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Have a look through our selection of Shows! We are sure To have something you'll want to see in Edinburgh this August - from children's shows to cabaret; standup comedy to tragic drama. There's something for everyone at the Free Festival!


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10:00

Chocolate Orange

Chocolate Orange

Comedy

Chocolate Orange

Comedy

Bar 50 / The Garden Room
AUG 14-27 at 10:00 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Sri Lankan comedian Maddie Fernando and Scottish comedian Stevie Coulter bring you Chocolate Orange! This is going to be a weird show with downright bizarre impressions, awkward stories of teenage crushes, failed attempts at flirtation and tales of millennial dread. Join us for this wonderful debut show and bring your friends along for a whole hour of weirdness and laughter! ...


Wiki Knows Best – Mythical Islands

Wiki Knows Best – Mythical Islands

Comedy

Wiki Knows Best – Mythical Islands

Comedy

The Counting House / The Lounge
AUG 14-27 at 10:15 (45 min) - Free & Unticketed

Wiki Knows Best – Mythical Islands A one-woman show – part comedy, part edutainment, part love letter to the world at large and Europe in particular. This show will take you on a journey to faraway places you didn’t know existed – ever heard of Hy-Brasil? – and down the rabbit holes of your own backyard, all the while proving that learning and exploring can be fun. Or at least funny. An adventure. An expedition to go where many have gone before. The opportunity to look with fresh eyes on old sights, and find the gold that’s only available to you. An exploitation of the (un)availa...


50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh

50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh

Comedy

50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 3-27 at 10:20 (60 min) - Pay What You Can

Show about family, taking risks, and embracing change. Michelle's a Canadian stand-up comedian who unexpectedly fell into the world of comedy. She went to university and worked full-time, then one day was brought into the lunch room and laid off. The company was closing and she was out of a job. She thought: if you can be disappointed being practical, why not struggle with doing something you love? She used her severance package to try a new challenge, and that led her to her second city. The rest, as they say, is history!...


Tal Davies and Hannah Weetman: Fear and Self-Loathing in Las Iguanas

Tal Davies and Hannah Weetman: Fear and Self-Loathing in Las Iguanas

Comedy

Tal Davies and Hannah Weetman: Fear and Self-Loathing in Las Iguanas

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 3-10 at 10:40 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

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Join award winning Brummie comedians Tal Davies and Hannah Weetman as they humorously pick apart every aspect of their own, and each other’s, dreadful life choices. If you enjoy dry, observational humour and uncomfortably relatable anecdotes (often -but not always- about the weird shape of their heads...), you’re in for a treat....


The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Comedy

The Breakfast Club

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 14-27 at 10:40 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

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The Breakfast Club is a free stand-up comedy compilation show featuring 3 fantastic comedians. It’s the most important show of the day, right? Hosted by Ben Ashurst (as featured on BBC Radio), The Breakfast Club will feature the very best comedy the Fringe has to offer. Every day, our menu of acts will be refreshed so whatever your comedy palette, the Breakfast Club will have something for you. Get your day at the Fringe off to the best possible start with some award-winning stand-up comedy, and join The Breakfast Club!...


Made In Bangladesh

Made In Bangladesh

Comedy

Made In Bangladesh

Comedy

The Three Sisters / The Wee Room
AUG 23-27 at 10:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Fresh from his hilarious performances at the New York Comedy Festival, Halifax Comedy Festival, and CBC Canada, ALI MEHEDI is ready to dazzle you with his otherworldly wit. Join him and New York based feature SONYA VAI on an unforgettable evening as he unveils his brand-new comedy special, sharing intimate and captivating tales from his extraordinary life. From a whimsical childhood in a remote Bangladeshi village to his journey to become a Canadian citizen and his ultimate discovery of his comedic calling, Ali's narrative will keep you laughing and cheering throughout. Tickets are limited - G...


11:00

Daman Bamrah: Salmon Camera

Daman Bamrah: Salmon Camera

Comedy

Daman Bamrah: Salmon Camera

Comedy

32 Below / Main Cellar
AUG 3-27 at 11:00 (45 min) - Free & Unticketed

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Daman Bamrah has spent a great deal of his life confused. His formative years were spent travelling between his Church of England High school and his Sikh Temple, but what did he really learn and where did he fit in?! Join British Sikh comedian Daman Bamrah for his first show as he attempts to identify himself in an increasingly absurd world. [WIP - 45 Mins] As seen on The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan (Channel 4), BBC New Comedy Awards (BBC One), Captive Audience (All 4) and BBC Asian Network Comedy Night (BBC Three). ...


Around the World in 80 Puns

Around the World in 80 Puns

Comedy

Around the World in 80 Puns

Comedy

Bar 50 / Upstairs
AUG 3-4, 7, 10-11, 14, 17-18, 21-27 at 11:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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Glaswegian comedian and author Iain MacDonald embraces the international aspect of the festival as he takes you on a punventure around the world in this hilarious show in which he has a joke for each and every country. You tell him the country- he'll tell you the joke! And with the aid of his GIANT map and mini globes for the audience, there'll be plenty of opportunities to try and catch him out! UK Pun Championship finalist ( 2017, 2018, 2020, 2022 ) ChampiPUNship runner-up 2019 UK Pun Off Puntest of Champions runner up 2021. ‘ Corny ‘ David Walliams ‘ Scotland’s Prince of Puns...



Plans: A Traditional Commedia Dell’Arte

Plans: A Traditional Commedia Dell’Arte

Comedy

Plans: A Traditional Commedia Dell’Arte

Comedy

Brass Monkey / The Cinema Room
AUG 3-7, 9-13 at 11:00 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

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A comparative analysis of rural barn-schooling and suburban alternative education in early 21st Century England. For George and the Underbelly keg-boys. #actuallyprettydecent ...


Michael Kunze: Infinity Mirror

Michael Kunze: Infinity Mirror

Comedy

Michael Kunze: Infinity Mirror

Comedy

The Three Sisters / The Wee Room
AUG 3-13, 15-22 at 11:00 (45 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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Success. Failure. Jealousy. Authenticity? Award-winning writer-performer Michael Kunze is famed actor Mitchell Coony. Join him as he revisits the roles that defined him and dishes on his scandalous career. Find out which of his ex-wives was the ex-iest, learn the tawdry secrets of Hollywood success and join him as he prepares for his toughest role yet... himself. Michael Kunze is back following his solo Edinburgh debut “Lil Saffron: Ragu to Riches”, which received multiple 5 star reviews and following the fringe transferred to the Pleasance and the Soho Theatre in London. Praise for pre...


3's Comedy: Mornings

3's Comedy: Mornings

Comedy

3's Comedy: Mornings

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 3-27 at 11:15 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

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Start your day off with a laugh as 3's Comedy: Mornings. 3's Comedy brings together Luka Muller, Peter Jones & Ben Searle, three of the rising stars of Australian comedy for a whole new hour of hilarious stand-up. They've been seen on TV, they've been heard on the radio and they've been bumped into on public transport on the way to gigs all across the world. Searle, Muller and Jones are guaranteed to make you laugh. (Ben Searle) "An ocean of raw talent and innate sense for big laughs." - Pedestrian.tv (Luka Muller) "A lovely young man... making the most of that nice guy image you can on...


Bucket

Bucket

Comedy

Bucket

Comedy

32 Below / Little Cellar
AUG 3-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 at 11:30 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

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Leah Renee, American stand-up comedian and recovering killjoy, makes audiences laugh, cry and cringe in her comedy show about the hidden cost of playing it safe and the unexpected delight in confronting what scares us. She'll tick one new item off her bucket list each show along with any adventurous audience members. Quench your FOMO at this YOLO solo show....


Those Who Can't Do

Those Who Can't Do

Comedy

Those Who Can't Do

Comedy

Brass Monkey / The Games Room
AUG 3-27 at 11:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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Ty juggles a double-life between being a respectable teacher during the week, and a fun-loving party animal on the weekend. Hiding this from the students is hard. Anecdotes and jokes from Ty's first few years as a teacher, and the lengths he must go to so that he can hide his personal life antics and budding comedy career from his students. "Gray’s internal dialogue and interactions with students are hilarious, and are helped into the comedy forum by Gray being happy to say what other teachers would only dare think in private." - 4.5 Stars, XPress Mag, Perth...


Rozarina Larsen presents: Whitefishing

Rozarina Larsen presents: Whitefishing

Comedy

Rozarina Larsen presents: Whitefishing

Comedy

The Counting House / The Ballroom
AUG 23-27 at 11:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can

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Rozarina Larsen presents her second solo stand up show - White Fishing - a work in progress comedy about finding your authenticity. As an Asian teenager in the mid Eighties, Rozarina was clueless of what it takes to be cool and hip. In this bizarre comedy of self exploration, Rozarina gets real with some of her idols throughout her journey to adulthood from Madonna to Mother Theresa to Marie Condo and faces her obsession with whiteness.Come prepared to listen to some probably not so woke comedy in 2023 as Rozarina unfolds her identity-crisis and her path to finding her authentic self....


The Dark Knightley Rises

The Dark Knightley Rises

Comedy

The Dark Knightley Rises

Comedy

The Three Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 21-27 at 11:30 (55 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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The 'Twat out of Hell' returns with an exciting new hour to get your day started. Wake up with this "funny and near the knuckle" comedian, rising from the darkness to lighten the mood. The world is full of problems, and the "filthy hidden gem", Knightley, is going to do his best solve them. Expect audience participation, jokes that cross the line and, probably a song. "Quick witted with strong audience work, sharp observations and great stage presence Gary G Knightley commands the room and supplies some close to the knuckle, very funny material." Bunbury Publishing ...


1998: A Walking Disaster – Anxiety, Absurdity, Airfryer

1998: A Walking Disaster – Anxiety, Absurdity, Airfryer

Comedy

1998: A Walking Disaster – Anxiety, Absurdity, Airfryer

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 3-13, 15-20, 22-27 at 11:35 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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"Are you an anxious person ? Join Mihai Tartara, a failed software developer now turned comedian, as he stumbles into a vortex of awkward situations in his troubled journey from his eastern European homeland to the western paradise. From his first failed kiss to his near-death first flight experience, this narrative driven show is packed with witty one-liners, captivating stories, terrible drawings and hilarious puppetry. Finalist Berlin New Stand-up Award 2022. 'Unique perspective' (TheWeeReview.com) " Who is Mihai Tartara ? Mihai Tartara it's a stand-up comedian and a bad software devel...



AL! The Weird Tribute (And How Daniel Radcliffe Got Mixed Up in This Nonsense)

AL! The Weird Tribute (And How Daniel Radcliffe Got Mixed Up in This Nonsense)

Comedy

AL! The Weird Tribute (And How Daniel Radcliffe Got Mixed Up in This Nonsense)

Comedy

Bar 50 / The Alcove
AUG 3-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 at 11:45 (45 min) - Free & Unticketed

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Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) and "Weird Al" Yankovic were destined to be together onstage, and now they are! (sort of) This loving tribute to two icons of entertainment will leave you giggling as your toes are tapping. American comedian/musician Steve Goodie brings it all together with songs and accordions and guitars and visual effects that cost many dozens of dollars, all for your amusement!...


22

22

Comedy

22

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 4-6, 8-13, 15-27 at 11:55 (50 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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New Year! New You?! Come laugh with Brooke as she trips and falls, trying to make our world a better place - fighting time-space continuum, economy, patriarchy, fertility, generations, herself, and trying to get a decent date, while starring in her own mental pop culture x broadway musical. Punchy, poetic, nonsensical, yet logically sound, filled with observational humor, quick-wit, wordplay, New York Comedian & Moth StorySlam Champ’s rampant references will challenge and entertain as Brooke reports on, (and tries to understand): the state of the world, her dating life, ...


12:00

The Generation Gap

The Generation Gap

Comedy

The Generation Gap

Comedy

Cabaret Voltaire / The Long Room
AUG 3-27 at 12:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can

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In the mid-80s, at 6 months old, my grandparents become my legal guardians. They showered me with love, but being guided through life by two 70-year-olds with simply no understanding of modern living was a mixture of confusion and embarrassment. I was having to take advice, navigate school and grow into a man from a generation who are clearly not up to date with the 90s trends of the internet, fashion and modern cooking. If I was ever to have a girlfriend, my grandparents' thrifty car choice, mannerisms and "alternative solutions" would certainly not help! ‘Brilliant. Very funny jokes’ – A...


Aaaaargh! It's the One-Liner Show

Aaaaargh! It's the One-Liner Show

Comedy

Aaaaargh! It's the One-Liner Show

Comedy

Dropkick Murphys / Main Room
AUG 3-27 at 12:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Enjoy an hour of the best up-and-coming one-liner comedians on the circuit in this celebration of puns, one-liners and wordplay. Hosted by Masai Graham, Joke of the Fringe Winner 2022, 2021 and 2016, UK Pun Championships 2016 Winner....


Lunch with a Cyclopath

Lunch with a Cyclopath

Comedy

Lunch with a Cyclopath

Comedy

The Counting House / The Attic
AUG 3-27 at 12:00 (55 min) - Free & Unticketed

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Dion Owen is a professional Canadian comedy and true Cyclopath. He's been performing for over a decade and has headlined in 10+ countries. He's been feature on the TV, numerous Fringe festivals and a bevvy of international festivals. He likely biked here as that's his main mode of transport even on international tours (whaaaaaaat?!?!?!) He's come back in Edinburgh to tell you some jokes. So come laugh at the clever, mundane, silly and absurd. Or if enough cyclists show up hear bike propaganda thinly veiled as punchlines!...


A* In The Making

A* In The Making

Comedy

A* In The Making

Comedy

The Hanover Tap / The Wee Tap
AUG 3-27 at 12:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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Mark Row has had enough! After 17 years of teaching, he longs to escape the barrage of inane questions, the endless carousel of uninspiring classes, and the attitudes of kids that stink worse than their PE Kits. So whilst he taught, he toured, embracing a new life in the world of stand up comedy, and it turns out that a career built on having a laugh just to get through the class, has provided him with an 'outstanding lesson' in how to entertain! Whether you loved or hated your time I'm school, you're bound to enjoy an hour's detention with Mr Row. Grab your tickets early to be teacher's pe...


Scream Inside Your Heart

Scream Inside Your Heart

Comedy

Scream Inside Your Heart

Comedy

The Three Sisters / The Wee Room
AUG 3-20 at 12:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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Join award winning comedian Kathryn Mather in this slightly dark, slightly whimsical show about finding love and finding yourself against the backdrop of the pandemic....


Sharon Wanjohi and Abbie Edwards: Screaming, Crying, Throwing Up

Sharon Wanjohi and Abbie Edwards: Screaming, Crying, Throwing Up

Comedy

Sharon Wanjohi and Abbie Edwards: Screaming, Crying, Throwing Up

Comedy

The Three Sisters / The Wee Room
AUG 21-27 at 12:00 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

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'After a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe, Sharon Wanjohi (as seen on Channel 4 Comedy Bites) and Abbie Edwards (as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra) return with an eclectic hour of stand up comedy that WILL make you scream, cry and throw up (in a a very sanitary, very safe way). But wait, there's more! The show will end with FORCED performances of a stand up roast about themselves written by the other comedian that they've NEVER seen before. Prepare to see their deepest insecurities ridiculed on stage as the audience find out what they really think of each other- but in a fun way. ...



American Boy

American Boy

Comedy

American Boy

Comedy

Bar 50 / Upstairs
AUG 3-4, 7, 10-11, 14 at 12:15 (45 min) - Free & Unticketed

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American Boy is a stand-up comedy show about immigrant guilt, romance, and Barbie. The show hilariously showcases an Iranian immigrant's point-of-view about growing up in America and gives audiences a deeper understanding of the immigrant experience and blowjobs. ...


Steph Aritone: Excelf-esteem

Steph Aritone: Excelf-esteem

Comedy

Steph Aritone: Excelf-esteem

Comedy

Bar 50 / Upstairs
AUG 21-27 at 12:15 (45 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Steph is a really chill girl. Don't let her 5 year excel spreadsheet - tracking her every minute of exercise, food, and mental breakdowns - fool you. Snoop upon Steph's data (years back and what she's been up to as a comedian during the Edinburgh Fringe) in this 45 minute stand-up comedy TED Talk as she unravels... the formula to calculate her excelf-esteem. Steph Aritone - Roast Battle UK Finalist 2022 "Clearly confident and comfortable in her own skin" - Artefact Magazine ...


Giggles fae Glasge

Giggles fae Glasge

Comedy

Giggles fae Glasge

Comedy

Bar Soba / Secret Soba
AUG 14-15, 18 at 12:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Can

Giggles fae Glesga brings together six of the best up and coming female comedians from the funniest city in the world! We come from far and wide, cover four generations, and we all have our own unique take on life, womanhood, and this crazy, beautiful city we call home. The show is headlined by gallus Glasgwegian Amanda Hursy, who seems to always find herself in embarrassing situations. But when life goes spectacularly sideways, all that is left to do is laugh! As featured on the BBC, Amanda has performed stand up comedy all over the country from local comedy clubs, arena tour support and e...


Big Smoke Comedy

Big Smoke Comedy

Comedy

Big Smoke Comedy

Comedy

Brass Monkey / The Cinema Room
AUG 15-27 at 12:15 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

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Big Smoke Comedy is stand-up comedy with a fully improvised finale and the only show of its kind. A variety of ferociously independent comics perform individually, then form a one-night-only ensemble to play off audience suggestions. Come meet the characters, watch them play and help shape the acts with your warmth and laughter. Cast includes resident MC Brooke Hoerr and select performers from both the British Isles and international comedy circuit....


#BigDerryEnergy with Peter E Davidson

#BigDerryEnergy with Peter E Davidson

Comedy

#BigDerryEnergy with Peter E Davidson

Comedy

The Counting House / The Loft
AUG 3-27 at 12:15 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

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Top Derry comedian Peter E Davidson returns with his brand new fifth solo Edinburgh Fringe special. Tired of being mistaken for international comedian and celebrity sex plaything Pete Davidson, this year saw Peter E take a really long look at who he is and where he stands in an ever-increasing polarised world. All this culminated in an existential crisis while dressed as Santa at a Christmas event where a kid stared deep into his soul and asked ‘are you fake?’ Damn it kid. In so many ways. In so many ways. So, join Pete on a rip-roaring midlife crisis with 80% less leather jackets a...


Can You Tell Me Where This Is?

Can You Tell Me Where This Is?

Comedy

Can You Tell Me Where This Is?

Comedy

Eastside / The Den
AUG 4-27 at 12:20 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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We gathered the top comedians in Edinburgh to go on every night with 15 minutes of their best stuff, every day a different lineup, every day a different show because why see them do an hour when you can save time and see their best 15?...


A Spaniard's Guide to Learning Shakespeare

A Spaniard's Guide to Learning Shakespeare

Comedy

A Spaniard's Guide to Learning Shakespeare

Comedy

32 Below / Main Cellar
AUG 3-27 at 12:30 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

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Ever wondered what would happen if Alejandro Murrieta aka Zorro decided to become a Shakespearean actor at the Globe in London? Well, imagine if his son decided to do a show acting out all of Shakespeare's plays in Spanish - but wit