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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

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

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

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.

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13 Years An Artist (9/11)

Mark Mace Smith is an award winning poet, performer and musician who fills a room with energy and balances political insight with humour and musicality. His use of beatbox, looping, and physicality make him stand out, with a metre stewed in hip hop, dub, and the tradition of the activist poet.

Stafford Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 19:30 – 20:30

Sun 3 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 19:30 – 20:30

Mon 4 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 19:30 – 20:30
…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

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

The 35mm

This 5 piece Rhythm and Blues “V8 block” take you on a sonic road trip stopping at some of the most iconic movie destinations of the 20th Century. Absorbing some of the era’s finest Rock n Roll, Blues and Soul to produce a potent R'n'B Gumbo that is…the 35mm!

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

Cinema

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 558 8209

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:10 – 14:10
  • 21:45 – 22:45

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 back to top

39 years

"39 years is the average age of death for someone on the streets. Streetwork are on the streets 365 days of the year reaching those in desperate and destitute situations. Damaged and damaging people rough sleeping, begging, drinking, and involved in sex work all at risk on the streets. Join Streetwork to consider the…

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

Free By donation / 0131 229 7565

Part of just Festival.

5 Characters In Search of a Guitar

Musical comedy meets character comedy in the debut solo show from stand up and improviser, Jacky Wood. Smart lyrical wordplay with a delicious dark side, 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

£500,000? Fine! Why Data Protection Matters

bto As you hire a cast for your latest production, send out mass promotional e-mails from a database or blog into the wee small hours, do you stop to consider whose personal data you are processing and whether what you are doing is subject to data protection laws? The specialist Data Protection Defence Team from BTO…

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

Lecture Theatre 1

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

Lecture Theatre 1

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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

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 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

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 Celebration of Scottish Art

A Compelling Exhibition of Original and Limited Edition Art Castle Fine Art, Edinburgh, situated on prestigious Multrees Walk, is proud to present an exhibition of contemporary art featuring local artists such as Alexander Millar and Stuart McAlpine Miller during this year's Fringe festival. This superb collection of…

Castle Fine Art, London W1J

Fri 1 Aug

Gallery

Free / 020 3588 0011

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Gallery

Free / 020 3588 0011

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Gallery

Free / 020 3588 0011

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

A Novel Cure

Hosted by Canongate In need of life rejuvenation? Join School of Life bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud as she offers advice and inspiration from the world’s most renowned writers and prescribes much needed literary tonics to cure life’s ills and ails.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

MA'AM

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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 back to top

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

A Sunday in the Park

Albert & Friends Instant Circus This year's Albert & Friends Instant Circus troupe of highly skilled young performers (aged 11-18 years), bring to life a day in the park with the story unfolding in a delightful array of short montages. Performing at the Fringe since 1994, London’s Premier Youth Circus offers a…

Inverleith House, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

Inverleith House Lawn

Free / 0131 248 2971

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 18 Aug

Inverleith House Lawn

Free / 0131 248 2971

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 19 Aug

Inverleith House Lawn

Free / 0131 248 2971

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 24 Aug

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

A Trade Union for Writers

The Writers' Guild of Great Britain WGGB is the TUC affiliated union for writers negotiating terms, agreements and conditions with BBC, ITV, C4, PACT and theatre organisations. We lobby for writers at Westminster, Holyrood, and Brussels. At a regional level, meetings and events are held to meet people within the…

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Meeting Room

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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.

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