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Billy Smart's Circus

This all human performance includes a trapeze act, acrobats, jugglers, aerialists and a fire tricks, all soundtracked by a live band.

Radnor Park, Folkestone

Wed 30 Jul

£8 / 0844 4155 228

Thu 31 Jul

£8 / 0844 4155 228

Fri 1 Aug

£8 / 0844 4155 228

…and 2 more dates until 3 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 31 Jul

The Big Cave

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Big Cave

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Big Cave

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Simon Callow in Juvenalia

Assembly, Riverside Studios and Theatre Royal Plymouth Simon Callow does stand-up comedy. Filthy, foul-mouthed, viciously funny and deeply politically incorrect. The target: immigrants, plutocrats, women, gays. As last delivered in Rome AD 100. Juvenal was one angry white middle class male. In Juvenilia he tells it…

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Main Hall

£10 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Main Hall

£10 / 0131 651 2120

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Main Hall

£17.50 (£15) / 0131 651 2120

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 25 Aug

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

EdCom Productions The best and brightest of this year's Fringe comics and with a new line up every day, the Showcase Show is the longest running and best loved lunchtime comedy show, popular amongst comics and comedy fans alike. Whipping up a selection of top comedy acts into a delicious lunchtime feast and held in the…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Cabaret Bar

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£11 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug

The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant

Kyle Bissett Productions What would happen if the bogles, banshees, demons and selkies of Scots folklore were involved in the independence referendum? Elaine C Smith leads a cast of some of Scotland’s finest actors, and surprise cameos, in Alan Bissett’s sparkling satire. ‘This is brilliant stuff, an exhilaratingly…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Ballroom

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug back to top

Stewart Lee: A Room with a Stew

Britain's greatest stand-up doing a work in progress, discarding ideas that other comedians would give a kidney for.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Main Space

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Main Space

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Main Space

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 25 Aug

Ruby Wax: Sane New World

Ruby's new show is all about sanity and how we can cling onto it.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 (£12) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 7 Aug

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

CAST, Doncaster

Sun 16 Nov

£20 / 01302 303959

  • 17:00

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50 / 01329 231942

  • 17:00

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The Addams Family

A musical comedy based upon characters created by Charles Addams, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. With music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare

Sat 2 Aug

£14.50 (Children £11 under 18s) / 01934 645544

  • 14:30

The Free Tea And Biscuit Hour

Now in its 4th glorious year, join comedians Paul Savage and Abi Symons, for comedy, banter, a cuppa and a biccie. Plus a different guest headliner (some off the TV!) every day. *****-Blackdiamond FM

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Speakeasy

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 556 7060

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:15 – 14:10

Sun 3 Aug

Speakeasy

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 556 7060

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:15 – 14:10

Mon 4 Aug

Speakeasy

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 556 7060

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 13:15 – 14:10
…and 19 more dates until 24 Aug back to top

The Dead Pony Society

The Dead Pony Society / Free Festival The Dead Pony Society are going nowhere; quite literally, they're performing sketches on a stationary bus for two weeks. So join Rob, James and Giles as they seek to prove their scientific theory that everything's funnier on a bus.

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Top Deck on The Comedy Bus

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Top Deck on The Comedy Bus

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Top Deck on The Comedy Bus

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 more dates until 13 Aug

Cutting Off Kate Bush

Ardent Theatre Cathy is having a crisis. And she's venting on YouTube. Through the medium of Kate Bush. Yep. It's really happening. Who knows, perhaps she'll get a million hits and become famous? Or not. Just thank God no one is watching. Yet… From Royal Court Young Writer, Lucy Benson-Brown, comes a one-woman show…

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Balcony

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Balcony

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Balcony

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug

A TED* Talk with Clay JW Crowne (*not affiliated with TED.com, its members, fellows, organisers, partners, subsidiaries, sponsors or stockholders)

Plunger After a series of restraining orders, visionary thought-magnet Clay JW Crowne finally brings his prophetic TED* Talk to the public (in a format well within the terms of his injunction). Solo show combining funny, moving stories with a pastiche of the hyperbolic TED Talk style. The show is created by Plunger…

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

The Turret

£5 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

The Turret

£5 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Turret

£5 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug

Blofeld and Baxter – Memories of Test Match Special

The cricket commentators talk about their careers and stories from their trips around the world.

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 24 Aug

Café Ruse

This Theatre Company The quaint, and ever so English, Café Ruse is being shut down, which forces an unlikely team of outcasts to prepare for the biggest heist of their lives. Although their plan seems simple, the group soon run into trouble with unplanned murders, mistaken identity, love smitten gang members, revealed…

Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Studio

£5 / 0131 662 6892

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Studio

£5 / 0131 662 6892

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Studio

£8 (£6) / 0131 662 6892

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 25 Aug back to top

Just Deserts Presents Waiting for Leo's Oscar

Just Deserts / PBH’s Free Fringe Just Deserts is Durham’s favourite cult sketch comedy group. Offering fast-moving and original comedy, ranging from the deliciously dark to the scrumptiously surreal to the refreshingly whimsical, this group has met with acclaim since it hit the Durham scene five years ago. So prepare…

The Canons' Gait, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

The Canons' Gait

Free / 0131 556 4481

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

The Canons' Gait

Free / 0131 556 4481

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

The Canons' Gait

Free / 0131 556 4481

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 12 Aug

Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult

Tim Fountain, Lizzie Roper, Seabright Productions, Gilded Balloon, Festival Highlights The Queen of Spleen reigns supreme! Tim Fountain (Sex Addict, Resident Alien) brings you this uproarious sequel to 2004 smash Julie Burchill is Away. Starring Lizzie Roper. Director: Mike Bradwell. 'A cracker' (Spectator).

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Nightclub

£6 (£5) / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Nightclub

£6 (£5) / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Nightclub

£6 (£5) / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug

Settle Down

Angie presents dirty stanzas and awkward observations about approaching 40 via Agnosticism, angry computers and puppies. Her live work is fruity and not for the faint hearted. “Like Pam Ayres with attitude and an adult audience” Bristol Evening Post.

Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Electric Circus Lizard Lounge

Free / 0131 226 4224

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

Tue 19 Aug

Electric Circus Lizard Lounge

Free / 0131 226 4224

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

Wed 20 Aug

Electric Circus Lizard Lounge

Free / 0131 226 4224

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

…and 2 more dates until 22 Aug

Abi Roberts: Twerk in Progress

Abi Roberts / PBH's Free Fringe Hotly-tipped comedy starlet Abi Roberts comes in like a wrecking ball with her debut stand-up show. She twerks, jerks and acts like a berk whilst asking big questions like: why does jazz have to go on for so long? With sizzling riffs, unique impressions and bits in actual Russian, this…

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Speakeasy

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

Sat 2 Aug

Speakeasy

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

Sun 3 Aug

Speakeasy

Free / 0131 556 7060

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

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

Be-Dom

Cheeky, clever, fun, charismatic, interactive… Be-Dom provides an infectious experience of epic proportions. Using nothing more than everything you can think of, the group will drag you into their crazy vaudevillian world. Back to Fringe after four years touring around the globe, Be-Dom now dares you to witness the…

Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Udderbelly

£7 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Udderbelly

£7 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Udderbelly

£11 (£10) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug back to top

Bridget Christie: An Ungrateful Woman

Offbeat humour from the 2013 Foster's Comedy Award winner.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Main Space

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Main Space

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Main Space

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 25 Aug

Celeste's Circus

Following Celeste under the big top as her cast of endearing animals emerge one by one. A charming and engaging first trip to the circus especially for very young children (0–5 years).

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£4 / 0131 556 9579

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£5 / 0131 556 9579

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£5 / 0131 556 9579

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 13 more dates until 17 Aug

John Robertson: A Nifty History of Evil

FearCorp. It’s 3:30pm and the devil wants a chat about 2,000 years of humans, sinister elephants, Polynesian zombies and Mickey Mouse. Award-winning lunatic and word manipulator John Robertson, ‘a manic and quick-witted revelation’ (Scotsman), brings you the world, then kicks it. Get ready for the best bits of world…

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Stand IV

£7 (£6) / 0131 558 7272

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Stand IV

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Stand IV

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

My Obsession

Mick Perrin Worldwide Paul Merton joins Suki Webster in this superb new comedy play about a stand-up meeting his number one fan. Thirty minutes of obsessive fun somehow packed into half an hour. Written by Suki Webster. Directed by John Nicholson. Paul Merton: ‘Razor sharp wit’ (Daily Telegraph). ‘The best in the…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Upstairs

£5 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Upstairs

£5 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Upstairs

£5 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 16 Aug

The Greatest Liar in All the World

Familia de la Noche Familia de la Noche return with their five-star, darkly funny sequel to Pinocchio: a rollercoaster ride filled with song, puppetry, physical theatre and clowning. The Greatest Liar in All the World sends the audience careering through the real story behind his infamous origins. But be warned there’s…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Beside

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Beside

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Beside

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug back to top