Edinburgh Festival

Angela Barnes: Rose-Tinted

Pleasance Beside - 1st to 26th August (not 13th) - 7:15pm

Following sell-out Fringe shows in 2014, 2015 and 2017, Angela Barnes is back with her brand new 2018 show Rose-Tinted. Stand up and stories that look on the bright side of life.

'Feels like a sure-fire bet the instant she utters her opening lines' - The Scotsman

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

'The pace is fast, the material strong and the delivery perfect' - Chortle


Charlie Baker Presents: The Greatest Goat Of All Time

Assembly Piccolo - 2nd to 26th August (not 21st) - 3:00pm

World premiere of this Fresh Funny Fantastical story starring award-winning comedian, singer and dancer Charlie Baker and BAFTA winning Class Dismissed actor Sam Battersea. Live Clip-Clop Hip-hop soundtrack accompanies our hero on her journey from 0-100% confidence with her magically tuneful farmyard friend. Jokes! Songs! A Goat! (Plastic.) Smiles! (Not plastic.)

Suitable for ages 7 to 107. Bring the kids!


Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Home Sweet Home

Gilded Balloon Turret - 1st to 26th August (not 13th) - 10:15pm

The debut hour from the future of Scottish stand-up. A three-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist, a So You Think You're Funny? finalist and a two-time nominee for Best New Act at the Scottish Comedy Awards. As featured on BBC Radio 1 and 4extra.

'On the cusp of something big and you don't want to miss it' - The Daily Record

'A charming young comic. Macarthur-Boyd's material is well-honed and well-delivered' - The Scotsman

'The personal and political housed seamlessly' - The Skinny

'A comedy nerd's informed tweaking of stand-up convention' - Chortle


Foil, Arms & Hog: Craicling

Underbelly Bristo Square - 1st to 26th August - 9:00pm

Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato... you racist. Sold out Fringe 2009-2017. Over one hundred million hits on YouTube. Foil, Arms and Hog celebrate a decade at the festival with their best show yet, Craicling.

***** (Irish Times)

**** (Times)

***** (Irish Examiner)

'Very funny' - Rowan Atkinson

'An effervescent hour of fast-paced gags, fizzing with energy, invention and great lines' - Chortle

'Quite simply, a sensation' - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine


Comedy Gala 2018: In Aid of Waverley Care

Edinburgh Playhouse - 18th August - 7:30pm

Edinburgh's biggest comedy event returns! Book early to avoid disappointment. 2018 marks the eleventh year of partnership between Off The Kerb Productions and Waverley Care, Scotland's biggest charity providing care and support to those living with HIV and Hepatitis C.

All proceeds raised from the Edinburgh Comedy Gala go straight to supporting the life-changing work of the charity.

Since its launch in 2003, the now annual event has raised almost £450,000, with this year's event looking set to topple the £500,000 mark, helping to make a positive difference to the lives of people affected by HIV and Hepatitis C in Scotland.


George Lewis: A Man, A Plan, A Girl With Fake Tan

Pleasance Attic - 1st to 26th August (not 13th) - 5:45pm

When George was twelve he fell for the most beautiful, orangest girl in Stockport. To win her heart, he decided he needed to act less like a boy and more like a man. Specifically, Liam Gallagher.

BBC One's Celebrity Mastermind winner, BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017, BBC New Comedy Award finalist, Top Gear: Extra Gear host. As heard on BBC Radio 4. Newsjack writer, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year runnner-up, Comedy Knights Comedian of the Year winner, Amused Moose New Comedian of the Year.

'An expert craftsman' - Chortle


Henry Paker: Man Alive

(not 6, 13, 20)

Banshee Labyrinth - Chamber Room - 4th to 26th August (not 6th, 13th, 20th) - 5:10pm

Henry found himself in a Travelodge, lunching on a can of John West Mediterranean Style Tuna Salad. A can of salad. His hopes were not high and yet, as he peeled back the lid, the unspeakable smell that hit his face, made him question two things, 1: the wisdom of buying lunch from a vending machine and 2: whether life was all it was cracked up to be. A show about expectation meeting reality, and it making you want to gag.

'Scales impressive comedy peaks throughout this entertainingly twisty solo hour' **** - The Guardian


Ismo Leikola: Words Apart

Pleasance 10 Dome - 1st to 26th August (not 13th) - 8:20pm

Ismo will challenge your perception of words - and the world they describe. His analytical eye finds things previously overlooked and makes them totally obvious. Neither words or the world will remain the same.

In 2002, Ismo began his comedy career in his native Finland. He has since moved to America, toured around the world - and yes - switched to speaking English!

He recently made his American late-night television debut on Conan. His performance became a big-ass viral hit with over sixty-two million views to-date!

Get your ass (and the rest of you) out to see this show.


Ivo Graham: Motion Sickness

Pleasance Cabaret Bar - 1st to 26th August (not 13th) - 6:40pm

A feisty new hour about facing the future, named after my fourth favourite Hot Chip song (and a beaut by Phoebe Bridgers).

As seen/heard on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Live From The BBC, Jon Richardson’s Ultimate Worrier, Fighting Talk, The Now Show, It’s Not What You Know, and eating Subway sandwiches in petrol stations.

'Endlessly amusing hour from the politest man in comedy' **** - The I

'Not an ounce of flab on his routines... a joy' **** - The Telegraph

'A self-deprecating dweeb par excellence, on the brink of comedy's Premier League' **** - The Evening Standard


Jake Lambert: Little Lost Lad

Pleasance This - 1st to 26th August (not 13th) - 6:00pm

Jake lives alone, cuts his own hair, has an ability to remember the exact date he first tasted each specific food for the first time, and has a one-eyed cat. If this sounds like it needs some explaining and let's face it, it probably does, then this is the show for you...

The hotly anticipated debut from Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show nominee 2018.

'He's got gags to burn' - Chortle.


Joanne McNally: Wine Tamer

Assembly George Square Studios Four - 1st to 27th August (not 14th) - 5:35pm

Star and writer of Sky TV's Baby Hater, Best Performer Nominee (2017) & Ireland's brightest new comic, Joanne McNally returns to Edinburgh after her sell out debut Bite Me last year, with her hysterical and whipsmart look on life, love and the lies we tell ourselves.

'Fresh, bold and brazen, the sky is the limit for Joanne McNally' - The Mirror

'McNally has an excellent dose of 20th century ennui and a true gift for storytelling' - Broadway Baby

'The most exciting thing to happen to Irish comedy in years'- The Irish Times

'Dark, edgy, strangely reassuring' - The Independent

'Joyously nuts' - The Examiner


Kelly Convey: Independent Woman

Waverley Bar - 4th to 26th August (not 10th) - 9:50pm

Is 'girl power' and being an 'independent woman' all it's cracked up to be? What if being an independent woman is your worst nightmare? From 'One of the most rapidly-rising new comics on the circuit' (British Comedy Guide) comes a hilarious, outspoken and alternative point of view from a modern woman who prefers to be dependent. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017 nominee. So You Think You're Funny 2016 finalist.

Kerry Godliman: Work In Progress

Cabaret Bar - Pleasance Courtyard - 9th to 11th August - 2:40pm

Kerry Godliman is back in Edinburgh to try out material she's never said out loud before. Both an incredibly talented comedian and a phenomenal actor, Kerry is best known for her appearances on BBC's Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Jack Dee's Referendum HelpDesk, ITV's Bad Move, Sky Atlantic's Save Me and Channel 4's Derek. Kerry is also a regular on Radio 4 with appearances on the esteemed News Quiz, The Now Show and Just A Minute, The Wilsons Save The World as well as her own series Kerry's List.

**** - The Sunday Times


Marcus Brigstocke: Devil May Care

Pleasance Beyond - 1st to 26th August (not 13th) - 6:30pm

Snowflake, Remoaner, Libtard, Brextremist, Feminazi, Piers Morgan...

As we divide each other up into more and more unpleasant categories of evil, it's time to establish, once and for all, what is good and what is bad. Brigstocke, multi-award winning stand-up comedian, returns with a brand-new hour of comedy with a twist.

‘If you haven’t seen him live, then you haven’t seen him at his very best' ***** – The Mirror

'Sharpest one-liner merchant' – Sunday Times


Mark Steel: Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright

Assembly Ballroom - 2nd to 12th August - 9:30pm

Mark's sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am, revealed his natural father was world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4's Mark Steel's in Town, and newspaper columnist of the year, is back at the festival with his show guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is.


Neil Delamere: Controlled Substance

Gilded Balloon Billiard Room - 3rd to 26th August - 7:30pm

Lisa Richards/Off The Kerb Productions

Fresh from a sell-out tour, star of BBC's The Blame Game and Soft Border Patrol, Neil Delamere returns to Edinburgh with a brand new show. This time he thinks he has that whole 'illusion of control' idea sussed. Then again he would think that wouldn't he?

'You'll be hard pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe' ***** - The Scotsman

'One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine' ***** - The Herald


Nigel Ng: Malaysian Sensation

City Cafe - 1st to 26th August - 7:10pm

Nigel Ng is from Malaysia. Join him as he observes and adopts your Western ways (he just started recycling!).

People describe him as 'slick, has natural funny bones' (Chortle). Amused Moose National New Comic Award 2016 winner. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2016 nominee. Nigel was selected to be part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

'Brilliant... go see him' - One4Review


Phill Jupitus: Sassy Knack

Stand Three - 3rd to 26th August - 4:30pm

Now television is pretty much done with him because his 'palm crystal' turned red, Phill Jupitus is enjoying the visceral thrill of live stand up performing once more. In a user friendly teatime slot, Old Man Jupitus will tell you things which have happened to him, but will exaggerate WILDLY. He will also sing. Don't panic: he was in Hairspray. It's in his wheelhouse.

When you see it, this show will be his fourth of the day. So you'll be able to gauge, very quickly, how well the others went. There might be biscuits. Might not.


Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes

Pleasance This - 1st to 26th August (not 13th) - 8:30pm

Rosie Jones is a comedian with a penchant for being mischievous. Her cerebral palsy doesn't slow her down in the slightest. Catch her before she wobbles her way to stardom!

Finalist: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018, Amused Moose Comedy's National New Comic Award 2017.

'It's rare to see a comedian who exudes such joy' - Chortle


Simon Evans: Genius 2.0

Assembly Two - 1st to 26th August (not 13th) - 8:20pm

Last year, Simon Evans earned rave reviews for Genius, his 'howl of despair' at our declining national appetite for intelligent conversation, let alone public figures of exceptional ability. The Guinness Book of Records is a glossy scandal sheet, we look to cartoon fish and John Lewis ads for moral guidance and the notion of a Western Civilisation worth saving in the first place is to say the very least moot. This year, he brings the cure...

'The Show is called Genius. It comes very close' **** - The Scotsman

'Magnificently Pessimistic' **** - The List


Suzi Ruffell: Nocturnal

Pleasance Below - 1st to 26th August (not 13th) - 9:45pm

If you don't have anxiety, I don't think you're concentrating! Suzi is worried about everything - from someone breaking into her flat, to human rights across the globe, to her cat's quality of life - and it's keeping her awake. Following last year's critically acclaimed, sell-out run, this show is not to be missed.

'Excellent hour of Stand Up' **** - The Sunday Times

'Emerging star' **** - The Scotsman

'Flawless stand-up machine' - The List


Tom Lucy: Reluctant Millennial

Pleasance Attic - 1st to 26th (not 13th) - 8:15pm

Tom Lucy is one of the youngest professional comedians on the circuit. He is also, apparently, a millennial. This is not something he is happy about.

An hour of blistering new material from the snowflake of his generation, the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 sell-out and star of Stand Up Central and Live At The Comedy Store brings his brand-new show to Edinburgh.

The Sun's Best New Comedian 2017 and Kevin Bridges' tour support.