Top 5 scary comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013
Featuring The Dark Room, Knightmare Live, Casual Violence, Paul Gannon and Comedy Death
This article is from 2013.
Do you want to escape from a dark room in which a floating head ‘helps’ you win a prize? Interactive fun for the brave and curious (cue manic theatrical laughter).
Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, 3–25 Aug (not 14), 8.40pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £6.
Those who remember the late 80s/early 90s CITV show will be delighted/terrified by a stage version. Are you brave enough to don the ‘immortal helmet of justice’?
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 3–25 Aug (not 14), 5.30pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £7.
Already compared to Roald Dahl and The Twilight Zone, these five ‘sketch villains’ will bring you House of Nostril, a bleak tale of ‘terror, tyranny and taxidermy’.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 5–25 Aug, 3.45pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£9). Preview 4 Aug, £6.
Two years ago, Gannon’s childhood dream to be a ghostbuster (that film has a lot to answer for) came true and here he takes you on a spooky odyssey of psychic theatre tours, haunted houses, co-writing a song with Sigourney Weaver and getting dating advice from Derek Acorah.
The Caves, 556 5375, 3–25 Aug (not 13), 5.20pm, £7–£10. Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £5.
To the stand-up comedian, there’s nothing more gruesome than a bad gig. Card Ninja guy Javier Jarquin introduces comics telling their tales of woe in a show subtitled ‘True Horror Stories from the Circuit’. Strong stomachs required.
Dram House Upstairs, 226 0000, 3–24 Aug (not 12, 19), 3.30pm, free.