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The City Cafe

Laughing Horse Free Festival Venue

The City Cafe

Fringe Venue 85 - Click here for map
19 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR. Phone: 0131 220 0125
Food  Wifi  Licensed  Air Conditioned
Open from 10:00 to 02:00
All ages until 9pm, then 18+ only

Located on Blair Street, just off of the Royal mile and minutes from the Fringe show, The City Cafe is a fashionable 1950's style café bar right in the centre of town. It has benefited from a complete refurbishment in the last couple of years, and it is right on the doorstep of the hustle and bustle of the Royal mile . The venue serves a wide selection of meals and drinks all day, and there is also a great outdoor drinking area, and new for 2018 - three performance spaces for show downstairs!

This year we have two entry methods: Free & Unticketed or Pay What You Can
Free & Unticketed: Entry to a show is first-come, first served at the venue - just turn up and then donate to the show in the collection at the end.
Pay What You Can: For these shows you can book a ticket to guarantee entry and choose your price from the Fringe Box Office, up to 30 mins before a show. After that all remaining space is free at the venue on a first-come, first-served bases. Donations for walk-ins at the end of the show.

Shows sorted by Venue Room

Hollywood

200 Puns In 1 Hour with Roger Swift

200 Puns In 1 Hour with Roger Swift

Comedy

200 Puns In 1 Hour with Roger Swift

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 1-25 at 14:05 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

The comedic prop pun lunatic Roger Swift shoots out 200 puns in 1 hour! With his trademark crazy homemade props, audio cues and powerpoint slides. Expect corny jokes and silliness; with no theme besides wordplay. DO NOT expect someone taking himself seriously. Dave's Best Gag of the Fringe list 2016 & 2023...


3's Comedy: Afternoons

3's Comedy: Afternoons

Comedy

3's Comedy: Afternoons

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 1-25 at 12:50 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

You’ve had a big lunch, now have a big laugh at 3’s Comedy: Afternoons. Featuring Adam Knox, Ben Searle & Jordan Barr, three of the best of the new wave of Australian comedians at the festival. They've done stand-up on television, they've won awards, they've written for TV, they've sold out shows, they've gigged around the world and now they've arrived in Edinburgh to do comedy for you!...


50 Ways Jesus (Almost) Ruined My Life

50 Ways Jesus (Almost) Ruined My Life

Comedy

50 Ways Jesus (Almost) Ruined My Life

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 2-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 11:35 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Is eternal life worth not having one now? What happens when you rebel against your progressive parents by becoming a Jesus superfan in your teens and then 10 years later decide walking on water is a lot more hassle than taking the ferry? Are there lasting side-effects of over-indulgence in religion in your formative years? And can it really still be screwing up your sex life in your 50s even though Mormons have so many babies? In this hilarious yet poignant show, Sharon VS traces the root of all her mid-life crises to divine self-radicalisation in her teens. Plus we offer the chance for one...


666 Black Widows: Dirty and Dark Comedy by Twisted Gals

666 Black Widows: Dirty and Dark Comedy by Twisted Gals

Comedy

666 Black Widows: Dirty and Dark Comedy by Twisted Gals

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 1-25 at 21:35 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Welcome to the dark side of laughter, where our comics don’t give a damn about your comfort zone. It's where the fearless female comics come to play, and by play, we mean mercilessly toy with every dark corner of comedy there is. Expect an evening soaked in pitch-black humor, where insults are the highest form of flattery and the comedy is so twisted, it feels sinfully right. Efringe 2023 sellout show! Daily rotating lineup of badass comediannes, host by Moni Zhang, winner of Berlin New Standup Award 2019....


Alex Prescot: I’ve Got A Song About That

Alex Prescot: I’ve Got A Song About That

Comedy

Alex Prescot: I’ve Got A Song About That

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 1-25 at 10:20 (45 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

The musical comic with a lightning-fast turnaround. Alex Prescot has some fresh new songs, some of them so fresh you’ll see them made up before your very eyes! Expect everything from quick-witted observational bangers to daft one-line ditties. With a different comedian opening the show every performance and several songs made up on the spot, kick start your day with a high-energy musical comedy show that’s custom-made for YOU! Clap Back To Reality Winner 2023/24, Kingston New Act Finalist & previous Musical Comedy Awards, West End New Act, Leicester Square Sketch Off & So You Think ...


CARAVAN CLUB & ITS NOT-GOT-A MUCKY BUM STAR, MISS MISSY HEAVENS

CARAVAN CLUB & ITS NOT-GOT-A MUCKY BUM STAR, MISS MISSY HEAVENS

Comedy

CARAVAN CLUB & ITS NOT-GOT-A MUCKY BUM STAR, MISS MISSY HEAVENS

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 5-25 at 01:20 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

When disaster hits Blighty's biggest caravan club, can a total cow of a party dancer save the day? Missy’s convinced she's got the talent. Coming from the mind of Fella (creator & ringmaster for the ‘phenomenal' Fellanies, writer behind the ‘f*&king epic’ Fella’s round, Man Up! 2k24 finalist & ‘gleefully ridiculous’ - Chortle), Miss Missy Heavens is a real silly force of nature. Completely deluded, of course. But christ, will she do what it takes to put on a show. Expect dance moves, daft stories and total bangers. So don your best 90s garbs and come get stuck into Caravan Club. ...


Henry Ginsberg’s Hyper-Masculine Cookery Show

Henry Ginsberg’s Hyper-Masculine Cookery Show

Comedy

Henry Ginsberg’s Hyper-Masculine Cookery Show

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 1-19, 21-25 at 16:35 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Stand-up comedian and culinary wizard Henry Ginsberg presents a guide to all things gastronomical. Topics covered will include the inner workings of pub kitchens, flirtations with veganism, buffet strategy and the frankly offensive state of store bought falafel. ...


Pam Ford AKA Spam Ford

Pam Ford AKA Spam Ford

Comedy

Pam Ford AKA Spam Ford

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 1-12, 14-24 at 17:50 (55 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Pam Ford 'Spam' The meaty content you've been waiting for! Fresh back from her tour of this show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2024. The child of Ten Pound Pom Parents immigrating from Birmingham England for Australia, having to fit in, transform herself to 'fit in' change her accent, failed attempts to get a sun tan. Being a timid self-conscious child to becoming an outrageous tigeress of a stand up comedian, marriage kids divorce, 70's Spam Sandwiches and pop music. Plenty of retro references, Audiences just love her energy and enthusiasm. ****Genius Entertainments...


Peter Jones - Cannot Fail

Peter Jones - Cannot Fail

Comedy

Peter Jones - Cannot Fail

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 1-25 at 15:20 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

I’m Australian, but I live over here now. I’ve performed stand-up on the TV series Comedy Up Late (it’s on the ABC in Australia), I also appeared on the Netflix series Why Are You Like This? (I do not have many lines, but I assure you I am in it), I wrote for a few TV shows in Australia that you won’t know but paid me money to write jokes. Since moving to the UK I’ve won the 2023 Beat the Frog World Series (screened on NextUp), oh and before leaving Australia I was named the Kings of Comedy Comedian of the Year for 2022, which was pretty nice. What else? The show? It’ll be forty-five minute...


SalFUNNI presents: No Backup Plan

SalFUNNI presents: No Backup Plan

Comedy

SalFUNNI presents: No Backup Plan

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 1-11 at 20:20 (55 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

SalFUNNI is back with a brand-new line up of comedians for an hour of stand-up, sketch and shenanigans! The University of Salford offers the only degree in Comedy Writing and Performance in the UK. Previous years have included award-winning student comedians who have since gone on to write for and perform on some of the biggest shows in UK comedy on the BBC and beyond. Don't miss your opportunity to catch the top talents of tomorrow... today! ...


The Chaos Queens of Reykjavik

The Chaos Queens of Reykjavik

Comedy

The Chaos Queens of Reykjavik

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 12-25 at 20:20 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Icelandic comedians Lovísa Lára and Mekkin Roff join forces to bring you an uproarious hour of standup comedy. No punches are pulled and no punchlines are missed as these two manic pixie nightmares take the stage to talk life, love, and the pursuit of Enrique Iglesias. Featuring a potent combination of Lovísa’s ditsy charm and Mekkin’s acerbic wit, these two friends and favourites of the Icelandic comedy scene feed off each other’s energy, creating a dynamic and uproarious atmosphere that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire show....


Thor Stenhaug: It's So Hard to Speak Without Saying Something Stupid

Thor Stenhaug: It's So Hard to Speak Without Saying Something Stupid

Comedy

Thor Stenhaug: It's So Hard to Speak Without Saying Something Stupid

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 1-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 19:05 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

One of the UK's most exciting new comedians, Norwegian born Thor Stenhaug (British Comedian of the Year shortlist) is back with a brand new show. Having finished sold out runs of his past four Edinburgh shows, Thor regularly performs in the biggest comedy clubs across the UK. Last year, Broadway Baby gave him four stars, whilst North West End have called him ''The gem of the free fringe''. Scottish Field said ''Catch him before panel shows beckon''. ''Heart-warming and hilariously self-aware stand up'' **** EdFringe Review'...


Wake up call

Wake up call

Comedy

Wake up call

Comedy

The City Cafe / Hollywood
AUG 1-25 at 00:05 (60 min) - Pay What You Can - Tickets available soon

2024 lovell & Sachin get a wake up call what have they been doing with there lives and what to do with it going forward...


Las Vegas

1.295 Reframing Autistic Success (Kitten Steps)

1.295 Reframing Autistic Success (Kitten Steps)

Comedy

1.295 Reframing Autistic Success (Kitten Steps)

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 13:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

After 2023’s sell-out show, Stags returns with laughs, adventures and his more innovative 1.295-step mission for success. Add to that some neurospicy experimentation and questioning what it means to be AuDHD in a neurotypical world, Stags finds he’s reframing everything. 'Few things more charming... With nothing but a microphone and a rain sound machine, Stags brings his audience into his memories... Audience doubled up in laughter' (Margaret Hall, Playbill). 'An immensely likeable and charismatic performer' (NeurodiverseReview.com). 'Highly recommended!!' 'Very very funny' (Audience reviews)....


3's Comedy: Mornings

3's Comedy: Mornings

Comedy

3's Comedy: Mornings

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-25 at 11:15 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Start your day off with a laugh at 3's Comedy: Mornings. 3's Comedy brings together Adam Knox, Bronwyn Kuss & Peter Jones, three of the rising stars of the new wave 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. Knox, Kuss and Jones are guaranteed to make you laugh....


Aidan Jones - Stories

Aidan Jones - Stories

Comedy

Aidan Jones - Stories

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-25 at 12:30 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

A few years ago I got punched in the face by a lady on the train. When I was 8 my grandpa killed my pet rabbit. I got fired from a job for making fun of our clients on my podcast. Funny stories, told on stage by a very serious and important man. (me) “Punchlines that will leave you laughing for days on end... This is what a well-crafted comedy set looks like!” - ★★★★★ (The Adelaide Advertiser) Nominated for Best Show in the ISH Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2023 (long-list) "One of the cleverest minds on the Aussie comedy circuit." - ★★★★...


Angela Bra and Aunty Ginger’s Drag-A-Do!

Angela Bra and Aunty Ginger’s Drag-A-Do!

Comedy

Angela Bra and Aunty Ginger’s Drag-A-Do!

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 23:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Drag comedy superstars Angela Bra and Aunty Ginger serve you a late-night cocktail of stand-up and sing-a-longs with a triple shot of audience participation of the side. Stirring stuff that may leave you mixed up and shaken...but wanting a Martini bit more! ...


Beat the Comic – Quiz Show

Beat the Comic – Quiz Show

Comedy

Beat the Comic – Quiz Show

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-25 at 18:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Your chance to get thrown into a hilarious head-to-head with a top comedian. Test your wits and general knowledge as you battle for crown glory in this quiz show. Laugher guaranteed, victory uncertain....


Becky Fury: Great British C*nts

Becky Fury: Great British C*nts

Comedy

Becky Fury: Great British C*nts

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-25 at 22:30 (50 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Great British C*nts is a show about British history and embracing the sometimes challenging and complex identity that is being British -ish This show covers challenging, nuanced and potentially edgy topics like colonialism, the British museum (The gift shop of British colonialism ) and national identity in an anarchic, affectionate and most importanly non judgemental and funny way. Award winning writer and comic artiste Becky Fury (her real name) also uses her equally complex identity as a British ish, brown-ish, non binary- ish ( or to use old fashioned gender jargon;) tomboy, to celebrat...


Edinbra Fringe Comedy

Edinbra Fringe Comedy

Comedy

Edinbra Fringe Comedy

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-25 at 17:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

A revolving line-up of the best established and up-and-coming female comedians from around Edinburgh, Scotland and the Fringe Festival in a hilarious early evening showcase guaranteed to raise more than just a few titters ...


Gary Lynch: Middle Age Came Quick

Gary Lynch: Middle Age Came Quick

Comedy

Gary Lynch: Middle Age Came Quick

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-25 at 15:00 (55 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Does anybody else think that there must be a clerical mistake on their birth certificate? How on EARTH am I sixty, when 25 minutes ago I was starting secondary school, noticing that girls smelled better than boys, and that colour televisions existed??????? We'll be looking at all those milestones and landmarks that only now we realise measure our paths from childhood to THIS. And how they all happened without us even noticing till it's too late....


Helen Prior - The Pussy from the USSR

Helen Prior - The Pussy from the USSR

Comedy

Helen Prior - The Pussy from the USSR

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 14-25 at 10:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

If you love salty kippers for your breakfast - this show is for you. You will have the Pussy’s crabs as post election relief. Helen Prior, The Pussy from the USSR, a rambunctious Ukrainian gal, is coming to make you laugh hysterically, bask in the joys of surreal and outrageous comedy, and make you question everything you thought you knew to be true, bringing a “hole” new meaning to the concept of freedom of speech. This show combines raunchy comedy with hard-hitting truths about life in the USSR, and The Pussy’s experiences in Britain. In her show the Pussy explores parallels between modern ...


Lee Kyle and Friend: Not Morning People

Lee Kyle and Friend: Not Morning People

Comedy

Lee Kyle and Friend: Not Morning People

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 2-13 at 10:00 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Lee has absolutely no wish to be up at this time but he'll do his best. He's getting a guest in obviously, what kind of maniac would do an hour themselves at this time? With comedy and chat and whatever else happens happens. Join one of the best ad-libbers around with some guests he'll be putting up with. ...


Mad Ron's Character Comedy Carnage

Mad Ron's Character Comedy Carnage

Comedy

Mad Ron's Character Comedy Carnage

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 20:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Join Mad Ron (Reg D Hunter tour support) and Jerry Bakewell (as seen on BGT) for an hour of character comedy. The very best club sets from some of the circuit's best and up and coming character comedians. Mad Ron is a regular on the pro comedy circuit to critical acclaim. Nominated for "Best Show" at the Leicester Comedy Festival. A masterclass in criminality (and comedy writing) from Uxbridge’s third hardest man. Packed with gags,.... (Lucy Porter, Twitter). Me and my partner loved Ron, one of our top 3 performances over the 3 days we were at the fringe. Had us laughing throughout and ha...


Manchild

Manchild

Comedy

Manchild

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 11-25 at 21:15 (55 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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MANCHILD is a grown-up-ish comedy show by Diederik Zuurmond, an Amsterdam-based comedian who is Dutch but pretends not to be. Zuurmond is young, dumb and full of comedy and has been described as “one of mainland Europe’s finest young boys”. MANCHILD toes the line between silly and dark stand-up comedy. Donning a suit and two ties, Diederik talks about not being gay or racist but also kind of both of those (woops). MANCHILD features a whole lot of jokes, a few impressions and one song as it tackles tough topics like THE COSMOS, CHRIST AND C*M. ...


Only God Can Judge Me

Only God Can Judge Me

Comedy

Only God Can Judge Me

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-25 at 01:00 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Expect amazing multimedia. Expect heaps of sweet jokes. Expect a watermelon the size of a car that splits open and it's full of spiders but the spiders have your dad's face and they're actually really supportive. Expect whatever the hell you like. I'm not your spider-dad. Doug spends most of his time in a dark room making visual effects and animation. You can see a bunch of his videos on youtube @safetyhammer If you're not into that stuff, definitely avoid this show....


Sian Davies: Band Of Gold

Sian Davies: Band Of Gold

Comedy

Sian Davies: Band Of Gold

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-25 at 16:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Brand new thoughts, ideas, stories and jokes from award winning, working class, queer comedian, Sian Davies. As seen on Comedy Central Live and Next Up. Nominated for Next Up Biggest Prize in Comedy at Edinburgh Fringe 2023. Winner of Edinburgh Comedy Awards Panel Prize 2022 for Best in Class. Winner Best Debut Show Leicester Comedy Festival 2020. Runner up Funny Women Stage Award 2019. Winner Hilarity Bites best new act 2018. And she doesn't regret a thing. Or does she? ...


Stephen Carlin: Frenemies

Stephen Carlin: Frenemies

Comedy

Stephen Carlin: Frenemies

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-10 at 21:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Spy on your friends today for they will be your enemies tomorrow. member of the awkward squad, Stephen Carlin has finally accepted he needs society. Meet Stephen Carlin: The People Person. Herald ***** Chosen as one of Stewart Lee’s “Ten Best Stand Up Comedians Ever”, Carlin has supported Stewart Lee, Stephen Merchant, Felix Dexter and most recently, Tom Stade on their national tours. Carlin has acquired a growing fan base and critical acclaim for his original, insightful material and accomplished delivery. This married with his exceptional turn of phrase and brilliantly opinionated broad...


Nineties

Alex Mason and Freya McGhee: Comedians in STEM

Alex Mason and Freya McGhee: Comedians in STEM

Comedy

Alex Mason and Freya McGhee: Comedians in STEM

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 1-25 at 11:55 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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Freya McGhee and Alex Mason will be showing you mathematic graphs of their love life, then delving into their frustration with specific lab experiments. All whilst ensuring a chemical bond with the audience. Come along so we can keep denying our degrees weren't a complete waste of money. Freya McGhee is a self-deprecating chemist. Freya has over 15,000 followers on instagram, and has found an audience who love her science related material. She was a Leicester Mercury Finalist 2023, Amused Moose Panel Show Finalist 2021 and tour support for Helen Bauer's 'Grand Supreme Darling' 2023 UK tour....


Angela Bra: Social Calendar Girl

Angela Bra: Social Calendar Girl

Comedy

Angela Bra: Social Calendar Girl

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 20:40 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Sex & Relationship Education is on the timetable and award-winning drag queen, Miss Angela Bra, is your supply teacher for this very special lesson on how to handle yourself in any social situation. With sing-a-long parodies, pun-loaded storytelling and an actual gameshow, it’s a class act that’ll tick-all your fancies! Winner of Best Musical Comedy at the 2022 Morecambe Fringe. Nominated for Best Comedy Show at the 2023 Buxton Fringe. "A veritable barrage of jokes, songs and puns. Angela Bra is well on her way to establishing herself as national treasure status, much more of this and...


Anna Beros - Creampie Clarity

Anna Beros - Creampie Clarity

Comedy

Anna Beros - Creampie Clarity

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 00:25 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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Self-realisation might include a bunch of dicks, drugs and aspirations to motherhood. A brutally honest punchy standup journey from origin stories of sluttery to courting non-monogamy, psychedelics and heterosexual hazards. From curiosity to clarity. Creampie Clarity had a successful run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2024. Anna's a Kiwi born, Melbourne raised, Berlin based full-time standup comedian. She’s toured Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, Belgium, Luxembourg & Germany. She’s written for Comedy Central DE, hosts the web series Ersties Nonsense, has the weekly pod...


Anna Beros - Creampie Curious

Anna Beros - Creampie Curious

Comedy

Anna Beros - Creampie Curious

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 23:10 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Romping through the feats, fiascos and fluids of her 30s from Melbourne to Berlin, Anna celebrates nasty sex with manners, German empathy & non-judgemental feminism. A brutally honest punchy standup journey weaving cosy audience interactions with thorny themes. Sex positive, dark and upbeat, Anna turns pain into laughter and shame into solidarity. Anna's a Kiwi born, Melbourne raised, Berlin based full-time standup comedian. Creampie Curious had successful runs in 2024 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Leicester Comedy Festival, and in 2023 at the Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide F...


Devin Gray: How To Get Away With Marriage

Devin Gray: How To Get Away With Marriage

Comedy

Devin Gray: How To Get Away With Marriage

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 1-25 at 21:55 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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Devin Gray's debut solo show "How To Get Away With Marriage" is a plot for laughter, cryptic culture clashes, and a daring dash of... suspicion? Devin's razor-sharp wit pierces cultural barriers in this suspiciously funny cloak-and-dagger comedy show. Expect dual (or duel) citizenship jokes that transcend borders and unveil the closet skeletons that connect us all. Arm yourself for a humourcidal experience as Devin attempts to navigate his marriage to his German partner in crime – ‘til death do them part. Don’t understand German? Don’t worry – neither does he! Whether you're na...


Elliot Wengler: Jokémon

Elliot Wengler: Jokémon

Comedy

Elliot Wengler: Jokémon

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 3-11, 13-25 at 15:40 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Elliot Wengler presents a spectacular, explosive, and personal history of the world's biggest monster-fighting franchise. Finally, after years of failing to become a Pokémon Master, he has decided to become a Jokémon Master! With jokes for all 150 of them! In a show bristling with colours, costumes and utter chaos, this is THE show. Let's catch 'em all, all over again, in joke form. "Likeable performer with nice ideas" - Broadway Baby...


Hammerhead

Hammerhead

Comedy

Hammerhead

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 13-25 at 10:40 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Hammerhead is a show about bridging the gap between who you want to be and who you are from an aging punk hardcore kid in arrested development. The show is a 50/50 mix of longer stories, about having to participate in a life drawing class that was too sexy, dealing with a locksmith who charged through the roof (or door as it were), and living with an ex-partner in a tiny studio apartment; then shorter jokes about trying to still be a punk while working a corporate wage slave job, trying to meditate, quitting drinking for a time, and get fit doing thai kickboxing....


Irish Comedy Overdrive

Irish Comedy Overdrive

Comedy

Irish Comedy Overdrive

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 1-25 at 22:50 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Irish Comedy Overdrive! - If you like laughter, or the Irish (or even better, a healthy mix of both) then this is the show for you! Hosted by rising comedy and acting star Terry O' Neill, we bring you the very best acts from the Emerald Isle. With 3 exciting acts each night, expect the unexpected, combining a mixture of the most established and up and coming Irish talent. It'll be gas craic! So come get a rub of the green (no touching us please, this is a metaphor only) kiss the Blarney stone (ok this is getting weird now!) just come and laugh like St Patrick would have wanted. Hosted b...


Irish Jokers

Irish Jokers

Comedy

Irish Jokers

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 2-12 at 10:40 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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A compilation show of the best Irish acts at this years fringe. Presented by multi award winning comedian Paul Marsh and Comedian/Musician Lorcan Hughes, this show is a mix of the new up and coming acts, as well as seasoned professionals, all doing short sets of their best material. Its a fun filled hour of guaranteed craic! If they're Irish and they're funny, they'll be here!...


Kimberly Policella and Kim Hope: Is That Not Normal?

Kimberly Policella and Kim Hope: Is That Not Normal?

Comedy

Kimberly Policella and Kim Hope: Is That Not Normal?

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 1-25 at 14:25 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

In mid-2023, an American and an Australian walked into a London pub - and a dynamic comedy alliance was formed. In “Is That Not Normal?”, their debut show (premiering at Brighton Fringe), Kimberly and Kim will share their infectious humour and strategies for living a happy life, despite feeling like the Universe is continually pranking them. Kimberly Policella: The UK’s only Texas Barbie - if Barbie had married every man who proposed and had three kids - Kimberly makes it her business to share all the wisdom acquired by making lots of bad decisions using her talent for never thinking things...


Mamas' Boy – Lesbian Son Comedy Hour

Mamas' Boy – Lesbian Son Comedy Hour

Comedy

Mamas' Boy – Lesbian Son Comedy Hour

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 18-25 at 16:55 (45 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Patrick Moore is a total Mama’s Boy. His parents are lesbians, so it was his only choice. Come see why. After touring throughout Europe for the past year, MAMAS’ BOY is coming to the Fringe for the first time. MAMAS’ BOY has played in Barcelona, Vienna, Basel, Zurich, and Prague, along with sold-out shows in Dresden, Luxembourg, Innsbruck, Munich, and California. Patrick Moore was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and grew up on a diet of love, attention, and tofu. From getting crystals as a Christmas present to being certified as an energy healer at the age of six, his chi...


Meshida: My Japanese Perspective

Meshida: My Japanese Perspective

Comedy

Meshida: My Japanese Perspective

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 1-25 at 18:10 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Japanese stand-up comedian Meshida, performs his comedy in English and is also the founder of The Funny Japan Project. Meshida broke away from his corporate job in Japan and traveled to the United Kingdom to begin his stand up comedy career. Meshida uses his unique perspectives for introducing Japan's historical, religious, cultural, and gender dynamics to foreigners.  Meshida distinguishes himself from conventional comedians in Japan by fearlessly delving into taboo topics. and sparking vital public conversations, which are showcased on his YouTube channel,  Japanese Comedian Meshida. He ...


Political Masculinity

Political Masculinity

Comedy

Political Masculinity

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 3-17 at 16:55 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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If you have seen any of Jays shows you will know this will be a funny, meaningful standup comedy show. This new show explores how his family doesn't find him masculine enough YOU BE THE JUDGE AFTER THE SHOW. With various Elections throughout the World. What is Masculinity and what does it mean? This show is for Everyone (over the age of 16). The biggest drug in the World is how to speak like a Conservative, Rishi Sunak forgot the word "Ceasefire" over Israel/Palestine but not for Russia/Ukraine why is that? Jay explains all this and more...


Projection

Projection

Theatre

Projection

Theatre

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 1-25 at 19:25 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Get ready for a laugh-out-loud rollercoaster as "Projection" takes center stage at the Comedy Theatre Festival! Dive into the hilarious world of Lucy, a spiritual guru navigating the highs and lows of love, all projected live on stage. Watch as Lucy's online escapades unfold in real-time, from her quirky affirmations to her SMS melodramas with the emotionally elusive Tom. Will the audience become part of the action with text messages popping up on their phones? Brace yourselves for interactive hilarity! In a city where spirituality meets the harsh reality of skyrocketing rent, Lucy's jou...


UK Pun Off

UK Pun Off

Comedy

UK Pun Off

Comedy

The City Cafe / Nineties
AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 13:10 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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The hit online show The UK Pun Off has made the transition to a LIVE show and is coming back to Edinburgh! 4 top comics will have 3 jokes on 5 different topics and it is up to the audience to decide the winner of each round to crown the winner. We also look for the audience's best puns on each of the topics to be read out at the end of each round and prizes are up for grabs for the audience member with the best pun. Be sure to check out our past episodes on YouTube @ukpunoff to get you prepared for the hottest pun show on the planet! The QR codes from the flyers will direct you to...