Spank!

Spank!

Spank! returns for an incredible 17th year with hilarious hosts, awesome comedians and gratuitous nudity. 

Paul Foot: Swan Power

Paul Foot: Swan Power

Tired of the goose? Swan Power is here. 

Paul McCaffrey: Dreamer

Paul McCaffrey: Dreamer

A hilarious new stand-up show from the star of Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Impractical Jokers UK and Stand Up Central. 

Found Footage Festival: Volume 9

Found Footage Festival: Volume 9

In a world where we see some form of video footage every day – on small and big screens, down on our phones, around us on animated billboards – and where we can tumble headfirs… 

Two Hearts: The Comeback Tour

Two Hearts: The Comeback Tour

What an honour to have New Zealand’s self-proclaimed ‘only popstars’ at our humble festival. 

Best of Musical Comedy Awards

Best of Musical Comedy Awards

Join us for a riotous celebration of the Fringe’s best musical comedians! Since 2009, the MCAs have helped to launch the likes of Abandoman, Rachel Parris, Mae Martin, Jay Foreman … 

Superstar

Superstar

From a very young age, Nicola has been determined to prove to her four older siblings, and the world, that she is more than just a little sister. 

Fulfilment

Fulfilment

In our modern world, convenience is king and Amazon wears the crown. 

HOTTER

HOTTER

Making a show with your ex must be awkward, right? Maybe. 

SK Shlomo: Surrender

SK Shlomo: Surrender

Very few of Edinburgh Fringe’s 4,000+ shows this year are able to boast being incomparable to all others. 

Monsoon Season

Monsoon Season

You've probably heard plenty of stories about lucky couples who fall in love, get married and live happily-ever-after. 

Tokyo Rose

Tokyo Rose

Tokyo Rose is a complex story, told phenomenally well by a company quickly proving itself to be one of the hottest theatre groups in the country. 

Electric

Electric

Two young women from different sides of Dublin city attending the same festival meet in the girls' toilets (always the best place to make new friends) and strike up a connectio… 

Anxiety Club

Anxiety Club

Hilarious. 

Civilisation

Civilisation

Civilisation (or a day in the life of a woman following a tragic event). 

Totally Plucked

Totally Plucked

Hello sweetie! Get ready for a new sense of comedy and performance which, together, produce a raw and physically engaging show. 

Hyde and Seek

Hyde and Seek

Late 1800s: there’s a heavy fog surrounding London. 

Harry and Chris: This One's for the Aliens

Harry and Chris: This One's for the Aliens

There are worse ways to start a show than with free sweets, and no better way to end it than with a singalong. 

America Is Hard to See

America Is Hard to See

The Edinburgh Fringe is awash with shows designed to shock and push our buttons. 

Gobby

Gobby

How did the first person to watch Phoebe Waller-Bridge perform Fleabag feel; confused, enlightened, so profoundly altered they could barely put words to it? Jodie Irvine’s origin… 

Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff)

Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff)

An award-winning, one-woman science comedy-musical about the neuroscience of love and loneliness. 

Do Our Best

Do Our Best

The Girl Guide Promise, an oath taken by all Guides and Brownies, highlights how a girl guide member must always do their best, be true to themselves and develop their beliefs. 

Dream Machine

Dream Machine

This year’s hottest product has just hit the city. 

Jonny's Panel Show (Really Good)

Jonny's Panel Show (Really Good)

After directing ungrateful clown duo Zach & Viggo, starring in an award-winning funk opera with Thumpasaurus, and touring the world three times over, Jonny Woolley (AKA Mr X) rolls… 

Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy

Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy

The premise of Bismillah! An Isis Tragicomedy, in the Fringe guide, "a story of radicalisation, disenfranchisment and the rock band Queen" was compelling enough to want t… 

A Table Tennis Play

A Table Tennis Play

Albert Einstein used to work in a patent office, reportedly because the mundanity and ease of the job allowed his mind to wander to more complicated concepts. 

Fix Us

Fix Us

Fix Us, presented by the BareFace Collective playing at the Underbelly Cowgate, is a defiant and inspiring look at how theatre and role play can help all of us to find our true sel… 

Son of Dyke

Son of Dyke

I have a slight confession of bias. 

Sex Shells

Sex Shells

Sex Shells is a rampant and rambunctious hour of reverie, a camp cabaret that’s exceptionally remarkable in style. 

When the Birds Come

When the Birds Come

As might be expected, the environment – specifically, the “environmental emergency” we currently face – is one of the more notable themes running through this year’s Frin… 

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Winner: Best Comedy at Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award (2017). 

F. Off

F. Off

The National Youth Theatre have put Mark Zuckerberg on trial. 

Lucy Farrett: Lois

Lucy Farrett: Lois

Character comedy is a difficult discipline at the best of times and, with a trope as thoroughly picked-over as the oblivious action-hero, it asks at lot from a performer to find so… 

Stamptown Comedy Night

Stamptown Comedy Night

Sold-out run: Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2019). 

She Sells Sea Shells

She Sells Sea Shells

Searching through the Fringe guide for a show worth seeing is a job that could perhaps be likened to archaeology – you spend hours carefully probing, sorting the dross from the d… 

Ripped

Ripped

Ripped, by Alex Gwyther is a heroic confrontation with the aftermath of a male sexual assault. 

Art Heist

Art Heist

Heist films are great, aren’t they? Whether it’s the effortless style of the The Italian Job or the precision of an Ocean’s film, heist movies amaze by tricking the audience … 

Harry Baker: I Am 10,000

Harry Baker: I Am 10,000

If a show combining maths, poetry, comedy and rap sounds like it may be up your street, then boy, oh boy, do I have a show for you?! The youngest ever World Slam Poetry champion, H… 

Courtney Pauroso: Gutterplum

Courtney Pauroso: Gutterplum

An intense, enthralling and fascinatingly uncomfortable exploration of the ageing of an American woman, played with a perfected bleak clowning approach that toys with the crowd and… 

M.E.H

M.E.H

As recently as the early 20th century it was not uncommon for women to be medically diagnosed with “hysteria”. 

Garry Starr Conquers Troy

Garry Starr Conquers Troy

Selfless to a fault, Garry Starr is ready to share the lessons he’s learned about the actors’ craft, the art of pretending. 

CONSPIRACY

CONSPIRACY

You are watching three actors sat at a table. 

Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area

Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area

Have you ever been to a supermarket and thought, “Hey, I really wish the staff would sing more?" Well, Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society are here to make that wis… 

Just Desserts

Just Desserts

A cabaret with desserts could have been light, fluffy fare but Michelle Pearson isn’t afraid to get into the more bitter ingredients in life. 

Lucy Hopkins: Secrt Circl

Lucy Hopkins: Secrt Circl

Calling the courageous, faithless and broken to the late-night, interactive ceremony of the present moment we always hoped we’d never need. 

Superstar

Superstar

A one-handed show about making a one-handed show might be becoming a little passé at the Fringe but there is at least one final offering you should devour before you write the gen… 

Tony Cantwell: Live Feed

Tony Cantwell: Live Feed

Tony Cantwell’s live feed: a heart-pounding night of incognito browsing. 

Spank!

Spank!

Spank! returns for an incredible 16th year with hilarious hosts, awesome comedians and gratuitous nudity. 

Obsolete

Obsolete

After Fringe hit Speechless, Cambridge Footlights Comrie and Dan present the hyperkinetic, garish and gothic Obsolete: a sinister tech company presentation, combining the Silicon V… 

Danny O'Brien: Reformer

Danny O'Brien: Reformer

What happens when a touring stand-up comedian can no longer stand up? A food-obsessing cheese lover tries veganism for a month? After a near career-ending knee injury, O’Brien is t… 

Kevin Quantum: And for My Next Trick 2

Kevin Quantum: And for My Next Trick 2

Sell-outs in 2017/18. 

Business Casual

Business Casual

Winner: Stamptown Newcomer Award, 2019. 

The Grand Scheme of Things

The Grand Scheme of Things

Flora and Nic have been friends for years, for pretty much the whole of history. 

Crystal Rasmussen presents The Bible 2 (Plus a Cure for Shame, Violence, Betrayal and Athlete's Foot) Live!

Crystal Rasmussen presents The Bible 2 (Plus a Cure for Shame, Violence, Betrayal and Athlete's Foot) Live!

After a swift rise to fame with her Nobel-nominated book Diary of a Drag Queen, DENIM’s Crystal is back. 

Karaoke Saved My Life

Karaoke Saved My Life

Scotty D, a city boy born and raised in South Detroit, will take you on a journey, showing how karaoke saved his life and how it can save yours, too. 

Jack Tucker: Comedy Stand-Up Hour

Jack Tucker: Comedy Stand-Up Hour

Following sell-out shows in New York, London and LA, award-winning comedian Zach Zucker returns with a new hour of absurdist stand-up! Important: Jack Tucker is a very funny stand-… 

AJ Holmes: Yeah, but Not Right Now

AJ Holmes: Yeah, but Not Right Now

Award-winning actor, writer and composer AJ Holmes makes his Edinburgh debut with an hour of stand-up, storytelling, and songs! Known from The Book of Mormon on Broadway, London’s … 

A Wake in Progress

A Wake in Progress

‘I’m sorry. 

Karam Deo: Table for One

Karam Deo: Table for One

If you’ve been unlucky in love, nothing makes you feel better about yourself than laughing at someone else. 

Julia Rorke: Jeneane’s Kinky Room of Astrology and Ciggies

Julia Rorke: Jeneane’s Kinky Room of Astrology and Ciggies

Jeneane Morris is here to tell you some shit about life: buckle up. 

The Wrong Ffion Jones

The Wrong Ffion Jones

Once famed for coal, copper and steel production, Wales’s industry has now ground to a halt. 

Roisin Crowley Linton: Teenage Kicks

Roisin Crowley Linton: Teenage Kicks

Stamptown Newcomer Award winner 2018, Roisin Crowley Linton returns to Edinburgh with her signature blend of achingly honest poetry, side-splitting stand-up and personal storytelli… 

Viggo the Viking

Viggo the Viking

Best Comedy winner, Brighton Fringe 2016 (Zach & Viggo). 

Before 30

Before 30

Before 30 follows Chris, a Deliveroo driver trying to make his way in the world. 

Double Denim: Adventure Show

Double Denim: Adventure Show

Part safari party. 

Great Grimm Tales

Great Grimm Tales

‘Three nights to save a soul. 

IvankaPlay

IvankaPlay

She’s hot, rich and f*cking powerful. 

Sunshine

Sunshine

All Mr Sand wanted to do was relax and enjoy the breeze of the sea air on his skin, and the sunshine on his face. 

AAA Stand-Up at Underbelly

AAA Stand-Up at Underbelly

Total sell-out 2005-2018 returns with a brand-new line-up. 

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

On his way home through the forest, Beauty’s father picks her a rose from the enchanted palace gardens. 

Paul McCaffrey: Lemon

Paul McCaffrey: Lemon

In the last couple of years, Paul McCaffrey has performed to over half a million people while supporting his comedy heroes Sean Lock and Kevin Bridges on their UK tours, and has go… 

Hatch

Hatch

Solo gig-theatre digging under the skin of anti-heroine Jess, imprisoned for selling drugs on her lover’s behalf. 

The Durham Revue: Unnatural Disaster

The Durham Revue: Unnatural Disaster

New year. 

Paul Foot: Baby Strikes Back!

Paul Foot: Baby Strikes Back!

Paul, now a fully-disqualified swan psychologist, delves deeper to discover the origins of the gay sperms and once again unleashes his bag of Disturbances. 

Final Cut

Final Cut

Sir Trevor Brierly – writer, director, occasional cat-sitter – was many things to many people. 

Illegal

Illegal

An American artist must decide whether to overstay her visa or give up her chance to become a UK citizen. 

Rocket Girl

Rocket Girl

The year is 1969 and NASA has just put the first man on the moon. 

Four Woke Baes

Four Woke Baes

Multi award-winning US playwright Jonathan Caren’s razor-sharp dark comedy follows four friends on a river-rafting stag party that’s turned upside down when a mysterious woman kaya… 

Ticker

Ticker

Ticker follows twenty-something Spencer, a Geordie millennial who is deeply in love with the inestimable Gabi. 

Karaoke Saved My Life

Karaoke Saved My Life

All month I have spotted Scott Swinton, star of Karaoke Saved My Life, on the streets of Edinburgh, flyering for his show. 

Paul Williams: Santa Fe

Paul Williams: Santa Fe

The jig is up! Paul Williams is a quadruple threat – song, dance, comedy and opinion. 

Bad Luck

Bad Luck

Billed as part cabaret, part wannabe warehouse rave, my expectations were prepared. 

Like a Sturgeon

Like a Sturgeon

Edinburgh-raised drag queen Ripley makes his Fringe debut this year with Like A Sturgeon. 

Harpy

Harpy

Harpy is an intricate portrayal of a nuisance neighbour, with more nuances than one would expect to squeeze into a one hour show. 

Dangerous Giant Animals

Dangerous Giant Animals

Dangerous Giant Animals is a one-person show about growing up with a disabled sibling, based on writer/performer Christina Murdock's real life experiences. 

Jericho

Jericho

Jericho is a show about internet journalism, liberal hot takes, and professional wrestling, which is to say that it's managed to be about a lot of my niche interests. 

A State of Mind

A State of Mind

There is never a dull moment with Billie. 

Found Footage Festival: After Dark

Found Footage Festival: After Dark

Childhood friends Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are back after their smash-hit Fringe debut, serving up their dirtiest, most disturbing and patently misguided VHS finds from 25 year… 

Queens of Sheba

Queens of Sheba

Great theatre often takes deeply personal experiences and weaves them together into stories and sequences that tap into a universality and profundity that the experiences alone wou… 

Bongo Club Cabaret vs Cancer

Bongo Club Cabaret vs Cancer

The legendary late-night variety show returns for one night only! An incredible line-up of cabaret, comedy and music acts from across the Fringe presented by Rhymes with Purple and… 

Wonder

Wonder

Wonder: a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar or inexplicable. 

Zach Zucker: Human Person

Zach Zucker: Human Person

Winner: Rising Star Award (TheMediaEye. 

Full Throttle

Full Throttle

Strike a pose at our gay and glamorous Les Odalisques inaugural gala, a riotous romp of lighthearted frivolity and hot-headed hijinks on and off the stage. 

It's True, It's True, It's True

It's True, It's True, It's True

What does the transcript of a 17th century Italian rape trial reveal about the state of the world nowadays? That, despite 400 years of supposed social progress, the impulse to blam… 

dressed.

dressed.

For most of us, our clothes are a major part of our identity. 

Garry Starr Performs Everything

Garry Starr Performs Everything

Starr is a bag of nervous insecurity, wrapped up in a paper thin façade of theatrical overconfidence. 

The Cat's Mother

The Cat's Mother

One of the most valuable functions of theatre is to offer us a way to explore difficult issues without fear of blame without fear of censure. 

Ahir Shah: Duffer

Ahir Shah: Duffer

Ahir Shah returns to Edinburgh with a new hour of stand-up about life and what comes after, death and what comes before, and Bohemian Rhapsody. 

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Winner: Best Comedy Brighton Fringe (2016). 

Paul Foot: Image Conscious

Paul Foot: Image Conscious

There are going to be two kinds of people who read this review: fans of Paul Foot, and people who are curious about Paul Foot. 

Mistero Buffo

Mistero Buffo

Go and see this show right now. 

Stamptown Comedy Night

Stamptown Comedy Night

A raunchy, chaotic and full-on Fringe experience, Stamptown Comedy Night is a late-night variety show featuring the best comedy and cabaret on the international scene! Hosted by Za… 

Pickle Jar

Pickle Jar

Pickle Jar takes us on the journey of an egocentrically flawed central character as she struggles to find her place in the world. 

The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack is Sydney’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated Steen Raskopoulos (Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia, BBC’s Top Coppers) and Carlo Ritchie (The Checkout) accompanie… 

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow

There’s a lot teenagers don’t know about the world. 

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

In Underbelly’s Big Belly, the slow dripping from a leak in the roof onto the stage has never been a more apt presence in a production. 

Angry Alan by Penelope Skinner

Angry Alan by Penelope Skinner

Walking into the dark depths of the Big Belly at Underbelly, my expectations are low as I take my seat and note there’s a leak in the roof above my chair. 

10 Years MCA – The Musical Comedy Awards Showcase

10 Years MCA – The Musical Comedy Awards Showcase

Join us for a riotous celebration of the Fringe’s best musical comedians! Since 2009, the MCA have helped to launch the likes of Abandoman, Rachel Parris, Mae Martin, Jay Foreman a… 

The Providence of Neighboring Bodies

The Providence of Neighboring Bodies

Their apartments share a view of the parking lot, but Dora and Ronnie haven’t met. 

Spank!

Spank!

Spank! returns for an incredible 15th year with hilarious hosts, awesome comedians and gratuitous nudity. 

Thumpasaurus

Thumpasaurus

Born in the depths of the underground LA music scene, funk-punk, intergalactic dance gods Thumpasaurus return to Edinburgh with an eclectic, homemade aesthetic unlike any other mus… 

Ouroboros

Ouroboros

Narcissism. 

Flushed

Flushed

Two women, one diagnosis and approximately seven different bathrooms: Flushed follows a changing time in the lives of inseparable sisters, Jen and Marnie. 

Speechless

Speechless

Experimental multimedia sketch show from Cambridge Footlights regulars for the fake news era. 

Graham Dickson: Timber

Graham Dickson: Timber

Hollywood has fallen. 

Hoard by Bim Adewunmi - CANCELLED

Hoard by Bim Adewunmi - CANCELLED

‘If I hadn’t come here this evening, when would I have met him?’ Rafi and Ami are meeting their sister’s boyfriend for the first time. 

Lead Pencil

Lead Pencil

Imagine the love-child of Saved by the Bell and Art Attack! That’s Lead Pencil and they’ve made a sketch show by literally sketching it. 

Camp Be Yourself

Camp Be Yourself

A surreal and anarchic two-woman comedy packed with glitter, bug juice and desperation. 

Adam Riches Is The Guy Who...

Adam Riches Is The Guy Who...

Vice Captains

Vice Captains

Vice Captains are here. 

In Addition

In Addition

Set in a near-future Britain where healthcare is privatised, a young couple’s relationship is quietly pulled apart by an aggressive lack of sleep. 

Laura Davis: Ghost Machine

Laura Davis: Ghost Machine

A show about life. 

The Durham Revue present: Zeitgeist

The Durham Revue present: Zeitgeist

Back with a new troupe and 100% new material, come and see the renowned Durham Revue perform their own brand of ‘masterful’ (ThreeWeeks) sketch comedy! Known for their irreverent s… 

Kit Finnie: Mabel and Mickey

Kit Finnie: Mabel and Mickey

What happens when you try to tell someone else’s story, but they’re not done talking? Kit has written a show about Mabel Normand, a notorious 1910s movie star, and the murder case … 

Big Shop

Big Shop

It’s time for the Big Shop, not to be confused with your ‘bits shop’ (which you might do at the little Tesco) or your ‘big wash’ (which is like the Big Shop but that’s not what we’… 

John Robertson: The Dark Room

John Robertson: The Dark Room

You awake to find yourself in The Dark Room! You (the audience) must choose an option – will you A) Find the light switch? B) Cry for help? C) Go north? Come and play a live-acti… 

Hot Gay Time Machine

Hot Gay Time Machine

After their multi award-winning debut at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, the hot gays are back. 

The Story Beast: This Is Bardcore

The Story Beast: This Is Bardcore

Comedy. 

Werewolf: Live

Werewolf: Live

Come onstage and fight for your life, hunt down the werewolves or laugh from the audience in this immersive comedy game show! A theatrical reimagining of the classic game of decept… 

Awkward Conversations With Animals I've F*cked

Awkward Conversations With Animals I've F*cked

One-night stands are awkward. 

The Abode

The Abode

Welcome to the subconscious fantasy realm of oppressed white American men! Davey Anderson’s new play follows young Samuel into the alt-right. 

Kin

Kin

A dying father. 

Onstage Dating

Onstage Dating

Bron is going on first dates. 

Viggo Venn: Pepito

Viggo Venn: Pepito

Nominee: Best Comedy Award – Fringe World 2018. 

Steen Raskopoulos: Stay

Steen Raskopoulos: Stay

The electrifying new show from the gifted character comedian and improviser. 

Diary of an Expat

Diary of an Expat

A one-woman show, directed by Katharina Reinthaller, telling the comic story of the encounter between modern migrant Cecilia and London – a contemporary El Dorado craved by gener… 

OTOSOTR

OTOSOTR

A story of one of the 200,000 Koreans who were deported from the Russian-Korean boarder by the Soviet government in 1937. 

Abigoliah Schamaun: Do You Know Who I Think I Am?!

Abigoliah Schamaun: Do You Know Who I Think I Am?!

She’s a myriad of paradoxes. 

Gulliver Returns

Gulliver Returns

Lil’s husband is lost in Gulliver’s Travels and now she has a mission of mercy to perform. 

Seen and Heard

Seen and Heard

Winner: Best Cabaret, Melbourne Fringe 2017. 

Tamar Broadbent: Best Life

Tamar Broadbent: Best Life

‘Is it too much to ask for everything?!’ she shouted drunkenly at a bin. 

It's Not Cute Anymore

It's Not Cute Anymore

Giving up on your dreams isn’t always the worst thing in the world. 

Two Hearts: Edinburgh World Tour

Two Hearts: Edinburgh World Tour

Experience catchy AF original bangers*, too much confetti and distractingly sexy dance moves as NZ’s hottest new comedy duo take on all the most ridiculous trends in the world of p… 

Just William's Luck

Just William's Luck

The invincible William Brown considers he is ‘jolly well equal’ to solving most of life’s trickier problems, although devising a plan to get the elder brothers of the Outlaws marri… 

WOLF

WOLF

A one-man medley of action, comedy, characters and a car chase: Lewis Doherty presents WOLF. 

Sex Shells

Sex Shells

London’s campest musical sketch comedy quartet is here to flame on your parade! Sex Shells is an explosion of original music, surreal sketches, wayward choreography and twisted rew… 

Loop

Loop

A dynamic new play combining new writing and physical theatre, Loop is a journey through 50 years of life, love and music, a story of people evolving with the music they listen to. 

Zach & Viggo and Thumpasaurus: Where Does the Love Go?

Zach & Viggo and Thumpasaurus: Where Does the Love Go?

Following the first space war of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, a lone detective is contracted to find the love in this absurdist, avant-garde, funk opera. 

Lost in Thought

Lost in Thought

Felicity’s on a fantastic date. 

Thrown by Jodi Gray

Thrown by Jodi Gray

A microphone shaped like the human head. 

Love Songs

Love Songs

Mixing get-on-the-dance-floor music, rap and spoken word, Love Songs explores the personal and political puzzles of our love lives through the autobiographical poems of a hopeless … 

Danny O'Brien: Lock-In

Danny O'Brien: Lock-In

Award-winning Irish comedian Danny O’Brien went to prison. 

Willis & Vere: A Serious Play About World War II

Willis & Vere: A Serious Play About World War II

Winner: VAULT Festival Comedy Award. 

AAA Stand-Up at Underbelly

AAA Stand-Up at Underbelly

Total sell-out 2005-2017 returns with a brand new line-up. 

Balloonatics

Balloonatics

Balloonatics is the award-nominated, world-travelled family comedy show for anyone crazy about balloons! Scottish comedian Chris Henry guarantees a chaos-filled, fun-packed hour of… 

Lola and Jo: Focus Groupies

Lola and Jo: Focus Groupies

Character comedians Lola and Jo (**** (List)) are pretty certain they have a revolutionary show on their hands. 

Demi Lardner: Look What You Made Me Do

Demi Lardner: Look What You Made Me Do

Despite the title, it’s quite clear from this hour of absurdist comedy that nobody is making Australian cult comic star Demi Lardner do anything. 

Abi Roberts: Anglichanka

Abi Roberts: Anglichanka

Abi Roberts adorns her ushanka hat and jovially welcomes her audience into Anglichanka her cavernous theatre space at Underbelly Colgate with a thick Russian accent. 

The B*easts

The B*easts

Setting the modern obsession with putting your own child first against our responsibility as a society towards children as a whole, this dark tale, written by and starring BAFTA aw… 

The Starship Osiris: Special Performance

The Starship Osiris: Special Performance

Join us for a one-off performance of The Starship Osiris, performed the way George Vere originally intended. 

Abigoliah Schamaun: Namaste, Bitches

Abigoliah Schamaun: Namaste, Bitches

Enlightenment is an unusual concept. 

Steen Raskopoulos – The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess

Steen Raskopoulos – The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess

Steen Raskopoulos makes no effort to be cool on stage. 

The Black Cat

The Black Cat

In The Black Cat Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre classic is made ironically self-aware. 

Zach Zucker – Human Person

Zach Zucker – Human Person

If I could bottle some of Zack Zucker’s confidence, enthusiasm and energy I could create a cure for depression and low self-esteem. 

Ami and Tami

Ami and Tami

Ami and Tami is a reimagined Hansel & Gretel for the modern day. 

UCL Graters: Smashing

UCL Graters: Smashing

In UCL Graters’ return to Edinburgh, even the refreshments are violent. 

Tumble Tuck

Tumble Tuck

Though not the most affecting one-woman show of the festival, Tumble Tuck, written and performed by Sarah Milton, still definitely manages to make a splash. 

Losers

Losers

These four friends are absolutely obsessed with reality TV. 

Trashed

Trashed

This dark one-man play is full of energy and intensity as David William Bryan perfectly encapsulates the abject isolation of binman Keith Goodman, known to all as Goody. 

Joan

Joan

The multi award-winning show about Joan of Arc returns! Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, history’s greatest gender warrior takes the stage dragging up as the me… 

Uncle Glen's Menagerie

Uncle Glen's Menagerie

Uncle Glen’s Menagerie is the show that mixes top actors and improvisers — from the National Theatre, London’s West End and beyond — in scenes from theatre, film and television… 

Diane Chorley: Rhythm of Live

Diane Chorley: Rhythm of Live

Meet Diane Chorley, legendary 80s superstar, part-time piccalilli representative and full-time diva. 

Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis

Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis

Sara Juli’s Tense Vagina: An Actual Diagnosis does an excellent job of pushing the boundaries of the relationship between the audience and performer. 

Spank!

Spank!

I spent last night from the hours of midnight to 2am being belittled, insulted and berated in every way I could imagine. 

John Robertson: The Dark Room

John Robertson: The Dark Room

There are many different kinds of video games: roleplaying, shoot-em-up, strategy, the list is endless. 

Daniel Piper's Day Off

Daniel Piper's Day Off

Daniel Piper’s Day Off is a one man comedy show that goes through the different anxieties one feels when calling in sick to work. 

Julio Torres: My Favourite Shapes

Julio Torres: My Favourite Shapes

What connects plastic penguins and the floundering middle class? Straight men and empty bottles of Gatorade? Melania Trump and the crumpled foil of a Ferrero Rocher? Julio Torres i… 

Laughing Stock

Laughing Stock

Laughing Stock are a sketch comedy foursome who incorporate live music, dance and mime to create a narrative-driven show with hysterical characters and a quick, witty script. 

The Last Queen of Scotland

The Last Queen of Scotland

The Last Queen of Scotland is a bold and original new piece of writing by Jaimini Jethwa, commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep, and produced by Stellar Q… 

Bruce

Bruce

Imagine a blockbuster movie: now imagine that movie where all the characters are played by an unassuming yellow sponge. 

The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack is Sydney’s Steen Raskopoulos (Whose Line Is It Anyway – Australia, BBC’s Top Coppers) and Carlo Ritchie (The Checkout, Big Head Mode). 

Otto & Astrid: Eurosmash! (Die Roten Punkte)

Otto & Astrid: Eurosmash! (Die Roten Punkte)

Sibling duo Otto & Astrid have abandoned their punk roots in search of commercial success. 

Zach & Viggo

Zach & Viggo

Meet Zach & Viggo; Zach is a roguish American oozing with boyish charm. 

This Really Is Too Much

This Really Is Too Much

Gracefool Collective’s This Really Is Too Much blends dance, spoken word and physical comedy in a devised expressionistic theatre piece; revealing the absurd realities of life fr… 

Prom Kween

Prom Kween

From the producers of bold, subversive and wonderfully camp comedy musicals: Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho and How to Win Against History, Prom Kween certainly has a lot going f… 

Fix

Fix

Worklight Theatre return to Edinburgh with their brand new show Fix; a fusion of song, science and soliloquy investigating addiction in the UK today. 

Quarter Life Crisis

Quarter Life Crisis

If you are looking for an unpretentious, heart-warming comedy show at the festival, Quarter Life Crisis is where you will find it. 

Fag/Stag

Fag/Stag

Fag/Stag written and performed by Aussie duo Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs, explores what it means to have your best mate by your side when you’re stuck being your worst se… 

Found Footage Festival

Found Footage Festival

Curating a collection of the most bizarre instances of human behaviour recorded on esoteric VHS tapes, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher do little more throughout the evening than brief… 

The Starship Osiris

The Starship Osiris

Looking for a star-spangled adventure into science-fiction? The Starship Osiris is certainly not that: it’s much, much better. 

Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea

Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea

Delightful and expressionistic one-woman show; Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea is spoken-word theatre play about the self we present to the world and the self we try to hide. 

Jack Rooke: Happy Hour

Jack Rooke: Happy Hour

Jack Rooke won a scholarship to attend Westminster University to study Journalism. 

And For My Next Trick

And For My Next Trick

It’s a fair statement to make that there are both straight-up sceptics and those who actively try to believe when it comes to magic, but the fact still remains that an audience f… 

Paul Foot: 'Tis a Pity She's a Piglet

Paul Foot: 'Tis a Pity She's a Piglet

Culminating in an audience member punching a stuffed monkey named Jonnie whilst Paul Foot shouts ridiculous syncopated mottos about equality for all mankind, this show provides alm… 

Just William's Luck

Just William's Luck

Adapting well-loved source material can be a tricky art, but Shedload Theatre have managed to maintain the essence of Richmal Crompton’s Just William stories in this riotous hour… 

The Canon: A Literary Sketch Show

The Canon: A Literary Sketch Show

This is a very silly comedy about some very serious books (and poems and plays). 

The B*easts

The B*easts

Even those of us who strive to find nothing inherently embarrassing about mammary glands feel a bit awkward at the box office, and this is part of The B*easts message. 

Rupture

Rupture

Take the premise of George Orwell’s 1984 and lighten it up with a few jokes and some pop culture references and you’ll already be halfway towards the dystopian future seen in R… 

The Man on the Moor

The Man on the Moor

The tricky thing with a show like The Man On The Moor is balancing the personal, fictional story being told with the larger, true-life event it is connected to. 

Boondocks

Boondocks

Set in a bush, this play gets quickly into its own stride, with a persistent odd humour which flips on its head anything you thought you knew about a conversation between three you… 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Not Cricket’s new production of Alice in Wonderland is a charming and whimsical piece that delights audiences both young and old with its blend of live music, puppetry and dance. 

The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis

The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis

It’s very easy to write a story that grabs someone’s attention. 

Dust

Dust

Dust is not for the faint-hearted. 

Denim: World Tour

Denim: World Tour

Denim, a drag Haus come girl band, are on tour and they’ve finally reached Wembley Arena (actually, the Belly Laugh at Underbelly). 

Wolf Meat

Wolf Meat

Grandma is a drug dealer. 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

It’s always difficult to tell a story that audiences are familiar with and manage to find a new way to engage them in it, but in Box Tale Soup’s new adaptation of Oscar Wilde… 

Cow

Cow

One Devonshire lass and her cow in search for a tractor may not sound the most captivating plot premise you’ve ever heard, but Cow delivers brilliantly on it. 

Viggo Venn – The Life of Pepito

Viggo Venn – The Life of Pepito

Viggo Venn’s act is a hard one to categorise. 

Frankie Vah by Luke Wright

Frankie Vah by Luke Wright

Luke Wright has been performing spoken word on the Fringe circuit for years, winning a dedicated following for his catalogue of smart, catchy polemics. 

Matt Abbott: Two Little Ducks

Matt Abbott: Two Little Ducks

Wakefield’s poet son may have a self-confessed tendency for lewd social observation but Matt Abbott is also an unpretentious recorder of life in the raw, with a talent for coming… 

Beadledom: Alpha

Beadledom: Alpha

Beadledom, HQ of the universe. 

Patrick Turpin: Itty Bitty Little Titty Piece

Patrick Turpin: Itty Bitty Little Titty Piece

Turpy – star of Climaxed (BBC Three) and Pop Sludge (4Music) – returns with a stand-up show/hour of performance art/arse flapping gently in the wind, which rodgers the system q… 

Wow!

Wow!

Wow! The universe is mind-boggling! Isa Bonachera presents her debut Edinburgh show. 

Muriel: Bad Master

Muriel: Bad Master

Muriel (Janine Harouni, Meg Salter and Sally O’Leary) are multi award-winning actresses and comedy performers. 

Your Ever Loving

Your Ever Loving

1974. 

Graham Dickson is The Narcissist

Graham Dickson is The Narcissist

Grigoriy Alexeivich Dhukov is one of the world’s greatest unsung literary talents. 

Sam Goodburn: Dumbstruck

Sam Goodburn: Dumbstruck

Accidental clown turned multi award-winning performer Sam Goodburn plays a dumbstruck young man the morning after his first steps into manhood. 

Danny O'Brien: RaconTour

Danny O'Brien: RaconTour

Award-winning Irish comedian Danny O’Brien returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with his most adventurous and unique solo show to date. 

Neal Portenza

Neal Portenza

Winner (People’s Champion) Amused Moose Comedy Award, ‘16 Edinburgh Fringe. 

Beak Speaks

Beak Speaks

An audience with the self-professed queen of the Fringe. 

Rhymes with Orange

Rhymes with Orange

You’ve seen some comedy. 

Nick Coyle: Queen of Wolves

Nick Coyle: Queen of Wolves

Blackbell House has a new governess: poor, plain, Frances Glass. 

The Great Ridolphi

The Great Ridolphi

How do you hold on to the world’s greatest escape artist? 10 years after the death of his father, illusionist extraordinaire The Great Ridolphi, Victor O’Meara is visited by detect… 

Harry

Harry

‘Who is that?’, ‘Harry’, ‘He’s my favourite’, ‘I think he’s everyone’s favourite. 

AAA Stand-Up at Underbelly

AAA Stand-Up at Underbelly

Total sell-out 2005-2016 returns with a brand-new line-up. 

Nobody Puts Bibby in the Corner

Nobody Puts Bibby in the Corner

A one-man variety show by award-winning comedian Dave Bibby. 

Beadledom: Omega

Beadledom: Omega

Beadledom, HQ of the universe. 

Christeene: Trigger

Christeene: Trigger

In Christeene’s second visit to Edinburgh she performs her latest show – Trigger. 

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

In their homemade red and black jumpsuits (emblazoned with an enormous Z and V respectively), Zach Zucker and Viggo Venn are an odd pair — even at the Fringe, the spiritual home … 

Fabric

Fabric

“I so wanted to please him. 

Predrinks | Afterparty

Predrinks | Afterparty

Deadpan Theatre return to the Fringe after their sell-out success Get Your Sh*t Together, premiered at the Fringe in 2015. 

Nicole Henriksen is Makin it Rain

Nicole Henriksen is Makin it Rain

Nicole Henriksen is an Aussie comedian and stripper and in this show, which harnesses skills from both professions, she gives the audience a clear rundown of what they’re going t… 

James Wilson-Taylor: Ginger is the New Black

James Wilson-Taylor: Ginger is the New Black

James Wilson-Taylor has been discriminated against and enough is enough. 

Paul Foot: 'Tis a Pity She's a Piglet

Paul Foot: 'Tis a Pity She's a Piglet

For a comedian with such a cult following, renowned for surrealist originality, I was very excited about my first encounter with Paul Foot’s comedy. 

Rhys Nicholson – Bona Fide

Rhys Nicholson – Bona Fide

Back again for his fourth time at the Edinburgh Fringe, Australian Rhys Nicholson’s fast-paced, intelligent wit has his audience engaged from the get go. 

Zoë Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning

Zoë Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning

Zoe Coombs Marr attracted attention at last year’s Fringe with her debut show Dave, performing in drag as a sexist stand-up with a severe distaste for political correctness who i… 

Dolly Wants to Die

Dolly Wants to Die

To say Dolly Wants to Die is a dark comedy is like saying water is wet: the irreverent jokes come left, right and centre, but only a few of them properly hit their target. 

Laughing Stock

Laughing Stock

A varied sketch comedy, Laughing Stock lives up to its name, parading numerous situations of self-deprecation before us providing much hilarity. 

Bourgeois & Maurice: How to Save the World Without Really Trying

Bourgeois & Maurice: How to Save the World Without Really Trying

2016’s been a bit of a bumpy year to say the least so, it was only a matter of time before we started receiving advice from extra-terrestrials. 

John Robertson: The Dark Room

John Robertson: The Dark Room

“You awaken to find yourself in a dark room”, it’s a phrase shouted many times during The Dark Room. 

Mr Incredible

Mr Incredible

There are plenty of plays at this year’s Fringe which criticise gender norms and take on patriarchal systems, but Mr Incredible truly gets to the heart of the kind of beliefs tha… 

Exactly Like You

Exactly Like You

Nina Simone is one of the greatest music icons of the last century, producing songs as soulful as her voice. 

Jonas Müller Regrets Writing This F*cking Masterpiece

Jonas Müller Regrets Writing This F*cking Masterpiece

Have you ever met someone so beautiful that you didn’t know what to say? And then have you ever found yourself just saying ‘Yeah’ to everything that they say because you’re… 

Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat

Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat

Triple Threat is a gloriously transgressive flurry of punky, feminist mayhem. 

Grumble: Sex Clown Saves the World

Grumble: Sex Clown Saves the World

Kate Bush may well have adopted a new receptacle in the form of a skimpy harlequin from down under. 

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Standing ovations are rare, but the house rose as one at the at the end of Tom Gill’s Growing Pains in tribute to a remarkable performer and a stunning show. 

Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More

Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More

Given the popularity of the monarchy these days, one forgets about some of the more unsavoury types who’ve reigned (however briefly) in the last century. 

Spencer Jones is The Herbert in Proper Job

Spencer Jones is The Herbert in Proper Job

Almost every review of Spencer Jones takes the lazy route of saying he’s like Mr Bean meets something/someone wacky. 

The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack

The Bear Pack is Steen Raskopoulos (BBC’s Top Coppers, Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee) and Carlo Ritchie (The Checkout). 

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids

Shlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer who makes all kinds of music using just his mouth and a mic. 

Shlomo: #NewRules

Shlomo: #NewRules

Record-breaking beatboxer and looping technologist Shlomo has collaborated with Bjork, Damon Albarn, Rudimental and Ed Sheeran. 

Pond Wife

Pond Wife

“So tell me what you want, what you really, really want. 

Blush

Blush

Nowadays, stories of celebrity nudes abound, attracting much unwanted media attention and accusations of who’s to blame flying in every direction. 

Life by the Throat

Life by the Throat

Life By The Throat tells the life story of James Joseph Patrick Keogh. 

Ruby and the Vinyl

Ruby and the Vinyl

There something quite exciting about the prospect of a new musical running at an hour without a big stage or fancy lighting or even a band and only three performers. 

In Our Hands

In Our Hands

In Our Hands tells the story of Alf — trawler fisherman, boat captain, father — as he struggles with a changing industry, big business rivals, and his estranged son. 

Bricking It

Bricking It

Several years ago, a couple of wannabe stand-ups decided to do a Free Fringe show based around some of the odd things their respective fathers had said and done down the years. 

Fat Girls Don't Dance

Fat Girls Don't Dance

Moving and funny, Maria Ferguson’s one-woman show, Fat Girls Don’t Dance, deals with issues relevant to today’s young women. 

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen’s satirical novel, itself a pastiche of recognisable and well-worn tropes of the Gothic literary genre, is here given new life by company Box Tale Soup, consisting of… 

A Good Clean Heart

A Good Clean Heart

It may be difficult to believe that something as uncommon as bilingual theatre could work. 

The Hours Before We Wake

The Hours Before We Wake

The Hours Before We Wake presents us with a world where you can customise your dreams and upload them to DreamShare when you wake up. 

Steen Raskopoulos – You Know the Drill

Steen Raskopoulos – You Know the Drill

While acknowledging his immense talent, some reviewers have accused Steen Raskopoulos of going through the motions, trotting out the same tired routines he’s been spinning for… 

Musical Comedy Awards

Musical Comedy Awards

Music + comedy x outstanding talent = Musical Comedy Awards! Fresh from our sold-out final at the iconic Udderbelly on Southbank, ‘wonderfully entertaining’ (Chortle. 

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Settling into my seat, I glance at the leaflet which had occupied it moments before. 

My World has Exploded a Little Bit

My World has Exploded a Little Bit

At the end of this show, our two performers, Bella and Eva, tell us that they are available for hugs if any are needed. 

Zero

Zero

Dark humour can be a bit hit-or-miss. 

2 Become 1

2 Become 1

I attribute quite a lot of my adult personality to my love affair with girl power and how swept away I got in all things noughties. 

Grimm: An Untold Tale

Grimm: An Untold Tale

For those who don’t know, the Grimm brothers are the authors of the famous book Grimm’s Fairy Tales, a huge source of inspiration for all kinds of modern myths and fables. 

Made Up

Made Up

Using poetry, physical theatre, music and a limited amount of props, The Fast Food Collective’s new show is a thrilling romp through a night on the town. 

JOAN

JOAN

Too often Joan of Arc is depicted as a very quiet, very pure young woman who keeps her gaze firmly on her feet or to the Heavens: not very fun at all. 

Torch

Torch

A solo piece of feminist writing from theatre company Flipping the Bird, Torch looked right up my street. 

Liz Miele: Mind Over Melee

Liz Miele: Mind Over Melee

Liz Miele is a smart, sardonic firecracker from New Jersey who’s been on the comedy circuit since the tender age of 16. 

Perfidious Lion

Perfidious Lion

Some shows stick in your head even if they are flawed. 

Yuri

Yuri

Patrick and Adele dream of having children of their own, yet their biological clock is ticking and here comes her solution: she picks up a homeless boy in Lidl (of all places) a… 

Spank!

Spank!

Spank! returns for an incredible 13th year with sexy hosts, awesome comedians and the inevitable gratuitous nudity. 

Rhymes with Orange

Rhymes with Orange

You’ve seen some comedy. 

Nicole Henriksen – Techno Glitter Penguins

Nicole Henriksen – Techno Glitter Penguins

Following rave reviews on a buzzing Australian tour, award nominated alternative comedian Nicole Henriksen returns to Edinburgh with a fresh dose of her high energy hot mess comedy… 

Yokai

Yokai

In a desolate space, probably in the middle of nowhere, stands a group of curious looking people. 

Villain

Villain

Tired of her highly paid sales job, Rachel makes a move into social work only to find herself involved in a controversial case bringing her into the media’s unforgiving gaze. 

Best Boy

Best Boy

Double act Best Boy present an hour of sketch comedy. 

Foil, Arms and Hog: DoomDah

Foil, Arms and Hog: DoomDah

Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, you racist. 

Joe DeRosa: Zero Forward Progress

Joe DeRosa: Zero Forward Progress

US writer, actor and stand-up Joe DeRosa makes his highly anticipated UK debut. 

The Durham Revue: Gigglebox

The Durham Revue: Gigglebox

Come and see the renowned Durham Revue perform their own brand of ‘sublime’, ‘masterful’ (ThreeWeeks) sketch comedy, showcasing 60 minutes of student comedy at its finest. 

Heidi O'Loughlin: Cult Comedian

Heidi O'Loughlin: Cult Comedian

Join New Zealand’s North Island provincial leader and stand-up comedian Heidi O’Loughlin in an insightful and no obligation orientation into the wonderful yet commanding power of t… 

Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year

Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year

**** (Scotsman). 

Daniel Piper is in Four Gangs

Daniel Piper is in Four Gangs

Daniel Piper is in four gangs, and he’s going to tell you about them. 

Phil Ellis is Alone Together (But Mostly Alone)

Phil Ellis is Alone Together (But Mostly Alone)

After the success of his Foster’s Award-winning hit show Funz and Gamez, Phil Ellis (north Manchester’s most reliable comedian) returns with a brand new hour of padded out fun. 

Mimes in Time

Mimes in Time

In the future, mimes are no longer physical theatre practitioners and have become the sole operators of the world’s time machines. 

Simon Slack – The Fantasist

Simon Slack – The Fantasist

Imagination and reality collide in the world of Simon Slack. 

The Eulogy

The Eulogy

Winner: Best Comedy, 2016 Adelaide Fringe. 

Empty Beds

Empty Beds

Nobody should spend their birthday alone. 

Jessie Cave: I Loved Her

Jessie Cave: I Loved Her

Imagine a one-night stand you had resulted in a pregnancy and four months later you started a relationship off the back of it. 

John McKeever: Multifarious

John McKeever: Multifarious

On top of talent and comic-timing, McKeever has charm by the bucket-load. 

64 Squares

64 Squares

‘Welcome to my mind. 

Kinetic Comedy – Edinburgh Special

Kinetic Comedy – Edinburgh Special

Multi award nominated Inel Tomlinson is back with his sell-out show, Kinetic Comedy. 

Where Do Little Birds Go?

Where Do Little Birds Go?

Where Do Little Birds Go? follows the story of Lucy Fuller in the heat of London’s swinging sixties, where she has hopes of landing her dream job as a West End star (or a barmaid… 

Keith Farnan: Anonymous

Keith Farnan: Anonymous

Keith Farnan recently became father to a baby girl. 

So It Goes

So It Goes

The wordless, 2014 sell-out hit returns for one week only. 

Stuart Bowden: Wilting in Reverse

Stuart Bowden: Wilting in Reverse

Stuart Bowden’s voice emerges behind a curtain. 

Rhymes with Orange

Rhymes with Orange

Every successful show needs a Unique Selling Point – or, put simply, a gimmick. 

Trygve Wakenshaw: KRAKEN

Trygve Wakenshaw: KRAKEN

Kraken, devised and performed by Trygve Wakenshaw, is a physically charged one man mime show. 

Much Further Out Than You Thought

Much Further Out Than You Thought

Lance Corporal James Randall is sitting in a living room strewn with desert sand and an abandoned maroon beret by the television. 

Thünderbards: Chapter III

Thünderbards: Chapter III

From the sweaty depths of their library on Cowgate, Matt Stevens and Glenn Moore give an entertaining hour of sketch comedy. 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family

“He is my father… somehow,” says Ben Norris, cutting to the heart of a feeling many people have at some point in their lives. 

Some Big Some Bang

Some Big Some Bang

Some Big Some Bang is set at the memorial of a mother’s death. 

Paul Foot

Paul Foot

Surrealist comedian Paul Foot is an Edinburgh Fringe institution. 

Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory

Three performers and twenty five sketches, presented in a random order each night. 

Islands

Islands

From Fine Mess Theatre comes Kyle Ross’ play Islands, an insight into upper-middle class marriage which typifies the lifestyle of the ‘rah’. 

Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate

Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate

From the moment Marny Godden’s first character walks onto the stage to a decidedly creepy soundtrack it’s clear that the comedian will be leading the audience down an unusual p… 

Blake Remixed

Blake Remixed

“In hip hop, we create our own mythology”. 

John Robertson – The Dark Room: Symphony of a Floating Head

John Robertson – The Dark Room: Symphony of a Floating Head

John Robertson’s send up of classic text based video games succeeds in being an hilarious evening of retro fun. 

Ivy Paige: Filthy Rich

Ivy Paige: Filthy Rich

Hips, tits and glamour galore. 

CELL

CELL

There is something inherently heartbreaking about the small metal-framed chair standing centre-stage as the audience comes in, but no more so than when one of the show’s co-devis… 

Scaramouche Jones

Scaramouche Jones

‘God, what a day’ is the first thing said to us by Scaramouche Jones, the red-nosed, white-faced clown who – sensing the ghosts of an audience in his dressing room – decide… 

Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer

Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer

With her bright red hair and black-lined eyes, Penny Arcade looks like some sort of cartoon superhero – and she has the commanding stage presence you’d expect of one too. 

Night + Daze

Night + Daze

Sheffy is a lad on a mission. 

The Durham Revue: Cirque du Sillý

The Durham Revue: Cirque du Sillý

The Durham Revue has a lot going for it this year – the group are all on top form. 

Acts of Redemption

Acts of Redemption

Thrown into the lives of five characters, Ken Jaworoski’s Acts of Redemption reveals moments of loss, regret, realisation and confession, where a snippet of life is captured in a… 

The Eulogy of Toby Peach

The Eulogy of Toby Peach

Toby begins by racing through a history of his life in numbers - how many days he’s been alive (9424), how many minutes he has spent kissing (not enough), and how long it’s bee… 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

In her khaki jumpsuit and ponytail, writer-actor Rebecca Crookshank looks like a cute suburban 30-something. 

Rebounding Hail

Rebounding Hail

Written by Avital Lvova and George Vere, Rebounding Hail is set in a 13 year old girl’s room surrounded by her books. 

If I Were Me

If I Were Me

Antler’s If I Were Me is a visual treat. 

Brute

Brute

Poppy must make a rather rapid readjustment to Year 11 after being abruptly relocated from Spain to a girls’ school in a remote British town. 

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Jean is sitting in a cafe enjoying a lobster bisque when a phone nearby starts to rings. 

Jack Rooke: Good Grief

Jack Rooke: Good Grief

Jack Rooke: Good Grief could probably win a prize for ‘comedy show with the least likely to be funny subject matter ever that actually turns out to be absolutely hilarious… 

Billy Through the Window

Billy Through the Window

Billy (Hector Dyer) and Joe (Joseph O’Toole) have gone on a ‘holiday’. 

Get Your Shit Together

Get Your Shit Together

Job losses, painful break ups and junk food - set to music! Get Your Shit Together is the perfect pick me up for 20-somethings in a similar situation, or just a nice dose of Schade… 

Checkpoint 22

Checkpoint 22

In a field on the outskirts of Glastonbury sit Joel and Dave, recent university graduates, taking any work they can find. 

My Beautiful Black Dog

My Beautiful Black Dog

Billed as both musical theatre and performance art, the audience for Brigitte Aphrodite’s My Beautiful Black Dog, her autobiographical account of depression, is likely to bring v… 

Luke Wright: Stay-at-Home Dandy

Luke Wright: Stay-at-Home Dandy

Luke Wright is a veteran Fringe performer and one of the UK’s leading spoken-word artists. 

Weekend Rockstars

Weekend Rockstars

“This is the story of the best week of my life”. 

Bruce

Bruce

Best word to describe Bruce, a show built entirely around a block of yellow sponge: Absorbing. 

Sing for Your Life

Sing for Your Life

For those of a squeamish nature, this may not be the best review to read over your breakfast. 

Tether

Tether

It’s less than a year to go until TV screens will be fixed on the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio. 

The Lost Art of Lost Art

The Lost Art of Lost Art

Amid a cluttered set that looks like a dirty old flat sits Edvard Munch’s The Scream. 

The Hollywood Canteen Hereafter

The Hollywood Canteen Hereafter

A mundane canteen situated in the unusual location of heaven itself, full of Hollywood legends trying to get a bit of peace in the afterlife. 

Gay Furnish Flirt Coach

Gay Furnish Flirt Coach

Outrageously over-the-top characters, a raucous Edinburgh Fringe audience and lashings of inappropriate advice from a self-styled flirt coach, sexologist and dating guru. 

Spank

Spank

Spank returns for an incredible 12th year with sexy hosts, awesome comedians and inevitable gratuitous nudity. 

Foil, Arms and Hog: Skiddlywup (Extra Performances)

Foil, Arms and Hog: Skiddlywup (Extra Performances)

Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato you racist. 

Pole

Pole

Three poles, three performers and a whole lot of juice. 

Foil, Arms and Hog: Skiddlywup

Foil, Arms and Hog: Skiddlywup

Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato you racist. 

The Dead Secrets Present... The Curiositorium

The Dead Secrets Present... The Curiositorium

‘Scripted comedy of the highest quality’ (Buxton Fringe). 

Joey Page: Catastrophe Party

Joey Page: Catastrophe Party

Alternative comedian, Joey, 30, one previous owner, with all of his own teeth and hair, has been on television (as seen on Nevermind the Buzzcocks, BBC Three Comedy Presents and No… 

Kyle Kinane: Ghost Pizza Party

Kyle Kinane: Ghost Pizza Party

This show is about ghosts having a pizza party. 

Heidi O'Loughlin: A Woman Talking

Heidi O'Loughlin: A Woman Talking

Delightfully oddball stand-up featuring stowaways, unsung heroes and a woman talking. 

Giraffe: Raisin' the Hoof

Giraffe: Raisin' the Hoof

Giraffe are back! And they’re stampeding through the Underbelly with their third offering of charming silliness. 

Laughing Stock

Laughing Stock

Irreverent. 

Mixtape

Mixtape

Join the Mixtapers for their hilarious bitesized theatre inspired by music. 

Daniel Cainer: 21st Century Jew

Daniel Cainer: 21st Century Jew

Brand new stories-in-song from this award-winning master songwriter. 

Sad Faces Present The Dawn Chorus

Sad Faces Present The Dawn Chorus

Sad Faces challenge themselves and you with their adaptation of JR Chapterhouse’s devastatingly heartbreaking novel. 

Ronny Chieng: Chieng Reaction

Ronny Chieng: Chieng Reaction

Australia-based Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng is bringing his multi award-winning stand-up comedy back to the UK. 

What the Dickens!

What the Dickens!

Improvised comedy with a twist. 

Gabriel Bisset-Smith Tells the Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe!

Gabriel Bisset-Smith Tells the Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe!

Multi-award winning performer Gabriel Bisset-Smith will take you on a journey of intergalactic travel, strange sexual positions, bizarre dance routines, Kanye West and unhinged mur… 

Foil, Arms and Hog: Skiddlywup

Foil, Arms and Hog: Skiddlywup

Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato you racist. 

Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year

Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year

**** (Scotsman). 

Cosmonaut by Ryan Good

Cosmonaut by Ryan Good

I wanted to write you a heart-breaking song so epic it would get her back. 

Zoe Coombs Marr: Dave

Zoe Coombs Marr: Dave

What’s the deal with pizza? Single with cats? Finding Nemo’s girlfriend. 

Before Us

Before Us

Stuart Bowden has fashioned his costume out of a lime-green sleeping bag, which becomes baggy and puffy like an emptied out bean bag around his body. 

The Tarzan Monologues

The Tarzan Monologues

If The Vagina Monologues was all about empowering women and reclaiming the C-word, it is fair to say that The Tarzan Monologues is the antithesis. 

Foil, Arms and Hog: Loch'd

Foil, Arms and Hog: Loch'd

Foil, Arms and Hog are a group of stylish Irish lads with an old-school, vintage look. 

Paul Foot: Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon # Major

Paul Foot: Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon # Major

Paul Foot’s offstage microphone isn’t working, so the pre-show announcement of Paul Foot - Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon # Major is apparently ruined. 

Shame

Shame

Take one man’s story telling of events from his past about which he still feels guilt, remorse, shame and weave through a good helping of physical theatre-cum-breakdancing par ex… 

John Robertson: The Dark Room

John Robertson: The Dark Room

Returning to the Fringe for the third year running, this text adventure game-gone-big seems to have more lives than it gives its players. 

Bonenkai

Bonenkai

Bonenkai is a Japanese term meaning “forget the year gathering. 

Lucy Ayrton: The Splitting of the Mermaid

Lucy Ayrton: The Splitting of the Mermaid

In this feminist retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, the desire to be human is not borne out of desire to find a Prince, but a desire to experience motherh… 

Guilt & Shame: Going Straight

Guilt & Shame: Going Straight

With more raucous energy than a crate of Red Bull sprinkled with cocaine, Rob Cawsey and Gabe Bisset Smith under the collective guise Guilt & Shame bring their new show Going Strai… 

Lead Pencil: In Full HB

Lead Pencil: In Full HB

The Lead Pencil sketch show is colourful, unabashedly silly and highly hyper. 

Neil Hamburger

Neil Hamburger

There’s no one quite like Neil Hamburger. 

The Interview

The Interview

A quick glance into the Fringe brochure may lead an innocent punter to think The Interview is an intriguing show. 

Low Tide in Glass Bay

Low Tide in Glass Bay

Deadpan theatre’s Edinburgh debut touches upon many areas of life, from the most mundane to the deeply moving. 

So It Goes

So It Goes

“I’m not going to speak” writes Hannah Moss on a whiteboard, silently, before wiping it clean, “It’s easier”. 

Kraken

Kraken

Billed as ‘Comedy (mime, physical theatre)’ I was a little unsure about what to expect from Kraken, but whatever it was that I had been expected was soon proven to be way out. 

Jana and Heidi

Jana and Heidi

Jana and Heidi starts with the blasé observation that Heidi Stransky had seen a comedian at last year’s Fringe Festival and thought “I could do that”, deciding to put toge… 

Running Into Me

Running Into Me

There is a single chair on stage, opening music plays and a phone rings. 

WOMANz

WOMANz

Tessa Waters is back this festival with the new solo show, Womanz. 

Ryan Coffey Live and Loud

Ryan Coffey Live and Loud

Ned Kelly look-alike Ryan Coffey arrives in the burgh with vocal looping and a Fender Stratocaster to deliver some songs about relationships. 

GIRAFFE: Let's Talk About Sketch Baby

GIRAFFE: Let's Talk About Sketch Baby

Ali James, George Kemp and John Oakes comprise Giraffe, a hysterical sketch comedy trio bent on filling an hour of your lives with their own brand of hilarious original comedy. 

Awkward Conversations with Animals I've F*cked

Awkward Conversations with Animals I've F*cked

Awkward Conversations with Animals I’ve F*cked is f*cking great. 

Mush and Me

Mush and Me

Mush and Me is a fresh retelling of an old story, one in which faith catalyses what seems a painfully unnecessary conflict between lovers. 

Signal Failure

Signal Failure

Under Peter Darney’s direction, Sasha Ellen’s Signal Failure is a romantic comedy that wanders happily between the serious and the downright silly. 

Will Adamsdale: Borders

Will Adamsdale: Borders

‘The problem with being white, male, and privileged’ states Adamsdale in the opening few minutes of his latest show Borders, ‘is that I have absolutely nothing to say’. 

Sex with Animals

Sex with Animals

For the second year running, Sex With Animals hits the Fringe in an outrageously hilarious fashion with solo star Ryan Good taking to the stage in a lion onesie. 

Le Flop

Le Flop

There are quite a few shows every year which can’t be categorised in the traditional sense of the Fringe programme. 

Vikki Stone: Instrumental

Vikki Stone: Instrumental

Over the years Vikki Stone has accumulated a wide array of musical instruments - twenty to be exact. 

zazU

zazU

At the opening of the show, we are invited to “follow the bee” and head to the bizarre land of zazU - a futuristic dreamworld where singing is outlawed and, when someone dies, the … 

Bloom

Bloom

It’s a habit of some shows to tell true and tragic stories in a good way. 

How to Disappear Completely

How to Disappear Completely

The first impression I got of Itai Erdal was of a man far too self-absorbed, verging upon vanity instead of showmanship; a man who proclaims he has travelled far and wide to some o… 

How to Achieve Redemption as a Scot Through the Medium of Braveheart

How to Achieve Redemption as a Scot Through the Medium of Braveheart

Rachael Clerke is Scot-ish (a category whose ambivalence, being Jew-ish, I totally get), as she demonstrates by wearing kilt hose with knackered trainers. 

Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall: Success Arms

Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall: Success Arms

At first glance, Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall appears a mild mannered, softly spoken young man, cutting an endearing figure as he gently chatted with the audience throughout the show… 

The Durham Revue: Shenanigans

The Durham Revue: Shenanigans

On the day that I saw it, The Durham Revue was a victim of its own small audience. 

Ben Hart - The Vanishing Boy

Ben Hart - The Vanishing Boy

Ben Hart is the kind of magician that makes sceptics become believers. 

Winky

Winky

“This is the time for you to win. 

Christeene: The Christeene Machine

Christeene: The Christeene Machine

The queue for this show was in itself an experience. 

We Have Fallen

We Have Fallen

There perhaps could not have been a more timely play than We Have Fallen. 

Hiraeth

Hiraeth

Bud wants to leave home, but when doing so breaks the tradition of four generations of farmers in rural West Wales, it is a tough decision for the aspiring artist. 

Chef

Chef

Sabrina Mahfouz’s talent as a poet shines through in her latest play, Chef, and Jade Anouka gives a stunning performance in the titular role of this one-woman piece. 

The Bastard Children of Remington Steele

The Bastard Children of Remington Steele

What is The Bastard Children of Remington Steele? It has enough energy to be many things and enough intelligence to do them well. 

The Secret Wives of Andy Williams

The Secret Wives of Andy Williams

The Secret Wives of Andy Williams is an enjoyable hour of theatre that is occasionally funny and often moving, with plenty of eccentricity to keep things interesting. 

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind has been running in various iterations since 1988, with an ever-changing roster of extremely short “plays. 

Manuelita

Manuelita

Manuelita uses physical theatre, music, storytelling and comedy to tell the story of the lover and co-strategist of Latin America’s 19th century revolutionary Simon Bolivar, Man… 

Nougat for Kings

Nougat for Kings

This raucous romp with a proclivity for puns and a lot of alliterative ardour flails ferociously to amuse. 

Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum

Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum

What sounds can you make with just your body? Most us can manage the usual: speaking, shouting, applause. 

Spank!

Spank!

Spank! returns for an incredible 11th year with sexy hosts, awesome comedians and the inevitable gratuitous nudity. 

Pomme is French for Apple

Pomme is French for Apple

You can sense when an audience is tense even without turning around. 

Little Jokes

Little Jokes

‘I see life as basically tragic and futile and the only thing that matters in life is making little jokes,’ wrote Edward Lear, a Victorian best known for his nonsense poetry an… 

Pondling

Pondling

Creepy, award-winning and hilarious. 

Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year

Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year

**** (Scotsman) ***** (BroadwayBaby. 

Tedfest

Tedfest

The cult Irish festival makes its Fringe debut. 

Human Child

Human Child

Inspired by changeling myths and the poetry of WB Yeats, Human Child is a blazing fantasy adventure story that mixes theatre, puppetry and live music for children from 8 to 80. 

Sanitise

Sanitise

In the most private of places you can flush away dirt in an instant. 

Boris & Sergey's Astonishing Freakatorium

Boris & Sergey's Astonishing Freakatorium

The nation’s favourite puppet clown duo are back with a spanking new cabaret. 

Charlie O'Connor - Dandyisms

Charlie O'Connor - Dandyisms

Much like a comedian, only more hilarious, Charlie O’Connor promises laughter, confusion, merriment, and pungent hair envy in his sparkledragon of a show. 

Thomas Pocket presents: Me (Oscar Jenkyn-Jones)

Thomas Pocket presents: Me (Oscar Jenkyn-Jones)

Thomas Pocket presents: Me (Oscar Jenkyn-Jones) is the debut solo show from exciting young absurdist Oscar Jenkyn-Jones. 

Coppers Uncovered: The Walk of Shame

Coppers Uncovered: The Walk of Shame

Journey into Dublin’s final port at the end of the night as wildlife reporter David Edenborough examines the mating rituals of the Irish. 

The Oxford Revue: Happy Accidents

The Oxford Revue: Happy Accidents

The critically-acclaimed Oxford Revue returns to the Fringe for its 50th year, bringing an hour of hilarious sketch comedy written and performed by this year’s finest student comed… 

The Grandees: BaBoom!

The Grandees: BaBoom!

The Grandees present the latest instalment of their totally stupid and completely hilarious sketch comedy.