The Guilty Feminist

The Guilty Feminist

Deborah Frances-White (from BBC Radio 4 and Global Pillage) and special guests record an episode of her hit comedy podcast, with over 30 million downloads since 2016. The show is about noble 21st-century feminist goals and the hypocrisies and insecurities which undermine them... 

Mark Nelson: Irreverence

Mark Nelson: Irreverence

Three nights only! 2017's smash-hit show from Scotland's award-winning stand-up and creator of BBC's viral sensation News at 3 (over 130 million views!). Equally renowned for his brilliantly dark material and appearances on radio and TV, it's 2018 and Nelson is still wondering whether there's any f*cking point in taking anything in the f*cking world f*cking seriously any more... 

Amy Annette: What Women Want

Amy Annette: What Women Want

Join Amy and a panel of her far more famous comedian friends in comic conversation. Previous guests (such as Aisling Bea, Lolly Adefope, Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Nish Kumar and more) have sought to understand the great, unknowable, mystery of our time: women... 

Austentatious

Austentatious

After sell-out national tours, a West End run and BBC Radio 4 special, Austentatious returns to the Fringe for its seventh glorious year! Every single day an all-star cast (including Cariad Lloyd, Andrew Hunter Murray, Rachel Parris and more) improvise a brand-new Jane Austen novel based entirely on a single suggestion from the audience... 

Underbelly's Big Brain Tumour Benefit

Underbelly's Big Brain Tumour Benefit

Hosted by Susan Calman in her only Fringe appearance this year. Join a massive line-up of Fringe stars in a raucous evening of comedy to help the fight against brain cancer. Last year's line-up included John Bishop and Aisling Bea... 

Ladylike: A Modern Guide to Etiquette

Ladylike: A Modern Guide to Etiquette

Fresh from sell-out seasons and rave reviews in New Zealand and Australia, comedian Louise Beuvink is coming to Edinburgh for the first time with her smash-hit show Ladylike: A Modern Guide to Etiquette... 

Dangerous Giant Animals

Dangerous Giant Animals

A kick. A scream. A tantrum. When it comes to disability, what’s allowed? What’s forbidden? This is a middle-child story of the extraordinary range of experience that comes from growing up too soon alongside a sister who will never grow up... 

Croft & Pearce: Double Take

Croft & Pearce: Double Take

Stars of BBC Radio 4's The Croft & Pearce Show and Sketchorama, winners of the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award, recipients of the official Fringe Total Sell-Out Show Laurel (for their last appearance in 2016) and Whats On London Comedy Award nominees 2017... 

Karaoke Saved My Life

Karaoke Saved My Life

Did you know that all life problems can be solved through karaoke? Join this immersive interactive experience and sing your troubles away and celebrate all that cheesy pop and big anthems have to offer the world! We will tackle the big issues and together, through the redemptive power of karaoke, work through them and demonstrate how there is a song for everyone... 

Don't Tell Me Not to Fly

Don't Tell Me Not to Fly

This summer the West End’s leading ladies take residence in McEwan Hall. Join us each night as a different star takes centre stage to perform songs from smash-hit West End and Broadway musicals and iconic movies... 

Tom Skelton: Blind Eye Spy

Tom Skelton: Blind Eye Spy

2023. Post-Brexit, MI6's budget has been cut to the bone, but they need a new agent in Berlin. Out of work comedian Tom Skelton has 'seasoned abilities as an improviser' (Chortle.co... 

Beowulf

Beowulf

He's the bravest of the Anglo-Saxon heroes, fighting flesh-eating monsters and fire-breathing dragons in the defence of Hrothgar, King of the Danes. Nine-year-old Sophie knows the story of Beowulf well... 

Helen Lederer: I Might as Well Say It

Helen Lederer: I Might as Well Say It

The Naked Video and Absolutely Fabulous star feels it's time to spill, before she forgets and gets taken off the patches altogether. What went on in the Big Brother house? Can she be honest about stand-up comedy, being fat, wheezy and other secrets? Probably not... 

Goons

Goons

Albert thinks something's a bit off when Big Darren sends him to the shops with a list for a bottle of milk, a pack of j-cloths and three balaclavas. He's used to doing odd-jobs for Darren with Henry and Sam: mowing his lawn, washing his car, painting his fence... 

Rhys Nicholson – Seminal

Rhys Nicholson – Seminal

It's me, Rhys. Please come to my show. Barry Award nominee, Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 'Aloof, wired, super smart, super quick... this is an excellent, laughter-filled hour and by the end we are all Rhys Nicholson fans' (Scotsman)... 

Stuart Bowden: Our Molecules

Stuart Bowden: Our Molecules

Cosmic comedy kindly presented by somebody who is obviously pretending to be an alien. A new show from the internationally acclaimed master of lo-fi, off-beat, music-infused solo storytelling... 

The Shallow Entertainment Tour

The Shallow Entertainment Tour

Sören Bergen was just an ordinary guy. Nobody in Faukhan had a clue who he really was. But then Mona disappeared... and everything changed. The Shallow Entertainment Tour is an experimental storytelling solo show about identity, rumours and what happens if everything you think is real turns out to be fake... 

Wil Greenway: Either Side of Everything

Wil Greenway: Either Side of Everything

Master storyteller and perennial Fringe sell-out, Wil Greenway returns with live musicians and (hopefully) a live audience to help your human heart. Sold out 2015/16/17. Best Comedy Storytelling Act 2017 – What's on London Comedy Awards... 

After Hours Cabaret Club

After Hours Cabaret Club

Welcome to the After Hours Cabaret Club. We've enough sass, charm and decadence to power a moonshine distillery... Where the hottest burlesque, cabaret, sideshow and circus stars let loose after working their glamorous shows all over town... 

Vessel

Vessel

'Now, I am just a mother to you. A body carrying a life.' There is a woman. Woman is pregnant. Abortion is still illegal in her country. She will bring a court case against the government to demand a legal abortion... 

Dreamgun: Film Reads

Dreamgun: Film Reads

Getting it wrong has never felt so right! Irish comedy weirdos Dreamgun amuse and exasperate cinephiles in equal measure with their skewed, joke-stuffed and wholly unrehearsed takes on established cinematic favourites... 

Dandy Darkly's All Aboard!

Dandy Darkly's All Aboard!

New York City's critically acclaimed satirist and cult horror raconteur, Dandy Darkly, returns to the Fringe for another horrific, hysteric, late-night frolic. Join Dandy aboard the infamous Gaybird Steamer for the smartest, sleaziest ride of your life... 

Clara Cupcakes – The Worst

Clara Cupcakes – The Worst

Nominated for the 2017 Golden Gibbo (Best Independent Production) at Melbourne Comedy Festival. In the summer of 2001, Clara Cupcakes invented the worst video game of all time: the unplayable tale of an octopus looking for love in this crazy world... 

Queen C*nt – Sacred or Profane?

Queen C*nt – Sacred or Profane?

Blending comedy, drag, song and the grotesque, with absurd character sketches. Meet the Virgin Mary, Theresa May, Burt the drag king, Frida Kahlo and many more. Queen C*nt sees all power to the feminine, the wrathful, the sensual! What is left that is sacred and feminine, and what exactly is profane? In an age of Harvey Weinsteins, where passing trends compel some to undergo surgery, where mainstream porn has hijacked sensuality, we delve into the wild waters of our womanhood, reclaiming the body in ways that are joyful, darkly comic and often anarchic. 

Douglas Walker Presents: Of Christmas Past

Douglas Walker Presents: Of Christmas Past

Christmas is a time for joy and happiness, but there's a sinister secret wrapped in the stories we tell. Douglas Walker unravels a shocking true story with his ingenious new comic play... 

Tom Neenan: It's Always Infinity

Tom Neenan: It's Always Infinity

***** (ThreeWeeks). **** (Telegraph). Tom’s girlfriend has vanished, so he has done what any right-minded man would do and turned his search for her into an "important" piece of multi-character multimedia theatre... 

Ross Brierley: Accumulator

Ross Brierley: Accumulator

What would you do if you had a bet on the horses and won a year's wages in a day? Quit your job and become a professional gambler? Sure, why not. Award-winning comedian Ross Brierley takes you on a surreal journey into the highs and lows of trying to predict the future to pay the bills... 

Chris Henry: Around the World in 80 Dates

Chris Henry: Around the World in 80 Dates

Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist Chris Henry is back to take you on a whirlwind global gigglefest as he attempts to find The One. After sold-out, award-nominated performances around the world, this 40-year-old bachelor delivers the ultimate anti rom-com by hilariously dissecting our favourite cliches with razor-sharp stand-up, replacing them with 80 dates he hopes will take him from reformed playboy to the perfect husband... 

Bumper Blyton

Bumper Blyton

The picnic hamper's packed full of parody, ready for a riotous improvised spoof in the style of Enid Blyton. Come delight in lashings of ginger beer, grab a cheeky tongue sandwich or wrap your lips round a nice spotted dick! Each show is unique in this spontaneous adventure... 

Stupid Cupid

Stupid Cupid

Ever feel confused about love? Where to find it and keep it? Do you think you touch yourself too often? Meet Cupid in training as she tests the waters with her flashy love skills: side effects may include feelings of lust, unwelcome singing and inaccurate nostalgia... 

Tom Walker: Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk

Tom Walker: Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk

Tom Walker is the strongest man in the world and is constantly gaining skill. This will be him onstage for an amount of time that is 'just enough'. No further questions. Best Newcomer Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016... 

UCL Graters: Panopticon

UCL Graters: Panopticon

The nation's favourite appliance-themed comedy troupe returns for the heavenliest of seventh years at the Fringe. Join The Graters' mirthful voyage through the bounds of decency, reason and order and be prepared to blow your fuses with giggles... 

Break Free

Break Free

Wasabeats Crew present the European premiere of Break Free featuring champion break dancers, each with world titles, who are ready to carve up the floor to reach dizzying new heights... 

Bennett Arron: I've Never Told Anyone This

Bennett Arron: I've Never Told Anyone This

Bennett Arron is revealing secrets. The problem is they are not all his to tell. In this personal, shocking and hilarious show, Bennett, the star of the Radio 4 sitcom Alone and the series Bennett Arron Worries About... 

Shit-Faced Showtime: Oliver With a Twist

Shit-Faced Showtime: Oliver With a Twist

From the pissheads behind the hit show Shit-Faced Shakespeare comes an all new cockney knees-up musical extravaganza. Dickens' classic tale of the boy who asked for more with booze, glorious booze... 

Foil, Arms and Hog – Craicling

Foil, Arms and Hog – Craicling

Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato... you racist. Sold out Fringe 2009-2017. Over 100 million hits on YouTube. Foil, Arms and Hog celebrate a decade at the festival with their best show yet, Craicling... 

Dick and Dom: Dick v Dom

Dick and Dom: Dick v Dom

Are you ready?! The multi BAFTA-winning legends Dick and Dom are coming to Edinburgh for the first time in 2018. They are bringing their fast-selling, insane UK tour to the Fringe for a comedy experience that the whole family will never forget... 

Athena Kugblenu: Follow the Leader

Athena Kugblenu: Follow the Leader

The world's never had more knowledge, yet never more stupidity. Athena can't help but notice consistencies between the universe and herself. How can she blame people for choosing Trump when she's choosing the wrong men? Clearly we haven't realised she constantly makes mistakes so we don't have to... 

Paddington Bear's First Concert

Paddington Bear's First Concert

Join Paddington Bear on his adventures as he leaves home, meets his new family and enjoys his first concert – not without causing his fair share of mayhem, of course! The charming tales of everyone's favourite bear come to life with storytelling, narration and a live orchestra... 

Robyn Perkins: 10,000 Decisions

Robyn Perkins: 10,000 Decisions

Everyone makes bad decisions, right? But let's be honest, bad decisions make you who you are. In this brilliant new stand-up show, comedian Robyn Perkins (English Comedian of the Year finalist) uses a series of hilarious personal anecdotes, family stories and even some neuroscience to come up with a well thought out decision for one random audience member... 

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

No one knows who the killer is, not even the cast! The improvised comedy murder mystery is back! Following a sold out Edinburgh 2017 run, CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation returns to Edinburgh creating a 100% brand-new whodunnit every show to solve an outlandish murder invented by the audience... 

Camels

Camels

Camels is a side-splittingly funny five-star sketch comedy, coming to Edinburgh after four sell-out runs in London. Written and performed by occasional best friends Patrick McPherson and Zac Peel, their show is 'truly hilarious' (Everything-Theatre... 

Kevin Quantum: Vanishing Point

Kevin Quantum: Vanishing Point

Having spent half of his adult life studying physics and half studying magic, Magic Circle member Quantum explores the exotic space where science and magic meet. In Vanishing Point he will manipulate your perspective of the universe before converging at the point-of-most-strange... 

The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl

The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl

After seven years of sell-out shows, The Thinking Drinkers return with a brand-new, hilarious, intoxicating bar-hop through history. Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts take you from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and the secret Speakeasy... 

Chris McCausland: Speaky Blinder

Chris McCausland: Speaky Blinder

Following a stonking set on Live at the Apollo 2018! ***** (FringeGuru.com). One of the UK's top stand-ups returns! He's blind. He's a dad. He's a husband. He's third in command. He'll speaky about all of that, and loads more... 

Fun Kids Radio's Epic Roadshow Adventure

Fun Kids Radio's Epic Roadshow Adventure

The Fun Kids Radio presenters need your help to keep the station on-air and to make the best radio roadshow ever. Oh, and they definitely need to not get fired by the big bosses. Will they manage it? That's up to you! An interactive show for all the family brought to you by the award-winning national radio station, Fun Kids. 

Alex Williamson: So Wrong, It's Wrong

Alex Williamson: So Wrong, It's Wrong

Did someone say drugs, pedos and terrorists? Alex’s twisted outlook will shake your faith in humanity before restoring it ever so slightly, then smashing it once again beyond repair... 

Burn the Floor: Rebels of Ballroom

Burn the Floor: Rebels of Ballroom

The Burn the Floor dancers are the true rebels of the ballroom. With their famous, infectious and rebellious energy, they have performed their ground-breaking moves right around the world, from Beijing to Broadway, totally reinventing the ballroom dance styles... 

Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew

Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew

Ashley Blaker isn't your average Orthodox Jewish man. He's also an internationally acclaimed comedian and now, for the first time, is performing a show for us gentiles, direct from his off-Broadway run... 

Alice Fraser: Ethos

Alice Fraser: Ethos

Humans have always been fascinated by non-human minds. From the Golem, to Frankenstein's monster, to artificial intelligence – computers who could think, and threaten civilisation... 

Comedy of Errors

Comedy of Errors

One of Shakespeare's finest comedies, The Comedy of Errors, in a vigorously fresh and exciting production that offers a delicious mixture of classical text, original musical score, diverse dance styles topped with a squirt of satirical farce... 

Frieda Loves Ya!

Frieda Loves Ya!

Frieda Love is a cabaret clown attempting to save the world through comedy song, dance and guerrilla burlesque. Using the advice of a mystical fondant fancy called Mervyn, she travels through alternate universes and numerous wigs to confront the dark force that's taking over... 

Nina Conti

Nina Conti

Following the sell-out success of In Your Face and its two West End runs, three UK tours and three sell-out Edinburgh seasons, British Comedy Award winner and BAFTA-nominated Live At the Apollo star Nina Conti is back with a brand-new show... 

KillyMuck

KillyMuck

Inspired by real events, Killymuck is a housing estate built on a paupers graveyard in 1970s Ireland. Niamh navigates life through the parameters of growing up, with the trials and tribulations of being a kid from the benefit class system... 

Silent Disco Tours by Silent Adventures

Silent Disco Tours by Silent Adventures

Join the Silent Adventures dream team as they lead you on a fun-filled silent disco tour of the capital. Don our magical headphones and feel your inhibitions evaporate as you groove through the city... 

One Woman Sex and the City

One Woman Sex and the City

Parody on love, friendship and shoes. A loving send-up takes audiences through a laughter-infused six seasons of the beloved show. Comedic whirling dervish Kerry Ipema portrays Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as they brunch, banter, argue and swoon over men and Manolos... 

3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle

3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle

The show pieces together Alexandra and Kate Donnachie's sometimes heartbreaking but often hilarious memories of growing up together and managing their close bond when older sister, Alexandra, developed a severe eating disorder... 

Entropy

Entropy

'It was enormous, what I did. What else could I have achieved that would have received so much attention?' Sam has turned up on Barbara's doorstep unannounced after years of absence, not for nostalgic reasons, but for reasons of his own that become apparent as he plays games with her – and on her... 

Tits 'n' Teeth

Tits 'n' Teeth

'It's Tim. His lush hair is slicked back, which honestly I think is a mistake given the aforementioned forehead, but he's still got a nice smile, snaggletooth and all.' Eve has a voice in her head called Karen (she's a bitch)... 

Ian Smith: Craft

Ian Smith: Craft

Multi award-winning comedian Ian Smith (BBC Three's Sweat the Small Stuff, Dave's The Magic Sponge podcast) returns. This show will include theatrical techniques such as shouting and moving around... 

Brainiac Live!

Brainiac Live!

Strap on your safety goggles. Due to popular demand, science's greatest and most volatile live show arrives with a vengeance. The West End and international touring favourite celebrates its 10th anniversary year with its first appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist

Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist

Paul's co-written or worked on many much-loved comedy shows – The Vicar of Dibley, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, Mrs Brown's Boys, Spitting Image and Roald Dahl's Esio Trot starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench... 

Tori Scott Is #Thirsty

Tori Scott Is #Thirsty

Celebrating poor life choices and an unconditional love of vodka, direct from New York City. This Garland for the Grindr era is 'a force to be reckoned with' (BroadwayWorld.com), desperate to escape Trumpland and be let loose on Scotland! Join Tori and her band The Shame Spirals on an audacious musical journey of slurred autobiographical stories and songs she stole from other people... 

Richard Soames: Let's Make a Movie

Richard Soames: Let's Make a Movie

One man. One hour. One second hand camcorder. Join 'charming storyteller' (Chortle.co.uk) Richard Soames as he gets the band back together, gives that half-time speech to the peewee hockey team, casts the ring into the fires of The Death Star without crossing the streams and makes an entire movie in sixty minutes... 

Vince Ebert: Sexy Science. Made in Germany

Vince Ebert: Sexy Science. Made in Germany

German comedians are like English cooks, sober Scotsmen or Texan democrats. And physicists aren't funny at all. That may be true until you meet the father of German science comedy. Vince Ebert explains scientific facts using the fundamental laws of humour... 

Adulting

Adulting

If you've ever been engaged at 19 or have parking tickets worth a house deposit, then, like Tash, you've probably not mastered "Adulting". Known for her ballsy voice and witty repartee, this award-winning cabaret artist Tash York (The Desperettes, After Hours Cabaret Club) explains why we can all relate – growing up is hard! Winner of Adelaide Fringe Best Cabaret Weekly Award 2018... 

Rachel Fairburn: The Wolf at the Door

Rachel Fairburn: The Wolf at the Door

Small mistakes, big mistakes, life-changing mistakes. Rachel's made them all – a drawing she did when she was 6, the years 2008 to 2012 and friendship choices that turned out to be more poisonous than an apple in a fairytale... 

Not Yet Suffragette

Not Yet Suffragette

Not Yet Suffragette is a potent mix of feminist theatre and stand-up comedy surrounding how – not far – women's rights have come since winning the vote. Do women only have themselves to blame for breaking the internet Kim Kardashian style? Or should Nigel Farage heed his own advice and go sit in a corner? The play documents women's struggles in each decade as they juggle the stereotypes thrown at them by society whilst trying to make their own way in the world. 

The Chore of Enchantment

The Chore of Enchantment

The world is in turmoil. Can magic provide the much-needed solace for these difficult times? Vincent Gambini is not so sure. Disillusioned by global news events, struggling with "magician's block", Gambini unveils the hidden difficulties of being a conjurer... 

Nick Hall: Spencer

Nick Hall: Spencer

Spencer Percival has one claim to fame. He's the only British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated. Unfortunately, no one's ever heard of him. 206 years later, Nick Hall tells his story... 

Josh Glanc: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian

Josh Glanc: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian

Winner: Best Comedy, Perth Fringe 2017. Named 'one of the most exciting emerging [Aussie] talents' (TheAge.com.au) and fresh from a total sell-out season at the Melbourne Comedy Festival... 

Dan Attfield: Futureproof

Dan Attfield: Futureproof

The first human to live to a thousand years old has allegedly already been born. Musical comedian Dan Attfield (Abandoman, Amusical, The RH Experience) is determined to make sure it's him... 

Manhunt

Manhunt

Best friends Emm and Leo are incredibly lonely and distressingly available. So... would you maybe want to hang out later? Join this Cambridge Footlights double act for an hour of sketches and desperation as they search for the perfect man... 

zazUtinany

zazUtinany

Award-winning comedy troupe zazU presents zazUtinany, an absurdly silly comedy game show incorporating live acts, games, a quiz and even some cheeky prizes. Come as a team, come on your own or come with your pet (no pets allowed) – either way that infamous Haribo trophy could be yours... 

Tamsyn Kelly: You're Welcome

Tamsyn Kelly: You're Welcome

Does a story even exist if it's not on Instagram? Tamsyn Kelly is a hilarious, fresh, new voice. And she's going to use that voice to be heard. Just like Emma Watson did in 2001 when she invented feminism... 

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

Lizzie, her mother and an elephant from the zoo flee the Dresden firebombing in the Second World War. Escaping the Allies from the West – and the Russians from the East – this extraordinary trio of refugees meet: an RAF officer who has bailed out of his aeroplane, a school choir on the run from the Nazis and the American army tanks appearing over the horizon... 

Be More, Do Better but Don't Change

Be More, Do Better but Don't Change

A unique blend of achingly honest poetry, side-splitting stand-up and personal story telling about romantic love and why we prioritise it above all else. Roisin is bored of pretending that falling in love is fun... 

Viv Groskop: Vivalicious

Viv Groskop: Vivalicious

As heard on BBC Radio 4 and as seen on BBC One's This Week, Viv Groskop presents Vivalicious, a show about self-help in the coming age of President Oprah Winfrey. In this age of reinvention, Viv wants to be the best possible version of herself... 

Matt and Ollie Are... Dads!

Matt and Ollie Are... Dads!

Fringe debut from the award-winning Of Mice. After a stupid medieval dad makes a bargain with the devil, his descendants must pay a terrible price. Things go from dad to worse for writer/performers – and new fathers – Matt and Ollie in this kaleidoscopic gallop through the history of one awful family... 

Awakening

Awakening

'Happy birthday Cassie... You're a f*cking idiot.' It's the morning of Cassie's 26th. She wakes to find herself in someone's front garden with no recollection of getting there. As Cassie struggles to retrace the night, she flips between memories of her past dubious behaviour and her present circumstances... 

Buried: A New Musical

Buried: A New Musical

Winner of The Cameron Mackintosh Award 2018, NSDF Edinburgh Award and The Stage Pick of the Fringe 2017. When Rose and Harry meet, they uncover something extraordinary: they’re both serial killers... 

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Hamlet

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Hamlet

The legendary Fringe hit is back again with their biggest shit-faced show to date: Hamlet. This hilarious, sell-out, award-winning, smash-hit show has already sold over 250,000 tickets worldwide and is back once more to help you "enjoy Shakespeare responsibly"... 

Joe Sutherland: Toxic

Joe Sutherland: Toxic

Masculinity – isn't it, like, over? Or are there new ways to model manliness? Growing up Joe felt less like a boy, more like a Spice Girl. Now he's sort of grown up, and technically a man... 

Lucy Frederick: Even More Naked

Lucy Frederick: Even More Naked

Some years ago, comedian Lucy Frederick appeared in a reality TV show in which she had to get naked. Like, completely naked. No socks or anything. And while that might sound alarming, she's since discovered that actually, there's a far more terrifying way to get your bits and bobs out for other people... 

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

'Private Peaceful at the theatre is a moving experience that not only tells the story of a young soldier's final day in World War One, but perhaps more importantly conveys the strength of human spirit' (Michael Morpurgo)... 

Myq Kaplan: All Killing Aside

Myq Kaplan: All Killing Aside

New York's cosmic comedian Myq (Mike) Kaplan takes you (and himself, and the universe) on a journey of kindness in his Edinburgh debut. A comedy show about truth, love and not murdering... 

Diamond by Beryl Richards

Diamond by Beryl Richards

'I just had to see you. I... just y'know... just once. Once. I needed to.' When reunited with the mother who gave him away at birth, successful surgeon Jordan Sullivan rejects her. When she passes away, he realises that he may never know the truth about where he came from... 

Gate 64

Gate 64

Winnie is a vagrant. Once a travelling performer, she now finds her audience in the delayed passengers of International Departure Lounge 64. Here, stories and anecdotes form a tapestry of existential thought, presented with prideful expertise by our audacious raconteur, Winnie... 

Bryony Twydle: Flamingo

Bryony Twydle: Flamingo

Character comedian Bryony Twydle (BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama, E!'s The Royals) presents her debut Edinburgh show. Join Bryony as she presents her chaotic collection of interconnected characters... 

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Alone on stage, with only a uniform, an old bed and a painted sky, Andy Daniel lays out the story of sixteen-year-old soldier Thomas Peaceful, in an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel from 2003... 

Russell Kane: Smallness

Russell Kane: Smallness

He’s not Nick Grimshaw! Russell Kane is a superstar entertainer who often gets confused for the Radio 1 DJ. But he’s one of Britain’s top billings and is arguably a more formidable talent... 

The Best of The Real MacGuffins

The Best of The Real MacGuffins

The Real MacGuffins are clearly skilled and practised performers, exuding a confident, polished stage presence from the start - playing the gracious hosts at this, a party celebrating the group's back catalogue... 

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 2014 winner and nominees for Foster's Best Show on one bill for one show only. Book early to avoid disappointment... 

Soweto Spiritual Singers

Soweto Spiritual Singers

The Soweto Spiritual Singers greet their audience with the Lord’s Prayer, sung in perfect harmony. From the outset, the spiritual tone is set for the colourful, uplifting and wholesome African gospel experience to come... 

Stand Up for Shelter

Stand Up for Shelter

London's favourite comedy gala hits the fringe. Previously bringing you the likes of Tim Minchin, Stewart Lee and Jimmy Carr, we're promising you another night of fun, frivolity and top class talent... 

Luisa Omielan: What Would Beyoncé Do?!

Luisa Omielan: What Would Beyoncé Do?!

Back for one night only. It's the phenomenally successful debut show from stand-up comedian Luisa Omielan. After two previous sell-outs at the Edinburgh Fringe, a UK tour, runs in LA and NYC as well as five sell-out runs at the main house in Soho Theatre... 

Rachel Stubbings: Doing It for Himself

Rachel Stubbings: Doing It for Himself

Rachel Stubbings gave me a Maoam. That’s not a euphemism. According to her, if I continue to wear my Berghaus fleece I’ll never have another blowjob again. But how else can I deal with the changeable Edinburgh weather, Rachel? My nice jackets make me too hot or too cold!Rachel Stubbing openly mentions she’s experimented with drugs... 

Susan Calman: Lady Like

Susan Calman: Lady Like

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

Ray Peacock: Here Comes Trouble

Ray Peacock: Here Comes Trouble

‘BANG’ - and we’re off. Before the show has even started, Peacock has already thrown his audience from their seats with a bout of loud music. As he shamelessly strolls onto stage, Peacock admits that he’d been peeping from behind the curtains – it obviously works every time... 

Kitten Killers

Kitten Killers

The amount of energy going into Kitten Killers’ non-stop hour is one of its greatest assets. Their comedy itself is often too unbalanced to truly lose oneself in, but the unwavering faith they display in their material ensures that every punchline lands with feline confidence and, more often than not, a roomful of laughs... 

Baby Wants Candy present The Improv All Star Explosion!

Baby Wants Candy present The Improv All Star Explosion!

Even though this isn’t Baby Wants Candy’s headline show at the Fringe, you would still expect much more from such a highly regarded group. Instead, the improvisations were predictable and one-dimensional, culminating in a performance that really fell short in every way... 

Tommy Rowson: Down and Out in Powys and London

Tommy Rowson: Down and Out in Powys and London

A video highlighting Tommy Rowson’s previous misdemeanours introduced the audience to this apologetic reprobate, and what follows is a self-examination into how he can refine his miscreant ways... 

Soweto Afro-Pop Opera

Soweto Afro-Pop Opera

Despite the geographical specificity of their title, the performers of the Soweto Afro-Pop Opera draw their influences as widely as the so-called ‘Rainbow Nation’ from which they hail... 

Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum

Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum

One is good with his fingers; the other is good with his mouth! Jamie's brand of heartfelt songwriting and melodic finger-work is elevated when combined with Tom's heavy hitting, world-class beatboxing... 

The Closure of Craig Solly: A Dark Monologue by Russell Kane

The Closure of Craig Solly: A Dark Monologue by Russell Kane

You, the audience, become the friends and family of this psychotic gangster's victims. In this bleak and viscerally-twisted monologue, a fractured man attempts to explain himself. Craig Solly has taken a psychopathic delight in the vile things that he has done, yet he believes some of it can be reasoned to the loved ones left behind... 

Rhys Nicholson - Eurgh

Rhys Nicholson - Eurgh

“Who here is a guard llama?” Confused? So is the attempted narrative arc of Rhys Nicholson’s set, supposedly an hour-long look at protectors (guard llamas) and protected (sheep) in various situations... 

Craig Hill: Give Him an Inch...

Craig Hill: Give Him an Inch...

Craig Hill: Give Him an Inch is one man’s all guns blazing, Gaga backed attempt to make sure everyone is completely aware that he is gay and Scottish. Hill achieves this quite superbly... 

Feral

Feral

Feral is a beautifully imagined production which uses puppetry, film, cartoons and projection to tell the sad story of a lovely seaside town descending into anarchy. With great skill and precision, Tortoise in a Nutshell creates a movie onstage before our eyes... 

Squidboy

Squidboy

Trygve Wakenshaw's sell-out cult hit of last year's Fringe returns. A delightfully strange physical comedy about an imaginary friend who makes imaginary friends who make imaginary enemies who make imaginary armies out of imaginary Scotsmen... 

John Lloyd's Museum of Curiosity Live

John Lloyd's Museum of Curiosity Live

Following his sell-out fringe debut, John and curator Dan Schreiber host a live version of the BBC Radio 4 hit in which guests donate their favourite items to an infinitely large and impossible museum... 

The Horne Section: Milk the Tenderness

The Horne Section: Milk the Tenderness

The Horne Section have been a staple of the Fringe for several years now, yet their popularity has not necessarily provided them with a renewed sense of creative purpose or originality... 

Sam Simmons: Death of a Sails-Man

Sam Simmons: Death of a Sails-Man

The king of surrealist stand-up, Sam Simmons, brings his incredible and irreverent style to the Udderbelly in Death of a Sails Man, the gut-achingly funny tale of a windsurfer lost at sea, with only his own mind and an oyster for company ... 

Circa: Beyond

Circa: Beyond

Circa begins with a simple contortion of a human body: a girl stands and slowly bends herself to her extreme limits and then a little further. A simple start but it’s one that echoes Circa’s statement, their desire to reach ‘beyond’ the supposed possibilities of performance: “There is a line between human and animal, between madness and sanity, between logic and dream... 

Musical Comedy Awards Showcase

Musical Comedy Awards Showcase

The acts chosen from the London competition earlier this year are as varied as they are talented, representing the old and well-loved to the new and exciting. Frequently their musical ability seems to outweigh the humour of their writing, but all of them will find enthusiastic fans at the Fringe... 

Abandoman: Hot Desk

Abandoman: Hot Desk

Never have the dual interpretations of MC melded together so fluidly as in Rob Broderick, the leading light of Abandoman. As a rapper, Broderick never misses a beat in his improvisation, spouting lyrics with seemingly effortless style... 

Bromance

Bromance

Bromance sees three young guys (the Barely Methodical Troupe) hang out onstage dancing, larking around and performing a few jaw dropping stunts and acrobatic tricks. The show starts with an edgy opening sequence introducing the trio to the stage and already you can tell that there’s an interesting and dynamic team at play... 

What Does The Title Matter Anyway?

What Does The Title Matter Anyway?

Clive Anderson hosts one of the best improv shows on the Fringe with a troupe of seasoned professionals at his side. Backing him up on sound is Philip Pope, while you are entertained by the rambunctious antics of four headliner acts: Steven Frost, Greg Proops, Marcus Brigstocke and Colin Mochrie... 

The 56

The 56

FYSA Theatre brings us The 56, a show created from the testimonies of three individuals’ experiences of the Bradford City Fire of 1985, and an honest, respectful tribute to the 56 whose lives were lost... 

Frank Sent Me

Frank Sent Me

Frank Sent Me is a gangster comedy that mixes fine moments with trite ones. The set-up is that Howe has done something to upset his boss Frank. Frank sends round someone to bump him off, which Howe is stoically resigned to... 

Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare

Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare

Sh*t faced Shakespeare is a show that revolves entirely around its own unique concept - get a cast of classically trained actors, get one of them drunk, and let hilarity ensue. The hilarity that does ensue however, does not ensue for very long... 

The Heavenly View

The Heavenly View

New dance, images and music inspired by Mahler's 4th Symphony, from Oxygen 2014, the groundbreaking collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland... 

Ivy Paige: Kiss And Sell

Ivy Paige: Kiss And Sell

There is something magnetic about Ivy Paige, with her long lashes, coy glances downwards, the pout of her deep scarlet lips, and her flaming hair brushed to one side. Her tiara necklace and turquoise sequin corset go well together with the green, then purple, then dim yellow lights that are put on with smoke for her songs... 

Vincent Goes Splat

Vincent Goes Splat

“No one comes to the theatre to hear lies,” Wil Greenway says near the beginning of this solo show, much to the amusement of his audience. The poetic exploration of the absurd story that follows is aptly linked to this intentionally ironic statement, for Greenway tells the most ridiculous and unbelievable stories which somehow contain some sort of obscure underlying truth about the beauty and fallibility of human existence... 

Party in the USA!

Party in the USA!

I was very loudly welcomed into the room by Dave, one of the eight buzzing performers psyching themselves up in block colour tracksuits and Converse. From the pre-show, the cast are already jumping around and having a party... 

EastEnd Cabaret: Sexual Tension

EastEnd Cabaret: Sexual Tension

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

Imran Yusuf: Roar of the Underdog

Imran Yusuf: Roar of the Underdog

After two years away from the Fringe, Imran’s style has changed slightly, but his show The Roar of the Underdog, demonstrates that change isn’t necessarily negative. This show is poignant, interesting and makes you think, which is understandably not what I automatically expected from a stand up... 

Spanktacular

Spanktacular

Spanktacular returns for an incredible 11th year with sexy hosts, awesome comedians and the inevitable gratuitous nudity. With the most exciting stand-up, magic, sketch, musical 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)... 

Morning Gloryville: Rave Your Way Into the Day!

Morning Gloryville: Rave Your Way Into the Day!

An immersive morning dance experience for those who dare to start their day in style! Nothing wakes you up more than a soul-shaking dance, electrifying music, yoga, massage and a mind blowing double-espresso! Morning Gloryville's dynamic team have grabbed London by its disco balls and are now bringing their party to Fringe... 

Steen Raskopoulos: I'm Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business

Steen Raskopoulos: I'm Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business

Steen Raskopoulos turns up to the Fringe in style. Twice the style to be precise. Donning not only two suits but a basketball hoop, Raskopoulos is prepared to make you laugh, cry and dance to the sound of disco music, as he will have more than half the audience on their feet by the end of the night... 

Felicity Ward: The Iceberg

Felicity Ward: The Iceberg

Those who have seen Felicity Ward perform will know that she is a vocal personality; never afraid to speak her mind or call it like it is, even if it is considered controversial. This year she even does so through song which is how the show kicks off... 

Frisky and Mannish: Just Too Much

Frisky and Mannish: Just Too Much

Felicity Fitz Frisky and Hansel Amadeus Mannish are the quintessential Fringe success story. They have spent the last few years going from unknown act on the cabaret circuit to bona fide international stars... 

Anna Morris: Would Like to Thank

Anna Morris: Would Like to Thank

This is character comedy at its best. Anna Morris portrays five characters within the framework of a mythical Woman of the Year Award. Our 'host' is the Sloaney Georgina Francis with her wide vowels and narrow mind, followed by four wickedly horrendous over-the-top contenders for the award: Nina, a loud mouthed Liverpudlian fitness instructor; Jane, a nervous narcotic baker; Keva, a foreign correspondent and Alexi, a revolutionist... 

Amy G: Entershamement

Amy G: Entershamement

When the whole audience gathered around outside after the performance to congratulate, hug and invite the act out for drinks, you know that you've been part of a really special show... 

The Canterbury Tales Remixed

The Canterbury Tales Remixed

This production modernises the art of Chaucerian storytelling to make accessible the humour and bawdiness of The Canterbury Tales. Using rap, music, visual projection and frequent reference to pop culture, Baba Brinkman retells a selection of Chaucer’s stories, with Mr Simmonds on the decks... 

Dan Schreiber: C*ckblocked from Outer Space

Dan Schreiber: C*ckblocked from Outer Space

Dan Schreiber is a fact-obsessed Aussie who has spent parts of his life in Hong Kong and London and most of it in denial of being a complete and utter geek. His show’s title is pretty misleading: he actually spends the majority of the time exploring his geekhood and professing his desire of preserving esoteric information, but this is a nice surprise, really... 

The Match Game

The Match Game

The Match Game creates a fantastical dystopia and uses it to consider our notions of romance, and the existence of 'the one'. It's a very enjoyable discussion of the themes, with some strong character performances... 

David Morgan - Social Tool

David Morgan - Social Tool

David Morgan has two obsessions in his life: TV and the Internet. Social Tool is a show primarily about the latter, specifically social networking and how we use it to communicate with others and deal with things that life throws at us... 

Christian O'Connell: Breaking Dad

Christian O'Connell: Breaking Dad

Here’s the thing: if you are going to base a stand up show around ways in which you and your father are different, it had better be something pretty special to avoid falling into cliché... 

Hot Dub Time Machine

Hot Dub Time Machine

The world’s first time travelling dance party is back, bigger than ever, and still powered by your dancing. Travel back to 1954, and then Moonwalk, Mashed Potato and Macarena your way back to 2014 with a song from each year... 

Bottleneck

Bottleneck

On Saturday April 15th 1989, over 3000 faithful Liverpool FC supporters made the journey to Sheffield Wednesday’s home ground of Hillsborough to see their team take on Nottingham Forrest in the FA cup semi-final... 

Sammy J: The Sammy J Songbook

Sammy J: The Sammy J Songbook

Fringe favourite Sammy J thought it would be humorous to fly from Melbourne to Edinburgh, perform one show, then fly home. This is that show. Known and loved for his catchy, filthy, nerdy musical comedy stylings, Sammy J has stuffed his hand luggage full of his favourite songs, and plans to rock out for precisely 58 minutes before returning to the airport... 

Edinburgh Comedy Allstars

Edinburgh Comedy Allstars

Underbelly presents four of the biggest and brightest comedians all in one huge show, staged in the majestic McEwan Hall. A one-stop shop for your comedy fix in the beating heart of the festival! Last year's acts included Al Murray, Milton Jones, David O'Doherty, Alan Davies, Andrew Maxwell, Pajama Men and Ardal O'Hanlon... 

Pirate Gran

Pirate Gran

Meet Gran. She bakes. She knits. You'd never guess she was a pirate! With a pet crocodile under her bed, a wicked sense of humour and a whole raft of adventures under her belt, time with Gran is never dull! Gran isn't scared of anything... 

Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive

Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive

Following three Olivier Award nominations and more than 10 million YouTube hits for Cheap Flights (their infamous anthem to budget air travel), Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman celebrate over 30 years of growing old disgracefully with Charm Offensive, their terrific new show bursting with hilarious new songs hot off the press and outrageous old favourites... 

Be-Dom

Be-Dom

Cheeky, clever, fun, charismatic, interactive... Be-Dom provides an infectious experience of epic proportions. Using nothing more than everything you can think of, the group will drag you into their crazy vaudevillian world... 

A Simple Space

A Simple Space

Get up close and personal with one of Australia’s hottest and most original circus ensembles! In the award winning show that has captivated sell-out festival audiences world wide, seven young acrobats push themselves to their physical limits and beyond in an awe inspiring performance of supreme acrobatic ability, strength and skill... 

Oh My Godley!

Oh My Godley!

The slightly wicked godmother of Scottish comedy returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to say the things you think but can't say aloud. Current affairs, politics and stories so outrageous they are barely believable, the over-friendly cleaner with the razor-sharp wit is back and this time she's brought her award-winning comedian daughter, Ashley Storrie... 

Benny Boot: Greatest Hits Volume II

Benny Boot: Greatest Hits Volume II

Total sell-out 2012 and 2013. Benny rocks out the classics in his own inimitable style. Relive some quality jokes and stuff, Benny Boot has some of the best jokes in the business. So come take a trip down memory lane as we look back over some of his funniest moments... 

Midlife Crises Come in Many Forms

Midlife Crises Come in Many Forms

Following a sell-out 2013 Annuale, Deirdre Robertson's debut Fringe show is a playful collaboration with Inflatablemonster (sculptor Andrew MacVicar). It brings together a slightly dark, humour-tinged assemblage of Robertson's own storytelling, poetry and artwork with MacVicar's tragicomic sculptures... 

Jim Campbell's Personal Space

Jim Campbell's Personal Space

A bedroom can be many things: Sanctuary. Workspace. Fort. When Amused Moose Laughter Award nominee Jim Campbell moved house the mementos he found told his life story through a series of forgotten embarrassments... 

Harvey, Garvey and The Kane

Harvey, Garvey and The Kane

Attention grabbing opener! Brief description of performers involved: Stephen Harvey (Perrier nominee), Marcus Garvey (Peep Show, Psychoville, Four Lions), Gareth Kane (What's On Stage nominee) - followed by promise of sketch originality, hilarity and something else to complete the universal rule of three... 

Joey Page: This is Not a Circus

Joey Page: This is Not a Circus

Roll up, roll up! Everybody's 18th favourite absurd comedian, Joey Page (Buzzcocks, Luxury Comedy, and BBC3's Comedy Presents) comes roaring back to Edinburgh with a silly, irreverent technicoloured extravaganza to make you forget about rising house prices or that row you had with your lover over dinner... 

Glenn Wool: Wool's Gold

Glenn Wool: Wool's Gold

Glenn Wool has a comedy career that spans 20 years with television and live engagements over five continents. He has performed seven different solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and numerous other shows at International Festivals around the world... 

The City

The City

The city's asleep. A stray cat cries. A drawing of a man on the pavement. And a body inside... Humphrey Bogart meets Jay-Z in this contemporary and darkly comic hip hop fable, performed entirely in rap... 

The Magnets

The Magnets

Irresistible aural ecstasy from international a cappella stars the Magnets, who will rock the spectacular McEwan Hall with their glorious vocal harmonies and jaw-dropping beatboxing for one week only this August... 

Daniel Cainer's Jewish Chronicles

Daniel Cainer's Jewish Chronicles

Featuring feuding tailors, a Jewess who joins a 1950s Christian cult, a cocaine-addicted rabbi and many more, this award-winning and ever-evolving Fringe favourite is a joyous and hilarious collection of stories-in-song, written and performed by a master songwriter... 

Michael Downey: Blue Sometimes

Michael Downey: Blue Sometimes

They say ‘write about what you know’, so Irish comedian Michael Downey decided to write about being blue, because he’s experienced all its shades. Michael knows the despair of making tea and discovering he has no milk, he knows the sadness of sitting an exam with nothing but blind optimism in your head that you might pass... 

Joz Norris: Awkward Prophet

Joz Norris: Awkward Prophet

Having delivered one of Time Out's Top 10 Free Shows of the Fringe 2013, Joz Norris is doing a show as himself this year, but he's easily distracted so he might occasionally disappear into a tangent where he's been married for 20 years... 

Christian Talbot: Hello Cruel World

Christian Talbot: Hello Cruel World

The philosopher Blaise Pascal said: 'All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone'. He was dead right. Stay at home! Lock the doors! Hello Cruel World will make you realise why it was bad idea to come to this show, or any show for that matter, or in fact to leave the house ... 

George Ryegold: Iron Face in a Velvet Beard

George Ryegold: Iron Face in a Velvet Beard

Award-winning comedian Dr George Ryegold is back to celebrate his triumphal return to the medical elite with the truth about stockings and economics plus Greek mythology, drugs, the joys of gun-play and the key to world peace... 

Hayley Ellis: We Need To Talk About Kevin

Hayley Ellis: We Need To Talk About Kevin

Loser at life and winner at losing Hayley Ellis presents her debut hour of stand-up about love, loss and a little Lhasa Apso dog called Kevin. Fresh from supporting Roisin Conaty on tour, award-winning Ellis lets you in on her loves, losses and life-lessons learnt from a little Lhasa Apso dog... 

Queens of Sheba

Queens of Sheba

Queens of Sheba tells the stories of four black women who have been turned away from a night club for 'being too black' (based on the Dstrkt night spot incident of 2015). The drama focuses on the rise of Misogynoir (misogyny directed towards black women where race and gender both play roles in bias)... 

The Cat's Mother

The Cat's Mother

Sinead arrives at her sister, Ciara's, flat in London with a major surprise in store. Over the long weekend, they are forced to make a decision that will affect both their lives forever... 

It's True, It's True, It's True

It's True, It's True, It's True

Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach (Tank, The Beanfield) restage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Based on surviving court transcripts, this new play dramatises the seven-month trial that gripped Renaissance Rome, and asks how much has changed in the last four centuries...