Best New Sketch Act 2013: The Final

Best New Sketch Act 2013: The Final

A reliable vein of new talent since its inception in 1988, the So You Think You’re Funny? comedy awards have provided a steady stream of ingenious new acts. 

Flhip Flhop

Flhip Flhop

Rannel Theatre’s breakthrough 2009 show Flhip Flhop is back in Edinburgh for a limited run and they’re as brilliant as ever. 

Bruce Dingerdik's Top End Tour

Bruce Dingerdik's Top End Tour

If you thought that ‘Neighbours’ was about as mundane as Australian stereotypes got, then you were wrong. 

10 Films with My Dad

10 Films with My Dad

Many of my formative childhood memories involve the cinema – the first time I was taken to see Star Wars on the big screen, or watching an animated African savannah unfold in The… 

Eleanor Conway's Comedy Rumble

Eleanor Conway's Comedy Rumble

In this wild and raucous show, two comedians face off against each other with the aid of the audience. 

Hannah Gadsby: Happiness is a Bedside Table

Hannah Gadsby: Happiness is a Bedside Table

For many, a stand-up show themed around the worst moments of a performer’s life sounds like the least comedic thing imaginable, but Hannah Gadsby’s show is nothing if it is not… 

Garrett Millerick: Does it Matter?

Garrett Millerick: Does it Matter?

The world is out to get Garrett Millerick. 

The Alternative Comedy Experience

The Alternative Comedy Experience

With a formidable line-up and a jam-packed room in the Stand’s main auditorium, the Alternative Comedy Experience was always going to be one of the most promising comedy events i… 

Brothers and Sisters... It's The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III

Brothers and Sisters... It's The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III

Any show at the Fringe that has an audience carries an inherent risk – that said audience will contain drunks, crazy people or some slurred combination of both. 

Faux Latino Show Pony

Faux Latino Show Pony

Sometimes, you’ll see a comedian so bad, so poor, so earth-shatteringly unfunny that you’ll ask yourself: is this supposed to happen? Fortunately for Jacob Edwards, it is part … 

Domestic Science

Domestic Science

Ever found yourself sat in the audience for a stand-up and thought: ‘This is all very well and good, but I don’t think they know much about physics’? If you’re the sort tha… 

Peter Antoniou: Comedium

Peter Antoniou: Comedium

In the saturated comedy-magician subgenre, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd, but Peter Antoniou’s show ‘Comedium’, blending Derren Brown-esque mind reading with a q… 

Big Comedy Lunch

Big Comedy Lunch

Early afternoon gigs are generally seen as low-profile, low-quality slots in the hierarchy of festival scheduling, but sometimes they can hide events that definitely shouldn’t be… 

Rory O'Hanlon: Don't Drink Don't Smoke

Rory O'Hanlon: Don't Drink Don't Smoke

One of the saddest things you can see at the Fringe is a good act being ignored. 

Helen O'Brien: Bronagh's Big Weekend

Helen O'Brien: Bronagh's Big Weekend

Most of us remember our early teenage years with a mixture of mortification and despair, but then again, most of us don’t have the ability to translate our stories into devilishl… 

Are You a Technophile? - Free

Are You a Technophile? - Free

Generally speaking, stand-up showcases are the sorts of show that offer the worst of both worlds, since audiences have to either sit through some desperately unfunny jokes from sta… 

Tristan Garrel Cambridge

Tristan Garrel Cambridge

Part of the duty of a Fringe reviewer is to tell the entire world when they’ve found the worst act in the festival, so that the rest of the public can avoid it and save themselve… 

The Maydays: Confessions

The Maydays: Confessions

My only experience of the confessional comes from mafia films, but after The Maydays’ brilliantly funny afternoon show at the Underbelly, I might just start attending on a regula… 

Gareth Morinan Is Playing the Numbers Game [B]

Gareth Morinan Is Playing the Numbers Game [B]

Gareth Morinan likes his women the same way he likes his data: compatible with Microsoft Excel. 

Iain Stirling: At Home

Iain Stirling: At Home

Taking into account the sheer amount of posters and placards bearing Iain Stirling’s inquisitive countenance, one might expect that the quality of his show might prove to be simi… 

Susan Calman: Always (A Work in Progress)

Susan Calman: Always (A Work in Progress)

Arguably one of Scotland’s finest comics, Susan Calman returns to the Stand with the air of a returning champion. 

Terry Alderton: Season 4

Terry Alderton: Season 4

Terry Alderton is the sort of comedian that will delight the more jaded comedy fans amongst this year’s Fringe crowd. 

Mike Wozniak - Take The Hit

Mike Wozniak - Take The Hit

Mike Wozniak seems too nice to make a good job of murdering his mother-in-law, even though he seems to fantasize about it a hell of a lot during his show Take the Hit. 

Amy Hoggart as Pattie Brewster: Just a Normal Girl Doing a Cool Show

Amy Hoggart as Pattie Brewster: Just a Normal Girl Doing a Cool Show

Pattie Brewster is a normal girl desperately in need of three things: friends, cat food and a crash course in Microsoft PowerPoint. 

Glasgay! Uni Comedy Gala

Glasgay! Uni Comedy Gala

Last night saw some of Glasgow University’s funniest alumni return to their student union for a comedy showcase held in support of Stonewall. 

Alba Brass

Alba Brass

Whilst much of the Acoustic Music Centre’s programme for the Fringe involves folk and blues artists, Alba Brass provide a shot of variety into the arm of this venue. 

Kelly Kellner

Kelly Kellner

After playing in support of her latest album for much of the last year, Kelly Kellner brought her show to the Fringe down at the Acoustic Music Centre at St Bride’s. 

Kim Edgar

Kim Edgar

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Kim Edgar played to an appreciative and reverent audience at St Mark’s on Castle Terrace, during a set that featured songs from both of her… 

Rosie Nimmo

Rosie Nimmo

Rising star Rosie Nimmo played an intimate gig in the Back Room of the Acoustic Music Centre, performing songs from both of her albums ‘Home’ and ‘Lazy and Mellow’. 

Paul Kirby Trio

Paul Kirby Trio

Those looking for a bit of relief from the frenetic pace of the Festival can find it underground, in the idiosyncratic Jazz Bar on Chambers Street. 

Madge Wildfire

Madge Wildfire

Kicking off their first gig together, Madge Wildfire put on a brave face and played through an admirably well-worked set. 

Lach's Antihoot - Free

Lach's Antihoot - Free

Those looking for a dose of the unexpected, who enjoy wandering off the beaten track, will be delighted by Lach’s Antihoot. 

Laura-Beth Salter and Rachel Newton Double Bill

Laura-Beth Salter and Rachel Newton Double Bill

Taking a break from their work in popular folk band Shee, Laura-Beth Salter and Rachel Newton present an hour-long set comprised of found songs, previous material and their new sol… 

Caledonian Folk and Blues at the Guildford

Caledonian Folk and Blues at the Guildford

Folk stalwarts Yard of Ale are in residence at the Guildford Arms for the duration of the 18th Caledonian Folk and Blues Festival and they play with the confidence and verve of old… 

Kin

Kin

Kin is one of those rare, precious shows that could only ever be found at the Fringe. 

Horse & Louis: The Curse of...

Horse & Louis: The Curse of...

Musical comedy duo Horse and Louis attempt to take their brand of zany, self-aware songs to the next level, indulging in madcap special effects and a paranormal storyline for their… 

Lucy Cox: Attractive Audience Required - Free

Lucy Cox: Attractive Audience Required - Free

It’s a tough crowd to play to but Lucy Cox wins them around easily with her charming repertoire of comedy songs and savage black humour during her show Attractive Audience Requir… 

Nick Hayman: Middle Aged, Useless and Talented! - Free

Nick Hayman: Middle Aged, Useless and Talented! - Free

In the press blurb for his show Middle-Aged, Useless and Talented Nick Hayman compares himself to Tommy Cooper and Norman Wisdom. 

Dead Cat Bounce... Howl of the She-Leopard

Dead Cat Bounce... Howl of the She-Leopard

After several sell-out Fringe shows and a run of worldwide appearances that have seen them tour almost continuously for the last four years, Dead Cat Bounce have honed their dysfun… 

Ragged Glory

Ragged Glory

Bringing together traditional Scottish folk songs, bluegrass and Americana, Ragged Glory present an hour of curated folk for a more discerning Fringe audience.