We pick the best comedy shows for younger audiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Each year, hundreds of comedians head to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the hope of eliciting a laugh or two from the grown-ups. But some of them are brave enough to step out in front of the toughest audience of all – children. The List's Comedy Editor cherry picks a few of the comedy shows worth taking your young charges to this August.
The Topsy-Turvy Hotel
Joanna Neary (character comedian extraordinaire and the hyper-sensitive Judith in Ideal) teams up with Jody Kamali (creator of Bristol's Terry the Odd Job Man) to save a rickety old hotel from a mean-spirited Edinburgh property developer. The Topsy-Turvy Hotel, Sweet Grassmarket, Thu 3–Sun 20 Aug.
Jellybean: When Will I Be Famous?
Matthew Ellis conjures a miracle by making his madcap Latino creation Jellybean Martinez palatable for kids as he attempts to gain fame and fortune. Jellybean: When Will I Be Famous?, Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, Wed 2–Sun 27 Aug.
Funny Stuff for Happy People
Delightful Northern Irishman Martin 'Bigpig' Mor brings his old circus skills to bear on this audience participation-heavy show which will be certain to make an adult or two look a bit silly. Which is fine by us. Funny Stuff for Happy People, Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Thu 3–Sun 27 Aug.
The Dark Room for Kids
Previously a spooky hit for adults, Australian John Robertson's interactive video game looks set to be a massive success for families as they get willingly trapped inside his Dark Room. The Dark Room for Kids, Just the Tonic at The Community Project, Fri 4–Sun 27 Aug.
Chris Henry (former Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist) has a simple motto for his show: 'you don't have to be good at something for it to be fun'. Cue chaos, hilarity and basic balloon modelling. Balloonatics, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 2–Sun 27 Aug.
Scottish comedian Chris Henry brings his hit kids show, Balloonatics, to Edinburgh as part of his world tour. A guaranteed chaos-filled, fun-packed hour of inflatable buffoonery, with never a dull moment for parent or child. Everyone is invited to join in and become a part of the Balloonatics Army, where it…
CatFace Talent / John Robertson
You and your family are stuck inside a live-action video game! How will you escape?! Pick options off the screen in this fun, fear-filled interactive adventure. Will you: A) Find light switch? B) Scream? C) Kick a Pokemon? If you win, there are terrible prizes! But if you lose, The Dark…
Martin "Bigpig" Mor
Martin “Bigpig” Mor. Funny Stuff for Happy People. Comedy, circus, and stupid science. As seen on Blue Peter and CBBC Live. 'Uproariously funny and utterly loveable' (ThreeWeeks). 'An adorable master of feel good comedy' (TheClothesline.com.au).
Jellybean, the biggest kid in the world, is doing everything he can to try and get famous. Join him for a hilarious hour of fun as you help him gain worldwide attention. Suitable for ages 8–12 and all young comedy fans must be accompanied by an adult.
Jody Kamali and Jo Neary
Fernando’s rickety hotel is under threat from the pesky property developer. Can you help? Come check in and expect a feast of physical slapstick and colourful characters. Featuring acclaimed character comedians and Fringe regulars Jody Kamali and Jo Neary. ‘Hilarious, inventive and loads of…