Late'n'Live

Late'n'Live

The original, wildest and latest of the late-night comedy shows is back for its 32nd year, showcasing unadulterated comedy mayhem to tickle the fancy of every twisted night owl. Each night's a totally different beast that follows a trusted formula: one hysterical compere, four brave acts, an electrifying live band and hours of booze-soaked laughter... 

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

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

Red Richardson: Seeing Red

Red Richardson: Seeing Red

Described by Chortle as 'the most exciting comedian of the last few years', Red Richardson delivers his debut hour of satirical, anecdotal comedy with bite. When Red was young he narrowly missed out on the lead role in the billion pound franchise Harry Potter and the rest wasn't history... 

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Superheroes

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Superheroes

Sock! Pow! Wham! Earth's funniest footwear are back with their 10th new show of songs, sketches, socks and violence. This time they're real live Superheroes! You think you've seen heroes in tights before? This pair will run and run... 

Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect

Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect

Award-winning comedian Juliette Burton returns for a limited run of her 2017 sell-out show exploring the power of kindness. When most of us find it hard being kind to ourselves, let alone others, is being nice outdated? Or can kindness change the world? Join Juliette for her one-woman revolution! Would you #DareToBeKind? Winner: Voice's Pick of the Fringe 2017... 

Laura Lexx: Trying

Laura Lexx: Trying

'One can only hope there's some life-altering catastrophe around the corner for Lexx' (BroadwayBaby.com). Luckily, the award-winning comedian with 'superb material, brilliant delivery and irresistible personality' (**** TheWeeReview... 

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Room 101 (BBC One) and regularly heard on BBC Radio 4's News Quiz, Just a Minute, The Now Show and plenty more. This hugely popular comic returns to the Fringe with a fresh crop of quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction not to mention 'proper laugh-out-loud one-liners' (Herald)... 

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

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

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

Dear Home Office :Still Pending

Dear Home Office :Still Pending

Amidst the large amount of political theatre at the Fringe, Dear Home Office: Still Pending sticks out. And not just because the cast members are all actual refugees. They’re non-professional actors who, in several cases... 

Alex Williamson: Make the World a Banter Place

Alex Williamson: Make the World a Banter Place

He may not be everyone's cuppa tea but 'overwhelmingly politically incorrect' (WhatsGood.co.nz) Alex Williamson knows how to Banter. Alex smashes out a new show yearly and has earned 3 mill social media followers along the way... 

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 Ballad of Paragon Station

The Ballad of Paragon Station

Theatre is always at its most powerful when you feel truly transported into someone else’s reality. This is exactly what The Ballad of Paragon Station achieves through its profound story and captivating performance... 

Borders by Henry Naylor

Borders by Henry Naylor

Henry Naylor’s new play Borders reminds us not to close ourselves off from the plight of Syrian refugees, though it has fizzled out of our daily news. Jumping in and out of two stories, the life of a British photographer and a Syrian graffiti artist, we are tangled in the timeline of events in their lives and witness how their paths meet tragically at the end of the play... 

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories IV

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories IV

There has never been a more perfect match for the phrase ‘larger than life’ than Will Seaward. Adorned in purple velvet as he welcomes us into the room with a great big booming voice, Will is a true showman (although I get the feeling that this persona is the real person and not just an act)... 

So You Think You're Funny? Grand Final

So You Think You're Funny? Grand Final

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Gilded Balloon’s annual comedy competition, So You Think You’re Funny. With David O’Doherty, Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran among the previous winners, and dozens more notable comics among its previous finalists, the grand final is a great place to see up-and-coming comics take their first steps towards a career in comedy... 

Gareth Waugh: Honestly?

Gareth Waugh: Honestly?

One comic, two microphones. Honestly? The much-anticipated solo debut from Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist who has toured with Daniel Sloss and who the BBC called 'one of the fastest rising stars of the Scottish comedy scene'... 

Dylan Moran – Work in Progress (Grumbling)

Dylan Moran – Work in Progress (Grumbling)

A brand new Work in Progress show from Dylan Moran. 

Notflix

Notflix

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

Chris Forbes: Unquiet Mind

Chris Forbes: Unquiet Mind

‘This is not an insultive show’, says the amiable and bearded Forbes, relaxing us into a state of lethargy. And then he screams. Making the front three rows leap off their seats and then laugh with shock, this joke near the start of the show is one of Forbes’ most enjoyable... 

Tommy Tiernan: Under the Influence

Tommy Tiernan: Under the Influence

'This isn’t a platform for sincerity,' says Tommy Tiernan towards the top of the show. It’s neat summation of his approach to stand-up as a whole, and perhaps a reminder to some of his more earnest and sombre colleagues that theirs is a charmed profession... 

Zoe Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning

Zoe Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning

Comedians regularly perpetuate the idea that they sacrifice part of themselves for their art. As humble as many claim to be, and as much as they deride their counterparts in the theatre for talking about the price one pays to make art, comedians are often the first to cite the tragic clown as a metaphorical representation of themselves... 

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

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

Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect

Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect

Following total sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and 2016, award-winning comedian Juliette Burton investigates the power of kindness in a brand new docu-comedy. While most of us find it hard enough being kind to ourselves – let alone others – is being nice outdated? Or can we still connect and change lives for the better? Join Juliette for her one-woman revolution! Would you #DareToBeKind? As seen on The One Show (BBC One) and This Morning (ITV)... 

Trumpageddon

Trumpageddon

Trumpageddon has a strong premise – a facile Q and A with the man of the hour. It is enjoyable enough but occasionally struggles to be larger than life, particularly when the source material is himself so overblown... 

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... 

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

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

The Noise Next Door’s Really, Really Good Afternoon Show is what it says on the ticket. This hour features Noise Next Door's seasoned format of songs, sketches, and audience interaction - now with extra swords! A riotous hour of fast, fun, family-friendly (ish) improvisation... 

Double Denim

Double Denim

Double Denim haven’t made their fringe debut easy for themselves, starting their show at nearly midnight and performing in perhaps the ugliest room in any of the major venues. The atmosphere cultivated by the Gilded Balloon Billiard Room resembles that of the rec hall on a budget cruise ship and the crowd that is watching this show are a mix of the too tired and the too drunk... 

Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World

Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World

Superfans of Greg Proops will enjoy the intimate feel of being in the room at the time of his Podcast live recording. However, for readers unfamiliar with the format of the ‘Proopcast’, don't come expecting a solo rendition of Whose Line is it Anyway? Instead of improvised comedy, this is a news commentary show, where we overhear Proops’ eloquent and passionate opinions on American politics (modern and historical), sport, celebrity and LGBTQ+ issues, among others... 

Woke

Woke

Woke is a searingly powerful and important one-woman performance about racism in the United States. The show brings together the stories of two different black activists, separated by half a century: Assata Shakur, a legendary member of the Black Panthers who fled the U... 

David Correos and Matt Stellingwerf: Chaos and Order

David Correos and Matt Stellingwerf: Chaos and Order

This show is a mixed bag. As the title suggests, the reasoning for these two comics coming together is one’s discipline and control contrasting with the other’s lack thereof. While this works to a certain extent, Stellingwerf, a four-time New Zealand Comedy Guild Award Winner, is certainly a comic with strong jokes, but doesn’t seem particularly ‘ordered’... 

Big Fringe Magic Gala

Big Fringe Magic Gala

Edinburgh Fringe's biggest and best mixed bill magic night! The best illusion, magic and cabaret acts from the Fringe have assembled for one night only at Gilded Balloon's biggest venue... 

Siblings

Siblings

The art of the comedic double act is a difficult one and its success largely based on chemistry between the two performers. So what happens when these two performers share not just chemistry but also genetics?Such is the case with Maddy and Marina Bye, the real-life sisters who make up Siblings... 

Michael Redmond: I Wrote a Joke in 1987

Michael Redmond: I Wrote a Joke in 1987

Michael Redmond did indeed write a joke in 1987, a good one that still gets a laugh today. This isn’t a show about that one joke, though; it’s about the events led to by the invention of that joke with a few asides, audience questionings and discussions of plagiarism thrown in for good measure... 

Notflix

Notflix

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

Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings

Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings

From Live at the Apollo and Radio 5's Fighting Talk. A little slimmer but still as 'belly laugh funny' (Manchester Evening News), everyone's favourite northern charmer returns his show to the fringe due to popular demand... 

Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings

Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings

From Live at the Apollo and Radio 5's Fighting Talk. A little slimmer but still as 'belly laugh funny' (Manchester Evening News), everyone's favourite northern charmer returns his show to the fringe due to popular demand... 

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden: Just the Two at Six

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden: Just the Two at Six

In terms of comic legends, and certainly in terms of comic writing, the name of Barry Cryer is right up there. The fact that he still has a long running comedy radio series and can demand sell out audiences for his own shows, only confirms his high status in British Comedy... 

Adam Kay – Fingering A Minor on the Piano

Adam Kay – Fingering A Minor on the Piano

Adam Kay used to be a doctor and he wants to tell us all about it. Following his sell-out show last year he is back for two weeks only to reprise Fingering A Minor On The Piano. The title is ambiguous, and turns out it has nothing to do with the show... 

George Egg: DIY Chef

George Egg: DIY Chef

George Egg is a hybrid chef and comedian. Part cooking show, part stand-up, this is a hilarious hour filled with wonderful smells and brilliant absurdist comedy.Last year, Egg brought us his show Anarchist Cook, about cooking in hotel rooms... 

The Patrick Monahan Game Show

The Patrick Monahan Game Show

Audience favourite Patrick Monahan brings his high energy comedy style with hilarious and engaging topical and observational material to his brand-new Game Show! 

Sean Hughes's Blank Book

Sean Hughes's Blank Book

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

Matt Richardson: Slash

Matt Richardson: Slash

Matt Richardson is a firecracker. Never has a man who appears so genial and friendly been so outraged. Luckily his outrage is hilarious, as is the subject matter of his new show.The basis of Slash is slash fiction... 

This Is Your Trial

This Is Your Trial

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

Lauren Bok: Is That a Burrito in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy You Have a Burrito

Lauren Bok: Is That a Burrito in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy You Have a Burrito

Australian comic Lauren Bok has a joke toward the beginning of her show about Australia being a country stuck a few years in the past; what she doesn’t achieve in her hour-long set is convincing us she’s synced up to the present day... 

Matt Forde's Political Party Podcast

Matt Forde's Political Party Podcast

Following four years of sell-out London shows, Matt Forde's political interview returns to Edinburgh for one show only with special guest, Alistair Darling. Alistair was Chancellor of the Exchequer during the most turbulent period since the war, and also at the centre of another major event – the Scottish independence referendum of 2014... 

So You Think You're Funny? Sketch

So You Think You're Funny? Sketch

A brand-new string to the biggest and best comedy newcomer competition in its 30th anniversary year! To celebrate 30 years of nurturing and developing new comic talent – we're on the hunt for the best new comedy sketch acts! Come and see them battle it out for the So You Think You're Funny? Sketch crown in it's first year! 

Aunty Donna: Big Boys

Aunty Donna: Big Boys

This is Aunty Donna’s fourth Edinburgh Fringe, they have a huge following and return as popular as ever. The room is packed with fans – both Aussies and home-grown Scots – and after an hour of their hilarious, so stupid it’s kind of clever, rapping, dancing, big beats, improv and sketches I am officially converted too... 

Puppetry of the Penis

Puppetry of the Penis

Puppetry of the Penis has now played to most of the Western world, having played in over 35 countries and performed in six languages. This latest incarnation comes fresh from Las Vegas, where the show has been thrilling audiences for the last two years... 

Liam Withnail: True Defective

Liam Withnail: True Defective

A comedy show about drinking, and what happens when you stop. Liam Withnail brings his critically acclaimed hour back to the Fringe, for one night only. One of 2016's big success stories, Withnail’s abstinence memoir charts his journey from menace to society – to total sobriety... 

Soul Nation Choir – Closer to the Heat

Soul Nation Choir – Closer to the Heat

Following the sell-out success of last year's Choir on Fire, Soul Nation are ready to take it to the next level – lifting it higher and higher. The heat is on! Scotland's only professional rock choir are turning heads every time they hit the stage with their unique and infectious brand of soul... 

Stimela: The Musical

Stimela: The Musical

A celebration of song and dance, this is an international phenomenon that has swept across the globe like a tidal wave of soaring voices and stomping feet. Gumboot dancing was born out of the oppressive gold mines of South Africa... 

The Remains of Tom Lehrer (Performed by Adam Kay)

The Remains of Tom Lehrer (Performed by Adam Kay)

Following sell-out shows in London's West End and at Fringe 2016, award-winning musical comedian Adam Kay presents his take on the legendary songbook of Tom Lehrer. Lehrer's satirical songs have delighted and horrified audiences for decades, including Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, The Masochism Tango and The Elements... 

Comedians Bullseye

Comedians Bullseye

Do you like the darts? Do you like comedians? What about quizzes? You do!? well come to this. It's got all three of those things and they will all be done to varying standards. You should come along. 

The Oxford Imps: Improvised Comedy

The Oxford Imps: Improvised Comedy

The Oxford Imps open with a voice-over introducing them as ‘world famous wits of England’ and other slightly odd hyperboles. It's true that their name is linked to many successes, including Chris Turner, Joseph Morpurgo, and Rachel Parris... 

Best of... So You Think You're Funny?

Best of... So You Think You're Funny?

A changing line-up featuring the best winners and contestants from the biggest and best comedy newcomer competition in its 30th anniversary year! A great night of the funniest from the Fringe, hand-picked from across the competition's 30 years. 

Vir Das: The Boarding Das World Tour

Vir Das: The Boarding Das World Tour

Rapidly growing to international stardom after sell out shows in the USA and worldwide, Vir Das embarks on his first ever UK tour alongside the release of his first Netflix comedy special Abroad Understanding... 

2 Become 1

2 Become 1

2 Become 1 is a standard Jukebox Musical. It has all the elements of a good musical comedy and includes many throwback songs from the 90s of the sort that a young girl might sing along to while brushing her hair and gazing into the mirror... 

John Shuttleworth: My Last Will and Tasty Mint

John Shuttleworth: My Last Will and Tasty Mint

'Punch the air to character comedy... class of its own' (Sunday Times). For the first time in five years, and 25 years since his legendary Edinburgh debut, 'Sheffield's funniest man' (The Times), versatile singer and organist, John Shuttleworth appears at the Edinburgh Fringe for two nights only... 

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... 

Cambridge Impronauts: Improv Actually

Cambridge Impronauts: Improv Actually

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

Brendon Burns and Craig Quartermaine in Race Off

Brendon Burns and Craig Quartermaine in Race Off

Burns and Quartermaine are the yin and yang of righteous anger. Burns’ classic acerbic delivery and manic stage persona is balanced out by the calmer presence of the comparatively new comic, Quartermaine... 

Kids Do Forth on the Fringe

Kids Do Forth on the Fringe

Returning for a fifth year, Kids Do Forth on the Fringe presents some of the best names in children's entertainment. Hosted by Bec Hill, full line up at forthone.com 

Jagged Little Singalong

Jagged Little Singalong

It’s the Alanis Morrissette tribute show you never knew you needed. The entire album delivered, in order, from You Oughta Know to Ironic and back again. Equal parts silly and fun, for two nights only, expect an evening of angsty shout-y singalong, musical reinventions, and one or two earnest covers of the alternative album that smashed the charts across the world in 1995... 

Ben Hart: Belief?

Ben Hart: Belief?

Ben Hart opens his hour-long show with a simple but beautiful magic trick that has a playful story attached. He’s confident, charming and has a wry smile that lets you know that he’s never going to be too serious and immediately makes you feel safe in his hands... 

My Dad Wrote a Porno: Live

My Dad Wrote a Porno: Live

The team behind the hilarious smash hit podcast are coming to Edinburgh for two live shows. What would you do if your dad wrote a dirty book? Ignore it? Not Jamie Morton. He reads it to the world... 

Reduced Shakespeare Company – William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

Reduced Shakespeare Company – William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

The alternative RSC’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s works might more succinctly be titled Shakespeare: The Pantomime. I don’t mean that as an insult, but as a description of the high energy, irreverent tone of this show... 

Kaitlyn Rogers: Can I Get an Amen?!

Kaitlyn Rogers: Can I Get an Amen?!

Can I get an Amen?! Is the subtitle of Aussie Comic Kaitlyn Rogers’ show and I do feel like yelling 'Amen' by the end of the show, because I’d been praying for it to be over.Rogers’ show is a whirlwind of funny, bad dancing, Aussie references, audience participation andher shouting ‘Amen,’ but she’s got a few, tired jokes and references that she keeps pulling back to and unfortunately, they’re just not funny... 

Kai Humphries: Punch-Drunk

Kai Humphries: Punch-Drunk

Kai Humphries delivers in style a Fringe spectacle with amusing stories of his hometown Blyth and of his life which led him into the world of comedy, aided a poignant slideshow. We begin with the jingling rhythms of ELO’s Mr Blue Sky before our smiling host appears to welcome us... 

Kid/Dub

Kid/Dub

Kid/Dub is the all-new, official kid's version of the Fringe smash, Hot Dub Time Machine. Travel back in time to the 50s, and boogie home with plenty of bubbles, balloons and surprises for young and old... 

Gareth Waugh: Honestly?

Gareth Waugh: Honestly?

Gareth Waugh has structured his solid solo stand-up show around an admittedly less solid concept. Alternating between two microphones, the idea is that he will only tell true stories through one and only lies through the other... 

Gráinne Maguire: Gráinne with a Fada

Gráinne Maguire: Gráinne with a Fada

Gráinne Maguire’s stand-up hour, Gráinne with a Fada centres on the comic’s own identity. An Irish immigrant in London, she grapples with what her nationality means to her through the medium of comedy... 

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'... 

Deadpan Theatre: Third Wheel

Deadpan Theatre: Third Wheel

Following the untimely death of their friend Dylan, Polly and Eve are fulfilling his final wishes by travelling around the UK with his ashes in a Wizard Of Oz lunchbox. Narrated by live songs with simple music and witty lyrics, the story tells a tale of loss, both in life and love, but balances what could be a tragic story with a side-splitting script delivered with exquisite comic timing... 

From Dust

From Dust

The latest production from Lion House Theatre is a visually pleasing experience, executed with dexterity and grace by a cast of three. As we are informed by our narrator and writer Casey Jay Andrews, "this story starts, and ends, with a girl, a boy and a wolf”... 

Scott Agnew: Spunk on Our Lady's Face

Scott Agnew: Spunk on Our Lady's Face

Burly Glaswegian stand-up Scott Agnew has for many years joked about “blow-job knee”—wear and tear arising from too much time on his knees providing oral sex. Following a somewhat frustrating experience while in Leeds—the details of which are best heard in his own gruff voice—it’s now happened for real... 

Funbox at the Fringe

Funbox at the Fringe

Funbox at the Fringe! Join Gary, Anya and Kevin (the former stars of The Singing Kettle) for songs and silliness that all the family can enjoy! The Funbox has everything you need inside it to sing a song or have an adventure, but it's locked up tight... 

Scott Gibson: Like Father Like Son

Scott Gibson: Like Father Like Son

The winner of the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer is back with an honest and frank insight into the men who have influenced and impacted his life. The good, the bad and the indifferent... 

Mark Nelson: Irreverence

Mark Nelson: Irreverence

Mark Nelson is an old-fashioned stand-up: disarmingly likeable, astoundingly at ease, a master of audience interaction. A raucous Saturday night crowd, armed with drunken repartee, was no match for Nelson, who humoured hecklers with such a calm intelligence you might have thought he was dealing with sleep-deprived toddlers trying to derail his grown-up dinner party, save for the uproarious laughter which followed every interaction... 

Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam

Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam

Ray Bradshaw boasts of being the first comic ever to have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in both English and British Sign Language, and after seeing this hour show it’s a calamity it’s not been done before... 

Mark Forward Wins All the Awards

Mark Forward Wins All the Awards

Single father Mark Forward has decided the time has come for him to be appreciated as a comedian. The surest way to guarantee success is to win a comedy award. And the surest way to win a comedy award? Introduce some seriousness... 

Late'n'Live

Late'n'Live

'Still the best late night show on the Fringe' (Scotsman) is back for its 31st year! Different shows every night, but always the same recipe: one hilarious compere, four amazing acts, one incredible band, two hours of dancing and a whole lot of fun... 

Tom Houghton: Class Half Empty

Tom Houghton: Class Half Empty

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

Micky Bartlett: Typical

Micky Bartlett: Typical

Belfast comic Micky Bartlett is here to deliver a message. A message of tolerance and inclusivity. After all, what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding? Surprisingly quite a lot, unless you happened to drive to the show in a Bentley... 

Balloonatics

Balloonatics

Please note: This show has been moved to a 10:30 timeslot. Scottish comedian Chris Henry brings his hit kids show, Balloonatics, to Edinburgh as part of his world tour. A guaranteed chaos-filled, fun-packed hour of inflatable buffoonery, with never a dull moment for parent or child... 

Stephen K Amos Talk Show

Stephen K Amos Talk Show

Join festival favourite Stephen K Amos as he chats with guests hand-picked from the worlds of theatre, comedy and music. 'Great variety show featuring a diverse range of performers, gloriously presided over by the immensely funny charismatic host' **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)... 

Tim and Gendle's Famous First Words

Tim and Gendle's Famous First Words

Ever wondered what would happen if karaoke had consequences? If Stars in Their Eyes involved real glory in front of a baying, boozed-up Gladiator-style crowd? Well wonder no more, as Famous First Words, the devilishly addictive new live music experience created and hosted by TV presenters Tim and Gendle, is here... 

Pussy Play Masterclass

Pussy Play Masterclass

Ever made a pussy out of plasticine? Now is the time to get down and dirty with our vulvas and the crowds are hungry for it. Burlesque legend Strawberry Siren presents a gift that keeps on giving in Pussy Play, an interactive and playful masterclass filled with original techniques to perfect the art of playing with your partner's pussy or even your own... 

Tomás Ford: Crap Music Rave Party

Tomás Ford: Crap Music Rave Party

Grab your mates and hit the dance floor with hyperactive Australian party machine Tomás Ford for the Fringe's most ridiculous party. Request a crap song like Take That, Mel & Kim, 5ive, line dancing techno, forgotten Christmas hits, 80s movie themes, 2 Unlimited... 

Andy Daly: Monsters Take Your Questions

Andy Daly: Monsters Take Your Questions

Fresh off the series finale of his critically acclaimed American comedy series, Review, Andy Daly (also seen on such shows as Eastbound & Down, The Office and Silicon Valley) makes his Fringe debut with a limited run... 

Scott Gibson: Like Father Like Son

Scott Gibson: Like Father Like Son

The winner of the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer is back with an honest and frank insight into the men who have influenced and impacted his life. The good, the bad and the indifferent... 

Three Half Pints Present The Three Musketeers

Three Half Pints Present The Three Musketeers

CBeebies' favourites (Justin's House, Spot Bots) swashbuckle their way through a hilarious, new adventure of chivalry, swordplay and slips. Chaos, mayhem and stupidity reign supreme in the trio's most ridiculous adventure yet! Will they defeat the dastardly evil-doers? Will they save the damsel in distress? Will they actually read the book before the show? The 17th century's never been so silly! Ages 5+... 

Card Ninja

Card Ninja

Warning: this show contains ninjas, not magic. Back by popular demand, Card Ninja is an award-winning, riotous display of comedy and card stunts using playing cards as ninja weapons... 

Thünderbards: 4nd

Thünderbards: 4nd

Critically acclaimed sketch duo Thünderbards return to Edinburgh with their 4nd hour of gag laden comedy, filled with their trademark off-beat jokes, fast paced sketches and overwhelming politeness... 

Shazia Mirza: With Love from St Tropez

Shazia Mirza: With Love from St Tropez

Following her critically acclaimed 2016 sell-out international tour, The Kardashians Made Me Do It, Shazia's new show is about lies, lies and more lies; the truth is so 1980s. Lies, truth, nudity and the periodic table: these things hold the key to the future... 

Oskar's Amazing Adventure

Oskar's Amazing Adventure

Desperate for some fun, Oskar leaves the snowbound, little house on top of the mountain to find a friendly animal to play with. But where are all the animals? And why does Oskar have to wait till spring to play his favourite game again? This heart-warming, humorous play uses a rich mix of storytelling, physical theatre, puppetry, music and song to tell the tale of a puppy's search for friendship in the wilderness of the Alps... 

Alex Williamson: Make the World a Banter Place

Alex Williamson: Make the World a Banter Place

He may not be everyone's cuppa tea but 'overwhelmingly politically incorrect' (WhatsGood.co.nz) Alex Williamson knows how to Banter. Alex smashes out a new show yearly and has earned 3 mill social media followers along the way... 

F*cking Men

F*cking Men

Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro's play reimagines La Ronde in today's gay scene. A slick dramatic comedy of sexual manners, in which 10 characters circle through a series of erotic encounters... 

Loyiso Gola: Unlearning

Loyiso Gola: Unlearning

Two-time Emmy nominated and Comics' Choice Award winning Loyiso Gola is one of South Africa's most loved comedians for a reason. Returning to the Fringe with his brand-new show, Loyiso challenges societal norms, making you question everything you thought you knew about politics, race, history and more, all delivered with his signature satirical wit... 

Bernie Keith: Life Without Sat Nav

Bernie Keith: Life Without Sat Nav

Following his sell-out shows in theatres in the UK, comedian and award-winning broadcaster Bernie Keith makes his hilarious Edinburgh debut. After 30 years in entertainment, he started his stand-up career... 

Frank Carson: If I Didn't Laugh, I'd Cry

Frank Carson: If I Didn't Laugh, I'd Cry

Mike McCabe (who worked with rapid-fire gagster Frank Carson in the 1980s and 1990s) reveals the man behind the mask – memories of the legend who (according to Chris Tarrant) never switched off, even when he was asleep! Was the key the moment when Frank shot and killed another man? It's the way he tells 'em. 

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... 

Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect

Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect

Following total sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and 2016, award-winning comedian Juliette Burton investigates the power of kindness in a brand new docu-comedy. While most of us find it hard enough being kind to ourselves – let alone others – is being nice outdated? Or can we still connect and change lives for the better? Join Juliette for her one-woman revolution! Would you #DareToBeKind? As seen on The One Show (BBC One) and This Morning (ITV)... 

Jonny Pelham: Just Shout Louder

Jonny Pelham: Just Shout Louder

As seen on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central and Live from the BBC. 'Brilliant stand-up' (Chortle.co.uk) Jonny Pelham returns with a show about overcoming apathy. This year, Jonny has fallen in love, "completed" therapy, written a very good joke about Taylor Swift and had a most inopportunely timed panic attack... 

Four Go Off On One! A Jolly Good Romp Through Childhood

Four Go Off On One! A Jolly Good Romp Through Childhood

This 'highly energetic laugh-a-minute show' (TheTab.com) comes to Edinburgh again, after sell-out 2016 shows in Cambridge and Edinburgh. One hour, eight comedians and hundreds of pages of children's literature lovingly ridiculed into submission... 

Funny Women Fest

Funny Women Fest

Funny Women takes over your lunch hour with a feast of comedy, interviews and highlights from the very best of the Fringe. Hang out with some of the most interesting and promising new acts at the festival, which is surely more exciting than that meal deal you're clutching! We've got comedians, writers, TV stars, producers, directors and an endless supply of funny women to satisfy any comedy appetite... 

Edd Hedges: Wonderland

Edd Hedges: Wonderland

Hello. My name is Edd Hedges and I won So You Think You're Funny a little while back and last year I supported Sofie Hagen on tour. Now I am doing my first ever show because, a few months ago, something happened in my village. 

Elliot Steel: Near Life Experience

Elliot Steel: Near Life Experience

Conspiracy theorist and slacker Elliot Steel has grown up a lot in the last year. After receiving a dreaded text twenty-year-old Elliot Steel had to reconsider his whole view on life, why being a millennial makes him disadvantaged for adulthood and what legacy he'll be leaving for the generation below him... 

Balloonatics

Balloonatics

Please note: This show has been moved to a 10:30 timeslot. Scottish comedian Chris Henry brings his hit kids show, Balloonatics, to Edinburgh as part of his world tour. A guaranteed chaos-filled, fun-packed hour of inflatable buffoonery, with never a dull moment for parent or child... 

Tomás Ford: Craptacular

Tomás Ford: Craptacular

International cabaret sex god Tomás Ford (Crap Music Rave Party) reaches for international stardom with his biggest, dumbest pop extravaganza yet. Hear the trashiest pop songs of all time in ways you never asked to hear them... 

Alice Fraser: Empire

Alice Fraser: Empire

Following sold-out seasons and rave reviews, Australia’s Alice Fraser is back with a fresh hour of unpredictably meaningful, occasionally silly, narratively unorthodox art-comedy... 

Gillian Cosgriff: To the Moon and Back

Gillian Cosgriff: To the Moon and Back

Gillian has concerns about the future. You might say she has chronophobia (fear of the future), or gamophobia (fear of marriage), or phobophobia (fear of fears). Probably not that last one... 

A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light

A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light

'I can make... impossible things happen.' Jude Beringer thinks she's going mad. Then she meets Leon, a young card magician who can make people disappear. What follows is a wildly entertaining journey through the minds of two young people surviving against the odds in the big bad city... 

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Izzy's Manifestos

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Izzy's Manifestos

It's time to think outside the box, go crazy, go skydiving or just go to a different pub this Friday. Running at something is better than just running away, right? Or maybe it's both? Especially when you start referring to yourself in the third person... 

Josh Glanc: Manfül

Josh Glanc: Manfül

Winner: Best Comedy Perth Fringe World 2017. Winner: Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award 2017. Fresh from a sell-out season at Melbourne Comedy Festival, do not miss Glanc's completely exhilarating, unique and 'superb character comedy' (TheAustraliaTimes... 

James Adomian: Lacking in Character

James Adomian: Lacking in Character

Take a trip into the mind of James Adomian, where his many celebrated characters and impressions vie with his real voice as he explores the twin nightmares of politics and pop culture from a queer – and distinctly weird – point of view... 

Frenchy Unleashed

Frenchy Unleashed

He may look like Big Bird after a buzz-cut, but Frenchy's no Muppet! Actor, rapper, Tinderer – Frenchy can do it all but his live show is where he really unleashes his anarchic wit... 

Nick Cope's Family Song Book

Nick Cope's Family Song Book

'Nick Cope is the indie-surrealist kids' entertainer Robyn Hitchcock and Syd Barrett, foolishly distracted by cult status, never were.' (Stewart Lee). With songs about dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith rummaging around second hand shops... 

Pub Quiz for Kids With Patrick Monahan

Pub Quiz for Kids With Patrick Monahan

The fantastically fun family quiz hosted by one of the UK's favourite stand-ups is back after last year’s triumphant silliness and mayhem. Story knowledge and music rounds mix with the mystery round where we know the questions but only one person can know the answer... 

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... 

Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity

Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity

Following award-winning sell-out performances in Edinburgh and Adelaide, Kevin returns with a brand-new show. Enter a space where the rules of gravity are bent and broken... Impossible illusions and levitations brought to you by the magician-scientist hybrid tutored by Penn & Teller... 

Robert White: InstruMENTAL

Robert White: InstruMENTAL

Malcolm Hardee Award-winning, gay, autistic comedian adopts a new stance. For the first time combining his musical composition talents with his well-honed comedy chops, Robert presents a fully orchestrated comedy opera of unbelievable, but true, misadventures and misfortune... 

James & Jamesy: 2 for Tea

James & Jamesy: 2 for Tea

Canadian Comedy Award winners, 16-time Best of Fest winners and 3-time London Impresario Award winners. Sold out Fringe runs 2013-2016. Brimming with innocence and endearing chemistry, 2 for Tea is a vibrant celebration of friendship and imagination... 

Joe Hart: Alpha, Beta, Gamer

Joe Hart: Alpha, Beta, Gamer

New interactive video game show from Joe Hart (SYTYF? Finalist and Tickled Pig Winner)! Nerd out, level up and just maybe live to respawn another day. Featuring custom made video games for the audience to play, win and, possibly, break live on stage... 

Notflix

Notflix

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

Wank Bank Masterclass

Wank Bank Masterclass

The Aussies have a certain way with words and in the case Adam Seymour with his hands also. He grew up in the countryside of Victoria, Australia where his ginger hair made him a ‘ranga’, derived from orangutan... 

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... 

Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair

Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair

Beach Comet have secured themselves as masters of a B-movie musical genre, inviting guests aboard a doomed cruise liner for a riotous hour of exaggerated figures and fantastically funny lyricism... 

A Plague of Idiots

A Plague of Idiots

Utterly stupid and equally brilliant, A Plague of Idiots is the ultimate feast of physical comedy for your inner child. The cast (Damien Warren-Smith, Laurent Mallet, Fanny Duret, Giorgio Vierda and Mark Winstanley) have so much energy it’s as if they are going to explode off the stage... 

Colin Hay: Get Rid of the Minstrel

Colin Hay: Get Rid of the Minstrel

Most will only know Colin Hay from his time as the frontman for Men at Work and appearing in an episode of Scrubs. For those willing to delve into his back catalogue they will discover a strong songwriter with a sardonic wit... 

So You Think You're Funny? Grand Final

So You Think You're Funny? Grand Final

Welcome to the final of the UK's biggest and most prestigious comedy newcomers’ competition. After months of regional showcases, these guys are the very funniest of the hundreds of applicants... 

Rob Deering's Beat This

Rob Deering's Beat This

The live music-based game show and late-night Fringe favourite from 'brilliant musical comedian' (Time Out) Rob Deering returns. 'Employing live music mash-ups and megamixes (not enough of them nowadays) and music trivia, nimble-fingered Deering pits comedians and audience against each other' (Comedy Central)... 

Dial Medicine for Murder

Dial Medicine for Murder

This is the story and juxtaposition of the two most notorious British physicians of the 20th century, Dr Harold Shipman and Dr John Bodkin Adams. The production will compare and contrast the background, arrest, trial, legacy and psychopathology of both individuals creating 'a fascinating insight into the pathological mind' (TVBomb... 

Mark Nelson: Smiley Face

Mark Nelson: Smiley Face

Mark Nelson is a down-to-earth guy. He’s your average every man, and in Smiley Face he delivers a great (albeit sometimes questionable) hour of standup. In his show -- much of which he performs with a beer in hand -- he talks about being a father, about being sad, and about the world... 

Micky Bartlett: Blissfully Ignorant

Micky Bartlett: Blissfully Ignorant

Micky Bartlett: Blissfully Ignorant is fast-paced and ill-mannered comedy which successfully integrates an abundance of crudity into an intelligent set. Though not particularly ambitious, Bartlett is consistently funny... 

Jimmy McGhie: Apologia

Jimmy McGhie: Apologia

Jimmy McGhie is a sensational comic. His set is packed with fantastic material. He talks about Britain’s decision to leave the EU. He talks about his parents’ decision to leave each other... 

The Sitcom Trials: So You Think You Write Funny?

The Sitcom Trials: So You Think You Write Funny?

The competition to find the best new situation comedy writers and performers the country has to offer. We've had heats in Glasgow, London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Manchester, and now it's the grand final... 

Kai Humphries: In Full Colour

Kai Humphries: In Full Colour

In this hour-long set, Kai Humphries manages to deliver some fantastically hard-hitting comedy – truly the stuff of (as he’d probably call himself) a ‘legend’. If you haven’t seen Kai before, know that his sense of humor is at once smart and savage... 

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden

The Fringe's favourite duo are back for just two shows! With a combined age of more than twice that of One Direction they sing of Nicola Sturgeon, killer stairlifts, mobile phone starers with some shiny new chestnuts alongside a whole aviary of Barry's parrot jokes... 

Can I Stop You There?

Can I Stop You There?

Comperes should never interrupt comedians: Jo Caulfield (Mock the Week) and Stuart Murphy (award-winning MC) disagree! What happens when the MC stops the comedian, starts a conversation or asks an outrageous question? Find out when the Fringe’s biggest comedy stars are stopped in their tracks and led in a wildly different direction to unleash comedy gems for an outrageous comedy car crash... 

George Egg: Anarchist Cook

George Egg: Anarchist Cook

One man. One hour. Three courses. Comedian George Egg is also a fanatical cook with an anarchic approach to making meals. In this absurd cocktail of stand-up comedy and striking innovation George prepares a three course meal using the equipment you’ll find in a hotel room... 

Scott Gibson: Life After Death

Scott Gibson: Life After Death

This is Scott Gibson’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut, and he is fantastic. In his show, Life After Death, Gibson displays a huge deal of promise and talent. You might be tempted afterward to call him the Scottish Louis – his style and humor (and, it must be said, his goatee) are very similar to that of the American comic Louis CK, and in some ways, even better... 

Class Clowns

Class Clowns

The only comedy newcomer competition for high school students at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! Pioneered by Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Class Clowns lands on Scottish soil to unearth the best in home-grown talent... 

Aunty Donna: New Show

Aunty Donna: New Show

This Australian trio packs a punch as they whirl through an hour of weird, wacky and utterly hilarious sketch comedy like nothing else you will see at the Fringe.Now established Edinburgh regulars, Aunty Donna is the comedy creation of Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane... 

Hess

Hess

Michael Burrell's award-winning one-man show Hess tells the story of its namesake Rudolf Hess, Deputy Führer of the Third Reich. Hess addresses the audience directly from his cell in Spandau Prison, recounting the thoughts that clearly have possessed him during his lifelong imprisonment, and demands that the audience confront a past that many of us would sooner keep buried... 

The Oxford Imps: Hyperdrive

The Oxford Imps: Hyperdrive

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

Journeys

Journeys

A Spaniard, a Frenchman, an Englishwoman and an Italian get on a train and treat us to a series of energetic and amusing clowning sketches that weave together the stories of the individuals as they travel on a very important journey... 

The Guilty Feminist With Sofie Hagen and Deborah Frances-White

The Guilty Feminist With Sofie Hagen and Deborah Frances-White

Sofie Hagen and Deborah Frances-White treat us to a triumphant Edinburgh run of their wildly successful podcast, and it’s as joyful, empowering and utterly hilarious as ever.Earlier this year, a friend of mine shyly offered me a free ticket to a podcast recording in London... 

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

Devised from the diaries of Fredrick Treves, Fringe Management and Canny Creatures Scotland present The Elephant Man. The show is based on the true story of John Merrick, a man who, despite his kind nature and incredible intelligence, was exhibited in a ‘Freak Show’ in the late 1800s, due to his physical deformities caused by a genetic condition... 

Storyteller, Storyteller

Storyteller, Storyteller

Story Pocket Theatre’s Storyteller, Storyteller pits two storytellers against each other in an epic battle of clowning, miming and slapstick comedy. Two storytellers, wearing the same outfits and using the same equipment, encounter one another and begin a funny and wonderfully silly performance, both in cooperation and in competition with each other... 

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

As the Melbourne Ska Orchestra marched their way down the middle aisle of the theatre, carrying and playing their instruments and shouting through a megaphone, I knew I was in for a treat... 

Stephen K Amos Talk Show

Stephen K Amos Talk Show

Sitting into a dark room, crammed with many other eagerly awaiting strangers, Stephen K Amos enters, his booming voice announcing his talk show and diving into some sarcasm-laced material about the Fringe – he has earned the right to poke fun at the Festival, performing here every year since 2003... 

The Clinic: An Afternoon of Serious Stand-Up

The Clinic: An Afternoon of Serious Stand-Up

Universal Comedy is a Scottish charity that changes lives through comedy. This year they take to the Fringe stage at the Gilded Balloon for an hour of stand-up comedy, showcasing the extraordinary comedy talents of people coping with ill health and mental health challenges... 

Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings

Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings

From Live at the Apollo and Radio 5's Fighting Talk. A little slimmer but still as 'belly laugh funny' (Manchester Evening News), everyone's favourite northern charmer is back and better than ever... 

Mule

Mule

Drug-smuggling. Ibiza to Peru. One of the worst prisons in the world and two women trying their best to survive. Omnibus’ Mule is inspired by the Peru Two: two girls who entered the drug trade and paid for it with a prison sentence... 

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets Do Shakespeare

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets Do Shakespeare

Possibly the most ridiculous show at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets are in their ninth year and were greeted with a sell-out audience. Most of the crowd were returning fans, making the show feel a bit like being initiated into some sort of cult... 

Gillian Cosgriff: This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Gillian Cosgriff: This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Gillian Cosgriff is an absolute sweetheart with the pipes of a jazz singer and a wicked sense of humour to match. Also, her hair is perfect. I’m in awe, and over the next hour this comedian doesn’t lose my attention once... 

Darren Connell: Trolleywood

Darren Connell: Trolleywood

Darren Connell’s hilarious personal stories and jokes seem undoubtedly real and completely laughable. With the title of his set deriving from his nine-year career as an ASDA “trolleyboy,” his Glasgow accent matches a gritty, dry Scottish sense of humour that keeps the audience in stitches throughout the show... 

Alice

Alice

Fresh out of a critically-acclaimed run in Cambridge, a highly talented troupe of student dancers and performers bring you a contemporary circus interpretation of the family classic Alice in Wonderland... 

Alistair McGowan: 12th Impressions

Alistair McGowan: 12th Impressions

One of Britain’s most celebrated impressionists (The Big Impression, Live at the Apollo, Tonight at the Palladium) returns to Edinburgh for a twelfth year, with an hour of unfeasibly accurate impersonations... 

Ayesha Hazarika: Tales from the Pink Bus

Ayesha Hazarika: Tales from the Pink Bus

Ayesha Hazarika spent eight years as political adviser to Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband. Before working for the Labour party she was a stand-up comedian – who knew. In her first show since leaving front-line politics, Ayesha ponders the big questions... 

Animal (Are You a Proper Person?)

Animal (Are You a Proper Person?)

Animal (Are you a proper person?) is a show about learning who you are and being proud of whatever that might be. All very twee, I know. Well, actually, not quite: it’s less quiet introspection, more shouting from the rooftops... 

Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now!

Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now!

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

Ayesha Hazarika: Tales from the Pink Bus

Ayesha Hazarika: Tales from the Pink Bus

Ayesha Hazarika spent eight years as political adviser to Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband. Before working for the Labour party she was a stand-up comedian – who knew. In her first show since leaving front-line politics, Ayesha ponders the big questions... 

Vir Das’ Unbelievable: The Dishonest Indian

Vir Das’ Unbelievable: The Dishonest Indian

A mix of comedy and dishonesty from his uniquely Indian perspective, Vir’s going to tell you some stories from his life: from growing up in India to studying in America, Indian culture to world politics, losing virginity to cancelling weddings, drug addiction, flying an Air India plane… The thing is, not all of his stories are true... 

Katherine Ryan: Work in Progress

Katherine Ryan: Work in Progress

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

Sweet Child Of Mine

Sweet Child Of Mine

Life has given Australian performance artist Bron Batten what she calls ‘theatrical lemons’. Her show, first performed in 2011, was dealt a potentially devastating blow mere weeks ago when her elderly father (normally the piece’s second performer, who accompanies her to discuss their relationship and her career choice) decided he wouldn’t be able to make the 9000-mile journey to Edinburgh... 

Kinsey Sicks: Lady Cocks of Bang Boys

Kinsey Sicks: Lady Cocks of Bang Boys

I have binge-watched six series of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Netflix and I love drag queens. They’re sassy as hell, have a supernaturally good skill for contouring and drawing on eyebrows (I think one time I managed to make my eyeliner winged but we’re talking sixth-form olden days) and they’ve introduced lip-syncing to the wider world... 

A Cup of Tea With Lady C

A Cup of Tea With Lady C

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

Lovely Lady Lump

Lovely Lady Lump

Part monologue, part stand-up show, Lana Schwarcz (writer, actor, puppeteer and comedian) shares her experience of breast cancer with honest emotion and cheesy one-liners. The show’s clever use of tech helps the audience glean some idea of what Schwarcz must have gone through, though some of her sketches occasionally come across as a little contrived... 

Being Norwegian

Being Norwegian

Being Norwegian is a play that follows Sean and Lisa as they talk throughout the night, gradually getting to know each other and growing as confidants. It’s billed as being “a tender and funny one-act play, from acclaimed Scottish playwright David Greig” so it’s fair to be excited about it... 

The Club

The Club

Before the play starts, you can glean some idea of where this hour is headed from the onstage desk: bottles of wine and vodka, a line of cocaine, a singed teddy bear and a dildo artwork-cum-paperweight all adorn its surface... 

One Day Moko

One Day Moko

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

Wendy Wason: Tiny Me

Wendy Wason: Tiny Me

If you cosy up in the Turret of Teviot’s Gilded Balloon with Wendy Wason, you’ll get a stand-up comedian who’s got a friendly, motherly attitude and whose stories are completely ‘everyday’: supermarkets and school runs, disappointed parents and plenty of gossip... 

Patrick Monahan: That 80s Show

Patrick Monahan: That 80s Show

Patrick Monahan is the guy in the club that everyone becomes best friends with in one night. Nobody knows who here’s there with or why he’s wearing a dollar sign medallion, but he cuts some good shapes and buys everyone a round of jaegerbombs... 

Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

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

Fred MacAulay

Fred MacAulay

How is life for Fred? What is life for Fred? Who/what/where is life for Fred? It could be philosophical (Fred likes to probe). It could be medical (Fred has been probed). It's likely to be topical, potentially satirical, and it's bound to be bound to be funny... 

Tommy Tiernan: Out of the Whirlwind

Tommy Tiernan: Out of the Whirlwind

‘My job as a comedian’, Tommy Tiernan clarifies at the beginning of his set, ‘is to undermine reality’. That insistence on warping the world into a partially recognisable comic shape and spewing out bizarre, semi-philosophical approach to it which governs his otherwise rather structureless set... 

Myra DuBois: Self AdMyra

Myra DuBois: Self AdMyra

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

Axis of Awesome: Won't Ever Not Stop Giving Up

Axis of Awesome: Won't Ever Not Stop Giving Up

In terms of their brand of comedy rock, Axis of Awesome fall more into the rock than comedy genre: there’s far more liberal use of a smoke machine than your average musical comedian... 

Sirqus Alfon: I Am Somebody

Sirqus Alfon: I Am Somebody

Sirquis Alfon, an international trio of street entertainers, take to the stage at Gilded Balloon this year, offering a variety show of crowd-pleasing fun and impressive technical mastery... 

Pub Quiz for Kids with Patrick Monahan

Pub Quiz for Kids with Patrick Monahan

If you have kids, take them to this show. If you don’t have kids, steal some and take them to this show. Patrick Monahan and his assistants Emily and Will set a new standard for kids’ entertainment while still giving the adults in the audience a cheeky wink and nod in their Pub Quiz for Kids... 

Dominic Frisby: Let's Talk About Tax

Dominic Frisby: Let's Talk About Tax

Comedy can be incredibly effective as a vehicle for delivering a message. In Dominic Frisby’s new show, comedy is more like an attractive paint job – it’s an engaging veneer covering a compelling argument against the way our tax system works... 

Grant Stott's Tales from Behind the Mic

Grant Stott's Tales from Behind the Mic

Grant Stott is well known around the Edinburgh area. Initially as local radio presenter with his daily show on Forth One his interest in theatre landed him with a now established panto villain role at the Kings Theatre Edinburgh... 

Neel Kolhatkar: Neel Before Me

Neel Kolhatkar: Neel Before Me

If you are a millennial/Gen-Y/Gen-X-er you need to see Neel Kolhatkar. He’s an Aussie YouTube sensation with a huge social media following, and it’s clear to see why.When Kolhatkar first enters the room, his humour and jokes sort of ‘creep up’ on you – you’re lulled into a false sense of security with his casual chitchat manner, and before you realise it you’ve been hit with a line that makes you laugh but cover your eyes cringing at the same time... 

Juliette Burton: Decision Time

Juliette Burton: Decision Time

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

All Aboard the Marriage Hearse

All Aboard the Marriage Hearse

The woman wants to marry, the man does not. But don’t groan yet - Matt Morillo’s All Aboard the Marriage Hearse isn’t as clichéd as it sounds.The guy (Sean) is not afraid of the usual bogeymen named ‘monogamy’ and ‘commitment’; rather he’s ideologically opposed to the institution of marriage that of which he has sniped for years within his magazine column... 

And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet

And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet

If you’re hoping to see one performance completely stripped bare this festival, make it this one. And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet is a one-woman show detailing the shocking Kerry Babies’ Scandal... 

Out of Our Father's House

Out of Our Father's House

The self-empowerment of interesting American women from history is a dramatic premise that instantly arrests your attention. Unfortunately, Red Compass’ production, in every sense, fails to captivate... 

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

As one of the most commonly adapted works in the English canon, Frankenstein often leaves one unmoved when he or she leaves the auditorium. However, this version of the tale brings both the monster and his maker to life in a way not seen before, maintaining the integrity and passion of the book whilst bringing something new and engaging to the table... 

Angel by Henry Naylor

Angel by Henry Naylor

A bare stage. A barrel. And a woman, Rehana, the Titular Angel of Kobane. With these components Pipeline productions weaves a brutal story of war and devastation which is largely effective in transporting you into the heart of the bloody and violent world of war in the Middle East... 

Gary Delaney: There's Something About Gary

Gary Delaney: There's Something About Gary

Gary thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian: short and punchy. His brand new show is not only great for people who like lots of jokes, but fun for people who enjoy getting offended by jokes too... 

Funbox: Pirate Party

Funbox: Pirate Party

Funbox, formerly the stars of the Singing Kettle, will be performing Pirate Party! Familiar favourites like Over the Irish Sea, What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor, as well as brand new songs, will entertain and enthral kids of all ages – from nought to ninety! Dress up, join in the fun and come dressed as a pirate! There will even be the chance for some lucky people to help out on stage too! Yo ho ho! 

Alice Fraser: The Resistance

Alice Fraser: The Resistance

You are immediately struck by Alice Fraser’s triumphant gentility as she graces the stage. With a razor-sharp political and social awareness, her polite, assured delivery is no-doubt inspired by her Buddhist upbringing: something that her new show The Resistance focuses on at length... 

Mike Ward: Freedom of Speech Isn't Free

Mike Ward: Freedom of Speech Isn't Free

At the end of his show, Mike Ward took a moment to emphasise the importance of free speech, the vital importance that comedians are free to offend; he even handed out badges to help his departing audience fight the good fight... 

The Remains of Tom Lehrer (Performed by Adam Kay)

The Remains of Tom Lehrer (Performed by Adam Kay)

For a fan of legendary lyricist Tom Lehrer this show is a delight. If you’re not a fan of Mr Lehrer then this show will still delight you and you will be a fan by the end. You’ll also be a fan of Adam Kay... 

A Pocketful of Grimms

A Pocketful of Grimms

Do you remember the warmth and magic you felt being told stories before bed as a kid? That elation you feel when you’re totally engrossed in a book? A Pocketful of Grimms brings that feeling into a well-executed, dynamic performance full of stories, puppetry, magic, singing and jokes that both children and adults will love and be captivated by... 

So You Think You're Funny? Heats

So You Think You're Funny? Heats

Welcome to the 29th year of the UK’s biggest and most prestigious comedy newcomers competition! After months of regional showcases, these guys are the funniest of the hundreds of applicants... 

Burnistoun Live at the Fringe

Burnistoun Live at the Fringe

For many Rab Florence and Ian Connell are the unsung heroes of Scottish comedy. Burnistoun is the last great Scottish sketch show from the days where BBC TV still seemed interested in making comedy... 

Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe

Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe

It's like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe! 25th year! Mervyn and his team carefully research the Fringe and bring you live extracts from seven top shows in a packed 90 minute lunchtime extravaganza... 

Late'n'Live

Late'n'Live

Late‘n’Live, ‘The best late night show on the Fringe’ (Scotsman), celebrates three decades of unpredictable comedy mayhem this year, and we’ve got no intention of stopping now! Different shows every night, but always the same recipe: one hilarious compere, four amazing acts, one incredible band, two hours of dancing and a whole lot of fun… Leave to simmer from 1am – 5am and you’ve got yourself ‘The celebrated comedy abattoir that has slain a thousand comics' (Scotsman)... 

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

'If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.' After her parent's death, Mary is sent to England to live in her uncle's great lonely house. Everybody says she is a disagreeable-looking child but she too is lonely... 

Massaoke

Massaoke

Back after a sell-out run in 2015, Massaoke is the epic late night party where the crowd belts out huge pop, rock and indie anthems led by a brilliant live band and lyrics on a giant screen... 

Mark Dolan: Life Hacks

Mark Dolan: Life Hacks

Few would disagree that our world is in dire need of fixing. Even Mark Dolan — whose indomitable good cheer is signalled by an ever-present impish grin — has been rather bowled over by 2016, he says, a year in which Bowie and Prince have been snatched away from us; in which Donald Trump is seen as a straight-talking saviour by a baffling number of people; and not one of our homegrown politicians is as sexy as that damn delicious Justin Trudeau... 

Russian Standard House of Davai presents PingTron

Russian Standard House of Davai presents PingTron

Responding to phenomenal demand, Russian Standard are bringing PingTron, a unique and exceptional take on ping pong, to Edinburgh for the very first time. Armed with little more than a paddle, visitors will be able to battle it out until they can go no more in this speedy, exciting game – playing in total darkness with only the alien glow of UV lights to help guide the balls over the net... 

Comedy Countdown

Comedy Countdown

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

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit

Zoe Lyons, recent winner of the Chortle Comedy Award and with appearances at Live at the Apollo, The John Bishop Show, Mock the Week and The News Quiz under her belt, is in Edinburgh with a new show... 

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

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

Best of So You Think You're Funny?

Best of So You Think You're Funny?

Featuring the very best winners and contestants from the biggest and best comedy newcomers' competition. A great night of Fringe favourites spanning 29 years of the So You Think You're Funny competition! 

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories III

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories III

Edinburgh's favourite ghost-flavoured comedy storytelling show is back for a third year! Huzzah! And this time it's spooky beyond all imagining! Join Will Seaward on the stroke of midnight for more fear than you can shake a werewolf at! Ghosts! Torches! Witches! Cobwebs! Vampires! Haunted objects! Doom! Warning: contains ectoplasm... 

Ever Mainard: Let Me Be Your Main Man

Ever Mainard: Let Me Be Your Main Man

As seen on Showtime's Knock, Knock, It’s Tig, and featured in Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist, Ever is bringing her debut show to Edinburgh. Tackling gender identity, modern feminism, bad luck and outlandish stories from her Texan upbringing it is something completely new from across the pond... 

Ria Lina: Dear Daughter

Ria Lina: Dear Daughter

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

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

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

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

Shane Todd: Holywood to Hollywood

Shane Todd: Holywood to Hollywood

Holywood, Northern Ireland is a small town that produces big names. Shane Todd (star of BBC's Late Licence and Live at The Sunflower) is miffed that the town council have yet to book him to switch on the Christmas lights... 

Ambition

Ambition

Have you forgotten what you wanted to be when you grew up? Did your dreams somehow get discarded as real life got in the way? Let author Rachel Bridge put you back on track. Using entertaining anecdotes and fascinating insights from her conversations with highly successful people in music, television, sport, business and the arts, she will show you how to become the person you always wanted to be. 

This is Your Trial

This is Your Trial

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

The Late Night Sexy Show

The Late Night Sexy Show

A celebration of sex through song! Using his unique brand of satirical striptease stand-up, let Australian musical comedian Grant Busé take you on a joyous taboo-tackling exploration of the land down under... 

Michelle Brasier: Space Tortoise

Michelle Brasier: Space Tortoise

Michelle Brasier (Backwards Anorak’s Winter is Coming, Aunty Donna’s 1999) presents Space Tortoise. In 1968 the Soviet Union sent the first tortoise into deep space. That tortoise was my daddy... 

Emily Tresidder: Crazy Is

Emily Tresidder: Crazy Is

Emily Tresidder explores ‘the Zen of Crazy’ and the myriad of things that have come to be defined as such. Emily’s deep understanding of how hilariously crazy life is will captivate you, or at the very least make you wish you’d peed before the show... 

Frenchy: World's Worst Adult

Frenchy: World's Worst Adult

Frenchy’s 2015 debut sold out Edinburgh Fringe and all the major Australian Comedy Festivals… and his single Friendzone debuted in iTunes Australia’s Top 30! With over 200 million views and 1... 

zazU: Raisins to Stay Alive

zazU: Raisins to Stay Alive

This is the story of the end of the world. Not this world, another world. 'Side-splittingly funny' (BroadwayBaby.com), surreal storytellers zazU return with their most epic show yet... 

Ryan Cull: Brace Yourself

Ryan Cull: Brace Yourself

When a childhood illness forced Ryan to spend two of his formative years in leg braces, he did what any kid would do: blamed his parents, milked the situation for all it was worth and developed a skewed sense of humour... 

Let Dinki Die

Let Dinki Die

Once upon a time on the Western Front, Dinki Di had a foxhole. It's a long way from home for our great Australian hero, but come bullets, shells or off-key show tunes he's digging in and waiting for reinforcements... 

Nath Valvo: Happy Idiot

Nath Valvo: Happy Idiot

With sell-out shows across Australia and at Soho Theatre this Aussie rising star makes his Fringe debut. From his dysfunctional family to '90s suburbia, his fear of sport to accidental orgies – Nath's brutally honest and razor sharp comedy is winning over audiences and critics alike... 

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

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

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

Joe Hart: Internaut

Joe Hart: Internaut

Joe Hart (SYTYF? 3rd Place 2014, Tickled Pig Winner 2014) has a brand new show all about the digital world. Nerd out, explore the internet, get digitised live on stage and just maybe defeat an evil empire... 

PFaff

PFaff

‘Riotously funny, full-throttle nonsense' (FringeGuru.com) from four Gaulier trained performers, infecting the Gilded Balloon with their first ever show for kids! Having sold out the Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Wardrobe Theatre, Fringe World and the Western Australian Circus Festival, the award-winning Plague of Idiots return to Edinburgh with a show of profound artistic brilliance (or not)... 

Diane Spencer: Seamless

Diane Spencer: Seamless

One of the UK's most talented ginger comedians cuts new material that'll have you in stitches. Her previous six solo shows have amassed well over a quarter of a million views on YouTube and her latest creation promises to be the best yet... 

Maddy Anholt: Rent Girl

Maddy Anholt: Rent Girl

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

Kevin Quantum: Illuminations

Kevin Quantum: Illuminations

After a sell-out run last year, magician/scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum presents his brand new show Illuminations. Showcasing stunning light based illusions, including the slowing of time using flickering beams, a will-o'-the-wisp floating above your head and for the first time ever, the creation of a rainbow live on stage... 

A Lady's Guide to the Art of Being a Wingman

A Lady's Guide to the Art of Being a Wingman

The Desperettes are girls dressed as boys, using techniques for picking up women to pick up men. Got it? Good! Daisy (Belinda Hanne Reid), DeeDee (Natasha York) and Delilah (Lisa Woodbrook) present A Lady's Guide to the Art of being a Wingman, a hilarious and eye-opening night out which includes big hair, daggy dancing and of course, pulling guys... 

Angela Wand: Wounded Animals

Angela Wand: Wounded Animals

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

Chris Forbes: Tall Needy Mutant

Chris Forbes: Tall Needy Mutant

Star of BBC's Scot Squad, Chris Forbes, asked people to describe him in one word. This show is the result. Have you ever wondered what people really think about you? Of course you have... 

Macho Like Me

Macho Like Me

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

Nick Cope's Family Songbook

Nick Cope's Family Songbook

Nick's family performances are legendary! He has a fanatical army of little and not so little fans from all over the world. If you haven't heard his songs or seen his shows before come and find out what you're missing... 

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

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

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

Keep Out of My Box (and Other Useful Advice)

Keep Out of My Box (and Other Useful Advice)

Norma's forced to hold her inaugural Keep Out of My Box meeting at work, a tiny box office, because staffing's tight with the Fringe! Direct from New Zealand, Torum Heng delights in this multi character, mega mini musical with adorkable original songs and questionable dance moves...