Circus - The Show

Children's Shows

Circus – The Show

Roll up! Roll up! Prepare to enter a world of whimsy, wonder and amazement where your imagination will soar like never before, in this completely re-imagined family circus spectacular! Winner: Best Children's Event, Adelaide Fringe Weeklies 2021, 2023, 2024. Sure to astound the entire family, Circus is the latest trailblazer in children's entertainment – featuring world-class illusions, tumbling acrobats, highly skilled jugglers, elegant aerialists and an endearing clown with his gigantic six-foot balloon. 'The greatest circus show around!' ★★★★★ (Kiddo Magazine). 

31 July - 26 August 2024, 10:50 am

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How to Catch a Book Witch

Children's Shows

How to Catch a Book Witch

Kira loves reading. Visiting the library is her favourite. But why are words disappearing from the books and where have all these book monsters come from?! Could there be a Book Witch hiding somewhere? Graham Grey plans to knock down the library to make way for a car park! Join Kira and Barry the Bookworm on this heartwarming adventure to save the day. An open-hearted show aimed at children ages 4+ exploring the importance of libraries and sharing stories. Featuring live music, puppetry, storytelling, key-word signing and captions.

31 July - 18 August 2024, 11:30 am

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Alphabet of Awesome Science

Children's Shows

The Alphabet of Awesome Science

Join Professors Lexi Con and Noel Edge (the Word Nerd and the Science Freak) for thrilling voyage through the alphabet – where fascinating words inspire spectacular science! It's a tongue-twisting race from A to Z that's equal parts explosive, messy, hilarious, fascinating and gross. Brace yourself for an hour of carefully crafted alphabetical, scientifical (multi award-winning!) chaos. 'If I could give it six stars I would' ★★★★★ (The Advertiser)  'Left the kids and I looking at each other in disbelief and clapping with joy' ★★★★★ (See-Do-Eat-Review)  'Wonderful, wonder-inspiring wonderment' (The Adelaide Show)

31 July - 25 August 2024, 12:30 pm

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Why I Stuck A Flare Up My Arse For England

Theatre

Why I Stuck A Flare Up My Arse For England

It’s the EURO 2020 Final at Wembley and Billy’s gone viral for sticking a flare up his arse! Why I Stuck A Flare Up My Arse For England is a blisteringly funny new play that returns to the fringe after a sell-out, five-star run last year. Written and performed by Alex Hill, it asks what it means to belong to a club that you live for. Billy and his best pal Adam are die-hard football fans. It’s how they spend every weekend, without fail. It’s their escape, their religion and their life. But when they encounter a new group of mates, they start to take their support one step further. 'Boozy, ballsy, brilliantly executed' ★★★★★ (Entertainment Now) 'A gem of a play' ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby) 'As beautiful as it is thought-provoking' ★★★★★ (Corr Blimey) ★★★★ (The Scotsman)  'Priceless comic charm' (The Reviews Hub)

31 July - 26 August 2024, 12:50 pm

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The Grim

Theatre

The Grim

London, 1964. Shaun and Robert are trying to get through another shift as undertakers in the East End, but on the day they're due to fit deceased murderer, Jackie Gallagher, for his coffin and with strange happenings afoot, all is not as it seems... Following the success of his 'holler-out-loud funny' (TheSmuReviews.co.uk) Fringe debut You're Dead, Mate, award-winning playwright Edmund Morris is back with his latest, darkest comedy.

31 July - 25 August 2024, 1:15 pm

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Anesti Danelis: Artificially Intelligent

Comedy

Anesti Danelis: Artificially Intelligent

With nearly 1 million followers and over 400 million views online, musical comedian Anesti Danelis brings you his new comedy special. Feeling lost in life, he asked ChatGPT to write a show based on his life and this is what we got... 'Brilliant blend of sharp wit, optimism, and perfectly dark humour' ★★★★★ (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 2:15 pm

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Theatre

Character Flaw

Colourful explosions pop in this hilarious exploration of ADHD and queer identity. A plethora of eye-opening topics and hysterical anecdotes leave the audience educated, moved and highly entertained. Follow Pip as she navigates the challenges and celebrates the joys of neurodiversity. Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence Winner. OffFest New Writing Finalist. ADHD Comedy Award Shortlist. 'A little gem' ***** (British Theatre). 'A show you could see again and again!' ***** (TheatreAndTonic.co.uk). 'A tightrope act between us crying with laughter to genuine heartache. A show that gives in every possible conceivable way' **** (BingeFringe.com). After it's award winning, sell out run at Edinburgh Fringe 2023 directed by the incredibly talented Nat Kennedy, (Sirrah Sisters) Character Flaw is back for a final run! 

31 July - 26 August 2024, 2:25 pm

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Will Sebag-Montefiore: Will of the People

Comedy

Will Sebag-Montefiore: Will of the People

Will Sebag-Montefiore is a satirist who turns the news into sketches and songs despite not being very smart. Watch him struggle to keep up with the ever-changing news cycle as he tries to make the world a better place (for him).

31 July - 26 August 2024, 2:30 pm

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Comedy

Alfie Packham: My Gift to You

Enjoy this gift of a show from a 2x BBC New Comedy Award nominee, Max Turner Comedy Prize winner, and writer for BBC Radio 4's Now Show and The News Quiz. 'Comedy with a gag count and delightful storytelling' (FringeReview.co.uk).

31 July - 26 August 2024, 2:45 pm

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Michelle Shaughnessy: Too Late, Baby

Comedy

Michelle Shaughnessy: Too Late, Baby

This is an admission of 'holy sh*t. I think I've missed the boat'. Michelle is not close to reaching her goals. Instead of whining about it, she is doing what she does best – turning it into comedy. A show for anyone who thinks it's too late to achieve their dreams, because it probably is. 'Charismatic and relatable... comedy gold' **** (Entertainment-Now.com). 'Star Quality' (List). 'I can't for the life of me understand why she's not a household name!' (Ed Byrne).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 2:45 pm

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Stephanie Laing: Rudder

Comedy

Stephanie Laing: Rudder

A comedy dance show about balance. Stephanie has a history of falling over a lot, accidentally kneeing herself in the face, and falling in love with total kn*bheads. In this show she uses a mixture of stand-up and dance to talk about bodies, sex, dancing, liking yourself, consent and healing. Also, there are cartoon bears and burlesque.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 2:50 pm

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Shoot From The Hip

Comedy

Shoot From The Hip

Shoot From The Hip bring their award-winning, TikTok-viral improv comedy BACK to Ed Fringe, having sold out Fringe 2023! Featuring chaotic games, epic scenes, and ever-so-slightly unhinged performances. ★★★★★ 'Pitched to perfection...Go and see them, and wear waterproof mascara.' (Reviews Hub) ★★★★★ 'Jaw-achingly funny... good for the soul.' (Bookmarks and Stages) ★★★★ 'A hilarious hour... leaving you pleading for more' (Broadway Baby) ★★★★ 'Quick-witted and fast on their feet' (Broadway World) ★★★★ 'Truly incredible to see' (Little Lark of London) Recommended by The Herald, Metro, Evening Standard, and Time Out.

31 July - 11 August 2024, 2:55 pm

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Comedy

Can Duggan? Should Duggan? Will Duggan

Will Duggan (as seen on the Russell Howard Hour, Sky One) is never going to be the youngest person to achieve... anything, anymore. Barrelling, as he is, towards 40 with terrifying speed, but looking at all those things he had planned, there's probably the vestige of something that he can grab, polish and present as a life's work. Maybe. Probably. Perhaps. You may have seen Will on Sky, BBC Three, ITV, or heard him popping up on BBC Radio 4. Maybe you've walked past him on the street. 'Effortlessly funny' ★★★★★ (JOE.co.uk).

31 July - 26 August 2024, 3:50 pm

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Mitch Benn: The World's Cleverest Idiot

Comedy

Mitch Benn: The World's Cleverest Idiot

The Songmeister's back, to tell us how artificial intelligence is no match for good ol' organic stupidity, and (from experience) how ACTUAL intelligence can't save you from being unbelievably cretinous...   Mitch Benn is acknowledged as one of the best writers/performers of comedy songs in the UK. He is perhaps best known as the resident comic songwriter on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show from 1999 to 2016. Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny' (The Guardian) Some reviews for last year's show: 'The man is talent .... I really enjoyed it! The audience all around me seemed to lap up every musical second.' ★★★★ (Edinburgh Reviews) 'As always there is what is for me a highlight, his ‘live looping’ where with the aid of his phone and a few pedals, he builds from scratch a fully orchestrated number in front of ones very eyes' ★★★★ (One4Review) 'Mitch Benn may be wondering what The Point is, but to the audience, it’s very clear, making us all laugh until we’re red in the face. And he does this very well. Bloody funny, go see.' ★★★★ (Starburst)

31 July - 26 August 2024, 4:00 pm

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Sallyann Fellowes: SALIEN

Comedy

Sallyann Fellowes: SALIEN

Sallyann Fellowes brings her funny, weird show about not fitting in, Salien, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Expect real-life experiences that aren't even remotely like real life, and weirdness. Learn something about her neurodiversity and how this might explain why Sallyann sees the world as an alien, and discover her journey through life as revealed through a bizarre pantomime of stories and anecdotes. Sallyann is neurodiverse and LGBTQ+ and welcomes everyone to her show. Leicester Square Comedian of the Year 2023 Winner, New Forest Comedian of the Year 2023 Winner, and G&B Comedy All Stars 2023 Winner.

31 July - 25 August 2024, 4:15 pm

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Stefania Licari: Trust Me, I'm a Comedian

Comedy

Stefania Licari: Trust Me, I'm a Comedian

Following her hit show Medico, Stefania Licari returns with a brand-new stand-up hour. Drawing on her experience as an NHS doctor, first-generation migrant, comedian and sometime endurance runner, she explores the diverse roles of women in today's world. From the operating theatre to the theatre stage, via an ultra-marathon through the Sahara, Stefania reflects on the big question: what are we running to and from? Multi award-winning Stefania sold out venues and earned rave reviews for Medico. Her follow-up promises to deliver her most personal, thought-provoking and side-splitting material yet.

31 July - 25 August 2024, 4:15 pm

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James Barr: Sorry I Hurt Your Son

Comedy

James Barr: Sorry I Hurt Your Son (Said My Ex to My Mum)

James Barr fearlessly tackles the aftermath of an abusive relationship in an hour of trailblazing stand-up. Witness outrageous punchlines and courageous storytelling as James overcomes the chaos of a brutal breakup, from surviving online abuse from Piers Morgan's fans to cancelling a Flamingo adoption at his local zoo. After two smash-hit, critically-acclaimed runs, James returns to Edinburgh. Co-directed by Maddie Parry (Director of Hannah Gadsby's Emmy Award-winning Nanette). 'A masterclass in queer storytelling' ★★★★★ (Metro). As heard daily on Hits Radio.

31 July - 25 August 2024, 5:15 pm

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Rachel Fairburn: Showgirl

Comedy

Rachel Fairburn: Showgirl

Rachel is back with her critically acclaimed hour Showgirl. She'll be casting her acerbic eye over everything from your children to her pretentious new alcohol-free life (accurate at time of writing). Co-host of international smash-hit podcast All Killa No Filla and as seen on Live at The Apollo (BBC Two) and Richard Osman's House of Games (BBC Two). 'Huge presence in a pint-sized frame' ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk) 'Bright, brave and bitterly enjoyable' ★★★★ (Skinny) 'Gag-heavy, opinionated and smart' ★★★★ (FunnyWomen.com).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 5:20 pm

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Martin Angolo: Idiot Wind

Comedy

Martin Angolo: Idiot Wind

Idiot Wind is the noise that comes out of a comedian's mouth in the form of jokes and observations, and Martin Angolo is full of it. The award-winning Irish comic looks at modern Ireland's positive and negative cultural shifts compared to the rest of the world, in an hour that's silly and politely offensive, in order to challenge the idea that 'comedians can't say anything these days'. As seen on Amazon Prime's LOL: Last One Laughing Ireland. 'Very funny' (Graham Norton) 'Laser-sharp wit' (Independent) 'Martin is hilarious and is an Irish national treasure' (Eric Andre).

31 July - 26 August 2024, 5:25 pm

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Harry Stachini: Grenade

Comedy

Harry Stachini: Grenade

Most of us are carrying honesty grenades. Some are small, like farting in a lift and owning up to it. But some are truly massive. Harry’s was medium to large and once he pulled the pin; it destroyed an eight-year relationship, a mortgage and a blue whippet. Relationships, family dynamics and his years spent teaching future serial killers are all brought under the comedy spotlight in this show. Stachini serves up an hour of relatable, honest, and hilarious stand-up, shining a light on the Grenades that we all carry. Harry Stachini’s stand up and crowd work clips have amassed millions of views across his social media. He's established a reputation as an exciting young comedian with an impressive easy-going style. His warm and friendly stage presence comfortably leads us through hilarious and skilful storytelling which is beyond his years. He regularly performs at the UK’s finest comedy clubs and festivals and has also performed overseas in both Asia and Europe. 'A must-see act... compelling, inventive storytelling' (Spotlight Comedy Club) 'Well observed characterisations and anecdotes' (The Skinny) 'Belly-achingly funny' (I Love Manchester) 'Hotly tipped funnyman' (Manchester Wire)

31 July - 26 August 2024, 5:45 pm

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Grace Jarvis: Oh! The Horrors!

Comedy

Grace Jarvis: Oh! The Horrors!

Oh! The Horrors! is Grace's third solo comedy hour. Once again under the masterful direction of cult favourite, Laura Davis, Jarvis is returning to Edinburgh with a show that is loaded with her trademark whimsical social commentary and endearing personal anecdotes. 'Outwardly winsome and internally complex, Jarvis is a delight' (Scotsman). 'Hilarious, stinging and outrageously dark' (Reuben Kaye).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 5:50 pm

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Comedy

Thinking Drinkers: The Booze-ical

Following last year’s sell-out Edinburgh run, the self-styled hardest-working beefcakes in alcohol-based infotainment are back ... .with a brand new musical extravaganza complete with FIVE FREE DRINKS for every audience member! Sip back and marvel as the award-winning drinks experts embark on an all-singing, all-dancing musical mission to prove that the pub, and indeed alcohol, are cornerstones of civilisation. Accompanied by talented West-End singers Flat and the Curves, Ben & Tom raise a glass to a heady, hilarious cocktail of historical characters in the greatest, most intoxicating, lock-in of your life. ‘Pioneers of alcohol-based comedy’ (Times)

31 July - 25 August 2024, 6:10 pm

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Comedy

Andrew Ryan: Let Me Know How You Get On

Irishman Andrew Ryan is finally living the life he always thought he would. He's stopped people-pleasing and overthinking, and it's been a complete disaster. Just what he's used to. With over 20 million views online and a sold-out 2023 tour, the Corkman is back with a new show. Host of Cork in the North podcast. As seen on Comedy Central, Secrets of the Comedy Circuit, Blame Game, and host of Q Radio's Breakfast Show. 'Utterly brilliant' **** (TimeOut.com). 'Charming, hilarious, with some really powerful thinking underneath' **** (EdFestMag.com).

31 July - 11 August 2024, 6:45 pm

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Joe McTernan: Lost

Comedy

Joe McTernan: Lost

After a complete sell-out run in 2023, the Scottish comedian and viral sensation who has 50+million views online is back with a brand-new show or even a brand-new Joe. Single for the first time in 10 years, join Joe for a high-energy, hysterical look at trying to move on after your route is diverted. As seen on BBC's The Comedy Underground and Edinburgh Unlocked, and co-creator of the online (Scottish Comedy Award-winning) sitcom MUFF alongside Daniel Sloss. 'I was crying with laughter pretty much throughout the entire performance' ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks).

31 July - 26 August 2024, 6:50 pm

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William Thompson: Scumbag Millionaire

Comedy

William Thompson: Scumbag Millionaire

Would you invest? Save it for a rainy day? Or blow it as quickly as possible? BBC New Comedy Awards finalist. As seen on Dave and Channel 4 and BBC Scotland. Co-host of The Mudblood podcast and a regular guest on Tea With Me, stand-up comedian and rising star from Belfast, William Thompson will answer this question in his brand-new solo show for 2024! ★★★★ (TheArtsDesk.com) 'One of Northern Ireland's funniest new voices' (Fest)

31 July - 24 August 2024, 6:55 pm

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Greg Larsen: Revolting

Comedy

Greg Larsen: Revolting

Greg Larsen plays Ethan Krum in BBC One's The Tourist but he's also one of Australia's fattest, most psycho comedians. He's won awards, he's been all over Aussie TV, and even got investigated by the Australian Media Authority for calling a conservative politician a c*nt live on air. He would like you to come and enjoy his stupid stories about his younger days when he played in punk bands and worked for a porn website. Winner: Director's Choice Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival. Nominee: Most Outstanding Show, Melbourne Comedy Festival. 'Powerfully funny' ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 7:15 pm

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Colin Cloud: Consequences

Comedy

Colin Cloud: Consequences

Cloud is going to solve the biggest mystery on the planet. You. What do you believe? More importantly, what impact do those beliefs have on your existence? Secrets will be unravelled, impossible outcomes will be predicted, and reality itself will be manipulated. You make 70,000 decisions every single day, your next one is to decide which night you come to see this show. Your life depends on it. 'The closest thing to a real-life Sherlock Holmes' ★★★★★ (Daily Record) 'See this show!' ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby). Star of: America’s Got Talent and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show. Please note the performance on 10th August is at 5:30pm, not the usual 7.20pm.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 7:20 pm

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Comedy

NewsRevue

Guinness World Record-breaking NewsRevue is an impeccably delivered, current affairs, parody song & sketch show. This Edinburgh institution, celebrating its 45th birthday, aims to shine a light in the darkness with 100% new, high-energy content. 'Sensational!' (Sky News)

31 July - 26 August 2024, 7:30 pm

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Flat And The Curves: Rose-tinted

Comedy

Flat And The Curves: Rosé-tinted

With rosé-tinted glasses, award-winning Flat and the Curves piece together a night of slut-drops, jumpsuit blunders and fried chicken-infused afterparties, in their musical booze-cruise through the quintessential brit-girl bender. As seen on the BBC and fresh from their UK tour, the 5-star girl-group was named one of British Comedy Guide's best reviewed shows 23. 'They make Fascinating Aida look like the Von-Trapps' (Sunday Express) 'electrifying... outstanding... powerhouse cabaret!' ★★★★ (Scotsman) 'The effect is bizarre: you're moved by their sound whilst bent double laughing...truly remarkable.' ★★★★★ (BroadwayWorld)

31 July - 25 August 2024, 8:20 pm

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Rhys Nicholson: Huge Big Party Congratulations!

Comedy

Rhys Nicholson: Huge Big Party Congratulations!

On this, the year of our Lord 2024, it’s a brand-new, hour-long, stand-up comedy concert from your ol’ pal Rhys Nicholson. Only a coward wouldn’t attend.  Winner Most Outstanding Show, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2022. As seen on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, Roast Battle UK, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Taskmaster AU & Netflix. 'Skilful, elegant and perfectly crafted stand up.' ★★★★★ (The Scotsman) 'This is a genuinely great stand-up comedian at work... awe-inspiring to watch.' ★★★★★ (Time Out)

31 July - 25 August 2024, 8:25 pm

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Lewis Garnham: Choosing The Wrong Story To Tell

Comedy

Lewis Garnham: Choosing the Wrong Story to Tell

Humans have started developing a genetically modified onion that doesn't make you cry when you cut it. In our search for ultimate convenience, constant comfort, a total absence of pain, we've lost the real. We're going through the motions, having scripted, rehearsed conversations, losing touch with authenticity and spontaneity. Join Lewis as he tries to make sense of the world (and himself). Lewis has performed to sold-out crowds at festivals and amassed 2.3 million likes on TikTok. Nominee Best Newcomer, Melbourne Comedy Festival. 'A rich source of edgy jokes.' ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 8:30 pm

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Ali Woods: At The Moment

Comedy

Ali Woods: At the Moment

Ali's in love for the first time and he hates it. Join this viral comedy sensation for a hilarious stand-up hour about trying to be yourself. As seen on Comedy Central Live, ITV2's Stand Up Sketch Show and heard on BBC Radio 4. Tour support for Russell Kane, Adam Kay and Axel Blake. Sell-out Edinburgh Show 2023 and 2022. Hundreds of millions of views on Instagram and TikTok. ★★★★★ (Everything-Theatre.co.uk) ★★★★★ (LondonTheatre1.com) 'In a world of wannabes, Woods is the real deal' (Evening Standard) 'Expect to see big things from this rising star' (TheWeeReview.com).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 8:30 pm

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Oliver Coleman: Goof

Comedy

Oliver Coleman: Goof

Coleman comes onstage, gets straight into it. He's on fire tonight. Something has gone terribly wrong. The audience shout at him to stop. But he's acting like this happens every night. The man's a professional and he's got jokes to tell. It's beautiful in a way, but then the room begins to stink up with smoke and the fire alarm goes off. Everyone is asked to evacuate. Coleman carries on doing the show to an empty room. 'The journey is a wonderfully wild one, and a break from the normal' ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 8:45 pm

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Aidan Greene: Stop! Stammer Time!

Comedy

Aidan Greene: Stop! Stammer Time!

Award-winning Irish comedian Aidan Greene is back with a whole new show and he wants you to forget everything you know about stammering. Aidan is rebranding as the bad boy of stammering. He'll say what other stammerers won't. Well, it's more that they can't than won't. 'A joy to behold' (Paste Magazine). 'A show which is as heartfelt as hilarious' ★★★★ (TheWeeReview.com). 'Aidan Greene clearly has a talent for comedy, and harnessing his gift has given him an authentic edge at this Edinburgh Festival Fringe' ★★★★ (Deadline.com).

31 July - 26 August 2024, 8:45 pm

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Knight, Knight

Comedy

Knight, Knight

A knight pulls a sword from a stone and, as the prophecy foretold – becomes king. No, not that king. Another one. Totally different one. This one is in love with his horse. A clown tale of courage, duty, determination, brotherhood (shoutout to the round table!), grief, and most of all, horses. A wild romp through a medieval world you thought you knew. A ye olde show brought to you by Madeleine Rowe.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 8:50 pm

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Foil Arms and Hog: Skittish

Comedy

Foil Arms and Hog: Skittish

Internet sensations Foil Arms & Hog are back in the magnificent McEwan Hall to premiere their brand new show, ‘Skittish’. A mix of sketch comedy, audience participation and improvisation. Sold out 2009-2023. Best reviewed show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 & 2019. 'Quite simply, a sensation' (EdFest Magazine). 'They’re just fantastically funny' (The Times) 'Very funny show' (Rowan Atkinson) 'Hilarious' (Kevin Bridges) 'An effervescent hour of fast-paced gags, fizzing with energy, invention and great lines' (Chortle)v

31 July - 26 August 2024, 9:15 pm

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Daliso Chaponda: Feed This Black Man Again

Comedy

Daliso Chaponda: Feed This Black Man Again

Daliso performed his first show Feed This Black Man in the 2000s. The jokes were mediocre and the big finale involved eating a sandwich on stage. Twenty years on, he's done the Royal Variety Performance, written and performed four series of Citizen of Nowhere on BBC Radio 4, been a Britain's Got Talent finalist, and toured nationwide and abroad. So, Feed This Black Man Again is a do-over, as the now widely-loved comic revisits the themes of that ancient debut show with the considerably enhanced comic talents that two decades' experience brings you.

31 July - 11 August 2024, 9:20 pm

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Elliot Steel: Soft Boi Core

Comedy

Elliot Steel: Soft Boi Core

After last year's smash-hit show, Elliot returns with more of his biting wit and trademark dark sense of humour about the hellish year he, and humanity, has had. Seen on Comedy Central's Roast Battle and Comedy Central at the Comedy Store. 127k followers across TikTok and Instagram and 1.7 million likes on Tiktok. 'His observations are sharp... and his delivery skills are excellent' (FringeReview.co.uk) 'Impeccably paced material' (List) 'An accomplished hour of confessional comedy' ★★★★ (TheArtsDesk.com)  ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk) ★★★★★ (MumbleComedy.net) ★★★★½ (One4Review.co.uk) ★★★★ (Entertainment-Now.com) ★★★★ (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 9:45 pm

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Dan Rath: Pariah Carey

Comedy

Dan Rath: Pariah Carey

Last year I was bitten by a tick in the central business district. I've since been diagnosed with Lyme's disease, long COVID and chronic fatigue syndrome. I've got enough different flavours of brain fog to start a vape store. I've enlisted an army of nanobots with defibrillators to resuscitate my dopamine receptors so I can listen to dubstep again.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 9:50 pm

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Dreamgun: Film Reads

Comedy

Dreamgun: Film Reads

Including Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and brand-new reads of Superman and Dracula. Check website for full schedule. 'Hilarious live read-throughs of brilliantly rewritten film classics, a joy' (Dara Ó Briain). 'Merciless, hilarious... Consistently sharp, rapid-fire funny writing and crackling performances' ★★★★★ (Irish Times). 'Kept us in stitches and potentially destroyed a host of childhood memories' ★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com).

31 July - 26 August 2024, 10:00 pm

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Kelly McCaughan: Catholic Guilt

Comedy

Kelly McCaughan: Catholic Guilt

Does daddy Jesus's naked body on the cross make you wet? This show will. Seriously, there's water. So, put on your waterproof panties and get ready to unpack everything from losing your virginity in the most holy way, to abortion, to a bowling experience that leads to eternal damnation, and much more. Kelly's poignant and hilariously subversive show (Best Newcomer nominee 2023 ISH Edinburgh Comedy Awards) exposes the impossible standards of the Catholic Church. We will laugh. We will sin. But, will we make it to hell together? As seen on HBO and Apple TV+.

31 July - 25 August 2024, 10:00 pm

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Lover Fighter Rapper Writer

Comedy

Lover, Fighter, Rapper, Writer

Amelia Hamilton – Runner up: Komedia New Comedy Award 2024. Finalist: Musical Comedy Awards 2023 – presents a unique fusion of rap and stand-up. A talented comic delivering 'a proper gag in every line' (Chortle.co.uk), watch Amelia navigate life, love and adulthood in the high-energy and observational style that is already earning her plaudits. A clear contender for future fame, Hamilton’s soundtrack is guaranteed to be stuck in your head for weeks. Featured artist on BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio, Amelia's comedy has earned her recognition and acclaim.  Her distinctive style has garnered attention, with rap being hailed as 'her secret weapon' (Beyond the Joke).

31 July - 26 August 2024, 10:15 pm

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RYAN CULLEN: CULLEN IN THE NAME OF!

Comedy

Ryan Cullen: Cullen in the Name Of!

Ryan delivers with an economy of words, an unapologetic style and surgical precision. An act you'll be talking about long after seeing him. 'Big laughs, his material has the ruthlessness of a young Jimmy Carr and the sexual turpitude of Jim Jefferies at his most priapic. Extraordinary stuff' (Kate Copstick, Scotsman). 'Cullen is one of my favourite comedians. Hilarious and so dark you think 'How the f**k did he end up like this?'' (Daniel Sloss).

31 July - 26 August 2024, 10:15 pm

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Ian Lockwood: The Farewell Tour

Comedy

Ian Lockwood: The Farewell Tour

Famous musician Ian Lockwood has accomplished everything he's ever wanted during his illustrious and extremely successful career, and thus, he's ready to die! See him in concert for his final performance on Earth. From critically acclaimed musical comedian Ian Lockwood comes a new narrative concert experience about life, death and friendship. Featuring 10 hilarious original comedy pop songs, Lockwood examines the fear of abandonment that is hidden so well behind a confident pop star facade, for a touching and earnest show that delivers a laugh a minute.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 10:20 pm

Underbelly George Square

Amazing Bubble Man

Family

Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he has sold out there for the last 14 years. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square bubbles, to rocket bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. (Some shows will have live music by Jet Black Pearl).

1 - 26 August 2024, 11:20 am

Underbelly Bristo Square

The Sun, the Mountain, and Me

Theatre

The Sun, the Mountain, and Me

Arthur is just trying to finish his painting. It fills his days; it haunts his nights. Nobody understands. Not his girlfriend, not his brother. Everyone keeps telling him to stop. But he can't. Not until it's finished. Whatever the cost... Multi award-nominated solo show that melds ancient myth, historical anecdote and emotive storytelling to explore art, freedom and the mistakes we make when searching for escape. 'Deserves to be seen by audiences around the country' (Longstaff Reviews).

1 - 25 August 2024, 12:20 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Is the WiFi Good in Hell?

Theatre

Is the WiFi Good in Hell?

2008. Margate isn't cool (yet). 12-year old Dev sits on a derelict shack, sandwiched between Margate's sea and the abandoned theme park, Dreamland. He's also recently discovered gay people exist... Is the WiFi Good in Hell? follows Dev from boyhood to adulthood. Margate to London. He's gagging for a good connection, yet with his roots firmly intertwined in his hometown's seabed – can he cope with the realities of a life he's forever put on a pedestal? 'Chapman’s debut play isn’t just genuine; it is brutally real. There is a beauty to his writing that is breathtaking, and there are few emerging playwrights that have the ability Chapman has shown...' ★★★★★ (The New Current) Written and performed by Lyndon Chapman - a queer creator, born and raised in Margate, Kent.  Directed by Will Armstrong - co-creator of queer cabaret ‘idiots. gay idiots.’ (‘London’s Best Cliché Free Cabaret Nights' – Time Out), and director of Abby Vicky-Russell’s GUSH (nominated for Vault Origins award 2023, and The Popcorn Writing Award 2023). Debuted at Brixton House as a part of Housemates Festival 2023.

1 - 25 August 2024, 12:40 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Michael Kunze: Infinity Mirror

Comedy

Michael Kunze: Infinity Mirror

Michael Kunze is actor Mitch Coony in this Hollywood odyssey, where you're only ever one hit away from a Tom Hanks sex party. A character comedy featuring sketches, songs and top-notch nonsense. Michael is an OffComm winning comic performer. His show Lil Saffron: Ragu to Riches received five-star reviews at 2022 Edinburgh Fringe and transferred to Pleasance and Soho Theatre. This is his solo debut. ★★★★★ 'A near-perfect hour of unbridled fun' (Ed Fringe Review) ★★★★ 'Go Feed yourself at this banquet of bonkers' (Musical Theatre Review) ★★★★ (Everything Theatre) ★★★★ (Phoenix Remix) 'Comedy master' (ReviewsHub) ‘Great sketch comedian’ (Three Weeks) 2023 Leicester Comedy Festival Best Improv / Musical - Crime Scene Improvisation 2021 OffComm Award - Exile Directed by Lee Griffiths, Fringe First Winner (Lorenzo) and Edinburgh Newcomer Nominee (Late Night Gimp Fight).

1 - 25 August 2024, 12:55 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Experiment Human

Theatre

Experiment Human

Blending dark comedy with the surreal, Experiment Human tells the story of Monkion, a non-human creature curious to understand the strange world outside their attic. Having seized actor Benedict Cumberbatch at the height of his fame to protect him from the media, Monkion has failed to give Cumberbatch what he needs to survive. Will the experiment succeed? What will happen if it doesn't? OFFIE winner, 2024. Innovation Award – VAULT Festival nominee, 2023. Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence, 2022. ‘One of the most unique and unusual stories being told on stage’ (LostInTheatreland.co.uk) ‘Physically masterful, witty and simply fascinating’ (FringeReview.co.uk) Photo Credit: @michaeloreillyphotographer

1 - 25 August 2024, 2:00 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

DRUM

'A civilization flourishes when men plant trees under which they themselves never sit. What you need to understand is, Ghana is home.' As the afternoon sun hits London's BBC Broadcasting House, photographer James Barnor encounters broadcaster Mike Eghan for the first time. Thrown together far from home, two rising Ghanaian creatives navigate their perception of identity, success, assimilation and home. Inspired by real events this joyful and poignant play fuses storytelling, music and dance; capturing a unique snapshot of the swinging sixties. After premiering at Omnibus Theatre, DRUM is set for its Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut. 

1 - 25 August 2024, 2:10 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

The Durham Revue: Mid-Laugh Crisis

Comedy

The Durham Revue: Mid-Laugh Crisis

Durham University's premier sketch comedy troupe is turning 50 – cue the mid-laugh crisis! With the big birthday bash looming, will the troupe conquer their 50th fears, or will they face their last laugh? The group that brought you Liz Kingsman, Ed Gamble, Stevie Martin, Nish Kumar, Ambika Mod and many more are back with a new troupe and 100% new material. Join the award-winning Durham Revue, for an hour of hilarious, cutting-edge sketches. Come along and make selling our soul to sketch comedy worthwhile. 'Raucously funny with sublimely clever writing.' (FringeBiscuit.co.uk).

1 - 25 August 2024, 2:30 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

The Mosinee Project

Mosinee, Wisconsin, 1950. An idyllic Midwestern town wakes up to find themselves in a nightmare. Armed Communist forces have taken over; imprisoning townspeople, cutting off communication, marching through the streets with nobody to oppose them. Prices are changed, barbed wire fences erected, and the Mayor is held at gunpoint. Or so it appears. This is just how it begins. Plunging into the dawn of the Cold War and back again, The Mosinee Project follows the true story of a fake invasion. A fevered, darkly funny retelling, interrogating why we fear, control and tell tales about the future.

1 - 25 August 2024, 3:30 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Jamie Finn: Nobody's Talking About Jamie (Taylor’s Version)

Comedy

Jamie Finn: Nobody's Talking About Jamie (Taylor's Version)

After a sell-out run, Nobody's Talking About Jamie returns with "Taylor's Version"... ' 'Who are you Jamie!?' 'I'm that bitch!' Jamie is not, in fact, that bitch. Jamie has been dumped. Jamie is a hot mess and needs to reinvent himself. Celebrating the dizzying romance and heart-breaking tragedy of friendship, Jamie Finn explores the chaotic wilderness of platonic love and searches for someone who will finally talk about Jamie! 'Jamie Finn will make you feel better... fresh and funny' (Michael Palin). BBC Comedy Awards Regional Finalist 2021. Best Fringe Debut, Theatre Weekly 2023.

1 - 25 August 2024, 3:40 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Karen

Theatre

KAREN

Karen invites you into the uproarious world of our Protagonist. Seamlessly breaking the fourth wall, she’ll whisk you through a chaos-filled narrative that has been described as Fleabag meets The Office with Cameron-West's acting described as 'the female Peep Show' (The Nerd Party).  We open on Protagonist's 30th birthday at the Alton Towers, where her life takes an unexpected turn. Mid-calippo, she's unceremoniously dumped by her long-term boyfriend, Joe. Little does she know, this is just the beginning. Protagonist must soon navigate through office hell as Joe starts dating her arch-nemesis: Karen. This creates a perfect storm of heartbreak, societal pressures, and an identity crisis that threatens to engulf our heroine. The final straw unleashes in an explosive office showdown, where the suppression of her emotions can no longer be contained and our Protagonist finally finds her voice. Through laughter, tears, and a healthy dose of sarcasm, Protagonist learns the invaluable lesson that the path to healing lies in moving through the pain, not around it, and in the empowerment of owning one's emotions that allows you to find peace.

1 - 25 August 2024, 3:55 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

You're SO F**KING Croydon!

Theatre

You're SO F**king Croydon!

'It was my nemesis, I hated Croydon with a real vengeance. It represented everything I didn't want in my life, everything I wanted to get away from. I think it's the most derogatory thing I can say about somebody or something: God, it's so f**king Croydon!' (David Bowie). You're SO F**king Croydon! explores noughties club culture and female resilience, interweaving music, dance, comedy, spoken word and Croydon celebrities. It's a f**k you in pink to the cant's and wont's and a strut down Croydon High Street in 2003. Featuring David Bowie. Featuring interactive moments and a fun, ‘Love of Huns’ aesthetic, You’re SO F**king Croydon holds up a mirror to societal perceptions of women from places like Croydon: predominantly working class with a notoriously negative reputation. Challenging Bowie's quote, it looks at stereotypes attached to certain locations, in particular trying to dispel the notion that being from a particular place diminishes someone's worth. At its essence, it's the story of a woman triumphing over adversities. It’s a stomp through pop culture, identity and destiny, blending comedy with profound exploration and personal narrative with societal perceptions.

1 - 25 August 2024, 4:10 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Jeromaia Detto: MUSH

Comedy

Jeromaia Detto: MUSH

MUSH is the latest edition of silliness developed by award nominated comedian Jeromaia Detto! Unlock your inner child in this one-of-a-kind, kids-show-for-adults experience. MUSH uncovers the weird mushiness of one man's mind in a nonstop hour of very silly proportions! 'Definitely a must-see this Fringe' ★★★★★ (Glam Adelaide) ★★★★½ (Xpress Mag) ★★★★½ (Perth Happenings) ★★★★ (List UK) Best Physical Theatre and Circus and Spirit of the Fringe, Sydney Fringe 2023 (Nominated). Best Comedy Sydney Fringe 2022 (Nominated).

1 - 25 August 2024, 5:10 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Really Good Exposure

Theatre

Really Good Exposure

Molly was a child star. Now she's considering getting into porn. What would you do if your acting career peaked in 2009 (well before the Me Too movement) and you hadn't booked another role in years? Exposed for working as a stripper, dumped by her agent (and her boyfriend), Molly's giving mainstream success one last shot. Enter a world of child stars, strip clubs, and casting couches, and question what it means to earn a living as a performer.

1 - 25 August 2024, 5:20 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Dr Dolittle Kills A Man (and reads extracts from his new book)

Comedy

Dr Dolittle Kills a Man (and Reads Extracts From His New Book)

You've seen him on Countryfile, Blue Peter and that episode of Springwatch that the BBC have tried to scrub (scrub!) from the internet. Now, join Dr John Dolittle, PhD (yours truly and the very same), as he thrills with an animal adventure from yesteryear – before the fame, before the fortune, before they took away his OBE. So come on, let's laugh, buy his new book afterwards, and dare-I-say-it-yes-I-do have a really great time! Starring Aidan Pittman  'Sheer talent... a guaranteed hilarious performance'  ★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com).

1 - 25 August 2024, 5:25 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Chris Turner: Childish

Comedy

Chris Turner: Childish

As a child, Chris wanted to be two things: a comedian and a rock star. After 15 years of following the first dream, he's booked a live band to help him achieve the other! Chris was the first comedian to perform a Las Vegas residency with Cirque Du Soleil, the first comedian to receive a standing ovation on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and his 2023 Edinburgh Fringe show was a complete sell-out. 'A virtuoso' (Guardian) 'The Fringe holy grail' ★★★★★ (EdFestMag.com)  'Exquisite' ★★★★★ (Scenestr.com.au)  'An absolute must see' ★★★★★ (One4Review.co.uk).

1 - 25 August 2024, 5:45 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

Ugly Sisters

A hallucinatory plunge through the circles of sisterhood. Who fits into a glass slipper, and who buys heels for drag queens? The critically acclaimed and multi-award winning piss / CARNATION dance between performance art, alt-comedy and theatre. Ugly Sisters is their latest offering: a brutal ritual for a new kind of sisterhood forged from sleepover confessions, smashed toilets, and the death of Germaine Greer.* *Germaine Greer was not harmed in the making of this show.

1 - 25 August 2024, 6:30 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Rosalie Minnitt: Clementine

Comedy

Rosalie Minnitt: Clementine

Lady Clementine has until her 27th birthday to find the one. When her latest beau goes missing, she embarks on a hilariously unhinged quest to solve the mystery of her ill fortune. But with neither sense nor sensibility, will our romantic heroine find love in time? One of The Guardian's Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2023. 'Absolutely barnstorming' ★★★★ (Telegraph) 'Hilarious and heartwarming' ★★★★ (Time Out) 'Painstakingly crafted and brilliantly performed' ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk) ★★★★★ (BroadwayWorld.com) ★★★★★ (TheatreWeekly.com)

1 - 11 August 2024, 6:40 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

My Last Two Brain Cells

Comedy

My Last Two Brain Cells

The award-winning, 7th highest rated comedy of the Edinburgh Fringe 2023 returns! When disaster strikes in Gary's brain, it's up to his brain cells to try and fix everything. Unfortunately, they've all jumped ship and we're stuck with these two idiots. Can brain cell numbers 12 and 64,928,460,784 put aside their differences to save Gary's life? Probably not. But hey, it's a wholesome, extremely chaotic and incredibly stupid comedy that'll leave you wanting to come back for more!

1 - 25 August 2024, 8:10 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Alex Franklin: Gurl Code

Comedy

Alex Franklin: Gurl Code

In 2024, trans girl Alex (me) started HRT. Now she (me) feels the most alive she's (me's) ever felt; and she wants to make you feel alive too, or die trying. A ludicrous, musical, chaotic, joyful show about the colours of the world becoming slowly brighter and giving people furniture via the tube. Also being trans. As seen / heard on Channel 4 / HBO Max / BBC Radio 4. 'Undeniably ludicrous comedy gold' ★★★★ (Entertainment-Now.com) 'Eclectic, risk-taking and inventive' (Scotsman) 'Winningly weird... this young comic is on the way up' (Telegraph). Directed by Dom Stephens.

1 - 25 August 2024, 8:25 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

A white man with blonde hair wearing a red athletic jacket, black trousers and a yellow rucksacks turns back towards the camera with a devilish, open mouthed smile. Behind him is a row of blue American school lockers with fire filling a gap between them.

Musicals and Opera

DIVA: Live From Hell!

Following a critically acclaimed, sell-out run at the Turbine Theatre, Luke Bayer gives a tour-de-force performance in this blood-stained love letter to Broadway – a solo musical about rivalry, vengeance, and killer ambition. As president of the drama club and star of every school show, Desmond Channing spent most of his short life in the spotlight. When a rival student Evan Harris, a hotshot transfer from New York, challenges his throne, Desmond responds as any diva would, with lethal force... Now stuck in the ‘Seventh Circle’, Hell’s most squalid cabaret venue, Desmond is forced to relive his disturbing tale of woe. As we join him and his band for their one-millionth consecutive show, Desmond performs with a desperate vigour in the hopes that he can prove he’s repented and can be freed from this eternal, campy torment! Inspired by All About Eve, this blood-stained love letter to Broadway will have you laughing hysterically and lusting for revenge. Starring Luke Bayer as Desmond, and every other character to boot, this one-act, one-person riot of a show will take you beyond the darkest depths and demonstrate exactly what it takes to earn the title of diva. See you in hell!

1 - 25 August 2024, 8:30 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

House of Life

Theatre

House of Life

House of Life is a travelling musical cult collective, hosted by the Rave-Rend, with one mission: to get you happy, at any cost. A space to celebrate. To elevate. To lay out your shit and wash it away. The chance to achieve absolute euphoric togetherness through the relentless powers of music and vibes. House Of Life is back after a sell-out run in 2023. 'Fringe’s biggest feel-good sensation' ★★★★★ (Dom Cavendish, Telegraph) ★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com).

1 - 25 August 2024, 8:55 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Tom Lawrinson: Buried Alive and Loving it

Comedy

Tom Lawrinson: Buried Alive and Loving it

Everything is awful but that’s okay, argues Tom Lawrinson in his ridiculously entertaining show about family and growing up in a Spanish subterranean cave. A show for siblings who shared a rubbish childhood and comedy fans alike. With over 200 million views online, this ‘effortlessly engaging’ (Chortle.co.uk) and 'truly unique’ (Rolling Stone) stand-up is not to be missed. NextUp Biggest Award in Comedy runner-up. ‘Menacing heart-throb’ (Time Out).

1 - 25 August 2024, 9:05 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

The Duncan brothers: Blood Sword

Comedy

The Duncan Brothers: Blood Sword

The Duncan Brothers find themselves burdened with a legacy they never asked for. Will the mystical power of the Blood Sword exorcise the ancient Celtic curse that has haunted their bloodline for generations? From the award-winning makers of Legs, Logs and Clogs and Jeremy Segway. 'Incredible...' ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks) 'Extraordinary' ★★★★ (Scotsman) 'Stupid' (Frankie Boyle) 'Inspired' (Chortle.co.uk) 'Bizarre' (BroadwayWorld.com) 'The Future' (Edinburgh-Reviews.co.uk)

1 - 25 August 2024, 9:30 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Furiozo: Man Looking For Trouble

Comedy

Furiozo: Man Looking for Trouble

A sell-out season at 2023 Edinburgh Fringe, shortlisted for Best Show in Comedians' Choice Awards 2023. A disturbing yet absurdly funny portrait of toxic masculinity. This solo punk-rock comedy show stars one man - Furiozo, an aggressive hooligan with a giant heart. Police chases, petty theft, drugs, and longing for the greatest thrill of all - true love. You will love him. You will hate him. You will experience the presence of the beast. 'Terrifying then lovely' (The Guardian) 'Adorably scary' (All That Dazzles) Piotr Sikora is a clown, comedian and improviser. Piotr has showcased his work at festivals all around the world: USA, France, Germany, Philippines, Denmark, UK, Australia and New Zealand. He's a lecturer of improvisation at the University of Warsaw but really just loves sleeping in his hammock and playing Nintendo Switch.

1 - 25 August 2024, 9:40 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Thank You So Much For Coming

Comedy

Thank You So Much for Coming

You are cordially invited... Cynthia, the ultimate party host, is in the midst of throwing her most fabulous party ever! A hilarious, immersive one-woman character clown show that explores loneliness, femininity, and the pressure to be seen. Playful, absurd and unhinged, Cynthia wrestles with desire and disgust at the prospect of being loved and known in a world filled with ubiquitous, yet too often empty, encounters. A delightful descent into pure madness! Awards: Best Immersive (TVO Awards), Best of Broadwater (Hollywood Fringe) 'A beautifully surreal show with an extraordinary performance' (Noho Arts) Co-written and directed by Natasha Mercado

1 - 25 August 2024, 9:55 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

BATSU!

Comedy

BATSU!

Created in New York and Chicago, BATSU! returns to the Fringe after a riotous, sell-out 2023. Witness comedians compete to avoid electric shocks, paintballs, a giant chicken and many more hilarious, jaw-dropping punishments. Long, long ago, in the Land of the Rising Sun, four Warriors used the power of laughter to capture Batsu no Akuma, the Spirit of Punishment, within a sacred gong. The evil spirit has once more emerged at the Fringe and the Comedy Warriors must rise again! ‘This is truly our favourite thing we’ve ever seen, anywhere’ (Playbill). £8 Hachimaki Headband Upgrade Purchase your ticket and hachimaki headband and receive a surprise visit from the SAKE SHINOBI!! Book now to recieve early bird pricing! What is a Hachimaki and what happens if I buy one? The hachimaki is a Japanese headband – imagine Karate Kid, but BATSU! style. These headbands, worn in Japanese culture as a symbol of effort of courage, are yours to take home. If you wear your hachimaki to the show you will receive two visits from the sneaky SAKE SHINOBI to deliver you two sake shots. BATSU! Book for BATSU! Udderbelly Special at George Square, 25 August 11.15pm here

1 - 24 August 2024, 10:45 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

#1 Son

Comedy

#1 Son - Natasha Mercado

LA clown Natasha Mercado invites you to a mass that’s equal parts holy and horny — hosted by God’s sexiest son, Father Greg Orian. Experience a religious awakening like no other. Desire and devotion. Sacred, yet profane. It's like church, but with "smash or pass" revelations about lust, lies and living with your demons... As seen on HBO Max and [adult swim].

1 - 25 August 2024, 11:10 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

Comedy

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

Following multiple five-star sell-out runs, “CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation” returns with another rip-roaring crime comedy made up entirely on the spot. Leicester Comedy 2023: ‘Best improv’ award Who? What? How? The choice is yours in this fully-improvised, witty and absurd murder mystery where the audience creates the crime. 'Quick thinking & fast paced. A spectacular must see' ★★★★★ (Bunbury Magazine) 'A novel idea, executed superbly' ★★★★★ (The Wee Review) 'hysterical murder mystery & a tight witty improv show' ★★★★ (Fringe Biscuit)

2 - 25 August 2024, 3:10 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Circa: Humans 2.0

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

Circa: Humans 2.0

Ten bodies appear in a flash of light. They move in harmony for a fleeting moment, then descend into a sinuous trance. Towers grow and decay, bodies leap and are caught, physical limits are pushed to their extreme. The second chapter of Circa’s internationally acclaimed Humans is a symphony of acrobatics, sound and light. This is next level circus by Circa. ‘Everything in Humans 2.0 is flawless’ ★★★★★ (Scotsman) ★★★★★ (List) ★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com) Created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz and pulsing with music by composer Ori Lichtik.

2 - 24 August 2024, 6:20 pm

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows

La Clique

Cabaret and Variety

La Clique

The sell-out sensation is back at Circus Hub featuring the world’s best in circus, cabaret and comedy. La Clique is breathtaking, hilarious, sexy, dangerous and iconic. Born right here at the Edinburgh Fringe 20 years ago, and subsequently gaining international acclaim around the globe, this is the original and trailblazing Spiegeltent cabaret show. Every season is a different collection of extraordinary new artists and unmissable favourites. Step inside the magnificent Spiegeltent for an unforgettable night this Fringe. Do not miss it. 'Welcome to your new favourite cult Fringe outing' ★★★★★ (Scotsman).

2 - 24 August 2024, 7:20 pm

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows

Trash Test Dummies

Children's Shows

Trash Test Dummies Circus

This award-winning, side-splitting, slapstick comedy, circus routine retakes the household wheelie bin to new heights and delivers a dump truck full of hilarity! Returning after delighting audiences in 2023 and winners of the Best Children’s presentation at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016 and 2015, the Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises. ‘The best I’ve seen them do it’ ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks) ‘A dynamic and fun show for all the family’ ★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com)

3 - 24 August 2024, 12:05 pm

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows

Tweedy's Massive Circus

Cabaret and Variety

Tweedy's Massive Circus

Unfortunately the tent has shrunk and Tweedy hasn’t a clue. Join the much-loved star of Giffords Circus for over 15 years, as him and his friends create their very own circus show. Expect a show filled with magic, mirth and mayhem. What could possibly go wrong? For ages 3 to 93. ‘The best clown I have ever seen’ (Independent) 'True genius had the audience crying with laughter’ (Sunday Telegraph)

3 - 21 August 2024, 1:05 pm

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows

Eight Jane-Austen-style characters stare cheekily at the camera.

Comedy

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

The all-star cast (featuring Rachel Parris, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and more) improvise a hilarious new Jane Austen novel every show, inspired entirely by a title from the audience. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment – it's a riotous, razor-sharp show where swooning is guaranteed. 'Hilariously bold, wickedly funny' ★★★★★ (Times). 'One of the most enjoyable 60 minutes on the Fringe' ★★★★ (Guardian).

3 - 11 August 2024, 1:30 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square