Edinburgh Fringe Comedy

Funny Money: The Story of Fringe Festival Comedian Chris Henry

Chris Smith | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Chris Smith

When it comes to comedians, a lot of people think it's just a case of penning some jokes and telling them to people. Turns out there's a lot more to it than that.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Comedy Picks for 2015

Polly Allen | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Comedy
Polly Allen

Until someone actually invents the Time-Turner from Harry Potter or even the time-stopping watch from Bernard's Watch, choosing what to see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is always going to be a bit of a headache.

Fringe Diaries: Routines

Matt Roper | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

I'm here in Edinburgh again for the annual festival and as ever it's a marathon, so this time I'm heeding the words a fellow comedian gave me just last week: drink less, sleep more. The fact that I spotted that fellow comedian falling out of a pub yesterday just after midnight - completely arseholed of course - is neither here nor there.

Five Things Edinburgh Fringe Performers Will Be Panicking About Right Now

Samantha Baines | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

Every year the Edinburgh Fringe grows in size; there is comedy, dance, theatre, poetry, singing, nudity, some more nudity and lots of flyering. Here are five things performers (myself included) are currently panicking about...

Who Said Women Can't Do Comedy? Four Female Comedy Stars to Watch at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Polly Allen | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Polly Allen

You may have failed miserably at scoring tickets for last year's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner - FYI, Bridget Christie's A Bic for Her rightfully scooped the Best Show prize -but there are plenty of other female comic talents making waves at the Fringe in 2014, actively disproving the myth that women aren't funny...

A Blagger's Guide to Gigging at Edinburgh Fringe

Jay Islaam | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Jay Islaam

This advice is being given on the assumption that before you go to Edinburgh, you've at the very least written yourself 5-10 minutes worth of comedy you can perform on stage. If you haven't got that, then by all means visit the festival but don't bother getting on a stage and wasting audiences' time.

Edinburgh, You Tart

Matt Roper | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

God knows I've spent enough of my own money on presenting my show here this month. I daren't count how much. No doubt all comedians here could - collectively - have relieved a small African state from the heavy shackles of debt.

Harry Styles Must Be Stopped: Join the Revolution That's Heading in One Direction

Stephen Frizzle | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Frizzle

I implore to you all: Harry Styles must be stopped. There is some hypnotic gaze that the hairstyled individual holds over young girls in order to do his bidding. This month, I will be taking the show to London and Edinburgh. Please grab your bottle of Frizz-Ease and lucky dead cat and come join me in finding out how to stop all things One Direction based.

Any Similarities Are Entirely Deliberate - Depicting Real Political Figures on Stage

Robert Khan | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robert Khan

In our new play KINGMAKER, also set for Edinburgh this year, our lead character is this time called Max Newman (played by Alan Cox), a bumbling, charismatic former Tory Mayor of London who seizes his opportunity to stand for the leadership of the Conservative party and become prime minister. Sound familiar?

How to Choose a Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Festival

Sara Shulman | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Sara Shulman

These are just a few approaches you could consider when choosing comedy shows and comedians to see at the Edinburgh Festival. Whether you're going for a weekend, a week or for the entire length of the festival, the Fringe is a fantastic opportunity to embrace live comedy - stand-up, sketch, improv and more! There's nothing really like it. Have a wonderful festival!...

A Who's Who of the Edinburgh Festival

Daniel Parker | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Parker

It's that time of year again; Edinburgh is ablaze with art, theatre, and music from around the world. For the month of August, Edinburgh is the culture capital of the world, as thousands of musicians, street-performers, actors, comedians, authors, and artists demonstrate their art at various venues across the city.

Going Solo

Benny Davis | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Benny Davis

After performing the show for the first few times, it dawned on me how much easier the job is when there's two other guys on stage to draw focus. Staying alert for an hour is tough! I switch off pretty much every two and a half minutes in an Axis show.

The Funniest Jokes At The Edinburgh Fringe, 2008-2013

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Comedian Rob Auton has won this year's Dave Funniest Joke Of The Fringe Award. But how does his one-liner - and the other nine jokes in this year's sh...

Children Are the Future (Of the Fringe)

Juliette Burton | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Juliette Burton

Children are brilliant aren't they? They smile for no reason, dance in the street, cuddle strangers (even when advised otherwise), they say what they mean and they dream big. Children are a big deal at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. Comedy for children and children's theatre seem to be doing fantastically well.

What Does Stand-Up Comedy Stand Up For?

Paul Bassett Davies | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Paul Bassett Davies

While I salute the bravery of anyone who's prepared to face an unruly crowd and be funny, I believe most of the stand-ups currently performing in the UK lack moral courage, engagement with the real world, and experience of life.

Acting Versus Stand Up - "So Which Do You Prefer?"

Matt Green | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Green

I'm a stand up comedian and actor, and people usually ask me which I prefer. I tend to reply with something vague like: "I like them both in different ways", but this year at the Edinburgh Fringe I've had the opportunity to directly compare and contrast them because every day I am doing a solo stand up show and a play.

Blind Panic

Mark Restuccia | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Mark Restuccia

About 18 months ago, I received a succession of emails from a woman who became a little bit obsessed with fulfilling her wish of me becoming her boyfriend. I thwarted her numerous advances and tried to let her down as gently as I could, using the usual methods employed by online dating enthusiasts.

WATCH: Edinburgh Comedians Reveal Their 'Special Moves'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Comedy

It's hard getting through a whole month at the Edinburgh Festival. And as for the performers... Yes, from Alex Horne to Richard Herring, Peacock to...

And The Funniest Joke At The Edinburgh Fringe Is...

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Comedy

A gag about a chocolate bar has been named the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe. Rob Auton's winning wisecrack was one of 20 shortlisted by a ...

Stars, Stats, Smiles and Squeezes

Elaine Miller | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Elaine Miller

The best feedback I can have are smiles - and I have learned that standing on the upper stage on the Royal Mile and yelling about incontinence at the people passing by makes them smile. Though, some of them may have been grimacing.

Living on the Royal Mile

Bob Dobson & Jim Beckett | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Bob Dobson & Jim Beckett

This year we are living in the beating heart of the Edinburgh Festival, on the Royal Mile itself. If you haven't been to the Edinburgh Festival, the Royal Mile is what you will have seen montages of on the telly. An endless cacophony of singing, drumming, shouting, strumming, fire-breathing, hula-hooping, banner-waving, self-promoting, whirling desperation

Edinburgh Fringe: Punching at Balls

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

Putting on a show at the Edinburgh Fringe is like getting into the hopper that selects lotto numbers and punching the balls until, maybe, the desired numbers come up.

Who Will Win An Edinburgh Comedy Award?

GQ | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Can't wait to find out whom the nominees are for this years Edinburgh Awards? You don't have to. GQ Comedy Editor James Mullinger already knows. Th...

The Saudi Women Laughing in the Face of Inequality at Home and Ignorance Abroad

Bidisha | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A great deal of fascination with a vaguely defined 'Muslim world' and 'Muslim values' has been sparked by the Arab revolutions and, before that, by the 9/11 Twin Towers attacks. One can critique this interest as unsophisticated or reactive - 'Who are these strange brown foreign people and why are they angry?'

Edinburgh Fringe: Frequent Flyerer

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

People say that flyering is the single most important thing in Edinburgh in terms of getting people to come to your shows. But really, getting famous works far better. In the absence of getting famous, however, flyering becomes quite important.