Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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.

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...

The Mainstream Is Littered With Paper (Edinburgh Fringe: part 3)

Amy Gordon | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Gordon

The very next day, I played for 3000 people at the storied Edinburgh Playhouse for the Forth Gala's Best of the Fringe. My dressing room still had Burt Bacharach's name by the door from the night previous.

Ed Fringe: Six Days, 21 Shows

Asher Huey | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Asher Huey

It's easy to find ways to occupy your time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the world's largest arts festival. There are performances taking place from morning until night every day for a month

Government Inspector at the Fringe

Asher Huey | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Asher Huey

Incognito Theatre's production of Nikolai Gogol's Government Inspector at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a spectacular piece of theatre. Fringe attendees shouldn't miss the opportunity to see such a well-conceived production of the 1830s Russian satire.

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.

'I'm Not Sexist, Racist Or Homophobic'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

Jim Davidson has made his Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut, after insisting that he’s not racist, sexist or homophobic. The comedian has often be...

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.

Away From Home: A Fantastic New Play

Asher Huey | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Asher Huey

Rob Ward's stunning solo-performance brings to life this heart-aching tale of a young gay man's journey to self acceptance. The play, co-written by Ward and Martin Jameson, is simple yet haunting. It's everything someone should want to see at The Fringe.

Red-Eyed Delights: Solo Flight of a Showgirl

Amy Gordon | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Gordon

Flying solo, in a commercial airplane of course, means one thing to me: handling a single point of failure... Tired, strung out on sleep aids, carrying everything I own of current use and value in 3 extremely heavy bags, and on my own with nobody to check behind me for droppings, I find myself again, beautifully aligned for disaster.

Why Don't Journalists Ask Comedians Really Cool Questions?

Axis of Awesome | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Axis of Awesome

The worlds largest arts festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, is kicking off tomorrow and Benny, Lee and I are back for our sixth year with a show called Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas. In the weeks leading up to the festival we've been interviewed by a number of publications and I've found that some of the questions we've been asked are a little stale.

The Gift of Potential Disaster (Or Preparing For the Edinburgh Fringe)

Amy Gordon | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Amy Gordon

What on earth do I have to be afraid of? 1) Nobody will show up. The average audience size at the Edinburgh Fringe is four. Four people. My venue seats 200. With 196 opportunities to fail, nightly, this season is going to be downright sacred.

Beyond the Fringe

Jo Brooks | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Brooks

Is it purely about perception - the size and quality of the venue and the comfort of the seats - if indeed there are any. Is it the cost of the ticket? £20 and you're on to a winner - both as performer and audience...

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.

Arthur Smith's Nude Reviewer

Marissa Burgess | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Marissa Burgess

I'm still bemused as to why the sight of me naked is funny (yeah you can keep your comments to yourself on that one...) but it pretty much always gets a laugh, often a really big one.

NewsRevue: Selling, Swelling and Splitting

Thomas Judd | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Judd

My tagline, "I'm playing Margaret Thatcher as a zombie" often turns heads and has merited some terrific responses, including, "The resemblance is uncanny" and "I hope you bury her again afterwards".

Edinburgh Festival - The Who? When? & Why?

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Harrison Roberts

These days the Fringe Festival attracts any performer who can pay the fee for entry and can perform whatever they chose.

Things You Shouldn't Do in Week One of the Edinburgh Fringe

Sophie Walsh-Harrington | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Sophie Walsh-Harrington

Get blotted on night two. I was supposed to stay sober. I'm a professional. I have to pace myself. There's 23 more shows to go. My voice is my instrument. And then I got drunk, stayed up till four and spent the next day hungover, flyering with sunglasses and vodka breath.

NewsRevue: A Day in the Life

Thomas Judd | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Judd

Props and costumes form a significant part of NewsRevue; over the blank canvas of a black background and black basic outfits, the items we adorn are what give the show its colour and pizzazz. As well as dear old Maggie, our show features a host of celebrities and political figures including Richard O'Brien, Ed Miliband, Bashar al-Assad, the Queen and a Romanian horse...

On the Origin of Performers by Means of Natural Selection

Matt Lacey | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

Variability from the indirect and direct action of the conditions of creativity, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for audience numbers, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of one-star shows.

Rabbit in the Headlights

Chris Stokes | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Stokes

It often only lasts for the briefest of seconds but every regular stand-up comedy punter will have seen it happen. The moment when all emotion leaves the comedian's face for a split second as they glaze over and you would be forgiven for thinking that they are relishing the notion of killing someone. In fact, the truth is far less sinister. We are buffering.

34 Years at the Fringe

Richard Vranch | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Richard Vranch

I've performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe almost every year since 1979. The biggest arts festival in the world has given me a platform to write and act in plays, sketch shows, a one-man show, children's shows, a risque dance act, verbatim theatre and lots of impro shows

Smells Like Fringe Spirit

David Moon | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Comedy
David Moon

A lot was written and discussed at the end of last year's Edinburgh Fringe about bubbles bursting, audiences voting with their feet and growing resistance to the commercialisation of the fringe.

Horrible History...

Ed O'Meara | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Ed O'Meara

If you go to the Edinburgh Festival and you have a lovely time and lots of fun, it's because you're not putting on a show. If you go to the Edinburgh Festival and you have a lovely time and lots of fun and you're putting on a show, then there's something wrong with you.

Laugh, Don't Leak - Comedy and Continence

Elaine Miller | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Elaine Miller

Months ago, I decided to do a Fringe show. I have no understanding about The Arts whatsoever, I'm a physiotherapist. My astonishingly-clever-at-the-time idea was to use the biggest arts event in the world to break down the taboo surrounding incontinence. Made perfect sense at the time.