Ten of the best Edinburgh Fringe comedy shows that aren't stand-up

Ten of the best Edinburgh Fringe comedy shows that aren't stand-up

James & Jamesy: 2 for Tea

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.

Character

Ten of the best Edinburgh Fringe comedy shows that aren't stand-up

Joseph Morpurgo

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.

Sketch

Ten of the best Edinburgh Fringe comedy shows that aren't stand-up

Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 3 / credit: Drew Forsyth

Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 3
Dark sketch work from the terrible foursome.
Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 3, Pleasance Courtyard, 2–28 Aug, 10.20pm.

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.

Improv

Ten of the best Edinburgh Fringe comedy shows that aren't stand-up

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).

Aunty Donna: Big Boys

Century Entertainment 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' ★★…

The Noise Next Door: 10

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…

The Showstoppers: Improvised Musical

Audience suggestions become an all-singing, all-dancing show as the comedy troupe create a brand new musical from scratch at every performance.

Gein's Family Giftshop

Dark and fast-paced sketch comedy.

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead

  • 4 stars

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…

James & Jamesy: 2 for Tea

  • 3 stars

James and Jamesy present a vibrant celebration of friendship.

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis

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…

Steen Raskopoulos – The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess

  • 4 stars

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…

Butt Kapinski

  • 4 stars

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…

The Inane Chicanery of a Certain Adam GC Riches

Tigco 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…

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