The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society

Edinburgh

EDINBURGH FRINGE RECOMMENDATIONS - 2022

 

10am, ffs

 

Stewart Lee: Basic Lee (Work in Progress)

Comedy | The Stand, One | 10:00-11:00 | Aug 3-4, 9-11, 21-28 | £ | 14+

Pure. Simple. Classic. Basic Lee.

 

 

11am

 

Gemma Soldati: The Adventures of Sleepyhead

Kids | Assembly Roxy, Downstairs | 11:10-12:10 | Aug 4-15, 17-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 0+

Adventure to the heart of dreamland as Sleepyhead fends off the zzz..

 

Ben Moor:Who Here's Lost?

Theatre | Pleasance Courtyard, Attic | 11:35-12:35 | Aug 3-16, 18-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 12+

A dreamlike comedy about what we value as we go along and how we present it to others.

 

Palimpsest [play w/ Rob Kemp & Alex Lacey]

Theatre | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Balcony | 11:40-12:40 | Aug 6-14, 16-21, 23-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Jess meets Jim. He thinks she's amazing; she thinks he's an idiot. Blah blah blah, here we go again.

 

Seymour Mace Presents Captain Winky's F*ck Off Olympics

Comedy | The Stand, One | 11:45-12:45 | Aug 4-14, 16-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

There'll be a start, some stuff in the middle and another bit at the end. ***** (Times).

 

Bex Turner: Bex's Chainsaw Moussaka

Comedy | Laughing Horse @ City Café, Nineties | 11:55-12:55 | Aug 20-28 | PWYW on exit | 16+

High-energy stand-up show full of weird stuff you weren’t expecting – guaranteed!

 

 

12pm

 

Joanna Neary: Wasp In A Cardigan

Comedy | The Stand, Two | 12:00-13:00 | Aug 4-14, 16-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

One-time Riot grrrl, witch, illustrator Joanna and her volatile alter egos explore life and love.

 

Joe Wells: I Am Autistic

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Banshee Labyrinth, Chamber Room | 12:00-13:00 | Aug 6-28 | PWYW on exit | 18+

A show about being proud of your weird brain.

 

Katie Mitchell: She Festers

Comedy | Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Attic | 12:00-13:00 | Aug 10-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 14+

It's silly, it's heartfelt, it's got Vlad the Impaler.

 

Mark Watson: Work In Progress

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, Three | 12:00-13:00 | Thurs Aug 11 | £7 adv, or PWYW on exit | £5 online stream

Monkey Barrel @ The Hive, One | 12:00-13:00 | Mon Aug 8 | £7 adv, PWYW on exit or PWYW on exit

Still inching towards a new show despite everything else that's going on in life.

 

Olaf Falafel’s Super Stupid Show

Kids | Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree, Main Room | 12:00-13:00 | Aug 4-15, 17-21 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 4+

Really stupid kids' comedy plus a drawing lesson and possibly sausages.

 

Phil O'Shea and James McIntosh: Soup Group!

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ Carnivore, One | 12:00-13:00 | Aug 1-16, 18-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 5+

Two chefs stir up a lot of chaos in this silly, physical comedy for audiences of all ages.

 

Tony Law: A Now Begin in Again

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, Three | 12:00-13:00 | Aug 3-10, 12-15, 17-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 12+

Farm boy blue-collar surreal absurdity in his own very unique style.

 

Mat Ricardo: The Extraordinary Gentleman

Cabaret | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Sportsmans | 12:15-13:15 | Aug 3-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9, 8+

An unforgettable hour of big tricks and big laughs for all ages.

 

Lauren Pattison: It Is What It Is

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, One | 12:30-13:30 | Aug 3-15, 17-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Sometimes you need to fall apart to rebuild into exactly who you were meant to be.

 

Luke Rollason: Bowerbird

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ The Hive, Two | 12:30-13:30 | Aug 3-9, 11-16, 18-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 12+

A psychedelic domestic breakdown. Welcome to the great indoors.

 

Thom Tuck: An Even More August Institution (WIP)   *ACMS board member*

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ The Hive, Two | 12:30-13:30 | Wed Aug 17 | £6 adv or PWYW on exit

During his last fringe run, Thom garnered his first ever one-star review. It clearly hasn't affected him. A breakdown-in-progress.

 

Eleanor Morton Has Peaked   *ACMS board member*

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ Carnivore Two | 12:40-13:35 | Aug 1-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 16+

Sharp, silly stand-up infused with occasional characters and sketch about what it means to fail and keep trying. And climbing hills.

 

The Delightful Sausage: Nowt but Sea

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, Four | 12:45-13:45 | Aug 2-16, 18-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

As tensions flare and psyches fray, how will Yorkshire’s finest meat-themed duo survive?

 

 

1pm

 

An Objectively Funny Show

Mixed | Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Spare Room | 13:00-14:00 | Aug 4-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 12+

Critical darlings and audience favourites Objectively Funny present some of the hottest new acts on the circuit for your delectation.

 

Esyllt Sears: Absolutely Not

Comedy | Just the Tonic @ The Tron | 13:00-14:00 | Aug 4-14, 16, 18-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

You can spend too much time in the bath and end up media managing your own death, actually.

 

Gabe Mollica: A Show About Friendship

Comedy | Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, The Alcove | 13:00-13:50 | Aug 4-15, 17-22, 24-28 | PWYW on exit | 14+

Heteronormative... but I liked it' (Andrew McClelland, @AltComMemSoc).

 

The Listies - Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark

Kids | House of Oz (near Summerhall), The Great Indoors | 13:00-14:00 | Aug 5-10, 12-17, 19-21, 23-24, 26-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 5+

This is the bard, Listies style: ninjas, ghosts, pirate aliens, swords, dinosaurs and zombies.

 

Marcel Lucont: Les Enfants Terribles – A Gameshow for Awful Children   *ACMS board member*

Kids | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Dining Room | 13:00-14:00 | Aug 3-14 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 6+

A family gameshow. International insouciance meets infantile exuberance. Winner: Best Kids Show, 2022 (UK Kids Comedy Festival).

 

Sharlin Jahan: Sharlin vs The United Kingdom (A Love Story)

Comedy | Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, The Wee Room | 13:15-14:00 | Aug 4-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 18+

Sharlin is a Bangladeshi, British, Canadian Comedian. Expect culture-clash silliness.

 

John Kearns: Varnishing Days (WIP)

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, Three | 13:25-14:15 | Aug 22-27 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 18+

If you're explaining, you're losing' (Ronald Reagan).

 

Mark Watson: Decade

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ The Hive, One | 13:25-14:25 | Tues Aug 9 | £7 adv, or PWYW on exit | £5 online stream

The first annual meetup of people involved in the Decade project, begun here at the Monkey Barrel in 2021.

 

Pat Cahill: Work in Progress

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ Carnivore, One | 13:25-14:10 | Aug 22-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Songs about buying a Pritt Stick, sleepy eyes and absolutely loads of double entendres.

 

Stuart Goldsmith: A Shared Illusion (WIP)

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, Three | 13:25-14:25 | Aug 4-11 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

A new work in progress from the host of The Comedian’s Comedian podcast.

 

Mary O'Connell: There's Something Wrong With Mary (WIP)

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Banshee Labyrinth, Cinema Room | 13:30-14:15 | Aug 6-15, 17-22, 24-28 | PWYW on exit | 18+

Mary O'Connell is conflicted: she hates capitalism but she loves to shop.

 

Huge Davies and Janine Harouni Do New Jokes (WIP)

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Whistlebinkies, Binkies Lounge | 13:30-14:30 | Aug 6-14, 16-21, 23-28 | PWYW on exit | 18+

What's next for these two Edinburgh Newcomer nominees? A free work in progress, of course.

 

David Hoare: 100 Songs in an Hour

Comedy | Hill Street Theatre (near Assembly Rooms), Dunedin Theatre | 13:40-14:40 | Aug 5-15, 17-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

He'll have you in stitches with his hilarious songs and boyish charms.

 

Leslie Ewing-Burgesse: Nebula

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Pilgrim Bar (off Cowgate) | 13:45-14:45 | Aug 6-14, 16-21, 23-28 | PWYW on exit | 18+

Leslie knows what she's doing. She always does. She just seems like she doesn't.

 

Stewart Lee: Snowflake

Comedy | The Stand @ New Town Theatre, Grand Hall | 13:50-14:50 | Aug 3-14, 17-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

How the Covid-Brexit era has impacted on the culture war declared on lovely woke snowflakes by horrible people.

 

Alwin Solanky: What You Leave Behind

OMNi Centre, Stage One | 13:55-14:55 | Aug 6-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-28 | £5/PWYW | 14+

Acceptance, love, family and what it means to find where you belong.

 

 

Madame Chandelier's Opera House Party

Cabaret Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Fern Studio | 13:55-14:55 | Aug 5-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 8+

Join opera characters for jokes, party games and lots of dramatic death scenes.

 

Sunil Patel: Faster Horses

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, One | 13:55-14:55 | Aug 3-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses’ (Henry Ford).

 

Thom Tuck: An Even More August Institution (WIP)   *ACMS board member*

Monkey Barrel, The Hive, Two | 13:55-14:55 | Aug 15-16 | £6 adv or PWYW on exit

During his last fringe run, Thom garnered his first ever one-star review. It clearly hasn't affected him. A breakdown-in-progress.

 

 

2pm

 

Amelia Bayler: Greatest Hits!

Music/Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ 51 Niddry St, Studio | 14:00-15:00 | Aug 1-14, 16-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 18+

A rapid-fire musical comedy trip through the insanities of the everyday.

 

John Hegley's Biscuit of Destiny

Poetry/Comedy | Summerhall, Cairns Lecture Theatre | 14:00-15:00 | Aug 3-14, 16-21, 23-28 | £ | 16+

Some mandolin playing, myths, moths, possibly French baroque dancing (for a few). No biscuits.

 

The Guilty Feminist [w/ Deborah Frances-White]

Podcast | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Debating Hall | 14:00-15:00 | Aug 25-28 | £ | 14+

Expect laughter, excitement, confessions, activism and inspiration.

 

Sarah Mills: Badass

Theatre/Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker Three | 14:05-15:05 | Aug 3-14, 16-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

A love note to the NHS. Has your bum ever tried to kill you?

 

Wil Hodgson: Barbicidal Tendencies

Comedy | Just the Tonic @ The Caves, The Fancy Room | 14:10-15:10 | Aug 22-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 16+

Chippenham’s cult-favourite, award-winning, genderqueer punk storyteller.

 

Sooz Kempner: PlayStation

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Banshee Labyrinth, Chamber Room | 14:20-15:20 | Aug 6-16, 18-28 | PWYW on exit | 18+

Sooz got a PlayStation, the first adult console, in 1998 and finally felt grown-up. But is she?

 

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Theatre | University of Edinburgh, Playfair Library | 14:30-16:55 | Aug 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 | £16-£25 | 12+

A wild session of anarchic theatre, haunting, authentic folk music and strange goings-on, created by David Greig and Wils Wilson who are revisiting their award-winning legendary original production.

 

Amy Matthews: Moreover, The Moon

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ Carnivore, One | 14:35-15:35 | Aug 4-14, 16-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

For the generations who have been micro-dosing limelight since their teens.

 

Richard Marsh: Yippee Ki Yay

Poetry/Theatre | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wine Bar | 14:35-15:45 | Aug 3-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Achingly funny, rhyming retelling of classic (festive?) film Die Hard.

 

Vix Leyton: More Fiction Than Girl

Comedy | Just the Tonic @ The Mash House, Attic | 14:40-15:25 | Aug 4-14, 16-21, 23-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

There is power in saying yes to the things that scare you.

 

Arthur Smith: My 75 Years at the Edinburgh Fringe

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Cabaret Bar | 14:40-15:40 | Aug 5-14 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

This is Arthur's last-ever Edinburgh show so you had better be there.

 

Flanders and Swann [w/ Tim FitzHigham]

Music/Comedy | Pleasance Dome, Ace Dome | 14:40-15:40 | Aug 3-21 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 0+

With all the favourites - The Hippopotamus, The Gnu, The Gas Man Cometh - and many less familiar gems.

 

Jody Kamali: Ironing Board Man

Comedy | Assembly George Square, Studio Five | 14:40-15:40 | Aug 3-15, 17-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Physical comedy meets Hollywood. A silent comedy guided by an epic soundtrack.

 

Ben Moor: Pronoun Trouble

Theatre/Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, The Green | 14:45-15:45 | Aug 23-24 | £ | 12+

A hilarious fact-adjacent talk about films, friendship and the human condition.

 

Ben Moor and Joanna Neary: BookTalkBookTalkBook

Theatre/Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, The Green | 14:45-15:35 | Aug 26-27 | £ | 12+

An enlightening discussion of novels like Why Reigate? and Hatred of Broccoli.

 

David Kay: Garden Office Legend

Comedy | The Stand @ New Town Theatre, Lower Hall | 14:50-15:50 | Aug 8-14 | £ | 14+

Known for scone-based comedy alongside everyday observations and rambling stories.

 

Josie Long: Re-Enchantment   *ACMS board member*

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, Three | 14:50-15:50 | Aug 4-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 14+

A show about the changes wrought by time, passion, moving to Scotland, and loving the world under – let’s face it – difficult circumstances.

 

Rob Auton: The Crowd Show

Comedy | Assembly George Square, The Blue Room | 14:50-15:50 | Aug 3-15, 17-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

About crowds. Suitable for anybody who wants to be in the crowd for this show.

 

Ada Campe: Too Little, Too Soon

Cabaret | The Stand @ New Town Theatre, Studio | 14:55-15:55 | Aug 4-14, 16-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

A show about wonderful women, surprising secrets and amphibian water ballets.

 

 

3pm

 

A Young Man Dressed As A Gorilla Dressed As An Old Man Sits Rocking In A Rocking Chair For 56 Minutes And Then Leaves...13

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Liquid Room, Annexe | 15:00 - 15:56 | Wed Aug 10 | PWYW on exit | 18+

Turn up early, sellout expected.

 

Al Lubel: Talks About His Name for Fifty-Six Minutes and About Something Else for Four Minutes

Comedy | Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Attic | 15:00-16:00 | Aug 4-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 18+

Al Lubel talks about his name for fifty-six minutes and about something else for four minutes.

 

Ian Lynam: Autistic License

Comedy | Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, Snug | 15:00-16:00 | Aug 3-15, 17-22, 24-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Exploring diagnosis, relationships, sexuality, creativity and the history of autism.

 

Olaf Falafel: STOAT

Comedy | Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree, Main Room | 15:00-16:00 | Aug 4-15, 17-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 14+

Olaf guarantees two things – it will be stupid and it will be funny.

 

Ryan Lane Will Be There Now in a Minute

Comedy | Assembly Roxy, Downstairs | 15:10-16:10 | Aug 3-15, 17-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

!What it means to be Welsh and queer, and the myths that fuel national identity.

 

Stefania Licari: Medico

Just the Tonic @ Nucleus, Sub-Atomic Room | 15:10-16:10 | Aug 4-14, 16-28 | £ | 16+

Physical gags, ribald humour and true stories from the medical frontline.

 

Jacob Hatton: Relax! (Exclamation Mark)

Comedy | Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, The Loft | 15:15-16:15 | Aug 4-15, 17-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 12+

Spiky stand-up and guided meditation from a profoundly unrelaxed man.

 

Simon Munnery: Trials and Tribulations

Comedy | The Stand, One | 15:15-16:15 | Aug 4-14, 16-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

”I’ve been mugged three times and arrested once. What a night!”

 

Catherine Bohart: This Isn't For You

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, One | 15:20-16:20 | Aug 4-15, 17-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Horrendous life advice, cheery nihilism and reluctant self-discovery.

 

Matt Price: Raging Bill

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms, Speakeasy | 15:25-16:25 | Aug 6-28 | PWYW on exit | 18+

Friendly Cornishman Matt Price tried to win a boxing trophy for his grandad.

 

Will Duggan: Iceberg

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, The Cellar | 15:25-16:25 | Aug 3-14, 16-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Why on earth is everyone not just constantly screaming in fury?

 

Matty Hutson: Matty Goes Electric

Music/Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Globe Bar | Globe | 15:30-16:15 | Aug 15-21 | PWYW on exit | 18+

Expect a mix of his best material and some improvised shenanigans.

 

Amy Gledhill: The Girl Before The Girl You Marry

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ Carnivore, Two | 15:30-16:25 | Aug 4-16, 18-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Intranet sensation with a show about resilience and dancing. Two of the best things.

 

John-Luke Roberts: A World Just Like Our Own, But…   *former ACMS co-host*

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, Four | 15:35-16:35 | Aug 1-15, 18-28 | £ adv, or PWYW | 14+

JLR returns with a new stand-up show about the worlds we don’t live in, which is secretly actually about the one we do.

 

Adele Cliff: In the Dark

Comedy | Just the Tonic @ The Tron | 15:40-16:40 | Aug 4-14, 16-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 18+

Knowledge is power, power corrupts, corruption is bad, Adele is good.

 

James Nokise: God Damn Fancy Man

Comedy | Laughing Horse @ City Café, Nineties | 15:40-16:40 | Aug 17-28 | PWYW on exit | 14+

Packed full of paternal wisdom and wit' **** (Fest).

 

Michael Spicer: The Room Next Door

Comedy | Assembly George Square, Studio One | 15:40-16:40 | Aug 19-28 | £ | 12+

Join the creator of The Room Next Door in this final run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

 

Are You Interested in a Comedy Compilation Show? [hosted by Tom Mayhew]

Mixed | Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, Long Room | 15:45-16:35 | Aug 4-28 | PWYW on exit | 14+

A stand-up comedy compilation show. All proceeds going to Turn2Us.

 

Luke Wright: The Remains of Logan Dankworth

Poetry/Theatre | Pleasance Courtyard, Above | 15:45-16:45 | Aug 3-14, 18-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

As tensions rise at home and across the nation, something is set to be lost forever.

 

Tom Little Has Good Reviews So Prepare to Be Impressed

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Subway, Main Room | 15:45-16:45 | Aug 6-28 | PWYW on exit | 18+

‘He’s the real deal.’ (Spectator). ‘Inventive, unexpected and often very silly.’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘A huge talent’ (Scotsman).

 

 

4pm

 

Afghanistan Is Not Funny by Henry Naylor

Theatre | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Dining Room | 16:00-17:00 | Aug 3-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 12+

Performed by Naylor himself, the show takes us back to the start of the modern Afghan tragedy.

 

Jonny & The Baptists: Dance Like It Never Happened   *ACMS board member*

Music/Comedy | Assembly George Square, Studio Five | 16:00-17:00 | Aug 3-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25-29 | £ | 14+

Joyful songs, riotous storytelling and bickering. It'll be the funniest, most celebratory and uplifting show you'll see about feeling totally bereaved.

 

Laura Davis: If This Is It

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ Carnivore, One | 16:00-17:00 | Aug 4-15, 17-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Smart, challenging, ambitious, playful and funny' **** (Chortle.co.uk).

 

Marjolein Robertson: Thank God Fish Don't Have Hands

Comedy | The Stand, Two | 16:00-17:00 | Aug 4-14, 16-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Experience an unapologetic brain dump from someone who always apologises.

 

Glenn Moore: Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, Glenn I'm Sixty Moore

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Cabaret Bar | 16:05-17:05 | Aug 3-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

One of the best and most prolific joke-writers of his generation, Glenn really puts in another shift.

 

Alex Kealy: Winner Takes All

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ The Hive, One | 16:15-17:15 | Aug 2-15, 17-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Silicon Valley tech monopolies, advertising and addiction.

 

Sofie Hagen: Fat Jokes

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, Three | 16:15-17:15 | Aug 4-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Fat jokes and unforgettable moments that you can laugh at without feeling like shit.

 

Ange Lavoipierre: I've Got 99 Problems and Here's an Exhaustive List of Them

Comedy | Underbelly George Square, The Wee Coo | 16:20-17:20 | Aug 3-14, 16-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

99 problems. 50 minutes. One woman. One spider suit.

 

Chris Cantrill: The Bad Boy

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ 51 Niddry St, Studio | 16:20-17:20 | Aug 2-16, 18-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Accused of being a proper bad lad, can his heartfelt testimony convince you?

 

Grace Petrie: Butch Ado About Nothing

Comedy | Assembly George Square, The Blue Room | 16:20-17:20 | Aug 3, 5-14, 16-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Whining folk singer' (Telegraph) explores cisgender butch identity.

 

Harriet Dyer: Trigger Warning

Comedy | Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, Snug | 16:20-17:20 | Aug 3-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Here doth lie quite the harrowing tale, one you won't forget in a hurry. Far funnier than it should be.

 

George Egg: Set Menu (The Best of George Egg)

Comedy | Assembly George Square Gardens, Piccolo | 16:25-17:25 | Aug 16-28 | £ | 14+

George cooks food while making you laugh. None with a kitchen.

 

James Nokise: God Damn Fancy Man

Comedy | Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Attic | 16:30-17:30 | Aug 4-12 | PWYW on exit | 14+

Joyful, daring and undeniably sharp. 'A joy to have on stage' ***** (Scotsman).

 

Musical Comedy Guide Showcase

Mixed | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Billiard Room | 16:30-17:30 | Aug 14-28 | £ | 12+

Daily hour of the best musical comedy at this year's Fringe. Previous acts have included Flo and Joan, Jonny and The Baptists, Rachel Parris, Mitch Benn, Silky and Friz Frizzle.

 

Paul Williams: In the Moonlight

Music/Comedy | Assembly Roxy, Downstairs | 16:30-17:30 | Aug 3-16, 18-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

The show includes music, romance and even photos. Stay calm.

 

Ania Magliano: Absolutely No Worries If Not

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker Three | 16:35-17:35 | Aug 3-14, 16-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

50% Polish, 50% Italian, 100% legend.

 

Cerys Bradley: Sportsperson [directed by Joz Norris]

Comedy | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wee Room | 16:40-17:40 | Aug 3-14, 16-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

It's a show about playing sport and fitting in, and how Cerys is quite bad at both.

 

Nic Sampson: Marathon, 1904

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, The Cellar | 16:40-17:40 | Aug 3-14, 16-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 12+

32 athletes entered the 1904 Olympic marathon in St Louis, Missouri. Only 14 finished... The incredible true story of one of the dumbest sporting events of all time.

 

Paul Savage: Well Groomed

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Canon's Gait | 16:40-17:40 | Aug 6-16, 18-28 | PWYW on exit | 18+

Paul wanted to write a funny silly show, but knows ones about trauma do better. So it's a fun silly show about trauma.

 

Paul Sinha: One Sinha Lifetime

Comedy | The Stand @ New Town Theatre, Lower Hall | 16:40-17:40 | Aug 4-15, 17-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

The difficult second post-diagnosis album.

 

Josh Glanc: Vrooom Vrooom

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ The Hive, Two | 16:45-17:40 | Aug 4-15, 17-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Master of craze' **** (Guardian). 'Absurd and dynamic' **** (Fest).

 

Alison Spittle: Wet

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Attic | 16:45-17:45 | Aug 3-8, 10-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8 only | 14+

A fight breaks out in aqua-aerobics and she's never felt so alive.

 

Jessica Fostekew: Wench

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, Four | 16:45-17:45 | Aug 3-14, 16-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Private things, public things and trying to wrap your big sexy arms around time to keep it still.

 

Ali Brice: I Tried To Be Funny, But You Weren't Looking

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Banshee Labyrinth, Chamber Room | 16:50-17:50 | Aug 6-28 | PWYW on exit | 18+

Ali Brice is embracing life after almost losing it.

 

Victoria Melody: Head Set

Theatre | Pleasance Courtyard, Beside | 16:50-17:50 | Aug 3-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8 only | 14+

The female theatrical Louis Theroux's celebration of our messy and disordered brains.

 

 

5pm

 

Gareth Waugh: Doozy

Comedy | The Stand, One | 17:00-18:00 | Aug 4-14, 16-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Dogs on Instagram and more excruciatingly hilarious revelations from one of Scotland’s fastest-rising stars.

 

Mark Watson and Michael Chakraverty: menkind LIVE

Podcast | Assembly George Square, The Flick at Underground | 17:00-18:00 | Aug 19-20 | £ | 14+

There'll be chat about masculinity: what it is, what it does. Straight-vs-gay badinage. Queerness. Profundity. Occasional filth. Sometimes, all of this at once.

 

Markus Birdman – The Bearable Heaviness of Nearly Not Being

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Banshee Labyrinth, Cinema Room | 17:10-18:05 | Aug 6-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-28 | PWYW on exit | 18+

It’s about death. It’s about laughing in the face of it all. It’s about an hour.

 

James Rowland: Learning to Fly

Theatre | Summerhall, Anatomy Lecture Theatre | 17:20-18:20 | Aug 3-14, 16-21, 23-28 | £ | 14+

The remarkable, uplifting and hilarious story of a friendship... and a spooky house.

 

Lucy Porter: Wake-Up Call

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Forth | 17:20-18:20 | Aug 3-14, 16-20 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Bin collection schedules, the novels of Jean Rhys, cats, pressure washers and Huel.

 

Comedy Club 4 Kids [w/ Thom Tuck, on occasion]

Kids | Assembly Roxy, Upstairs | 17:25-18:25 | Aug 3-21, 26-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 6+

Since 2005 we've been persuading the international circuit's best stand-ups, sketch acts and cabaret stars to perform for family audiences. Join us!

 

Nick Helm: What Have We Become?

Comedy | Pleasance Dome, Queen Dome | 17:25-18:25 | Aug 3-16, 18-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

So insightful, so honest, so legitimate, that it will fix all of society's problems.

 

Al Lubel: The Narcissistic Personality Disorder and ME

Comedy | Laughing Horse @ City Café, Las Vegas | 17:30-18:30 | Aug 4-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 18+

Love of space, hatred of time, fear of death, ambivalence toward his parents.

 

Andrew O'Neill – We Are Not In the Least Afraid of Ruins; We Carry a New World in Our Hearts

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Liquid Room, Annexe | 17:30-18:30 | Aug 6-15, 17-22, 24-28 | PWYW on exit | 12+

Non-binary whirlwind brings back the best show they've ever done.

 

Bilal Zafar – Care

Comedy | Underbelly Bristo Square, Jersey | 17:30-18:30 | Aug 3-14, 16-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 12+

Bilal Zafar spent a year working in a care home for very wealthy people…

 

Joe Kent-Walters and Mikey Bligh-Smith: The Lovely Boys

Comedy | Just the Tonic @ The Caves, The Wee One | 17:30-18:30 | Aug 4-14, 16-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Expect silly fun and games in this absurd clown bonanza.

 

Maisie Adam: Buzzed

Comedy | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Dining Room | 17:30-18:30 | Aug 3-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

This high-energy show promises to be better than whatever else you had planned (unless you had plans to go dancing with Cher).

 

John Robertson: The Dark Room (For Kids!)

Kids | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Nightclub | 17:30-18:30 | Aug 3-26, 28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 11+

Will you: A) Find light switch? B) Go north? C) Explode in a shower of stinking guts?

 

Helen Bauer: Madam Good Tit

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker Two | 17:40-18:40 | Aug 3-16, 18-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

An hour about self-confidence, self-esteem and self-care.

 

Lou Sanders: One Word: Wow

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, Three | 17:40-18:40 | Aug 4-16, 18-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Get ready and I’ll tell you about the time I gave this horse a boner.

 

Sarah Keyworth: Lost Boy

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Cabaret Bar | 17:40-18:40 | Aug 3-15, 17-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

If comedy equals tragedy plus time, then boy, this is going to be good.

 

Mark Silcox: I Can Cure... [Perfect and Arena-Ready Show]

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ 51 Niddry St, Studio | 17:45-18:35 | Aug 3-16, 18-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Exposing big pharmaceutical companies who rip off their customers through cough medicine.

 

Caitlin Cook: The Writing on the Stall

Music/Comedy | Underbelly Bristo Square, Daisy | 17:45-18:45 | Aug 3-16, 18-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Transforms graffiti into the lyrics of Cook's original songs.

 

Richard Wright: Into The Wright-Verse

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Southsider | 17:45-18:45 | Aug 19-28 | PWYW on exit | 18+

Every universe has an Edinburgh Fringe but the multiverse is collapsing. Only Richard Wright can save us.

 

Crybabies: Bagbeard

Comedy | Pleasance Dome, 10 Dome | 17:50-18:50 | Aug 3-14, 16-28 | £ | 2-for-1 | on Aug 8-9 | 14+

A sci-fi infected narrative sketch adventure. Monsters, mystery and massive regret.

 

Heidi Regan Gives Birth Live on Stage Every Night or Your Money Back

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms, French Quarter | 17:55-18:55 | Aug 6-19, 22-28 | PWYW on exit | 18+

The best show anyone has ever written about moving in with your girlfriend, trying for a baby and some stuff about robots.

 

 

6pm

 

Atsuko Okatsuka: The Intruder

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker Three | 18:00-19:00 | Aug 3-15, 17-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Growing up with a mother with schizophrenia and a grandmother who stole from buffets and fed her false realities, Atsuko is now stunted as an adult. But when confronted with a home intruder, she realises that her unconventional upbringing may have actually prepared her for just this moment.

 

Chloe Petts: Transience

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Upstairs | 18:00-19:00 | Aug 3-14, 16-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

The darts and her (strictly non-romantic) love for the men who watch it.

 

Chris Gethard: A Father and the Sun

Comedy | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Billiard Room | 18:00-19:00 | Aug 3-15, 17-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

'New York comedy institution' (New York Times)

 

Finlay Christie: OK Zoomer

Comedy | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wee Room | 18:00-19:00 | Aug 3-16, 18-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Debut hour from fast-rising star, award-winning stand-up Finlay Christie.

 

Rosie Holt: The Woman's Hour

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Attic | 18:00-19:00 | Aug 3-15, 17-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Rosie debuts an hour of character comedy based on her hit satirical videos.

 

Tim Vine: Breeeep!

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, One | 18:00-19:00 | Aug 3-6, 8-14, 16-21, 23-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 12+

One-liners, stupid things, unlikely songs, wobbly props. (Plus utter drivel.)

 

Katie Pritchard: Disco Ball

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, The Cellar | 18:05-19:05 | Aug 3-14, 16-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Party with carnage-wielding, mayhem-manifesting, human disco ball Katie.

 

Lloyd Langford: DILF

Comedy | PBH's Free Fringe @ Legends, Upstairs | 18:05-19:05 | Aug 6-18 | PWYW on exit | 18+

A brand-new hour from the finest Welsh comedian currently working in Australia.

 

Tessa Coates: Get Your Tessa Coates You've Pulled

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Beside | 18:05-19:05 | Aug 3-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 12+

'Won over Aberdeen comedy fans within seconds' (Press and Journal).

 

John Otway

Music | PBH's Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms, Ballroom | 18:10-19:10 | Mon Aug 8 | PWYW on exit | 18+

John Otway is an English singer-songwriter, with two hit records.

 

Lee Kyle: Parochial Glitter Implosion

Comedy | Laughing Horse @ City Café, Nineties | 18:10-19:10 | Aug 5-14, 16-28 | PWYW on exit | 16+

A show about identity and oddness with a little bit about class war if there's time. Breaking news: Lee has guinea pigs now.

 

Pierre Novellie: Why Can't I Just Enjoy Things?

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, One | 18:10-19:10 | Aug 2-12, 14-18, 22-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Before the plague and WW3 I was a chortling, apple-cheeked blacksmith…

 

Eleanor Tiernan: Away With The Fairies

Comedy | Gilded Balloon Teviot, Sportsmans | 18:15-19:15 | Aug 3-15, 17-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Glorious mistakes. Glaring errors. Gallant tales of mischief and misconduct.

 

Frankie Boyle: Lap of Shame

Comedy | Assembly Rooms, Music Hall | 18:15-19:15 | Aug 3-7, 9-14, 17-21, 23-28 | £ | 14+

Frankie suppresses his overarching sense of futility and horror to tell jokes for an hour in the final days of organised human life.

 

Abigoliah Schamaun: Legally Cheeky

Comedy | Just the Tonic @ The Tron | 18:20-19:20 | Aug 4-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 9 only | 14+

Abigoliah never thought she could be deported. She’s American! But…

 

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Oh No

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ Carnivore, Two | 18:20-19:20 | Aug 1-16, 18-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Glasgow’s finest comedian exploring the end of the world and Italian food.

 

Stuart Laws? Is That Guy Still Going? (WIP)

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ Carnivore, Two | 18:20-19:20 | Wed Aug 17 | £7.50 adv or PWYW on exit

New show about getting married, being middle of the road and accidentally going viral for the most embarrassing moment in your life.

 

John Robins: Work In Progress/Progress In Work

Comedy | Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Up The Stairs | 18:25-19:15 | Aug 4, 7, 14, 18, 21, 24-26, 28 | £ | 16+

A heady mixture of ropey material and competent crowd work from one of the greats.

 

Garrett Millerick: Just Trying to Help

Comedy | Monkey Barrel, Four | 18:25-19:25 | Aug 2-15, 17-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

The world’s angriest optimist returns for another bash at sorting out life’s complications.

 

Michelle Brasier: Average Bear

Comedy | Assembly George Square, The Box | 18:25-19:25 | Aug 3-15, 17-28 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Heartbreaking and hilarious. Winner: Sydney Comedy Festival Director's Choice Award, 2021

 

Lost Voice Guy: Cerebral LOLsy

Comedy | Gilded Balloon @ The Museum, Auditorium | 18:30-19:30 | Aug 15-28 | £ | 14+

Living as a disabled person in a post-apocalyptic world with his new Geordie accent.

 

Marcel Lucont Etc – A Chat Show   *ACMS board member*

Mixed | Just the Tonic, La Belle Angele | 18:30-19:30 | Aug 4-14 | £ | 16+

The 'prince of the chat-show genre' (List) returns to interrogate guests with deadpan Gallic wit. 'Fresh, accessible and hilarious' (Guardian). 'Excellently dry' (Times).

 

Sindhu Vee: Alphabet

Comedy | Pleasance Courtyard, Beyond | 18:30-19:30 | Aug 18-28 | £ | 16+

A show about the hair we want, the friends we have and living the vast difference between virus and viral.

 

Edward Aczel: Artificial Intellect and Other Ideas

Comedy | BlundaGardens, BlundaBus | 18:40-19:40 | Aug 14-18 | £ | 0+

Anti-comedy legend of BBC New Comedy Awards and Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Idol fame.

 

Michael Brunström Presents Curt Hatred’s Rubber Funnel

Comedy | BlundaGardens, BlundaBus | 18:40-19:40 | Aug 24-28 | £ | 0+

Pumps narrative mayonnaise... onto the falafel of your unconscious.

 

Ted Hill: All the Presidents Man

Comedy | Just the Tonic @ The Mash House, Attic | 18:40-19:40 | Aug 4-14, 16-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Ted's debut stand-up show about every single US president and how they saved his life.

 

Roisin Crowley Linton: Medusa

Underbelly Bristo Square, Buttercup | 18:45-19:45 | Aug 3-16, 18-28 | £ | 16+

Provocative and punk-rock show about sexual violence, the NHS, police and more.

 

Thanyia Moore: Just Being Funny

Comedy | Monkey Barrel @ Carnivore, One | 18:50-19:50 | Aug 3-16, 18-28 | £ adv, or PWYW on exit | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 16+

Thanyia was going to make her debut in 2020 with a heartfelt, emotional show… but then 2020 happened. Now, she’d rather just be funny.

 

Jenny Bede: The First Pregnant Woman in the World

Comedy | Underbelly Bristo Square, Clover | 18:55-19:55 | Aug 3-14, 16-29 | £ | 2-for-1 on Aug 8-9 | 14+

Jenny will navigate the entire gamut of human emotions, from despair all the way through to despair, as she jokes, sings and (at last, justifiably) Mum-dances her experience to life in this new hour.

 

NB Weblinks have been included for Board Members, and for shows which are not for sale through Edfringe.