Amusical

Amusical

For one night only. Jayde Adams and Kiri Pritchard-McLean host this celebration of all things West End (or Broadway if you're American/better off than us). Accompanied by our house band, Dave and the Quavers, comedians perform their favourite songs from stage and screen and it's up to you to decide who's best... 

Tim Key: Megadate

Tim Key: Megadate

A brand-new 70 minutes, blending poeticals, talking, standing, spotlights, cables, Kronenburg, foot-stamping and old-school wistfulness. Edinburgh Comedy Award winner years ago. Key has appeared in Taskmaster, Inside Number 9 and the Alan Partridge franchise... 

The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

A top night of comedy with all proceeds going to Waverley Care, a charity the Pleasance has supported for the past 27 years, providing care and support to people living with HIV or Hepatitis C throughout Scotland... 

Reverend Richard Coles: Confessions

Reverend Richard Coles: Confessions

Join former 80s pop star turned vicar and broadcaster Reverend Richard Coles – co-host of BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live and BBC One's The Big Painting Challenge, star of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 and panelist on Have I Got News for You, QI and Would I Lie to You? – for an hour of candid chat and confessions with special guests and celebrity friends... 

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton and his highly acclaimed Impro Chums are wonders of nature. They take audience suggestions and create cascades of fantastic tumbling laughter. The Impro Chums are Paul Merton, Suki Webster, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson and Mike McShane... 

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

Great value lunchtime compilation showcase featuring the best and brightest of this year's Fringe comics. Hand-picked and with changing line-ups daily – take a seat, you're in for a treat! Now in its 15th successful year in the Cabaret Bar, this is the best way to start the day for comedians and festival comedy fans alike... 

Colin Cloud: Psycho(logical)

Colin Cloud: Psycho(logical)

Cloud's astounding deductions and outrageous stunts have stunned audiences worldwide. Psycho(logical) is a thrill ride where your thoughts and imaginations will guide and mislead you before ultimately revealing the truth... 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

The Edinburgh must-see, Olivier Award-winning (Best Entertainment and Family Show 2016) West End hit returns for its 11th consecutive year! A brand-new musical comedy is created from scratch at every performance of this multi award-winning show... 

Mr. Swallow and the Vanishing Elephant

Mr. Swallow and the Vanishing Elephant

Following the five-star, sell-out success of Houdini, Nick Mohammed's alter ego Mr. Swallow is back with another hour of magic, music and elephants. 'Breathtaking' ***** (Guardian)... 

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg!

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg!

They say all political careers end in tears. In Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News for You and Countdown star returns with his new show celebrating all things theatrical... 

Pete Firman – Marvels

Pete Firman – Marvels

'The UK's leading comedy magician' (Time Out) returns to the Fringe with an astonishing new show. As seen on ITV1's Tonight at the London Palladium, The Next Great Magician, BBC One's The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme... 

The Tape Face Show

The Tape Face Show

Tape Face returns to Edinburgh with a brand-new show! New jokes, new props, same tape. After storming into America and being seen by 51 million people online, Tape Face returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with this UK premier of The Tape Face Show... 

Catherine Bohart: Immaculate

Catherine Bohart: Immaculate

Catherine Bohart is the bisexual, OCD daughter of an Irish Catholic Deacon and she's got a hell of a lot to say about it. Debut show from a rising comedy star. Finalist: BBC New Comedy Award 2016... 

Hal Cruttenden: Chubster

Hal Cruttenden: Chubster

Hal's literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News for You and Live at the Apollo. His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He's now on a diet. 'Hilarious' **** (Evening Standard). 

Mark Watson: The Infinite Show

Mark Watson: The Infinite Show

Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on Taskmaster, half-killed on The Island, Watson returns to what he's best at: being indoors. This show began as a work-in-progress in Edinburgh last year and now makes its official premiere... 

The Showstoppers' Kids Show

The Showstoppers' Kids Show

Fringe favourites and Olivier Award-winning improvisers, The Showstoppers, take your kids' ideas and transform them on the spot into interactive musical adventures. Harry Potter in space? Done! Dora and the Gruffalo meet dinosaurs under the sea? No worries! Kids (and only kids!) decide who we meet and where we go to create a show tailor-made to their imaginations... 

Offside

Offside

It is seldom that we discuss the inherent inequalities in our nation’s most beloved sport. Perhaps because of the very fact football is so loved safeguards it from scrutiny. It is only recently that conversation has been sparked about racism in football, and there is yet to be a significant discussion of its misogyny... 

Yvette

Yvette

Every once in awhile a piece of theatre comes along so powerful that it wobbles you, requiring time long after the curtain call to be processed in its entirety. Yvette, a one-woman play written and performed outstandingly by Urielle Klein-Mekongo, is one of these pieces... 

When We Ran

When We Ran

Patch of Blue’s production of When We Ran is very much a case of style over substance, substituting complexity for clarity and failing to achieve its ambitious aims. Every aspect of the production is over-complicated and while it aims for power and emotional intensity the play ends histrionic and ineffective... 

Nina Conti: In Therapy

Nina Conti: In Therapy

Nina Conti’s In Therapy is a hysterical and intelligent piece of improvised comedy that plays with the idea of what would happen if we actually said our uncensored thoughts out loud... 

Speaking in Tongues: The Lies

Speaking in Tongues: The Lies

Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues: The Lies is one half of a Doughnut Productions double bill showing at the Pleasance Courtyard this August. Matched by its sister play The Truths, The Lies gives us a glimpse of the lives of four married individuals who initiate a quartet of love and infidelity... 

Vikki Stone – Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra

Vikki Stone – Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra

For one night only, award-winning comedian/composer Vikki Stone will perform her brand-new orchestral work Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra, alongside one of Scotland's finest youth orchestras: the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Camerata... 

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Appropriate Adult

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Appropriate Adult

Kiri Pritchard-McLean creates a universe in the hot box room: dangling planets hang from the ceiling, and she wears a starry skirt and planet earrings to orbit her black-and-white hair... 

G and Ste's Big Gay Wedding

G and Ste's Big Gay Wedding

G and Ste are Fringe fanatics who felt that becoming part of the Fringe was the perfect way to celebrate their nuptials. No, really, this is their actual wedding! Should you be lucky enough to get hold of one of the available tickets, please bear in mind that this is not just a Fringe show, but a major event in two people's lives... 

Ingrid Oliver: Speech!

Ingrid Oliver: Speech!

Ingrid Oliver delivers an hour of speeches in Speech! From a TED talk to the ramblings of a right-wing shock-jock, and all manner of voices in between, the connecting thread between all of the scenes is public speaking – the voices we hear, whether we want to or not... 

The Gruffalo's Child

The Gruffalo's Child

Much as it is a pleasure to discover a hidden gem amongst the mass of shows in Edinburgh, there’s also something very reassuring about having a list of reliable prospects. Whether it’s a venue, a regular show, a stalwart performer or a company, it’s nice to have these tentpoles around which to build your Fringe schedule... 

Dr Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman

Dr Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman

Created through a series of devised rituals performed every month during the dark moon (when the moon is black against the sky) for three months, this show is part lecture, part sideshow and part catharsis... 

Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck

Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck

One of the brightest young talents on the comedy scene, with a fresh and fierce female voice, Lauren Pattison has arrived with her hotly anticipated debut hour about embracing your flaws... 

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here

This show, a high spot of Watson's notorious Edinburgh career, began as a work-in-progress at the Fringe two years ago. After 111 performances, and a Pleasance run last year which sold every ticket and was officially the third best reviewed comedy show of the festival, it returns for three farewell evenings... 

Girls

Girls

Deeply political, magnificently performed and filled with tense action and witty dialogue, Girls manages to grip and amaze the audience with its characters and powerful message from start to finish... 

The Noise Next Door: 10

The Noise Next Door: 10

Noise Next Door are supremely proficient improvisers, and know how to create an evening show which will please a rowdy audience. For those audience members with a large beer in their hands, this show was a winner... 

Creatives

Creatives

At a college songwriting class in Chicago, an end-of-year competition involves the students performing each other’s anonymous submissions for a celebrity guest judge. It’s like no contest I’ve ever heard of in real life, and there’s something gloriously petty about the characters’ investment in it – it’s all very musical theatre dahling... 

Amusical

Amusical

For one night only Jayde Adams and Kiri Pritchard-McLean host this celebration of all things West End (or Broadway if you're American/better off than us). Accompanied by our house band, Dave and the Quavers, comedians perform their favourite songs from stage and screen and it's up to you to decide who's best... 

Sue Perkins Live! in Spectacles

Sue Perkins Live! in Spectacles

A rare chance to enjoy an afternoon with Sue Perkins packed full of sparkling wit, great stories, a user's guide to Mary Berry plus the opportunity to put your burning questions to Sue in a lively Q&A session... 

Plan B for Utopia

Plan B for Utopia

How do we start a conversation about a better future without sounding like dreamers? This is the question that Joan Clevillé Dance’s Plan B For Utopia tries to answer as its narrative weaves and floats through a postmodern landscape of dance, storytelling and physical theatre... 

Not I

Not I

Jess Thom has Tourettes, a condition that means she makes movements and noises she can't control, called tics. Following the award-winning Backstage in Biscuit Land, she takes on Samuel Beckett's short play in a theatrical experience that explores neurodiversity and asks who is allowed to perform what and who gets the final say... 

An Audience With Jeffrey Archer

An Audience With Jeffrey Archer

He's sold 330m books worldwide, was President of Oxford University Athletics Club, ran the 100yds in 9.6seconds for Great Britain, and served 25 years in the House of Lords. Hear more about his astonishing life in An Audience With Jeffrey Archer... 

Murder, She Didn't Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

Murder, She Didn't Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

A murder has been committed. But the detective can’t remember who died, who is the murderer or where it happened. That’s where the audience comes in. Murder, She Didn’t Write by Degrees Of Error has an excellent concept... 

The Free Association: Jacuzzi

The Free Association: Jacuzzi

Jacuzzi may have been a random title for the Free Association to use for their improvised comedy show, but this hour is indeed relaxed, warm, and bubbly. And much like the aforementioned baths, it's a late-night activity made more enjoyable by the presence of alcohol... 

Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X

Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X

Iain Stirling’s latest sell out Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance has a lot of Love Island quips, but is truly grounded in Iain’s life experiences.The set begins in true Love Island style, with Iain well at home providing a voice-over introduction that has his audience in hysterics... 

A Heart at Sea

A Heart at Sea

Half a String Theatre's new show is a delightfully charming and immaculately produced tale of triumph, travel and terrific adventure told through innovative puppetry and wonderfully lyrical song... 

Kwame Asante: Open Arms

Kwame Asante: Open Arms

An antidote to egotistical stand-up, Kwame Asante’s Open Arms is a charming hour of anecdotal and observational comedy.Asante balances his stand-up career with being a full-time Junior Doctor... 

Home

Home

A tale of unexpected friendship. Exploring a new and unknown world, Home immerses audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) in a multisensory story of discovery... 

Daphne: The Best of Daphne

Daphne: The Best of Daphne

Daphne are Phil Wang, Jason Forbes and George Fouracres – the UK’s most racially diverse sketch trio. This year they’re bringing their first ‘Best Of’ show to the Fringe, featuring a heady mix of sketches from their 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated debut Daphne Do Edinburgh, and their critically-acclaimed follow-up, Daphne’s Second Show... 

Nutty Noah – Wear Your Pants With Pride

Nutty Noah – Wear Your Pants With Pride

Grab a seat, hold on tight and have as much fun as your kids. Finally making his Fringe debut after selling-out venues including Komedia, Bristol's Tobacco Factory and the Tropicana (Dismaland)... 

John Hastings: Audacity

John Hastings: Audacity

John Hastings is back at the Fringe and this time he’s in love - for real. With stories of life and falling for the woman of his dream, his sparkling blend of observational comedy and enema jokes is a pleasure to behold... 

Phoebe Walsh: I'll Have What She's Having

Phoebe Walsh: I'll Have What She's Having

It's difficult to know when Phoebe Walsh is being ironic, and when she is simply revelling in being a stereotypical millennial.Every line from Walsh’s script could be posted to Twitter with the hashtag #relatable... 

Natalie Palamides: LAID

Natalie Palamides: LAID

The Edinburgh Fringe debut of LA-based comedian Natalie Palamides will not be what you expect but it will be one of the best things you see at the festival this year. This one-woman show is co-devised and directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Doctor Brown and features more eggs than sense (even though few eggs survive the hour)... 

Ed Gamble: Mammoth

Ed Gamble: Mammoth

Ed Gamble’s Mammoth is a strong example of observational comedy at this year’s Fringe. Gamble is undeniably posh with a self-deprecating sense of humour. He claims to be a heavy metal fan but has what is known as a ‘’Coldplay face’’... 

Spank!tacular

Spank!tacular

Spank's big sister returns with sexier hosts and more awesome comedy and cabaret – don't miss the 'best wild night out' (Scotland on Sunday). Previous acts include Katherine Ryan, Jason Byrne, Pete Firman and many more! Follow @spankcomedy or check venue box-office for line-ups... 

Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads

Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads

Sara is enjoying a year-long, one-woman stag do. From spiritual retreats, city breaks, life drawing classes and football matches – she has been drunk and lonely everywhere. Following a sell-out live tour of Animal (inspired by her acclaimed book of the same name), the multi award-winning comedian and star of Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and Taskmaster, returns to Edinburgh with a brand-new (best ever) stand-up show... 

Follow Suit

Follow Suit

Set in a stark environment of desks and bare lightbulbs, Silent Faces’ Follow Suit is a cutting parody of life in the corporate sector. Through clowning and physical theatre, the four actors portray the mind-numbing drudgery of stocks, shares and portfolios... 

Future Perfect

Future Perfect

Tall Stories return to Edinburgh for their 20th birthday with an updated version of Future Perfect. Pitched at children aged 6 and above, Future Perfect is an enjoyable 45 minutes with a wholesome moral and traditional setup... 

Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends

Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends

Fresh from supporting Jack Whitehall, Rob Beckett and Shappi Khorsandi on sold-out tours, Tom brings his hotly anticipated debut show to the fringe. Tom is one of the youngest professional comedians working in the UK and in 2016 became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year award... 

Phil Wang: Kinabalu

Phil Wang: Kinabalu

Kinabalu is an astutely clever and astutely silly hour of stand up from British-Malaysian comic Phil Wang. A routine loosely structured around questions of race, privilege and empire, with a healthy dose of observational material thrown in, this is comedy with substance... 

Poll Function

Poll Function

A play that will make you laugh, cringe and cry in equal measure, Poll Function is a masterstroke. From theatre company HailToThePeople, their debut Fringe show delves into the world of the outcast and disenfranchised: the young men who screwed the system and got screwed back... 

Gary Delaney: There's Something About Gary

Gary Delaney: There's Something About Gary

Back due to popular demand! Gary thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian, short and punchy. This show is not only great for people who like lots of jokes, but also fun for people who enjoy getting offended by jokes too... 

The Toxic Avenger

The Toxic Avenger

Based on the 1984 cult classic, The Toxic Avenger captures everything good about spoof musicals. It’s smart enough to not be too witty, silly enough to have fun with its premise, and it's executed with dazzling ability... 

Phil Wang: Kinabalu

Phil Wang: Kinabalu

Phil Wang is a son of the British Empire. But in a world suddenly intent on building walls and bolstering borders, what is a Commonwealth man to do? A blistering new hour of comedy gold – that's what... 

Simon Amstell: Tour Previews (Work in Progress)

Simon Amstell: Tour Previews (Work in Progress)

'Simon Amstell has a gift for taking a social norm and gently mocking it until it seems utterly ridiculous. Highly literate... an endearing mixture of offhanded candor and sharp wit... 

Replay

Replay

Replay is a tense and atmospheric play which deftly explores loss, trauma and determination. Written and performed by Nicola Wren, this one-woman show is thoughtful and well-executed... 

Pippa Evans: Joy Provision!

Pippa Evans: Joy Provision!

This is the show we’ve been waiting for.Don’t get me wrong, I love politics, but if I have to hear one more Sean Spicer gag this Fringe I will be forced to rip out my own spleen... 

Secret Life of Humans

Secret Life of Humans

An eclectic and beautiful production – Secret Life of Humans combines a baffling diversity of genres into a single theatrical masterpiece. It’s a daring show that explores history, science and human nature in a way that is mesmerising to watch... 

Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 3

Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 3

Sketch comedy is the medium in which an original voice is most important in order to be successful. Without the same club route that stand-ups have, a sketch comedy troupe’s only real chance of lasting success is to be picked up for a television/radio pilot and become a brand in their own right... 

Tez Ilyas: Teztify

Tez Ilyas: Teztify

Tez Ilyas shows throughout this hour that he is an assured stand-up with serious political messages to get across about intolerance. Having recently moved back to Blackburn, Ilyas recounts his experiences of having reconnected with his family there and the casual racism that he says typifies the North, both key strands in the narrative running throughout the show... 

Bare Skin on Briny Waters

Bare Skin on Briny Waters

Bare Skin On Briny Waters is part of the Hull Takeover of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is one of five plays presenting from the 2017 UK City of Culture. It is Bellow Theatre’s salt-water-smelling story about storytelling, survival and female selfhood... 

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine

Did you know that Roald Dahl not only wrote George's Marvellous Medicine, but came up with some marvellous medicine of his own?! Join Roald Dahl’s doctor, Professor Tom Solomon, for a fascinating trip into the whoopsey-splunkers world of Dahl’s amazing medical inventions... 

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans is a really, really horrible play. A new work by Dan Pick, the piece describes one day in the life of an unnamed man in Port Glasgow. Wasting time, money and relationships, the man is suffering from severe alienation... 

David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon

David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon

From the team behind Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs comes a brand new adaptation of David Walliam’s children’s book The First Hippo on the Moon. The ensemble of Les Petits has produced an entertaining, if formulaic, show for children... 

Jordan Brookes: Body of Work

Jordan Brookes: Body of Work

In August 2015 Jordan's Nanna, Gwendoline Martha Brookes, passed away. She was 95. This show is a genuine attempt to pay tribute to her. That can't be the whole thing can it? I thought Brookes did absurdist stuff? Like bits that go on for ages and horrible physical stuff, daft faces, spitting down himself etc? Is he just going to talk about his Nan for an hour? Surely not... 

The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

A top night of comedy with all proceeds going to Waverley Care, a charity the Pleasance has supported for the past 26 years, providing care and support to people living with HIV or Hepatitis C throughout Scotland... 

The Wrestling

The Wrestling

Clotheslines versus punchlines – the biggest show in the history of Edinburgh is back. 11pm. Pleasance Grand. One night only. And this time, there's a title belt hanging above the ring... 

Mark Watson's Festival of Bad Ideas

Mark Watson's Festival of Bad Ideas

Mark Watson asked a range of top comedians: 'what is your bad idea? What show would you like to put on, but never dare?' Now, one a night, they attempt these projects. Shows – or sort-of-shows – that have never been seen before and maybe never will be again... 

Kae Kurd: Kurd Your Enthusiasm

Kae Kurd: Kurd Your Enthusiasm

Kae Kurd has the self-possession and charisma of a seasoned performer, which is particularly impressive given that Kurd Your Enthusiasm is his debut Fringe show. In his stand-up routine, Kurd combines the personal and political – a fusion that characterises his very identity, as part of the largest ethnic group in the world without an independent country and as a Muslim... 

Matt Forde: A Show Hastily Rewritten in Light of Recent Events – Again!

Matt Forde: A Show Hastily Rewritten in Light of Recent Events – Again!

Matt Forde is a consummate professional, with sharp observations and confident crowd work, it’s just a shame this show lacks the biting satire expected from political comedy at the fringe... 

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead

Joseph Morpurgo has earned a reputation for being both a crowd pleaser and a comedian’s comedian with his inventive, high-concept multimedia shows. Hammerhead more than lived up to these expectations, providing us with a monster of epic proportions... 

Labels

Labels

The superfluous orations of Joe Sellman-Leava see his one-man act deliver strong discourse aimed at unboxing the confines that social tags put upon our species. He does not seek to take on the world for its many faults as much as he implores it to conform to a unilateral standard... 

Charlie's Letters

Charlie's Letters

An escaped POW's battle for survival whilst on the run in war-torn Italy, as his wife and son wait for news in England. 16-year-old aspiring director Elliott Hasler's epic depiction of his great-grandfather's WWII experiences... 

2017 Chortle Student Comedy Awards Final

2017 Chortle Student Comedy Awards Final

Hundreds entered, eight survive – now one will be crowned Britain's funniest student 2017. We've scoured the UK's universities for the finest new comedy talent, now we need to choose the very best of the best... 

Nick Helm: Masterworks in Progress '17

Nick Helm: Masterworks in Progress '17

After spending two years in the wilderness, international treasure Nick Helm (Dave's Best Joke 2011) crawls his way back from the depths of hell to find the world he once loved has turned to piss and shit... 

Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads

Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads

Sara is enjoying a year-long, one-woman stag do. From spiritual retreats, city breaks, life drawing classes and football matches – she has been drunk and lonely everywhere. Following a sell-out live tour of Animal (inspired by her acclaimed book of the same name), the multi award-winning comedian and star of Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and Taskmaster, returns to Edinburgh with a brand-new (best ever) stand-up show... 

Giants: For an Hour

Giants: For an Hour

With so many comedy double acts at the Fringe – many of whom are also middle-class white boys from London – Will Hislop and Barney Fishwick have their work cut out to stand out from the crowds... 

Rhys James: Wiseboy

Rhys James: Wiseboy

I’ve never seen an hour of stand-up with such a high density of laughter points. Rhys James’ sets are tightly crafted, original, and confident. His improvised material flows naturally too, and his criticism of our (many) latecomers hits the mark even with those he is targeting: ‘I’m going to leave you alone now, because it doesn’t seem that you like me, and I’m having problems at work’... 

Jayde Adams is Jayded

Jayde Adams is Jayded

After a bumper month at the Fringe last year Jayde Adams comes to a new venue with her latest comedy offering Jayded. It’s a tale of struggle and strife navigating the pitfalls of humankind’s greatest desire – friendship... 

Speaking in Tongues: The Truths

Speaking in Tongues: The Truths

Sometimes, just one good idea is enough to make a show a success. It seem that this is what Doughnut Productions were counting on with their production of Speaking In Tongues: The Truths... 

Tessa Coates: Primates

Tessa Coates: Primates

Putting on a Fringe show is, for any performer, a risky endeavour. Costing almost a year’s supply of time and money, taking chances with the cumulative creative effort of months of work is perhaps something that shouldn’t be accepted or required to create a great Fringe show... 

Angela Barnes: Fortitude

Angela Barnes: Fortitude

After sold out Fringe shows in 2014 and 2015, Angela Barnes is back with a new routine that is, at times, remarkably and worryingly prescient. Especially given the developments in the relationship between the US and North Korea in the last week... 

Ed Night: Anthem for Doomed Youth

Ed Night: Anthem for Doomed Youth

Anthem for Doomed Youth is the hilarious new debut hour from Ed Night. The unassuming figure of Night hides an intimidatingly sharp comedic mind, who’s not afraid to do low-brow humour in an intelligent way... 

Spank!tacular

Spank!tacular

Spank's big sister returns with sexier hosts and more awesome comedy and cabaret – don't miss the 'best wild night out' (Scotland on Sunday). Previous acts include Katherine Ryan, Jason Byrne, Pete Firman and many more! Follow @spankcomedy or check venue box-office for line-ups... 

Red Bastard: Lie With Me

Red Bastard: Lie With Me

The Bastard is back! Returning after taking a year away from the Fringe to conquer the world, Red Bastard, the beastly bouffon, is here to feast on our lies and he has prepared a spectacular smorgasbord for us to share whether we want to or not... 

Mavis Sparkle

Mavis Sparkle

There is more to Mavis Sparkle than meets the eye. The simple-seeming cleaner on her last day chats happily away as she finishes up her dusting, trying to decide where to go next. Mavis travels the country with her trolley of tricks, moving from one job to another and sprinkling glitter from her fingers, whilst accompanied by a bedazzled cuckoo clock and a shy but incredibly endearing hedgehog called Spike... 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical seems to have become synonymous with the Fringe; their billboards plastering every major walkway across Edinburgh. The buzz is palpable as one files into the packed Pleasance Grand, an expectant excitement common among the several hundred ready to see what delights this talented troupe will dole out in spades tonight... 

1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D, BBC Radio 4) returns to Edinburgh after a smash-hit, sell-out run in 2016. This year she's exploring the lost women of science... 

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is about a woman’s struggle with depression, told through a simple, storytelling format and soundtracked by original music from Frisky and Mannish’s usually excellent Matthew Floyd Jones... 

Sara Schaefer: Little White Box

Sara Schaefer: Little White Box

Before even starting the show, Sara Schaefer has the advantage of a unique perspective. Brought up in the Bible Belt of America and being sent to Christian Camp every year, she has an outlook that is both interesting and hilarious to the British viewer... 

Let Me Look at You

Let Me Look at You

Starving Artists are back with a compelling show about homosexuality in which Mark Pinkosh shares how being gay has affected his life.Written by his husband, Godfrey Hamilton, the play is set in present day Soho where Pinkosh can’t take his eyes off a young man leaning against a motorcycle... 

Skin

Skin

Last year, 201 Dance Company shattered the stereotypes associated with hip-hop dance with the critically acclaimed Smother. This year, they bring us Skin, which explores one boy’s struggle through gender transition using urban and contemporary dance and a fantastic original score of hip hop and dubsteb beats... 

The Showstoppers' Kids Show

The Showstoppers' Kids Show

Seeing The Showstoppers’ Kids Show is like watching a new improvised episode of Horrible Histories. So yes, on this day at least, there are plenty of poo jokes which are met with due glee... 

Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X

Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X

Edinburgh's BAFTA-winning comedian returns to the Fringe after a summer narrating ITV2's Love Island and five consecutive sell-out runs. As seen on Drunk History (Comedy Central) and The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC)... 

Tom Allen: Absolutely

Tom Allen: Absolutely

As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off's Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Virtually Famous, Channel 4's Comedy Gala at the O2 and heard on Radio 4's Just a Minute... 

Sara Schaefer: Little White Box

Sara Schaefer: Little White Box

In her debut show Schaefer employs her vulnerable, whip-smart comedy style to confront her complicated relationship with Jesus, America, and death. In the age of Trump, Sara can't separate the deeply personal from the absurdly political and mines her own life to find answers... 

James Acaster: The Trelogy – Recognise

James Acaster: The Trelogy – Recognise

James Acaster is a comedian who, for many, requires no introduction. He has achieved enormous success at the Fringe, with the shows he has brought to Edinburgh over the last five years earning a record-breaking five consecutive nominations for ‘Best Comedy Show’... 

Pip Utton's Greatest Hits

Pip Utton's Greatest Hits

Pip Utton is a veteran of the stage, and of the Edinburgh Festival. This year he returns with Pip Utton’s Greatest Hits performing four of his one-man shows based on famous historical characters in repertoire... 

DIGS

DIGS

DIGS, devised by newly formed company Theatre with Legs, offers insight into how the millennials of ‘Generation Rent’ think about community and belonging. It is a frank, honest portrayal of the both the positive and negative sides of flat sharing; the parties it can result in alongside the ways in which it can affect your wellbeing... 

Dane Baptiste: G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs.)

Dane Baptiste: G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs.)

The world is too insane right now to claim the traditional gods are dead but our modern culture has definitely found a few new idols to worship. Dane Baptiste has identified a few of them in his new religiously charged and often insightful show, and while it's not a total success it remains a thought-provoking hour of comedy littered with sharp observations and belly laugh provoking one-liners... 

Testosterone

Testosterone

Testosterone is a touching, funny and incredibly brave piece of theatre from Rhum and Clay Company and Kit Redstone. It chronicles his experience of physically transitioning from female to male and the social minefield of modern masculinity that he’s had to navigate... 

Kafka and Son

Kafka and Son

At the age of 36, Franz Kafka sat down to write a letter to his father that would never be sent. Kafka and Son is the dramatic adaptation of this letter, which details the father’s tyrannical behaviour and the effect it had on Kafka’s mental state... 

Lucy Porter: Choose Your Battles

Lucy Porter: Choose Your Battles

Choose Your Battles is Lucy Porter's 11th Edinburgh Show and it's a wonderfully crafted hour that is both funny and, at times, a poignant look at someone who goes out of their way to avoid conflict... 

Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I'm 50!

Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I'm 50!

The King is back, long live the King. After a couple of years away from the Fringe the self proclaimed, (although no one is arguing with this notion) King of the Fringe is back on familiar territory... 

Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends

Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends

When you're genetically blessed with an unthreatening physique and the voice of Frank Spencer, comedy cannot go much more in your favour. Such is the case for Tom Lucy who, for a 21-year-old, has an excitable confidence, like a lion cub inheriting control of his pack... 

Twayna Mayne: Black Girl

Twayna Mayne: Black Girl

An intimate one-woman show about race and gender. Sounds about as typical of the Fringe as it gets, right? How is it possible, then, that Twayna Mayne is the only black female comedian at the festival? It’s her opening joke – and Mayne continues to make uncomfortable and deeply necessary observations about the lack of diversity in mainstream comedy and the overwhelming whiteness of her audiences throughout the show... 

Colin Cloud: Dare

Colin Cloud: Dare

The Fringe is full of mind readers but Colin Cloud’s framing device of presenting his skills as deduction and manipulation creates a whole different feel.It’s a sell-out crowd in Pleasance Grand and the majority seem already convinced from his first moments on stage that, even though this isn’t magic, his abilities transcend normal human reach... 

Last Clown on Earth

Last Clown on Earth

Derevo are a legend. This is not clowning Coco-style, but dark, surreal and dreamlike with an apocalyptic vision tempered by absurd humour and heart-wringing moments of pathos. The company have been coming to the Edinburgh Fringe for 20 years and their latest show, Last Clown On Earth is as weird and magical as word of mouth promised... 

John Robins: The Darkness of Robins

John Robins: The Darkness of Robins

Having developed a strong reputation at the Fringe in previous years, John Robins remains a safe bet for sarcastic, pithy self-loathing, although he seems to have a lost a little of his original bite... 

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

To say Nicholas Parsons is a legend, and this being his sixteenth season at the Fringe I imagine he must see this like his own version of an annual end of the pier summer show where a TV star hosts a variety bill for holidaymakers... 

Monster

Monster

Boy meets girl. Boy is an actor, working on a show based around anger and Shakespeare’s text from various plays. Joe Sellman-Leava (writer and performer in this one man show) takes this idea and uses it for the basis of telling his tale, weaving in and out of different personas and voices... 

The Duke

The Duke

Greeting you with a handshake as you enter, Schôn Dale-Jones and his piece, The Duke, warmly invite you to participate in a really special experience. This sense of intimate connection, established with every single member of the audience, embodies the personal nature of the show... 

Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog

Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog

A problem that a lot of shows face is an inability to commit to tone, or to perform in agreement with the tone that the show sets forth. Case in point – Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog... 

Darren Harriott: Defiant

Darren Harriott: Defiant

Birmingham born and London-based, Darren Harriott has been billed as one of the most exciting up-and-coming comedians on the circuit right now. In his Edinburgh Fringe debut Darren Harriott: Defiant, he gets the opportunity to flash the quick wit and cheeky smile that, I can tell you now, is going to make him a pretty big deal very soon... 

Josh Pugh: A Boy Named Pugh

Josh Pugh: A Boy Named Pugh

Having recently won English Comedian of the Year, Josh Pugh has the air of a rising star. He’s confident but not cocky, immediately likeable, and a natural on stage. He introduces his show as a mission to get his life made into a film... 

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors is an examination of homelessness and the situations which lead to it which matches the pace of how those problems develop. The show goes from real, but fun, to extremely harrowing within a fraction of a second, to such a degree that you’re almost given whiplash... 

Goody

Goody

Nestled in what seems, somewhat appropriately, to be a shipping container in the Pleasance Courtyard, two creatures on a journey with no origin point or destination try to figure each other out... 

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

This production is based on Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted, a young adult novel that previously inspired Anne Hathaway’s second turn as a movie princess. Despite the older age group that the original book is aimed at, this is very much a show for children, and serves as an excellent way to keep the kids entertained and engaged for 1hr 15mins of the festival... 

Colin Hoult / Anna Mann in How We Stop the Fascists

Colin Hoult / Anna Mann in How We Stop the Fascists

Anna Mann is, according to herself, the greatest actress of her generation—a quote she can now legitimately edit for future Fringe posters with no fear of censor. Yet is this former star of “terribly polite” political play No More War, Please really the right person to show us how to stop the rise of right wing politics? After a glorious hour in her company, it’s clear to say that—wonder of wonders—she is... 

Terry Alderton: All Crazy Now

Terry Alderton: All Crazy Now

From the moment you enter – greeted by several songs in multiple genres, all with the lyrics ‘chops not ham’ – you have already begun to tumble down the rabbit hole into the surreal world of Terry Alderton... 

Luke Kempner: Take a Long Hard Luke at Yourself

Luke Kempner: Take a Long Hard Luke at Yourself

Luke Kempner takes a Luke in the mirror in this gently funny show, poking fun at himself and the impressions he uses to express himself. He is a comedian and impressionist and uses these skills to investigate who he really is... 

Rose Matafeo: Sassy Best Friend

Rose Matafeo: Sassy Best Friend

Despite failing to romantically woo Matthew in the front row, who resolutely resisted her bookish clumsiness and snazzy jacket, Rose Matafeo delivers a tour-de-force performance in her second hour at the Fringe... 

The Ping-Pong Ball Effect

The Ping-Pong Ball Effect

Upsala Circus have been doing incredible work in St. Petersburg for seventeen years and is currently working with more than ninety vulnerable children and adolescents from the street or in difficult or dangerous situations... 

Evelyn Mok: Hymen Manoeuvre

Evelyn Mok: Hymen Manoeuvre

Evelyn Mok is the kind of uncensored, unapologetic and uncouth human I can get on board with. Her show Hymen Manoeuvre is, in layman's terms, a story about losing her virginity as an adult, but it became a kind of ode to her vagina, and girl, let me just say you did your V proud... 

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

Have a bite to eat and take a seat – you're in for a treat. The bustling Pleasance Courtyard hosts this lunchtime show, presenting a selection of bite-size stand-up performances. The line up changes each day, but on the bill when I was there were Mark Simmons, Eleanor Tiernan, Matt Richardson and Jo Caulfield... 

The Andy Field Experience

The Andy Field Experience

It's a hard task to sum up quite what The Andy Field Experience is about without using the words surreal and odd. Hilarious is another apt phrase that could be used. What the show is? It's a hilarious romp through the life of a comedian who is clearly going places... 

Perfectly Imperfect Women

Perfectly Imperfect Women

‘Who thinks they are perfect?’ Is the question Danyah Miller poses to the audience at the onset of the performance. This question of perfection versus imperfection forms the basis of this emotional, tender and heart-warming show brought to us by Wizard Presents... 

Sisters: White Noise

Sisters: White Noise

In their Fringe debut comedy hour Sisters hit the ground running with a fast paced, intensely dark and gut bustingly funny show of sketches, skits, and more jokes about live streaming than you thought were possible... 

The Listies Make You LOL

The Listies Make You LOL

Back after last year’s fantastic show, the Listies are just as wonderfully ridiculous as ever. Playing to a packed room of children, Matt Kelly and Rich Higgins are still two besties having a great time... 

Romantic Encounters in a Darkened Room

Romantic Encounters in a Darkened Room

Romantic Encounters in a Darkened Room is a thoroughly enjoyable one-man show, mixing sketches of various different formats in a bizarre outpouring from the brain of comedian Charlie Robb... 

Sophie Willan: Branded

Sophie Willan: Branded

It is a bittersweet moment in any girl’s life when they find out that The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft isn’t their real father. The pain is all the more acute if you’re a young, working-class, Northerner like Sophie Willan... 

TUTU: Dance in All Its Glory

TUTU: Dance in All Its Glory

The dance world can sometimes take itself a little too seriously, it often seems to be too caught up in technical comparisons to just enjoy itself, however, Chicos Mambo is the opposite of that notion... 

Translunar Paradise

Translunar Paradise

Theatre Ad Infinitum have been a Fringe favourite for years; creating thought provoking and beautiful shows to touch both your heart and your mind. Translunar Paradise premiered here in 2011 and the show presented here is near enough the same... 

Sean Patton: Number One

Sean Patton: Number One

Flatulence, fornication and filth; Sean Patton brings his show Number One to Edinburgh armed with a New Orleans attitude and an unashamed subject matter of all things vulgar and bodily... 

A Gym Thing

A Gym Thing

A Gym Thing is narrated by Will, a person obsessed with his body, for whom staying in shape becomes a kind of unpaid profession. But this obsession might cost him exactly what brought him to the gym in the first place: attention in general, and Bec, specifically... 

Ballistic

Ballistic

In a darkened room surrounded by blinking lights a young angry man tells us his life story, from childhood through teen years to the miseries of universities we see what the struggles of trying to be to be a man in the 21st century are, and the horrible consequences the weight of that pressure can cause... 

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads

Based on how From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads is marketed, one would be justified in expecting it to be a David Bowie tribute act – a musical, tightly knit to the art and mind of Ziggy Stardust... 

The Damned United

The Damned United

Powerful and demanding, Red Ladder Theatre Company’s production of The Damned United is every bit as belligerent and uncompromising as the protagonist of its story.An adaptation of David Peace’s novel of the same name, The Damned United tells the story of Brian Clough’s doomed 44 day tenure as manager of Leeds United... 

Snowflake by Mark Thomson

Snowflake by Mark Thomson

Snowflake, a new play written and directed by the former Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, Mark Thomson, feels a necessity to explain its title right from the start; essentially, that the “millennials” who became adults during the 2010s have—thanks to their upbringing—an inflated sense of their own uniqueness and, as a result are less resilient than previous generations... 

Our Man in Havana

Our Man in Havana

Spies Like Us Theatre’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic novel is, quite simply, a joy. I’ve rarely seen physical theatre done this seamlessly, and I’ve rarely laughed so consistently for an hour-long show... 

Rachel Tucker: Unplugged

Rachel Tucker: Unplugged

West End and Broadway sensation Rachel Tucker makes her debut at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Rachel rose to fame on Andrew Lloyd Webber's BBC show I'd Do Anything. Since then her many theatre credits include Elphaba in Wicked (London and Broadway) and a leading role in Sting's musical The Last Ship (Broadway)... 

You Forgot the Mince

You Forgot the Mince

‘And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness’. Rosa lives with her grandma Lily. She’s just finished college and can’t wait to leave Yorkshire… until she meets Niko... 

Meeting at 33

Meeting at 33

Alcoholics' recovery meetings are happening all around us, all the time. While the people in those rooms never chose to be there, they are privy to some remarkable personal storytelling... 

Tom Ballard: Problematic

Tom Ballard: Problematic

If you’re looking for fresh stand-up comedy this Fringe, you could do much worse than Tom Ballard. He may not be a household name on the British comedy scene yet, but there is evidence to suggest he is on the brink of great things... 

Tape Face

Tape Face

Tape Face, a show that mixes circus, variety, clowning and who knows what else, presents me with somewhat of a dilemma. How best to recommend it to you strongly enough whilst spoiling as little of the delight as possible? Much of the joy of Tape Face, and joy is dripping from every orifice of this show, comes from the moments of sudden realisation of what Sam Wills, as Tape Face, has constructed in front of our eyes... 

Kat Bond: Loo Roll

Kat Bond: Loo Roll

Loo Roll is a comedy sketch show about a woman who’s been left in a giant green bin. Kat Bond plays Pat (no surname), who begins by explaining why she started her journey to becoming to a Loo-Roll Reader and sets out to convince us of loo roll’s hidden depths... 

Briony Redman: Theory of Positivity

Briony Redman: Theory of Positivity

Briony Redman’s solo show revolves around a screenwriter who wants to test out her movie-in-the-making on a fresh audience. What the character desires most is to make money from her scripts, so she’s attempting to cover every Hollywood cliché in order to get paid... 

The Nature of Forgetting

The Nature of Forgetting

What’s more important when telling a compelling story of human emotion, feeling or narrative? The answer to this is largely dependent on the viewer’s personal preferences as to how an emotional response is best brought up in them... 

Annie Sertich: How to Not Kill Yourself for 30 Days... and the Next 330

Annie Sertich: How to Not Kill Yourself for 30 Days... and the Next 330

There’s certainly no shortage of solo shows about mental health at the Fringe so it takes a certain level of quality to stand out. Luckily, Annie Sertich manages to more than keep afloat... 

Pleasance Newcomer Comedy Gala

Pleasance Newcomer Comedy Gala

Join us as we celebrate our 33rd year at the Fringe with a one-off comedy extravaganza on our opening Saturday! Come check out some of the new kids on the block as they make their Pleasance debut in this late night comedy party! Best of all, tickets are totally free! ‘Without the Pleasance finding ways to bring new comic talent to Edinburgh the Fringe wouldn’t be quite the same... 

Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe

Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe

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

Instant Sunshine

Instant Sunshine

Instant Sunshine is a unique musical comedy team that has been entertaining audiences for years with their particular blend of humorous, witty songs and hilarious routines. They take a sideways look at everyday life in a beguiling and very funny style all their own... 

The Dreamer

The Dreamer

Chinese physical theatre influenced by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the contemporary Tang Xianzu’s The Peony Pavilion. Quite a synopsis to get your head around, but Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in association with Gecko do an astounding job at making this piece an accessible, slick, sexy and sensational watch... 

Chris Turner: What a Time to Be Alive

Chris Turner: What a Time to Be Alive

Chris Turner has moved to the good old US of A and he’s back in Edinburgh to tell the festival audiences about it. In a dextrous hour of comedy and freestyle rap the comedian provides entertaining insights and impressive lyrical improvisations as he shares the observations and experiences of a well-mannered, tea-swilling, thoroughly decent English fellow in a whole new world... 

James Acaster: The Trelogy – Reset

James Acaster: The Trelogy – Reset

Undercover cops. Jury duty. Witness protection. Comedy. All this and more as James Acaster, Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee (Recognise, 2014, Represent, 2015, Reset, 2016) brings a trilogy of shows back to the Fringe... 

Curse of Cranholme Abbey

Curse of Cranholme Abbey

Doors creak and dust falls; the Curse of Cranholme Abbey has awoken once more. The 'superbly talented' (List) Young Pleasance presents a tale of intrigue and horror as the past and present collide... 

Ellie Taylor: This Guy

Ellie Taylor: This Guy

Following a sell-out 2016 Fringe and nationwide tour, the star of BBC's Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and The John Bishop Show, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats, and BBC Radio 4's The Now Show presents an unmissable new hour of stand-up... 

James Acaster: The Trelogy – Represent

James Acaster: The Trelogy – Represent

Undercover cops. Jury duty. Witness protection. Comedy. All this and more as James Acaster, Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee (Recognise, 2014, Represent, 2015, Reset, 2016) brings a trilogy of shows back to the Fringe... 

Late Night Gimp Fight

Late Night Gimp Fight

The washed-up boy band of sketch comedy are back with their first new show in four years. Now in their thirties and with no other career options they have decided to abandon their wives, jobs and in one case their child, to jump back in the gimpy saddle... 

David Edwards – How to Get a Second Date

David Edwards – How to Get a Second Date

Join David Edwards as he gives advice concerning how to navigate the messy world of modern-day dating. Edwards is a cult performer, regularly appearing at Brian Gittins’ monthly night ‘Gittins to Know You’ and co-hosting Gittins’ legendary Podcast... 

Tom Allen: Absolutely

Tom Allen: Absolutely

As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off's Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Virtually Famous, Channel 4's Comedy Gala at the O2 and heard on Radio 4's Just a Minute... 

Victim

Victim

A one-woman show, Victim follows the power struggle between a prison guard and criminal as they come face-to-face with a notorious inmate. Hot on the heels of Villain – The 2016 Edinburgh sell-out, five-star, Offie-nominated hit – Bruised Sky return with Martin Murphy's darkly comic new play Victim... 

Stuart Laws Stops

Stuart Laws Stops

Stuart has got fast-paced, hilarious observations and he ain't afraid to say them over the course of an hour. He does all the comedy at Turtle Canyon Comedy and supported James Acaster on tour loads... 

Cockroached

Cockroached

Nearly everyone is dead and Taylor is alone. Their life was fine until they found an orange coat, a radio and a voice on the other end. What follows is a harmful conversation between two people trying to survive both mentally and physically... 

Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian

Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian

Cambridge University drop-out and now professional poker player, Ken applies his unique analytical brain to his debut stand-up hour. Ken burst onto the UK comedy scene after reaching the final of the 2015 BBC New Comedy Awards... 

James Acaster: The Trelogy

James Acaster: The Trelogy

Undercover cops. Jury duty. Witness protection. Comedy. All this and more as James Acaster brings a trilogy of shows to the Fringe. The shows in question are: Recognise (Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee 2014), Represent (Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee 2015), Reset (Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee 2016)... 

Suzi Ruffell: Keeping It Classy

Suzi Ruffell: Keeping It Classy

Suzi Ruffell returns with a new hour of thought provoking and hilarious stand-up. 'Ruffell has nabbed the working-class comedy crown of her generation… Sparking, energising, fun, an accomplished act who knows how to engage an audience' (Chortle... 

Alexander Fox: Ringo

Alexander Fox: Ringo

A show about the world's most famous drummer. And his part in my downfall. In 2006 then teenager Alexander Fox met, and soon began a pen-pal relationship with, Beatles icon Ringo Starr... 

NewsRevue 2017

NewsRevue 2017

Guinness World Record-breaking, Fringe First-winning, Perrier finalist, news-based song and sketch show. In need of a cathartic dose of comic exasperation? Book now for the longest-running live comedy show in the world... 

Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

A once in a lifetime opportunity to see the greatest living comic of every generation. I’ve written a heart-warming, pole-stiffening watermelon of a show. I'm delightful and inspiring, like a hill-top wizard battling a sadness dragon... 

Doug Anthony All Stars: Near Death Experience

Doug Anthony All Stars: Near Death Experience

The monster gods of comedy and 2016's winners of Mervyn Stutter’s Spirit of the Fringe award return to Edinburgh. Paul McDermott, Tim Ferguson and Paul "Flacco" Livingston drag their unsuspecting audience screaming down memory lane... 

The Death Hilarious: The Scum Always Rises

The Death Hilarious: The Scum Always Rises

Bible-black Welsh comedy duo do sketches. They're not a cult. They inhabit irregular folk: Creole exorcists, apelike weirdos, a homemade sex robot. But they're not a cult. Forget what you've heard on the news... 

Buzz: A New Musical

Buzz: A New Musical

Winner of the 2016 Eddies Award, the sell-out hit Buzz returns; a hilarious musical journey through the history of the vibrator and a brutally honest story of a singleton's quest to fall back in love with herself... 

Alasdair Beckett-King: The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries

Alasdair Beckett-King: The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries

The award-winning comedian Alasdair Beckett-King is legendary, in that there is little historical evidence he exists. But he does exist. His debut solo show opens a cabinet of curiosities, tackling the conundrums of impending extinction, archaic axioms, emotional repression and vegan flimflam... 

Michael Stranney: Welcome to Ballybeg

Michael Stranney: Welcome to Ballybeg

As seen on ITV2, Michael Stranney (NATY winner, Chortle Best Newcomer nominee, BBC New Comedy Award finalist) presents the debut hour from his character Daniel Duffy. Daniel invites you to a tourist board presentation for his beloved village of Ballybeg – a curious Northern Irish backwater where the milkman brings his cow door-to-door every morning, where you can win a new husband in the annual raffle, and where the local hearse doubles as a minicab service... 

Katy Brand: I Could've Been an Astronaut

Katy Brand: I Could've Been an Astronaut

Ever wished you could start life again on a new planet? Or wondered what you're doing right now in a parallel universe? How have your choices affected who and what you have become? Can you change them? The possibilities are endless once you get to grips with the mind-bending realities of space: time travel, worm holes and dark matter... 

Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads

Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads

Sara is enjoying a year-long, one-woman stag do. From spiritual retreats, city breaks, life drawing classes and football matches – she has been drunk and lonely everywhere. Following a sell-out live tour of Animal (inspired by her acclaimed book of the same name), the multi award-winning comedian and star of Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and Taskmaster, returns to Edinburgh with a brand-new (best ever) stand-up show... 

Next Best Thing: How to Be Good at Everything

Next Best Thing: How to Be Good at Everything

Being a millennial in the modern world is hard. But best friends Jay and Katie have all the answers. Luckily, they're willing to share their wisdom with you. Over a riotous hour of absurd, grotesque and boldly original sketch comedy, these two idiots will make you good at everything... 

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Brought to you by Parallax Theatre, Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a riotous look at life beyond. 2000 years after that deed, Judas is finally put on trial for 'that business' in Judea... 

Phil Dunning: The House of Pigs

Phil Dunning: The House of Pigs

You are cordially invited to The House of Pigs. ‘I'd recommend that you have a few drinks beforehand’ (EdFringeReview.com). ‘Tremendously entertaining... a very special show’ (BroadwayBaby... 

Whalebone

Whalebone

Whalebone is about bodies: who takes up space, how much, and why. Three puppeteers stand awkwardly in corsets. A woman decides to take control of her body – deleting it, piece by piece... 

Me and My Bee

Me and My Bee

Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t. Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world – one bee at a time... 

Finding Nana

Finding Nana

'Room 17. Four walls full of lipstick, laughter, hairspray and Horlicks. Nana is nut brown and wrinkled and she has chicken fillets for arms. And she treats me like I’m way more amazing than I actually am... 

What If the Plane Falls Out of the Sky?

What If the Plane Falls Out of the Sky?

What if how I feel about myself and the world at 4am is the truth? What if people really do think I’ve got a disappointing face? What if I take off all my clothes and my lover just politely turns away? Join residents of Fear Camp as they tackle their sense of impending doom with gleeful enthusiasm and complimentary in-flight drinks... 

Brennan Reece: Everlong

Brennan Reece: Everlong

Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee (me) and English Comedian of the Year (also me) returns with a ‘powerfully entertaining’ (Chortle.co.uk) show about the stars (in the sky), memories (in the mind) and my Nanna (in a home)... 

Confabulation

Confabulation

Every act of remembering is an act of storytelling. So, here's mine. It starts with a spotty teenager at a Motorhead gig and ends at the cutting edge of memory research. The bellowing fans, the smell of beer and sweat, the thunderous music... 

1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D, BBC Radio 4) returns to Edinburgh after a smash-hit, sell-out run in 2016. This year she's exploring the lost women of science... 

Great British Mysteries?

Great British Mysteries?

Do you like mysteries? Are you the sort of person who says: ‘I wonder what that was?’. Then this is the show for you. Join Olive Bacon (Supernaturalist) and Dr Teddy Tyrell (Scorpio), in this live mockumentary adventure investigating monsters, myths and Noel Edmonds... 

Pierre Novellie

Pierre Novellie

Pierre Novellie is a South African from the Isle of Man who lives in London. Pierre does observational comedy for people who think they hate observational comedy, mixed with anecdotes and reasonable whimsy... 

Small Laces

Small Laces

There's a new band in town! Bringing you toe-tapping, hand-clapping, bottom-wiggling tunes full of feel-good factor. A mini pop concert for mini humans. Warning: extremely catchy tunes. 

Ivo Graham: Educated Guess

Ivo Graham: Educated Guess

After an eventful year off (got a new laptop, etc), the boy's back in town with resolutions galore but less courage in his convictions than ever. How much has Ivo learnt? And what good has it done him? As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, As Yet Untitled, Live from the BBC, Fighting Talk... 

Phil Jerrod: Submerged

Phil Jerrod: Submerged

Fresh from supporting Romesh Ranganathan on his nationwide tour, the 'cynical, astute and impassioned' (Chortle.co.uk) comedian returns with his third debut show at the Fringe. Everyone’s obsessed with living longer, looking better, being healthier, but Phil’s still overweight, still hairy and still just about keeping his head above water in a world that’s gone mad... 

Jon Pointing: Act Natural

Jon Pointing: Act Natural

In this much anticipated debut show, Jon Pointing presents Cayden Hunter, an actor who will demonstrate the importance of selflessness and sharing through this (non-participatory) workshop... 

AAA Stand-Up Late

AAA Stand-Up Late

Total sell-out 2010-2016 returns with a brand-new line-up. 'Comedy the way it should be: laugh-a-minute, leaving the audience wishing the show was a little bit longer' **** (Fest). Leo Kearse: 'Kearse is seriously good... 

Lee Nelson: Serious Joker

Lee Nelson: Serious Joker

You’ve seen him sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, now come and see him where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his sensational new show. 'Comedy legend' (Sun)... 

The Giant Jam Sandwich

The Giant Jam Sandwich

One hot summer's day, four million wasps invade the quiet village of Itching Down. Noisy, nasty and worst of all, they don't mind who they sting! That is until the baker has an ingenious idea... 

Joe Sutherland: Model / Actress

Joe Sutherland: Model / Actress

London. Paris. Coventry. Joe Sutherland started from the bottom, now he's... here. This is the tale of a former model turned aspiring model, chasing fame at any cost. From the depths of poverty to the heights of the fashion industry, to the middles of a temp agency... 

The Little Prince and the Pilot

The Little Prince and the Pilot

When famous author/pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who lived many different lives, meets The Little Prince, two adventurous explorers discover the world and what is important in life... 

Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck

Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck

One of the brightest young talents on the comedy scene, with a fresh and fierce female voice, Lauren Pattison has arrived with her hotly anticipated debut hour about embracing your flaws... 

Tim Vine: Sunset Milk Idiot

Tim Vine: Sunset Milk Idiot

Hey, website skimmers! It's Tim Vine returning to the Edinburgh festival, telling lots of silly new jokes, showing off new home-made props, singing some new daft ditties and all with the appearance of confidence! The following subjects will be touched upon briefly: pixie football, jet-propelled Y-fronts and the modern postal system... 

Chris Betts: Bewilderbeest

Chris Betts: Bewilderbeest

Betts is back, but he's got a problem. What do you do when you can't trust the law, the elderly or even yourself? Join him for a hilarious dissemination of human nature, featuring crooked cops and superstitious children... 

Garrett Millerick: The Devil’s Advocate

Garrett Millerick: The Devil’s Advocate

I’ve just accidentally bought a house in the heart of Brexit country. My membership of the Urban Liberal Elite has been rescinded, subsumed into the ranks of the silent majority, I’m totally consumed by home improvement, car magazines, property values, bin day and reality television... 

Rachel Jackson: Bunny Boiler

Rachel Jackson: Bunny Boiler

Bunny Boiler is the debut hour from rising star and ever so slightly unhinged comedian Rachel Jackson (BBC Three, Tupperware Party, Scot Squad). Part biopic, part therapy session and fully geared towards hilarity... 

Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night

Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night

Omid Djalili’s not used to a four o’clock crowd. It’s full of prim Middle Englanders, he jokingly complains, who aren’t prepared to run with material with edge. But, standing onstage in a black velvet jacket, Djalili is not so far removed from the audiences he gently mocks, and his set could really benefit from something of the edge he says the afternoon audience wouldn’t be able to handle... 

Delphine

Delphine

Delphine is a gently comical one-woman show about about a shy and sheltered woman falling in love for the first time. The show is written and performed by Clare Rebekah Pointing, who plays the anxious and quirky Delphine as she negotiates the novelty of first love... 

Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show

Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show

Every year an absolute sell-out! The UK's first and premier award for celebrating live comedy. See the 2016 winner and nominees for one show only! Book early to avoid disappointment as we bring you the stars of tomorrow... 

Massive Lazy Girls

Massive Lazy Girls

Up-and-coming sketch troupes Massive Dad, Lazy Susan and Birthday Girls join forces for a hilarious hour of high-energy comedy. Each group are allotted a third of the show but the atmosphere is one of camaraderie and collaboration, with frequent cameos in sketches bringing all the performers together and giving the show a sense of cohesion... 

Tom Allen: Indeed

Tom Allen: Indeed

Tom Allen presents a hilarious hour of standup comedy in his show Indeed. His jokes fly fast, and innuendos abound. His delivery is quick, and it is laced with witty banter. It seemed like he was dropping as many hilarious asides to the wings as he was jokes... 

NewsRevue 2016

NewsRevue 2016

Over the course of an hour, Canal Cafe Theatre manage to shape the politics of this year into an hour of songs and sketches that feel fun and fresh. If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately – or, realistically, if you have a pulse – you’ll probably know what NewsRevue is going to cover... 

Happiness is a Cup of Tea

Happiness is a Cup of Tea

Life is transient. One day we’re here, the next day we’re at sea, a wisp or a distant memory. Happiness is a Cup of Tea, a one-woman show written and performed by Annie McKenzie, is a treatise on grief... 

Stuart Mitchell: Dealt a Bad Hand

Stuart Mitchell: Dealt a Bad Hand

From BBC Radio Scotland's Breaking the News, 'Scotland's brightest comedy talent' **** (Sun), this is a must-see for 2016. Stuart has been dealt a bad hand, and not just in life. From tragic accidents and medical complications to losing both parents, this debut is a hilarious take on dealing with life's misfortunes and coming out the other end unscathed... 

Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain

Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain

Last year Tez Ilyas experienced something that turned his world upside down. In this hotly anticipated follow up to his 2015 smash hit debut, TEZ Talks, this smart and subversive rising star is back with another bold and deeply personal show... 

Katy Brand: I Was a Teenage Christian

Katy Brand: I Was a Teenage Christian

One Sunday, aged 13, Katy Brand went to a local church service and became a fundamentalist Christian. From then on she attended church four times a week. For seven years she put the 'fun' into fundamentalism... 

The Amazing Scene Machine Does Aardinburgh!

The Amazing Scene Machine Does Aardinburgh!

Celebrate Aardman's 40th birthday with expert Aardman model maker Jim Parkyn and his Amazing Scene Machine. Help create a very special 3D clay painting of Edinburgh featuring some of Aardman’s stars including Morph, Shaun the Sheep, Wallace and Gromit – and your own cast of Aardman-esque people and creatures. 

Kieran Hodgson: Maestro

Kieran Hodgson: Maestro

In 2003 Kieran Hodgson heard the music of Gustav Mahler and decided to write a symphony. 13 years later Kieran returns to the Fringe with a violin and a story about falling in love and attempting something far beyond your abilities... 

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood is neither the best of times, nor the worst of times, but over a ninety-minute running time it is a something of an odd construction. There is no extra blood (in fact, much less than the book) and even the two cities themselves seem reduced in status... 

Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex

Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex

Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex is the sex-ed class we all wish we’d had. Starring a young cast and recounting real life experiences, Propolis Theatre’s production talks honestly about sex... 

Rose Matafeo is Finally Dead

Rose Matafeo is Finally Dead

The initial conceit of this show is that we’re all present at the funeral for Rose Matafeo. This seems interesting enough, at the start, not to mention it’s probably one of the reasons a lot of people go to the show... 

Goggles

Goggles

Goggles is a simple, quirky and deeply endearing devised piece in which comedy double-act ThisEgg explore the complexities of love and friendship through that most profoundly allegorical of animals: the goldfish... 

Playing Maggie... The Iron Lady

Playing Maggie... The Iron Lady

Fringe favourite Pip Utton returns for his superlative performance of Margaret Thatcher in his enlightening and intimate show Playing Maggie…The Iron Lady. However this isn’t just a simple impersonation: this show operates on multiple levels with Utton first playing an actor named Simon, who in turn is preparing to play Maggie, allowing Utton to explore multiple perspectives and make us think more deeply about the issues raised in the show... 

Orlando Baxter: Suspensions, Detentions and Summer Vacations

Orlando Baxter: Suspensions, Detentions and Summer Vacations

Watching Orlando Baxter perform is like sitting down with your favourite teacher again: you hang on his every word. He’s levelheaded, devastatingly clever, and above all, brutally honest... 

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton returns to the Edinburgh Fringe this year with an improvised comedy show. Unsurprisingly, the hype and expectations of the audience were high, but Merton, along with his four guest comics, did not disappoint... 

Folie à Deux

Folie à Deux

High-wire improvised comedy from two of the stars of Chortle Award-winning Fringe hit, Austentatious. Riffing on a single word from the audience, Andrew Hunter Murray (QI's No Such Thing as a Fish) and Charlotte Gittins (Grand Theft Impro) fearlessly entangle themselves in an hour of hilariously inventive character improv... 

Cardinal Burns Presents

Cardinal Burns Presents

British Comedy Award-winning sketch heroes Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns – fresh from their sell out monthly show in Hackney where anything goes – bring their show to Pleasance for four nights only... 

Helen Duff: Come With Me

Helen Duff: Come With Me

Helen Duff has gone from strength to strength, after her hilarious yet heart-breaking Vanity Bites Back show last year. She’s proven herself to be a veritable master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning in Come With Me... 

Rory O'Keeffe: Monoglot

Rory O'Keeffe: Monoglot

Monoglot is a show about linguistics and languages. It is a show that is thoughtful and self-aware. It is a show that is funny, and not particularly outrageous or crude. In other words, this is a show you could bring home to mum... 

Emma Sidi: Telenovela

Emma Sidi: Telenovela

Emma Sidi manages to squeeze in all of our favourite soap opera tropes, from relationship problems to paternity tests, drug addiction to hot-headed murder (don’t worry no spoilers), as she romps through this histrionic hour of riotous character comedy... 

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Starting a show with a song containing the lyrics “it’s a stupid idea and it’ll never work” feels somewhat disingenuous when the song’s fully orchestrated and lit. Nonetheless, Beardyman (Darren Foreman) doesn’t disappoint when it comes to his incredible ability to conjure up new tracks on the spot... 

Paul McMullan: Alcopop

Paul McMullan: Alcopop

Paul McMullan’s debut fringe show is stuffed full of clever insights into the world of British drinking culture and its potentially destructive nature. The show is less stand-up and more spoken-word and storytelling, yet still manages to be an amusing and heartfelt piece from an endearing and engaging performer... 

Mr Swallow – Houdini

Mr Swallow – Houdini

It’s not every day you find yourself leaning forward on your seat due to the sheer suspense of a show. Looking across, the tension has caught everybody in the same way: people are straining their necks to get the best view... 

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden is an accomplished comedian. This is accomplished comedy. Sometimes provocative, sometimes self-deprecating, Straight Outta Cruttenden seamlessly integrates an entertaining set with razor-sharp audience interaction... 

Cafe Palestine

Cafe Palestine

Young Palestinian performers from Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem, will come together with Fringe favourites and surprise guests for this unique review show. Featuring the Alrowwad Youth Theatre's take on traditional Palestinian dabka dance and a changing roster of well-known comedians and musicians from the Artists for Palestine UK network... 

The Forest

The Forest

Trapped in lives filled with daydreams, Thea and Robin both crave an escape from their everyday routines. One day, they are drawn into the dark and mysterious forest and find themselves on an unexpected journey of self-discovery filled with surprising encounters and experiences that change their lives forever... 

Liza Pulman: Everything's Coming Up Roses

Liza Pulman: Everything's Coming Up Roses

Enjoy an afternoon with Liza in an expertly pruned show about flowers, gardens and all things green! From Tip Toe Through The Tulips to Neil Diamond’s You Don’t Bring Me Flowers... 

Yokes Night

Yokes Night

A loophole in Irish law allows for the legal of consumption of Class-A drugs for 24 hours, and the youth of Dublin are not going to let Yokes Night slip by without taking full advantage... 

AART

AART

As Mikey (Andrew Bridge) welcomes you to thePleasance Green, he’s very chatty, dressed in an unusual combination of sports shorts, a yellow jumper and a sparkly poncho. This is a workshop... 

Birthday Girls: Sh!t Hot Party Legends

Birthday Girls: Sh!t Hot Party Legends

Birthday Girls blast party anthems as the crowd files in. Beattie Edmondson, Rose Johnson and Camille Ucan are daubing glitter onto the faces of audience members and handing out vodka shots: pre-state pre-drinks... 

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Hysterical Woman

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Hysterical Woman

Standing defiantly under the glare of a neon working men’s club sign, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean tackles schema in a bold and impressive solo hour. Pritchard-Mclean lays down her own world of pre-conceived notions and invites us to do the same- after all, it’s only human nature... 

James Acaster: Reset

James Acaster: Reset

James Acaster finds himself with something to look forward to. Something he's always wanted. Something we all want. Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015... 

We Live by the Sea

We Live by the Sea

We Live by the Sea is a feel-good tale, exploring the day-to-day life of an autistic teenager in Filey. With strong performances, excellent live music and ambitious direction, there is a lot to like about this production... 

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here

Returning once again to the Pleasance stage, Mark Watson is not all there. He’s having a bit of an identity crisis... and you are invited to watch the hilarious breakdown.Mark Watson is one of those comedians that come across as nervous, fidgety on the stage, though oddly it puts you at immense ease in their show... 

Swivelhead

Swivelhead

It is my objective and dream, when at the Edinburgh Fringe, to discover great new writing – plays that are just beginning to make their way onto the world's stages, at the forefront of contemporary drama... 

Matt Forde: It's My Political Party (and I'll Cry if I Want to)

Matt Forde: It's My Political Party (and I'll Cry if I Want to)

Matt Forde begins by promising his audience that he will definitely not resign in the middle of his act. Having originally written his show on the premise that Britain votes to remain in the European Union, Forde has had to rewrite all his material for this year’s Fringe – and on tonight’s evidence, the Brexit outcome seems to have given him more license for mischief, more politicians to make fun of; a gift, in fact, for a comedian like him... 

Pete Firman – TriX

Pete Firman – TriX

Pete Firman’s tenth Edinburgh Fringe show has a short prelude: a montage of the posters of his previous nine shows. This is a nice touch, to remind you that you are in the hands of probably the most prolific comedy-magician there is at the moment... 

Mark Watson's Edinborolympics

Mark Watson's Edinborolympics

The third biannual sports-meets-comedy smashdown returns to Edinburgh to cause even more mess, blood and hilarity. Top international comedians compete in stupid, inadvisable events... 

Lolly 2

Lolly 2

Thirty seconds in and an audience member is on the stage already: Lolly Adefope doesn’t mess around. Diving straight in, this is a comedic character actor who doesn’t stop for breath once in this incredibly slick show... 

Sean McLoughlin: Kamikaze

Sean McLoughlin: Kamikaze

Looking like footballer Lionel Messi, and bearing a name that has him often confused with comedian Sean Locke, this year Sean McLoughlin is on the lookout for some fans of his very own... 

Seann Walsh: One for the Road

Seann Walsh: One for the Road

Seann Walsh is a brilliant observational comic, with an ability to tease out the comicality of even the most mundane, everyday occurrence. In his latest show, One for the Road, he explores the ways in which his life has changed recently, and questions whether these changes are down to his age or becoming middle class... 

Comedy Reserve at the Courtyard

Comedy Reserve at the Courtyard

Comedy Reserve presents a great opportunity to see four of the Fringe’s ‘up-and-coming’ acts in an hour-long compilation show.This year’s line-up includes Alasdair Beckett-King, Jack Carrol, Kae Kurd, and Tom Lucy... 

Ribbet Ribbet Croak

Ribbet Ribbet Croak

Ribbet Ribbet Croak is a gentle and successful piece of theatre for younger children, as well as being very suitable for PMLD and ASD family groups.The story is simple. Grandpa Frog and Grandma Frog leave the pond to plan a surprise for their little Grandfrogs... 

Matt Forde's Political Party Podcast

Matt Forde's Political Party Podcast

Following three years of sell-out London shows Matt Forde's Political Party returns to Edinburgh for a one-off special! Previous guests include: Tony Blair, Nigel Farage, Michael Portillo, Liz Kendall, and Alastair Campbell... 

Sleeping Trees: Sci-Fi?

Sleeping Trees: Sci-Fi?

After Mafia? and Western? at previous Fringes, comedy trio Sleeping Trees now turn their gaze to the stars. Sci Fi? is a gloriously parodic space opera, complete with an evil army of French robots, plenty of planet-hopping and a melodramatic supervillain... 

Rhapsodes

Rhapsodes

Improvised comedy at its most virtuosic, Sean McCann and Adam Meggido (of Showstoppers! The Improvised Musical and School of Night fame) are two masters of their artform, with an awe-inspiring level of verbal and imaginative prowess and wit... 

Carl Donnelly: Bad Man Tings

Carl Donnelly: Bad Man Tings

Carl Donnelly has reached peak age, he’s a vegan, he recently took up yoga, and he’s content with his life – I know it doesn’t sound like a good recipe for stand-up but somehow, it really, really is... 

Naomi Petersen: I am Telling You I'm Not Going

Naomi Petersen: I am Telling You I'm Not Going

Naomi Petersen is a newcomer to the Fringe and in this whirlwind hour of musical and character comedy the laughs fail to keep pace with her sky-high enthusiasm.Petersen is agoraphobic and has been living in her performance venue in Pleasance Courtyard for the last year... 

Swansong

Swansong

Four strangers survive the end of the world and end up stranded in a swan pedalo. Together, they try to piece together what life was like in the old world and what it could be in the new... 

Bella Younger’s Deliciously Stella

Bella Younger’s Deliciously Stella

Deliciously Stella is what you expect her to be: if you’ve seen the Instagram account which has become a viral hit with its piss-take of ‘fitspiration’ and other smug hashtags, you’re pretty much set up for the hour... 

60 Acts in 60 Minutes

60 Acts in 60 Minutes

Since its Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut back in 2001 this incredible variety show has been performed on BBC Three, BBC Radio 4, and London's West End. The show is a high-octane extravaganza that does exactly what it says on the tin... 

Chortle Student Comedy Award Final

Chortle Student Comedy Award Final

Hundreds entered, eight survive – now one will be crowned Britain's funniest student 2016. Previous Chortle student finalists include Simon Bird, Chris Ramsey, Tom Rosenthal, Joe Lycett... 

The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

A top night of comedy with all proceeds going to Waverley Care, a charity providing care and support to people living with HIV or Hepatitis C throughout Scotland. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Pleasance and Waverley Care working in partnership together at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, so it's sure to be an extra special show! Previous Tartan Ribbon line-ups include Michael McIntyre, Russell Howard, Katherine Ryan, Tim Vine and Jason Byrne, plus many more... 

Daniel Nils Roberts: Honey

Daniel Nils Roberts: Honey

Life from a bear’s point of view is as strange and wonderful as you would expect it to be. Daniel Nils Roberts ursine-themed Honey mixes character comedy and multimedia in a very clever, very confident Edinburgh Fringe solo debut... 

John Hastings: Integrity

John Hastings: Integrity

Unbelievably clever, deftly executed and outrageously funny, John Hasting returns once again to the Fringe with his new show Integrity. In a faultless performance Hasting’s guides us through one day of his five weeks of purgatory back home in Canada awaiting for his renewed British visa while simultaneously battling with a blonde woman in the audience who had the temerity to go to the loo half-way through the show... 

Chris Turner: Observational Tragedy

Chris Turner: Observational Tragedy

Last year Chris Turner brought a show about his physical wellbeing to the Edinburgh stage, blending stand-up and rapping to explore his brushes with mortality. This year he uses that same approach but turns the spotlight on cerebral matters... 

Flanders and Swann

Flanders and Swann

The songs and wit of those masters of mayhem, mirth and Madeira – timeless comedy legends, Flanders and Swann. This internationally award-winning show is back with all the favourites – The Hippopotamus (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud), The Gnu, The Gas Man Cometh and more... 

Follow Me

Follow Me

Nansi has just become a big sister for the very first time. She’s worried that her life is going to change forever. To deal with the new arrival she escapes into her own imaginary world and becomes an elephant like her favourite soft toy... 

Zero Down

Zero Down

If you’ve been living a safe, healthy lifestyle under a rock, then you might not know that the NHS has been doing less than fantastic as of late. Underfunded and overcrowded, it’s a serious topic for political conversation and, apparently, plays... 

Spanktacular

Spanktacular

Spank! returns for an incredible 13th year with sexy hosts, awesome comedians and the inevitable gratuitous nudity. With the most exciting comedy and cabaret talent on the Fringe, don't miss the 'best wild night out' (Scotland on Sunday) at the festival! Spank! You love it! 'This is what the festival should be about' (List)... 

This Glorious Monster: Wrong 'Uns

This Glorious Monster: Wrong 'Uns

Wrong ‘Uns is aptly titled because there is plenty of them packed into this hour of sketch comedy. The easily offended beware, this probably isn’t for you.This show is a mixed bag and fails to rise above the average level set for sketch comedy, but it's certainly entertaining viewing... 

Jonathan Pie: Live

Jonathan Pie: Live

Pretend news reporter Jonathan Pie – the creation of actor Tom Walker – has risen to public attention, during the last year, thanks to a succession of videos on YouTube which allegedly reveal what happens in-between the regular “in the field” reports to camera that have become the basic vocabulary of television news... 

Andrew Hunter Murray: Round One

Andrew Hunter Murray: Round One

Star of Austentacious, No Such Thing as Fish (and its television transfer - No Such Thing as the News), the QI Elf finally has his one-man-show. Luckily, he carries it off with delight and offers something out of the ordinary for character show... 

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

If you’re expecting a cosy drawing-room comedy about an aging female relative then you have clearly not read the publicity and are in for a big surprise. There is no aunt Sally. Instead, you’re treated to seventy minutes of minimalism, mathematics, mobile phones and much, much more... 

Radio Active

Radio Active

Radio Active is an 80s Radio 4 satirical sketch show, born from the Oxford Revue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It ran for seven series and was hugely popular. Episodes were geared towards sending up celebrity and the media more than politicians, with the show not to taking itself too seriously... 

The Bookbinder

The Bookbinder

It’s not every day that you stumble across a play that is as enchanting as The Bookbinder. Through stunningly crafted puppetry and ingenious lighting solutions, this one-man fiction breathes life into a fragile paper world, and it is marvellous to watch... 

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Familia de la Noche’s production of Gulliver’s Travels is an adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s satirical novel following several adventures of Lemuel Gulliver as he travels to the land of the tiny people on Lilliput, the giant people in Brobdingnag, the Castle in the Sky of Laputa and finally to the country of the Houyhnhnms... 

Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed

A surprisingly moving hour of theatre, Something Borrowed deals with the struggles of a 21st-century, 20-something feminist trying to reconcile the desire for the perfect fairy tale wedding, ingrained in her from childhood, and her rebellion against the patriarchal tradition of marriage... 

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

It was immediately evident upon walking into the jam-packed Cabaret Bar that I was significantly changing the demographic awaiting the arrival of radio and television legend and national treasure, Nicholas Parsons... 

Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face?

Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face?

As it turns out there are lots of reasons for Marcus to have a long face at the moment, not least because he was born with one. Having suffered heartbreak for the first time in his 43 years, it’s somewhat appropriate that Marcus’ latest fringe offering revolves around reasons to be unhappy... 

Kill the Beast: He Had Hairy Hands

Kill the Beast: He Had Hairy Hands

Imagine Hot Fuzz meets Hollyoaks meets Hammer Horror. Then add some incredibly camp, fabulously choreographed dance sequences and a host of bizarrely grotesque facial expressions. Now you’re getting close to an approximation of Kill The Beast’s hilariously macabre production of He Had Hairy Hands... 

Scary Shit

Scary Shit

A combination of silly and serious is something rarely achieved with any success. However Rhiannon Faith’s production of Scary Shit seems to have excelled in this niche field of theatre... 

Hamlet in Bed

Hamlet in Bed

Hamlet in Bed is an exploration of one man’s obsession with Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece ‘The play's the thing’ that forms the subject of the production and also the means by which the plot is created... 

Norris & Parker: See You at the Gallows

Norris & Parker: See You at the Gallows

Dark humour isn’t in short supply this Fringe - in case you hadn’t noticed, celebrity and political news of late has had a tangible effect on performers. That’s what happens when you find topical comedy in 2016, we’re all learning... 

Phil Jerrod: Hypocrite

Phil Jerrod: Hypocrite

This is a very funny hour of stand-up from a bearded man. With an impressive eye bulge and great stage presence Jerrod builds a rapport with the audience very shortly after entering the stage... 

Colin Hoult / Anna Mann: A Sketch Show for Depressives

Colin Hoult / Anna Mann: A Sketch Show for Depressives

There’s surely no better sign that mental health issues – and depression in particular – are becoming more openly discussed than for the likes of Colin Hoult to come along and start taking the piss... 

Yeti's – Demon Dive Bar

Yeti's – Demon Dive Bar

There’s a warm and weird welcome upon arrival at Yeti’s - Demon Dive Bar. Popcorn flies, hands are stamped and the two hosts climb around the audience, ensuring everyone is immediately immersed in the distinctly oddball scene... 

The Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS) Live on Stage!

The Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS) Live on Stage!

Australian musical trio Doug Anthony All-Stars were the anarchic kings of the alternative comedy scene in the late 80s and early 90s, achieving considerable success with such sleeper hits as "Commies for Christ" and "I Fuck Dogs"... 

Loren O'Brien: Who?

Loren O'Brien: Who?

A cross between the mass appeal of Amy Schumer and the niche quirkiness of Jenna Marbles, Loren O’Brien is trying to work out her own identity. Everyone at school forgot they’d met her, no-one could even remember her name: “Loren isn’t even a name!” she laments... 

Loyiso Gola: Dude, Where's My Lion?

Loyiso Gola: Dude, Where's My Lion?

Loyiso Gola is a rare kind of stand-up comic. There’s no doubt that he’s practised and polished his material but his performance is so natural and relaxed that you forget he’s doing a set and think he’s just having a chat with you, with a few fantastic stories thrown into the mix... 

Iain Stirling: Onwards!

Iain Stirling: Onwards!

Iain’s latest Fringe offering, Onwards!, focuses on his own experiences to explore life as a twenty-something in 2016. He questions his life’s direction, with musings on his career path, fitness level, and how he’s doing compared to his friends... 

Teatro Delusio

Teatro Delusio

Possibly the most beautiful show you will watch at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, Teatro Delusio is a marvel: original, stunningly choreographed, very funny and incredibly moving. This is physical theatre at its zenith... 

Lucy Porter: Consequences

Lucy Porter: Consequences

In her latest hour, family favourite Lucy Porter reflects on her younger, more radical self with trademark warmth and verve.‘If you’re in your twenties, this show is not for you’, she says as she stands beside a drinks trolley, doling out sherry to members of the audience... 

Lazy Susan: Crazy Sexy Fool

Lazy Susan: Crazy Sexy Fool

Comedy twosome Freya Parker and Celeste Dring are back with more off-the-wall sketches and impeccably observed characters.Crazy Sexy Fool feels like playtime on speed. Indeed the show opens with Parker and Dring in enormous furry bear heads snorting a pound of white powder – coke “generously provided by the Arts council”, Parker informs us... 

Felicity Ward: 50% More Likely to Die

Felicity Ward: 50% More Likely to Die

Delivered with buckets of energy and enthusiasm, Felicity Ward’s new show is lively, facetious and a little erratic. Her performance style is so unerringly likeable that even the meanest of her frequent episodes of audience bullying feel warmly administered, sandwiching patronising words of encouragement about the audience’s attempts at laughter between self-deprecation and humility... 

Kate Lucas: Whatever Happened to Kate Lucas?

Kate Lucas: Whatever Happened to Kate Lucas?

Wickedly naughty and deliciously dark, Kate’s dual talents as a comedian and singer/songwriter are ripe for consumption. Forbidden fruits aplenty, come and enjoy the toe-curling honesty that makes this show a stand out in the comedy lineup this year... 

Jonny Pelham: Fool's Paradise

Jonny Pelham: Fool's Paradise

Jonny Pelham returns to the Fringe for his second year performing stand up at the Pleasance Courtyard. Jonny Pelham: Fool’s Paradise is an introduction to Jonny – what makes him tick, his social phobias and inability to a find love... 

William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)

William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)

In a festival saturated with comedy shows about Shakespeare, the Reduced Shakespeare Company continue to reign supreme as the undisputed masters at reimagining the Bard into hilarious entertainment... 

My Name is Gideon: Songs, Space Travel and Everything In-Between

My Name is Gideon: Songs, Space Travel and Everything In-Between

Gideon Irving is a travelling musician looking for new friends all over the world. Full of stories to tell and music to play, Gideon is a dry-humoured, charismatic, and inventive talent... 

Dropped

Dropped

There’s a lot of camouflage in Dropped. The physical sort is evident from the outset. Two female soldiers dressed in desert gear sit tented beneath netting waiting to be rescued. The scene is heavily military... 

Labels

Labels

Joe Sellman-Leava has lived with labels his entire life and he also has to live with the consequences of them. He knows they can be helpful: his dad uses them to find reduced items in the supermarket... 

1 Woman, a Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, a Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

Put Miranda Hart in a rocket with an extra dose of feminism and whimsy and you get Samantha Baines’ 1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox. Baines bounces about the space with an infectious energy, spouting popular science facts and wrangling every single googled tidbit into a pun... 

Jess Robinson: Impressive

Jess Robinson: Impressive

I should declare an interest here. I was a professional impressionist for twenty years (Dead Ringers, series 1 – they didn't invite me back for the next fifteen) who understands that every impressionist has ten bankers, twenty pretty accurate soundalikes and a plethora of cartoon voices that live or die by the chutzpah and belief with which they are imbued... 

Tom Ward: Sex, Snails and Cassette Tapes

Tom Ward: Sex, Snails and Cassette Tapes

Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths is playing loudly when Tom Ward ambles into his Pleasance performance space, setting an informal tone which persists throughout this enjoyably offbeat hour of comedy... 

Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain

Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain

Tez Ilyas’ new show Made in Britain is not subtle. And in his defence it can’t be. Explaining what it is like to grow up as a British Muslim, or a British National Pakistani (BNP for short), is far from straightforward... 

Giants

Giants

Like every year, there are an awful lot of young white men who’ve arrived at this year’s Fringe, sketch show in tow. Will Hislop and Barney Fishwick — the duo behind Giants — are fully aware of this, sheepishly acknowledging the genre-wide homogeneity during their opening skit... 

Gráinne Maguire: Great People Making Great Choices

Gráinne Maguire: Great People Making Great Choices

Graínne Maguire is a pretty cool woman, and once trended worldwide for tweeting the Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) updates on her menstrual cycle. The laughs may not come thick and fast in her latest show, but Maguire’s tight structure and impressive subject matter meant there was much to be enjoyed... 

James Acaster: Reset

James Acaster: Reset

Always the bridesmaid never the bride is perhaps a somber way to sum up James Acaster’s Fringe experience to date, having been nominated for more Edinburgh Comedy Awards than anybody else, without yet picking up that gong... 

Phil Dunning: The People's Prince

Phil Dunning: The People's Prince

As his simple but extremely catchy theme tune states at the outset of The People’s Prince, his name is Phil. At first it is anyway. By the end of the show this talented character comedian uses a long list of other names as he works his way through an impressively eclectic and often very funny selection of alternate personalities... 

Will Duggan: A Man Gathering Fish

Will Duggan: A Man Gathering Fish

Will Duggan is an angry man and it’s not entirely clear why. By his own admission he’s having a fine time of it as a straight, white, middle-class man in a country where being those things give you advantages over others... 

The Mission

The Mission

Set in 2057, a time not too far away from our own, The Mission charts the selection and preparation for an unprecedented space exploration by an unremarkable and apparently run-of-the-mill protagonist – Jenny... 

Happy Dave

Happy Dave

Bloody Happy Dave. I can’t lie, it sounds bad on paper: office boy reclaims the glory days as a DJ. He was good, he tells us. His raves were the greatest in England, or they were until the bilious Criminal Justice Act of 1994 that outlawed them... 

The Noise Next Door's Comedy Lock-In

The Noise Next Door's Comedy Lock-In

Do you like improv? Do you like standup? Hate having to choose between the two? Well, at The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-In, you don’t have to settle – you can see both! Yes, at this you’ll even get the chance to see both short-form and long-form improv comedy, as well as two standup sets performed by new and different special guests every night... 

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Nina Conti: In Your Face

The hype for Nina Conti is huge. She is performing in a massive and sold out venue, walking in feels akin to walking into the olympic stadium. The atmosphere of the audience creates a huge sense of occasion and excitement... 

Cautionary Kate

Cautionary Kate

With an energetic physicality and endearing vulnerability, Katie Sherrard’s hungover mess of a character walks the audience through the familiar state of trying simultaneously to remember that hazy night before and block it out entirely, adding a slightly darker twist... 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstoppers! have a strong reputation preceding them, made evident by the number of people in the packed auditorium murmuring excitedly before the lights go down. The atmosphere is similar to that of the West End of London, which makes sense, considering during their time there they won an Olivier Award... 

Strange Face – Adventures With a Lost Nick Drake Recording

Strange Face – Adventures With a Lost Nick Drake Recording

Strange Face is Michael Burdett’s story; Drake himself is something of a side character. The show opens with Burdett offering a short biography of Drake’s tragic young life. Born abroad, dropping out of Cambridge to pursue a career in music, three astonishing, hazy, sad albums and no mainstream success, and death by suicide at the age of twenty-six... 

Fresher

Fresher

There are two very good reasons for going to see Fresher: it is an outstanding play that ingeniously tackles contemporary issues, and the production is also raising money for Young Minds, a charity specialising in mental health services for young people... 

Alice Unhinged

Alice Unhinged

This is an accomplished show from Young Pleasance, which re-imagines Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland with just the right blend of Carroll-esque surrealism and a new, fresh vision... 

Darktales

Darktales

Beckman Unicorn presents Darktales, an accomplished piece of storytelling, which seamlessly weaves together stories while skillfully managing to subvert and play with its audience’s expectations until the very end... 

Dracula

Dracula

Performed with high energy and boundless amounts of enthusiasm, Let them Call it Mischief’s irreverent and fast paced take on Bram Stoker's Gothic horror story is decent fun, if lacking in any truly stand out comedic moments... 

Farewell Tim

Farewell Tim

What is it that makes Tim so different from you and I? Apart from being dead, nothing really. And apart from having his life celebrated in an hour of sketches? Whatever, we've all been there... 

The Naked Magicians

The Naked Magicians

'It's R-rated magic at its stunning best' (TheGlobalGoddess.com). Following sold out shows and rave reviews in Australia, Asia, USA, Canada and New Zealand, the world's funniest and naughtiest magic show The Naked Magicians is coming to Edinburgh! 'They are hot, mind-blowing and seriously hilarious... 

HUB Fresh

HUB Fresh

The best place to discover new comedy on the Fringe! Join us for a weekly line-up of comedians, all making their Pleasance debuts this year. See established acts performing alongside the very best comedy newcomers... 

Circleville, Circlevalley

Circleville, Circlevalley

The beauty of a new play, from a new company, is that expectations are at rock bottom. Well, with Circleville, Circlevalley, expectations soon shoot sky high.A drama therapy class led by Ellen (portrayed compassionately by Rebecca Hamilton) encourages its attendants to imagine their own world... 

Eurobeat

Eurobeat

The UK may have had some issues with its European neighbours recently in the political world but perhaps all we need is a little bit of glitter and pop to bring us all together. Eurobeat is s new comedy musical that will bring smiles to diehard Eurovision buffs and Euro-newbies alike... 

Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield

Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield

In a melancholic solo show about growing up and facing the inevitable realisation that there is no Narnia, only the real world, we accompany Lucy Grace on an exploration of the ‘real’ Lucy Pevensie: CS Lewis’s goddaughter, Lucy Barfield... 

They Built It. No One Came.

They Built It. No One Came.

This is the story of two men who were very, very good at failing. From this true story, Fledging Theatre have created a rather enjoyable show. Hunkered down in a bunker with a relatively bare set, this production—mainly three actors, an on-stage actor/musician, and some technical aid—explores the lives of two hapless men who set up a peaceful commune in a world that doesn’t really care... 

Jamali Maddix: Chickens Come Home to Roost

Jamali Maddix: Chickens Come Home to Roost

Jamali Maddix creates a buzz when he enters the stage, and why not? He's a cool guy. After storming the Chortle Student Comedy Award in 2014, of course there's a high accolade attached to his material, but none of it shows... 

Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity – A Live Action Graphic Novel

Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity – A Live Action Graphic Novel

Intergalactic Nemesis was like being trapped in a lift that wouldn’t stop going up or down, it made me angry on so many levels.Billed as a real-life graphic novel, the cast stand behind microphones as comic panels are shown behind them and a foley artist makes effects, all accompanied by a live piano... 

The Chicken Trial

The Chicken Trial

Was it animal cruelty to bring 6 chickens to a rowdy nightclub, and is that the wrong question? The Chicken Trial is a “documentary fantasy” recounting the trial of Makode Linde, an art student who brought chickens to an animal-themed club night... 

Krapp 39

Krapp 39

Michael Laurence’s dense, complex and lyrically-beautiful script reworks Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape in an exploration of expectation, ageing and memory.The original play presents a 69-year-old Krapp listening to the autobiographical tapes he made in years gone by - starting with the one he recorded on his 39th birthday... 

The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

Joyous in every way, The Snail and the Whale by Tall Stories is a textbook example of how to do theatre for children right.The plot follows Amy Tobias as a young girl and Patrick Bridgman as her father who together tell their favourite bedtime story of The Snail and the Whale... 

Michelle Wolf: So Brave

Michelle Wolf: So Brave

“Isn’t it a wonderful time to be alive?” Michelle Wolf’s opening statement elicited a telling silence from the crowd. “Not so much”, was the telepathic response. But for a comedian like Wolf, a year as cataclysmic as 2016 is something of a treat, a near-limitless stimulus for comedy... 

Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud

Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud

Nish Kumar has provided a wily hour of satire as some people could sit for the entire show and not realise it’s really a show about politics. Here he perfectly demonstrates that the personal is the political by weaving tales from his life and clever use of hilarious analogies... 

Larry Dean: Farcissist

Larry Dean: Farcissist

Male stand up comedians from certain parts of Glasgow often face a significant impediment; they can’t help but sound like Billy Connolly, and so inevitably find themselves compared with “the Big Yin” – especially when performing in old rival city Edinburgh... 

Sophie Willan: On Record

Sophie Willan: On Record

Sophie Willan is rebellious, defiant and rude.So declared the social workers, teachers and disgruntled school parents who came into contact with Willan over the course of her turbulent youth... 

Stuart Mitchell: Dealt a Bad Hand

Stuart Mitchell: Dealt a Bad Hand

As soon as Stuart Mitchell entered the room, I knew I was in a safe pair of hands. His easy confidence and repartee with the audience meant that there was none of the five or ten minute’s awkwardness whilst the comic waits for the room to warm to him... 

Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm

Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm

You may know Susan from QI, HIGNFY, News Quiz, or Mock the Week, now she’s back at the Fringe with a brand new hour of comedy. Be prepared – there’s a storm coming, and it’s in the form of a tiny lady with nothing to lose... 

Johnny Cochrane: Appeal

Johnny Cochrane: Appeal

When life gives you lemons, those with an optimistic, can-do attitude invariably suggest you make lemonade. Bright-eyed, eager-to-please Johnny Cochrane certainly embodies this positive approach to life, not least by capitalising on how his name sounds the same as O J Simpson’s famous lawyer Jonnie Cochran... 

The Amazing Scene Machine

The Amazing Scene Machine

Join expert model maker and Aardman animator, Jim Parkyn, and make your own mini masterpiece in this hands-on model making workshop. Feed the machine to create an amazing Plasti-Scene and even appear in this unusual experience! 

Arthur Smith – Mindlessness: A Beginner's Guide

Arthur Smith – Mindlessness: A Beginner's Guide

Want to find peace of mind but can't be arsed to get up early for yoga? Would rather be in the pub than chanting naked up a mountain? Worried your spiritual journey may involve bus replacement? Seek total happiness everyday forever but fear this may not be possible? Irritated by all these questions? Then come to this show and have it all sorted out for you by mindlessness hipster guru Arthur Smith... 

Darren Walsh: S'Pun

Darren Walsh: S'Pun

Unsurprisingly Darren Walsh's S'Pun is an hour of puns. Depending on how you feel about puns you may add or subtract a star to my rating.The quality of the jokes ranges wildly, which is an inherent issue with this format of comedy... 

The Duke

The Duke

Ushered into our venue we’re greeted by our protagonist, Sean (Hugh Hughes), who gives us a warm handshake and a smile. With a show that treads the lines ever so finely between theatre, spoken word and a chitchat down the pub, this opening gesture seems to seal a warmth in the audience’s hearts that stays with us for the sixty minutes we sit and listen to this man’s story... 

Future Perfect

Future Perfect

Is there a moment from your past that you'd like to change? Dominic's certainly got one. Travel backwards and forwards in time with Dominic as he frantically tries to fix things. Can he change the past and make his future perfect? A comical interactive adventure for kids aged 8-12 and their grown-ups. 

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

The best and brightest of this year's Fringe comics in a great value lunchtime compilation showcase, hand-picked from across the Fringe. With a new line-up every day, this is the best way to start the day, for comedians and festival comedy fans alike... 

Trolling

Trolling

A mysterious young woman with a dark secret asks an internet-addicted loner to help her disappear off-grid for a year. Written by and starring Rob Crouch (Oliver Reed: Wild Thing). Director: Fringe First winner Hannah Eidinow... 

Annie McGrath: The Seven Ages of An

Annie McGrath: The Seven Ages of An

Annie McGrath (one half of sketch duo, Twins) presents her highly anticipated debut stand-up show: The Seven Ages of An. Annie has written and performed on ITV2's @elevenish, Channel 4's Girls Go Trolling, and BBC Radio 4 Extra... 

AAA Stand-Up Late

AAA Stand-Up Late

Total sell-out 2010-2015 returns with a brand new line-up. 'Comedy the way it should be: laugh-a-minute, leaving the audience wishing the show was a little bit longer' **** (Fest). Danny O'Brien: 'Destined for stardom' (Laughter Lounge)... 

AAA Stand-Up

AAA Stand-Up

Total sell-out 2005-2015 returns with a brand new line-up. 'Comedy the way it should be: laugh-a-minute, leaving the audience wishing the show was a little bit longer' **** (Fest). Rob Mulholland: 'Quirky but confident... 

Mermalade

Mermalade

A little mermaid she is not. Left with a note, a pearl, and three annoying oysters for company, Mermalade is determined to make sense of it all. She is brave enough to confront the biggest entities in the Universe... 

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here

Mark Watson: I'm Not Here

'Terrifyingly funny' (Times). 'Belly laugh brilliant... The audience was weeping with laughter' (Time Out). Mark Watson returns with the follow-up show to his highly celebrated and successful Flaws... 

Stuart Laws: So Preoccupied With Whether or Not He Could That He Didn't Stop to Think Whether He Should (1hr Show)

Stuart Laws: So Preoccupied With Whether or Not He Could That He Didn't Stop to Think Whether He Should (1hr Show)

Stuart Laws is the guy who does all the comedy at Turtle Canyon Comedy and supported James Acaster on tour. He's also surprised everyone by getting on to his fourth hour. He really can't go into it, but it's about the summer of 2001, puffins, breweries and paper rounds... 

Snail and I Take a Journey

Snail and I Take a Journey

A story of a little snail with a big dream, who tries to make it past doubting friends, to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Along the way he makes new friends who teach him the importance of positivity and determination! This fun interactive children’s drama workshop allows young people to become involved in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe like never before... 

Al Porter: At Large

Al Porter: At Large

Irish star Al Porter, as seen on BBC Two's Live at the Apollo, follows up his hugely successful Edinburgh debut with a brand new show full of cheekiness, honesty and sparkling showmanship! Still at home in Dublin, 23-year-old Al has plenty of gossip from accidentally kidnapping his godson to holidaying with twenty middle-aged strangers! A feel good hour full of his trademark council-estate camp! ‘Clearly destined for arenas’ (Loaded, UK)... 

I Hate Children Children's Show

I Hate Children Children's Show

Fast! Fun! Irreverent! Funny! This is the award-winning Fringe show that makes your children the star of an outstanding afternoon of fun, magic, music and frivolous frivolity. Treat yourself to the only kids show that not only allows adult beverages but also encourages adults to drink away the pain of parenting... 

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

Little Red is clever, Little Red is bright, Little Red will find a way to beat you in a fight. Follow Red as she ventures through the woods on a quest to save her family bakery. But will she be distracted by the wolf in the magical forest, where nothing is as it seems? Filled with humour and packed with original music, Red Riding Hood brings a new twist to the classic tale of bravery, love, friendship and family in a show for the whole family. 

Moo on the Fringe

Moo on the Fringe

Moosical fun for your little one. It’s a fun, interactive music session for 0-5s and their parents. We sing, dance, play and have fun! The original Moo Music songs used are positive, silly and uplifting! 

Carnal Desire

Carnal Desire

A cheeky staged reading of two original teleplays intended for premium cable adult programming (colloquially known as Skinemax shows). Author Michael Horowitz (Burn Notice, Prison Break) crafted these steamy masterpieces under his nom-de-porn Philip S... 

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

A beautiful and entrancing portrait of the bond between a father, a son and a jellyfish. Young Tom lives by a lighthouse with his mother and father. After a difficult year, it soon becomes clear that they're sharing their home with a stranger: a gigantic glowing jellyfish... 

The Free Association: JACUZZI

The Free Association: JACUZZI

The Free Association is London's leading improv powerhouse, and we're thrilled to bring you our headline show: JACUZZI. Join us for the hottest improv show on the Fringe, where every night a different special guest from the world of comedy and beyond joins an all-star team of improvisers for an hour of spontaneous hilarity... 

I Hate Children Children's Show

I Hate Children Children's Show

Fast! Fun! Irreverent! Funny! This is the award-winning Fringe show that makes your children the star of an outstanding afternoon of fun, magic, music and frivolous frivolity. Treat yourself to the only kids show that not only allows adult beverages but also encourages adults to drink away the pain of parenting... 

All Quiet On the Western Front

All Quiet On the Western Front

In the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme, Incognito theatre revives Erich Maria Remarque's classic tale that exposes the mental and physical strain of trench warfare, All Quiet on the Western Front... 

Giant

Giant

Tommy, 22, lives with three generations of his family. They've learnt to ignore the strange things his nan says over dinner and the bizarre rumblings coming from the attic. Horribly honest clowns and questionable cabaret acts ignite the stage with Human Zoo's trademark live music, puppetry, poetry and movement... 

Adam Kay – Fingering A Minor on the Piano

Adam Kay – Fingering A Minor on the Piano

Adam Kay sits at a grand piano and sings 'bracingly intelligent, enormously funny songs' (Times) in the key of A minor. He is the frontman of Amateur Transplants, with over 20 million YouTube hits (including the iconic London Underground Song)... 

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass

Flinn is back! Les Petits return to the high seas with the sequel to their hugely successful Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs based on the book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto... 

Lloyd Griffith: Is a Keeper

Lloyd Griffith: Is a Keeper

Well, what a year it's been for this comedian, choir boy and aspiring goalkeeper. He's travelled the world in the name of football and talked strategy with the greatest player on the planet... 

David Elms: Goody Boy

David Elms: Goody Boy

Lucky pup Elms is back chasing his tail again; he's learning about sacrifice, guilt, and, as always, love. 'As if someone has squeezed all the sweet and nice out of Stewart Lee and made a whole new comic with it' **** (Scotsman)... 

This is Not Culturally Significant

This is Not Culturally Significant

A culturally insignificant one man show that delves into the bizarre, compulsive and wonderful nature of humanity. An eclectic mix of characters are portrayed, from a pathologically lying Classics professor to a despondent American porn star on the brink of her retirement... 

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure... 

Tom and Will's Open Swim

Tom and Will's Open Swim

Welcome to the biggest swim race on the planet – The Super Pool Mega Cup X. Compete for Glory. Swim or Die. In 3D Technicolor. A multi-character comedy starring Will Hartley (Clever Peter) and Tom Greaves (Offline Dating). 

Twins: Two Balls in a Bag

Twins: Two Balls in a Bag

Identical twins Annie McGrath and Jack Barry (as seen on ITV2's @elevenish) return with their trademark hybrid of sketch and stand-up comedy. 'Two razor-sharp comedy minds' ***** (EdFringeReview... 

Dublin Oldschool

Dublin Oldschool

Join wannabe DJ Jason on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin, stumbling from one misguided misadventure to another. Somewhere between the DJs, drug busts and hilltop raves, he stumbles across a familiar face from the past: his brother Daniel... 

Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm

Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm

You may know Susan from QI, HIGNFY, News Quiz, or Mock the Week, now she’s back at the Fringe with a brand new hour of comedy. Be prepared – there’s a storm coming, and it’s in the form of a tiny lady with nothing to lose... 

Erik Satie's - Faction

Erik Satie's - Faction

The French composer of the beautiful Gymnopedies described himself as 'a pretentious cretin whose music makes people laugh and shrug their shoulders.' See if you agree as BAFTA-winning impressionist and Olivier award-nominated actor Alistair McGowan plays several of Satie's well known, ground-breaking piano pieces and delivers his own take on Esoterik, Satie's never-before performed and often surreal articles and poems... 

Release Your Inner Cartoonist

Release Your Inner Cartoonist

Let Harry Venning, Guardian cartoonist and award-winning writer of BBC Radio 4's Clare In the Community, help you to Release Your Inner Cartoonist. Learn how to turn a blank sheet of paper into a cacophony of noise, an explosion of adventure and a gobsmack of hilarity... 

Katy Brand: I Was a Teenage Christian

Katy Brand: I Was a Teenage Christian

One Sunday, aged 13, Katy Brand went to a local church service and became a fundamentalist Christian. From then on she attended church four times a week. For seven years she put the 'fun' into fundamentalism... 

Cold/Warm

Cold/Warm

A man and his microwave live on the top floor of a forgotten block of council flats. He writes letters of complaint. The city below him was once his own, now it belongs to someone else entirely... 

The Showstoppers' Kids' Show

The Showstoppers' Kids' Show

Here in their very own story factory, Olivier Award-winning West End improvisers, The Showstoppers, take your kids’ ideas and transform them into marvellous, musical adventures, on the spot and direct from their imaginations... 

Briony Redman: Secret Show

Briony Redman: Secret Show

Shh, it's a surprise. A wrapped parcel of comedy, sketches and storytelling. Some secrets will be told, others will be kept. Seriously, to tell you more would be considered spoilers... 

Skin of the Teeth

Skin of the Teeth

Thriller meets fairy tale. Nineteen-year-old Nicholas finds a fistful of teeth and is propelled into a perilous world of manipulation, ritual and dangerous men. 'Startlingly innovative' (Fest) Fat Content return to the Fringe with award-winning poet and playwright Anna Beecher's searing retelling of The Boy Who Went Forth to Learn to Shudder... 

Rhys James: Forgives

Rhys James: Forgives

Don’t worry about it. Honestly, it’s fine. Just get a ticket to see Rhys James bash out another hour of splash-hit, classic stand-up and definitely cool and not pretentious poetry and all will be forgiven... 

Joel Dommett: Pretending to Smoke With a Breadstick

Joel Dommett: Pretending to Smoke With a Breadstick

Joel, as a child, used to pretend to smoke with a breadstick. He is now addicted to breadsticks. Join Joel (Sky 1’s Bring the Noise, ITV2’s Reality Bites, BBC Three’s Russell Howard's Good News and Impractical Jokers) for an unmissable hour of stand-up... 

Pierre Novellie is Cool Peter

Pierre Novellie is Cool Peter

Groovy! Woah! Pierre Novellie is not cool but he is trying. Is it cool to be depressed? Is it cool to have read an 800-year-old poem about magical, vaginal ventriloquism? Come and see! Appearances include BBC Radio 4's The Rest is History, Channel 4's Comedy Blaps, 4oD's Taxi Gags, and BBC Three's Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live... 

Brennan Reece: Everglow

Brennan Reece: Everglow

Hello! I'm the English Comedian of the Year and this is my debut show. In Australia it sold out – I know that sounds like bragging, but I don't know another way to explain that people liked it... 

Daphne's Second Show

Daphne's Second Show

After 'threatening to be the hottest gang in town' (List), Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominees, Daphne (Phil Wang, Jason Forbes and George Fouracres) threaten Edinburgh again with new sketches, more dramatic pauses and louder sound effects... 

The Travelling Sisters

The Travelling Sisters

With wild eyes and a wicked flavour of comedy, Australian trio The Travelling Sisters serve up a gang of tragically charming misfits. Ridiculous. Unexpected. 'These women shine' **** (FunnyWomen... 

zazU: A Fête Worse Than Death

zazU: A Fête Worse Than Death

zazU, a town (or possibly country) with fairly odd inhabitants, is gearing up to hold its fête. It’s all a bit Jam and Jerusalem, until the kitten clubbing begins. The inhabitants, from the Spittlecheeks family, who are convinced their daughter is a boy, to Detective Bastard and his long suffering fellow police officers, are all peculiar, but even stranger is the plot, as a group of subversives attempt to disrupt the festival with song... 

Rhys James: Remains

Rhys James: Remains

Rhys James does not make it easy for his audience to get a handle on him. His cynical insouciance is shot through with the self-awareness of a twenty-something; his bared-teeth anger is broken up with short giggles and smiles that show exactly how much fun he’s having on stage; his refusal to resort to ‘message comedy’ comes a cropper when he delivers a strikingly political poem... 

James Veitch: Genius Bar

James Veitch: Genius Bar

James Veitch appears, at first, a bit like a protagonist in a young adult novel (probably one by John Green), in the way he combines a bildungsroman with popular culture, or sees metaphors for life in a vintage video game... 

The Misfit Analysis

The Misfit Analysis

Theatre is, for the most part, about telling stories with the aids of actors, scenery and props; in contrast, stand-up comedy is usually about a single person sharing their perspective of the world – or at least giving us a heightened version of that perspective... 

Pete Firman: Super Duper

Pete Firman: Super Duper

'It's fucking magic.' Pete Firman says this as a joke, but those three words are his show in a nutshell. Blunt, irreverent, and frustratingly riveting, Peter Firman: Super Duper is a manifestation of 'how the hell did he do that' in sixty minutes... 

Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show

Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show

Every year a sell out! The UK's first and premier award for live comedy. See the 2015 winner and nominees for Foster's Best Show on one bill for one show only. Book early to avoid disappointment... 

A Morning with Morph

A Morning with Morph

The iconic animated clay character Morph made his TV debut in 1977 and entertained an entire generation with his slapstick antics. Almost 40 years on, Morph and his mischievous pal Chas are back with some new adventures which premiered on YouTube and are now on TV... 

Morph Modelmaking Workshop

Morph Modelmaking Workshop

Iconic animated clay character Morph made his TV debut in 1977 and entertained an entire generation with his slapstick antics. Almost 40 years on, Morph and his mischievous pal Chas are back with some new adventures which premiered on YouTube and are now on TV... 

Mark Watson: Flaws

Mark Watson: Flaws

Last year in Pleasance Courtyard, Flaws sold every ticket. It ended up going on an enormous 100-date UK/Australia tour including a triumphant run at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Now, the most personal, best-reviewed and most popular show of Watson's career comes back to the place where it began, for two final, enormous, special edition performances including a chunk of new material alongside last year's big hitters... 

Lights! Camera! Improvise! - The Improvised Movie Live on Stage

Lights! Camera! Improvise! - The Improvised Movie Live on Stage

Olivier Award winning comedy company Mischief Theatre return to the Fringe for 3 nights only with their improvised movie direct from a sell-out West End run. You choose the genre, location and title and we'll roll the film... 

Brett Goldstein: Burning Man

Brett Goldstein: Burning Man

As the beat of an ear-blistering house track pumps into the venue, Goldstein races onto the stage, adorned with neon bracelets, a glowing headdress and a ridiculously small pair of wings... 

Cariad & Paul: A Two Player Adventure

Cariad & Paul: A Two Player Adventure

Through their use of improvisation and mime, backed with a fantastic live band (The Glue Ensemble), Cariad and Paul bring to life a series of hilarious stories, based solely on one word from the audience... 

The Last of the Dragons

The Last of the Dragons

Like all good pieces of children’s theatre, The Last of the Dragons does not talk down to children. This brilliant adaptation of E. Nesbit’s short story of the same name captivates its young and adult audience alike by virtue of a tight, fast-paced and funny storyline, as well as strong acting from all members of the cast... 

Sleeping Trees: Mafia?/Western?

Sleeping Trees: Mafia?/Western?

Western? is like watching your three little brothers playing Cowboys and Indians - with excellent band accompaniment, inventive slapstick and relentless wit. So not quite like watching your clumsy brothers, more like watching three men who have mastered the craft of genre-bending physical comedy... 

Freddie Flintoff: 2nd Innings

Freddie Flintoff: 2nd Innings

Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, hero of the historic 2005 victorious Ashes England team, is hitting the road celebrate the 10 years anniversary and share his memories of that long hot summer, as well as some behind the crease insights to the game... 

Pappy's Live at the Cabaret Bar!

Pappy's Live at the Cabaret Bar!

Performing some of their classic sketches, some new bits and some bits that will come across as new because they've forgotten how they went in the first place. Come along and watch three out of shape men in their thirties revisit the site of former glories... 

The Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

The Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

"Maltese Falcon; no - Falcon’s Maltese," one parent suggests as the title to the show outside the theatre doors. Anthony Horowitz's corker takes advantage of befuddlement such as this, masquerading corruption, abduction, death and a fat network of baddies as fanciful farce, pulling it off with the dynamism of the best Horrible Histories episodes... 

Boxed In

Boxed In

We’re all familiar with our society’s gender expectations – Barbie and Action Man, Yorkie Bars and Bic’s “for her” range. Theatre company Portmanteau addresses this subject in their new verbatim piece Boxed In... 

Reginald D Hunter: Bitchproof

Reginald D Hunter: Bitchproof

Reginald D Hunter returns with his signature brand of close-to-the-bone humour in his new show Bitchproof. Though this show is by no means short on laughs, it falls short of the gut-busting hilarity I have come to expect from Hunter... 

Backstage in Biscuit Land

Backstage in Biscuit Land

Sometimes the best moments in live theatre are those that happen unexpectedly. A hint of danger that something might go horribly awry keeps audience and performer teetering on the edge of 'what if’... 

The Angelos and Barry Show: Live Podcast

The Angelos and Barry Show: Live Podcast

Angelos Epithemiou (BBC Two's Shooting Stars) and Barry from Watford (BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright in the Afternoon) record their award-winning iTunes Best of 2014 podcast in front of you – their live studio audience... 

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Nina Conti: In Your Face

She's won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard's Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film – all without moving her lips... 

You're Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy

You're Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy

Caroline Horton enters laden with suitcases against a pastel French tricolour. She is Christiane, the unique Chrissy of the show’s title. She waits at Gare du Nord, queuing for a ticket to England in the hope of reuniting with Cyril, her fiancé... 

Harriet Kemsley: Puppy Fat

Harriet Kemsley: Puppy Fat

Kent-native Harriet Kemsley takes a juvenile look at an adult world, as she describes fitting into the grown up sphere of sex, porn, drugs and flat-sharing with child-like naivety, enthusing about vegetarian Haribos and Jumanji... 

The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster

The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster

The events reflected in Dawn State Theatre Company’s The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster happened in 1612, roughly 80 years before the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts... 

Birthday Girls: Party Vibes

Birthday Girls: Party Vibes

Acclaimed sketch troupe Birthday Girls return to the Fringe for one week only with their smash-hit sold out 2014 show! A comedy party of odd characters, offbeat sketches and try-hard dancing... 

Tania Edwards: Electrifying

Tania Edwards: Electrifying

Tania Edwards opens by criticising the elderly. Billed an hour later than last year, she heralds her 4:35pm slot as a game-changer – it immediately attracts a younger audience. A phrase she may later regret when the 13-year-olds have to sit through her pornography section... 

Geometric City

Geometric City

Geometric City – The world sneezed and everything fell to pieces, revealing an exciting, mysterious and undiscovered landscape. Come and join Bridget and Cindy in this theatrical adventure, as they go exploring through locations they quickly discover are inhabited by a range of creatures, only some of whom are friendly! Featuring physical theatre, puppetry and vibrant characters, it's suitable for the whole family and fuel for the imagination. 

Chortle Student Comedy Award Final

Chortle Student Comedy Award Final

Hundreds entered, eight survive, now one will be crowned Britain's funniest student. Previous Chortle student finalists include Simon Bird, Chris Ramsey, Tom Rosenthal. Who's next? Host: Mark Watson... 

Sarah Callaghan: Elephant

Sarah Callaghan: Elephant

Twenty-three-year-old Sarah Callaghan lives at home with her mum – and for this hour we are transported to her three-by-five-metre bedroom in her home in working-class London.In a slightly downbeat start to the show she explains how hard she finds it to be positive... 

Mirror Me

Mirror Me

This fun and friendly show from Hello Theatre explores the idea of what would happen if you swapped places with the person in the mirror. There is no question that it ticks all of the boxes of what you would expect and want from a children’s show, but unfortunately it fails to do something varied and special to make it stand out from the crowd... 

The Soaking of Vera Shrimp

The Soaking of Vera Shrimp

The Soaking of Vera Shrimp may seem at first like a fairly quirky premise. A one-woman play, it follows the eponymous Vera, a fourteen-year-old girl on the verge of adulthood who can feel different emotions when she touches raindrops... 

Down & Out in Paris and London

Down & Out in Paris and London

Strikingly staged, deftly acted and simultaneously hard-hitting and bitingly funny. PIT/New Diorama Theatre’s new production Down & Out in Paris in London is a theatrical tour-de-force... 

Idiots

Idiots

The act of judging is at the centre of The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 19th century masterpiece about a naïve and simple minded prince in St Petersburg. Jonnie Bayfield, Idiots’ leading man, on the other hand urges his audience not to do the same; “the tone may shift, but tones are meant to be shifted” he warns; “it’s contemporary theatre” he exclaims in his freestyle monologue before the ‘true’ play begins... 

Instant Sunshine

Instant Sunshine

Instant Sunshine is a unique musical comedy team that has been entertaining audiences for years with their particular blend of humorous, witty songs and hilarious routines. They take a sideways look at everyday life in a beguiling and very funny style all their own... 

Colin Cloud: Kills

Colin Cloud: Kills

In his brand new show Cloud will deduce everything about you and explain how he did it, accurately predict your behaviour, turn someone into an actual genius and, quite literally, get away with murder right before your very eyes... 

Fairly Tales

Fairly Tales

This play tells the story of Benji and Alf, next-door neighbours becoming best friends, bonded by their love of the titular ‘Fairly Tales’. These feature a rambling mashup of familiar fairytale characters such as the troll from The Billy Goats Gruff or the Big Bad Wolf... 

Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking

Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking

For many people today, their impression of Albert Einstein is quite possibly informed by the oft-seen image of his face: tongue sticking out – to all intents and purposes every bit the mad scientist... 

The Beta Males: Alpha Sketches

The Beta Males: Alpha Sketches

The Betas are back. Four nights only, the Chortle Award nominated Fringe veteran sketch storytellers are dusting off their waistcoats to present their very best sketches from five sell-out Fringe shows... 

The Tobolowsky Files

The Tobolowsky Files

‘This will be as true as I can make it. True always trumps clever,’ says character actor and podcast raconteur Stephen Tobolowsky at the top of his one-man show The Tobolowsky Files, playing through the end of August in the cabaret bar at Pleasance Courtyard... 

Colin Cloud: Kills

Colin Cloud: Kills

Colin Cloud is the ultimate rockstar mentalist, or as he styles himself, deductionist. He has succeeded in cultivating the most intriguing aesthetic for himself, combining the Victorian mysteriousness of his idol Sherlock Holmes with his own flashy modern tech and dramatic reveals... 

This Will End Badly

This Will End Badly

After a rave reception for his controversially-named Fringe debut last year, Awkward Conversations With Animals I've F*cked, Rob Hayes has penned another one-man show. And he has delivered... 

The Beau Zeaux: An Improvised Comedy

The Beau Zeaux: An Improvised Comedy

The Beau Zeaux are impressive in their intensity. In this improvised comedy, solo stints become interwoven narratives before you have the chance to blink. As usual, the audience choose the direction of the show... 

Princes of Main

Princes of Main

Fresh from the Cambridge Footlights, Princes of Main – Alex MacKeith, Ben Pope and Jamie Fraser – are a new and exciting comedy trio, a promising addition to the scene. There is a lot that is good in their show, but after a while some of the material falls a little flat... 

Chris Betts: Social Animal

Chris Betts: Social Animal

Who knew that bartending could be so interesting? In his debut show at the Fringe, Chris Betts, a Canadian comic with what can only be described as a beard to die for (which you can’t touch), relates what he’s seen and learnt from the drunk human race after 13 years of working behind a bar... 

James Acaster: Represent

James Acaster: Represent

‘I know why you’re here’, James Acaster begins, ‘for the celebrity gossip’. If you are at this show for the celebrity gossip, you will be bitterly disappointed. If you’re there for James Acaster however, for constant quips, absurd tangents and quite a lot of useless trivia about the Chilean miners, you will be ecstatic... 

Mark Simmons – Laugh Yourself Thin

Mark Simmons – Laugh Yourself Thin

Not every comic has the wherewithal to build the feedline of a joke into the title of their show. Then again, not every comic looks and acts like a cross between Noel Fielding and Tim Vine... 

Tom Toal in Sunshine on Bexleyheath

Tom Toal in Sunshine on Bexleyheath

A strange but beautiful evening rainbow shone over Edinburgh just before I went to see Tom Toal’s gentle stand-up. It was an apt omen for the show, even if it didn’t match the title’s ‘sunshine’... 

aLOne – Loren O'Brien

aLOne – Loren O'Brien

It all begins with a suicide threat. Loren O’Brien is all alone. Her sketch partner, Amy, has abandoned her. ‘She was the funny one’, apparently. ‘I can’t do comedy’, she reveals... 

Damien Slash: Übermen

Damien Slash: Übermen

‘Hi, Eric Swineblade,’ says a bluetooth-enabled gumph-bot at the door, proffering his executive, solutions-providing hand. ‘Are you on Twitter? Tinder? LinkedIn?’It’s an undeniably strong start to Damien Slash’s hour of character comedy: when we’ve all taken our seats, he embarks on a vacuous, nonsensical and extremely funny improvised talk about business, or ‘what it’s about’, or something... 

Casual Violence: Om Nom Nom Nominous

Casual Violence: Om Nom Nom Nominous

Critically acclaimed sketch villains and stars of BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama return with their multi award-winning best-of show. Watch them fling their darkest, weirdest bits at you for an hour... 

Hair Peace

Hair Peace

Inspired by her participation in beauty pageants last year, Victoria Melody became fascinated by the origins of the hair that made up her glamorous hair extensions. Who are these women who donated their hair? Did they know what would happen to it when it was cut off? Did they care? These questions became the propulsion that took Melody around the world, looking for the source of her real, fake, human hair... 

Alfie White: Space Explorer

Alfie White: Space Explorer

In this excellent piece of story-telling, Alfie White embarks upon a thrilling everyday adventure that is engaging for all ages. Clever staging combine with flawless acting to create an easily comprehensible and close-to-home story... 

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy About Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy About Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

You can always tell a show is going to be good when its name takes up most of the free space on a ticket. The Origin of Species...by means of natural selection or the survival of (r)evolutionary theories in the face of scientific ecclesiastical objections: Being a musical comedy about Charles Darwin (1809-1882) is not only a mouthful, it’s a feast for the eyes and ears... 

Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter

Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter

The title of Pierre Novellie’s show is somewhat misleading. Novellie is anxious about many things – his name not suiting him, his unusual multicultural background and his insomnia, among other things – but the way in which he presents the trials and tribulations of his life is anything but uncertain... 

To She or Not to She

To She or Not to She

A slow-burn comic piece of theatre about theatre, To She or Not to She will have you chuckling all the way though, and absorbing the deeply felt feminist message without notice.This solo show is an autobiographical account of one woman’s journey following her passion of Shakespeare and acting, from school plays, through drama school and into the theatre industry... 

Folie à Deux

Folie à Deux

High-wire improvised comedy from two of the stars of Chortle award-winning Fringe hit, Austentatious. Riffing on a single word from the audience, Andrew Hunter Murray (QI's No Such Thing As A Fish) and Charlotte Gittins (Grand Theft Impro) fearlessly entangle themselves in an hour of hilariously inventive character improv... 

Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South

Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South

Beckett's back with a brand new hour of funnies and he's taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread! Star of BBC One's Live at the Apollo, BBC Two's Mock the Week, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats & ITV2's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now... 

Nish Kumar: Long Word... Long Word... Blah Blah Blah... I'm so Clever

Nish Kumar: Long Word... Long Word... Blah Blah Blah... I'm so Clever

This is a big year for Nish Kumar. We know this because it’s one of the first things he tells us. It’s the 10th anniversary of his stand-up career and the summer of his 30th birthday... 

Ian D Montfort: Under Sciencey Conditions

Ian D Montfort: Under Sciencey Conditions

Tom Binns has a huge reputation to protect. His flyers are littered with laurels and 5 star reviews, some of which must be credited to his most famous character – hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury... 

10x10x10

10x10x10

This year marks the 10th year the Comedians’ Theatre Company appears at the Fringe. Essentially, the show consists of 10 dramatic (or not so dramatic) monologues by 10 comics. You can’t get all 10 on the night though – for that you would have to shell out for two tickets, divided into groups of five as they are on a given day... 

Jack Barry: This Title Came to Me in a Dream

Jack Barry: This Title Came to Me in a Dream

In his debut hour of Fringe stand-up, Jack Barry delivers an entertaining and energetic set which, despite his insistence to the contrary, contains an undercurrent of awareness and intelligence... 

The Wrestling

The Wrestling

The Wrestling returns to the Pleasance Grand, with a main event of epic proportions. No teams, no captains, no allies - it’s all against all, as 20 wrestlers and comedians go to war in an over-the-top-rope Battle Royale to crown the first ever Champion... 

The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

A top night of comedy with all proceeds going to Waverley Care, a charity that has supported people living in Scotland with HIV and Hepatitis C for 26 years. Previous line-ups have included the likes of Michael McIntyre, Stephen K Amos, Russell Howard, Jason Byrne, Tim Vine and many more... 

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Beardyman has been a regular Fringe success for several years and it’s easy to see why. Back again at Pleasance Grand with One Album Per Hour, his unique brand of improvisational, musical, beatboxing comedy is as astonishing as ever... 

Heartbeats & Algorithms

Heartbeats & Algorithms

What do you do when your computer knows you better than you know yourself? In a self-penned monologue about the dangers of data-mining and artificial intelligence, actor/writer Jenny Lee plays a high-flying coder losing control over her life to her own algorithms, which are able to predict her choices even before she does... 

Darren Walsh: Punderbolt

Darren Walsh: Punderbolt

If you can’t predict what is in store from the title then here’s a clue: Darren Walsh likes saying things that sounds like other things, and what’s more, they’re usually quite funny... 

Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby

Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby

I’m going to start by dismissing the notion that we’re due something entirely new from Joseph Morpurgo, because such thinking ignores the staggeringly high standards to which the character comic is held... 

Labels

Labels

Labels are easy to create: they can even be fun. They have a purpose and can prevent you from putting salt on your cereals and sugar on your shepherd’s pie. Give something a name and you know what it is, what to expect from it, and you don’t have to think any more because you’ve already defined it and it’s not going to change... 

Lee Nelson: Suited & Booted

Lee Nelson: Suited & Booted

He’s back... And this time he’s ditched the snapback and tracksuit in favour of a rather dashing two-piece. Despite this dramatic costume change, Simon Brodkin’s well-known ‘cheeky chappy' Lee Nelson character remains more or less the same... 

Stephen Bailey: Should've Been a Popstar

Stephen Bailey: Should've Been a Popstar

Greeting the guests on the door with a bubbly personality in an attempt to brighten up the dark, underground bunker that would play host to his stage, Stephen Bailey set the mood for what proved to be relaxed, chilled out gossip with his audience... 

David Elms: Mister Boy

David Elms: Mister Boy

David Elms brings his muted comedic style in the form of musical vignettes. There's a reason so many reviewers have called 'mild-mannered': he's by far the nicest stand up I've seen on the circuit... 

Bat-Fan

Bat-Fan

When boredom threatens at the Fringe, a hero will rise. Operating from his not-so-secret portakabin base, that hero is James Wilson-Taylor, on a quest to prove his status as the one true choice to take on the legacy of the Caped Crusader; to show that he is… Bat-Fan!Cards on the table, this is exactly my kind of subject... 

I Hate Children Children's Show

I Hate Children Children's Show

Performer Paul Nathan informs his audience before they enter the space that ‘Moms and Dads get Champagne, kids get insults’. He holds true to his word, and each adult is handed a glass of bubbly upon arrival... 

Matt Forde's Political Party Podcast

Matt Forde's Political Party Podcast

Matt Forde’s Political Party comes to Edinburgh for one night only, following a complete sell-out London run with guests including; Alastair Campbell, Nigel Farage, Michael Portillo, Alan Johnson, Tessa Jowell, David Davis, Jack Straw, George Galloway and Stella Creasy... 

Balletronic

Balletronic

Balletronic has a name that intrigued me from the get-go. Mixing ballet with electronic music is something that, for me, has still not been executed to its full potential by a company yet... 

Goodstock

Goodstock

Goodstock is directed by Lucy Wray and written by Olivia Hirst, and follows the writer’s real-life experiences with breast cancer and how this affects her family and relationships... 

Girl from Nowhere

Girl from Nowhere

Filtered through the consciousness of the bright eyed and burnt out Jeannie, Victoria Rigby’s new play explores all that was best and worst about the sixties. Appearing as just another rock chick, with records scattered about and a battered acoustic guitar, Jeannie soon takes us down through a world of egomania, violence and beautiful music... 

Pilgrim

Pilgrim

Jetting in from Dublin, Pilgrim is a unique exploration of the maturity in valuing what you possess rather than clinging onto vain dreams of the future.Initially, Gonzo Theatre Company’s Pilgrim had me concerned at just how long an hour and 20 minutes was going to be as the thumping music and obnoxious behaviour started... 

Cornermen

Cornermen

Cornermen treads a well-worn narrative path: the tale of a young man, plucked from obscurity to rise to fame and success. However, this is as much the story of our young hero, boxer Sid Sparks (Andrew Livingstone), as his ruthless mentor, Mickey (portrayed excellently by James Barbour)... 

The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies

The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies

The weird, wacky and wonderful all come together in this fantastically strange new show. Written and performed by Clem Garritty and Oliver Jones, The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies combines elements of theatre, sketch comedy and poetry to create a bizarre and exciting new production... 

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Nina Conti: In Your Face

It’s a brave soul who chooses to sit in the front row of In Your Face, Nina Conti’s latest helping of deconstructive ventriloquism. Because if you position yourself closest to her you’re significantly increasing your chances of being the focus of the proceedings, instead of being able to just relax and enjoy being entertained... 

A Cinema in South Georgia

A Cinema in South Georgia

Co-written by Susan Wilson and Jeffrey Mayhew, A Cinema in South Georgia follows the misadventures and travels of a group of Edinburgh Whalers in a desolate outpost in South Georgia... 

Fin Taylor: Stink

Fin Taylor: Stink

Welcome to the house party. It’s midnight, and according to Fin Taylor’s mate, this is the perfect setting for his random, pensive comedy. He gives a beer to one audience member to set the mood before we embark on a trip inside his mind: what dwells there is a sedated zaniness – absurd creativity on Ritalin... 

Iain Stirling: Touchy Feely

Iain Stirling: Touchy Feely

Iain Stirling has an excellent way of working a crowd. Straight from the off there's a level of production value that means we're in for a good-looking, slick show. Taking issue with his grown-up friends and his new-found worries about life, Stirling gives a great performance with nothing too adventurous... 

Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts

Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts

Dane Baptiste returns to this year’s Fringe with a bit more notoriety than this time twelve months ago. His nomination for the Fosters Comedy Award last year has raised his stock to the point where, he says, he is somewhere just behind Trevor McDonald’s travel agent on the rank of black British cultural figures (Idris Elba retains his number one spot)... 

Tez Ilyas: TEZ Talks

Tez Ilyas: TEZ Talks

Tez talks, and you should listen. Tez Talks is a powerful and poignant piece of topical comedy, boldly exploring what life is like for the average British Muslim. Tez Ilyas is an incredibly intelligent comic, with the ability to truly make his audience think, even as they’re roaring with laughter... 

Tony's Last Tape

Tony's Last Tape

I remember hearing Tony Benn speak many years ago, when I was still in school. I had heard quite a few politicians speak and whilst I listened to them all with interest and respect, Benn was the first to make a real impression... 

Mrs McMoon's Tea Party

Mrs McMoon's Tea Party

Today is the day Mrs McMoon is having her tea party, featuring several fresh batches of her legendary biscuits, and we’re all invited. However we aren’t going to be the only guests... 

Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly

Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly

Nominated for last year's Edinburgh Comedy Award, Alex's stupidly ambitious, logistically problematic and potentially disastrous DIY comedy show is back. Now even bigger and even less likely to succeed, this is Monsieur Butterfly... 

Tim Key: Work-in-Slutgress

Tim Key: Work-in-Slutgress

Comedic lump Key (38) plonks himself in a room for a couple of weeks and tries out some new specks of poetry. 'This is one art house form-buster who can really give you a good time' (Times)... 

Lloyd Griffith: Great Grimsby's Big Turn On

Lloyd Griffith: Great Grimsby's Big Turn On

There’s a very fine line between watching an actual, heart-in-mouth onstage breakdown and one that’s convincingly feigned. Lloyd Griffith’s lack of commitment to his role of insecure, unappreciated singleton places him so far from this line that it’s difficult to work out where we are and why at the climax of a theoretically decent set... 

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie

I think I’ve found my new favourite musical, thanks to Tangram Theatre and their amazing piece on one of the 20th century's most important scientists. John Hinton gives an incredibly impressive performance like none I've seen before, and has the audience singing along about the wonders of radium whilst acknowledging the potential damage it can do... 

Trans Scripts

Trans Scripts

One of the challenges of reportage theatre – works in which the words and experiences of real people are edited and put into the words of actors – is to justify the process as the best means of communicating those experiences to a wider public... 

I Am Not Myself These Days

I Am Not Myself These Days

This adaptation of Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s autobiography by writer/performer Tom Stuart is in turns sympathetic and shocking. In director Nick Bagnall’s hands, it is a spectacle, a kind of glittery car wreck we can’t look away from even though there are times we want to... 

Garden

Garden

Garden is the deeply personal monologue of Lucy, whose life changes when she rescues an abused Dracaena pot plant from her office and takes it home. It's a piece about mental illness and social anxiety without ever mentioning either term: it speaks to speak to anyone who has ever felt lost or lonely, which surely applies to every member of the audience... 

Teaset

Teaset

A solo show is a delicate thing. The weight of the entire performance rests on one actor and all attention in the room is focused on them: their every movement is scrutinised in a way that just doesn’t occur in normal pieces... 

Molly

Molly

This year, Squint presents Molly – a show investigating the mindset of a sociopath with eerie echoes of the things you might see in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. Slick, dark and unsettling, Molly is enthralling from the off... 

Births, Deaths & Marriages

Births, Deaths & Marriages

For as long as there has been something as recognisable as a “young person” there have been works of fiction that bemoan the horrible aimlessness of a “lost generation”. As far back as Rebel Without a Cause we’ve been fixated on this strange thing known as adolescence and allowed ourselves to wallow in teen angst... 

Late Night Variety with The Martini Encounter

Late Night Variety with The Martini Encounter

A cheeky dollop of late night variety, hosted by the witty and playful ukulele strumming, close harmony singing trio – The Martini Encounter. Featuring special guests nightly on a bill which bulges with the best and naughtiest cabaret and variety acts from the Fringe... 

Back to Blackbrick

Back to Blackbrick

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald’s much-loved Young Adult novel Back to Blackbrick is adapted in a technically ambitious production from Patch of Blue. This story of memory, history and coping with loss is a triumph in style and execution, though it lacks something in the substance of its narrative... 

When Blair had Bush and Bunga

When Blair had Bush and Bunga

The aptly named Bungabunga Productions have implored you to see this show before they get sued. From the record level of name-dropping and the outrageous stereotypes that take place, I wouldn’t be remotely surprised - but I still wouldn’t bother... 

Adam Long's Dickens Abridged

Adam Long's Dickens Abridged

When I consider Charles Dickens, a man whose life was seemingly a stumble from one tragedy to the next, I tend not to think ‘comedy stage show material’. But I don’t think I’ll be able to resist from now on, having seen the sublimely hilarious Dickens Abridged... 

Boris: World King

Boris: World King

Boris: World King is a giddy, silly and savagely satirical delight. Impeccable performances match impeccable writing in this unique take on one of Britain’s most unique figures. The premise is that Boris Johnson has come to the Fringe to win a Foster’s Comedy Award, as part of his inevitable plan to become world king, and he certainly deserves it (the award, not the world)... 

The Thinking Drinkers' Guide to the Legends of Liquor

The Thinking Drinkers' Guide to the Legends of Liquor

If nothing else, Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham have cracked the formula for Fringe success: a crackingly funny show, interesting facts and (perhaps most importantly) lashings of booze... 

A+E

A+E

Lottie Finklaire’s new play A+E tells the story of three women waiting in the hospital to find out if their friend will ever wake from her coma. Her injuries are surrounded in mystery... 

Emma Sidi: Character Breakdown

Emma Sidi: Character Breakdown

When you see a comedian get a laugh from taking a sip of water you know they’ve got good timing. In Fact, Emma Sidi inhibits her characters so much they all seem to drink water differently... 

Broken Windows

Broken Windows

Più Theatre have created an honest and thoughtful piece of slick verbatim theatre platforming the voices of young women from across the country. 26-year-old Caitlin Ince sets out to explore whether it has become easier or more difficult since she was a teenager to be a truly independent woman and to make meaningful choices beyond what is dictated by gender norms... 

I Am Beast

I Am Beast

Returning for their fourth Fringe, Sparkle and Dark bring their own fascinating and fantastical take on experiences of death and loss. The result is an intriguing mix of heartbreak and humour... 

Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 2

Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 2

Gein's return to the Edinburgh Fringe once again to showcase their brand of dark sketches. After their success last year hopes have been high that they'll pull out another great show... 

Ian Smith – Whereabouts

Ian Smith – Whereabouts

Ian Smith is a wonderful comedian with a beautiful imagination. Whereabouts is his third solo show at the Fringe, and it is truly fantastic. This show is a collection of random stories about different places, that are cleverly tied together, and are incredibly fun to listen to... 

Luke McQueen: Double Act
BOBBY WINNER

Luke McQueen: Double Act

It’s the top of the show and on an otherwise empty stage, in front of a capacity crowd, a phone is ringing. Audience members soon start to cajole each other into answering it and eventually one brave soul steps up to lift the receiver... 

Tonight with Donny Stixx

Tonight with Donny Stixx

An unassuming teenager, Donny Stixx, tries to keep his calm as he meets fans for a televised Q&A, just like he's always dreamed. But anger always finds a way to surface, and the real answers can't stay hidden... 

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton and his highly acclaimed Impro Chums are wonders of nature. They take audience suggestions and create cascades of fantastic tumbling laughter. The Impro Chums are Paul Merton, Suki Webster, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson and Mike McShane... 

Barry from Watford's Bingo Bonanza

Barry from Watford's Bingo Bonanza

The nation's favourite octogenarian, star of BBC Radio 4's forthcoming series Barry's Lunch Club and regular on BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright in the Afternoon, returns to Edinburgh after his hit 2013 show with his iconic regular London club night that celebrates variety and bingo! Part stand-up, part old style variety and part bingo, it's a show not to be missed if you just like your comedy really funny and not thought provoking! 'Wonderfully observed ... 

BLAM!

BLAM!

Go see BLAM! With your eyes. Buy a ticket. Now.Okay. That wasn’t the most well-reasoned argument. I’m a bit flustered. BLAM! is a flustering play. That’s a good thing. Most plays are draining, mentally and emotionally... 

Giant Leap

Giant Leap

The idea behind Giant Leap is fascinating: a group of writers attempt to pen Neil Armstrong's first words as America fakes the 1969 moon landing. All of the ingredients for a great performance are there, with a solid concept, risqué humour and an experienced comedic cast, but unfortunately it fails to capture an audience’s attention... 

Leapin' Louie's Wild West Spectacular

Leapin' Louie's Wild West Spectacular

‘Awesome’ is a terrible word, but there’s no shame using it – in the truest sense – to describe Leapin’ Louie and his lethal range of doohickeys. Taking an ‘anything goes’ approach, the skilled lariat artist (a what now?) stuns adults into a dumbfounded stupor and gets kids – desperate for a turn on stage – flailing hands high in the air... 

Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat

Two children and their pet fish, left alone by their mother, expect nothing but boredom on a rainy day. Instead, they are greeted by a mysterious guest, who turns their afternoon upside down... 

Angela Barnes: Come As You Are

Angela Barnes: Come As You Are

In a small, bare room in Pleasance Courtyard, armed with a projector screen and a pack of makeup wipes, Angela Barnes is ready to change your view on beauty standards - and make you laugh at the same time... 

Sophie Pelham: Country Files

Sophie Pelham: Country Files

The trip from busy Edinburgh to sleepy Wiltshire is down a short flight of stairs and through a door, upon which you’re greeted with complimentary sherry (dry or sweet, your preference) and a few mini sausage rolls... 

Fills Monkey: Incredible Drum Show

Fills Monkey: Incredible Drum Show

Sebastien Rambaud and Yann Coste's Incredible Drum Show thoroughly deserves its seemingly immodest title. The endearing Gallic pair’s joyous performance is astounding. They play the drums in a way you've never seen before... 

You Look Tasty! (A Play by A. Tiger)

You Look Tasty! (A Play by A. Tiger)

A traumatised zookeeper tells the tale of her misadventures with her co-workers and an escaped Tiger who is now their captor… and director.This wickedly funny show written by Stewart Pringle and directed by David Mercatali follows the story of a young zookeeper with more than a touch of Stockholm syndrome... 

Felicity Ward: What If There Is No Toilet?

Felicity Ward: What If There Is No Toilet?

What if there is no toilet? Well, you needn’t worry. In Felicity Ward’s gregarious and unashamedly honest set, there is one right onstage. And if you need to go, you can just go (though preferably not actually on the stage), just one of the many ways Felicity Ward makes us feel welcome, whether you’re a man, a woman, or just completely batshit crazy... 

The Free Association

The Free Association

The Free Association is proud to present an hour of the finest and funniest improvised comedy on the Fringe. This 'hugely talented supergroup' (TimeOut) features members of Austentatious, Max and Ivan, Showstoppers, Lazy Susan, Boom! Chicago and the world famous UCB Theatre in LA... 

Citizen Puppet

Citizen Puppet

Blind Summit bring a mastery of puppetry to the stage, layering meta-narrative upon verbatim performance upon crime headline in an original look at the aftermath of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale... 

Chris Turner: XXV

Chris Turner: XXV

Many people boast about staring death in the face and laughing, but Chris Turner has a different perspective. The lanky comedian had a good look at the grim reaper ten years ago and it set him on the path to making other people laugh... 

Tubular Bells for Two

Tubular Bells for Two

With over twenty different instruments played by only two men, this performance of Mike Oldfield’s masterpiece Tubular Bells is an astounding, explosive, truly incredible feat. Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts, returning for their third Edinburgh Fringe, should be commended not just for their diverse musical talents, with both often playing two or three instruments at once, but for their sheer stamina, as this expansive almost hour-long composition is not for the faint hearted, changing from soft to edgy to sinister over the course of two parts, with recurring motifs tying these very different sections together... 

Love Birds

Love Birds

A cabaret full of birds falling in love with each other? Embrace the madness if you will, and your heart will certainly be warmed by Robert J. Sherman’s new musical Love Birds. The title is explicit in telling the story of a group of birds coupling up, while set in the backdrop of 1923 vaudeville... 

NewsRevue 2015

NewsRevue 2015

2015 has surely been a bumper crop for satire. We're barely into August and we've had an election with crazy plot twists, economic overhaul and royal arrivals. NewsRevue 2015 takes these circumstances (among others) and runs with them, turning the headlines into an incredibly slick sketch show... 

The Titanic Orchestra

The Titanic Orchestra

The four filthy tramps in The Titanic Orchestra are waiting in vain for a train, not Godot, in a play by Bulgarian playwright Hristo Boytchev, who tries and fails to emulate Samuel Beckett’s classic piece of absurdist dystopia... 

Institute

Institute

Artistic Director of Gecko, Amit Lahav, revealed in conversation after this dynamic, forceful and moving performance that the initial stimulus for Institute had been an exploration of what it is to care for others and to be cared for... 

Chris Stokes: Altruism in Birds

Chris Stokes: Altruism in Birds

Chris Stokes had a very bad 2014, and on reflection he dealt with it badly. It’s the reason the Fringe regular didn’t make it to Edinburgh last year, but thankfully it’s also the reason he’s back with this new show, a slice of very funny, well crafted stand-up comedy... 

In Cahoots: Two White Guys

In Cahoots: Two White Guys

It’s hot in the Pleasance This: hot and dark and funny. Performed in one corner of this big tin box, In Cahoots: Two White Guys is back-to basics, character-driven sketch comedy, starring two talented blokes, Luke Manning and Paul G Raymond... 

RUN

RUN

In 2013, 21-year-old Moritz Erhardt, an intern at an investment bank, was found dead in his London flat after working for 72 hours without any sleep. His tragic story is the inspiration for Engineer Theatre Collective's Run, which follows four fresh-faced, City-based interns, Ana, Tim, Lawrence and Caroline, as they get to know each other and make their way through their gruelling 10-week placement... 

HUB Fresh

HUB Fresh

The best place for discovering new comedy on the Fringe! Join us for a weekly line-up of comedians, all making their Pleasance debuts this year. See established acts performing alongside the best comedy newcomers... 

Shakespeare Untold: Romeo and Juliet (The Party Planner's Tale)

Shakespeare Untold: Romeo and Juliet (The Party Planner's Tale)

Adapting Romeo and Juliet for a younger audience is by no means an easy feat. Shakespeare’s original play presents two unique problems for children - namely the difficulty of understanding the Elizabethan English, as well as dealing with the adult content... 

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden

Parading onto the stage to a gangster soundtrack and with the threatening stance of a dormouse, Hal Cruttenden jumps in with his first gag and the laughs just keep rolling with this slick comedy routine... 

Shakespeare Untold: Titus Andronicus (The Piemaker's Tale)

Shakespeare Untold: Titus Andronicus (The Piemaker's Tale)

‘One-man Titus Andronicus for Kids’ sounds like one of those joke titles you suggest to late-night improv troupes. So imagine my surprise at discovering an expertly crafted one-man show that actually pulls that off... 

FLUU

FLUU

BAFTA nominated DNN star performs his debut solo show, FLUU. Mawaan Rizwan has accumulated over 20 million views on YouTube through his absurd sketches. Using clowning and stand-up he explores controversial topics such as eggs, lamps, cows and things merging with other things... 

Twins: Pret A Comedy

Twins: Pret A Comedy

Annie McGrath and Jack Barry are back with another sketch comedy show for people who hate sketch comedy. Charmingly laid-back, self-deprecating riff-waff at its most free. ‘Original and funny... 

Late Show

Late Show

Where the who's who of comedy and comedy’s new breakout stars love to perform and audiences love to be. Previous acts include: Adam Hills, Noel Fielding, Jim Jefferies, Ardal O’Hanlon, Nina Conti, Reginald D Hunter, Stewart Lee, Jack Whitehall, Henning Wehn, Dara O Briain, Jason Manford, Milton Jones, Bill Bailey, Flight of the Conchords, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard, Romesh Ranganathan and Michael McIntyre... 

BAGMAN

BAGMAN

Ever noticed how people look like their dogs? Well, the same goes for bags. A stupid, surreal, one-man Sesame Street without the puppets, Bagman is a deadbeat character comedy by Brendan Murphy taking you on a journey through the stories contained within the contents of a forgotten cloakroom... 

Tall Tales for Small People: American Folk Stories and Songs

Tall Tales for Small People: American Folk Stories and Songs

We all love a good story! Multi award-winning singer-songwriter Mike Willis and his rovin' band transport you to the smoky mountains of America. Songs, folklore and very tall tales for all the family, tall and small. 

Shane Todd – Sick Bro!

Shane Todd – Sick Bro!

The debut Fringe show from one of Ireland’s fastest rising comedians. Last year Shane Todd nearly died while at the Fringe. This show is about that, and some other things. ‘Notions of Alan Partridge and Larry David crowd in... 

Karl Schultz: Matthew Kelly – Hypnagogia

Karl Schultz: Matthew Kelly – Hypnagogia

‘Seems to be the genius among the young ones. The best show in town’ (Harry Hill's One to Watch). ‘Gloriously odd’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Gloriously silly’ (Time Out). I still do Parky interviews on the loo... 

KINGS!

KINGS!

KINGS! is the brand new sketch duo of Adam Blampied and Lydia King. Much like the real monarchy, their ability to influence parliament is diminishing and they'd like your money please... 

Release Your Inner Cartoonist

Release Your Inner Cartoonist

Learn the secrets of the cartoonists art with the award-winning creator of Clare in the Community (BBC Radio 4 and the Guardian) and Hamlet (the stage and in and around The Pleasance)... 

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

Celebrating 15 years on the Pleasance stage join West End, screen and radio star Nicholas Parsons for his most magnificent show yet! The host of BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute invites you to come and join the fun and laughter at his sell-out improvised comedy and chat show with a host of special celebrity guests... 

Jay Foreman's Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children (and Other Funny Stories)

Jay Foreman's Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children (and Other Funny Stories)

Total sell out Fringe 2014! Book early! As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and seen on Dave Gorman's UK/Ireland tour. The multi award-winning comedian is back with charmingly sickable songs, stories, poems and a whole lot more for the whole family from small children to massive children (grown ups)... 

Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus

Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus

The highly anticipated follow-up to sell-out physical comedies Kraken and Squidboy from award-winning idiot Trygve Wakenshaw. Winner: Time Out Best Comedy of 2014; Edinburgh Underbelly Award 2014; Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe 2015; Best Comedy Perth Fringe 2015; Best Comedy New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2014... 

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

The best and brightest of this year’s Fringe comics in a great value lunchtime compilation showcase. With a new line-up every day including big-name headliners and the hottest newcomers, this is the best way to start the day for comedians and festival comedy fans alike... 

Flanders and Swann

Flanders and Swann

The songs and wit of those masters of mayhem, mirth and Madeira – timeless comedy legends, Flanders and Swann. Join multi award-winning comic Tim FitzHigham and Radio 4 musical maestro Duncan Walsh Atkins for all the favourites – The Hippopotamus (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud), The Gnu, The Gas Man Cometh and many more... 

Jenny Bede: Don't Look at Me

Jenny Bede: Don't Look at Me

Join the Observer's 2015 rising star and winner of the 2013 Musical Comedy Awards Best Newcomer for an hour of the finest pop culture inspired songs and stand-up. PS you can totally look at her... 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger comes to the Edinburgh Festival in this delightful family show packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem... 

Larry Dean: Out Now!

Larry Dean: Out Now!

Scottish Comedian Of The Year Award winner returns to the Fringe with his debut hour. Expect tales and tomfoolery from this personable Glaswegian and self-proclaimed ‘bender’. Join Larry as he struggles with shame and stereotypes, ‘pride’ and prejudice... 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

A brand new musical is created from scratch at every performance of this multi award-winning show. Audience suggestions are transformed instantly into all-singing, all-dancing productions with unpredictable and hilarious results... 

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler

Spirit of the Fringe. Multi award-winning, Perrier nominated comedian, author, explorer and air recycler Tim FitzHigham is back in a show about his favourite past time... gambling! Tim is a man with bad ideas – he rowed the channel in a bathtub, now he's taking on more of the world’s weirdest wagers... 

Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal

Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal

In his debut show at the Edinburgh Festival, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee and winner of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival Best Debut 2015, Phil Jerrod unravels the mess that is modern life... 

Sean McLoughlin: Whatever It Takes

Sean McLoughlin: Whatever It Takes

Another calamitous year. Another hour of blisteringly funny stand-up from a man 'on the cusp of far greater recognition' (List). 'The best comedian you haven't heard of yet' (Mark Watson, Time Out)... 

Matt Forde: Get the Political Party Started

Matt Forde: Get the Political Party Started

Following his sell-out Edinburgh 2014 run Matt Forde, now widely acknowledged as the country’s leading political comedian returns with a brand new show tackling some of the many great questions facing our country in the aftermath of the election... 

Phil Wang: Philth

Phil Wang: Philth

Wang, 'master of the intellectual dick joke' (Time Out) returns with another cracking hour if he's being honest. Whether it's race, family, love, satire, or sex – this suave dork is full of surprises... 

Vegas Nocturne

Vegas Nocturne

Born in a Spiegeltent at New York’s Fulton Fish Market, Spiegelworld created controversial comedy-circus hit Absinthe. It’s now in its fifth sold out year in Las Vegas and touring Australia... 

AAA Stand-Up

AAA Stand-Up

Total sell-out 2005-2014 returns with a brand new line-up. 'Comedy the way it should be: laugh-a-minute, leaving the audience wishing the show was a little bit longer' **** (Fest). Sam Gore: 'A class act indeed' (Chortle... 

Gyles Brandreth: Word Power!

Gyles Brandreth: Word Power!

'No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest.' Only words can do that. Language is power. Words are magic. Join wit and word-meister, former MP and star of Just A Minute, One Show, QI, Have I Got News For You, Room 101 and Countdown on an uproarious magic carpet ride around the world of words... 

BEASTS: Live DVD

BEASTS: Live DVD

Big time sketch heroes BEASTS are returning to Edinburgh to film a live DVD of their best ever show. Audience needed, also camera. Total sell-out 2013 and 2014. Book now to avoid lifelong regret... 

Ivo Graham: No Filter

Ivo Graham: No Filter

Album three (The Queen is Dead, OK Computer, etc) from Graham after 2014's 'joyous show' (Evening Standard), and this year there's apparently a bit more bite to the boy's bark. Can this be true? Definitely worth investigating... 

Albee Vector the Sound Collector

Albee Vector the Sound Collector

Albee's back! And he's still everything that children’s theatre should be. An epic tale of love, adventure and a sound-hoover called Mustard. Find out how Albee and his love Andromeda survived kings, curses and cruelty on their quest for beautiful sound in the world... 

Mid-Brow

Mid-Brow

After a blistering London run and festival tour this year, Fringe debutants Mid-Brow have been attracting many plaudits along the way with their self-titled sketch show; one even describing their show as possessing the extreme quality/finish you'd normally associate with a Kinder Bueno... 

Mr Tiger Goes Wild

Mr Tiger Goes Wild

Mr Tiger was perfectly fine in the city – until he had a wonderfully wild idea! A show for ages 3+ that's a bit rock'n'roll, adapted from the book by Peter Brown. Join Mr Tiger on an adventure into the wilderness featuring original live music, hilarious characters and lots of imagination that will have children roaring with laughter... 

The Hunting of the Snark

The Hunting of the Snark

From the author of Alice in Wonderland comes an impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an imaginary creature! A musical comedy about a ragtag gang of adventurers all trying to catch the Snark, inspired by the poem by Lewis Carroll... 

Now Listen to Me Very Carefully

Now Listen to Me Very Carefully

Now Listen to Me Very Carefully is a semi-autobiographical piece about Andy's obsession with the film Terminator 2. He's watched it roughly 238 times (and counting); which is about a month of his 29 years... 

The Noise Next Door's Comedy Lock-In

The Noise Next Door's Comedy Lock-In

It’s back… An entirely unique entertainment experience every night with the quickest wits in comedy and their astonishing special guests. The total sell-out smash-hit returns to Edinburgh with a hefty dose of The Noise Next Door’s trademark off-the-cuff madness, two stand-up stars, and some once-in-a-lifetime comedy curiosities... 

Jonny Pelham: Before and After

Jonny Pelham: Before and After

When he was 16 The NHS asked Jonny if he wanted cosmetic surgery to improve his appearance. Having been happy with how he looked this came as a shock. Come and hear what happened next in this hotly anticipated debut show... 

...and This is My Friend Mr Laurel

...and This is My Friend Mr Laurel

Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M'Lord) returns in his sell-out one-man show about friendship, memories and a couple of remarkable lives. Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy, the show takes place during Laurel's visit to the dying man... 

The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie

The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie

Roll up for the most magnifical, tremendible and fantasticulous experience in town! The caravan of curiosities and its crew of mysterious misfits have arrived to entertain, amuse and beguile... 

AAA Stand-Up Late

AAA Stand-Up Late

Total sell-out 2010-2014 returns with a brand new line-up. 'Comedy the way it should be: laugh-a-minute, leaving the audience wishing the show was a little bit longer' **** (Fest). Paul McMullan: 'My hot tip as the next big thing' (Miles Crawford)... 

John Hastings: Marked from the Start

John Hastings: Marked from the Start

John is a premature born, twitchy, nervous yet confident, agnostic, coddled, only grandson in his family. After years of being protected from any sort of responsibility he recently became his nephew's godfather... 

Danny Ward – St Vitus Dance

Danny Ward – St Vitus Dance

Slick, quick and packed with funny material, high energy comedy from 2013 Amused Moose Award winner and 2013 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee. An hour of high-octane stand-up with sneaky puns and well-hidden one-liners... 

Bucket

Bucket

Ed Eales-White and Jon Pointing slam down a new character/sketch/double act comedy show. Writers and performers of BBC mini series Life Guru. 'The pair make an excellent double act' (Scotsman)... 

Hotel Paradiso

Hotel Paradiso

Berlin-based masters of mask theatre return to the Fringe with a hilarious tale of a family hotel set in an Alpine resort, where they are struggling to keep the business alive and the corpses hidden... 

Katie and the Mona Lisa

Katie and the Mona Lisa

This brand new musical adaptation, based on James Mayhew’s bestselling book, follows Katie’s extraordinary adventures inside a series of famous works of art. Katie wonders why Mona Lisa is smiling and, to her delight, she comes to life! However she soon discovers that Mona Lisa is lonely and her smile is starting to fade... 

Lolly

Lolly

Lolly Adefope presents her debut hour – join her as she masquerades her deep-rooted insecurities as character comedy! If you only see one show this Fringe, then please, please, take her with you? She loves meeting new people! Leicester New Comedian of the Year 2015 nominee... 

Alex Edelman: Everything Handed to You

Alex Edelman: Everything Handed to You

Alex Edelman, New York-based upstart and winner of 2014’s Foster’s Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, returns with another gosh-darned show comprised of jokes and stories about him and other neurotic, terrified young people... 

Daphne Do Edinburgh

Daphne Do Edinburgh

Extra dates announced: Thursday 13 and Friday 14, 21:45. (Tickets can be booked by visiting the other Daphne Do Edinburgh page of this site.)Daphne are a brand new sketch trio, who are Phil Wang, Jason Forbes and George Fouracres... 

The Story Beast

The Story Beast

John Henry Falle (of Radio 4, Chortle-nominated sketch idiots, The Beta Males) hath now become The Story Beast. Behold his rattle-bag of demented tales, terrifying ritual and unrelenting Anglo-Saxon lolz... 

Rosie's Magic Horse

Rosie's Magic Horse

If an ice lolly stick can dream of being a horse, what magic might follow? A fantastic story based on the book by Russell Hoban and mischievously illustrated by Quentin Blake. A heart-warming tale of aspiration, friendship, adventure and a little bit of mischief, this is the perfect treat for everyone aged three and up... 

Carl Donnelly: Jive Ass Honky

Carl Donnelly: Jive Ass Honky

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Carl Donnelly returns to the Pleasance Courtyard with his all-new show about therapy, depression, relationships, body issues and family. Carl has appeared on various TV and radio shows (Mock The Week, Russell Howard's Good News, 5live, Talksport)... 

Shakespeare Untold: Double Bill

Shakespeare Untold: Double Bill

Celebrate Shakespeare's Globe's Fringe debut by seeing both Shakespeare Untold shows (The Party Planner's Tale based on Romeo and Juliet and The Pie Maker's Tale based on Titus Andronicus)... 

Tats Nkonzo: The African With Wifi

Tats Nkonzo: The African With Wifi

'One of the best acts to happen to South African comedy' (Argus). 'I wrote this show so I could tell the world how Simba really felt after Mufasa's death. The people deserve to know the truth' (Tats Nkonzo)... 

Joe Lycett: That's The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett: That's The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett

The self-proclaimed absolute lad returns, following appearances on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and a wine tour of the French Riviera. There's a good chance you'll Lycett... 

Jimmy McGhie – Winged Goddess of Victory

Jimmy McGhie – Winged Goddess of Victory

Jimmy McGhie flies through Edinburgh like a Winged Goddess of Victory with his fifth solo show. Confronting masculinity, mortality, the sins of the father and his complete inability to resist a good salesman... 

Ecce Homo

Ecce Homo

Ecce Homo. A hom-com in song. Naughty Nickers of the legendary gay theatre group Bloolips tells the story of their early 1980s debut in the USA, his big San Francisco romance with handsome Dr Jeff, and his subsequent life as one of the UK's longest surviving HIV+ diagnoses and living with AIDS... 

Cinder-Ella

Cinder-Ella

Once there was a Grandfather who was left holding a rather leaky baby. Whilst tidying toys he creates a world of fantasy as he tells his favourite tale. With dolls, magic tricks and an old pram, he even gets to sing... 

The Only Way is Downton

The Only Way is Downton

If impersonations are your thing, then the Only Way is Downton is a must-see at this year’s Fringe. Luke Kempner’s one hour show uses the popular show, Downton Abbey, as a basis for showcasing his impressive impressions... 

Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)

Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)

This fun and fast production attempts to abridge the complete works of Shakespeare into the space of an hour. Whilst its premise is strong, this production does not sufficiently exploit its huge comic potential... 

Chris Ramsey: The Most Dangerous Man On Saturday Morning Television

Chris Ramsey: The Most Dangerous Man On Saturday Morning Television

I first saw Chris Ramsey live in 2011 as a supporting artist for Russell Kane. Back then he was utterly brilliant and nothing’s changed there. What has changed though is Ramsey’s confidence; where once every other word was a nervous swear, now he walks the stage like he owns it... 

Blind

Blind

Grace Savage, the UK’s official female champion beatboxer, suits her oxymoronic name to a tee. She’s an unexpectedly soft spoken young woman with the sweetest of smiles, who insists upon a profound inclination for the underdog... 

Max Dickins: My Groupon Adventure

Max Dickins: My Groupon Adventure

Max Dickins – or shall I say Lord Max Groupon – has been a very busy man. Conquering 100+ Groupons over the past year, the experience junkie has been on an unstoppable mission – but to where exactly?A gig down in the cellar at Pleasance is always a rather cosy experience; but no one could have made you feel more at home than the very personable chap himself, Max Dickins... 

Sarah Kendall: Touchdown

Sarah Kendall: Touchdown

Mothers always know best – as frustrating as it can sometimes be; but surely not so frustrating when it forms the foundations of your next stand up show. Following an abrasive phone call with her squawky mother, Kendall is urged to stop tinkering with the truth and come clean... 

Decomposed! My Brother's Turning into a Zombie

Decomposed! My Brother's Turning into a Zombie

Pompous orchestra conductor Will finds himself locked out of his house by his wife. He takes shelter, by accident, in his twin brother Igor’s bedroom. The two haven’t seen each other in ten years, and smelly, farting, video-games obsessed Igor is very close indeed to turning into a zombie... 

Years to the Day

Years to the Day

Two men in their forties meet for a coffee to catch up after four years of not meeting up in person. They talk about what has been going on in their lives and reminisce about their shared pasts... 

The Comedy Zone

The Comedy Zone

The Comedy Zone is a showcase night that comes with more than it's fair share of prestige, and no little amount of pressure. A strong history of turning out performers like Frankie Boyle, Al Murray, Russell Howard and Dave Gorman lends the night a credibility that many showcases lack, but it also places an incredible burden on the shoulders of performers who are just being introduced to the comedy scene - the true purpose of the night being to launch new faces into the limelight... 

Toby: Fuzzbuzz

Toby: Fuzzbuzz

Fuzzbuzz can hardly be described as a sketch show. Rather, the show follows the extended narrative of two sisters, Lizzie and Sarah, in the aftermath of a mysterious accident. Lizzie has lost her memory and her sister is acting as her deranged nursemaid, abusing her power to make money - the show is presented as a mock charity appeal on Lizzie's behalf... 

Late Night Gimp Fight: The Worst of Late Night Gimp Fight

Late Night Gimp Fight: The Worst of Late Night Gimp Fight

Late Night Gimp Fight have spent the last five years violating the British comedy circuit, picking up awards and infections along the way. Now the country’s most exciting sketch group are bringing the very best of their depraved minds to Edinburgh for three nights only... 

Night Bus

Night Bus

Linda Marlowe and Sarah Louise Young present a surreal take on the blunt reality of the night bus service. A series of short sketches are performed which create caricatures and pastiches of people, yet the products of these women’s bizarre imaginations are somehow fittingly representative of the diversity of night bus travellers... 

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised is a solid hour of good fun. There are very few moments that are hilarious and very few that fall flat, but overall I, and the audience, was kept entertained throughout... 

Tim Key: Single White Slut

Tim Key: Single White Slut

For a while, it seemed like Tim Key might have lost his majestic touch. The new material seemed to be drying up, his performances were lacklustre. I even half-met him on a street corner a year or two ago and made a remark about his recycling of jokes, to which he just looked slightly helpless and apologised... 

The Word Café

The Word Café

The Word Café presents a line-up of stand-up poets, spoken word artists and musicians, which varies from day to day. The quality of performance was as varied as the show’s content, ranging from poor to outstanding... 

Matt Forde: The Political Party - Scottish Independence Special

Matt Forde: The Political Party - Scottish Independence Special

Scottish Independence special. On 18 September Scotland decides its future. Matt Forde will interview a leading politician from both sides of the debate, in two special shows. These promise to be unique events, and follow on from a complete sell-out London run with guests including; Alastair Campbell, Nigel Farage, Alan Johnson, David Davis, Jack Straw, George Galloway, Stella Creasy and Lembit Opik... 

The 3rd Sector

The 3rd Sector

A new, seemingly naive charity worker walks out of her gap year and into her corporate office. Problems arise as she and the play cast a suspicious light on the inner workings of our capitalist charity sector, analysing why and how we give to those in need in this smart, funny, biting satire... 

Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)

Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)

The title of Reduced Shakespeare’s show is accurate to the point of pedantry. The trio faithfully follows the comedic trajectory from its (literal) birth, to yer-mum jokes (the nirvana of mirth)... 

Scaramouche Jones

Scaramouche Jones

Actor and writer Justin Butcher’s Scaramouche Jones is a feat in storytelling: both performer and tale performed are equally and utterly compelling. At one-hundred years old, Jones tells his audience that this is to be his last night of life and proceeds to recount a century of living so incredible that he keeps his audience in a permanent state of rapture... 

Danny Ward – Infra Dig

Danny Ward – Infra Dig

Infra Dig, which we learn is Latin for “beneath your dignity”, is a show about dignity but also pride and respect. The catalyst for writing a show on these themes came to be when Danny Ward hurt his back... 

Alfie Brown: Divorced from Reality (and My Wife)

Alfie Brown: Divorced from Reality (and My Wife)

Alfie Brown’s persona is defined by a mix of nihilism and desperation, yet this time round he promised the audience that his misanthropic take on the world had cooled. Brown cuts an absorbing figure on stage, and his raw comedic talent is unquestionably impressive... 

Tom Craine: Thoughts On Love (By a Man With None of the Answers)

Tom Craine: Thoughts On Love (By a Man With None of the Answers)

After much consideration and persuasion, Tom Craine became a columnist for Cosmopolitan where he writes about love and dating. When letters started arriving from readers seeking his counsel, he started to question himself, feeling ill-equipped to give advice... 

Henry Paker: Unpacked

Henry Paker: Unpacked

Many of us have some form of a box in which we keep childhood keepsakes and store treasured memories. Henry Paker’s box is in need of a clearout, which is what forms the basis of this show... 

Civil Rogues

Civil Rogues

Romeo declares his love for Juliet in hurried tones, before fleeing the theatre to escape persecution from the Puritan forces storming the stage. This farcical comedy follows three of the play’s actors on the run, who use their female costumes as a means of avoiding being caught... 

I Need A Doctor: The Whosical

I Need A Doctor: The Whosical

The opening theme to I Need a Doctor: The Whosical not only starts the narrative but also identifies the witty, farcical nature of the piece. The first things to be heard are voicemails; supposedly left by Russell T... 

Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (Vol. 2)

Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (Vol. 2)

It would be unfair to describe Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen Vol.2 as simply a tribute act to Cohen, as Smith himself does. It is more the story of how Cohen’s music has provided the soundtrack to Smith’s life at its most difficult moments... 

TAKE a coMEdian OUT!

TAKE a coMEdian OUT!

A fun, flirtatious dating gameshow whereby four lucky single girls are given the opportunity to win a date with one of 20 stand-up comedians! Each comic is armed with a light; if our beautiful singletons are impressed by the comic's antics, chat-up lines and responses, she leaves their light on... 

Paxo

Paxo

The broadcaster, author and Spitting Image puppet probes pogonophobia, underpants and the human condition. With surprises galore and your opportunity to quiz the grand inquisitor, Paxo unstuffs the man ranked by GQ Magazine as 'Britain's 26th rudest person’. 

Flanders and Swann

Flanders and Swann

G’ninth G’normous year at the Pleasance! Tim and Duncan return for one week only with their award-winning, hilarious show. Featuring the songs and wit of those masters of mayhem, mirth and Madeira, and legends of 1950s and 60s comedy, Flanders and Swann... 

Sketch Transfer Deadline Day

Sketch Transfer Deadline Day

What happens when you make the Fringe's best sketch groups of the last decade trade a member for one show? This. Watch as new alliances form for one night only in the newest late night insanity from the producers of The Wrestling, The Wrestling II, McNeil and Pamphilon Go 8 Bit! and The Beta Males' Midnight Movie Theatre... 

Ian Smith – Flappable

Ian Smith – Flappable

The chatty Yorkshire patter of Ian Smith’s comedy offers an incredibly relatable show in the Pleasance comedy programme at this year’s festival. While taking some time to warm into the act, by the end of this observational hour Smith has got the audience entirely on his side, with Flappable proving an interesting and entertaining showcase of his ever blossoming comedic talents... 

Chortle Student Comedy Award Final

Chortle Student Comedy Award Final

Hundreds entered, eight survive and now one will be crowned Britain's funniest student. Previous Chortle student finalists include Simon Bird, Chris Ramsey, Tom Rosenthal, Ed Gamble, Tom Deacon... 

Knightmare Live - Level 2

Knightmare Live - Level 2

For fans of the original kids' show, Knightmare Live - Level 2 is a dream come true. For novice adventurers it's pretty great too: Even if you don't know your Sword of Justice from your Shield of Liberty, this is a rollocking ride through swords, sorcery and spelling challenges... 

Casual Violence: The Great Fire of Nostril

Casual Violence: The Great Fire of Nostril

In this farcical one-hour romp through the troves of storybook tropes, Fringe sketch regulars Casual Violence treat the audience to a kids-show-for-adults style adventure into a world of murder, double-crossing, conjoined twins and baked goods... 

Luke McQueen: Now That's What I Luke McQueen

Luke McQueen: Now That's What I Luke McQueen

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

Tom Rosenthal: Work in Progress

Tom Rosenthal: Work in Progress

Star of Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner and ITV2's Plebs, Tom Rosenthal throws shit at a wall figuratively and possibly literally. Work in progress stand-up from this Leicester Mercury Award winner and British Comedy Award nominee... 

John Robins: This Tornado Loves You

John Robins: This Tornado Loves You

John Robins has written a show about love. He is aware it's been done before, as he makes very clear in his opening gags, but this is something different.He opens with a Stewart-Lee-style peek behind certain staples of comedy and he must be aware of the parallel, as he instantly launches into a tirade against the critical darling and Edinburgh favourite... 

Eddie Pepitone: RIP America, It's Been Fun

Eddie Pepitone: RIP America, It's Been Fun

Eddie Pepitone is convinced that we’ve been consumed by the ‘gelato syndrome’, where coziness and contentment have shrouded the harsh reality of our petty existences. Focusing predominantly on America’s distorted principles of war, commercialism and health, amongst other big issues, what follows is a furious response to a nihilistic vision of the twenty-first century... 

Al Lubel in... I'm Still Al Lubel

Al Lubel in... I'm Still Al Lubel

Al Lubel’s latest outing predominantely revolves around an obsession with his own name. A conceit as peculiar as this one would certainly appear to be difficult to uphold whilst maintaining a steady stream of laughs and we are treated to a mixed performance as a result... 

Lizzie Bates: Reprobates

Lizzie Bates: Reprobates

Lizzie Bates is a wildly imaginative comedian who has created a stunning array of characters for a fun hour of comedy. The show opens in a post-apocalyptic bunker, where Bates plays a zany and slightly mad woman who has appointed herself as entertainments officer for a group of tired and disinterested survivors... 

Dan Jones: New Kid

Dan Jones: New Kid

Dan Jones: New Kid is a character-based stand up show in which Jones’ hopeless characters try desperately to entertain and showcase their talents. It’s a rather odd look at the nature of entertainment at the festival, providing a pastiche of Fringe comedy... 

The Big Bite-Size Plays Factory Goes Down the Toilet

The Big Bite-Size Plays Factory Goes Down the Toilet

This is a show about poo. Occasionally it’s also about pee and toilet paper, but mostly poo. At one point, a woman dressed as a giant poo comes on and sings ‘Somewhere under the U-Bend’ to the Wizard of Oz tune... 

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Travelling at the speed of thought in his brand new music production spaceship, the world class multi-award-winning musician and comedian, transcends mere mimicry to produce studio quality compositions faster than most could imagine them... 

Cardinal Burns

Cardinal Burns

Following their second series on Channel 4, British Comedy Award-winning and Bafta nominated duo Cardinal Burns return to Edinburgh for a limited eight night run. **** (Guardian). **** (Times)... 

Show Off

Show Off

If a cabaret act is consciously, deliberately devoid of talent, does that excuse it from criticism? It seems reductive to point out that the mono-browed, pink-wigged Figs in Wigs cannot dance, play music, tell jokes, make art or do the hula hoop – for that is exactly the point... 

Dracula

Dracula

Vampires never seem to go out of fashion. From Twilight’s tween idol sparkle to Let The Right One In’s sordid and dangerous world, this is one genre which is a constant pop culture mainstay... 

Nick Helm's Two Night Stand in The Grand

Nick Helm's Two Night Stand in The Grand

Nick Helm’s Two Night Stand in the Grand is an epic comedy rock show worthy of its massive venue. The atmosphere, in what must have been a sold out show, was utterly vibrant. ‘Strap in’ warns the opening titles; Helm’s clever use of multimedia throughout the show really adds something to this heavy metal, high budget show complete with live band and fireworks... 

Alex Edelman: Millennial

Alex Edelman: Millennial

Up in Pleasance’s intimate stand-up venue Attic, there is one young comedian who is making waves on the comedy scene as he manages to cement himself as a firm Fringe favourite every year... 

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

The Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show at the Cabaret Bar in the Pleasance Courtyard claims to be the longest running and most successful lunchtime show at the Edinburgh Fringe. It allows you to see five comedians in one hour long show, with a new line-up each day... 

He Had Hairy Hands

He Had Hairy Hands

Having taken the Fringe by storm last year with their debut piece The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, young and incredibly talented theatre company Kill The Beast returns to The Pleasance with He Had Hairy Hands and it is something to behold... 

Jay Foreman's Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children (and Other Funny Stories)

Jay Foreman's Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children (and Other Funny Stories)

Comedian Jay Foreman provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this excellent mid afternoon show in the Green. The children will truly lap this up as Foreman taps into their naughty side with lyrics that delve into all manners of mischief... 

Potted Sherlock

Potted Sherlock

Edinburgh stalwarts Dan and Jeff are back for another energetic hour and, following Potted Potter, Potted Pirates and Potted Panto, it’s the turn of Baker Street’s own Sherlock Holmes... 

David Elms: Nurture Boy

David Elms: Nurture Boy

During this peculiar hour, David Elms takes a different approach to the usual bravado of musical comedy in a consciously quiet, ungainly performance. Whilst flitting between two personas, Elms takes pleasure in the awkwardness that dominates the show, which allows for moments of refreshing humour, with the occasional slow interlude... 

Clever Peter: The Dreams Factory

Clever Peter: The Dreams Factory

A madcap romp through its creators’ bizarre imaginations, Clever Peter may be the weirdest sketch show you’ll ever see. Roman, Andy and Charles (Richard Bond, William Hartley, Edward Eales-White respectively) form advertising team ‘The Dreams Factory’... 

Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly

Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly

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

Chris Martin: Responsibilliness

Chris Martin: Responsibilliness

Chris Martin’s favourable brand of cynical yet amusing observations are back but this year they are served with an additional side of insightful musings. There is definitely a marked progression in Martin’s material from his last show - which is great to see... 

Inheritance Blues

Inheritance Blues

Hosted by some occasionally fallible blues band members and housed in “deepest, darkest Dorset”, Inheritance Blues is a tale of three sons as they meet to mourn their father (or not) and make plans for the future... 

Rhys James: Begins

Rhys James: Begins

James’ appropriately named debut show at the Festival is fast paced, anecdotal and comfortably funny throughout. It begins with a short video looking at the planning and promoting processes for the show which is witty and sets up high hopes for the rest of the hour... 

Voca People

Voca People

“Everything you are about to hear is pure human vocals,” a voiceover announces before the show begins. It’s well that the audience is given this warning or you would no doubt question the possibility that such a wide-ranging array of sounds could be authentically produced by a group of eight mere human beings... 

Musical Mornings with Mil's Trills

Musical Mornings with Mil's Trills

I arrived at the Pleasance courtyard a little after 10am and I admit I was a little reluctant to wake up so early while on Fringe time. But within minutes, Mil’s Trills changed my tune... 

Sarah Bennetto's Storytellers' Club

Sarah Bennetto's Storytellers' Club

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

The Beta Males: Happenstance

The Beta Males: Happenstance

Fierce, fast, farcical and ferocious, The Beta Males certainly pack a punch in their new show Happenstance. With a chaotic set up of props all over the stage and backdrop, the four-man group setting up frantically as we enter, and Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ blasting out over the speakers, the audience know they are in for an exciting hour of madcap comedy... 

Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

A top night of comedy with all proceeds going to Waverley Care, a charity that has supported people living in Scotland with HIV and Hepatitis C for 25 years. Previous line-ups have included Michael McIntyre, Stephen K Amos, Russell Howard, Jason Byrne and many more... 

Tom Binns Has Not Been Himself

Tom Binns Has Not Been Himself

We have all experienced at one point or another times where we have said something which we later regret. This happens regularly to Tom Binns except it is more comedian-specific: he finds himself compulsively blurting out inappropriate jokes at the wrong time... 

James Acaster: Recognise

James Acaster: Recognise

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

Hot Cat

Hot Cat

Following the success of Track 3, a highly original adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters, Theatre Movement Bazaar return to the Fringe with their steaming-new adaptation of Tenessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof... 

Kingmaker

Kingmaker

The creators of last year’s hit political parody Coalition have returned to answer that very current question: what if Boris Johnson runs for the job of Prime Minister? The result is Kingmaker – slick, playful political satire sharpened to a delightful point... 

A Slight Ache

A Slight Ache

In a world where ‘fat’ is a dirty word, Chewing the Fat, created by performance artist Selina Thompson, sets out to have an open and honest conversation about it. Specifically, Thompson wants to share the story of her fat, how it makes her feel and how it has impacted on her life... 

...and This is My Friend Mr Laurel

...and This is My Friend Mr Laurel

Laurel and Hardy are widely considered to be the greatest comedy pairing of all time and this touching one-man show does a lot to display the deep affection and loyalty the two men felt for each other... 

The Pin

The Pin

Alex Owen and Ben Ashenden are the veritable princes of the meta-theatrical sketch and descendants of a very British kind of comedy. With Owen’s gleeful child’s smile and genuine-seeming enthusiasm for each newly offered activity; and Ashenden with his oddly intimidating eyebrow-raising and generally maverick demeanour, they are great fun to watch perform... 

The Jest

The Jest

The Jest feels TV-ready and in more ways than one. This troupe’s eponymous show is steeped in a wide array of televisual influences, from adverts to PSAs to programme parody. In addition to this, the way they incorporate interstitial titles lends a freshness to the rapid fire sketch format... 

Simon Feilder: All The Things I'm Not

Simon Feilder: All The Things I'm Not

One of a stampede of comedians making the London-Edinburgh journey for the festival, Feilder knows his Fringe conventions well and isn't afraid to use them to meta-comic effect. With a clever use of multimedia and never-ending supplies of energy, Feilder works his way through the dating world, his own romantic history and what he considers to be his shortcomings... 

Lights! Camera! Improvise! - The Improvised Movie

Lights! Camera! Improvise! - The Improvised Movie

Back for another year of improvised madness are Mischief Theatre, the improvised movie and Oscar - the man with the biggest collection of DVDs in the known Universe. After a brief outline of how the show works we're off on an hour-long adventure entirely made up on the spot... 

John Hastings - Adventure

John Hastings - Adventure

Canadian standup John Hastings peddles an incredibly original show that could easily be a contender for Fringe Festival Awards. Winner of the 2012 COCA Comedian of the Year Award, and the 2010 Homegrown Comedy Competition, John Hastings arrives to the fringe with talent, style and a homemade pharaoh crown on his head... 

Mark Watson: Flaws

Mark Watson: Flaws

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

Pierre Novellie is Mighty Peter

Pierre Novellie is Mighty Peter

‘Mighty’ seems a pretty apt term to describe Pierre Novellie. The South African, much of whose comedy concerns his similarity to a giant, is a force to be reckoned with. Despite having physically shrunk since his graduation from the Cambridge comedy circuit, his comedy has grown... 

Mat Ewins: The Six Million Dollar Ewins

Mat Ewins: The Six Million Dollar Ewins

Deliciously silly, startlingly original and completely incomprehensible Mat Ewins’ new stand up show is a comic tour de force. To describe the through line would be an exercise in futility (it would take page upon page and even then it wouldn’t make any sense) but the basic premise is that Ewins is a secret agent who has been shot dead in a field (not in the field, in a field) and has been resurrected as a bionic man... 

Mark Watson's Comedywealth Games

Mark Watson's Comedywealth Games

In 2012, Mark Watson's Edinborolympics caused controversy by having comedians throw pineapples at audience members. The public liability did not cover it. The media could not believe it... 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

A romping, stomping brain blast is exactly what Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas wants to be. It does manage it, although intermittently. Terrific acting, set design and soundtrack somewhat redeem this adaptation which must have sounded like a better idea than it ever really was... 

Neil Henry's Impossible

Neil Henry's Impossible

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

Chaplin

Chaplin

An over-loving portrait of the lovable Tramp, Chaplin is an assured and solid play but one that refuses to ever take off its rose-tinted glasses. The play, written by Christoffer Mellgren and Johan Storgard, shows the meteoric rags to riches story of the world’s most famous silent comedian... 

Government Inspector

Government Inspector

Born from the Young Pleasance brood, Incognito theatre in association with Pleasance present their wild and witty take on this secondary school favourite – Gogol's Government Inspector... 

Matt Forde: 24 Hour Political Party People

Matt Forde: 24 Hour Political Party People

Matt Forde loves politics, and he's going to make sure that you do too - whether you want to or not. Bounding onto the stage with his trademark enthusiasm, Forde immediately launches into his views on the next general election... 

NewsRevue 2014

NewsRevue 2014

NewsRevue 2014 is impressive, very impressive. This is almost certainly the most slick and professional show that you will see at the Fringe this year. It is also one of the most amusing... 

Thünderbards: Seconds

Thünderbards: Seconds

With a show based around time travel, Thunderbards make a whole hour zip merrily by. What is most impressive about sketch comedy duo Glen Moore and Matt Stevens is the sheer pace of their humour: The utter number of jokes, dropped non-stop, almost make one wonder whether their uber-watches really can warp time to their whim... 

Tom Price: Not As Nice As He Looks

Tom Price: Not As Nice As He Looks

Refreshing, innovative, fast-paced, interactive: just some of the words that come to mind to describe Tom Price's latest offering. The name, Not As Nice As He Looks is based on the idea that though Tom has a very approachable face, he is in fact a terrible human being: the show is thus made up of a handful of downright terrible things he has done throughout his life that began from his Welsh schoolboy days... 

Seann Walsh: Seann 28

Seann Walsh: Seann 28

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

Rhys Mathewson - Hombre Lobo

Rhys Mathewson - Hombre Lobo

Admirably bearded and remarkably young for a comic with so many years of experience, New Zealand native Rhys Mathewson delivers a somewhat complacent set at this year’s fringe.After winning previous accolades such as the ‘New Zealand Comedy International Comedy Festival, Best Newcomer 2009’ among several others, Mathewson cultivates an aura of expectation, leaving the audience in anticipation of the comic stepping up and taking control of the direction of the show... 

Phil Wang: Mellow Yellow

Phil Wang: Mellow Yellow

One of the first things that Phil Wang says on stage is that reviewers always describe his comedy style as 'assured.' (Wang is assured). He then adds that none of these reviewers seem to find his comedy 'funny' (Wang is funny)... 

Keeping Up with the Joans

Keeping Up with the Joans

There is something wonderfully self-reflexive about Keeping Up With The Joans. A play which centres on two women actors growing old disgracefully in a retirement home is played by two actors best known for TV series broadcast in the 1970s and 80s... 

Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn't Built in a Day

Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn't Built in a Day

Ranganathan’s instant rapport with his audience is clear from the start, as he manages to tell us ‘Fuck you’ and still have everyone laugh hysterically. This isn’t as unusual as it sounds; there is something strangely comforting about it, as if in making fun of himself for an hour he has earned the right to do the same to his audience... 

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

This production of The Cat in the Hat brings the beloved Dr Seuss tale to life, almost as if the characters have stepped straight out of the book.The story is of Sally and her brother who, one rainy day when their mother is out, let a talking Cat in a Hat into their home, who promises to give them a day of fun games and tricks... 

Big Red Bath

Big Red Bath

Adapted from the popular children’s book of the same name, Big Red Bath is Full House’s offering for younger children at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe (The Snow Dog is their show for older children)... 

This is Brasil - The Show

This is Brasil - The Show

There is something about Brazilian music that can cheer you up for hours on end. Perhaps it’s the warm rhythmic sound of the drums, the melancholic yet seductive sound of its bossa nova tunes, or maybe it’s the catchy movements of samba... 

Bits & Box

Bits & Box

Bits & Box tells the story of a grown man who can’t quite cope with some of the aspects of grown-up life and so resorts to playing in a giant cardboard box with his best friend instead... 

Beth Vyse: Get Up With Hands!

Beth Vyse: Get Up With Hands!

Hands down, Get Up With Hands! is the funniest thing I've seen at the Fringe this year. Staunchly in the vein of funnywoman Karen Taylor's Valerie D'Enton, Vyse's show tells the tale of Olive Hands - a kind of leopard print-clad Corrie-kitsch Cruella de Vil - and her mad scramble to save her ITV9 daytime telly show... 

Backstage in Biscuit Land

Backstage in Biscuit Land

Backstage in Biscuitland is the charmingly titled tour around the world of Jess Thom who has Tourette’s Syndrome. As a result of her neurological condition, no two performances are the same... 

Tom Neenan: The Haunting at Lopham House

Tom Neenan: The Haunting at Lopham House

“What is it that frightens you?” Tom Neenan asks at the start of this one-man pastiche of an Edwardian ghost story. He introduces himself as a young widower by the name of Leopold Clark, who thinks of himself as a rational man and is ready (for both intellectual and financial reasons) to take on the challenge of investigating the apparently haunted Lopham House in Norfolk on behalf of its new owner, the ridiculously wealthy Lord Franklyn... 

The Snow Dog

The Snow Dog

You don’t expect adults to be as excited as the children when waiting to see a kids show at the fringe. But that certainly is the case whilst queueing for Full House’s The Snow Dog... 

Ed Gamble: Gambletron 5000

Ed Gamble: Gambletron 5000

Ed Gamble will most likely burst into the comedy scene just as energetically and promptly as he burst out onto the Pleasance Courtyard stage last night. It was clear to all present that he is brimming with talent and is inches away from unlocking his full comic genius... 

David Trent: Live at the Pleasance Courtyard

David Trent: Live at the Pleasance Courtyard

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

Julian McCullough: Dream Girls

Julian McCullough: Dream Girls

Dream Girls is a masterful collection of comedy mixed with surprisingly (even for McCullough) emotional moments that had the audience in awe. Julian McCullough tells stories of his embarrassing childhood sweethearts as he goes through the popular stages of Disney Romances: Rebellion and Depression, Falling for the Vulnerable because you “can change them”, and then meeting the Love of Your Life... 

Come Heckle Christ

Come Heckle Christ

A festival goers guide to this show: Have a few drinks; prepare some funny questions - keep it light and fluffy; attend the show; ask Jesus a question. Simple.Don’t ask questions about: Gaza, Israel, human suffering, cancer, etc... 

AAA Stand-Up

AAA Stand-Up

Our host for the evening is Sunna Jarman, and she is certainly engaging. Energetic and perhaps a bit nervous, Jarman tends to ramble tangentially, which sometimes lead to nuggets of comedic gold, and sometimes does not... 

Rachel Parris: Live in Vegas

Rachel Parris: Live in Vegas

It’s heartening to see a deserving standup successfully transfer from the Free Fringe to the larger potential audience of the mega-venues. This year marks the first Pleasance show for Rachel Parris, my absolute pick of last year’s Counting House programme with her show The Commission, and so I was understandably eager to check it out... 

Stuart Goldsmith: Extra Life

Stuart Goldsmith: Extra Life

Many consider Stuart Goldsmith’s career as a comic to be “living the dream.” While he admits it has its perks, there are also some hurdles and setbacks - particularly if you realise you want to have a child... 

Jungle Bungle

Jungle Bungle

Bouncing into Edinburgh from Australia, No Mate Productions have arrived with their enjoyably infectious offering Jungle Bungle.Oliver meets a new friend on his first day at a new school: Claire... 

Lloyd Griffith: Voice of an Angel, Body of a Trucker

Lloyd Griffith: Voice of an Angel, Body of a Trucker

Griffith's slightly self deprecating solo show, is an easy-going fun hour spent in his company. He's charming, warm and cuddly, but more than just a stand up - he's a great singer too... 

Lee Griffiths: Post Traumatic Sketch Disorder

Lee Griffiths: Post Traumatic Sketch Disorder

Lee Griffiths: Post-Traumatic Sketch Disorder lays out the comic’s psyche by following Freud (just about) through funny family hang-ups by way of kid's books, cock lengths and cream-spattered cowgirls...