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Edinburgh Festival

Abi Clarke: (Role) Model

31st July - 25th Aug (not 12th) - 7:40 pm
Pleasance Courtyard, Beneath

Abi Clarke lived the modern-day dream. She posted a video online, went to bed a 'nobody', then woke to thousands of followers. Four years later, this is the debut show they’ve been waiting for, though it may not be exactly what they want from her...

As seen on the BBC, ITV2, Comedy Central, Channel 4, and support to Phil Wang and Russell Kane.

With two million followers across platforms, she's taken the internet by storm, but now it's time to see what she does best, stand-up!

'Fresh, silly and very very funny' - Sara Pascoe

'Hilarious and relatable' - The Independent

Adam Hills: Shoes Half Full

31st Jul - 11th Aug - 6:50 pm
(BSL 4th and 11th Aug)
Assembly Rooms, Music Hall

The UK's favourite monopedal Aussie (and host of Channel 4's The Last Leg) is back with a brand new show, combining positive stand-up comedy with rampant spontaneity.

'Effortlessly brilliant' - The Guardian

'Achingly funny and uplifting' - The Telegraph

Andrew Ryan: Let Me Know How You Get On

31st Jul - 11th Aug (not 7th) - 6:45 pm
Underbelly Bristo Square, Buttercup

Irishman Andrew Ryan is finally living the life he always thought he would. He's stopped people-pleasing and overthinking, and it's been a complete disaster. Just what he's used to.

With over 20 million views online and a sold-out 2023 tour, the Corkman is back with a new show.

Host of Cork in the North podcast. As seen on Comedy Central, Secrets of the Comedy Circuit, Blame Game, and host of Q Radio's Breakfast Show.

'Utterly brilliant' ★★★★ - Time Out

'Charming, hilarious, with some really powerful thinking underneath' ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Angela Barnes: Is Getting Worked Up (WIP)

12th - 25th Aug - 6:15 pm
(Captioned 15th Aug and BSL 21st Aug)
Assembly George Square, Studio Three

Join Angela Barnes (Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The News Quiz) as she tries out some new ideas she's working on for her upcoming tour.

here will be stories, there will be successes, there will be noble failures, and there will definitely be jokes - so come along to find out which is which...

'She's just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic' - The Guardian

'Great punchlines galore' ★★★★ - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

'A topical and heart-warming hour of comedy' ★★★★ Voice

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Scary Times

2nd, 5th, 8th Aug - 7:35 pm
Monkey Barrel Comedy, Monkey Barrel 1

Stand-up from the wee guy with the glasses from Glasgow.

Featuring routines and jokes on such topics as Edinburgh Zoo, going for a walk, and the collapse of the British state.

As seen on Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Comedy Central Live and BBC New Comedy Awards. Heard on the Enjoy An Album, Some Laugh, and Here Comes The Guillotine podcasts.

Tour support for Frankie Boyle and Susie McCabe.

'A master of observational comedy' ★★★★ (BroadwayWorld.com)

'On killer form with self-assurance and self-deprecation... Hit after hit after hit' ★★★★ - Fest

'Major worldwide household name potential' ★★★★ - Entertainment Now

Comedians' DJ Battles

2nd, 9th, 16th Aug - 11:30 pm
Assembly George Square, Underground

24th Aug, 11:00 pm
La Belle Angele

The glorious return of, by most accounts, the best night out of last year's Fringe.

Ivo Graham (gig pig, dad dancer, Shazamer to the stars) commentates frenetically on Powerpoint as illustrious guests bring the bangers, setting them one very specific brief (letters of the alphabet etc.) and one very broad one: get out there and absolutely have it.

2023's myriad highlights included Spittle Shrek, Linkin Laws, the Petts-Magliano sharing of the spoils, and the String-Spitta Tank Engine conga; you simply had to be there, and still can.

Battles from 11:30 pm (11:00 pm La Belle Angele), party 'till late! Book early!

Daniel Foxx: Villain

13th Aug (10:00 pm) and 14th Aug (7:00 pm and 10:00 pm)
Pleasance Courtyard, Forth

What's a little evil amongst friends? Hot off the back of a complete sell-out 2023 Fringe and a continually extended international tour, award-winning gossip and TikTok starlet Daniel Foxx returns with his sensational show about childhood, Tilda Swinton, and bullying (but in a chic way) for a limited run.

Nominated for NextUp's BIGGEST Award in Comedy in 2023, officially recommended by British Comedy Guide, and featured in Dave's Top Ten Jokes of the Fringe 2023.

'Utterly hilarious and effortlessly charismatic' ★★★★★ (Rolling Stone

'A proper funny show with hidden depths' ★★★★ - The List

'Impressively accomplished' ★★★★ - The Scotsman

Dara O Briain: My Entire Life is a Work In Progress (Work in Progress)

12th Aug - 25th Aug - 6:50 pm
(BSL 25th Aug)
Assembly Rooms, Music Hall

You know the guy. Used to be big in this town. Then, Mock The Week, Taskmaster etc.

Dara's first Edinburgh run since 2005. His previous show So, Where Were We? played 173 performances, across four continents and 21 countries, from Vancouver to Auckland, winning the Chortle Award for Best Comedy Tour 2023 en route.

'His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up' - The Guardian

'... ever-affable, ever-quick O Briain... flaunting his lightning quick wit' - Chortle

'A master of the stand up form' - The Scotsman

Elliot Steel: Soft Boi Core

31st July- 25th Aug (not 12th) - 9:45 pm
Underbelly Bristo Square, Buttercup

After last years' smash-hit show, Elliot returns with more of his biting wit and trademark dark sense of humour about the hellish year he, and humanity, has had.

Seen on Comedy Central's Roast Battle and Comedy Central at the Comedy Store. 127k followers across TikTok and Instagram and 1.7 million likes on Tiktok.

'His observations are sharp... and his delivery skills are excellent' - Fringe Review

'Impeccably paced material' - List

'An accomplished hour of confessional comedy' ★★★★ - The Arts Desk

★★★★ - Chortle

★★★★★ - MumbleComedy

★★★★ - One4Review

★★★★ Entertainment Now

★★★★ - Beyond The Joke

George Lewis: The Best Thing You'll Ever Do (WIP)

19th - 25th Aug - 6:45 pm
EXTRA SHOWS: 23rd, 24th, 25th Aug - 12:45 pm
Underbelly Bristo Square, Buttercup

'The funniest dad on Instagram' has racked up hundreds of millions of views online. Now he's warming up for a brand-new tour by bringing his show to Edinburgh.

It won't just be about parenting though, because he has done loads this year. He's bought a new hoover, watched some more stuff on Netflix... loads.

Between #makingmemories with his kids, George has appeared on The Stand Up Sketch Show and Comedy Central Live, written a best-selling book, and has supported Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen, Russell Kane and Josh Widdicombe on tour.

Carousel - A Theatre show by Ivo Graham

31st July - 25th Aug (not 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th) - 2:20 pm
Assembly George Square, The Box

'Teddy told me that in Greek, "nostalgia" literally means, "the pain from an old wound". It's a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone.'

Ivo Graham, who has watched this Mad Men clip approximately 100 times, steps away from the frivolity of his stand-up and invites you onto his own carousel: around and around, backwards and forwards, to the places he aches to go again.

A searingly direct, exquisitely soundtracked story of a life, as workshopped last year in the Green. Good luck at your next meeting.

Ivo Graham: Grand Designs

31st July - 25th Aug (not 7th, 13th, 14th, 15th) - 9:20 pm
(Captioned 19th Aug and BSL 20th Aug)
Pleasance Courtyard, Grand

Taskmaster’s yardstick for failure returns for his tenth run at the Pleasance. A recap:

The Comedy Zone (Cabaret Bar, 2010): drinking games, driving tests, and Josh Widdicombe on afterwards.

Binoculars (Cellar, 2013): Stereophonics, Walkers Sensations, and living with gran.

Bow Ties & Johnnies (That, 2014): thank you letters, school magazines, and an actual girlfriend.

No Filter (Beside, 2015): Birthday pokes, broken Nokias and Eddie Redmayne.

Educated Guess (Beneath, 2017): Weakest Link, frosted glass, and the 650 MPs. Motion Sickness (Cabaret Bar, 2018): Go Ape, a proposal, and a second hand fridge.

The Game of Life (Forth, 2019): babies, boules, and bloodbaths at the dentist.

My Future, My Clutter (One, 2022): Zoom risottos, childhood short stories, and nuclear fallout at Peppa Pig World.

Organised Fun (Beyond, 2023): Traitors, trumps, and treading water through trivia.

And now, Grand Designs, a fast and furious return to what Ivo does best: exquisitely articulated updates on a relentlessly chaotic life. Navigating the increasingly three-dimensional challenges of modern parenthood, running late for trains and planes and actual marathons, and laying out as many deckchairs as he can on the sinking ship of the Fringe. A manic, fate-tempting dissection of the gulf between his expectations and his reality, in a show where you will laugh with him, and laugh at him, and laugh a lot.

Jack Skipper: Skint

31st July - 25th Aug (not 12th) - 8:20 pm
Pleasance Courtyard, Baby Grand

Carpet-fitter turned comedian Jack Skipper delivers his debut stand-up hour with a show about how he went from a tradesman with no qualifications to a full-time comedian (with no qualifications) - offering insights into the endeavours of a working-class father struggling to navigate his way through life.

Seen on The Stand Up Sketch Show. Tour support for Russell Kane and Suzi Ruffell. Over 15 million likes on TikTok. Winner of Best Debut Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2024. SYTYF 2022 runner-up.

'Delivery that commands the room and a no-nonsense outlook that gels into strong punchlines' - Chortle

Josh Jones: Put A Sock In It

30th July - 25th Aug (not 14th) - 8:40 pm
Monkey Barrel Comedy, The Tron

After two sell-out Fringe runs, this marvellous Manc is back with his best show yet.

Since receiving a Best Newcomer nomination at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Josh has embarked on two sell-out UK tours and has starred on TV shows such as The Jonathan Ross Show, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, As Yet Untitled and much more.

'... supremely gifted comic who can turn the slightest of events into a crowd- pleasing routine' ★★★★ - Beyond The Joke

'Rough edges and killer wind-ups prove this Mancunian comic is his prime' ★★★★ The List

Marjolein Robertson: O

30th July - 25th Aug (not 12th) - 5:40 pm
Monkey Barrel Comedy, Hive 1

There will be blood. Literally. Not like 'Oooh Daniel Day-Lewis' because this isn't his story. It's Marjolein's. Talking about body stuff, specifically blood. Which everyone knows is the most hilarious fluid known to man.

This is not gore for gore's sake. This show has the potential to save lives. Also: jokes.

Number there in The List Hot 100 (only two left to kill). The Independent's top 10 best comedy shows of 2023.

'Impish... upbeat, able to mine an everyday observation to almost absurdist lengths' ★★★★★ - The List

‘Remember the name. This is a star in the making.' ★★★★★ - One4Review

Rosie Jones: Triple Threat

14th and 15th Aug - 9:20 pm
(Captioned 14th Aug and BSL 15th Aug)
Pleasance Courtyard, Grand

Join Rosie as she ponders whether she is a national treasure, a little prick, or somewhere in between!

This show is guaranteed to be full of unapologetic cheekiness, nonsensical fun and unadulterated joy from the triple threat herself.

Best known for her BAFTA-nominated Trip Hazard and Mission: Accessible. Seen on The Last Leg, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Cats Does Countdown, Hypothetical, Mock the Week, The Ranganation and Joe Lycett's Got Your Back.

'Elegantly crafted and mischievous to its bones' ★★★★ - The Scotsman

'Completely brazen, downright hilarious and will leave you snorting with laughter' ★★★★★ - EdFestMag

Susie McCabe: The Merchant of Menace

31st Jul - 25th Aug (not 12th) - 7:45 pm
(Captioned 4th, 11th, and 18th Aug)
EXTRA SHOWS: 3rd, 17th Aug - 12:00 pm
Assembly George Square Studios, Studio Three

11th Aug - 2:00 pm
Assembly Roxy, Central

Susie brings another barnstormer of a show to Edinburgh - on the back of her very own BBC Scotland stand-up special and four years selling out shows at Glasgow King's Theatre.

Seen on Live at the Apollo, House of Games, Have I Got News For You, Frankie Boyle's New World Order and supporting Kevin Bridges, Jason Manford and John Bishop on tour.

'This woman should be considered a national treasure' - The Herald

'Thoughtful, compassionate and warm stand-up from Scotland's funniest woman' ★★★★ - The Scotsman

'Heartwarming and hilarious' ★★★★ - Fest

'One of our top comedy voices' ★★★★ - The National

TikTok Presents: The Variety Show

14th Aug - 9:15 pm
Underbelly George Square, Udderbelly

TikTok is the virtual stage of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

For one night only, they showcase a handful of the platform's most loved performers at the Udderbelly for a two hour variety show!