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The Newsroom

Laughing Horse Free Festival Venue

The Newsroom

Fringe Venue 93 - Click here for map
5 - 11 Leith Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3AT. Phone: 0131 557 5830
Food  Wifi  Licensed  Air Conditioned
Open from 11:00 to 03:00
18+ only

Located on Leith Street, right on the junction with Princes Street and North Bridge, the Newsroom right in the centre of town - a few minutes from the Royal Mile, and close to The Stand, The Waverley Station and the Mound. The shows take place in a stylish basement bar, and is open all day upstairs for drinks, and a wide selection of meals



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The Downstairs Bar

At Least We're Out The House

At Least We're Out The House

Comedy

At Least We're Out The House

Comedy

AUG 14-25 at 00:30 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

Nominated for Best New Show at this year's Leicester Comedy Festival, Midland boy Jonathan declares no agenda here. No social or political message. Just a class clown still trying to figure it all out and reclaim the wildness and joyfulness in the innocence of laughter. From his travels to middle America to a Netflix deal gone AWOL, Jonathan commits to the characters he's lived with no more intent than a great live show. Alumni of Chicago's The Second City. "Great Work" - Jack Whitehall & "Laugh out loud funny" - Jon Richardson ...


Comedy Shorts

Comedy Shorts

Cabaret

Comedy Shorts

Cabaret

AUG 1-25 at 22:00 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

Back for its 4th year, Tom Short (Harrogate comedian of the year finalist 2018, Funhouse Champion of Champions 2014,) presents short comedy sets from some of the best acts at the fringe. A great way to sample lots of shows and help you decide what to watch whilst up here. Age category: 16+ ...


Drunk Lion

Drunk Lion

Theatre

Drunk Lion

Theatre

AUG 1-4, 7-19, 21-25 at 17:00 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

Drunk Lion Written & performed by Chris Davis Directed by Mary Tuomanen Drunk Lion follows an alcoholic Lion who spends his days drinking into oblivion in a cantina, until he meets Chris, a young foreigner learning how to speak Spanish. The unlikely pair forge an intoxicated bond over life, love, and alcohol. "...imaginative, free-flowing story-telling of very high quality." - Wee Review ★★★★★ "...an excellent and thought-provoking show which makes a metaphor come alive." - Three Weeks ★★★★ "...a potent success." -...


Dummy

Dummy

Comedy

Dummy

Comedy

AUG 1-11, 14-25 at 18:15 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

Diagnosed at a young age with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Midwestern American comedian Anders Lee brings his signature, earnest manner to the stage as he takes the audience through the history of Autism as well as his own experience growing up “on the spectrum.” Through funny, heartwarming and thought provoking stories, Lee dives headfirst into questions of disability, education and what it means, in our hypercapitalist, technology saturated age to truly be “dumb.”...


Fat Roland: Seven Inch

Fat Roland: Seven Inch

Comedy

Fat Roland: Seven Inch

Comedy

AUG 1-13 at 13:15 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

In the last record shop still standing, Manchester comic Fat Roland re-examines his life through not-so-teenage kicks, surrounded by forgettable (and unforgettable) pop music. Amid the cobwebbed racks and fading seven-inch singles, he faces his 45th birthday alone. Meanwhile, all the cool kids are drinking Slop!, the new hipster drink that tastes of gin AND petrol. When the brewery comes knocking, will Roland pack up his gramophone? Will Ed Sheeran come to the rescue (he won’t)? Why does Grace Jones sound like Johnny Vegas? And is that Gary Barlow holding a mop?! A five-star, on...


Girl Code

Girl Code

Chat Shows

Girl Code

Chat Shows

AUG 14-25 at 13:15 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

Girl Code Imagine if Loose Women was more outrageous, and funnier. "Girl Code" is a comedy discussions show about the highs and lows of womanhood. It features 4 uncensored female presenters who are of different backgrounds, different generations, and different opinions. No subject is off the table - the hosts will discuss anything including periods, monogamy, the changing role of gender, office politics, relationships and the conflicts between generations. They discuss the topics of the day, mixing humour with intelligent debate. In addition to the conversational segments, the forma...


It's All Going To Be O.K.

It's All Going To Be O.K.

Comedy

It's All Going To Be O.K.

Comedy

AUG 1-13, 15-25 at 14:30 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

The world is going to shxt! Or so it seems. Ophélie and Kuan-wen share with you why they believe in the simple optimism that everything is going to be O.K. Not least because these two have years of experience fighting against the french patriarchy/ a Chinese tiger mum. It's not exactly an easy ride to be aliens in (Post-)Brexit Britain, is it? Ophélie Hocquard - BBC New Comedy Award 2017 Nominee, as heard on BBC Radio 4, Writer for BBC Newsjack, Funny Women “One to Watch” 2018 Kuan-wen Huang - Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2019 Finalist, Amused Moose National New Comic Awar...


Jack and Barney are in the Background

Jack and Barney are in the Background

Comedy

Jack and Barney are in the Background

Comedy

AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 11:00 (45 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

Audience wanted! Jack and Barney need to film 30 hours’ worth of stock footage of a ‘comedy show’. The footage will hopefully be used as part of a cutaway in a Hollywood film, or shown on a telly in the background of an Australian soap. Hecklers will need to wear mics. If someone could spill a drink around the forty minute mark, that’d be great. Let’s make it realistic folks. Your hosts have done their research, and have been practicing comedy just to prepare. Jack is now one half of acclaimed double-act ‘Moon’ (‘One of best-reviewed shows of Fringe 2018’ British Comedy Guide) and has writ...


Jokers In The Pack

Jokers In The Pack

Comedy

Jokers In The Pack

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 19:30 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

Four of the best jokers from the Fringe pack, perform the finest material from their club sets, which have been honed in comedy clubs across the UK. Each day the pack will be shuffled, offering a variety of comedians with a range of comedic styles, so regardless of which jokers you see, you're guaranteed a 'fantastic deal!'...


Peyton and Jared Stab Each Other in the Back

Peyton and Jared Stab Each Other in the Back

Comedy

Peyton and Jared Stab Each Other in the Back

Comedy

AUG 1-13 at 00:30 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

These two idiots are about to sell each other out for a chance at making more money than anyone’s ever made at Fringe...about £38.87 depending on the exchange rate (they’re American). Of course, they don’t know it yet. They think they’re just doing a rapid-fire, so-dumb-it’s clever double act. Which they are, but still. "Peyton and Jared Stab Each Other in the Back" is a two-person comedy show influenced by classic acts like W.C. Fields and the Marx Brothers -- if they were shoved into a blender and mainlined into the veins of a deeply troubled disassociated neurotic. Topics covered include...


Robbie McShane Has Loads of Pals (and a girlfriend too)

Robbie McShane Has Loads of Pals (and a girlfriend too)

Comedy

Robbie McShane Has Loads of Pals (and a girlfriend too)

Comedy

AUG 1-11, 13-16, 19-25 at 12:00 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

Robbie McShane for the first time in his life, at 25, has a girlfriend. He has also obtained 3 platonic pals in the process. So he now feels he is in an apt position to disseminate the knowledge among the public. I've asked him for a description of the show to sell you all on it, here's what he has sent on over: "How would you like to have it ALL? Like me! Come on down to this brief motivational talk on how to both obtain a relationship and sustain friendships. No lifejacket required for either of these ships! Haha, there will be more cool jokes like that throughout. For free! I might bri...


Rule Of Three

Rule Of Three

Comedy

Rule Of Three

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 20:45 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

Three comedians introduced by a guest MC will be doing new material, trying to weave in the new bits without the audience guessing which bit is new. Here's the twist - if the audience guess which bit is new, the comedian doesn't get their share of the bucket! Featuring Daniel Audritt, Sid Singh, Hannah Fairweather and Jamie Oliphant....


So What? Mark Row and Matt Bragg

So What? Mark Row and Matt Bragg

Comedy

So What? Mark Row and Matt Bragg

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 15:45 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

It seems that in this modern world everyone's got an opinion; and what's more they all want you to know about it! But does anyone really care? When comedians start spouting their wider world views, do you sit up and take notice, or are you really left thinking - So What? Forget politics, the environment and religion. Matt Bragg and Mark Row will tell you about what really matters in 2019... We might not make you a better person, but we will make you laugh! ...


Southampton Stand Up Showcase

Southampton Stand Up Showcase

Comedy

Southampton Stand Up Showcase

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 23:15 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

Rotating bill stand up! Come and see the finest stand ups the University of Southampton Comedy Society and the fringe has to offer! Featuring experienced student performers both new and veteran to the fringe, all ready to entertain you. Also starring guest acts from around the fringe and brand-new material, every night promises to be slightly different, so once it’s gone, it gone. Be sure not to miss out. Previous Praise for the University of Southampton Comedy Society: ★★★★ – Broadway Baby, “Light-hearted and silly” – FringeGuru “Surprisingly professional performan...