Edinburgh Festival Fringe

No Edinburgh Fringe in 2020. We hope to be back in Scotland for August 2021!

The AI bot creating new fringe shows every hour

Edinburgh University's ImprovBot uses data from eight years of past productions to invent tantalising no-shows.

Mark Fisher, The Guardian, 10th August 2020

The stars catapulted to TV fame from the fringe

Lily Savage, The League of Gentlemen, Fleabag and a host of telly sensations started out on tiny stages at the extravaganza. In its absence, who will be next?

Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian, 10th August 2020

August without Edinburgh fringe

Covid-19 has cancelled the annual jamboree, leaving performers - and our comedy critic - bereft. What does the festival mean to them and how will it change?

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 7th August 2020

Loss of Edinburgh Fringe in 2020 is no laughing matter

The cancellation of the month-long event due to the coronavirus will have long-lasting effects on the comedy industry.

Veronica Lee, i Newspaper, 7th August 2020

Fern Brady interview

Fern Brady's new audiobook Edinburgh Unlocked showcases 23 upcoming acts who were supposed to be appearing at this year's festival. She is effusive in her introductions for her fellow comics but drily cynical about the Fringe itself.

Jay Richardson, The Scotsman, 6th August 2020

Fringe comedy: 'could fall foul of new hate crime'

Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe could fall foul of new hate crime legislation, the Faculty of Advocates has warned. It raised concerns the proposed changes could have a "stifling effect" on plays and performances in Scotland, as well as hitting legitimate debate.

Alistair Grant, The Herald, 5th August 2020

Gilded Balloon launches online Fringe and crowdfunder

Edinburgh Fringe venue the Gilded Balloon has launched its online programme and has also set up a crowdfunder campaign to help those whose work and lives have been hit by the Covid crisis that has caused the annual Fringe Festival to be cancelled this year.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 5th August 2020

Arthur Smith axes Edinburgh show

Arthur Smith, the only comedian who was due to perform a sort-of 'official' show in Edinburgh this August has cancelled his run (or rather walk).

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 5th August 2020

My festival Q&A: Arthur Smith

The streets of Edinburgh may be eerily quiet this month, but that isn't going to stop veteran comedian Arthur Smith from offering "Walking Tours of the Edinburgh Fringe" he tells Andrew Eaton-Lewis.

Andrew Eaton-Lewis, The Scotsman, 4th August 2020

Fringe: is stand-up comedy doomed to fail online?

Can stand-up ever work as well on a laptop screen as it does in front of a live audience in a hot, sweaty Edinburgh basement? Kate Copstick asks some Fringe veterans.

Kate Copstick, The Scotsman, 29th July 2020


Previous years

Want to know how a comedian did in a previous year? Below you can find thousands of listings, reviews and features from the years that British Comedy Guide has been in Scotland.