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DESIREE BURCH + JESSICA FOSTEKEW 7:30pm
DESIREE BURCH + JESSICA FOSTEKEW
Jun 6 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm
DESIREE BURCH + JESSICA FOSTEKEW @ Upper Lounge
A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews. DESIREE BURCH: Desiree’s Coming Early! She was born late, bloomed late and always missed the bus. But a compelling shift has the fresh-faced/world-weary comedian (Netflix’s Flinch, The Mash[...]
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MATT FORDE + LAURA LEXX 7:30pm
MATT FORDE + LAURA LEXX
Jun 11 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm
MATT FORDE + LAURA LEXX @ Upper Lounge
A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews. NB: The previously-billed Paul Sinha has had to reschedule his diary for the summer, and isn’t able to take a show to the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Sadly[...]
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JOSIE LONG + RACHEL FAIRBURN 7:30pm
JOSIE LONG + RACHEL FAIRBURN
Jun 12 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm
JOSIE LONG + RACHEL FAIRBURN @ Upper Lounge
A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews. JOSIE LONG: Tender Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and very hard to pin down indie-underdog-nightmare Josie Long is back with a new show for the first time in[...]
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CANCELLED: JONNY & THE BAPTISTS + ANNIE McGRATH 7:30pm
CANCELLED: JONNY & THE BAPTISTS + ANNIE McGRATH
Jun 19 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm
CANCELLED: JONNY & THE BAPTISTS + ANNIE McGRATH @ Upper Lounge
Unfortunately tonight’s show is cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.  
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JEN BRISTER + SARA BARRON 7:30pm
JEN BRISTER + SARA BARRON
Jun 25 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm
JEN BRISTER + SARA BARRON @ Upper Lounge
A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews. JEN BRISTER: Under Privilege Brister has it all: a wife, kids, a house and a job she loves (sometimes) so what the hell is she moaning about? Join[...]
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MARK & HAYDN + WILL PENSWICK 7:30pm
MARK & HAYDN + WILL PENSWICK
Jun 26 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm
MARK & HAYDN + WILL PENSWICK @ Upper Lounge
A double-bill of Edinburgh comedy previews Will Penswick: Nørdic(k) Full time detective. Part time DJ. Full time Scandinavian. Pætur Pætursson is from the Faroe Islands. A detective in the Tórshavn (that’s the capital city) Police[...]
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MARK & HAYDN + WILL PENSWICK
Jun 26 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double-bill of Edinburgh comedy previews

Will Penswick: Nørdic(k)

Full time detective. Part time DJ. Full time Scandinavian. Pætur Pætursson is from the Faroe Islands. A detective in the Tórshavn (that’s the capital city) Police like his father and his father before him, a semi-legendary DJ and a troubled man, Pætur is going toe-to-toe with Scandinavia’s most dangerous criminals… and he needs your help.

“Netflix-special-worthy” ***** (Stagedoor)
“You will be in for a comic treat” **** (PlaysToSee)
“Brilliant” **** (Radio Ha-Ha)
**** (BroadwayBaby)

Mark & Haydn: Llaugh (pron. Claugh)

Sketch comedy double act Mark & Haydn have been described as “brilliant” by their Guardian. They bring their fast-paced, gag-filled show “Llaugh” (pron. Claugh) to Brighton.

Leicester Square Theatre Sketch-off Finalists 2019. Max Turner Prize Runner Up 2018. Chortle Student Comedy Finalist 2017.

“Smart comedy operators we can expect to hear more from.” (Chortle)
***** Broadway Baby
**** EdFringe Review
**** The Wee Review
**** Three Weeks

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £7.50 (£5 + b.f. advance)

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MATT RICHARDSON + LOU SANDERS
Jul 1 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

MATT RICHARDSON
Award-winning comedian, and Virgin Radio drivetime presenter.
Funniest Show nominee at the 2018 Radio Academy Awards.
“A firecracker… hilarious” **** – BroadwayBaby

LOU SANDERS: Say Hello to Your New Step-Mummy
Loulie, AKA the face that launched a thousand dicks, examines conduct (in the media, baby), mental health (other people’s, I’m fine) and perverts (that one is mainly me, actually). I’ll be oversharing, wanging on about spirituality and giving everyone some much unwanted advice. As seen/heard on Taskmaster, QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Hypothetical, The Russell Howard Hour, The Unbelievable Truth, Ultimate Worrier and more. ‘A comedian who leaves you wanting more’ **** (Times). **** (Guardian). **** (Evening Standard). **** (Chortle.co.uk).

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £12 on the door / £8 advance

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SPENCER JONES + HELEN DUFF
Jul 10 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

SPENCER JONES: The Things We Leave Behind

Edinburgh Comedy Award and double BAFTA-nominated professional idiot Spencer Jones is back with his brand-new show. The Things We Leave Behind is an absurd mash-up of comedy styles, mixing looped music, props, stand-up, turbo clowning and puppets for your eyes, ears and face.

Star of the upcoming BBC series Mr Winner and The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk.

‘One of the silliest, most consuming shows of the Fringe’ ***** (Times)
‘Unadulterated dumb genius’ ****½ (Chortle.co.uk)
‘Gleefully madcap’ **** (Guardian)
‘Solid belly laughs’ **** (Scotsman)
‘Utterly delightful’ **** (Time Out)

HELEN DUFF is The Tits

And she doesn’t give a damn who knows it.

‘Bold, subversive and very funny’ **** (Scotsman)
‘Deserves any and all praise that comes her way’ **** (Skinny)
‘Master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com)

As seen on BBC Three and alongside Will Ferrell in Holmes & Watson.

For scheduling reasons, the previously-billed Candy Gigi is not able to appear on this date. We are hoping to reschedule her very soon.

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £12 on the door / £8 advance

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CIARÁN DOWD + HARRY AND CHRIS
Jul 11 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

CIARÁN DOWD: Padre Rodolfo
World-famous lothario, swordsman and butthead Rodolfo is back! Following an unspeakable tragedy he turns his back on his lifestyle – rejects the sword, takes a vow of chastity and joins the priesthood. But as dark forces rise he must face personal demons and battle actual demons. A supernatural action-adventure and follow-up to the 2018 smash-hit Don Rodolfo. Winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2018. Nominated for Breakthrough Act at the Chortle Awards 2019. ‘Comedy of the most ridiculous variety’ **** (Guardian). ‘The funniest show you will see this year’ **** (Telegraph).

HARRY AND CHRIS: This One’s for the Aliens
Harry and Chris (Guardian Pick of the Fringe 2018) are at the top of their field, having invented the field of comedy-rap-jazz. They’ve sold out three Edinburgh shows, appeared on the Russell Howard Hour and were called ‘fabulously entertaining’ by Jonathan Ross (we didn’t even pay him). From the ridiculous to the sublime, the world’s greatest comedy-rap-jazz duo bring award-winning wordplay, awe-inspiring musicality, eyebrow-raising bromance and unashamed joy to the biggest PR task of all time – spinning planet Earth. ‘Thoroughly feelgood’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Magnificent’ ***** (Sunday Post). ‘Blisteringly talented’ ***** (FringeGuru.com).

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £7.50 on the door / £5 advance

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MICHAEL LEGGE + AMY HOWERSKA
Jul 16 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

MICHAEL LEGGE: The Idiot

‘The angriest man in UK comedy is back at the Fringe for another hour of spleen-venting, more misanthropic, bitter and agitated than ever’ **** (Chortle.co.uk)

‘Big laughs and ranty surrealism from gripe-happy comic’ **** (List)

‘Legge’s unstoppable anger should by all rights wear thin over an hour in close proximity, but the passion with which he performs and the honesty with which he presents himself – along with the genuine joy that peppers the piece – combine to form one of the most refreshing and engaging shows of the Fringe’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com)

AMY HOWERSKA: Serious Face

Non TV-famous, non award-winning comic Amy Howerska returns because she’s not yet learnt her lesson. Through a series of errors (love), Howerska has accidentally found herself Californian. As her friends beg her ‘not to get all American’, Howerska knows that she will never be that confident. But she’s made some loltastic stories out of it; you know, ‘Americans are like this and Brits are like ‘ello governor’ sort of comedy, but not rubbish.

As heard on BBC Radio 4 and in your local shop buying Wotsits.

BBC Writers Room writer. ‘Sardonic, charismatic and teasing’ (Scotsman)

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £7.50 on the door / £5 advance

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AHIR SHAH + GLENN MOORE
Jul 17 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

AHIR SHAH: Dots
Nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah returns to the Fringe with a new hour of funny and good stand-up. Shah’s most recent show, Duffer, was performed to packed houses and critical acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a sold-out run in London’s West End, and a UK and international tour. Now he’s written another one. Fingers crossed, eh? As seen on Live at the Apollo and The Mash Report. ‘A blazing talent firing on all cylinders’ ***** (Telegraph). ‘Magnificent’ ***** (List). **** (Times).

GLENN MOORE
Best Show nominee at the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards.
Sidekick on Absolute Radio’s breakfast show.
“The best showcase of pure joke-writing skill I’ve seen on the fringe” **** – The Guardian

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £7.50 on the door / £5 advance

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ANDREW O’NEILL + BEN VAN DER VELDE
Jul 18 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

ANDREW O’NEILL
Award-winning genderqueer occult comedian, steampunk musician and heavy metal historian.
“His inventive skill with language really is at times on a par with the best of Peep Show or The Day Today.” **** – The Guardian
“He uses his intelligence and eloquence to induce an incantatory state of near-constant laughter.” **** – List

BEN VAN DER VELDE: Fablemaker
An improvised comedy adventure with this ‘master of audience interaction’ (Huffington Post) as he raids the library of his fantastical imagination to create thrillers, romances, ghost stories and more original freewheeling tales that’ve never been told before and never will be again. ‘Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue’ (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). ‘On flights of fancy, he pushes ideas to extremes and displays a crackling, spontaneous energy in which we’re swept up’ (Fest). ‘His hit rate is impressive, while his in-the-moment style creates a buzz of excitement in the room’ (Chortle.co.uk).

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £7.50 on the door / £5 advance

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EDWARD ACZEL + STUART LAWS
Jul 23 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

NB: The previously-billed Tony Law has to spend some time in Canada for family reasons, so will not be appearing at the Caroline. In his place we have the award-winning hero of “anti-comedy”, Edward Aczel.

EDWARD ACZEL: Artificial Intellect
Ed promises to come up with a big idea to hang the whole thing on – but probably it’ll be based on a loose set of unconnected themes with no real purpose. There’ll be a demonstration of Ed’s acting skills, the odd political impression and the apocalypse included in the standard package. An unsatisfying experience to both perform and watch. But then… all things must pass. **** ‘A master of his genre’ (Kate Copstick, Scotsman). **** ‘Deliberate and expertly done’ (Claire Smith, Scotsman). **** ‘Deadpan dynamo’ (Mirror).
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STUART LAWS is All In
Acclaimed stand-up (and the UK’s foremost gilet apologist) Stuart Laws reflects on the day his life changed forever when he risked everything in a Vegas poker tournament. A show about making difficult decisions, choosing different paths and gettin’ jiggy wit’ it. Stuart has appeared on BBC Radio 4, produced James Acaster’s Netflix specials and his live reporting of a dirty plates war became one of the most talked about Twitter threads of the year. ‘You’ll struggle to find a comedian with a better jokes per minute rate… A one-man episode of Arrested Development’ **** (Fest).
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Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £7.50 on the door / £5 advance

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TOM ROSENTHAL + MAISIE ADAM
Jul 24 @ 7:30pm – 10:00pm

A double bill of Edinburgh comedy previews.

TOM ROSENTHAL: Manhood
Let the beaky boy from Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4) and Plebs (ITV2) tell you the story of how he spent his life trying to avenge the theft of his foreskin. Previous winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and nominated for Best Breakthrough Artist at the British Comedy Awards. ‘High energy, impressive and precociously smart’ (Guardian). ‘Like a young Mark Watson, he packs in a very high degree of laughs per minute’ (List). ‘I don’t know whether you want to sell it as a whole show about your circumcision’ (Tim Key).

MAISIE ADAM: Hang Fire
2018 Best Newcomer nominee and Amused Moose National New Comic 2018 winner Maisie Adam returns to Edinburgh with her second hour, working out who is to blame and for what. As seen on ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show. Winner of So You Think You’re Funny 2017. ‘Mightily impressive’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Effortlessly charming’ (Skinny). ‘Go see Maisie now and have bragging rights for years to come’ (Herald). ‘Maisie Adam is phenomenal’ (Scotsman).

Doors 7:30pm / Show 7:45pm

Tickets £12 on the door / £8 advance

SOLD OUT!

 

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LUCY FREDERICK + AMY HOWERSKA
Jul 26 @ 8:00pm – 10:30pm

AMY HOWERSKA: Serious Face

Non-TV famous, non-award-winning comic Amy Howerska returns with a brand new show because she has not yet learnt her lesson.

Through a series of errors (love), Howerska has accidentally found herself Californian. As her friends beg her “not to get all American”, Howerska knows that she will never be that confident. But she’s made some loltastic stories out of it; you know, “Americans are like this and Brits are like ‘ello Governor” sort of comedy, but not rubbish.

A BBC Writers Room writer.
As heard on BBC Radio 4 and in your local shop buying Wotsits.

“Sardonic, charismatic and teasing” – The Scotsman

LUCY FREDERICK: Famtastic

Three years ago comedian Lucy Frederick – ‘Delightful’ (BroadwayBaby.com) – was picking herself up from the floor and ordering a gin and tonic; now she is picking up dirty socks and ordering fish fingers and peas.

From disaster queen to model stepmum – this is a stand-up show about Lucy’s journey towards becoming part of a modern blended family, avoiding its wicked pitfalls and navigating the alarming world of parenting.

‘A genuinely gifted performer’ **** (Scotsman)
‘Strong and diverse’ **** (ThreeWeeks)
‘Like catching up with a best friend’ **** (TheWeeReview.com)

Tickets £5 – or turn up without a ticket and pay what you want!

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