magic Show

Escape the mundane and the everyday and see the world through the eyes of a magician. Luke Robson takes you on a journey back in time, featuring escapes throughout history. Including curious characters such as Mackenzie, the man who played cards with the Devil himself; Jack Sheppard, the 18th century jail-breaker, and the legendary Houdini, who escaped from more than just his straitjacket... 

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... 

Know Brexit

Know Brexit

“The UK has voted out... 48% scream and shout... Will the Union end up dead? Is economic ruin where we head? Brexit plans remain unclear... Who knows where we go from here... ” Enjoy a humorous and entertaining look at the Brexit options, our future relationship with the EU, and what it all means for the UK... 

Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

"A second once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the greatest living comic of every generation. Ben Fogg delivers a technically perfect, pant-wetting, heart-warming, pole-stiffening watermelon of a show... 

New Version of Me

New Version of Me

Harry Harrington leads an ordinary life; family, friends and a good education. But when he finds himself broken after ending his relationship, everything in his world and all he thought he knew is suddenly turned upside down, leading him to go on a journey of self discovery which will ultimately reveal a new version of himself. 

Tim Edey

Tim Edey

Tim has many accolades - BBC R2 Folk Awards 'Musician of the year', 'Best duo' with Brendan Power and many more. "Stunning” (Aled Jones, BBC R2). Tim Edey is a multi-instrumentalist and singer who has toured and recorded with the biggest names in Contemporary-Celtic music: The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Capercaille, Wolfstone, Altan, Lunasa, Julie Fowlis and many more... 

Mrs. Oscar Wilde

Mrs. Oscar Wilde

Constance Lloyd is rarely remembered in literary history. A feminist, a writer and a mother, she is mostly remembered as the wife of one of the most infamous Victorians, Oscar Wilde... 

Motherhood: (Un)speakable, (Un)spoken

Motherhood: (Un)speakable, (Un)spoken

Unflinchingly honest journey to every mum. Contemporary theatre for audiences of today, followed by a chat. "Hidden gem" (Fringe Review). "This is... outstanding devised theatre... 

How Eva Von Schnippisch Won WWII

How Eva Von Schnippisch Won WWII

The WWII official secrets act is over and Eva is ready to set the record straight. Germany’s greatest underground cabaret star transformed into Britain’s No.1 spy and was given the toughest mission of all: infiltrate to the top... 

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... 

Broken Air

Broken Air

Cornish landscape artist Peter Lanyon’s untimely death after a gliding accident in 1964 is inspiration for this imaginative piece of physical theatre. A visceral, heartfelt celebration of Lanyon’s lust for life and mischievous sense of humour, balanced precariously between reality and fantasy, life and death, a cliff edge and a hospital bed. 

Wisebowm: The Struggle Is Real

Wisebowm: The Struggle Is Real

A comedy rap musical about urban poet Wisebowm, a working class guy who falls in love with a middle class girl, so goes gluten free and gets into yoga and pilates to win her heart. It's not easy being well deep, intelligent and well humble all at the same time, but someone has to do it... 

Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead!

Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead!

Do you remember Dave Benson Phillips? If you were a child in Britain from the 80s to the early 00s, there’s a fair chance you watched him on TV... 'Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Get Your Own Back!' to name but a few! He was all over children’s TV... 

The Elephant Girls

The Elephant Girls

Forget lovable rogues and artful dodgers, this uncomfortable monologue tells the true story of a London awash with criminal gangs in the interwar years. The Bermondsey boys, Battersea boys, City Road boys, Goose Green boys; the list goes on, but with only one girl gang- The Elephant Girls... 

James Veitch: Game Face

James Veitch: Game Face

Responsible for the most popular TED Talk of 2016, James Veitch brings his hilarious new show 'Game Face', with more geeky comedy about life, love and enabling Bluetooth. A glorious show of esoteric, anarchic and unashamedly Powerpoint-fuelled comedy from the Independent’s ‘One to watch’... 

Jonny Awsum: Honey I Promised The Kid

Jonny Awsum: Honey I Promised The Kid

A comedic whirlwind, Jonny has a feel-good brand of musical comedy. The gag-slinging guitar hero - audience members don’t just leave entertained, they leave as fans. Jonny is on a mission... 

In the Fuehrer's Face

In the Fuehrer's Face

One-woman cabaret mix of the comic and the surreal, the poignant and the very dark... Spend 60 minutes with award-winning performer Patricia Hartshorne - and Adolf Hitler! Who did get in the Fuehrer's face? Who got up his nose? Who gave him one in the eye? Discover Donald Duck's musical send-up of the Third Reich, the heroics of a Yorkshire housewife and the duplicity of a dead Welshman... 

Cracked Tiles

Cracked Tiles

A year ago he inherited his father’s crumbling fast food shop. The sale of the shop now looms but Riccardo isn’t ready to leave as he's just discovered a compelling oddity in the family business records... 

Poet of the Impossible

Poet of the Impossible

Not just a magician but a 'poet of the impossible', Scots-Italian conjurer and writer, Lorenzo 'Renz' Novani, weaves verbal wizardry and magic into 50 thought provoking and wonder-filled minutes that offer a glimpse of the magicians secretive mind, take you on a journey into magic’s mysterious past, and most importantly, present impossibilities that defy explanation and gravity... 

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... 

It's My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter if I Want To

It's My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter if I Want To

After a (tiny) mental breakdown, Isobel has decided to take her upcoming untimely death into her own hands and throw her own funeral, skeptics be damned! An intimate look at mental illness and the fear of dying alone, but in like, an uplifting, funny way... 

Belongings

Belongings

Anthony Ayton, mid-forties, middle-class ex-criminal lawyer, raised in the East End of London before attending a public boarding school, a comprehensive, and finally a grammar school, asks himself the question; "Where and with whom do I belong?" 

Sandra Hale: Self Helpless!

Sandra Hale: Self Helpless!

We can't all be selfless, honest, principled and moralistic, so, if like Sandra, you are shallow, insecure, an exaggerator with no opinions of your own, then this show is for you. Sandra - a self-proclaimed people pleaser and attention-seeker, wants to give you advice on how to make these negative traits work for you, not out of generosity but because she wants the publicity! Learn the art of manipulation with little effort, and whilst after seeing this show you will still have low self-esteem, you won't care! "Sandra Hale - a welcome challenging of stereotypes" (Steve Bennett, Chortle, 2016). 

Nerdf**ker: A Solo Play with Bad Boundaries

Nerdf**ker: A Solo Play with Bad Boundaries

The spectators are early, her lover is late, and the players are due any minute. Not the best time to question what the hell she’s doing here, waiting to get naked in front of a room full of strangers... 

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... 

Dylan Gott: Cool Guy, Lots of Friends

Dylan Gott: Cool Guy, Lots of Friends

World-travelled Canadian comedian, Dylan Gott (JFL42, Canadian Comedy Awards, iChannel), performs an hour of hilarious stand-up comedy that blends skilled storytelling with observations and some penis jokes that has left audiences all over the globe loling and even lmfaoing. 

Ensonglopedia of Science

Ensonglopedia of Science

A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs, cells and plenty more. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme. This is the brand-new show by John Hinton, writer and performer of the multi-award-winning 'Scientrilogy of Musical Comedies' about Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Marie Curie... 

Ben Van der Velde: Sidekick

Ben Van der Velde: Sidekick

Some people are life's heroes; leading men and women full of swash, buckle and derring-do. Others are happy to stand at the side and hold their jackets. This is a show about the men and women who pick up the pieces whilst the main man is busy humping the heroine after the credits have rolled... 

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

The Moon has got a story to tell about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out at night to tap dance on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea... 

Mat Ricardo: Showman

Mat Ricardo: Showman

Fast hands, smart mouth. Nice suit. The Gentleman Juggler, leading speciality act of the British cabaret revival presents big laughs, serious skills, slapstick and breath taking spectacle... 

Woolly: The Morose Merino

Woolly: The Morose Merino

Sarcastic, satirical and hilariously self-deprecating, Woolly is a sheep with serious issues! But he wasn’t always so... Woolly. Witness the tale of how one sexually frustrated, 20-something Brit dealt with rejection in the most absurd way possible: by running away to a shearing shed in South Australia... 

Alice Marshall: Blood

Alice Marshall: Blood

Critically-acclaimed comedy actress and character comedian Alice Marshall returns to Brighton Fringe with ‘Blood’, the follow-up to her smash-hit 2016 debut show ‘Vicious.’ With her signature collection of weird and wonderful characters who are silly, sexy and smart in equal measure, Alice takes a long, hard look at the darker side of humanity... 

Stand By Your Nan

Stand By Your Nan

The original Educating Rita met Buddha of Suburbia and pretended to be an ordinary working class housewife whilst she went on strange spiritual quests, educated herself, and got an art degree at 88... 

Mine

Mine

What do you do when your child has been arrested for something unspeakable? Can you still love them even if they’re a monster? This is what the unique and creative minds behind Put the Book Down theatre company asks its audience in this profound one-woman performance... 

Sooz Kempner: Sooz on Film

Sooz Kempner: Sooz on Film

Cinephile comedian Sooz (Funny Women Variety Award winner) really wants to win an Oscar and in this brand new stand-up show for movie fans, she’ll make the case for how she can. "Fantastically funny... 

The Privileged

The Privileged

Have you ever seen a polar bear in the flesh? Been close enough to notice just how white these magnificent mammals are? Here is your chance to get up close and personal: remove your shoes, coats and bags, as you are about to encounter the Arctic’s whitest predator, with black skin... 

Doing What It Says On The Tin

Doing What It Says On The Tin

An emotional yet comedic performance from Tom Dussek on Sunday evening at the charming Rialto Theatre.The show opened with an outburst of swearing – yes, this performance is not advised for the prudish viewer – as Tom burst onto the stage, dressed head to toe in typical builder attire: a grey hoodie, plain tee and steel toe capped boots, having a conversation with ‘an old bat’, for whom he is fixing a sash window for, on his old school ‘brick’ mobile phone... 

Maisie Adam: Living On The Edge - LIVE

Maisie Adam: Living On The Edge - LIVE

'Living On The Edge - LIVE' is the new one-woman stand-up comedy show from Maisie Adam, "one of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming young comedians" (Ditto Theatre). The show's eclectic mix of anecdotal and observational material is both relatable and laughable... 

Richard III (a one-woman show)

Richard III (a one-woman show)

Richard III. An audience. Anything can happen. All the world is a stage. What part will you play? Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean Performance, Brite Theater have re-imagined Richard III as a bold and engaging one-woman show... 

Abi Roberts: Anglichanka

Abi Roberts: Anglichanka

Anglichanka (Englishwoman in Russian) is an exhilarating comedy show about living in the Soviet Union in the 90s and returning after 18 years as the first UK comic to perform comedy in English and Russian... 

Human Issue

Human Issue

Frank has issues. He's a comedian and self professed cultural provocateur. He's intelligent, he's funny, he's frustrated, he's frank and he's just about to kill himself. But first, he has one or two important things he'd like to say... 

Colin Hoult: Anna Mann Extravaganza

Colin Hoult: Anna Mann Extravaganza

As seen in 'Derek, Murder in Successville' and 'Being Human', award-winning character comedian Colin Hoult brings his hit show 'Anna Mann's Sketch Show for Depressives' to The Warren... 

I Love Men

I Love Men

Does the perfect man exist, and at age 83, does Lynn Ruth Miller need to find him? Her 70 minute show, autobiographical, takes us on a journey from 1943-2017 (11 years old - 83years young) with a beautiful balance of laughter and pathos and music... 

Seven Crazy Bitches

Seven Crazy Bitches

Take Shakespeare's 'Seven Ages of Man'. Put it in a variety of cheap wigs. Teach it the juke box of a regional gay bar. Then roll it in a whole lot of glitter. Join The Diva on a Budget as she 'guides' you through the Seven Ages of Woman... 

Life

Life

Life is a hilarious high-energy rant from multi-award-winning South African cult comedic phenomenon Rob van Vuuren. Join the Comics Choice Breakthrough Act award winner as he hurls headlong into a sidesplitting frenetic fury that seamlessly blends the mundane, the surreal, the absurd and the downright annoying... 

Fried Mind Show: David Terrence

Fried Mind Show: David Terrence

A light-hearted mind-reading show with amazing and impossible mind stunts! No dead relatives will be contacted throughout the evening, however they may be interrupted with the laughter as the show is peppered with comical moments... 

Mark Cram: Pipe-Bomb

Mark Cram: Pipe-Bomb

Mark Cram has had enough. He’s had enough of explaining his sexuality, justifying his choices, competing with his brother and being just another spoke on the wheel. Who cares that other comedians are more famous? Who cares that all his friends are getting married... 

Underworlds

Underworlds

In this tapestry of storytelling, poetry and monologues from the afterlife, Arachne the weaver spins tales of darkness, death and feminine mystique. As she leads us through many kinds of underworld, characters including Eurydice, Cathy Earnshaw (Wuthering Heights), Cleopatra and a black widow get a chance to set the record straight... 

Guy Wah: Professional Arsehole

Guy Wah: Professional Arsehole

'Professional behaviour': a series of actions deemed acceptable in the workplace. Also: a term used to justify inhumane behaviour and enable idiots to maintain positions of power... 

Ivy Davies: Play Ground

Ivy Davies: Play Ground

"Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground" said Roosevelt. Ivy Davies has realised she has been living upside down and it's time to turn things around! Join performance poet Ivy as she sets off on her magical journey through time and space, weaving spoken word and song together in this one-woman show... 

Afternoon Recital with Helen Burford

Afternoon Recital with Helen Burford

Pianist/composer/musical-explorer Helen Burford performs a programme of global exotica and new commissions for solo piano, toy piano and Indian santoor. 

Etherwave: Adventures With The Theremin

Etherwave: Adventures With The Theremin

Notorious performer Hypnotique tells her personal story about the world’s first electronic instrument (from 1920s Russia) and it's influence on music today – including Led Zeppelin, Kraftwerk and Portishead... 

Owen Roberts: The man who ate too many raisins

Owen Roberts: The man who ate too many raisins

What is the meaning of life? Do aliens exist? And how many is too many raisins? This show will answer a maximum of one of these questions. An hour of comedy from one third of the critically acclaimed sketch group Beasts... 

James Bone's TOWNIES

James Bone's TOWNIES

The Townie Tavern is like any regular suburban pub except, in this place, regulars include a new-age traveller, an old-skool raver and a disgraced ex-Met police chief. With each of them trying to work out their raison d'être, it makes for an interesting night in the saloon bar... 

Chicken Soup Crusader

Chicken Soup Crusader

In this unsafe space, with Brexit looming and Trump trumpeting, Daphna Baram attempts to clear us all a path. The Middle Eastern Mary Poppins, armed with a semi-automatic umbrella, a tub of Jewish penicillin and a spoonful of hummus, will lead you safely to shore - if you don't drown laughing... 

Jane Postlethwaite: The House

Jane Postlethwaite: The House

Jane Postlethwaite (Funny Women and Squawker Award finalist 2015) brings her multi-character, one-woman show, 'The House', to Brighton. Following a sell-out run at Lamb Comedy and Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, Jane invites you to meet a handful of new dark and surreal characters, each with a secret to hide, all connected to 'The House'... 

Coming Clean: Life As A Naked House Cleaner

Coming Clean: Life As A Naked House Cleaner

Coming Clean: Life As A Naked House Cleaner is an immersive theatre show about sexual fantasy- it's also funny and true and asks us to look at our own vulnerabilities. This piece of new writing comes from Ethan Mechare who takes you through his stories as a naked house cleaner when he moved to London from Los Angeles... 

Bryony Twydle: Twaddle

Bryony Twydle: Twaddle

Bryony Twydle (New Comedian of the Year 2016 semi-finalist, Funny Women 2015 semi-finalist, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Sketchorama’, one fifth of award-winning sketch group The Jest) brings her debut solo show to Brighton... 

LAID

LAID

A woman lays an egg a day and faces a tumultuous decision: will she raise her egg, or eat it? In this hysterical (in every sense of that word) show, Natalie Palamides takes a relatively simple (if decidedly offbeat) concept and relentlessly whisks it into a story where you’re left battered, shattered, and shell-shocked... 

Mozzz!

Mozzz!

Mozzz! A week in the life of an undercover mosquito. A highly topical, witty, sexy monodrama from festival award-winners, director/designer Faynia Williams and actor/playwright Richard Crane... 

Woman not fish

Woman not fish

Helen is the only insecure woman in the world trying to navigate through this thing called life. When she was young, she thought by the time she was in her 50s she would be an adult with a proper job, a home owner and in a stable relationship... 

Sameena Zehra: How Not to Steal a Llama

Sameena Zehra: How Not to Steal a Llama

No Llamas (Dalai or otherwise) were harmed in the making of this show. Nominee NZ 'Best in Fringe' 2016 "Ballsy, intelligent and searing." (Radio Adelaide) "Combines warmth with political passion... 

John Pendal: How To Escape From Stuff

John Pendal: How To Escape From Stuff

Before John became a comedian he spent ten years as an amateur escape artist. Not the magic trick kind, where you know how you're going to get out, but the "get tied up by anyone and give it a go" kind... 

Sex Addiction: The Lecture

Sex Addiction: The Lecture

For the last five years, Tommy has been trying to recover from an addiction that people struggle to class as an addiction. Join Tommy as he questions his own struggles and why society thinks they know what an addict is... 

JoJo Bellini: Crash-Bang Cabaret!

JoJo Bellini: Crash-Bang Cabaret!

After the roaring success of JoJo Bellini’s ‘Kitchen Cabaret’ at Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe in 2016, the salacious songstress brings to Brighton a brand-new, and much naughtier, cabaret performance... 

David Ephgrave: All Work, No Progress

David Ephgrave: All Work, No Progress

At thirty-six, David is still unable to function in society. In his latest show, the comic, actor, blogger and pauper uses a projector and a mic to navigate us through the minutiae of his awkward, awkward life... 

The Burning Gadulka

The Burning Gadulka

With humour and sarcasm, a musician tells a story about his relationship with the Gadulka - an instrument often overlooked and unremarkable in its appearance. By blaming the Gadulka and undermining its functionality and significance, the Gadulka player reveals the similarities between himself and the instrument... 

Bad Dad

Bad Dad

From the slapstick physical beginning of this self-penned one-man monologue, through to the show’s philosophical conclusion, the laughs come thick and fast in Bad Dad.Chris Dingli does his energetic best to convince the audience why is he is deserving of the title: he never wanted a child to begin with... 

Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous

Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous

It shouldn’t take long for you to notice that despite his name, Alfie Ordinary is as far from the boy next door as you’re likely to get. There he stands at the beginning of this one-man show: dazzlingly sequined from head (platinum bowl-cut) to toe (sparkling shoes)... 

For all the fires not yet lit: Work in Progress

For all the fires not yet lit: Work in Progress

"Stories can conquer fear, you know. They make the heart bigger." Small, tender and mighty stories of everyday courage from Brighton-based singer and storyteller exploring how courage can be as contagious as fear... 

Stick or Wizard?

Stick or Wizard?

‘Stick or Wizard?’ It’s your choice! Gaulier-trained clown, Oli Weatherly, invites you to take a trip with him through the wilderness of his imagination and to make a choice... 

The Comforter

The Comforter

Stacy Makishi's new work, 'The Comforter', has the intimate quality of a prayer and the rowdy atmosphere of a rally. Mixing the mediums of gameshow, ritual, party and meditation retreat, this interactive performance experiment reclaims spirituality and offers a queer perspective on church... 

The Empress and Me

The Empress and Me

Imperial China, with its exotic riches and intrigues, remains as compelling to audiences today as it did in the early part of the 20th century, when the Princess Der Ling toured her tales of courtly opulence across suburban America... 

Mary and Me

Mary and Me

Hannah, a 15 year old girl, dies giving birth in a grotto. Sporting a red satchel and scrunchie, she is a girl who is struggling not only with pregnancy, but also against the prying eyes of a small rural village, the weight of her Catholic upbringing and mounting schoolwork... 

Balancing Acts

Balancing Acts

'Balancing Acts' invites you to share in intimate stories of struggle, strength and resistance. This solo-performance incorporates audio interviews, film, verbatim, and physical theatre to open up and respond to the honest and hopeful accounts of six individuals dealing with depression, who find different and diverse ways to cope - from diving and sex, to song... 

Juliet Meyers: The Dog and Other Global Irritations

Juliet Meyers: The Dog and Other Global Irritations

Juliet Meyers (Writer on 'Sarah Millican TV Programme', '8/10 Cats' and 'News Quiz') returns with her show about her clingy rescue dog, unconditional love and being a wolf. Last year Juliet proclaimed he had ruined her life (even though he's for keeps... 

Wet Bread

Wet Bread

Adele can’t work out how the Tories are in power – everyone she knows voted Labour, and don’t get her started on Brexit. It would be much better if the rest of the country just agreed with her... 

Dan Evans: 10%

Dan Evans: 10%

One-man show from established comedian and writer, Dan Evans - "A favourite with audiences as well as with his notoriously hard-to-please comedic peers" (The Guardian). 10%. That's as far as comedian Dan Evans gets with most of his ideas... 

Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC

Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC

Armed with an ocarina, a ukulele and a thirst for revenge, Lecoq-trained Edward Day battles four decades of videogame nostalgia in an explosion of Shakespeare, live music and 16-bit ridiculousness, but can Ophelia defeat the zombie hordes and save Hamlet once and for all? ‘Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC’ is a one-person, physical theatre, spoken word mix of Shakespearean tragedies and videogaming with clowning, mime, live music, retro animation and video projection, exploring mental health and our addiction to technology. 

Lazarus

Lazarus

After having a nearly fatal illness, he thought things would be different ... they weren’t. In frustration Luke has taken to the road to find meaning in his experience. Join him on his way as he discusses Little Mix, drinking, not drinking and more. 

Harriet Kemsley: Freak

Harriet Kemsley: Freak

Harriet's back with her third and possibly best show yet. She's had a busy year appearing in Jo Brand's new Channel 4 show 'Damned', opening for Isy Suttie on tour, launching a viral online series called 'Women's News' and flying to Montreal to tape a set for 'Just For Laughs' comedy festival... 

Correct Me if I'm Wrong

Correct Me if I'm Wrong

Claire does not contain the following ingredients: slugs, snails, puppy dog tails, sugar, spice or things (nice). Why not join her on a spiffing adventure into gender and impress all your chums with your newfound knowledge and vocabulary... 

Angel to Vampire!

Angel to Vampire!

Nigel Osner reveals a lifetime of yearnings through original songs and stories by characters ranging from an angel to a vampire. “Tremendously talented and very entertaining..... 

Rubber Ring

Rubber Ring

“I’m sixteen. I don’t know whether I like boys or girls. I live in Sheringham. I’m fucked. Well I’m not actually, that is the problem." Jimmy is sixteen, sexually confused and stuck in Sheringham, the seaside town they forgot to bomb... 

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... 

Charmian Hughes-Soixante Mirth

Charmian Hughes-Soixante Mirth

What if you met your younger self? Answer - a comedy trip where stand-up meets time travel. "Joyous fun!" **** (Funny Women), "Genuinely enjoyable" (Kate Copstick), ‘"lovely" (Bruce Dessau)... 

Gratiano

Gratiano

Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought he played the villain... 

Alex Kealy: Too Early To Say

Alex Kealy: Too Early To Say

Comedian and vertebrate Alex Kealy presents his second comedy show. There now follows a reading from The Book of Press Quotes, please be seated: “Hilarious... fresh, insightful and original... 

Caspar Thomas: More Magic & Mentalism

Caspar Thomas: More Magic & Mentalism

Following successful runs at Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and 2016, Caspar returns to Brighton to perform more close-up, interactive, before-your-very-eyes sleight of hand magic and mentalism... 

10 Steps To Happiness

10 Steps To Happiness

There is more to life than happiness, right? A not-so-perfect guide to happiness is explored in this one-woman show, written and performed by Yvette May who, after finding herself feeling depressed more often than normal, does what all young people do to find an answer to their problems – she asks the internet and stumbles across 10 Steps to Happiness... 

Super Cally Fragile Lipstick

Super Cally Fragile Lipstick

Forty something years into a lifetime of looking great but feeling fake, Cally Beaton is ready to come out about her double life in her hilarious brand new show, Super Cally Fragile Lipstick... 

Individual Medley

Individual Medley

What happens when you move a 12-year-old girl from Basingstoke to a remote corner of Southern Africa? Join Katrina on an energetic, poetic journey as she discovers boys, boobs, crossing borders and boarding school in Zambia... 

Are Strings Attached?

Are Strings Attached?

Your home is the venue when DOG, former graffiti legend, comes to your house for a consultation in this darkly comic grown-up reworking of Pinocchio. Prepare to be delighted and confounded and to have your credulity tested to the max in this thrilling exploration of aspiration and the Big Question of existence itself! High class theatre as up close as you'll ever get... 

The Holey Truth

The Holey Truth

From being raised as a Scientologist in the ‘burbs of New Zealand, to the peculiar and pensive realities of sexuality, Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2015 winner, Jake Howie, is looking for his own version of the holy truth... 

Nick Hall: Spencer

Nick Hall: Spencer

In 1812 Spencer Percival became the first, and only, British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated. Now, 205 years later, character comedian Nick Hall finally tells his story. Warning: this show contains pathos. 

Lucy Pearman: WIP & a Cabbage

Lucy Pearman: WIP & a Cabbage

"Traditionally, unmarried girls were sent into the veg garden to choose the 'perfect' cabbage." (Anon). Lucy Pearman presents a work in progress at this years Brighton Fringe. Expect playful nonsense and a talking cabbage... 

Aaaand it’s back! Twig The Pixie’s Family Funsplosion!

Aaaand it’s back! Twig The Pixie’s Family Funsplosion!

Twig the Pixie has lost his marbles! Help him find them in this hit stand-up comedy spectacular for all generations of the family. Featuring storytelling, music, audio visuals, interactive bits and the spontaneous, this performance is sure to enchant, delight and excite... 

C'est La Vegan

C'est La Vegan

Award-winning comic Dave Chawner premieres his new show about turning vegan. Looking at the origin of food, ideas and views he explores how much choice there is with so few options... 

Confidence Tricks

Confidence Tricks

Poetry show about what makes us feel confident – or not. This lyrical lecture looks at the psychology and sociology of what makes us tick and what gets us through – from kindness and creativity through to swearing and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors... 

PASSPAWT

PASSPAWT

Out of the 29 years the amiable-natured Helena has been alive, 5 were spent in her birth country Slovakia and 24 in England. Linda was the result of what Helena considers to be the greatest advertising scam of all time... 

A Brief Guide to Tracking the Migration Patterns of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow

A Brief Guide to Tracking the Migration Patterns of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow

I, Marjorie Willmott (MA, PhD, MpDA), invite you to my very interesting and very important introductory lecture. This will include some projected images and new information. (Unfortunately the period of time spent attending this lecture will be non-refundable and non-exchangeable). 

Ben Fearnside: Metal on Canvas

Ben Fearnside: Metal on Canvas

An art alchemy of raw metals. Bronze, copper, iron, silver and gold, combine with shellacs, polishes, inks and washes in a rich light-responsive finish. Dark as thunder, light as a stained-glass window... 

Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo!

Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo!

Hilarious. Charming. Traditional. Universally funny and yet so very Japanese. The 2016 official Edinburgh Fringe Sell-Out Show from Japan is coming to Brighton! Canada's very own... 

MoMentum: A Motivational Mind-Reading Experience

MoMentum: A Motivational Mind-Reading Experience

Experience the power of a live motivational mind-reading show! Combining techniques used by motivational speakers, magicians, and stage mind-readers, Phil Ainsworth is 'The MoMentalist'; inspiring and encouraging audiences to live in the MoMent... 

Being Hueman Being

Being Hueman Being

Luke brings his world of fantasy and ridiculousness to Brighton, keen to ignite pure idiocy out of nowhere. This clown takes us on an absurd adventure in a show about vulnerability, our imperfection and what is beautiful about not being quite normal... 

Robyn's Bad Decision Time

Robyn's Bad Decision Time

Everyone has a crazy family. Most have bad relationships. Few justify all passion-driven life decisions with high level scientific research. Laugh through Robyn's unbelievable, yet relatable life stories and discover what happens when you don't think before you act... 

Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel

Inspired by the age-old legend 'The Faerie Boy of Leith', 'Fallen Angel' is a disturbing new supernatural thriller... Beat. Beat. Beat. Do you believe in faeries? Beat. Beat... 

Mike Mckeon: Irish Jimmy

Mike Mckeon: Irish Jimmy

"Jimmy was my grandfather. He was an old rogue. A warning rather than an example. He lived in interesting times." ‘Irish Jimmy’ is an hour of storytelling, interspersed with original songs, that are poignant, dark, humorous and life-affirming... 

Gemma Arrowsmith: EARTHLING

Gemma Arrowsmith: EARTHLING

In 1977 NASA launched Voyagers 1 and 2 to explore the outer solar system. After their mission was complete, these spacecraft continued into deep space carrying golden phonograph records which contained sounds and images from Earth... 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home. For Jack has a promise to keep and a debt to repay, and as they gather the fallen together in the ever-growing cemeteries, Jack is looking for someone - someone in particular... 

Eglantyne

Eglantyne

Inspiring solo play about Eglantyne Jebb, a courageous, passionate, Edwardian human rights activist. From her idyllic Shropshire childhood, Eglantyne went on to Oxford University, heartbreaks, suffrage rallies, the Balkans, arrest in Trafalgar Square, spiritualism, co-founding Save the Children, and pioneering children's rights... 

Ghost Walk of the Lanes

Ghost Walk of the Lanes

A 70 minute tour in the company of either Silas, Jasper or Ebenezer, visiting eight sites, around Brighton's most haunted quarter. All storytellers perform in full Victorian attire. 

Even God Knew I Was GAY

Even God Knew I Was GAY

In case you were wondering... Jilberto is a Seattle-based comic who has brought his talents to London. He is a corporate professional snob during the day and just a snob at night... 

Nathan Willcock: State of the Nathan

Nathan Willcock: State of the Nathan

Nathan Willcock, Chortle Student Comedian runner-up, brings a stand-up show to Brighton Fringe. It's going to be really funny. It'll most likely feature jokes loosely weaved around the themes of success, being a millennial, love and our current political situation... 

Oliver Reed: Wild Thing

Oliver Reed: Wild Thing

When Richard Burton appeared on the Dick Cavett show in 1980, the host would later describe the actor as “already a beautiful ruin.” Oliver Reed is part of this same small club of legendary hell-raisers... 

Delphine

Delphine

Delphine is a gently comical one-woman show about about a shy and sheltered woman falling in love for the first time. The show is written and performed by Clare Rebekah Pointing, who plays the anxious and quirky Delphine as she negotiates the novelty of first love... 

Happiness is a Cup of Tea

Happiness is a Cup of Tea

Life is transient. One day we’re here, the next day we’re at sea, a wisp or a distant memory. Happiness is a Cup of Tea, a one-woman show written and performed by Annie McKenzie, is a treatise on grief... 

Chopping Chillies

Chopping Chillies

Clair Whitefield’s one-woman show tells the story of Ajna Jan, a martial arts master from Kerala, India. Struggling to cope with the loss of his wife and two sons, Ajna moves to Camden to assume ownership of his deceased uncle’s cobbler’s shop... 

Deirdre O'Kane: 1Dee

Deirdre O'Kane: 1Dee

After a seven-year break from stand-up, during which she had babies, made a movie in Vietnam and became the mother of Moone Boy, Deirdre O’Kane returns with a brand new show. She is definitely older but is she wiser? What has she learned from being a stay-at-home mum, achieving the glory of middle age and chasing after collagen as it attempts to leave her life forever? She reveals all (well, nearly all) in 1Dee. 

Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?!

Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?!

Luisa Omielan, Queen B of comedy is back for one weekend only. ‘The biggest stand up hit of the decade’ (Guardian) returns with her smash-hit show ‘Am I Right Ladies?!’ on Saturday 27th! These one-off shows are your only chance to see Luisa at the Fringe this year! ‘A phenomenon’ (Independent)... 

Unveiled

Unveiled

Unveiled, a deeply moving one-woman play characterising the lives of five women, all victims of the Magdalene Laundries. Abused by religious orders in these state funded institutions in 20th-century Ireland, Ceara Dorman brings to life these harrowing stories. 

A Divine Comedy

A Divine Comedy

The problem with epic poetry is that it's just so…..epic. Our time is presently dominated by modes of communication that are prized for being brief: 140 Twitter characters is no place for Dante’s 14,233 line poem Divine Comedy, and you certainly couldn’t cram his wonderful, overflowing images and characters into a gif... 

Luisa Omielan – What Would Beyoncé Do?!

Luisa Omielan – What Would Beyoncé Do?!

Luisa Omielan, Queen B of comedy is back for one weekend only. ‘The biggest stand up hit of the decade’ (Guardian) returns with her smash-hit show ‘What Would Beyoncé Do?!’ on Friday 26th! These one-off shows are your only chance to see Luisa at the Fringe this year! ‘A phenomenon’ (Independent)... 

Vladimir McTavish: Scotland In Sixty Minutes

Vladimir McTavish: Scotland In Sixty Minutes

Scottish comedian and Fringe veteran McTavish has celebrated his 60th birthday this year, and has therefore adopted a more ponderous and docile approach in his set, instead of dedicating it exclusively to politics as he has done in previous years... 

An Act of Faith

An Act of Faith

Seriously seeing the funny side. One school desk. One character. One act. From simple observations and everyday occurrences, to the more challenging and perplexing experiences, our character has learned many lessons but still has unanswered questions... 

Bit of Sunshine

Bit of Sunshine

A warning should be given to the audience of this show: the Bit of Sunshine one expects from the title is limited to less than five seconds of optimism and hope for the future in this no-holds-barred story of a young woman’s struggles with bulimia... 

Thanks But No Thanks

Thanks But No Thanks

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

Hella Granger – Superstar

Hella Granger – Superstar

Hella Granger – Superstar recounts the life story of singer Hella Granger, the first white musician to be signed to Motown. Beginning with her childhood in Brooklyn, Granger, performed by Sharon Drain in a series of interview-style monologues, describes how her need for admiration and love pushes her into stardom, leading to the highs and lows of celebrity life... 

James Wilson-Taylor: Ginger is the New Black

James Wilson-Taylor: Ginger is the New Black

James Wilson-Taylor has been discriminated against and enough is enough. Wilson-Taylor returns to the Fringe with his new musical comedy Ginger Is The New Black and won’t stop singing until something changes... 

Komischer

Komischer

Is Komischer, starring Doug Walker, of Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised fame, too clever for it’s own good?This one-man sketch show, with a yoghurt-based theme running through the middle of it, is an extremely refined, high-concept show that stands on its sheer variety and its high-brow ideas, suspended between the sketch format and something a little more experimental... 

Dirty Laundry

Dirty Laundry

Join youthful South-London songwriter Benji Tranter as he takes on the grim business of living via his original, off-beat songs! Benji, accompanied only by his guitar, performs songs concerning noisy neighbours, launderettes, and emotional turmoil, taking place in settings including a utopian hipster café and a magical mountain of self-betterment... 

Nancy's Philosopher

Nancy's Philosopher

“Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions.” Reason and passion were driving forces in the life of Scottish empiricist philosopher David Hume. His reason got him labeled a genius, while his passion manifested as a stubbornness that had him labeled an atheist... 

Goose: Hydroberserker

Goose: Hydroberserker

Even in this drizzle-filled August, every Fringe venue is a different kind of sweatbox. But none can lay claim to the title more legitimately than Goose: Hydrobeserker; for the astonishingly kinetic human pinball that is Adam Drake — the star of the one-man sketch group Goose — is the sweatiest person you’re ever likely to see on stage... 

Fern Brady: Male Comedienne

Fern Brady: Male Comedienne

Comedians can sometimes manifest as a raw nerve, desperate not to shield themselves from slings and arrows, but to erupt in glorious rage at the injustices and ridiculousness of the world... 

Lost Voice Guy: Disability for Dunces Volume Two

Lost Voice Guy: Disability for Dunces Volume Two

Award-winning comedian Lost Voice Guy started off in a disabled Steps tribute band. They were called Ramps. That didn't work out though, so he's answering more of your stupid questions instead... 

Rory O'Keeffe: Monoglot

Rory O'Keeffe: Monoglot

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

You, Me and the Distance Between Us

You, Me and the Distance Between Us

Ellen spent six months volunteering in Europe’s refugee camps. She gave out clothes, blankets, and made many cups of tea. It gave her lots to think about. Like what everyone was fleeing from, why she had really come to help and whether borders were such a good idea after all... 

The Joy of Spines

The Joy of Spines

Right in the heart of Edinburgh are 120 miles of underground shelves that store the National Library of Scotland’s collection of 24 million things. Graeme Hawley (performance poet, slam winner and General Collections Manager at the library) presents this slide show and found poem, comprised entirely of book spines... 

The Craig Chalmers Experience

The Craig Chalmers Experience

Join the charming Mr Chalmers as he opens his heart for you, spilling song, magic, comedy, dance, poetry and beer in this beautifully melodic, melancholy journey. Opening the lid on a life in flux and stuck in a space without escape, a man is burdened by the pressure to perform and the expectations of others; neglecting the needs of the self more and more whilst contemplating the inevitability of life's end and death's beginning... 

I Will Speak for Myself

I Will Speak for Myself

One actress in an authentic, theatrical and compelling performance that breathes life into long-forgotten African-American women’s voices from slave narratives, personal letters, memoirs, diary entries, court records, poems, public addresses and newspaper advertisements... 

Three Nights With John

Three Nights With John

In six years of bible storytelling, Yorick has built a reputation for delivering John's Gospel with a gripping performance storytelling style that is authentic and accessible. Revealing an honesty and directness in the text, he delivers it word for word and verse for verse, using no props, no costume and no special effects – just voice, face and movement... 

Eleanor Conway's Walk of Shame

Eleanor Conway's Walk of Shame

Eleanor Conway’s basic style involves storytelling based on her own life events. Lucky for us, Conway’s had a life so exciting that it wouldn’t be entirely out of place as a bio-drama rather than a stand-up set... 

Angel to Vampire!

Angel to Vampire!

Osner enters with a song in which he repeatedly exclaims “don’t label me.” Though rather violent in description of what’ll happen if you dare try, this song perfectly encapsulates the notion that we’re each an individual, so a single generalising label cannot capture a lifetime of experiences, feelings and actions... 

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Returning Fringe classic White Rabbit Red Rabbit is Nassim Soleimanpour’s experimental monologue, in which the relationship between actor, writer, audience and text is explored and questioned... 

RLB: Real Life Broadcasting

RLB: Real Life Broadcasting

Life in the office, it is dull. But what if ordinary life had all the extraordinary excitement of a live sports event? In RLB: Real Life Broadcasting, Drew Fralick, winner of the 2015 Hong Kong International Comedy Competition narrates his boring work life through the voices of two sports announcers... 

Nicola Mantalios-Lovett: Cult Following

Nicola Mantalios-Lovett: Cult Following

Join Nicola as she tells her poignant story of leaving religion. How she lost everything but gained her freedom. A tale of survival, love, hope and wishing you could kill someone with your thoughts alone... 

Aaaaah! It's 101 Clean Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show

Aaaaah! It's 101 Clean Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show

Masai Graham has assembled an act so far from risky that it is bubble wrapped in woefully predictable innuendos, presumably to retain its innocence. Sadly, the outcome produces a lacklustre show... 

Aaaaargh! It's 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show

Aaaaargh! It's 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show

If you find it in your heart to forgive the failings of Masai Graham’s previous show, Aaaaah! It’s 101 Clean Jokes in 30 Minutes, and stuck around for the follow-up, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what he has in store... 

David Longley: Everything I Hate About My Club Set

David Longley: Everything I Hate About My Club Set

David Longley’s act is structured almost like Shakespeare, summarizing the course of the evening in its first moments: “I’ve always wanted to do standup that’s like talking to my best friend, but I can’t do that, so I do club comedy... 

Shappi Khorsandi: Oh My Country! From Morris Dancing to Morrissey

Shappi Khorsandi: Oh My Country! From Morris Dancing to Morrissey

In a very personal set, Shappi talks growing up in Britain as the child of refugee parents and being English. Her topics include accents, skinheads, Furries, cultural differences, so called ‘British Values’, and her relationship with her family... 

Poe's Last Night

Poe's Last Night

On October third, 1849, Edgar Allen Poe was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland. He drew his last breath on October 7th, and since then, the death of this writer of literary classics has been shrouded in mystery... 

The Birds#1. Corpses

The Birds#1. Corpses

Alfred Hitchcock has already firmly established that birds are terrifying beyond doubt. So you could be forgiven for thinking that this performance may hold the same emotive core. You would be wrong, they key failure to this piece is the lacking of any sort of emotive core... 

Old Herbaceous

Old Herbaceous

‘Downton Abbey with gardening tips’ (Guardian). Pottering amongst the seeds and cuttings in his ramshackle greenhouse in the garden of a manor house, Herbert Pinnegar is full of memories and tales of a bygone era... 

The Man Who Built His House to Heaven

The Man Who Built His House to Heaven

One-man shows are no easy thing to pull off, especially when the subject matter is like something out of Wes Anderson’s daydreams, but Keenan Hurley does just that in The Man Who Built His House to Heaven... 

Bob Doolally Puts the Leg Into Legend

Bob Doolally Puts the Leg Into Legend

The legendary retired football manager, turned alcoholic pundit from hell, is back from the European Championships in France, and still talking balls. Expect some outrageous views on football, some random filth and plenty of drink-fuelled rage on life in general... 

Tim Renkow: King of the Tramps

Tim Renkow: King of the Tramps

Tim Renkow has a handy tip for anyone who feels uncomfortable around him as a result of his cerebral palsy. The trick is, he says, to think of him as a physical metaphor for Brexit... 

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here

Returning once again to the Pleasance stage, Mark Watson is not all there. He’s having a bit of an identity crisis... and you are invited to watch the hilarious breakdown.Mark Watson is one of those comedians that come across as nervous, fidgety on the stage, though oddly it puts you at immense ease in their show... 

Limmy: Daft Wee Stories

Limmy: Daft Wee Stories

Following last year's sell-out tour, Limmy returns to the stage with a new selection of stories from his Sunday Times bestseller. Includes audience Q&A and signing. Four nights only, book early! ‘Daft Wee Stories will sate Limmy’s fans and proves once again that his wickedly anarchic sensibility moves effortlessly between media’ (Chortle... 

Adventures of Tracey Tracey

Adventures of Tracey Tracey

Tracey likes to dream. Real life proves more of a struggle. Shy and painfully awkward, this lovable outsider must navigate a world where confidence is key and reality an illusion. The show combines character comedy, physical comedy and clowning to bring to life Tracey's tragicomic world... 

Bones

Bones

Bones is one of the most high-energy monologues you will see this Fringe. Unable to decide whether or not to kill his baby sister, that he has been left to care for, Mark (Dominic Thompson) regales the audience with stories from his past, transitioning fluently between events from his childhood and from that very night... 

Henry Rollins – Charmingly Obstinate

Henry Rollins – Charmingly Obstinate

The force of nature that is named Henry Rollins graces the Edinburgh Fringe once again, bringing with him another hour of profound advice and big laughs. The former frontman of Black Flag is a man you’ll want to see talk, whether you are a punk or not... 

God Only Knows

God Only Knows

After last year’s sell-out performances, Mark is back for a second year with his hilarious and uniquely thought-provoking storytelling. What will happen on the night? God only knows. 

Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night

Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night

Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night is both exactly what it says it whilst also proving to something rather different altogether. Armed with just a few microphones and moveable desks writer and performer Francesca Millican-Slater tells us “I’ll take you through the night... 

Diary of a Madman

Diary of a Madman

The Edinburgh Fringe has recently seen a surge in theatrical adaptations of Nikolai Gogol’s short story Diary of a Madman. This very year, the Traverse Theatre is presenting a version currently playing to critical acclaim... 

Albatross

Albatross

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Romantic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner already exists as a work of enviable length. So it is quite something that writers Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett have managed to extend the tale of the mariner and the albatross further in this play of approximately ninety minutes... 

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch. It’s a rather impenetrable title. Doesn’t give much away about the content of this show. Neither does the poster, as it happens. Which is exactly as it should be because Luke Courtier has assembled an hour of assorted comedy moments which is best experienced as a stream of consciousness - unsure of what’s coming next but happy to go with the flow... 

Naomi Petersen: I am Telling You I'm Not Going

Naomi Petersen: I am Telling You I'm Not Going

Naomi Petersen is a newcomer to the Fringe and in this whirlwind hour of musical and character comedy the laughs fail to keep pace with her sky-high enthusiasm.Petersen is agoraphobic and has been living in her performance venue in Pleasance Courtyard for the last year... 

Til Debt Us Do Part

Til Debt Us Do Part

For many, the Edinburgh Fringe is a joyous escape from reality. While pouring away money on overpriced pints, or shelling out a small fortune on accommodation, most people try to keep their fiscal worries out of mind... 

A Dream of Dying

A Dream of Dying

It seems almost almost impossible that a man could go through his life and when his naked body is washed up on a shore in Ireland no one knows who he is. In A Dream of Dying author Treasa Nealon breathes life back into him, giving him a family and a story... 

As Yet Undecided

As Yet Undecided

As Yet Undecided is an intriguing piece of ‘nonfiction’ with a cast of characters including Doubt, Time and Procrastination. Join Jessica Walker, our abandoned solo performer, in this experimental, work-in-progress piece... 

Bridget Christie: Mortal

Bridget Christie: Mortal

Bridget Christie is one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen. Why it took her nearly a decade to be recognised for her astute observations and concise storytelling I will never know... 

Bella Younger’s Deliciously Stella

Bella Younger’s Deliciously Stella

Deliciously Stella is what you expect her to be: if you’ve seen the Instagram account which has become a viral hit with its piss-take of ‘fitspiration’ and other smug hashtags, you’re pretty much set up for the hour... 

Eleanor Morton: Happy Birthday Katie Lewis!

Eleanor Morton: Happy Birthday Katie Lewis!

‘Poster Girl for awkward’ (Chortle.co.uk), Weirdos member and all-round super cool oddball Eleanor Morton returns to The Stand with her third solo show. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio Scotland... 

Barbara Nice: Raffle!

Barbara Nice: Raffle!

Join the Fringe's favourite housewife for an hour of proper good fun. Entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket. 'Shake 'em up Barbara, shake 'em up good.' Critically acclaimed tip-top character Comedy from Phoenix Nights actress Janice Connolly... 

I Should Have Listened to Ivor Dembina

I Should Have Listened to Ivor Dembina

Older, wiser, funnier. Veteran stand-up celebrates thirty years on the Fringe with work-in-progress show about what he thinks, what he knows and what he's learned. See him before he's dead. 

Joanna Neary Does Animals and Men

Joanna Neary Does Animals and Men

Reacting to political turmoil, class struggles and bothersome intrusive thoughts, Neary attempts escapist talent show Opportunity Knockers. With women, animals and men. As a baby, Joanna was dropped on her head and stolen from outside Coventry Library... 

Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman in Heaven

Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman in Heaven

After an explosion Firefighter Woman Brenda Feuerle wakes up in heaven – or not? Angels, gods, freedom, beauty… how did she end up here? What will be her mission from now on? A very poetic story with dance and acrobatics, and heavenly and earthly subjects. 

Josie Long: Work In Progress

Josie Long: Work In Progress

The triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, BBC Radio 4 star and cult optimist Josie Long returns to The Stand with an hour of new material and knockabout fun, as she works towards her eighth stand-up show later in the year... 

Think No Evil of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams

Think No Evil of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams

Twentieth anniversary performance of David Benson's Fringe First Award-winning tour de force, showing Kenneth Williams at his funniest and his most badly behaved. 'Masterpiece' (Evening Standard)... 

Woody Allen(ish)

Woody Allen(ish)

How to review something like Woody Allen(ish)? The comedy equivalent of a tribute act, it’s a show which sees English comic Simon Schatzberger adopt the material and persona of the famous comedian, writer and director... 

Alistair Williams: I've Started So I'm Finished

Alistair Williams: I've Started So I'm Finished

Alistair Williams is a bit of a lad. Among what appears to be a generation of young male stand-ups struggling to work out what it means to be a modern man in the 21st century, his pre-show music is the unashamed 1980s hokum of Guns ’n’ Roses and Welcome to the Jungle... 

Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now!

Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now!

With last year’s Cry me a Liver Lucy Pohl proved herself to be an exceptional actor, throwing herself into each of her characters with impressive resolve. With her new show she underlines her acting chops while displaying a knack for storytelling... 

Daniel Nils Roberts: Honey

Daniel Nils Roberts: Honey

Life from a bear’s point of view is as strange and wonderful as you would expect it to be. Daniel Nils Roberts ursine-themed Honey mixes character comedy and multimedia in a very clever, very confident Edinburgh Fringe solo debut... 

Alice Marshall: Vicious

Alice Marshall: Vicious

People are vicious. People are arseholes. Alice Marshall knows this and she’s used it to fashion an hour of intelligent and very funny character comedy.The host for this exploration of human cruelty is Greta Medina... 

Shlomo: #NewRules

Shlomo: #NewRules

Record-breaking beatboxer and looping technologist Shlomo has collaborated with Bjork, Damon Albarn, Rudimental and Ed Sheeran. A world looping champion, Shlomo returns to Edinburgh with his latest solo show #NewRules, exploring his unique relationship with technology as he pushes the concept of voice vs machine to new limits... 

Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman at Work

Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman at Work

Firefighter Woman Brenda Feuerle is on duty. While taking safety precautions, she gets carried away by her imagination over and over again. A fiery mixture of drama, dance, acrobatics and clowning... 

Undermined

Undermined

Outstanding (FringeReview.co.uk). 'A strongly-performed show’ **** (Scotsman). Inspired by the accounts of miners, this one-man show explores the humour and struggles of the 1984 Miners’ Strike through energetic and gripping storytelling... 

Julia Sutherland: The 40-Year-Old Version

Julia Sutherland: The 40-Year-Old Version

Delighted to turn 40, Julia is having a breakthrough, not a breakdown! Typically a time to reflect, re-assess... and run away from reality in your new sports car; Julia is gleefully ticking all the boxes... 

The Game's Afoot

The Game's Afoot

David Stuart Davies presents the story of the great detective Sherlock Holmes along with his creator Arthur Conan Doyle. In dramatic fashion, Davies provides an entertaining overview of these two fascinating characters... 

Jay Lafferty: Jaywalking

Jay Lafferty: Jaywalking

Jay returns to this year’s Fringe for two nights only. Showcasing a new hour, honing her satirical sights on those who set the rules and those who are prepared to break them. Can you keep up with Jay walking? Clever material delivered with effortless charm and packing a bite every bit as bad as its bark... 

Sisu

Sisu

Meet Sisu – one part salty liquorice, two parts Moomin, three parts snow – from the land of saunas, kiosks and Sibelius. Add a generous splash of vodka, shake and you have a girl with Finnish guts... 

Brazil

Brazil

Set at some point in a dystopian, not so distant future, one Scottish man is trying to go about his day to day life, living each moment as it comes, not in search of anything that lasts... 

Deal with the Dragon

Deal with the Dragon

It’s a familiar scene to many a Fringe-goer: a black-box stage, a chair and an actor with his story. But what an electric, even dizzying story Deal With the Dragon turns out to be... 

Oh Hello!

Oh Hello!

“Charles Hawtrey 1914 -1988 – Film, Theatre, Radio and Television Actor Lived Here.” So reads the plaque where Hawtry (of Carry On fame) resided in Deal, Kent from 1968 until his death... 

Faslane

Faslane

On the surface Jenna Watt’s new show Faslane sounds like it should be a simple comparison of the reasons for and against renewing the Trident nuclear base; it turns out to be just as tricky and knotty as its subject... 

Joni & Me

Joni & Me

Singer/songwriter Joanna Eden traces the musical journey of her hero Joni Mitchell. Joanna, who mentored global superstar Sam Smith, believes that songs travel through people. 'I am so proud to have introduced Sam to Joni Mitchell's music and to the concept of telling your own truth... 

Blue Rose Code (Extra)

Blue Rose Code (Extra)

Following extraordinary interest in his 2016 Fringe show, Blue Rose Code has added a second gig at AMC @ St Bride's for the Fringe. This gig will be entirely solo, just Ross ‘between’ guitar and piano, and will feature a set-list chosen by the fans, via Twitter... 

Lord of the Strings

Lord of the Strings

From Bach to the Beatles, Spanish classical and flamenco to Led Zeppelin to blues and Celtic harp on unique 10-string Spanish guitar! Lord of the Strings is the ultimate music journey packed with humour... 

A Cup of Tea With Lady C

A Cup of Tea With Lady C

I have to start this review with an admission; I had never heard of Lady Colin Campbell and I’ve never watched I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. However, after some intense research (Wikipedia) and a couple of YouTube binges that made me glad I’d managed to miss out on the phenomenon of people I don’t recognise eating things that they don’t recognise, I was up to speed for this show... 

Awkward Confessions of a Homeless Sex God

Awkward Confessions of a Homeless Sex God

A sure contender for Best Title for a Comedy Show at this year’s Fringe, George Zacharopoulos’s riches-to-rags tale is just as entertaining as it sounds. As storytelling the show undoubtedly succeeds; as stand-up though there are a few problems... 

Cook It How You Like, It's Still a Potato!

Cook It How You Like, It's Still a Potato!

Despite coming across as likeable and charming, Romina Puma’s stand-up set doesn’t provoke too many laughs. Her overarching theme of political correctness is overdone and falls a little flat... 

Life by the Throat

Life by the Throat

Life By The Throat tells the life story of James Joseph Patrick Keogh. Written and performed by Eve Steele in a one-person one-act monologue, the play follows Keogh’s life from birth onwards, cataloguing his many failures and few successes... 

The Road to Huntsville

The Road to Huntsville

Stephanie Ridings does a lecture on state homicide with drama. Framed on one level as a straightforward research project into Death Row, Ridings can’t help but get involved in another sense... 

Mine

Mine

Mine is perhaps one of the most intense hours at the Fringe. It’s an emotionally devastating one-woman show that takes its protagonist to breaking point and beyond. Maisie Barlow plays a mother whose life is thrown into disarray when her son commits an unspeakable act... 

Karen Hobbs: Tumour Has It

Karen Hobbs: Tumour Has It

There’s a specific challenge involved when reviewing autobiographical shows surrounding horrendous personal suffering, in this case performer Karen Hobbs’ diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer... 

Denton and Me

Denton and Me

Never underestimate the power or repercussions of a gift. In 2011, writer/performer Sam Rowe was given a copy of Denton Welch’s journals in which he records his lonely existence in rural Kent and his heartbreaking love affair with reckless land-boy Eric Oliver... 

Tent

Tent

A man and his unseen companion in a tent. They’re hiking; trudging through the mountains to reach...somewhere. Tent puts on cryptic dressings to let the performer, Yuuya Ishizone, riff on life, its problems and Japanese living... 

My Month of Mother's Ruin

My Month of Mother's Ruin

When adult life isn't going to plan sometimes you have to take charge and do something about it. So I took a month... a month for me... my month of mother’s ruin. This show is for people who love gin... 

One Day Moko

One Day Moko

‘It’s a bit weird when I talk to you, eh?’ says Tim Carlsen’s Moko, the vulnerable and homeless protagonist of this curious one-man-show from New Zealand. He raises a troubling point: there is a widespread tendency to simply ignore those who exist on the very fringes of society, to look away and consolidate their sense of isolation by refusing to engage or reach out... 

Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed

A surprisingly moving hour of theatre, Something Borrowed deals with the struggles of a 21st-century, 20-something feminist trying to reconcile the desire for the perfect fairy tale wedding, ingrained in her from childhood, and her rebellion against the patriarchal tradition of marriage... 

Shylock

Shylock

Guy Masterson and Gareth Armstrong deliver a tour-de-force of history, drama and comedy in this one-actor show. Starting with Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, we are taken on a journey that spans both centuries of Jewish persecution and centuries of the play and its various incarnations... 

Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

A triumphant come-back for sell-out performer Rebecca Perry. Following the rave reviews for her debut Fringe performance, Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl last year, Perry returns with titular character Joanie Little in its sequel, Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl... 

Aidan Goatley: Mr Blue Sky

Aidan Goatley: Mr Blue Sky

Aidan Goatley’s stand-up show isn’t, despite its title, about ELO; indeed, there’s no obvious guarantee that he will get round to telling us why he chose one of that band’s biggest hits as his title... 

Jamie MacDonald: High Vis

Jamie MacDonald: High Vis

Jamie MacDonald comes from a tradition of endearingly grumpy comics, ranting affably about all of life’s niggles, from racist taxi drivers to obnoxious ramblers. Nominally discussing how he often stands out as a blind man, the greatest enjoyment comes from his descriptions of his encounters with some gloriously horrible people... 

Jo Caulfield: Pretending to Care

Jo Caulfield: Pretending to Care

It’s clearly an uncomfortable time of life for Jo Caulfield; a succession of musical heroes have died, she’s moved from middle-class Morningside to somewhat more “cosmopolitan” Leith – a process which forced her to make a host of decisions about a new kitchen – and a majority of the British population voted for Brexit... 

Catch My Soul

Catch My Soul

Shakespeare the enigma – finding clues to sketching out the man behind the prose and the poetry. A delightful, accessible and light-hearted look at the Folio to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. 

Katherine Ryan: Work in Progress

Katherine Ryan: Work in Progress

Star of Live at the Apollo, QI and The Jonathan Ross Show, the razor sharp and hilariously funny Canadian returns to the festival. Direct from a complete sell-out national tour throughout the UK and Australia, Katherine premieres her brand new work in progress show... 

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Settling into my seat, I glance at the leaflet which had occupied it moments before. ‘Hartshill Quaker House’, it reads. ‘Meeting of Worship on the occasion of the death of our friend Mr Matthew Chambers’... 

Myra DuBois: Self AdMyra

Myra DuBois: Self AdMyra

As the Willie Loman quote goes “Attention must be paid”. This is no more true than in an audience with the formidable drag queen Myra Dubois whose debut to the comedy section at the Fringe is modestly named Self AdMyra... 

WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s 2x4 Tour One-Man Comedy Show

WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s 2x4 Tour One-Man Comedy Show

Just one glance at this year’s stuffed-to-bursting wedge of a programme is enough to see that there are bewildering array of performance disciplines represented at this year’s Fringe... 

Darius Davies – Road to Wrestlemania

Darius Davies – Road to Wrestlemania

I remember the World Wrestling Federation Attitude Era well. In fact I’m still getting over the moment The Rock besmirched William Regal at thanksgiving in 2000. It was a golden age when wrestling was in-your-face and packed with big characters putting their bodies on the line in the name of entertainment... 

Maureen Langan: Daughter of a Garbage Man

Maureen Langan: Daughter of a Garbage Man

Born in New York to an Irish Catholic immigrant family, Maureen Langan has been brought up to think that traditional values matter, and that life rewards hard work. Yet in America where the most successful women are avatars of the erstwhile Kim Kardashian, Maureen wonders whether every girl with any ambitions these days should simply leave school and make sex tapes instead... 

Front Line

Front Line

The proper teaching of sex education remains a rather thorny topic, and this one-woman comedy-drama with songs positions itself to probe some of the more profound issues of this field... 

Mason King – Mind Control

Mason King – Mind Control

Mason King’s Mind Control mixes card tricks, deception and mind-reading into just under an hour of delving into the human psyche.King’s speciality, as you might have guessed, is mind-reading... 

David Kay

David Kay

David Kay, returning to the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 as one of the hidden gems of the Scottish comedy circuit. As seen on The Alternative Comedy Experience: Comedy Central and heard as the reluctant wizard in Modrin McDonald 21st Century Wizard on BBC Radio 4, 'Kay arrives looking as though he should be in an art school indie band yet talking as if he’s a senior citizen' (Scotsman)... 

Labels

Labels

Joe Sellman-Leava has lived with labels his entire life and he also has to live with the consequences of them. He knows they can be helpful: his dad uses them to find reduced items in the supermarket... 

Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary

Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary

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

Australia: A Whinging Poms Guide

Australia: A Whinging Poms Guide

“All the Australians in the room put your hands up,” a splattering of us raise our hands, and little do we realise that Dan Willis will heavily rely on us to make up a good proportion of his show, and not in a good-audience-participation kind of way... 

Bethany Black: (Extra)Ordinary

Bethany Black: (Extra)Ordinary

Bethany Black is a forthright, funny, and unapologetic comedian, cheerfully rousing the audience as she lets fire her jokes. She’s quick to point out that she fulfils every lesbian stereotype but turns this into good-natured fodder for laughs – and she’s experienced enough to make jokes on the way that her jokes are getting received... 

Nick Hall: Szgrabble!

Nick Hall: Szgrabble!

Frantic, fun and frivolous, this fast-paced one-man show is an entertaining comic thriller of Cold War intrigue and Scrabble. In this laugh-a-minute production, Nick Hall mixes mime, narration and keyboard accompaniment to create a world of surreal events and bizarre characters... 

Lost Voice Guy: Disability for Dunces Volume Two

Lost Voice Guy: Disability for Dunces Volume Two

“If you don’t laugh at the disabled guy, you are going to hell!” Lee Ridley begins, and immediately inspires unanimous laughter. It’s not often you see a man with cerebral palsy cracking jokes in front of a packed crowd, but Lost Voice Guy (Ridley) does so with ease... 

John Gordillo: Love Capitalism

John Gordillo: Love Capitalism

Despite the commanding tone of his show’s title, John Gordillo doesn’t actually come across as a fan of Capitalism as an economic and social system. Especially given the post-industrial-stage which Capitalism appears to have now reached, during this first quarter of the 21st century... 

Nosferatu's Shadow

Nosferatu's Shadow

The image of a twisted spindly shadow with long crooked fingers, along with pointy ears and even pointier fangs ascending the stairs, is one that is burned into the imaginations and nightmares of people across the world - all thanks to the work of the actor Max Schreck in the seminal silent horror classic Nosferatu... 

The Other

The Other

The Other tells the story of a young girl named Mana who escapes from her war-torn home on the Red-Yellow Planet to begin a cruel and poignant coming-of-age journey to the beautiful Blue Planet... 

Screw Your Courage! (or The Bloody Crown!)

Screw Your Courage! (or The Bloody Crown!)

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

Holly Burn: I Am Special

Holly Burn: I Am Special

It’s a struggle to review Holly Burn. It’s a struggle to articulate what just happened, who she is, what she does, whether it’s funny, or whether there’s a point to it at all... 

Spencer Jones Presents The Herbert in Eggy Bagel

Spencer Jones Presents The Herbert in Eggy Bagel

Spencer Jones is once more going full tilt in the surrealism stakes, and the result is a fantastically strange success. The Herbert is back at the Fringe provoking gales of laughter while deftly defying description with another slice of bizarre clowning comedy... 

Juliette Burton: Decision Time

Juliette Burton: Decision Time

Attacking her material with a mixture of nervous energy and enthusiasm Juliette Burton launches into her act by describing her difficulties in making decisions, then tracing the big choices which have brought her to an Edinburgh stage in front of a packed room... 

Andrew Doyle: Future Tense

Andrew Doyle: Future Tense

Andrew Doyle has now brought five solo shows to Edinburgh, each noticeably different in style and tone; even Doyle’s on-stage persona has shifted somewhat from one year to the next – although you could never accuse him of sliding all the way along the attitude spectrum to reach dewy-eyed optimism... 

Glenn Moore: Glengarry Glen Glenn

Glenn Moore: Glengarry Glen Glenn

To borrow from one of Glenn Moore’s own references, this show is a tale of two cities... well, actually it’s the tale of one city, a remote village in West Sussex, and the journey of a socially awkward young man between the two locations... 

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Van Gogh is one of the world’s most famous artists but many people know very little about him other than strange stories of missing ears. In a busy city it is nice to take a few moments to chill out, have a chat and meet someone new... 

Tell Me Anything

Tell Me Anything

Fifteen-year-old David Ralfe knows that with “warmth, guidance, and gentle nudging”, Kate, his anorexic girlfriend, can be guided towards a healthier existence. But life is always messier than its theoretical counterpart — and there is just so much mess to contend with: Kate’s family, who don’t know and then don’t want to know about their daughter’s illness; an incompetent, patronising NHS; and Ralfe’s own desire for control... 

Gratiano

Gratiano

Though Shakespeare is something which has been revisited and reproduced time and time again, it is rare that one of the minor characters is given a starring role. Written and performed by Ross Ericson, this one-man show is a clever take on the Shakespearean classic The Merchant of Venice, putting Gratiano in the spotlight... 

Ruskin Live: the 1853 Edinburgh Lectures

Ruskin Live: the 1853 Edinburgh Lectures

In 1853, the great art critic John Ruskin delivered four lectures at the Philosophical Institution in Queen Street, Edinburgh. His themes were Gothic versus Neo-Classical architecture, JMW Turner and the history of landscape painting, and an emergent group of young artists: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood... 

Scarlet Letters

Scarlet Letters

On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, appeared the letter A. But what about the rest of the alphabet? A modern-day, one-woman Scarlet Letter with songs. A world premiere play by Patrick Ross... 

Culturally Inquisitive

Culturally Inquisitive

Culturally Inquisitive touches on the life of the sublime stand-up force that is Wis Jantarasorn, known on the circuit for putting great twists on punchlines and whipping the crowd into a frenzy... 

Horse McDonald in Careful

Horse McDonald in Careful

Swapping her musical trappings for the theatre, Horse McDonald takes to the stage to present an undeniably intriguing and raw, if occasionally sensational, biopic of her own life.Though the audience seemed largely to be filled with long-time fans, people unfamiliar with Horse as a musician will still find much to enjoy in this show... 

Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield

Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield

In a melancholic solo show about growing up and facing the inevitable realisation that there is no Narnia, only the real world, we accompany Lucy Grace on an exploration of the ‘real’ Lucy Pevensie: CS Lewis’s goddaughter, Lucy Barfield... 

Craig Campbell's 'Easy Tiger'

Craig Campbell's 'Easy Tiger'

The whole fish-out-of water shtick is a difficult one to pull off – the performer has to be au fait with local idiosyncrasies while at the same time be looking in at them from the outside... 

Jamali Maddix: Chickens Come Home to Roost

Jamali Maddix: Chickens Come Home to Roost

Jamali Maddix creates a buzz when he enters the stage, and why not? He's a cool guy. After storming the Chortle Student Comedy Award in 2014, of course there's a high accolade attached to his material, but none of it shows... 

Perfidious Lion

Perfidious Lion

Some shows stick in your head even if they are flawed. Sometimes the flaws actually add to why you enjoyed it. Perfidious Lion, the new hour from writer and actor Bettine Mackenzie, is such a show... 

Milo McCabe: The Unflappable Troy Hawke

Milo McCabe: The Unflappable Troy Hawke

Milo McCabe steps onto the stage as Troy Hawke with the swagger of an assured performer. Over the next fifty or so minutes the comedian proves that both he and his creation are us unflappable as the show’s title suggests, putting in a very entertaining performance as he explores some of the foibles of modern life from a uniquely unusual perspective... 

Laura Lexx: Tyrannosaurus Lexx

Laura Lexx: Tyrannosaurus Lexx

Any good joke can fall flat on its face if the delivery is rubbish, but for Laura Lexx with her bubbly personality, infectious smile and merry sense of wit, this is never going to be a problem... 

Matt Winning: Ragnarok

Matt Winning: Ragnarok

‘The attractively impish Matt Winning’ (Guardian) returns with a show within a show and more utter nonsense. It's about landlords, the solar system, climate change and corn on the cob... 

Can't Adult, Won't Adult

Can't Adult, Won't Adult

Come and join adulthood denier James Farmer (writer for Have I Got News for You, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks) for his debut solo hour. There will be jokes, stories and possibly biscuits... 

Max Fletcher: Walden

Max Fletcher: Walden

Max needs to start making money from comedy, so he's decided to adapt the great transcendentalist novel Walden into a comedy show. He's hindered by everyone from his mother, to his agent, to his possibly imaginary roommate Denver... 

Jay Handley: You Want the Truth? You Can't Handley the Truth!

Jay Handley: You Want the Truth? You Can't Handley the Truth!

Jay Handley has set himself a task with this show title. It suggests he's going to shine a light on the nature of existence. That is always his ambition, of course, but mostly he did it for the sake of a pun... 

Ditty Fiddler

Ditty Fiddler

Friz Frizzle has ruined songs for West End Shows, #1 Comedy Albums and BBC Radio 4, and now he is going to ruin them live. Armed with a piano, this parodist will take the tunes you know and love, and mess around with them until you don't want to know or love them anymore... 

Kane Brown: The Oath

Kane Brown: The Oath

Kane Brown has a lot to get off his chest. He’s been around the block a few times and he’s seen things, things he can’t keep to himself anymore. This Fringe, he’s coming clean and swearing to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth... 

Caspar Thomas: Magic and Mentalism

Caspar Thomas: Magic and Mentalism

Magician and comedian Jerry Sadowitz says 'Caspar’s sleight of hand and mentalism is of a standard rarely seen anywhere, and never attempted by the current generation of magicians... 

Mark Cooper-Jones: Geographically Speaking

Mark Cooper-Jones: Geographically Speaking

On paper, this show sounds excellent. Mark is a professional comedian who's appeared on Russell Howard's Good News, BBC Radio 4, BBC Three's Live at the Electric (with sketch group WitTank), and performed stand up across the country... 

Now We Are Sixty

Now We Are Sixty

Maxine's turned 60. She's a bit bothered by this but mostly bewildered. Time’s speeding up so quickly that it now seems like bin day every day, and people have started to apologise if they swear in front of her... 

Cassie Atkinson – Supernumerary Rainbow

Cassie Atkinson – Supernumerary Rainbow

Join Cassie Atkinson, 'Future national treasure' **** (ToDoList.org.uk), as we run through the rainbow of her mind. 45 minutes of fun and quirky character comedy mayhem. Face on ITV and E4... 

Anna Morris: It's Got to Be Perfect

Anna Morris: It's Got to Be Perfect

The critically acclaimed character comic and star of ITV2's Bad Bridesmaid and BBC One's Outnumbered returns with her smash hit, sell-out 2015 show. Georgina (of viral YouTube series Georgina’s Wedding Blogs) is getting married in Edinburgh and it’s got to be perfect... 

I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow

I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow

Sunrise is a time of renewal, a fresh start, a new day! Anna Snapp shares her personal passage through the darkness to the bright sunrise in her battle with everything from Crohn's disease to post-traumatic stress disorder... 

Ross Hepburn is Beetlejuice'd

Ross Hepburn is Beetlejuice'd

Most seven-year-olds don’t pick a ghost as a role model. But Ross Hepburn wasn’t like most seven-year-olds. Discover the story behind his strange and unusual choice of hero in a show that explains why sometimes only the undead can help you live life to the full. 

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Interactive experience. Everyone gets a portrait. Have an intimate moment with Vincent. Witness the passion, humour and heart of a great artist. Based upon the letters of Vincent and Theo and the Memoirs of Vincent’s stay in Auvers-sur-Oise by Adeline Ravoux, DeForest sets the record straight on a true artist’s personal struggle for humanity... 

Nerd Do Well

Nerd Do Well

‘The world’s most talented nerd!’ (The Trickery, Aberdeen). ‘How does he do that?!’ (TheLadBible.com). What if your superpowers were setting Rubik's cube records, lightning fast mathematics and memory skills? What if your kryptonite was human contact, nightclubs and the memory of Lotty rejecting you in the playground aged 10? Join Tom Crosbie on the scenic route to self-improvement as he masters the talents nobody knew he needed. 

Jack Evans: Melancholy Poontang

Jack Evans: Melancholy Poontang

Jack Evans’ debut hour. Silly stand-up, absurd animation and weird characters from the creator of Manchester’s acclaimed alternative comedy extravaganza Quippodrome. It starts with Jack’s trademark off-kilter stand-up, but when his loser mate Bald Eagle joins him, things get weird... 

Are You Really Being Served? With Steve McLean

Are You Really Being Served? With Steve McLean

What's in your shopping basket? Probably not the same as what's in Steve's. Some things can be just too cheap – would you really pay a tenner for laser surgery? Join Steve as he delves into the deepest darkest regions of the supermarket shelves... 

Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm

Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm

You may know Susan from QI, HIGNFY, News Quiz, or Mock the Week, now she’s back at the Fringe with a brand new hour of comedy. Be prepared – there’s a storm coming, and it’s in the form of a tiny lady with nothing to lose... 

It's Thea-Skot in Here (So Take Off All Your Clothes)

It's Thea-Skot in Here (So Take Off All Your Clothes)

Following last year’s five-star smash-hit Some Like It Thea-Skot, ‘comic monster’ (Chortle.co.uk) Alison Thea-Skot is back with another hour of chaotic character comedy. Electric, joyful mayhem that makes you the star (provided you don't outshine Thea-Skot, in the event of which you will be asked to leave)... 

A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built

A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built

Striding onto the stage accompanied by thunderous fanfare, taking his place on a podium and decrying the evil of tyrants and the chains of authority, Dominic Allen’s blistering and bombastic entrance as Thomas Paine in his one man show about the life of the free thinker and revolutionary scholar certainly grabs your attention and sets the tone for a gripping and completely enthralling hour of astounding storytelling and theatre... 

Carl Hutchinson: The Fixer

Carl Hutchinson: The Fixer

See one of the UK’s most in-demand comedians as he does what he does best: hilariously squares off against life’s petty annoyances. From people who obnoxiously post motivational quotes on social media to those who urge you to put your phone in rice when you get it wet, Carl Hutchinson tackles a bunch of little, everyday issues in his latest show The Fixer... 

Red Rose / White Rose

Red Rose / White Rose

There were two actresses in Strindberg's play: one I called his white rose, the other his red rose. One was a spotless wife, the other a shameless mistress. Who's the stronger anyway – a housewife desperate to keep her husband home, or a free spirit destined to shut herself out of the marriage institution? The answer lies within the 1940s Shanghai. 

A Fête Worse Than Death

A Fête Worse Than Death

Welcome to the village fête in Llanfairchwaraesboncen, nestled in the South Wales Valleys. Join your host, 76-year-old village busybody Eirys Evans, in a fun-filled romp complete with competitions, slide shows and audience participation... 

Ninkynonks and Bear Haters

Ninkynonks and Bear Haters

A look at life in 2016, from being a dad, husband and keen observer of, er, stuff! 

Rubbish Rebel

Rubbish Rebel

TV comic Bentley Browning stars as himself, North London's most boring priest Rev Rupert Williams, failed rock star Steve Plimpton, and ex glamour model Melinda Middleton. A stand up show with lots of surprises... 

Arielle Dundas: Moppet of Chaos

Arielle Dundas: Moppet of Chaos

Arielle Dundas is an American comedian living in the Netherlands with an analytic insider/outsider perspective on both American and European lifestyles. A stunningly talented performer, she knows how to hold a crowd’s attention... 

The Good, the Bad and the Weegie

The Good, the Bad and the Weegie

Morningside Malcolm's daughter has married into a family of Glasgow gangsters. When it falls to Malcolm to be head of the criminals will he use his new power for good or for greed? Robin Cairns delivers another riotous Scottish comedy with his popular cast of characters, respectable Malcolm, the fearsome Big Urqy, his moll Leeanne and the stunningly stupid Brian – Malcolm's son-in-law... 

Daisy Earl: Scottish Comedian of the Year Winner 2015

Daisy Earl: Scottish Comedian of the Year Winner 2015

Daisy is the hottest thing in Scottish comedy. She started the year being nominated for Best Newcomer in the Scottish Comedy Awards, then she won Best New Comedian at the Scottish Variety Awards and now she’s won the big one, being crowned Scottish Comedian of the Year 2015... 

(Cut the Bullshit) Len Bakerloo Speaks Truth to Power

(Cut the Bullshit) Len Bakerloo Speaks Truth to Power

Don't you hate it when... Politicians say anything to get elected, bankers say anything to get your money, and old men use pictures of sexy young women to get you to attend their shows? Bullshit is ubiquitous and Len Bakerloo will do anything to get it to stop... 

Neil Delamere: Ctrl Alt Delamere

Neil Delamere: Ctrl Alt Delamere

One of Ireland’s top comedians is back in Edinburgh. After a couple of years away, Neil returns with show packed with more hilarious tall tales. Includes tips on how to survive a bobsled ride and how to pretend you’re enjoying a trip in an astronaut training centrifuge... 

London Paris Roam!

London Paris Roam!

London Paris Roam! She's bossa'd in Brazil, jived in Japan, vamped in the Vatican, feasted in France, indulged in Italy and now, to be honest, needs a bit of a break. Preferably talking to you about it all over a nice glass of French Shiraz... 

Jason Neale's Footprint

Jason Neale's Footprint

Jason turns up, picks up the mic and talks... He doesn't use a projector, he doesn't have a suitcase of props, he's not cool, the show’s not alternative; he’s just really funny for an hour... 

Fiona Sagar: Entitled

Fiona Sagar: Entitled

'Shift yer arse, yer lazy gett' – Granny's words in 1995 made a lasting impression. Fiona Sagar (fresh from The Groundlings, LA) makes her Edinburgh debut in this solo character-comedy show exploring entitlement in its many forms... 

Grace the Former Child: Party Politics

Grace the Former Child: Party Politics

Don't miss stand-up veteran Grace, formerly The Child, revealing all about being a 13-year-old. Strictly limited run, on a bus. Her debut solo show, Playground Politics, played to sold-out audiences at the Fringe in 2015... 

Daniel Kitson Presents an Insufficient Number of Undeveloped Ideas Over Ninety Testing Minutes Starting at Noon

Daniel Kitson Presents an Insufficient Number of Undeveloped Ideas Over Ninety Testing Minutes Starting at Noon

Work in progress towards something in October. It will probably feel a lot like being directly addressed by Jesus. If Jesus was working up some new material and charging a fiver.  

A Poke in the Eye

A Poke in the Eye

Do your other senses get stronger? Is it wrong to fancy your doctor? Will I get a new eye that shoots lasers? Just some of the questions our heroine answers whilst telling us how she went blind but now she can see... 

Team Viking

Team Viking

A while ago my best friend Tom died of heart cancer. His last wish was for me to give him a Viking Funeral. So I did. Winner of Vault Festival’s Origins Award. A debut show by James Rowland... 

Mr Kingdom's Queen Victoria (Or a Little of What You Fancy)

Mr Kingdom's Queen Victoria (Or a Little of What You Fancy)

The queen who ruled a kingdom (and an empire) as you've never dared think of her before. A bitingly irreverent, painfully funny and strangely moving new show from legendary Fringe First Award winner Bob Kingdom (Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, The Truman Capote Talk Show)... 

Henning Wehn: Westphalia is Not an Option

Henning Wehn: Westphalia is Not an Option

German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn is back at the Caves and like every year, Westphalia is not an option. Come along. Or else. Recent TV and radio appearances include Live At The Apollo (BBC Two), Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You, and Room 101 (BBC One)... 

Adam Rowe: Bittersweet Little Lies

Adam Rowe: Bittersweet Little Lies

Although still in his early 20s, newcomer Adam is already one of the most sought after acts in the country and is fast becoming a favourite at the UK’s biggest comedy clubs and festivals... 

Sooz Kempner – A Bit of a Character

Sooz Kempner – A Bit of a Character

Following 2015's Character Activist, Funny Women Variety Award winner Sooz Kempner is back with four more characters/figments of her imagination for you to meet. She is really showing that she can do different accents, wear wigs and even write and perform songs in this multi-character extravaganza... 

Viv Groskop: Be More Margo

Viv Groskop: Be More Margo

BBC Radio 4‘s multi award-winner Viv Groskop presents Be More Margo, the follow-up to her sold-out five-star 2015 debut. This is a show about snobbery, class, Britishness and The Good Life, fuelled entirely by gin... 

The Madness in My Method

The Madness in My Method

Michael first took to the stage at a local open mic in Derry/LondonDerry, 2009. Fuelled with nerves, excitement and no clue how to perform he proceeded to die on his arse! However, armed with the stupidity and ambition to be a comedian, Michael has come a long way since that painful winter’s night... 

Will Mars: Schtick Shift

Will Mars: Schtick Shift

A clean hour of hilarious stand-up from a British New Yorker. Top 50 Best Ever Jokes at the Fringe (Scotsman). Top 50 Funniest One-Liners Ever (Daily Mail). Top 10 Funniest Jokes of the Fringe (Dave TV)... 

The Madness in My Method

The Madness in My Method

Michael Porter takes his first highly anticipated solo show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Madness in My Method is a collection of thoughts and stories, from stand-up to life experience... 

Crack in Progress by Lucy Pearman

Crack in Progress by Lucy Pearman

There's an egg here to find other eggs and see if they're OK? 30 minutes of relaxing nonsense. For anyone aged 16-99 that ever had a little crack. By Lucy Pearman (LetLuce, Weirdos, The Bill)... 

Celia

Celia

Meet Celia, housewife, 49ish and devoted mother. Tired of putting the toilet seat down after the men in her life, Celia escapes into a parallel world, the inspiration for her romantic short stories... 

Martin Mor: #RoadComedian

Martin Mor: #RoadComedian

Jokes and stories from a life on the road. ‘This great big, funny, friendly, hairy bear of an Irishman wrapped us in his irresistible mix of spontaneous humour, hilarious storytelling and total irreverence, and it was a sweet and memorable encounter’ (TheClothesline... 

The Notorious Mary Bourke

The Notorious Mary Bourke

This is an Irish housewife's guide to life, love and hip hop. If you've ever wondered what happened when I met Tupac Shakur in Dublin, or why Jay Z is the worst thing to happen to East Coast hip hop – or how to live your life with the super confidence of Biggie Smalls – then this is the show for you... 

Katherine Ryan: Work in Progress

Katherine Ryan: Work in Progress

Star of Live at the Apollo, QI and The Jonathan Ross Show, the razor sharp and hilariously funny Canadian returns to the festival. Direct from a complete sell-out national tour throughout the UK and Australia, Katherine premieres her brand new work in progress show... 

Colum Tyrrell: The Hookers and Blow Show

Colum Tyrrell: The Hookers and Blow Show

New York-based Irish comedian Colum Tyrrell brings his debut hour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Expect a hilarious show filled with explicit tales from a lovable lowlife. 'Obvious star potential' (Chortle... 

Shazia Mirza

Shazia Mirza

As seen on The Jonathan Ross Show, Loose Women and The Late Late Show, Shazia Mirza performs her acclaimed show The Kardashians Made Me Do It for 10 nights only. This show is a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and jihadi brides... 

Damian Clark Can't Slow Down

Damian Clark Can't Slow Down

He suuuuure can't. Nominated for a New Barry Award. After his cult smash show Grand Theft Damo last year, the Aussie crackerjack is back with his brand new hurricane hour of stand-up... 

Pete Johansson: Good People

Pete Johansson: Good People

Good People is a light-hearted exploration of what should be a natural journey towards being a better person. But what if I'm not? Or worse, what if none of you are? In a world full of spiralling narcissism, greed and apathy, maybe we only need a good man with a pun to protect us from ourselves... 

Rob Carter is Christopher Bliss

Rob Carter is Christopher Bliss

Christopher is a novelist; a passionate, committed and self-confident novelist. The only problem is he doesn’t quite know what a novel is. Award-winning comedian Rob Carter brings his new character to the Fringe... 

Jarlath Regan – Arseways

Jarlath Regan – Arseways

A celebration of screwing up, an ode to making a balls of it, an hour of ‘sublime standup’ (Evening Standard) in praise of failing and failing better while flicking the V sign to everyone focused on being perfect... 

Poe's Last Night

Poe's Last Night

Enter the fascinating mind of Edgar Allan Poe. Share the horror of his last hours on the streets of Baltimore. Hear his most revealing works come to life, including The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven and Alone... 

Bob Slayer: 24 Hour Shows

Bob Slayer: 24 Hour Shows

Bob drives his BlundaBus around Europe looking for adventures. He hasn't found one. He's found 24! Twenty-four different stories from Malcolm Hardee and Barry Award-winning storyteller... 

The South Afreakins

The South Afreakins

Helene and Gordon are stuck in South Africa and in their same rut. One longs to get out and experience everything retirement has to offer, while one won’t leave his milk tart. When they finally emigrate to New Zealand, the result is heartbreaking and hilarious as they discover it’s hard work to find ‘home’... 

Living Luke

Living Luke

Hastings Comedian of the Year (yes that accolade is as good as it sounds) brings his brilliant debut hour. An observational, personal and hilarious account of life, through Luke’s funny tinted eyes and told in his laid back and friendly style, even the front row leaves happy... 

Bob Graham Fifth Show

Bob Graham Fifth Show

One of Edinburgh's indigenous comedians presents a show with the most factually accurate title on this entire website. One of the four quotes below is made up. Can you guess which one? 'Deadpan, sinister, miserable, and absolutely brilliant' (PunchlineComedy... 

The McLaureen's Tale

The McLaureen's Tale

Christine Khandjian presents a Celtic musical inspired by Irish migration. Come hear Sally’s story, crossing the ocean for a second chance! Singer/songwriter: C Khandjian. Director: Colton Pometta... 

Lynne Jassem: From Como to Homo

Lynne Jassem: From Como to Homo

Lynne Jassem brings her moving solo show From Como to Homo to Edinburgh. In it she tells the story of a 10-year-old juggling her career on live TV in 1957 with the demands of her stage mother, a former Rockette, and a burgeoning awareness of her gender dysphoria... 

The Weaning of Life / Free Festival

The Weaning of Life / Free Festival

If you want to see comedy that is a little different, this is for you. This show is a fusion of physical comedy, clown and spontaneity that will make you feel all funny inside. Returning from a sold out and extended season at Sydney Fringe Comedy 2014 and Sydney Comedy Festival 2015, this one-man show explores the peculiar things that life has to offer... 

Stephen K Amos: Work in Progress

Stephen K Amos: Work in Progress

Work in progress from the maestro of feel-good comedy. Fresh from touring UK and Australia. Star of Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For? (BBC Radio 4). ‘Amos is officially becoming a national treasure... 

Silky: Indoor Fireworks

Silky: Indoor Fireworks

'I swear to God, Keith, if another over-confident idiot pushes a flyer into my face, I won't be held responsible for my actions.' Come see a balding forty-something as a protest. **** (Herald)... 

Michael J Dolan: The Most Villainous Michael J Dolan

Michael J Dolan: The Most Villainous Michael J Dolan

A stand-up show for miserable grown-ups, fuelled by self-loathing, paranoia and a course of anti-psychotic medication. 30% new material guaranteed. No guarantees. 'Brilliantly sustained, brutally punchy' **** (Scotsman)... 

Paul Thorne: This Month's Apocalypse

Paul Thorne: This Month's Apocalypse

Throughout history, every generation has thought they would witness the end of the world. They were wrong. We will! Paul Thorne returns to Edinburgh with a sideways look at modern evil... 

How to Become a Poker Millionaire (and Still Be a Loser)

How to Become a Poker Millionaire (and Still Be a Loser)

This fast-paced, multimedia stand-up show takes the audience from Lucille's deranged upbringing in Normandy, all the way to her poker triumph in Monte Carlo where she became that rarest of things: a French poker superstar (with a vagina)... 

Danielle Ward: Seventeen

Danielle Ward: Seventeen

Being a teenager in the 90s was hard (is your favourite band Blur, Oasis or Throbbing Gristle?), but now there's a whole new set of things to worry about. What is the correct amount of pubic hair? Can feminists enjoy twerking? Why is fruit suddenly bad for you? Let the host of hit podcast Do the Right Thing guide you through this difficult time with stand-up, songs and one explicit mime... 

Simon Munnery: Standing Still

Simon Munnery: Standing Still

Simon Munnery performs for his 30th year at the Fringe. An opening to die for, seven wry observations, a tone poem, four fresh skits and two new commandments. 'A genuine innovator in the land of the samey, and an annual must-see for any comedy connoisseur' (Guardian)... 

JoJo Bellini's Kitchen Cabaret

JoJo Bellini's Kitchen Cabaret

Join JoJo Bellini for a hilarious show filled with fun, food and the songs of Tom Jones. 'Cheeky and full of charm' **** (ThreeWeeks). 'It's a bit saucy and I don't just mean the food' **** (TheMumble... 

Gavin Webster: Jesus Christ's a Window Cleaner Now

Gavin Webster: Jesus Christ's a Window Cleaner Now

I was there when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, when Emu bit Michael Parkinson. Some were desperate to get their kids to see weight lifting at the London Olympics so they could tell their grandchildren they were there... 

Stunning the Punters (& Other Stories)

Stunning the Punters (& Other Stories)

Twenty-six years after winning universal rave reviews for his Edinburgh solo debut, George Dillon is again Stunning the Punters! Herald Angel winner returns with stories by Berkoff, Dostoevsky and Sproat... 

Peter Fleming and Wilbur Bilb: Over the Airwaves

Peter Fleming and Wilbur Bilb: Over the Airwaves

Deliciously tragic character comedy from So You Think That's Funny? winners Tom Burgess and Sam Nicoresti. Retired children's TV pioneer Peter Fleming staggers through a dusty presentation of his BBC programmes... 

Nicole Henriksen – Techno Glitter Penguins

Nicole Henriksen – Techno Glitter Penguins

Following rave reviews on a buzzing Australian tour, award nominated alternative comedian Nicole Henriksen returns to Edinburgh with a fresh dose of her high energy hot mess comedy variety show goodness... 

Luca Cupani: The Admin of Death and Other Confessions

Luca Cupani: The Admin of Death and Other Confessions

So You Think You're Funny? 2015 winner, Italian Luca Cupani returns to the Fringe! The man who was too funny for Italy and moved to the UK tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in these intimate semi-serious confessions about religion, sex and the admin of death... 

Always Be Rolling – Free

Always Be Rolling – Free

How board games can change your life and save the world. Award-winning comedian James Cook has read the back of the box and is ready to play. Won't you join him? 

Matt Green: Writing To Harvey Keitel – Free

Matt Green: Writing To Harvey Keitel – Free

Two years ago Matt spent six hours in a car with Hollywood star Harvey Keitel. Since then people keep asking Matt what Harvey’s like, and presumably the same thing has also been happening the other way around? So Matt started writing to him... 

Lee Kyle: I Came Here to Burn This Place to the Ground and Build a Table and I’m All Out of Table Making Equipment and Matches

Lee Kyle: I Came Here to Burn This Place to the Ground and Build a Table and I’m All Out of Table Making Equipment and Matches

Hi, Lee here. I’m typing this. I want you to come to my show. There. I’ve just come out and said it. I’m going to say all of the funniest things I know how to say and there’s a twist near the end... 

Woop Woop It's Da Sound of That Pauly

Woop Woop It's Da Sound of That Pauly

Master of the slow burn. Northern Irish comedy person Paul McDaniel returns for another hour of being quite good. 'An inexplicable delight' (Chortle.co.uk). ‘A brilliant comedy voice’ (Bruce Morton). 

Suzanne Lea Shepherd: Rapscallion

Suzanne Lea Shepherd: Rapscallion

Suzanne Lea Shepherd is a new New Yorker who has appeared on Comedy Central, performed across Asia, America and Europe, and was a featured comedian for Comedy Central Asia in 2015. 

Heads Up

Heads Up

A city. Right now. A woman staggers home after a two-day bender. A finance worker preaches doom outside Cafe Nero. A priest who doesn't believe in God stares blankly at endless disasters on the TV news... 

Ria Lina: Dear Daughter

Ria Lina: Dear Daughter

Fresh from her BBC Radio 4 Show, Ria Lina’s new show is about death, motherhood and the EU referendum. They say comedy = tragedy + time, but what if you don’t have time? No one knows what’s around the corner, and how many of us can truly say we’re prepared? With new songs, letters to her daughter, and an interfering mother, this year's show, winner of Best Comedy Show Greater Manchester Fringe, is the dark comedy everybody is talking about... 

Only Bones

Only Bones

‘...extraordinary inventiveness created by a limitless imagination…’ (TheatReview.org.NZ). Only Bones is an award-winning new production by New Zealanders Thomas Monckton and Gemma Tweedie and Finland-based physical theatre company Kallo Collective... 

Joe Fairbrother's Power Hour

Joe Fairbrother's Power Hour

Power yourself up with a cult Edinburgh favourite. Join Joe for a fun-filled hour that's part stand-up, part film and part chat. Essentially, it's Spielberg meets Kilroy. But without the unsavoury politics of Kilroy... 

The Ross Voss Comedy Experience

The Ross Voss Comedy Experience

Australian comedian’s Edinburgh debut. Ross Voss will amuse with gags, stories and jokes. ‘Left with tears in my eyes it was so funny!’ (Adelaide Fringe-goer). ‘Take a punt lovers of comedy on Ross’ (Peter Maddern, Kryztoff... 

Pianomorphosis - Will Pickvance

Pianomorphosis - Will Pickvance

Inside the workings of the piano concert, looking out. Solos and stories from Will Pickvance, creator of sell-out Anatomy of the Piano. 'Clever, poetic, his piano playing exudes an effortless, almost careless expertise' (Herald)... 

Haggis McSporran: Is Out of His Box!

Haggis McSporran: Is Out of His Box!

With referendum fever sweeping the country, Haggis’s face was on every TV. Then something happened. Scotland voted no and Haggis was never heard from again, sparking several conspiracy theories and several more apathetic shrugs... 

Committed to Mediocrity

Committed to Mediocrity

Being middle-aged, gay and married is difficult enough without having a mildly annoying vegetarian accent. Which makes picking holes and kicking down the ordinary lives of the rest of the world Gavin’s key survival mechanism as he validates his existence... 

Amée Smith: Relax, It's Not About You

Amée Smith: Relax, It's Not About You

She put her hopes and dreams on hold supporting him and helping him achieve his. It's taken heartbreak to see, but she can do anything she sets her mind to. Starting with things he said he wanted (why the hell not?)... 

The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole

The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole

Cleo Sylvestre tells the fascinating story of the Jamaican/Scottish woman who braved the Crimean War to tend to wounded soldiers, described as ‘a warm and successful physician, who doctors and cures all manner of men with extraordinary success’... 

Of, or at, a Fairly Low Temperature

Of, or at, a Fairly Low Temperature

What is meant by being cool? Does anything else matter? Are acronyms in? OOAAFLT mixes contemporary dance with storytelling and comedy to question what is cool these days. This semi-autobiographical show makes Lewys consider the things that are most important to him: to be cool or to be himself, and he will put the same consideration forward to you... 

Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm

Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm

You may know Susan from QI, HIGNFY, News Quiz, or Mock the Week, now she’s back at the Fringe with a brand new hour of comedy. Be prepared – there’s a storm coming, and it’s in the form of a tiny lady with nothing to lose... 

24 Hours With Mary Lynn Rajskub

24 Hours With Mary Lynn Rajskub

Mary Lynn (Chloe from 24) gets knocked up by a hunky stranger, becomes the good wife and mother, blows all her cash, and takes an ex-girlfriend’s advice to invest in miniature horses to save her marriage... 

Erin McGathy: Love You Loudly

Erin McGathy: Love You Loudly

Erin McGathy (This Feels Terrible, Drunk History, Community) presents a comedy show about love, guts, despair and wearing wedding dresses covered in candy for approval. 

Guy Masterson: Love and Canine Integration

Guy Masterson: Love and Canine Integration

On a hovercraft, no one can hear you bark... Fringe legend and Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson's uproarious tales of woe, a dog and transcontinental wedlock. The dog came with a package... 

Des Clarke 3D

Des Clarke 3D

Des Clarke is a much loved performer in Edinburgh. Quite an achievement for a Glaswegian. Uniquely, Des will perform three different sets this year – each running for eight days – about the things that matter to him most... 

Cold/Warm

Cold/Warm

A man and his microwave live on the top floor of a forgotten block of council flats. He writes letters of complaint. The city below him was once his own, now it belongs to someone else entirely... 

Angela Wand: Wounded Animals

Angela Wand: Wounded Animals

Hailing from the US, now based in Sweden, super-star clown Angela Wand comes to Edinburgh with comedy, circus, stand-up, performance, roller skating, rap, jazz hands, and a touch of Vegas... 

Joey Page: Jowie

Joey Page: Jowie

Silly, imaginative, stupid and more stupid, blah, blah, blah and more blah. Come on in, the water is fine and there is a slide. One lady in Australia said I am the best comedian she has ever seen... 

Macho Like Me

Macho Like Me

The true account of Helie Lee's remarkable six-month journey living as a man. Between the weight lifting, crew cut and a new wardrobe, Helie's excited to start her new life as Harry... 

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here

'Terrifyingly funny' (Times). 'Belly laugh brilliant... The audience was weeping with laughter' (Time Out). Mark Watson returns with the follow-up show to his highly celebrated and successful Flaws... 

Bonita & Billie Holiday

Bonita & Billie Holiday

Has performed to sold out audiences around the country to rave reviews. ‘…Uncanny!’ (LA Times). ‘Whether you’re a Holiday fan or not, Bonita’s homage is a must-see!’ (Examiner... 

Maddy Anholt: Rent Girl

Maddy Anholt: Rent Girl

Following a sold-out run with the critically acclaimed Diary of a Dating Addict last year, Maddy Anholt is back with Rent Girl. Co-written and directed by Hardeep Singh Kohli. Maddy, character comedienne extraordinaire, brings you her next comedy creation... 

Scotch Whisky Revealed

Scotch Whisky Revealed

This is an entertaining and informative tasting, aimed at those who would like to improve their knowledge of whisky. Enjoy the guided nosing and tasting of six single malts, each carefully chosen to illustrate the different styles of Scotch whisky... 

Desert Bloom

Desert Bloom

Decked out in her Nevada-based caravan, it is initially unclear in what direction Rosa Rita's tale will take. What is made clear, however, is her love for the literary. Declaring her admiration for Whitman, Dickinson and Emily Bronte, her mentioning of them originally seems unambiguous... 

Something Rotten

Something Rotten

Something Rotten, not to be confused with the 2015 Broadway musical of the same name, is this time Hamlet’s villainous uncle, Claudius’s version of events, told as if he were briefing the audience- his newly formed privy council... 

Ballistic

Ballistic

This is certainly not a light hearted show. The protagonist could not have been less endearing if he’d tried, an early reference to his twelve year old self masturbating immediately put his audience in an uncomfortable position... 

Nick Hall: Szgrabble

Nick Hall: Szgrabble

Character comedian Nick Hall brings a one-man Cold War thriller to Brighton. In this energetic and hilarious show, Nick brings to life a world of spying, suspense, seduction and Scrabble! 

The Daddy Blues

The Daddy Blues

Masculinity meets Artificial Intelligence in jukebox sci-fi 'The Daddy Blues'. Brave, funny and a little bit disturbing, this is a lab experiment with a dash of disco. Artist and Streisand fan-girl Phoebe Marsh is setting out to build herself a new dad - a Franken Father of her very own - from scratch. 

Some Like It Thea-Skot

Some Like It Thea-Skot

After a sell out, 5 star run at Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre, Alison Thea-Skot brings her surreal, joyous and unhinged character comedy show to Brighton. Hang out with Celine Dion, join the Heartbreak Club and end on a finale from ‘The Woman with Feet for Hands’... 

High as Sugar

High as Sugar

Inspired by the true life of Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn, ‘High As Sugar’ is a one-person musical about a trans woman living in 1970 New York City. Sugar’s life is unapologetic, raw and full of underground parties, unlawful indulgence, Vaseline and glitter. 

I Drink, Therefore I am

I Drink, Therefore I am

Join the fresh-faced former Scottish Comedian of the Year for a riotous hour of stories about Battling the Bottle, Aristotle... and any other piss that'll get him a laugh! “Dalgleish has a bright future in stand-up” (The Scotsman), “Full of energy and instantly likeable” (Edinburgh Festival Journal) 

The Gary & Robert Blues

The Gary & Robert Blues

A funny, angry and poignant story of one man using his creation of a new stand-up comedy act to find a path through his confused and damaged mind; and reconnect with the world. Intercut with a blues music soundtrack, this powerful show is a mix of theatre and stand-up. 

Hannah Brackenbury: Jumbled

Hannah Brackenbury: Jumbled

Brighton-based musical comedian Hannah Brackenbury performs silly songs on the themes of pound shops, vodka, selfies, tiny horses, cake, country music, cats and more! 

Lost Voice Guy: Disability for Dunces

Lost Voice Guy: Disability for Dunces

Can you really not talk? Are you just in it for the parking? These are just a few of the questions that BBC New Comedy Award Winner Lost Voice Guy gets asked on a regular basis. Now he's decided to answer them all for you in his new show... 

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... 

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids!

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids!

Shlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer who makes all kinds of music using just his mouth and a mic. Join this sonic superhero and become one of his sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you’re aged 1 or 101! 

Harp-Hearted

Harp-Hearted

Professional harpist Alice Kirwan brings an unique and innovative harp recital programme to One Church Brighton. Come and hear classic harp favourites, discover new sounds and experience the harp music of today. 

Neil McFarlane: Sightseeing with a Hangover

Neil McFarlane: Sightseeing with a Hangover

Low budget, international comic Neil McFarlane has travelled extensively and inexpensively round the world, bringing laughter and confusion to many hundreds of people whose first language was not English, and still isn't... 

Gecko

Gecko

Gecko finds former RE teacher, Kevin Precious falling out with a Brighton 'New Age' type, bemoaning a Facebook request from a successful former associate (who is keen to show it), and offering a version of an old metaphysical idea by way of resolution... 

Paul Carroll: Forty Shades of Strawberry Blond

Paul Carroll: Forty Shades of Strawberry Blond

Straight from London’s comedy duo ‘Carroll and Hodgson!’ Paul brings his absurd and sometimes downright nasty characters to life in this one hour spurt of bad language, bad dancing and sometimes bad hair. 

A Graceful Dying

A Graceful Dying

How do the dying do their dying? What is this end-of-life thing all about? This show asks questions about dying, has no answers about living. Stories and glimpses of end-of-life moments from an artist and soul midwife, the show contains words, humour, paintings, film and maybe tears. 

How I Almost Became the First Lady of the USA

How I Almost Became the First Lady of the USA

This is a true story. In the early '90s in Chicago, I fell in love with a man who was running for president - in a dress. This man was Joan Jett Blakk, and he promised to "Lick Bush in ’92". 

64

64

Gerry is a time traveller from 1952. That means he's 64 this year. What do all these numbers mean? Where has he come from? What was the world like in 1952? What's it like to be 64? Gerry uses clowning and comedy, song and madness to explore what it's all about... 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search the battlefields for those that could never go home. For Jack has a promise to keep and a debt to repay. A story of comradeship and betrayal in the aftermath of WW1... 

Piaf: Love Conquers All

Piaf: Love Conquers All

This character-driven play from Moving On Theatre had something for everyone. From romance to hatred, happiness to tragedy, there was no emotion left unturned in this provocative production detailing Edith Piaf’s life both on and off the stage... 

Waiting for Gandalf

Waiting for Gandalf

Being bustled and barged out of the way on entering the theatre was a novel experience as a bucket hat, backpack and zip up hoody darted past the queue to desperately claim his space at the front... 

Charmian Hughes: When Comedy Was Alternative (The Laughs And Loves Of A She-Comic)

Charmian Hughes: When Comedy Was Alternative (The Laughs And Loves Of A She-Comic)

Izzard, Brand, Hardee - comedian Charmian’s had steaming hot cuppas with them all. Now she tells tales of the notorious Tunnel Club, Frank Skinner’s avocado, Arnold Brown’s sandwiches, Glastonbury and Tinky Winky love. 

Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?

Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?

Surreal Lecoq/Gaulier-trained clown Brickhead returns to Brighton with more bonkers nonsense! [newline] "Hard to explain and impossible not to like" (Fringe Review), [newline] "Ludicrous humour at its best" (Broadway Baby) 

The Funniest Number

The Funniest Number

In a dynamic and totally charming free performance, Owen Elton spreads half-truth and misinformation in original song. Armed only with a piano, several hats, and riotous rhymes, he unleashes his bold and theatrical tenor in a feast of comedy, leaving everyone in fits of delighted laughter. 

Slow Left Arm: Left

Slow Left Arm: Left

Dom and Mark were a double act. Then Mark left. Join jilted sketch comedian Dom Riley as he attempts the unthinkable: performing a two man show by himself. Seriously, he needs all the help he can get. 

Just a Few Words

Just a Few Words

A man with a severe stammer teams up with a massive pile of cards that detail his thoughts, to tell his love how he feels. This is gonna go well. A darkly comic grapple with the awkward task of expression, inviting you into the mind of a person who stammers. 

Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder

Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder

A one-man drama about Indian chief, Crazy Horse that captures the high adventure of the Sioux Wars of the Wild West. A quiet hero, Crazy Horse defies the US military at the Little Bighorn; loves, loses, and clings to his culture, his freedom, and the mystical power of his personal vision - a dream of thunder. 

Sahar Mirhadi: Dawn of the Geek

Sahar Mirhadi: Dawn of the Geek

A story of self-acceptance, of passion meeting obsession, and of stereotypes dancing to a dazzling Anglo-Iranian beat. We learn how Sahar dealt with the recurrence of being shunned for Nintendo, left for wrestling and lied to by Walt Disney... 

I am Telling you I'm Not Going

I am Telling you I'm Not Going

Rosie is living in the theatre due to a case of agoraphobia. But this is the Brighton Fringe, so she has no choice but to put on a show. An inventive, laugh-out-loud character comedy show from Naomi Petersen... 

My My Immortal

My My Immortal

Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way is the star of 'My Immortal', the world’s worst fanfiction. Harry Potter meets teenage goths (literally, that’s the plot). Celebrate 10 years of this literary masterpiece with Mathilda Gregory ('Werewolf Erotica, She Wrote')... 

John Hastings: Work in Progress

John Hastings: Work in Progress

John Hastings, your great friend, is back to work on new jokes about his moral compass and probably masturbation. I guess. Not sure. ***** (The Mirror), ***** (Broadway Baby) ***** (Cream of the Fringe), **** (Melbourne Herald Sun), **** (Brighton Public Review), **** (Fest Magazine) **** (Now Magazine) 

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. 

Maria: The Life, Loves, and Music of Callas

Maria: The Life, Loves, and Music of Callas

Laurene Hope, who amazed as Piaf, is now 'La Divina' Callas - from unwanted child to opera Goddess and her obsession with Onassis. With 'O Mio Babbino Caro', and more... For promo videos visit our website. 

The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries

The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries

Alasdair Beckett-King - “One to Watch” (Time Out) - is a legendary comedian, in that there is little historical evidence he exists. As heard on BBC Radio. As seen in Brighton's Vegetarian Shoe Shop... 

The Bookbinder

The Bookbinder

The Bookbinder is Trick of the Light's enchanting fairy tale of a young apprentice bookbinder's encounter with an old woman and her mysterious book. Using shadow puppetry, pop-up sets and plenty of imagination, they bring this charming story to life... 

Thorn

Thorn

Detailing the many instances of one finding a metaphorical thorn in their side, Tom Jordan's first came when he was five. From discovering he had lymphoblastic leukaemia, Thorn explores the wavering extents to which we, as humans, explain our lives in a universe abundant with complexities... 

Myra DuBois: Self Admyra

Myra DuBois: Self Admyra

So Comedy presents: 'Myra Dubois: Self Admyra'. Fresh from her appearance on BBC1’s 'The John Bishop Show', Rotherham’s least celebrated daughter previews her brand new show at Brighton Fringe. 

About a Goth

About a Goth

When little in your life seems to be easy then perhaps, for some, the only way to take control is to adopt a persona. A death-embracing, black-clad Goth is an easy go-to for a young homosexual man struggling with his sexuality and a myriad of other personal relationships... 

Juliette Burton: Decision Time (Preview)

Juliette Burton: Decision Time (Preview)

Award-winning docu-comedian Juliette Burton must make a BIG decision. Join Juliette as she chooses her own adventure. Can one choice change a life? Can looking back help us move forward? It’s time to make good life choices... 

Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer's Whodunnit

Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer's Whodunnit

Jim’s wife, a patient on a dementia ward, has died and Jim smells a rat. As an ex-detective, he’s determined to solve this one last murder. The problem is, he also has dementia... 

Do You Mind?

Do You Mind?

Joni has met someone special, but how can she tell him she has a long-term mental illness? And is that really the best thing to talk about on a second date? An engaging and amusing look at how we talk about our vulnerabilities, with storytelling, puppetry and an overhead projector. 

Did I Choose These Shoes?

Did I Choose These Shoes?

A thought-provoking, one-woman show exploring the themes of feminism, love, media, society and nature vs nurture. This spoken-word poetry performance focuses on the issues of growing up in the 21st century, incorporating elements of physical theatre, images, film and music. 

Caspar Thomas: Magic & Mentalism

Caspar Thomas: Magic & Mentalism

Close-up, sleight-of-hand magic and mentalism performed for the stage. Magician and comedian Jerry Sadowitz says: “Caspar’s sleight-of-hand and mentalism is of a standard rarely seen anywhere, and never attempted by the current generation of magicians... 

Hercules

Hercules

Twelve Labours, Sixty Minutes – One Man. Somewhere between stand-up and traditional storytelling, Bard & Troubadour’s Joshua Crisp retells this epic tale with wit and irreverence, bringing bulging biceps, hideous hydra, a giant voiced by Tom Hardy, and a body count worthy of a Transformers movie! 

Erect But Unstable

Erect But Unstable

Canadian monologist John Arthur Sweet undertakes a comedic odyssey to medicine, psychotherapy and religion in search of answers about queer love, sexual awakening, and obsession. Nominated as best new work at Prague Fringe 2014 - and it’s even better now! “Definitely worth a ticket” (Prague Post) 

Rubbish Rebel

Rubbish Rebel

TV-featured Bentley Browning, founder of Comedy Novices and Comedy for Clergy (the course featured on BBC Breakfast,'The One Show' and 'Russell Howard's Good News'), stars in this fun one-man show... 

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

With a name like Confessions Of A Red-Headed Coffeeshop Girl you might expect a raw, bittersweet expose of the disappointments of a young dreamer, crushed by the tsunami of Post-Recession economics... 

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson

As soon as Taylo Aluko, in the guise of Paul Robeson, takes to the stage we know we’re in for a treat. He is a commanding figure and his stage presence is impressive. I had heard of Paul Robeson before I went to the show but didn’t know much more than that he was a singer, had sung Ol’ Man River and starred in the musical Show Boat... 

Leggoland

Leggoland

In 2014 stand-up comedian Colin became an amputee, making full use of his surname Leggo. He now presents an hour of gloriously silly, life affirming comedy exploring how losing a leg needn't stop you standing up... 

Tom Goodliffe is Full of Beans: A Comedian's Guide to Coffee

Tom Goodliffe is Full of Beans: A Comedian's Guide to Coffee

An award-winning comedian and writer for BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, Tom brews up his brand new show all about coffee. History, culture, politics, science... this afternoon pick-me-up will leave you buzzing... 

The Other

The Other

Gaël Le Cornec (Argus Angel award-winner with Frida Kahlo) returns to Brighton with a new play on immigration based on refugees’ stories. Join young Mana from the war-torn Red-Yellow planet on a coming-of-age upside-down fairy-tale, full of poetry, humour and fantasy, where nothing is what it seems. 

Doctor in the House

Doctor in the House

Having left the UK for sunny Australia, Dr Ahmed returns to share the comical aspects of being a modern day GP. With sets including "Why I left the NHS" and "The lighter side of dying" this promises to be an enjoyable evening... 

Memories of a Lullaby

Memories of a Lullaby

A one-woman show questioning how socio-political conditions shape us as individuals, while attempting to give a perspective on how our realities differ greatly depending on where we are born and raised... 

1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (BBC Radio London, 'Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People', 'Call the Midwife') needs space... the final frontier type. Science meets funny in this work-in-progress show... 

And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet

And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet

Inspired by the arrest and tribunal of 24-year-old Joanne Hayes, 'And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet', written/performed by Caroline Burns Cooke, explores the 1984 Kerry Babies Scandal... 

Joan

Joan

Thoroughly entertaining, cleverly written and immaculately performed. These are the words that spring to mind when describing this production. The stage was sparse but the drama was presented with full force... 

Kelly Kingham: Home

Kelly Kingham: Home

They say "there's no place like it" and I know it's "where the heart is" but I don't care - I don't want to go home. "Deliciously unnerving" (The Guardian), "A classy, enjoyable act" (The Stage), "Immensely likeable and talented" (Shortlist Magazine), "A star in the making... 

Viv Groskop: Be More Margo

Viv Groskop: Be More Margo

A brand new work-in-progress about snobbery, class, Britishness and The Good Life, fuelled entirely by gin. Should we be classless now that we're 'all in it together'? Or is it time to assert our inner reactionary and Be More Margo? "Very funny" (Omid Djalili), "My favourite new act" (Lucy Porter) 

Daggers MacKenzie

Daggers MacKenzie

Step right up and behold the one and only Daggers MacKenzie, the gal who defies death with every toss of the blade. Straight from Edinburgh Fringe and featuring 10 original, genre-defying songs, heart-stopping knife juggling, and a tantalising tale that will capture your imagination. 

Airs & Grace Notes

Airs & Grace Notes

Local Brighton pianist, Johan de Cock, presents an hour-long recital of Baroque sonatas by Antonio Soler, a classical s