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Cabaret Voltaire

Laughing Horse Free Festival Venue

Cabaret Voltaire

Fringe Venue 338 - Click here for map
36-38 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR. Phone: 0131 247 4704
Food  Wifi  Licensed
Open from 11:30 to 05:00
18+ Only

Cabaret Voltaire is a celebration of jiggery pokery spanning two floors (and a third floor for the Fringe) at the bottom of Blair street, just of the Cowgate. It resides in a cave and is a world of nooks and crannies, with an eclectic selection of drinks, two bars, with DJ's in the afternoon upstairs, and following the Fringe shows on three dance floors downstairs until 5am. It's right in the centre of the old town for the ultimate Fringe fun!



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Ink Bar

Alex Farrow: Philosophy A-Level

Alex Farrow: Philosophy A-Level

Comedy

Alex Farrow: Philosophy A-Level

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 12:15 (50 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Ink Bar

“Alex Farrow: Philosophy A-Level” is is a stand-up comedy show about history, religion and modern Britain told through the stories of teaching Philosophy to teenagers. “Honest and interesting and really, very, very funny indeed” –★★★★★ Bunbury Magazine, “Jaw Achingly funny”- Oxford Times ★★★★★ “An engaging and entertaining pairing of learning and good humour!” – ★★★★ The Latest, Brighton Tasked by Ofsted with “promoting British values” to teens in an East-London school in special measures for Islamic extremi...


Dave Chawner; Mental

Dave Chawner; Mental

Comedy

Dave Chawner; Mental

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 18:20 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Ink Bar

A show about mental health (rather than mental illness). As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4. As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. ‘hilariously entertaining’ – The Mail on Sunday...


Gráinne Maguire: Guys... It's Problematic

Gráinne Maguire: Guys... It's Problematic

Comedy

Gráinne Maguire: Guys... It's Problematic

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 14:35 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Ink Bar

Award-winning comedian Gráinne Maguire (Dave's UnSpun, BBC One's This Week, RTE's Cutting Edge and Radio 4's Now Show) returns with a sparkling, exhilarating and life-affirming show about why we should all be Team Titanic. Writer for 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Last Leg. 'A must-see from a comedian at the top of her game' (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). 'A self-assured performance from a woman who has mastered her craft' (Skinny). 'Sarcastically and scabrously hilarious' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Original and unpredictable – a delightful, incisive hour of truth and madness' (FringeGuru.com)....


Hari Kanth: This Train Terminates Here

Hari Kanth: This Train Terminates Here

Comedy

Hari Kanth: This Train Terminates Here

Comedy

AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 15:50 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Ink Bar

A comedy show about definitely not wanting children… I think? The second debut hour from Hari Kanth: a 2014 BBC Radio New Comedy Award finalist, a 2012 Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist, and the presenter of BBC Brit's 'Socially Awkward Situations’. Previous praise: "Refreshingly intelligent stand-up, that also manages to be achingly funny" (Young Perspective) "So bloody good"(The Skinny) "Hugely confident, hugely slick… a welcome offbeat, slightly geeky sensibility." (Bruce Dessau) ...


Laughing Horse FREE Comedy Selection

Laughing Horse FREE Comedy Selection

Comedy

Laughing Horse FREE Comedy Selection

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 20:50 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Ink Bar

See the very best comedians from across the Fringe, alongside hot new talent and Fringe newcomers, with a different comedy line-up at each show, every day, as Laughing Horse's Comedy Selection returns to Edinburgh for its 16th year. Line-ups include performers selected from Fringe shows and the international comedy circuit, with guests from the best in new talent that is appearing at the Fringe – and it's free! Sell-out shows Edinburgh Fringe 2004-2018. As seen in the UK, Australia and the USA. ★★★★★ “Cracking Comedy Selection” Cream of the Fringe, UK^...


Laughing Horse FREE Pick of the Fringe

Laughing Horse FREE Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

Laughing Horse FREE Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 17:05 (60 min) - PWYW - Zoom Show
Cabaret Voltaire / Ink Bar

See the very best comedians from across the Fringe, with a different top-notch comedy line-up each day. There's five shows every day, as the Laughing Horse's Pick of the Fringe returns to Edinburgh for its 16th 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 it's free! Sell-out shows in Edinburgh (2004-2016), Brighton, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth (WA), Fremantle (WA), Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila and Hollywood (USA). ★★★★★ “Cracking Come...


Laughing Horse FREE Pick of the Fringe

Laughing Horse FREE Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

Laughing Horse FREE Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 19:35 (60 min) - PWYW - Zoom Show
Cabaret Voltaire / Ink Bar

See the very best comedians from across the Fringe, with a different top-notch comedy line-up each day. There's five shows every day, as the Laughing Horse's Pick of the Fringe returns to Edinburgh for its 16th 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 it's free! Sell-out shows in Edinburgh (2004-2016), Brighton, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth (WA), Fremantle (WA), Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila and Hollywood (USA). ★★★★★ “Cracking Come...


MARVELus: Improv the MARVEL-verse

MARVELus: Improv the MARVEL-verse

Comedy

MARVELus: Improv the MARVEL-verse

Comedy

AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 13:20 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Ink Bar

The UK's premiere nerd-culture comedy duo, The Just Us League and guests present a brand new MARVEL movie trilogy made up on the spot. Get your geek on as these improvisers make up a whole new MCU. Featuring some of the UK's best improvisors from The Noise Next Door, Showstoppers and more! ...


Main Room

Classic Joke Club

Classic Joke Club

Comedy

Classic Joke Club

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 14:15 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room

Join the funniest acts on the UK and international circuit as they share classic jokes handed down to them by their family. Chickens, mothers-in-law, doctors, elephants, Englishmen, Irishmen, Scotsmen (and other nationalities) all welcome to walk into this bar. Discover the definitive answers behind the number of people required to change a light bulb, the adventures of an entire menagerie of creatures and why three representatives of the British Isles are always getting into such unexpected scrapes.' Previously appearing acts include Stuart Goldsmith, Geoff Norcott, Sindhu Vee and Bec Hill...


James Meehan - Never Better

James Meehan - Never Better

Comedy

James Meehan - Never Better

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 18:00 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room

How am I doing? Never Better. A spanking new hour of comedy from Edinburgh Comedy Award winner and laidback Lancastrian James Meehan. A show about recovering from the brink, finding pleasure in little things, and revelling in the life that's been yours to enjoy all along. Since coming to Edinburgh for his first full run in 2013 James Meehan has been been back for sell out, critically acclaimed runs every year. In that time he has been nominated for best newcomer, won the Edinburgh Panel Prize, and written/performed/directed THIRTEEN 5 star reviewed shows, and received over 50 four and f...


Jenny Collier: The Jen Commandments

Jenny Collier: The Jen Commandments

Comedy

Jenny Collier: The Jen Commandments

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 16:45 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room

Multi award winning Collier is back with her brand new stand up show. 'Brilliant... Infectious to watch and a joy to behold ★★★★’ - VoiceMag.uk ‘Filth!’ - Rhod Gilbert ‘Joyously liberating’ - The List "Very funny" - Time Out ‘★★★★★ Hilarious…An excellent comedic work’ ‘Unlike any other comedian’ (Edfest Mag) '★★★★ Brilliant...Everyone leaves wishing they were her friend' (Arts Award Voice), "Dryly innocent" ★★★★★ - Eastlondonlines.com ''Surprising edge'' ★★★&#...


Joke Thieves

Joke Thieves

Comedy

Joke Thieves

Comedy

AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 20:30 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room

Comedy set swapping live! The cult hit show where comedians perform their own jokes, then each others'. Chortle Award winner – Best Club Show London. Top five 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). Featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra. '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' **** (One4Re...


Martin Mor - Instigator

Martin Mor - Instigator

Comedy

Martin Mor - Instigator

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 19:15 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room

INSTIGATOR a new hour of stand up comedy. “A comedy institution” The Guardian “World class” The Scotsman. “A terrifically funny and amiable man” The Skinny. “absolutely brilliant…hilarious at every turn” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine “Uproariously funny and utterly loveable, Mor is a wonderful entertainer and provider of many insights on life”. Three Weeks “A bearded behemoth of comedy…mesmerising to watch” Gulf Weekly “If we could all live our lives more like Martin Mor, the world would be a much better, happier place”. FEST. “Mor's likeability is as massive a...


Michael Fabbri

Michael Fabbri

Comedy

Michael Fabbri

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 15:30 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room

Michael Fabbri, Star of Radio 4’s Dyslexicon, has graced the global comedy circuit for many years, Furthermore, you are most welcome at his new standup show. “An absolutely superb circuit headliner.” – London Is Funny “Exceptionally funny, extremely sharp, hugely enjoyable.” – The Scotsman “Startlingly insightful.” – The Guardian ...


Samantha Hannah: How to Find Happiness (In a Year)

Samantha Hannah: How to Find Happiness (In a Year)

Comedy

Samantha Hannah: How to Find Happiness (In a Year)

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 12:00 (50 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room

In 2018 Samantha, 'one of the funniest ladies on the planet' (RemoteGoat.com), tried to find a husband in a year. It didn't work but she got a ridiculous story out of it (as did The Times, BBC News and of course Perth Courier). It's 2019 now and the hunt is for happiness instead. But what is happiness? And is it really that great?! Come to find out what happened next with the almost hubby... stay for the secrets behind complete and utter fulfillment....


Sketch Thieves

Sketch Thieves

Comedy

Sketch Thieves

Comedy

AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 13:00 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room

Comedy sketch swapping live! The cult hit show where sketch groups perform their own sketches, then each others'. Chortle Award winner – Best Club Show London. Top 5 comedy shows of the year (List). Top 10 shows at the Fringe (Time Out). Top 25 shows at the Fringe (Comedy.co.uk). Featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Made into a BBC television pilot. 'Brilliant format' (Guardian). 'Birth of a new cult comedy night... an undoubted hit' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Spontaneous and anarchic' **** (Fest). 'Truly electric' **** (Scotsman). 'Action-packed and chaotic' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Deserves more than one ...


The Cave

Absolute Zero: Jez Watts

Absolute Zero: Jez Watts

Comedy

Absolute Zero: Jez Watts

Comedy

AUG 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 17:15 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave

★★★★ The Music, 2018. "Serious laughs" ★★★★½ Perth Happenings, 2018. "If you like funny, dirty standup you'll love Jez Watts" Onya Mag, 2019 "Delivery that transcends the room" Chortle UK, 2018 Fun, charming and playfully dirty, touring Australian comic and host of The Nasty Show Australia Jez Watts is back with a brand new hour of jokes, bits, stories & improvised songs for 2019. Completely sold out Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 & 2018. "See Jez Watts whatever he does" Greg Fleet (Aus Comedy Legend) "Very funny" Joe Mande (Parks & Rec,...


Aidan 'Taco' Jones - 52 Days

Aidan 'Taco' Jones - 52 Days

Comedy

Aidan 'Taco' Jones - 52 Days

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 21:00 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave

In 2012 I wrote a diary on a deck of playing cards, one for each week. Pick them out and I'll tell stories spanning three continents about heartbreak, prison, fireworks -- everything! The order's up to you. "An effortless and vulnerable charm seldom seen on the stand-up stage, even from the most famous comic minds" The Music (Melbourne Comedy Festival, 2018) ★★★★ TheFourthWall (FRINGE WORLD, 2018) ------------------------------------- Aidan Jones is known to his friends as Taco because when he was 15 the first girl he ever kissed thought he looked Mexican. H...


Clash of the Tight Tens

Clash of the Tight Tens

Comedy

Clash of the Tight Tens

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 12:15 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave

Andy Quirk presents his pick of the finest Fringe comedians performing ten-minute tasters of their full-length shows. Expect a titanic mix of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. You’ll be "Poseid" yourself with the "trident-tested" material! ...


Comedy Boxing - Best of the best

Comedy Boxing - Best of the best

Comedy

Comedy Boxing - Best of the best

Comedy

AUG 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 19:45 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave

Comedy Boxing triumphantly returns to Edinburgh now with the best of the best competitors each show! Comedians will compete over four hilarious rounds of stand-up, improvisation, heckling and boxing. With four years of sold out shows in the UK and internationally. Come see one of the most exciting comedy shows at the festival. 'Comedic brilliance' ****½ (Australia Times). 'Electrifying and hysterical' (Perth Press). 'Downright funny' **** (Music). ...


Dr Lara Love: Love Leans In

Dr Lara Love: Love Leans In

Comedy

Dr Lara Love: Love Leans In

Comedy

AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 16:00 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave

Claire Ford, one half of The Kagools presents Dr Lara Love: Love Leans In. What is love? An unknown quantity, a mesmerising spiritual gift or a song by Haddaway? Love guru Dr Lara Love, ‘like Tony Robbins but less shouty’, heals our loveless society in one enlightening hour. ...


Ghost Orgy

Ghost Orgy

Comedy

Ghost Orgy

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 00:45 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave

A late night stand-up comedy show that explores sex and the supernatural. Hosts Erika Ehler, Hannah Lawrence, and Bria Hiebert will be tackling everything from spirits to safe words with their sharp, eccentric, observational humor. These hot, millennial women have a lot to say about dating, demons and dick pics. Have you ever been ghosted? Literally or figuratively. Do you think vampires use dating apps? Was the film Ghost featuring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze an accurate depiction of a romantic relationship between a human and spirit? Ghost Orgy is the most fun you can have while being haun...


Heavenly Comedy Edinburgh

Heavenly Comedy Edinburgh

Comedy

Heavenly Comedy Edinburgh

Comedy

AUG 2-11, 13-23 at 22:15 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave

Njambi McGrath NATYS 2019 Winner will be showcasing the best up and coming comedians....


Henry Ginsberg: Romantic Comedian

Henry Ginsberg: Romantic Comedian

Comedy

Henry Ginsberg: Romantic Comedian

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 18:30 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave

Henry Ginsberg didn’t loose his virginity, or have any romantic experiences to speak of at all until his late twenties. Now he’s making up for lost time. Having been pigeonholed as a dark and cynical comic for many years, he’s now on a mission to reveal himself as the passionate romanticist he’s always felt himself to be. Following on from his acclaimed show Molesting The Corpse Of Traditional Masculinity Since 1987 (“He’s probably a shit comic” - Katie Hopkins), Romantic Comedian explores themes of self-esteem, sexuality, gender-roles, and why Hitler was a bit of a bellend....


Late Night Comedy Death Camp

Late Night Comedy Death Camp

Comedy

Late Night Comedy Death Camp

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 23:30 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave

Henry Ginsberg (FHM Stand Up Hero, Reading Festival New Act Of The Year) presents a possibly anarchic, probably slightly depraved and almost certainly alcohol fuelled showcase of the best stand up comedy from this year’s fringe. Hopefully, everybody makes it out alive!...


Mistaken

Mistaken

Comedy

Mistaken

Comedy

AUG 2-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 14:45 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave

The Actor Liam Neeson made some controversial statements! How should he be treated? Following an huge row on Facebook Anthony Ayton takes a nuanced view."I love Anthony Ayton he's clever a bit cheeky and bloody funny" Angela Barnes ...


Zahra Barri's Special (Work in Progress)

Zahra Barri's Special (Work in Progress)

Comedy

Zahra Barri's Special (Work in Progress)

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 13:30 (45 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave

Zahra’s never stood in front of a mirror and taken a selfie. Nor has she intentionally made herself look like a dog on Instagram. Zahra doesn’t think she’s special so why does everyone else think they are? She begs, “Don’t be a big head but don’t be narrow minded. Just have a normal sized head, please.” “Edgy and very funny", Cheeky Monkey Comedy 'A buzzy fluffball of comedy unafraid to take risks, a cute puppy with a surprising snarl.' Mumble Comedy. As seen on BBC Iplayer. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 2. ...