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Free Festival Shows

Have a look through our selection of shows... we are sure to have something you'll want to see in Edinburgh this August - from children's shows to cabaret; standup comedy to tragic drama. There's something for everyone at the Free Festival!


List Shows: By Name | By Start Time


Listings for 25 August, sorted by Start Time

12:00

Ollie Horn: Before/After

Ollie Horn: Before/After

Comedy

Ollie Horn: Before/After

Comedy

The Counting House / The Ballroom
AUG 13-14, 18-20, 25 at 12:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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Ollie Horn (“a natural” - Broadway Baby) follows his critically-acclaimed debut hour with a new show about what happens when you let yourself try new things. - - - Ollie's 2019 show "Pig in Japan" told the story of Ollie moving to Japan, and becoming a little bit famous. It enjoyed packed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe, before selling out a 14 city international tour, and was filmed for Amazon Prime release. Critical acclaim for Pig in Japan: “Culture shock comedy has been done before, but Pig in Japan is a very fine example. Ollie Horn’s pure and joyous dedication to telling...


'Aaaaaaaargh it’s The One Liner Show!

'Aaaaaaaargh it’s The One Liner Show!

Comedy

'Aaaaaaaargh it’s The One Liner Show!

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 7-29 at 12:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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Enjoy an hour of the best up-and-coming one-liner comedians on the circuit in this celebration of puns, one-liners and wordplay, all held together by your host Masai Graham (UK Pun Champion 2016). (Joke of the Fringe 2016)....


Daphna Barum: Unmuted

Daphna Barum: Unmuted

Comedy

Daphna Barum: Unmuted

Comedy

The Counting House / The Lounge
AUG 19-29 at 12:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book Tickets from £5

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A year indoors left Daphna Baram, a sociable animal even at the worst of times, compelled to spend the first year of her 50s chatting with her unforgiving self. When she ran home to mummy, she found herself in the middle of a war. 'Supremely talented... as biting as it is funny'. ★★★★★ (DailyInfo.co.uk) 'Masterful... Her fantastic way with words and bone-dry humour have the audience in fits of laughter... Superbly refreshing' (Issuu.com/BunburyMagazine). 'Fresh and enlightening, her warmth elevating the gentle, conversational nature of her delivery'. a...


Alex Farrow: Philosophy Pig

Alex Farrow: Philosophy Pig

Comedy

Alex Farrow: Philosophy Pig

Comedy

32 Below / The Cellar
AUG 7-29 at 12:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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Alex Farrow: Philosophy Pig. A hilarious investigation into animals and philosophy. From host of award-winning Jericho Comedy as recommended by the Telegraph, the ipaper, Sunday Times and Chortle. His show ‘Bat Chat’ was the first stand-up performance anywhere in the UK in 2021. Alex returns to the Edinburgh Fringe after a sell-out 2019 show: Philosophy A-Level. “Hysterics verge upon borderline adoration.” – The Mumble ★★★★. “An engaging and entertaining pairing of learning and good humour!” – ★★★★ The Latest, Brighton. As heard on BBC Radio 4....


13:00

let me HOWL

let me HOWL

Spoken Word

let me HOWL

Spoken Word

The Hanover Tap / The Wee Tap
AUG 23-29 at 13:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book Tickets from £2.50

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‘I FIDDLE WITH FEELING – I’M A POET 'I ALSO FIDDLE WITH WORDS – I’M A PSYCHOTHERAPIST‘. poetTess Most of us have experienced absence to some degree during the past eighteen months, even if it’s solely the life we once knew. Absence/loss is universal, but there can also be gains depending on how we deal with the slithers of silver mined from a dark pit. This is a show with a difference: anyone who has a heart will find poetTess’s uplifting story truly mind-blowingingly-memorable, motivational and mightily moving. In defeat Tess learned to fly. You can too. Some Feedback: O...


Will Mars: My Life's A Joke!

Will Mars: My Life's A Joke!

Comedy

Will Mars: My Life's A Joke!

Comedy

The Counting House / The Ballroom
AUG 7-29 at 13:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book Tickets from £2.50

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Brilliantly self-deprecating stand-up, Will Mars, is a supercharged combination of old-school joke-telling and modern, autobiographical wit. He's a 'comic tour de force' (EdFringeReview.com) and star of FOX's Showtime at The Apollo, BBC's Stand Up for Comic Relief and NBC's Trial By Laughter. His rapid pace means 'he does not short change his audience' (Three Weeks). In fact, this show might have more laughs than any other performance at the Fringe. How does he do that? Let's just say, Will Mars, speaks fluent one-liners. ”Damn that dude is funny" (Steve Harvey) 'Top 10 Funniest Jo...


Amazing Adventures of Her Majesty at 90+

Amazing Adventures of Her Majesty at 90+

Comedy

Amazing Adventures of Her Majesty at 90+

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 20-27 at 13:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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Affectionate musical comedy on the world's longest-serving monarch, now sadly bereft of her consort of 73 years. This is the story of a thoroughly modern, fully empowered female role model - she is a woman heading up a country, after all. This powerful, colourful lady head-of-state reflects on her long life and finally reveals her 'all' to her people, taking us on a riotous ride into hitherto unseen aspects of her story. You are regally commanded to join the singing, dancing Queen for tea, cake and more than you bargained for, with audience participation, SingalongaLiz & quiz. Don't miss t...


14:00

Ew Girl, You Nasty

Ew Girl, You Nasty

Comedy

Ew Girl, You Nasty

Comedy

The Counting House / The Lounge
AUG 19-25 at 14:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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Take a gonzo dive into a world of sex dungeons, meth, & so much more with New York City comedian, Katharyn Henson. This show is fun and tasteless and chronicles the life and times of Katharyn Henson, a woman with a penchant for hedonism that has the energy of Jackie O... with a drug problem. Described as "hair-raising stand-up," you won't see many shows this scandalous, smutty, & smart. “This show is a blast. Hair-raising stand-up... this woman is kicking some serious comedy ass." - Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
 
"Brilliant comic observation after brilliant comic ob...



Nicole Harris: No Brainer

Nicole Harris: No Brainer

Comedy

Nicole Harris: No Brainer

Comedy

32 Below / The Cellar
AUG 23-29 at 14:15 (30 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book Tickets from £2.50

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No Brainer is a show that does exactly what it says on the tin! Don't think about it, it's a No Brainer! Just come along and enjoy the unique comedy of Nicole Harris who will entertain the audience as though they were guests in her own home and she will be the perfect host. The best thing about live comedy is you never know what will happen and Nicole will exploit this as she improvises material by reacting to what's happening in the room but also bringing her finely tuned gags to the performance. This is a No Brainer in every sense of the word! "A Force of Nature" (Arthur Smith). "Taking L...


Best of Fringe stand-up

Best of Fringe stand-up

Comedy

Best of Fringe stand-up

Comedy

Bar 50 / The Alcove
AUG 17-29 at 14:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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It's been a long time since we could go see live comedy, but it's back! Award-winning comic Ben Clover presents a different bill of top stand-ups each evening. Different acts every night!...


'Aaaaaaargh! It’s 101 Clean Jokes in 30 minutes!

'Aaaaaaargh! It’s 101 Clean Jokes in 30 minutes!

Comedy

'Aaaaaaargh! It’s 101 Clean Jokes in 30 minutes!

Comedy

The Hanover Tap / The Wee Tap
AUG 7-29 at 14:30 (30 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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Award-winning gag merchant and UK Pun Champion 2016, Joke of the fringe winner 2016 Masai Graham, delivers over 100 clean jokes in just half an hour. Expect puns, one-liners and wordplay in this 3.3 laughs-per-minute bonanza. 'Annoyingly good' (Gary Delaney, Mock the Week). 'Flashes of proper genius' (Chortle.co.uk). For anyone who can't get to the venue and wants to watch this show online, it will also be live streamed on Twitch.tv/MasaiGraham ...


15:00

Stand-up Philosophy

Stand-up Philosophy

Comedy

Stand-up Philosophy

Comedy

The Counting House / The Ballroom
AUG 7-29 at 15:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book Tickets from £

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Comedians look at the hilarious side of philosophy. Come if you love comedy about big ideas. Teachers Charlie Duncan Saffrey and Alex Farrow host an ever-changing lineup of top stand-ups exploring love, knowledge, meaning and more. Funny answers to the big questions and funny questions to get to the big answers. Different topics everyday. With sell out shows across the UK....


Not My Audience!

Not My Audience!

Comedy

Not My Audience!

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 7-8, 10-29 at 15:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets for £5

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The hit stand-up panel show where the audience can join in the fun without being picked on! Three top stand-ups answer the daft questions the you've picked, and respond by using the anonymous survey to impress the audience in our fiendish stand-up challenges. You log into our exclusive app before the show starts, and we find out what kind of people our audience are by asking questions like "would you prefer Ariana Grande or a Venti Macchiato" and "what do you think lips should taste of?". Then, once the comedians have got the measure you, they battle to impress you by thinking on their...


Sameer Katz: God Loves Irony

Sameer Katz: God Loves Irony

Comedy

Sameer Katz: God Loves Irony

Comedy

The Counting House / The Lounge
AUG 7-29 at 15:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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Why is it that so many things in life seem like a cruel joke? People who love animals are allergic; oxygen is poisonous; the cause for baldness and body hair are the same. It's because God loves irony. He must be British! Sameer Katz brings his fifth show to the Fringe! American born, Cambridge educated, sooo call it even. He asks why irony is all around us in this insightful, observational show. Sameer has performed across the UK, NYC and LA to name a few. Amused Moose National New Comic Award - semifinalist 2018 "A particular talent for improvisation" **** - deadline. "We were b...


'Aaaaaargh it’s 101 Naughty jokes in 30 minutes

'Aaaaaargh it’s 101 Naughty jokes in 30 minutes

Comedy

'Aaaaaargh it’s 101 Naughty jokes in 30 minutes

Comedy

The Hanover Tap / The Wee Tap
AUG 7-29 at 15:30 (30 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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Award-winning gag merchant and UK Pun Champion 2016, Joke of the fringe winner 2016 Masai Graham, delivers over 100 naughty jokes in just half an hour. Expect puns, one-liners and wordplay in this 3.3 laughs-per-minute bonanza. 'Annoyingly good' (Gary Delaney, Mock the Week). 'Flashes of proper genius' (Chortle.co.uk). For anyone who can't get to the venue and wants to watch this show online, it will also be live streamed on Twitch.tv/MasaiGraham ...


Darius Davies: Don't be Sh*t

Darius Davies: Don't be Sh*t

Comedy

Darius Davies: Don't be Sh*t

Comedy

32 Below / The Cellar
AUG 7-29 at 15:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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Just the best bits from over a decade in comedy. All killer no filler. Guaranteed laughs. ★★★★★ 'One of the funniest, most thought-provoking stand-up shows this Fringe" Fringe Feed ★★★★★ “Highly funny…with charisma and awareness” ★★★★" A rare gem of the 2019 Fringe” Broadway World ★★★★ “hilariously outlandish raw material” Chortle ★★★★ "Davies’ is high-octane...a great and funny” Voice Magazine ★★★★ "A confident a...



A Cut Above

A Cut Above

Comedy

A Cut Above

Comedy

Bar 50 / The Alcove
AUG 21-29 at 15:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Want - On Sale soon

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A showcase new to EdFringe with some of the best comedians around doing new and established material. A Cut Above likes to do things a bit different with a few surprises. (4 stars - Perth Fringefeed) A showcase new to EdFringe with some of the best comedians from around the Fringe with new and established material, doing things a bit differently with a few surprises, so come and enjoy some afternoon comedy with a difference. We aren't cut from the same comedy cloth as most showcases, we are A Cut Above. "Fancy a bit of comedy but can’t quite decide who to see first? Want the best...


16:00

COMEDY FREAK SHOW

COMEDY FREAK SHOW

Comedy

COMEDY FREAK SHOW

Comedy

The Counting House / The Ballroom
AUG 15-29 at 16:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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Come one, come all to this tragic affair! Stand Up comedy show featuring acts that are positively freaky. Hosted by the nations sweetheart, Tom Lawrinson - "Wonderful, if slightly horrific!" - Jon Ronson. BBC NEW COMEDY AWARD (Shortlisted) BBC 50/50 (Winner)...


Ay Up it's Stand Up: Paddy Young & Adam Flood

Ay Up it's Stand Up: Paddy Young & Adam Flood

Comedy

Ay Up it's Stand Up: Paddy Young & Adam Flood

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 22-29 at 16:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book Tickets from £2.50

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Two 30-minute sets of stand-up from up-and-coming comedians from the North of England, Paddy Young (As seen on ITV2, Sky, Channel 4) and Adam Flood (BBC New Comedian 2019 Nominee, Winner of BTF World Series Panel Prize). "Funny, very very funny" Mumble Comedy "Quirky, charming and breathtakingly funny.” - Scott Capurro, Perrier Award Winner...


Ben Clover - Oh Nyeah Yeah!

Ben Clover - Oh Nyeah Yeah!

Comedy

Ben Clover - Oh Nyeah Yeah!

Comedy

The Hanover Tap / The Wee Tap
AUG 7-16, 18-29 at 16:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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Multi-award winning Fringe veteran Ben Clover brings his latest stand-up show to the Hanover Tap. He let his four-year-old name the show but wrote all the jokes himself. Top stand-up with a mystery gimmick. "A delight" - Chortle "Comedy Gold" Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard...


17:00

2020 Re-Vision - Vladimir McTavish

2020 Re-Vision - Vladimir McTavish

Comedy

2020 Re-Vision - Vladimir McTavish

Comedy

The Counting House / The Lounge
AUG 7-9, 11-16, 18-29 at 17:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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A Comedy Review of The Year That Was Cancelled from "one of the finest acts on the Scottish comedy circuit" (Guardian). It was widely agreed that the world was f***ed in January 2020. Then we had a global pandemic. Biting satire, as seen on BBC Scotland's Comedy Underground. Sell-out in 2018 and 2019. Didn't sell out in 2020. Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award and Scottish Comedy Awards. “Amiable yet strident swipes against the horrors in store” (Scotsman) "Inspired comedy brilliance" (Australian Stage)...


White Chicks 2 (Work in Progress)

White Chicks 2 (Work in Progress)

Comedy

White Chicks 2 (Work in Progress)

Comedy

32 Below / The Cellar
AUG 23-29 at 17:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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Alex Bertulis-Fernandes and Sharlin Jahan are proud to present White Chicks 2 (Work in Progress), a split hour from two stand-ups who happen to be brown women. Neither of them have seen White Chicks.

Alex Bertulis-Fernandes (2Northdown New Act Semi-Finalist and So You Think You're Funny? Semi-Finalist) has been praised by BBC Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor of Comedy for her “really great performing style” and “astute” material.

Sharlin Jahan (Bath Comedy Festival New Act Runner-up and Rising Star Finalist ) has been descri...


Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

Bar 50 / The Alcove
AUG 17-29 at 17:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book Tickets from £5

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See the very best comedians selected from across the Fringe, with a different top-notch comedy line-up every night – as this show returns to Edinburgh for its 18th year. Line-ups include performers selected from Fringe shows and the international comedy circuit, making this absolutely the best way to see great Fringe comedy... and you can pay what you want to watch. A worldwide hit show in the UK, Australia and Asia. ★★★★★ “Cracking Comedy Selection” Cream of the Fringe, UK ★★★★★ If you are looking for a very funny show...


18:00

Songs to My Dog at Midnight

Songs to My Dog at Midnight

Theatre

Songs to My Dog at Midnight

Theatre

Online Shows / The Internet - YouTube Streaming
AUG 6-30 at 18:00 (60 min) - Free Stream (Unticketed)

Short, quirky show featuring one woman and her dog. Finding herself at a moment of reflection, Janet confides in the only one who will listen, her beloved hound Byron...



Comedy Queers

Comedy Queers

Comedy

Comedy Queers

Comedy

The Counting House / The Ballroom
AUG 19-29 at 18:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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A fabulous selection of outrageous Queer performers from across the fringe. "Incredibly, hilarious, camp comedy ****" (Deadline News). The 2018/19 smash hit sell out show returns! Award winning comedian and confirmed gay lord Dan Tiernan presents a showcase of some of the finest LGTBTQ+ stand-ups the fringe has to offer. Get your evening started with a bang, this is the campest comedy showcase in town. Our daily changing roster of comedians is one of the most diverse line ups at the fringe. Come along and join the party....


Leo Kearse - Cancel Culture

Leo Kearse - Cancel Culture

Comedy

Leo Kearse - Cancel Culture

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 7-30 at 18:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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A standup show about comedy triggering the wrath of woke mobs. My comedy has led to accusations of transphobia (despite writing the offending material with a transgender woman I was dating), racism (which led to me getting blacklisted by clubs), sexism (fair do’s) and ableism. I’ve also been criticised by climate activists, socialists and vegans and I’ve had fat activists demonstrate against my shows. Am I really a bad person? Can comedy survive under the constant threat of cancellation?...


Ollie Horn: Before/After

Ollie Horn: Before/After

Comedy

Ollie Horn: Before/After

Comedy

The Hanover Tap / The Wee Tap
AUG 7-29 at 18:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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Ollie Horn (“a natural” - Broadway Baby) follows his critically-acclaimed debut hour with a new show about what happens when you let yourself try new things. - - - Ollie's 2019 show "Pig in Japan" told the story of Ollie moving to Japan, and becoming a little bit famous. It enjoyed packed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe, before selling out a 14 city international tour, and was filmed for Amazon Prime release. Critical acclaim for Pig in Japan: “Culture shock comedy has been done before, but Pig in Japan is a very fine example. Ollie Horn’s pure and joyous dedication to telling...


Will Mars: Life in One-Liners

Will Mars: Life in One-Liners

Comedy

Will Mars: Life in One-Liners

Comedy

The Counting House / The Lounge
AUG 7-29 at 18:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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It's a Fringe 1st. A life story told completely in one-liners. Will Mars is the star of Fox's Showtime at The Apollo, BBC's Stand Up for Comic Relief and NBC's Trial By Laughter. An hour in his company is 'a joy to experience' (MumbleComedy.net). There's no other comedian quite like him. 'He's unique and hilarious' (Adelaide Advertiser). Top 10 Funniest Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe (Dave TV). Top 50 Best One-Liners from the Edinburgh Fringe (Scotsman). Top 50 Funniest One-Liners Ever (Daily Mail). Top 100 Best Jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe (Independent). ”Damn that dude is fun...


Best of Fringe stand-up

Best of Fringe stand-up

Comedy

Best of Fringe stand-up

Comedy

32 Below / The Cellar
AUG 7-16, 18-29 at 18:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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It's been a long time since we could go see live comedy, but it's back! Award-winning comic Ben Clover presents a different bill of top stand-ups each evening. Different acts every night!...


2020 Re-Vision - Vladimir McTavish

2020 Re-Vision - Vladimir McTavish

Comedy

2020 Re-Vision - Vladimir McTavish

Comedy

Bar 50 / The Alcove
AUG 22-29 at 18:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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A Comedy Review of The Year That Was Cancelled from "one of the finest acts on the Scottish comedy circuit" (Guardian). It was widely agreed that the world was f***ed in January 2020. Then we had a global pandemic. Biting satire, as seen on BBC Scotland's Comedy Underground. Sell-out in 2018 and 2019. Didn't sell out in 2020. Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award and Scottish Comedy Awards. “Amiable yet strident swipes against the horrors in store” (Scotsman) "Inspired comedy brilliance" (Australian Stage)...


19:00

Comedy Arcade Live

Comedy Arcade Live

Comedy

Comedy Arcade Live

Comedy

The Counting House / The Ballroom
AUG 25-29 at 19:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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Part game show and part chat show. Host London Welsh comedian Vix Leyton, holds an ever-changing numbered list of 30 possible subjects - from everyday to current affairs - and invites your favourite comics to compete to take the mic with stories, anecdotes, jokes or even songs, like a parlour game at the best fantasy dinner party you could ever imagine. The game - fun. The rules - highly convoluted. The laughs - constant....


Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 7-30 at 19:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book Tickets from £5

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See the very best comedians selected from across the Fringe, with a different top-notch comedy line-up every night – as this show returns to Edinburgh for its 18th year. Line-ups include performers selected from Fringe shows and the international comedy circuit, making this absolutely the best way to see great Fringe comedy... and you can pay what you want to watch. A worldwide hit show in the UK, Australia and Asia. ★★★★★ “Cracking Comedy Selection” Cream of the Fringe, UK ★★★★★ If you are looking for a very funny show...



'Aaaaaargh it’s the Monster Stand Up Show

'Aaaaaargh it’s the Monster Stand Up Show

Comedy

'Aaaaaargh it’s the Monster Stand Up Show

Comedy

The Hanover Tap / The Wee Tap
AUG 7-29 at 19:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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Feast on five of the tastiest up-and-coming comedians on the circuit in this stand-up comedy showcase, including your award-winning host Masai Graham, featuring a different line-up everyday. ...


20:00

Tom Mayhew: From Rags to Slightly Newer Rags

Tom Mayhew: From Rags to Slightly Newer Rags

Comedy

Tom Mayhew: From Rags to Slightly Newer Rags

Comedy

Online Shows / The Internet - Zoom Show
AUG 6-30 at 20:00 (60 min) - Free (Ticketed)

Tom Mayhew is a professional comedian. Well, he was. Over the last 18 months, he has sold out West End venues and signed on; he then stopped signing on to perform his own Radio 4 stand-up series. It's been both the most and least successful period of his career. ‘It is genuine, powerful, political stuff.' **** The Scotsman ‘Authentic material we can relate to: funny, sharp, intelligent, meaningful and pleasing.' **** Chortle ‘Mayhew is passionate, articulate and – above all else – hilarious. **** The Skinny 'Tory-hating leftie.' **** The Daily Mail...


UK Pun Off at the Fringe

UK Pun Off at the Fringe

Comedy

UK Pun Off at the Fringe

Comedy

Online Shows / The Internet - Faceboook Streaming
AUG 22-29 at 20:00 (60 min) - Free Stream (Unticketed)

The UK Pun Off is bringing its show to the online Edinburgh Fringe! Top pun and one liner comics from around the world pun off in the bid for one liner supremacy in this wordplay battle for the ages. We also look for the audience to send in their own puns on the night and there are prizes for the best. Over 100 shows can be seen on our social media pages @ukpunoff for a flavour of the fun we have!...


Lovefool

Lovefool

Theatre

Lovefool

Theatre

The Counting House / The Lounge
AUG 18-28 at 20:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book Tickets from £5

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What if the last time you dated, you were doused in Impulse Body Spray and The Spice Girls were at number one? Finding a phwoar-some trouser-shape to replace her ex-husband won’t be easy, so Rachel’s dusting off her Sugar magazines and taking inspiration from the ‘90s to get what she wants, what she really, really wants. "Funny, moving and full of ‘90s nostalgia." ★★★★★ (The Phoenix Remix). "Smart, funny and unabashedly real." ★★★★ (A Younger Theatre). Content warning: IVF references....


Darius Davies: Don't be Sh*t

Darius Davies: Don't be Sh*t

Comedy

Darius Davies: Don't be Sh*t

Comedy

32 Below / The Cellar
AUG 19-29 at 20:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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Just the best bits from over a decade in comedy. All killer no filler. Guaranteed laughs. ★★★★★ 'One of the funniest, most thought-provoking stand-up shows this Fringe" Fringe Feed ★★★★★ “Highly funny…with charisma and awareness” ★★★★" A rare gem of the 2019 Fringe” Broadway World ★★★★ “hilariously outlandish raw material” Chortle ★★★★ "Davies’ is high-octane...a great and funny” Voice Magazine ★★★★ "A confident a...


Ireland's Full of Mullarkey

Ireland's Full of Mullarkey

Comedy

Ireland's Full of Mullarkey

Comedy

Bar 50 / The Alcove
AUG 21-27, 29 at 20:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book Tickets from £2.50

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Eddie Mullarkey brings you on an hilarious, almost entirely honest, and wild journey of growing up as a Mama's boy in the west of Ireland, being a failed Catholic, and coming to terms with the old Irish tradition of repressing your feelings. Despite being strongly effected by Grand Theft Auto video games and their alarming absence of morals, poor Catholic Eddie badly wanted to believe in God and in God's plan. But alas, God had other plans for Eddie. Follow Eddie's European history of broken romance, the different versions of love at the root of Brexit, his tricky situation at a Berlin ...


21:00

Joke Thieves

Joke Thieves

Comedy

Joke Thieves

Comedy

The Counting House / The Ballroom
AUG 7-29 at 21:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book Tickets from £5

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Comedy set swapping live! The cult hit show where comedians perform their own jokes, then each others'. Top 5 comedy shows of the year (List). Top 10 late nights out at the Fringe (Time Out). Top 25 shows at the Fringe (Comedy.co.uk). 'A brilliant format' (Guardian). 'Birth of a new cult comedy night... an undoubted hit' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Spontaneous and anarchic' **** (Fest). 'A truly electric night' **** (Scotsman). 'Action-packed and chaotic' **** (BroadwayBaby.co.uk). 'Deserves more than one visit' **** (One4Review.co.uk). 'You simply must see this show.' ***** (Bunbury Magazine)...


Eleanor Conway: Vaxxed and Waxxed

Eleanor Conway: Vaxxed and Waxxed

Comedy

Eleanor Conway: Vaxxed and Waxxed

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 7-11, 13-28 at 21:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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★★★★ ‘A CHAMPION FOR ANYONE THAT’S CHASED ORGASMS’ - BROADWAY BABY Hot girl summer is finally here and Eleanor Conway is ready for some post lockdown dating - she's VAXXED AND WAXXED (and ready to climax!). Join Eleanor Conway for a TMI post pandemic catch-up featuring the darkest, funniest stories from her award winning critically acclaimed shows about sex, addiction and dating (WALK OF SHAME 1 and 2 / YOU MAY RECOGNISE ME FROM TINDER), plus new takes on post pandemic dating and hookup culture. Expect new bits, freestyled bits and her favourite stories rolled int...



PAUL DENNIS: IMASHINATION (FREE FESTIVAL)

PAUL DENNIS: IMASHINATION (FREE FESTIVAL)

Cabaret

PAUL DENNIS: IMASHINATION (FREE FESTIVAL)

Cabaret

The Counting House / The Lounge
AUG 23-29 at 21:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets for £5

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Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter and standup Paul Dennis brings his music and comedy together for the first time.

In an hour of music and chat riddled with infectious grooves and peppered with his darkly observed and cheerfully insolent brand of standup, Paul brings you a collection of jazzy/funky reinterpretations of classic rock songs from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin.

"Have you no shame?" - Paul's imaginary friend "Is nothing sacred?" - Paul's girlfriend* "Paul Dennis is like a musical AK-47. When you absolutely, positively have to entertain every last motherf***er in...


Alex Farrow: Philosophy Pig

Alex Farrow: Philosophy Pig

Comedy

Alex Farrow: Philosophy Pig

Comedy

32 Below / The Cellar
AUG 23-29 at 21:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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Alex Farrow: Philosophy Pig. A hilarious investigation into animals and philosophy. From host of award-winning Jericho Comedy as recommended by the Telegraph, the ipaper, Sunday Times and Chortle. His show ‘Bat Chat’ was the first stand-up performance anywhere in the UK in 2021. Alex returns to the Edinburgh Fringe after a sell-out 2019 show: Philosophy A-Level. “Hysterics verge upon borderline adoration.” – The Mumble ★★★★. “An engaging and entertaining pairing of learning and good humour!” – ★★★★ The Latest, Brighton. As heard on BBC Radio 4....


'Aaaaaargh it’s the Monster Stand Up Show

'Aaaaaargh it’s the Monster Stand Up Show

Comedy

'Aaaaaargh it’s the Monster Stand Up Show

Comedy

Bar 50 / The Alcove
AUG 17-29 at 21:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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Feast on five of the tastiest up-and-coming comedians on the circuit in this stand-up comedy showcase, including your award-winning host Masai Graham, featuring a different line-up everyday. ...


22:00

Kohl & The Gang: Raul Kohli's Comedy Compilation Show

Kohl & The Gang: Raul Kohli's Comedy Compilation Show

Comedy

Kohl & The Gang: Raul Kohli's Comedy Compilation Show

Comedy

The Counting House / The Ballroom
AUG 25-29 at 22:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £3.50

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Award-winning comedian Rahul Kohli picks up to five of the best upcoming acts on the circuit right now, for a late-night comedy extravaganza! Including some very secret special guests. Star of BBC Sounds Comic Sanskrit. Pick of the Fringe 2016 (BBC Radio 4, Huffington Post, Skinny). 'Dripping with erudite genius' (Fest). 'A clear talent for telling a story' (Bruce Dessau, BeyondTheJoke.co.uk). ...


Hate N Live

Hate N Live

Comedy

Hate N Live

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 7-30 at 22:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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The smash-hit show returns for a seventh year, with top TV comedians - aka the Gladi-Haters - improvising rants on topics suggested by the audience. By turns raucous and surreal, this show has the audience on the edge of their seat as the comedians try to walk the line. Want to see Darius Davies, ★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com), Leo Kearse, ''seriously funny''★★★★★ (Scotsman), and guests hate on Matt Hancock? Vegans? Or the mating rituals of guinea pigs? It's up to you! 'A great idea for a show, brutally funny... absolutely brill...


23:00

Eleanor Conway: Vaxxed and Waxxed

Eleanor Conway: Vaxxed and Waxxed

Comedy

Eleanor Conway: Vaxxed and Waxxed

Comedy

32 Below / The Cellar
AUG 20-25, 27-28 at 23:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £2.50

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★★★★ ‘A CHAMPION FOR ANYONE THAT’S CHASED ORGASMS’ - BROADWAY BABY Hot girl summer is finally here and Eleanor Conway is ready for some post lockdown dating - she's VAXXED AND WAXXED (and ready to climax!). Join Eleanor Conway for a TMI post pandemic catch-up featuring the darkest, funniest stories from her award winning critically acclaimed shows about sex, addiction and dating (WALK OF SHAME 1 and 2 / YOU MAY RECOGNISE ME FROM TINDER), plus new takes on post pandemic dating and hookup culture. Expect new bits, freestyled bits and her favourite stories rolled int...


Alex Kealy: Monopoly (work-in-progress)

Alex Kealy: Monopoly (work-in-progress)

Comedy

Alex Kealy: Monopoly (work-in-progress)

Comedy

The Counting House / The Ballroom
AUG 25, 27 at 23:55 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £7

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'Rising star of the British stand-up scene' (List) Alex Kealy presents a work-in-progress stand-up hour tackling Silicon Valley, advertising, addiction and monopolies with 'perfectly expressed gags' (Chortle.co.uk). A show about connection after a year without it. 'A storming show from the whimsical funnyman' - The Sunday Times Top 10 Jokes of Edinburgh 2019 - The Guardian '5 Comedians To See If You Like James Acaster' - Edinburgh Evening News. 'Excellent… dynamite Interstellar routine which I wish I had written!' - Mark Kermode “Clever comedy...internal damage from laughing so much” ...


Bumble Me Tinders

Bumble Me Tinders

Comedy

Bumble Me Tinders

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 22-25, 29 at 23:55 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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The risqué sensation is back! After sold-out runs at both the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the 2020 Perth Fringe World festival, the interactive and ever-evolving circus of debauchery comes to The Three Sisters. Watch comedians share stories, lead audience games, provide good and bad dating advice, and much more. Never the same show twice, Bumble Me Tinders offers hilarity and surprises for audiences of all backgrounds – singles, couples, young, old, kinky, prude, polite or rude. The perfect way to end your day at the Fringe!...