Studio 9

Studio 9

These two punchy Cambridge Footlighters prove their worth as a hilarious addition to the British comedy double-act scene in their new sketch show Studio 9. 

Alice

Alice

Fresh out of a critically-acclaimed run in Cambridge, a highly talented troupe of student dancers and performers bring you a contemporary circus interpretation of the family classi… 

TREASURE ISLAND

TREASURE ISLAND

This child-friendly adaptation is a very funny, high energy, big, bold and bright show that features colourful costumes, crazy characters and a large interactive screen so that nob… 

I Would: A Hypothetical Sketch Show

I Would: A Hypothetical Sketch Show

This sketch show offers an hour of clean-cut and well-rehearsed comedy. 

Bump

Bump

When two particles collide – or bump together – they are forever marked by each other: inseparable, unified, joined at the hip, like star-crossed lovers whose destinies are hen… 

George Egg: Anarchist Cook

George Egg: Anarchist Cook

George Egg has twenty years experience on the comedy circuit. 

Sex Rated G

Sex Rated G

Advertised as ‘A One-Woman Play With A Man In’, I had preconceptions about this show that involved transgender, cross-dressing, and insightful anecdotes about sexual orientatio… 

The Sea Child

The Sea Child

The Sea Child, adapted by Carolyn Sloan from her novel of the same name, is a tender and evocative play. 

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

Joanie Little is an honest, open and kookily sexy waitress working in Gabe’s Coffee Shop in Toronto. 

Abi Roberts' Musical CID

Abi Roberts' Musical CID

Abi Roberts’ Musical CID is the cult comedy confessional show delving into what big names in comedy have on their iPods! Funny, raucous and revealing, for four nights only! Which f… 

So You Think You're Funny? Grand Final

So You Think You're Funny? Grand Final

Welcome to the final of the 28th year of the UK’s biggest and best comedy newcomers competition. 

E15

E15

Explosive from start to finish, E15 is verbatim theatre at its most exciting. 

The Horne Section's Questions Sessions

The Horne Section's Questions Sessions

Imagine a quiz show accompanied by a live band. 

Vanity Bites Back

Vanity Bites Back

Vanity Bites Back is a clown show about anorexia. 

I am, I am

I am, I am

Musical comedy troubadours I am, I am are back for one night only. 

Alex Williamson: That Guy from the Internet

Alex Williamson: That Guy from the Internet

Alex Williamson possesses the confidence and charisma necessary for performing for large crowds, a man who grasps the essence of comedy with a promising career ahead of him. 

Tar Baby

Tar Baby

Tar Baby is a show caught between two worlds, comedy and drama, poignant and silly, white and black. 

Christian O'Connell: You've Ruined My Morning... and Other Fan Mail

Christian O'Connell: You've Ruined My Morning... and Other Fan Mail

Many people will of course know Christian O’Connell from presenting the Absolute Radio Breakfast Show of which he has been doing now for over 10 years and in his time on the stat… 

Abigoliah Schamaun: Post-Coital Confessions

Abigoliah Schamaun: Post-Coital Confessions

Post-coitus: it’s that intimate moment of openness, where people say weird, wonderful and often brutally honest things. 

Aisling Bea: Plan Bea

Aisling Bea: Plan Bea

As you walk into Aisling Bea: Plan Bea you’ll see a morph suit, dancing frantically in what can only be described as unbearable heat. 

Not Just a Funny Turn

Not Just a Funny Turn

Join us for a gala night of comedy with a myriad of the biggest names on the Fringe coming together to raise funds for the Stroke Association in Scotland. 

Mark Forward presents Mark Forward

Mark Forward presents Mark Forward

‘I could tell you anything I want and you would have to believe it!’ yells Mark Forward about twenty minutes into his show, as an invisible falcon perches on his arm. 

Diary of a Dating Addict

Diary of a Dating Addict

‘Finding a partner’s like finding a job: you’ve got to put the work in’, says Maddy Anholt, and she would know. 

Bec Hill: Caught On Tape

Bec Hill: Caught On Tape

Creating a show focusing on the idea of regret is frankly an extremely brave one: regret be an extremely sad and prickly topic, something which Hill alludes to in the first five mi… 

Green Poems for a Blue Planet

Green Poems for a Blue Planet

Dramatic stand-up performance poetry accompanied by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park’s images. 

Greg Proops: The Smartest Man In The World

Greg Proops: The Smartest Man In The World

It’s just Proops and you. 

Gilded Balloon 30th Anniversary Comedy Walk

Gilded Balloon 30th Anniversary Comedy Walk

Gilded Balloon veterans Arthur Smith and Steve Frost take you on a tour of their old haunts (or what is left of them). 

Liz Fraser’s Podlaughs... Live!

Liz Fraser’s Podlaughs... Live!

How do comedians write? How has comedy changed in the last 20 years? Where is it going? Can anyone be a comedian? What is ‘funny’? Join Edinburgh’s top comedy acts at Liz Fra… 

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s classic novella Of Mice and Men chronicles the unlikely and touching friendship between two ranch workers in pursuit of the American Dream during the Great Depre… 

The Bad Arm: Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer

The Bad Arm: Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer

Out she comes, toes pointed, slim legs scissoring the air, arms pressed stiffly to her sides. 

Barry Cryer's 80th Birthday Roast

Barry Cryer's 80th Birthday Roast

For centuries, he’s written for the biggest names in comedy. Now he’s 80, it’s time to get our own back. Join Baz and his special guests as we tear strips off a comedy legend. 

Satan Speaks: 'Why I Don't Exist' A TED-ish Talk

Satan Speaks: 'Why I Don't Exist' A TED-ish Talk

According to Baudelaire, the greatest trick that the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn’t exist. 

Sparrow-Folk: SuBIRDia

Sparrow-Folk: SuBIRDia

Sparrow-Folk are Catherine Crowley and Juliet Moody - a female comedy duo who hail from Canberra, Australia. 

Dial Medicine for Murder

Dial Medicine for Murder

This is the story and juxtaposition of the two most notorious British physicians of the 20th Century, Dr Harold Shipman and Dr John Bodkin Adams. 

Diane Spencer: Power Tool

Diane Spencer: Power Tool

Fringe shows based on the last twelve months of a comic’s life are not uncommon. 

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden – Old Masters

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden – Old Masters

How can you review Barry Cryer? He’s a British comedy legend, practically an institution. 

Plague of Idiots

Plague of Idiots

If you are looking for the silliest Shakespeare at the Fringe, look no further. 

Wasted

Wasted

Emma (Serena Jennings) and Oli (Will Merrick) meet on a chaotic, booze-fuelled night out. 

Tommy Tiernan Alive in Edinburgh

Tommy Tiernan Alive in Edinburgh

Before he took to the stage, Tommy Tiernan took in some shows around Edinburgh. 

Funmbi Omotayo: Legal Immigrant

Funmbi Omotayo: Legal Immigrant

It’s hard not to like Funmbi Omotayo. 

Get Your Own Back: Live!

Get Your Own Back: Live!

As the bombastic theme tune starts playing, waves of nostalgia roll across the audience. 

Buzzology

Buzzology

What better combination is there for a feel-good show than a group of men singing a cappella Britney and a book of alpaca facts? London-based singers and all-round fun guys, the Bu… 

Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Great Comedy Beat Box Party

Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Great Comedy Beat Box Party

A stand-up comedy and beat box collaboration. 

Jarred Christmas is Hotfoot Papa

Jarred Christmas is Hotfoot Papa

Jarred Christmas is laying his comedy smack down in the form of energetic storytelling, pumped full of jokes and banter. 

Sketch Club: The Final

Sketch Club: The Final

Welcome to the Grand Final of the Gilded Balloon and Sketch Club’s exciting new competition to find the very best new sketch performers. 

Aidan Strangeman: Horsey

Aidan Strangeman: Horsey

This is a beautifully funny, and, in parts, heart-wrenchingly honest performance. 

Willie and Sebastian

Willie and Sebastian

Expectations were high in a crowded Dining Room at the old Gilded Balloon, with a profusion of Scottish media lending support or checking out the latest and most challenging new wo… 

Amy Howerska: Sasspot

Amy Howerska: Sasspot

Reviews have to be written in the context of the cost of the ticket, and while Amy Howerska’s debut stand-up hour is by no means bad per se, it never quite rises to a level high … 

The Escapade of the Burmese Burglary

The Escapade of the Burmese Burglary

Murder, melodrama, maniacal mausoleum mayhem (that’s enough Ms Ed). 

Class Clowns 2015: The Final

Class Clowns 2015: The Final

The first and only stand-up comedy competition for high school students at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! Pioneered by Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Class Clowns lands o… 

The Clinic: An Afternoon of Serious Stand-Up

The Clinic: An Afternoon of Serious Stand-Up

Universal Comedy is a Scottish Charity that changes lives through comedy. 

Croft & Pearce – There's Always Something

Croft & Pearce – There's Always Something

Returning to the Fringe with another slice of slickly made sketch comedy, Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce once more impress with cleverly structured and impeccably acted comic vignet… 

Patrick Monahan – The Disco Years

Patrick Monahan – The Disco Years

Patrick Monahan likes to boogie. 

Stuck!

Stuck!

Three strangers trapped by fate. 

Pun Run

Pun Run

Calling all PUNters! Pun Run is back and raising money for Scope with Gilded Balloon! Straight from its ongoing sell-out London run since 2011, the UK’s cult-favourite pun-based co… 

Sean Cullen: I Have Returned... Briefly!

Sean Cullen: I Have Returned... Briefly!

I have returned. 

Jo Brand

Jo Brand

Jo Brand returns to the Fringe to celebrate Gilded Balloon’s 30th Anniversary! Long established as one of the UK’s best female comics. 

Twisted Cabaret

Twisted Cabaret

Word of advice: the four stars you see here are only for the brave at heart. 

Juliette Burton: Look At Me

Juliette Burton: Look At Me

Is who we are who we appear to be? Award-winning performer Juliette Burton’s been fat, thin and everything between. 

Will Durst: BoomeRaging From LSD to OMG

Will Durst: BoomeRaging From LSD to OMG

According to the press release, this year’s show is Will Durst’s “highly anticipated return to the Fringe after over a decade. 

WOMANz: Jou're Welcome

WOMANz: Jou're Welcome

Everyone has that one persistently irritating friend. 

Minor Delays

Minor Delays

Those little things that hold you back, awkward pauses and abashed hesitations of everyday life: the focus of Minor Delays. 

Jonny Awsum: Everything is Awsum

Jonny Awsum: Everything is Awsum

Using only the bare essentials of a guitar, some toy instruments, and a few lighting changes, Jonny Awsum delivers an hour of musical comedy with plenty of laughs and the sort of t… 

Funny Bones Trash

Funny Bones Trash

Embracing all the great theatrical traditions of silent comedy and vaudeville, Funny Bones Trash is the best kind of children’s show. 

The Sons of Pitches

The Sons of Pitches

The Sons of Pitches took the Fringe by storm last year. 

The Colour Ham – One. Last. Time. (A Best Of)

The Colour Ham – One. Last. Time. (A Best Of)

Last show ever – will sell out. 

Kids Do Forth on the Fringe

Kids Do Forth on the Fringe

Returning for a third year, Kids Do Forth on the Fringe presents a morning of some of the best names in children’s entertainment. 

Allie

Allie

Ruaraidh Murray’s new play is a solid - though far from stunning - tale of a marriage turned very sour. 

Morro and Jasp Do Puberty

Morro and Jasp Do Puberty

Jetting in from Toronto come clown sisters Morro and Jasp, masters of their craft and hilarious to boot. 

Will Seaward Has a Really Good Go at Alchemy

Will Seaward Has a Really Good Go at Alchemy

Will Seaward Has a Really Good Go at Alchemy is probably unlike anything you will have ever seen. 

Ray Bradshaw: I Dare Ray to...

Ray Bradshaw: I Dare Ray to...

Ray Bradshaw is like a mate from home who’s gone on to make it big: he would look equally comfortable spinning comedic tales onstage and with a pint in his hand, laughing about s… 

Angel in the Abattoir

Angel in the Abattoir

Dave Florez’s new play Angel in the Abattoir questions the role and even the possibility of the modern hero. 

Jeff Green: Happiness

Jeff Green: Happiness

Jeff Green wastes no time in getting to the meaning behind the title, asking the ever-relevant question “What am I doing with my life?” Surely at 50, Green knows what he wants … 

What Would Spock Do?

What Would Spock Do?

What Would Spock Do? is a well-packaged and lovingly-written show held back from greatness only by a loss of potential emotional depth. 

Derby Day

Derby Day

There’s a whole lot going on in Derby Day. 

Lucie Pohl: Cry Me a Liver

Lucie Pohl: Cry Me a Liver

When you boast a cast of characters as diverse as Lucie Pohl’s new act it’s no surprise when the results are so mixed. 

Adrienne Truscott's A One-Trick Pony!

Adrienne Truscott's A One-Trick Pony!

One Trick Pony is the follow up to the critically acclaimed mouthful of a fringe show, Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little… 

Lisa Gornick's Live Drawing Show

Lisa Gornick's Live Drawing Show

Lisa Gornick’s Live Drawing Show opens with an interesting and inventive premise: using the aid of drawing in real time to tell a story. 

Echoes by Henry Naylor

Echoes by Henry Naylor

Two women on a stage: one in a black gown, one in a white gown; a modern day schoolgirl jihadi and a Victorian intellectual. 

Alan Davies: Work in Progress 2

Alan Davies: Work in Progress 2

For one week only Alan will try to sift through the frazzled hollow mass of his head for new stories and jokes. 

So You Think You're Funny?

So You Think You're Funny?

Welcome to the 28th year of the UK’s biggest and best comedy newcomers competition. 

Victoria Wood + Me

Victoria Wood + Me

A deep familiarity with the beloved UK television star portrayed in the warm and witty solo comedy Victoria Wood + ME isn’t necessary to enjoy the vibrant impersonation of her by… 

Late'n'Live

Late'n'Live

The original and very best late night comedy show presents its 29th year of unadulterated comedy mayhem! Expect the unexpected from the very best comedians on the Fringe! Comperes … 

Friday I'm in Love Presents: Massaoke

Friday I'm in Love Presents: Massaoke

Forget karaoke! Join the Massaoke revolution. 

Strictly Balti

Strictly Balti

A show for anyone who ever felt a little bit different growing up. 

PLAY

PLAY

The Mac Twins return after last year’s sell-out run with the only DJ battle that gives the power-ups to the people! Identical superstar DJs, very different music tastes – enter a… 

Best of So You Think You're Funny?

Best of So You Think You're Funny?

See the very best of previous contestants and winners from the UK’s biggest and best comedy newcomers competition. 

Ismo Leikola: Observing the Obvious

Ismo Leikola: Observing the Obvious

Winner of Laugh Factory’s Funniest Person in the World 2014; Finnish comedian Ismo brings his unique gift of seeing the hidden obvious to the Fringe. 

Stephen K Amos Talk Show

Stephen K Amos Talk Show

Join festival favourite Stephen K Amos as he chats with guests hand-picked from the worlds of theatre, comedy and music. 

Dave Callan – A Little Less Conversation 2: A Little More Less Conversation

Dave Callan – A Little Less Conversation 2: A Little More Less Conversation

Dave Callan, Irish born Australian based comedian brings the sequel to last years must see comedy dance spectacular to Edinburgh. 

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories II

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories II

Will Seaward’s smash-hit five-star ghoststravaganza is back for a second year with new tales and even more terror! Aaargh! Join Edinburgh’s most booming comedian on the stroke of m… 

Bette Midler... and Me

Bette Midler... and Me

‘When I’m on stage – it’s a party,’ quipped Bette Midler. 

Storytape

Storytape

Storytape is a show recorded onto cassette. 

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Winner of the 2014 Primary Times Children’s Choice Award. 

Frost and Ireland: Blue October

Frost and Ireland: Blue October

Fast paced, surreal, theatrical comedy from resident headliners at Noel Faulkner’s Comedy Cafe and Martin Soan’s PTOO, London. 

Joe Hart: Dirty Rotten Apples

Joe Hart: Dirty Rotten Apples

Apples are the most important fruit in the world: think the Garden of Eden, the discovery of gravity, the advent of computers! Join Joe Hart (So You Think You’re Funny? finalist 20… 

Joe Wenborne: Fight Back at 50

Joe Wenborne: Fight Back at 50

Fight Back at 50 is the ultimate antidote to the mid-life crisis. 

Natasha Noman: Noman's Land

Natasha Noman: Noman's Land

Noman’s Land is an autobiographical one-woman comedy about Natasha’s experiences as a gay, female journalist in Pakistan. 

Pitschi, the Kitten With Dreams

Pitschi, the Kitten With Dreams

Little Swiss cat Pitschi doesn’t like the rough and tumble and mischievous fun of kitten play. 

Neel Kolhatkar: Truth Be Told

Neel Kolhatkar: Truth Be Told

After sell-out solo shows and tours across Australia Neel returns for his second Edinburgh solo outing with Truth Be Told. 

Kevin J: Council Estate of Mind

Kevin J: Council Estate of Mind

The award-winning star of MTV’s Comedy Funhouse brings his debut hour to the Fringe in ‘a show rammed full of energy and laughs’ (Skinny). 

The Wonderful World of Lieven Scheire

The Wonderful World of Lieven Scheire

Science stand-up comedian, bestselling author and popular TV host Lieven Scheire will lead you in his own inimitable way from the Special Relativity of Einstein to the Belgians bei… 

Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

Global warming, how bad can it really be? That depends on who’s asking. 

Kai Humphries: How to Be Happy

Kai Humphries: How to Be Happy

‘Happy, original and surreal . 

Gearoid Farrelly: Gearoid Less Travelled

Gearoid Farrelly: Gearoid Less Travelled

By the end of this show you will be able to pronounce Gearoid, rapidly exit any awkward conversation and even save a life . 

Lucy Frederick – In the Wild

Lucy Frederick – In the Wild

Take a walk on the wild side with comedian Lucy Frederick! An animal lover’s comedy dream! All are covered – ponies to porpoises! ‘Delightful!’ (BroadwayBaby. 

Feminazi

Feminazi

We’re all a bit confused. 

Ed Byrne – Outside Looking In

Ed Byrne – Outside Looking In

That bloke. 

Justin Moorhouse: Destiny Calling

Justin Moorhouse: Destiny Calling

Justin is back to charm the Fringe. 

Fresh Blood

Fresh Blood

Fresh Blood introduces two of the hottest new acts around! Described as one of Scotland’s top up-and-coming comedians, Christopher MacArthur-Boyd is joined by former Cambridge Foot… 

Drum Tribe

Drum Tribe

A dynamic fusion of rhythm and dance, Drum Tribe has arrived to transport you to the place where the glow of firelight meets the primal rumble of the South African heartbeat. 

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre – Minging Detectives

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre – Minging Detectives

There’s been a murrrder! Some criminals put stockings on their heads, now Earth’s funniest Socks get their heads around crime. 

Lifeshambles

Lifeshambles

When the kids grow up, and everything goes… tits down. 

Kevin Day: Hairline

Kevin Day: Hairline

There are some terrible things happening in the world that only comedy can resolve. 

A Pocketful of Grimms

A Pocketful of Grimms

Let the storyteller take you to a land of fables and wonder to explore some of the best fairy tales ever told. 

Something

Something

When hurdles try to stop us, when problems appear to be unsolvable, we seek something to help us carry on. 

Al Porter Is Yours

Al Porter Is Yours

Al Porter Is Yours is the irreverent debut show from Ireland’s newest comedy star. 

Karl Spain: A Time for Jokes

Karl Spain: A Time for Jokes

The show you’ve been waiting for! One man fights his involuntary mechanism for telling jokes at the worst times possible and tells them during this show which is the best time poss… 

One Man Breaking Bad: The Unauthorized Parody

One Man Breaking Bad: The Unauthorized Parody

Sixty episodes. 

Kevin McMahon – Quantum Magic

Kevin McMahon – Quantum Magic

State-of-the-art magic fused with incredible science, from the scientist turned magician who was tutored by Penn and Teller. 

The Kinsey Sicks: America's Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild!

The Kinsey Sicks: America's Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild!

Critically acclaimed off-Broadway and Vegas runs, two feature films, and now a long-awaited Fringe debut! An unforgettable hour of ‘dragapella’, a unique take on a cappella: stunni… 

Nathan Cassidy: Back to the Future II

Nathan Cassidy: Back to the Future II

If your life had a sequel, would it be better, or would you waste that second chance on a story with no soul? Malcolm Hardee Award nominee and Best Show winner Buxton Fringe 2014 p… 

The Oxford Imps

The Oxford Imps

What makes the Oxford Imps special? They stop at nothing to ensure that every audience member is having as much fun as they are. 

Mark Nelson: Older than Jesus

Mark Nelson: Older than Jesus

Acclaimed, award-winning stand-up with some thoughts on life now that he is older than Jesus. 

Georgie Carroll: Nurse Case Scenario

Georgie Carroll: Nurse Case Scenario

Georgie Carroll’s nursing show guides you through 15 years of nursing on the front line, which proves that the nurses are oftentimes a lot sicker than the patients. 

The Noise Next Door: The Really, Really Good Afternoon Show

The Noise Next Door: The Really, Really Good Afternoon Show

The seven-time sell-out comedy sensation returns to Edinburgh with an anarchic afternoon show for just about everyone. 

Sonics in Toren

Sonics in Toren

Welcome to the world premiere of Toren, the amazing new show from Sonics. 

Frenchy: Live'n'Lanky

Frenchy: Live'n'Lanky

Aussie comic and Internet Superstar, Frenchy, has sold out every show he’s done in the last two years – so don’t let Edinburgh drop the ball! The world’s worst adult, Frenc… 

Aunty Donna

Aunty Donna

Aussie Edinburgh favourites return with a killer new show. 

Black is the Color of My Voice

Black is the Color of My Voice

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, the show follows a jazz musician and civil rights activist called Mena Bordeaux as she undergoes a spiritual cleansing following the untimely d… 

Michelle Brasier: Space Tortoise

Michelle Brasier: Space Tortoise

In 1968 the Soviet Union sent the first tortoise into deep space. 

Ernie

Ernie

Before I begin, the audience must be warned that I have not climbed any mountains, sailed round the world single-handed, nor made any scientific contribution to mankind’s knowledge… 

Davey Connor – So, There You Go

Davey Connor – So, There You Go

An hour of uncompromisingly hilarious stand-up from ‘one of the best upcoming Scottish Comedians’ (List). 

Bacchanalia

Bacchanalia

At Bacchanalia, there are no rules, no inhibitions and certainly no curfew. 

The Edinburgh Festival Comedy Roast

The Edinburgh Festival Comedy Roast

This will be the most talked about event in Edinburgh history. 

The Cuban Brothers

The Cuban Brothers

‘I took him to pumpin’ school, for the guys who are not so good with the chicas’ says Cuban Brothers’ frontman Miguel Mantovani of his newest and shyest member of the team,… 

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre - And So Am I

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre - And So Am I

Since forming in 2005 in Aberdeen, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre have performed internationally and on television around the UK. 

Katie Mulgrew: Happily Ever After

Katie Mulgrew: Happily Ever After

Katie Mulgrew’s show about Disney Princesses is exceedingly well suited to her venue, The Turret at Gilded Balloon. 

Sonics in Duum

Sonics in Duum

As one of many circus shows visiting Edinburgh this month, Sonics in Duum has some pretty stiff competition. 

So You Think You're Funny? Final

So You Think You're Funny? Final

Welcome to the 27th Final of the UK’s best stand-up comedy newcomers competition! After the Gilded Balloon has scoured the nation in search of the best new comic talent, we are dow… 

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories!

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories!

On a dark and stormy night at the Fringe, Will Seaward’s Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories will warm your cockles rather than chill you to the bone. 

Fall Girl

Fall Girl

Sitting in the Comedy section of the Fringe guide, this is a quirky piece of storytelling theatre by new company Five Wits and starring last year’s So You Think You Write Funny … 

Kiss Me Honey, Honey!

Kiss Me Honey, Honey!

Kiss Me Honey Honey! appears to be attracting a decidedly local crowd of middle-aged women, at least if this performance is anything to go by. 

Welcome to Terezin

Welcome to Terezin

It’s 1944 and the Red Cross have finally been permitted to visit Terezín, an internment camp for artistic Jews in Czechoslovakia. 

The Time of Our Lies - The Life and Times of Howard Zinn

The Time of Our Lies - The Life and Times of Howard Zinn

A visceral performance, The Time of Our Lies benefits greatly from the impassioned commitment of its five-strong cast. 

Wendy Wason: Hotel California

Wendy Wason: Hotel California

One of the most enjoyable things about the festival is watching a good staple comic; someone who has honed their craft, knows how to play it and gives what everyone is looking for,… 

James Veitch: The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection

James Veitch: The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection

60% of emails sent are spam, and James Veitch turns this cyber curse into a comic blessing. 

Staple/face are... Going Down Fighting

Staple/face are... Going Down Fighting

Staple/face are a young sketch group, something they don’t shy away from. 

The Clinic: An Afternoon of Serious Stand-Up

The Clinic: An Afternoon of Serious Stand-Up

Universal Comedy is a Scottish charity that changes lives through comedy. 

Best New Sketch Act 2014: The Final

Best New Sketch Act 2014: The Final

The Grand Final of the Gilded Balloon and Sketch Club’s exciting new competition for sketch and character performers. 

Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show

Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show

This special tribute to Tommy Cooper is a compilation of rarely seen material from his cabaret days and the very best of Cooper’s classic gags and tricks. 

Stephen K Amos Talk Show

Stephen K Amos Talk Show

Join festival favourite Stephen K Amos as he chats with guests hand-picked from the worlds of theatre, comedy and music. 

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. 

Cal Wilson: It Could Have Been Me

Cal Wilson: It Could Have Been Me

Kiwi comedian Cal Wilson invites us to imagine what her life would have been like if she’d made different choices (or if she’d been born a man). 

Gamarjobat: Boxer

Gamarjobat: Boxer

To celebrate their tenth year at the Fringe Japanese comedy duo Gamarjobat have reprised their debut show Gamarjobat: Boxer. 

Nathan Penlington: Choose Your Own Documentary

Nathan Penlington: Choose Your Own Documentary

This is a surprisingly intimate glimpse into the inner world of multimedia artist Nathan Penlington, with plenty of exciting decisions along the way. 

Lucie Pohl: Hi, Hitler

Lucie Pohl: Hi, Hitler

Lucie Pohl is an enigma and a clever one to boot. 

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 thei… 

Bec and Tom's Awesome Laundry

Bec and Tom's Awesome Laundry

As the audience files in to Bec and Tom’s Awesome Laundry, the two leads are on stage blowing bubbles and playing a game to see how far into the venue they can float the soapy sp… 

Nancy Dell’Olio: Rainbows From Diamonds

Nancy Dell’Olio: Rainbows From Diamonds

TV personality Nancy Dell’Olio reveals her secrets to surviving with glamour: this is a woman who has never let fate smudge her make-up. 

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. 

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. 

Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult

Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult

For those familiar with the actual Julie Birchill, literary wunderkind and hedonistic hellraiser, the content of Tim Fountain and Mike Bradwell’s play will contain few surprises … 

Tom Rhodes: Colossus

Tom Rhodes: Colossus

After a brief guest spot where he received a less than warm welcome by a vocally anti-American audience in 1999, Tom Rhodes is back in Edinburgh for his solo festival debut. 

Voices in Your Head

Voices in Your Head

With so much improvised comedy coming to Edinburgh every year, it’s important to create a formula for a show that allows it to stand out from the crowd. 

Alex Horne: The Percentage Game

Alex Horne: The Percentage Game

Here’s the plan: exactly one hundred people come to the event. 

Black is the Color of My Voice

Black is the Color of My Voice

Apphia Campbell brings an all-encompassing presence to the stage during this solo performance. 

Milo McCabe: Troy Hawke

Milo McCabe: Troy Hawke

Milo McCabe’s latest comic incarnation is quite superb. 

Pun Run

Pun Run

The UK’s only pun-based comedy club hits the Fringe for one night only! All profits go to the charity, Scope. 

Kipawa Comedy Fundraiser

Kipawa Comedy Fundraiser

The Fourth Kipawa Comedy Fundraiser will bring together some of the festival’s regular stand ups including Stephen Carlin to showcase their gags and raise some funds for Kipawa. 

Michael Mittermeier: das Blackout

Michael Mittermeier: das Blackout

Total sell-out 2012. 

Bey Dance Workshop

Bey Dance Workshop

Whenever I watch a Beyoncé music video and her incredible dance routines, all I can think is ‘No normal person can move their body like that. 

Mark Nelson: Please Think Responsibly

Mark Nelson: Please Think Responsibly

Mark Nelson instantly puts me at ease as he bounds onstage. 

Jonny Awsum: Sexy Noises

Jonny Awsum: Sexy Noises

There are some shows which instantly give you a good vibe and this is one of them. 

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming is a ludicrous take on the popular TV series, Game of Thrones. 

Kai Humphries: Stuff Protocol

Kai Humphries: Stuff Protocol

Many will be thrilled to see that the infectiously funny Kai Humphries is back at the Fringe with his new show Stuff Protocol. 

Eric and Little Ern

Eric and Little Ern

The year is 1999 and Ernie Wise is in hospital, 15 years after the death of Eric Morecambe. 

Adam Holmes and Friends

Adam Holmes and Friends

One of the brightest rising stars on the Scottish music scene, 23-year-old singer/songwriter Adam Holmes, with special guests. 

Kids Do Forth on the Fringe

Kids Do Forth on the Fringe

Returning for a second year, Kids Do Forth on the Fringe presents a morning of some of the best names in children’s entertainment from this year’s Edinburgh Festival. 

Cutting Off Kate Bush

Cutting Off Kate Bush

Lucy Benson-Brown’s one woman show explores mid-to-late twenties inertia, family values and how we pin hopes and philosophies on the tunes of our favourite musical artists. 

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

This excellent one-man show from Mark Farrelly portrays the transformation of Denis Charles Pratt, born in suburbia, into Quentin Crisp. 

Chris Kent: Corked

Chris Kent: Corked

Corked is a nostalgic and affectionate romp through Chris Kent’s childhood and formative years. 

Bec Hill in... Ellipsis

Bec Hill in... Ellipsis

Bec Hill is packing positivity to the hilt. 

Andrew Ryan: The Life of Ryan

Andrew Ryan: The Life of Ryan

Andrew Ryan’s show this year sees him look at where he is in his life, how he got here and how he’s enjoying it - or not enjoying it, as the case may be. 

Scotland Stands Up

Scotland Stands Up

A Scotsman, Englishman, Irishman and Welshman walked into a bar. 

Stephen Bailey: Neon Heart

Stephen Bailey: Neon Heart

Stephen Bailey—all silver dickie bow tie, floral grey suit and camp demeanour—is clearly in love with love and romance. 

Gordon Southern: Your New Favourite Comedian

Gordon Southern: Your New Favourite Comedian

Gordon Southern is eager for his tenth solo show to take off with a bang and he certainly gets off to a great start. 

Scotland Stands Up

Scotland Stands Up

Scotland Stands Up is a very well meaning concept for a late night show: one where in the bustle of the biggest international arts festival, Scottish stand up comedians have a chan… 

Demi Lardner: Birds with Human Lips

Demi Lardner: Birds with Human Lips

As a recipient of the Gilded Balloon’s So You Think You’re Funny? Award Demi Lardner belongs to an elite group of comedy talent. 

Laika: A Space Dogyssey

Laika: A Space Dogyssey

One of the best things about the Fringe is the energy and ingenuity of the young companies performing here and these are both words that apply perfectly to Double Edge Drama, creat… 

Greg Proops: The Smartest Man in the World

Greg Proops: The Smartest Man in the World

Proops greets every guest that enters the theatre with a personal handshake, a touch that shocked and pleased the audience. 

Russell Grant: Strictly Edinburgh

Russell Grant: Strictly Edinburgh

The stage is adorned with a pair of angel wings, a velvet couch and a large book covered in sparkles with ‘My Life’ adorned on the front. 

So You Think You're Funny?

So You Think You're Funny?

The Gilded Balloon’s So You Think You’re Funny is a comedy omnibus and competition, offering little showcase slots for Fringe veterans and newcomers. 

Circumcise Me

Circumcise Me

Yisrael Campbell is just your average Irish, Italian, Catholic, American, recovering alcoholic, Reform Jew, Conservative Jew, Orthodox Jew, husband, father of four, comedian. 

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. 

Juliette Burton: Look at Me

Juliette Burton: Look at Me

Juliette Burton: Look at Me is not entirely what I would call a comedy. 

I am, I am

I am, I am

Clever, funny and adorably weird, Harry Mitchell and Lowell Belfield, otherwise known as I am, I am, are already one of this year’s Fringe highlights. 

Best of So You Think You're Funny?

Best of So You Think You're Funny?

See the very best of the previous contestants, runners up and winners from the UK’s biggest and best comedy competition. 

American…ish

American…ish

Three American stand-ups, and guests, bring American humour to our shores, and show us how to laugh… Sarah Tiana (Chelsea Lately, and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), Co… 

Musical Bingo

Musical Bingo

‘London’s ultimate interactive club night’ (Time Out). 

Boxman

Boxman

Boxman, the eponymous star of this one man show, is a lad, no doubt about it. 

Outings

Outings

Coming out is a life-changing experience. 

Echolalia

Echolalia

Echolalia is a type of autism where sufferers automatically repeat the words and phrases of others. 

Justin Moorhouse: This is What I Am

Justin Moorhouse: This is What I Am

Justin Moorhouse sets to throw himself at the forefront of the industry through what he does best: funny, and occasionally hard hitting, truths about everyday life. 

Mark Dolan Changes the World

Mark Dolan Changes the World

The show opens with Dolan asking whether anybody in the audience is married. 

The Axis of Awesome: Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas

The Axis of Awesome: Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas

The title of this show is not nearly the best thing about it, but it alone should be enough to send you scurrying straight to the box office. 

A TED* Talk with Clay JW Crowne (*not affiliated with TED.com, its members, fellows, organisers, partners, subsidiaries, sponsors or stockholders)

A TED* Talk with Clay JW Crowne (*not affiliated with TED.com, its members, fellows, organisers, partners, subsidiaries, sponsors or stockholders)

Needless to say, the selling point of Nathan Roberts’ show is its title which promises an hour of ruthless satire. 

Barry Cryer and Colin Sell: Twittering On

Barry Cryer and Colin Sell: Twittering On

Fans of Barry Cryer – and there are legions of them – will adore this rambling stream-of-consciousness comedy show about nothing in particular. 

Kevin Day: Standy Uppy

Kevin Day: Standy Uppy

Kevin Day begins his act with a long, cautious introduction, letting us know what is to come. 

Old Jewish Jokes

Old Jewish Jokes

Ivor Dembina cut his teeth on the alternative comedy circuit with original material, so I was surprised to discover him performing a show called Old Jewish Jokes for the third y… 

Minor Delays

Minor Delays

Minor Delays can be described as simple but tremendously effective. 

Titty Bar Ha Ha: Hard Time

Titty Bar Ha Ha: Hard Time

Saucy hostesses Hope and Gloria are back with Titty Bar Ha Ha: Hard Time, following on from their show at last year’s Fringe. 

Patrick Monahan: Adventures in Monahan Land

Patrick Monahan: Adventures in Monahan Land

Before the show had even began, I overheard a young man in the front row say ‘I can’t sit here, he’ll pick me!’ Fans of Patrick Monahan know what’s coming- and to be sure… 

Zoe Lyons: Mustard Cutter

Zoe Lyons: Mustard Cutter

A recent move into a posher area of town provided the inspiration for Zoe Lyons’ brilliant new show, which is based on snobbery, class and Lyons’ own worry that she doesn’t… 

Pentimento

Pentimento

One of the perils of confessional theatre is that you may end up paying to witness someone airing their dirty laundry. 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

No one expects to watch a musical set in a dog parlour with a canine duel – or, more precisely, ‘The Amazing New York State Poodle Fighting Championship’ – as its climax. 

Baba Brinkman - The Rap Guide to Religion

Baba Brinkman - The Rap Guide to Religion

The bringing together of incongruous generic and thematic elements (my favourite being Bereavement: The Musical) is nothing new. 

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

World class morning variety that rocks the whole family. 

The Luck Child

The Luck Child

Adelaide Fringe winner, Best Children’s Presentation 2014 David Collins (The Upside Down Show and The Umbilical Brothers) will make every single child believe they are The Luck Chi… 

Late'n'Live

Late'n'Live

The original and best late night comedy show presents its 28th year of unadulterated comedy mayhem! Expect the unexpected from the very best comedy acts on the Fringe! And after al… 

I am, I am

I am, I am

‘I am, I am’ are back with more jokes, joy and songs! Since their debut success in 2012, they’ve graced BBC stages and reached the finals of the Musical Comedy Awards 2013. 

Best of So You Think You're Funny?

Best of So You Think You're Funny?

See the very best of the previous contestants, runners up and winners from the UK’s biggest and best comedy competition. 

Comedy Countdown

Comedy Countdown

Charmingly shambolic, Comedy Countdown promises a night of outrageous arithmetic and wacky wordplay. 

The Oxford Imps: Pun and Games

The Oxford Imps: Pun and Games

You can never predict what’s going to happen next when it comes to the Oxford Imps – and that’s precisely what makes their show such a great success. 

Rob Deering's Beat This

Rob Deering's Beat This

The late night live music-based game show from Rob Deering – ‘brilliant musical comedian’ (Time Out) – returns. 

Woyzeck

Woyzeck

Dirt poor, with his woman, Marie and a child to support, lowly soldier Franz Woyzeck has agreed to become a medical experiment for the regimental Doctor. 

Maff Brown: Born Again Comedian

Maff Brown: Born Again Comedian

From the writer of Shooting Stars and Mock the Week comes a brand new show with some of the sharpest one-liners you’re likely to hear! Like the ‘true or false’ section from Sho… 

The Collector

The Collector

After taking over Saddam Hussein’s most brutal prison camp, the allied guards become possessed by its evil. 

Brent Weinbach: Appealing to the Mainstream

Brent Weinbach: Appealing to the Mainstream

Brent Weinbach is weird. 

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Meet Sheherazade, the greatest storyteller of them all. 

Hedluv and Passman: Doin' it Dreckly

Hedluv and Passman: Doin' it Dreckly

In Cornwall they regard themselves as modern day folk heroes. 

Alan Hudson: Trick Teaser

Alan Hudson: Trick Teaser

Magic, funnies and audience participation from one of UK’s best comedy conjurers. 

Tiff Stevenson: Optimist

Tiff Stevenson: Optimist

On cloud nine one minute and battling your inner critic the next? In 2012 Tiff was awarded Stutter’s Spirit of the Fringe. 

Andy de la Tour Stand-Up or Die in New York

Andy de la Tour Stand-Up or Die in New York

Only two human activities happen in front of a brick wall. 

Prompter

Prompter

An info-larious new show from Troy Conrad (creator of Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net). 

The Fantastical Story Factory

The Fantastical Story Factory

This musical adventure will have you exploring magical kingdoms, meeting wonderful characters and singing along by the end. 

Ria Lina: School of Riason

Ria Lina: School of Riason

Award-winning Ria Lina returns with her third hour of eclectic comedy. 

Rubberbandits: Continental Fistfight

Rubberbandits: Continental Fistfight

Direct from Limerick! The plastic bag wearing music/comedy duo bring their brand new musical straight from its critically acclaimed, sold out London season. 

Celia Pacquola: Let Me Know How It All Works Out

Celia Pacquola: Let Me Know How It All Works Out

Seriously. 

Damian Clark: Go Ahead, Make My Damo

Damian Clark: Go Ahead, Make My Damo

Aw yeeeeaaahhhhhh! Come along, its gunna be tops! Fast-paced observational stand-up guaranteed! ‘Every joke - and I honestly do mean every single joke - is genuinely, gut-busting… 

Abi Roberts' Musical CID

Abi Roberts' Musical CID

Abi Roberts’ Musical CID is a new comedy confessional show that delves into what the biggest names in comedy have in their record collections and on their iPods. 

Felicity Ann: It Takes All Sorts

Felicity Ann: It Takes All Sorts

A Mary Poppins bag of hilarious characters from a misunderstood Rumplestiltskin, to a yoga instructor who can’t stand the sound of breathing. 

Aunty Donna

Aunty Donna

Aunty Donna are an Australian three-piece bringing 60 minutes of fast-paced, filthy, contemporary-reference-heavy comedy to The Gilded Balloon.