There's a huge wealth of improv, sketch and character comedy to enjoy at this year's Fringe
Stand-up comedy shows tend to get the most attention at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe but that shouldn't always be the case. Edinburgh has also played host to some of the most famous proponents of sketch, character and improv comedy, including The League of Gentlemen, The Mighty Boosh, Flight of the Conchords, Steve Coogan and Al Murray.
Here we round up 10 of the most exciting (non stand-up) comedy shows set to grace Edinburgh this August.
Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead Morpurgo follows up his Comedy Award-nominated 2015 show with another multimedia adventure. Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead, Pleasance Courtyard, 2–28 Aug, 8pm.
The Inane Chicanery of a Certain Adam GC Riches The Comedy Award winner returns another wildly unpredictable hour in which audience members should probably fear for their safety. The Inane Chicanery of a Certain Adam GC Riches, Pleasance Dome, 2–27 Aug, 9.45pm.
Steen Raskopoulos – The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess Australian character comedian Steen rides a fine line between hilarity and pathos in what he describes as 'probably' his darkest show yet. Steen Raskopoulos – The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess, Underbelly, Cowgate, 3–27 Aug (not 14), 8pm.
Butt Kapinski PI Kapinski uses her personal spotlight to get in and among her audience in this choose-your-own-adventure show. Read our interview with Deanna Fleysher, the woman Butt Kapinski. Butt Kapinski, Pleasance Dome, 2–27 Aug (not 9, 14, 21), 8.10pm.
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Aunty Donna: Big Boys Constructed idiocy from the Australian YouTube sensation. Aunty Donna: Big Boys, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 2–14 Aug, 10.30pm.
James & Jamesy: 2 for Tea The Canadian Comedy Award-winners bring their celebration of friendship and imagination to the Fringe. James & Jamesy: 2 for Tea, Gilded Ballon Teviot, 2–27 Aug (not 14), 6.15pm.
Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis
Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis Whose Line is it Anyway legends Mike McShane and Colin Mochrie are joined by hypnotist Asad Mecci for this unique improv show based on audiences' subconscious suggestions. Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis, Assembly George Square, 2–27 Aug (not 14), 10.30pm.
The Noise Next Door: 10 The remarkably talented improv foursome celebrate their first decade at the Fringe. The Noise Next Door: 10, Pleasance Courtyard, 2–27 Aug (not 16), 10.50pm.
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical A brand new musical is created from scratch every night by a team of theatrical pros, all based on absurd audience suggestions. Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Pleasance Courtyard, 2–27 Aug (not 15), 6pm (also 11.20pm on 13 & 16).
Kapinski Enterprises and the Pleasance
Think it's a solo show? Think again. Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to choose-your-own-adventure in a film noir rife with shadows, sex and subterfuge. No seat is safe. 'This is immersive comedy like you have never experienced, and we love it' ★★★★ (Scotsman). 'Not just a…
Brett Vincent for Get Comedy
It's back! The undisputed late night hit of 2016's Fringe! Join improv legends Mike McShane and Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist Asad Mecci for a mind-blowing, side-splitting show. A different show every night, crafted entirely from the audience's subconscious. Hypnotism and improvisation…
Whoa. Momma. The 'ballsiest audience-interactor on the Fringe' (Telegraph) and 2011 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner returns with a brand new hour of rip-roaring faff. 'Brilliantly funny… like playtime on cocaine' ★★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk). 'One of the most exciting comedians to be in a room with' (Times). ‘There's…
Outlandishly funny multimedia comedy and new voodoo from the mind of the Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and three-time Chortle Award winner. Morpurgo ‘has entire rooms laughing uproariously' ★★★★★ (Evening Standard). ‘High concept comedy, terrifically well executed’ ★★★★ (Guardian). ★★★★★ (Time Out). ★★★★ (Telegraph…
CKP & ROAR group present
The smash-hit comedy phenomenon returns for their 10th consecutive Edinburgh Fringe with an astonishing new show. Join the quickest wits in comedy for an anarchic evening of side-splitting jokes, jaw-dropping characters and mind-blowing songs, as they transform audience suggestions into a…
Underbelly with Token Events and Dawn Sedgwick Management
The Barry Award and Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee returns with a brand-new hour of comedy characters and inspired spontaneity. As seen on Top Coppers, Sky's Halloween Shorts and Whose Line is it Anyway? Australia; don't miss the latest show from…
Professional entertainment consisting of jokes and sketches, intended to make an audience laugh. Over 12 subscribers and 21 million hits on YouTube. 'Glorious crossbreed of The Mighty Boosh and Flight of the Conchords' ★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Superb mayhem' ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). 'Not for me' ★★…