Fringe of Colour 2018
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Aaave You Been Involved in a Comedy Show That Wasn't Your Fault?
Bruce Fummey
Life is full of accidents, mishaps, frustrations and disappointments. At the age of 53, Bruce Fummey has experienced a few of them. Where's my compensation? Former Scottish Comedian of the Year vents on life now that middle age has hit.
Aug 3-12, 14-19, 21-26
Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn (Venue 178)
Adventures of the Singing Acupuncturist 6: Big O Makes It in New York... or, Does She?
Diamond Wave Productions / Free Festival
In this hilarious comedy hour, Big O entertains with her Korean-American observations. You'll leave with bigger eyes.
Aug 15-26
Laughing Horse @ Espionage (Venue 185)
African in New York – Almost Famous
Njambi McGrath
When the naive straight-out-of-Africa student Njambi McGrath was invited to a Thanksgiving meal by her new college friend, she could hardly have known that some areas in America are a no-go for black people.
Aug 3-12, 14-24
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170)
I just love her, go see her show
Ahir Shah: Duffer
Soho Theatre in association with Avalon
Ahir Shah returns to Edinburgh with a new hour of stand-up about life and what comes after, death and what comes before, and Bohemian Rhapsody.
Aug 2-26
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire (Venue 338)
Appropriately InapproriateThao Thanh Cao
Thao originally wanted to be an actress but was disheartened because she didn't see many Asians on TV. The only time she saw a lot of Asians on TV was on Border Security or Bondi Rescue. So she gave up her dream and decided to give stand-up comedy a go.
Aug 2-26
Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside (Venue 264)
Archie Maddocks: MatchstickArchie Maddocks
Award-winning Archie Maddocks presents an hour of biting, provocative, unflinchingly funny comedy where he explores his deepest and darkest thoughts, exposes his flaws and interrogates his personal connection to Grenfell Tower.
Aug 2-12, 14-26
Just the Tonic at The Mash House (Venue 288)
£5 (£4) or pay what you want on the door
Arnab Chanda: Stories from Arnab
Arnab Chanda / PBH’s Free Fringe
Arnab Chanda (Russell Howard's Good News, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2007) quit stand-up in 2011. In his debut hour, he tells stories about what happened after that: broken dreams, death, getting alopecia and other hilarious topics.
Aug 4-11, 13-18, 20-26
Banshee Labyrinth (Venue 156)
Asian Ellen DeGeneres
Lubna Kerr Comedy / Free Festival
Lubna Kerr is a Scottish Pakistani female actor and writer who pays homage to the American comedian, TV presenter, writer and actor Ellen DeGeneres through her character comedy. Her character Aunty Jee is the agony aunt you wished you could have had when growing up and even in older age.
Aug 2-12
Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo's Nest (Venue 106)
Athena Kugblenu: Follow the Leader
So Comedy and Broken Robot Productions by arrangement with Troika
The world's never had more knowledge, yet never more stupidity. Athena can't help but notice consistencies between the universe and herself. How can she blame people for choosing Trump when she's choosing the wrong men?
Aug 1-12, 14-26
Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 302)
£10 (£9) Weekdays, £11 (10) Weekends
Ayesha Hazarika: Girl on Girl
RBM Comedy in Association with Noel Gay
Ex-political adviser and regular pundit on Sky, BBC and CNN, Ayesha analyses the fight for feminism with humour and honesty, and asks – are sisters doing it to themselves?
Aug 2-11
Gilded Balloon Teviot Wine Bar (Venue 14)
Bilal Zafar – LovebotsAvalon Management
Social media has been taken over by bots spreading hate, fear and influencing how we vote. In Lovebots, Bilal has made his own bots to fight back, except these bots only want to spread love and compassion.
Aug 2-12, 14-26
Just the Tonic at The Mash House (Venue 288)
Bitches in the Ford KACold Dinner Theatre
Cold Dinner Theatre return to Edinburgh with their new comedy. Fake IDs at the ready, they’re expecting booze, boys and hopefully some bonking. Bitches in the Ford KA includes a series of disasters involving cheap vodka and a MacDonald’s Fillet-O-Fish.
Aug 13-18, 20-25
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53)
£8 (£6)
Clif Knight Sucks!Clif Knight
Clif Knight is a trainwreck and he's bringing comedy, music and mistaken world outlooks to make you feel better about yourselves. Get early seats and buy drinks that he cant afford.
Aug 3-9
Laughing Horse @ The Place (Venue 532)
Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer
Reflecting on his personal journey of growing up in East London and learning and performing Indian dance in the UK, Shane plays with the ways in which race, language, identity and culture have defined him. You'll laugh out loud as he practises his dance and imagines himself as 'Shane the Hero' behind a brick wall in the school playground.
Aug 22-26
Dance Base (Venue 22)
£13 - £11 (£11 - £9)
Cool Story Bro
Trev Tokabi / Free Festival
Trev Tokabi, from the Ivory Coast, has a knack for putting himself in compromising situations! If you have a mate, friend, partner, homeboy, homegirl, brother, sister, husband, wife or just know someone who inexplicably always dig themselves into a hole, you will love this show.
Aug 2-14, 16-26
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe (Venue 85)
The CroonersFight in the Dog
An hour of non-stop, razor-sharp, unadulterated show business. Comedy, crooning, cocktails and class from critically acclaimed character comedians, Brendan Murphy and Kiell Smith-Bynoe (stars of BBC Radio 1's improvised comedy show BattleActs!).
Aug 1-26
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
£11/£10 (£9/£8)
Daisy Earl and Sukh Ojla
Daisy Earl and Sukh Ojla / Free Festival
An hour of stand-up featuring the talents of multi award-winning comedian Daisy Earl (Chortle Best Newcomer 2016, Scottish Comedian of the Year 2015) and BBC Asian Network comedy star Sukh Ojla. Two rising stars joining forces to present a hilarious hour covering everything from mental health to cockney pigeons, from moving back home to being too old for an arranged marriage.
Aug 16-26
Fireside (Venue 75)
Daliso Chaponda: What the African Said
Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE, InterTalent Comedy and Live Nation present
Britain's Got Talent and Amanda Holden's Golden Buzzer act, the Malawian-born comedian stars in his debut stand-up tour after capturing the nation's hearts on television and garnering over 8 million Facebook views and 9 million on Youtube.
Aug 19-26
Gilded Balloon at the Museum (Venue 64)
£16/£15 (£14/£13)
Shady With a Chance of Sunburn
Dana Alexander
Dana Alexander offers her unique and irreverent perspective in an industry that is dominated by the privileged and homogeneous – a purple sheep in a group of black sheep. This is her funny, fresh and alternative perspective on our cultural shift which challenges the status quo because you can't be 'woke' if you were never asleep. In a world of constant surveillance and social media, there is nowhere to hide. New voices have been amplified and we are starting to question everything. How do you discover a country that already has people in it?
Aug 18-26
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire (Venue 338)
This woman is funny AF. And its FREE?? WUT. Go.
Daphna Baram: SugarcoatingDaphna Baram
A Middle Eastern Mary Poppins gets type 2 diabetes from her spoonful of sugar, and gets told to lose weight or lose her toes. And just when her coveted red EU passport arrives, her new compatriots decide to Brexit. Will she ever get anywhere on time? A journey into body, politics and body politics as Israel born human rights lawyer/journalist/comedian Baram reflects on half a lifetime of political and physical relentlessness and strife.
Aug 2-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-25
Sweet Novotel (Venue 188)
£7 (£5)
Darren Harriott: Visceral
CKP and InterTalent Group present
Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee, Darren Harriott returns with a brand new show that explores everything from the personal to the political with his trademark warmth and proper jokes. Whether it’s gangs, grief or the government, Darren will leave you laughing and thinking.
Aug 1-14, 16-26
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
£10 - £8.50 (£9 - £7.50)
David Correos: The Correos Effect
Notorious* Management Ltd
New Zealand's David Correos has blown away audiences from Auckland to Adelaide, now he returns to Edinburgh with his debut solo show. Defying genre and labels, this Billy T Award winner has all the tricks up his sleeve. Paint, electrical tape, probably a bread knife he's borrowed. Also sometimes cinnamon. What ever you think might happen with those things, it's not even close.
Aug 1-12, 14-27
Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14)
£10/£9 (£8/£7)
Dilruk Jayasinha: The Art of the Dil
Token Events
It's been a big year for Sri Lankan born Dilruk Jayasinha. From selling out at comedy festivals around his adopted homeland, Australia, Dil has quickly established himself as one of the most refreshing and exciting voices in Australian comedy.
Aug 1-12, 14-26
Assembly George Square Theatre (Venue 8)
£12/£11 (£10/£9)
Duke Pop
Sophie Duker/ Lulu Popplewell
Two rising stars, Sophie Duker and Lulu Popplewell, split an hour of scorching hot stand-up.
Aug 1-13, 15-26
Bedlam Theatre (Venue 49)
£8 (£6)
Egg: Richard PicturesBerk's Nest
Brand-new sketch show from stars of award-winning Fringe favourites BattleActs (BBC Radio 1). Anna and Emily are two off-white women ready to ask all the big questions that have nothing to do with fertility. That’s not why they’re called Egg. Come on, guys.
Aug 1-12, 14-26
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
£10 - £7 (£9 - £6.50)
Eshaan Akbar: Prophet Like It's Hot
CKP and InterTalent Group present
Following his sell-out run in 2017, Akbar returns armed with a copy of the Qur’An in hand. It’s a much funnier book than people give it credit for. Akbar's own journey tells him that faith still has a place in modern society.
Aug 1-14, 16-26
Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14)
£10/£9 (£9/£8)
Ethnic Cleansing – Ruven Govender
Ruven Govender
One of the funniest Indian comedians in Australia brings you an hour of brilliant ethnic based comedy.
Aug 2-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-26
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170)
Evelyn Mok: Bubble Butt
Phil McIntyre Entertainments presents
After an eventful year, Evelyn's feeling the paradigm shift and trying to figure out her place in this brave new world. In this much-anticipated second hour, the sharp-witted comedian explores her agency, the third-culture-kid-experience, weight loss and what this shift means for her as a woman of colour.
Aug 1-26
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
£10 - £8 (£9 - £7)
FOC It Up - Femmes of Colour Comedy Club
Kemah Bob
Aug 14, 21 @11pm
Bedlam Theatre (Venue 49)
Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show
Comedy by Kate Rigg Music by Slanty Eyed Mama
East meets West in this wild mash-up of comedy, electric violin, characters, spoken word and songs from legendary AmerAsian duo Slanty Eyed Mama. It’s all about race and represent-Asian: identity politics, bowl cuts, nail salons, Hello Kitty hats, gay Pokémon, math nerds, those gold cats with waving arms.
Aug 20-25
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39)
£9.50 (£7.50)
Hardeep Singh Kohli: You-topia
So Comedy and Broken Robot Productions
The host of BBC Radio 4's Sketchtopia and regular on BBC One's Question Time and This Week, follows up his acclaimed 2017 hit with a brand-new show mixing his trademark 'worldly wit and fabulous punchlines' **** (Fest).
Aug 1-25
Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17)
Imran Yusuf: Saint, Sinner, Sufi
Imran Yusuf / The Stand Comedy Club
Everyone is offended, everyone is a victim, no one is happy. A show for bleeding heart liberals and angry disenfranchised victims. A show for good guys, bad guys and those who know better. Woe is me, the pariah. I am not to blame, that is the fault of others whom serve me to overlook my own faults. A show cognisant of human patterns, taking ownership of my own hypocrisy and realising that we become who we judge. It’s only funny because it’s true.
Aug 2-5, 7-12, 15-19, 21-26
The Stand’s New Town Theatre (Venue 7)
£10 (£9)
Interruption ShowDalia Malek
The interactive show where Dalia Malek (CKP's Lunchtime Special, Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist, Second City Diversity in Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest) and rotating co-hosts interrupt comedians mid-performance to ask burning questions, find out what happened next and dig into backstories of jokes.
Aug 12-26
Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom (Venue 93)
It's A Joke Life
James Rankin and Kirthy Iyer / Free Festival
A wonderfully hilarious hour of stand-up comedy by two comedians that have been thrilling audiences throughout Europe with their show It’s A Joke Life. Touching and clever, this performance portrays the "joke" of life from a different perspective.
Aug 2-13
Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom (Venue 93)
Jamali Maddix: Vape LordIAM presents
Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Viceland’s Hate Thy Neighbour, Jamali Maddix is returning to Edinburgh before heading out on his first world tour. He’ll be bringing brutally honest and unflinching material on the state of society along with personal tales from his travels around the world of hate and moral confrontation.
Aug 2-12, 14-26
Monkey Barrel (Venue 515)
£8 advance or pay what you want on the day
James Nokise
James Nokise / The Stand Comedy Club
After two years of shows on gangs, golliwogs, racism and politics, James Nokise returns to The Stand with his new show on… sports! Yep. Sports. After Brexit and Trump, the world's got too crazy so come into a safe space of sports jokes for an hour of world cups, world champions but no world events. If Nigel Farage can quit politics, then so can James. Or can he? Sports knowledge not required. May contain traces of politics.
Aug 2-12, 14-26
The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4 (Venue 12)
£10/£9 (£8/£7)
Kai SamraAvalon Management
Kai Samra is on a mission to subvert lazy stereotypes based on his personal experience of life as a working-class British-Asian. Interspersed with extracts from his interview with former leader of the EDL Tommy Robinson. In this work in progress, Kai tries to understand the rise of right-wing politics, working-class anger and the reasons behind it.
Aug 2-12, 14-26
Just the Tonic at The Mash House (Venue 288)
£5/pay what you want
Kemah Bob: Bob and Buds
Bisha K Ali and Kemah Bob / Free Festival
Rising star Kemah Bob and special guests present a shared hour of laid-back stand-up comedy. Kemah Bob (BBC3, The Guilty Feminist) is a Texan now based in London whose comedy is pro-black, sex positive and will leave a funny taste in your mouth. Come for the jokes, stay for the party.
Aug 3-12, 14-26
Laughing Horse @ Bar 50 (Venue 151)
Ken Cheng
CKP and InterTalent Group present
Cambridge mathematics dropout and professional poker player Ken Cheng returns this year with his second stand-up hour. Born to Chinese immigrants in the UK, Ken never had the most normal upbringing. Best Dad Ever is a tale of his unique childhood, exploring his obsession with toy lambs and his complicated relationship with his parents.
Aug 1-14, 16-26
Bedlam Theatre (Venue 49)
£10 (£8)
Kimono My Comedy Show
Martin Angolo / PBH's Free Fringe
An hour of stand up comedy from one of Ireland's best joke writers. Award-winning comedian Martin Angolo brings his second full-length show to the Fringe. Laughter is guaranteed in this show made up of unrelated jokes and absurd observations.
Aug 4-12, 14-19, 21-25
52 Canoes (Grassmarket) (Venue 366)
Kitchen Party ActionAnthony Ayton
Whose party is this? Anthony Ayton is a way better conversationalist when Jack Daniels is involved. Let's chat in the kitchen and pray the DJ/Lord of anti-music goes home.
Aug 3-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26
Laughing Horse @ Espionage (Venue 185)
Kwame Asante: Teenage Heartblob
CKP and InterTalent Group present
Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and medical doctor Kwame was overweight in his late childhood and obese in his early teens. Dealing with weight issues in his formative years, split between growing up in London and spending his summers in rural Ghana played a significant part in the person he is today. Now, working in the NHS and sharing in other people's experiences of obesity has forced him to reflect on his own experiences, and taught him many valuable and heart-warming lessons which he shares with the audience in this new show.
Aug 2-14, 16-26
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
£10 - £8.50 (£9 - £7.50)
Love SongsAlissa Anne Jeun Yi
Mixing get-on-the-dance-floor music, rap and spoken word, Love Songs explores the personal and political puzzles of our love lives through the autobiographical poems of a hopeless romantic.
Aug 2-14, 16-26
Venue 61 Underbelly, Cowgate - Delhi Belly
£11 (£10)
Masud Milas: Masud Abides
PME Edinburgh Live Limited
Masud Abides is the exciting follow-up show to Masud's 2016 debut Edinburgh show, Routes. Now living in the UK, this fly half-Kenyan, half-English, leather jacket-wearing cat has found his place but what does he abide?
Aug 2-12, 14-25
Just the Tonic at The Mash House (Venue 288)
£5 (
Mawaan Rizwan: Juice
Mick Perrin Worldwide in association with PBJ Management
Mawaan brings you a deeply personal and skilfully physical show about love, freedom and Missy Elliot. Fresh from supporting Simon Amstell on his 40-date UK tour, over 18 million views on YouTube, star of Carnage, BAFTA-winning Murdered By My Father, ITV's Next of Kin and BBC's How Gay is Pakistan?
Aug 2-12, 14-27
Pleasance Dome (Venue 23)
£10.50 - £8.50 (£9.50 - £7.50)
Mickey Sharma – Filthy Club Comic
Mickey Sharma
With five Edinburgh shows under his belt and nine years experience as a professional, Mickey brings his best material. No feelings, just good jokes.
Aug 2-14, 16-21, 23-25
Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap (Venue 259)
Mr Lorraine
Lorraine Chademunhu
Some people choose their alter ego. As for Mr Lorraine, it chose her. Following a successful debut at the sold-out Out of Order Tedx Talk at the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames, Lorraine Chademunhu takes you on a journey exploring certain misconceptions. This show is a blend of comedy meets spoken word in a refreshing and honest take of life as a woman with a man’s voice. Full of laughter, tears and WTF moments, it's one not to be missed.
Aug 13-18, 20-25
theSpace @ Jurys Inn (Venue 260)
£5 (£3.50)
Mr. Swallow and the Vanishing Elephant
The Pleasance, Nick Mohammed and United Agents
Following the five-star, sell-out success of Houdini, Nick Mohammed's alter ego Mr. Swallow is back with another hour of magic, music and elephants.
Aug 2-26
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
£14.50 - £11.50 (£13.50 - £10.50)
Myq Kaplan: All Killing AsideSoho Theatre
New York's cosmic comedian Myq (Mike) Kaplan takes you (and himself, and the universe) on a journey of kindness in his Edinburgh debut. A comedy show about truth, love and not murdering. Perfect for all the not-murdering enthusiasts out there.
Aug 2-12, 14-26
Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 302)
£13 - £11 (£12 - £10)
Mystery Meat (Showcase)Anthony Ayton
Mystery Meat is a monthly cult stand-up show regularly performing to sell-out audiences in Brighton. This is no accident. Get involved.
Aug 3-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe (Venue 85)
The Neighbours Are WorriedOmobitan and Fitz
Ever worried about the noises coming from next door? Meet the neighbours! Akin Omobitan, Max Turner Prize winner 2017 and Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year finalist 2017, and Lew Fitz: 'smart material... freshly funny' (Kate Copstick, The Scotsman) and 'as a newcomer, he's ticking lots of boxes' (Steve Bennett, Flatmates and friends with a lot to answer for! Strap yourselves in for two stand-ups and one hour of comedy that explains all!
Aug 2-12, 14-26
Just the Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88)
£5 or pay what you want
Nish Kumar: It's in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves (Work in Progress)
Nish Kumar / Phil McIntyre / Heroes
Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and host of The Mash Report trials new material for a national tour. The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and some jokes that simply don’t work. Come watch someone build something.
Aug 2-13, 15-26
Monkey Barrel (Venue 515)
£5 or pay what you want
Nigel Ng: Malaysian Sensation (Work in Progress)
Off The Kerb Productions Limited / Free Festival
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 funnybones' (
Aug 2-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-26
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe (Venue 85)
Njambi McGrath and GuestsNjambi McGrath
Njambi McGrath, star of the BBC World Service's International New Year Comedy Celebration and author, will be showcasing the best comedy talent.
Aug 3-12, 14-24
Laughing Horse @ Espionage (Venue 185)
Paul Sinha: The Two Ages of Man
Paul Sinha / The Stand Comedy Club
After last year's sell-out run, Paul returns to Edinburgh with his life, seemingly, still bordering on disarray. Having spent two decades juggling disparate careers, loneliness, heartbreak, a multitude of vices and an overwhelming urge to show off his general knowledge, he finds that just as one problem disappears, another suddenly emerges. Paul is 48 and is pondering the unthinkable. Is he past it? Was Shakespeare wrong? Are there only Two Ages of Man?
Aug 3-26
The Stand Comedy Club (Venue 5)
£12 (£11)
The Providence of Neighboring Bodies
Dutch Kills Theater Company
Their apartments share a view of the parking lot, but Dora and Ronnie haven't met. Until today. A dark comedy about beavers, beer and balconies. 'So entertaining it isn't until afterward you realize it's a tragedy about America in its present chaos' (
Aug 3-12, 14-26
Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61)
£10 (£9) Weekdays, £11 (10) Weekends
Rahul Kohli: Kohl and the GangRahul Kohli Comedy
After last year's sell-out success, award-winning comedian Rahul Kohli's late-night compilation returns with up to five of the best upcoming acts on the circuit right now, for a late-night comedy extravaganza! Including some very secret special guests. We'll drink, we'll laugh and we'll orgasm. We won't orgasm. That would be illegal probably. But at least now I guess you'll definitely come?
Aug 3-12, 14-25
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170)
Reginald D Hunter: An American Facing the Beast and Niggas
Mick Perrin Worldwide
Celebrating 20 years at the Fringe and direct from an 80-date tour of the UK and Ireland, Reginald returns to the Fringe this Summer with his highly anticipated new show. Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a cross-generational fan base.
Aug 2-7, 9-13, 15-19, 21-26
Pleasance at EICC (Venue 150)
£17 - £15.50 (£16 - £14.50)
A big name! A legend! But you know, I really can't support a comedian who throws the word "faggot" around (and is straight) and makes "retard" jokes in 2018. Soz :)
Rule of ThreeSid Singh
Part stand-up comedy, part game show. Three of the funniest comedians on earth take the stage with some of the best jokes in the world. Each one is sneaking in a different new joke every night. If the audience can guess which one that is, that comedian doesn't get paid out of the donation bucket at the end of the show.
Aug 2-26
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters (Venue 272)
Sameena Zehra: Existerhood
Sameena Zehra with Sweet Productions
Power balances are shifting. But can we get rid of all the arsebiscuits without becoming arsebiscuits ourselves? What price friendship, when revolution beckons? What price joy and compassion? And what about the menz? Intent. Consequence. Power. Control. These are words. I will use them. You will laugh.
Aug 3-7, 9-14, 16-26
Sweet Novotel (Venue 188)
£8 (£6)
Sameer Katz: Treesonous Thoughts
Meerkat Media
Tired of watching middle-class white boys try to be funny? Come watch a middle-class brown boy (who grew up in a white society) try to be funny! After performing alongside the Cambridge Footlights, at the Comedy Store and Angel Comedy, to name a few, Sameer is bringing his third show to the Fringe! He provides his hilarious take on race, society and little things you never noticed.
Aug 2-26
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170)
Stephen K Amos: Work in Progress
Bound & Gagged Comedy in association with Glorious Management
Fresh from touring UK and Australia, the maestro of feel-good comedy. Seen on QI, star of Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For?
Aug 17-19, 22-25
The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4 (Venue 12)
£12 (£10)
Unbecoming Ramon Rivas
Salt 'n' Sauce Promotions / Ramon Rivas
Ramon Rivas ( takes an introspective journey when a woman he cared about saved him as Ramon Fckboi in her phone. Sex and care got confusing at the boom of the hook-up era and birth of dating apps, Ramon explores the connection between financial and emotional poverties which leads to men's unbecoming behaviour, even ones that were virgins until 26... and again from 27-28.
Aug 3-12, 14-26
The Stand Comedy Club 2 (Venue 5)
£10 (£9)
Wacky RacistsSophie Duker
Crazy stupid cool comedy cabaret gameshow, with the hottest comics around crushing bigotry with funnies.
Aug 17th & 24th
Bedlam Theatre (Venue 49)
£8 -
We Should Know Better
Sikisa and Adrian Tauss / PBH's Free Fringe
Sikisa (BBC New Comedian 2017 finalist) and Adrian (who was cut out of the TV show The Night Manager) should know better by now. Despite having their head on straight, Adrian keeps repeating mistakes from his twenties and Sikisa keeps finding herself in sticky situations (literally). While Sikisa finds new ways to get people to like her, Adrian looks for the reasons for them not to. They would like to say that this is a show about learning from your mistakes but don't worry, they offer no solutions.
Aug 15-19, 21-25
52 Canoes (Grassmarket) (Venue 366)
Saw Sikisa as part of FOC it UP, she's hilarious, go and see her
Yuriko Kotani: Moreish
Yuriko Kotani / Heroes of Fringe
Born and raised in Japan, Yuriko Kotani now lives in the UK. Please come and join her new work-in-progress show! Using her unique perspective, she is going to tell stories of her experiences and thoughts. As seen on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central and Pls Like (BBC Three).
Aug 16-26
Heroes @ Bob's BlundaBus (Venue 212)
£5 -
Certified observational lolz
Addiction: The Untold Story
Artistic Diversity Alliance and 321 on Fire! Los Angeles
Inspired by a true events, a young black woman rises to power in the Hollywood entertainment industry while suffering through an illness. She also deals with a sister with her own dark secret, and a fiancee with a major drug habit.
Aug 9-11, 13-18, 20-25
theSpace @ Venue45 (Venue 45)
£10 (£6)
The AntisciansThe Apricity Project
Inspired by the George MacDonald fairy tale, The Day Boy And The Night Girl. A warlock named Watho, seized by the madness of grief, raises two girls in isolation. When the girls meet for the first time, they're challenged by their differences and strengthened by their decisions to overcome them.
Aug 3-4, 6-11, 13-18
Greenside @ Royal Terrace (Venue 231)
£10 (£8) (£6.50 children)
Babes Against Bullshit
Camille Bell and Dona Adwera in association with yt2 Theatre
Women have claimed intellectual and economic power for themselves, culture has simply found new ways to make us inferior. A patchwork of stories tackling the identity and experiences of young women, relaying the often overlooked and dismissed realities that affect women through both a black and white cultural lens. This piece explores both the flaws and relatable realisms of womanhood, challenging gender codes yet keeping it funny!
Aug 8-11
theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36)
£6 (£4)
Bitches in the Ford KACold Dinner Theatre
Cold Dinner Theatre return to Edinburgh with their new comedy. Fake IDs at the ready, they’re expecting booze, boys and hopefully some bonking. Bitches in the Ford KA includes a series of disasters involving cheap vodka and a MacDonald’s Fillet-O-Fish.
Aug 13-18, 20-25
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53)
£8 (£6)
Bride of the Gulf
Thinkery and Verse (New York, USA)
Amid the violence that followed the British withdrawal from Basra in 2007, a sharp-witted Iraqi woman searches for her missing husband at the behest of her mother-in-law.
Aug 2-13, 15-27
C venues – C cubed (Venue 50)
£11.50 - £9.50 (£9.50 - £7.50)
Century Song
Volcano (Canada), Richard Jordan Productions in association with CanadaHub
Exploring 100 years of Black women’s unspoken history Century Song takes us on a journey through performance, music, and animated art.
Aug 3-7, 9-14, 16-18
ZOO Southside (Venue 82)
£14 - £12 (£12 - £10)
Cry God for Harry, England and St George!
Mulberry Theatre Company
Sayara has always wanted to be a leader. But does she actually have what it takes? When her community comes under threat, will she find the courage inside herself to stand up for what she believes in? As she persuades a group of young East London women to take on one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, they begin to ask questions about nationality, identity and what it really takes to inspire your friends and your country.
Aug 3-4, 6-11
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53)
£8 (£5)
Didi and Gogo
Marlboro College (Vermont, USA)
Inspired by Waiting for Godot, this original piece performed by two women of colour brings new meaning to issues of violence and war, poverty, food, deserts, hopelessness and those abandoned in a time of crisis. Their voices and lived experience bring an important message about responsibility in a time when white supremacy is rising in the United States and globally.
Aug 4-13
C venues – C royale (Venue 6)
£9.50 - £7.50 (£7.50 - £5.50)
DisgracedNomadic Theatre
Amir Kapoor is happily married and about to land the biggest career promotion of his life – but his success has come at a price. When Amir’s Muslim heritage is brought up at dinner, an intimate gathering hosted by him and his wife, Emily, quickly unravels into something far more damaging.
Aug 19-27
C venues – C south (Venue 58)
£11.50 - £9.50 (£9.50 - £7.50)
Phoebe McIntosh, Lighthouse Poole and Black Theatre Live
Layla McKinnon is days away from saying 'I do' to Andy McKinnon. Already having the same surname as her fiancé used to be a funny coincidence but now threatens to drive them apart. What do you do when you discover that your enslaved ancestors were owened by your fiancé's?
Aug 1-7, 9-12, 14-19, 21-27
Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17)
£10 (£9)
An Evening with Miss Wong
Grist to the Mill Productions Ltd
From laundry girl to one of Hollywood's most glamorous stars, the tragic and wonderful life of Anna May Wong. Fighting against prejudice and ignorance, she rose to become one of the acting elite, the leading lady that was not allowed to kiss her leading man.
Aug 2-7, 9-11, 13-14, 16-18, 21, 23-26
Assembly Rooms (Venue 20)
£12 - £10 (11 - £9)
The Fishermen
New Perspectives Theatre Company in association with HOME
In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe, along with their two older brothers, slip away to fish at a forbidden river. Unnoticed and carefree, they continue until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives forever. Based on the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by one of Africa's major new voices, New Perspectives, in association with HOME, present Chigozie Obioma's powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate in a new adaptation by Fringe First-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan.
Aug 2-12, 14-19, 21-27
Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17)
£12.50/£11.50 (£11.50/£10.50)
Strictly Arts Theatre and The Pleasance
Inspired by the first man in America to plead insanity as his defence, award-winning writer Camilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts examine the unspoken link between mental health and systemic racism.
Aug 1-9, 11-27
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
£11 - £8 (£10 - £7)
Definitely worth catching! A rare show that tackles mental health, systemic neglect, racism and police brutality, across two centuries. An interesting mix of dance, theatre and song, with each actor playing more than one role. - Jess
Police brutaity, violence, rape, suicide, racism, slavery
From the Mississippi Delta
International Collegiate Theatre Festival presents Florida A&M University Essential Theatre
This touching and often humorous autobiographical account of a young girl's journey from the lowly back roads of the segregated south to the lofty ivory halls of academia is proof that some spirits cannot be broken.
Aug 3-6
theSpace @ Venue45 (Venue 45)
Bim Adewunmi, BBC Arts and Avalon Promotions
If I hadn't come here this evening, when would I have met him?' Rafi and Ami are meeting their sister's boyfriend for the first time. Then, their mother shows up out of the blue. Wura always shows up out of the blue, but now there's a problem: she doesn't know Brian exists. The three sisters have to face up to their mother, their childhood and the struggles which divide them.
Aug 2-26
Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61)
£16/14 (£14/13)
The Island
Chris Weare, Siya Mayola, Luntu Masiza
The Island is an award-winning and acclaimed apartheid-era play written by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona. Set on Robben Island and telling a moving story celebrating hope, passion and resilience.
Aug 3-4, 6-7, 10-11, 13-14, 17-18, 20-25
Just Festival at St John's (Venue 127)
£12 (£10)
Little PotatoesA Word In Your Ear
Matchmaking mums at the Shanghai marriage market hatch a plan to get their little emperors hitched. Little Potatoes is a powerful, bittersweet comedy drama which explores the impact of the one-child policy on the lives of two women in China. Playing multiple roles, two talented performers create a fast-paced narrative presenting the realities and repercussions of state-controlled birth control. This Bath-based company, A Word In Your Ear, performed Little Potatoes to great acclaim in January at the Arcola Theatre, London.
Aug 3-11
Paradise in The Vault (Venue 29)
£10 (£8)
Love SongsAlissa Anne Jeun Yi
Mixing get-on-the-dance-floor music, rap and spoken word, Love Songs explores the personal and political puzzles of our love lives through the autobiographical poems of a hopeless romantic.
Aug 2-14, 16-26
Venue 61 Underbelly, Cowgate - Delhi Belly
£11 (£10)
Lu-ting the Merman
Theatre Horizon (Hong Kong)
A mythical merman tribe in ancient Hong Kong, the Lu-tings, is oppressed by another dominant culture. They learn the language of this culture and end up revolting against them. This is a touching story told in a theatre style encompassing dance, mask, live music and poetry.
Aug 13-18, 20-26
Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152)
£10 (£8)
Lonely TWOgether Beijing Version
Homo Ludens Ensemble
Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Bear and Uncle Vanya, Lonely TWOgether Beijing Version explores the classical texts through improvisation and adaptation in the context of Beijing culture, discovering human connections between 19th-century Russia and people in today’s Asia.
Aug 21-24
theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36)
£12 (£10)
Lonely TWOgether Taipei Version
Homo Ludens Ensemble
Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Bear and Uncle Vanya, Lonely TWOgether Taipei Version explores the classical texts with a blend of Taipei culture, focusing on the human relationship to discuss how people react to loss, and how they move on with life.
Aug 21-24
theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36)
£12 (£10)
Man Down
CalArts Festival Theater
It’s April 2015 and the Baltimore Riots have only just begun. As the city fights to end police brutality, interracial couple Michael and Eva struggle to hold on to each other.
Aug 4-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25
Venue 13 (Venue 13), Lochend Close
£12 (£10)
Lion Theatre Company
Project Venture seeks to establish a permanent human colony on Mars and Dr Aysha Malik will be among the first brave souls to make the trip, but she’ll have to contend with her traditionalist sister Nasreen first. Marsistan is a heartfelt two-woman drama about race, religion and space travel. Two sisters struggle to maintain their relationship under the pressures of modern life, a divided society and a looming launch date.
Aug 13-19, 21-26
Sweet Novotel (Venue 188)
£7.50 (£6.50)
Headlong in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre
In a society where private lives become political and freedom of expression is not an option, Irene finds herself imprisoned. As tales of her incarceration spread overseas and her growing exposure becomes a threat, she is forced to make a brutal decision.
Jul 31 Aug 4-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26
Traverse Theatre (Venue 15)
Preview show 31st July 4th Aug £15 (£9), £21.50 (£16.50)
Set in a dystopian future, this 3-woman play will stick with you, as it handles numerous themes relating to acitivism, martrydom, resistance and religious fundamentalism. The kind of show you'll sit down to discuss after and realise you've been dissecting it for half an hour. - Jess
Prisons, references to violence
The Merry Wives of Seoul
EDP Soonchunhyang University (Korea)
Koreanised adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic. Falstaff, a fat and debauched knight, tries to tempt two married women in Seoul and steal their wealth. But these two clever women see through his plan and set out to deceive him. A story that proves that women are more than the traditional helpers of men, but agents in their own right who outwit the plans society makes for them, and are ready to reform current traditions.
Aug 12-18
C venues – C south (Venue 58)
£10 - £8 (£8 - £6)
Metamorphosis of OneLydia Bennet
One is found buried in a culmination of emotions when life takes an unexpected turn. Carefully planned aspirations and future hopes held dear are disjointed, uncertain. Without help or direction from any avenue, everything in life seems new and fast-paced.
Aug 1-27
C venues – C royale (Venue 6)
£9.50 - £7.50 (£7.50 - £5.50)
Nazanin's StoryHowell Productions
The true and ongoing struggle of a family ripped apart, after Nazanin and her baby daughter were taken in Tehran in 2016. Since that time Nazanin has faced horrors we can only imagine, due to the intrigue of the Anglo-Iranian high politics.
Aug 19-26
C venues – C (Venue 34)
£10.50 - £8.50 (£8.50 - £6.50)