Fringe for (around) a fiver: Comedy

The best cheap shows in Edinburgh this August


This article is from 2011.

Fringe for (around) a fiver: Comedy

Baby Wants Candy

AAA Stand-Up/Late

A trio of dandy comics for much less than the normal price of three in this annual not-late/late line-up. The earlier bill includes Joe Rowntree while the later roster has Matt Price.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 7.15pm/11pm, £5.

Alison Thea-Skot

AKA The Human-Tuning Fork with a surreal, ear-splitting character comedy extravaganza.
The Caves, 556 5375, 4–6 Aug, noon, £5.

Baby Wants Candy

Want to see a musical made up right in front of your very eyes and ears? The US BWC crew are the go-to guys and gals.
Assembly George Square, 623 3030, 3–5 Aug, 8.15pm, £6.

The Beta Males

A sketchy storytelling affair from the chaps who brought you The Bunker. This one is The Train Job. Does not feature actual choo-choos.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 4.20pm, £5.

Chris Martin

Before you ask, no it’s not that one. And look, that’s what he’s called his show. Not so much cold play as hot laughs. Or something.
Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 4 & 5 Aug, 7.35pm, £6.

Claudia O’Doherty

After last year’s charmingly daft Monster of the Deep 3D, the Aussie comic wonders, What is Soil Erosion? Asking the big questions, as ever.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 3–5 Aug, 8.45pm, £5.

Dead Cat Bounce

The Irish rock supergroup crank it up to eleven with some Caged Heat. This could well be their big breakthrough year.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 3–5 Aug, 10.30pm, £5.


Max Dickins and Mark Smith are yet another of this year’s intriguing-looking sketchy double acts. They’ve been on Dick and Dom’s Funny Business and everything.
Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 4 & 5 Aug, 9.30pm, £6.

Eric Lampaert

Last year, he shared stage time with his pal Joel (more of him later), now young Eric divulges solo tales of globetrotting. Expect a little lunging.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 6pm, £5.

Fiona O’Loughlin

The true story of how this comic hit rock bottom and dragged herself up to sobriety, sanity and stability. Funny, mind.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 3–5 Aug, 9pm, £6.


Want to see the next Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Mark Watson or Tim Key? The Cambridge lot are in a Pretty Little Panic for this year’s sketch affair.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 5.20pm, £5.

The Gentlemen of Leisure

Directed by Penny Dreadful Thom Tuck, messrs Kumar and Neenan are happy to announce The Death of the Novel as their show this year.
The Caves, 556 5375, 4 & 5 Aug, 3.20pm, £5.

Hal Sparks

With Evolution Overdrive, the Sparkster (as no one is calling him) of Hollywood fame makes his Fringe debut.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 3–5 Aug, 10.45pm, £5.

The Hamiltons

Neil and Christine get up to High Jinks with much chitter and chatter as they greet some Fringe stars into their lair.
Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, 3–5 Aug, 12.45pm, £6.

Imran Yusuf

The gangly chap who captured a Best Newcomer nomination for his Free Fringe show last year opts to Bring the Thunder this time around. Think Edinburgh had enough of that in July, ta very much.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 7pm, £6.

Joel Dommett

Cut asunder from his buddy Eric (that’ll be the lad Lampaert from earlier), JD insists that he is or will be a Neon Hero. Given his cheeky charm, there’s no reason to doubt he won’t succeed.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 6.50pm, £5.

John-Luke Roberts and Nadia Kamil

The Behemothers are back after a mighty long absence.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 4.45pm, £5.


They’re in a Union Jack-bedecked scratcher in the publicity shot à la Patsy ‘n’ Liam but Greg Haiste and Marie Lawrence will hope this comedy partnership is in it for the long-term. Less scowling going on here, too.
The Store, 556 5375, 4–6 Aug, 2.40pm, £5.

Kai Humphries

The Geordie comic follows up his ’10 debut with some Bare-Faced Cheek. To underline this, there’s a lot of flesh and tattoos on show in his press image.
Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, 3–5 Aug, 10.30pm, £6.

Kurt Braunohler

No Ms Schaal around for this solo show (though they will be sharing a Hot Tub later in the month) as King Kurt talks relationships.
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, 4 & 5 Aug, 9.15pm, £5.

Lady Garden

The quintet of terrifyingly talented comics who make up Lady Garden do their ever-wonderful sketch thing.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 6pm, £5.

Laurence Clark

A new hour (well, 55 minutes) from the estimable Mr Clark as he tells the tale of how he tried to sell the idea of free healthcare to the USA. Good luck, fella.
Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, 3–5 Aug, 6.40pm, £6.

Matthew Crosby

The small, spectacle-wearing, facially-fuzzed one from Pappy’s delivers a debut solo affair with his AdventureParty. Let the balloon-popping fun commence.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 4.45pm, £5.

Meryl O’Rourke

Another show which Thom Tuck has got his directorial mitts upon as Bad Mother speculates on just what it takes to be an appalling parent (female).
Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 4 & 5 Aug, 2.45pm, £5.

Nathan Dean Williams

Skirting along the edges of the absurd, NDW offers up a barely palatable Buffet garnished with his rather odd characters.
The Store, 556 5375, 4–6 Aug, 8pm, £5.

Neil Cole

Directed by the Mighty Boosh’s Dave Brown (he plays Bollo), Neil By Mouth (ha!) will no doubt be one for the cool comedy kids.
Cabaret Voltaire, 226 0000, 4 & 5 Aug, 6.15pm, £5.

New Art Club

With a Quiet Act of Destruction, the physical NAC boys hit a Cambridgeshire village where chaos lurks in the most unlikely of spots.
Assembly George Square, 623 3030, 3–5 Aug, 6.20pm, £6.

Olver: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Comedy buddy of Russell Howard and Wil Hodgson returns with a sinister-sounding stand-up scenario.
The Caves, 556 5375, 4 & 5 Aug, 3.35pm, £4.

Pajama Men

This year, the buttoned-up comedy duo find themselves In the Middle of No One. All will be revealed, my pretties.
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, 4 & 5 Aug, 9pm, £5.

Paul Foot

With Still Life, the arch Dadaist comic bemuses, befuddles and bedazzles his flock. ‘Performance art’ says the Fringe programme? I suppose it could be described thus.
Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 4 & 5 Aug, 7.40pm, £6.

Pete Firman

Some Jiggery Pokery on the way now from the Middlesbrough magic man.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 8.30pm, £6.

The Real MacGuffins

Year two for the MacGuffins as they launch more Skitsophrenic material at us.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 4.30pm, £5.

Richard Sandling’s Perfect Movie

Expect the popcorn to fly as the VHS advocate presents a film-based comedy gig.
Cameo Cinema, 226 0000, 3–5 Aug, 6.45pm, £5.

Ronnie Golden

Barry Cryer’s mucka gets puntabulous with First a Fender, a cute slice of music and storytelling.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 3–5 Aug, 4.30pm, £5.

Sara Pascoe

The Campus actress wonders what life would be like after the end of the world has gone way beyond being nigh.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 7pm, £5.

Scott Capurro

A possible shift in gear from the San Fran comic with Who are the Jocks? as he recalls his late mummy. Or an excuse to let absolute rip?
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 8pm, £5.

Sex You (I’m Gonna)

This could be either great or slightly icky. Its description in the Fringe programme as ‘improv’ and ‘interactive’ does little to settle the nerves.
The Store, 556 5375, 4–6 Aug, 9pm, £5.


Another heavily anticipated sketch show with Liam, Alastair and Daran delivering some cuddly fare.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 4.45pm, £5.

Shirley and Shirley

Can they be considered veterans of the Fringe yet? Surely not, though here they are presenting The Wonder Years. Voiceovers may be included.
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, 4 & 5 Aug, 6.45pm, £5.

Sink or Spin

Mr Donal Coonan lets his endorphins go ballistic with a clowning extravaganza while you get a chance to exercise your muscles and your funnybones.
Bannatyne’s Health Club, 226 0000, 3–5 Aug, 2.15pm, £5.

The Squiffy Journals

Musical sketches and farcical set-ups are the very thing here.
The Caves, 556 5375, 4–6 Aug, 2.30pm, £5.

Suitcase Royale

‘Tom Waits meets the Mighty Boosh’ is quite a claim. Zombatland chucks the Aussie outback vividly into your auditorium.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 11.10pm, £5.

Terry Alderton

The art of impressionism may seem long and lost but while the likes of Tezza is around, there’s hope. You’ll Be Glad to See the Back of Him is the somewhat ambiguous title of his ’11 show.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 9.20pm, £6.

Tom Allen

Accompanied by a nice cuppa, Afternoon Tea has the erudite Allen chitting some affable chat.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 3–5 Aug, 3.15pm, £5.

Tom Deacon

The jaunty Radio 1 chap bulldozes his way into all of our affections with Can I Be Honest? Ain’t that the truth.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 8.20pm, £5.

Tom Rosenthal

The star of Friday Night Dinner and son of telly sports pundit Jim reflects on his upbringing, but in a funny way, of course. Lot of Toms about this year, eh?
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 9.30pm, £5.

The Two Wrongies

Expect some gloriously wrong stuff when Avis Cockbill and Janine Fletcher get into their synchronised stride.
Assembly George Square, 623 3030, 3–5 Aug, 10.30pm, £5.

Unexpected Items

The people who brought you the YouTube-tastic ‘Gap Yah’ skit deliver more bite-sized bits about being young and that.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 3–5 Aug, 4.30pm.


Naz, Kieran and Mark brandish their sketchy thing in front of an ever-increasing fanbase.
The Caves, 556 5375, 4 & 5 Aug, 6.15pm, £5.

Zoe Lyons

The Bush-esque Clownbusting is the ex-Survivor participant’s new one. Bush as in Kate, not the long-haired rockers.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug, 7.30pm, £5.

This article is from 2011.

New Art Club: Quiet Act of Destruction

  • 2 stars

Edinburgh Spotlight Best Comedy Show 2010 winners take you on an energetic, hilarious rampage through the placid Cambridgeshire village of Meldreth. Against an exhilarating soundtrack, chaos bubbles in the church tearooms and revolution leaks from under the post office door. Farm parks and yoghurt become sources of…

Baby Wants Candy

BWC, the full band improvised musical returns to the Fringe! As one of the best known, longest running and most celebrated improv shows in the world, BWC runs in NYC, Chicago and tours internationally. BWC has spawned careers of many top comic actors and writers in the U.S. Based on an audience suggestion, the BWC show is…

The Two Wrongies

  • 2 stars

Strap yourself in and prepare for a right royal wronging as you enter the world of The Two Wrongies, the double act who dare to do the dirty! It’s comedy, it’s dance and it’s sordid synchronized swimming. It’s so wrong it’s right. Additional direction by: Kim Noble, Stuart Silver and Petra Massey (Spymonkey). 'Utterly…

The Pajama Men: In the Middle of No One

  • 4 stars

A comic thriller about aliens and the quest for glory. 'The Pajama Men create a cartoon of the mind, a shape-shifting world in which anything seems not just possible, but imminent.' ★★★★★ (Guardian).

Shirley and Shirley: The Wonder Years

Honed in from this year’s Latitude Festival and their monthly sellout residency in London, Shirley & Shirley are back and even bolder than before! The sketch and character comedy show that was a smash hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival returns for its third consecutive year with fresh and original physical…

Kurt Braunohler - The Amish Guide to F*cking

In this one-man show, stand-up Kurt Braunohler, staple of the New York City indie comedy scene, relates how he destroyed a 13-year relationship in the dumbest, most-complicated way possible. Bar fights, naked men, walruses, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Come along for the weird and hilarious ride. ‘I'm legally required by our…

Sink or Spin

  • 4 stars

Exercise bikes provided for all participants. Join a spinning class set in the surreal world of your instructor, Clement (recently certified/newly divorced). Upon his wife leaving him for the boules champion of Perpignan, Clement decided to devote his life to becoming the world's greatest spin instructor (he can't ride a…

Neil By Mouth

  • 2 stars

With Hitchcock’s Half Hour, ‘The new young gods of comedy’ (Sunday Times), Neil won Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Award, appeared on BBC1’s Stand-Up Show and supported Harry Hill. Now solo, he has supported Russell Brand on tour, hosted bands at Royal Albert Hall, as well as presenting for MTV, ITV, NME, WRC on Dave.

Hal Sparks - Evolution Overdrive

  • 3 stars

Jokes of the future, today! Hal Sparks is dissecting pop culture, not only because he's annoyed with it but because it points to where we're headed as a civilization! As seen on The Tonight Show and in Queer as Folk, Dude Where's My Car and Spiderman. ‘Escapes the American disease by having some worthwhile…

Tom Allen's Afternoon Tea

  • 3 stars

The perfect start to your Edinburgh experience! Festival performers join award-winning Tom Allen for an anarchic but very civilized hour of parlour games, party pieces and chat. ‘An absolute must see’ ★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). ‘Delightful’ ★★★★ (

Ronnie Golden - First a Fender

After quarter of a century of helping others make their careers, Ronnie finally finds a reason to do his first solo musical comedy show. Part rock n roll guitar masterclass, part autobiography, and part complete bollocks This show will put you on the first rung of the rock n roll ladder. Put the hard work in now and the…

Claudia O'Doherty - What Is Soil Erosion?

  • 4 stars

Winner: Best Newcomer, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2010. This is the staged demonstration of the television series no one will let Claudia O'Doherty make. It answers the question 'what is soil erosion?' and includes lasers. Prepare to be zapped with lasers. Claudia’s last show, Monster of the Deep 3D won…

Fiona O'Loughlin: Spirited (Tales from an Angel in a Bottle)

  • 4 stars

With her popularity at an all time high, and a starring role on Strictly Come Dancing, Fiona chucked herself off the wagon and onto the pages of the national media. The Australian queen of comedy’s public battle with booze has taken her on a journey. This show reveals the sometimes poignant, always hilarious journey she…

Scott Capurro's Position

Comedy chat show hosted by the sharp-edged and riotous Scott Capurro. Ably supported by droll second banana David Mills, Capurro interviews the hottest performers in Edinburgh. With new guests every night expect hilarious banter and exclusive insider gossip. For more information, photos, a video (seriously!) and reviews…

The Unexpected Items Are On It, In the Zone, Off the Hook and Down With the Kids

  • 2 stars

Being young is tough these days, what with unemployment, university fees and dubstep. This is like, blates a show about such ting, so expect sketches, characters and songs all packed tighter than a hipsters ironic bumbag into one glorious hour of amusement. You'll be so busy laughing at bare new jokes from the winners of…

Olver: Portrait of a Serial Killer

  • 3 stars

Mark Olver returns to Edinburgh with a new show. Sort of stand-up, sort of theatre, and all kinds of scary. Actual violence guaranteed. Three previous Edinburgh shows, support act for Russell Howard's national tour, and warm-up for shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats and 10 O'Clock Live. This is his story. ★★★★ (Scotsman), ★★★…

The Squiffy Journals

We at Squiffy Productions are always mining for comedy gold, presenting whatever nuggets we find along the way. This four-man team, led by Jake Dale and Kaine Horey (the writers altering the trousers of British Comedy), is equipped with hilariously original material and is bursting onto the comedy scene. We offer a fresh…

The Gentlemen of Leisure Present: The Death of the Novel

  • 3 stars

After their sell-out run in 2010, the old GOL return to the Edinburgh Fringe to ask the big question: is the novel dead, or just sleeping? Cultural sketch comedy that runs the artistic gamut pauses to catch its breath, before hailing a cab the rest of the way. ★★★★★ Best of the Fest 2010, 'Gloriously entertaining, utterly…

Alison Thea-Skot: The Human Tuning Fork

  • 3 stars

2010 Funny Women finalist Alison Thea-Skot presents 'an absolute tour-de-force' (BBC Comedy). A surreal, tinnitus-ridden, lunchtime character comedy show. Follow the story of Britain's Number One Human, Canine and Marine Vocal Coach as she finds herself on the run. Along the way meet a collection of characters cunningly…

Sex You (I'm Gonna) – featuring Nathan Phillips

  • 2 stars

Beyond stand up, beyond improv, beyond sketch, there is Sex You (I’m Gonna). He’s tried to have sex live onstage with dozens of New York women. Now 'the hilarious Nathan Phillips' (TimeOut, NY) will attempt to seduce his first Scottish lass. Using an array of ingenious pick-up tactics in an intimate evening of comedy…

Nathan Dean Williams presents… 'The Buffet'

  • 2 stars

'A filthy, twisted Alan Bennett for the jilted generation' The Fix. Prince of the poignantly perverse, Nathan Dean Williams presents… 'the buffet'. A character show with a difference, combining delectably dark character storytelling with comedy, theatre, cabaret and film. Twisted tales of love, sex, death, castration…

Jollygoodlarks - How to Make it Huge

Become the next big thingy in this whizz-bang showbiz escapade! Laugh and learn with our intrepid boy-girl double act. Character comedy and adventures. Edinburgh debut as a two-piece, but not as a two-piece swimsuit. Previous collaborations have received excellent reviews, ★★★★ (Time Out Critics' Choice), 'The splendidly…

The Real MacGuffins: Skitsophrenic

  • 3 stars

Following 2010's sell out debut show, the boys return to the Pleasance Courtyard with a brand new hour of hilarious sketches, directed by Cal McCrystal (Mighty Boosh, Spymonkey).'One of the most original and riotous shows of the festival … a relentless display of wit and creativity' ★★★★★ ( 'Three very…

Sheeps: A Sketch Show

  • 4 stars

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the greatest arts festival in the world. Plenty for all to see! So why Sheeps? ‘Excellently silly … great deal of promise’ (Scotsman). ‘Smart gags … winning delivery … very intriguing prospect’ (Chortle).

Tom Rosenthal: Child of Privilege

  • 4 stars

Ladies and Gentlemen, announcing Master Tom Rosenthal. He plays Jonny Goodman in Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner and is the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2011. His Dad is sports presenter and keen jogger Jim Rosenthal. His mother is not famous or athletically active. His show is called Child of Privilege. Buy…

Zoe Lyons - Clownbusting

  • 2 stars

Fresh from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and as seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Mock the Week. If.comedy Best Newcomer nominee and Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe winner returns to Edinburgh with a brand new show. Zoe believes the key to happiness lies in expecting less from yourself…

AAA Stand-Up

Total sell-out 2005-2010 returns with a brand new line-up. Simon Fielder, 'Nervy, excitable, simmering energy that's compelling to watch. Unashamedly feel good' (, 'Highly entertaining' (Time Out). Pat Burtscher, 'Very, very funny' (ThreeWeeks), 'Undeniably funny' (, 'I very much enjoyed Pat…

AAA Stand-Up Late

Total sell-out in 2010 returns with a brand new line-up: Danny Ward, 'observational humour brilliantly delivered … top quality stand-up' (ThreeWeeks), 'Hilarious riffs on everyday shopping created a thread that worked brilliantly, with a killer ending' (Bournemouth Echo). Jonathan Elston, 'A comic with incredible talent…

Dead Cat Bounce: Caged Heat

After a year touring the world’s major comedy festivals, Ireland’s favourite comedy rock supergroup return to Edinburgh with their biggest show yet. ‘Each member of the group is an incredible musician and comedian. These brilliant boys redefine rock n roll comedy’ (The Age). ‘Poised to go from cult hit to Minchin-like…

Imran Yusuf - Bring the Thunder

  • 3 stars

A brand new show about unrelenting enthusiasm and perseverance from the star of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer nominee. Join Imran on his journey of having a dream and seeing it through, overcoming the obstacles of fear and opposition with unshakeable self-belief that took him from…

Lady Garden

  • 3 stars

You are cordially invited to (pay to) watch the (self-dubbed) World's Greatest All-Female Five-Person Sketch Group perform their latest offering. Armed with a good range of heights (Camille 3'1 – Rose 8'4) and accents (Eleanor is Northern, Beattie can sometimes do Welsh). Full clean driving licences (except Hannah, but he…

John-Luke Roberts and Nadia Kamil: The Behemoth

  • 4 stars

Massive sketch comedy, two normal-sized people. John-Luke Roberts 'Distracts you from a murder … Brilliant solo debut' (Independent), E4, BBC3, R4's ‘News Quiz’ and Nadia Kamil (R4, Channel 4, BBC3) return to the Festival with their cult sketch comedy show (Comedy of the Year, List 2008). 'Like being tag-teamed by the…

Matthew Crosby: AdventureParty

  • 4 stars

Matthew Crosby, the short one with the glasses from sketch favourites, Pappy’s (if.comedy Award nominees, Chortle Award winners), presents his debut solo show, Adventure Party. Is it an adventure? Is it a party? Is it neither? Come find out. Matthew has written for and performed in a number of TV and radio shows including…

The Suitcase Royale in Zombatland

  • 4 stars

The hilariously inventive Royale boys are back with another masterfully-mad tale from the dusty-plains of the Australian outback. Welcome to the idyllic paradise of The Blue Lagoon Caravan Park, where the once loved Wombats have been mysteriously turning into blood-thirsty demons, ravaging the park. Only Agoraphobic Mayor…

Eric Lampaert

  • 2 stars

Willkommen. Bienvenue and welcome to star of ITV2’s OMG! With Peaches and 2010 Winner of Latitude Best New Act Award, Eric Lampaert’s erratic excursion around his nomadic childhood of non-stop pacing across continents and languages, 29 homes, seven countries, three continents, one Eric. Come and see where he’s hiding now…

Tom Deacon: Can I Be Honest?

  • 3 stars

Radio 1 DJ Tom Deacon, whose slick stand-up has featured on The Rob Brydon Show and Dave's One Night Stand, returns with a brand new show. Tom, like most people, had some very awkward moments in the last year, mainly brought on by himself. He picked up some pet hates and a new girlfriend from the north of England – well…

The Beta Males: The Train Job

  • 4 stars

A runaway train. A desperate hijack. A deadly cargo. Following last year's post-apocalyptic Edinburgh hit The Bunker, critically acclaimed sketch troupe the Beta Males welcome you aboard their latest comedy thrill-ride,‘The Train Job’. Book your tickets for a sketch show which hurtles like a juggernaut through a world of…

Pete Firman: Jiggery Pokery

  • 3 stars

After sell out shows in 2007/08/09/10, everyone's favourite comedic conjuror returns with 'the best magic tricks in the Universe' (Independent). Expect amazing feats that defy logic, a fast and furious delivery of gags and more tricks up his sleeve than Scotland has bagpipes! As seen on Dirty Tricks and 'Derren Brown's 3D…

Sara Pascoe vs the Apocalypse

The Armageddon is imminent and Sara plans to survive. How will she breed? Create Pornography? Kill zombies? An arresting stand-up show about the end of the world as we know it. The hotly anticipated follow up to 2010's sell out show from co-star of Campus, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and Free Agents…

Footlights in 'Pretty Little Panic'

  • 2 stars

After a sell-out run last year, the Footlights Tour Show continues to be a 'must-have ticket' (Times). It has launched many of the greatest names in comedy, and this year will perform to twenty thousand people across two continents. Don’t miss the biggest ever tour from 'the most renowned sketch troupe of them all.…

Laurence Clark: Health Hazard!

  • 3 stars

What links Stephen Hawking, cardboard tube fights, Shane MacGowan, health insurance, George Washington, Mussolini, religious cults, global Armageddon and the NHS? Find out as Laurence embarks on a one-man mission to help Obama sell the benefits of free healthcare to the American people. With personal tales, political…

The Hamiltons: High Jinks with the Hamiltons!

  • 2 stars

Hooray, they’re back! They've missed you as much as you've missed them! So they're galloping back with their irreverent humour, quirky take on life and myriad glorious guests. Join Neil and Christine for a fandango of fun and frolics with the festival stars of today and tomorrow, they spot them first! There’s nothing…

Kai Humphries - Bare-Faced Cheek

High-octane show of supremely funny, infectiously optimistic and delightfully surreal stand-up from Newcastle's hilarious rising comedy star and 2009's So You Think You're Funny? finalist (catch Kai on Comedy Central's Comedy Store). ‘Humphries had the crowd laughing hard with a loveable accent, silly stories and exit…


  • 3 stars

Fast rising comedy double-act Dregs present their debut hour of hilarious sketches and bonhomie from the minds of Max Dickins (Sony Rising Star nominee, Absolute Radio DJ, The Sun's 2011 Comedy Pick) and Mark Smith (MTV, finalist SYTYF 2009, Mark Watson’s Hotel). With recent sketches on Channel 4's This Just In and BBC2…

Chris Martin: No. Not That One

  • 2 stars

In this hotly anticipated debut show, ‘charming and talented’ (Time Out) stand-up Chris Martin proves how great life is when you’re surrounded by people. Even people you think are kn bs. If you’ve ever made an idiot of yourself in front of friends and family, taken a photo of something you shouldn’t have or been mugged by…

Paul Foot: Still Life

  • 3 stars

The walls of Baron Ryan Carter's castle have ears and a rudimentary mouth that whispers the 23 comments of old that changed the world – now in the hands and voice box of Mr Paul Foot. 'Quite simply he is mind blowing, so if you fancy your mind being blown Paul is one of the few comedians working today who can do it for…

Meryl O'Rourke - Bad Mother…

  • 3 stars

Does wearing a PVC catsuit to a children’s birthday party make you a bad mother? How would you even know when your own mother stalked minor celebrities? And how did she stand a chance when her first childhood memory was of a Nazi punching her? And, you know, he probably had issues of his own. Circuit favourite Meryl…


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