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Bar 50

Laughing Horse Free Festival Venue

Bar 50

Fringe Venue 151 - Click here for map
Within SafeStay Edinburgh Hostel, 50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE. Phone: 0131 524 1989
Food  Accessible  Wifi  Licensed
Open from 08:00 to 01:00
All ages until 10pm, then 18+ only

Located within the five-star Safestay Hostel, Bar 50 serves an eclectic mix of spirits and beers, along with tasty locally sourced food. The menu has dishes for everyone, from stone baked pizza’s to veggie chilli burritos and chicken Caesar salad. There’s pool tables, comfy couches and an outdoor heated smoking area.



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Marquee

Eh?

Eh?

Comedy

Eh?

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 18:45 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Marquee

From a no holds barred dissection of his own laughable life to a skewed look at the insanity of the everyday, let this thoroughly vexed local lad make you laugh at his expense. “Connor has the potential to be one of the best new comedians that Scotland has produced in years” -Crackbird Comedy...


Eliott Simpson: (a)sexy and I know it

Eliott Simpson: (a)sexy and I know it

Comedy

Eliott Simpson: (a)sexy and I know it

Comedy

AUG 17-25 at 11:45 (35 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Marquee

Eliott has never cared for sex. He enjoys doing people as much as he enjoys doing his taxes (not at all), yet for all his life it has lead to nothing but ridicule. But in peculiarity lies comedy, and Simpson has it in spades. With tales of gender, stakes, queerness and cakes, Simpson aims to widen your eyes to the life of an asexual man living in a hyper-sexualised world. So come along, keep on your thong, and enjoy the only show completely absent of dick jokes...okay there are some but they’re very intellectual. - “Absurd and Accessible” (The Norwich Radical) - "Weird as f**k" (Janey Godl...


Grave St.Claire: Hard Bop

Grave St.Claire: Hard Bop

Comedy

Grave St.Claire: Hard Bop

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 12:30 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Marquee

‘Grave St.Claire: Hard Bop’ is a multimedia comedy show that incorporates stand up, videos, dance, and fancy dress. The show is a light-hearted and genuine look at overcoming adversities and includes stories about getting married way too young, learning to skateboard at age 32, crying at work, and how, as a leftist immigrant, I accidentally got a job working for an anti-immigration lobby within weeks of moving to a new country. Grave St.Claire is a New Zealand comedian living and gigging in London. Come see it....


I'll Be Broken Home For Christmas

I'll Be Broken Home For Christmas

Musicals and Opera

I'll Be Broken Home For Christmas

Musicals and Opera

AUG 2-25 at 21:15 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Marquee

"I'll Be Broken Home for Christmas" is a dark comedy musical written and performed by critically acclaimed internationally touring comedy stars, Jeffrey Baldinger and Jessica Michelle Singleton. The Musical follows two children on their journey through hell to try to get back their souls, which their deadbeat father sold to the Devil, in order to avoid debt collectors. In their journey they must find a way to save their mother from purgatory while also trying to have a merry christmas. "They're not sad because they've never known happiness." They meet a plucky bird that helps them along the wa...


Linda: Easy Killing

Linda: Easy Killing

Comedy

Linda: Easy Killing

Comedy

AUG 1-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-25 at 17:30 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Marquee

The world is filled to the brim with pain, anger and death. Linda is here to make you laugh at it. Enter the dark and twisted mind of this old crone as she plays with the taboo and tickles you with the blood of the innocent. No one is safe. Not even you. ‘Relentlessly self-aware... cause of genuine hilarity!’ (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘The sheer energy and pure boldness of this performer ensures the enjoyment of the audience’ (Student Newspaper). ‘Killer punchlines with a likeable persona’ (The Wee Review)...


Loud Blond Bald Kid

Loud Blond Bald Kid

Comedy

Loud Blond Bald Kid

Comedy

AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 13:45 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Marquee

First kisses, weird hairs, the cool group: navigating adolescence was a challenge for everyone. These painfully hilarious stories of growing up will make you feel thankful you never have to go back – and surprised to realise we all actually made it out OK. Hailed as a dynamic heartfelt storyteller this is Kevin James Doyle's follow up to The 30 Year Old Virgin which was called brutally honest and wildly funny. Best Comedy, FRIGID Festival NYC. ...


Never Heard Of It

Never Heard Of It

Comedy

Never Heard Of It

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 22:30 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Marquee

Never before seen nonsense on stage. Seven Gaulier-trained performers from around the world will try their best to keep you alive, entertained, and hopefully laughing. In this cabaret style clown show, less-than-intellectual characters create a new and ridiculous mess, every night, just for you. You won’t learn anything, you won’t regret anything. You will have fun....


Passport and Prozac

Passport and Prozac

Comedy

Passport and Prozac

Comedy

AUG 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 20:00 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Marquee

Canadian Comedian Byron Bertram talks about performing in 20 countries, dealing with OCD, growing up as an only child to artist parents, and being a token white kid in an all Chinese High School. ...


Raul Kohli: Greatest Hits

Raul Kohli: Greatest Hits

Comedy

Raul Kohli: Greatest Hits

Comedy

AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 16:15 (60 min) - free
Bar 50 / Marquee

'Conceptual Art, Dance, Theatre, Somebody sh*tting on stage. At the biggest comedy festival in the World, it can be quite hard to find comedy. Even when you do find a show listed as ''comedy'', well the content of the comedy can be... well just like the shows with the sh*t on stage in fairness. That''s why Raul Kohli is bringing the Greatest Hits to Edinburgh. An hour of his best material from his entire career tried and tested in Comedy Clubs around the World, from Newcastle to New Delhi. Just an hour of straight up 'A-grade' Comedy. As heard on BBC Radio 4's Fred at the Stand, ''dripp...


Suren Jayemanne: I'm Here, All Weak (AUS)

Suren Jayemanne: I'm Here, All Weak (AUS)

Comedy

Suren Jayemanne: I'm Here, All Weak (AUS)

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 15:00 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Marquee

Suren Jayemanne (AUS) has made a splash on the Australian scene, with his debut TV stand up special featured as part of ABC's Comedy Next Gen series. Suren has been praised for his engaging and witty style that is both provocative and downright funny. Touching on race and multiculturalism, in an increasingly fractured world, Suren seeks to poke fun at what separates us while celebrating what unites us. With eager anticipation, Suren returns to Edinburgh in 2019. Don't miss this chance to see one of Australia's rising stars of comedy. ...


Tales from the Balkans

Tales from the Balkans

Comedy

Tales from the Balkans

Comedy

AUG 1-16 at 11:45 (30 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Marquee

A brutally honest show about growing up in the Balkans, then somehow moving to Malta, and finally ending up in London to become a pizza boy. A re-examination of his own life, Vlad’s energetic pace combined with his need to overshare will take us on an extraordinary journey, from his country’s communist past to that time he was still a virgin. Will his tales bear the message that will end world’s problems? Probably not. But you can still laugh at them... or him. To properly enjoy this show, bring popcorn and low expectations....


The Alcove

Aaron Twitchen: Can't stop a rainbow

Aaron Twitchen: Can't stop a rainbow

Comedy

Aaron Twitchen: Can't stop a rainbow

Comedy

AUG 1-24 at 18:00 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / The Alcove

Sun, sea and stand-up. A comedy holiday special all about friendship, love and wine from Luisa Omielan tour support, Aaron Twitchen. Never let anyone try to keep you down; they can’t stop a rainbow if they can’t find the end of it. For anyone who ever loved, lost or left the country to get over it “Positive, fun, feelgood” (The Skinny)....


Comedy Gobbledygook

Comedy Gobbledygook

Comedy

Comedy Gobbledygook

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 13:00 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / The Alcove

London Bermondsey's beloved local comedy show comes to Edinburgh! If you are looking for a quirky comedy show that caters the needs of radio four audience as well as Hello Magazine readers, then this is the show for you! Hosted by a podgy gay comic from the remote island of Taiwan, this comedy show has entertained month after month, all at the same time, South London locals + trendy gentrifier hipsters + recent foreign immigrants. That's why we are confident we have something for everyone! If a diverse, slightly bonkers and friendly comedy space is your thing, come to Comedy Gobbledygook...


Erich McElroy: Radical Centrist

Erich McElroy: Radical Centrist

Comedy

Erich McElroy: Radical Centrist

Comedy

AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 14:15 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / The Alcove

With politics moving to extremes and into nearly every aspect of our lives, Erich McElroy finds another way. The only true centrist comedian at the Fringe, Erich is rising up to demand incremental change and reasoned debate. He’s crossing over the left/right divide in a way that’ll make you stop and think - or at least slow down. Heard on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Breaking the News’ & Radio 4’s ‘Moral Maze.’ Seen on BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain, SkyNews. “Stand-up at its best” ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby “The pace never dips and the jokes land every time” ★★...


Immoral Maze

Immoral Maze

Comedy

Immoral Maze

Comedy

AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 15:30 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / The Alcove

Steve N Allen (BBC2’s The Mash Report), Erich McElroy (Sky News, BBC Breakfast) and guest comedians from the UK stand-up circuit tackle the moral questions of the day. In a time when more and more subjects aren’t being talked about Immoral Maze deals with them in the most honest way, by getting comedians to rip them apart. ...


Revenge of the New World

Revenge of the New World

Comedy

Revenge of the New World

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 23:00 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / The Alcove

A motley assortment of North American comedians deliver their polished 7-15 minute sets. Our parents are fine*. No excessive mental trauma*. No vulnerable moments of authenticity, perhaps not even a moment of authenticity. Just jokes, pure and simple. We're not trying to make you existentially ponder the human condition, we're trying to make fluids come out your nose. An hour of tight stand-up comedy with little to no take away. Don't you dare take anything away! **some comedians may have dead parents and/or crippling interior conflicts**...


Scottie Dog & Friends!

Scottie Dog & Friends!

Childrens

Scottie Dog & Friends!

Childrens

AUG 1-11, 14-18, 20-25 at 10:30 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / The Alcove

A children and family show for dog lovers and all the best things about growing up with 'mans best friend'. I'll be doing a family friendly stand up show where I talk about my love for dogs and how they shaped my upbringing....


Stephen Carlin: Pickwickian

Stephen Carlin: Pickwickian

Comedy

Stephen Carlin: Pickwickian

Comedy

AUG 1-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 19:15 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / The Alcove

Anecdotal, episodic, lacking an overarching theme, lighthearted tittle tattle - - WAY too many characters…think Charles Dickens but better. 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 broadsides make for memorable routines. All skilfully de...


Stephen Carlin: Post Rational Carlin

Stephen Carlin: Post Rational Carlin

Comedy

Stephen Carlin: Post Rational Carlin

Comedy

AUG 1-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 21:45 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / The Alcove

A greatest hits show with a difference. Stephen is retelling some of his classic routines of the last ten years but with the benefit of hindsight and 20:20 vision. Retelling the routines from the point of view of the new improved 2019 Stephen Carlin. A wiser, more self aware Carlin. But who ever said self awareness was a good thing anyway? 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 ...


The MARS & LEE Show

The MARS & LEE Show

Comedy

The MARS & LEE Show

Comedy

AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 16:45 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / The Alcove

A no-holds-barred comedy show starring Will Mars (FOX's Showtime at The Apollo) and Sarah Lee (Jewish Comedian of the Year finalist 2018). Every show contains hilarious stand-up and chat. No show will be the same. ★★★★★ "Brutally humorous repartee.” Design My Night ★★★★ "Remarkable talent” EdFringe Review ★★★★ "A joy to experience" Mumble Comedy...


Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely

Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely

Comedy

Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely

Comedy

AUG 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 20:30 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / The Alcove

The dumbest game show ever to grace a stage on God’s green Earth. There will be snorkels, pirate costumes, drawings of donkeys and a glamorous assistant called Stuart. Stephanie Laing and Paul Duncan McGarrity bring you a silly hour of silliness, with zero artistic merit, but a shockingly high volume of Maltesers. This is an interactive show, so be prepared to get involved with some jousting, guess which donkey done a murder, and probably drown in the underwater round. Also, there’s a big wheel with the rounds on it that Paul made, hence the name....


Upstairs

Andrew Frank: Cognitive Goof

Andrew Frank: Cognitive Goof

Comedy

Andrew Frank: Cognitive Goof

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 21:00 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Upstairs

Andrew Frank: Cognitive Goof is an hour of stand up comedy exploring the hilarity and profundity of perception, belief, identity, time, and space. Paradoxes, cognitive dissonance, and the slapstick of abstractions abound in this show. Frank's material and particular comedic perspective was cultivated over a decade of relentless touring of America's most religious and patriotic enclaves. The Bible Belt served as a fertile environment for this young comedic mind and also was the necessary force to propel him into the nomadic life of the wandering performer. In 2018 Frank took his hour to 148...


Broken Toys

Broken Toys

Comedy

Broken Toys

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 13:30 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Upstairs

A split stand up comedy bill from 3 rising stars from the London comedy circuit. One guy raising a kid that isn't his. One guy becoming an escort to make ends meet. And another guy because we need to fill that diversity quota....


Confessions of a Taxi Driver

Confessions of a Taxi Driver

Comedy

Confessions of a Taxi Driver

Comedy

AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 14:45 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Upstairs

The show follows Andrew as he is awarded custody of his daughter. The judge in court when giving custody tells Andrew "You look like you drank a lot last night and then turns to the mother and says you look like you had a lot to drink this morning". Custody was awarded to the 21 year old and his life got turned upside down. 21 years later his daughter now a successful poet in her own right has somehow turned out good. And has written some poems about her relationship with her alco father which will be relayed to the crowd with a comedic slant. The show will end with stories about his new proff...


My Mother's Shoes

My Mother's Shoes

Theatre

My Mother's Shoes

Theatre

AUG 3-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 12:15 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Upstairs

Some women aspire to wearing their mother’s shoes. As children, we might have dressed up in them. Later in life, we may follow in our mother’s footsteps intentionally, or because of how we’ve been moulded. Performer and writer Karola Gajda’s mum was sent by Stalin from her homeland Poland to a Siberian gulag at the age of three in 1940. The Red Cross reunited Karola’s mum with father, who had been sent to a different gulag, in the UK, seventeen years later. It was meant to be a happy time, but she then fell ill with a mystery illness. Fighting for her life on a UK ward without a scrap of Engl...


Pandora's Box

Pandora's Box

Comedy

Pandora's Box

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 19:45 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Upstairs

Everybody wants to be somebody else at one point in their life. Well, one day Matt Jones gets his wish to go back in time and choose who he could have been through a wardrobe of unlikely personas. After wishing he was someone else one night a very cliche carnival worker with white teeth appears out of nowhere and presents Matt with whatever he wants, but it comes with a cost. ...


Ross: After The Screaming Stops

Ross: After The Screaming Stops

Comedy

Ross: After The Screaming Stops

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 18:30 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Upstairs

Calum Ross (Roast Battle London) celebrates the funny side of anxiety. A comedy show about truth, love and to trying live like a normal human. In the words of Luke Goss 'Once bitten, twice shy. Twenty times bitten, a little shy.' "Talented and experienced" Broadway Baby...


The Oxford Revue Presents. Rogue Two: Burns and Moore

The Oxford Revue Presents. Rogue Two: Burns and Moore

Comedy

The Oxford Revue Presents. Rogue Two: Burns and Moore

Comedy

AUG 5-16 at 11:00 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Upstairs

Join two of the Oxford Revue’s brightest talents as they take you through an hour of rogue, wild and laugh-out-loud comedy. Fresh from their sell out shows in Oxford and Durham, Burns and Moore have bought sufficient woollen clothing to prepare them for the North as they follow in the footsteps of previous Revue alumni like Michael Palin, Al Murray and Rowan Atkinson. The pair will guide you on a journey from the innermost thoughts of Sir Thomas More (renowned 16th century theologian and part time banjo player) to the mysteries of Airport security, leaving you questioning the very nature...


Which Princess Are You?

Which Princess Are You?

Comedy

Which Princess Are You?

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 17:15 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Upstairs

Do you want much more than this provincial life? Would you love to explore that shore up above? Sunjai arif can show you the world as he shares his memories of nostalgic pop culture all while attempting not to be sued by Disney. Sunjai (Winner of the Bath comedy festival new act of the year 2017, Runner up in The Guide Awards for Best Comedy 2018') has struggled with his unreasonable expectations for a fairytale life and can’t understand why people don’t break out into song all the time. Children’s cartoons have affected all of us in some way or another, especially those from the entertai...


Wit & Mirth

Wit & Mirth

Cabaret

Wit & Mirth

Cabaret

AUG 2-10, 12-17, 19-23 at 22:15 (50 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Upstairs

In 1698 Thomas d’Urfey published the smash-hit book of comic songs “Wit & Mirth”. David William Hughes sings some of them, some of his own, and some of yours which he’ll make up for you. Thomas d’Urfey’s “Wit & Mith, or Pills to Purge Melancholy” was first published in 1698 and was so popular that it sold out every printing, and was eventually expanded to a six-volume set. This show presents the best of d’Urfey’s marvellously funny songs, newly written songs inspired by them, and freshly improvised songs based on suggestions from you, the audience. ‘A hoot, a bawdy entertainment, and a...


Working Class Zero.

Working Class Zero.

Comedy

Working Class Zero.

Comedy

AUG 2-11, 13-25 at 16:00 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Upstairs

This stand up show explores whether or not I, Scott Adams, am as working class as I claim to be....