Where would this festival be without its front-and-centre appeal; Comedy? Overrun with themes of metamorphosis, a light dusting of jazz-percussion evenings and children belting out Sondheim lyrics.
So, send in the clowns. This year more than ever, they’re needed.
Looking this time at the various and extensively diverse Comedy and Variety features of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, you will find some of the world’s finest comedy performers and stand-ups all within the city performing new sets, nationwide tours and some vintage favourites. BOOM BOOM!
Links directly to the Fringe website to purchase tickets, or have a further look at shows can be followed by clicking on the show’s respective image. Ticket prices are for standard admission, check the Fringe website for concession prices.
Randy Feltface: Alien of Extraordinary Ability
Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee has become a hit on the touring circuit, and a social media star with his outbursts and blistering humour. Trouncing his human peers, Randy has become known for his masterful wit and ability to push past the boundaries we fleshy folks can only dream of. A razor wit, and festival favourite, Randy Feltface: Alien of Extraordinary Ability is without question one of the highlights of the Comedy calendar this year.
This readers is a rare sight; the one and only, and thus critically endangered, Randy Feltface in his natural habitat – the theatre. While this is not a zoo, viewing is certainly encouraged.
Just don’t ask what colour a Blueberry is.
21.15pm (60 minutes) 3rd – 28th (Not 15th) Aug 2022
Venue 17 – Assembly George Square Studios, Studio Two
George Square, EH8 9LH
Bianca Del Rio: Unsanitized
Do we need to say anything about this person? You more than likely already have a ticket.
If not, you’re a damned fool.
Yes, you saw that right – the Queen of Clowns Bianca Del Rio is bringing her Unsanitized tour to the Edinburgh Fringe for an extended run from August 18th – 26th. An absolute bloody treat for any who missed her recent Usher Hall performance.
So, make sure you’ve had your jabs, and the cocktails are poured as everyone’s favourite clown in a gown returns to the city. Since her time dominating the runway on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Bianca has become known across the world for her sass, impeccable comic timing and political humour which punches harder than any sanction or resignation. A rare opportunity, and not one to miss.
21:30 pm (60 minutes) 18th –26th Aug 2022
Venue 150 – Pleasance at EICC, Lomond Theatre
150 Morrison Street, EH3 8EE
Basil Brush Unleashed… And Uncut
Yes, folks, they have somehow allowed him to come back. Following his 2019 sell-out performances of his Unleashed and Uncut Fringe appearances, the insurance companies have allowed this British icon to return to the city.
Every show will feature an entirely new appearance from another star of the Fringe, as the national treasure brings a much-needed sense of anarchy to this prestigious festival. Now’s your chance to catch a glimpse of this legendary fox (when he isn’t raiding your bins), in this show dedicated to his older fans.
But of course, Basil maintains his family-friendly image with his other Family Fun Show, but you can read about that in our children’s edition of Have a Gander.
18:30pm (60 minutes) 3rd – 28th Aug 2022
Venue 14 – Gilded Baloon Teviot, Debating Hall
Teviot Row House, EH8 9AJ
Sophie Duker: Hag
If the name Sophie Duker has only floated around our peripherals, and it wasn’t until her absolutely stellar appearance on Taskmaster that you realised what an absolutely delightfully macabre, hilarious and unexpected presence Duker brings to the room, you owe it to yourself to catch her this year.
From Babybel to mature Cheddar, Sophie Duker: Hag introduces further audiences to the being who has emerged from the pure and sweet child she once was, and into the chaotic and brilliant woman she has accepted she has become. Previous best newcomer nominee, Duker may be in for her best years yet – starting at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
19.30pm (60 minutes) 5th – 28th Aug 2022
Venue 33 – Pleasance Courtyard, Beside
60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ
Life’s A Drag
What does it mean, and take, to be a Queen? Well, Australian vocal powerhouse and Fringe World winner of Best Cabaret & Variety show Dean Misdale is here to educate the folk of Edinburgh as they recount real encounters in their Drag life to offer a brief glimpse of just what it’s like behind the wigs and frocks.
With tales of coming out and getting the ball rolling on the way to a Drag career, Life’s A Drag takes audiences from the inception of Dean’s career and through the day-to-day horror stories in this visceral, truthful and humorous take on the industry.
Looking for some more Pay What You Can features of the Free Fringe? Don’t worry, we’ll have a separate Have a Gander dedicated to the foundation, and true essence of the Fringe very soon.
18.00pm (60 minutes) 4th – 28th Aug 2022 (select dates)
Venue 257 – Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree
36 West Nicholson Street, EH8 9DD
Tickets: Pay What You Can
Lauren Pattison: It Is What It Is
An absolute gem of comedy, vastly underrated, we had the pleasure of catching Lauren Pattison a few fringes ago and have been awaiting her return since. Brutally honest, both personally and with her razor wit, her newest show Is It What It Is is about, well, just that.
Taking a unique angle, Lauren is reluctant to expand on what the show is truly about, given just how much has changed over the course of a year. Life can change fast, faster than expected, and we just must face that it is, what it is (get it?)
12.30pm (60 minutes) 3rd – 28th (Not 16th) Aug 2022
Venue 515 – Monkey Barrel Comedy
9-12 Blair Street, EH1 1QR
Where to even start with this year…
Do not worry though, NewsRevue, the absolute fringe favourite returns to continue lampooning the current political climate and delivering a flawless evening of comedy from four remarkably talented performers. From Covid to climate change, Putin to Partygate, Pizza Express to the Queen’s Jubille – they would have to start now to fit it all in in time…
Returning once more to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre as a part of the Pleasance line-up, NewsRevue isn’t just for those dedicated to the political climate, but for those who long for the days when the news was boring and just for your parents.
There are many returning shows, but year after year, Newsrevue continually delivers on quality, laughs and fast-paced brilliance.
20.15pm (60 minutes) 3rd – 28th (not 22nd) Aug 2022
Venue 150 – Pleasance at EICC
150 Morrison Street, EH3 8EE
If you haven’t spotted your production – do not worry! We’re currently working our way through a huge backlog of requests, with many previews and Q & A’s lined up for the coming month. If you haven’t, please do get in touch through the contact page to feature in an upcoming ‘Have A Gander’