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A to Z Improv Comedy

A to Z Improv Comedy / PBH's Free Fringe Jump on board the late night comedy roller coaster! Where will it go? Nobody knows! Based on audience suggestions, each show is unique and spontaneous. A to Z Improv promises to be a rip-roaring, raucous adventure into the unexpected. Join us for this high-energy, fast-paced…

The Kilderkin, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free / 0131 556 2101

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Free / 0131 556 2101

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Free / 0131 556 2101

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 16 more dates until 23 Aug

5 Characters In Search of a Guitar

Musical comedy meets character comedy in the debut solo show from stand up and improviser, Jacky Wood. It's sharp, satirical and in a variety of keys… Also includes talking.

Pilgrim, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 557 3768

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 18:45 – 19:45

Sun 3 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 557 3768

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 18:45 – 19:45

Mon 4 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 557 3768

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 18:45 – 19:45
…and 12 more dates until 16 Aug

A Bridge Over Toddled Warder

Todd and Ward / La Favorita Freestival Hark! The errant, off-beat voices of Amused Moose Award winner Richard Todd, 'a smart surrealist' (Independent), and NATY finalist Thomas Ward, 'fine writing, evoking silly images and ideas' (Chortle.co.uk), are harmonising! With jokes! An electrifying hour of stand-up, sketch and…

Cowgatehead, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Space 3

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Space 3

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Space 3

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug

37 Years of Childhood

George Firehorse / Free Festival A unique blend of nonsense, magic, mayhem, physical comedy and wit. George has been winning audiences over with a visual, quirky act executed by a likeable and accessible performer. ‘A brilliant, mad, magician with great skills … an infectious smile and the most luxurious moustache…

Laughing Horse @ Ryrie's, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Upstairs

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Upstairs

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Upstairs

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

99 Club Stand-up Selection

99 Club / Free Festival Proud to support the Free Festival, The 99 Club brings a selection of some of the best comics at the Fringe. Four different comics perform every day and quality is guaranteed. The 99 Club has won Best London Club four years running at the Chortle Awards, featured on BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel…

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Maggie's Chamber

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Maggie's Chamber

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Maggie's Chamber

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug back to top

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves… 6

AYMDAAGDAAOMSRIARCF56MATL / PBH's Free Fringe One performance only. Turn up early, sell out expected. Under 18s cannot attend this show due to licensing restrictions at the venue.

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Aaaaaaaaaargh! It's the We Didn't Realise the Free Fringe Programme Isn't Alphabetised Show!

Tommy Croft (Jollyboat), Helen Foster and Ed Croft (half Jollyboat) and Alastair Clark (not Jollyboat) desperately compete for your attention and admiration. A warm and friendly show.

Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

downstairs 2

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 247 4704

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 12:05 – 13:05

Sun 3 Aug

downstairs 2

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 247 4704

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 12:05 – 13:05

Mon 4 Aug

downstairs 2

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 247 4704

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 12:05 – 13:05
…and 19 more dates until 23 Aug

10 Films with My Dad

Aidan Goatley / PBH Free Fringe How do fathers and sons communicate? For Aidan and his dad it was films. Find out how in 'the most, charming, happy and optimistic show you'll see' (FringeGuru.com). Now in its forth year! Possibly the odd swear. Nothing major. Age category: 14+

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

101 Comedy Club

101 Comedy / Laughing Horse Free Festival 'Funny. Fast. Free' ★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). Each night sees four experienced acts performing. All our comedians have been hand-picked from an ethical fair trade farm where they've been grown in only the finest organic dog poo. All of our fart jokes are sustainable due to our unique…

Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Back Room

Free / 0131 556 3403

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 556 3403

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 556 3403

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug

11 Films to Happiness

Aidan Goatley / PBH's Free Fringe Do films give you joy? What films would be your celluloid nirvana? Join Aidan in his quest to see if his much-loved DVD collection can lead him to happiness. 'A riotously funny comedian' (BroadwayBaby.co.uk). Age category: 16+

Ciao Roma, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Downstairs

Free / 0131 557 3777

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Downstairs

Free / 0131 557 3777

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Downstairs

Free / 0131 557 3777

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 23 Aug back to top

30 Things To Do Before 30

In October Izzy's turning 30. To mark this milestone, she's set herself a list of 30 things to do, skills to learn and countries to visit by her birthday. Join her for a whimsical tale of growing up, trying new things and learning how not to fall off circus equipment.

George on the Bridge, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 19:45 – 20:45

Mon 11 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 19:45 – 20:45

Tue 12 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 19:45 – 20:45
…and 9 more dates until 23 Aug

300 to 1

Panesh Prods / PBH's Free Fringe New play. A schoolboy re-enacts the macho homoerotic war film 300 in his bedroom with Wilfred Owen as his Homeric scribe. Directed by award-winning Gareth Armstrong. Written and performed by Matt Panesh (AKA Monkey Poet). Contains spears, swords and underpants.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 24 Aug

50 Shades of Smay

Sarah-May Philo When one turns 30 it is generally agreed upon that shopping, binge eating and crying into one’s cat is just the ticket for transitioning out of those pesky 20-somethings. Sarah-May embraced all of this, then wrote a show. Join her as she explains the true meaning of being single … in Glasgow, no…

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Alcove

Free / 0131 524 1989

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Alcove

Free / 0131 524 1989

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Alcove

Free / 0131 524 1989

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 8 Aug

50 Shades of Webster

James Webster / PBH's Free Fringe James Webster is a douche bag. He knows because his future self came back in time to tell him. Can he learn to be a better person? Will he master the power of time travel? Why is every past and future version of himself such a massive tool? One thing's clear: he really needs to get…

Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

Lizard Lounge

Free / 0131 226 4224

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Fri 15 Aug

Lizard Lounge

Free / 0131 226 4224

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 18 Aug

Lizard Lounge

Free / 0131 226 4224

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 22 Aug

A Bonanza of Festival Comedy and Cabaret

Laughing Horse Free Festival A Sunday more like Saturday! The comedy version of a Mexican stand-off featuring a smorgasbord of classic international Fringe Comedy, with a selection of the very best acts from around the Fringe all wrapped up in a gorgeous new venue. Plus DJs and other odd performance running late after…

Laughing Horse @ The Paradise Palms, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 17 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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A Catalogue of Characters

Crash! Bang! Manhood! Join two anxious boys on their journey to become men, as their rite of passage quickly descends into the most absurd multi-rolling comedy!

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Crypt

Free / 07771 587965

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Crypt

Free / 07771 587965

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Crypt

Free / 07771 587965

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 24 Aug

A Roaring Accordion

Strangely Doesburg / Free Festival The only mime ever to receive a noise citation from the LAPD, Strangely always brings something special to the stage. His rollicking, sing-along, one-man cabaret-riot never fails to impress. Strangely’s interactive songs will delight all ages, drawing audiences into an epic world…

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Top Deck on The Comedy Bus

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Top Deck on The Comedy Bus

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Top Deck on The Comedy Bus

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

A Robot Presents Comedy

Andy Barr and Nathan Willcock / La Favorita Freestival The future. The mechanised labour force is disenfranchised. Enter A Robot, determined to teach the grimacing machines how to laugh. Stand-up showcase featuring the best in alternative up-and-coming talent. Including Andy Barr ‘a nice contrast to all the homogenised…

Cowgatehead, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

Space 1

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Space 1

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Space 1

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 24 Aug

AAA Batteries (Not Included) – Free

Chris Turner, Jon Bennett and Daniel Roberts / Free Festival Back for a fourth year at the Fringe - an hour of sharp gags, intelligent observations and blisteringly quick improvised raps from three of the circuit's best comedians. Suitable for all ages and completely free! Featuring BBC New Comedy Award finalist Chris…

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Alcove

Free / 0131 524 1989

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Alcove

Free / 0131 524 1989

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Alcove

Free / 0131 524 1989

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug

Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! Free! It's the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show

John Fleming and The Laughing Horse Free Festival present Two hour charity variety show. Star names, Scottish National Russian Egg Roulette Championships, gross offensiveness, and nudity. Performers announced on www.malcolmhardee.co.uk/award. ‘One of the top comedy events of the year’ (Metro). ‘Eclectic and bizarre…

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Aaaaargh! It's 101 Jokes in 30 Minutes! Free

Masai Graham Award-winning gag merchant Masai Graham delivers over one hundred jokes in just half an hour. Expect puns, one liners and wordplay in this 3.3 laughs per minute bonanza. ‘Annoyingly good' (Gary Delaney, Mock the Week). ‘Flashes of proper genius’ (Chortle.co.uk). Birmingham New Act of the Year 2012.

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Aerie

Free / 0131 225 2022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Aerie

Free / 0131 225 2022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Aerie

Free / 0131 225 2022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug

Aaaaargh! It's the Monster Stand-Up Show - Free

Feast on five of the tastiest up-and-coming comedians on the circuit including your award-winning headliner Masai Graham. 'Flashes of proper genius' (Chortle.co.uk). Showcasing a different line-up every day.

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Crypt

Free / 0131 225 2022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Crypt

Free / 0131 225 2022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Crypt

Free / 0131 225 2022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug

Aaah'm Voting NO

Bruce Fummey / Free Festival Nothing new here. Bruce Fummey is also doing a show called Aaah’m Votin YES. Just in case I decide to vote No, here’s a show of pre-independence debate material. You still get the same great Afro Scottish comedy you’ve always had within the UK … and it doesn’t cost to get in. There will be…

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Kasbar

Free / 0131 477 7007

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Kasbar

Free / 0131 477 7007

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Kasbar

Free / 0131 477 7007

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 23 Aug

Abi Roberts: Twerk in Progress

Abi Roberts / PBH's Free Fringe Hotly-tipped comedy starlet Abi Roberts comes in like a wrecking ball with her debut stand-up show. She twerks, jerks and acts like a berk whilst asking big questions like: why does jazz have to go on for so long? With sizzling riffs, unique impressions and bits in actual Russian, this…

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Speakeasy

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Speakeasy

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Speakeasy

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

About 2.5% Ginger Comedy Showcase

Ginger Ale Comedy / Free Festival This year will be the biggest year ever for Ginger Ale Comedy as we relaunch the show in partnership with some of Scotland's best emerging promoters, who run both established stand-up nights, which have given birth to many comedians who are well-known on the Scottish circuit, and also…

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Basement

Free / 0131 557 5830

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Basement

Free / 0131 557 5830

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Basement

Free / 0131 557 5830

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug back to top