This year, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom will take place from 04 – 28 August. Here is a list of some of the great comedians attending this years festival.. Go ahead and fill yer boots!
Despite having created and staged a unique charity event featuring acts such as Ed Gamble, Sophie Duker and Iain Stirling (Dan Vs Food) and starting a high-concept podcast already boasting guests such as Phil Wang, Jordan Gray and Eshaan Akbar (Born Yesterday), emerging comedian Alexander Bennett hates himself. In this show, Alexander interrogates the inner critic by examining the limits of masculinity, queerness, his mistakes, the rental market and Robbie Williams in his singular dark, silly, filthy and thoughtful style. Catch Alexander in I Can’t Stand The Man, Myself at Gilded Balloon at The Patter Hoose (Coorie) at 9pm between 2-27 August (not 15th).
Put the fun back into funeral! For her debut Edinburgh Fringe solo show, Get Blessed!, award-winning writer-performer Niamh Denyer is funeral celebrant Áine Reilly in a hilarious, interactive hour that addresses modern spiritual ideas, capitalism, gurus and hustle culture.
Just an hour in Áine’s presence and you’ll be ready to turn death into a living and to turn human ash into cash! Are you up to the task? Niamh is also at Gilded Balloon at The Patter Hoose (Coorie) at 1pm, 2-27 (not 14th).
Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show Nominee 2022 and shortlisted for the Bafta Rocliffe award, Sasha Ellen brings a new hour of comedy to the Edinburgh Fringe. When Life Gives You Ellens, Make Ellenade asks the big questions: Is it hard to find love in this here modern world? Does size matter? How have Dick and Dom got away with it all this time? Sasha is a professional Dungeon Master, whose Dungeons and Dragons style, comedy game show, Character Building Experience (CBE) was shortlisted for the Broadway World Comedy Award. CBE is back at the Fringe this year! Both shows at are at Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Lounge).
Winner of Dave’s Joke of the Fringe and children’s author and illustrator, Olaf Falafel returns to the Fringe with more acclaimed silliness. His new show, Look What Fell Out Of My Head, is at Laughing Horse at the Pear Tree @ 3pm 4 – 28 Aug (not 16). Meanwhile, Olaf’s children’s show, Olaf Falafel’s Super Stupid Show, runs at the Pleasance Courtyard between 2-27 August at 11.40am.
Making her full Fringe debut, California-born British citizen Liz Guterbock (as seen on Avenue 5; BBC New Comedy Award Nominee and Funny Women Finalist) tries to contain her American enthusiasm as she explores belonging, bisexuality, and ageing. Geriatric Millennial tackles the big questions: Is 41 middle aged? Can the Marks & Spencer’s LGBT sandwich define you? Will people think Liz is British because she hasn’t used any exclamation marks yet? PROBABLY! If you’re cool with women getting older, silly voices, reality TV and a bit of sincerity (but not too much), then this is the show for you. See Liz at Pleasance Courtyard (The Cellar) at 4.15pm, 2 – 27 August (not 14 or 21).
Following a sell-out 12-country tour for his critically-acclaimed 2021 show, Ollie Horn, one of the UK’s most exciting storytellers is back with a candid new hour about the remarkable unimportance of the skill he’s worked for the last decade to get exceptionally good at: stand-up comedy. Book a ticket to discover why Ollie found the Apple Store to be a terrible place for a stand-up gig, the heckles Ollie could never find a good comeback to, and why gigging in a brothel wasn’t so bad. Ollie Horn: Not Much is at Just The Tonic at The Mash House (Just The Cask Room) @ 6.25pm, 3 – 27 August.
Winner of Southend Comedian of the Year (2021) and a Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year Finalist (2022) Philipp Kostelecky is an exciting young Austrian-American-Slovenian comedian bringing his “pleasingly original” (Chortle) debut stand-up hour to Edinburgh. Daddy’s Home is a feel-good internationally accessible show about family, love, and pancakes. Rich in wonderful charm, brilliant jokes, and hilariously physical storytelling. As seen on Comic Relief, BBC, and Talk Radio. Philipp is at The Stand 2 at 4pm between 2-27 August (not 14th).
Comedian, author and anaesthetist, Ed Patrick injects the Edinburgh Fringe with a gut-punch hilarious show about becoming a junior doctor, the NHS, the pitfalls of modern medicine and the power of questioning it. In his role as an anaesthetist, Ed can be found almost anywhere in a hospital, from A&E dealing with emergencies to staffing intensive care units and giving epidurals to assist the joyous moments of childbirth. There’s more to his job than being a drug sommelier with a bit of magic thrown in. In Catch Your Breath, you can join Ed on his travels and find out why the rectum is like a Tardis and how – sometimes – having absolutely no medical knowledge can lead to better medical care. Runs 10-14, 16-21, 26 and 27 Aug at The Stand, New Town Theatre, Lower Hall @ 3.10pm.
Multi-award winning comedian Ian Smith (Radio 4’s The News Quiz, The Now Show and Northern News podcast co-host) presents a show, ranting about stress, love and driving tanks with his hairdresser. Ian has been scolded by his jobsworth dentist for grinding his teeth. The solution? “Just stop being stressed.” Is that even possible!? Join Ian for the only show combining dental problems and a Slovakian car demolition experience! Crushing runs at Monkey Barrel @ The Tron, 2 – 27 August @ 1.35pm.
3rd Rock From The Pun is (probably) the first ever Edinburgh Fringe stand-up show created using AI. Everything in the show has been created by AI, the images, the music – but not the jokes. What AI has to say about Darren Walsh: “As an AI, I don’t have personal experiences, but I am familiar with Darren Walsh. Darren Walsh is a British comedian known for his pun-based humor and one-liners, boasting a catalogue of 5056 jokes as of writing this. He has gained recognition for his performances in live comedy shows and on social media platforms, especially through his YouTube channel. In 2015, he won the prestigious Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe award. Darren Walsh’s style of comedy often incorporates visual elements, animations, and wordplay, which appeals to a wide audience.” See Darren at Bar 50 – Garden Room @ 1.45pm between 15-27 Aug.
As seen/heard on his very successful Twitch channel, BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4 and BBC Radio, the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee and New Act of the Year (NATYS) award winner, Bilal Zafar returns with the story about his housemate trying to get him arrested 5 times over 2 days. IMPOSTER runs 2-28 August (not 14) at Underbelly Bristo Square (Friesian) @ 3.50pm.