Top 5 scary comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

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Top 5 scary comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Featuring The Dark Room, Knightmare Live, Casual Violence, Paul Gannon and Comedy Death

The Dark Room

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.

Knightmare Live

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.

Casual Violence

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.

Paul Gannon Aint Afraid of No Ghost

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.

Comedy Death

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.

Casual Violence Presents: House of Nostril

  • 4 stars

Casual Violence! Comedy. Award-winning sketch terrors 'creative, strange, brilliantly performed stuff' (Kate Copstick, Scotsman) and double Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality nominees (2011 and 2012) present the rise and fall and fall and fall and fall and fall and rise and fall of the most villainous bloodline in…

Comedy Death: True Horror Stories from the Circuit

Everyone has a bad day at the office. Join Javier Jarquin as he hosts a wide range of guest comedians baring all and telling you about their worst gigs. Soul-destroying, agonizingly painful, make-you-want-to-throw-in-the-towel gigs. Call it what you will: bombing, tanking or dying - at Comedy Death we call it…

Paul Gannon Aint Afraid Of No Ghost

EMX Management Presents. Since 1984, Paul had one dream: to be Ghostbuster. Two years ago Paul's childhood dream came true! Paul takes you on his Ghostbusting odyssey of hosting psychic theatre tours, braving haunted houses across the UK, co- writing a song with Sigourney Weaver, being hounded by offended religious…

Knightmare Live

  • 3 stars

Adventure, characters, puzzles and monsters feature in this critically acclaimed stage adaption of the cult TV classic in the guise of an interactive comedy game show.

John Robertson: The Dark Room

An interactive video game courtesy of the cult stand-up.