Fringe of Colour 2019 (@FringeofColour)
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Short run - easy to miss!
Aaron Chen: Piss Off (Just Kidding)
Fight in the Dog
Winner: Best Newcomer 2017, Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Winner: Best Newcomer 2017, Sydney Comedy Festival Winner. Directors' Choice 2016, Melbourne International Comedy Festival. National Finalist, RAW Comedy 2013. Piss Off represents the dark side of Aaron, evil and mean. And Just Kidding represents that after every bitter there is a sweet. Do you believe me?
Jul 31 Aug 1-12, 14-25
Pleasance Courtyard - Bunker 3
£10.50/£9.50 (9.50/8.50)
Aboriginal Comedy Allstars
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
From the oldest culture on earth comes the freshest, fiercest and funniest stand-up around. Cheeky, loud, black and proud, featuring the brightest stars in Australian comedy: Kevin Kropinyeri, Andy Saunders and Steph Tisdell (winner, Pinder Prize 2019). A unique comedy experience with great big belly laughs from the heart of the wide brown land. 'Any qualms about whether non-indigenous people would be able to laugh at the content are quickly quashed.
Jul 31 Aug 1-2615:55
Assembly George Square Gardens - Four
£12/£11 (£11/£10)
About Time / Bully
Sian Davies and Thanyia Moore / Free Festival
A split bill comedy show featuring Thanyia Moore (Funny Women Award winner 2018) and Sian Davies (Hilarity Bites New Act winner 2018). About Time: growing up is hard, but most people manage it. Sian Davies waited until she was 27 to grow up. Everyone agreed, it was about time. Bully: was Thanyia Moore bullied? Or was she the bully? Join the Funny Women Award winner 2018 as she seeks to find the answer in this hilarious account of her childhood. Join these two rising stars on their side-splitting journeys of self-discovery.
Aug 1-2519:10
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe - Hollywood
Aditi Mittal: Mother of Invention
Soho Theatre
Motherhood: the most celebrated and exploited condition of human existence. Joining an illustrious line of shows by straight white men about their daddy issues, this is a show by a straight brown woman about her mummy issues. The star of Netflix's Comedians of the World and her own hour-long special, Aditi returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe after a critically acclaimed 2017 debut.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-25
Assembly George Square - The Box
£12/£11 (£11/£10)
Ahir Shah: DotsAhir Shah
Nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah returns to the Fringe with a new hour of funny and good stand-up. Shah's most recent show, Duffer, was performed to packed houses and critical acclaim at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a sold-out run in London's West End, and a UK and international tour. Now he's written another one. Fingers crossed, eh? As seen on Live at the Apollo and The Mash Report.
Aug 1-2513:45
Monkey Barrel Comedy - Monkey Barrel 3
Anuvab Pal: Democracy and Disco Dancing
Mick Perrin Worldwide
Anuvab Pal is trying to understand a thousand years of this bewildering British Isle through his Indian lens, deploying respectable tools he's mastered like corruption, deceit and fake news to find whether they exist in this land. And thereby bring two great cultures closer. Much needed in a fractured world. As seen on BBC's The Big Asian Stand Up and The New Year International Comedy Show on BBC World Service.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-26
Assembly George Square Studios - Five
£13/£11 (£12/£10)
Archie Maddocks: Big Dick Energy
Archie Maddocks
Life's getting a bit serious innit? Political instability, social politics making people less social – life now is guilt, followed by shame. However, what is life, if nothing but a distraction until you die? Archie Maddocks tackles the struggles of being alive in his latest hour of provocative, exhilarating and, crucially, hilarious comedy.
Aug 1-11, 13-25
Just the Tonic at the Mash House - Just the Bottle Room
£5 (£4)
Arnab Chanda: Boy From Earth
Arnab Chanda / PBH's Free Fringe
The debut stand-up hour from Arnab Chanda (Russell Howard's Good News, BBC's Pls Like, 2018 Writers Guild nominee) who was born in Yorkshire, but grew up abroad, but lives in London, but who cares.
Aug 3-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-25
PBH's Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms - Speakeasy
Arnie Pie / Laugh Mob / Free Festival
Laugh Mob presents Arnie Pie's new stand-up comedy show; Aussiental. A show about how conflicting it was growing up in Australia as an Oriental. Through battling with this mentally, as well as physically (he wishes), it was verbally that gave Arnie the upper hand in life, from having just enough wit to win a quarrel or just plain getting into trouble. If you're in for an original spin on ethnic humour, this is the show for you.
Aug 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25
Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters - The Wee Room
Babes / Pigs in the City
Amy Xander and Ginnia Cheng / Free Festival
What happens when one small-town bumpkin and one Third World brat try to spread their wings and become two cosmopolitan, cool customers? Will they become sophisticated babes? Or just two pigs in the city? Come and enjoy an hour of stand-up from silly yet sassy up-and-coming comedians, Amy Xander and Ginnia Cheng.
Aug 2312.15
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters - The Wee Room
Barely There
Uninterested Comedians
Join Mary O'Connell and Patrick Healy for an hour of laughs and insights into their underwhelming lives. Mary's still angry about the ending of Lost, even though she hasn't seen it. NATYs Finalist 2018. Scathing, playful, laid-back and assured, Mary brings her perplexed take on life to the stage. Patrick – So You Think You're Funny Finalist, NATYs Finalist 2019 – is younger than Mary and won't let her forget it. Dry, conversational and observational, Patrick is an 80-year-old man in a 19-year-old's body (with a 12-year-old's face). They got jokes. Come.
Aug 3-2515:00
Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo's Nest - Basement
BBC: British-Born ChineseMatthew Fong
BBC is the debut show from British-born Chinese comedian Matthew Fong. His politically incorrect view on love, life and growing up is far from political. A whimsical comedian that has found his voice and is making the most of it. He has performed all over the world including Las Vegas, Tampa, Orlando, Sunny Beach, Los Gigantes and a regular on the UK comedy circuit; this is one comedian you won’t want to miss. This being his debut one-man show gives you the opportunity to say I found him first... before he was famous. Must see!
Aug 1-11, 13-25
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe - Nineties
Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit
Dharmander Singh / Free Festival
Growing up, I was too brown for white kids and the wrong kind of brown for brown kids. That’s when I first questioned my identity.
Aug 1-2517:45
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters - Basement
Brown Panther – Ruven Govender
Ruven Govender
Join one of the funniest Indian comedians in Australia for an hour of ethnic-based comedy. Following the success of last year's show Ethnic Cleansing which sold out completely at all 23 Edinburgh Fringe shows, Ruven returns to Edinburgh with his brand-new show Brown Panther! Ruven has featured at every major comedy festival Australia and NZ has to offer.
Aug 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House - The Lounge
Children of the Quorn™
Megan from HR.
Former stars of the multi award-winning Durham Revue, 'comedy geniuses' (Jeremy Vine), and future Fringe legends Andrew and Ambika present a new sketch show, complete with séance. From dying onstage to straight-up dying, this is how two friends fill their time whilst waiting for the dead to arrive. From winners of the Derek Award for Best Sketch Show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and 2017, Children of the Quorn™ is an hour of intelligent, original, high-energy comedy that will raise the roof and raise the dead.
Aug 1-11, 13-25
Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele - La Belle Angele
Christopher KC: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Rice
Christopher Sit
Twice-nominated Scottish Comedy Awards Best Newcomer, Christopher KC, brings his riotous debut show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With his original brand of observations and razor-sharp punchlines, Christopher is fast becoming a rising star in the Scottish comedy circuit. Christopher offers an illuminating insight growing up as a minority, addressing racism and his inability to see soup.
31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 12th)
Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market - Bothy
Cool Story BroTrev Tokabi
Childhood memories can sometimes be blurry but you never forget your first school trip, especially when it turns into a permanent stay in Cote d'Ivoire. Adjusting to a new culture and surroundings can be challenging, but not for this eight-year-old who grew up guilt-ridden because he's the reason his parents split up. Therefore, sending him to a military academy to spend his teen years seems perfectly reasonable. Life in army barracks gives you skills for life, some more useful than others. Plotting weekend escapades and parties downtown whilst remaining anonymous somehow became Trev's forte for survival.
Aug 1-13, 15-25
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe - Nineties
Cordelia and Dimple: Buffet
Cordelia and Dimple / Free Festival
Dimple's biggest fear? Looking down from heaven (post-murder) to watch her religiously vegan parents learn that the contents of her last meal involved a chicken and an egg. Eye-rolling and frustratingly stereotypical tales of living at home and being the A word. Part of Soho Theatre Young Company 2018. Waaaaaal, Cordelia loves a cultural reference. She admires Jean Brodie, but she’s more Susan Kennedy. But don’t slag her off: she’d much rather parse Avril Lavigne lyrics and read now-defunct Sugar magazine.
Aug 1-1316:55
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe - Nineties
Daliso Chaponda: Blah Blah Blacklist
CKP and InterTalent Group present
Daliso shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent and has gone on to amass over 100 million YouTube views, write and star in his critically acclaimed Radio 4 show Citizen of Nowhere, and appear on The Apprentice: You're Fired, News Quiz and The Now Show. In his hilarious, daring new show, Daliso looks at disgraced, blacklisted celebrities and historical figures we're ashamed we once admired. There's also the small matter of family member arrests, exploding buildings in his home country and the enterprising Malawian who tried to blackmail him.
Jul 31 Aug 1-13, 15-26
Gilded Balloon Teviot - Wine Bar
£14/£12 (£12/£10)
David Correos: Better than I was the Last Time
Returning after bringing all of the noise in 2018, David's had time to reflect on one heck of a year. Putting his body on the line for your entertainment takes its toll, what the hell happened? How did he end up here? What even is this? One of the most exciting performers to emerge in New Zealand recently, David has a knack for finding the funny and pushing its boundaries. If you've seen him before, you'll know this is appointment viewing. If you haven't, then grab your pals and strap in.
Jul 31 Aug 1-2622:15
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose - Nip
£9/£10 (£8/£9)
Darius Davies: Persian of Interest
Darius Davies
As seen on the BBC and Channel 4. Anglo-Iranian, English Comedian of the Year finalist 2017, Darius Davies returns with 'one of the funniest, most thought-provoking stand-up shows this Fringe' ***** ( This is a story about how easy it is to manipulate the media, troll men on Tinder, and get revenge against Ryanair by any means necessary. A show so explosive the powers that be don't want you to see it. 'Brilliant, hilarious, outstanding' ***** ( 'A knockout sensation!' **** ( 'Full of verve... style and energy' (
Aug 11, 13-25
Just the Tonic @ The Tron
Desiree Burch: Desiree's Coming Early!
Desiree Burch / Ebdon Management / Heroes
She was born late, bloomed late and always missed the bus. But a compelling shift has the fresh-faced/world-weary comedian (Netflix’s Flinch, The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo) mischievously changing up the tempo. As seen on Have I Got News For You, QI, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, 8 Out of 10 Cats. About self and everything else. Every comic has a relationship show but what happens when that relationship's with the one person you were most trying to avoid? One isn't prime or perfect. But it is magic!
Aug 1-12, 14-19, 21-25
Heroes @ The Hive - The Big Cave
£10 (£7)
Dilruk Jayasinha: Cheat Day(s)
Brett Vincent for Get Comedy
Dilruk Jayasinha has quickly become one of Australia's favourite comedians. So much so that he won the 2018 Logie for Most Popular New Talent. His small screen star may be soaring but Dil's finest work is on stage. His live shows have been consistently received with popular and critical acclaim, and his most recent tour culminated with knockout performances at Melbourne Comedy Festival and London's Soho Theatre. Now, he's returning with a brand-new hour about how he cheated his way to a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-21, 23-26
Gilded Balloon Teviot - Wine Bar
£12.50/£11.50 (£11.50/£10.50)
Ella Al-Shamahi and Susie Steed: Gold Diggers
Susie Steed / Ella Al-Shamahi
Join the digger, British-Arab archaeologist Ella (BBC presenter and National Geographic explorer), and gold-hating economist, Susie (NATYS finalist 2019, Funny Women regional finalist 2018) for an hour of political stand-up.
Aug 1-1811:15
Laughing Horse @ 32 Below - Main Room
Eshaan Akbar: Infidel-ityCKP
What does it take to be a man these days? After #MeToo, incel attacks and man buns, Eshaan Akbar explores masculinity and his relationship with men, women and himself. Love and loss can teach you a lot about who you actually are. Fresh from successful runs at Edinburgh 2017 and 2018, Soho Theatre and appearances on BBC Two, Sky and Channel 5 as well as appearances on BBC Radio 4, BBC Asian Network, talkSPORT and Love Sport Radio.
Jul 31 Aug 1-13, 15-26
Gilded Balloon Teviot - Billiard Room
£10.50/£9.50 (£9.50/8.50)
Esther Manito: Crusade
Bound & Gagged Comedy
Has history taught us nothing? Crusades don't work! So You Think You're Funny finalist 2017 and co-author of Don't Panic I'm Islamic brings you her debut hour. Esther takes you on a whirlwind tour of what life is like when you can't meet the expectations of your identity. From battling comments online to facing head-on confrontations in person, she's not sure she wants to battle the crusade!
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-25
Gilded Balloon Teviot - Turret
£11 (£9)
Fags, Mags and BagsUnderbelly
All human life is in shop… there's not a single aspect of it that's not covered by at least one partwork magazine (free binder with part one)'. Dave! Please be a trumpet! Multiple award-winning Radio 4 comedy Fags, Mags and Bags is finally going live! Experience near your actual face Ramesh's shop logic, Dave's Vera Drake fleece, Alok's pointy shoes and Sanjay's weaponised sarcasm (#weaponisedsarcasm). And that's merely scratching the shoe of the iceberg! Yes! This is your chance to become a customer and part of the shop community. And it is a community!
Aug 1-11, 13-26
Underbelly George Square - Udderbelly
£15.50/£13.50 (£14.50/£12.50)
FOC IT UP: The Femmes of Colour Comedy Club
FOC IT UP Comedy Club
FOC It Up is here to recognise and represent the fierce, fabulous and funny perspectives of women, trans and non-binary comedians of colour. They are disrupting the status quo, fighting tokenism and spilling diversi-tea with a 100% no-white-dudes-onstage guarantee.
Aug 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose - Doonstairs
£10 (£9)
Eggbox Comedy
Half of young people in British prisons are BME (Black/Minority Ethnic). Political commentators say this is a gross indictment of our broken society; we think it's a model of ethnic diversity the Cambridge Footlights should aspire to: #MakeFootlightsAPrison. FootDarks are three of said comedy troupe's finest stand-ups and they're all BME (we prefer alt-white). Find out why Danny Baalbaki believes white parents prefer dogs over their kids, why some members of Patrick Sylla's college are anxious about offering him fruit and how autocorrect got Hasan Al-Habib banned from a funeral (again).
Jul 31 Aug 1-6, 8-18
Gilded Balloon Teviot - Sportsmans
£10 (£9)
For Sukh's Sake
Noel Gay presents...
Debut stand-up show from the star of The Big Asian Stand Up (BBC Two), Life on Egg and Newsjack (BBC Radio 4). From dealing with mental illness to moving back in with her parents at the age of 30, join Sukh as she figures out to move forward when you live in a house where you're not allowed to turn on the big light.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-25
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose - Nip
£8.50/£9.50 (£7.50/£8.50)
Lily Hyde & Alissa Anne Jeun Yi: Gentlemen, Please!
Lily Hyde & Alissa Anne Jeun Yi
Lily and Alissa met on the Soho Theatre Stand-Up Lab in 2018 and quickly bonded over their love of expensive candles and the fact that they were both complex, three-dimensional women. Lily was blinded by Alissa’s silky Asian garms and exquisite taste in eyewear, and Alissa still remains strangely aroused by Lily’s extensive knowledge of 17th-century French history. After a whirlwind friendship and poor financial advice, they’ve found themselves in Edinburgh with a show.
Aug 21-2513:15
Laughing Horse @ Sofi’s Southside - Upstairs Bar
Goodbye Mr President
President Obonjo / PBH's Free Fringe
Goodbye Mr President. President Obonjo, is an up-and-coming, and increasingly successful, stand-up comedian. As the uber-confident, self-appointed dictator of Lafta Republic, he has been leading a covert comedy revolution to become the first President to take the UK comedy industry by storm. This, his third Edinburgh show, is a short, impactful story of friendship between an African dictator and an Englishman. 'President Obonjo has everything you’d expect of a tinpot African dictator… a great comic construct' ( 'A fascinating, bewildering and painfully funny experience' ( Hilarious hour in the company of an African dictator.
Aug 10-2521:05
PBH's Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms - Speakeasy
Glowed UpNathan Roberts
Aug 1-11, 13-25
Just the Tonic at the Caves - Just Out of the Box
Hardeep Singh Kohli: It's Hard to Be Deep
Broken Robot Productions and So Comedy
Identity politics. Right-wing nationalism. Climate Change. Brexit. Ronan Keating's solo career. There isn't much philosophy going on. Following his Celebrity Big Brother house "vacation", the host of BBC Radio 4's Sketchtopia embarks on one man's mission to find a philosophy that explains and engages the malaise of modernity. Where are the prophets? The visionaries? The rest of Boyzone? Regular on BBC1's Question Time and This Week.
Jul 31 Aug 1-2417:15
Assembly George Square Studios - Three
Hari Kanth: This Train Terminates Here
Broken Robot Productions and So Comedy
A comedy show about definitely not wanting kids... I think? The second debut hour from the childless BBC New Comedy Award finalist and presenter of BBC Brit’s Socially Awkward Situations.
Aug 1-11, 13-25
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire - Long Room
Immigrant Diaries – Sajeela Kershi and Guests
Sajeela Kershi / The Stand Comedy Club
Award-winning show returns. Immigration, migrants, the refugee crisis: hot topics dividing a not so United Kingdom of Brexit. True, sublime stories from a Fringe full of bloody foreigners. Past guests have included Hollywood Legends, comedians, presenters, performers and even the odd politician. Rotating line-up.
Aug 2-1215:00
The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4 - Stand 3
Ishi Khan: I'm Migrant! The Remix
Ishi Khan / Free Festival
Funny Women best show award nominee, Ishi explores migration and identity. As stories of the migration crisis, Brexit and the Windrush scandal dominated the news, Ishi wonders where she fits in. Zambian-born, with Indian ancestry, Ishi is at home in Britain. Does that make her Brizambdian?
Aug 15-2514:00
Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo's Nest - Basement
Isma Almas: About a Buoy – Adventures in Adoption
Lee Martin for Gag Reflex
Isma is British multiculturalism at its best. In About a Buoy – Adventures in Adoption, her preconception-shattering, down-to-earth and engaging style, explores transracial adoption, gender, religion, sexuality, race, one homophobic Muslim mother and Freddie Mercury. As seen on BBC Asian Network Comedy and BBC Two's The Big Asian Stand-Up.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-26
Gilded Balloon Teviot - Turret
£8.50 (£7.50)
It's All Going To Be OK – Free Festival
Ophélie Hocquard and Kuan-wen Huang
The world is going to sh*t! Or so it seems. Ophélie Hocquard (BBC New Comedy Award 2017 nominee, Funny Women One to Watch 2018) and Kuan-wen Huang (NATYS finalist 2019, as seen on BBC Three) share why they believe in the simple optimism that everything is going to be OK. Not least because these two have years of experience fighting against the French patriarchy/a Chinese tiger mum.
Aug 1-13, 15-25
Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom - The Basement
Jack Harris and Rajiv Karia: The Squeeze
Jack Harris And Rajiv Karia / PBH’s Free Fringe
Squeeze in with two talented up-and-coming comedians. A teacher by trade, Jack Harris (Amused Moose finalist 2018, 'Funny bones' ( explains how to deal with everything a classroom throws at you. Difficult questions. Problem pupils. Chairs. Rajiv Karia ('The gem of the night' (Intermission Bristol), 2Northdown New Act semi-finalist 2019) delivers irreverent takes on the day-to-day world. From conspiracy theories to hipsters and vegans, Rajiv has a fresh perspective on it. Join them for an hour of subversive stand-up, gleeful gags and, of course, teacher training.
Aug 2415:15
PBH’s Free Fringe at Southsider
James Nokise: God Damn Fancy Man
James Nokise / The Stand Comedy Club
Joyful, daring and undeniably sharp, God Damn Fancy Man is the hotly anticipated new show from critically-acclaimed, internationally award-winning comedian James Nokise. Covering a thrilling whirlwind of topics with skilful ease and exhilarating energy, Nokise's brand of joyously cathartic stand up will twist its way into your psyche and leave you delighted.
Jul 31 Aug 2-11, 13-25
The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4 - Stand 4
£10 (£9)
Japanese Sweet Wasabi: No Mask Required!
Kilara Sen
Kilara Sen, a female Japanese comedian from Tokyo, won’t wear surgical masks like other Japanese! This is her debut one-hour show on the Fringe. She shares the truth of a Japanese female's life and feelings proudly but humorously and will amaze you with her Asian-remixed impression medley as seen on Asia’s Got Talent and The Funniest Person In the World. You don’t need to wear a surgical mask for attendance either.
Aug 5-2521:15
Laughing Horse @ The Place - The Baird
Kai Samra: UnderclassSoho Theatre
Award-winning stand-up comedian Kai Samra presents his hotly tipped debut hour. Join Kai as he hilariously dissects life as a young, working class, British Asian in the 21st Century – from police stop-and-searches to a complete lack of options at fancy dress parties. He reflects on personal stories of homelessness, the gentrification of the arts and the rise of right-wing politics in his home town. As seen/heard on ITV2, BBC Three, BBC Asian Network and BBC Radio 4’s Sketchtopia.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-25
Pleasance Courtyard - Bunker 3
£12/£10 (£11/£9)
Ken Cheng: To All the Racists I've Blocked Before
CKP and InterTalent Group present
Star of BBC Radio 4’s Chinese Comedian and co-host of E4’s The Hangover Games, Ken Cheng is back with a complete treatise on racism. Using racism he’s received from Twitter trolls as a jumping-off point, Ken explores racism in all its forms from the unique position of a British-born Chinese, ex-Cambridge mathematician dropout and professional poker player.
Aug 1-13, 15-25
Bedlam Theatre - Bedlam Theatre
£10 (£8)
Left-Wing Conspiracy Theorist With Dyspraxia 2
Don Biswas
After the success of his debut hour, political comedian Don Biswas returns to the festival with a brand-new WIP show: Left-Wing Conspiracy Theorist with Dyspraxia 2. With fire in his belly, jaded and left-wing dyspraxic Don lets loose a tirade of funny. 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 having undiagnosed learning difficulties, while coming from a traditional middle-class Indian family, which has undoubtedly shaped his politics. As seen on BBC Asian Network.
Aug 11-1816:15
Laughing Horse @ The Lock Up - Lock Up 2
London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck
Broken Robot / So Comedy in association with Curtis Brown
From ITV2's The Stand Up Sketch Show, BBC2's Mock the Week and E4's Celebs Go Dating, join London in her debut at the Pleasance as she explores how as a woman, you can be incredibly awesome and successful yet incredibly single, and how f*ckin' ridiculous it is! Also seen on ITV1's All Star Musicals, ITV2's Don't Hate The Playaz and Channel 5's Celebrity Game Night.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-25
Pleasance Courtyard - The Attic
£11/£10 (£9.50/£8.50)
Loyiso Gola: Pop Culture
Mick Perrin Worldwide
Loyiso Gola dives into years of pop culture and the way they have shaped our lives. Loyiso is an incredibly high profile South African stand up, with 12 seasons of his two-time International Emmy nominated satirical news show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola under his belt. As seen on Netflix: Comedians Of The World, Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week.
Jul 31 Aug 1-12, 14-26
Pleasance Dome - 10Dome
£12/£10.50 (£11/£9.50)
Marlon Davis: Emotional Black Male
Off The Kerb Productions
As seen on Live at the Apollo and Comedy Central's Comedy Store Live, Marlon Davis returns to Edinburgh with a hilarious brand-new show!
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-25
Underbelly Bristo Square - Dexter
£11/£10 (£10/£9)
Martin Angolo – Q: Is It Comedy? A: Well It's Martin Angolo!
Martin Angolo / PBH's Free Fringe
Ireland's best joke-teller returns to the Fringe with his new show full of one-liners and silly observations. This show is all about spreading joy in dark times through jokes. Escape the real world and laugh. Expect variations on the format and silliness from one of the most in-demand acts in Ireland. This show is not to be missed.
Aug 3-12, 14-25
PBH's Free Fringe @ Waverley Bar - Upstairs Lounge
MARVELus: Awww Snap!
Momentum Talent
MARVEL-themed comedy of power stone proportions. Superhero landing for their third show at the Fringe, the UK's premier nerd culture comedy duo, The Just Us League, return with a brand-new hour of nerdgasms based on all your favourite MARVEL movies... and Fantastic 4. Whether you've seen one MARVEL movie or the whole back catalogue, this show is for you. Excelsior!
31 Jul - 26 Aug (not 12)
Gilded Balloon Teviot - Nightclub
£10.50/£11.50 (£9.50/£10.50)
Live Nation in association with UTC Artist Management
Michael Odewale is selfish. And apathetic. And so are you. Join the fast-rising star as he tries to figure out what matters, and what's just noise, in his highly anticipated debut show. A fresh new voice known for delivering sharp, slick and beautifully executed stand-up, Odewale is set to take the comedy world by storm. Winner Best New Show Leicester Comedy Festival 2019. As seen on Stand Up Central for Comedy Central. As heard on BBC Radio 4. BBC New Comedy Award finalist.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-25
Pleasance Courtyard - Bunker 2
£10/£9 (£9/£8)
Mickey Sharma – Pervert!Mickey Sharma
I've been single for three years, and I have made use of this time doing exactly what I want to do. The result...? Apparently, I'm a sexual deviant!
Aug 1-13, 15-20, 22-25
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe - Hollywood
Mista Lorraine
Mr Lorraine / Free Festival
Some people choose their alter ego, as for Mista Lorraine it chose her. Lorraine invites you to see the funny side of being a woman with a deep voice. Call-centre personnel go all out to protect Lorraine from herself and demand to speak to the "real" Lorraine. She's been brought to tears, now it's time to laugh about it. This stand-up show might leave you with a different perspective about your own personal struggles. Some situations, however, are not worth the argument so she behaves like the man she's accused of being!
Aug 1-2513:45
Laughing Horse @ The Bier Keller - Courtside
MistakenAnthony Ayton
Was Liam Neeson, the star of Taken, mistaken to say what he said? Is he racist? Was he racist? What is racist? Does any of this matter? After painstaking research on Facebook Anthony Ayton has the definitive answer... probably.
Aug 2-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire - Cave
Nathan Hurd: Colour Blind
Nathan Hurd: Colour Blind / Free Festival
Nathan Hurd: Colour Blind is a show not to miss. Nathan has been making people laugh all across the United States for over a decade. Nathan is a black albino who was adopted at birth by a white family. And he’s legally blind! His perspective is unique and always hilarious! Nathan is also an accomplished actor having reoccurring roles in such hit shows like Legion and American Horror Story. Recently he won awards for Best Performance and Best Writing at the Cleveland Comedy Festival. If you like to smile then this is the show for you!
Aug 1-2500:45
Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters - The Wee Room
Nigel Ng: Culture Shocked
Off The Kerb Productions
Nigel Ng (as seen on Comedy Central's Standup Central, Roast Battle) brings you on a joyous romp through his life in the UK as a Malaysian immigrant. See him tackle topics close to his heart, both big and small, from 'how to retain one's cultural identity when in a foreign land?' to 'is Wagamama actually Asian?'.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-25
Pleasnce Courtyard - Bunker Two
£10/£9 (£9/£8)
Nish Kumar: It's in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves
Phil McIntyre Entertainments Ltd present
Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Nish Kumar is back at the Fringe. The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind's capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days. Good fun stuff. He's the host of The Mash Report which you might have seen on BBC Two or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven't spoken to in a while.
Aug 19-2521:00
Assembly George Square - George Aikman Theatre
£18/£16 (£17/£15)
Njambi McGrath: Accidental Coconut
Njambi McGrath
Brexit seems inescapable as the British stand at the crossroads of self-identity and nostalgia of a bygone era of an empire. This show is a juxtaposition of loss of a people from opposing sides. Those mourning from loss of former glory and those mourning how that former glory impacted on their lives ripping apart their innocence. In the era when the British people are re-examining who they are as a people, and in relation to the rest of the world. Njambi scrutinises her own story; from the other side of the empire.
Aug 1-11, 13-23
Just the Tonic at Marlin's Wynd - Just the Wyndy Room
Omar Ibrahim: AwokeningOmar Ibrahim
A presentation of visionary (ridiculous) ideas from an apocalyptic clown man. A comedic assault on "woke" ideology, with plenty of nonsense along the way. The show will look for truth in a post-truth world, for meaning in absurdity and for humour wherever she lies. Praise for previous work: 'I laughed so hard it hurt' (, 'Ibrahim conveys a pathos worthy of the finest actors' (, 'A bright, nay, dazzling future in comedy' (
Aug 22-2522:25
Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Just Up The Stairs
£5 or PWYC
Omid Djalili: Work in Progress
Bound & Gagged Comedy / Stand Comedy Club
Legendary festival favourite, stand-up comedian, film and television star Omid Djalili returns for eight shows only. Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining. His stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. Multi award-winner and as seen in Mamma Mia 2 and on Celebrity Apprentice. Soon to be seen in His Dark Materials.
Aug 3-1015:40
The Stand's New Town Theatre - Grand Hall
£15 (£13)
Omid Singh: Beginning To End
Omid Singh
Fresh from a one-star review in 2015, ‘there is a good comic entombed in this smug mess' (Scotsman), LA's 'American-Indian-Iranian comic Omid Singh' (Guardian) is back for another crack at it. Co-creator of Patiocast and Story Poker, Singh has been featured on Roast Battle US, Argo and on tour supporting Maz Jobrani. Don't miss this Fringe premiere, buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry or risk it and pay what you want at the end of the show.
31 Jul - 25 Aug21:00
Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market - Bottom
£6.50 or PWYC
Orlando Baxter: Finding Mariah
Orlando Baxter / The Stand Comedy Club
Orlando Baxter explores the struggles of trying to reconnect with an absentee parent and the conversation that led to him discovering that he might have a half-sister. Orlando is an internationally touring American stand-up comedian, with a late-night television debut on the show Conan, multiple festival performances at Edinburgh, Switzerland, Johannesburg and Melbourne, and a recent appearance on The Arts Hour International Comedy Celebration on the BBC World Service.
Aug 1-11, 13-24
The Stand Comedy Club 2 - Stand 2
£10 (£9)
Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang
Avalon Promotions
Following a sell-out 2017 run, Phil ‘Philly Philly Wang Wang’ Wang is back with a new hour of absolute gold. Phil has made a name for himself (that name being Phil Wang) exploring sex, romance, politics and his mixed British-Malaysian heritage, in shows that delight in his unique Wang brand of smart/silly stupidity. This one is about morality and the modern sense of self. Swell!
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-25
Pleasance Courtyard - Cabaret Bar
£13/£12 (£12/£11)
Phoebe Robinson: Sorry, Harriet Tubman
AEG presents
Best known as the co-creator and co-star of hit podcast 2 Dope Queens, interviewing the likes of Jon Stewart, Tig Nataro and Michelle Obama to name just a few. Phoebe is also a New York Times best-selling author of You Can't Touch My Hair & Other Things I Still Have To Explain and her second book Everything's Trash, But it's Okay and stars in Netflix film Ibiza and Paramount's What Men Want. Sorry, Harriet Tubman marks her UK stand up debut.
Aug 12-2518:45
Assembly George Square Studios - Three
Reality Sucks!Nav Chima
Nav Chima grew up so poor she lived in a discarded soda can. Escape reality with a stand-up comedian so underground, she’s only performed in sewer pipes to society’s pests: wasted possums and advertising executives. Awarded Wittiest Comedian by the raccoons that live across from her. Note: this award was given sarcastically. You can find Nav Chima on YouTube and Instagram.
Aug 3, 5-10, 12-17, 19-24
Paradise in Augustines - The Snug
Rose Matafeo: Horndog
Berk's Nest in association with Avalon Management
The Edinburgh Comedy Award 2018 Best Show winner returns for one week only. Rose Matafeo has kissed nearly 10 men in her life aka she's a total horn dog. But what is horniness? Is it that intangible essence of excitement and opportunity? A fire that flickers in the beating heart of each and every human being? Or is it simply wanting to bone everyone, all the time?
Aug 20-2421:30
Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Beyond
£15/£14 (£14.£13)
Sajeela Kershi: Fights Like a Girl!
Sajeela Kershi / The Stand Comedy Club
Multi award-winning comedian/activist, putting up her dukes and picking her battles! Trump, terrorists and everything in between. Time to call out the bullshit! What will you fight for?
Aug 2-1222:50
The Stand’s New Town Theatre - Studio
Sam See: Coming Out Loud
Sam See / Free Festival
Sam See (MTV, Comedy Central Asia) brings his show to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time! As a comic in a country where free speech and gay rights are non-existent, Sam See has a lot he wants to talk about. From Singaporean censorship to bad charity shows to performing in the Middle East, Sam is letting it all out. Bring money.
Aug 1-2517:45
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House - The Attic
Sameer Katz: AmphibiousMeerkat Media
Ever try to do two things at once? Sameer is a PhD student and a comedian. The PhD is not going well. Sameer Katz brings his fourth show to the Edinburgh Fringe! American born, Cambridge educated... so call it even. After performing across the UK, LA and NYC, to name a few, Sameer is bringing a brand-new show to the Fringe.
Aug 1-2523:45
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe - Las Vegas
Shappi Khorsandi: Skittish Warrior... Confessions of a Club Comic
Impatient Productions / The Stand Comedy Club
Comedian, author and, most recently, idiot who agreed to be tortured on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, Shappi is a woman of many parts. But live comedy is where she's in her element, and now she returns to the embracing arms of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A brand-new show packed full of sharp-tongued gags and cultural observation, this is Shappi's warts-and-all journey of the 90s comedy scene, breaking through on telly and letting it all slip away.
Aug 4-1013:40
The Stand Comedy Club - Stand 1
£12 (£10)
Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Comedian!
Mickey Sharma
My name is Mickey Sharma and I've been a comic for 10 years with five Edinburgh shows. The best hour of material, greatest hits. No theme, no character arcs, no poignant moments... just jokes!
Aug 1-13, 15-20, 22-25
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House - The Loft
Shivani Thussu: Prefer Not to Say
Fight in the Dog
Do you have an opinion? Because we'd love to hear it! Shivani Thussu's debut hour is set in a focus group that goes too far. As seen on Pls Like (BBC). One of Funny Women's Ones to Watch (2018). Directed by award-winning comedian Freya Slipper.
Aug 1-12, 14-25
Monkey Barrel Comedy - Monkey Barrel 2
Sid Singh: American Refugee
Sid Singh
From the mind who performed on / wrote for BBC Three, Comedy Central UK, Boom Chicago and had his debut Comedy Album hit number three on iTunes. The world is filled with hate. Good! There’s nothing wrong with hate. The problem is you’re bad at it. Let comedian, human rights lawyer and the guy who helped beat Donald Trump in court in January, Sid Singh, teach you how to hate! At the very least, even if you foolishly don’t learn to hate, you’ll laugh a lot!
Aug 1-2516:30
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House - The Attic
Sophie Duker: Venus
Berk's Nest in association with Avalon present
Sophie Duker is your Venus, she’s your fire, your desire. Or is she? Silly, sexy, savage stand-up from a girl who’s definitely not a goddess. In her hotly anticipated full-fat woke debut hour Sophie takes her audience on an unconventional journey of self-discovery. Strap in. Sophie co-hosts GrownUpLand on BBC Radio 4 and is the creator and host of the Evening Standard recommended comedy night Wacky Racists.
Jul 31 Aug 1-13, 15-25
Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Below
£9/£8 (£8/£7)
Stella Graham: Sneaky Little Bitch
Stella Graham / PBH’s Free Fringe
Stella's caught between two angry mothers, which is the greater force? One explodes into a violent eruption at a moment's notice (her mother) and then, there's Mother Nature who just wants her to have a baby... Stella has to be a sneaky little... to escape a nappy-changing future.
Aug 3-2417:10
PBH's Free Fringe @ Carnivore Edinburgh - The Vault
Stephen K Amos: Work in Progress
Bound & Gagged Comedy in association with Glorious Management
Fresh from touring the UK and Australia, the feel-good comedy maestro. Seen on QI, star of Life: An Idiot's Guide, What Does the K Stand For? (BBC Radio 4).
Aug 2-11, 14-18, 21-24
The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4 - Stand 3
£12 (£10)
Sumit Anand: Nothing About Godzilla
Soho Theatre in association with Comedy Wagon
A rising star of the Indian stand-up comedy scene, Sumit Anand makes his Edinburgh Fringe debut with a show that has no jokes about Godzilla. It has no jokes at all, actually. Sorry. The times, they are a-changin'. Having flown into the comedy scene five years ago, Sumit has looked back many times ever since. Every time he thought of quitting comedy to fail as a musician, somebody would book him. Eventually, he would like to fail as a magician.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-26
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose - Dram
£12/£11 (£11/£10)
Sunil Patel: White KnightSunil Patel
Fire emoji. Dove emoji. Aubergine emoji. Head exploding emoji. Money emoji. Brown fist emoji. As seen on BBC Two’s Big Asian Stand-Up and Dave’s Beat The Internet.
Jul 31 Aug 1-2620:30
Pleasance Courtyard - Bunker One
£9.50/£9 (£8.50/£8)
Talk a Big Game
James Nokise / Free Festival
After shows on gangs, golliwogs, racism and politics, James Nokise returns with last year's hit show on… sports! Yep. Sports. Between Brexit and Trump, the world's got too crazy so come enjoy an hour of world cups, world champions but no world events. If David Cameron can quit politics, then so can James. Or can he? Sports knowledge not required. May contain traces of politics.
Aug 1-2516:15
Laughing Horse @ The Place - The Baird
The Community Centre!
The Community Centre!
The Community Centre! is a comedy show written, acted and directed by multi-ethnic artists. Inner city workers and loafers gather at The Community Centre! It's a hive of activity, some of it now and again passing as almost normal. The Receptionist and Caretaker are the foundation of the maniacal ambience. We find out that as the show unfolds, we really can all live together as one extremely strange but happy family! These characters give us a comical view of their lives and personalities. The African-Caribbean, Asian and indigenous communities are showcased in this entertaining comedy.
Aug 22-2419:30
Arthur Conan Doyle Centre- The Helen Duncan Room
£8 (£6)
The Living RoomDhaliDati
These Accountants of Death work tirelessly to record the death toll. The occupational hazards wear on these two clowns as they learn the meaning of life and death. An absurd and physical jaunt brimming with existential phone calls, impaired dancing and the love of a goldfish. The Living Room rides the very fine line between comedy and tragedy. Employing physical and absurdist theatre techniques, this show leaves the audience laughing and crying and thrust out into the night to ponder it all.
Aug 1-12, 14-19, 21-24
Assembly Rooms - Front Room
£12/£10 (£11/£9)
The Third Annual Black Comedy Showcase
Che Burnley / PBH's Free Fringe
After sell-out shows last year with The Second Annual Black Comedy Showcase, we're back once again and the third times a charm. The only place to see top black comedians, magicians and cabaret acts from around the globe (who will still able to be in the country after Brexit). A new line-up every day. With black bingo and a vegan meat raffle, we're also helping diversity by giving a straight white male comic a chance that they rarely get. All audience members will receive a one-day not a racist pass. #blackcomedymatters
Aug 3-2513:30
PBH's Free Fringe @ Bannermans - Black Cave
Travis Jay: Funny, Petty, Cool
Travis Jay
After attending the festival in 1994 as a young boy to watch his mother Angie Le Mar perform, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee Travis Jay is bringing his own show to the Fringe! Funny, Petty, Cool combines hilarious, deeply personal anecdotes with side-splitting social commentary, offering insight into Travis Jay’s world. From the time he accidentally became the leader of a Black Lives Matter protest to the time he went to war with a four-year-old, Travis recounts stories and more with the effortless charm he‘s become renowned for.
Aug 1-11, 13-15, 17-25
Just the Tonic at The Mash House - Just the Attic
UnladylikeArzoo Malhotra
As an Indian-American immigrant living in the Middle East, Arzoo is bombarded with mixed messages on how to be a proper lady. Follow her journey as she carves out a new path: being one of Dubai's first female comedians. 'I just don't think women are funny... but she wasn't terrible!' (An actual audience member). 'She'd look much prettier if she smiled more' (Guy on the street). 'Making jokes? She should be making samosas for her future husband!' (Indian aunties).
Aug 14-2511:30
Just the Tonic at The Mash House - Just the Bottle Room
£5 (£3.50)
Vir Das: LovedSoho Theatre
India’s top comic and global sensation Vir Das returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for a limited run only with his brand-new internationally touring show Loved. Watch a comedian question the boundaries of boldness in his love for his partner, friends, parents, technology, country, god and fellow man. They say before you can learn to love someone else, you have to learn to love yourself. Here's a comedy show for those who are on the fence. As seen starring in ABC's Whisky Cavalier and his own Netflix specials.
Jul 31 Aug 1-1019:30
Gilded Balloon at the Museum - Auditorium
£14 (£12)
Weapons of Mass HilarityJenan Younisn/aAug 10-1514:00
The Outhouse - The Loft
Which Princess Are You?
Sunjai Arif / Free Festival
Sunjai Arif can show you the world as he shares his memories of nostalgic pop culture all while attempting not to be sued by Disney. Sunjai (Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Winner, 2017) has struggled with his unreasonable expectations for a fairy tale life and can’t understand why people don’t break out into song all the time. Come and enjoy some absurdist comedy that follows its heart. The Guide Awards Best Comedy runner-up, 2018.
Aug 1-2517:15
Laughing Horse @ Bar 50 - Upstairs
Yuriko Kotani: Somosomo
Mick Perrin Worldwide
They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but Yuriko has spent her life making sure she doesn't stick out. Born and raised in Japan, watch Yuriko walk the tightrope of cultural differences as she embraces her individuality with this hotly anticipated debut hour. BBC New Comedy Award winner 2015. Time Out's One to Watch. As seen on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central and BBC Three's Pls Like.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-26
Pleasance Courtyard - The Attic
£11/£9.50 (£10/£8.50)
Zeroko's TeatimeZeroko
The teatime show by mime and clowning comedy duo Zeroko from Tokyo. The heart-warming performance represents the breathing sigh of after-teatime relief.
Aug 2-10, 12-17, 19-24
Times vary
Greenside @ Royal Terrace- Jade Studio
£10 (£8)
A Khoisan WomanBBC
Her skin is black. Her hair is kinky. Her hips are wide. Her tongue clicks the songs of the Khoi language. Saartjie Baartman is the proud embodiment of the Khoisan women of South Africa. But in London 1810, she is the Hottentot Venus, a freak of race and sexuality. We see her displayed as a medical curiosity by British Army doctor Alexander Dunlop. Saartjie's black body has been prodded, whipped and mimicked for the audiences' amusement for years. Saartjie stands as the epitome of colonial exploitation, ridicule and commodification of black women.
Aug 818:00
Summerhall - Radio Studio
AlaskaCheryl Martin
Alaska is a funny, magical trip to the moon, with singing and dancing thrown in: one woman's extraordinary story of how she survived growing up with severe depression. A raw and powerful performance, with humour, heart and soul, with stunning vocals and beautiful imagery in the storytelling. With one in four of us estimated to experience mental health difficulties at sometime in our lives, this story touches everyone, whether first-hand or through family and friends.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-18, 20-25
Summerhall - Former Womens Locker Room
£10 (£8)
Avalon and BBC Arts
Cleopatra's death by asp is a common myth, largely scientifically disproven. Set in a broadcast recording center, Anguis is an imagined conversation between the great pharaoh Cleopatra and a contemporary immunologist. Join us in the studio as we unpack Cleopatra's story, exploring alternatives to the fetishised popular truth. A story exploring our responsibility to seek the truth in a post-truth era. This debut piece from Olivier Award winner Sheila Atim will feature original music. Commissioned by Avalon and BBC Arts.
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-26
Gilded Balloon Teviot - Dining Room
£12 (£10)
Apologies to the Bengali Lady
dia theatrical
Cook and clean and not be seen. Step into the mind of a British-Bengali woman writing the history of Shakespearean prostitute-actresses in colonial Bengal. But as academic fixation turns into existential crisis, where does Shakespeare end and the Bengali Lady begin? Apologies puts the Bengali Woman front and centre as she fights with the Shakespeare in her head to be seen, heard, known.
Aug 23-2417:15
Greenside @ Nicholson Square, Lime Studio
£8 (£5)