Paul Savage: DoGooder

Paul Savage: DoGooder

It's hard to do good when everything's falling apart. Paul Savage had a weird year, that really made him look inside himself. That's never a good thing. Contains great new jokes about depression, identity politics and jewel heists... 

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)... 

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... 

Mark Silcox: I Can Cure...

Mark Silcox: I Can Cure...

'Don't kill yourself, Mark, by bringing a new show every year if people are not getting it. Repeat, repeat, repeat and make sure the hydrogen balloon flies and explodes. Hard work is the key to success... 

Ugly Babies Make Me Laugh

Ugly Babies Make Me Laugh

Back from a fantastic run in Australia, where he was reviewed as 'Truly terrific' (Melbourne Herald, George Zacharopoulos), is back with a questionably titled show defending accidental racism, attacking pigeons and advising what to do in a plane crash... 

Gareth Cooper: Nerd Rock

Gareth Cooper: Nerd Rock

Rock! For nerds! Are you a nerd? Do you like rock? In which case, this is the show for you! It's a brand new musical comedy show written and performed by award-winning comedian and songwriter, Gareth Cooper... 

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)... 

Off the Top: Neuroscience With Attitude

Off the Top: Neuroscience With Attitude

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

Sarah Keyworth: Why Not? (WIP)

Sarah Keyworth: Why Not? (WIP)

Rising comedy star Sarah Keyworth, a Funny Women finalist 2015 and tour support for Stewart Francis and Kerry Godliman, examines what it means to be a child raised believing you could be anything you wanted to be and then turning 24 and realising you are just the same as everyone else... 

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... 

Mick Neven: Killing It

Mick Neven: Killing It

Top Australian comedian, Mick Neven, returns to Edinburgh with a brand new hour of world class stand-up comedy. Kill your fears, kill your dumb ideas, kill the little voice in your head that says, 'don't say that'... 

Anarchy Cabaret III

Anarchy Cabaret III

Steve McLean curates and introduces a revolving roster of some of the quirkiest acts from the comedy circuit and the funniest folk from cabaret land. Pick of the Free Fringe – Daily Mirror, 2015... 

Good Grief

Good Grief

A Free Fringe double bill of stand-up with no particular theme, Irish comedians Keith Fox and Ger Staunton underwhelm with their unassuming stage presence and only mildly amusing humour... 

Help Us Tom Toal, You're Our Only Hope

Help Us Tom Toal, You're Our Only Hope

Amused Moose Best Show nominee TT returns, with a devastatingly funny show. Edinburgh will be destroyed in 2016 unless one man can stop it... That man is Tom Toal, and he must make the ultimate sacrifice... 

Clare Plested: Flock Up

Clare Plested: Flock Up

Flock Up: def. (collective noun) people who make a tit of themselves. Join Clare Plested in the hide as she observes five flock ups in their natural habitat. Binoculars provided, egg stealers will be prosecuted, twitchers welcome... 

Studs

Studs

Just an hour with three damn hot Studs. Sit back, relax and watch us flex our abs. Leather jackets: optional. Hair gel: compulsory. Alice Burden, Chloe Petts and Megan Shandley, with guests. 

Bristol Underground Comedy

Bristol Underground Comedy

Pro headliners, breakthrough acts and our signature dash of circus variety. Transplanted from deep beneath Temple Meads station, Peter Dobbing, ‘Brilliant’ (ThreeWeeks), brings Bristol's most exciting stand-up night to Edinburgh... 

Dave Lemkin: The Village Hall

Dave Lemkin: The Village Hall

Lower Swell is having its summer festival! Come and be a part of the village as character comedian Dave Lemkin brings to life all the guest speakers: Colin Jackson, a self-employed management trainer (a former manager himself until a staff mutiny made his position untenable), Jaqueline Dulay, who you all know as the village's yoga teacher who leads a meditation on spirituality and overcoming violent thoughts, and finally local celebrity, former Tory bigwig, the Rt Hon... 

Aidan Goatley: Year of the Goat

Aidan Goatley: Year of the Goat

Aidan Goatley strikes me as an organised, practical and variably fearless fellow. If no one sits in the front row, he removes it. If feminists for the following show come into Ciao Roma’s wine cellar (a surprising spacious venue by Fringe standards) before they should, they’re shouted out... 

The Exeter Revue: Sketchup

The Exeter Revue: Sketchup

Four students, a full house and a series of clever sketches make for a very enjoyable hour in The Exeter Revue: Sketchup. Using minimal props and costumes – a coffee cup here, a plastic crown there – these performers bring to life a fantastic and strange set of scenarios... 

Kate Smurthwaite: The Wrong Sort of Feminist

Kate Smurthwaite: The Wrong Sort of Feminist

Watching Kate Smurthwaite doing stand up is like watching a recording of a Tory Peer’s night terrors: not only is she funny, but when it comes to tearing apart injustice, she’s absolutely bloody unstoppable... 

Clare Plested: The Essential Collection

Clare Plested: The Essential Collection

Some of the best comic characters out there are likeable but misguided individuals, chronically lacking in self-awareness. Clare Plested has created a strong line-up of personalities with just these traits in her Free Fringe show – and she backs them up with a performance that provides a lot of fun... 

Anarchy Cabaret (Return of the Tight Six)

Anarchy Cabaret (Return of the Tight Six)

Straight from London's comedy and cabaret circuit: Harry Scott-Moncrieff, Faye Treacy, Steve Mclean and Oh Standfast return following their hit run of 2014 (Daily Mirror, Pick of the Fringe)... 

Nick Purves is a Recovering Snob

Nick Purves is a Recovering Snob

For all of his life, Nick Purves has sought to think himself above anything and anyone. That's all changing. This is not a show about class or society. It's an inspiring story about not being special, running marathons and watching 9/11 on a psychiatric ward. 

Jo Coffey: Curiously Caffeinated

Jo Coffey: Curiously Caffeinated

All the short jokes got told and this is what happens next. Stand-up and general malarkey from the circuit's fourth smallest comic.  

11 Films to Happiness

11 Films to Happiness

Brighton-based Aidan Goatley returns to Edinburgh with a show based on the premise of his favourite “comfort food films”, taking in such blokey titles as The Avengers, The Magnificent Seven, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and pausing to take in the supposed wonders of Jason Statham... 

Short & Curly - Who Dunnit?

Short & Curly - Who Dunnit?

There's been a murder at the after-show party! Hammed-up accents and paisley dressing gowns at the ready, Short and Curly take us back-stage after their wildly successful show in a delicious piece of murder mystery sketch-comedy... 

Stackard Banks is Self-Discovered

Stackard Banks is Self-Discovered

An Amazonian tribe, a German arch-nemesis and The Bourne Ultimatum are just three of the things on the mind of world-renowned adventurer Stackard Banks, played with much gusto by Ed MacArthur in his near-solo show about exploration, identity and, inexplicably, The Bourne Ultimatum... 

The Exeter Revue: Sketchy At Best

The Exeter Revue: Sketchy At Best

The most common mistake of a university comedy troupe, I have found, is the attempt to be too clever. The Exeter Revue describe themselves as ‘modest geniuses’. After Sketchy At Best, these read like famous last words... 

The Evolution Will Be Televised

The Evolution Will Be Televised

Kate Smurthwaite brings a wonderful hour of comedy mixed with a lovely science lesson to the Free Fringe, and is on every day at 8:20pm until the 23rd August. Mixing witty stand up with a slideshow of apes (orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos) is not a recipe I had heard of – but it works very well... 

The Tight Six Comedy Showcase

The Tight Six Comedy Showcase

Harry Scott-Moncrieff, Faye Treacy, Steve Mclean and Oh Standfast mix comedy and cabaret to deliver much more than just another show. Family friendly-ish. 'Funny, sharp and filled with variety in the best possible way' (Reel Rebels Radio).