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The Durham Revue: Shenanigans

The Durham Revue Come and see the renowned Durham Revue perform their own brand of 'masterful' (ThreeWeeks) sketch comedy, showcasing 60 minutes of student comedy at its finest. Six of the country's funniest students messing about on a stage, all for your enjoyment. As seen on stages across Durham, Edinburgh, Cambridge…

Underbelly, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

White Belly

£9 (£8) / 08445 458252

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

White Belly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

White Belly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

White Belly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By Hunter Thompson. Produced by Lou Stein Associates and Pleasance. ‘Gloriously whacked out’ (TimeOut). Buy the ticket, take the ride with Dr Gonzo and the esteemed Dr Hunter S Thompson on a wild journey to the heart of the American Dream. Fresh from a sell-out run in London earlier this year, the show features designs…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£12.50 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£14.50 (£13) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£14.50 (£13) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

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.

Kieran Hodgson: French Exchange

Berk's Nest / PBH's Free Fringe In 2003 a US led coalition went to war with Iraq and Kieran Hodgson spent 10 days living with a very nice French family. Fresh from appearances on Jonathan Creek and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, character comedian Kieran Hodgson returns to the Fringe with a brand new hour exploring his…

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Speakeasy

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

Fri 22 Aug

Speakeasy

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

Sat 23 Aug

Speakeasy

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

Sun 24 Aug

Speakeasy

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

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.

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The Matchmaker

City Theatre Dublin Anne Charleston and Jon Kenny star in John B Keane's hilarious comedy which follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O'Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn from all parts of the rural Ireland. At the centre of this celebrated production is John B Keane's marvellous and mischievous wit…

Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Three

£13 (£12) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Three

£14 (£13) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Three

£14 (£13) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Night Bus

  • 2 stars

Linda Marlowe & Sarah-Louise Young Productions - Festival Highlights The Night Bus: a vehicle, a club, an office, a bedroom, a sanctuary, a hell-hole, a meeting place for strangers… Linda Marlowe (Berkoff's Women, The World's Wife) and Sarah-Louise Young (Julie Madly Deeply, Cabaret Whore) write and perform in this…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Upstairs

£10 (£8.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Upstairs

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Upstairs

£11 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

The Oxford Imps: Pun and Games

The Oxford Imps The Oxford Imps are a critically-acclaimed, internationally-touring comedy group comprised of a mixture of Oxford University students and local Oxford residents. Last year their sell-out run at The Gilded Balloon was described as ‘a tightly paced, incredibly funny show’ (ThreeWeeks) containing ‘quick…

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Billiard Room

£8 (£6) / 0131 622 6552

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Billiard Room

£10 (£8) / 0131 622 6552

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Billiard Room

£10 (£8) / 0131 622 6552

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Party in the USA!

  • 4 stars

JV Squad In 2008 the global economy collapsed, Obama ran for president, and Jeff took acid for the first time. This raucous, exhilarating howling laugh-of-shock at the state of the world hurls Jeff and his friends screaming into the maw of the Great Recession. Journeying from the penthouse of the Plaza Hotel to a…

Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Topside

£11 (£10) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Topside

£12 (£11) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Topside

£12 (£11) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

The Play That Goes Wrong

  • Directed by: Mark Bell
  • Written by: Henry Shields

Award winning company Theatre Mischief presents a play-within-a-play about an amateur dramatic society putting on a murder mystery production.

Duchess Theatre, London WC2B

Sat 6 Sep

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Sun 7 Sep

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

Thu 11 Sep

£25–£81.25 / 0844 482 9672

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Pondling

Gúna Nua Creepy, award-winning and hilarious… A story of love, beauty, chicken-chasing, daisy chains, cat-killing, French singing, dress-wearing, en suite bathrooms and a day at the pond. Winner of the Stewart Parker Award, Genevieve Hulme-Beaman joins the ranks of writers such as Enda Walsh, Conor McPherson and…

Underbelly, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Iron Belly

£9 (£8) / 08445 458252

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Iron Belly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Iron Belly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Iron Belly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Result of a Man and His Ponderings

Z Theatre Company Finlay can engage his house in conversation. So with the uninvited presence of something inside not placed there by him or the house, both begin an investigation that spirals out of control. Age category: PG

theSpaces on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Theatre 2

£5 (£3) / 0845 557 6308

Part of Edinburgh Festival 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.

A Slight Ache

  • 4 stars

Turlygod A bucolic psycho-drama by Harold Pinter. Starring Thom Tuck (The Penny Dreadfuls, Coalition) ‘Fruity, befuddled and increasingly melancholy’ (Guardian), Catriona Knox (The Boom Jennies) ‘She's as good as Joyce Grenfell’ (Spectator) and Simon Munnery (League Against Tedium, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, Fylm…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Pleasance That

£8 (£7) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Pleasance That

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Pleasance That

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug back to top

Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised

The Fringe hit returns for a fifth year! After a sell-out run in 2013, Racing Minds return with an improvised comic adventure based entirely on audience suggestions – unique every day, and bigger and better than ever before! A doddery grandfather can’t quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help a mystery…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Upstairs

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Upstairs

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Aidan Killian: Jesus Versus Buddha

Aidan Killian / Heroes (PWYW) These two bad ass dudes walked on water, overcame death, and gave up everything to teach peace to the masses. One of them beat the bankers senseless with a whip, and died by crucifixion; and the other sat under a tree and died from a dodgy mushroom. That will teach them! This show captures…

Heroes @ The Hive, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Big Cave

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Big Cave

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Big Cave

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Big Cave

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Al Murray: One Man, One Guvnor

A brand new show from everyone's favourite bigoted landlord, Al Murray, star of Happy Hour. Please only cheer at the irony and stay in your house if you actually hate the French.

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Sat 14 Feb 2015

£30 / 01702 351135

  • 15:30

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Sat 25 Apr 2015

£26.50 / 01604 624 811

  • 16:30

Southbank Centre, London SE1

Sat 29 Nov

Queen Elizabeth Hall

£25.50 / 0844 875 0073

  • 16:00

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Andy Zaltzman: Satirist For Hire

Political satire from the writer and radio regular.

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Stand III

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Stand III

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Stand III

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Stand III

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bitesize Chekhov

d’Animate Bitesize Chekhov is back! The five-star sell-out sensation that catapults the legendary writer Anton Chekhov into the 21st century returns to Edinburgh. Serving up three tasty Chekhov shorts in the space of an hour (The Dangers of Tobacco, The Proposal and Swan Song), this theatrical spectacular is the…

Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Studio

£10 (£8) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Studio

£10 (£8) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Studio

£10 (£8) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug back to top

Capital Comedy Club

A night of established and new stand up comedians.

Moriarty, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£5 ticket allows you to come and go as you please / 0131 228 5558

  • 14:00 – 18:00

Sat 23 Aug

£5 ticket allows you to come and go as you please / 0131 228 5558

  • 14:00 – 18:00

Fri 29 Aug

£5 ticket allows you to come and go as you please / 0131 228 5558

  • 14:00 – 18:00

Sat 30 Aug

£5 ticket allows you to come and go as you please / 0131 228 5558

  • 14:00 – 18:00

Catriona Knox Thinks She's Hard Enough

  • 4 stars

In association with United Agents Good afternoon! I am a character comedian doing a comedy show. I have been in BBC Radio 4's 2525 and Mission Improbable, and on BBC1's Not Going Out, plus an advert for car rental. Some people have written nice things about me but why not come and see for yourself? 'Dazzling comedy…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

The Attic

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

The Attic

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

The Attic

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Eric's Tales of the Sea

Ex-Submariner Eric tells of life beneath the ocean wave, with astonishing visuals and many a dark-edged joke.

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Just the Wee One

£9.50 / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Just the Wee One

£11 / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Just the Wee One

£11 / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Just the Wee One

£11 / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Gagging for It

Rolling Sky Productions In a dressing room at the Edinburgh Festival four stand-up comics give as good as they get in a riot of one-liners, some at the expense of the disillusioned promoter and others at the expense of an enthusiastic novice. But when a glamorous TV researcher arrives, we find that all is not quite…

SpaceCabaret @ 54, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£9 (£7) / 0845 557 6309

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£9 (£7) / 0845 557 6309

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£9 (£7) / 0845 557 6309

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Goose (An Odd New One-Man Comedy Whodunit)

Goose One man. New comedy. Whodunit (give or take). Live music score. An alphabet of characters. Whopping reveal. All a bit sideways. ‘A surprising, funny, and incredibly unusual piece of maverick comic theatre … one of the most indescribably wonderful pieces of theatre I’ve seen’ ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). ‘Pulls…

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Baillie Room

£9 (£8) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Baillie Room

£10 (£9) / 0131 651 2120

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 23 Aug

Baillie Room

£10 (£9) / 0131 651 2120

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug back to top