In Conversation With... Mike Russell

In Conversation With... Mike Russell

Minister for UK negotiations on Scotland's place in Europe and MSP for Argyll and Bute. A fierce campaigner and debater, he is a part-time professor of culture and governance at the University of Glasgow... 

Hollywood Swings

Hollywood Swings

The Razz Big Band and Paul Gudgin return with dynamic swing versions of classic Hollywood movie tunes including Chicago, Cabaret, Singin’ in the Rain, Hairspray and La La Land. Leonard Bernstein’s special anniversary year is celebrated with songs from his hit movie musicals West Side Story and On The Town... 

The Spy Who Doped Me

The Spy Who Doped Me

The margin between success and failure in elite sport can be miniscule. The investment into sporting success can be millions of pounds for a handful of medals. While some athletes and coaches look to marginal gains for success, others adopt a more straightforward approach: doping... 

May Contain Neanderthal

May Contain Neanderthal

Our genes make us who we are. DNA is our destiny. And our ancestry. Neither of these statements are correct, but offer simple and seductive explanations that obscure the much more complicated reality... 

In Conversation With... Jonathan Watson

In Conversation With... Jonathan Watson

After graduating from RSAMD, Watson joined Glasgow Citizens' TAG Theatre, before working with Traverse, Borderline, 7:84, Royal Lyceum, Perth Rep and Scottish Theatre Company. Theatre work includes Rob Drummond's Quiz Show, John Byrne's adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters, National Theatre of Scotland's Yer Granny and Douglas Maxwell’s The Whip Hand... 

#YesAllMen 

#YesAllMen 

Time’s up; but on what, exactly? Are the Weinsteins of the world isolated bad apples, individuals who use their positions of power to take advantage of vulnerable women, or is it a much deeper problem? Are men just not listening when women refuse sex? Or can women not refuse at all? Join feminist philosopher Dr Elinor Mason (University of Edinburgh) to explore consent, entitlement and the cultural systems which mean women are denied the authority to refuse sex. 

In Conversation With... Arnold Brown

In Conversation With... Arnold Brown

Arnold Brown first came to prominence in the early 1980s at Soho's Comedy Store and later, at the Comic Strip live show, with Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall and French and Saunders et al... 

In Conversation With... Ruby Wax

In Conversation With... Ruby Wax

A much-loved comedian for over 25 years, at the peak of her success Ruby bizarrely jumped ship to gain a master's degree from Oxford in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, then produced two best-selling books – Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled... 

When Is Lying Good?

When Is Lying Good?

Would you lie to the government about who you are? How about to your doctor? Maybe to big companies? Whilst online shopping? How about on your Facebook profile? Do they need your real date of birth? Is lying the best way to protect yourself from being profiled and manipulated by who knows what company? Amy Tilbrook (Administrative Data Research Centre – Scotland) examines whether the digital information gathered about us every day is true and what the consequences might be if it's not. 

In Conversation With... Archie Macpherson

In Conversation With... Archie Macpherson

Macpherson's 50+ year career in broadcasting and writing shows few signs of abating. A former teacher who rose to prominence at BBC Scotland in the late 1960s, becoming one of Britain's most recognisable football presenters and commentators... 

Will Pigs Save Our Bacon?

Will Pigs Save Our Bacon?

We're desperately short of organs for transplant, so the possibility of transplanting from pigs to humans (xenotransplantation) has many people excited. Dr James Lowe (University of Edinburgh) will explore whether this promise will – or should – ever be realised... 

Big Boys Don't Cry

Big Boys Don't Cry

Toxic masculinity is blamed for everything from the #MeToo movement to rates of male suicide. Dr Fiona McQueen (Edinburgh Napier University) wants to know whether men becoming more emotional can undo the nasty sides of manliness... 

The Dark Side of Fluorescence

The Dark Side of Fluorescence

Dr Amy Davies (Heriot-Watt University) invites you to delve into the deep oceans and dark forests where enchanting fluorescent creatures such as jellyfish and fireflies live. Their fluorescence has allowed scientists to make other animals that can glow in the dark... 

In Conversation With... KT Tunstall

In Conversation With... KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall's enchanting and engaging songs resonate throughout pop culture. Now Los Angeles-based, her 2004 classic debut Eye to the Telescope spawned international hits including Suddenly I See, winning the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song in 2006 and helping earn her first BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist along with Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations in 2007... 

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

Former Scottish tennis international with 64 national title successes, Judy was appointed Scottish National coach in 1995, becoming the first woman to pass the LTA's Performance Coach Award... 

Is Astronaut Food the Future?

Is Astronaut Food the Future?

With growing pressure on the planet's resources, food production is having to get more high-tech. Are you worried about what's in it? From looking at food provisions in extreme environments like space, researchers and engineers have come up with some very interesting but controversial solutions which are now making their way into mainstream food production... 

The Naked Blind Data Show

The Naked Blind Data Show

Do you want to reveal yourself to the world? Does your data show more than you think? To whom? We think our personal information is private. But should it be? New laws seek to protect data privacy rights – even as Facebook and Google collect our information... 

No Copyright, No Problem?

No Copyright, No Problem?

Is copyright necessary? Does it hinder or does it help? What would happen if there was no copyright? Without it, who benefits and who loses out? Is copyright just for large corporations? Or does copyright also serve the interests of individual creators more effectively than we might think? Join Smita Kheria, intellectual property law expert (University of Edinburgh), to find out whether copyright has a positive role to play, or could we live without it in today's post-digital society... 

In Conversation With... Emily Thornberry

In Conversation With... Emily Thornberry

Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury, is the Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Shadow First Secretary of State. As well as representing the Labour Party on foreign affairs, Emily also deputises for Jeremy Corbyn during PMQs... 

In Conversation With... Richard Leonard

In Conversation With... Richard Leonard

A proud socialist and trade unionist, elected Scottish Labour Party leader in 2017 on a radical programme of change. His ambition is to build a society where the economy serves the interests of the many, not the few... 

Politics of the Tooth Fairy

Politics of the Tooth Fairy

Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee/NHS Education for Scotland) and Craig Ramsay (The University of Aberdeen) told us at previous cabarets to stop brushing our teeth and to skip our scale and polish... 

Suspect Confessions

Suspect Confessions

Have you ever admitted to something you didn't do? At home? At work? What would it take to own up to breaking the law? It's surprisingly common for innocent people to confess to crimes they haven't committed... 

Footballers Have Feelings Too

Footballers Have Feelings Too

And we can learn from them. Across the globe, many footballers and other athletes have actively engaged with issues related to peace, racism and social inequities. These voices not only highlight important social and political topics, but also make the school curriculum feel more relevant to pupils – especially some working class students who are not fully participating in their education... 

In Conversation With... Barbara Dickson

In Conversation With... Barbara Dickson

Scotland's top-selling female album artist of all time, Barbara Dickson has had a fifty-year life in music, telling stories through song and performance in the theatre and continuing to tour to this day... 

Piff the Magic Dragon and the Dog Who Knows

Piff the Magic Dragon and the Dog Who Knows

Mr Piffles: Reader of minds! Teller of fortunes! Humper of legs! Stainer of carpets! With a residency at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas extended throughout 2018, the doggy Derren Brown returns to Edinburgh... 

The Charisma of Evil: Why Are We Obsessed by Serial Killers?

The Charisma of Evil: Why Are We Obsessed by Serial Killers?

Why are we fascinated by serial killers? They're everywhere; on the news, in crime fiction, on television and in our daily lives. We are obsessed by those who take human life and show no remorse... 

Barry Crimmins – A Tribute

Barry Crimmins – A Tribute

Last year, Barry Crimmins made his triumphant debut on the fringe. Sadly, he is not back this year and we wish he was. Barry died of cancer earlier this year. Barry was a passionate and sometimes fiery role model for other comedians, campaigners and human beings generally... 

In Conversation With... Rory Bremner

In Conversation With... Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner is the multi-talented impressionist, comedian, satirist, translator, columnist, writer, presenter and actor. Rory is best known for writing and starring in the political satire show Bremner, Bird and Fortune, for nearly twenty years... 

Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere

Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere

Comedy legend Tony Slattery reveals all in conversation with comedy-historian Robert Ross. After playing to packed houses last year, with a return to his greatest triumph Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Tony Slattery is back with a no-holds-barred reflection on his life and work... 

Bubble and Squeeze

Bubble and Squeeze

Louis Pearl, AKA the Amazing Bubble Man, accompanied by accordion diva Jet Black Pearl, have created a new stunning spectacle of bubble-based entertainment with cabaret style theatre and music, geared towards an adult audience... 

Yer Tea's Oot!

Yer Tea's Oot!

As we say round here: 'If they drap the bomb, yer tea's oot!'. A cabaret evening of top entertainment that also tells the story of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Scotland’s part in that and the winning of the Nobel Peace Prize in the context of 60 Years of disarmament campaigning in Scotland... 

All News Is Fake News!

All News Is Fake News!

We’re all brainwashed, biased and influenced by personal experience, even scientists. But there are ways to notice and counter this. Join scientists Professor David Finnegan (University of Edinburgh) and Sarah Keer-Keer (Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology) to find out how evidence and emotion affect how we make decisions and how science can help us to think more clearly and pick our way through the fake news minefield. 

Link and Lorne: Terrestrial Is the Bestrial

Link and Lorne: Terrestrial Is the Bestrial

Link and Lorne live and breathe television. Joe Hullait (Link) is the creator of Scot Squad. Ewan Denny (Lorne) is the editor of daytime TV's biggest killers. Before the BBC Short Stuff stars take the final step to global superstardom, they're taking to the stage to spill industry secrets and brainstorm new ideas for a live audience... 

In Conversation With... Mark Thomas

In Conversation With... Mark Thomas

Arguably the UK's most effective and best known political performer, winning awards for his stage shows and human rights campaigning, including the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award... 

The Bugle Live

The Bugle Live

Two live editions of the globally popular topical podcast. Hosted by Andy Zaltzman, with guests from around the world, The Bugle Live will address the week's news with its trademark cocktail of inventive satire and premium-grade hogwash... 

Christine Bovill's Paris

Christine Bovill's Paris

Five-star, award-winning show which has wowed international audiences in London, Ireland, Berlin and beyond. Christine Bovill beckons you back to a Parisian scented twilight world, the golden age of French Song; a demi-monde of heroes, outcasts, cynics and bruised romantics... 

Disgust for Dummies

Disgust for Dummies

What do dirty floors and corrupted politicians have in common? They are both revolting. Disgust evolved to protect us from contamination and harm, being it physical or moral. But are these feelings an immovable reality or can we change them? Is our moral compass regulated by the same mechanisms that prevent us from drinking expired milk? And why is it important to know? This is a journey led by Dr Anna Sedda (Heriot-Watt University) into understanding and accepting disgust. 

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

BAFTA and Perrier award-winning comedian Dylan Moran brings his brand-new show, Dr Cosmos to the Edinburgh Fringe before embarking on his 49-date UK tour. Moran will offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation... 

Cows Eat Grass, Don’t They?

Cows Eat Grass, Don’t They?

The cows that made the milk that went into your tea or your cereal this morning might be housed all-year round in large sheds. The dairy sector is changing from the image we all hold in our heads of cows in fields munching green grass... 

In Conversation With... Darren McGarvey

In Conversation With... Darren McGarvey

Also known as Loki the Scottish Rapper, McGarvey is a troublemaking hip hop recording artist, community activist, an unusually scrupulous columnist and social commentator. He is the author of 2017's Poverty Safari – powerful, provocative and entirely necessary at this time... 

Dashanan / Kabeera

Dashanan / Kabeera

Martial arts, acrobatics, folk dance, drama, exhilarating choreography, colourful costumes, atmospheric lighting and a double bill of exciting and elegant Indian dance. Dashanan: Ravana is traditionally a villain... 

Ditch the Classroom; Speak in Tongues!

Ditch the Classroom; Speak in Tongues!

Everybody believes that education is good: the more, the better. But what if the benefits of education are mainly due to knowing different languages? Does this mean we don't need to study maths, biology or technology? Could our children have more hours in the day for play and do just as well in life? How many of us really need the specialist knowledge to prepare us for a possible medical career? Join Dr Thomas Bak (The University of Edinburgh) for this controversial take on educating future generations! 

Christine Bovill's Piaf

Christine Bovill's Piaf

Fringe sell-out sensation returns for two performances only. Award-winning chanteuse Christine Bovill threads her own remarkable journey with French Song, recalling the life and works of Edith Piaf... 

Loki, the Scottish Rapper: Poverty Safari Live

Loki, the Scottish Rapper: Poverty Safari Live

Like stereotypes, labels generally become meaningless upon scrutiny. Loki (aka Darren McGarvey) is a Glaswegian, working-class rapper. Poverty Safari Live offers a perspective which is rooted in, but challenges, the meaning of all these labels in contemporary society... 

In Conversation With... Donald Findlay

In Conversation With... Donald Findlay

One of Scotland’s most recognisable, talented and controversial figures. As a defence lawyer he has been involved in some of Scotland’s most high-profile criminal cases and scored numerous successes, usually with a dash of the Findlay swagger or dry humour thrown in for good measure... 

Turn to the Darknet

Turn to the Darknet

The internet presents new opportunities for being both hidden and exposed. Intelligence agencies and various governments fret about the advantages online anonymity gives miscreants and malcontents... 

Samba Sene and Diwan: Senegalese Shindig

Samba Sene and Diwan: Senegalese Shindig

Exuberant fusion of funky mbalax/ Afrobeat rhythms with undercurrents of ska, rock, Senegalese soul; original songs with impassioned vocals, infectious guitar licks and irresistible dance grooves... 

School of Batman – Live!

School of Batman – Live!

Batman is the world's greatest scientist and we can prove it. School of Batman is a podcast where academics help Batman fight crime utilising their research. In this show, it starts with a tour of some of the science of Batman on film, from the camp crusader of Adam West to the gritty realism of the Batfleck... 

Fibre Optics Can Save the World!

Fibre Optics Can Save the World!

The magical internet-providing properties of fibre optics are well known. But hardly anyone has heard of fibre optics that can diagnose cancer or detect gravity waves, and Matthew Partridge (Southampton University) isn't happy about that... 

In Conversation With... Val McDermid

In Conversation With... Val McDermid

Britain's queen of crime fiction with more than 30 books to her name and 16 million worldwide sales. Her work was adapted for the successful Wire in the Blood series on ITV starring Robson Green and for the last 20 years she has produced at least one fresh story per year and says she has no notion of slowing down... 

A Hatful of Songs

A Hatful of Songs

Hailed as one of Scotland’s finest troubadours, Dean Owens is a man of many songs, many hats. Come and help him pick a selection of songs from a hat, from his glittering seven album back catalogue, including internationally acclaimed new Nashville-recorded release, Southern Wind... 

Why Is Mental Illness So Goddamn Controversial?

Why Is Mental Illness So Goddamn Controversial?

Psychiatrist Stephen Lawrie (The University of Edinburgh) thinks mental illness is needlessly controversial – and the controversy is destroying our mental health services. Artificial battle lines are drawn between two stereotypes: 'pill-peddling' doctors under the influence of big bad pharma versus caring, sharing talking therapists who get to 'the root of the problem'... 

In Conversation With... Paddy Hill

In Conversation With... Paddy Hill

One of the so-called Birmingham Six, wrongfully convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974, at that time the worst terrorist atrocity in mainland Britain. Along with the fight to free Mandela, the campaign to free the Six became one of the biggest human rights campaigns in the world, finally resulting in the quashing of their convictions in 1991... 

Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense

Do you always approach life logically, making careful decisions based on sound evidence and facts? Health warning! You may be suffering from abnormally high levels of rationality. This can be dangerous! Too much reason can clog up your brain and stifle your imagination... 

We're All Mental!

We're All Mental!

The history of mental disorder is full of instances of labels of mental disorders being used to control what was deemed as unacceptable or dangerous. The science of mental health is as much determined by cultural norms as it is by its methods of enquiry... 

In Conversation With... Henry Winter

In Conversation With... Henry Winter

Britain's foremost football correspondent, having written about the game for three decades covering numerous World Cups, European Championships and Champions League campaigns. Originally writing at The Independent, Winter forged his reputation as the Daily Telegraph's chief football writer before joining The Times in 2014, taking with him a vast army of Telegraph readers in the process... 

Science is F***ed

Science is F***ed

Science is thought of as the definitive truth of our time. It claims to sit at the apex of the tree of knowledge. But there's a problem: most scientific findings are (possibly) false... 

Never a Soft Touch

Never a Soft Touch

Scotland was once considered a soft touch on female genital mutilation (FGM), failing to protect 23,979 affected residents. Oonagh O'Brien (Queen Margaret University) and Jerusalem Barnabas (Waverley Care) argue that things are changing... 

In Conversation With... Paul Sinha

In Conversation With... Paul Sinha

Born in the UK to a family of Bengali doctors, the early 1990s saw Paul qualifying as a doctor and taking his first steps on the stand-up comedy circuit. Juggling both careers, he was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award at the 2006 Fringe... 

Benefit in Aid of MS

Benefit in Aid of MS

Incredible comics come together, donating their time for free, whilst fundraising for MS charities. Over 11,000 people in Scotland have multiple sclerosis (100,000 in the UK). MS is more common here than most countries in the world... 

Monolinguals, Where Are You?

Monolinguals, Where Are You?

Is anyone truly monolingual anymore? Knowing dialects, learning languages at school, and hearing migrant speakers make everybody bilingual to some extent. This means that the mother tongue changes, in completely natural and predictable ways... 

The Problem With Patriotism

The Problem With Patriotism

Do you love your country? Does the sight of your national flag fill you with pride? Whatever your nationality, patriotism is a hugely significant part of modern life, influencing everything from the cars we buy to the politicians we vote for... 

Benefit in Aid of Scottish Mountain Rescue

Benefit in Aid of Scottish Mountain Rescue

Scotland! Famous for hills and of course mountains. Breathtaking, but when things go wrong, we rely on mountain rescue (mostly run by volunteers). A night of comedy hosted by The Stand Comedy Club – let's help and support this fantastic cause so that everyone can enjoy Scotland's natural majesty as safely as possible... 

Jessimae Peluso: Seven Deadly Sins

Jessimae Peluso: Seven Deadly Sins

Jessimae Peluso is an American stand-up comedian and television personality. She is best-known for being an outspoken cast member from MTV's Girl Code. She hosts both the Sharp Tongue and Highlarious podcasts... 

What Keeps You Sharp?

What Keeps You Sharp?

Isn't the expression 'having a senior moment' awful? Yet people often think of changes in their mental skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not... 

Doing Drugs (Policy) / Take More Drugs

Doing Drugs (Policy) / Take More Drugs

Discussions about drug use and drug policy often involve stories – personal experience combined with knowledge gleamed from the media and other sources. But how are these stories translated into policy, and what validity should we give to personal experience in drug policy decisions? Using interview data and background experience, researcher Anna Ross (The University of Edinburgh) will be exploring personal narratives on drugs policy in Scotland... 

In Conversation with… Peter Egan

In Conversation with… Peter Egan

Downtown Abbey’s Marquis of Flintshire and a BAFTA-winning actor with a film and TV career spanning fifty years. Credits include Chariots of Fire, A Woman of Substance, Bean, Grantchester, Ruth Rendell, Ever Decreasing Circles and many more... 

In Conversation With... Alex McLeish

In Conversation With... Alex McLeish

Manager of Scotland, having previously managed Motherwell, Hibs, Rangers, Birmingham City and Aston Villa among others. Previously the Scotland boss in 2007 where he achieved one of the highest win ratios of any manager of the national side... 

Dr Google Will See You Now!

Dr Google Will See You Now!

Your supermarket knows when you're pregnant; Google knows what medical conditions you have; Facebook could help your doctor diagnose you. What if Google sent a record of your search terms to your doctor to notify them of likely health conditions? What if Facebook sent an alert to midwives when pregnant ladies posted photos of them drinking alcohol or smoking? Join Mhairi Aitken (The University of Edinburgh) as she discusses how this information could be used, and have your own say on what should remain science fiction and what should become reality. 

Listening to the Public Is Dangerous!

Listening to the Public Is Dangerous!

The public actively engage in decision-making processes, from referendums and elections to choosing singing contest winners. Often the results of these are contested and debated, and questions arise over whether the public made the right decision... 

In Conversation With... Aamer Anwar

In Conversation With... Aamer Anwar

Originally from Liverpool, coming to study at Glasgow University in 1986. Widely recognised as one of Scotland's leading human rights campaigners. Solicitor of the Year 2016, Lawyer of the Year 2017... 

Silence in the Archive

Silence in the Archive

How dangerous is silence in the archive? Archivist Rachel Hosker (The University of Edinburgh) returns to the cabaret to explore the awkward and uncomfortable issue of silence in archives... 

Who Do You Want to Wipe Your Bum?

Who Do You Want to Wipe Your Bum?

Bills, dating, raising children – life is challenging enough! Who wants to think about potential future health issues and care needs with more immediate matters to consider? Unfortunately, decisions don’t become easier when you are unwell or even suffering from cognitive limitations... 

Hey, You at the Back!

Hey, You at the Back!

Did you always sit at the back in class? Were you bored? Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones who was engaged and inspired by a teacher? Many people have memories and strong views of the teaching they received at school and university... 

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy!

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy!

Your pictures and regrettable digital utterings are public... Google, Facebook and Amazon know, well, everything. You're tracked and logged across cyberspace and there's nothing you can do! Or is there? Join Nicola Osborne (EDINA, University of Edinburgh) for a thrillingly nerdy adventure through new data protection rights that might just save your digital footprint! Bring your questions, panics or your top tips; or tweet them to #codi2018 to be part of the show! 'A wonderfully witty and engaging speaker' **** (BroadwayBaby... 

In Conversation With... Mhairi Black

In Conversation With... Mhairi Black

Elected to parliament in 2015, aged 20, for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, the Baby of the House has a first class honours degree in Politics and Public Policy from the University of Glasgow... 

Jerry Sadowitz: Make Comedy GRATE Again!

Jerry Sadowitz: Make Comedy GRATE Again!

Jerry Sadowitz, comedian, magician and all round scary man, is back in 2018! Actually, he saved petrol and never left! With his unique combination of comedy, absolute hatred and card tricks, every moment is guaranteed to make you feel better about yourself as he bangs on about some pish... 

Bona Fide

Bona Fide

Bona Fide asks the cream of Edinburgh Fringe 2018's comics to prove their worth by performing material specifically written for the theme of the night. You will have never heard any of this before – you probably won't again! The Stand Comedy Club's monthly night comes to the Fringe... 

The Best of Scottish Comedy

The Best of Scottish Comedy

Talk about doing what it says on the tin! Here you go, simply the best comics on the contemporary Scottish circuit. At least four acts on every bill, with seasoned headliners joining... 

John Lynn: Addiction Diction

John Lynn: Addiction Diction

John Lynn is not a drug fiend. He doesn’t have a (serious) gambling problem. He’s not even that fond of coffee. However, like all of us, John has many addictions in his life. Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease, considered so because drugs alter the brain... 

The Stand Comedy Club at New Town Theatre

The Stand Comedy Club at New Town Theatre

The Stand Comedy Club celebrates its 21st anniversary at the Edinburgh Fringe with the best of 20 years visiting the stage at New Town Theatre. Different line-up nightly! 

The Five-Thirty Cabaret

The Five-Thirty Cabaret

The perfect appetiser for your early evening on the Fringe. A near sell-out, Five-Thirty Cabaret presents a fast-paced variety show that packs entertainment into one hour and returns to The Stand's New Town Theatre, Grand Hall... 

Limmy’s Vines

Limmy’s Vines

Limmy is perhaps best known for BBC Scotland’s Limmy’s Show, but when that came to an end, Limmy turned to Vine. With a lot of time on his hands, he spent most of 2013 on his phone, recording six second video after six second video... 

The Best of Irish Comedy

The Best of Irish Comedy

Ireland's finest under one roof. Excellent value Celtic showcase featuring four top comics for the price of one. Fringe institution since 1999. Moving from Stand 3 to The Stand's New Town Theatre, Lower Hall – because we just couldn't contain that much hilarity! Previous guests include: Jason Byrne, Dara O'Briain, Dylan Moran, David O'Doherty, Andrew Maxwell, Colin Murphy, Ed Byrne, Neil Delamere, Maeve Higgins, Michael Redmond, Eleanor Tiernan, Jarlath Reagan, Deirdre O'Kane, Jake O'Kane, Ian Coppinger and Owen O'Neill... 

The Miles Jupp Interviews

The Miles Jupp Interviews

On each day of this run Miles Jupp (actor, writer, comedian and host of BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz) will sit down in a hopefully comfy chair (ideally one with arms) in front of a discerning audience and opposite a carefully selected guest of interest and note and then proceed to have a proper and honest conversation about that person’s life and career, hopes and fears, triumphs and disasters and anything else that needs or doesn’t need to be said... 

The One-Thirty Comedy Cabaret

The One-Thirty Comedy Cabaret

Enjoy a showcase of the best comedy talent to kick-start your day with our hand-picked selection – and watch what you should be seeing more of from around the city. Great fun, great value! What's not to like? At just £6 a ticket – it's sure to be a hit! Different line-up daily – check our website for more information. 

What Does Sex Sell?

What Does Sex Sell?

Men are sexual predators and women are sex objects – or so advertisers tell us. Sexy themes have been used in advertising for decades based on the notion that sex sells. From yoghurt ads to shampoo, from perfume to fast food – these ads are ubiquitous and pasted in mainstream media... 

Abolish Childhood!

Abolish Childhood!

Childhood is an injustice. Childhood infantilises, exploits, and oppresses children. Dr Philip Cook (University of Edinburgh) argues that justice demands we abolish childhood. But how can we abolish childhood? And would abolishing childhood harm children? Philip explains how society creates childhood through its laws... 

Mitch Benn: Doing It on Purpose

Mitch Benn: Doing It on Purpose

He’s back, with guitar in hand, a spring in his step, a bee in his bonnet and giving a piece of his mind (there’s enough of it to go around)! A Fringe stalwart for over 20 years – wait, what is a stalwart? And how does it differ from an ordinary wart? The festival wouldn’t be the same without him (it’d be a lot quieter for a start)... 

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

Variety! Comedy! A psychic duck! Join 2018 NATYS winner, Ada Campe, for a show about wonderful women, strange encounters and a fairground mystery that occurred on the Welsh coast many moons ago... 

Imran Yusuf: Saint, Sinner, Sufi

Imran Yusuf: Saint, Sinner, Sufi

Everyone is offended, everyone is a victim, no one is happy. A show for bleeding heart liberals and angry disenfranchised victims. A show for good guys, bad guys and those who know better... 

3000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae

3000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae

Willie MacRae – anti-nuclear campaigner, SNP politician and successful lawyer. His death prompted speculation that he was murdered by the state. MacRae was found dying in his car on a Highland road in 1985 with a single gunshot wound to the head, apparently fired from his own gun... 

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Amazing tales, elegantly told. Top award-winning comedians and improvisers tell extravagant stories, all based on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. There will be swords, duels, elephants, castles built of cheese and all of it completely and irrefutably true! Discover how the Baron invented morris dancing, how his actions saved the Isle of Skye from sinking beneath the waves, why every fourth child in Bruges is named after him and other fantastically delightful stories... 

Agent November Investigates: Major X

Agent November Investigates: Major X

You are the hero in this ingenious escape game! Crack the Major's riddles, beat the clock and defuse the device before it's too late! Edinburgh needs you! An Agent November Mystery, now bigger and better than before... 

25 Years of Stand-Up: Vladimir McTavish

25 Years of Stand-Up: Vladimir McTavish

Vladimir McTavish became a full-time stand-up comedian in 1993, since then he has performed to audiences worldwide and gigged with some of the biggest names in the business. In 25 Years Of Stand-Up, he celebrates his quarter-century on the circuit with a show which is a unique bend of brand-new material, some of his greatest hits from two decades of comedy back-catalogue and some hilarious comedy anecdotes about life as a comic... 

Agent November Investigates: Murder Mr E

Agent November Investigates: Murder Mr E

There's been a murder. Race against time to solve it or you might be next! Investigate the Museum of Secrets in this immersive escape game. An Agent November Mystery, now bigger and better than before... 

Agent November Investigates: Rob Berry

Agent November Investigates: Rob Berry

Agent November is hot on the trail of international thief Rob Berry! A priceless artefact is missing from the Museum of Secrets. Can you crack this immersive escape game and avoid a diplomatic disaster? An Agent November Mystery, now bigger and better than before... 

Billy Bremner and Me

Billy Bremner and Me

A schoolboy’s dream. To be a professional footballer, to play at the highest level, to represent his country and to usurp the crown of his school’s greatest hero: Leeds United and Scotland footballer Billy Bremner... 

Never Say Die?

Never Say Die?

From hospice care to funeral plans, talk of death is becoming mainstream. But some questions remain taboo. What frightens you most about dying? What happens on the road to death? Other animals don’t have those anxieties...