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)... 

Antling

Antling

What happens when a fortysomething single woman rediscovers her childhood crush on an 80s pop icon? A liberation from pissed off boredom and an awakening of sexual fantasies. Sometimes fierce, sometimes sad but all encased with a feisty sense of humour... 

Bob Doolally

Bob Doolally

The legendary retired football manager turned alcoholic pundit from hell is back. Outrageous views on football, some random filth and plenty of drink-fuelled rage on life in general... 

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... 

I'm Your Man – Letters of the World's Most Ambitious Job Applicant

I'm Your Man – Letters of the World's Most Ambitious Job Applicant

This unbelievably ambitious, deluded, multiple job-applicant failure attempts to inspire his audiences to become the best they can be... Think Pope, Prime Minister, James Bond... and many more! Complete with tantalising, hilarious visual snippets of his ridiculous letters! 

Bare Knuckle

Bare Knuckle

Bare Knuckle sheds light on the brutal (and often hidden) male world of bare knuckle fighting. This new one-man show specially written for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, reveals the emotional battles between father and son... 

Brawn

Brawn

Brawn is a portal into the world of a young man named Ryan. A world consumed by image and obsession, where self-worth is measured in muscle mass and where self-improvement becomes self-destruction... 

Enough

Enough

Can the liberation of one award-winning self-harming poet-dietitian be connected to all liberation? A powerful look at one woman's story of living through a traumatised body in the brutal delusion of neoliberalism... 

One Woman, One Cello and 500 Years of Music

One Woman, One Cello and 500 Years of Music

One Woman, One Cello and 500 Years of Music. Johanna Stein plays cello and sings. Her solo programme takes the audience to remote paradises of her musical world – from madrigal to the sounds of Mongolia, modern pop songs, Spanish fire and Celtic melodies... 

James Dean Is Dead! (Long Live James Dean)

James Dean Is Dead! (Long Live James Dean)

Hollywood’s hottest star steps out of his crashed car and looks back on his short life. A timely look at how the film industry uses sex, drugs and power to make and break careers... 

5 Days of Falling

5 Days of Falling

Sam Amos (TrashDollys) explores solitude and man's inability to articulate emotion in 5 Days of Falling. This one-man show blends breathtaking physicality with words and music to magnify the final stages of a young man's journey through isolation... 

Adventures of the Singing Acupuncturist 6: Big O Makes It in New York... or, Does She? – Free

Adventures of the Singing Acupuncturist 6: Big O Makes It in New York... or, Does She? – Free

Do you not fit into a box? Olivia (Big O) knows all too well about not fitting in: when kimchi, AKA fire-breathing garlic dragon breath, is your culture’s most famous export, how are you ever going to lead a normal life in the land of burgers, French fries, and ketchup? But as an acupuncturist, who fixes people for a living, why can’t she fix herself? In this hilarious comedy hour, Big O entertains with her Korean-American observations... 

All(most) Bach and Chopin

All(most) Bach and Chopin

Virtuoso pianist Stefan Warzycki returns to St Andrew's and St George's West in two recitals centred on favourite works by Bach and Chopin. 

Twisted

Twisted

Join Aaron Ayjay as he takes a comedic and very twisted musical journey through relationships from childhood, dating, marriage, divorce and other life experiences. Aaron’s energetic and aggressive musical comedy is peppered with expletives with very dark-humoured undertones... 

Susan Macbeth

Susan Macbeth

Join this utterly compelling performer and teacher in a one-man comedic journey through education. You’ll never say teachers work until 3pm and bunk off for the holidays again. Then again, how else could he be here over August?  

The Curious Incidents of the Gay in the Night-Time

The Curious Incidents of the Gay in the Night-Time

Russell Arathoon presents his debut hour. From his move from Manchester to Chelsea, life with a gluten free shih tzu, nights out with Big Fat Sarah and how he was accused of murdering Whitney Houston... 

Sam Nicoresti's Bedtime

Sam Nicoresti's Bedtime

The hypnopompic boy king slam-dunks a sleepover-themed show so hard the hoop disintegrates. Comedy PR is 50% meretricious fighting talk, 50% photoshoot: so move over everyone – there’s a new confident cop in the dreamery... 

Whispers in the Cosmos

Whispers in the Cosmos

The show isn't entirely about space, although it takes place in space. As all shows do but rarely acknowledge it. Whispers in the Cosmos is probably an existentialist quest wearing a stand up comedy costume. 

Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win (Work in Progress)

Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win (Work in Progress)

Last year, Mark Watson – a man prone to considerable anxiety, with multiple phobias and a history of piss-poor self-esteem – was asked to go on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls... 

Death, Dating and I Do

Death, Dating and I Do

Death, Dating and I Do. Paige's life has changed in five years – cancer killed her husband, she had her first one-night stand and now she's marrying a British accountant. When life gives you lemons, screw it, learn to play the ukulele... 

Tetra-Decathlon

Tetra-Decathlon

The Tetra-Decathlon is a gruelling 14-event athletics competition, requiring a unique combination of skills to complete. Having never before set foot on a running track, Lauren Hendry decided to sign up for the event, joining only a dozen other women in the World Championships... 

The Midnight Soup

The Midnight Soup

The Midnight Soup is a piece of theatre during which the audience prepare a meal that they share at the end. The Midnight Soup starts as a monologue and gently opens out to become a conversation... 

See-Through

See-Through

All you need is a camera, an internet connection and something to say. Last year, 34% of young people voted YouTuber as their top career choice. Claire was intrigued. She decided to have a go... 

Stories and Songs With Beans on Toast

Stories and Songs With Beans on Toast

UK folk singer, cult hero and festival legend Beans on Toast makes his debut Fringe appearance. A unique and unpredictable seated performance of love songs, protest songs and drinking songs intertwined with the stories behind the songs and the random adventures they've led him on... 

Brand-New Jew, a DNA Comedy

Brand-New Jew, a DNA Comedy

What happens when a DNA test gives an adoptee a brand-new view… of herself? Playwright and performer Monica Bauer (The Year I Was Gifted) takes on her own unexpected results, along with a cast of comical characters including a reassuring Rabbi, a Brit who’s not British and Judy from Atlanta, who may be related to George Clooney... 

Mr Lorraine

Mr Lorraine

Some people choose their alter ego. As for Mr Lorraine, it chose her. Following a successful debut at the sold-out Out of Order Tedx Talk at the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames, Lorraine Chademunhu takes you on a journey exploring certain misconceptions... 

147Hz Can't Pass

147Hz Can't Pass

147Hz Can't Pass is the culmination of lived experience. Manifesting as a calculated mess of movement, energy, spoken word and slam-style poetry, it does not seek permission and offers no apology... 

On Their Own Ground

On Their Own Ground

Meet three women whose lives show that vision plus action can change anything! Join Madam C J Walker (the first self-made American female millionaire and hair-product queen), Amy Ashwood Garvey and Amy Jacques Garvey (the two wives of African nationalist the Hon Marcus Garvey, champions of the movement in their own right), in Amantha Edmead’s play about the power of hope in action... 

How to Drink Wine Like a Wanker

How to Drink Wine Like a Wanker

We've all encountered the wine wankers' insufferable diatribe. We endure it because we have no f*cking idea what they're talking about. Follow one woman's accidental journey over 12 months from shallow wine novice to full-blown wine wanker... 

Missing Hypnos / Free Frestival

Missing Hypnos / Free Frestival

Ollie has chronic insomnia, a mental and physical illness that affects 10% of people in the UK. What started as a few sleepless nights on holiday in New York in 2007, quickly turned into a decade-long struggle with insomnia... 

Lemons

Lemons

Doctor Klevemark isn't a real doctor, but she believes in the power of positive thinking. Her own depression is not going to stop her from telling people how to be happy and what they've been doing wrong so far... 

The Pew With a View

The Pew With a View

Bums on seats, eh? Ever wondered what a church pew sees and hears? Come and hear it from the pew itself. Quirky and poignant. Written and performed by Stephen Callaghan. Directed by Rachel Callaghan... 

Bleeding Black

Bleeding Black

Sam is a young Kiwi who discovers the thrill and adrenaline of following professional rugby. Like his dad before him, Sam quickly becomes addicted to the game. It all becomes too much after one particular game – New Zealand vs France, World Cup quarter final 2007... 

Grace the Former Child: The Bi-Polar Express

Grace the Former Child: The Bi-Polar Express

Grace the Former Child was diagnosed at 14 with bipolar disorder. Luckily she saw the funny side. Join the Fringe's youngest stand-up comedian – now aged 15 – on a surreal journey through adolescent mental health services... 

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... 

Dangerous Giant Animals

Dangerous Giant Animals

A kick. A scream. A tantrum. When it comes to disability, what’s allowed? What’s forbidden? This is a middle-child story of the extraordinary range of experience that comes from growing up too soon alongside a sister who will never grow up... 

Jessimae Peluso: Seven Deadly Sins

Jessimae Peluso: Seven Deadly Sins

Jessimae Peluso is an American stand-up comedian and television personality. She is best-known for being an outspoken cast member from MTV's Girl Code. She hosts both the Sharp Tongue and Highlarious podcasts... 

Zugunruhe

Zugunruhe

Zugunruhe (zoo-gun-rue): an ornithology term for ‘migratory restlessness in birds’. This show explores the incredible flight of a marsh warbler, the world’s only bird whose song echoes its migration route... 

Accident Avoidance Training for Cutlery Users – Level 2

Accident Avoidance Training for Cutlery Users – Level 2

Are you fork-friendly? Do you have spoon-sense? Can you safely operate a butter knife? If you own or use cutlery or know someone who does then this deadly serious presentation is for you... 

The Big Lie

The Big Lie

How far would you go to make it? A former child refugee, an Iraqi Kurd, Shaniaz grafted her way through law school to work as an intern and her big break is to support an arms deal for a major client... 

Henry Café: Quiz Machine

Henry Café: Quiz Machine

Henry Café, quiz host and death investigator, investigates death and hosts a quiz. To catch a killer, sometimes you have to think like a killer. Sometimes you have to host a pub quiz... 

Anna Morris: Bombastic

Anna Morris: Bombastic

The award-winning character comedian and star of Channel 4’s Lee and Dean celebrates four sell-out shows at the Voodoo Rooms with a mash-up of her favourite creations. Fearless comedy from the creator of international hit It’s Got to be Perfect (Best Show at Funny Women Awards), Dolly Mixture, Would Like to Thank and Bitchelors... 

James Farmer – Scaredy Cat

James Farmer – Scaredy Cat

James Farmer (writer for 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order and Last Leg) is back for an hour of jokes about being a big scaredy cat. They say White Men Can’t Jump... 

Lloyd Langford: Why the Big Face?

Lloyd Langford: Why the Big Face?

A brand-new and free stand-up show from one of the biggest faces in comedy. May contain jokes about balconies, terror, acid and robins. An early version of this show won the Best Show Award at the 2018 Leicester Comedy Festival... 

Aaron Simmonds and the Person That He Loves

Aaron Simmonds and the Person That He Loves

Join Jewish comedian of the year and wheelchair enthusiast Aaron Simmonds for his show all about love, sex and Harry Potter. BBC New Comedian finalist 2017. 

Live the Laugh

Live the Laugh

'Unpretentious, informal, belly-laughs-a-minute stand-up' **** (ThreeWeeks). '55 minutes of side-splitting laughter' ***** (Plains Producer). Dan Willis brings 18 years of comedy experience to the table, out to prove that laughter truly is the best medicine... 

Peter Brush: Chasing Snails

Peter Brush: Chasing Snails

Awkward jokesmith Peter Brush takes on today’s hot topics, the Bayeux Tapestry, socks, the reason why snails move so slowly, and whether you’ll think more favourably of this show after he’s dead... 

John Hegley: New and Selected

John Hegley: New and Selected

He came to our home with my Grandmother. He went and he never came back. Masked, but without one. He gave my sister and I each a five dollar bill. Or was it 10? One of a series of portraits... 

The Selkie: A Song of Many Waters

The Selkie: A Song of Many Waters

The seal woman’s skin has been stolen, stranding her on a reef of rage and tragedy. Can she find her true home, freeing her voice? Fay Roberts (Other Voices, Hammer and Tongue, Allographic, Spoken Word Artistic Director for PBH’s Free Fringe) navigates a modern mythological sea journey in poetry, storytelling, and music... 

Who Cares?

Who Cares?

Who Cares? Tracy is a mobile care worker helping people wash, dress and eat. Tracy does her best to give people the care they need but, overloaded with calls, she doesn't have enough time which leads to emotionally charged visits... 

Kathy Lette's Girl Talk

Kathy Lette's Girl Talk

It's a psychological striptease with tales of love, lust, men, marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, mastitis, sexist bosses, teenage daughter wrangling, ageing, toy boys and Close Encounters of the George Clooney Kind! Kathy also talks poignantly about the trials, tribulations and hilarity of raising a child on the autistic spectrum... 

Australia: A Whinging Poms Guide

Australia: A Whinging Poms Guide

The funny side of Australia. Top British comedian Dan Willis moved to Australia six years ago. Now he’s got a bag of jokes, experiences and hangovers to share. 'Unpretentious, informal, belly-laughs-a-minute stand-up' **** (ThreeWeeks)... 

Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful

Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful

Poet and raconteur Tina Sederholm has long been an adult, but still feels like a problem child. As her father is consumed by Alzheimer’s, Tina tries to uncover the facts behind a family story that never rang true... 

Bald Man Sings Rihanna

Bald Man Sings Rihanna

Ever heard a bald man sing Rihanna? As seen at the biggest comedy clubs in the world, including Caroline's on Broadway in NYC and Yuk Yuk's in Toronto – 'exceptionally funny' (Mark Dolan, Balls of Steel) Scottish baldy Gary Sansome takes an irreverent look at music and popular culture in this hilarious, fun-packed show... 

Maxine Jones: My Way 62

Maxine Jones: My Way 62

Running for Ireland, raising sons, matching socks, getting the gravy right, going on Countdown – Maxine has faced life’s challenges. Now 62, she’s leaving home on a bicycle. It's downhill from here... 

Caspar Thomas: More Magic and Mentalism

Caspar Thomas: More Magic and Mentalism

Stunning, skilful magic from Caspar Thomas. Following his successful runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes 2015 to 2017, 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... 

Nick Hall: Peninsula

Nick Hall: Peninsula

No man is an island. But Nick Hall might be a peninsula. Hilarious and inventive stand-up, as seen and heard on BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Radio 4. 'Brilliant' (Times). ‘Crackingly original’ **** (List)... 

Jay Handley: White Jesus

Jay Handley: White Jesus

After the success of last year's show, Hansplaining, Jay Handley returns to the Fringe to share more wrong-headed opinions on matters he should probably leave well alone. When not at the Fringe, he can be found arrogantly inflicting his world view on audiences at some of the country's best clubs... 

Nerd Time's a Charm

Nerd Time's a Charm

Some say Tom Crosbie's nerdiness knows no bounds. Tom disagrees; his nerdiness does know bounds, it's just that nobody has found the scale to measure it on yet. Tom's third sell-out show sees him taking a jaunt into the unknown, with only his wit, cunning and surprising skills with a Rubik's Cube to guide him... 

Susan Harrison Is a Bit Weepy

Susan Harrison Is a Bit Weepy

Susan Harrison's latest multiple-character show. From Madame Melancholy, to a lonely woodland creature, to a weather girl reporting on the Apocalypse, these characters are inspired by sadness but performed with joy... 

Sheraz Yousaf: The Pursuit of Manly-ness

Sheraz Yousaf: The Pursuit of Manly-ness

What if you were taught how to be a man but you weren’t yet a man? So you un-taught yourself and then you learned again from someone else and they were also wrong. So you decided to read a book about it... 

Thea-Skot Through the Heart and You're to Blame

Thea-Skot Through the Heart and You're to Blame

Following her five-star smash-hit It's Thea-Skot in Here (So Take Off All Your Clothes), Alison Thea-Skot brings you a sizzling explosion of chaotic character comedy. A high-octane solo sketch show featuring a lovelorn Oyster card... 

Artist – Jennifer Thomson

Artist – Jennifer Thomson

Admirers of Jennifer Thomson's cityscapes and seascapes will be intrigued to discover a different focus in her work this year. This series of smaller, mainly figurative paintings celebrates those simple, heartwarming moments in life that make you smile... 

Tom Skelton: Blind Eye Spy

Tom Skelton: Blind Eye Spy

2023. Post-Brexit, MI6's budget has been cut to the bone, but they need a new agent in Berlin. Out of work comedian Tom Skelton has 'seasoned abilities as an improviser' (Chortle.co... 

Stephen K Amos: Work in Progress

Stephen K Amos: Work in Progress

Fresh from touring UK and Australia, the maestro of feel-good comedy. Seen on QI, star of Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For? (BBC Radio 4). 'Amos is officially becoming a national treasure... 

Life and Death of a Near-Hero

Life and Death of a Near-Hero

A "nearly" comedy about my memories as a professional stripper and near-hero during London Bridge terror attack in 2016. I have been doing a lot of things and people always get it wrong! I have always done things in my own way and I hate people regarding me as just an old man ex-stripper... 

Andrew White: Coming of Age

Andrew White: Coming of Age

In 2017, Andrew White debuted his first solo show, It Was Funnier in My Head, unable to legally drink, have debt, or even get into some venues he was set to perform in! But this year, he's back and ready to do it all again with a new-found sense of adulthood... 

Simon Munnery: The Wreath

Simon Munnery: The Wreath

'I went to a funeral the other day. Caught the wreath...' That's what came to me, from the mysterious source of the inexplicable. Hear the story of the joke, the painting and what happened next... 

How to Swim in Hollywood

How to Swim in Hollywood

Beverly Hills, 1979. Submerge beneath the surface of L.A and dive into the mind of Daisy, a young housewife with a dreamy life that isn’t sweet. A darkly mesmerising one-woman show, written and performed by Alice Sylvester... 

Bottled Up

Bottled Up

Meet Jeanie. She hoards plastic bottles. No one’s perfect. Better the bottles are kept in here than let them wander about out there – so please excuse the mess! Her newborn baby, Sophie, is quiet for the first time since they got back from the maternity ward... 

Thin Air

Thin Air

Contemporary shamanic theatre inspired by the enchantment of timeless magician poets, mystics and dervish trance, unravels the threads of our time-spun space of dreams. 'The baseless fabric of this vision' is Prospero's Thin Air... 

Tonight With Donny Stixx

Tonight With Donny Stixx

Superstar Donny Stixx is finally in town! Prepare to be amazed and expect the unexpected as Donny goes down in history as the greatest magician of our time! But please, no questions about the incident at St Joseph’s... 

The Spider Glass

The Spider Glass

From chasing girls to catching spiders, James knows what's expected of him as a man. With humour and honesty, in the landscape of #MeToo he's now forced to face his complicity in the inherited story of masculinity... 

I Can't Do This

I Can't Do This

A glimpse into the mind of a 29-year-old boy, trying to be a man! The making of an Edinburgh show from the POV of a terrified performer battling against himself. A brilliant mess of non-sequential ideas passionately formed and quickly decided against in moments of self-doubt and dread... 

Helen Lederer: I Might as Well Say It

Helen Lederer: I Might as Well Say It

The Naked Video and Absolutely Fabulous star feels it's time to spill, before she forgets and gets taken off the patches altogether. What went on in the Big Brother house? Can she be honest about stand-up comedy, being fat, wheezy and other secrets? Probably not... 

Alun Cochrane: You. Me. Now.

Alun Cochrane: You. Me. Now.

Come on then! (To my show.) You want some? (Comedy.) You wanna go? (Buy a ticket then.) I'll be joking about you, me and this wonderfully odd time to be alive. Alun Cochrane has been doing solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2004... 

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... 

Filth

Filth

From the writer of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh and Harry Gibson's relentless one-man show returns. Warning: this performance contains sleaze, power and the abuse of just about everything... 

The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

An aspiring actress climbs the 50-foot H looking down on a city of broken dreams. She has only ever wanted one thing: to be a star. A play with music about the quest for fame, inspired by forgotten histories of Hollywood's Golden Age... 

I'm Your Man – Letters of the World's Most Ambitious Job Applicant

I'm Your Man – Letters of the World's Most Ambitious Job Applicant

This unbelievably ambitious, deluded, multiple job-applicant failure attempts to inspire his audiences to become the best they can be... Think Pope, Prime Minister, James Bond... and many more! Complete with tantalising, hilarious visual snippets of his ridiculous letters! 

A Complete Waste of Time

A Complete Waste of Time

Steve Chang takes you on an introspective journey to find meaning in life by means of ayahuasca, hookers and gay conversion camp. Spoiler alert: it’s a complete waste of time. A stand-up comedy, storytelling, solo show. 

Don't Kill Your Darlings

Don't Kill Your Darlings

Award-winning actor Ingvild Haugstad from Det Andre Teatret tells the story of a person who retreats from the world after losing a soulmate to a freak raspberry accident. Puppetry, sketches and improvisation make up this heartfelt silly show by one of Norway's most unique performers... 

Son of Jim

Son of Jim

'Three years ago, while on a hunt for stationery, I opened a desk drawer in my parents’ house...' Ever wonder who your parents were before you came along and ruined everything? A true story of found family treasure about a boy and his dad... 

Sameer Katz: Treesonous Thoughts

Sameer Katz: Treesonous Thoughts

Tired of watching middle-class white boys try to be funny? Come watch a middle-class brown boy (who grew up in a white society) try to be funny! After performing alongside the Cambridge Footlights, at the Comedy Store and Angel Comedy, to name a few, Sameer is bringing his third show to the Fringe! He provides his hilarious take on race, society and little things you never noticed... 

It Is a Truth...

It Is a Truth...

Jayde is a true Bristolian through and through. She is also obsessed with Jane Austen.  

Tina T'urner Tea Lady and Friends

Tina T'urner Tea Lady and Friends

Award-winning cult favourite returns after her sell-out Edinburgh debut with new musical comedy characters including the melodramatic Audrey Heartburn. This spirited, surreal and high-octane show is not to be missed! 'Embodies the spirit of alternative cabaret from the days when the weird and the wonderful dominated' (Chortle... 

Bearne the Midnight Oil

Bearne the Midnight Oil

This two-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist and master of dark comedy brings an hour of finely crafted jokes with the occasional silly pun. Ideal for late night audiences. 'Killer one-liners' (Scotsman)... 

Don Quixote Unbound

Don Quixote Unbound

Miguel de Cervantes is woken from his eternal slumber by celebrations of the anniversary of his death. Discombobulated, he magically alternates between being himself and his creation, Don Quixote de la Mancha... 

Chimes at Midnight

Chimes at Midnight

A distinguished company breathes life into the lusty age of Falstaff, including Sir John's audacious revels with his "King-in-waiting" Prince Hal, his preoccupation with sherry sack, and memoirs all of the very merry age of England... 

Aatif Nawaz: Instant GrAATIFication

Aatif Nawaz: Instant GrAATIFication

You want it. You want it now. Why should you wait? You've been good. You deserve what you want. And you deserve it now. Come. Treat yourself to some Instant GrAATIFication – the brand new comedy show from award-winning stand-up comedian Aatif Nawaz... 

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... 

Paul 'Silky' White: Ziuq

Paul 'Silky' White: Ziuq

He doesn’t know it all but Silky can make up something plausible really quickly. Brand-new show and concept from the best comedian you’ve never heard of. Family friendly-ish backwards comedy quiz... 

DUPed

DUPed

Written and performed by Scotsman Fringe First Winner, John McCann (SPOILING, Traverse Theatre, 2014) and directed by Erasmus Mackenna. The Reverend Dr. Ian Kyle Paisley was once a young, firebrand, fundamentalist preacher from the heart of Ulster’s Bible Belt... 

Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun

Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun

Master of wordplay Richard Pulsford brings his fifth solo show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Richard appeared at 10 different comedy festivals in 2017, all the while sending food parcels to his first wife – FedEx... 

Jo Caulfield: Killing Time

Jo Caulfield: Killing Time

Award-winning comedian. Razor-sharp. Sarcastic. Hilarious. Unmissable. Featured on Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow, John Bishop Show, Just a Minute and Stop the Press... 

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. 

No Sanction

No Sanction

Reflecting myself in the mirror. The person in front of me is nobody. Nobody. Maybe somebody to you. In this corner of the world, I’m waiting for sanction. One man seeks a place to belong... 

The Weegies Have Stolen the One O'Clock Gun

The Weegies Have Stolen the One O'Clock Gun

When Edinburgh’s famous One O’Clock Gun goes missing the city is outraged. When it appears to have been stolen by Glaswegians the ancient rivalry between the two cities threatens to turn ugly... 

Limmy’s Vines

Limmy’s Vines

Limmy is perhaps best known for BBC Scotland’s Limmy’s Show, but when that came to an end, Limmy turned to Vine. With a lot of time on his hands, he spent most of 2013 on his phone, recording six second video after six second video... 

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... 

Social Media Suicide

Social Media Suicide

@izzybaby1991: 'You're invited to a very special 27th birthday party. One I promise you won't forget!' Social Media Suicide is a darkly comic one-woman show about the lengths a girl will go for online fame... 

Step Mama Drama!

Step Mama Drama!

Allison Hetzel (University of Alabama) returns to the Fringe after two successful runs of her solo show, Considering Georgia O’Keeffe (2009 and 2010). Step Mama Drama is based on true stories; step monsters and loving friends are included in this journey exploring the role of the stepmother often depicted as the evil stepmother or stepmonster... 

A Voice

A Voice

Paris, 1971: The optimism of the last decade is faltering, and women are fighting for equal rights. Yéyé star Angèle is watching her career stall, stuck in the image created for her fans and unable to find her true voice... 

The Voice Behind the Stars

The Voice Behind the Stars

This one-woman show tells the story of the most prolific ghost singer of all time, Marni Nixon: the best film diva you (almost) never saw. Dubbing for over 50 Hollywood films, she was the singing voice for stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe... 

Caution: Deadline Ahead – A Comedy About Procrastination

Caution: Deadline Ahead – A Comedy About Procrastination

Devised, new-writing comedy unlike any other. With this mix of different character monologues intertwined by her own storytelling, you’ll either thank heavens you’re not like her, or you’ll reassess your shameful life... 

Your Bard

Your Bard

Did Will Shakespeare write his plays? Spend a rip-roaring hour in the pub with the man himself! He'll tell you all about his family, what it's like on tour and the glory days at the Globe... 

Mistero Buffo

Mistero Buffo

Award-winning and critically acclaimed company Rhum and Clay bring to the stage Dario Fo's seminal master piece, Mistero Buffo – a daring and explosive rallying cry for the disenfranchised... 

JoJo Bellini: Agents Provocateurs

JoJo Bellini: Agents Provocateurs

A one-woman cabaret about history's greatest female spies. Brassy, bombastic bombshell blasts brilliant ballads about the wicked women of the espionage world. A celebration of history, subterfuge and the women who did it all... 

The Godfather of Comedy

The Godfather of Comedy

After his last stretch in the slammer, Tony Corleone has become a sit-down comedian. Don't worry about nothing. Tony’s gonna explain everything. Brexit, Trump, terrorism, gays, #MeToo, and how to talk American... 

Tom Ward: Popcorn Lung

Tom Ward: Popcorn Lung

On the back of last year's critically acclaimed Love Machine and an appearance on Live from the BBC (BBC Worldwide), Tom Ward is going in for a closer inspection of his favourite themes: love, freedom and aloneness... 

Milo McCabe: 1001 Moments With Troy Hawke!

Milo McCabe: 1001 Moments With Troy Hawke!

Troy Hawke returns with another riotous hour, navigating the detritus of everyday life and the divine properties of Scrabble values. This year, amongst other things, he tackles overthinking, illuminati on the high street and (literally) a thief in Liverpool... 

James Barr: Thirst Trap! – Free

James Barr: Thirst Trap! – Free

Dating in 2018 is a total disaster! MTV presenter, comedian and co-host of the UK's leading LGBTQ+ award-nominated podcast A Gay And A NonGay, and tragically single James Barr unleashes a hilarious attempt to finally meet The One – and it could be you! Join him on his wedding day as he dishes the dirt on his ridiculous romantic life, and dates the audience to find his way up the aisle... 

(sorry)

(sorry)

What does it mean to be a millennial? One stands before you, trying to process her three most pressing concerns: job exploitation, crumbling friendship and the imminent apocalypse. She has an overwhelming need to share... 

Aaaaaaaaaaargh, It's 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 minutes – Free

Aaaaaaaaaaargh, 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... 

Dangerous Giant Animals

Dangerous Giant Animals

A kick. A scream. A tantrum. When it comes to disability, what’s allowed? What’s forbidden? This is a middle-child story of the extraordinary range of experience that comes from growing up too soon alongside a sister who will never grow up... 

Aaaaaaaaaaaah, It's 101 Clean Jokes – Free Entry

Aaaaaaaaaaaah, It's 101 Clean Jokes – Free Entry

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... 

Marriage and Mayhem

Marriage and Mayhem

What is the secret to marriage? How can you laugh for 40 minutes and still come away motivated to work on the oldest institution in existence? Just come on in and find out how life, the universe, and marriage works... 

Lenny Sherman: Make the World a Better Place

Lenny Sherman: Make the World a Better Place

Fresh from filming on an upcoming comedy show for Channel 4, Lenny brings his hotly anticipated debut hour to the Edinburgh Fringe. Chortle.co.uk's Steve Bennett described him as 'a big, bold, baldie full of straight-talking working-class opinion, flirting with the audience’s assumption he’s going to be knuckle-headed racist, but playfully undermining that image with more silliness than satire... 

Johnny Irish

Johnny Irish

Ireland’s own Duffy Connors is taking his one-man show Johnny Irish to Edinburgh which includes stories from the odd man’s life, well crafted one-liners and musical comedy. In this show you will learn of Duffy’s inability to deal with basic tasks in life as well as his romantic failings... 

Eau de Munro

Eau de Munro

Golden Jester award winner Bob Munro presents Eau de Munro. A journey into the dimly lit surreal reaches of his mind, calling on personal experiences and observations that build the audience into equal parts suspense and hilarity... 

Lou Sanders: Shame Pig

Lou Sanders: Shame Pig

Yes, big topics are discussed. Her labia, for one. But also shame, sobriety and unrequested sex. Sanders has met some pigs – and been a mucky little pig herself – and now she’s rolling around in her own filth for your delight... 

John Robertson: Sweaty, Sexy Party Party

John Robertson: Sweaty, Sexy Party Party

Suited and booted Australian improv god unleashes pure comedy chaos in a basement with a live blues band. Different show every night! ‘John strides onstage giving literally zero f**ks’ ***** (Skinny)... 

Imran Yusuf: Saint, Sinner, Sufi

Imran Yusuf: Saint, Sinner, Sufi

Everyone is offended, everyone is a victim, no one is happy. A show for bleeding heart liberals and angry disenfranchised victims. A show for good guys, bad guys and those who know better... 

James Veitch's Work in Progress Show

James Veitch's Work in Progress Show

To make James Veitch better for you, he brings regular updates to improve speed and reliability. The latest update includes small visual changes, general bug fixes and performance improvements providing a more consistent user experience... 

Laura Davis: Ghost Machine

Laura Davis: Ghost Machine

A show about life. Performed by a ghost. For the love of god. Laura Davis pushes into new ground in her internationally acclaimed, multi award-winning show Ghost Machine. Lauded as one of the strongest and most unique comedic voices around, Laura Davis is unconventional, cathartic and exhilaratingly hilarious... 

The Trouble With Scott Capurro

The Trouble With Scott Capurro

Scott Capurro is one of nature’s great raconteurs. Challenging, sometimes outrageous, but intimate too and, most shockingly, occasionally full of doubt. In The Trouble With… Scott wrangles with rich friends, worthy yoga and the miseries of home ownership... 

One-Man Pride and Prejudice

One-Man Pride and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an actor in possession of a woman's story must be in want of a wife – to help him adapt it. Charles 'One-Man Star Wars' Ross, gives Pride and Prejudice the one-man treatment. 

Luke McQueen: Monster

Luke McQueen: Monster

Monster is my fifth show. The previous four have been humiliating. 'Nervous laughs at the unpredictability of a lunatic merge into heartier guffaws for his bold set pieces, raw potency and inspired ideas' (Chortle... 

Henry Ginsberg: Molesting the Corpse of Traditional Masculinity Since 1987

Henry Ginsberg: Molesting the Corpse of Traditional Masculinity Since 1987

Henry Ginsberg is not your standard Everyman. He's an anxiety-riddled, emotionally unstable, jaded romanticist who took up stand-up comedy at 18 instead of going to uni, and who managed to remain a virgin well into his late 20s... 

Frank Lavender: Gotta Laugh

Frank Lavender: Gotta Laugh

Following his mother's tragic death (freak accident with a Bic Razor), the misogyny apologist and comedian par excellent presents his debut hour! 'Works the crowd like an Italian mama with pizza dough' (Scotsman)... 

Dream On – Kirsty Munro / Free Festival

Dream On – Kirsty Munro / Free Festival

'In my view, best new show at Leicester Comedy Festival' (Tony Booth, Leicester Comedy Festival Judge). 'Fantastically funny' (Arts In Magazine). Bipolar woman unleashes her questionable powers of seduction in what not to do when the love of your life just doesn't fancy you... 

Sagar Dreamcast

Sagar Dreamcast

Fiona Sagar (Funny Women Best Show nominee 2016 and 2017, The Groundlings Comedy Theatre) returns with a new character comedy show, Sagar Dreamcast. Plug in for hilarity and set your mode to multiplayer with this fresh character-based show with this 'talented impressionist' **** (FringeBiscuit... 

Some Like It Holt

Some Like It Holt

Rosie Holt is not for everyone. 'If that was my daughter I'd be ashamed' (Rosie's mum's mate). 'Don't talk about me on stage' (Rosie's Ex). But those people are idiots. The best people like it Holt... 

Curried Mustard

Curried Mustard

Growing up in the deepest darkest parts of India and then being thrown into the West with no language, culture, personality, looks or even a clue. 

James Nokise: Talk a Big Game

James Nokise: Talk a Big Game

After two years of shows on gangs, golliwogs, racism and politics, James Nokise returns to The Stand with his new show on… sports! Yep. Sports. After Brexit and Trump, the world's got too crazy so come into a safe space of sports jokes for an hour of world cups, world champions but no world events... 

Kevin Precious Unholier Than Thou: The Non-Believing Religious Studies Teacher

Kevin Precious Unholier Than Thou: The Non-Believing Religious Studies Teacher

Kevin Precious is a former religious studies teacher. He's also a non-believer who attends his local humanist group. Unholier Than Thou features jokes and stories about teaching religious studies as a non-believer, being a humanist, the God-shaped hole and little bits here and there relating to the philosophy of religion... 

The Kinkens

The Kinkens

Kinkens is old Scots for the evasive answers to the questions of overly curious children. A one-woman tragicomedy inviting you to ponder who we are, where we are and how we are regarding all things mind, body and soul... 

Seymour Mace Gets Sucked Off by God

Seymour Mace Gets Sucked Off by God

Mister Tuesday, potatoes versus knives, 80s, music, future wizard, noise, monkeys, lords, frauds, the saddest pictures in the world, animal band, ways to live, ways to die. Sucked off by God... 

Keara Murphy: Furious! #MeToo Time's Up! No Bawbaggery Allowed!

Keara Murphy: Furious! #MeToo Time's Up! No Bawbaggery Allowed!

Twice featured on BBC Radio 4's Pick of the Week. 'Her motormouth delivery makes Ben Elton look like Stephen Hawking' (Chorlte.co.uk). 'Comic genius! She's Eddie Izzard with more make-up' (List)... 

Kevin Matviw: Self Defence for Cowards

Kevin Matviw: Self Defence for Cowards

Canadian comedy veteran and perpetual white belt Kevin Matviw (The Second City) returns to the Fringe with an unhinged solo sketch show filled with improv, “karate” and hilarious characters that will leave you laughing and feeling almost empowered! 'Saturday Night Live worthy' (Globe and Mail)... 

Glenn Wool: Wool's Gold II (The Iron Pirate)

Glenn Wool: Wool's Gold II (The Iron Pirate)

Comfortably in his forties, award-winning comedian and new dad Wool delves into his back catalogue of material spanning 25 years to perform some of his more subversive routines. Does he still agree with those points of view or has he finally grown up? Plus a little navel gazing tossed in for the arty-farty types because it's the Fringe... 

Josh Pugh: The Changingman

Josh Pugh: The Changingman

Josh Pugh: The Changingman. What are the things that define us? The clothes we wear? The jobs we do? The people we hate? Hilarious newcomer and English Comedian of the Year 2016 Josh explores all through his unique brand of stand-up... 

Ali Brice's Lemonade Stand

Ali Brice's Lemonade Stand

You are cordially invited to the grand reopening of Ali Brice's Lemonade Stand. Expect silly characters, daft voices and bizarre audience interaction. Brice has quickly become a master of his own hilarious style of character comedy... 

Sarah Johnson: Mum's Going to Ibiza

Sarah Johnson: Mum's Going to Ibiza

If you were invited to a 50th birthday party in Ibiza, would you go? To help you decide, Sarah takes you on her journey and it's one you'll never forget. Winner of What's on Readers' Award 2017 – Best Midlands Comedy Breakthrough Act... 

David Ephgrave: My Part in His Downfall

David Ephgrave: My Part in His Downfall

The 1991 holiday camp talent show winner, frontman of Best Hertfordshire Band 1998 and Most Promising Student 2002 pinpoints where things went wrong. Among the Daily Telegraph's 20 Funniest One-Liners and Comedy Central's 35 Funniest Jokes from the 2017 Fringe... 

Ben Clover: Crème Brûlée

Ben Clover: Crème Brûlée

A single creme brûlée can change the course of your whole life. Find out how in the latest show from award-winning stand-up Ben Clover. 'A delight' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Comedy gold' (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard)... 

Extreme MoMentum!

Extreme MoMentum!

The world’s only motivational mind reader returns to the Fringe, but this time, it’s extreme! Dangerous stunts and death-defying spectacles, all performed for your entertainment and inspiration! Phil attempts to stay ‘in the moment’, in order to read your mind in order to avoid career-ending injuries or even death! A new and improved version of last year’s show, described as both ‘empowering’ and ‘enlightening, educational and enriching’ by The Reviews Hub (4 1/2 stars) and ‘inspiring, uplifting and gently intriguing’ by Fringe Guru (4 stars)... 

Gavin Webster: I Am Stand-Up Comedy

Gavin Webster: I Am Stand-Up Comedy

What type of comedian are you Gav? Hard-hitting? Are you one of these edgy types that says the unsayable or a modern consumer complaints comedian? Maybe you’re surreal and are only capable of looking at things obtusely... 

Richard Wright: Virgin

Richard Wright: Virgin

Richard Wright is a virgin. In his exciting new 2018 show Wright looks at adult virginity from his own point of view and shines a light on society's take on the adult virgin. Wright is a warm, engaging stand-up who manages to find the positive in everything – even his adult virginity... 

Katharine Ferns: Between One Ferns

Katharine Ferns: Between One Ferns

New work-in-progress solo show from Canadian comedian Katharine Ferns is relentlessly funny with her confessional and brutally honest storytelling style of comedy. With seemingly sweet and innocent charm, Katharine finds dark comedy in her observations on relationships, family, mental illness, feminism and her past misadventures... 

James Cook: Sarcasmic

James Cook: Sarcasmic

'A top class comic' (Birmingham Mail). 'The most enjoyable hour' (BBC News). 700,000 video views. Can an award-winning comedian elevate the lowest form of wit to the highest form of art? Probably not, but it’ll be fun. 

Christian Talbot: Desperately Seeking Approval

Christian Talbot: Desperately Seeking Approval

I'm just a comedian, standing in front of literally anything, asking it to love me. How being needy and anxious made me famous for a day. As seen on the BBC's Soft Border Patrol. 'An absolutely engaging performer... 

Hamlet (An Experience)

Hamlet (An Experience)

After breaking new ground with their award-winning Richard III (A One Woman Show), Brite Theater are once again reinventing Shakesperian performance with this new production of Hamlet directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir... 

Kit Finnie: Mabel and Mickey

Kit Finnie: Mabel and Mickey

What happens when you try to tell someone else's story, but they're not done talking? Kit has written a show about Mabel Normand, a notorious 1910s movie star, and the murder case that swallowed her legacy... 

Tim Renkow Tries to Punch Down

Tim Renkow Tries to Punch Down

Comedy’s one rule is 'no punching down'. Tim Renkow is a crippled, redneck, Mexican Jew. It’s hard for him to find a group he is not allowed to make fun of, which is insulting. Join Tim as he tries to find a group that is off-limits and prove that he's not the bottom of the social ladder... 

Adam Riches Is The Guy Who...

Adam Riches Is The Guy Who...

...you meet right after you come out of a long-term relationship. He has a nice smile, an easy manner and no car. The Edinburgh Comedy Award winner makes a rare appearance under a belly and an even rarer appearance in the afternoon with this intimate look at one of the planet's most deliberate men... 

Adele Cliff: Sheep

Adele Cliff: Sheep

Popular nerd Adele Cliff presents her gag-packed debut hour, all about individuality, searching for friends, following, fitting in and actual sheep. Dave's Funniest Jokes of the Fringe 2016 and 2017... 

That Daring Australian Girl

That Daring Australian Girl

The women of England demand the vote! The remarkable true story of Muriel Matters: the South-Australian actress and elocutionist who became a leading figure of the UK's suffragette movement and the foremost woman orator in Britain... 

Jason Neale: Happy to Help

Jason Neale: Happy to Help

A comedy show of searing honesty – too much honesty if anything! Delivered in his usual no-nonsense style and jam packed with plenty of laughs throughout, Jason questions why he's so Happy to Help... 

Joey Page: Perhaps Under Stars That Would Stretch Forever (an Idiot Explains the Universe in Under an Hour)

Joey Page: Perhaps Under Stars That Would Stretch Forever (an Idiot Explains the Universe in Under an Hour)

What's the point of all this? (Life.) Are there parallel universes? Want to learn everything you ever needed to know about the universe from an idiot? (Yes.) Is the world ending? (Probably... 

Ari Shaffir: Jew

Ari Shaffir: Jew

Ari Shaffir turned his last Fringe show into a Netflix special called Double Negative. This year, he returns to tackle his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. Ari questions all the things rabbis never wanted him to... 

Alfie Brown: Lunatic

Alfie Brown: Lunatic

Alfie Brown is charming and disgusting. His new show is about identity politics, trying to be a good father in a horrible world and being responsibly horny in the wake of wide-spread male sex crimes... 

An Evening With Miss Wong

An Evening With Miss Wong

From laundry girl to one of Hollywood's most glamorous stars, the tragic and wonderful life of Anna May Wong. Fighting against prejudice and ignorance, she rose to become one of the acting elite, the leading lady that was not allowed to kiss her leading man... 

Diary of an Expat

Diary of an Expat

A one-woman show, directed by Katharina Reinthaller, telling the comic story of the encounter between modern migrant Cecilia and London – a contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans... 

Claire Ford: Unboxed

Claire Ford: Unboxed

Feel like you're stuck outside the box? Then how do you think inside it? Through heartfelt storytelling, clowning and double-walled chipboard, Unboxed promises more 'brilliant, unique and boundary-bending comedy' (TalkFringe... 

Zahra Barri is Zahra: Warrior Not Princess

Zahra Barri is Zahra: Warrior Not Princess

Zahra’s never stood in front of a mirror and taken a selfie. Nor has she intentionally made herself look like a dog on Instagram. In a world full of Kim Kardashian’s career, be Kim Jong-Un’s Korea... 

Alice Marshall: The Strike

Alice Marshall: The Strike

Winner of the 2017 Brighton Fringe Best Comedy Award, critically acclaimed character comedian Alice Marshall returns with a brand-new show. Join Maria, the world's angriest air stewardess, as she welcomes you on board a non-stop flight direct to the fifth dimension... 

This Is Just Who I Am

This Is Just Who I Am

This is a show about identity, authenticity and the murky area between the two. It's about being yourself, and not having a f*cking clue what that even means. Using nothing but a microphone, a poorly put together soundtrack and a ludicrous outfit, it exposes our attempts to bridge the gulf between the people we want to be and the people we think we are... 

Harpy

Harpy

Birdie’s a hoarder. The neighbours call her a harridan and a harpy, although most have never even met her. They see her hoard as a hazard for house prices. But it isn’t rubbish... 

Simon Caine: Sex, Drugs and Other Things I Never Do

Simon Caine: Sex, Drugs and Other Things I Never Do

If you like pina coladas, and deep emotional pain. If you get anxious in public, come and see Simon Caine. The Martin Luther King Jr of comedy returns with 'his paranoid persona that's immediately entertaining and irrational but relatable' (BroadwayBaby... 

Johannes Dullin: Come Along and Bring a Friend!

Johannes Dullin: Come Along and Bring a Friend!

Johannes Dullin’s comedy is absurd, silly, postmodern and completely unpredictable. The audience laughs – and often doesn’t know why. With his insistent pranks, he infinitely potentiates the absurd, and even the biggest inanities exude existential power in his piece... 

I Want an Irish Passport

I Want an Irish Passport

Everyone wants an Irish passport but what does being Irish really mean? Is there more than just drinking and the craic? Award-winning comic Mary Bourke presents a hilarious show on Irish identity... 

Dysney Disfunction

Dysney Disfunction

In Brexit Britain happily ever after (and UK residency) is just a marriage visa away. But Australian Alice's visa expires today and she's only got Primark flats for glass slippers, an Oyster card for a pumpkin coach and a prince who won't twerk... 

Jamali Maddix: Vape Lord

Jamali Maddix: Vape Lord

Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Viceland’s Hate Thy Neighbour, Jamali Maddix is returning to Edinburgh before heading out on his first world tour. He’ll be bringing brutally honest and unflinching material on the state of society along with personal tales from his travels around the world of hate and moral confrontation... 

Anna Nicholson: Woman of the Year

Anna Nicholson: Woman of the Year

Meet the nominees for Woman of the Year in Anna Nicholson’s debut character-comedy show. 'Sharp and witty, a gifted mimic... Victoria Wood in a smartphone age' **** (TheReviewsHub... 

Falling With Style

Falling With Style

Adventurer David von Jones takes a humourous glance at some popular Disney and Pixar movies with a view to discovering more about the benefits of pessimism. 

10 Steps to Happiness

10 Steps to Happiness

Pebble Trust Award Winner, Runner Up Audience Choice Award, Best Comedy by IYAF nominee, Brighton Fringe 2017. The sell-out hit 10 Steps to Happiness returns. We’re born, we go to school, college, sometimes university... 

Gareth Berliner: I Paid for 50 Minutes of Your Time

Gareth Berliner: I Paid for 50 Minutes of Your Time

Stand-up comic Gareth Berliner was cast in Coronation Street four years ago to play dodgy drug dealer Macca, and was told he didn't need make-up! He's also very funny. Gareth has been working on new things and ideas and playing with form... 

Show Up

Show Up

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

Alex Garner – Who?!

Alex Garner – Who?!

Who is Alex Garner anyway? A comedian, that’s who. But who else? A show about our public and private personas; online, on stage, at work, with family, and more. Puns, punchlines, and pithiness... 

Nick Elleray: It's Been Emotional

Nick Elleray: It's Been Emotional

Expat Aussie Nick Elleray has been described as 'an under-appreciated purveyor of quality downbeat comedy' (Chortle.co.uk). This is your chance to help remove 'under' from that description... 

Phill Jupitus: Sassy Knack

Phill Jupitus: Sassy Knack

Now television is pretty much done with him because his palm crystal turned red, Phill Jupitus is enjoying the visceral thrill of live stand-up performing once more. In a user-friendly teatime slot, old man Jupitus will tell you things which have happened to him, but will exaggerate wildly... 

Luke Rollason's Planet Earth

Luke Rollason's Planet Earth

Luke Rollason's Planet Earth is a low-budget, one-man nature documentary set in a future where our worst predictions came true – following ecological collapse, thousands of endangered species are extinct, including the BBC... 

Adam Rowe: Undeniable

Adam Rowe: Undeniable

What does it take to become undeniably good at what you do? Fresh from a sell-out UK tour; Liverpool Comedian of the Year winner and English Comedian of the Year nominee Adam Rowe, presents his hilarious new stand-up show about his working-class roots and the determination, arrogance, selfishness and sacrifices it takes to become undeniable... 

Allan Havey Stands Up

Allan Havey Stands Up

You’ve seen him in Mad Men, you’ve seen him in Billions, you’ve seen him in Hail Caesar! Now see why he’s one of the best stand-ups in the world working today. 'Cocksure, irreverent, and very funny' (New York Times). 

Jen Brister – Meaningless

Jen Brister – Meaningless

Ever wanted to know the meaning of life? No, neither has Jen, she's too busy trying to stop her twins from using her shoes as a toilet. Still, we're only on this planet for a finite time, wouldn't it be good to find a bit of meaning in your otherwise pointless existence? Join Jen as she clutches at all the straws trying to make sense of it all... 

Masud Milas: Masud Abides

Masud Milas: Masud Abides

Masud Abides is the exciting follow-up show to Masud's 2016 debut Edinburgh show, Routes. Now living in the UK, this fly half-Kenyan, half-English, leather jacket-wearing cat has found his place but what does he abide? 'One to watch' (Time Out)... 

Thrown by Jodi Gray

Thrown by Jodi Gray

A microphone shaped like the human head. An audience with wireless headphones on. A uniquely intimate one-woman show about letting go of your smaller self. 'The little one is listening still... 

Bethany Black: Unwinnable

Bethany Black: Unwinnable

Bethany Black is back. And this time it’s personal. Okay, it’s always personal, she’s always banging on about herself ('self indulgent' (List)). In 2018 Bethany was diagnosed with autism and agoraphobia... 

David Correos: The Correos Effect

David Correos: The Correos Effect

New Zealand's David Correos has blown away audiences from Auckland to Adelaide, now he returns to Edinburgh with his debut solo show. Defying genre and labels, this Billy T Award winner has all the tricks up his sleeve... 

Ken Cheng: Best Dad Ever

Ken Cheng: Best Dad Ever

Dave Joke of the Fringe Winner, Cambridge mathematics dropout and professional poker player Ken Cheng returns this year with his second stand-up hour. Born to Chinese immigrants in the UK, Ken never had the most normal upbringing... 

25 Years of Stand-Up: Vladimir McTavish

25 Years of Stand-Up: Vladimir McTavish

Vladimir McTavish became a full-time stand-up comedian in 1993, since then he has performed to audiences worldwide and gigged with some of the biggest names in the business. In 25 Years Of Stand-Up, he celebrates his quarter-century on the circuit with a show which is a unique bend of brand-new material, some of his greatest hits from two decades of comedy back-catalogue and some hilarious comedy anecdotes about life as a comic... 

Micky Overman: Role Model

Micky Overman: Role Model

Rising star Micky Overman presents her highly anticipated debut show. Being a nanny and raising a teenage girl, Micky figures out how to set an example when she herself has made some pretty questionable choices... 

Dominoes

Dominoes

Layla McKinnon is days away from saying 'I do' to Andy McKinnon. Already having the same surname as her fiancé used to be a funny coincidence but now threatens to drive them apart... 

Benny

Benny

When Benny Hill died in April 1992, his body lay undiscovered in his flat for two days. During these two days his shows were watched by millions all around the world. This captivating one-man show revisits those final days and insightfully explores the life of the lad himself... 

David Mills: Focus People!

David Mills: Focus People!

Smart, sharp, laugh-out-loud comedy for adults sick of being scolded by celebrities and policed by children. Brexit, Trump, Meghan Markle, Hollywood dementia – Mills breaks it all down and gets you through the coming apocalypse feeling dynamite! 'A comedic anglerfish, he lures his audience in with deceptive warmth before pouncing with incisive wit' **** (Fest)... 

Andrea Hubert: Holes of Joy

Andrea Hubert: Holes of Joy

Life is a heavy blanket of sadness and if you want joy, you've got to poke some holes. Yes, that's basic Buddhism, but let's let her think she invented it, okay? Join BAFTA prize-winning writer Andrea as she tries to make the world a better place... 

Gate 64

Gate 64

Winnie is a vagrant. Once a travelling performer, she now finds her audience in the delayed passengers of International Departure Lounge 64. Here, stories and anecdotes form a tapestry of existential thought, presented with prideful expertise by our audacious raconteur, Winnie... 

Everything Is Going to Be KO

Everything Is Going to Be KO

One in 10 of us are dyslexic. Yet learning difficulties are sometimes presented as a politically correct way to talk about stupidity. Join Kaiya Stone as she challenges this notion, reflecting on her life from childhood to adulthood, coping with (unknown for the first 20 years) dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD... 

Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew

Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew

Ashley Blaker isn't your average Orthodox Jewish man. He's also an internationally acclaimed comedian and now, for the first time, is performing a show for us gentiles, direct from his off-Broadway run... 

Huff

Huff

Huff is the wrenching yet darkly comic tale of Indigenous brothers caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling with the death of their mother. Their dream world bleeds into reality, as they’re preyed on by The Trickster through hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home and his own fragile psyche... 

Why Even Bother

Why Even Bother

In this dark one-man comedy we get a glimpse into the world of Main Character and the everyday struggle of his normal life. Please hold and someone will be with you shortly. The ever-growing apathy of life can feel crushing... 

Charlie V Martin: The 24/7 Club

Charlie V Martin: The 24/7 Club

Welcome to The 24/7 Club, where everyone was born on the 24th July! Party with Zelda Fitzgerald, Amelia Earhart and more in Charlie V Martin’s new solo show about her birthday. There’s more than one way to look at history and yourself… Improv, stand-up, characters and puppets – history with a twist and a shot of original comedy... 

Claire Sullivan: I Wish I Owned a Hotel for Dogs

Claire Sullivan: I Wish I Owned a Hotel for Dogs

A madcap adventure through the wild mind of a young Australian absurdist. She hurtles the audience through dogs, a dog show, dads, gross poetry, absurd short stories and more dogs. Mind your head on the way in... 

Metamorphosis of One

Metamorphosis of One

One is found buried in a culmination of emotions when life takes an unexpected turn. Carefully planned aspirations and future hopes held dear are disjointed, uncertain. Without help or direction from any avenue, everything in life seems new and fast-paced... 

Linda

Linda

Funny Women award winner Freya Slipper's (CBBC, The Free Association) debut character show explores the power of social media and what happens when an ordinary person does something extraordinary – like going to space... 

A Holy Terror

A Holy Terror

Joe Rooney is best known for his role in Father Ted as the rebel priest Father Damo. He has been performing stand-up for the last two decades from Moscow to Milwaukee and everywhere in between... 

Magic 8 Ball (My Life With Asperger's)

Magic 8 Ball (My Life With Asperger's)

Told with a Magic 8 Ball, George Steeve's solo show chronicles his trials and tribulations living on the autism spectrum. From childhood to adulthood, experience his challenges with school, dating and trying to fit in, always hoping that stardom would one day finally grant him acceptance... 

Butterfly

Butterfly

Following the success of Even God Knew I was Gay, Jilberto Soto presents Butterfly. Based on the Mariah Carey album, so it’s even gayer. In all honestly, it’s a show that revolves around the butterfly effect, how the smallest change can make the biggest difference... 

That Woman! Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

That Woman! Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

She won a King's heart in the 40 year romance known around the world as The Love Story of the 20th century. In December 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated his throne for the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson... 

Status

Status

We all have a nationality. Or almost all of us. Status is a show about someone who doesn't want his any more. About running away from the national story you're given. About who is responsible for that story and what might happen to it if you try to give it up... 

Athena Kugblenu: Follow the Leader

Athena Kugblenu: Follow the Leader

The world's never had more knowledge, yet never more stupidity. Athena can't help but notice consistencies between the universe and herself. How can she blame people for choosing Trump when she's choosing the wrong men? Clearly we haven't realised she constantly makes mistakes so we don't have to... 

Looking for Lightning

Looking for Lightning

An inspirational story of courage, caution and perseverance and humor. Facing a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis head on, McLean takes us on a journey from the fast-paced life of Hollywood to Canada to India and the feet of yoga master BKS Iyengar... 

Myra Dubois: We Wish You a Myra Christmas

Myra Dubois: We Wish You a Myra Christmas

The self-declared siren of south Yorkshire presents a festive spectacular! In August. Join Myra DuBois for an hour of off-season seasonal singalongs and summertime yuletide anecdotes from her Christmases past, all delivered in her trademark acerbic wit! 'A display of caustic sensibility and razor sharp wit' (Scotland on Sunday)... 

Ross Brierley: Accumulator

Ross Brierley: Accumulator

What would you do if you had a bet on the horses and won a year's wages in a day? Quit your job and become a professional gambler? Sure, why not. Award-winning comedian Ross Brierley takes you on a surreal journey into the highs and lows of trying to predict the future to pay the bills... 

Rik Carranza: Still a Fan

Rik Carranza: Still a Fan

Rik is a fan of Star Trek. No, wait, Rik is THE fan of Star Trek. But what happens when obsession becomes too much? A show for everyone who knows that fandom goes beyond merch, conventions and trivia... 

Impact

Impact

A terrible crime has been committed. The guilty want to talk. They stand before you, offering their side of the story. Will you listen? The victims have written letters sharing their experience and you have access to them... 

Bottom

Bottom

Locked in his bathroom during a tragic third date, Willy asks: are you a top or a bottom? Bottom is about bums, Beyoncé and burnt fish fingers. Join Willy for a queer coming-of-age remix, as he questions if ‘bottom’ in the bedroom means ‘bottom’ in life – and whether Beyoncé can help put his love on top... 

Billy Bremner and Me

Billy Bremner and Me

A schoolboy’s dream. To be a professional footballer, to play at the highest level, to represent his country and to usurp the crown of his school’s greatest hero: Leeds United and Scotland footballer Billy Bremner... 

Bryony Twydle: Flamingo

Bryony Twydle: Flamingo

Character comedian Bryony Twydle (BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama, E!'s The Royals) presents her debut Edinburgh show. Join Bryony as she presents her chaotic collection of interconnected characters... 

Eshaan Akbar: Prophet Like It's Hot

Eshaan Akbar: Prophet Like It's Hot

Following his sell-out run in 2017, Akbar returns armed with a copy of the Qur’An in hand. It’s a much funnier book than people give it credit for. Akbar's own journey tells him that faith still has a place in modern society... 

Tamsyn Kelly: You're Welcome

Tamsyn Kelly: You're Welcome

Does a story even exist if it's not on Instagram? Tamsyn Kelly is a hilarious, fresh, new voice. And she's going to use that voice to be heard. Just like Emma Watson did in 2001 when she invented feminism... 

One-Man Stranger Things

One-Man Stranger Things

Charles 'One-Man Star Wars' Ross and Canadian Fringe legend, TJ Dawe, parody the Netflix smash series, Stranger Things. Prepare to have your Upside Down turned right side up. You'll laugh until you bleed from your nose, just like Eleven. 

Hardeep Singh Kohli: You-topia

Hardeep Singh Kohli: You-topia

The host of BBC Radio 4's Sketchtopia and regular on BBC One's Question Time and This Week, follows up his acclaimed 2017 hit with a brand-new show mixing his trademark 'worldly wit and fabulous punchlines' **** (Fest)... 

Jim Smith: Back to the Teuchter!

Jim Smith: Back to the Teuchter!

After an absence of two years, the Perthshire farmer returns to Edinburgh with another trailer load of tales of rural life and how country people view the outside world. Jim, who also played the farmer in BBC Scotland’s Scot Squad, uses a range of characters and regional accents to address a wide range of hot topics such as internet dating for farmers, village nightlife and how to pimp your Land Rover... 

Emma Sidi: Faces of Grace

Emma Sidi: Faces of Grace

Critically acclaimed character comedian and contemporary somatic movement enthusiast Emma Sidi brings her third hour of comedy gymnastics to the Edinburgh Fringe. An original and hilarious show of graceful heroes who are having a bit of a tough time... 

Never Vera Blue

Never Vera Blue

'It's hard to know things, isn't it? Have you ever found that, it's really hard to know.' She's five foot ten. She's almost certain. But if she was the size she thinks she is she couldn't be here and if she doesn't even know her own dimensions, what hope is there at all? From the city to the Kent coast, from a war-torn land to the pit of the stomach, this unmissable new play follows one woman's journey to regain her identity and explores just what it means to be made to doubt yourself. 

Pricks

Pricks

I've had over 70,000 pricks – of the medical kind. This is my chance to set the record straight about type 1 diabetics like me. I'm not bankrupting the NHS. And I can eat a cake – a whole bloody cake – if I want to... 

Grace

Grace

Alfie, a comedian who performed as the male half of a double act, re-enters the stage... as Zora, a woman. A charming, funny rollercoaster through show business, gender, spirituality, identity and love... 

The Moa Show

The Moa Show

Three lonely men are magically transported to a mythical land through the charms of a Maori busker. To get home, they must seek the wisdom of the all-seeing Moa and escape the grips of a racist spotted Kiwi and a frustrated thrush... 

Darren Harriott: Visceral

Darren Harriott: Visceral

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee, Darren Harriott returns with a brand new show that explores everything from the personal to the political with his trademark warmth and proper jokes... 

Kwame Asante: Teenage Heartblob

Kwame Asante: Teenage Heartblob

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and medical doctor Kwame was overweight in his late childhood and obese in his early teens. Dealing with weight issues in his formative years, split between growing up in London and spending his summers in rural Ghana played a significant part in the person he is today... 

Luisa Omielan: Politics for Bitches

Luisa Omielan: Politics for Bitches

Fresh from filming her BBC Three series of the same name, comedy phenomenon Luisa Omielan (What Would Beyonce Do?! and Am I Right Ladies?!) is back with her third stand-up instalment... 

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... 

Nick Hall: Spencer

Nick Hall: Spencer

Spencer Percival has one claim to fame. He's the only British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated. Unfortunately, no one's ever heard of him. 206 years later, Nick Hall tells his story... 

Statements

Statements

Daniel is obsessed with jazz, but the world is too loud a place to hear what's going on. Javeed doesn't understand a word, but happily communicates with anybody by smiling. Toby makes a lot of noise, but nobody seems to listen... 

Ivy Paige: Seduction

Ivy Paige: Seduction

Brace yourself for an electrifying medley of humour, music, seduction and song from 'the real-life Jessica Rabbit' (Sun). Seen and adored by TV audiences in their millions on ITV1's The Voice, the 'fire cracker' (Sir Tom Jones) returns to her first love: the stage, and her second love: talking about herself, in this razzle-dazzle of a show... 

Kate Berlant: Communikate

Kate Berlant: Communikate

With her freewheeling and surreal style, Kate's exhilarating live performances have placed her at the forefront of the alternative comedy scene. Now the avant-garde comedian Kate Berlant comes to Edinburgh with her debut Fringe hour... 

Richard Wheatley: Jokes and Tales of a Second-Year Gap Student

Richard Wheatley: Jokes and Tales of a Second-Year Gap Student

Richard is Britain’s leading blind theoretical physicist turned stand-up comedian with a Blue Peter badge… well, definitely in the top three. Richard began his gap year after his theoretical physics degree in 2016... 

Patrick Monahan: #Goals

Patrick Monahan: #Goals

Multi award-winning comedian and Fringe favourite, returns with another brand new stand-up show, #Goals. We all have life goals, whether it's to win the lottery or marry up, make it your goal to come and watch an hour of great comedy from an Irish-Iranian smoggy! Constantly touring, comedy website Ents24 has listed him for the past three years in the top three of the hardest-working comedians in the UK... 

Lucy Frederick: Even More Naked

Lucy Frederick: Even More Naked

Some years ago, comedian Lucy Frederick appeared in a reality TV show in which she had to get naked. Like, completely naked. No socks or anything. And while that might sound alarming, she's since discovered that actually, there's a far more terrifying way to get your bits and bobs out for other people... 

Ben Clover: Crème Brûlée

Ben Clover: Crème Brûlée

A single creme brûlée can change the course of your whole life. Find out how in the latest show from award-winning stand-up Ben Clover. 'A delight' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Comedy gold' (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard)... 

Eleanor Morton: Great Title, Glamorous Photo

Eleanor Morton: Great Title, Glamorous Photo

Scottish rising star and oddball, Eleanor Morton tries to reinvent herself as the sexy, confident comedian she has always secretly probably been. It will definitely work. Refreshingly silly, offbeat and alternative comedy from an award-nominated person... 

Richard Todd: We Need the Eggs

Richard Todd: We Need the Eggs

An artist draws the same image repeatedly with indomitable zeal. A convenience shopkeeper eschews convenience to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. Chortle's One to Watch 2018, Richard Todd, returns to Edinburgh with a new show... 

Ladykiller

Ladykiller

A chambermaid, a hotel room and a dead woman. It's not what it looks like, really, it's not. It was self-defence... and anyway, the woman was asking for it. The chambermaid considers herself to be a pretty normal person... 

Vince Ebert: Sexy Science. Made in Germany

Vince Ebert: Sexy Science. Made in Germany

German comedians are like English cooks, sober Scotsmen or Texan democrats. And physicists aren't funny at all. That may be true until you meet the father of German science comedy. Vince Ebert explains scientific facts using the fundamental laws of humour... 

Good Manners Gone Bad

Good Manners Gone Bad

Ever wondered what happens when nice manners go head to head with a Russian gangster? In a fusion between theatre, comedy and cabaret, James McLean is a one-man theatre company and presents the 'brilliantly acted' **** (GlamAdelaide... 

History Has a Purpose?!

History Has a Purpose?!

The least qualified and most concerned history teacher in the UK (Oskar Schortz) guides you through his biggest worry yet – that history has a purpose! Join him for a lesson to discover why history has nothing to do with who we are, how the internet is putting him out of a job, and why lessons from history won’t help you fill out your tax return… Where all the usual arguments for doing history fail, Oskar presents a radical new way of making history... 

Alma, a Human Voice

Alma, a Human Voice

There are two kinds of madness in this one-person drag play: the one experienced by Oskar Kokoschka, who turned his lover Alma Mahler into a life size doll; the other belonging to the nameless woman on the phone in Cocteau's The Human Voice... 

Jessie Cave: Sunrise

Jessie Cave: Sunrise

With her cult following for her acerbic doodles online about love, Jessie has stuff to say. She’s back with a new show – following on from her two previous sold out and critically liked shows... 

Irina Titova: Queen of Sand

Irina Titova: Queen of Sand

Making her UK debut, talented sand artist Irina Titova and her audience will travel Around the World in 80 Pictures in the spirit of Jules Verne. The Russian artist belongs to the absolute premier class of sand art; the title Queen of Sand is a pretty accurate description! The speed and fascinating ease with which she composes an image and lets it fall away, only to create something new in its place, is breathtaking... 

Paul Sinha: The Two Ages of Man

Paul Sinha: The Two Ages of Man

After last year's sell-out run, Paul returns to Edinburgh with his life, seemingly, still bordering on disarray. Having spent two decades juggling disparate careers, loneliness, heartbreak, a multitude of vices and an overwhelming urge to show off his general knowledge, he finds that just as one problem disappears, another suddenly emerges... 

And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You

And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You

Pip Utton, one of the world's foremost solo performers (Adolf, Churchill, Chaplin, Playing Maggie) returns to the Fringe with his moving and affectionate performance about the devastating effects of Alzheimer's... 

Gráinne Maguire: I Forgive You; Please Like Me

Gráinne Maguire: I Forgive You; Please Like Me

What do I need to do to make you like me? Just tell me so we can all just relax. I promise by August the show will be great, so let's all just have a lovely time and forget that the Great Barrier Reef is completely gone... 

Jacqueline Novak: How Embarrassing for Her

Jacqueline Novak: How Embarrassing for Her

Jacqueline Novak finds everything embarrassing... except for the obvious. Revealing intimate details of her life to strangers? Her chosen profession. Crying in public? She wrote a book encouraging it... 

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’... 

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)... 

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... 

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

Isobel Marmion's one woman nervous breakdown, entitled This Is My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter if I Want To, was a disturbing and joyless foray into a mind no one present wanted 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... 

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... 

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)... 

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... 

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..... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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)... 

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. 

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 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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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 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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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.... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

#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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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 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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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’... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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). 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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)... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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?  

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... 

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... 

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! 

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... 

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... 

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)... 

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)... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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). 

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... 

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)... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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). 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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'... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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). 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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)... 

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... 

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... 

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...