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The Lockup

Laughing Horse Free Festival Venue

The Lockup

Fringe Venue 238 - Click here for map
141 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JS. Phone: 0131 622 6802
  Accessible  Licensed
Open from 11:30 to 02:00
All Ages until 10pm, Then Over 18s

A brand new pop-up venue for Fringe 2019, located in the heart of the action on Cowgate, between the Free Sisters and Brewdog



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Lock Up 1

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, it's the One Liner Show.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, it's the One Liner Show.

Comedy

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, it's the One Liner Show.

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 12:00 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 1

Enjoy an hour of the best up-and-coming one-liner comedians on the circuit in this celebration of puns, one-liners and wordplay, all held together by your host Masai Graham (UK Pun Champion 2016). ...


Angel Comedy Showcase

Angel Comedy Showcase

Comedy

Angel Comedy Showcase

Comedy

AUG 3-12, 14-24 at 13:15 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 1

Award-winning Angel Comedy (Best Club in UK 2015, 2017, 2018 - Chortle Awards) brings a showcase to Edinburgh 2019. A total sell out in 2018 and 2017 Award-winning comedians and the best new acts, for free! Time Out recommended, a comedy institution and top comedy club in London on TripAdvisor!...


Comedy Striptease

Comedy Striptease

Comedy

Comedy Striptease

Comedy

AUG 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 22:00 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 1

The best, most daring stand up comedians from the festival showcase their skills but if they're not funny enough they must perform a striptease dance. Come along for an hour of high calibre stand up mixed with loose, wild & sexy late night antics. ...


Irish Comedy Invasion

Irish Comedy Invasion

Comedy

Irish Comedy Invasion

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 17:00 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 1

If you want a break from hearing about Trump and Brexit, and want a safe space where you will be able to hear Irish comedians (and one US Deep South Homeboy) talking about anything and everything else, Check out Irish Invasion. Four of the busiest and best on the circuit will be making Edinburgh their home (visas permitting), and bringing their badly skewed perspective on life, the multiverse and everything. ...


Jasper Cromwell Jones' Alternative Book Festival

Jasper Cromwell Jones' Alternative Book Festival

Comedy

Jasper Cromwell Jones' Alternative Book Festival

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 20:45 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 1

Famous adventurer and posh idiot Jasper Cromwell Jones (played by award winning comedian Joe Bor) presents an Alternative Book Festival with other weird and wonderful authors. In 2016, Jasper reached the final of English Comedian of The Year, as well as winning the title of Old Comedian of The Year at Leicester Square. Joe himself supported Jack Whitehall on tour, appeared in over 10 BuzzFeed viral videos and worked on a variety of TV shows including Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You. "Hugely talented character comic" -The Scotsman. "The high gag rate puts many other character comics t...


Nicky Wilkinson: Game On

Nicky Wilkinson: Game On

Comedy

Nicky Wilkinson: Game On

Comedy

AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 15:45 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 1

After her 2018 hit show 'Happy' ("Wilkinson's relatable, down-to-earth humour leaves us in stitches" ★★★★ - thisisradelaide.com.au), Wilkinson is back with an outrageously fun stand-up show. It's Game On! "Effortless likeability and excellent comic timing" - chortle.co.uk. Finalist of So You Think You're Funny and New Act of the Year, 2013. One half of multi award-winning physical comedy duo, The Kagools ('Surely one of the outright funniest pieces of the entire festival ★★★★★ - tvbomb.co.uk)...


On It

On It

Comedy

On It

Comedy

AUG 2-11, 13-25 at 19:30 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 1

Michelle de swarte’s show “ON IT” is a hilarious frank take on how she made the transition from “party girl” who consumed a bottle of wine on a good day and couldn’t chance a fart, to sober woman who turns up to things on time and doesn’t sleep with your boyfriend. The party had to end some time, michelle just took a little bit longer then most and the result is an hour of side splitting humiliating stories from toilette cubicles to country estates michelle has made an absolute twat of her self and here she shares the best of the worst them and how her personal bottom made way for the top of w...


On The Edge Comedy

On The Edge Comedy

Comedy

On The Edge Comedy

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 14:30 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 1

On The Edge Comedy is a Brighton comedy institution, we've hosted some of the very biggest names in comedy on our stage. This year we've upped sticks from the seaside and travelled north to bring you some of the best stand up comedians from around the fringe every day. Expect hand picked acts, and maybe even the occasional visit from some of our celebrity mates!...


Shaggers

Shaggers

Comedy

Shaggers

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 18:15 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 1

The worldwide hit show returns with a line-up of superb and varied comedians from all around the Fringe doing material based around the hilarious, cheeky subject of shagging. ‘A tour de force of laughter filled mischievous comedy’ ***** (ArtsInLeicestershire.co.uk). ‘Excellent’ ***** (Audience Review, Edfringe.com). ‘Utterly hilarious’ ****1/2 (Perth Fringe World). ‘Possibly the best value show at the Festival’ **** (Herald Sun, Melbourne)....


Lock Up 2

Adventures in Dementia - Steve Day

Adventures in Dementia - Steve Day

Comedy

Adventures in Dementia - Steve Day

Comedy

AUG 1-10 at 16:15 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 2

Steve's dad died last year of Alzheimers. There's nothing he can do about it except remember the way he was. Steve has also been deaf since his teens but has new hearing aids so now he's gone through all the music of his youth. It reminds him of his dad. There's nothing else for it but to defy dementia, with music, songs and laughter. Laugh, cry, sing along if you want. If you like bittersweet comedy about deafness and memory loss then this is the show for you. Previous shows were rated ***** (Chortle.co.uk) and **** (Scotsman). ...


Alcohol is good for you - Sam Kissajukian

Alcohol is good for you - Sam Kissajukian

Comedy

Alcohol is good for you - Sam Kissajukian

Comedy

AUG 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 17:30 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 2

Nominated for Best Comedy at Fringe World 2016 and sold out all 23 Edinburgh shows in 2016-18. Sam (Australia) has been crushing stand-up globally and this BRAND NEW show is even better than last year's. So join Sam for a drink and another hour of non-stop inebriated laughter. 'One of the best comedy acts I've ever seen' (Scoop.com.au, 2016). 'One of the best stand-up comedy shows I've seen in my life' ****½ (TulpaMagazine.com). 'Australian comedic virtuoso" ****½ (TheAustraliaTimes.com). 'Downright funny' **** (TheMusic.com.au). ***** (Bunbury Review UK) ...


Becky Brunning: Bloom

Becky Brunning: Bloom

Comedy

Becky Brunning: Bloom

Comedy

AUG 1-4, 6-18, 20-25 at 15:00 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 2

Funny Women Finalist, Broadchurch Actor and Most Promising Junior 1998* Becky, accidentally got gay married and now the biological clock is ticking. She brings her new 'nigh-octane' show to reckon with that early potential and ask: err, what now? #metoo, the Matriarchy, can you crowdsource a baby? The world is her cockle. The world is her oyster. Becky Brunning is in BLOOM. "Her comedy insinuates itself, forcing its way inexorably through the cracks in her audience's defences and flourishing there" Broadway Baby "Original, inventive and exciting" Sara Pascoe ★★★★ Au...


Cerys Nelmes’ 80s Gameshow Mash-Up

Cerys Nelmes’ 80s Gameshow Mash-Up

Comedy

Cerys Nelmes’ 80s Gameshow Mash-Up

Comedy

AUG 19-25 at 16:15 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 2

80s Game Show Mash Up - Join comedian and compere extraordinaire, Cerys Nelmes, as she whisks you back to the 80s for a Game Show Mash Up extravaganza! Featuring all your favourite much loved shows including The Generation Game, Blankety Blank, Play Your Cards Right, The Price is Right, 321, Blockbusters and others! With two teams captained by guest comedians competing to win prizes and fame! Houseband Stinky Bunting! A different show guaranteed every night! And a meat/vegan raffle! ...


EdinBra Fringe Comedy

EdinBra Fringe Comedy

Comedy

EdinBra Fringe Comedy

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 18:45 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 2

A revolving line-up of hilarious female comedians from around the Fringe with an hour of stand-up comedy to be enjoyed by all....


Even More Twisted

Even More Twisted

Comedy

Even More Twisted

Comedy

AUG 14-18 at 21:15 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 2

An evolution of his successful 2018 Edinburgh Fringe and Perth Fringeworld show "TWISTED", Aaron Ayjay continues to take you down the dark and twisted road of musical comedy in "Even More TWISTED", with his not so trusted six string "Lola", taking on topics such as relationships, the government, head injuries and overly amorous pets and whatever else...more banter, more songs, more bang for a free show!...


Interviewing Electric Frog

Interviewing Electric Frog

Comedy

Interviewing Electric Frog

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 13:45 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 2

When a seemingly innocent career retrospective interview with maverick film director “Electric Frog” brings up controversies he’d rather leave buried, proceedings take a distinctly bizarre & hysterically unexpected turn… Come and see Electric Frog recount the frankly ludicrous tale of his rise to the heady heights of pudding faced Dada legend and international Media Mogul. But was his rise without casualties? Join Electric Frog and his companion Matt Stags for a retrospective of this strange, dada-esque character's career - dare to enter his mysterious world. A riot of sound and vision; an as...


Javier Jarquin: Boring AF

Javier Jarquin: Boring AF

Comedy

Javier Jarquin: Boring AF

Comedy

AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 20:00 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 2

Javier is boring. An utterly pain-staking and underwhelming human being. He's not one to watch. He has no buzz about him. No media attention and definitely no fan club. You're already bored reading about him and that's a GOOD thing. In an age where everyone is looking to be special, we've forgotten about the importance of shutting the hell up and blending in. A show for anyone who's ever failed to shine. ...


Left Wing Conspiracy Theorist with Dyspraxia 2

Left Wing Conspiracy Theorist with Dyspraxia 2

Comedy

Left Wing Conspiracy Theorist with Dyspraxia 2

Comedy

AUG 11-18 at 16:15 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 2

After the success of his debut hour Left Wing Conspiracy Theorist with Dyspraxia (a learning difficulty that affects coordination and origination skills), gag merchant and political comedian Don Biswas returns to the festival with a brand new show WIP: [Left Wing Conspiracy Theorist with Dyspraxia 2]. With fire in his belly, jaded, left-wing, dyspraxic, Don lets loose a tirade of funny. Expect jokes from conspiracy theories to Brexit. He feels the masses still have no clue on just how evil and depraved our establishment can be. Also, added to the mix is the effect of coming from a tradition...


Needle Dicks

Needle Dicks

Comedy

Needle Dicks

Comedy

AUG 19-25 at 21:15 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 2

Funny, young, hot and one of them is ethnic. Character and stand-up comedy brought to you by award-winning stand-up comedian Jacob Hatton (BBC Radio 4, Soho Theatre Young Company) and co-founder of online sketch group sensation Third Leg Studios, Joel Stern (BBC Three, ITV). 'Endorphin-milking titterfest' **** (MumbleComedy.net). 'Attuned to the human psyche' (BroadwayBaby.com). ...


SalFunni Comedy

SalFunni Comedy

Comedy

SalFunni Comedy

Comedy

AUG 1-13 at 21:15 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 2

Students from the University of Salford return to the Edinburgh Fringe for 2019 with more top notch stand up, sketch and more. Salford Uni is one of the few universities to offer a comedy writing and performance degree and this diverse hour of comedic offerings has something for everyone featuring some of the best in up and coming comedy talent. Your chance to catch the future faces of comedy... today!...


Slacktivist

Slacktivist

Comedy

Slacktivist

Comedy

AUG 1-25 at 12:30 (60 min) - Free
The Lockup / Lock Up 2

Through the years, the major conspiracies have dominated the headlines, JKF, Twin Towers, Why British Bake Off went to Channel 4! But now, Croydon's 9th best truth detective, conspiracy theorist and slacktivist is here to blow it all open. Rod Shepherd, Slacktivist, investigates the fake news, media lies and trying to fill out on line petitions - and is it worth it? ...