John-Luke Roberts: Terrible Wonderful Adaptations

John-Luke Roberts: Terrible Wonderful Adaptations

As a reviewer I'm fortunate enough to get free tickets to many shows. As it was the last Friday night of the Fringe I thought I'd invite some friends along to see John-Luke Roberts: Terrible Wonderful Adaptations... 

Frank Foucault: Shoes

Frank Foucault: Shoes

On the second floor of The Caves, in an arched, brick room with streamers cascading down either side, stands Frank. He wears a Mr. Bean-synonymous suit and a pained facial expression... 

Johannes Dullin: Come Along and Bring a Friend!

Johannes Dullin: Come Along and Bring a Friend!

The back room at Dragonfly is unassuming. Rows of chairs extend backwards from an archway through which the performers do their thing. Yesterday I saw a man transform that room into a magical, ridiculous, confusing, joyful space... 

John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX: CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy!

John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX: CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy!

Quick, hide! The Fringe favourite returns with a brand-new hour of extraordinary absurdist character comedy nonsense. Just terrific. Blam blam! 'A show as bafflingly stupid as this should rightly divide an audience down the middle, but through some strange alchemy the crowd absolutely lap it up... 

Fagin and the Star City Rebels

Fagin and the Star City Rebels

Fagin and the Star City Rebels welcome you to the stargate, a portal to strange and mysterious worlds. Come meet the good, the bad, the twisted, and the downright dangerous. The Theatre of the Wild, Beautiful and Damned is a carnival of delights leading somewhere you don’t want to go... 

The Actor's Nightmare

The Actor's Nightmare

Curtain rises. George is on stage in front of a packed audience – oh wait. He doesn't remember his lines... or the play... or how he got there. George is pretty sure he's an accountant... 

Róisín and Chiara: Back to Back

Róisín and Chiara: Back to Back

Our eyes locked. I opened my mouth in anticipation. A pink shrimp sweet came sailing through the air and bounced off my lip. "My fault, totally my fault!" said Chiara Goldsmith, as she scurried cheekily off in her white boiler suit and oversized sunglasses... 

Duck Gutters

Duck Gutters

A twisted satire swirling around the greed and vanity that haunts the high-class art world. A story set amongst priceless paintings, Oswald and his family learn what priceless art can really cost... 

Pangea

Pangea

Choice was the problem. Nich is empathetic. Clint is aware. Bume is capable. And Harris is special, he stands out. One heart. Your candidates are ready to demonstrate that they have what it takes to win Pangea’s greatest game show: The Interview for High Office... 

The Way Out

The Way Out

The Way Out is a dark absurdist comedy based on the frustration of living in the modern age. Judy Gale, a woman in her 20s, finds herself in the reception of a vast office block. As she struggles to find where it is she is meant to be going, she slowly realises that achieving the one thing you want isn’t always a simple task... 

Thom Pain: (Based on Nothing)

Thom Pain: (Based on Nothing)

Lauded by The New York Times as 'existential stand-up', this unsettling and beautiful play explores the nature of performance, the intersection of actor and audience, and the symbolic possibilities of a used handkerchief. 

A Sight of Abject Pity and Ruin

A Sight of Abject Pity and Ruin

In a world lost in time there is a forgotten Figure. Enter his den and lose yourself in an absurd and morbid milieu of mime. In this dark and surreal one-man show, join Fig on his apparently pointless meander through the mind of a melancholic hermit while he explores the nature of life, reality and the human experience... 

The Interview

The Interview

In a comic exploration of the disjoint between what we think and what we say, The Interview questions the meaning of living a life worth rewarding. In an interview waiting room, Alex grapples with the sudden appearance of his subconscious as a walking, talking, sarcastic bundle of joy... 

The Weird and Whacky World of Raymond Bishop

The Weird and Whacky World of Raymond Bishop

This is a show about Raymond Bishop. In this comedy show you will learn all there is to know about the upper-class, privately educated, elite academic twit that is Raymond. He will share with his audience stories of the good work that he does, details of his loving wife (who waxes her lip once a month) and his children (who partake in some "after school activities")... 

You Are Frogs

You Are Frogs

If some of what you are about to read sounds completely bonkers then you are well on the way to an appreciation of You Are Frogs. Welcome to the world ‘isms and ‘ists that go some way to unraveling this bizarre work, but if they succeeded it would be self-defeating... 

Joz Norris Has No Show This Year, but Mr Fruit Salad Does

Joz Norris Has No Show This Year, but Mr Fruit Salad Does

Hi, I'm award-winning comic, actor and writer Joz Norris (BBC Three, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra, ITV, ITV2, Dave, Channel 4). I'm not doing a show this year but I think my good friend Mr Fruit Salad is going up, maybe see what he has to say? Genuinely no idea who he's supposed to be... 

Slipstick

Slipstick

A man enters and, La Cage Aux Folles style, he sits at a mirror that isn’t there and paints his face in lurid make-up. He then launches into an inventive and entertaining hour of drag slapstick impersonations and sketches that justify Martin Kent’s billing as ‘The Master of Mime’... 

Bucket Men

Bucket Men

Bucket Men takes place in a small basement studio at C Royale where two men coincidentally have jobs in a small basement of a faceless government building. They turn up for work every day, though not together, for one of them is always late... 

Sam Campbell: The Trough

Sam Campbell: The Trough

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (often referred to as simply The Fringe) is the world's largest arts festival, which in 2017 spanned 25 days and featured 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues... 

The MMORPG Show – Scruffy Looking Nerd Herder

The MMORPG Show – Scruffy Looking Nerd Herder

The multi award-winning MMORPG Show returns with more improvised, role-play comedy adventures. Each show sees three volunteers adopt characters in a narrative of the audience's making and embarking on an epic quest... 

Pie Equals Square

Pie Equals Square

A mad inventor applies logic to the absurd and abstract. Distant memories, ideas and images smash together. Surreal scenes and characters push, prod and taunt. We ask: what is irony? Where is sincerity? Who can I believe? Our inventor finds himself in a world where rules have changed and irreverence abounds... 

Waiting for Ofsted

Waiting for Ofsted

Oh how easily this ambitious project could have fallen flat on its face and oh how wonderfully it sustains itself. Making their debut at the Festival Fringe, Westcliff Boys Theatre bring their take on Samuel Beckett with Waiting for OFSTED... 

Welcome to Self Co

Welcome to Self Co

Do you have what it takes to become our next Depression Superstar? We're looking for a super inefficient, dedicated team member to join our established brand. Our ideal candidate'll be an anxious, stressed-out individual with excellent self-loathing and low motivational skills, someone who pays high attention to the negative details and has a willingness to waste their time and give up on their dreams and goals... 

Adult Orgasm Escaped from the Zoo

Adult Orgasm Escaped from the Zoo

A woman who is imprisoned by her husband in their apartment. A woman trapped by fecundity. A comic duet of two characters from A Woman Alone and The Same Old Story, two monologues from Adult Orgasm Escaped from the Zoo by Dario Fo and Franca Rame... 

Zach Zucker: Human Person

Zach Zucker: Human Person

Winner: Rising Star Award (TheMediaEye.com). Fresh off sold out shows in New York, London and LA, award-winning, absurdist comedian Zach Zucker returns with a reworked solo show! Last year he received 10 standing ovations, 13 walkouts and two police complaints... 

Siblings: Acting Out

Siblings: Acting Out

Is the comedy gene something you can inherit from your parents? If so then Siblings: Acting Out sisters Maddy and Marina Bye have been blessed with it in spades. If you didn’t know, they are the daughters of comedian, writer, producer, author (and other notable achievements), Ruby Wax and her equally talented hubby Ed Bye... 

John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX: CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy!

John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX: CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy!

John-Luke Roberts is, for a certaint quotient, one of the staples of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Plugging away for years in various Free Fringe venues doing critically-acclaimed shows but failling to break through into the mainstream, one can only assume that the handsome, charismatic Roberts only stayed on the fringes of the Fringe through either voluntary force of will or deliberately alienating material... 

Church of Phil

Church of Phil

Join award-winning oddballs Fire Donkey as they blur the lines between fiction and reality in this interactive madcap comedy seminar about their imagined experience of living with a cult on a caravan holiday park in Wales... 

A-Z of the Man With No Name

A-Z of the Man With No Name

A crazy alphabetical journey through the life of a modern vaudevillian loon. This man is bananas. With ukulele serenades, haiku jokes, environmentally conscious, zany short films, the man with no name will make you laugh, cry and ponder your very existence and sanity... 

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Winner: Best Comedy Brighton Fringe (2016). Winner: Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award (2017). After back-to-back sold out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and a two year tour of Europe, the US and Australia, award-winning, Norwegian-American comedy duo Zach & Viggo returns! Directed by Jonny Woolley... 

Demi Lardner: I Love Skeleton

Demi Lardner: I Love Skeleton

Demi Lardner feels the need, at one point in their most recent show, to unveil a banner listing their previous accomplishments and awards they have won. This is presented alongside a series of self-depracating laughs at technical errors and admonishing of the welcoming audience applauding their routines... 

Adam Larter: Boogie Knights

Adam Larter: Boogie Knights

Adam Larter plays Sir Dance-a-lot, one of the Boogie Knights who has been exiled from a land where disco lovers are persecuted, and where rock ‘n roll and the evil King Gary now rule... 

Stamptown Comedy Night

Stamptown Comedy Night

A raunchy, chaotic and full-on Fringe experience, Stamptown Comedy Night is a late-night variety show featuring the best comedy and cabaret on the international scene! Hosted by Zach & Viggo with music from Thumpasaurus, this show has been described as hell on earth and almost always contains zero jokes, relying heavily on nudity... 

Bitter and Twisted

Bitter and Twisted

Longing for something but short on luck. They’ve been on a mighty quest to the bottom of the cave of desperation, met a winged, twice-horned beast called Insanity, stared into his emerald green eyes and screamed 'not today!' Disturbed but not perturbed they fled to a town called Purgatoria, population: two... 

Flies

Flies

I was excited about Flies. An award-winning theatre company. A sold-out show. An eager looking crowd. A delicious cheese toastie in preparation. I was ready to be swept away on an absurdist wave... 

110% John Kearns and Pat Cahill

110% John Kearns and Pat Cahill

Old friends John Kearns and Pat Cahill have gathered together 110% of their very best talking points, bloopers, songs and fighting talks to discuss at the Blundabus. Also featuring some hand picked friends from the cream of their alternative comedy price bracket... 

Paul Currie: Hot Donkey

Paul Currie: Hot Donkey

Paul Currie is a disturbingly brilliant comic who plays his crowd like the conductor of an orchestra. It is clear from the outset that the audience are an integral part of his show, within a minute of starting everyone is on their feet singing ‘Pandas for hands’ with Currie leading us, and creating a human tunnel of legs for him to crawl under... 

Michael Clarke: Felt

Michael Clarke: Felt

Michael Clarke has felt something. He'd love to share that with you. Debut hour from 2017 Amused Moose and NATY finalist about childhood, memory and a terrifying darkness woven into the fabric of reality... 

Didi and Gogo

Didi and Gogo

Inspired by Waiting for Godot, this original piece performed by two women of colour brings new meaning to issues of violence and war, poverty, food, deserts, hopelessness and those abandoned in a time of crisis... 

Henry Café: Quiz Machine

Henry Café: Quiz Machine

Henry Café, quiz host and death investigator, investigates death and hosts a quiz. To catch a killer, sometimes you have to think like a killer. Sometimes you have to host a pub quiz... 

Lucy Pearman: Fruit Loop

Lucy Pearman: Fruit Loop

There are too many shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With literally thousands to choose from (admittedly mostly about Donald Trump or Brexit), it is increasingly difficult to navigate your way through the experimental theatre and the sketch comedy to find the right niche for you... 

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs

Join Jem (Best Newcomer Midlands Awards 2018), Joe (Chortle finalist 2015) and Horatio (Chortle semi-finalist 2018) for an absurd hour of stand-up about dads, insects, long hairy legs and dads... 

David McIver Is a Nice Little Man

David McIver Is a Nice Little Man

Look, it’s David McIver, the nicest little man in town giving it a good go with his debut hour of riffs, bits and skits. Come gather round and stare greedily with those hungry, sparkling eyes, mouth hung agape, chin glazed with drool, at his silly comedy characters... 

Monsieur Somebody

Monsieur Somebody

What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told? The biggest secret you’ve ever kept? Claude the fraud is a deliciously despicable Frenchman that we love to hate, hate to love… But who could possibly love Claude? An absurdly comic tale of betrayal, barbiturates and a brew... 

Big Bird / Big Berg Double Bill

Big Bird / Big Berg Double Bill

Two shows, alternating nights! Livvy's Big Bird is a fast-paced multi-media show about a sub-human, more-than-human, city-dwelling pigeon whose wings don’t work. In a style that mixes tragedy with absurdity, the links between mental distress and neo-liberalism are explored through audio, visuals and live-looping... 

Tash Goldstone: Jellybean

Tash Goldstone: Jellybean

Tash Goldstone, as seen on Comedy Central online and VICE, comes of age in a 40-minute show exploring childhood obsessions, terrible YouTubers and why you should never eat glitter. 'Very unique... 

Me Talking, Mostly

Me Talking, Mostly

Mick dives into the absurdity of being an onstage performer and gives the audience a chance to sit in the director's seat. Be prepared to laugh, cry and experience unbridled joy! 

Andrew O'Neill: I Am a Rich Man and I Have Many Sons

Andrew O'Neill: I Am a Rich Man and I Have Many Sons

There's a better universe next door. Let's go! Award-winning Fringe veteran brings all the feels. 'An incantatory state of near-constant laughter' **** (List). 

Electric Frog

Electric Frog

Join Dr Electric-Hogg, Dark Master of Dada, in this offbeat production of his career retrospective as his interviewer (his hapless assistant Stags) asks the question on everybody’s foaming lips: 'what the hell’s been going on?' Be gently appalled as they try to piece together the nonsense of their careers which seems largely to be a heady cocktail of truth and lies, smoke and mirrors, cock and bull... 

Bummer and Lazarus

Bummer and Lazarus

An absurd comedy that blends slapstick, nonsense and existentialism. This is the tale of two inseparable friends, renowned killers, and the most famous faces in California. Bummer is an old and wise curmudgeon, a battle hero in his younger years... 

Tom Duke – Psychiatrist to the Paranormal!

Tom Duke – Psychiatrist to the Paranormal!

It's a day like no other, in a health service like no other. Join Dr Tom Duke as he deals with lovesick vampires, depressed angels, service cuts and a visit from his irritating younger self... 

Pat Cahill: Clagnut

Pat Cahill: Clagnut

Come and see Pat Cahill ride the midnight Blundabus with his favourite nuggets of neo-music hall entertainment, old clags, new dingles and some ridiculous chunks he just can't jiggle away... 

Late Night Nonsense: Variety Show

Late Night Nonsense: Variety Show

A variety show of absurdist comedy. A rip-roaring journey into stupidity and nonsense. Come and enjoy this international group of brilliant weirdos as they risk their dignity for your laughs... 

Testament

Testament

'The realities of life, dream and hallucination are beautifully interwoven offering the spectator an amazing journey' (Marcin Rudy, Song Of The Goat). Winner of The Creativity Award 2018... 

Madame Señorita: QUEST!ON

Madame Señorita: QUEST!ON

Award-winning Spanish clown-diva show inspired by a life crisis and the really big questions. Chaotic, funny and at moments heart-breakingly sad. 'A physical comedy talent' (Chortle... 

Stranger Friends

Stranger Friends

Sunjai Arif and Nathan Eagle are Stranger Friends. Come on a journey to the Upside Down as Sunjai (Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2017) and Nathan (Portsmouth Comedian of the Year 2018) share their memories of nostalgic pop culture in a way only the two of them could imagine... 

Sam Campbell: The Trough

Sam Campbell: The Trough

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (often referred to as simply The Fringe) is the world's largest arts festival, which in 2017 spanned 25 days and featured 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues... 

Alternative Comedy Memorial Society (ACMS)

Alternative Comedy Memorial Society (ACMS)

A hothouse bursting with dazzling new comedy blooms (metaphorical). Boasting the least traditional of double-act hosts – Thom Tuck and John-Luke Roberts – a swarm of permitted heckles, and a ludicrously over-ambitious booking policy… 

Wigwam Wonder Jam

Wigwam Wonder Jam

Earlyish late-night comedy tent party! A marshmallow melt of mirth, music and mayhem in the Spiegelyurt. The canvas is blank and water-resistant. Join the ‘hilarious’ (List, Christian Brighty), ‘Stellar’ (Cherwell, Tom Curzon), ‘hugely entertaining’ (Chortle... 

It's Alright, Everything's Okay

It's Alright, Everything's Okay

Sometimes we feel sad. Sometimes we feel lonely. Sometimes we look at the world and wonder if we're causing its problems. But it'll be alright in the end... right? Featuring questionable life advice, harsh noise, and references to whales, Anorak presents its first show, an intimate and surreal look at happiness, selfishness and whether we can – or should – change the world. 

Strong Tea

Strong Tea

A foray into the absurd with musical sketches, Strong Tea is a pure comedy in the sense that the writers couldn't quite drum up a coherent plot. The jokes might be alright though. Expect bizarre British cultural references, an anthropomorphic scarecrow villain and punchy musical pastiche. 

The Last One

The Last One

The Last One is the end of all things, and still needing more. A physical, visual and metaphysical battle for total beauty. The Last One investigates the destructive toll of a progressively tame, accommodating and greying existence... 

Thumpasaurus

Thumpasaurus

Born in the depths of the underground LA music scene, funk-punk, intergalactic dance gods Thumpasaurus return to Edinburgh with an eclectic, homemade aesthetic unlike any other musical experience on this side of the Milky Way... 

Sam Campbell: The Trough

Sam Campbell: The Trough

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (often referred to as simply The Fringe) is the world's largest arts festival, which in 2017 spanned 25 days and featured 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues... 

The Arsonists

The Arsonists

'These days most people don't believe in God. They believe in the fire brigade.' As arson attacks plague his hometown, upstanding citizen Gottlieb Biedermann is the last to suspect he'll be next... 

Olaf Falafel – There's no i in idiot

Olaf Falafel – There's no i in idiot

Critically acclaimed idiot Olaf Falafel is back with another hour of inventive jokes, audience participation and the very loosest of themes. You'll laugh, you'll be confused, you'll enjoy most of it... 

Lucy Pearman: Fruit Loop

Lucy Pearman: Fruit Loop

2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee Lucy Pearman returns with a new show. Pearman brings the story of a worm who has misunderstood her existence. As seen on Spencer Jones The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk on BBC and heard on Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme BBC Radio 4... 

Bizarre

Bizarre

Scottish magician Michael Brandie presents his debut outing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Michael will take you on a journey of magic, mind reading and feats of the downright Bizarre... 

Nathan Lang: The Stuntman

Nathan Lang: The Stuntman

The Stuntman returns after last year\'s sell-out run with his surreal off-the-wall tale of triumph. High-energy physical comedy, clowning, characters, real onstage stunts... It\'s Evel Knievel meets Looney Tunes! Debut solo show from the host of London\'s beloved alternative comedy night Lost Cabaret, half of sketch duo Jon & Nath, and Pinhead from Neighbours... 

Maddie Campion: 20 Uses for a Lovedoll

Maddie Campion: 20 Uses for a Lovedoll

Maddie Campion has always wanted to be in a double act. LD, a lovedoll, is tired of being seen as a sex object. Together they join forces to form the first ever human-lovedoll comedy duo... 

Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt

An ex-SNP politico, a bible-wielding American mom and JK Rowling walk into a... race to stop Milosz, Eurovision-winner and high-profile gay fascist. Join three Oxford Revue alumni in this punchy, fast-paced blast of sketches and characters to blow away the comedy cobwebs... 

Neal Portenza's Final Edinburgh Show Will Be a Bad Magic Show on a Bus. BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Netflix and Amazon Prime Are All Welcome

Neal Portenza's Final Edinburgh Show Will Be a Bad Magic Show on a Bus. BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Netflix and Amazon Prime Are All Welcome

'Brilliant' ***** (Sydney Morning Herald). Show is pretty much what it says on the box. Come see this cult idiot's goodbye tour. The bus is stationary during the show. Winner: People's Champion, Amused Moose Comedy Award, Edinburgh Fringe 2016... 

Pottervision

Pottervision

The Potter parody show that celebrates and highlights the absurdities of those magical movies. Join us, four full-grown men pretending to be 12-year-old children, as we re-enact, recreate and celebrate the Philosopher's Stone... 

Tony Law: A Lost Show

Tony Law: A Lost Show

A journey through the side and under-mind. Cold fresh pillow. Come! Under radar fresh for you. Tony doesn’t have the vocabulary or word-learning to express the powerful towering healing depths of the ancient soul unity snap... 

Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely

Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely

The dumbest game show ever to grace a stage on God’s green Earth. There will be snorkels, pirate costumes, drawings of donkeys and a glamorous assistant called Stuart. Stephanie Laing and Paul Duncan McGarrity bring you a silly hour of silliness, with zero artistic merit, but a shockingly high volume of Maltesers... 

Synchronised Swimming – The Dry Version

Synchronised Swimming – The Dry Version

Infamous comedy duo Ursus and Nadeschkin have been dubbed the 'Swiss-German Marx Brothers' by Village Voice NYC. The pair fuses physical and verbal acrobatics at the speed of light... 

David Earl Is Brian Gittins: Don't Feed the Monkey Man

David Earl Is Brian Gittins: Don't Feed the Monkey Man

As seen on Ricky Gervais’ Derek, Sky’s Rovers and Channel 4’s Gittins. David Earl’s alter ego, Brian Gittins, is a complete berk and according to the Sussex Argus, 'the world’s worst comedian'... 

Kevin Matviw: Self Defence for Cowards

Kevin Matviw: Self Defence for Cowards

Canadian comedy veteran and perpetual white belt Kevin Matviw (The Second City) returns to the Fringe with an unhinged solo sketch show filled with improv, “karate” and hilarious characters that will leave you laughing and feeling almost empowered! 'Saturday Night Live worthy' (Globe and Mail)... 

Oliver Coleman: Delicious

Oliver Coleman: Delicious

Australian funny man Oliver Coleman arrives at the Edinburgh Fringe bringing with him a frenetic hour of silly comedy fun times! It's a totally good show performed with exceptional grace and dexterity... 

Two Little Dickheads

Two Little Dickheads

This is what happens when a cabaret clown and an improv master with a shared passion for cats spend way too much time together. A diamond-encrusted explosion of silliness, making the ordinary extraordinary... 

Ben Target: Splosh!

Ben Target: Splosh!

Pool party starter and Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee, Ben Target, invites you to plunge in for a paddle. Goggles on for synchronised aquatics, front crawl relays and doggy paddle lessons (for beginners)... 

Sean Morley: I Apologise for My Recent Behaviour

Sean Morley: I Apologise for My Recent Behaviour

Remorseful absurdist Sean Morley plays with guilt, blame, forgiveness and audience expectations in this genre-bending stand-up apology. 'Creative in his outlook and bold with his audience manipulation, creating the sort of encounter you'll talk about for some time afterwards' (Steve Bennett, Chortle... 

Tony Law: A Lost Show

Tony Law: A Lost Show

A journey through the side and under-mind. Cold fresh pillow. Come! Under radar fresh for you. Tony doesn’t have the vocabulary or word-learning to express the powerful towering healing depths of the ancient soul unity snap... 

Kit Sullivan: Lad

Kit Sullivan: Lad

Kit Sullivan is a boy in a boy's body. But he wants to be more, much more... come and watch Kit be confused by his own creation while trying to make sense of his past and save his future... 

Carabet

Carabet

Welcome to Carabet, a world furnished with creatures, characters and bizarre objects. This trio of international Gaulier-trained comedians takes you on an absurd journey. 'Those prepared to leave reality should look no further' (List)... 

Phil Ellis Is Ready for the Big Time

Phil Ellis Is Ready for the Big Time

After winning the Edinburgh Panel Prize in 2014 with Funz and Gamez, Phil’s ready to bring his unique, anarchic and unreliable comedy to the masses. Phil doesn’t mean to brag but he’s been involved with no less than five failed pilots and over 20 unread TV show ideas... 

Match

Match

Self-proclaimed "love expert" and award-winning clown Kiva Murphy brings you on an absurd journey about the crazy things people do to find their perfect match. Whether you're single or in a relationship this is a wild party of a show that will have you screaming for more matchmaker anecdotes from the last 100 years... 

Zach & Viggo and Thumpasaurus: Where Does the Love Go?

Zach & Viggo and Thumpasaurus: Where Does the Love Go?

Following the first space war of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, a lone detective is contracted to find the love in this absurdist, avant-garde, funk opera. LA-based, intergalactic dance force, Thumpasaurus teams up with anarchic, Norwegian-American comedy duo Zach & Viggo for an hour of madness! Zach & Viggo sold out back-to-back seasons at Edinburgh Fringe, won best comedy awards in Brighton and Adelaide, are v good boys... 

Ali Brice's Lemonade Stand

Ali Brice's Lemonade Stand

You are cordially invited to the grand reopening of Ali Brice's Lemonade Stand. Expect silly characters, daft voices and bizarre audience interaction. Brice has quickly become a master of his own hilarious style of character comedy... 

Viggo Venn: Pepito

Viggo Venn: Pepito

Nominee: Best Comedy Award – Fringe World 2018. Nominee: Best Comedy Award – Brighton Fringe 2017. After full runs at Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, award-winning Norwegian person, Viggo Venn, is back with a better version of last year's show! If you like absurd comedy then you'll really enjoy it... 

Bitter and Twisted

Bitter and Twisted

Longing for something but short on luck. They’ve been on a mighty quest to the bottom of the cave of desperation, met a winged, twice-horned beast called Insanity, stared into his emerald green eyes and screamed 'not today!' Disturbed but not perturbed they fled to a town called Purgatoria, population: two... 

Jordan Brookes: Bleed

Jordan Brookes: Bleed

The Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show 2017 nominee returns for more loosely justified nonsense. Critically acclaimed and adored by his peers, Jordan is riding high. There's been so much buzz about him... 

Beth Vyse as Olive Hands: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Beth Vyse as Olive Hands: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

The mother and baby show, like you've never seen before! She's tried everything to get back on daytime TV, but she's never gone this far before... Britain's number two in the morning, leopard-clad daytime presenter Olive Hands returns to the Fringe, and this time she thinks she's cracked it! 'Funniest thing I've seen at the Fringe' ***** (BroadwayBaby... 

David Correos: The Correos Effect

David Correos: The Correos Effect

New Zealand's David Correos has blown away audiences from Auckland to Adelaide, now he returns to Edinburgh with his debut solo show. Defying genre and labels, this Billy T Award winner has all the tricks up his sleeve... 

Beard: Baby Come Back

Beard: Baby Come Back

Returning after their award-winning, sell-out 2015 show, Beard (‘one of the best kept secrets in comedy-town’ (List)) are back with their genre-defying comedy. Part-romance, part-nightmare, part-darkly-intimate-experience, Baby Come Back is the latest offering from these masters of tension and surprise... 

Beth Vyse as Olive Hands: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Beth Vyse as Olive Hands: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

The mother and baby show, like you've never seen before! She's tried everything to get back on daytime TV, but she's never gone this far before... Britain's number two in the morning, leopard-clad daytime presenter Olive Hands returns to the Fringe, and this time she thinks she's cracked it! 'Funniest thing I've seen at the Fringe' ***** (BroadwayBaby... 

Claire Sullivan: I Wish I Owned a Hotel for Dogs

Claire Sullivan: I Wish I Owned a Hotel for Dogs

A madcap adventure through the wild mind of a young Australian absurdist. She hurtles the audience through dogs, a dog show, dads, gross poetry, absurd short stories and more dogs. Mind your head on the way in... 

Luke Rollason Presents Planet Earth III

Luke Rollason Presents Planet Earth III

Planet Earth III is a low-budget, one-man nature documentary, set in a future where our worst predictions came true – following ecological collapse, thousands of endangered species are extinct, including the BBC... 

Zach Zucker – Human Person

Zach Zucker – Human Person

If I could bottle some of Zack Zucker’s confidence, enthusiasm and energy I could create a cure for depression and low self-esteem. Zack Zucker, although I struggle to believe that this actually is his real name, is a born entertainer... 

Leebo Luby - Farucchio Peru Is Extraordinaire

Leebo Luby - Farucchio Peru Is Extraordinaire

Farucchio Peru is an enigma wrapped in an ego, surrounded by an unpronounceable name. As he crashes his way through his insane repertoire, you will find yourself asking, ‘is he actually Italian?’... 

Luke McQueen: The Boy With Tape on His Face

Luke McQueen: The Boy With Tape on His Face

Meet Luke McQueen: The Boy With Tape on His Face, not Tape Face. The difference? Tape Face cannot speak, The Boy With Tape on His Face cannot move his forehead. A subtle difference, granted, but an important one nonetheless... 

Talkabout

Talkabout

A couple of couples meet for a drink and talk again and again and again and again and... How long have they been here? Are they alone? Can they get out? Talkabout, an absurdist one act play, asks you to answer these questions and more. 

The Trial

The Trial

The students of Wellington College are performing the renowned adaptation of Franz Kafka by Steven Berkoff, The Trial. This dynamic, invigorating performance of The Trial promises to offer its audiences a nonstop audiovisual feast as the young performers bring you an innovative style of performance... 

Cat FM

Cat FM

The zombie apocalypse rages outside, but we are relatively safe and quite warm in the last bastion of civilisation – a radio station run by two cats. They are definitely, definitely cats, we are told, and not just two comedians wearing fluffy ears... 

Amino No; the Building Blocks of an Australian Life in Scotland

Amino No; the Building Blocks of an Australian Life in Scotland

Two years a Leither and it feels so good! But a Penguin is not a Tim Tam, and a Penguin is not a straw. Bogans are mind blowing, and like to eat coleslaw. The world is ridiculous, my government is a sham... 

Edy Hurst: Theme Show

Edy Hurst: Theme Show

Award-winning comedian Edy Hurst presents a debut work of comic ingenuity and imagination, plundering against forces far beyond his reach to create the world’s greatest theme park... 

Frank Foucault: Shoes (WIP)

Frank Foucault: Shoes (WIP)

Jacques Tati once said 'funniness starts in the feet'. Frank Foucault is willing to put that to the test. Work in progress show... maybe with a support act if I can't come up with enough material in time... 

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath is a semi-absurdist exploration into male grief, observing how it plays out in our minds and affects those close to us. Paired with Scandinavian folk music and portrayed through increasingly surrealist movement, we learn about the protagonist through his largely abstract flashbacks... 

Adrienne Truscott's a One-Trick Pony (Or Andy Kaufmann is a Feminist Performance Artist and I'm a Comedian)

Adrienne Truscott's a One-Trick Pony (Or Andy Kaufmann is a Feminist Performance Artist and I'm a Comedian)

Truscott wrestles with: standing up while telling jokes, second shows, stealing material and bad reviews – back in the town where she got ‘em! All while paying homage to her favorite "comedian", Andy Kaufman... 

Siblings

Siblings

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

Arm – Mireille & Mathieu

Arm – Mireille & Mathieu

Arm is the spooky exploration of junkyard puppetry you never thought you wanted. The stage is a landfill of dirty dolls, lumpy blankets, moth eaten chairs and a rack of flea-market clothing... 

Broken Episodes

Broken Episodes

Broken Episodes is an immersive Artaud style of performance, written and directed by Thomas Sellick-Newton, artistic director of Atmostheatre. Co-written with Sam Hands and Mark Actinson, Broken Episodes is a 45-minute theatrical 'in your face' spectacle where the audience become trapped inside a black box , integrating both ‘spectator’ and ‘performer’ in with each other. 

An Audience With Ted Pendleton

An Audience With Ted Pendleton

It is an interesting idea to stage a comedic play about the backstage conversations that take place between stage hands, in the shadow of the performer that they work for, but this idea has not been developed well here... 

David McIver: Stop It, David, We Are Having Too Much Fun

David McIver: Stop It, David, We Are Having Too Much Fun

David McIver is a refreshing breath of air in every sense. Charmingly mischievous and unique, he sets the bar high for any Fringe newcomer. His bizarre road less travelled of stand-up sees a spectrum of characters including a narcissistic Emperor and a glum maths teacher wielding a sexual abacus... 

Enterprise

Enterprise

Americana Ad Absurdum Productions certainly lives up to its name by combining America’s most-loved export, free-market capitalism, with some surreal and absurdist humour. Imagine Glengarry Glen Ross written by Eugene Ionesco and you’ve got an idea of the kind of rapid-fire dialogue that ends up folding in on itself, weighed down by the characters’ reliance on finance jargon that doesn’t mean anything in the real world let alone the world of the play... 

Zach & Viggo

Zach & Viggo

Meet Zach & Viggo; Zach is a roguish American oozing with boyish charm. Viggo is an eccentric Norwegian with a mysterious side. Together this award winning double act combine forces to create a fun and endearing absurdist comedy... 

The Oxford Revue: Witch Hunt

The Oxford Revue: Witch Hunt

An American, a Scot and a woman walk into a bar – they’re three of the Oxford Revue’s finest returning to Edinburgh with an hour of character comedy. They've got a suitcase full of wigs and they're not afraid to use them... 

Sparkly Unicorn

Sparkly Unicorn

Leslie is a very tall London-based Canadian with rainbow hair (it's natural). There's also a slight chance you've made her up. That's okay though; she's pretty cool so you don't need to stop believing in her... 

Lucy Pearman: Maid of Cabbage

Lucy Pearman: Maid of Cabbage

Greeting each and every audience member with a handshake after they take their seats may seem like you’re overdoing the niceties, but we soon find out that Lucy Pearman’s Maid Of Cabbage has just started in a new job and is eager to please the Lord and Lady of the Manor... 

Boondocks

Boondocks

Set in a bush, this play gets quickly into its own stride, with a persistent odd humour which flips on its head anything you thought you knew about a conversation between three young men in a bush... 

Seymour Mace's Magical Shitcakes from Heaven

Seymour Mace's Magical Shitcakes from Heaven

The blurb suggests this is a show about nothing, but amidst the surreal humour there is a deeper meaning. The cliché about the tears of a clown rings true with a show that touches on the loneliness of being a comedian and depression, diagnosed in 2011... 

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! Aaaaah! And We Have the 'A's Covered!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! Aaaaah! And We Have the 'A's Covered!

We love 'A's! 'A's in Alphabetti Spaghetti! 'A's in the Alphabet and the 'A's at the start of something... Something big! Like a programme... Be here at the start of something!  

Luke Rollason Presents Planet Earth III

Luke Rollason Presents Planet Earth III

Planet Earth III is a low-budget, one-man nature documentary, set in a future where our worst predictions came true – following ecological collapse, thousands of endangered species are extinct, including the BBC... 

Alice Marshall: Blood

Alice Marshall: Blood

Alice Marshall is a master of character comedy. Her new show Blood (Best Comedy Award winner at this year’s Brighton Fringe) introduces us to a whole host of fascinating individuals: Greta, an anti-love ‘relationship guru’; Maria, a Spanish airline hostess; Unity, elderly, rich and writing her memoirs; Louise, socially awkward to almost inhuman levels; and Simon, a fully inhuman bird of paradise... 

Consignia's Panopticon

Consignia's Panopticon

Panopticon is a prison designed by philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham. It's also the name of the new show by Alternative Act of the Year 2016 winner, Consignia. Consignia have three of their members missing... 

Slash Theatre: The Room in the Elephant

Slash Theatre: The Room in the Elephant

We like to think of it as a 'daring exposé revealing the state of contemporary masculinity in a post-feminist milieu’. Total Theatre seem to think it's ‘Comedy gold... full of surprises’ with an ending that's ‘a total hoot’... 

Viggo Venn – The Life of Pepito

Viggo Venn – The Life of Pepito

Viggo Venn’s act is a hard one to categorise. A mixture of contemporary clowning, stand-up character comedy and sketch. This blurring of boundaries creates a lack of expectation and predictability – this is at the heart of what makes his comedy so funny and memorable... 

The USOL Hyperbowl

The USOL Hyperbowl

Three comics go head to head in a competitive carnival of silliness. Featuring magic, bread, dancing, pens on sticks, and bread. You pick the winner of stranger and stranger rounds as chaos descends... 

El Tradition

El Tradition

Why do we do traditions? Good question! You’ll find the answer and more in this show. In the follow up to their debut sold out show Save Me A Balloon, comedy duo Marga Villalonga and Ross Spaine bring their clowning, storytelling and chaos to Edinburgh for the first time... 

Galpals: Because at the End of the Day, That's What We'd Like to be Known as

Galpals: Because at the End of the Day, That's What We'd Like to be Known as

Colour coordinated galpals Emma Moran and Sarah King, explore the meaning of friendship through the mediums of poorly made hats and sketch comedy. Emma and Sarah draw from the strength of their deep kind-of-liking of each other to bash through a frantic hour of absurd characters and witty sketches to learn the true meaning of friendship... 

Andrew O'Neill's Black Magick Fun Hour – Free

Andrew O'Neill's Black Magick Fun Hour – Free

Award-winning comedian off telly and radio dabbles in the occult. What happens when you invoke Mercury, trickster god of the spoken word? A show that's 'absolutely hilarious' (Neil Gaiman)... 

Dada Surrealist Cookbook

Dada Surrealist Cookbook

The art of Dada and Surrealism, an ironic, aesthetic cookbook of sweet and savoury ideas overdue a witty theatrical dramatisation. Minted Kidology experiments with a recipe of delights to awaken an appetite for revolutionary art... 

Harriet Dyer – Dyergnosis Murder

Harriet Dyer – Dyergnosis Murder

Harriet Dyer (BBC Live at the Fringe, BBC Ouch, BBC Radio 4 Extra and that idiot that didn’t cook her chicken on ITV’s Dinner Date) for purposes of this show is Detective Dyer. Expect a menagerie of tomfoolery and tentacles... 

Hilda & The Spectrum

Hilda & The Spectrum

Weird comedy soul mates* Elf and Ryan perform their debut show. Part clown show, part autobiography, it's an absurd, camp comedy about ping-pong, the DDR and Angela Lansbury. Expect improvisation, time travel**, niche film references and lemons... 

What's in the Happy Shed?

What's in the Happy Shed?

Mystery pot-luck intimate performance art show: Is it alive? Or is it dead? It's a total surprise in a garden shed. Will it be sexy or will it be Scrabble? You'll only find out if you have a dabble! 'Spirit of the Fringe' (Guardian). 

The Wedding Guest

The Wedding Guest

The Wedding Guest is an award-winning solo character comedy chronicling the ups and downs of two idiots, Juan Dominguez a thick-moustached general, and J’VaAnN a lovesick poet as they pine for the love of one woman; Leela. 

Tash Goldstone and Sam Lake: Queens

Tash Goldstone and Sam Lake: Queens

Tash Goldstone and Sam Lake are queens. Serving you a regal stand-up showcase from two up-and-coming stars of the circuit. Do you wear rucksacks in nightclubs? Do you struggle to think of the best biscuit-based chat up line? Do you need to learn a thing or two about... 

Kit Sullivan in Digital

Kit Sullivan in Digital

Ridiculous and unpredictable, Kit Sullivan dishes out a surreal piece of comedy with mischievous charm. The digital age is here, be part of it you melons. 'Comic genius' (Chortle.co... 

The Marowitz Hamlet

The Marowitz Hamlet

To be or not to be? That is but one question of many explored in this exciting, visually stunning production. Think you know Hamlet? Experience Charles Marowitz's revolutionary Hamlet collage, a deep dive into one of the most debated brains in all of literature!  

Sensitive Bricks and the Cement of Time

Sensitive Bricks and the Cement of Time

Six award-winning clowns, characters, and comedians all show off, separately. But which ones shared a womb? Featuring Julia Masli, Luke Rollason, Christian Brighty, Louise Reay, and The Duncan Brothers... 

Leere Zeit – Idle Time

Leere Zeit – Idle Time

The key to a happy life is avoiding all forms of useless and unproductive time – Leere Zeit – as propagated by the Institute of Positive Lifestyles. How good is your efficiency rating? Join us for a personalised orientation session and learn how to optimise your existence... 

Paul Currie: Cats in My Mouth

Paul Currie: Cats in My Mouth

A brand-new show from this hairy idiot man-child, strap in for more fun and nonsense as the entire audience is taken by the hand into a true circus of silly. Voted Best New Show, Leicester Comedy Festival... 

1 Singular Sensation

1 Singular Sensation

Nick Cassenbaum’s brand new absurd comedy takes a sideways look at the fake news world. A cast of 18 young actors present a ridiculous, satirical vision of contemporary society – vapid, vacuous and vain... 

Ali Brice's Never-Ending Pencil

Ali Brice's Never-Ending Pencil

A monk starts the show. You'll be taken on a journey full to the brim with nonsense, heartfelt silliness and quite possibly a song! Ali Brice is a character comedian. He's chasing his dreams and has almost caught up with them... 

John Kearns: Don't Worry They're Here

John Kearns: Don't Worry They're Here

The only winner of the Best Show and Best Newcomer Edinburgh Comedy Awards returns for the first time. ‘Now this is how you do absurd comedy… a bold, hilarious debut… he has forged comedy gold’ (Chortle... 

Michael Clarke: A Felt in Progress

Michael Clarke: A Felt in Progress

Michael Clarke has felt something. He'd love to share that with you. But could there be something else afoot here, lurking in the shadows? Surreal, cider-sodden work in progress from one of comedy's fastest rising stars... 

Battered

Battered

Irishman Mark McConnell has pushed his luck in many countries. He has been beaten along his journey, but the spirit of the fighting Irish is strong in this young man! Battered tells the tale of how this Irishman refuses to stay down for the count! ‘Genuinely hilarious’ **** (Herald Sun, Australia)... 

The Oxford Revue

The Oxford Revue

Join the critically acclaimed Oxford Revue as it returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for its 53rd year. Written and performed by the country's finest student comedians, Triptych is an hour of sharp and subversive comedy that promises to keep you entertained with sketches, songs and satire... 

Olaf Falafel Presents: The Marmosets of My Mind

Olaf Falafel Presents: The Marmosets of My Mind

Back with another hour of surreal stupidity. Who knows what it will involve, maybe sandpaper, probably conkers. Whatever it is, I personally guarantee your money back if you actually learn something... 

Pottervision

Pottervision

The Potter parody show that celebrates and highlights the absurdities of those magical movies. Join us, four full-grown men pretending to be 12-year-old children, as we re-enact and recreate scenes from the first Potter film... 

Neal Portenza

Neal Portenza

Winner (People's Champion) Amused Moose Comedy Award, '16 Edinburgh Fringe. 'One of the most exhilarating and insane nights of comedy I've ever experienced' ***** (Sydney Morning Herald)... 

John-Luke Roberts: Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair! (All in Caps)

John-Luke Roberts: Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair! (All in Caps)

The cult-favourite alternative comic humbly invites you to his brand-new, absolutely brilliant hour of extraordinary-absurdist-character-comedy-nonsense-sort-of-stand-up and hubris... 

Is Edward Aczel Infinite?

Is Edward Aczel Infinite?

Is Edward Aczel Infinite? Have you ever thought: who am I? Is it all just a dream? Is time constant or variable? Is it only possible to imagine the infinite? No, me neither. Anyway, we live in uncertain times and Ed's house is built on shifting sand... 

Joz Norris: The Incredible Joz Norris Locks Himself Inside His Own Show, Then Escapes, Against All the Odds!!

Joz Norris: The Incredible Joz Norris Locks Himself Inside His Own Show, Then Escapes, Against All the Odds!!

This idiot's back. Last year I saw Jason Donovan alone onstage singing to a backing track and suddenly it dawned on me why I do all this. You perform to hide in plain sight and build your own cage... 

Burnt Toast

Burnt Toast

Two days, 15 years later. Burnt toast. Boring sex. Viennetta. Knife roulette. Quick Pol and Average Alfred have the life they dreamt of: calm and simple. But then she arrived. Burnt Toast looks to explore complexities of relationships – be it simple interactions within a neighbourhood, unrequited familial love, the vanilla-sex-kind of relationship love or the sort that results in Burnt Toast... 

Mark Dean Quinn: My Heart on a Plate

Mark Dean Quinn: My Heart on a Plate

I'm really proud of this show. There will be buckets, sweets and at least one joke. I would love you to come. 'A fascinating, poignant and extremely entertaining study in deadpan tragicomedy' (Exeunt)... 

Normal Boy Presents: Normal Boy

Normal Boy Presents: Normal Boy

‘Hysterical… Terrifyingly brilliant commitment to everything’ (TheEdgeSUSU.co.uk as part of Southampton Comedy Society). Normal Boy are delighted to bring you a perfectly regular hour of sketch comedy! See some normal boys' absolutely ordinary take on everything: missing brioche, R’n’B, why Mum won't write to us anymore... 

Comedy With a Colourblind Dyslexic Geordie Who Also Has Other Aliments

Comedy With a Colourblind Dyslexic Geordie Who Also Has Other Aliments

The alternative stand-up Sean Turner has natural comedic instincts that lead him to areas most comics wouldn’t ever find themselves. Immensely original, fans of Reeves and Mortimer-style effervescence are in for a real treat with this very special act... 

Madame Señorita: 25 Different Shows, Come Every Day!

Madame Señorita: 25 Different Shows, Come Every Day!

Award-winning performer Paula Valluerca, aka Madame Señorita, is committed to reconnect with the pleasure of being a totally deluded idiot. As she searches for love and/but freedom, she will aim to create a show from scratch in 25 nights... 

Scott Barnett: Quantumly Entangled With a Blobfish

Scott Barnett: Quantumly Entangled With a Blobfish

Quite possibly the best/only show about blobfish you’ll ever see. Scott Barnett’s debut comedy show, blends surreal silliness with thoughtful gems of wisdom, mined from the ore of nonsense mountain... 

Mary Go Nowhere

Mary Go Nowhere

Mary is on the edge of a breakdown trying to keep her foul-mouthed three-year-old in preschool. Drought. Flies. Earthquakes. Apocalypse? Or just October in LA? Written by and starring Julie Shavers, 'Ms Shavers is rock solid' (New York Times)... 

Being Hueman Being

Being Hueman Being

Luke brings his world of fantasy and ridiculousness to Edinburgh, keen to ignite pure idiocy out of nowhere. This clown takes us on an absurd adventure in a show about vulnerability, our imperfections and what is beautiful about not being quite normal... 

Carabet

Carabet

Carabet is a light escapist comedy show coming to the Fringe fresh from gigs all over Europe. This trio of Gaulier trained performers use clown, physical comedy, improvisation and music to create a beautiful, unique and anarchic world of cake-scoffing, grass-cutting, toe-balancing characters... 

Tom Walker: Bee Boo

Tom Walker: Bee Boo

Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 Best Show Nominee and 2016 Best Newcomer, Tom Walker is a unique, hilarious and ridiculously accomplished comedian. Following smash-hit seasons across Australia, he’s unleashing his latest unhinged hour on Edinburgh... 

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... 

Dot. Dot. Dot.

Dot. Dot. Dot.

“Shall I tell you a story?” a girl asks. She doesn’t receive an answer. “You’ll like it”. Her audience remains convinced. She remains undeterred. “I’ll tell you anyway... 

Amusings

Amusings

“Every once in a while you come across a couple of guys who are just so goddam funny, so goddarn crazy and so godforsakenly good that you gotta just sit up and sign ’em. This is what these guys, Goodwin, are... 

Ian Lane: If You Lived Here You'd Be Ian Lane By Now

Ian Lane: If You Lived Here You'd Be Ian Lane By Now

This show is about two things: home and the body. What is home? What is the body? What if you don't feel at home in your body? What if there's nobody home? Veteran homebody Ian Lane (New Comedian of the Year finalist 2014) investigates by looking at lop-sided cats, onion grenades, vengeful left hands, and how the offside rule makes you late for work... 

Macho Macho

Macho Macho

Bosnian-Dutch artist Igor Vrebac draws inspiration from Instagram after-workout selfies, Turkish wrestling and the idea of bromance in his new physical performance 'Macho Macho' to question the objectified "men’s world" we are living in today... 

Sami & Jim

Sami & Jim

Join psychic Shaman Mountain and his trusty apprentice Soil on a trans-dimensional journey in search of Soil’s lost voice. Follow the spiritualist duo as they meet demons, gods and the Galactic Janitor in the ultimate journey to enlightenment. 

Jacob Hatton: True Brit

Jacob Hatton: True Brit

Amidst all the current political debates surrounding nationalism, I was curious as to the sort of person that would put on a show called Jacob Hatton: True Brit. Expecting such thoughts, Hatton cleverly confronted this expectation by bringing an inflatable elephant labelled ‘BREXIT’ onto the stage... 

Felt

Felt

This is about the most important thing Michael Clarke ever felt. He would love to share that with you. But who exactly is pulling the strings, and could it be that there is something far more sinister at work? Something that runs deeper and darker than the world could have ever imagined? Proudly sponsored by the good people at Felta Skelta... 

Fake Hip Gnosis

Fake Hip Gnosis

'Fake Hip Gnosis' speaks to that camp desire to believe in earnest in those things our intellect tells us are ridiculous. We reveal the links between trance induction techniques, body enhancement practices, and the shamanistic rituals of the North American Kickapoo tribe... 

What if the Plane Falls Out of the Sky?

What if the Plane Falls Out of the Sky?

Idiot Child throws everything into this show, quite literally: glitter, mojitos, frazzles and mini chedders, balloons, badges, sweets, music, stories, nudity and endless energy. This was a hugely entertaining, if a little odd, piece about three siblings who have been abandoned by their parents... 

The Jellyfish Trap: Satie in 3D

The Jellyfish Trap: Satie in 3D

A musical narrative based on Erik Satie's play of the same name. A cavalcade of characters and explosions in an absurd ceremony with intimate encounters, interspersed with Satie's original stage music... 

Daddy Day: Bert Hana

Daddy Day: Bert Hana

'Daddy Day' is a perfectly pitched, meticulously performed work that stretches the limits of theatre and leaves one reeling. A family slideshow with a bloodcurdling ending... Daddy Day won the Dioraphte Amsterdam Fringe Award 2009... 

LoveHard: Murdered By Murder

LoveHard: Murdered By Murder

1934. Devon. Six old friends. Exposition. A small get-together at the household of Lord and Lady Titan, Drenchblood Heights. Reason: A Murder Mystery Party. It promises to be the night of their lives... 

Huldebiet: a Dramatic Concert

Huldebiet: a Dramatic Concert

Through the use of film projection, plays, and music by Justyna Ponikowska, 7090 and Hana present a concert about the malleability of meaning. The press: “A fascinating experience... 

Pavillion 7090

Pavillion 7090

7090 are the hosts of a playground full of music, films and installations. It offers a warm place to their strange, obscure but mainly curious takes on life. 7090 are called "the Bermuda Triangle of performing arts"... 

A Dirtier Weekend with Der Wunderlich Revue

A Dirtier Weekend with Der Wunderlich Revue

Join Brighton's favourite (almost) all-male cabaret and burlesquers for a dirtier weekend of stripping, pole-dancing, cheerleading (of course), nudity, stupidity, magic, music and mayhem... 

Siblings

Siblings

Bound by blood and ambition, character comedians and real-life sisters Maddy and Marina Bye set sail on another adventure. Following Marina’s graduation from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Maddy’s graduation from the Parisian theatre and clown school École Philippe Gaulier, their hotly anticipated debut sketch show combines physical comedy and clowning to bring audiences on a trip into the utter absurdity of the all too familiar world... 

Mano a Mano

Mano a Mano

A story about a meeting between two hobos. One has lived on the streets for ages - a wise man who has lost connection with reality. The other "a suited business guy" who has just hit rock bottom... 

Mediocre as F**k

Mediocre as F**k

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most mediocre of them all? In his 2016 debut show, Gavin shared the story of his struggle to accept the reality of his own mediocrity. Now that he is committed, his quest to embrace mediocrity scales new heights... 

Dual Core Comedy Processor Unit - Presented by the Duncan Brothers

Dual Core Comedy Processor Unit - Presented by the Duncan Brothers

The Duncan brothers came from the same erection, but have since gone in a different direction. Life has taken them on divergent and unforgiving paths, tearing their genetic seam in two... 

Fragments From Your Workplace

Fragments From Your Workplace

Writer/director Sofia Rendall and a cast of Sussex University students bring you a brand new satirical piece in several parts that each parody business culture and its various inadequacies... 

Alice Marshall: Blood

Alice Marshall: Blood

Critically-acclaimed comedy actress and character comedian Alice Marshall returns to Brighton Fringe with ‘Blood’, the follow-up to her smash-hit 2016 debut show ‘Vicious.’ With her signature collection of weird and wonderful characters who are silly, sexy and smart in equal measure, Alice takes a long, hard look at the darker side of humanity... 

Zach & Viggo: Dream Team

Zach & Viggo: Dream Team

Winner: Best Comedy Award, Brighton Fringe, 2016. Winner: Critics Choice Award, Brighton Fringe, 2016. After a successful tour across Europe, Australia and the US, Norwegian-American comedy duo Zach & Viggo return to Brighton for the premiere of their brand-new show, ‘Dream Team’! Directed by Jonny Woolley... 

In the Chips Because of the Cheese

In the Chips Because of the Cheese

Kate Winslet soaking wet, porcelain thrones and dancing sausages. This two women show asks the big, important questions in life such as "what did canned vegetables have to do with the harvest festival?" This is Screaming Banana's Brighton Fringe début and what better way to do so than with a show that is intelligent, provocative, colourful and funny? 

Nicole Henriksen: Techno Glitter Penguins

Nicole Henriksen: Techno Glitter Penguins

My first venture to the Marlborough could not have been more welcoming. As I walked into the theatre space I was instantly greeted by the night’s performer, Nicole, offering me a handful of popcorn, which I gratefully took and stuffed my face... 

Dead Puppet Society

Dead Puppet Society

The award-winning team that brought you 'A Puppet Named Desire' and 'Puppetgeist' return with mayhem, masks, and sock monsters. Witty, weird, Wordsworth? "Beguilingly bizarre" (The Stage), "Seriously funny" ***** (Broadway Baby). 

Doug Segal: I Can Make You Feel Good

Doug Segal: I Can Make You Feel Good

"Imagine if Derren Brown was funny" Evening Standard. Brighton Fringe award-winner Doug Segal is back with a show designed to make you feel good! Doug is a fast paced comic entertainer performing seeming feats of mind control... 

A Fantastically Weird Reading From Madeleine Swann

A Fantastically Weird Reading From Madeleine Swann

Aisha's front room doubles as a depression-era cinema, her bedroom a Parisian salon and her study a library from the psychedelic Sixties. Lately though, something dark and menacing has been changing the landscapes and the people in them, leading Aisha to question whether she may be the cause... 

BLINDFOLD: The Night of the Hunt

BLINDFOLD: The Night of the Hunt

I wasn’t entirely sure what I’d witnessed after walking out of BLINDFOLD: The Night of the Hunt, a surreal play by Greek company THE.AM.A (Theater for People with Disabilities)... 

Neurovision: Boom-Bang-A-Brexit!

Neurovision: Boom-Bang-A-Brexit!

Remember Brighton Fringe 2013? Music comedy duo Eccentronic tried to write the UK’s song for Eurovision by identifying what it means to be British, while musing on how we can co-exist as part of Europe (mainly with songs about public transport networks)... 

Die Die Die Old People Die

Die Die Die Old People Die

Indie theatre legends David Woods and Jon Haynes of 'Ridiculusmus' as two crustaceous elders putting off death in a snail paced farce. Bring a picnic. Touch tour available. Please ask upon arrival. 

Bovine Cemetery's Literary Funeral

Bovine Cemetery's Literary Funeral

The candles are lit... A tah-tah to the old, a hurrah for the new! Come and pay your respects at our funereal short fiction fiesta: a eulogy for literatures lost, a delirious romp towards pastures new... 

The Wedding Guest

The Wedding Guest

‘The Wedding Guest’ is a solo character comedy chronicling the ups and downs of Juan Domínguez, a thick-moustached general, and J’VaAnN, a lovesick poet, as they pine for the love of one woman: Leela... 

Viggo Venn: The Life of Pepito

Viggo Venn: The Life of Pepito

Winner, Rising Star: The Media Eye, 2016. Award-winning Gaulier-trained comedian Viggo Venn performs the UK premiere of his debut solo show ‘The Life of Pepito’ at Brighton Fringe! Through clown, characters and physical comedy, Venn gives us a glimpse into the life of Pepito - a man who works in a cookie factory, only to discover he’s actually a character in a play... 

Zach Zucker: Human Person

Zach Zucker: Human Person

Winner: Rising Star, The Media Eye, 2016. After a four-month run across the Australian festival circuit, award-winning, LA-based comedian Zach Zucker premieres his debut solo show ‘Human Person’ at Brighton Fringe! Directed by Jonny Woolley... 

Urges

Urges

Do you like jokes? Do you like chaos? Do you like air? Do you like songs? Do you like being shouted at? Do you like tomatoes? Do you like hair? Do you like human men? Come along then... 

LAID

LAID

A woman lays an egg a day and faces a tumultuous decision: will she raise her egg, or eat it? In this hysterical (in every sense of that word) show, Natalie Palamides takes a relatively simple (if decidedly offbeat) concept and relentlessly whisks it into a story where you’re left battered, shattered, and shell-shocked... 

Cheekykita: Somewhere in the Ether

Cheekykita: Somewhere in the Ether

Cheekykita's dream... where anything can happen. A surreal absurd place that's a little bit upside down. One of the strangest acts you're ever likely to see, this one-woman character comedian has drawn similarities to 'The Mighty Boosh' and Spike Milligan... 

Joe & Liam are Friends and Conquistadors

Joe & Liam are Friends and Conquistadors

A double bill from: Joe Hart (SYTYF finalist, Tickled Pig winner, as seen on BBC Trending) and Liam Webber (Best New Act nominee, Midlands Comedy Awards). Tech-savvy gay nerd Joe is a comedic wizard... 

AART TV Live Broadcast!

AART TV Live Broadcast!

New Zealand’s finest Mikey the Aartist returns to Brighton Fringe for the launch of AART TV Live with special guest artists Jim Parkyn (Aardman Animations) and George Egg (Anarchist Cook 2)... 

Dan Evans: 10%

Dan Evans: 10%

One-man show from established comedian and writer, Dan Evans - "A favourite with audiences as well as with his notoriously hard-to-please comedic peers" (The Guardian). 10%. That's as far as comedian Dan Evans gets with most of his ideas... 

Lachlan Werner: Belly Talk (A Language of Love)

Lachlan Werner: Belly Talk (A Language of Love)

'Venter'-To speak. 'Loqui'-The stomach. ... Lachlan Werner (satirical comic/ventriloquist) is put through his paces in a theatrical ventriloquial revue which challenges the comedic and nonsensical demons of love... 

Focus Group* *or How to Stare Down & Transfigure Loneliness1 1A play after David Foster Wallace

Focus Group* *or How to Stare Down & Transfigure Loneliness1 1A play after David Foster Wallace

“This parable of limiting life down to human usefulness is as beautiful as it is bleak” (Exeunt). 'Focus Group*' is an absurd comedy with a dark heart. Join an off-kilter focus group about brightly coloured cakes, and witness a man gradually relinquish the delusion that he matters in the slightest... 

GEORGE EGG: ANARCHIST COOK PART TWO 'Second Helpings'

GEORGE EGG: ANARCHIST COOK PART TWO 'Second Helpings'

George Egg, the stand-up comedian who cooks onstage using absurd and innovative techniques, returns. A follow-up to his sell-out and award-winning first show (‘George Egg: Anarchist Cook’), ‘Anarchist Cook Two: Second Helpings’ sees George preparing more dishes in a whole variety of unconventional environments... 

David McIver: Stop It David We Are Having Too Much Fun

David McIver: Stop It David We Are Having Too Much Fun

David McIver is one of the most fun guys around these days. Come and have a look at the things he has thought of using his imagination. Expect props, silly characters and stupid nonsense from this idiot... 

Charmian Hughes-Soixante Mirth

Charmian Hughes-Soixante Mirth

What if you met your younger self? Answer - a comedy trip where stand-up meets time travel. "Joyous fun!" **** (Funny Women), "Genuinely enjoyable" (Kate Copstick), ‘"lovely" (Bruce Dessau)... 

Troy Hawke

Troy Hawke

Milo McCabe returns to Brighton Fringe with his impeccable 1930's throwback creation 'Troy Hawke'. This naive yet upbeat modern day Errol Flynn traverses his way through the minefield of modern life, finding beauty at every turn, be it Waitrose, Wetherspoons or Poundland... 

Mr Danger's Really Safe Show

Mr Danger's Really Safe Show

Mr Danger is a damaged former daredevil who learnt his lesson the hard way. That lesson being: Don’t try to jump a motorcycle over 20 double decker buses with a bag on your head. Fusing character comedy, clowning, storytelling and puppetry, Mr Danger performs his incredible, mind-bogglingly inane stunts with the bravado of Evel Knievel, and the mental tenacity of a shell-shocked guinea pig... 

Lucy Pearman: WIP & a Cabbage

Lucy Pearman: WIP & a Cabbage

"Traditionally, unmarried girls were sent into the veg garden to choose the 'perfect' cabbage." (Anon). Lucy Pearman presents a work in progress at this years Brighton Fringe. Expect playful nonsense and a talking cabbage... 

The View from the Mountaintop

The View from the Mountaintop

A pitch-black comedy from award-winning playwright, Matt Morrison. Set somewhere in England, it follows three party activists as they head off on a morale-building weekend in the wake of an unfolding political scandal... 

Flowerpot Women

Flowerpot Women

In a garden far away, in a world a lot like this one, in a conversation that has already happened, Eddie asks Garland: "What's it all about?" And Garland answers, "I don't know." Described by audiences as “Beckett in the Suburbs” and “French and Saunders on acid”, 'Flowerpot Women' is a darkly comedic theatre piece performed outdoors in an intimate garden setting... 

A Brief Guide to Tracking the Migration Patterns of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow

A Brief Guide to Tracking the Migration Patterns of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow

I, Marjorie Willmott (MA, PhD, MpDA), invite you to my very interesting and very important introductory lecture. This will include some projected images and new information. (Unfortunately the period of time spent attending this lecture will be non-refundable and non-exchangeable). 

They Built It. No One Came.

They Built It. No One Came.

Twelve years ago, Tobias and Alexander came together to form a spiritualist commune based on their shared visions of a peaceful and harmonious community... they are still awaiting their first member... 

Being Hueman Being

Being Hueman Being

Luke brings his world of fantasy and ridiculousness to Brighton, keen to ignite pure idiocy out of nowhere. This clown takes us on an absurd adventure in a show about vulnerability, our imperfection and what is beautiful about not being quite normal... 

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Winner: Best Comedy, Brighton Fringe 2016. Award-winning Norwegian-American comedy duo Zach & Viggo return to Brighton a year after taking home the Best Comedy Award! Through a series of surreal and free-flowing vignettes, Zach Zucker and Viggo Venn take the audience on an absurd trip through their wild imagination into the deepest, darkest depths of stupidity! “This was a true fringe highlight” ***** (The Latest)... 

No Exit (Huis Clos)

No Exit (Huis Clos)

No Exit (Huis Clos) is an existentialist drama, adapted from Jean-Paul Sartre's classic by Charlie Rogers. It contains the famous line, “Hell is other people”, which could just as easily be the title of this work, given its particular interpretation of hell... 

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

In their homemade red and black jumpsuits (emblazoned with an enormous Z and V respectively), Zach Zucker and Viggo Venn are an odd pair — even at the Fringe, the spiritual home of the weirdly dressed... 

Lippy

Lippy

The beginning and end of a show are the bits you remember, the bits that leave you feeling great or feeling thoroughly disappointed. Lippy is an interesting and stylistically impressive show... 

Grandad Died

Grandad Died

A grandad may have passed on, but he wasn’t the only thing that died on stage. Toad Pit Theatre have committed murder with this lurid, self-indulgent drama and weak allegory on the outcome of the EU referendum... 

Mavericks: A Sketch Show (Of Sorts)

Mavericks: A Sketch Show (Of Sorts)

Mavericks: A Sketch Show (of Sorts) is the product of talented comedy duo and Cambridge Footlights members Ruby Keane and Luisa Callander. In their show, which consists of their rather unique brand of absurdist comedy, they perform a mixed bag of sketches, interspersed with their own peculiar banter, to varying degrees of success... 

Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers

Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers

The shape-shifting comedy double act return with their live, comic existential meltdown that takes place as two comedians attempt to stage an epic, historical, romance novel in under an hour... 

The Rules Of Inflation

The Rules Of Inflation

This is no ordinary birthday party. As we enter to balloons and party bags and children's music we are handed cards to vote on. Each brightly coloured character urges us to vote for them... 

Skrimshanks

Skrimshanks

“We have a reviewer in tonight” crows a tall, stunning, grotesquely padded and malformed white-painted clown. The audience and I laugh, but I skim the rest of the crowd looking for a sign on a fellow reviewer, trying not to look to guilty... 

The Attenborough Tours: Life on Fringe

The Attenborough Tours: Life on Fringe

Life-changing daily walking tours with Stompy (Half Naked Chef). Discover the natural history of the Fringe in all its grime and glory! Improvised stupidity! Best Interactive, Adelaide Fringe... 

The Big Stiffy

The Big Stiffy

Bob's dead. I know he loved you so much. Please come to the funeral to pay your respects. Karl's providing complimentary crudités (with dips), chopped to perfection by an angle grinder, plus fruit teas and apple crumble... 

Six Characters in Search of a Handout

Six Characters in Search of a Handout

An adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s 1921 absurdist piece, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Barrie Wheatley’s modernised version blends the source material’s meta-theatrical philosophising with sharp social critique of a generation of food banks and Twitter hate campaigns... 

Ali Brice Presents Home is Where Eric Meat is

Ali Brice Presents Home is Where Eric Meat is

We join Eric Meat on what is a sad occasion: the day is due to move out of his childhood home. The childless, unmarried protagonist doesn’t know where he will be moving or who the tenants will be... 

Nowhere Now

Nowhere Now

Making international trade deals isn't easy but it is funny, absurd, ridiculous, stupid, nonsensical, manic, moronic, filthy, terrifying, profane, devastating, and moooo-ving. We will sell all the beef! We will make a f*ck-tonne of money! It's easy, Brian, it's easy... 

PALPitations

PALPitations

PALP are back with a riotous melange of contemporary comedic parables. Roid monkeys, winsome night bus poets, content creatives and lovers lost in language hold hands, brush shoulders and dance badly for your social acceptance. 

Will Franken: Little Joe

Will Franken: Little Joe

There are two ways to reach the small room where UK-based American character comedian Will Franken is performing. The easiest route – albeit usually reserved for a quick exit – is to descend the stone steps from the pavement into the basement... 

Bash

Bash

Neil LaBute sets out to upset and disturb audiences and he made a spectacular start with his first play Bash: Latterday Plays. Initially having Mormon connections, he later revised the work: it was no longer just a slanted assault on the Latter Day Saints, from which non-Mormons could exempt themselves, but instead became a universal statement of the human condition... 

The Alternative Alternative

The Alternative Alternative

Award-winning character absurdity, smash-hit prop nonsense and on point offbeat musical numbers – don't miss this one night only quirk fest of madcap nonconformists. The Mason Sisters’ clients include: Zoe Coombs Marr, Sam Simmons, John Kearns, Pat Cahill, Phil Ellis, Mat Ewins, Kiri Pritchard Mclean, Richard Todd, Daniel Simonsen... 

Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go?

Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go?

Where Do All The Dead Pigeons Go? This is a production that doesn’t try to answer any of your questions - or refer to pigeons, for that matter, even as a metaphor, throughout the course of the whole play... 

Trumpageddon

Trumpageddon

This is a one-man show in which comedian Simon Jay, armed with orange makeup and Trump-like mannerisms, attempts to satirise one of the most mystifying political phenomenons of our time... 

Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth

Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth

Olaf Falafel’s style of comedy is absurdist verging on the downright ludicrous. The show called The Cheese of Truth is actually an interesting concept whereby a piece of Emmental cheese, when placed upon a medium such as a newspaper, has the ability to see the hidden message within its multiple holes... 

Tom Walker: Beep Boop

Tom Walker: Beep Boop

The incoming audience is met by a tall man resplendent in shorts, M&S shirt buttoned to the collar and white joke shop beard. It does not augur well. But as he greets and directs us with a range of subtle gestures and facial expressions, we know we are in safe hands... 

Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome

Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome

Sometimes you wonder if you need the context of a previous comedian’s shows to really ‘get’ their most recent work. I’ve been a big fan of the Tonezone for the past five years and even I still find his personal brand of absurdist narrative pretty baffling... 

Neal Portenza. Neal Portenza. Neal Portenza. Tracey.

Neal Portenza. Neal Portenza. Neal Portenza. Tracey.

I’ve been mulling over more scholarly words to describe Neal Portenza and his show, but I honestly cannot fight the urge to call it batshit. Utter batshit, but as an art form. Portenza is one of the best surreal comedians I’ve seen in a long time, unrivalled in his realm for such a bizarre and self-derailing and smoothly put-together hour of absurdist humour... 

Elevated

Elevated

Sam, Catherine and David get into the elevator together to leave work, each in a world of their own. When the doors open though, there is simply nothing there. Nothing at all. And they cannot get out... 

Paul F Taylor: Sour Apes

Paul F Taylor: Sour Apes

Offbeat one-liners, flights of fancy and a totally absurd storyline from surrealist fool and NATY 2013 winner, Paul F Taylor. 'Brilliantly funny nonsense' (List). 'Talks about everyday observations but with a wonderful edge of surrealism' (Chortle... 

All of the Things

All of the Things

Join Gaulier graduates Georgia Murphy and Evie Fehilly for an hour of surreal comic madness. Using their unique blend of clown and absurd sketch, these ladies will blast through all of the things you secretly want to say and do... 

John-Luke Roberts Builds a Monster

John-Luke Roberts Builds a Monster

A thoughtful idiot builds a monstrous show for your entertainment. A monster in progress from the creator of Stnad-Up and Stdad-Up, co-creator of the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, and co-writer of Robert Lyndsay and Maureen Lipman’s sitcom Bull... 

Adam Larter's Return on Investment

Adam Larter's Return on Investment

It's 1987 and Glenn Fiscal is riding high in the corporate stationery world. He’s learned business the hard way, studying after hours while flipping burgers down the cobblers. The company is guided by his vision and his mission statement but he knows he can’t take all the credit... 

Poncho Orange

Poncho Orange

Coming off a sold out run at Adelaide Fringe and an extended run at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Best Emerging Artist nominee, Dani Cabs brings his hit show Poncho Orange to Edinburgh... 

Head à Tête

Head à Tête

Two men live in a cold and barren land. They find a wonderful tree which gives them warmth, food, and shelter. They discover that they speak different languages and that their world is in danger... 

Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?

Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?

A late-night clown show by absurd, Lecoq-trained clown Brickhead. Returning to Edinburgh with more bonkers nonsense! Suitable for English and non-English speakers. ‘Hard to explain and impossible not to like’ (FringeReview... 

Aloof!

Aloof!

This keynote ramble contains the following: three types of sneezes, four impressions of screensavers, three impressions of toilet seats, three rejected designs for fire exit signs, one song about sudoku, one play about car indicators and no photos of my roof... 

This is Business

This is Business

Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business. Business... 

Murdered Artists' Society

Murdered Artists' Society

Tribute to all the artists who have been murdered, tortured and exiled. The performance takes the form of a scream for the freedom of art and artists currently being suppressed around the world, based on Kharms' and Vvedensky's life and work... 

Phil Mann: Nothingism – Free

Phil Mann: Nothingism – Free

The latest craze is literally nothing. Phil Mann's latest comedy show is ‘…hyper-energetic, eccentric, breath-taking…' (FringeReview.co.uk) and obsessed with... well, nothing... 

George McGoldrick: Hot Milk

George McGoldrick: Hot Milk

I play a keyboard organ and live mix a soundtrack for 50 minutes, and read some comedy over it. ‘His performance starts to become white noise, which is a shame’ (BroadwayBaby.com). 

The Empire Builders

The Empire Builders

The Dupont family is prompted by an indefinable terror (the noise) to flee upward from apartment to apartment into ever more constricting circumstances. They are constantly on the run and their world is forever narrowing... 

Deep-Fried Language

Deep-Fried Language

A good crack at absurdist sketch comedy, this piece from Australian company 7blue is good fun and at times bitingly clever, the puns and witticisms are nineteen to the dozen, but falls flat at several key moments... 

Joz Norris: Hello, Goodbye

Joz Norris: Hello, Goodbye

This award-winning idiot is back to talk about what he's been up to. Par for the course for most Edinburgh shows but this year he's encountered love and death, so what he's saying might have some emotional heft... 

Pat Cahill: D.O.T.T

Pat Cahill: D.O.T.T

‘Everybody knows, it's just the way it goes, all sorts can happen, and that's the way it goes!’ Welcome to D.O.T.T, a box set of optimistic bollocks from Pat Cahill (Nominee Best Show Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2016)... 

Ed Aczel’s Foreign Policy

Ed Aczel’s Foreign Policy

Ever thought your relationship with your next-door neighbour is in fact foreign policy? No. Well that's lesson one... If we all practised good manners, what a lovely world we would live in... 

Beth Vyse as Olive Hands in All Hands to the Pump...

Beth Vyse as Olive Hands in All Hands to the Pump...

Beth Vyse's sassy, leopard print clad alter ego: Olive Hands (Britain's number 2 in the morning!), daytime TV wannabe resurrects her career on a cruise ship. After a terrible stint performing on land she takes to the seas, when she begins to sink... 

Daniel Nicholas: Scripted

Daniel Nicholas: Scripted

A madcap stand-up hour that bats around from interactive games to surreal one-liners and some longer bits. Brought to you by a twisted (but oblivious) child in a mid-twenties, asthmatic, white middle class body... 

Nicole Henriksen – Techno Glitter Penguins

Nicole Henriksen – Techno Glitter Penguins

Following rave reviews on a buzzing Australian tour, award nominated alternative comedian Nicole Henriksen returns to Edinburgh with a fresh dose of her high energy hot mess comedy variety show goodness... 

Lynch: Improvised Plays in the Style of David Lynch – Free

Lynch: Improvised Plays in the Style of David Lynch – Free

Enter a world with its veil drawn back, where good and evil battle in darkly hilarious style. Enter a world where everyday emotions run higher than even a midday soap opera can deliver... 

Minky: A Sketch Show

Minky: A Sketch Show

Minky [mijnki] 1. Reminiscent of a semi-aquatic stoat-like carnivore. ‘Hmm, minky.’ 2. A coating of soft downy hair. ‘That minky’s really growing on me.’ 3. The smallest finger on a male human hand... 

The Voice of Ray

The Voice of Ray

Ray’s dead. But people keep impersonating his voice. This irritates spirit-Ray. He can’t rest in peace. Watch a mundane ghost-man go on a crazylicious adventure to silence his vocal legacy... 

Hey Fat Roland! Forty Minutes of Idiot

Hey Fat Roland! Forty Minutes of Idiot

Spoken word behemoth Fat Roland mixes deadpan comedy and surreal stories with wonderfully odd illustrations. Imagine Johnny Vegas devouring Stewart Lee. On a depressed rollercoaster... 

Michael Brunström: The Hay Wain Reloaded

Michael Brunström: The Hay Wain Reloaded

Winner of the 2015 Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality, Michael Brunström (The Human Loire, The Golden Age of Steam), presents his strangest show yet: an ambitious Suffolk artist transforms himself into a hay wagon... 

SuZanna GonZo: Dark Lady

SuZanna GonZo: Dark Lady

SuZanna GonZo had to abandon cruise ship stardom after she almost murdered the man she had fallen deeply in lust with. She cast her net again, widely, and this time she captured special wisdoms to share with y’all... 

Pottervision!

Pottervision!

The Harry Potter parody show that celebrates and highlights the absurdities of those magical movies. Join us, four full grown men pretending to be twelve-year-old children as we re-enact and re-create scenes from the first Potter film. 

The Tiger Lillies

The Tiger Lillies

The Tiger Lillies are a band that everyone should experience at least once in their life times. Their mix of gypsy-folk, punk and cabaret with warbling falsetto vocals is a strange but heady concoction and make this a trio like no other... 

Addy van der Borgh presents Blind Charlie Harwood

Addy van der Borgh presents Blind Charlie Harwood

Blues harmonica and booze harmonica legend Blind Charlie Harwood makes his Brighton debut after 35 years of licking the blues. "A tour de force performance" **** (Chortle), "A brilliant natural clown" (Daniel Kitson, The Telegraph), "Born to make people laugh" (The Times) 

The Hearing Trumpet

The Hearing Trumpet

Dark Matter Theatre presents a show inspired by the work of surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, using clown and mask play. An old lady escapes on an adventure as her family try to force her into a retirement home... 

Wolf Meat

Wolf Meat

Wolf Meat brings absurdist humour and compelling storytelling to an irreverent world of dirty deals and mistaken identity. The play is continually deconstructed, taking audience interaction to a jaw-dropping new level in this dark, sexy, raucous hour of theatrical anarchy! [newline] Director: Mick Barnfather-Complicite 

Mawaan Rizwan: Gender Neutral Concubine Pirate

Mawaan Rizwan: Gender Neutral Concubine Pirate

Quite why Mawaan Rizwan describes himself as a Gender Neutral Concubine Pirate remains a bit of a mystery throughout the show. He prances about the stage and over the audience in a brocade frock coat and skinny jeans with a distinctly piratical air, but there is no actual piracy to see... 

Tonight We Strut

Tonight We Strut

Tonight We Strut is a fantastical hour of slapstick mayhem in the guise of a TV chat show. Unpredictable, slightly offensive, and ruthlessly charming! Talented idiotic brothers, Sean and Seamus, take you on a thrilling soap opera into the absurd; a tornado of laughs, gags and audience participation. 

The Mad Hatter's TV Party Show

The Mad Hatter's TV Party Show

The Language of Television is everywhere, but the language is... 01000110001101101 

Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?

Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?

Surreal Lecoq/Gaulier-trained clown Brickhead returns to Brighton with more bonkers nonsense! [newline] "Hard to explain and impossible not to like" (Fringe Review), [newline] "Ludicrous humour at its best" (Broadway Baby) 

The Thermos Museum

The Thermos Museum

Those without a snide, self-deprecating, sense of humour, step away from the Thermos Museum. Do not approach, under any circumstances, unless you are willing to be made a fool of and be treated to a thoroughly naff outdoor exhibition, wherein the eccentric and garishly-dressed Tour Guide seems to wish he were somewhere else, yet also quietly emanates anorak-levels of enthusiasm for flasks... 

Tatterdemalion

Tatterdemalion

From the creators of Boris & Sergey comes a one-man show featuring puppetry, physical comedy, and mime. Hilarious, absurd and often magical this show juxtaposes themes of loneliness and belonging with joy and exhilaration... 

Simon Slack The Fantasist

Simon Slack The Fantasist

Fantastical absurd one-man sketch show. Imagination and reality collide in the world of Simon Slack, whose fantasy of the show is very different from reality. Late-night comedy madness with music, dancing and special guests... 

LoveHard

LoveHard

A family recently arrived from nearby America? Remote rural Scotland? A nice, quiet, relatively murder-free area to settle down and forget the problems they've left behind? Need we say any more? Join LoveHard... 

Apostrophe's

Apostrophe's

Chris Parkinson, famous poet and professional troublemaker, returns with a high octane poetic voyage through subjects including party politics, dangerous grammar and anthropomorphic seals... 

Matt Banks & Fraser Geesin: Dunce Tank

Matt Banks & Fraser Geesin: Dunce Tank

A chaotic hour of games, awful songs and confusion. Guaranteed to open your heart and make you weep with joy. Matt Banks: "Strange nonsense, indeed, and presented with a weird charm" (Chortle)... 

A Royal Wunderlich Variety Show

A Royal Wunderlich Variety Show

Brighton's all-male cabaret smutsters, Der Wunderlich Revue, celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday with a night of right royal mirth, magic, music, cheerleading and madness. Hosted by Professor Elemental and featuring the cream of Brighton's male performers and special guests... 

AART Live!

AART Live!

Get inside your now, taste the Mind Pie and journey into art with Mikey. “Just about the greatest thing ever” **** Best Shows of the Fringe (The Skinny, Edinburgh 2015) 

Cocaine and Potatoes

Cocaine and Potatoes

A Colombian/Irish/Englishman takes on identity, the world, and why you have to try a Japanese toilet. Laughing Horse runner-up and Amused Moose finalist 2012, Perth Fringe World Critics Choice winner 2015... 

Going AWOL

Going AWOL

A farcical comedy two-hander, written and produced by AWOL Productions. A tale of two women in the 1960s who both work for the same newspaper firm in London. Although they despise one another, the women have to embark on a trip round Europe, along with their dead boss, cut up in their carpet bags. 

Madame Señorita: ¿Who are Tú?

Madame Señorita: ¿Who are Tú?

Debuting in Brighton following a critically acclaimed run at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, 'Madame Señorita: ¿Who are Tú?' is a total riot of a show, lead by an idiot. If you enjoy Spanish drama, ghosts, sexy housewives and Rock 'n Roll, and you want to witness a surreal experience, this show is for you! 

Unusual Subtext

Unusual Subtext

If you thought Brighton Fringe had been a little short in supply of freaks this year, then these five guys from London are set to prove you wrong. Their dark comedy of bizarre feats, poses the question: who are the real freaks? The performers? Or the audience watching them?In an era when Marvel continues to prevail, playing at superheroes or villains, feels a bit too familiar and these performers certainly look as though they’ve attended a Comic Con or two... 

A Glass of Nothing

A Glass of Nothing

Stand and hat, dressing table and mirror, decanter and glass: is this the archetypal room-on-a-stage? Emphatically, yes. And the actress waiting to play, dowdily bathrobed, preening and pecking her smart phone, is she a modern mix of Blanche Dubois and Bridget Jones? Yes again... 

A Dirty Get-Away! by David Weedall

A Dirty Get-Away! by David Weedall

Stranded by severe snowstorms, three identically dressed strangers disturb the rural calm of a young woman in a remote Sussex cottage. Who are these weird visitors? What exactly do they want? In this absurd comedy, five odd characters seek to untangle a web of confusion, whilst creating even more! 

Cheekykita Edinburgh Preview: A mancunian horror-ish fish tale

Cheekykita Edinburgh Preview: A mancunian horror-ish fish tale

Cheekykita, a ridiculous comedian like "no one else out there" (The Alarmist). A show with a crab dance, silly songs, fish stories and a bit of horror! "surreally wonderful clownesque, truly unusual" (The Colchester Gazette); NATYS finalist; Runner up for Laughing Horse new act; ????(Edfringe review) 

Aloof!

Aloof!

This stand-up comedy show contains 3 types of sneezes; 3 impressions of screensavers; 4 impressions of toilet seats; 6 rejected Fire Exit sign designs; 1 short play about car indicators; 1 joke my mum wrote; 0 photos of my roof... 

The Bald Prima Donna

The Bald Prima Donna

Typically English Mr Smith is wearing English slippers, smoking an English pipe and reading an English newspaper. His wife, typically English Mrs Smith is darning English socks. An English clock chimes three English chimes... 

Casual Violence: Slow Fade To Bleak

Casual Violence: Slow Fade To Bleak

It’s Friday the 13th and I am about to be trapped inside a slightly claustrophobic metal container with an unsuspecting audience by a group who call themselves Casual Violence, waiting for an evening of unprecedented acts of horror to follow... 

MorbidAbnormalMe

MorbidAbnormalMe

The basement of the Blue Man is a cosy Aladdin’s cave of a space, all cushions and tapestries and tasteful lighting. As the show began I was concerned that the burbling from the upstairs bar would prove distracting, but overall the venue felt like a comforting, homely space - apt for a show about finding solace in the face of debilitating anxiety... 

Jacob Hatton: Fantasist

Jacob Hatton: Fantasist

"Narnia isn't real. You're not related to Puss from Puss in Boots." Join Jacob for an evening of stand-up and sketches with one very confused man. In collaboration with the Soho Young Theatre Company, directed by Scott Barnett, catch one of the UK's rising improv comedy stars in his first solo show. 

Pat Cahill: Panjandrum

Pat Cahill: Panjandrum

Pat Cahill brings his sellout 2015 Edinburgh show to Brighton Fringe. Slip into Pat’s bunker and whoof away your blues with this stupid wartime hero. One of Time Out Comedy’s top 10 shows of 2015... 

G

G

Like 'Waiting for Godot' on speed, this hilarious and moving new show revealing the dramas that transpire when an old TV actress from Hi-De-Hi and a young classical actor get together and stage their own play... 

Mat Ewins & John Kearns

Mat Ewins & John Kearns

Edinburgh Comedy award-winner (2013/14) John Kearns delivers non-sequiturs, surreal digressions and bizarre lunacy alongside stand-up, sketch, and character comedian Mat Ewins. 

Jody Kamali is the Incredible Man of Mystery

Jody Kamali is the Incredible Man of Mystery

Debonair. Suave. Idiot. The Man in Black - bringing household items to life in this riotously enchanting hour of physical comedy and a bit of magic. "An extremely talented comic, and completely, unfathomably ridiculous" (Nouse) 

Ade Foiadelli: Arrow Meet Brain

Ade Foiadelli: Arrow Meet Brain

Scattershot, irreverent and a bit wobbly, Ade takes all the things you hold dear and does unspeakable things to them right in front of your brain, before washing everything in laughter and letting you go, all shiny and new... 

Aphrodite in Flippers

Aphrodite in Flippers

Georgie’s 40th birthday, her friends spy something strange lodged in her ear. Its discovery propels three women on a surreal, darkly comic journey through their (extra)ordinary world... 

Alice Marshall: Vicious

Alice Marshall: Vicious

Comedy actress and character comedian Alice Marshall presents a collection of her weird and wonderful characters in her debut solo hour. Life is cruel. People are arseholes. This is Vicious... 

Fake Hip Gnosis

Fake Hip Gnosis

Slash/Theatre presents - come into your own slice of life! The land of the free has never been so easy to hide from. Will a dog cry at an onion? Will you still be here later? Questions are answers and you are welcome to an hour of 'Fake Hip Gnosis'... 

Distortion

Distortion

A story of both the abuser/ abused, showing the cognitive distortions which underlie sexual offending and the resulting trauma caused to a victim. Combining emotive text, abstract dance and video footage, 'Distortion' lets your imagination run wild but brings you back to reality when it hurts the most. 

Matt Hutson & David McIver: Two Shy Boys

Matt Hutson & David McIver: Two Shy Boys

Free alternative comedy from Matt Hutson (Runner-up in Preston Comedian of the Year) and David McIver (Selected for the BBC New Comedy award 2015). Matt’s a dry, sullen singer of tender comedy songs and David’s a naughty little scamp with a bad attitude... 

Superhappyland Comedy

Superhappyland Comedy

BBC award-winning comedian Yuriko Kotani headlines an immensely entertaining evening of stand-up acts linked together by the hilarious commentary and super-silly antics of compere Kayo and co-hosts Ken Box and Henry Ewins... 

Sajeela Kershi: Sharia's L.A.W (Little Asian Women)

Sajeela Kershi: Sharia's L.A.W (Little Asian Women)

Work-in-progress from multi-award-winner celebrating the kick-ass women in our families who stood the test of time despite obstacles via faith, family, culture or the time they lived in... 

Twig The Pixie's Family Funsplosion

Twig The Pixie's Family Funsplosion

A pixie-fuelled comedy riot packed with adventure, mischief, stand-up comedy and storytelling to warm your heart and tickle your toes. The perfect family show for 5 to 105 year olds! 

The Big Stiffy

The Big Stiffy

Bob's dead. I know how he loved you so much. Please come to the funeral to pay your respects. Karl's providing complimentary crudités (with dips) chopped to perfection by angle grinder, plus fruit teas and apple crumble... 

CLUE ROOM GAME - Lady Chastity's Reserve

CLUE ROOM GAME - Lady Chastity's Reserve

Lady Chastity's Reserve is a night out like no other - described as 'The Crystal Maze on crystal meth', this team game (for 2-6 players) takes place in a secret room at Brighton’s Black Lion pub and combines theatre, clues and comedy... 

Huldebiet: a Dramatic Concert

Huldebiet: a Dramatic Concert

Through the use of film projection, plays and music by Justyna Ponikowska, PAND7090 and Hana present a concert about the malleability of identity. "A fascinating experience. Remarkable and absurd, but also poetic stillness and vulnerability in a most intriguing way... 

The FunkSmugglers: Mead Dreams

The FunkSmugglers: Mead Dreams

3 guys + 1 drum + 1 loop pedal = funkin' carnage. Join The Funk Smugglers as they introduce you to your new favourite drink - Mead. It's the Bunratty Mead Annual Shareholders Conference and you are invited to attend the hottest event in the premium drinks and beverages calendar. 

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Fresh off a sold-out tour between New York and Los Angeles and an extended run at the Edinburgh Fringe, these Gaulier-graduates bring their high energy and low intelligence to Brighton with Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop. 

James McDonnell: Beef

James McDonnell: Beef

It’s happening again. James McDonnell on a stage. It’ll be really good. You should come. He has a guitar and friends. “Musical comedian James McDonnell was equally unnerving and compulsive viewing as he fist-pumped his way through side-splitting songs and moments of completely unhinged inhibitions... 

BARBU Electro Trad Cabaret

BARBU Electro Trad Cabaret

One man shouldn't be able to hold two men on his shoulders at the same time. Two women shouldn't be able to function as skipping ropes. Hamsters weren't made to be performers. But that is what happens in Barbu Electo Trad Cabaret, as Cirque Alfonse produce a mesmerising and deliciously bonkers fanfare of strength, agility and beards... 

64 Squares

64 Squares

'Welcome to my mind. Sorry about the mess.' Rhum and Clay Theatre Company have no need to apologise, as their new show 64 Squares is a joy to watch, starting with a bang and continuing with a frenetic energy that never drops... 

A Traffic Jam on Sycamore Street

A Traffic Jam on Sycamore Street

A Traffic Jam On Sycamore Street is a Kafka-esque tale of persecution of the every-man figure by illogically logical authorities.This piece of original writing from writer and director David Jones, tells the story of an unsuspecting citizen who receives a severed finger in the morning post and is arrested on suspicion of a tenuously connected crime... 

One Above

One Above

A slick absurdist piece, PALP’s One Above is an intelligent offering from the young company. Persons A, B, and C stand before the audience – the scenario opens up as a job interview for the three of them, the questions given by a cool, female voice-over... 

Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers

Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers

Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez have once again brought their surreal blend of comedy and physical theatre to Edinburgh, and this time they’re taking on a classic of world literature... 

Honky Bonk History of The Beatles

Honky Bonk History of The Beatles

All aboard the Magical History Tour! A completely ridiculous and unofficial journey through the world of the Fab Four with the Helter Skelter comedy of the Honky Bonk Comrades. John Lennon famously said: 'You can only find truth through absurdity'... 

ACOrN: A Crunch or None

ACOrN: A Crunch or None

This show is nuts… if you’ll pardon the pun. Firstly, the aesthetic is phenomenal. I was speechless when I walked to the fluorescent, magical world created. Secondly, it is so weird and wonderful that there isn’t a soul who won’t enjoy it... 

Five Childmen and It –  Don't Wake the Psammead!

Five Childmen and It – Don't Wake the Psammead!

Squirrel, Panther, Bobs, Pussy and the Lamb were five young men wishing they’d never have to grow up. Reunited for one last quest before they’re old, they happen across the Psammead, a sullen and somnolent sand-fairy, sleeping off the hangover of a television career cut tragically short in the early 90s... 

Plague of Idiots

Plague of Idiots

If you are looking for the silliest Shakespeare at the Fringe, look no further. Bizarre and brilliant in equal measure, Plague of Idiots ploughs through sketch after sketch of surreal hilarity with nonstop energy and enthusiasm... 

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... 

Paintings and Cake

Paintings and Cake

Do you like weird and impenetrable absurdist drama? The kind of play that seems to bend time with its slowness? Do you find pleasure in watching characters say meaningless things to one another, repeating them, not for emphasis, but for some confounding attempt at profundity? Is it easy for you to summon empathy for actors who garble their words, miss their cues, speak without actually moving their lips and make no attempt at vocal expressiveness? Who utter dialogue in the flat tones of the robo-voices who ring you at dinnertime on behalf of bogus real estate schemes and fake sweepstakes? Are you OK with sitting in a below-ground space that’s as airless as a boxcar? No, really, do you find it mentally stimulating to test your limits of claustrophobia in a room so hot it feels like the anteroom to purgatory? Have you been craving an alternative to the well-produced, expertly acted, beautifully written plays being staged elsewhere at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe? Do you need an hour of wooden acting to remind you what good acting looks like? Is it on your to-do list to witness a production in which the actors look like they need a hard scrubbing? Would you be interested in seeing three performers engaged in some new form of Method acting that requires them to wear filthy costumes? Have you dreamed of watching a play with no-name characters (they are called A, B and C) who gabble on about being trapped inside Monet paintings (much the way you are trapped inside the venue) and who sometimes cram their mouths full of pastry? If you said “yes” to all of these, Paintings and Cake is the perfect play for you... 

Ozymandias

Ozymandias

Interviewed by Broadway Baby, Hugh Train explained how Ozymandias was generated through free writing around the words of Shelley’s poem until eventually the “nonsensical ramblings” which are to be found in abundance, “morphed into the show”... 

Dan Nicholas: Reverb (The Love Story of Terrance the Crocodile and Julia the Mannequin)

Dan Nicholas: Reverb (The Love Story of Terrance the Crocodile and Julia the Mannequin)

It's your classic love story, really: inflatable crocodile meets mannequin head, they fall for each other but soon enough cracks show and they fall apart. Okay, perhaps it's no Gone with the Wind, but Dan Nicholas pulls off the risky venture of a backwards love story pretty damn well... 

Michael Brunström: The Golden Age of Steam

Michael Brunström: The Golden Age of Steam

For fans of the unusual and the alternative, Macolm Hardee Award nominee Michael Brunström (AKA The Human Loire) investigates the nature of reality and illusion through a collection of surreal alternative comedy stunts, employing his body, voice, legs and ping-pong balls... 

Nocturnal Sunshine of Their Spotless Minds

Nocturnal Sunshine of Their Spotless Minds

Wander around Edinburgh for any length of time and you will find that the Fringe has no shortage of shows with cringeworthy titles. Whilst this three-man stand-up show doesn’t quite fall into that category, its name baffles me... 

Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast

Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast

Sam Simmons’ show is completely mad right off the bat. If you are hoping for conventional stand-up, this may not be the show for you. As you walk in, everything on stage is shiny, white, and looks like it’s the set of a TV advert for some kind of household product... 

No Exit?

No Exit?

Presented by M+E Theatre. With sell-out Fringe productions including The American, the Coloured and Me: ‘It is thought provoking and makes the audience feel uncomfortable, something that is both rare and affecting’ (ThreeWeeks)... 

Hall and Edhouse: The Two Syds

Hall and Edhouse: The Two Syds

Ian Hall and Bruce Edhouse (both former Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival award winners) present a daft but affectionate tribute to some of the great comedy double acts of our time. In reality, it's an anarchic mess of laughter, nonsense and petty arguments... 

Showbiz, or, Repeat Until Funny

Showbiz, or, Repeat Until Funny

A comedy that ironically centres around two failing comedians should find humour in the ineptness of these characters. Sadly Showbiz, or, Repeat Until Funny does not achieve this and we are left awkwardly watching the actors fishing for laughs in this disappointing production... 

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Jean is sitting in a cafe enjoying a lobster bisque when a phone nearby starts to rings. When the owner of the phone doesn’t answer, she goes over to him and discovers he is dead... 

Pajama Men: Pterodactyl Nights

Pajama Men: Pterodactyl Nights

Drawing on their huge catalogue of classic bits, always introducing new material and lacing it all together with bizarre improvised tangents, the Pajama Men create an anarchic night of jubilant and inventive comedy... 

Project HaHa

Project HaHa

When life gives you lemons, sometimes you shouldn’t make lemonade.That’s the message at the heart of this hugely inventive and arresting new piece by physical theatre collective RemoteControl, a show which feeds off the manic energy induced when we force ourselves to be happy... 

Michael Brunström: The Golden Age of Steam

Michael Brunström: The Golden Age of Steam

For fans of the unusual and the alternative, Macolm Hardee Award nominee Michael Brunström (AKA The Human Loire) investigates the nature of reality and illusion through a collection of surreal alternative comedy stunts, employing his body, voice, legs and ping-pong balls... 

Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over

Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over

Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 and Over is a collection of original fairy tales with morals and lessons for adults (ie. The Tale of the Bipolar Bear and the Codependent Eskimo), told with a mix of live actors in animal costumes and puppets... 

The Empire Builders

The Empire Builders

The absurdist mindset in The Empire Builders would suggest that any endeavour to find meaning in the play is inherently flawed, due to humanity’s inability to make sense of anything with total certainty... 

Expect the Unexporcupine

Expect the Unexporcupine

2015 New Act of the Year Michael Stranney and Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Runner Up Olaf Falafel bring you an hour of fun-filled silly comedy. With a mixture of off-beat characters, one-liners, outlandish tales and an irrelevant spinning wheel, they invite you into their wholly unique worlds... 

Alexander Bennett: I Can Make You a Moron

Alexander Bennett: I Can Make You a Moron

Any intelligent person would despair at the world, so let me make you stupid for your own sake. If ignorance is bliss, then let this be the most blissful show on the Fringe. Ever seen how happy idiots are? You could be like that! Hail me, I can make you a moron... 

Guruguru

Guruguru

Laugh your head off with this 6' 10'' creature of bulbous presence. Dare to have a theatrical experience of disarming humour that will kick your ass out of ordinary mundanity. Guruguru talks about our endless pursuit of happiness... 

James Hamilton Is So Lonely – Free

James Hamilton Is So Lonely – Free

The hotly anticipated solo debut of a multi award-winning sketch comedian is probably happening elsewhere. Meanwhile, James Hamilton (another multi award-winning sketch comedian, significantly less anticipated) presents a solo(nely) debut of his own... 

Matt Winning: Mugabe and Me (3D)

Matt Winning: Mugabe and Me (3D)

Moderately anticipated debut hour of idiosyncratic nonsense from Winning (The Comedy Zone 2013, finalist BBC New Comedy Awards 2012, winner Hilarity Bites New Act 2011, finalist Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2010 and 2011)... 

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop is the debut show of Gaulier-trained international comedy duo, Zach Zucker and Viggo Venn. Blending clown and physical comedy, Zach & Viggo take the audience on thrilling, comedic adventure featuring dance, imaginary props and the world's most dangerous high-five... 

Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids

Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids

A daily challenge to realise the best marketing scheme on the Fringe. Join us in competitive capitalist victory, or watch us lose our shirts ... guaranteed beer, and kids will love it... 

John-Luke Roberts: Stdad-Up

John-Luke Roberts: Stdad-Up

An idiotic comedy show about having and then not having a father, and how stupid you need to make yourself look to get away with speaking ill of the dead. A brand new, incredibly silly show from the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society co-host and Radio 4 News Quiz writer, who's currently training with Philippe Gaulier... 

Scurochiaro

Scurochiaro

Nonsense at noon from the loveable loon, Tim Shabababa or whatever his name is. This silly man who is known for wearing a Hawaiian shirt, and for being a bit older than those who are younger than him, has won several awards including the Leicester Square competition, and was a Chortle Best Newcomer nominee... 

Philip O'Shea Turns 30 – Live

Philip O'Shea Turns 30 – Live

Philip O'Shea is turning 30. The only logical response is a ridiculous adventure involving a time machine, a plasticine horse and an evil wolf. Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit provide characters and music in this absurd extravaganza in which Phil demonstrates that he is totally cool about getting older... 

Cake and Other Things

Cake and Other Things

After a successful Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014 with The Dutch-esses, Simone Keunen is back in Edinburgh. Cake and Other Things is an observational, tragicomic and absurd stand-up comedy show about the fastest way to find happiness... 

This is Business

This is Business

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Alexander Bennett: I Can Make You a Moron

Alexander Bennett: I Can Make You a Moron

Any intelligent person would despair at the world, so let me make you stupid for your own sake. If ignorance is bliss, then let this be the most blissful show on the Fringe. Ever seen how happy idiots are? You could be like that! Hail me, I can make you a moron... 

Dead Ghost Star

Dead Ghost Star

Free trip to space. Hopefully a return trip. ‘Like Spike Milligan on MDMA’ (List). ‘A weird and wonderful double act of surreal, whimsical and thoroughly endearing comedy’ **** (BroadwayBaby... 

The Maids

The Maids

A bit of role-play never hurt anyone, right? Two maids play a game of murder. Their mistress doesn't know the half of it. The oppressed spit at sympathy and look for loopholes, as power and performance are stretched to the limit... 

Candy Gigi – Chicken Soup

Candy Gigi – Chicken Soup

After winning last year’s Malcom Hardee award for comic originality, and receiving multiple four-star reviews, Candy Gigi brings the most demented Jewish Friday night dinner to the whole festival... 

Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros

A board game where Victor Slung, poacher, tries to kill every single rhino. Only you can stop him. Unrelated to the Ionesco (UNESCO?) play. Interactive character comedy from Harry Carr: ‘Hysterical and bizarre’ (BarcelonaConnect... 

Hydrophobia (Free)

Hydrophobia (Free)

A new human colony, but full of idiots. Not that new, then. Morinan New Act finalist, Reading New Act semi-finalist, Top Jokes of the Fringe (Independent). An ‘insane and beautiful sea of frantic fun’ (ThePublicReviews... 

Jack Samuel Warner in Jack's Ample Wardrobe

Jack Samuel Warner in Jack's Ample Wardrobe

Jack's Ample Wardrobe is a new stand-up show featuring an old wardrobe. Will Jack discover magical lands and uncover fantastical cosmic truths? Will he reach a vivid understanding of the human condition? Or will he just manage to lock himself in a wardrobe? Jack Samuel Warner has been performing comedy across the globe for five years, saying foolish things in a serious way, combining flights of fancy with precise one-liners... 

Expect the Unexporcupine

Expect the Unexporcupine

Picture a time in your life when you've laughed a lot – now double it. You've just imagined Expect the Unexporcupine, an hour of award-winning nonsense from Michael Stranney and Olaf Falafel, two of the funniest new acts around... 

Safe Eyed Coalminers

Safe Eyed Coalminers

Gaulier-trained clowns Jojo Calypso and Gorgee take you on a substantial but pleasant commute to the station of pure idiocy. Jojo is a cosmic taxidermist and who enjoys showing off his Siamese bananas... 

Paul Currie: Re-Release the Baboons

Paul Currie: Re-Release the Baboons

Paul Currie returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with his anarchic, bread-filled 2014 masterpiece Release the Baboons after a triumphant run at Adelaide Fringe. Enter a comedy sweat flume of mime puppets and crowd participation on an epic scale... 

Jordan Brookes: Adventures in Limited Space

Jordan Brookes: Adventures in Limited Space

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

Ali Brice presents: Eric Meat Has No Proof, Only Memories of Pasta

Ali Brice presents: Eric Meat Has No Proof, Only Memories of Pasta

Brice is back with a host of silly characters. Eric Meat is heartbroken, can't cook spaghetti, and out to do what he wants. Join him as he tries to find out exactly who he is. It could be disastrous... 

Dead Ghost Star

Dead Ghost Star

Free trip to space. Hopefully a return trip. ‘Like Spike Milligan on MDMA’ (List). ‘A weird and wonderful double act of surreal, whimsical and thoroughly endearing comedy’ **** (BroadwayBaby...