Distortion

Distortion

Have you ever asked yourself 'did that actually happen? Or is it all in my head?'. A captivating look inside a teenager's mind and their quest to distinguish illusion from reality... 

The Dark Room for Kids

The Dark Room for Kids

The Dark Room is both a literal and moral description. We're all trapped in a gory text-based adventure game, and have to work together to try and make it out alive. Unlikely. Every decision made by an audience volunteer leads to a chain of grizzly consequences until they are inevitably killed off, and we are sent back to the start... 

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

The Stars of Racing Mind bring a fast paced, immensely funny and completely bonkers improvised Sherlock Holmes spectacular to the Fringe this year with this brilliant off the wall hour of mystery, twists and totally unreasonable deductions... 

Super Cally Fragile Lipstick

Super Cally Fragile Lipstick

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

Just the Tonic Comedy Club – Midnight Show

Just the Tonic Comedy Club – Midnight Show

Come and witness one of the greatest late-night, mixed-bill shows. Featuring some of the best acts from the Fringe and a couple of surprises thrown in. 'Champion of high quality left-field stand-up' (Guardian). 

Funz And Gamez: Flogging a Dead Horze

Funz And Gamez: Flogging a Dead Horze

They’re back! Why? Money. After a failed BBC pilot and numerous non-appearances on TV and radio, Phil’s resurrected the Edinburgh award-winning (Panel Prize still counts) cult hit Funz and Gamez in a last ditched attempt to get on TV... 

McCann and Omobitan

McCann and Omobitan

The founder of Memoirs of a Geezer and Candlelit Comedy teams up with 2017’s Max Turner Prize winner to double you over with laughter and bend your minds inside out! Steve McCann combines social observations, politics, his East End upbringing and city career to deliver enlightening and surreal stand-up... 

Rachel Fairburn: Her Majesty

Rachel Fairburn: Her Majesty

Families need strong female role models, problem is there's too many in Rachel's clan. They aren't just strong, they're the matriarchs of the matriarchy. It’s no wonder all her heroes are men... 

A Comedy Brunch

A Comedy Brunch

Wakey, wakey! Start your day with two 30 minute sets from two of the North East's rising stars of comedy. Cerebral and articulate with elegant punchlines, Neil Harris, a computer programmer turned stand-up, reached the final of the Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian 2016 and appeared on BBC Radio Newcastle's Jesting About... 

Big Value Comedy Show – Early

Big Value Comedy Show – Early

The 23rd year as the recognised launch pad for future legends. Four top circuit comedians for the price of one. A two hour show. A proper comedy night. 'Cabaret at it's best' (Scotsman). 

Bendiana Jones and the Temple of Huge

Bendiana Jones and the Temple of Huge

Following a script left by his late Grandfather, Bennet Kavanagh (winner of the King Gong at the London Comedy Store, runner-up in the Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year) teams up with Huge Davies (semi-finalist of the Laughing Horse New Comedian of the Year and So You Think You’re Funny) to create Bendiana Jones and the Temple of Huge! Performing on portable keyboards Ben and Huge attempt to perform a musical version of the Indiana Jones trilogy, in a disturbing tribute that quickly turns to disaster. 

The Hardest Working Men in Show Business

The Hardest Working Men in Show Business

Beta-males Nathan D’Arcy Roberts (shortlisted for BBC Radio New Comedy Award, 2016) and Ross Smith (So You Think You’re Funny? Semi-Finalist, 2015) explore identity, nostalgia and modern love in an anecdotal and innovative free stand-up show... 

Siân and Zoë's Sugar Coma Fever Nightmare

Siân and Zoë's Sugar Coma Fever Nightmare

Technicolour sketch hazard Siân & Zoë – ‘Truly surreal’ **** (Skinny). **** (Mumble.net) – present an hour of sweet nightmares and liquorice dreams (sketches). Put on your pyjamas for dark alternative comedy that’ll drip through your dreamcatcher... 

Big Value Comedy Show – Late

Big Value Comedy Show – Late

Established as one of the best shows of the Fringe. Four comedians, different to the early show. Two hours with tomorrow's comedy stars. 'Top value, top comedy' (List). 

Home Truths

Home Truths

Kelsey de Almeida: 'Blown away by his funny' (Stephen K Amos), 'definitely one to watch’ (Ellen Asquith, The Stand) and Fiona Ridgewell: Golden Jester, Jokers Joker and Comedy Knights finalist, have teamed up to produce an hour of stand-up based around their experiences on relationships, growing up, and frustrations with people and modern society... 

Alpha Child

Alpha Child

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

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

A brand new improvised radio show from the team behind Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film. ‘Quite simply the funniest show I have seen at the Fringe’ ***** (EdFringeReview... 

Ava Rage

Ava Rage

A high-octane hour of stand-up, clowning and music. The debut show from comedian Lorna Shaw (E4, BBC Three, BBC Radio 4), one half of the critically acclaimed duo That Pair (Sketchorama BBC Radio 4, Soho Theatre, Funny Women Finalists)... 

The Legend of Finn McCool: A Silly Tall Tale of Giant Proportions!

The Legend of Finn McCool: A Silly Tall Tale of Giant Proportions!

A musical fable of how the Giant’s Causeway came to be built, when the Irish giant Finn McCool, with the help of his clever wife Oona, battled wits with the mighty Scottish giant Angus the Red... 

Comedy in the Dark

Comedy in the Dark

The sell-out unique comedy experience returns. Past acts include Sarah Millican, Nish Kumar, Jon Richardson, Shappi Khorsandi and Greg Davies. 'Destined to become one of the most talked about shows' (Time Out). 

A Sketchy History

A Sketchy History

Huddled underground in a nuclear bunker, Three Men in a Boot attempt to recreate history as best they can whilst staving off hunger (and potentially another Ice Age). It’s a nice, open premise which allows plenty of leeway to play with historical inaccuracies in this well-paced and gently humourous hour of sketch comedy... 

Ed Patrick: Junior Optimist

Ed Patrick: Junior Optimist

Ed Patrick arrives with fresh comedy that, though tepid in parts, is generally pleasing as the Oxford comic delves into his past to reveal some highly amusing anecdotes relating to the NHS and the practise of medicine... 

Adrian Gray's The 007 Conspiracy: James Bond's Terrifying Truth, Exposed!

Adrian Gray's The 007 Conspiracy: James Bond's Terrifying Truth, Exposed!

The internet seems to have triggered a new dawn for conspiracy nuts everywhere. Limitless access to dubiously verifiable information has allowed us to witness the true power of confirmation bias, and marvel at passionately argued YouTube videos explaining why the moon landings were faked and 9/11 was an inside job, along with hilariously confident tweets on why the earth is clearly flat... 

Rachel Fairburn: Skulduggery

Rachel Fairburn: Skulduggery

We're told never to make assumptions, but people have been making them about Rachel all her life. Adorable, sweet and friendly are the usual ones. Trustworthy another. You'll hear all about OCD (the proper one, not just some chump who does a bit of cleaning), serial killers and weird crushes (not connected)... 

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Based on audience suggestions, the hour’s traffic of the stage is an improvised case which promises to be ‘the greatest Sherlock Holmes story ever’, The Case of the Lemon Posset... 

Lynn Ruth Miller: This is Your Future

Lynn Ruth Miller: This is Your Future

Lynn Ruth Miller is the poster girl for growing old disgracefully. She’s 82 years old and the only thing that frightens her is her own reflection. She’s feisty though and tells tales about dating octogenarians, what it’s like being the oldest stand-up in the business (RIP Joan Rivers) and why she got her nipple pierced... 

Front Line

Front Line

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

Lewis Schaffer: You Are Beautiful

Lewis Schaffer: You Are Beautiful

Early on, Schaffer decided that the show wasn’t going so well. And shortly after that, he appeared to give up. Throughout, there were occasional glimpses of the show he was ostensibly meant to be performing; I suppose it was just bad luck that he decided not to bother... 

Mothers

Mothers

Meet Luke (the uptight one), Joshan (the cool one) and Archie (the third one) as they take you forth into a calamitous hour of high-energy skits.The recurring sketch, the lynchpin of the show, is that of the three boys returning to their high school for prize giving, and it is always a welcome lynchpin at that... 

Paul Foot's Game of Dangers

Paul Foot's Game of Dangers

Paul Foot pits two teams against each other, discussing a series of real-life, perilous, yet bizarre situations and attempting to work out which of Paul’s unusual items will save them... 

Comedy in the Dark

Comedy in the Dark

This unique comedy experience returns to the Fringe after sell-out shows across the UK and Europe. At Comedy in the Dark, the audience's senses are heightened – things look and sound different in the dark... 

Midnight Show – Just the Tonic Comedy Club

Midnight Show – Just the Tonic Comedy Club

Come witness one of the greatest late-night mixed bill shows. The best acts from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a few surprises thrown in. ‘Champion of high quality left-field stand-up’ (Guardian)... 

Odd Couples

Odd Couples

A brand new show for the Fringe! If you like the TV show Mr & Mrs (and who doesn’t?!), you’ll love this. A chance to learn everything you never knew you wanted to learn about comedians – who, at least before the show starts, are best of friends... 

Come Look at the Baby

Come Look at the Baby

An actual baby, just... doing what a baby does. On a stage. With granny. Spend 30 minutes in the company of a seven-month-old in a sensory room. Suitable for all ages. All performer profits to children’s charities... 

JunNk

JunNk

The Edinburgh premiere of Event Awards’ Act of the Year 2013 winner, JunNk. A dynamic and original variety show where four guys use nothing but junk to create a unique world of music, comedy and pure entertainment... 

Cat Call

Cat Call

Shame, sex and shouting back from two of the UK's best new stand-up comics. A fringe must-see. With a 20-year age gap between them, Cally Beaton and Catherine Bohart show there’s no easy side of 40... 

James & Seaburn: Pigeon Trousers

James & Seaburn: Pigeon Trousers

James & Seaburn are back with a brand new show featuring their unique mix of sketch, stand-up, songs and general silliness. Among other things, this year we meet some celebrity obsessed mythical beasts, learn what really upsets professional wrestlers and find out what theatrical props talk about during filming breaks... 

Siân and Zoë’s Luxury Cruise Through the Horrifying Vacuum of Space

Siân and Zoë’s Luxury Cruise Through the Horrifying Vacuum of Space

Alternative comedy duo Siân and Zoë are taking a ship (theatre) full of lucky cosmonauts on a relaxing mindfulness retreat. There’s just one problem: it’s in the horrifying vacuum of space... 

Big Value Comedy Show – Late

Big Value Comedy Show – Late

Established as one of the best shows on the Fringe. Four comedians, different to the early show. Two hours with tomorrow’s comedy stars. ‘Top value, top comedy’ (List). In previous years Big Value Comedy has picked the future stars of the circuit and our audiences got to see them first... 

Drastic Measures

Drastic Measures

Southampton Spotlights are up in arms against the current state of affairs and invite you to join them for a lunchtime foray into sketches, schisms and the end of all things sacred, tumbling downwards towards the start of something far less palatable... 

Team Viking

Team Viking

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

Big Value Comedy Show – Early

Big Value Comedy Show – Early

Twenty second year as the recognised launch pad for future legends. Four top circuit comedians for the price of one. A two-hour show. A proper comedy night. ‘Cabaret at its best’ (Scotsman)... 

Hayley Ellis: FOMO

Hayley Ellis: FOMO

Hayley Ellis has Fear of Missing Out (FOMO to the kids). Join award-winning Ellis (tour support for Rob Delaney and regular contributor for BBC Two's Russell Howard’s Good News) for her follow-up hour to find out how neurotic we all really are... 

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch is a puzzling piece of theatre. Presented by Sakhisizwe Edutainment Productions, it sits between engaging narrative and zany extravaganza, using a rather strong cocktail of theatrical performance, physical theatre and music to tell its story... 

Louise Reay: It's Only Words

Louise Reay: It's Only Words

It’s Only Words is based on the premise that only 7% of communication is verbal, and is billed as an “experiment with the other 93%”. This experiment works, but only up to a point... 

Paradise Bride

Paradise Bride

To the Celts, Brigid was everything, Goddess of fire, healing and poetry. But where is she now? In search of Her, performance storyteller Xanthe Gresham Knight journeys through the old tales of Scotland, Ireland and much further afield, eventually channelling a 21st century Brigid... 

Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived

Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived

Low energy comedian Peter Brush brings his awkward persona to rest upon matters of death and religion with a surprisingly lighthearted tone. His show starts somewhat tentatively but there are some brilliant concepts that make Brush a great up and coming Fringe act... 

Lewis Schaffer is Free until Famous, £5

Lewis Schaffer is Free until Famous, £5

Lewis Schaffer states that although he normally occupies rooms on one of the free fringes during August, for his 2015 run he’s charging folk a fiver. He thinks that performing for free is better as audiences have lower expectations, but he’ll aim to give us all £5 worth of entertainment anyway... 

Crap Music Rave Party

Crap Music Rave Party

The anarchic late night DJ party is back! Request any song you want, so long as it's crap. Australian party machine Tomás Ford will get you dancing to the worst music ever. Sold out in 2014! Expect party poppers, bad 80s, novelty hits, lip synching, DIY disco lighting, rave classixxx, your parents’ favourite records, hands in the air… anything could happen... 

James & Seaburn - Piano Chocolat

James & Seaburn - Piano Chocolat

Thrown together by quirk of fate and sticking together though necessity, Nicola James and Ian Seaburn present Piano Chocolat, a fun-filled journey through modern life, touching on themes as diverse as serial killers, alien invasion, middle class angst and the emotional trauma of lost socks... 

Big Value Comedy Show – Lunchtime

Big Value Comedy Show – Lunchtime

Take a punt at lunchtime. We're offering the finest upcoming comedians on the UK circuit at a bargain price. Hand selected from year round auditions, this show is quality talent in its prime. 

Dumped

Dumped

Female comic Gabby Rankin explores the harsh realities of being dumped by the man she thought she’d marry at the age of 29. Since then, she has just about managed to hold herself together thanks to chocolate, Lucky Strikes and online dating apps... 

Annabelle's Skirting Board Adventure

Annabelle's Skirting Board Adventure

Annabelle is the world's smallest elephant, and her friend Icarus is a moth who loves bright lights and woolly jumpers. Together they go on an adventure beyond all imaginings. An ordinary living room can be a place of danger if you’re one millimetre tall... 

Big Value Comedy Show – Early

Big Value Comedy Show – Early

Our 21st year as the recognised launch pad for future legends. Four top comedians for the price of one. A two hour show. A proper comedy night. 'Cabaret comedy at its best' (Scotsman). 

Jordan Brookes: Adventures in Limited Space

Jordan Brookes: Adventures in Limited Space

Truth and fiction knock lumps out of each other on the battleground of a pale, malnourished man’s body and mind. A nonsense delve into identity, ambition and the lies we tell ourselves to get out of bed in the morning... 

History's Greatest Monster

History's Greatest Monster

Recommended by LondonIsFunny.com. The show where comedians are challenged to ransack history for inspiration comes to Edinburgh! From medieval monks to the decline of the hat industry, anything from the past is ripe for ridicule... 

Comedy in the Dark

Comedy in the Dark

The show returns after sell-out shows across the UK and Europe. A unique comedy experience where comedians perform in total darkness. It's the most fun you can have with the lights switched off... 

Big Value Comedy Show – Late

Big Value Comedy Show – Late

Established as one of the best shows on the Fringe. Four different comedians to the earlier show. Two hours, four acts for £10 or less. 'Top comedy, top value' (List). 

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

No script Sherlock! The stars of Fringe sensations Racing Minds and Impromptu Shakespeare take you on a thrilling new adventure each day through the underworld of Victorian Britain, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London’s great detective... 

Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels

Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels

Morgan & West invite you to join them at the card table for an intimate evening of shams, scams and good old fashioned cheating. Hear how some of the finest minds in history were swindled by the nineteenth century's greatest magical duo... 

Big Value Comedy Show - Early

Big Value Comedy Show - Early

Big Value Comedy Show (Early) promises two hours of comedy gold with four young stars of tomorrow.Amiable compere Freddie Quinne ambles through and warms up the crowd, with quick but unthreatening audience participation... 

Beyond a Joke? Comedy, Culture and the Public

Beyond a Joke? Comedy, Culture and the Public

Like many of us, Dr. Friedman has noticed the variety of audience reactions to similar or identical material, the unpredictability of laughter. Unlike most of us, he has made this phenomenon his peculiar area of research... 

Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage)

Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage)

The ordinary, daily drama of being in a relationship is the subject of short Canadian production, Post-its (Notes on a Marriage). It is the sweet tale of a husband and wife and their relationship from one-night stand to her death, told entirely through the notes they wrote to each other across the course of their lives... 

Nando's New Comedian of the Year 2014

Nando's New Comedian of the Year 2014

Nando's and Big Comedy UK have joined forces to scour the land in search of the freshest and most original comedy talent. Chosen from heats in Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and two semi-finals, six aspiring comedians will compete live at the Edinburgh Fringe to win the coveted title of Nando's New Comedian of the Year 2014... 

Laughing Matters Fundraiser

Laughing Matters Fundraiser

Laughing Matters! Come see our fundraiser and show support for this great enterprise! Previous shows have featured Harry Hill, Phill Jupitus, Tony Law and Paul Foot! Don't miss out! Laughing Matters provides free comedy-based workshops aimed at improving confidence, self-expression and communication all in a safe and supportive environment to individuals with mental health issues, past addiction problems and for young people leaving care... 

Just the Tonic Comedy Club's Midnight Show

Just the Tonic Comedy Club's Midnight Show

The Midnight Comedy Club features different comedians each night showcasing their talents. It’s a fantastic way to see different comedians in one show and get an idea of the variety in stand-up comedy the fringe has to offer... 

Mick Ferry: What's Going On?

Mick Ferry: What's Going On?

Mick Ferry's flyer has quotes from John Bishop and Jason Manford declaring his genius so from the offset is pretty predictable what one is going to receive in this amusing but forgettable Fringe show... 

Cheaper Than Therapy

Cheaper Than Therapy

Cheaper Than Therapy presents its audience with a changing line up of five comedians performing sets based on phobias, anxieties and hang-ups. Considering that the show is held for Scottish Aid for Mental Health, the majority of the performances were only very tenuously linked to the theme (or, in the case of Lewis Schaffer’s set, not at all)... 

Back to the Hills!

Back to the Hills!

Danny O’Brien is genial stand-up, although the standard for geniality in comedians is pretty low. He isn’t wilfully negative or aggressive, possibly because his material is too middle-of-the-road... 

Laughing Matters

Laughing Matters

Laughing Matters provides free comedy-based courses to those in recovery from addiction and individuals with mental health issues with the aim of helping develop confidence, self-expression and communication, all in a safe and supportive environment... 

Comedy in the Dark

Comedy in the Dark

Comedy in the Dark is exactly what it sounds like. Stand-up comedians working in a blacked out room. Staged in Just The Tonic’s Community Project on a Saturday night, the substantial theatre had a buzz that far outstripped the festival’s pokier, cobbled together venues... 

Old Folks Telling Jokes

Old Folks Telling Jokes

As a card-carrying, paid-up member of the Grumpy Old Men squad, I occasionally look at all those fresh-faced stand-ups staring out from the posters plastered across the city like Seborrheic Eczema each August and wonder… What the hell can those kids possibly know about anything?Yes, it’s ageist; needing a fire extinguisher next to your birthday cake doesn’t automatically imply the wisdom and understanding on which all great stand-up is rooted... 

Me, Bill Nighy and the Goblin - A One-Woman Show Performed by Nalika de Silva

Me, Bill Nighy and the Goblin - A One-Woman Show Performed by Nalika de Silva

Yorkshire girl Nalika comes to London to make it but reality hits when she ends up living with a violent squirrel. A comical coming of age tale from stand up comedian and actress Nalika de Silva about what happens when big dreams are confronted with reality while trying to succeed in the acting world... 

Kids Classics: Live and Unplugged

Kids Classics: Live and Unplugged

Nottingham's favourite under-fives' music workshop duo make their Edinburgh debut. Acoustic guitar and bongos accompany the session making it the liveliest, rockingest, action packed, fun, dance and singalong session you'll attend... 

Lucy Frederick and the Claw of Anxiety!

Lucy Frederick and the Claw of Anxiety!

Just when you thought it was safe and you hoped you were cool, there comes... Anxiety Claw! And the creeping suspicion that you might not be as socially able as you thought you were... 

Magadi -The Bride Price - Musical

Magadi -The Bride Price - Musical

Through drama, music and dance Magadi - The Bride Price takes the audience on a celebratory tour of the beauty of African customs. It is a celebration of love - love of another human being, love for who we are, what we have become and what we used to be. 

Big Value Comedy Show - Lunchtime

Big Value Comedy Show - Lunchtime

Come and join us for lunchtime laughs at a special Big Value bargain sized ticket price. We've been bringing you the best of the up-and-coming talent for almost 20 years. These comedians are about to hit the big-shot, so come and catch them here first... 

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch. A rare luxury for some of us. 

Big Value Comedy Show - Late

Big Value Comedy Show - Late

Established as one of the most exciting shows at the Fringe, Big Value brings you the best of the breakthrough talent. We've been showcasing fantastic new acts for the last 20 years and 2014 is no different... 

Erich McElroy: The British Referendum

Erich McElroy: The British Referendum

American satirist Erich McElroy got himself a British passport. Now the Scottish section is under threat. He has Scottish ancestry so becoming British felt like coming home. If the referendum passes there will be a border guard blocking the top floor of grandpa’s house...