Edinburgh Fringe 2017
Gaby Jerrard PR represented these acts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017. Elf Lyons was nominated for Best Show at the Lastminute.com Comedy Awards. Darren Harriott and Ed Night were both nominated for Best Newcomer at the Lastminute.com Comedy Awards. Ken Cheng won Dave TV’s Joke Of The Fringe
This outrageous 24-year old Irishman, Al Porter, shot to Fringe fame last year with the Lastminute.com Comedy Award Best Show 2017 nomination and appearances on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. Now he’s back, full of sparkling showmanship, with a brand new feel-good hour of his trademark council-estate camp called Campus Maximus at The Underbelly this August.
O’Neill has opened for Amanda Palmer from the Dresden Dolls, played at Torture Garden, hosted the Metal Hammer Golden Gods with Alice Cooper and the Bizarre Magazine Ball. His credits include TV shows such as The Blame Game (BBC1), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2), Saxondale (BBC2) with Steve Coogan, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (BBC2) and 50 Years of Rock Excess (Channel 4) as well as appearing on radio shows such as the Musuem of Curiosity (Radio 4) and his writing and performing in Pharmacist Baffler (BBC Radio 4). He is also the author of fanzine FUCK STEAMPUNK, runs his own comedy night named A-Game and plays a Gibson SG in old school punk rock band The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.
Andrew Ryan will be bringing his brand-new show Did you get here alright? to Assembly George Square Studios 5 from the 2nd-27th August at 6.45pm. The show will see Irishman Andrew trying to conquer love, life, politics, insecurity, fear and living alone, all while he’s an immigrant in a country where somebody recently told him to ‘go home’. Andrew has found the answer. It is not what he expected. Did You Get Here Alright? promises to be another memorable exploration of himself warts n’ all that’s bound to put a smile on your face.
Take a break from jokes about Brexit, Trump and bankers, to join Andy in some pure escapism, as he introduces you to characters such as Belt-on John, Pope-rah and Rowboat Cop. Award-winning comedian Andy Field returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017 with his one-man sketch show, The Andy Field Experience. Don’t miss this unique, and extraordinary, new show as it packs out the Pleasance Courtyard, The Cellar from the 2nd – 27th August at 9.45pm.
Love, loss and other unexpected twists all come to the fore in this life-affirming show where you will both laugh and cry in the same breath. Famous for her roles in Silicon Valley (HBO), Shameless (Showtime) and being an alumnus of the Groundlings Improv Theatre, Annie performed this heartbreakingly hilarious, sold-out show to rave reviews and is now bringing it to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from the 2nd – 27th August at the Pleasance Courtyard.
If you want refreshing, insightful comedy with bellyful of laughs then look no further than Athena Kugblenu. Debuting at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Athena Kugblenu is bringing KMT to the Underbelly from the 2nd – 27th August. Athena has found a new way to talk about politics, race, class and identity in a time where there seems to be little middle ground. Athena only started performing comedy in 2012 and since then has climbed further and further up the comedy ladder.
Following his sell-out shows in theatres in the UK, comedian and award-winning broadcaster Bernie Keith makes his hilarious Edinburgh debut. Stung by having his autograph returned because he wasn’t who they thought he was, he sets out to seize the day and change direction in a world that prefers you to stay on track.
Camille first stormed the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 13 years ago with her own show and as one of the original stars of the Olivier Award Winning, La Clique. BBC’s ‘The Queen of the Fringe’ Camille O’Sullivan returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year with her brand-new show Where Are We Now?
It’s 2017 and some men (not naming names but you know who we’re talking about) have brought us to the brink of the apocalypse. Now it is time to meet the meat on their arm – their wives. After a few years away recovering from her last high-paced, energetic hour, Catriona Knox is back once more at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Adorable Deplorable on at 6.50pm at the Pleasance Jack Dome.
Three things are guaranteed in life – failure, strong opinions, and death. Darren’s debut is about all three, and how, on the 11.32 train from Birmingham to Stafford, several pivotal moments from his life came crashing together. Darren Harriott hits the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 with his debut hour Defiant at the Pleasance Courtyard (The Attic) from the 2nd – 27th August at 9.30pm.
It’s drag as you’ve never experienced it before. It’s time for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to meet drag super-group DENIM as they hit the city on their one-stop world tour at the Underbelly from the 3rd – 27th August. The DENIM girls take audiences on a journey of adventure, led by Glamrou, who fights Islamophobia in the West and the homophobic rejection by their Muslim parents, by performing with their drag family to fulfil their dream of starring in a world tour, even if it’s on a wobbly stage in a leaky room under a bridge in Edinburgh. It’s drag as you’ve never experienced it before.
Last year, at the age of 20, Ed Night was told he was too young to have anything to say. Well now he’s back in Edinburgh with his highly anticipated debut hour, and he’s 21. Can young people salvage their future? Are unpaid internships worse than The Somme? Eczema freak and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee Ed Night seeks to search through the seemingly cataclysmic generational divides across the world.
2013’s So You Think You’re Funny winner Edd Hedges returns to the scene of his victory with his debut show Wonderland at the Gilded Balloon. Edd wants to tell you a story because last year, something happened in his village that changed everything. It’s a show about growing up, masculinity and the night he remembered to lock the door…
Yes: Elf Lyons is performing a full scale one woman production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake – in an hour and possibly in French… using whatever she can find on the day. Elf Lyons, the giraffe-limbed raconteur and multi-talented wonder, is back with her most ambitious and eccentric stand-up show yet. Elf explores and shares with us the quirks of their sexual activities, drawing parallels to our own, to take on intriguing topics of polyamory, monogamy and fidelity in this “anything-is-possible” hilarious and ambitious hour.
Graham is an actor, writer and improviser. He is one of the founding members of the award-winning sell-out show Austentatious (★★★★★ The Times, ★★★★ The Guardian) and the founder and director of The Free Association.
Hardeep Singh Kohli
BAFTA winner, TV and radio favourite Hardeep Singh Kohli is bringing a brand-new hour to Assembly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. Hardeep is well-known for his take on current affairs on many of the UK’s biggest news programmes and is bringing these views to the fore in his new live show. Alternative, Fact is Hardeep’s take on today’s political climate. In times of such political upheaval (such as a snap general election) we need a visionary to make sense of the nonsense.
Physicist-turned-comedian Hari Sriskantha will be guiding us through his debut hour Clown Atlas this Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His self-analytical humour and affable style providing the perfect medium through a complex story of joviality, glee and carefreeness.
After three hugely successful solo shows, award-winning comedian Ian Smith returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with his new show Snowflake at the Underbelly Buttercup at 5.15pm from 2nd – 27th August. This is his fourth solo show. It’s about uniqueness… like everybody else’s. Ian wears two pairs of socks at all times and nearly killed a man in a sledding accident – so who better to tackle the subject?
When do we give speeches? When we have something to say. And these characters can’t shut up. After three consecutive sell-out runs as part of double act Watson and Oliver, Ingrid Oliver returns to Edinburgh with the premiere of her new character comedy solo show SPEECH!
Jayde saved herself a whole lot of money in therapy last year doing a show about something she hadn’t yet come to terms with – the loss of her sister Jenna – and hopefully this new show about popularity, the power of friendship and, above all, love will take her a step further on her road to recovery. Jayde Adams returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, after a nomination for Best Newcomer in 2016 with her debut show Jayde: 31, with her follow-up spectacular Jayded at the Pleasance Beneath from the 2nd – 28th August at 9.30pm.
Willing to take a bold risk, John is back and ready to confront his fear of confrontation with the cheek and temerity that only the Award-winning, former vegan (briefly) Canadian can do. Talking about risks and confrontation, John is also currently in love. BBC Three’s John Hastings returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year with Audacity! He is performing at Bunker Two in the Pleasance Courtyard from the 2nd – 28th August at 9.15pm.
Like every father, Jonny has promised his daughter the world. He’s also promised he’ll play live on stage at the O2 – but it wasn’t as easy as he’d hoped. Did he do it? Come along and find out in this true laughter-packed tale of celebrity encounters, numerous dignity-sapping incidents and an incredible final twist. Honey, he’s home! Jonny Awsum returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his new show Honey, I Promised the Kid live at Just the Tonic from the 3rd – 26th August.
Hammerhead is the highly anticipated new offering from 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Joseph Morpurgo. The show promises to be another outlandishly funny, high-concept hour – featuring surreal set-pieces, vivid comic writing, subliminal pulse signals – and monsters.
Ken burst onto the UK comedy scene after reaching the final of the 2015 BBC New Comedy Award. His set went viral, with 500K views online and a feature on the front page of Reddit. It also garnered the attention of BBC producers and landed him an episode of BBC Three’s Top Tens (Proverbs Ken Cheng Hates). This year, Ken was announced on the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. Ken Cheng brings his debut stand-up hour Chinese Comedian to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year from the 2nd – 27th August at 4.45pm in the Pleasance Courtyard (The Cellar).
Have you ever wished you’d told that awful boss where to stick that lousy job? Dumped an ex before they dumped you? Not backed down when that b*%@&d nicked your parking space? Life is full of arguments we wish we’d had, or wish we’d won, but it’s also common to regret confrontation. Heading from your TV screen to the Edinburgh stage, Lucy Porter returns to the Fringe with her new show Choose Your Battles at the Pleasance from the 2nd – 27th August
Mark Forward returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a new show filled with everything that will help him win all the awards. Death, bees, death, puppets, death and bears in heaven, (who are dead). The show is odd and fun, but also has those serious moments that are only in the show to help a performer win all the awards. You wouldn’t want to miss it.
What’s the fucking point of taking anything in the fucking world fucking seriously anymore? Sick of Life Hack apps and ridiculous self-help books, Nelson takes aim and fires right into anything which claims to make you the best version of you possible. Award-winning Scottish comedian Mark Nelson returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Irreverence, both the show and the attitude, to the Gilded Balloon at 8pm from the 2nd – 27th August.
Having mastered her craft performing to confirmed bachelors and their friends in South London Myra has performed on The John Bishop Show in 2015 and was hand-picked to support Bianca Del Rio for her sell-out run at the Clapham Grand. Myra was a New Act of the Year 2012 Finalist, going on to win a London Cabaret Award in 2013. Myra DuBois is back for the rest with her new show DuBois Entendre at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe from the 3rd – 26th August.
Nick has headlined sold-out comedy clubs all over the world including performing his solo shows at all the major Australian festivals over the last seven years and being invited to play at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival. He has also toured extensively around Australia and Asia as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow and Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase tours. Returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August with, Nick Cody: On Fire, is a smouldering hour of stand-up so hot that not even Auld Reekie’s constant rainfall can dampen its’ spirits.
rpy (aka Patrick Turpin) presents an hour of unrelenting ass-flapping sitting somewhere between comedy, theatre, and the weirder section of performance art. Who deserves to be heard? Turpy does as he tries to figure out what it means to be a lush, white, hetero-boring man in 2017. Skewering contemporary masculinity and ruminating as to whether self-obsession has destroyed our sense of kinship and social compassion, he does this all while exploring the artifice of performance art. Mainly though, Turpy wants to show off his slick skills and walk amongst the stars in Hollywood. Irreverent and off-kilter theatrical stand up Patrick Turpin returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year with his new show Itty Bitty Little Titty Piece directed by Lou Sanders.
Having pioneered improvised theatre in the UK with Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Adam and Sean continue to stun audiences with their most challenging and impressive show yet – Shakespeare made up on the spot, right before your eyes. Yes, in iambic pentameter. Adam Meggido and Sean McCann, of the Olivier Award-winning international smash hit Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, back to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 14th – 27th August with the jaw-dropping Rhapsodes at Pleasance Ace Dome at 2:00pm.
Lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Richard Gadd will be bringing his critically acclaimed show Monkey See Monkey Do back to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for a limited run following his hugely successful international tour with Show & Tell. He’ll be performing at Summerhall at 11pm from the 18th – 27th August. Monkey See Monkey Do is a fresh insight into mental illness in the modern age and what it means to be a man and is hailed as one of the most memorable, genre-busting performances ever seen at the Fringe which saw Richard Gadd take home the prestigious Lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Comedy Show of 2016.
Rose Matafeo is back at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her new show Sassy Best Friend produced by Berk’s Nest and directed by Phoebe Bourke for Berk’s Nest. In her home country of New Zealand, Rose Matafeo is known as the star of hit TV3 shows Funny Girls, Jono and Ben and 7 Days. In 2013 she was awarded the Billy T Award which recognises the brightest up and coming New Zealand comedians and has previously been won by the likes of Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Rose has performed at the New Zealand Comedy Festival where her previous show, Finally Dead, enjoyed a sold out run. She was nominated for the Barry Award for Best Newcomer at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She has also provided tour support for Reggie Watts and Rob Delaney in New Zealand. Rose and Sassy Best Friend has also just won the prestigious 2017 Fred Award for the best show by a New Zealand comedian at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival
Sean Kelly is the auctioneering star of hit TV shows Storage Hunters UK and Celebrity Storage Hunters. Sean began to pursue his hobbies of stand-up comedy and auctioneering over 15 years ago, and came up with the idea that Storage Hunters is based upon. See another side of star of Storage Hunters, Sean Kelly, the ever-smiling, ever-shouting auctioneer, as he brings The Sean Kelly Chat Show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.
Star of Storage Hunters, Sean Kelly, the ever-smiling, ever-shouting auctioneer is coming to the UK this summer with an Edinburgh Festival Fringe run of his new show Sold Your Way! Hilarious tales from his past escapades, where he’s done everything from holding a Top Secret military clearance and serving a combat tour in Iraq, catching shoplifters as an undercover store detective in Italy, travelling to over 80 countries around the world, headlining the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and with all of this, has still managed 25 years of marriage to his wife Lori.
No two nights are ever the same as The Showstoppers take audience suggestions and then spin a comedy musical out of thin air – stories, characters, tunes, lyrics, dances, harmonies and all – with unpredictable and hilarious results. If you’ve thought improv looked difficult before, try doing it in time (and tune) to music! The Showstoppers truly are the masters of musical theatre high-wire. The Showstoppers will create a new production, live on stage each night, at the Pleasance Grand from 2nd – 27th August. Tickets on sale Thursday 2nd February.
The Showstoppers’ Kids Show
The Showstoppers’ Kids Show is specifically designed to entertain and inspire children by opening the show up to audience suggestions, creating a fully interactive magical journey that only a child’s imagination could come up with. No two shows are ever the same as The Showstoppers create a brand new musical comedy for kids, completely on the spot. Aimed entirely at children, The Showstoppers’ spontaneous story factory will be open for business from 2nd – 20th August at 11:40am.
Sofie’s back and this time she’s angry. Well, she’s talking about anger since she has been left incapable of feeling, well, most things, thanks to her psychopathic grandfather. It’s time to talk about his funeral, even though he’s not dead yet… Is that right? Sofie turns to the parable of boiling frog for answers. This Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Newcomer Award winning Sofie Hagen returns to the Bedlam Theatre with her show Dead Baby Frog.
Improv maestro and leading Australian comedy performer Steen Raskopoulos returns to Edinburgh with his latest high-energy, lightning-paced one-man sketch show. With his impressive versatility as a comedic actor, chameleon-like character creations and genius improvisation, Steen’s performances are simply breath-taking.
The Thinking Drinkers
Join the award-winning professional alcohol experts for five free drinks as they definitively prove that hooch has influenced absolutely everything that has ever happened since the beginning of time. And maybe even before that. The acclaimed alco-demics pour the entire history of human civilisation into a shot glass and take the audience on an intoxicating, hilarious time-travelling journey through our drink-drenched past. Returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the 7th year after six previous sell-out runs, The Thinking Drinkers are back with their new show History of Alcohol at the Underbelly this August.