American Girlfriend: Laura Levites

American Girlfriend: Laura Levites

A typical all-American girl with a wholly British attitude, fiery redhead Laura Levites is in a constantly ever changing love/hate relationship with both countries. Explaining this through a story which is just as heartbreaking as it is hilarious, Levites comes across as confident and lively, even during the low points of her story... 

James Redmond and Ellie Taylor - Free Festival

James Redmond and Ellie Taylor - Free Festival

You may recognise these two from TV. Ellie Taylor as the host of BBC3’s ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid’ and James Redmond from Channel 4’s ‘Hollyoaks’ and BBC1’s ‘Casualty’. What you may not know about them is that they are also two very fine comedians, something that their on-screen appearances might not suggest... 

Eleanor Tiernan - Rogue

Eleanor Tiernan - Rogue

Despite what her suggestive poster may imply – a rebellious, confident femme fatale – in reality, Eleanor Tiernan is a rather awkward yet chirpy individual, with a witty and quirky personality and a smile that could make the crudest and nastiest of jokes sound like tales of joy... 

ArtW*nk!

ArtW*nk!

If the thought of sitting in a dark room, watching the very best (and the very worst) of vintage porn with a bunch of strangers disturbs you in any way, you must see this show. There is a first time for everything and it is almost guaranteed that, after witnessing some of the footage Artw*nk has to offer, you’ll never be the same again... 

Fat Kitten vs. the World

Fat Kitten vs. the World

Bright and sparky comedy group Fat Kitten take the art of improvisation to a whole new level in what they call a ‘vicious improv match to the death’. Taking on Lizard Brain, a group of young men dressed as OAPs, they battled it out through a variety of different games, taking audience suggestions to fuel every sketch and scenario they attempted to deliver... 

Brahms at Teatime

Brahms at Teatime

The organisers of Music @ 100 Princes Street are known for showcasing the best in up-and-coming talent, of which The Busch Ensemble are a fine example. Consisting of musical director Mathieu can Bellen on violin, Jonathan Bloxham on cello and Omri Epstein on piano, the trio delivered Haydn and Brahms pieces with exceptional ability... 

Andrew O'Neill and Marc Burrows Do Music and Comedy and Hideous Murders

Andrew O'Neill and Marc Burrows Do Music and Comedy and Hideous Murders

Playing songs about the goriest aspects of the Victorian era, Steampunk band Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, deliver an hour of music and comedy. But fret not, the only hideous murders are those of many a pint of beer... 

E4 Udderbelly Podcalf 2012

E4 Udderbelly Podcalf 2012

If someone were to tell you they had just been to a show where everything was done back-to-front and repeated, you would probably assume that they had been to see some very messy and badly organised theatre production... 

Phil Mann's Full Mind

Phil Mann's Full Mind

To say that young and enthusiastic comedian Phil Mann has a penchant for learning everything and everything would be a huge understatement. Give him a question or even a rough area of discussion and Mann will spill out every single piece of information he has filed and stored away in his mind that is any way relevant to the topic/question at hand... 

Mosaico Flamenco

Mosaico Flamenco

Hidden down a dark lane, there is an unassuming little bar and restaurant called Alba Flamenca. Its warm presence is inviting: the place has a certain sense of character to it, formed by the enticing smell of delicious food from the kitchen and, of course, the flamenco music gliding through the air, creating a special Spanish atmosphere... 

David Mills is Smart Casual - Free

David Mills is Smart Casual - Free

With a razor-sharp tongue and ever sharper wit – think 1940s American reporter meets cocktail bar swagger – David Mills delivers an hour of comedy that you may mistake for an hour of catching up on the latest gossip with your gay best friend... 

All About the Craic

All About the Craic

With stand up variety shows the aim is always to showcase a variation of comedic talent in order to provide ‘something for everyone’. Sometimes if you don’t get it right the results can be very hit and miss and such was the case for All About The Craic, a show which attempts to showcase the best in up-and-coming Irish talent... 

Spring Day: Learn How to Take a Punch - Free

Spring Day: Learn How to Take a Punch - Free

As refreshing and witty as ever, Spring Day returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a new show which takes some of the best bits of her 2011 Fringe appearance whilst offering up some brand new and equally funny material... 

Mozart at Teatime

Mozart at Teatime

For most classical music-loving Fringe-goers, 100 Princes Street is the place to be for top notch classical performances during the festival season and Mozart at Teatime is no exception... 

Loretta Maine: Bipolar

Loretta Maine: Bipolar

Bright spark comedienne Pippa Evans returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for another year, bringing her most loved character, the drunk and disturbed American rock chick that is Miss Loretta Maine, back to life once again... 

I Am Google

I Am Google

When a rather generously proportioned man begins his one-man comedy show by pole-dancing to Far East Movement’s Like A G6, it’s clear that this is one performance the audience aren’t likely to forget anytime soon, but afterwards things become a bit more clear... 

Jerry Bucham: Freelance Activist

Jerry Bucham: Freelance Activist

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the introduction song playing as self-proclaimed ‘freelance activist’ Jerry Bucham made his way onstage was none other than Edwin Starr’s War (What Is It Good For?)... 

Gordon Southern's A Brief History of History

Gordon Southern's A Brief History of History

Delivering his show in the style of a history lecture, Gordon Southern attempts to take the audience through history as we know it in its entirety in one single hour. Realising he has set himself quite a grand task, the cheerfully upbeat comedian jumps straight into pre-history, followed by evolution, the Egyptian era, the Greek and Roman Empires and, of course, the Spartans... 

Rock and Pop on the Fringe

Rock and Pop on the Fringe

The Fringe is often praised for its glorious variety but there are some things listed in the Fringe guide that exceed the proper constraints of a show. Rock and Pop on the Fringe is one such show... 

Mr Susan's 'Cheeky Flippin' Nice' - Free

Mr Susan's 'Cheeky Flippin' Nice' - Free

A bizarre hybrid of Avid Merrion and Bob Fossil, Mark Davison’s Mr Susan is immature, crude and downright silly. However, this is just what gives him his comedic value. Arranging his props in an organised mess, some that he doesn’t even use in his show, Mr Susan delivers a truly messed up variety performance with song, interpretative dance, stories, jokes and even a quiz show at the end... 

Charlie Dupré Presents: The Stories of Shakey P

Charlie Dupré Presents: The Stories of Shakey P

The idea of using rap as a linguistic art form to present a ‘playful reimagining’ of many of Shakespeare’s finest work is something young Charlie Dupré successfully pulls off both skillfully and artistically... 

Michelle de Swarte

Michelle de Swarte

Boasting a smart, sexy South London swagger, Michelle de Swarte delivers hilarious musings of growing up with a mixed race background, living as a stoner model in New York and the perils of female body hair... 

Hannah Gadsby - Hannah Wants a Wife

Hannah Gadsby - Hannah Wants a Wife

Taking us through a short history lesson in marriage and art through the ages, Hannah Gadsby’s show is stand-up comedy with a little social, cultural and even educational twist. Throughout the show, Gadsby covers many things but the main crux of it is the differences - and indeed similarities - between traditional marriage and gay marriage and what life would have been like for a lesbian in different periods throughout history (the Victorian-era was best, apparently)... 

Blues!

Blues!

Spanning an impressive 90 years of blues, from its roots and founders to 21st Century contemporaries, The Blueswater Collective are back at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, exploring the incredible history of blues by storming through a selection of the very best that the prolific music genre has to offer... 

Piff the Magic Dragon in ... Jurassic Bark

Piff the Magic Dragon in ... Jurassic Bark

Piff and his fluffy sidekick have returned to the Fringe for another year and this time it seems Piff has given into the sad realisation that Mr. Piffles is the real star of the show... 

Music for All

Music for All

Covering a range of singer/songwriter greats, Juliet Nisbet and Bruce Birrell, collectively known as Spirit of Love, take us on a musical journey across Scotland, Ireland, France and America... 

The Expeditionary Force in The First Supper

The Expeditionary Force in The First Supper

When a grim-faced man takes the stage with a bag of frozen peas, carefully selects two after rejecting many and places them neatly on the floor before smashing them smithereens with his own shoe, whatever are we to expect from the rest of the show? The answer is far from easy to explain...