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Cabaret Voltaire

Fringe Venue 338 - Click here for map

36-38 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR  / 0131 247 4704

Food  Wifi  Licensed
Open from 11:30 to 05:00
18+ Only

Cabaret Voltaire is a celebration of jiggery pokery spanning two floors (and a third floor for the Fringe) at the bottom of Blair street, just of the Cowgate. It resides in a cave and is a world of nooks and crannies, with an eclectic selection of drinks, two bars, with DJ's in the afternoon upstairs, and following the Fringe shows on three dance floors downstairs until 5am. It's right in the centre of the old town for the ultimate Fringe fun!


Shows at Cabaret Voltaire
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Cinema Room 

Dylan Gott: Tubby Tubby Dumb Dumb COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 16:45 (60 min) - Free 
Canadian comedian Dylan Gott 'Delightfully Bizarre - AV Club' performs an hour of stand up comedy about being coming to grips with being embarrassing. **** Torontoist 'Major Revelation' - Now Magaz...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Ella Woods: Stag Do COMEDY 
AUG 24-28 at 20:30 (60 min) - Free 
A feminist show about wanting a stag do. Ella Woods is a comedian and all-around top bloke from London. She was shortlisted for the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards 2014 & 2016, and is part of the Soho T...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Evelyn Mok and Katharine Ferns presents Katharine Ferns and Evelyn Mok! COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 15:30 (60 min) - Free 
Join multi-award winning comedians Swedish-Chinese Evelyn Mok and Canadian-Brummie Katharine Ferns for an hour of stand-up from two of the most promising new talents on the UK scene. With unique comed...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Fiona Sagar: Entitled COMEDY 
AUG 4-15, 17-28 at 19:15 (60 min) - Free 
“Shift yer arse, yer lazy gett.” - Granny's words in 1995 made a lasting impression. Fiona Sagar (fresh from The Groundlings, LA) makes her Edinburgh debut in this solo character-comedy show exploring...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Is This Part of The Show? COMEDY 
AUG 4-7, 9-23 at 20:30 (60 min) - Free 
Emily is an actor. A professional actor... At least, that’s what she tells her friends when they visit from Nottingham. London life has turned into an endless cycle of castings for token asians, terri...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Katharine Ferns is Faking It COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 18:00 (60 min) - Free 
Dark stand-up comedy on learning to laugh about the visible and invisible scars from surviving abuse and mental illness plus some feminism for comic relief. This work in progress solo show from Canadi...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Lucy Frederick - Positively Livid COMEDY 
AUG 4-14, 16-28 at 14:15 (60 min) - Free 
Lucy Frederick is angry. Not with you. You seem nice. And what's wrong with being angry anyway? Join the "delightful" (Broadway Baby) comedian Lucy Frederick as she tells a cautionary tale about an...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Nick Elleray: More Memories than Future COMEDY 
AUG 4-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-28 at 12:00 (50 min) - Free 
If you like your comedy dry and your comedians sly and your jokes wry, then this is for you. Presenting his first full-length show, Australian Nick Elleray hilariously explores ageing, emotional repr...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

POTTERVISION! COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 13:00 (60 min) - Free 
POTTERVISION! The Harry Potter Parody show that celebrates and highlights the absurdities of those magical movies. Join us, four full grown men pretending to be twelve year old children as we re-enact...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 
Long Room 

C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation COMEDY 
AUG 6-28 at 15:15 (60 min) - Free 
No one knows who the killer is; not even the cast! Mirth meets murder in the world's daftest whodunnit. C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation is an utterly unique murder mystery comedy that's different ev...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

Matt Price : Poltroon COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 20:45 (60 min) - Free 
Everything you wanted to know about cowardice but were too afraid to ask! Cornish Giant Matt Price believes that cowardice is given a bad press. This standup storytelling show is a celebration of pol...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

Rotating Bill COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 14:00 (60 min) - Free 
Returning to the fringe to present more amazing upcoming talent, Rotating Bill brings hand selected, audience tested comics up to the fringe to show off their fantastic new routines. After last year's...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

Sami Stone: 'ROOF' COMEDY 
AUG 4-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25-28 at 12:45 (60 min) - Free 
FRINGEREVIEW's 'Top Ten Picks' at Brighton Fringe 2016 "Candid relaxed storytelling" - THE AUSTRALIA TIMES **** 4 stars. One woman and her dog's search to find a home. A politically motivated & brut...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

sharma sharma sharma sharma sharma comedian COMEDY 
AUG 4-16, 18-23, 25-28 at 19:30 (60 min) - Free 
Born in pakistan, raised in india by way of china....watch the evolution of a pakistani born indian into a bonafide british comic laugh a minute rollercoaster ride" The List **** ...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

Showman Shaman COMEDY 
AUG 4-14, 16-28 at 18:15 (60 min) - Free 
Buckler returns with an action-packed hour combining critically-acclaimed stand-up, incredible sleight of hand and his love for all things showbiz! Expect big laughs, spontaneity, obscure impressions...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

Will Mars: Schtick Shift COMEDY 
AUG 4-15, 17-28 at 16:30 (60 min) - Free 
A clean hour of hilarious stand-up from a British New Yorker. Top 50 Best Ever Jokes at the Fringe (Scotsman). Top 50 Funniest One-Liners Ever (Daily Mail). Top 10 Funniest Jokes of the Fringe (Dave T...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 
Main Room 

Ahir Shah: Machines COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 13:30 (60 min) - Free 
Philosophical stand-up Ahir Shah combines questing polemic with hella sweet gags in Machines: an hour of comedy about democracy, technology, internationalism, terrorism, history, modernity, utopia and...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

Crack Comedy Club's Pick of the Fringe COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 18:30 (60 min) - Free 
If you’re a real fan of comedy Crack Comedy’s Pick of the Fringe is the place for you. We’ve been running great stand-up shows in London since 2002 and our shows feature the best comics working in the...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

Damian Clark Can't Slow Down COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 19:45 (60 min) - free entry 
Nominated for The New Barry Award the Aussie crackerjack returns with his brand new hurricane hour of stand up. Don’t miss this firm festival favourite. 'The world’s wittiest machine gun. Let yoursel...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

Ellis & Rose: Obsolete COMEDY 
AUG 5-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-27 at 17:15 (60 min) - FREE TICKETED 
Ellis & Rose's act is dated, unfashionable and belongs in the comedy bin - according to one famous and respected comedian. But they're back and more determined than ever to put their numerous and viol...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

Joke Thieves COMEDY 
AUG 4-15, 17-28 at 21:00 (60 min) - Free 
It's Comedy Set Swapping LIVE! The cult hit show where comedians perform their own jokes, then each others'. Chortle Awards Winner 2015 - Best Club Show London, Top 5 comedy shows of 2014 (List). Top ...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

Previously on Maff Brown COMEDY 
AUG 4-14, 16-22, 24-28 at 12:15 (60 min) - Free 
From the award winning stand up comedian and twice voted "top ten things to see at the fringe" by GQ magazine, comes a show that's all about his life. Which includes his time in professional football ...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

The Rat Pack presents... COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 16:00 (60 min) - Free 
From the people behind Edinburgh Fringe hit and West End sell-out show The Rat Pack stand-up comedy, The Rat Pack presents is a series of distinct and inspiring shows from our favourite comedians. To...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

Yolav and Graham’s Jovial Trauma: Refugee Stand-Up COMEDY 
AUG 4-22, 25-28 at 14:45 (60 min) - Free 
Yolav is a comedian from a country that no longer exists due to the collapse of its government. Seeking refuge here In the UK, he is on a tour of indefinite length due to visa complications. Yolav is ...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 
Upstairs 

All My Friends Are Dead COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 17:30 (60 min) - Free 
Conor lost another friend last year, now he's on his own. A regular on the UK and Ireland circuit, 2013 saw Irish comic Conor Drum perform on both RTÉ and the BBC's New Comedy Awards. In 2014 he wen...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

Bad Things, Right Reasons COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 22:30 (60 min) - Free 
Haven’t you always wanted to be bad? Evan Desmarais asks this question in his second solo show while exploring the concepts of good and bad, and right and wrong. Living his life with eternal optimism ...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

Barry Dodds: Live In Concert COMEDY 
AUG 21-28 at 15:20 (60 min) - Free 
Barry Dodds brings his first solo outing to the fringe. 45 minutes of blistering stand up from the star of The Parapod "Hugely enjoyable stand up, a ton of great stories and a rather engaging way wit...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

Charlie Dinkin: Can't COMEDY 
AUG 4-14 at 18:45 (60 min) - Free 
A half-hearted attempt to write the most controversial show of all time, which you can experience in dazzling 3D using your own equipment, i.e. eyes, ears and feelings. Includes jokes, stories and t...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

Circumcision COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 21:15 (60 min) - FREE 
* * * * * - Arts Award Voice A show all about sex, sexuality and gender...all wrapped up in knob jokes! Award winning comedian Dave Chawner in this show that will ''make you think as well as laugh'' B...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

Faye Treacy 'Special' (work in progress) COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 14:05 (60 min) - Free 
Musical Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2015 and Bath New Act Runner Up 2016 Faye Treacy, wanted to be the worlds most famous trombonist instead she brings us 'Special!' (Work in progress) A Whiplash styl...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

George McGoldrick: Hot Milk COMEDY 
AUG 4-14, 22-28 at 01:00 (60 min) - Free 
If Kraftwerk did sketch comedy, it would sound something like George McGoldrick’s Hot Milk. In his first full-length solo show, incoming president of the Oxford Revue George McGoldrick combines absurd...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

Henrietta Steventon: The Immoral High Ground COMEDY 
AUG 15-21 at 01:00 (60 min) - Free 
Henrietta returns from self-imposed exile in America having written, directed and starred in the New York premiere of her original farce Ennui: An English Comedy with a French Title for an American Au...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

I Was Mick Jones' Bank Clerk SPOKEN WORD 
AUG 15-28 at 18:45 (60 min) - Free 
In the twenty-odd years that JoJo Smith has been making people laugh, she's performed all over the world - Europe, South Africa, Australia, China, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, The Phillipines...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country SPOKEN WORD 
AUG 4-28 at 12:15 (20 min) - Free 
An abridged version of, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, by William H Gass. This 20 minute monologue expresses, in beautiful, lyrical language, the reflections of a solitary man in small town...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

Jeff Seal: The Goddamn Truth COMEDY 
AUG 4-21, 23-28 at 20:00 (45 min) - Free 
Truth is relative, sure, but as far as I’m concerned I’ve got this sh*t figured out. My show is based around the premise that my opinions – true or not – are the goddamn truth. What is truth anyway? Y...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

Paul Duncan McGarrity- Ask an Archaeologist COMEDY 
AUG 4-14, 16-28 at 12:50 (60 min) - Free 
Paul Duncan McGarrity, an archaeologist, will sit in a room answering questions put forward by you, the public. They can be specifically about archaeology, they could be problems which need solving us...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

Paul Revill: Revillations COMEDY 
AUG 4-20 at 15:20 (60 min) - Free 
Paul Revill brings his debut hour of comedy to the Edinburgh Free Festival. Expect cheeky laughs and silly voices as Paul tells the true story of how he got the acting role of a lifetime……..and how it...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

Suzanne Lea Shepherd: Rapscallion COMEDY 
AUG 4-15, 17-28 at 16:35 (40 min) - Free 
Suzanne Lea Shepherd is a new New Yorker that has appeared on Comedy Central, performed at venues across Asia, America and Europe and was a featured comedian on Comedy Central Asia in 2015. ...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

The only ALL Easter European Show in Edinburgh COMEDY 
AUG 4-28 at 23:45 (60 min) - Free 
For too long Eastern Europe has just been of a strategical interest to the big powers of the World. Eastern Europeans, like any other people, would like to be appreciated for who they are, and not for...
Cabaret Voltaire / Upstairs 

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