Sooz Kempner: Super Sonic 90s Kid

Sooz Kempner: Super Sonic 90s Kid

Award-winning stand-up Sooz Kempner spent the 90s playing Sonic, going from a little kid to a fully grown teen. But did the 90s map out her entire existence? And will she coast through life or will she try to complete it with all the Chaos Emeralds? As seen on BBC Three, ITV2 and Comedy Central... 

Dan Simpson: Worried Face Emoji

Dan Simpson: Worried Face Emoji

It's what Dan Simpson would want. The complexity and nuance of a finely wrought review, reduced to a few simple emojis. I'm going for: 'thumbs up' + 'slightly smiling face'... 

Harmon Leon's American Horror Story

Harmon Leon's American Horror Story

NY comedian and Vice contributor Harmon has made a career infiltrating extremist groups. A multimedia journey into such Trump America entities as Hell House, a Christian haunted house where they scare the Jesus into you... 

Adventures in Menstruating With Chella Quint

Adventures in Menstruating With Chella Quint

Bloody funny period comedy about breaking taboos and ending period poverty with ad-busting, craftivism and a bleeding ridiculous conga line. As heard on BBC Radio 4’s A Bleeding Shame and Woman’s Hour, charmingly clever Chella Quint is back with all the #periodpositive news from 2018! 'Bloody awesome for all the right reasons' (ScotsGay... 

Adventures in Menstruating With Chella Quint

Adventures in Menstruating With Chella Quint

Bloody funny period comedy about breaking taboos and ending period poverty with ad-busting, craftivism and a bleeding ridiculous conga line. As heard on BBC Radio 4’s A Bleeding Shame and Woman’s Hour, charmingly clever Chella Quint is back with all the #periodpositive news from 2018! 'Bloody awesome for all the right reasons' (ScotsGay... 

Cam Spence and Jodie Mitchell: The New Babes

Cam Spence and Jodie Mitchell: The New Babes

Join two rising stars of comedy on their journey to the top in an easy-going lunch-time show. Fresh character comedy from Cam Spence, star of Channel 4’s Riot Girls, Funny Women Award winner 2017... 

Dansplaining

Dansplaining

Hot on the heels of gigs across Europe, supporting Seann Walsh at the Leicester Square Theatre and the production of a second series of the hit YouTube series Wheelbarrow Town, Danny Ward returns to Edinburgh with his highly anticipated fifth solo show... 

Fat Girl Slim... Chance

Fat Girl Slim... Chance

This is a show for the losers, the underdogs and the also-rans. This is a show for those people who want to win, but never will. Miranda Kane has spent her whole life trying to win something – anything! To get a trophy, an award, a certificate, or just a pat on the back and never succeeding... 

Jay Handley: White Jesus

Jay Handley: White Jesus

After the success of last year's show, Hansplaining, Jay Handley returns to the Fringe to share more wrong-headed opinions on matters he should probably leave well alone. When not at the Fringe, he can be found arrogantly inflicting his world view on audiences at some of the country's best clubs... 

Kate Smurthwaite: Clit Stirrer

Kate Smurthwaite: Clit Stirrer

Kate Smurthwaite finally tells us what she really thinks. The award-winning feminist, atheist, polyamorous comedian, writer for Have I Got News For You and former Question Time panellist, puts away all those years of coquettishness and gets off the fence... 

Lloyd Langford: Why the Big Face?

Lloyd Langford: Why the Big Face?

A brand-new and free stand-up show from one of the biggest faces in comedy. May contain jokes about balconies, terror, acid and robins. An early version of this show won the Best Show Award at the 2018 Leicester Comedy Festival... 

Mark Simmons – One-Linererer

Mark Simmons – One-Linererer

Following last year's Amused Moose: Best Show nomination for One-Linerer, Mark Simmons presents the hotly anticipated One-Linererer. This is a show for people who like jokes. Lots of jokes... 

Harmon Leon's American Horror Story

Harmon Leon's American Horror Story

NY comedian and Vice contributor Harmon has made a career infiltrating extremist groups. A multimedia journey into such Trump America entities as Hell House, a Christian haunted house where they scare the Jesus into you... 

Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful

Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful

Poet and raconteur Tina Sederholm has long been an adult, but still feels like a problem child. As her father is consumed by Alzheimer’s, Tina tries to uncover the facts behind a family story that never rang true... 

Skeptics on the Fringe

Skeptics on the Fringe

Returning for the ninth consecutive year, a two-time award-winning series of talks that get you thinking critically and skeptically about things you thought you were familiar with. **** (BroadwayBaby... 

Horror – Gothic Tales and Dark Poetry

Horror – Gothic Tales and Dark Poetry

Night time. Yearning. Ecstasy. The abyss of the human soul. Isabel Schmier explores our fascination with the dark and macabre in this solo performance, diving into the sinister worlds of dark romanticism and Gothic literature... 

Rory O'Keeffe: The 37th Question

Rory O'Keeffe: The 37th Question

Stuart and Zoe meet for their first date and do ‘The 36 Questions’, a psychological experiment designed to make strangers fall in love. It works. Now, after four years as a couple, is it time for the next question? Thirty Six Questions... 

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Welcome to our open-hearted open mic, where you can enjoy features from fantastic spoken word artists and different special guests daily, with a sumptuous cabaret vibe. This show is dedicated to the words and voices less heard, hosted by PBH's spoken word artistic director Fay Roberts... 

Adrian Minkowicz: Tango Tales

Adrian Minkowicz: Tango Tales

After Best Newcomer, the Argentinean comedian brings stories of tango from Buenos Aires to Edinburgh. Gardel, Piazzolla, milongas, passion, how he almost murdered for love and why Al Pacino’s dancing in Scent of a Woman is crap... 

Henry Paker: Man Alive

Henry Paker: Man Alive

Henry found himself in a Travelodge, lunching on a can of John West Mediterranean Style Tuna Salad. A can of salad. His hopes were not high and yet, as he peeled back the lid, the unspeakable smell that hit his face, made him question two things, 1: the wisdom of buying lunch from a vending machine and 2: whether life was all it was cracked up to be... 

Peter Brush: Chasing Snails

Peter Brush: Chasing Snails

Awkward jokesmith Peter Brush takes on today’s hot topics, the Bayeux Tapestry, socks, the reason why snails move so slowly, and whether you’ll think more favourably of this show after he’s dead... 

The River Was a God

The River Was a God

BBC and UK slam poetry champion performs poems and songs from The River Was a God (published this year by Stairwell Books), a collection of three poetry shows performed at the Fringe: Science, Love and Revolution; Building God; and The Other Side of the Flood... 

Eleanor Tiernan: Success Without a Sex Tape

Eleanor Tiernan: Success Without a Sex Tape

Chronic Irish over-thinker still can't see the wood for the trees. 'Tiernan boasts a magnificent curl in her lip and snarl in her voice' (Sunday Times). 

Arnab Chanda: Stories from Arnab

Arnab Chanda: Stories from Arnab

Arnab Chanda (Russell Howard's Good News, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2007) quit stand-up in 2011. In his debut hour, he tells stories about what happened after that: broken dreams, death, getting alopecia and other hilarious topics... 

Australia: Still F*cked

Australia: Still F*cked

Kieran Butler (Che Guevara on the Fringe, ****(Scotsman)) joins his favourite antipodean comedian, Sofie Prints, (Jesus was a Rape Baby) for the sequel to his sold-out cult hit, Australia is F*cked... 

Ugly Babies Make Me Laugh

Ugly Babies Make Me Laugh

Back from a fantastic run in Australia, where he was reviewed as 'Truly terrific' (Melbourne Herald, George Zacharopoulos), is back with a questionably titled show defending accidental racism, attacking pigeons and advising what to do in a plane crash... 

Australia: Still F*cked

Australia: Still F*cked

Kieran Butler (Che Guevara on the Fringe, ****(Scotsman)) joins his favourite antipodean comedian, Sofie Prints, (Jesus was a Rape Baby) for the sequel to his sold-out cult hit, Australia is F*cked... 

Ugly Babies Make Me Laugh

Ugly Babies Make Me Laugh

Back from a fantastic run in Australia, where he was reviewed as 'Truly terrific' (Melbourne Herald, George Zacharopoulos), is back with a questionably titled show defending accidental racism, attacking pigeons and advising what to do in a plane crash... 

Comedians Play Super Mario Maker (with Chris Coltrane)

Comedians Play Super Mario Maker (with Chris Coltrane)

Coltrane invites his best friends in comedy down for a friendly late-night geek retreat, as comedians play Super Mario Maker live: the most thrilling and infuriating platforming game ever made... 

Australia: Still F*cked

Australia: Still F*cked

Kieran Butler (Che Guevara on the Fringe, ****(Scotsman)) joins his favourite antipodean comedian, Sofie Prints, (Jesus was a Rape Baby) for the sequel to his sold-out cult hit, Australia is F*cked... 

Harmon Leon Infiltrates Trump America

Harmon Leon Infiltrates Trump America

NY comedian/VICE contributor, Harmon Leon has made a career out of infiltrating extremist groups in Trump America. Take his hand as he leads you on a multimedia undercover journey into such facets of Trump America as anti-immigration vigilantes, the world of Christian conversion therapy, and abortion protesters… Plus songs! Weird, wildly original and completely incomprehensible – if you're not outraged, you're not paying attention! Complete sell-out Edinburgh Fringe ’16... 

Chris Coltrane: Make Love and Smash Fascism

Chris Coltrane: Make Love and Smash Fascism

Comedian and activist Coltrane returns with another hour of uplifting, Tory-smashing comedy. If politics in 2017 is getting you down, come see this show: Chris will make you laugh, and give you that inspiration you need to keep fighting... 

Adrian Minkowicz: Best Newcomer

Adrian Minkowicz: Best Newcomer

Best Newcomer: it’s a show that combines monologues, film, theater and music, having stand-up comedy as its core. It revolves around the obsession of a performer to win the Best Newcomer prize at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh... 

Peter Brush: A Worm's Guide to Immortality

Peter Brush: A Worm's Guide to Immortality

Comedy’s Peter Brush presents a story about trying to contact the dead, the dog they sent into space, the folk singer that sent him on (yet another) existential crisis, and how he might achieve immortality... 

Big Howard Little Howard: Man and Boy

Big Howard Little Howard: Man and Boy

The world’s first and only human/cartoon double-act return to the Fringe. Being a grown-up has snuck up on Big Howard, yet Little Howard remains unchanged. How does one tackle the harsh realities of adult life when your co-star wants to close the show on his fart-psychic routine? Perrier-nominated Big Howard and Little Howard have graced stage and screen all over the world, won a Writer’s Guild Award and can reverse-park a caravanette... 

Matt Panesh – Freedom...!

Matt Panesh – Freedom...!

New show. New characters-ish. 'Funny, filthy, furious. Dominates the stage' (Jersey Evening Post). 'If he was a musician he'd be Billy Bragg' (Venue Magazine). Winner, ThreeWeeks Editors Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014. 

Gareth Morinan: Brexitocracy (Explained With Graphs)

Gareth Morinan: Brexitocracy (Explained With Graphs)

Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit graphical comedy Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit death Brexit... 

Eleanor Tiernan – People Pleaser

Eleanor Tiernan – People Pleaser

A stranger asks a small favour. It seems so mean to refuse. But every action has its consequences. And when it's too late, it's too late. Compulsive Irish over-thinker Eleanor Tiernan is back at the Fringe with a brand-new stand-up show... 

Skeptics on the Fringe: Enlightening the Fringe - Free

Skeptics on the Fringe: Enlightening the Fringe - Free

We are Edinburgh Skeptics. We bring science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking to an increasingly scary and irrational world one talk at a time. Featuring a variety of speakers – some well known, some not so much, but all are at least experts in their field – on a multitude of topics... 

No Rest for the Lizard

No Rest for the Lizard

Gecko returns to the Fringe with his playful songs about life's big things. He's appeared at Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Scotland with Janice Forsyth... 

Rob Cawsey: Just Cruising

Rob Cawsey: Just Cruising

Unhinged physical comedy from Rob Cawsey on dating, sex and trying to find love. Directed and co-written by Gabriel Bisset-Smith. Rob Cawsey’s debut solo show Simon Slack: The Fantasist premiered at edfringe last summer as part of Soho Theatre’s programme to full houses and critical acclaim... 

Chris Coltrane: Make Love and Smash Fascism

Chris Coltrane: Make Love and Smash Fascism

Comedian and activist Coltrane returns with another hour of uplifting, Tory-smashing comedy. If politics in 2017 is getting you down, come see this show: Chris will make you laugh, and give you that inspiration you need to keep fighting... 

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Welcome to our open-hearted open mic, where you can enjoy features from fantastic spoken word artists and different special guests daily, with a sumptuous cabaret vibe. This show is dedicated to the words and voices less heard, hosted by PBH Spoken Word Artistic Director, Fay Roberts... 

Rob Auton: The Sleep Show

Rob Auton: The Sleep Show

What is sleep to you? A distraction? A reward? A perversely sweet taste of that undiscovered country? Whatever it is, it’s a massive part of your life: around a third of your time is spent sleeping — 27 years of an average life spent dreaming nonsense or not at all... 

Peter Brush: Dreams with Advert Breaks

Peter Brush: Dreams with Advert Breaks

One of the first things Peter Brush admits to the audience is that he’s “not very exciting”. This shouldn’t be an issue for a comedian, so long as they can use it to their advantage... 

Til Debt Us Do Part

Til Debt Us Do Part

For many, the Edinburgh Fringe is a joyous escape from reality. While pouring away money on overpriced pints, or shelling out a small fortune on accommodation, most people try to keep their fiscal worries out of mind... 

Luke Benson's Big Night Out (In the Afternoon)

Luke Benson's Big Night Out (In the Afternoon)

Celebrate good times! Come on! The Geordie Giant brings an upbeat hour of observational and joke-filled stand-up about our drinking culture and nights out. ‘He’s got the talent’ (Sunday Times[/i). 

S&M Masterclass

S&M Masterclass

S&M is a brand new double act starring Seann Walsh and Mark Simmons. Seann feels it’s time to give something back to comedy and will present his stand-up masterclass using Mark as his guinea pig. 

Harmon Leon's Big Fat Racist Show

Harmon Leon's Big Fat Racist Show

VICE contributor/NY comedian, Harmon Leon has made a career infiltrating extremist hate groups in America. In this Trump-infested era, join him on a multimedia journey undercover with the heinous Westboro Baptist Church, racist assault weapon gatherings in Kentucky, and white supremacists who try to recruit him at TGI Fridays... 

Gareth Morinan: Graph Giraffe

Gareth Morinan: Graph Giraffe

Short man dressed as a giraffe shows graphs, gets laughs, then dissects height discrimination using statistics. It's worth noting that he's recognisable from The IT Crowd, because apparently TV credits positively correlate with Fringe show quality... 

Love: Songs and Poems

Love: Songs and Poems

Words from the heart by award-winning poet, David Lee Morgan (London, UK, and BBC slam poetry champion). He has featured at poetry festivals and events all over the UK, Ireland and the USA including StAnza (St... 

Dan Simpson: Artificial Ineloquence

Dan Simpson: Artificial Ineloquence

Got the smartphone blues? Stand-up poet Dan Simpson (Glastonbury Festival, Canterbury Laureate) focuses his high-speed fuzzy logic on the screens and machines that rule over our lives... 

Kane Brown: The Oath

Kane Brown: The Oath

Kane Brown has a lot to get off his chest. He’s been around the block a few times and he’s seen things, things he can’t keep to himself anymore. This Fringe, he’s coming clean and swearing to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth... 

Boy Girl Brain

Boy Girl Brain

English Comedian of the Year 2014 Jack Campbell brings you his second stand-up show. It's still straightforward stand-up, saying silly things and telling tales. Regarded as one of the many rising stars of the British comedy scene, it should be a spiffing hour of entertainment... 

James Christopher – What's the Tory? Mourning Glory

James Christopher – What's the Tory? Mourning Glory

James Christopher looks back in anger at a government driven by greed, for the benefit of the privileged few. Free entry (unless you're poor or disabled). ‘Thoroughly enjoyable and funny’ **** (GiggleBeats... 

Adventures in Menstruating with Chella Quint

Adventures in Menstruating with Chella Quint

For everything you never knew you needed to know about periods, there’s science comedian and sex educator Chella Quint. As heard on BBC Radio 4’s A Bleeding Shame and Woman’s Hour, Chella deconstructs menstrual stigma with wit, craftivism and brute force, joyfully inviting audiences to hang ten on a crimson wave... 

Ross Hepburn is Beetlejuice'd

Ross Hepburn is Beetlejuice'd

Most seven-year-olds don’t pick a ghost as a role model. But Ross Hepburn wasn’t like most seven-year-olds. Discover the story behind his strange and unusual choice of hero in a show that explains why sometimes only the undead can help you live life to the full. 

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do

The underground comedian returns, following in the footsteps of the ‘undisputed buzz comedy of last year’ **** (Guardian), Waiting for Gaddot, which received rave reviews, sell-out crowds and an Amused Moose Best Show 2015 Comedy Award... 

Skeptics on the Fringe

Skeptics on the Fringe

Edinburgh Skeptics Society returns for the seventh year with more undiluted brilliance. A different speaker on an interesting topic every night. Full listing on www.edinburghskeptics... 

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Welcome to our open-hearted open mic, where you can enjoy features from fantastic spoken word artists and different special guests daily, all with a sumptuous cabaret vibe. This show is dedicated to the words and voices less heard and hosted by PBH Spoken Word Artistic Director, Fay Roberts... 

Smurthwaite on Masculinity

Smurthwaite on Masculinity

The award-winning comedian, campaigner and writer for Have I Got News for You and The Revolution Will Be Televised sizes up the patriarchy and 21st century male culture. ‘Sharp, quick-fire, intelligent comedy' (Scotsgay)... 

Chris Coltrane: Socialist Fun Times

Chris Coltrane: Socialist Fun Times

A new hour of super-fun political comedy from your second-favourite activist comedian, Chris Coltrane. Friendly, uplifting, Tory-smashing punchlines for fans of feminism, socialism and joy... 

Building God

Building God

David Lee Morgan's Building God is a poetry performance that discusses, deals with, judges and examines past state revolutions and the present state of affairs. Set to music created by CloudFistConceptz, Morgan tells us that his show lasts 42 minutes, although he spends a little time giving us some background on his work and organising his set... 

Chris Coltrane: Left-Wing Propaganda Machine

Chris Coltrane: Left-Wing Propaganda Machine

It’s amazing at times how little Chris Coltrane has to do to make his audience laugh. Whilst the audience finds their seats, he has a slide show playing of Donald Trump tweets, each more ridiculous than the last... 

Mark Dean Quinn: More Observation Without Comedy Is Not On Today

Mark Dean Quinn: More Observation Without Comedy Is Not On Today

Mark Dean Quinn returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for the fifth year running attempting to win the best newcomer award. Last year Mark had three jokes but this year he only has one. It’s 50 minutes long and doesn't have a punch line... 

Skeptics on the Fringe 2015

Skeptics on the Fringe 2015

Skeptics on the Fringe, a free show in the belly of Banshee Labyrinth, is a daily show based around the more general theme of science, rationality and logic. The talks vary day to day, and the quality is likely to be mixed, but watching a man talk about the cognitive abilities of chimps with the background of whether you can put a chimpanzee on trial is an excellent way to spend an evening away from the comedy and theatre grassroots of the Fringe... 

Harry Baker – The Sunshine Kid

Harry Baker – The Sunshine Kid

Harry Baker is a young middle-class blonde rapper-turned-poet. He is gawky, geeky and really into maths. He is also completely hilarious. His sweet, charming and original poetry is littered with puns, cleverly placed metaphors, surprising rhymes and brilliant jokes that continually riff of the fact that he is a young middle-class rapper-turned-poet who’s really into maths... 

James Christopher's Annual Cry for Help

James Christopher's Annual Cry for Help

'A thoroughly enjoyable and funny experience. Thank you, Mr James Christopher … for making the annual pilgrimage to Edinburgh and for making me laugh, repeatedly … The instant connection he’d established with the audience persisted, and they were with him throughout' **** (GiggleBeats... 

Morgan Berry: Watership Down

Morgan Berry: Watership Down

Join award-winning character comedian Joe Rowntree for the rare and wonderful specimen Morgan Berry: Pet Bereavement Counsellor. Rabbit Specialist. Born in Barnsley, raised in Africa – Bafrican! The car wash is in trouble... 

Charmian Hughes: When Comedy Was Alternative (The Laughs and Loves of a She-Comic)

Charmian Hughes: When Comedy Was Alternative (The Laughs and Loves of a She-Comic)

Izzard, Brand, Hardee – Charmian’s had hot steaming cuppas with them all! Tales of the notorious Tunnel Club, Frank Skinner’s avocado, Arnold Brown’s sandwiches, Glastonbury and her doomed love affair with Tinky Winky... 

Howard Read: Man (Work in Progress)

Howard Read: Man (Work in Progress)

Modern man needs a positive role model, and Howard has the external genitals, a moustache and a suit. I think the solution should be obvious to everybody. Being a man isn’t just about punching people when you’re drunk it’s about other stuff that Howard is going to think of between now and the first show... 

Tina Sederholm: The Good Delusion

Tina Sederholm: The Good Delusion

A tragicomic spoken word show that dives into the paradoxical nature of goodness. Tina’s made a religion out of being good. She attends church, tries to become a princess, international athlete, even the ideal girlfriend... 

Mark Stephenson: Amsterdam

Mark Stephenson: Amsterdam

Mark Stephenson (Chortle Best Newcomer nominee, second New Act of the Year) brings you his new award nominated show (Leicester Comedy Festival Best Debut 2015) about the dystopian suburban childhood he suffered... 

Rob Auton: The Water Show

Rob Auton: The Water Show

The Water Show is a show about water. The water show is suitable for anybody who has seen, heard, touched or tasted water. Having explored the colour yellow in 2012's The Yellow Show, the sky in 2013's The Sky Show, faces in 2014's The Face Show, Rob now turns his attention to water with 2015's The Water Show... 

Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White are Mother and Baby

Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White are Mother and Baby

Come and sit in a cinema and watch two dogs show you their tricks. By cult women Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White. As seen and heard on: Vic and Bob's House of Fools (BBC Two), Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme (BBC Radio 4), Sweat the Small Stuff (BBC Three), Dr Brown (Channel 4) and Top Coppers (BBC Three)... 

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... 

Can't Care, Won't Care

Can't Care, Won't Care

A care worker. A confession. A crime? Is it that she can't or won't care? You decide. BBC Slam Champion and former care worker Sophia Walker presents this inside look at the industry through the trial of a care worker... 

Stand-Up Tragedy

Stand-Up Tragedy

‘Takes in everything from music to comedy and is characterised by an emphasis on truth’ (Independent). A variety show that explores tragedy. Comedians, musicians, storytellers and more combine into a different line-up every night and on Mondays we’ll even have exciting special guest hosts... 

Richard Gadd: Waiting for Gaddot

Richard Gadd: Waiting for Gaddot

The troubled comedian returns to the festival for the third year running (Cheese and Crack Whores, 2013; Breaking Gadd, 2014) having received rave reviews, sell-out crowds, critical acclaim, two West End transfers, and a Skinny Fringe Genius Award nomination for Innovation and Originality 2014... 

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... 

Rowena Haley: My Green Astra

Rowena Haley: My Green Astra

Rowena Haley shares songs and stories inspired by her 1997 racing green Vauxhall Astra. 'Hilariously self-deprecating’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Entertainingly intolerant’ (Chortle... 

Is This the Best of Jack Campbell?

Is This the Best of Jack Campbell?

Jack started comedy in 2010 after he moved from rural Cambridgeshire to Leicester to study Creative Writing at De Montfort University. Since graduating, he has gigged extensively throughout the UK and even performed in Estonia, Latvia and Finland... 

Rob Auton: The Face Show

Rob Auton: The Face Show

Rob Auton’s show has a mercurial quality, slipping somewhere between spoken word show, stand up comedy and theatrical piece. There’s no narrative to speak of, and the show takes the form of a collection of thoughts – a kind of ambiguous spider diagram around the word “face” that dances into the audience... 

Be Kind to Yourself

Be Kind to Yourself

There probably aren’t many free venues that are packed to the seams, having to turn people away and fit others into the corners with Tetris-like ingenuity. But, then again, not every show is as enjoyable and competent as Be Kind To Yourself, a feel-good set of tightly-spun performance poetry and humorous observations worth far more than its blank price tag... 

The Shipping Forecast

The Shipping Forecast

The Shipping Forecast is a popular spoken word, nautical themed, comedy night in Sheffield and now it's making its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe. Hosted by stand-up poet Stan Skinny and former Derbyshire poet laureate Matt Black... 

Richard Tyrone Jones: What the F*ck is This?

Richard Tyrone Jones: What the F*ck is This?

In the bowels of Banshee Labyrinth lurk the most unlikely of creatures, and none more terrifying nor outlandish as Richard Tyrone. When he first came crawling into the room like a five-year-old pretending to be a dog with a sack over his head, the first thing that popped into my head was the advice from South Park’s Mr McKay: “Drugs are bad, mkay... 

Stand-Up Tragedy

Stand-Up Tragedy

Stand up tragedy is a relation of stand up comedy. The performer speaks directly to a live audience, however the aim is to use personal, truthful stories in order to take listeners through a range of emotions... 

Monkey Poet: Shit Flinging - Free

Monkey Poet: Shit Flinging - Free

Monkey Poet: Shit Flinging is a show much more savoury than its name suggests. Monkey Poet Matt Panesh, is a talented poet-come-comedian whose perspective on society, life, nationalism and sex are conveyed in an extraordinarily infectious blend of rhythm and wit... 

Rebranding Beelzebub

Rebranding Beelzebub

For a man whose spoken word revolves around Satan and who has chosen the dingiest, darkest basement of The Banshee Labyrinth for his latest show, Rebranding Beelzebub, Tim Ralphs isn’t all that scary... 

Other Voice Spoken Word Cabaret

Other Voice Spoken Word Cabaret

Hosted by the effulgent (according to her title card) Fay Roberts, this event did as promised, presenting diverse voices from a number of different spoken word artists. Held in the supposedly former torture chamber in Banshee Labyrinth it was amazing how welcoming the dim, bunker-like space felt... 

Grave Invaders

Grave Invaders

Thirty seconds into a show that hasn’t started yet, one performer is rapping an improvised piece about how the show hasn’t started yet. And the audience is endeared immediately... 

The Philosorap Cabaret

The Philosorap Cabaret

The Philosorap Cabaret is Charlie Dupré’s one man, floor shaking, beat breaking rap show that in about 50 minutes lurches through the entire history of western philosophy. As expected from a man with a philosophy degree and past supporting slots with Ghostpoet and Scroobius Pip, Dupret is energetic, brimming full of solid philosophy in-jokes and, perhaps most importantly for a show attempting to fuse two seemingly incongruent worlds, an unapologetic performer... 

Stuart Laws When's This Gonna Stop? (1hr Show)

Stuart Laws When's This Gonna Stop? (1hr Show)

Irritating stand up from an irritating man. Stuart Laws is like the kid at school who used to get picked on so now he just picks on everyone smaller than him. In this case; his audience... 

Hooray for Ben Target

Hooray for Ben Target

Hooray for Ben Target is a show in development, the idea being that by the 25August it will be full of great ideas. One feels almost guilty to critique a show that openly isn't finished or at its conclusion, but I must... 

Skeptics on the Fringe

Skeptics on the Fringe

Skeptics on the Fringe are a non-profit branch of the Edinburgh Skeptics who are celebrating five years at the Fringe with a catalogue of guest speakers, aimed at the seasoned free thinker, part-time rationalist and entrenched fundamentalist... 

Nick Hodder: Insert Comedy Here

Nick Hodder: Insert Comedy Here

‘I was laughing so hard my face seized up. Actually, painfully, worryingly seized up, and I was blinded with tears’ (SnipeLondon.com). Having tirelessly researched stand-up comedy on Google for a couple of hours, Nick decided that it looked too difficult, so he ordered a show off the internet instead... 

Gareth Morinan's Play: Time

Gareth Morinan's Play: Time

Multimedia theatrical comedy that spans millennia. It's years ahead of its time. Features an exceptional cast (cannot be named for legal reasons). Directed by Gareth Morinan, whose previous work has been reviewed as: **** (Chortle... 

Chris Coltrane: There's No Heroes Left Except All of Us

Chris Coltrane: There's No Heroes Left Except All of Us

Join comedian and activist Chris Coltrane for an hour of uplifting, Tory-smashing political comedy! The world is corrupt, politicians are garbage, but we are awesome! Let Coltrane show you how to use activism and fun to kick the bad guys out, and make the world a better place... 

Caution to the Wind

Caution to the Wind

That noise you can hear is the inescapable roar of a mile-wide twister headed right this way. Join comedian Chris Boyd – ‘Glorious’ (Chortle.co.uk) – in his make-shift storm shelter and prepare to hold on for dear life... 

300 to 1 - Free

300 to 1 - Free

New play. A schoolboy re-enacts the macho homoerotic war film 300 in his bedroom with Wilfred Owen as his Homeric scribe. Directed by award-winning Gareth Armstrong. Written and performed by Matt Panesh (AKA Monkey Poet)... 

James Christopher - Partially Sighted in All the Big Venues

James Christopher - Partially Sighted in All the Big Venues

A celebration of human flaws. ‘...this is a genial man with an almost constant smile who recounts the bizarre in recognisable situations you can really believe happened to him. He cites Daniel Kitson as an influence and you certainly can see touches of this in both his persona and storytelling ability, which seems gentle but subtly nudges to the quite dark’ (Nadia Brooks, BroadwayBaby... 

Charmian Hughes: Raj Rage!

Charmian Hughes: Raj Rage!

Drug-crazed moon worship, human banana sacrifice. A trip to India in footsteps of feisty mutiny-escaping great grand-mamma ends in Charmian escaping herself. Dangerously true. ‘Like Josie Long’s mum’ (Chortle... 

Pornography and Heartbreak

Pornography and Heartbreak

Sometimes the best way to get rid of an itch is to scratch it. On the other hand, you are what you eat... solo performance from a critically acclaimed London and UK slam poetry champion...