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Free Festival Shows

Have a look through our selection of shows... we are sure to have something you'll want to see in Edinburgh this August - from children's shows to cabaret; standup comedy to tragic drama. There's something for everyone at the Free Festival!


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#1 Champion: War of the Flags

#1 Champion: War of the Flags

Comedy

#1 Champion: War of the Flags

Comedy

Kick Ass Cowgate / Fringe Room
AUG 1-25 at 19:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Welcome to the World Championship of Humour. But who are the funniest comedians? The Americans? The English... eh..probably the Scottish but maybe it's the Arabs? Or the Asians? Canadians? No, it's your Irish cousin...or is it your Indian dad? Can’t forget about the Jews! The time to wonder has run out... it's the WAR OF THE FLAGS. The time to wonder has run out! Comics from every nation, culture and background will go head to head and answer the age old question, who are the funniest people? Records won't lie and there will be one champion nation... of people. Join us with your favorite f...


(ex)Bag Boys

(ex)Bag Boys

Comedy

(ex)Bag Boys

Comedy

Bar 50 / The Alcove
AUG 1 at 19:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Liam GreenJacket and Joe Blair, the (ex)stoma boys, have got a brand new bag! Their award pending show brings you three fab comedians, a bag full of prizes and some stunning insight into the world of stoma! The whole audience will have the chance to win top prizes like pre sugar-tax Irn Bru, but everyone gets something! Joe Blair is known to be Readings’s no1 newt comedy advocate, and regular quiz host. Liam GreenJacket you know as Cowgate’s colourful bucket-hat flyer-guy and brain behind Edfringe2023's Class Comedy Craic. ...


0 AD – After Dairy: A Split Bill Stand-Up Show

0 AD – After Dairy: A Split Bill Stand-Up Show

Comedy

0 AD – After Dairy: A Split Bill Stand-Up Show

Comedy

The Three Sisters / The Wee Room
AUG 1-25 at 23:15 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Join Liam Jackson, a sharp-witted local, and Grant Barr, the funniest and most likeable farmer since the 'It ain't much but it's honest work' guy for an hour of hilarious stand-up that'll leave you reeling! ‘Very relaxed, confident, at ease on stage. A very consistent flow with good punchlines. Also... Funny!’ - The Stand Comedy Club ...


001– Laughing Matters (Work in Progress)

001– Laughing Matters (Work in Progress)

Comedy

001– Laughing Matters (Work in Progress)

Comedy

Bar 50 / Upstairs
AUG 1-25 at 22:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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I left Israel to live in Berlin, because it is ironically safer, my mother would disagree as she is a holocoast survivor and therefore kind of needy, so i moved to the one country she would never visit me in. Come and i'll tell you all about it....


1 Dazzling Cabaret Show / Free Festival

1 Dazzling Cabaret Show / Free Festival

Cabaret

1 Dazzling Cabaret Show / Free Festival

Cabaret

The Three Sisters / The Live Room
AUG 1-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-25 at 20:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Come join Sassy school of burlesque as we return to Our 8th year at the Fringe. Come see what makes us the go to cabaret and burlesque show. Let the home grown hotties entertain you with a night of old school glamour, burlesque and show girls and comedy compères to complete this sparkly assemble. A night not to be missed and certainly won't be forgotten. Sit back, get ready for the sparkle and sass....


1 Irish 1 English: Afternoons

1 Irish 1 English: Afternoons

Comedy

1 Irish 1 English: Afternoons

Comedy

Eastside / The Den
AUG 11-25 at 16:35 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Join us at 16.35 for a stand up comedy show featuring English comedian Ollie Fox and Irish comedian Reece Kidd. They have over 25 million views online, 27K+ Followers, and a British Comedy Guide award under their belts. With sold out shows last year at the Edinburgh Fringe. ...


1.295 Reframing Autistic Success (Kitten Steps)

1.295 Reframing Autistic Success (Kitten Steps)

Comedy

1.295 Reframing Autistic Success (Kitten Steps)

Comedy

The City Cafe / Las Vegas
AUG 1-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 13:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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After 2023’s sell-out show, Stags returns with laughs, adventures and his more innovative 1.295-step mission for success. Add to that some neurospicy experimentation and questioning what it means to be AuDHD in a neurotypical world, Stags finds he’s reframing everything. 'Few things more charming... With nothing but a microphone and a rain sound machine, Stags brings his audience into his memories... Audience doubled up in laughter' (Margaret Hall, Playbill). 'An immensely likeable and charismatic performer' (NeurodiverseReview.com). 'Highly recommended!!' 'Very very funny' (Audience reviews)....


10 Pound Baby

10 Pound Baby

Comedy

10 Pound Baby

Comedy

32 Below / Main Cellar
AUG 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 12:45 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

The average C-section in the USA costs £25-40K, but you can just squat one out in the back like a feral cat for FREE! Comedian and skinflint Leah Renee returns to Fringe with a new hour about the price of believing in yourself. Show reviewers called it 'Funny, daring and quite surprising in places' with 'laugh out loud moments...wryness, poignancy, shock and tenderness' (EdFringeReview.co.uk)....



10 Things They Hate About Me

10 Things They Hate About Me

Comedy

10 Things They Hate About Me

Comedy

Brass Monkey / The Games Room
AUG 18-25 at 14:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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Shinanne Higgins by name shenanigans by nature. When it comes to relationships, Shinanne is ALL about the D...disappointment! She has NEVER been in love! Shinanne is a single, 40 year old "lady" on a journey of reflection. Her eggs are hanging on like contestants on Gladiators, see, even her cultural references are old! She grew up in 90's Ireland in a world of romance novels and rom coms, but her relationships include the guy who "didn't kiss" and the one who "couldn't get her a birthday present because he had a hole in his shoe". Her "type" has been alcoholics with Mommy issues, that look ...


10,000 Ideas by Robyn Perkins

10,000 Ideas by Robyn Perkins

Comedy

10,000 Ideas by Robyn Perkins

Comedy

32 Below / Little Cellar
AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 16:00 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

★ Winner Best Comedy Shaftesbury Fringe UK 2023 ★ ★ Winner Sydney Fringe, Comedy Award, 2019 ★ Every show is unique. Uniquely saucy? Uniquely honest? Uniquely bizarre? The audience will find out on the night. In her latest hour of critically acclaimed stand-up, London-based comedian Robyn Perkins invites you to ask her anything, and she’ll do the rest. Previous questions (all answered truthfully) include: “Would America be better off if it didn’t elect its own presidents?”, “What’s your most embarrassing moment?” and even “Who’s the hottest audience member?”...


100% C*ntinental

100% C*ntinental

Comedy

100% C*ntinental

Comedy

Home Bar / Basement
AUG 1-25 at 20:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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What’s the difference between expats and immigrants? Can Americans get deported from countries? What even is Europe after being dumped by the UK? These global comedians are putting their lives (or at least their dignity) on the line to find out. 100% C*ntinental is a stand-up comedy mix show, unpacking the experiences of international women adjusting to life, love and paperwork via Google Translate. Find out if it's really true Italians are sexy, the Germans are humourless and what would happen if Emily went to Paris on minimum wage. “100% C*ntinental” premiered at EdFringe in 2023 and sol...


1001 Normal Dysfunctional Families

1001 Normal Dysfunctional Families

Comedy

1001 Normal Dysfunctional Families

Comedy

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 1-25 at 14:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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A comedy game show where 4 comedians will battle each other using their childhood trauma and the audience will decide which one of them had the worst parents (Sold-out run Edinburgh Fringe 2023) The show is structured in 3 rounds: Round 1 5 minute stand-up set about family and childhood. Round 2 There will be prepared scenarios containing "a location" and "a subject" and our comedians will have to improvise a "family fight(argue)" scene based on the notes. The battles will be 1v1 and the audience will decide who goes in the last round Round 3 Similar to the game "Scenes We'd like to se...


1001 Space Adventures: Breadlove and Poophead – Interactive Children Show

1001 Space Adventures: Breadlove and Poophead – Interactive Children Show

Childrens

1001 Space Adventures: Breadlove and Poophead – Interactive Children Show

Childrens

Bar 50 / The Alcove
AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 10:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

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🚀 Welcome to "1 Story 2 Friends: Breadlove & Poophead" where your child isn't just an audience member—they're the hero of their own interstellar adventure! This one-of-a-kind show, coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2024, invites kids to dive into an exciting sci-fi universe, filled with fun, learning, and imagination. What's In Store? 🌌 Interactive Sci-Fi Adventure: The journey begins with a mysterious cosmic mission, where every child plays a pivotal role. Will they save the galaxy? It's up to our young space explorers! 🎭 Magical Puppetry: Watch as o...


101 Comedy Club – Free

101 Comedy Club – Free

Comedy

101 Comedy Club – Free

Comedy

The Hanover Tap / The Wee Tap
AUG 1-25 at 14:30 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

AUG 1-25 at 20:45 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

'Funny. Fast. Free' **** (ThreeWeeks). Each night sees four experienced acts performing. All our comedians have been hand-picked from an ethical, fair-trade farm where they've been grown in only the finest organic dog poo. All our fart jokes are sustainable due to our unique carbon offset scheme. Each time one of us blows off, a tree is planted in Dagenham, Essex. ...


101 Ways to Annoy Your Parents and Other Really Old People

101 Ways to Annoy Your Parents and Other Really Old People

Childrens

101 Ways to Annoy Your Parents and Other Really Old People

Childrens

The Three Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 1-18 at 16:30 (50 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

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Title says it all! (EVIL LAUGH) Don't worry, I'll also teach the parents how to annoy their kids as well. From Multi Award winning kids comedian Matty Grey. Laugh your guts out of your butt hole as he brings his best show yet to the Edinburgh Fringe. "*****, Matty Grey is the master of children’s entertainment and he knocks it out of the park" The Adelaide Advertiser....



101 Ways to Annoy Your Parents and Other Really Old People – The Christmas Special

101 Ways to Annoy Your Parents and Other Really Old People – The Christmas Special