Nerd Time's a Charm

Nerd Time's a Charm

Up ‘til now, I had only ever seen Tom Crosbie perform short spots at Fringe cabaret shows where his skill with a Rubik’s Cube and his awkward, amiable persona intrigued me. Could this guy really hold the attention of an audience for a whole hour with only some 80’s era puzzle toys (invented in the 70’s but licenced in 1980) and some nerdy humour? The answer is a resounding yes... 

Otway

Otway

John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. 

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves

The original show, performed for the first time in 10 years. Turn up early, sell-out expected. 

The Not So Secret Society

The Not So Secret Society

From the team behind the hugely successful Bongo Club Cabaret and the UK's premier free variety night franchise, comes this epic family-friendly variety show, a generation in the making... 

The Lock-In Cabaret

The Lock-In Cabaret

This ever-growing Edinburgh Fringe institution is back for its fifth year! With a different line-up of top, hand-picked, Fringe acts every night, join hosts Griffin and Jones for the ultimate late-night variety show! Going by past experience, anything can happen! 

James Farmer – Scaredy Cat

James Farmer – Scaredy Cat

James Farmer (writer for 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order and Last Leg) is back for an hour of jokes about being a big scaredy cat. They say White Men Can’t Jump... 

Harriet Kemsley: Slutty Joan

Harriet Kemsley: Slutty Joan

Multi award-winning comic Harriet Kemsley pulls her skirt out of her pants and shames slut shaming. In a Cornell University study women rated fictional female peer, Joan, as emotionally unstable and less competent because she was sexually promiscuous... 

Susan Harrison Is a Bit Weepy

Susan Harrison Is a Bit Weepy

Susan Harrison's latest multiple-character show. From Madame Melancholy, to a lonely woodland creature, to a weather girl reporting on the Apocalypse, these characters are inspired by sadness but performed with joy... 

Magic Faraway Cabaret

Magic Faraway Cabaret

Always packed, this ‘fab lil cabaret party’ (Time Out) returns for its sixth year. Magic, variety, burlesque and sideshow acts are gift-wrapped by Mister Meredith in a world of fun and games... 

Dreamer: Sam Fitton

Dreamer: Sam Fitton

Sam returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with more magic, theatre and special effects to shake up the traditional magic show. Sleight of hand mastery, witty showmanship and magical inventions all combine as Sam spins stories through a series of phantasmagorical yet familiar scenes... 

The Singing Psychic: Medium School Dropout

The Singing Psychic: Medium School Dropout

Best Show, Funny Women nominee returns with brand-new school rebel stories, spookily accurate (if bonkers) audience readings plus games! ‘Uplifting celebration of humanity’ (Scotsman)... 

#Dave: Literally the Best Magician

#Dave: Literally the Best Magician

Twelve full-house Edinburgh Fringe runs. Three national tours. One TV special. Arrive early to avoid crushing disappointment. 'Ninja wizard' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Completely f*cking awesome' **** (Skinny)... 

Thea-Skot Through the Heart and You're to Blame

Thea-Skot Through the Heart and You're to Blame

Following her five-star smash-hit It's Thea-Skot in Here (So Take Off All Your Clothes), Alison Thea-Skot brings you a sizzling explosion of chaotic character comedy. A high-octane solo sketch show featuring a lovelorn Oyster card... 

Anna Morris: Bombastic

Anna Morris: Bombastic

The award-winning character comedian and star of Channel 4’s Lee and Dean celebrates four sell-out shows at the Voodoo Rooms with a mash-up of her favourite creations. Fearless comedy from the creator of international hit It’s Got to be Perfect (Best Show at Funny Women Awards), Dolly Mixture, Would Like to Thank and Bitchelors... 

Punel Show

Punel Show

Ever pundered what shows like Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, QI or Never Mind the Buzzcocks would be like if they were just puns? Punder no longer. Darren Walsh (BBC iWonder, Dave's Joke of the Fringe) and Mark Simmons (The Mirror's Joke of the Fringe, Seann Walsh tour support) join forces to present the Punel Show: a new panel game focused on puns and general silliness... 

Jim Swann: The Man With No Vaginas

Jim Swann: The Man With No Vaginas

Somewhere between who he is, who he thinks he is, who he wants to be, who he wishes he wasn’t and who he suspects people want him to think he is… you’ll find the child in adult’s clothing struggling to hide the fact that he has absolutely no idea what the bloody hell he’s doing. 

Mandy Knight: The Dark Knight

Mandy Knight: The Dark Knight

Mandy Knight has never had a birthday party. The only one she remembers was somebody else’s. It’s where she learnt the power of inappropriate outbursts. You’ll always win pass the parcel if you shout 'I haven't got a dad!' at the top of your voice... 

Chris Cook: Chance

Chris Cook: Chance

'Best show of 2017' ***** (WorldMagicReview.com). Chris Cook returns to the Fringe for his fifth year with a brand-new show. A phone call from an unknown number leads down a rabbit hole of unlikely coincidences... 

Phill Jupitus Is Porky the Poet in Living in a World Where They Throw the Ducks at the Bread

Phill Jupitus Is Porky the Poet in Living in a World Where They Throw the Ducks at the Bread

Porky’s back at the Free Fringe and in rare form after two UK tours supporting The Lovely Eggs as well as his alter ego Phill Jupitus, whom he’s not really that fond of. Let’s just say that since Nevermind the Buzzcocks was cancelled, the scales have shifted in poetry’s favour... 

She Wolf

She Wolf

Daughter, princess, wife, queen, mother, warmonger, widow and crone... monster? Queen Margaret of Anjou – the original Cersei Lannister; model for Claire Underwood; a woman so cutthroat and cold she would make Lady Macbeth sh*t her pants... 

#Dave: Luxury Magic Show

#Dave: Luxury Magic Show

Twelve full-house Edinburgh Fringe runs. Three national tours. One TV special. New show for 2018. Arrive early. Like, really early. 'Exemplary showmanship, funny, quick-witted... mind boggling' **** (PurpleRevolver... 

Elvis McGonagall: Full Tartan Jacket

Elvis McGonagall: Full Tartan Jacket

A man who can't write publicity blurb wants you to come and hear his anarchic wit, satirical verse and dazzling Weltschmerz. The twat. Join BBC Radio 4 regular and walking shortbread tin Elvis McGonagall as he bellows into the void of our post-truth world... 

Harry De Cruz Gets His Act Together

Harry De Cruz Gets His Act Together

Everyone has a party trick. Harry has 374 and counting. Watch the multidisciplined master at work as he brings his hotly anticipated one-man show to the Fringe for the first time. 'The king of party tricks’ (Dynamo) shares his incredible skills, takes on challenges from the audience and pits his wits against the clock to change your perception of what one man is capable of... 

Dominic Holland – The Glory Year

Dominic Holland – The Glory Year

Complete sell-out 2017. Eight four-star reviews, including the Scotsman, Herald, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday and Evening Standard. In the past he's tackled hard questions like: how do you know when to wash a towel or when an onion is peeled? This year, this fearless award-winning comic demands to know why we bother with dinner parties? An everyman (albeit with a superstar first son in Tom, Spider-Man), his great skill is picking apart his own life and making audiences laugh at themselves... 

Circled in the Radio Times by John Osborne

Circled in the Radio Times by John Osborne

TV has a special place in our hearts, for comforting us on a very personal level, and for giving us the communal experience of watching and talking about it. It is part of our national identity; all brits look at Inspector Morse or Eastenders or James Bond as a distinct part of their culture, whether high or low... 

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves... 9

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves... 9

One performance only. Turn up early, sell-out expected. 

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

HG Wells's sci-fi masterpiece is reborn as a brand new musical adventure. Original songs, a rip-roaring score, and live sound effects from 800,000 years in the future! Written and performed by film composer Laurence Owen and comedian Lindsay Sharman... 

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

The future is brought to you from the past in this musical adaptation of H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine as producer Miss Carrie and her mysterious singing guest record a radio broadcast in the 1950s, retelling the time-travellers’story... 

The Lock-In Cabaret

The Lock-In Cabaret

The Lock-In Cabaret is back for it's fourth year at Edinburgh Fringe! With a different line-up of top Fringe acts every night, hand-picked by hosts Griffin and Jones, this ever-growing institution is the late night variety show! 

Anna Morris: Bitchelors

Anna Morris: Bitchelors

The critically acclaimed character comic and creator of last year’s award-winning sell-out wedding comedy It’s Got to be Perfect returns. Morris revives 2014’s sell-out Would Like to Thank, as four characters compete at the Woman of the Year Awards, hosted by Georgina the Bride and judged by you... 

Chris Cook: Control

Chris Cook: Control

‘An absolute master of his stage and a reminder of how cool magic is’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Cheeky magician with the slickness of a stand-up’ **** (Stage). **** (ThreeWeeks)... 

Christopher Bliss: Writing Wrongs

Christopher Bliss: Writing Wrongs

Christopher Bliss writes two to three novels a day. He’s fairly well known amongst his family and friend, and he’s pretty sure he’s the best writer in his village. One of last year's 'hidden treasures' (Fest), Rob Carter's loveable character is back with a new hour of unique storytelling and literary blunders... 

Lee Hathaway: The MagDaddy – Free

Lee Hathaway: The MagDaddy – Free

The man who fooled Penn & Teller hits the Edinburgh Festival to assert himself as the pimp among magicians – or so he thinks! With over 20 years of experience as a professional magician, TV talent shows, the Youtube generation and media-whore celebrities are in all the firing line as Lee lets rip on the state of magic in the UK today and lets you in on some of the real secrets behind the façade... 

The Singing Psychic Game Show

The Singing Psychic Game Show

The Singing Psychic returns! Best Show, Funny Women 2016 nominee. Spookily accurate (if bonkers) audience readings, songs, 70s team games and prizes! Embrace the mystical mystery of The Singing Psychic as she "reads" the songs in your heart! Touring highlights include sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016 run (extra shows by popular demand) and BRIT Awards official after-party... 

Magic Faraway Cabaret

Magic Faraway Cabaret

Always packed, this ‘fab lil' cabaret party’ (Time Out) returns for its sixth year. Magic, variety, burlesque and sideshow acts are gift-wrapped by guest host Ada Campe – ‘very, very funny’ (Edinburgh Magic Circle)... 

#Dave: Literally the Best Magician

#Dave: Literally the Best Magician

Twelve full-house Edinburgh Fringe runs. Two national tours. One TV special. Arrive early to avoid crushing disappointment. ‘Ninja Wizard’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Completely f*cking awesome' **** (Skinny)... 

The Wedding Guest

The Wedding Guest

The Wedding Guest is an award-winning solo character comedy chronicling the ups and downs of two idiots, Juan Dominguez a thick-moustached general, and J’VaAnN a lovesick poet as they pine for the love of one woman; Leela. 

Abi Roberts: Fat Girl Dancing (Work in Progress)

Abi Roberts: Fat Girl Dancing (Work in Progress)

Radio 4’s Abi Roberts returns with a WIP show, flicking a V-sign, the finger and showing her arse to the consensus. Sacred cows will be prodded and there’s a finale guaranteed to send you away shouting freedom! ‘An incredible one of a kind stand-up… boisterous, laugh-out-loud humour that never once fails to gain laughs from the audience... 

Stunt Magician – Danger Dave Reubens

Stunt Magician – Danger Dave Reubens

Back with a brand new show, Danger Dave Reubens takes you on a crash course in daredevil antics, jaw-dropping magic and bizarre comedy. Your adrenaline fuelled host offers up exciting surprises and laughs accompanied with moments of edge-of-your-seat peril and an epic soundtrack... 

Hilda & The Spectrum

Hilda & The Spectrum

Weird comedy soul mates* Elf and Ryan perform their debut show. Part clown show, part autobiography, it's an absurd, camp comedy about ping-pong, the DDR and Angela Lansbury. Expect improvisation, time travel**, niche film references and lemons... 

The Ruby Darlings: Lil' Darling's Lady Power

The Ruby Darlings: Lil' Darling's Lady Power

The Ruby Darlings are back for a limited run only, presenting Lil’ Darling’s solo show. Join her and her 'funny bones' (ThisisCabaret.com) on an empowering, lip-roaring, tongue-bending musical journey through womanhood... 

Ben Dali: Take a Trance on Me

Ben Dali: Take a Trance on Me

After amazing audiences for two years with groundbreaking Strictly Come Trancing, the Fringe’s first and best hypnotist returns with a brand-new hypnotic experience. Take a Trance on Me invites audience volunteers to be hypnotised live on stage, before re-enacting a range of hilarious hypnosis sketches inspired by the madcap world of Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Jayde Adams: 31

Jayde Adams: 31

A flawless show from accomplished comedian Jayde Adams, 31 is a stunning blend of side-splitting comedy and heart-wrenching storytelling. The jokes are rolling-on-the-floor-laughing funny but the show’s emotional ending will stay with you long after you’ve forgotten the punchlines... 

Kieran Hodgson: Maestro

Kieran Hodgson: Maestro

Simultaneously one of the funniest and most heart-warming acts at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Kieran Hodgson is not to be missed. In Maestro, he tells of his ten-year effort to write a symphony, starting at the tender and precocious age of 13, after being inspired by his musical hero, the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler... 

Some Men All Biscuit – A Tribute Show

Some Men All Biscuit – A Tribute Show

A tribute to Half Man Half Biscuit's 30+ years in music. Fringe comedians perform their favourite HMHB track with a live band. Come and watch a possibly misguided attempt at homage as we pay tribute to the most underrated British band of the last three decades... 

Alexis Dubus Verses The World

Alexis Dubus Verses The World

“I’ve done absolutely no flyering for this show,” says Alexis Dubus, “so I have no idea why you’re here.” On the evidence of …Verses the World, he’s not entirely sure why he’s here either, but we should be very glad that he is... 

Laurence Owen: Cinemusical

Laurence Owen: Cinemusical

The 2015 Malcolm Hardee Award-winning sell-out hit returns for three nights only. Composer and comedian Laurence Owen presents a one-man musical of cinematic proportions. What do Disney princesses really wish for? Do James Bond villains just want to be loved? And what does the plucky animal sidekick really think of the heroic, hard-bitten cowboy? Accompanied by a rip-roaring original score, Cinemusical is a loving parody of the great maestros of Hollywood... 

John Otway

John Otway

Basking in the success of his movie, the two-hit wonder returns to Edinburgh. ‘He'll never make a record as good as his live shows but the world is a better place for him. A national treasure' (Q Magazine). 

The Lock-In Cabaret

The Lock-In Cabaret

Among its loyal fans the Lock-In Cabaret is fast becoming a Fringe institution! Hosted by the pioneers of slapdash magic Griffin and Jones, and starring the best acts on the Fringe, this is the late-night variety show! 'Mind blowing' (BroadwayBaby... 

The Simpsons Taught Me Everything I Know, Free

The Simpsons Taught Me Everything I Know, Free

Hi, I’m Yianni Agisilaou. You may remember me from such Edinburgh Fringe shows as Numb and Number (Nominated – Amused Moose Laughter Award) and Why Did the Chicken Cross the Line? (Nominated – Best Comedy Perth Fringe)... 

The Upper-Class Rapper

The Upper-Class Rapper

I’m the Upper-Class Rapper. Well, how do you do? I'm terribly amusing, and musical too. Tally ho, I’ll see you at the show. ‘Great comedy talent’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Very witty’ (Times)... 

Bluesy Woozy Man

Bluesy Woozy Man

Comedy with the blues – risible recollections of festivals, musicians, stolen instruments and the influence of morris dancing. Infused with blues harmonica and piano. Artist, philosopher, visionary? Or eccentric, fool, bumbler? ‘Brilliant natural clown’ (Daniel Kitson)... 

John-Luke Roberts Builds a Monster

John-Luke Roberts Builds a Monster

A thoughtful idiot builds a monstrous show for your entertainment. A monster in progress from the creator of Stnad-Up and Stdad-Up, co-creator of the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, and co-writer of Robert Lyndsay and Maureen Lipman’s sitcom Bull... 

Laura London: CHEAT

Laura London: CHEAT

Laura London is a magician who travels the world with just a deck of playing cards. Her passion for the secretive world of sleight of hand artists and crooked gamblers led her to make some extraordinary discoveries... 

Kirsty Newton: Life Begins at Party!

Kirsty Newton: Life Begins at Party!

It's a party… and you’re invited! Join human jukebox, musical comedy maestro and birthday girl Kirsty for a feel-good celebration of growing older disgracefully. Featuring songs, stand-up, singalongs, surprises, big-name guests and a bar... 

Chris Cook: White Lies

Chris Cook: White Lies

‘An absolute master of his stage... He made what seems impossible to the rest of us look effortless and is a reminder of how cool magic is’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Chris Cook lies for a living... 

Dave Alnwick: The Cult of Dave

Dave Alnwick: The Cult of Dave

Mind wizard. Cult leader. Dave. Will he convert you? Free magic show. ‘F*cking ginger ninja wizard’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Completely f*cking awesome’ ***** (LSM). ‘Genuinely impressive illusions’ **** (Skinny)... 

Punel Show

Punel Show

Ever pundered what shows like Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, QI or Never Mind The Buzzcocks would be like if they were just puns? Punder no longer. Darren Walsh (BBC iWonder, Dave's Joke of the fringe) and Mark Simmons (The Mirror's Joke of the Fringe, Seann Walsh tour support) join forces to present the Punel Show: A new panel game focused on puns and general silliness... 

Abi Roberts: Anglichanka

Abi Roberts: Anglichanka

Anglichanka (Englishwoman in Russian) is an exhilarating new comedy show about Abi living in the former Soviet Union in the 90s and her return after 18 years as the first UK comic to perform comedy in English and Russian... 

Anna Morris: It's Got to Be Perfect

Anna Morris: It's Got to Be Perfect

The critically acclaimed character comic and star of ITV2's Bad Bridesmaid and BBC One's Outnumbered returns with her smash hit, sell-out 2015 show. Georgina (of viral YouTube series Georgina’s Wedding Blogs) is getting married in Edinburgh and it’s got to be perfect... 

Eddy Brimson: Up the Anti

Eddy Brimson: Up the Anti

Raided at dawn, arrested for terrorism and a possible 13 years in prison: I've had better mornings! MI5, surveillance, democracy, class and them... a mix of stand-up and spoken word... 

The Ruby Darlings

The Ruby Darlings

The Ruby Darlings give an outrageously honest yet totally sexy look at life with a vagina. Want to know what a mooncup is? Discover the real beauty of the aubergine? Shave your pubes into crop circles? See this lip-roaring, tongue-bending musical journey through sexual inyourendos... 

Elf Lyons: Pelican

Elf Lyons: Pelican

Elf Lyons (Feminist Times' One to Watch) sometimes wants to kill her mother. So she’s made a show about it. Do other people feel like this? A recent graduate from L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Elf explores the age-old fear of turning into your mother and what it means to have it all… Media Eye Rising Star 2016... 

Charlie Caper: Wonder Wander

Charlie Caper: Wonder Wander

Wonderful magic from the winner of Sweden's Got Talent. About Charlie: 'The best sleight-of-hand you'll ever see' (Advertiser). 'Goodness!' (Stephen Fry). 'Will leave you entirely baffled' (Adelaidean)... 

Laurence Owen: Cinemusical High

Laurence Owen: Cinemusical High

The 2015 Malcolm Hardee Award winner returns with a brand new musical adventure. Composer-comedian Laurence Owen presents a one-man symphonic explosion of cinema tropes in an American high school setting... 

Magic Faraway Cabaret

Magic Faraway Cabaret

Always packed, this ‘fab lil cabaret party’ (Time Out) returns for its fifth year. Magic, variety, burlesque and sideshow acts are gift-wrapped by Mister Meredith in a world of fun and games... 

Aidan Goatley's 10 Films With My Dad

Aidan Goatley's 10 Films With My Dad

It’s hard to find a better word to describe Aiden Goatley’s comedy than sweet-natured. His show, which has been visibly honed over the last five years, focuses on the relationship with his father and films, and how the two have intertwined over the years... 

David Mills: Don't Get Any Ideas / Free

David Mills: Don't Get Any Ideas / Free

I wouldn’t normally mention a show’s venue in a comedy review, but David Mills is performing in a gorgeous space in the Voodoo Rooms. Beautifully adorned with perfect acoustics, it’s a much better arena than many on the paid Fringe... 

Chris Cook: Truth or Dare

Chris Cook: Truth or Dare

Chris Cook is an unexpected gem of Edinburgh Fringe magicians, and an absolute master of his stage. His show this year, Truth or Dare, is a testament to the captivating nature of skillful and surprising magic... 

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves... 7

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves... 7

This show is reviewer proof. Not because of the exceptionally long title that can’t fit into most editing boxes, not because it’s only on once and thus the review can have no effect during the festival itself and not even because the show’s reputation is so mysterious that people are going to go and see it anyway... 

Anna Morris: It's Got To Be Perfect

Anna Morris: It's Got To Be Perfect

I’ve always somewhat despised weddings. Often just a swamp of superficiality, they just seem like an unnecessary, blown-out party in which the bride gets her superficial day in the sun... 

John Lennon: In His Own Write

John Lennon: In His Own Write

John Lennon was not only a Beatle, but also a skilled short fiction writer, poet and doodler. His first book In His Own Write was published in 1964 – a wildly imaginative collection of various writing and drawings... 

Edward Hilsum: Genie

Edward Hilsum: Genie

A family magic show accessible for even the youngest of children, Edward Hilsum: Genie is a charming magical experience.The show revolves around the simple concept of Hilsum granting the wishes of members of his audience... 

Thrill-Seeking Pianist WLTM Like-Minded Audience for NSA Fun and Good Times

Thrill-Seeking Pianist WLTM Like-Minded Audience for NSA Fun and Good Times

Some cabaret performers attempt to lull you into a false sense of security about what they do, but thankfully any audience finds out quickly enough what they’re going to get from that svelte and sophisticated gentleman about town, Mr Meredith... 

Tales from a Cabaret

Tales from a Cabaret

The Creative Martyrs, that white-faced Laurel and Hardy of existential cabaret terrorism, are not men to be trifled with, as some rather talkative front-row audience members discovered during this particular performance of Tales from a Cabaret... 

Funny Women Awards 2015 Semi-Final

Funny Women Awards 2015 Semi-Final

The Funny Women Awards have been promoting female comic talent for over a decade, and witnessed some fantastic acts who are now major names on the comedy circuit. Join us for a stellar line-up of up-and-coming comic performers, all vying for a place in the Funny Women Awards Final, and a chance to spot the next big thing! All proceeds from the Awards go to domestic violence charity, Refuge. 

Al Lubel: Al Lubel Free

Al Lubel: Al Lubel Free

'Al has one of the best jokes I've ever heard' (Jerry Seinfeld). 'A terrifically funny comedian' (David Letterman). 'A cult superstar in the making' (Bruce Dessau, BeyondtheJoke.co... 

Otway

Otway

The two-hit wonder movie star returns to Edinburgh. ‘He'll never make a record as good as his live shows but the world is a better place for him. A national treasure’ (Q Magazine). 

The Lock-In Cabaret

The Lock-In Cabaret

After last year's smash-hit, sell out run, the Lock-In Cabaret is back! Award-winning magicians Griffin and Jones, ‘bizarre, hilarious and anarchic’ (MagicNight.co.uk), bring their own brand of late night variety entertainment, joined by the finest acts on the cabaret circuit... 

Mr Susie's Last Chance Cabaret

Mr Susie's Last Chance Cabaret

Mr Susie has one hour to save cabaret. Being from another planet he has no idea what cabaret is. Mark Davison (BBC Three's Cuckoo, C4's Toast of London and The Doctor Brown Show, he is also one third of online sketch trio The Exploding Heads) returns with last year's show updated with new content for 2015... 

James Hamilton Is So Lonely – Free

James Hamilton Is So Lonely – Free

The hotly anticipated solo debut of a multi award-winning sketch comedian is probably happening elsewhere. Meanwhile, James Hamilton (another multi award-winning sketch comedian, significantly less anticipated) presents a solo(nely) debut of his own... 

Magic Faraway Cabaret

Magic Faraway Cabaret

Always packed, this ‘fab lil cabaret party’ (Time Out) returns to Edinburgh for its fourth year with the pick of the Fringe's burlesque, magic, variety and sideshow. A world away from your average mixed bill night... 

Imaginary Colin

Imaginary Colin

Another big hairy show from Jessica Fostekew, writer on 8 out of 10 Cats, Mock The Week and News Quiz. We’re always looking at what the future holds but what does it drop? It hasn’t even got any hands... 

Most People Aren't That Happy, Anyway

Most People Aren't That Happy, Anyway

John Osborne has been performing poetry since 2006 at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Latitude. His poems have been broadcast on BBC 6 Music and Radio 1. The creator of John Peel's Shed and Radio 4 regular is in Edinburgh again, this time having a go at his first hour-long poetry show... 

Elf Lyons: Being Barbarella

Elf Lyons: Being Barbarella

Meet the most dyspraxic five-star astronavigatrix and enthusiastic sexy comedian of the future. Inspired by the film Barbarella, join Elf, the Feminist Times’ One to Watch, on her fast-paced exploration through the world of sexuality – from dressage horses, sci-fi superheroes and the secret life of sharks... 

Laurence Owen: Cinemusical

Laurence Owen: Cinemusical

Award-winning film composer and Musical Comedy Awards finalist Laurence Owen presents a one-man musical of cinematic proportions. What do Disney princesses really wish for? Do James Bond villains just want to be loved? And what does the plucky animal sidekick really think of the heroic, hard-bitten cowboy? Accompanied by a rip-roaring original score, Cinemusical is a loving parody of the great maestros of Hollywood... 

Danielle Ward: Dani Frankenstein

Danielle Ward: Dani Frankenstein

Nottingham's third best lady female hip hop MC (from the Bestwood Park/Top Valley area) Dani Frankenstein brings her unique mix of sexy ballads and high energy beats to Edinburgh. A new show from Danielle Ward, Time Out award-winning comedian, writer and musician and brains behind Fringe hits Gutted, Karaoke Circus and Do The Right Thing... 

Jayde Adams' Kahuzzi!

Jayde Adams' Kahuzzi!

Join multi award-winning comedian Jayde Adams in Kahuzzi! A night chock-full of laughter and featuring the hottest acts from around the festival, all month long. 

John-Luke Roberts: Stdad-Up

John-Luke Roberts: Stdad-Up

An idiotic comedy show about having and then not having a father, and how stupid you need to make yourself look to get away with speaking ill of the dead. A brand new, incredibly silly show from the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society co-host and Radio 4 News Quiz writer, who's currently training with Philippe Gaulier... 

Kieran Hodgson: Lance

Kieran Hodgson: Lance

In 2003 Lance Armstrong won his 5th Tour de France title, and a young boy in West Yorkshire believed in him. Now a character comedian, he (the boy) returns to the Fringe with a heartfelt and hilarious story of growing up, betrayal by professional athletes, and redemption... 

Abi Roberts: Downtown Abi

Abi Roberts: Downtown Abi

Pull up to the bumper and go downtown with Abi and her Labrador* Al Qaeda. Join her in tales of Welsh debauchery, the perils of singing karaoke in Moscow and an unfortunate incident with Jeremy Clarkson in Harrods... 

10 Films with My Dad

10 Films with My Dad

10 Films With My Dad is a PowerPoint assisted piece of stand up telling the story of one man’s relationship with his father.Aidan Goatly, Brighton resident, pet shop manager and star of the show, is less stand-up comedian than he is a dad and husband showing a close knit group of friends his latest holiday photos... 

Experimental: The Show That Plays With Your Mind

Experimental: The Show That Plays With Your Mind

An interactive experience like no other as you take part in live mind-blowing experiments that will make you laugh, scream and gasp. There's no performer. It's just you and the unknown... 

John-Luke Roberts: Stnad-Up

John-Luke Roberts: Stnad-Up

John-Luke Roberts delivered his usual off-the-wall comic offerings in this enjoyable hour at the Voodoo Rooms. His recent long term relationship has just come to an end, but Roberts insists that it’s ‘not a breakup show’... 

The Ruby Darlings Show

The Ruby Darlings Show

If this is what you get in Free Fringe, it makes you wonder how the paid gigs will ever pull the punters in! At the top end, financially, Fringe shows are squeezed by the big boys – and they are mostly boys – with their big money to chuck at shows; at the other end – but only in a financial sense – there’s this... 

Casual Violence: Om Nom Nom Nominous - Free

Casual Violence: Om Nom Nom Nominous - Free

Sometimes the proof of a great show comes from hints that your body gives you: your face hurts because you’ve been grinning so much, a consistent silent laughter that you are desperately trying to control erupts, and you might even contract a bout of hiccoughs... 

Elf Lyons - Underground Success

Elf Lyons - Underground Success

Standing at an impressive six feet, Elf Lyons is a comedic force to be reckoned with. She has accomplished a lot in her twenty three years. In 2010, she formed the ‘The Secret Comedians’, a successful array of affordable comedy nights which have been performed in Bristol and London on a biweekly basis over the past four years... 

The Creative Martyrs: Cabapocalypsaret

The Creative Martyrs: Cabapocalypsaret

Last year the Creative Martyrs offered weary Fringe-goers refuge from the apocalypse in their musical show at the end of the world. They encouraged the huddled masses to work together to rebuild society using the egalitarian world of cabaret as a model... 

Chris Cook: Charlatan

Chris Cook: Charlatan

Chris might be new to the Fringe but it certainly looks like he will be back again. The crowd were initially uncertain as to what was to come, however he captured their attention from the first trick... 

The Lock-In Cabaret

The Lock-In Cabaret

Award-winning magicians Griffin and Jones, ‘bizarre, hilarious and anarchic’ (Magic Night), bring their own brand of late night variety entertainment, joined by the finest acts on the cabaret circuit... 

John Kearns - Shtick

John Kearns - Shtick

Yet another show from the winner of last year's Foster's Best Newcomer Award. Barry Award nominee 2014. Triple nominee at the Chortle Awards 2014. What was said about last year's show... 

And the Goat Remained a Goat

And the Goat Remained a Goat

Harry Price: ghost hunter, psychic investigator, conjurer and debunker, a man of mystery and contradictions. Uncover his myth with Professor Richard Wiseman, The Creative Martyrs, a little magic, music and some paranormal happenings. 

Quint Fontana 'I Remember Me'

Quint Fontana 'I Remember Me'

Quint Fontana is back, and he remembers who he is! Once the blue-eyed boy of British pop, now a bona fide showbiz legend, Quint Fontana recalls the songs, stories, triumphs and tragedies that have made him the mega star he is today... 

Gerry Howell's Portal of Discovery

Gerry Howell's Portal of Discovery

‘Gloriously inventive’ (Chortle.co.uk) Gerry Howell performs his one-man play in which a comedian struggles to write a show for the Edinburgh Festival. It's funny, clever and free... 

Madame Magenta: Libros Mystica

Madame Magenta: Libros Mystica

Do you want one last chat with your dear, dead granny? Are you profoundly lonely? Do you smell? Psychic, medium, whyte wytch and celebrated author Madame Magenta can help you! Terms and conditions apply... 

Rosie Wilby: Nineties Woman

Rosie Wilby: Nineties Woman

Funny Women finalist and BBC Radio 4 regular Rosie studied at York University in the early 90s against a backdrop of John Major and Riot Grrrl. She discovered the women's newspaper Matrix and decided to join the collective... 

Kieran Hodgson: French Exchange

Kieran Hodgson: French Exchange

In 2003 a US led coalition went to war with Iraq and Kieran Hodgson spent 10 days living with a very nice French family. Fresh from appearances on Jonathan Creek and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, character comedian Kieran Hodgson returns to the Fringe with a brand new hour exploring his formative experiences on an unforgettable school trip where he truly learnt the meaning of croissants, which is crescents... 

Abi Roberts: Twerk in Progress

Abi Roberts: Twerk in Progress

Hotly-tipped comedy starlet Abi Roberts comes in like a wrecking ball with her debut stand-up show. She twerks, jerks and acts like a berk whilst asking big questions like: why does jazz have to go on for so long? With sizzling riffs, unique impressions and bits in actual Russian, this sensational hour about grabbing life by the b******s will have you cheering for more... 

Mr Susie's Last Chance Cabaret

Mr Susie's Last Chance Cabaret

Mr Susie, the innocent yet hopelessly confused alien, has one hour to save cabaret. It’s a shame he has no idea what cabaret is. A show about doing a show, with music and dancing and no clue about anything whatsoever...