Lee Kyle

Kicking Potatoes Into The Sea

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe

Directions

10:20 a.m.

60 mins / Not 2, 15, 19

Have you ever kicked a potato into the sea? Lee Kyle has. It's great but it's not the answer to your problems or anything. Unless your problem is that your sea doesn't have enough potatoes in, which it almost certainly isn't. 'Whip smart jokes' **** (One4Review.co.uk). 'A brilliant performance, pure genius!' (NARCMagazine.com).

Neil Harris & Julie Grady Thomas

A Comedy Brunch 2

Just The Tonic @ The Caves

Directions

10:45 a.m.

60mins / 2-12 14-26

£5 / PWYW

Breakfast of champions? Brunch of runner-ups. After a delightful 2017, Neil Harris and Julie Grady Thomas return with a new set of jokes, stories and observations to help you start your day right. Cerebral and articulate with elegant punchlines, Neil is a computer programmer turned stand-up who finished runner-up in Hilarity Bites New Comedian 2017. 'Hilarious nerd routine nailed down' (ToonAdvisor.com). With cool, crafted and captivating anecdotes, Julie, an American comedian and writer, has been featured in Elle UK, and was runner-up in Mr Shindig's New Act 2016. 'Intelligent, thought-provoking and effortlessly engaging' (Vladimir McTavish).

Julian Lee

Jokebox

Three Broomsticks

Directions

11:30 a.m.

50 mins / 4-25 Aug (not 13)

Free (with bucket collection at the end)

The UK Pun Championship runner-up of 2017 & 2018 (I know) brings his debut show to Edinburgh. There may also be a 'special guest'. "Think Tim Vine but not as squeakily clean." WARNING! Do not attend if you do not like one-liners, puns or wordplay!

Patty the Clown

Clowntown: I Can Do Anything, the FUNtastic Show by Sphere Clown Band

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Directions

11:35 a.m.

45 mins / 3 - 25 August, 2018 (not 8, 16 and 22)

Adult £8 / concessions £6 / family £16, 2-for-1 on 6th and 7th

It’s a party in Clowntown, like only these top—rated clowns can deliver, with music, magic, puppetry, comedy, and lots of audience participation for kids from 0 to 10 – and those who are young at heart. And every child will take home a souvenir colouring sheet of Clowntown as personal memento of the show. Multi-talented musical clowns Patty and Dandy from Canada’s top clownband bring audiences of all ages to their feet, singing, dancing and laughing with slapstick antics and award-winning original tunes from their four hit CDs. I Can Do Anything invites kids to come onstage to transform into characters, using magic, musical instruments, puppets and comedy. Their catchy original singalong songs are sung live and played on keyboard, drums, flute, and accordion, providing a full band sound. Since 1977, the band has not only delighted children but also educated them on many important topics, including safety, fitness, animals, sharing, musical skill-building, and self-concept development. With international sales of nearly 100,000 books and more than 100,000 CDs, Sphere Clown Band has proven that they can transform their energetic and fun stage performance to disc with four award-winning recordings. A highly-professional touring troupe, Sphere Clown Band has received plaudits from both press and, possibly more important, praise by their young fans and families across Canada, Europe and Asia

Sian Davies

Best in Class

Laughing Horse @ Harry's Southside

Directions

noon

60 mins / 2-26th August

Donations

When you grow up working class you might not get much access to the arts. You might have to fight for it. You might have to fight your way out from whichever rock which society has placed you under. You might get a bit of confidence and realise you’ve got a bit of talent. You might have complex, unique stories about life that the world needs to hear. You might be the funniest voice of your generation. You might not have the time, the money or the social mobility needed to be able to do anything about it. Shame that. Best in Class is a crowd funded, profit sharing show which champions the rich talent of working class comedians. This show was created because/in spite of (but not limited to) the following: Chippy teas, waste grounds, hanging around, knock off trainers, a fella your dad knows, weed, the unions, crap schools, bunking off, electric metres, Brixton, Toxteth, Grenfell, hand me down clothes, the back of a lorry, failed MOT’s, failed GCSE’s, bus stops, pay day loans, Daniel Blake, cheap meat, pubs, pints, tobacco, Margret Fucking Thatcher, cash converters, job seekers allowance, zero hour contracts, gravy, broken glass, broken homes, playing out, white lightening, E, backyards, slums, tenements, The housing, The social, The NHS, grants, grasses, benefits, belts, credit unions, hiding from the milk man, tired dads, fierce mums, dying young, fighting, skin heads, Grime, underdogs, mental health, beans on toast, second hand everything, Brookside, watching the match, endless cups of tea, futility and empowerment. Presented by Sian Davies (“affable manner and sharp wit…an excellent MC” Laughing Cows) and featuring Tom Mayhew (“a fascinating brain...obvious writing talent" Chortle); Cheekykita (“like The Mighty Boosh on crack” Broadway Baby); Jamie Hutchinson (XS Manchester comedian of the year); Nena Edwards ("Wild, utterly ravishing, provoking instant laughter" Lets Laugh); Vince Atta (“an unstoppable force” Chortle); Lindsey Santoro (semi-finalist BBC New Comedy Award); Drew Taylor (WUSA finalist) and Kathryn Mather (Beat the Frog World Series Champion). #BestInClass18

The Delightful Sausage

The Delightful Sausage: Regeneration Game

Monkey Barrel Comedy

Directions

noon

60 mins / 2nd - 26th August

£5.00

Surreal comedy from Yorkshire’s finest, meat-themed double act. Join Chris and Amy in a gag-packed mission to crown their town the City of Culture. Find out what culture is, who’s been secreting it and why that stain won’t wash. A multimedia adventure for fans of economic recession, blue top milk and Bigfoot. The follow-up to the duo’s debut show which was recorded for NextUp and transferred to the Soho Theatre. 'One of the best adverts for modern alternative comedy' **** (EdFestMag.com). 'Inventive and increasingly hysterical' **** (Skinny). 'Brims with ideas and creativity' **** (ThreeWeeks).

Calette Duke

Button, Buckle and Bow

Paradise in the vaults

Directions

12:10 p.m.

45 mins / 13-18

7

3 colourful clowns discover the beauty and wonder to be found in the changing of the seasons

Joe Hobbs

Wasted Youth

Bar Bados Complex

Directions

1:15 p.m.

55 mins / 4-25 (not 16)

Free Fringe

Three up and coming London comedians celebrate wasting their youth with this special standup showcase. Existential crisis is funny when it's not your own. Featuring Joe Hobbs (Amused Moose New Comic 2018 Finalist, BBC New Comedy Award Nominee 2018), Paula Gahan (Blackout Winner) and Josh Massen (Funhouse Comedy Finalist)

Andy Storey

Andy Storey: Awkward

Just The Tonic @ The Caves

Directions

1:30 p.m.

55 mins / 2nd - 26th (not 13)

£5

Andy Storey brings his new show AWKWARD to Just The Tonic throughout August making his debut full fringe hour. Journeying into his misanthropic and awkward past, Andy’s delicious slant on social encounters is a wicked quagmire of self-mortification… "it's alright when you're in the house with the curtains closed, but when you have to step outside..." From his habit of ‘double vesting’ to the horrors of being the sober guest at a party, Andy explores the predicaments of the everyday with a “slick relaxed deliver [and] wry punchlines efficiently packed in keeping the audience laughing.” (Chortle. BBC Comedy Awards 2015). His deliciously dry sense of humour and effortless performance style has marked him out as one of the most idiosyncratic and refreshing voices on the scene. Not your typical northern working class comic, Andy Storey began stand-up in 2010 and since then has found himself in the final of six major competitions. Notably ‘One to Watch’ runner-up at the world famous, Up The Creek Comedy Club, Leicester Square New act of the year and the highly prestigious BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2015. "Sharp and funny... with a wistful Alan Bennett quality." The Herald

Duffy Connors

Johnny Irish

Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird

Directions

1:30 p.m.

60 mins / 2-26

Ireland’s own Duffy Connors is taking his one man show ‘Johnny Irish’ to Edinburgh which includes stories from the odd man’s life, well crafted one liners and musical comedy. In this show you will learn of Duffy’s inability to deal with basic tasks in life as well as his romantic failings. Duffy’s style is a wonderful contradictory blend of smugness and self deprecation.

Seymour Mace

Seymour Mace Gets Sucked Off By God

The Stand 3&4

Directions

1:30 p.m.

60 mins / Not 13th

£12/10

Mister Tuesday, potatoes versus knives, 80s, music, future wizard, noise, monkeys, lords, frauds, the saddest pictures in the world, animal band, ways to live, ways to die. Sucked off by God. If that sounds like your kind of thing then come and meet me in my imagination. Unless you're a little kid, then f*ck off! ***** (Times) ***** (Gigglebeats.co.uk) 'For Seymour Mace the rules of conventional stand-up are irrelevant' **** (Scotsman) 'Bananas!' ***** (Chortle.co.uk)

Joe Bains

curried mustard

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Directions

1:30 p.m.

60 mins / Every Mon/Thur/Fri

Growing up in the deepest darkest parts of India and then being thrown into the West with no language, culture, personality, looks or even a clue.

Steve Day

Adventures in Dementia

Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Directions

1:45 p.m.

55 mins / 2-28 not 13, 20

Steve's dad has Alzheimers. There's nothing he can do about it except remember the way he was. Steve has also been deaf since his teens but has new hearing aids so now he's gone through all the music of his youth. It reminds him of his dad. There's nothing else for it but to defy dementia, with music, songs and laughter. Laugh, cry, sing along if you want. If you like bittersweet comedy about deafness and memory loss then this is the show for you.

Alex Martini

Alex Martini is Mad About Food

Tollbooth Market

Directions

1:45 p.m.

60 mins / 4th-25th Aug (Not Tuesdays)

Free

Are you passionate about food, yet in love with Britain at the same time? This show is for you! The craziest Italian, Alex Martini, brings you his debut solo show 'Mad About Food'. Alex knows a lot about food, and like most Italians, he's not afraid to shout it out loud. Constantly in and out of stereotype, this show will leave you wanting more. Sprinkled all over with an abundance of satire, to keep it tangy and spicy. Leave your prejudices at home and bring along a full-bodied sense of humour. Just make sure it is A BIT DRY.

Jack Evans

Work

Just The Tonic @ The Mash House

Directions

2:20 p.m.

60 mins / 2-26 not 16

£5.00 to reserve a seat or pay what you want

Workers of the world: please stop! Jack Evans' new hour about work: its history, its present, and a future without it. 'An alternative tour de force' **** (EdFestMag) 'Absolutely the best Noam Chomsky material ever' (Scotsman)

Joey Page

Perhaps Under Stars That Would Stretch Forever (an Idiot Explains the Universe in Under an Hour)

Just The Tonic @ The Tron

Directions

2:20 p.m.

60 mins / 2-12, 14-26

6.50/5

What's the point of all this? (Life.) Are there parallel universes? Want to learn everything you ever needed to know about the universe from an idiot? (Yes.) Is the world ending? (Probably.) Is Jupiter a bellend? (Definitely!) Joey is a boy with a washing machine-esque brain. Watch him make sense of the entire universe in 59 minutes. 'Spaced-out magical humour' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Fans of the surreal and ridiculous will love this' **** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Cheeky master of his craft' **** (Australia Times).

Matt Watson

Matt Watson & Friends

Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire

Directions

2:45 p.m.

60 mins / 2-26

Come hear the story of a man who has put everything on the line to pursue what he loves, and feel inspired through humour to stop letting passion fall to the side, and start living the dream.

Rosco McClelland

29

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Directions

2:45 p.m.

60 mins / 1-12, 14-26

9/8

Rosco McClelland explores the perils of getting older and embracing it, whilst attempting to cling to your ever declining youth. This is guaranteed comedy brilliance from one of Scottish comedy's brightest rising stars. 'Rosco is a gifted storyteller, with great stage presence and, of course, fantastic gags. His informal, chatty style makes for an exciting show that can go literally anywhere' **** (EdFestMag.com). 'He has matured massively into an act who enjoys taking chances... non-stop progression towards stardom' (Chortle.co.uk). Scottish Comedian of the Year 2016.

Will Mars

Will Mars: Candid Cafe

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50

Directions

3:30 p.m.

60 mins / 2-26 not 14

FREE

Star of FOX’s Showtime at the Apollo, finalist on season eight of NBC Comcast’s knockout television show, Trial By Laughter and runner-up for the woman he loves. ‘He had been making his mark on the New York scene only to come back for love and be dumped soon after the plane hit the runway’ (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk). 'The quality of Mars’ writing and his ability to simultaneously talk to people and work their replies into the direction he wishes to go transforms it into a splendidly funny experience' (NottsComedyReview.wordpress.com). 'Damn that dude is funny!' (Steve Harvey).

Rik Wolters

Heroic Failure

Dr Livingstone's Basement

Directions

3:30 p.m.

60 mins / 4-25

free

“Rik is a bit of an oddball. Socially awkward, obsessive compulsive and sarcastic to the core, he has made his fair share of enemies over the years. In his Fringe debut, Rik recalls some of the stories from his somewhat chequered past in the hope of laughing in the face of failure!”

Obie

Obie: The Fuck It List 2

Sneaky Pete's

Directions

3:45 p.m.

60 mins / 2-28th

After a brilliant year at the Edinburgh festival last year Obie is taking an updated version of the show to this years festival. Obie has been on the circuit for 19 years in Scotland. He headlines gigs all over the country and has performed shows all over the word including Australia, Germany and Ireland. Obie is highly regarded as one of the most naturally talented comedians on the circuit today. His shows is filled with surreal journeys, life observations and a bit of philosophy of life. As well as having brilliant material Obie can easily change gears and go off on a riff and react rapidly to whats going on in the room. This shows is called the F*** It List 2. The idea behind that is that we are all held back in life by the barriers of social conditioning. We hold back from doing things we really want to do because of conditioning from our parents, friends, teachers and the media. This show is about breaking free from social conditioning and living your life with more freedom and fun. Its about listening to all thoughts and concerns about the people around you who want to live a safe boring life and then saying ‘F*** it’ and doing it anyway. Life is too short not to take a chance on doing what you love. The biggest regret people on their death beds have are not things they did, but things they didn’t do. Come along and join in the journey. You are only one ‘F*** it’ away from changing everything. ‘Sublimely daft’ Chortle ‘Laugh out loud funny’ Three weeks.

Beth Vyse

Beth Vyse as Olive Hands: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Monkey Barrel Comedy

Directions

3:45 p.m.

60 mins / 1-14, 16-26

£5

The mother and baby show, like you've never seen before! She's tried everything to get back on daytime TV, but she's never gone this far before... Britain's number two in the morning, leopard-clad daytime presenter Olive Hands returns to the Fringe, and this time she thinks she's cracked it! 'Funniest thing I've seen at the Fringe' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'This show has cult written all over it, a formidable comic actress' **** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Most gigantic idiot on the Fringe' **** (Scotsman). **** (Skinny). **** (Stage). **** (ThreeWeeks).

Bethany Black

Unwinnable

The Stand 2

Directions

3:50 p.m.

60 mins / not 13th

10/9

Bethany Black is back. And this time it’s personal. Okay, it’s always personal, she’s always banging on about herself ('self indulgent' (List)). In 2018 Bethany was diagnosed with autism and agoraphobia. This is a show about accepting the outcome of what she always knew deep down. 'Teetering on the verge of stellar stardom' (ThreeWeeks) 'One of the best comics on the UK stand-up circuit' (Birmingham Mail) 'Bethany Black should prepare for world domination' (Bruce Dessau) 'Hilariously funny, Bethany Black should be on every TV comedy show' (Russell T Davies)

Lost Voice Guy

Inspiration Porn

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Directions

4 p.m.

60 mins / 1-26 (not 13)

£9/£10

BBC New Comedy Award winner and star and writer of BBC Radio 4’s brand new comedy series, Ability, has unwittingly become an unintentional porn star because of the inspirational memes that are everywhere these days. Come and see why he doesn’t want to be an inspiration because of these stupid memes and why he thinks they’re bollocks. He may not be able to talk but he definitely has something to say and his comedy will leave you speechless.

Louise Atkinson

Josh & Lou: Working Classy

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Directions

4 p.m.

60 mins / 12-26

How did Kim Jong Un get Trump to change a lightbulb? Who cares!! Just grab a pint instead. Josh Baulf is a southern lad, struggling with his rampant metro-sexuality. Louise Atkinson is a gravy stained, northern lass, coming to terms with the price of a pint in London. It is through these differences that the show finds its voice. Both comedians tackle the nuances of everyday life, allowing the audience to immerse and enjoy themselves in each acts unique perspective. Mostly focussing on class division, gender stereotypes and social expectations, you could argue it is incredibly timely, but, we ain't poncey, so it's a beer and a bit of a giggle. Josh Baulf: “Geezer'', ''Lad'', ''One of the boys'', are all terms Josh aspires to, but somehow falls short. Constantly toying between a trip to the pub or a lavender bath bomb, his metrosexual anecdotes are warm and imaginative. Louise Atkinson: Two things happened for Hull in 2017, it became the City of Culture and its very own Louise Atkinson started comedy. One was a success. Very much the Victoria Wood of the Tinder generation.

Bloomin' Buds Theatre Company

Brenda's got a baby

TheSpace on NorthBridge

Directions

4:20 p.m.

50 mins / 3-25 (not sunday's)

£8/£10

Brenda is 16 and pregnant, Amy is the first in her family to go to university. What could possibly go wrong? This brand-new verbatim play explores the struggles that young, working class women face. We are working class and attend university. We recognise the difficulties women like us face when trying to be a mother and study. We want to raise awareness of the struggles and pressures that these women face and the systems in place such as universal credit and whether they really are enough in this current political and economic climate.

Jamie Dalgleish

From Buckfast, to Middle Class

The Stand 3&4

Directions

4:45 p.m.

60 mins /

You can take the boy from the council estate, but you can't take the council estate from the boy! The former Scottish Comedian of the Year's metamorphosis from chav/ned to having multiple degrees and a banking career will take you from his crazy upbringing to even crazier adulthood. Just don't expect him to drop his Glasgow accent or tonic wine habit. 'Hilariously quirky punchlines, delivered with rogueish charm' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Dalgleish has a bright future in stand-up' (Scotsman).

Tom Short

Tom Short - Only Child Syndrome? WIP

Dr Livingstone's Basement

Directions

5:30 p.m.

60 mins / 4-25th

Tom Short discovered after 25 years he’s not actually an only child. This is his discovery of multiple skeletons in a family closet. Plus support.

Janey Godley

Godley's Cream 20 Years and Counting

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Directions

5:30 p.m.

60 mins / 2-26

20 years of Fringe shows, 20 years of touring and so many stories. From LA to New York, Newcastle and Glasgow. Godmother of Scottish Comedy, chief Trump annoyer and all-round Glasgow mouth piece brings her show back to the Counting House. Lots of old stories and plenty of new material to keep punters gripped in their seats. 'Who else got jailed for possessing guns?' (Janey Godley). 'Her shows have sold out globally, she's a social media influencer, podcaster and best selling author, but crap at organising a fridge or hanging up a washing' (Husband).

Rick Molland & Sully O'Sullivan

A New Political Comedy Show

Scottish Comedy Festival @ Beehive Inn

Directions

5:45 p.m.

60 mins / 3-26 (no show 7,14,21)

PWYW or reserve a seat for £5

Social barriers will dissipate as Rick Molland and Sully O’Sullivan go head-to-head in an epic stand-up comedy battle' (TheCultureTrip.com). 'No-holds-barred comedy' (Edinburgh Evening News). 'Taboo-busting humour' (List). 'Clever and provocative' **** (@FringeMonkey).

Scott Bennett

Leap Year

Just The Tonic @ The Mash House

Directions

5:55 p.m.

60 mins / 2-12, 14-26

£5

People say it's brave to do stand-up comedy, it's braver to let someone you love do it. This year Scott has finally made a decision and it's changed his life and the lives of those around him. What does it mean to follow your dreams when you feel like you have so much to lose? Tipped by Chortle as one to watch in 2018. Rob Brydon tour support, BBC News Quiz writer, The Chris Ramsey Show writer and Amused Moose Edinburgh Award nominee Scott Bennett returns to the Fringe with an honest and hilarious new show.

James Meehan

Gaz

Just The Tonic @ The Caves

Directions

6 p.m.

60 mins / 2nd-26th (not 13th)

£5

In 2017, James Meehan was an angry insufferable mess and didn’t leave the flat for 6 months. In 2018, it’s the same, but now he just calls it working from home. It’s not being an easy ride for James the past couple of years. Court cases, personal loss and breakups led to a good portion of 2017 shying away from the outside world whilst he got his house (well flat) in order. In Gaz, James reflects upon this difficult period, how the mind can play tricks on you, creating an existential crisis, but also the recovery process and finally finding one’s feet again. A multi-faceted show involving stand-up, sketch, video and music as James tries to answer the ultimate question, who are we anyway? A comedy show for hermits, that’s worth leaving the house for. James Meehan is a multi award winning comedian and ex-member of the Gein's Family Giftshop. A key member and writer for Phil Ellis’s Funz and Gamez that won the Foster’s Edinburgh comedy panel prize in 2014. He has also made several TV appearances such as Inside No9, Comedy Central’s Drunk Histories and the Funz and Gamez pilot for the BBC as well as appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack. Most recently, he has been starring alongside Edinburgh Newcomer nominee Chris Washington for BBC Three Quickies in a series of sketches. ‘His earnestness is compelling.’ - The Scotsman ‘It’s the personal touches that provide the moments of inspiration.’ - The Skinny ‘Fast becoming one of this city’s favourite stand ups.’ - Manchester Wire ‘All of what he has to say is genuinely important and needs to be heard.’ - Broadway Baby

Hayley Ellis

Once, Twice, Three Times a Hayley

Just The Tonic @ The Mash House

Directions

6:20 p.m.

60 mins / 2-26 not 13th

£5

Fresh from touring with Sarah Millican in 2018 as one of her support acts. Hayley Ellis is back at this years Fringe with a show about patience, people but mainly pigeons. As featured in the top Fringe jokes of all time in The Scotsman, The Independent and The Mirror “A great hour of stand-up” - Northern Soul "Hayley Ellis always makes me laugh off and on stage” - Sarah Millican

Gavin Webster

I Am Stand-Up Comedy

The Stand 2

Directions

6:20 p.m.

60 mins / not 13th

£10/9

What type of comedian are you Gav? Hard hitting? Are you one of these edgy types that says the unsayable or a modern consumer complaints comedian? Maybe you’re surreal and are only capable of looking at things obtusely. What about one of those observational comedians that tell lovely stories about their knockabout lives. SHUT UP MAN, listen, I AM Stand Up Comedy! 'Wonderfully surreal rants... few stand ups will be as palpably funny as this' ***** (Herald) ‘Simply a pleasure to spend time in his company’ **** (British Comedy Guide)

Gary Little

Big Mouth

Scottish Comedy Festival @ Beehive Inn

Directions

6:30 p.m.

60 mins / 3-27

After headlining at some of the top comedy clubs around the UK and abroad, Gary returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with the sets, the stories and the jokes that have earned him the reputation as one of Scotland’s top comedians. If you've seen Gary before, then you know what to expect. If you haven't, then you're in for a treat. 'A master storyteller. Runs rings round his comedy peers' (Herald). 'Born raconteur' (Scotsman). 'A f*cking riot' (Bill Burr). 'All you'll remember is how much you laughed, and how good that felt' (Chortle.co.uk)

Kai Humphries

Team Smug

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Directions

6:45 p.m.

55 mins / 1-27

13.50/11.50

Multi award-winning Geordie comedian premieres his hilarious new show about celebrating life and the true value of having pride in oneself. 'Wonderfully affirming... downright hilarious' (Edinburgh Evening News)

Geoff Norcott

Traditionalism

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Directions

6:45 p.m.

60 mins / 13-19

12/9

Last year's sell-out show returns with a full refurb for 2018. Star of The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo, Question Time and his own BBC Radio 4 special. 'Funny regardless of your political leanings' **** (Fest).

Vladimir McTavish

25 Years Of Stand-Up

The Stand's New Town Theatre

Directions

6:50 p.m.

60 mins / 3-26 not 14

£ 9 / £ 7

“One of the finest acts on the Scottish comedy circuit” (Guardian) celebrates his quarter-century in the business with a show which blends brand new material, some greatest hits and hilarious comedy anecdotes about life on the road. 
“Superb” Scotsman “inspired comedy brilliance” Australian Stage

Steve Chang

A Complete Waste of Time

PQA Venues @ Riddle's Court

Directions

7 p.m.

50 mins / 3-27

£7

Steve Chang takes you on an introspective journey to find meaning in life by means of ayahuasca, hookers and gay conversion camp. A stand-up comedy, storytelling, solo show.

Lauren Pattison

Peachy

Pleasance Courtyard

Directions

7 p.m.

60 mins / 1-26 (not 13)

£6.50-£12

Following a whirlwind year of awards, nominations and sold-out shows on top of a run at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Montreal Just For Laughs, Lastminute.com Best Newcomer nominee 2017 Lauren Pattison is back in Edinburgh. Come see her deliver some new home truths with her wicked, warm and authentic brand of humour. 'Razor wit and brutal honesty' ***** (List). 'Spiky, deliciously bawdy and remarkably assured' **** (Telegraph). 'A breath of feisty fresh air' ***** (Herald). 'Robust and impressive' **** (Scotsman). 'Wickedly engaging company' **** (Chortle.co.uk).

Raymond Mearns

Raymond Mearns Is in the House

Scottish Comedy Festival @ Beehive Inn

Directions

7 p.m.

55 mins / 2-12,14-27

It's Fringe time again and I'm back at The Beehive. Since 2012, I've been doing my thing in that wee sweaty room at the top of the stairs and it's always a blast! If you've been before you know what I mean. I'll be delivering another great night of comedy for you. Some new material and stories and loads of just living in the moment and making it up as we go along. 'A genuinely charismatic and funny entertainer' (Metro). 'A genuine improvisational genius' (Frankie Boyle).

Chris McGlade

Northern Monkey

Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Directions

7 p.m.

60 mins / 2-26

North-East-born preacher comic Chris McGlade returns to the Fringe following his 2017 critically acclaimed show Infant Hercules. This brand new no-holds-barred show looks at how the south of England is prejudiced towards the rest of the country as McGlade hilariously rips the guts out of political correctness and the status quo. A uniquely hilarious and original comic voice – a must for any comedy aficionado. ‘This is weaponised comedy, locked and loaded. It is awesome’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Come the next revolution, McGlade could be the next Alexei Sayle’ **** (Chortle.co.uk).

Eric Rushton

Eric Rushton: I Believe In A Thing Called Laugh

Three Broomsticks

Directions

7:10 p.m.

45 mins / 4-6,8-13,15-20,22-25

Free

At 22 years of age Eric is entering the winter of his life. His knees are shot to pieces, he’s losing his hair, and his family members wipe his arse for him. Still, he is happy. Why? Because of comedy. Prepare to cry at this heart-warming story of how learning to laugh helped Eric remember how to love. ‘Intriguing and amusing’ Chortle.

Martin Mor

Martin Mor is Blocked

Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire

Directions

7:15 p.m.

55 mins / 2-26th August

Free

Martin is currently blocked on Twitter by Donald Trump, the NRA, and the Creationist Museum. That’s three good reasons to see this show.

Nick Dixon

Marriage Material

Just The Tonic @ The Mash House

Directions

7:15 p.m.

50 mins / 2-26 (not 13)

£5 in advance or Pay What You Want at the end

Nick Dixon (‘Comedy Central at the Comedy Store’, joke writer for Hollywood’s Will Smith) arrives with his neurotically hilarious debut standup show, about his disastrous attempts to become a normal, married adult man. Nick cordially invites you to laugh at his pain as he dissects his chaotic transatlantic relationship, his near-death experience, and the bittersweet realities of having a ‘grower’. "Hugely engaging" - The Times “Well worth looking out for” - Jason Manford “A future success” - Chortle

Gary Meikle

Before All This

Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre

Directions

7:15 p.m.

60 mins / 1-12, 14-26

10/9

Scottish comedy award winner Gary Meikle premieres his debut hour and lays bare his remarkable life story and how he's defeated the odds set against him from surviving children's homes to raising his daughter alone. In this unique and uplifting show, he'll guide you through the trials and tribulations of being a teenage dad and the consequent awkward situations it inevitably put before him. Not one for mincing his words, Gary's a very direct, punchy storyteller and you can expect a fair few surprises along the way from this very determined father.

Mr Lorraine

Mr Lorraine

theSpace Jurys Inn

Directions

7:25 p.m.

45 mins / 13-25 not 19th

£5

Some people choose their alter ego. As for Mr Lorraine, it chose her. Following a successful debut at the sold-out Out of Order Tedx Talk at the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames, Lorraine Chademunhu takes you on a journey exploring certain misconceptions. This show is a blend of comedy meets spoken word in a refreshing and honest take of life as a woman with a man’s voice. Full of laughter, tears and WTF moments, it's one not to be missed. 'You are a man because you sound like one.' Really?

Gareth Berliner

Gareth Berliner : I paid for 50 minutes of your time.

Laughing Horse @ Ushers

Directions

7:30 p.m.

60 mins / 2-28

Bucket Collection

A very funny entertaining show that's a pull back and reveal on stand-up, magic, ventriloquism and more. Laughs a plenty from Gareth Berliner (Coronation Street, Dr Who, Eastenders)

Sarah Callaghan

The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan

Laughing Horse @ Finnegan's Wake

Directions

7:30 p.m.

60 mins / 2nd-26th (except sundays)

Award-winning comedian Sarah Callaghan, fresh from hugely successful tours of Australia and New Zealand, presents a powerhouse mash-up of comedy and poetry about gangs, fitting right in and feeling left out. Everyone seems to have a gang – her peers, family, politicians, terrorists. Where’s hers? ‘Sharp and funny…no impersonations or corny artificial persona – just a young lady-geezer talking funny for an hour. Damn the industry needs more of that’ ★★★★ The Music, Australia ‘Fiercely impressive and quite stunning’ ★★★★ Scotsman ‘An utter natural’ ★★★★ Chortle

Richard Brown

Richard Brown: You Are Not My Audience

The Coffee House

Directions

7:30 p.m.

50 mins / 2-12,14-26

Richard Brown is too angry to kill himself. After occasional critical acclaim and consistent commercial failure he returns to the Fringe with his own brand of dark, thoughtful, alternative comedy. 'Richie Brown is not for the casual viewer' (List). 'Comedy needs Richard Brown. More than it knows' (Scotsman). 'Utterly unique and impossibly inventive' (Skinny). 'Piercing, dark, human-weary humour' (@FringeMonkey). 'Dark and combative, with a touch of bleak optimism' (BroadwayBaby.com).

Leo Kearse

Right Wing Comedian

Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Directions

7:30 p.m.

60 mins / 2-26 not 14

Scottish Comedian of the Year, Leo Kearse returns with the follow up to I Can Make You Tory. Poking fun at liberal sanctimony and hypocrisy, Leo provides diversity in the sea of lazy lefty virtue signalling at the Fringe. He takes a scalpel to male feminists, Labour antisemites, fat activists, environmentalists, male privilege and #MeToo. He defends Donald Trump, celebrate consumerism and break down prejudice against the white working class. 'A giant of the art' (Chortle.co.uk). 'A solid hour of honest funny which will change your attitude' (Scotsman). 'He is warm, very funny, and deserves his title... a lotta laughs' (TheClothesline.com.au). Warning: not for people who start online petitions.

Adam Rowe

Adam Rowe: Undeniable

Just The Tonic @ The Caves

Directions

7:40 p.m.

60 mins / 2-26th (not 13th)

£5

What does it take to become undeniably good at what you do? Fresh from a sell-out UK tour; Liverpool Comedian of the Year winner and English Comedian of the Year nominee Adam Rowe, presents his hilarious new stand-up show about his working-class roots and the determination, arrogance, selfishness and sacrifices it takes to become undeniable. 'True comic brilliance' (Liverpool Echo). 'Extremely strong routines' (Fest). 'Nothing short of prodigious' (Skinny). 'Narcissism, bullying and sausage rolls' **** (List).

Mandy Knight

The Dark Knight

Voodoo Rooms

Directions

7:40 p.m.

60 mins / 4-7, 9-14, 16-25

Mandy Knight has never had a birthday party. The only one she remembers was somebody else’s. It’s where she learnt the power of inappropriate outbursts. You’ll always win pass the parcel if you shout 'I haven't got a dad!' at the top of your voice. All the therapists she’s sacked said it’s because of 'abandonment issues', but it’s actually because she didn’t blow out any candles on a cake. A darkly comic show about life’s stumbling blocks and scrambling over them. ‘Brutally funny’ (Guardian). ‘Get out of my house’ (Mother-in-law).

Tash York

Adulting

Underbelly- Bristo Square

Directions

7:55 p.m.

55 mins / 1-27 (not 13) of August. 7.55pm.

7.80 - 10.80

A comedy cabaret all about why growing up to be an adult is hard.... Using real stories of my failure to be an adult including how I owe a house deposits worth of parking fines, how I got engaged to my personal trainer at 19 and how I have an unhealthy obsession with nuggets and wine - this show really does relate to anyone who feels like they've missed the boat when it comes to "sorting their shit out". Coming from Australia, it'll be my first time bringing a solo show to edinburgh, but it received 5 star reviews and awards on the fringe circuit here ... so I'm crossing my fingers I won't come back with another house deposits worth of debt!

Eddy Brimson

Fidgety Tits

Scottish Comedy Festival @ Beehive Inn

Directions

8:15 p.m.

50 mins / 2-13, 15-21, 23-26

£5:00

No one died. No message, and no deep meaningful journey to bore you shitless. Just 50 minutes of Stand-Up and stupidity from this UK and International headline comedian.

Harriet Dyer

Harriet Dyer - Soo's a Prick

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Directions

8:15 p.m.

60 mins / 14th August

£9

Ever wondered why Sooty never doth speaketh? Thought so. It’s time you knew the truth, the oh so sinister truth. Expect usual Harriet Dyer (as seen on ITV1, 2 and Be, BBC3 and as heard on Absolute Radio, BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Ouch) tomfoolery but as a musical with puppets, dance numbers and emotional turmoil. The larks you’ll feel will be different. “A bundle of whimsical hilarity… a breath of fresh air… will have you in stitches” – Broadway Baby

Stella Graham

Uncivilized

Three Broomsticks

Directions

8:15 p.m.

1 hour / 12-25

Free / Donations

Stella vs Nature, like Man vs Food, without the quadruple cheeseburgers. Warning: May contain girl going nuts and high risk of a rage infused heart attack. 'If you're a TV executive, drop what you're doing and go see her now' (Skinny). **** (FringeGuru.com).

Chris Washington

You Beauty!

Pleasance Courtyard

Directions

8:30 p.m.

60 mins / 1-26

10/9

Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee, Chris Washington debuts his brand-new show about the best year of his life! Including receiving the prestigious 10 years service tie pin from Royal Mail and the series of 'You Beauty!' moments that followed. A feel-good underdog story about a Wigan postman who used all his annual leave to take a show to the world's biggest arts festival and got five numbers and the bonus ball on the comedy lottery. As seen on Live from the BBC. Jason Manford tour support. 'A revelation' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Funny, relatable and heart-warming' (BroadwayBaby.com).

Spring Day

Spring Day: Strong Codependent Woman

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe

Directions

9:15 p.m.

60 mins / 2-26

PWYW

Come and see Spring Day (her real name!), voted Brooklyn's Best Comedian 2016, tell true tales of the selfishly selfless. You'll laugh, be inspired and feel better about your lot in life, you patronizing bastard.

Rachel Fairburn

The Wolf at the Door

Underbelly- Bristo Square

Directions

9:30 p.m.

60 mins / 1-27 not 13th

£7.30 to £11.80

Small mistakes, big mistakes, life-changing mistakes. Rachel's made them all – a drawing she did when she was 6, the years 2008 to 2012 and friendship choices that turned out to be more poisonous than an apple in a fairytale. Rachel's holding a mirror up to herself and you too. What will you see? Bet it's an absolute prick. Co-writer and co-host of the worldwide smash hit All Killa No Filla podcast.

Che Burnley

Elvis Was Racist?

Bar Bados Complex

Directions

9:30 p.m.

55 mins / 4- 25th

My father, the hero? What if your dad was Bill Cosby? What if you found out Elvis was racist? What if your daughter was called n*gger? Racism, sexism and classism, solved in an hour with comedy, Top Trumps and chocolate.

Roisin Crowley Linton

Be More, Do Better But Don't Change

Underbelly- Bristo Square

Directions

9:50 p.m.

60 mins / 1-27 not 14th

Tickets from £7.30-£10.80

A unique blend of achingly honest poetry, side-splitting stand-up and personal story telling about romantic love and why we prioritise it above all else. Roisin is bored of pretending that falling in love is fun. It's boring and sweaty and embarrassing and tragic and she thinks it's her civic duty to talk about it to anyone who will listen. It's just like having a chat in the pub with your best friend, if your best friend drank her wine too quick and told her intimate secrets to a room full of strangers.

Joby Mageean

Trafalgar

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Directions

9:50 p.m.

60 mins / 15th August

Free

“Trafalgar” explores tall tales to be taken with a pinch of salt and takes a critical look at the fibs we tell ourselves, peppered with jokes and songs.

Matt Duwell

Snowflake it 'til you make it.

Laughing Horse @ Harry's Southside

Directions

10 p.m.

45 mins / 2-26 not 14

Matt Duwell is a Snowflake, and he is owning that label (despite thinking labels are pejorative). A show for anyone who has ever been called a Snowflake, a libtard or a remoaner. Expect jokes about lighthearted subjects such as the polarisation of political discourse, the rise of nationalism as well as more serious subjects like Netflix and Angel Delight. "Razor sharp ability... the boy's got talent” **** (Mumble Comedy)

Pablo Serski & Monty Burns

Scot Roast

Scottish Comedy Festival @ Beehive Inn

Directions

10:15 p.m.

60 mins / 2-28

Monty Burns and Pablo Serski bring you a fully interactive roast night, filled with the best comedians at the fringe behaving at their despicable worst.

Lenny Sherman

Make the World a Better Place

Just The Tonic @ The Mash House

Directions

11:30 p.m.

60 mins / 2-12, 14-26

£5

Fresh from filming on an upcoming comedy show for Channel 4, Lenny brings his hotly anticipated debut hour to the Edinburgh Fringe. Chortle.co.uk's Steve Bennett described him as 'a big, bold, baldie full of straight-talking working-class opinion, flirting with the audience’s assumption he’s going to be knuckle-headed racist, but playfully undermining that image with more silliness than satire. It’s a power-packed performance jammed full of gags – a real blast'. 'Deft Joke Writer' (Loaded Magazine). Lenny was the support act for Jerry Sadowitz at Leicester Square Theatre

Trev Tokabi

Cool Story Bro

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe

Directions

12:25 a.m.

55 mins / 02-14 and 16-26

free

Trev Tokabi, from the Ivory Coast, has a knack to put himself in compromising situations! If you have a mate, friend, partner, homeboy, homegirl, brother, sister,husband, wife or just know someone who inexplicably always dig themselves into a hole, you will love this show. If you don't, it's probably you! In "Cool Story Bro" Trev Tokabi shares the highlights of his calamitous adventures. "Clever & Funny"- Tony Law. "Trev has the best humour"- Broadway Baby."Measured and polished in delivery with gutsy material" - The Stand.

Consignia

Lemondale

Banshee Labyrinth

Directions

1:45 a.m.

60 mins / 4-10

Free

Cult hit of the fringe Consignia are back. In their new show, Lemondale the story of an English town, called Lemondale. They didn't put this in the main programme, its on at 1.45am and is only on for 6 days. If you see it you can brag to all your friends that you saw the most obscure show on the fringe. Here’s what people said about Consignia’s 2017 Edinburgh fringe show: “Consignia’s Panopticon is THE BEST show at #edfringe2017.” – Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Ben Target, “This could be 2017’s strangest comedy show.” – Laugh Out London “This is the traditional spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe.” – John Fleming “Resets absurdism for 21st century” ★★★★ – AntiCrit