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The Ghost of White Hart Lane

Theatre

The Ghost of White Hart Lane

Spurs and Scotland star John White was one of the best footballers of the 1960s, however, in July 1964 he was struck by lightning and killed at 27 years old. From humble beginnings growing up just outside Edinburgh, through to football fame and his tragic death, the play shares John's cheeky humour. It also follows the story of his son Rob White, who was just five months old when his dad died. Having premiered at Spurs Stadium, this follows on from the Sunday Times bestseller by Rob White and Julie Welch. 'The Ghost of WHL' is supported by Tottenham Hotspur FC, premiering at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in July before a run at the fringe. The play was commissioned by John White’s son Rob and follows on from his and Julie Welch’s Sunday Times best seller The Ghost of White Hart Lane - 'In Search of My Father the Football Legend'. The play tells the story of John White, from humble beginnings growing up just outside Edinburgh through to football fame & his tragic death, it also tells the story of his son Rob who was just 5 months old when his dad died. The play shines a light on the mental health challenges both father and son face and the way we deal with grief and loss, while dealing with serious issues the play has a very heavy sprinkling of humour throughout.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 1:25 pm

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The Magnets

Music

The Magnets: Legends

Get ready to relive the magic of the greatest musical icons of all time with the UK's No 1 a cappella super-group The Magnets! This sensational five-voice sound machine features the hottest vocal and beatboxing talent on the international a cappella scene, performing legendary hits by Queen, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, U2, Robbie Williams and more! The Magnets are a must-see act and they have performed alongside music legends including Blondie, Bryan Adams, Tom Jones, Gregory Porter, Rick Astley and The Kaiser Chiefs. Sing and dance along to the ultimate soundtrack of your life, Magnets-style!

31 July - 13 August 2024, 7:50 pm

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We Can Be Weirdos Live with Dan Schreiber

Comedy

We Can Be Weirdos Live with Dan Schreiber

Join Dan Schreiber (co-host of podcasts No Such Thing As A Fish and The Cryptid Factor) as he takes to the stage for a show of oddities and jokes with his hit No.1 chart-topping podcast We Can Be Weirdos. Each show features a different mixed panel of stand-up comedians and academics, brings together an eclectic mix of stand-ups and academics and has them fill in the infamous Batsh*t List. We Can Be Weirdos. Come join the cult club, and unleash your inner weirdo.

3 - 7 August 2024, 7:00 pm

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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

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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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Geoff Norcott: Basic Bloke

Comedy

Geoff Norcott: Basic Bloke

Geoff Norcott finishes his tour at the Fringe with 5 nights only! Trying to make sense of politics, culture and masculinity with his playfully provocative brand of humour. But this time around he also has a mission. As well as casting his everyman eye over what's happening in wider society, Geoff is trying to unpick what's happening with your average bloke. Remember them? 'One of our most refreshingly funny comedians' ★★★★ (Times)

21 - 25 August 2024, 6:40 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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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

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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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

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Colin Cloud

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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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)

31 July - 26 August 2024, 9:15 pm

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Alfie Packham

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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Can Duggan Should Duggan

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 - 25 August 2024, 3:50 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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). MOST OUTSTANDING SHOW NOMINEE – MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2024

31 July - 25 August 2024, 8:45 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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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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Comedy

Simon David: Dead Dad Show

In 2018, Simon’s father performed a play about his imminent death to cancer and, to Simon’s horror, it was quite good. Now, directed by Fringe First winner Chris Larner, bouncing between genres and intertwined with footage of his late father’s show, Simon performs an hour so impressive that he’ll never be forgotten. Following an acclaimed Edinburgh run, Dead Dad Show is embarking on a UK Tour partnering with leading end of life charity, Marie Curie, and trans-led organisation, Not A Phase. ‘Five stars somehow feel inadequate for this joyous, hilarious, brilliant, witty, sparkly campfest of a show. Simon David is an extraordinarily charismatic triple threat of a performer.’ ★★★★★ (The Scotsman) ‘From start to finish, this is a superbly performed piece. Simon David deserves the awards he dreams about getting.’ ★★★★★ (Reviews Hub) ‘A tender, heartfelt tribute, the much-mocked ‘serious bit’ of dead dad shows proves affecting yet again.’ ★★★★ (Chortle) ‘A truly original take on a Dead Dad Show sending up every style of showbiz pretension.’ ★★★★ (Beyond the Joke) ‘There's no freer performer that I have seen at the fringe.’ ★★★★ (Mumble Comedy) Nominated: Chortle Best Variety Act (2024) Winner: Amused Moose Most Entertaining Show (2023) Winner: Musical Comedy Awards (2022) Winner: Brighton Fringe Awards (2021) Over 5 million views online @SimonGayvid

20 - 25 August 2024, 9:20 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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 'A unique, offbeat voice, it’s great to see Rath finally finding the wider audience he deserves' ★★★★ 1/2 (Chortle) 'I didn’t want him stop. Rath’s energy produces even more electric and contagious laughter live in the room' ★★★★ 1/2  (Comics Comic)                                                                                                                    'Satisfying, cathartic and utterly offbeat humour' ★★★★  (Beyond the Joke) 'A near-constant barrage of laughs'  ★★★★ (Fest)                                                                       'Like a millennial holy fool with a smartphone, a renegade for the digital age who reveals not a Matrix but the genuinely crazy, arbitrary rules we've somehow all consented to live by' ★★★★ (The Scotsman)

31 July - 26 August 2024, 9:50 pm

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Dreamgun

Comedy

Dreamgun: Film Reads

Dreamgun and special guests read a different film script every night, rewritten with jokes and performed by unprepared comedians. Including Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and brand new reads of Superman and Dracula.  '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). Come along on Sundays for Dreamgun Video special performances - a chance to laugh out loud to a fictional movie the Dreamgun group has written from scratch…   Week One Wed 31st: Jurassic Park Thurs 1st: Toy Story Fri 2nd: Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone Sat 3rd: Titanic Sun 4th: Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory   Week Two Mon 5th: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Tues 6th: The Fellowship of the Ring Weds 7th: Dracula Thurs 8th: The Silence of the Lambs Fri 9th: Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory Sat 10th: Star Wars: A New Hope Sun 11th: Video: Brumpy Goes Vroom/ Tim Climby's Spy War   Week Three Mon 12th: No show Tues 13th: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Weds 14th: Jurrasic Park Thurs 15th: Toy Story Fri 16th: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Sat 17th: Titanic Sun 18th: Video: Kiss the Jury / Amazon Wild Adventure   Week Four Mon 19th: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Tues 20th: The Fellowship of the Ring Weds 21st: Dracula Thurs 22nd: The Silence of the Lambs Fri 23rd: Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory Sat 24th: Star Wars: A New Hope Sun 25th: Video: Brumpy Goes Vroom/ Tim Climby's Spy War Mon 26th: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

31 July - 26 August 2024, 10:00 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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George Lewis.

Comedy

George Lewis: The Best Thing You'll Ever Do (WIP)

Now he’s warming up for a brand-new tour by bringing his show to Edinburgh. It won’t just be about parenting though, because he has done loads this year. He’s bought a new hoover, watched some more stuff on Netflix… loads. Between #makingmemories with his kids, George has appeared on The Stand Up Sketch Show and Comedy Central Live, written a best-selling book, and has supported Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen, Russell Kane and Josh Widdicombe on tour.

19 - 25 August 2024, 6:45 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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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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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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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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Paul Foot: Dissolve

Comedy

Paul Foot: Dissolve

Life is a stress: full of rushed breakfasts, angry people, internal conflict, and Jacob Rees-Mogg. But what happens when all the stress simply disappears? Trail-blazing comedian Paul Foot returns with his most personal, surprising and groundbreaking show ever. In the year 2022 AD, something momentous changed for Paul, and in Dissolve he reveals how he discovered the secret of life. Inevitably, he does get distracted by King Tutankhamun, the House of Lords, Sir Cliff Richard and officious lollipop ladies. Chortle Awards 2024 Best Show nominee, NextUp Biggest Award in Comedy 2023 nominee. ★★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk) ★★★★ (Guardian).

14 - 18 August 2024, 7:50 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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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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Tim Murray is Witches

Comedy

Tim Murray Is Witches

From The Craft to Wicked to Hocus Pocus, Murray will have you howling at the moon in a tribute to queerness and how we discover our powers once we find our coven. Winner of Entertainment Now’s Best Musical Theatre Show of Edinburgh Fringe 2023 and named by Playbill as the Pick of the Fringe, Witches is an hour of stand-up, original comedy songs, drag and, also, he flies. Ok not really, but wouldn't that be sickening? Nominated for an Off West End Award. ★★★★★ (BroadwayWorld.com).

12 - 18 August 2024, 9:20 pm

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Will Sebag-Montefiore: Will of the People

Comedy

Will Sebag-Montefiore: Will of the People

With over 62 millions views across his digital platforms, Will Sebag-Montefiore brings his sharp musical, comedic and satirical prowess to the tangible realm of the stage. Will is an actor, writer and satirist who turns the news into sketches and songs and ‘Will of the People’ is his debut solo show. Watch him struggle to keep up with the ever-changing news cycle as he tries to make the world a better place (for him).   You may have heard Will alongside Olivia Colman in the recent remake of Green Wing. He is a regular guest on Rosie Holt’s Noncensored, was murdered in Endeavour (ITV) has performed Shakespeare alongside Mark Rylance in Westminster Abbey with Shakespeare’s Globe and won Most Valued Player at a Primary School Football camp in 2001 (he was bad at football but people quite liked him).   His satirical videos have been shared by the likes of Alastair Campbell, Owen Jones, Dermot O’Leary, Dawn Butler, Lorraine Kelly and, unfortunately, Joey Barton. Will is deeply ashamed of that last one but look, a retweet’s a retweet.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 2:30 pm

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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

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Music

Massaoke: Greatest Hits Live

Celebrating their 10th year as the no.1 party of the Fringe, Massaoke is coming to McEwan Hall!   Join Rockstar Weekend, the ‘greatest party band of all time’ according to the Britain’s Got Talent judges, for their biggest and most spectacular show ever – a high-voltage, spandex-clad, crowd-powered, sing-along megamix of the biggest hairbrush anthems from across the decades, live and unleashed with giant video lyrics. This time they are bringing the singing to a whole new level.   Having toured Europe, America and Australia, and played to audiences of thousands at stadiums and festivals across the world, Massaoke has become a truly global phenomenon.   Featuring hits by QUEEN, BON JOVI, KATY PERRY, ABBA, THE KILLERS, GUNS N' ROSES, RIHANNA, AC/DC, ADELE, OASIS, BRYAN ADAMS, GALA, EMINEM, WHITNEY HOUSTON, JOURNEY, MADONNA, DIZZEE RASCAL, BONNIE TYLER and many more...    Crank your air guitars up to 11, and get ready for the best night of your life.   'Phenomenal' ★★★★★ (The Scottish Sun) 'Unforgettable' (Edinburgh Guide) 'Electrifying' (Time Out) "The euphoria of a mass karaoke sesh with your mates – on steroids” Metro   Please note: Show duration is 90 minutes Thurs/Sunday and 120 minutes Friday/Saturday

1 - 25 August 2024, 11:00 pm

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Comedy

Underbelly's Big Brain Tumour Benefit

Join a massive line-up of comedy stars for a stupendous evening to fight against brain tumours. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer for children and adults under 40 and increased funding for research is desperately needed. All box office income will go straight to The Brain Tumour Charity, and Underbelly will match this amount as a donation to the charity, doubling the amount that we can raise. Now returning for its 6th year, last year's line-up included Frank Skinner, Chloe Petts, Ivo Graham, Emmanuel Sonubi and Adam Kay. Check back here for this year’s acts.  

13 August 2024, 7:20 pm

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Dance N'Speak Easy

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

Dance N'Speak Easy

World champions of Hip-Hop, Wanted Posse, take us into the depths of a New York speakeasy in the 1920s, to a world filled with Charleston footsteps, jitterbug beats and freestyle hip-hop. Remixed to the sounds of Miles Davis, James Brown, Aretha Flanklin and Betty Boop, Dance N’Speak easy is an exciting cocktail of all things dance fit for the whole family, 3 to 93. 'They explode the frontiers of hip-hop' (LeMonde.fr)

1 - 26 August 2024, 3:25 pm

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Hannah Gadsby

Comedy

Hannah Gadsby: Woof!

Hannah is back at the Fringe for the first time since they won the Edinburgh Comedy Award (and an Emmy!) and turned the comedy world on its head in 2017. Now, six years after Nanette dropped on Netflix and propelled Hannah to international stardom, they are learning how to process the world, with all its catastrophes and hypocrisies, from a new perspective and they’re ready to talk about it. From the irrelevant to the existential, Hannah has taken all their worries on the road and their destination is Woof!

18 - 25 August 2024, 5:20 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Massaoke: Sing the musicals

Music

Massaoke: Sing The Musicals

This limited run live band lunchtime sing-along show is a dream come true for musicals fans of all ages, raising the curtain on all your favourite hits from stage and screen. Featuring songs from MAMMA MIA, HAMILTON, FROZEN, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, DIRTY DANCING, LES MIS, JUNGLE BOOK, WE WILL ROCK YOU, PHANTOM, MARY POPPINS and many more... The entire crowd is the real star of this show, singing together guided by lyrics on a giant screen, accompanied by a brilliant live band. Bring the sing!

14 - 17 August 2024, 1:30 pm

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Rob Madge

Theatre

Rob Madge: My Son's a Queer (But What Can You Do?)

When Rob was twelve, they attempted a full-blown Disney parade in their house for their Grandma. As Rob donned wigs and played Mary Poppins, Ariel, Mickey Mouse and Belle, their Dad doubled as Stage Manager, Sound Technician and Goofy. This is the joyous, chaotic, autobiographical story of actor, writer and social-media sensation Rob Madge as they set out to recreate that parade – and this time, nobody, no, nobody is gonna rain on it. Olivier Nominee 2023 & Winner of What’s On Stage’s Best Off-West End Production 2022.

1 - 16 August 2024, 5:30 pm

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ALOK

Comedy

ALOK

Flippant and fabulous. Wicked sharp and delightfully silly. Gender non-conforming and genre non-conforming. Internationally acclaimed comedian ALOK makes a triumphant return to the Fringe with their new stand-up show after a sold-out run at the Traverse Theater in 2022 which was described as 'provocative and powerful' (Chortle.co.uk) and a 'jaw-dropping celestial event' (ToDoList.org.uk). Fresh from their appearance on Hannah Gadsby’s Gender Agenda comedy special on Netflix and headlining the Netflix is a Joke Festival, ALOK delivers a crash course on love, gender, and the awkward choreography of being human.

13 - 25 August 2024, 4:10 pm

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Amos Gill: Going Down Swinging

Comedy

Amos Gill: Going Down Swinging

Award-winning comedian and international rising star Amos Gill is back with another boundary-pushing hour of hilarious, challenging, and sometimes caustic stand-up. Smart, fearless and always bitingly funny, Amos has conquered Australia’s comedy scene, is one of the hottest headliners on the US club circuit. Expertly skewering absolutely everyone, he's gained a legion of fans around the world touring with Jim Jefferies, including a sell-out crowd at New York's iconic Madison Square Garden. 'Amos is going down swinging' ★★★★ (Scotsman). 'An absolute hoot of a show!' ★★★★★  (ScottishDailyExpress.co.uk).

31 July - 26 August 2024, 7:45 pm

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Annie Boyle: Annie Are You OK?

Comedy

Annie Boyle: Annie Are You OK?

A one-woman show about grief, self-discovery, a cow named Madonna and Delta Goodrem. Condensed into a night out amidst the vibrant backdrop of Heaven, a gay club in London, the performance reminds that the impact of immense and painful loss can overwhelm us all at any time. “The artistic concoction of deadpan meets tongue-in-cheek” Upside Adelaide

31 July - 25 August 2024, 1:15 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Come Dine With Me: The Musical

Musicals and Opera

Come Dine With Me: The Musical

Take a bunch of tuneful strangers. Mix in a dollop of behind-the-scenes skulduggery, a Sound Man playing detective, a sprinkling of star-crossed love, and plenty of juicy arpeggios. Marinade, cook for 60 minutes... and serve hot. The result is a mouth-watering fusion dish, combining the beloved TV show and a sumptuous original score to form Come Dine With Me: The Musical – a winning recipe that will delight even the pickiest palate! (Warning: May Contain Spice.)

31 July - 25 August 2024, 2:20 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Don’t call me China Doll

Theatre

Don't Call Me China Doll

As she prepares for the audition of a lifetime—playing Anna May Wong, Hollywood’s first East Asian starlet—China Doll must confront and untangle the ingénue’s legacy as she discovers astonishing parallels between them. Disdainful of Anna for perpetuating the stereotypes she still fights to overcome, China Doll wakes up to find herself magically transported to the 1930s in the body of the revered and reviled starlet. Over the course of several nights, she discovers profound similarities in the ways they navigate love, life, and identity as East Asian actors in the west. ‘Don’t Call Me China Doll’ is a one-woman show that explores the intricacies of internalised racism and self-worth. A compelling exploration of identity, discrimination, and progress, it prompts audiences to reflect on how and why East Asian artists still face the same barriers as they did a century ago. Raw, honest, and fearless, Diana Feng deftly manages heavy themes with surprising levity and a large dose of self-deprecating humour. Soon to receive a PhD in Culturally Specific Performance Practice and British East and Southeast Asian Representation, Feng is at the forefront of challenging the cultural narratives that shape our understanding of representation.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 12:55 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Drag & Draw

Events

Drag & Draw

An art class with a difference! We host life-drawing sessions with drag queens as models, so it's essentially half-art class and half-drag show. The class is made up of various different fast and slow-paced drawing exercises, incorporating lip-syncs and audience interaction. This is an informal event, very suitable for life-drawing beginners (so you can ignore RuPaul's advice and feel free to mess it up!). It will also challenge experienced artists by providing with not your typical life-drawing model – think more sass! Basic drawing materials will be provided.  

12 - 16 August 2024, 6:45 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

How to Kill a Chicken

Theatre

How to Kill a Chicken

"On my 29th birthday I died. And went to Heaven. Only it didn’t happen in that order... ” A tropical rollercoaster of love, sex and margaritas. A birthday that turns her world upside down. From the golden shores of Costa Rica, in this journey through paradise, surfboards and salsa nights collide with the raw truths of womanhood.  "I’m saying ‘no’, but maybe I’m not saying it loud enough because he doesn’t hear it?"

13 - 26 August 2024, 7:15 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Impromptunes - The Completely Improvised Musical

Comedy

Impromptunes – The Completely Improvised Musical

Musical mayhem abounds in a show that has to be seen to be believed. You suggest a title and seconds later the curtains open on a brand-new musical for the first, last and only time. Everything is made up on the spot. You'll be on the edge of your seat throughout as Australia's finest improvisers create a musical full of hijinks, harmonies and hilarity. It's unrehearsed. It's unpredictable. It's Impromptunes. 'Improv Gold. You'll leave with sore cheeks from laughing' (Herald Sun).

12 - 26 August 2024, 4:55 pm

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James Roque: Champorado

Comedy

James Roque: Champorado

What actually matters in life? What should we really care about? And what do these questions have to do with a breakfast chocolate rice pudding? New Zealand-Filipino comedy veteran James Roque serves up an hour of his trademark sweet-and-salty comedy. 'The epitome of slick…a comic at ease onstage' ★★★★ (Chortle) 'See him before we pretend he's from Australia...' ★★★★★ (Peril, AU) 'My favourite show of the festival'  (Metro Mag NZ) Featured on: Just For Laughs New Faces 2023  

31 July - 25 August 2024, 5:45 pm

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Kiran Saggu: Slacks

Comedy

Kiran Saggu: Slacks

Kiran Saggu hates hard work. Battling immigrant and capitalist pressure to succeed from her Desi-British-American background, she wonders: must she get her ass up and work? Or can she be loved, adored, rich and fulfilled from the safety of a log position in her flatshare bed? This show will cover topics like: How can I live with the fact I didn't start that YouTube channel at 12 years old to make me a millionaire now? When will men I date stop telling me they want to pursue stand-up comedy? And, can I sue the Daily Mail?

31 July - 26 August 2024, 3:55 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

MAN A One Woman Show

Theatre

MAN: A One-Woman Show

Inspired by a Hungarian gangster dad, a Sunday school mother, teenage years with Hell's Angels, Emma Taylor (NewsRevue producer) takes us on an unforgettable ride. 'Gorgeously gritty, steeped in remarkable personal experience' (Martin Malcolm, playwright). Made with Russell Lucas (A Night Without Kate Bush). Emma’s childhood seemed normal to her. Inspired by true events and real people re-imagined for MAN, Emma Taylor, (NewsRevue producer) fka Joanne Németh, wanted to create a thought provoking piece highlighting the effects of growing up in a milieu with the mantra ‘serve the man’ at its core. This is not a trauma log and there is no malice. Often surreal, often funny, MAN is ultimately a universal piece about human nature, given that everyone has at least a splinter of trauma in their background, humans are not automatically monsters; we are all flawed and imperfect.  Taylor wanted to make MAN with with Russell Lucas (A Night Without Kate Bush, Tapeface) having been directed by him in the UK premiere of Tennessee Williams’s The Fat Man’s Wife (Taylor is a near perfect Vera, Michael Coveney) and The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck. Lucas keeps Emma and the audience on their toes. Movement plays an integral part in MAN and much of the physicality has been crafted with the input from physicality coach Fin Walker (Four Quartets, Ralph Fiennes)

15 - 25 August 2024, 2:55 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Magical Bones: Bonefide Magic

Cabaret and Variety

Magical Bones: Bonefide Magic

Following his nationwide tour, the Britain's Got Talent and ITV's The Ultimate Magician finalist hits Edinburgh with a limited Fringe run in a show full of the most awe-inspiring and high-energy magic you'll see this year. Direct from appearances on America's Penn & Teller: Fool Us, BBC One's BAFTA Awards, ITV1's This Morning and Sky's Around The World in 80 Tricks. 'What's happening on stage really is magic' (Telegraph).

1 - 11 August 2024, 4:55 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Maria Telnikoff: All the Men Are Going to Hate Me

Comedy

Maria Telnikoff: All the Men Are Going to Hate Me

For millennia, men have written about sex and their work has been called "great literature". But when women do it they're accused of only writing about what they know. All The Men Are Going To Hate Me follows one woman's attempt to write the great novel of the 21st century (about all the men she's slept with). Part stand-up, part erotic poetry, part interpretive dance, this show is an odyssey through time and sex, exploring the line between experience and fiction. Winner of "Best Stand-Up Show" at Riverside Studios' Bitesize Festival. As seen at CPT, Leicester Comedy Festival and Riverside Studios.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 3:45 pm

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Max Fosh: Loophole

Comedy

Max Fosh: Loophole (Work in Progress)

Come join Max as he works on a brand-new show that he'll be touring around (some of the) world at the end of this year!

5 - 18 August 2024, 6:40 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Meet Me in Buenos Aires

Musicals and Opera

Meet Me in Buenos Aires

Following her Off-Broadway debut, Florencia Iriondo comes to Edinburgh to premiere her new, soulful music-storytelling odyssey that explores how love –in all its Platonic expressions– morphs through family, centuries and continents. Embark on a tapestry of songs and stories told through the lens of Florencia’s travels, and those of the family that came before her.  'At the center is the radiant presence of Iriondo herself.' (TheaterMania) 'Her greatest gift to the audience is her voice.'  (New York Theater) 'Audience acclaimed. Must-see!' (Show-Score)   

31 July - 11 August 2024, 7:15 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Plastic Jeezus

Comedy

Plastic Jeezus

Simon and Aaron are Plastic Jeezus, an award-winning, ukulele-pluckin', deadpan comedy duo performing hilarious (and often surreal) songs and stories, in their own straight-faced way. Performing comedy since 2021, Plastic Jeezus have entertained comedy clubs and festivals across the UK and now arrive for their debut Edinburgh Fringe appearance. Semi-finalists: British Comedian of the Year Awards 2023. Winners: Best Newcomer, Musical Comedy Awards 2021. 'Genuinely hilarious' (Ed Byrne). 'Dark, daft and bloody hilarious' (Chris McCausland). 'I'm pretty sure Jesus himself would approve' (Eshaan Akbar).

31 July - 26 August 2024, 8:15 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Rosie Holt MP: Why We Were Right

Comedy

Rosie Holt MP: Why We Were Right

Rosie Holt, the desperate and loyal Tory MP, famous for her viral twitter "interviews", celebrates the launch of her new book as she explains to you, the British public, why the so called "scandals" derided by the left were completely right (and intentional) all along. She'll make Tories of you all yet! 'The Thick Of It levels of writing and performance applied to a very current flavour of political bullshit' (Times). 'Beautifully observed and performed' (Guardian). Limited run – book early to avoid disappointment!

19 - 25 August 2024, 7:50 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

SILENCE! the Musical - The unauthorised parody of The Silence of the Lambs

Musicals and Opera

SILENCE! The Musical – The Unauthorised Parody of The Silence of the Lambs

SILENCE! the Musical is the unauthorised musical parody of the Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. As rookie FBI agent Clarice matches wits with the brilliant but insane Dr Hannibal Lecter to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill, a chorus of singing lambs breaks out into show tunes about the most horrific of subjects. Complete with singing serial killers, songs with unprintable titles and a chorus of lambs, SILENCE! the Musical comes charging at you with gleefully unstoppable bad taste. In the Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs, rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill. Clarice must face her own demons and race the clock to unlock Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Bill. It’s a hair-raising thriller that’s kept countless millions on the edges of their seats and permeated the pop lexicon with delightfully creepy quotes like “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” and of course “It places the lotion in the basket.” And now, at last, this delicate symphony of suspense has been turned on its ear and retold in the only way it can be – as a musical. A singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrates the action; Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin; and even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls.

31 July - 25 August 2024, 11:15 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Shane Daniel Byrne: Trouble Denim

Comedy

Shane Daniel Byrne: Trouble Denim

This Irish fella is back after bursting into Fringe 2023, selling out his debut run and pole dancing on the last night. 'Shane Daniel Byrne is very, very funny' (BroadwayWorld.com). This comic is on fire, fresh from sell-out touring in Ireland, UK and Australia. Pop in and join him for his spicy new show about jeans, jackets and Jesus Christ. Expect honey-sweet and coffee-bitter from this award-winning comedian. 'My favourite new Irish comedian for many years' (David O' Doherty). 'Shane Daniel Byrne is my favourite' (Irish Examiner).  

31 July - 26 August 2024, 6:10 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Six Chick Flicks...

Comedy

Six Chick Flicks...

(...or a Legally Blonde Pretty Woman Dirty Danced on the Beaches while writing a Notebook on the Titanic). Back after a sell-out 2023 run, award-winning parody Six Chick Flicks smashes together six beloved movies into one hysterical, fast-paced celebration of chick flicks through the ages. US comedians Kerry Ipema and KK Apple bring to life all the makeovers, meet-cutes, and montages, plus some new surprises for 2024. ‘Must-see shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2023’ (Times). A show for chick-flick lovers, skeptics, and every Baby stuck in a corner!!

31 July - 25 August 2024, 9:30 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Sooz Kempner: Class Of 2000

Comedy

Sooz Kempner: Class Of 2000

The award-winning, viral sensation returns to the Fringe with a follow-up to her sell-out Fringe 2023 hit. Join Sooz as she looks at class through the lens of doing her GCSEs in 2000 at a state comp... while knowing all about dressage. Politics, horses, EastEnders and the Millennium Bug. 'Brilliant' (LA Times). 

31 July - 25 August 2024, 4:40 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Suhani Shah.

Cabaret and Variety

Suhani Shah: Spellbound 2.0

Experience the extraordinary as Suhani Shah, the world's highest-subscribed mentalist, returns to Edinburgh following her smash-hit sell-out debut. India's most famous mind-reader has captivated audiences worldwide with her pioneering magic. In this new show, Suhani delves into the depths of mental mysteries, enthralling with surprises, laughter and interactive engagement. With her charismatic persona, linguistic deception, mind-reading prowess and comedic charm, Suhani guarantees an unforgettable evening that will leave you Spellbound! 'The launch of a new Fringe superstar' ★★★★★ (WorldMagicReview.com). 'Shah blows our minds... wildly impressive' ★★★★  (List). 'Would make anyone want to believe' ★★★★ (Fest).

12 - 25 August 2024, 7:00 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

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

Underbelly Bristo Square

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

Underbelly Bristo Square

Underbelly George Square

Alexis Gay: Unprofessional

Comedy

Alexis Gay: Unprofessional

'Hey... do you have a minute?' Bad from your boyfriend, worse from your boss. From New York-based stand-up, viral video comedian and former tech employee Alexis Gay, Unprofessional is a comedy debut about working (or, uh, not working) in tech, and one very specific 4pm meeting at a company called... Redacted (she may or may not have signed an NDA, sorry!). Directed by Fringe veteran Matt Gehring, this show explores making work your entire personality, going nowhere on the hedonic treadmill and worrying so much about your LinkedIn profile that it lands you at the hair doctor.

31 July - 25 August 2024, 4:20 pm

Underbelly George Square

Daniel Cainer's Jewish Chronicles

Cabaret and Variety

Daniel Cainer's Jewish Chronicles

More stories in song from this multi-award winning Edinburgh favourite. Cainer's stories are about all our families and all our foibles, lovingly and intelligently depicted. Smart, funny, timely and deeply moving. 'A truly gifted musician and an extraordinary performer. At times heartbreakingly poignant, at other times laugh-out-loud funny. 'Utterly charming, thoroughly recommended' (EdFestMag.com). 'An hour in Cainer's company is a true pleasure' (Stage). 'Heart-rending, delicate and witty' (Daily Express). Highly Recommended Show 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2022 (FringeReview.co.uk). Veteran of seven Off-Broadway runs and 19 Edinburgh Fringes. MAC Award Nominee 2024.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 1:20 pm

Underbelly George Square

Lost Girl

Theatre

Lost Girl

Birdy is 19. She's too old to beat boys up in the playground or skip maths. But she wishes she wasn't. Until, by chance, she unearths a family secret. One that's been buried since 1930s Cairo. One that her grandfather would rather stay hidden. But for Birdy this might be her chance to right the wrongs of the past, and prove maybe she isn't so useless after all? From award-winning playwright Amy Lever, Lost Girl is an exploration into Jewish-Arab heritage, the expectations of womanhood and family. Amy Lever is an award-winning actor and writer from Manchester. Her debut play “Life Before the Line” won the Cambridge University Edinburgh Fringe Award 2022 where it went on to receive critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a transfer to the Cockpit theatre and is currently in development for a tour. 

31 July - 26 August 2024, 11:50 am

Underbelly George Square

Ruby Carr: eBae

Comedy

Ruby Carr: eBae

Deep dive into the weird and wonderful world of eBay. I’m obsessed with the thrill of an auction, it’s like shopping – but with a winner. I will show you the crème de la crème of the hidden worlds and the weird subcultures of eBay. I have bought it all. Is this because I’m a sucker for a good deal? A good story? Or is it my obsessive-compulsive disorder combined with my ADHD? You decide! I’ll take you down the rabbit hole, seeking validation for each progressively more unhinged purchase. "Ruby brings an infectious energy and steady stream of animated stories... injected with a deluge of sharp-witted reflections" - The Student Winner of Funny Women Comedy Writing Award 2022. “One to Watch” Funny Women Stage Award 2021 Finalist Amused Moose New Act of the Year 2019

31 July - 26 August 2024, 7:20 pm

Underbelly George Square

Barbaren Barbies: A Wild Women Circus

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

Barbaren Barbies: A Wild Women Circus

Witty, touching, hilarious and unapologetic. Watch these barbarians smash together incredible acrobatics, dance and comedy with delightfully shocking silliness. Five ridiculous superheroines playfully tease stereotypes and tackle the complexity of womanhood. It's as if the underground Berlin circus scene had a beautiful love child with a Vegas Spice Girl. Bursting onto the Berlin scene in 2022, the Barbaren Barbies have successfully toured throughout Germany, Austria and Poland. This international company is now ready to shake up the Fringe.

31 July - 16 August 2024, 4:00 pm

Underbelly George Square

I Wish You Well – The Gwyneth Paltrow Ski-Trial Musical

Musicals and Opera

I Wish You Well – The Gwyneth Paltrow Ski-Trial Musical

Our tale tells the (mostly) true story of the campest celebrity trial in history: Gwyneth vs Terry. Packed full of iconic moments, the questions about Taylor Swift, and the now famous whisper of 'I wish you well' – this is a fast-paced parody that sounds as good as Gwyneth's candle smells. Throw in some jade eggs and future classics such as 'Do You Know Taylor?' and 'I'm Gwynnocent', and you have yourself a hilarious musical bursting with heart. Ski you in court!

31 July - 26 August 2024, 5:45 pm

Underbelly George Square

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Comedy

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Maggie returns in her smash hit drag extravaganza! Following four sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, UK tours and a West End season, the Iron Lady is back and more fabulous than ever. On the eve of the vote on Section 28, Maggie gets lost in Soho and accidentally becomes a cabaret superstar. Will she change her mind about the homophobic bill before it's too late...? 'A big gay odyssey about LGBT rights, the 80s and disco, created by Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford.

12 - 25 August 2024, 9:15 pm

Underbelly George Square

OH OH

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

Compagnia Baccalà: OH OH

After the stunning success of PSS PSS, the multi-award-winning Compagnia Baccalà returns to the Fringe with OH OH! This new show is firmly placed in the history of clowning, harkening back to such figures as Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Fellini. OH OH is a wordless performance, a joyful combination of acrobatics, humour, and slapstick. It is a slice in the life of a double act, an absurd pas-de-deux, an encounter between clowning circus and physical theatre at its best. 'A marvel.' (LeFigaro.fr). 'A triumphant return.' (LaRegione.ch).

31 July - 25 August 2024, 2:15 pm

Underbelly George Square

TikTok Presents: The Variety Show

Comedy

TikTok Presents: The Variety Show

TikTok is the Official Virtual Stage of the world’s largest performing arts event: Edinburgh Festival Fringe! For one night only, TikTok will bring together a handful of the platform’s most-loved performers and biggest names at the Fringe for an incredible night of comedy and performance on the iconic Udderbelly stage. Hosted by TikTok starlet Coco Sarel, the show will feature TikTok and Fringe icons including Joanne McNally, Abi Clarke, Christopher Hall, Fatiha El-Ghorri, Henry Rowley, Kim Blythe, Reuben Kaye, Shabaz Ali and Sugarcoated Sisters. Plus ‘Funny Parts from BBC Studios’ featuring Noah Olaoye, Steven Mckell and The Gilbert Twins. Fresh off the back of BBC’s Creator Lab, they will perform hilarious made-up sketches on the spot. Supported by improv legend: Lola-Rose Maxwell, and directed by Luke Manning from TikTok’s own Shoot From The Hip (@shootimpro). Line-up subject to change!  

14 August 2024, 9:15 pm

Underbelly George Square

Danny Bhoy: Dear World...

Comedy

Danny Bhoy: Dear World...

This is the sequel to my 2014 show ‘Dear Epson... ’ My favourite ever show. It’s a hybrid of stand up and theatre, but really that just means I get to sit down for bits of it. I’ll be performing it in a giant upside-down purple cow, so that’s one immediate difference. It’s a late entry to this year’s Fringe, hence the lack of advertising and awkward start time. But, putting all that to one side, it should be good. ‘Unsurpassed storytelling’ - (The Age) 'One of the most sparkling wits in the world' - (The Montreal Gazette)

17 - 26 August 2024, 4:00 pm

Underbelly George Square

Edinburgh Comedy Allstars

Comedy

Edinburgh Comedy Allstars

Staged in the famous Udderbelly, Edinburgh Comedy Allstars is a one-stop shop for your comedy fix right in the beating heart of the festival. Every show sold out since 2017! Previous performers have included: Sam Campbell, John Bishop, Olga Koch, Ahir Shah, Suzi Ruffell, Jason Byrne, Joel Dommett, Nina Conti, Phil Wang, Lara Ricote, Fern Brady, Ivo Graham, Mawaan Rizwaan and David O'Doherty. Every weekend – Friday and Saturday nights. Nightly line-ups available here soon.

2 - 24 August 2024, 11:00 pm

Underbelly George Square

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

Underbelly George Square

Comedy

NewsRevue

Multi award-winning NewsRevue returns to Edinburgh in its 45th Guinness World record-breaking year to mock politicians and celebrities alike through parodied songs and satirical sketches.  'It is known by its legion of Fringe fans for delivering sketch after brilliantly observed sketch and for skewering the more ridiculous elements of society with unforgiving linguistic brilliance.'  ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby) NewsRevue presents a brand-new show each year delivered by a phenomenally talented cast and on-stage musical director.  NewsRevue is ‘a rite of passage for all comedy newcomers.' (Chortle, launching the careers of many household names.) 'NewsRevue continues to reign supreme.' (Guardian, Edinburgh, 2022)

31 July - 26 August 2024, 7:30 pm

Underbelly George Square

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

Underbelly George Square

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

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. Madeleine Rowe (they/them) is a clown, artist, and teacher from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Madeleine recently sold out a run of their clown solo show Honey, I’m Home at Open Eye Theatre. Other theatrical credits include clown opera, Orpheus in the Underworld -a Spymonkey co-production at the Vienna Volksoper- as well as shows with Four Humors, Clarence Brown Theater, and Yellow Tree Theater. Madeleine’s training includes renowned clown teacher Philippe Gaulier, acclaimed British comedy troupe Spymonkey, MFA Actor training from the University of TN, and a BA in performance from Augsburg University.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 8:50 pm

Underbelly George Square

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

Underbelly George Square

BATSU!

Comedy

BATSU! Udderbelly Special

Edinburgh, are you ready? Warriors, are you ready? 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! Book for BATSU! at Cowgate at 10.45pm here

25 August 2024, 11:15 pm

Underbelly George Square

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

Underbelly George Square

Underbelly Cowgate

BI-TOPIA

Theatre

BI-TOPIA

Join Sam, a self-confessed people-pleaser, on the battlefield as he embarks on his biggest mission yet. Shame is approaching from the west and gay thoughts are sailing in from the east... This is war! A candid tale of self-discovery, taking you from the war room to the bedroom. The debut five-star show by exciting, new northern writer and comedian, Sam Danson; directed by the award-winning Rikki Beadle-Blair. BI-TOPIA is a ‘must see, laugh-out-loud, and honest coming-of-age story, hilariously exploring the highs and lows of the bisexual experience' (Vada Magazine).  BI-TOPIA has just been on a substantial UK tour, including two nights at Glastonbury 2024. It has been described as a ‘Must see, laugh-out-loud, and honest coming-of-age story, hilariously exploring the highs and lows of the Bisexual experience'. BI-TOPIA is a candid tale of self-discovery, taking you from the war room to the bedroom in this 'exceptional hour of queer comedy'. ‘Absolutely Brilliant!! Funny, moving... seamlessly performed, directed and written, just brilliant!’ - Sophie Willan, BAFTA winning writer/performer.

1 - 25 August 2024, 4:15 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Bills 44th

Theatre

Bill's 44th

The tragi-comedy hit Bill's 44th makes a triumphant return to the Edinburgh Fringe, performed by critically acclaimed puppeteering duo Andy Manjuck and Dorothy James. 'Buoyant, mesmerizing, joy-inducing' (New York Times). This 'tender and boozy puppet party' ★★★★ (Guardian) – is a wordless spectacle featuring puppets, raucous balloons, and a cheeky piece of crudité that collide to examine the pitfalls of impatience, the wonder of loneliness, and the universal passage of time. A 'surreal tragicomedy, enormously funny and at times delightfully unsettling' ★★★★ (Everything-Theatre.co.uk). 'Sweetly hilarious with flashes of bizarre originality' ★★★★ (TheReviewsHub.com).

1 - 25 August 2024, 6:55 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Bishops

Comedy

Bishops: Farewell Bruce Porcelain

Returning to Edinburgh after their award-nominated debut, join sketch-duo Bishops on a journey through the life of their late, great mentor... Bruce Porcelain. But how do you remember such a forgettable life? Following a sold-out 2021 run and back-to-back Sketch Off semi-finals, Bishops explore love, death and a third generic theme. As recommended by The List 2023. 'Constant rug pulls... a simple joy' (Scotsman).

1 - 25 August 2024, 6:55 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Diary of a Gay Disaster

Musicals and Opera

Diary of a Gay Disaster

Ellis wakes up in a turbulent fever dream created by the Gods of Sapphic Desire. Mia and Finlay, self-proclaimed expert angel dykes, say she's expected to "reflect" on her life or some crap like that. One magic diary and twelve comical tunes later, these three hot queers learn something important: being a disaster is not a unique talent, it's just embarrassing. Oh well, at least there are sexy togas! Don't miss the debut of this new musical comedy show, featuring a disconcerting amount of oversharing despite the fact that literally nobody asked.

1 - 25 August 2024, 10:10 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Edge of Time

Musicals and Opera

Edge of Time

Two women, two different decades, both on the edge. Inspired by the book A Woman on The Edge of Time by Jeremy Gavron, we are sent back in time to the 1960’s and immersed in a dreamworld of original music, as we live through moments in the life of feminist pioneer and leading sociologist Hannah Gavron. Edge of Time is a haunting exploration of the power of hope, and the life affirming journey of breaking free from conformity.

1 - 25 August 2024, 12:50 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Girls Really Listen To Me

Theatre

Girls Really Listen To Me

Madeleine is pretty much the worst sixteen year old you can meet. Living on the affluent Upper East Side of Manhattan, she's convinced that her actions have no real consequences (her family have been wealthy for generations so nothing bad will ever happen to her... right?). But when her new friend goes off-grid after a party, she's forced to look at the bubble she's grown up in in a harsher light. Wretched Sheep present a dark comedy exploring consent, peer pressure, and the toxicity of disproportionate privilege. New York-born writer-performer Eleanor Greene (graduate of Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama) teams up with director Alex Prescot (Associate of National Youth Theatre of Great Britain) to test how far audiences’ empathy for obnoxious teens from a hyper-privileged world really stretches.  

1 - 25 August 2024, 2:35 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Identities

Theatre

Identities

Happy boobs. Sad boobs. Naughty boobs. Scared boobs... Poorly boobs. From bra fittings to breast cancer diagnosis, Lucy’s boobs tell her story in 60 minutes - the time it takes to perform a standard lumpectomy. Co-created with women who have experience of breast cancer and those who treat them, Identities unclasps the hidden adventures our boobs go on; the good, the bad and the silly. After a successful 5 ★ tour in 2023, Close To Home are thrilled to be coming to The Fringe with their debut play. Supported by Culture Warrington & Prevent Breast Cancer. Previously funded by Arts Council England.  'Beautifully blending comedy with heart-wrenching sincerity. This play will have you laughing at one moment and crying the next' (The Warrington Guardian)  

1 - 25 August 2024, 3:50 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Is This Thing On?

Theatre

Is This Thing On?

What's better, sad songs or sh*tty poetry? Meet flatmates Mary and Liz, one a musician and the other a poet, as they battle over integrity, ownership, the spotlight and whose turn it is to buy the freaking toilet roll. As their friendship reaches boiling point, one fateful open-mic night forces them to confront each other over whose right it is to tell someone's story. This two-hander dramedy blends stand-up, song, spoken word, rap and storytelling. This co-production marks MissMatch's debut into the theatre scene with the show already being praised as 'full of humanity, heart, and humour' (MancMade Productions). As well as being So La Flair's well anticipated return from their sparkling tour of 'How To Keep Up With The Kardashians' (2022) which celebrated them as the 'company worth watching' (British Theatre Guide).

1 - 25 August 2024, 2:25 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Josh Baulf: Banger

Comedy

Josh Baulf: Banger

After last year's five-star, award-nominated debut, Josh Baulf returns to Edinburgh with a show about relationships, childhood and turning 30. Baulf has appeared on ITV, BBC Radio and his online sketches have amassed millions of views worldwide. Winner, Get-Up Stand-Up. Runner-up, Leicester Square New Comedian. Finalist, Amused Moose National New Comic. 'Very funny' (David Walliams).

1 - 25 August 2024, 7:25 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Naughty Cabaret

Comedy

Naughty Cabaret

Hosted by Naughty and Nice, a six year old and her useless assistant. An award winning, queer feminist cabaret full of drag, clowning and comedy. Hosted by the “queens of the ridiculous” (★★★★ The Wee Review), Anna Marie Simonsen and Marie Kallevik Straume, also starring in the “irresistibly silly” (★★★★ Guardian), comedy 'Troll'. Joined by a line-up of women, non-binary and queer performers, challenging the patriarchy together through comedy.  The line up changes every show, and every performance is different. Naughty Cabaret have been performed in Australia, Norway and London. Previous line ups include Elf Lyons, Paulina Lenoir, Frankie Thompson, Hannah Camilleri, Ella The Great, Lucy Hopkins etc.  “Hysterically funny” Scenekunst.no Winner of Oslo Fringe’s Funniest Show 2022 ★★★★ Oslo Fringe Review 'queens of the ridiculous' ★★★★ (The Wee Review)        

2 - 23 August 2024, 10:50 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Out of Woodstock

Theatre

Out of Woodstock

He's your typical 90s teenage boy. Loves Nirvana. Hates chick-flicks. But when he's dumped by his childhood sweetheart, he starts chasing a summer to forget, and books his ticket for the infamous Woodstock '99 music festival. Based on real events, and 25 years on from the festival that ended in anarchy, this volatile psychodrama follows one man's substance-fuelled odyssey, and his spiralling moral descent. Featuring music from Limp Bizkit, Chilli Peppers, and more. Written and directed by Tom Foreman, 'one of the most exciting playwrights of this generation' (TheatreWeekly.com). Written and directed by Tom Foreman, "one of the most exciting playwrights of this generation" (Theatre Weekly, 2023). Foreman returns to Underbelly with brand-new writing following the debut of Swell in 2022, and its subsequent national tour.

1 - 25 August 2024, 5:00 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Pear

Comedy

Pear

Winner of the Critics' Choice Award, Fringe World 2023 Six foot seven identical twins Patrick and Hugo McPherson present a new hour of chaotic sketch comedy. Pear is the unique, award-winning sketch show described as  “hilarious from start to finish” ★★★★★ (MervsPOTFringe) and “relentlessly packed with jokes” ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). Come witness the tallest, most identical comedians at the Fringe (not proven, though confidently assumed). 

1 - 25 August 2024, 7:20 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Tending

Theatre

Tending

Tending offers a heartbreaking, hilarious and very human look at the experience of the nurses on the frontline of our health service. Based on over 70 interviews with nurses of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, Tending immerses you in their day-to-day lives. It asks an essential question: when the system’s under pressure and lives are on the line, who takes time to care for the carers? '

1 - 25 August 2024, 2:15 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Troll

Comedy

Troll

An "irresistibly silly” (★★★★ The Guardian), two-troll clown comedy about connection, scape(goat)ing and being misunderstood. Fed up with years of misrepresentation, villainization and exclusion, two trolls find themselves in a Jacksons Lane theatre, ready and desperate to tell their side of the story and the truth about those three goats. Inspired by Norwegian folklore, 'Troll' is a heartwarming mash-up of music, storytelling, audience interaction, physical theatre and clown. Winner of Oslo Fringe's funniest show 2023 Telegraph's list of 56 funniest show 2023 'Monstrous fun' ★★★★ The Guardian 'A standout performance of clown' ★★★★★ The Funny Tonne / MICF 'Simonsen and Straume are queens of the ridiculous' ★★★★ The Wee Review  'A truly (troll-ly?) delightful afternoon of escapist whimsy.' The Telegraph 'a loveable duo' The Scotsman Performered and co-created by Marie Kallevik Straume and Anna Marie Simonsen Directed and co-created by Cecily Nash  Produced by Marie Kallevik Straume Anna Marie Simonsen Music by Chris Larner (Soul of a troll) Set design by Em Tanner

1 - 11 August 2024, 5:50 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Turbo Town

Comedy

Turbo Town

Whatever you have planned, sack it off. The coach to Turbo Town leaves at 11:25pm. Bring your pink cava and try not to spew it down your nice new top. The town is so excited for your arrival. Debut late-night hour from Til 'Turbo' Fletcher, creator of sell-out anarchic cabaret collective Blow My Wig! (Wilderness, Vault Festival, Love Supreme).

1 - 25 August 2024, 11:25 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

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

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

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

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

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

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). Recipient of the Keep it Fringe Fund, 2024. Debuted at Brixton House as a part of Housemates Festival 2023, written on Soho Theatre Writers Lab, 2021-2022.

1 - 25 August 2024, 12:40 pm

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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

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My Last Two Brain Cells

Comedy

My Last Two Brain Cells

Set in the head office of TPL inc. (the company in charge of running Gary Kane’s body), My Last 2 Brain Cells invites an audience of honorary hormones in for a special, once in a lifetime tour of the brain. Unfortunately, when things go awry, the two biggest idiots in the office are the only ones left and are tasked with keeping everything afloat and saving Gary’s life. A wholesome, chaotic hour full of audience interaction, music, skits and the most beautiful dance duet the world has ever seen. NOT TO PUT TOO FINE A POINT ON IT, BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST FRINGE COMEDY SHOWS OUT THERE. ★★★★★ (The Recs) IT IS TRULY A COMEDIC MASTERPIECE ★★★★★ (Broadway World) IT’S THE PERFORMANCES... THAT LIFT THE ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED SHOW TO DIZZYING HEIGHTS.  ★★★★★ (British Theatre Guide)

1 - 25 August 2024, 8:10 pm

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 receive 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

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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

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Experiment Human

Theatre

Experiment Human

Monkion has spent too long in the attic, obsessed with Benedict Cumberbatch, never talking to any other human... until now.   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

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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

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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

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Michael Kunze

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

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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

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Selena Mersey: Madonna/Whore

Comedy

Selena Mersey: Madonna/Whore

Musical comedian and professional overthinker Selena Mersey is in a long-term relationship for the first time in her life. Unfortunately, she’s also been reading about Freud. Can Selena’s straight-passing relationship survive the weight of anxiety, progressive politics, and an incredibly impactful psychology A Level? Presenting Madonna/Whore: a filthy, Freudian, feminist odyssey into the desire to be both and neither a mother and a slut. After a sellout run at Brighton Fringe, Mersey presents a souped-up redux of the psychodynamic sensation, featuring songs, stand-up, burlesque, and a live birth. Let this shambolic chanteuse enchant you out of your Freudian slip and show you what relationship counselling really looks like. Winner Lamb Queer Comedy Award at Brighton Fringe 2023 Winner Brighton Seagull ‘Best Concept’ at Brighton Fringe 2023 'Heartfelt and hilarious... Mersey is a star of the Fringe' ★★★★★ (The Reviews Hub) 'She will dazzle and charm you' ★★★★ (Broadway Baby) 'A welcome jolt' (Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke) Musical Comedy Awards finalist 2023 Burlesque Idol semi-finalist 2022 3 million views on TikTok Smokin' hot. Directed by Annie North.

13 - 25 August 2024, 6:40 pm

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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

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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

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YOAH

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

YOAH

Japan’s most talked about contemporary circus company make their UK premiere with YOAH. Cirquework’s new style of circus fuses jaw-dropping physicality with breathtaking digital visual effects and electro sound to create an unmissable Japanese circus experience! 'Awe-inspiring... a circus experience like no other' ★★★★★ (StageWhispers.com.au). 'Masterful' ★★★★★ (HiFiWay.live  

2 - 18 August 2024, 8:40 pm

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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

Sophie's Surprise 29th

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

Sophie's Surprise 29th

This is circus, comedy and chaos disguised as a house party, featuring world-leading performers from La Clique, The 7 Fingers, Cirque du Soleil and more. Sophie’s Surprise 29th is stumbling back to Circus Hub after a smash-hit season in 2023. Enjoy death-defying circus and cabaret feats weaved into a nostalgic 90s house party set to a pumping soundtrack of old faves including Sugababes, Basement Jaxx and The Killers. Sophie’s Surprise 29th promises a “thrilling” (The Guardian) night out which reels you into a house party thrown by some of the world’s best circus performers “at the top of their game” (Last Minute Theatre Tickets). ‘Loved every minute of it, funny, sexy and breathtaking’ ★★★★★ (Scottish Sun). 'What you see here is outstanding circus' ★★★★ (List).  

2 - 24 August 2024, 9:45 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

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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

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Circus Baobab: Yé!

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

Circus Baobab: Ye!

An exciting collective of artists from Guinea and the diaspora bring their debut show, Yé!, to Edinburgh. Showcasing incredible acrobatics, vertiginous human pyramids, hand-to-hand combat and contortions all performed in a frenetic rhythm. 'Full of punch and blending traditional expressions of circus with modernity' (Télérama), the thirteen young artists call us together to build a world of tomorrow that will take care of nature and it's future. 'Wherever they perform, the atmosphere is electric' (Le Monde). 'A high-flying acrobatic performance with no safety net' (RFI).

3 - 24 August 2024, 2:05 pm

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows

Ghost Light: Between Fall and Flight

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

Ghost Light: Between Fall and Flight

Critically acclaimed Quebec City-based circus company, Machine de Cirque, present the award-winning Maxim Laurin (Guinness World Record holder) performing a spectacular duet with Guillaume Larouche on a spinning teeterboard, bringing you into the elusive world between fall and flight. Featuring a blend of breathtaking acrobatic feats and poignant choreography, Ghost Light takes a deep look into the synergy of two highly skilled performers. The teeterboard propels them toward each other in the euphoria of flight, accompanied by the levity of weightlessness and the fatality of the inevitable fall.

3 - 24 August 2024, 4:00 pm

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows

IIIII - About The Art of Letting Go

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

IIIII – about the art of letting go

Contemporary circus, dance and sound art weave a personal and emotional journey through the beauty and pain of letting go! At the centre: the Cyr wheel. Powerful, stirring, fragile. Hanschitz and Beierer surrender to the process of letting go. The mood changes between calm balance, loss of control and floating lightness. From raw sounds to fine beats, a live soundscape is made from the Cyr wheel itself, in a circle of surrender, holding on and becoming free.  

13 - 24 August 2024, 11:00 am

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows

The Dreamer

Cabaret and Variety

The Dreamer – Live

'Magic is in his bones. Disbelief, flabbergasted, stunned'  ★★★★★ (Henley Herald) 'An unforgettable evening we can't stop talking about' (The Standard) The UKs number one touring magic show The Greatest Magician returns with a groundbreaking, jaw-dropping, brand new magic show.  Award Winning magician James Phelan, most infamous for jamming the BBC switchboard after he correctly predicted the lottery, presents this unforgettable magic show described as ‘one to watch’ by The List.  Touching on his parents 12 year struggle with IVF, The Dreamer is a celebration of the impossible becoming possible.  With magic unparalleled elsewhere at the Fringe - This show will leave you aching with laughter and dizzy in disbelief.  'One of the most endearing factors is seeing amazed faces young and old. This show has many moment like that' ★★★★★ (BBC Sounds) 'One to watch in the world of magic' ★★★★ (The List) It's time to believe in magic...

3 - 24 August 2024, 5:15 pm

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