Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

Overwhelming as the Festival is, it's a good to try a pick-and-mix of shows. A little stand-up, a little bit of sketch comedy, maybe a little bit of magic. Just the Tonic's daily taste of Afternoon Delight showcases some of the venue's best acts, and from the awkward British Lucy Frederick meeting her boyfriend's mother to the cynical American Russel Hicks trying to make sense of a Glesgae accent, you're sure to find a second show to slope off to afterwards to escape the rain... 

Gower Rangers

Gower Rangers

Fresh from their West End debut, UCLU's premier sketch troupe Gower Line have downsized a little. From the home of all of London's darlings to the 'characterful' walls of Citrus nightclub, they've brought along their finest sketches and brightest formal wear to help fight off the doom and gloom of an Edinburgh summer... 

An Introduction to Twerking

An Introduction to Twerking

Listen. We know you've been wondering how to take a flattering dick pic. It's tricky, and an awkward subject, so we all thought you should go see Sarah Cassidy's show to learn how to do it right... 

Keep the Kids Out!

Keep the Kids Out!

A rare treat of the Fringe is being able to speak your mind in a venue without having the talent shout you down. The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas offers just such an opportunity every afternoon in St Andrews Square, with a series of discussions around diverse and wildly divergent topics... 

The Universal Recipe

The Universal Recipe

A trio of friends, our plucky heroes, stand before us. One tall, one short, one long of hair, they talk us through the heroic and non-heroic parts of life, and muse on the nature of stories... 

Umbilical Brothers: KiDSHoW (not for kids)

Umbilical Brothers: KiDSHoW (not for kids)

If the Umbilical Brothers were part of your upbringing, you probably would have repressed it. Nevertheless, the Happy Fly Dance was a classic opener, their twisted songs and creative mime artistry teaching us more about the world than we quite wanted to know at that point... 

Not Just a Funny Turn

Not Just a Funny Turn

It was a shock just sitting down in the Stroke Association Scotland's venue - on every seat was a leaflet telling us that one in six people in Scotland will suffer a stroke in their lifetime... 

Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues

Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues

It is possible to do feminist comedy very, very well. As with any genre, though, for every master you will find someone getting it very, very wrong: for every Bridget Christie and Abigoliah Schamaun you will also find a troupe of Angry Young Women in Low-Rise Jeans with High-Class Issues... 

Croft & Pearce: Give and Take

Croft & Pearce: Give and Take

Making their way north for the fourth year on the trot, Croft and Pearce have brought us their best show yet. Magnificent sketch after magnificent sketch tells the story of Dan and Jess, Spanky and the new receptionist, Julie and a bemused audience member... 

Paul Gilbody

Paul Gilbody

Newcomers to the city should come to the Jazz Bar regardless of what's on. This poky wee space is filled every night with music-lovers from around the globe, clustered around the tiny stage where, tonight, Paul Gilbody sings to us about romance, war and sushi... 

Short & Curly - Who Dunnit?

Short & Curly - Who Dunnit?

There's been a murder at the after-show party! Hammed-up accents and paisley dressing gowns at the ready, Short and Curly take us back-stage after their wildly successful show in a delicious piece of murder mystery sketch-comedy... 

Simon Feilder: All The Things I'm Not

Simon Feilder: All The Things I'm Not

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

Lights! Camera! Improvise! - The Improvised Movie

Lights! Camera! Improvise! - The Improvised Movie

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

Mark Watson's Comedywealth Games

Mark Watson's Comedywealth Games

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

Le Flop

Le Flop

There are quite a few shows every year which can't be categorised in the traditional sense of the Fringe programme. If you add enough physical theatre to your show, can it sneak into a different section? If you make a couple of jokes, is it comedy? Le Flop didn't seem to know what it was doing, and to be honest, I didn't either... 

Katerina Vrana: Feta with the Queen

Katerina Vrana: Feta with the Queen

In the appropriately multi-lingual halls of Espionage is this hidden gem of the Free Festival. Katerina Vrana is wholly, enthusiastically Greek, though the RP accent and the love of the British monarchy may fool you into thinking otherwise... 

Auntie Rene's Memory Box is the Smallest Museum in the World

Auntie Rene's Memory Box is the Smallest Museum in the World

A very ambitious performer, Guy Combes was not content with the idea of simply telling jokes. This is a character comedian, a surrealist and a storyteller- and one who hasn't quite got it right... 

AKA MissD

AKA MissD

Roughly halfway through her show, Miss D asks us- “So, has anyone else had Chemical Weapons training?”. For an hour, throwaway comments about life in Israel come out in much the same way- great fistfuls of anecdotes from a life shockingly foreign to our drizzly city are passed off as just another day of compulsory military service... 

Abigoliah Schamaun: It's Pronounced Abigoliah Schamaun

Abigoliah Schamaun: It's Pronounced Abigoliah Schamaun

Abigoliah Schamaun has been painted as caustic, controversial and not for the faint of heart. Some of this is true: the jokes are huge and boisterous, the subject matter more than a little risque, but this is all accompanied not only by a keen intelligence and wicked sense of humour but a knack for turning a sad story into a touching comedic shrug... 

The Lift

The Lift

A lift at full capacity is not what anyone could call comfortable at the best of times, and less inviting still is the idea of being trapped in said lift with no promise of escape and no real choice in companions... 

Javier Jarquin: Joke Ninja

Javier Jarquin: Joke Ninja

Javier Jarquin looks almost surprised that we’re here to see him. Coming from relative obscurity, he says, he has been observing the many quirks of life around him from his native New Zealand all the way to our blustery shores, and trying to make sense of it all... 

Adam Belbin: The Third Half of Next Year's Show

Adam Belbin: The Third Half of Next Year's Show

For half an hour in a room somewhere in the back of the Free Sisters, Adam Belbin is doing a comedy show about leaving the comedy world. No stranger to the Fringe, his brand of near-car-crash comedy has been packing out tiny rooms like this one for four years now, but it sounds like the high point of his comedic career has, unfortunately, passed... 

Jonny & The Baptists: The Satiric Verses

Jonny & The Baptists: The Satiric Verses

From Bruce Springsteen to Mitch Benn, music has long been a great vehicle for political enlightenment and for having a good liberal whinge. For the fantastic English duo Jonny & the Baptists, it has been the socialist tour-bus dragging them around the country, preaching a message of acceptance, socialism and that Nigel Farage’s last name rhymes with ‘carriage’... 

Lucy Porter: Me Time

Lucy Porter: Me Time

Comedians can be a cynical bunch. After ten years at the Fringe, many are full of pet hates and grinding gears, the comedy game having become a job and no longer a passion. For Lucy Porter, Fringe veteran and well-rounded comic besides, this is not the case... 

Bears in Space

Bears in Space

Puppetry. No, wait! Come back! How about bears? Raggedy bears in an epic space quest for lost love, frozen friends and imps with existential angst. I can even guarantee a theme song with gorgeous four-part harmonies, as well as some sexy alien projections... 

David O'Doherty: David O'Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything

David O'Doherty: David O'Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything

Other stand-ups stand up. David O'Doherty sits, plays, struts, strides, kicks at his mic-stand and, occasionally, lies on the floor. His habit of writing a song about his 'beefs' for the year has, for this Fringe, given birth to David O'Doherty Will Try To Fix Everything: an hour-long list of things which annoy him in this world and which, somehow, he will endeavor to fight against with his tiny casio keyboard... 

Funny Women Pop Up Fringe

Funny Women Pop Up Fringe

Unfortunately, it still seems remarkable enough for a comedy show's bill to be entirely populated by women that the Funny Women Pop-Up Fringe marketed their lineup as such. The emphasis, however, is not on the suggestion that women in comedy have something to prove, rather that after eleven years of Funny Women awards, there are more than enough female comedians out there who can absolutely bring the house down, so why not collect them all in one place?The Comedy Showcase is a lovely insight into the Funny Women line-up for this year, providing as it does a real range of comedy... 

The Durham Revue: Friends Without Benefits

The Durham Revue: Friends Without Benefits

For years, the Durham Revue have been one of the strongest university sketch troupes around and this year is no exception. Highly professional, wonderfully witty and perfectly paced, the five-strong group take us through a series of vignettes ranging from stoically deadpan to wildly absurd, showcasing some fine comedic talent along the way... 

Dana Alexander: Is This Really Happening?

Dana Alexander: Is This Really Happening?

Multimedia can be a tricksy thing. Done well, we're taken into a different dimension of comedy, a place where the term 'power-point presentation' doesn't make us think of bad history lessons at all and instead serves to back up what the comedian is saying, adding to it, illustrating it... 

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Any classic rock enthusiast will tell you that ACDC are pretty good. So are The Who and Deep Purple, but don't you wish sometimes they could be a little more... bagpipey? Though you may have strolled past a souvenir shop on the Royal Mile one too many times to consider this entirely original, there is still something thrilling about hearing the recognisable melody to a huge song eked out on a set of bagpipes... 

Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

When it comes to variety shows, it's often the case that each act is really just shamelessly attempting to entice bigger crowds to their own solo shows, suddenly amazed that they have been granted the honour of performing in front of such a huge audience... 

The Complete History of the BBC (Abridged)

The Complete History of the BBC (Abridged)

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. From its first blossoming back in 1922, through wars, recessions and strikes, the BBC has documented and parodied, reported and laughed at most of world history... 

Dan Cook: Community Service

Dan Cook: Community Service

When a man chooses to present an hour of unrelenting comedy wearing an orange jumpsuit and sequinned jacket, you know he doesn't take himself too seriously. We don't take him seriously either and therein lies the appeal of his show... 

The Rat Pack Stand-up Comedy

The Rat Pack Stand-up Comedy

The Rat Pack did far more than sing. A huge part of their charm was their style, their charm, their wit and the relationship between them. It is this, then, and not the smooth dulcet tones of Sinatra, Martin and Davis Jr... 

The Sign of Four

The Sign of Four

As one of the earliest Holmes stories and not one of the best known, the Sign of Four is perhaps not the best of choices for a theatrical adaptation. A relaxed attitude to drugs and racism that were 'of its time' and now even seem 'charming' make for a tricky translation for modern-day sensibilities... 

The Edinburgh Revue: Sketch Show

The Edinburgh Revue: Sketch Show

It was with boundless energy that the five-strong Revue troupe leaped onstage and it seemed that this was an energy which would not dwindle - even as the quality of the proceeding sketches did... 

At the Fringe of Reason

At the Fringe of Reason

Entertainment comes in many forms during the Fringe and for those of us who value cerebral stimulation as much as funny-bone tickling, I cannot recommend the Edinburgh Skeptics enough... 

The Scottish Burly Ceilidh Club

The Scottish Burly Ceilidh Club

For first-time ceilidh-goers, some tips: do not wear high heels. Do not wear anything you're afraid of getting drenched in sweat. Do not be afraid to dance very closely with lots and lots of strangers... 

Abandoman: Moonrock Boombox

Abandoman: Moonrock Boombox

Rap: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Moonrock Boombox. Its continuing mission to explore strange new beats; to seek out speedy rhymes and baffled audience members; and to boldly go where no band has gone before... 

Max and Ivan: The Reunion

Max and Ivan: The Reunion

There will be leaping and spinning, there will be theme music and coloured lights, and your expectations of what is possible with a two-man cast will be changed forever. Two years ago they were Holmes and Watson; last year they were Con Artists; this year Max and Ivan are an entire school reunion made up of old friends, enemies, horny geography teachers, the classmate no-one can remember and the lovelorn hypo-allergenic Brian no-one could forget... 

The Rat Pack - Live

The Rat Pack - Live

Throw on your suit, kick off your shoes and do not be afraid to sing along. Hartshorn Hook's tribute act to the kings of sixties' swing revives more than just a few songs in a delightful hour of music... 

Tricity Vogue's Ukulele Cabaret - Free

Tricity Vogue's Ukulele Cabaret - Free

Tricity Vogue's voice has a peculiar tone that suggests everything she says is really an innuendo. The effect is that we hang on her every word, waiting for a double-entendre that will never come - in spoken form, anyway... 

Science, Love and Revolution

Science, Love and Revolution

First things first: this show is not for the faint of heart. David Lee Morgan's heart is anything but faint. Analysing the legacy of Communism by invoking Marx and Lenin and elaborating on Che Guevara's assertion that 'revolution must come from a place of deep love', Morgan shows us where mankind has been and asks us where we're going next... 

Will Franken: Concert to Benefit the Victims of My Father

Will Franken: Concert to Benefit the Victims of My Father

It seems Will Franken has set himself an impossible task. The one-man sketch-show is an underpopulated genre for a reason- it is very hard to pull off. Franken sets out to bring us an hour of inter-connected absurdist scenes which draw on a range of characters, but the result is more akin to watching a strange series of dreams with no real purpose or direction...