All Star Stand-Up Showcase

All Star Stand-Up Showcase

If you’re in the mood for some bawdy, laddish comedy then this is the show for you.The host, Rick Molland, kicked off proceedings with some crowd work. This went for a solid twenty five minutes; by the time he’d finished he’d surveyed the permanent residence and means of employment of over 75% of the audience... 

Susan Calman: Lady Like

Susan Calman: Lady Like

Eight years since her Fringe debut, Susan Calman reflects on her Fringe journey, noting the packed 300+ room that she’s playing to during this performance is a far cry from how it all started... 

Ant Dewson and Mark Silcox: Life in the Bus Lane - Free

Ant Dewson and Mark Silcox: Life in the Bus Lane - Free

Everything seemed against this performance from the start. This particular performance was beset by a daytime crowd of drunk teenagers to complete the scene, though they left halfway through, along with over half of the rest of the 40-strong audience, rocking the bus-cum-venue as they left... 

Nik Coppin - Mixed Racist

Nik Coppin - Mixed Racist

With a black father from Barbados and a white mother from England, Nik Coppin has grown up with a foot in both worlds. He discusses the complex politics of identity where his mixed heritage means that he’s not considered part of either of the communities... 

Elephant Room

Elephant Room

If you’re bored of the type of magic that always produces the same old tropes (predictable card tricks, dull magician banter in matching suits, tired efforts to build an air of mystery and suspense), then this show is for you... 

FunBags a Go-Go!

FunBags a Go-Go!

Funbags are a high energy, lung-busting comedy trio here to deliver a hot serving of social commentary through the power of sketch. Funbags is the heady culmination of the talents of comedians Jo Burke, Gemma Layton, and Jacqui Curran, who all seem to be firmly on the same page when it comes to their genre of pop culture commentary through sketch... 

The Cleek

The Cleek

The Cleek, an all-female sketch troupe, formed after its members met at Chicago's Second City Training Center. Smiley, energetic and friendly, the quartet are clearly having a good time on stage... 

Luke McQueen: Now That's What I Luke McQueen

Luke McQueen: Now That's What I Luke McQueen

Things are not going well for Luke McQueen. He is lonely. His Dad prefers his successful brother. He owes his Grandmother a lot of money. All his efforts to win his girlfriend back (a highly publicised media campaign; #getsarahback) after he cheated on her were not successful... 

Carey Marx: Abominable

Carey Marx: Abominable

Carey Marx is back this Fringe with adroit observational comedy, analysing a veritable rainbow of taboo. Are we being too harsh on the Abominable Snowman? What is the appropriate terminology for ‘little people’? What would be the consequences of positive thinking if you really could bend the space-time continuum?Marx flirts dangerously with material on every oppressed group, ethnicity, minority, or taboo topic you can think of... 

Wilkinson Ford: Kagoolio

Wilkinson Ford: Kagoolio

Wilkinson Ford is the collective machination of Nicola Wilkinson and Claire Ford, combining their twin talents as actresses and comedians in an enchanting sketch comedy, Kagoolio.Following in the hallowed tradition of Rowan Atkinson’s Mr Bean, we are treated to a cocktail of frenetic, characterful and ridiculous mime sketch... 

Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly

Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly

It’s unclear for a good quarter of the show what Horne is up to. All we know is that it involves audience members, ladders, planks of wood and objects bought from Wickes. Horne gradually builds personal belongings into the contraption; each revealing a story about Horne’s life... 

Loretta Maine: Strong Independent Woman (Unless I Am Very Tired)

Loretta Maine: Strong Independent Woman (Unless I Am Very Tired)

Loretta Maine is the comic creation of British comedian Pippa Evans. She’s a feisty, manic Texan with a penchant for a tipple or six. After touring her musical hit Bipolar, collecting few restraining orders along the way, she’s back this Edinburgh with a fresh look... 

Sarah Bennetto's Storytellers' Club

Sarah Bennetto's Storytellers' Club

This show is a little different from what the rest of the Festival has to offer. It is a chance to meet some excellent comedians from around the festival sharing personal anecdotes connected to the theme of the day... 

WOMANz

WOMANz

Tessa Waters is back this festival with the new solo show, Womanz. Waters is trained in the art of physical theatre; having completed training at the prestigious Philippe Gaulier School... 

The Spork Conspiracy

The Spork Conspiracy

This young rag-tag bunch of misfits share with us an eclectic mix of sketch, stand up, and general tom-foolery. This gang consists of sketch comedy troop ‘No Fixed Abode’, and friends... 

James Acaster: Recognise

James Acaster: Recognise

Acaster strides onto the stage with purpose; his floppy fringe and corduroy jacket giving him the mild air of an English schoolboy. He carries a hint of the curmudgeon about him; unperturbed about the audience’s regard... 

Susan Murray's F*ckwit Club

Susan Murray's F*ckwit Club

The feisty fire-headed pocket rocket Susan Murray is here to reveal the breadth and depth of just who possesses membership to the F*ckwit Club. One thing is for certain; it is a broad Church... 

Mark Watson: Flaws

Mark Watson: Flaws

Watson is back after a short hiatus from Edinburgh; a little more world-weary and adult, but in no way less hilarious.If there was an element of character comedy to Watson’s previous work, it is discarded in this performance in exchange for a degree of honesty and vulnerability... 

Neil Henry's Impossible

Neil Henry's Impossible

There’s a hint of showbiz in the air as Neil emerges in a matching two piece checked suit, white leather shoes and a giant magician’s smile. This affable and energetic performer evokes the art of mystery and wonder with a solid hour of making the impossible possible... 

Will Mars: As Good As My Audience

Will Mars: As Good As My Audience

The premise of the show is simple; Mars has abandoned self-doubt and concluded he is a good comedian; he’s decided that this one is on us; the audience, to enjoy the show or not.With a laid back and conversational tone Mars shares anecdotes about rough gigs, misadventures at adventure theme parks, and how his friends and family consider him weird for not being married and having children... 

EastEnd Cabaret: Sexual Tension

EastEnd Cabaret: Sexual Tension

Eastend Cabaret pays homage to the well-established tropes of Cabaret and they do it well. The show is packed with glamour, cheek, cracking harmonies and infused with just a dash of gore... 

Hannah Gadsby: The Exhibitionist

Hannah Gadsby: The Exhibitionist

Australian award-winning comedienne and author of the successful Australian television art doco Hannah Gadsby’s Oz, Hannah Gadsby is back this Edinburgh Fringe with a fresh batch of art-comedy and self-deprecation... 

Seann Walsh: Seann 28

Seann Walsh: Seann 28

Brighton based comic, wild and woolly Seann Walsh is back in Edinburgh and playing to full houses at the Cabaret Bar in the Pleasance Courtyard.Seann is a new man and not strictly by choice... 

Night of the Living Tories

Night of the Living Tories

In this hour of fine free comedy Joe Well combines his two greatest loves; political satire and zombies. The fast-talking and understated Wells tears through UK politics at pace. He examines the UK class system under a microscope; testing the old adage that ‘life is not fair’... 

Brydie Lee-Kennedy Repeats On You

Brydie Lee-Kennedy Repeats On You

Brydie Lee Kennedy is not short on life experience. Her narrative bobs and weaves apace backwards and forwards along the stretch of time. We are in LA, then transported to five years previously, which triggers a jump along the time space continuum even further into the past... 

David Trent: Live at the Pleasance Courtyard

David Trent: Live at the Pleasance Courtyard

David Trent enters to thunderous music and revs up the crowd with a flurry of fist pumps and screaming; only to cut it all off with a delightfully anticlimactic start to the show. We learn quickly that self-deprecation and anti-climax are two tools Trent deftly wields among his multiple comedic talents... 

Danny Buckler: Punch

Danny Buckler: Punch

Danny Buckler is incurably absorbed in the world of fantasy. The be-suited Buckler kicks the show off by painting exactly how in his mind’s eye it would begin. A fantastical universe where anything is possible; all the glitz and glamour money could afford... 

Bec Hill in... Ellipsis

Bec Hill in... Ellipsis

Bec Hill is packing positivity to the hilt. We are hit with the full force for Bec’s enthusiasm for life before we’ve even reached our seats; Bec embraces us into her world of joyful energy as she dances on the seats as the audience settles in... 

Russell Grant: Strictly Edinburgh

Russell Grant: Strictly Edinburgh

The stage is adorned with a pair of angel wings, a velvet couch and a large book covered in sparkles with ‘My Life’ adorned on the front. Grant bursts on to the stage in a flurry of sequins, black velvet, and some tricky footwork to the soundtrack of his life; disco... 

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

The mouth of a million sounds BeardyMan brings his beatboxing brilliance to Edinburgh with an extremely ambitious new project. The 400-strong audience and BeardyMan will together, in a race against the clock, produce a brand new album in one hour... 

Graham Clark: Afraid of the Clark

Graham Clark: Afraid of the Clark

The laconic Clark delivers his laid back performance in the belly of the Roxy. He sports a beard that could house a small militia, both sizable yet wispy, giving the impression Clark may sporadically make his home in an underpass... 

Dear Ray

Dear Ray

Max Diggins is an affable 25 year old urban-based comic who has a 40 something penfriend called Ray who lives in the Isle of White. What do these two men have to say to each other?A series of unlikely circumstances connect the two and from across the generation gap Ray and Max begin to connect on some of the universalities of human existence... 

Tony Dunn Against the Psychopaths

Tony Dunn Against the Psychopaths

Tony Dunn affects the airs of a tutor as he provides us with a fascinating seminar on the nature and behaviours of the world’s psychopaths. What are the driving characteristics of a psychopath? Are psychopaths the same in every country? What sort of jobs do psychopaths flourish in? How do you recognise one, say, sitting in an audience next to you?Dunn bases his examination of this topic around the psychopathy checklist - which, after a quick bit of Googling, I can confirm is a real thing... 

Kieran Hodgson - Flood

Kieran Hodgson - Flood

Hodgson’s The Flood is a character sketch comedy; depicting a gaggle of the odd townsfolk from Lincolnshire’s Gainsborough, each of whom come together to reflect on the one-year anniversary of the great Gainsborough flood... 

Matt Green - Alive

Matt Green - Alive

Matt Green is alive. This state of affairs was not always guaranteed. Matt takes a critical look at those things which very nearly killed him and how this has influenced the person who he is today... 

The  New Wave

The New Wave

There are quite a few variety nights kicking about this comedy festival, but this one proved to offer the most unique and high quality selection that I’ve encountered so far.This show is perfect for those for whom a single comedian in an hour is just not enough... 

Brett Goldstein Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature

Brett Goldstein Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature

Goldstein kicks off by feeling for the moral pulse of his audience; concluding that his target is ‘dick jokes for skinheads’, but this is an underestimation of Goldstein’s show... 

Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith resembles Leonard Cohen in more ways than one. The tall and lanky man shares a surprising likeness to the man that has shaped his life so considerably, despite being 20 years his junior... 

The Colour Ham

The Colour Ham

The Colour Ham consist of Colin McLeod the mentalist, Kevin McMahon the magician, and Gavin Oattes the puller of funny faces. This show is a colourful assortment of magic, mind reading and flagrant mucking about... 

Fast Fringe

Fast Fringe

Are you the indecisive sort who suffers a meltdown at the thought of having to decide between shows from the novel-thick Fringe guide? Are you loath to bend to the will of the more assertive flyerers on the mile? Then this is the show for you... 

Showcatcher

Showcatcher

Australian television regular Myf Warhurst hosts this event in the salubrious Palazzo. This is an opportunity to catch a glimpse behind the scenes of the Fringe as performers from all corners of the festival share what the experience has been like for them... 

Shelby Bond: People Pleaser

Shelby Bond: People Pleaser

Shelby Bond is a self-professed ‘nice guy’ who suffers the wrath of a world that never repays his kind. One of life’s hapless victims; presumed to be gay, unable to dig drugs and never appreciated for his efforts to ‘save people’, Shelby just can’t get a break... 

Lloyd Langford: Galoot

Lloyd Langford: Galoot

A man entered the stage in a banana costume. This spoke volumes for the rest of the show. Lloyd Langford is an introvert, has been taking life too seriously, and has made a vow to do more silly things... 

Simon Evans: Leashed

Simon Evans: Leashed

Simon Evans is an agitated Englishman who has come to serve up some scorn and air his collection of grievances at this Edinburgh Fringe.Evans relays the tale of the treacherous intergenerational politics that raged over a period of years within his family over the purchase of a pet dog... 

Jon Bennett: My Dad's Deaths

Jon Bennett: My Dad's Deaths

This is a dark, powerful, pathos-laden and hilarious performance. Bennett depicts his life less ordinary; from the rural setting of his upbringing on a south Australian pig farm through to his painful school days, describing how he outed himself to a bemused family as a comedian and navigating his audience through the tragic world of failed love... 

Gamarjobat (ga-ma-jo-bat) Rock Out!

Gamarjobat (ga-ma-jo-bat) Rock Out!

The explosive duo Ketch! and HIRO-PON all the way from Japan are set to blow audiences away with their furious and action packed show Rock On!.This pair are unquestionably among the best physical theatre performers in the world... 

Chastity Butterworth & The Spanish Hamster

Chastity Butterworth & The Spanish Hamster

This set sees actress and comedienne Gemma Whelan don her brilliant character creation as Chastity Butterworth, a polished and aristocratic lady with a penchant for discussing bodily functions... 

Greg Proops

Greg Proops

This hardened satirist is back for his 39th round at the Edinburgh Fringe. There has to be a medal for that alone. If you were after the playful whimsy of Proops as seen in Whose Line Is It Anyway then this show is not for you... 

Lords of Strut

Lords of Strut

Feast your eyes on this spectacle of spandex, technicolour zebra print and super-sized smiles as these charismatic clowns prance and pose for you in the cheekily titled Sell Out Tour... 

Rachel Parris: The Commission

Rachel Parris: The Commission

Rachel Parris writes the jingles for the ads that try to sell you unnecessary chattels and the pop shows that make you cringe. This is her revenge; this is her chance to sing the songs the way she wants to, as well as the ones no one would pay her to write... 

The Peculiar Case of Kemsley and Todd

The Peculiar Case of Kemsley and Todd

Harriet Kemsly and Richard Todd form this energetic odd couple as part of the Free Fringe.Todd took the first half, furiously pacing around the stage like a caged animal; a tangle of erratic curls, self-doubt and nervous energy... 

David Quirk - Shaking Hands With Danger (AUS)

David Quirk - Shaking Hands With Danger (AUS)

David Quirk, an unapologetic child of the ‘80s, paints the scene immediately with his passion for Guns N’ Roses, leather trousers and idolatry of Slash. He takes us on a journey down memory lane to the antics on his school bus and the characters of his childhood, up through the trials and tribulations of the world of comedy, love, and alcoholism, to the moment where we all find ourselves in the same room... 

That Pair: Never Liked Her Anyway

That Pair: Never Liked Her Anyway

In death, we find mirth. We have to. What else are we going to do with it? That Pair, sketch comedy virtuosos Kathryn Bond and Lorna Shaw, are queens of the awkward anti-climax. This blundering and bombastic production housed in the depths of Edinburgh’s cave-like underground theatre is dark comedy at its finest... 

Gravity Boots

Gravity Boots

There’s surreal, there’s even more surreal and then there’s Gravity Boots.This Adelaide-born sketch duo ignores the conventions of sketch comedy, throwing plot resolution, punchlines and parody to the wind... 

KelFi & FiKel

KelFi & FiKel

KelFi and FiKel pack a punch with their no nonsense, no holds barred, in your face musical cabaret stuffed with smut and salacious comedy. This show is not for the faint of heart. If all the swear words you’ve ever heard plus a few new ones got together, donned a wig, and sung while inappropriately groping each other the spectacle would begin to approach this production... 

A Pile of Wit

A Pile of Wit

This scruffy, scrawny gaggle of youngish lads from Sheffield’s premier comedy troupe The Antics are bent on making sure that Edinburgh Fringe’s improv scene stays perfectly silly... 

Ben Verth: What Is This Place?

Ben Verth: What Is This Place?

Ben Verth is an explosive bounty of hair, personality and cheerful self-deprecation which he amply shares with you in his latest show, What is this place? In this hour Verth explores the nature of perception, and how it moulds our behaviour... 

Subtlety with Ed Mayhew

Subtlety with Ed Mayhew

Ed Mayhew has a friendly one-man variety show that you could do worse than spend an hour watching. He invites his audience to explore the preconceptions we have about fame, in all its fickleness...