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BBC: Shaun Keaveny

6 Music Breakfast show legend Shaun W Keaveny will be presenting his show live from the BBC venue at the Edinburgh Festivals. Join him and his special guests. Please note - This is a free event ticketed via a random draw. To enter the draw please visit www.bbc.co.uk/tickets.

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Ben Verth: Anxious

Ben Verth Hello. I'm anxious about a staggering number of things in my life. Using stand-up, sketches and film (and maybe a song, haven't decided yet) I'll walk you through what they are. Why not try before you buy? Have a look at my website (www.benverthcomedy.com). I put out loads of stuff on it every week. If you…

Beehive Inn, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Beehive 2

£3 / 0131 225 7171

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Beehive 2

£3 / 0131 225 7171

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Beehive 2

£5 (£3.50) / 0131 225 7171

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Beyond The Cringe

The RADians presents a comedy taking an alternative look at the lives of great British playwrights including Samuel Beckett, Alan Bennett, John Osborne and Sarah Kane.

The Phoenix Artist Club, London WC2H

Fri 8 Aug

£7 (£6) / 020 7836 1077

  • 16:00

Sat 9 Aug

£7 (£6) / 020 7836 1077

  • 16:00

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

Fri 1 Aug

Studio

£10 (£8) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Studio

£10 (£8) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Studio

£10 (£8) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

C vibrant vivacious variety

C presents Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! At our five venues: C: our powerhouse of performance on Chambers Street. C nova: our vibrant hub at India Buildings, Victoria Street. C too: our original offshoot with garden cafe on Johnston Terrace. C cubed: our newest historic venue at Riddle's Court, Lawnmarket. C south: our…

C cubed, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

courtyard

Free / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

courtyard

Free / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

courtyard

Free / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 25 Aug

C nova, Edinburgh

Tue 29 Jul

foyers

Free / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 30 Jul

foyers

Free / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

foyers

Free / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 25 more dates until 25 Aug

C Too, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

garden

Free / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

garden

Free / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

garden

Free / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 25 Aug

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Caimh McDonnell: Southbound and Down

An hour of standup from BAFTA nominee Caimh McDonnell, fresh from supporting Sarah Millican & Gary Delaney on tour. 'Outstanding' - The Telegraph, 'A Masterclass' - Chortle, ‘One of the finest hours of stand-up on the fringe’ - SG Review, 'Not fat by comedy's appalling standards' - Gary Delaney

Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Room 1

Free / 0131 247 4704

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

Sun 3 Aug

Room 1

Free / 0131 247 4704

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

Mon 4 Aug

Room 1

Free / 0131 247 4704

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

…and 17 more dates until 23 Aug

Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2014: Real Feelings

Catch the Footlights International Tour Show: Real Feelings. This is the chance to see Cambridge's most talented writers and performers as they bring sharp, hilarious sketches to the Fringe once again. Many past Footlights members have gone on to be at the forefront of our entertainment industry, including Hugh Laurie…

ADC Theatre, Cambridge

Fri 10 Oct

£7 (£6) / 01223 300085

  • 14:30

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

AceDome

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

AceDome

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

AceDome

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 25 Aug

Capital Comedy Club

A night of established and new stand up comedians.

Moriarty, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

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

  • 14:00 – 18:00

Sat 2 Aug

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

  • 14:00 – 18:00

Fri 8 Aug

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

  • 14:00 – 18:00
…and 7 more dates until 30 Aug

Character Limit

Try This At Home Character Limit documents the changing fortunes of four citizens of the internet. They navigate a terrain of bloggers, vloggers, trolls, arseholes, attention-seekers and egotists that populate the virtual realm in which we all now spend half of our lives. We meet Jenny, a feminist vlogger who receives…

C Too, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

main house

£7.50 (£5.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

main house

£7.50 (£5.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

main house

£9.50 (£7.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 9 Aug

The Cherry Orchard

  • Directed by: Brendan Murray (adapted)
  • Written by: Anton Chekhov

Jack Studio Associate Company DogOrange presents Chekhov's final masterpiece in a new version by Writers' Guild award-winning playwright Brendan Murray.

Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, London SE4

Sat 2 Aug

£14 (£11) / 0844 870 0887

  • 15:30
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Circumcise Me

Daf Alef Productions He's just your average Irish, Italian, Catholic, American, recovering alcoholic, Reform Jew, Conservative Jew, Orthodox Jew, husband, father of four, comedian. An extraordinary story by comedian Yisrael Campbell about his incredible life across four decades, two continents and three circumcisions.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Nightclub

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Nightclub

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Nightclub

£11 (£10) / 0131 622 6552

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 15 Aug

Comfortable Chair Show

We are here for two things, Laughter & a relaxing chair to sit on, Life is tense & so is your arse, Have a break and join us for one of the most comfortable laughs at this years fringe! Usual format with Unusual comics (Can’t actually promise a seat)

Hotel Ibis, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 292 0000

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:15 – 14:15

Sun 3 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 292 0000

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:15 – 14:15

Mon 4 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 292 0000

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:15 – 14:15
…and 8 more dates until 12 Aug

Falafel, Houmous and Baba Ganoush

Al Hezb El Comedy The Fringe debut performance from Egyptian stand-up comedy troupe and platform Al Hezb El Comedy. Falafel, an Egyptian-American raised comedian will be joined by Houmous, the first white Sudanese stand-up comedian in the world and Baba Ganoush, an Egyptian-Iraqi Londoner who will be returning to the…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

£8 (£6)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

£8 (£6)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

£8 (£6)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 25 Aug

Gráinne Maguire: What Has The News Ever Done For Me?

Gráinne Maguire / PBH's Free Fringe Welcome to a new topical show, where three top comedians try to persuade Gráinne and the audience why the news story that has most impacted their life that week is the story they too should all care about. Finally a topical panel show for people who mean to read the papers. Gráinne…

Viva Mexico, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Basement Function Room

Free / 0131 226 5145

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

Sun 3 Aug

Basement Function Room

Free / 0131 226 5145

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

Mon 4 Aug

Basement Function Room

Free / 0131 226 5145

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

…and 19 more dates until 23 Aug

Hamlet Private Eye

An utterly re-imagined slapstick tale of Hamlet.

theSpaces on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre 2

£7 (£5) / 0845 557 6308

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Theatre 2

£7 (£5) / 0845 557 6308

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 6 Aug

Theatre 2

£7 (£5) / 0845 557 6308

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 9 Aug back to top

Heartbreak Motel

Come spend an afternoon at Heartbreak Motel; there’s always a room for you here. Motel owners will introduce you to various guests and you'll follow the story of their stay, through lobby, rooms, bar and pool. Every day characters and story improvised, every day different. Featuring guest performers and special act every…

The Liquid Room, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Annexe

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 225 2564

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 14:30 – 15:30

Sun 3 Aug

Annexe

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 225 2564

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 14:30 – 15:30

Mon 4 Aug

Annexe

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 225 2564

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 14:30 – 15:30
…and 19 more dates until 24 Aug

How does a Snake Shed its Skin?

Slip of Steel / Susanna Hislop Margaret Thatcher is on a diet. Virginia Woolf is in a bucket. Marilyn Monroe is reading the dictionary. So what is this woman doing with her head in a filing cabinet? A show about definitions and diagnoses created from the diaries, letters and to-do lists of this peculiar trio. Written…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Red Lecture Theatre

£7 / 0131 560 1581

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Red Lecture Theatre

£7 / 0131 560 1581

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Red Lecture Theatre

£7 / 0131 560 1581

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 24 Aug

I Killed Rasputin

Avalon Promotions Ltd, by Richard Herring A new play by Richard Herring. American journalist EM Halliday visits the aged Russian Prince and conspirator in the murder of Rasputin, Felix Yusupov, improbably still alive in 1967. The former richest man in Russia, now reduced to making money from his tall tale, is haunted…

George Square Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Theatre

£10 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Theatre

£10 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Theatre

£14.50 (£13.50) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug

I'm Here All Weak (Love And Other Mistakes)

A Celtic Charlie Brown, with his lyrical tales of woe, guiding you through the hilarious musical and observational odyssey that is a week in his life. Chris Timoney is here all weak. 'Timoney’s ditties on the ukulele have the audience laughing in knowing recognition of common drunken sentimentalities' - Three Weeks

Madogs, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 225 3408

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:10 – 14:10

Mon 11 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 225 3408

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:10 – 14:10

Tue 12 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 225 3408

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:10 – 14:10
…and 11 more dates until 23 Aug

Jonny Freeman's Funtime Family Friendly Impro Show

Family-friendly improv designed to get both kids and grown-ups laughing.

St John's, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 12:00 – 13:00

Sat 2 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 12:00 – 13:00

Sun 3 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 12:00 – 13:00
…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug back to top

Krispy Kreems (and Comedy!) 4U

GlasgLOL Comedy / La Favorita Freestival The show everyone in Glasgow is flocking to! Fresh from their sold-out show at the Glasgow Comedy Festival, Marc Jennings and Stephen Buchanan (as seen on STV's The Blether) make their Fringe debut. And in tribute to the reason most Glaswegians usually come through to Edinburgh…

Phones 4U, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Space 2

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Space 2

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Space 2

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

Laika: A Space Dogyssey

Double Edge Drama ‘The more time passes, the more I'm sorry about it. We didn't learn enough from the mission to justify the death of the dog’ (Oleg Gazenko, Soviet Scientist, 1998). Laika: A Space Dogyssey is a new musical comedy, based on the story of the Moscow stray blasted on a one-way trip into orbit in 1957.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Sportsmans

£5 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Sportsmans

£5 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Sportsmans

£5 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

Low Tide in Glass Bay

Deadpan Theatre Karen and Bronnie drink, joke and shortcut their way through life where their greatest crises are unresolved takeaways and low tides in their wine glasses. They are blissfully conscience-free even at their most destructive. Important life lessons of love and Clearasil need to be learnt as past and…

Underbelly, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Delhi Belly

£6 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Delhi Belly

£6 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Delhi Belly

£9 (£8) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug

Mark Thomas: Cuckooed

Intelligent humour about being spied on by a large company.

The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn

Sat 6 Dec

£18; £22 (£15; £15) / 020 7328 1000

  • 15:00

Sat 13 Dec

£18; £22 (£15; £15) / 020 7328 1000

  • 15:00

Melon, Coffee, Duck

An hour of stand up comedy with 3 comics from Southampton, featuring the surreal Joe Hart NaSTA Best Comedy Winner 2014, Calum Nagle Tickled Pig Regional Finalist 2013 and the up and award-less Lydia Harrison. And look out for special guests!

George Next Door, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

space 3

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:35 – 14:35

Sun 3 Aug

space 3

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:35 – 14:35

Mon 4 Aug

space 3

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:35 – 14:35
…and 18 more dates until 23 Aug back to top