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BBC: Simon Mayo Drivetime

BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo broadcasts live from the BBC's Edinburgh venue. Join us for a mix of live music, in-depth interviews and a daily dose of the Radio 2 Book Club. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is a free event…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Ellie White: Humans

  • 2 stars

The Invisible Dot Ltd In her debut show, the urgently striving to be unstoppable Ellie White presents an hour of idiosyncratic character comedy. Catch her now before she’s not in Edinburgh anymore. ‘A phenomenal character comedian’ (Skinny). ‘Excellent characters’ (Spoonfed.co.uk). ‘A pleasure to watch … satisfyingly…

Viva Mexico, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Basement Function Room

Free / 0131 226 5145

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Basement Function Room

Free / 0131 226 5145

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Basement Function Room

Free / 0131 226 5145

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Men With Coconuts

Improv comedy from Men With Coconuts, aka Fringe faves Impro FX.

Sportsters Bar, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Free / 0131 226 9560

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 15:00 – 16:00

Fri 22 Aug

Free / 0131 226 9560

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 15:00 – 16:00

Sat 23 Aug

Free / 0131 226 9560

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 15:00 – 16:00

Sun 24 Aug

Free / 0131 226 9560

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 15:00 – 16:00

Jody Kamali: One Man Variety Show

Jody Kamali / Free Festival A spectacular variety show featuring a plethora of unforgettable characters, performed and hosted by one man from Bristol. A barnstorming hour of physical and character comedy. 'Hilarious’ (ThreeWeeks). 'Inspiring' (Stage). Directed by Aitor Basauri of critically acclaimed clown theatre…

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Pravda

Free / 0131 477 7007

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Pravda

Free / 0131 477 7007

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Pravda

Free / 0131 477 7007

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Pravda

Free / 0131 477 7007

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Show Pony

  • 4 stars

LetLuce Eamon is a disillusioned pink horse searching for his destiny. Join LetLuce for more anarchic joy in their new show-cum-quest. Think Mighty Boosh meets French and Saunders. 'You're in for a bonkers hour … together they are dynamite' ★★★★ (TheGoodReview.co.uk). 'Bizarre and mental executed with comic flair … not…

The Mash House, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Just the Attic

Free / 0131 220 2987

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Just the Attic

Free / 0131 220 2987

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Just the Attic

Free / 0131 220 2987

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Just the Attic

Free / 0131 220 2987

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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The Philosorap Cabaret

Charlie Dupré / PBH's Free Fringe Join Immanuel as he takes you on a colourful journey in rap through the history of thought. Featuring Descartes with the rationalistic hip-hop, David Hume avoiding the attentions of an abandoned self, young Arthur’s heartbroken plea to reality, a chicken who comes a cropper to his…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 07771 747303

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 07771 747303

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 07771 747303

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 07771 747303

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Liam Williams: Capitalism

  • 4 stars

The Invisible Dot Ltd. Less pathetic now, Williams follows his Best Newcomer nominated debut with a free show about money. Let Edinburgh tremble. He’s in Sheeps if you’re a fan of them, though his solo stuff is a bit different tonally. If you like television he’s done a few things for that: Russell Howard’s Good News…

Laughing Horse @ the Cellar Monkey, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Cellar

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Cellar

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Cellar

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Monkey Poet: Shit Flinging

Veteran fringe performer returns, loaded…."Irreverent, fast, furious and fun. Not to be missed" ★★★★★ THREE WEEKS. "Uncaged wit and passion…the revolutionary figure Russell Brand could only dream of becoming" ★★★★ PUBLIC REVIEWS. "Sublime Genius" ★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Cinema

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Cinema

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Cinema

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Cinema

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show

The Maydays / La Favorita Freestival Theorising that new episodes are possible within their own lifetime, the Maydays step into the Quantum Leap accelerator … and vanish. Paying homage to the classic sci-fi series and based entirely on audience suggestions, the Maydays jump through time to put right what once went…

Cowgatehead, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Space 6

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Space 6

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Space 6

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Space 6

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jeremy Hunt and Other Spelling Mistakes

St. George's Medics' Revue / PBH's Free Fringe After three years of sell-out shows, St. George's Medics' Revue is back to conquer the Free Fringe. With more medical banter than ever, come see the worryingly funny future of the NHS. ‘St. George's this year is actually one of the best revues around’ ★★★…

Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Wee Red Bar

Free / 0131 229 1442

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Wee Red Bar

Free / 0131 229 1442

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Wee Red Bar

Free / 0131 229 1442

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

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Josh Howie - AIDS: A Survivor's Story

Josh Howie / PBH's Free Fringe If the title's not really doing it for you, it's probably going to take more than these 100 words to bring you round. Got an hour? 'Treads a fine line but he treads it perfectly. Both fascinating and funny' ★★★★ (Scotsman). 'Howie is a name to watch' (Times). 'A skilful comic whose…

The Canons' Gait, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Canons' Gait

Free / 0131 556 4481

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Canons' Gait

Free / 0131 556 4481

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Canons' Gait

Free / 0131 556 4481

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Kriss Foster and Friend

Kriss Foster / PBH's Free Fringe. Kriss Foster, the man from Lancaster in a homemade leopard suit, and his friend Mister Ferris, return to the Fringe with their new show, This Bag’s for the Charity Shop. With songs about taxidermy, the Pencil Museum and the man who feeds other people’s cats, they share a show full of…

Chiquito, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Basement

Free / 0131 225 4579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Basement

Free / 0131 225 4579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Basement

Free / 0131 225 4579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Once Upon a Nightmare

  • 3 stars

Box Step Productions is formed by identical twins Michael and Paul Clarkson and the genetically unrelated Gemma Hurley in 2012. Their theatrical debut – Death Ship 666! – attracted sell-out audiences and glowing reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, before transferring to the Leicester Square Theatre in 2013. This…

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Over It – Death, Anorexia, and Other Funny Things

Dave takes a satirical look into his anorexic past, while Robyn recounts the ridiculous aspects of dealing with her partner's death.

Laughing Horse @ Finnegan's Wake, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 225 9348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 225 9348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 225 9348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 30 Aug

Clown Slut

  • 4 stars

Joanna Griffin / PBH’s Free Fringe In this stand-up theatre piece by Joanna Griffin, follow one girl’s journey through the confusion and mayhem of growing up, one dance at a time… From clueless adolescence to groping teenage boyfriends, slut dropping uni students to the tragic office party, Clown Slut asks if shaking…

Dario's Restaurant, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Function Room

Free / 0131 229 9625

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Function Room

Free / 0131 229 9625

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Function Room

Free / 0131 229 9625

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Mark Cooper-Jones: Geography Teacher

  • 3 stars

Mark Cooper-Jones / PBH's Free Fringe Mark loves Geography and used to teach it. He takes his subject extremely seriously, and some people seem to find the very idea of this funny - much to his frustration. Fittingly performing in the Globe Bar (not a coincidence), this is almost certainly the first time stand-up…

The Globe Bar, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Globe

Free / 0131 557 4670

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Globe

Free / 0131 557 4670

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Globe

Free / 0131 557 4670

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Globe

Free / 0131 557 4670

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Rob Auton: The Face Show

Rob Auton / PBH's Free Fringe This show is about faces. This show is suitable for people who have a face or have seen someone with a face. Following on from 2012's The Yellow Show, a show about the colour yellow, and 2013's The Sky Show, a show about the sky, Rob turns his attention to faces with 2014's The Face Show.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sam Brady: Kindness

  • 3 stars

Sam Brady / PBH's Free Fringe Award-winning comedian and failed Buddhist monk Sam Brady explores his ongoing struggle to be a good person and asks why kindness is so undervalued. Join Sam for an hour of heart-warming, thought-provoking, soul-searching comedy. ‘Naturally funny and charismatic … hilarious anecdotes that…

Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Room 2

Free / 0131 247 4704

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Room 2

Free / 0131 247 4704

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Room 2

Free / 0131 247 4704

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Cariad and Louise's Character Hour

Cariad Lloyd and Louise Ford / Free Festival Character comedians Cariad Lloyd (Foster's Best Newcomer nominee, BBC3's The Cariad Show, E4's Cardinal Burns) and Louise Ford (Sky1's Chickens, BBC2's It’s Kevin) invite you to meet the bizarre and delightful comedy creations that live inside their heads. Featuring HSBC…

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Inder Manocha: White Man's Burden

Inder Manocha / Free Festival Not sure what colour you are? Join us. Think you might be a latent racist? Relax. Cultural identity, political correctness and causing offence are given an original and hilarious spin by this award-winning comedian. 'A thorough delight from start to finish' (Time Out). Age category: 16+

Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 556 3403

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 556 3403

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 556 3403

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 556 3403

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Jason Patterson

Award-winning comedian presents his latest material.

Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 556 3403

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 556 3403

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 556 3403

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 556 3403

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jenan Younis: A Masterclass in Anger Management

Jenan Younis Does modern life anger you? Join one person’s journey to finding inner peace from the latest ethnically confused comic on the block via an unforgettable set of characters including a Russian white van man, shabby chic Kirsty, Samira the South London rudette and more. Sit back and be masterclassed… Age…

Paradise in The Vault, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Annexe

Free / 0131 510 0022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mike Shephard: M*ther of All Parliaments

Ten in a Bed / Laughing Horse Free Festival Having written for BBC Radio 4, NewsRevue and the award-winning TinCanPodcast, Mike takes on the baffling history of the Westminster parliament with wit, rage and twisted logic, just in time for the Scottish people to decide whether they want it or not. Political intrigue…

Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphy's, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fasten Your Seatbelts

Recently dumped Aaron Spalding is disillusioned with the world and is lost. Adam Underwood has been there and done it, creating an unlikely team on a journey of self discovery. Fasten your seatbelts.

Clouds & Soil, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Compass Room

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 629 2728

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 14:15 – 15:15

Fri 22 Aug

Compass Room

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 629 2728

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 14:15 – 15:15

Sat 23 Aug

Compass Room

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 629 2728

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 14:15 – 15:15

Sun 24 Aug

Compass Room

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 629 2728

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 14:15 – 15:15

I Have an Idea for a Film

Katy Schutte Katy Schutte (Maydays, Who Ya Gonna Call) has an idea for a film that she would like to share with you. She will be all the characters, the cinematography, the sound and the story. You will be the imagination. Katy is an improviser and theatre maker. She is a Funny Women finalist and winner of Best Comedy…

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Attic

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Attic

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Attic

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Attic

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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