Venue 33: Pleasance Courtyard

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Now in its 30th year, the famous Pleasance Courtyard welcomes over 500,000 visitors, seventeen venues and every entertainment under the sun, including the renowned Kidzone. It's little wonder that for many people the Pleasance is the heart of the Fringe.

Shows at this venue in 2013

Threeway. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions / Busby Productions.

Threeway

  • Play
  • 12 - 16
  • 12:30pm (75 mins)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-26 Aug 2013

Andrew, Julie and Mark engage in a pivotal tryst in a riotous body-swap comedy from hotly tipped Fringe First winner,...   Full listing

Double Booked.

Double Booked

  • 9 - 10
  • 12:40pm (65 mins)
  • 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 Aug 2013

'Bridget Jones meets TV's Outnumbered in this funny, sharply written comedy' (***** BBC Radio). Ruth Rich has troublesome teenagers, a...   Full listing

Happy Never After.

Happy Never After

  • Play
  • 7.50 - 9.50
  • 12:40pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-6, 8-13, 15-26 Aug 2013

Jen and Neil are young, fun and moving in together, but when they find themselves making difficult decisions about their...   Full listing

Something Fishy. Copyright: 3 Amigos Productions / Channel X.

Something Fishy

  • 9 - 10
  • 12:40pm (65 mins)
  • 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 Aug 2013

Never far from the flood of chaos created by family and friends, Fringe sell-out mother of teenagers, Ruth Rich, relates...   Full listing

Making News. Phill Jupitus. Copyright: Evil Hypnotist Productions.

Making News

  • Satire
  • 12 - 15
  • 1pm (75 mins)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-25 Aug 2013

It's the start of a 24-hour news cycle and Rachel Clarke has been promoted as the BBC's newest Head of...   Full listing

Not the Messiah. George Telfer. Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Not the Messiah

  • 10 - 7.50
  • 1pm (1 hour)
  • 1-24 Aug 2013

Graham Chapman: doctor, mountaineer, alcoholic, star of the first ever Cambridge Footlights show at the Fringe, unwitting champion of gay...   Full listing

I Could've Been Better. Copyright: Associated British Corporation.

I Could've Been Better

  • Play
  • 9 - 11
  • 1:15pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 14-26 Aug 2013

Entering an over-10s swimming gala at the age of 30, to defeat 11-year-old nemesis Veronica Barr, a signalman swims for...   Full listing

The Babysitter. Copyright: BBC.

The Babysitter

  • 8 - 10
  • 2pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-25 Aug 2013

Sara and Jay are finding a babysitter for Ri, their unique young daughter. They've invited their favourite applicant, Aaron, round...   Full listing

Sock Puppet. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment.

Sock Puppet

  • Play
  • 8.50 - 11
  • 2:10pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-12, 14-26 Aug 2013

A haunted sock meets a desperate man and offers him the world. Murders follow. An absurd horror comedy play written...   Full listing

Sex Lives of Others.

Sex Lives of Others

  • Play
  • 10 - 12
  • 2:15pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-18, 20-26 Aug 2013

We all know what they're up to... don't we? A new comedy about what's really going on next door, from...   Full listing

Arthur Smith. Arthur Smith. Copyright: BBC.

Arthur Smith

  • Stand-up / music
  • 10 - 12
  • 2:30pm (1 hour)
  • 3-18 Aug 2013

It is a while since Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen was a hit in Edinburgh. The show ran in London's...   Full listing

Flanders and Swann. Image shows from L to R: Tim Fitzhigham, Duncan Walsh Atkins. Copyright: Zeppotron.

Flanders and Swann

  • Music
  • 10 - 13
  • 2:30pm (1 hour)
  • 19-24, 26 Aug 2013

Eighth elephantine year! Dinner jackets donned, Tim and Duncan are back for one week only with all the favourites: The...   Full listing

Neil Hickey: Escape Artist. Neil Hickey. Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Neil Hickey: Escape Artist

  • Stand-up
  • 7.50 - 9.50
  • 3:15pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-12, 14-26 Aug 2013

Faced with a dysfunctional childhood, Neil built an escape route into his imagination. A show about how comedy is the...   Full listing

Below the Belt. Copyright: Rondo / Avatar.

Below the Belt

  • 9 - 11
  • 3:25pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-26 Aug 2013

An absurd and darkly comic play about loneliness, power and the pettiness of men at work. Set in the intensely...   Full listing

Don't Drop the Egg. Copyright: BBC.

Don't Drop the Egg

  • Sketch show
  • 7.50 - 9.50
  • 3:30pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-26 Aug 2013

Young, dumb and full of words! They are GibbensMagnusJones. Born at sea to a pirate father and no mother, these...   Full listing

Eleanor Thom: I Am Bev. Eleanor Thom. Copyright: Jack Hylton Productions / Elstree Independent Films.

Eleanor Thom: I Am Bev

  • Sketch show
  • 8 - 10
  • 3:30pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-13, 15-26 Aug 2013

Beverley relaxes in a Juicy Couture velour leopard print jumpsuit, on a newly upholstered chaise longue (on loan from best...   Full listing

Each of Us. Ben Moor. Copyright: North Inch Productions.

Each of Us

  • 7.50 - 10
  • 3:30pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-26 Aug 2013

Fringe favourite Ben Moor returns with a brand new solo comedy about love, friendship and human connection for our uncertain...   Full listing

The Tim Vine Chat Show. Tim Vine. Copyright: BBC.

The Tim Vine Chat Show

  • Stand-up
  • 13 - 17
  • 3:50pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-6, 8-13, 15-26 Aug 2013

The 2011-12 sell-out show returns! 'The man's a marvel' ***** (Scotsman). Everyone has a story to tell. Come and see...   Full listing

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs.

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs

  • 9 - 11.50
  • 4:10pm (70 mins)
  • 31 Jul; 2-14 Aug 2013

Thirteen-year-old Robert Caligari is a nasty piece of work, but today is the day he gets his comeuppance. From the...   Full listing

Laugh Your Farce Off. Copyright: BBC.

Laugh Your Farce Off

  • 9.50
  • 4:10pm (1 hour)
  • 15-17 Aug 2013

Three short farces, three top comedy writers and three doors. Little Bear promises pandemonium with a load of sketch and...   Full listing

Dan Cook: Community Service. Daniel Cook.

Dan Cook: Community Service

  • Stand-up
  • 8.50 - 10
  • 4:30pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-12, 14-26 Aug 2013

I've done a crime (soz), now I've got to do the time, and by time, I mean this show. Things...   Full listing

Sad Faces Threw a Party.

Sad Faces Threw a Party

  • Sketch show / storytelling
  • 8 - 10.50
  • 4:30pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-12, 14-26 Aug 2013

You're late. We're out of snacks. Now put on this hat and pretend to enjoy yourself. Join Sad Faces as...   Full listing

Back from the Future. Copyright: BBC.

Back from the Future

  • Play
  • 6
  • 4:30pm (45 mins)
  • 12-25 Aug 2013

A time traveller from the year 2042 has come to Edinburgh on a mission. He needs your help to change...   Full listing

AntiGraham. Copyright: Above The Title Productions.

AntiGraham

  • Sketch show
  • 9 - 12
  • 4:35pm (1 hour)
  • 1-11, 13-25 Aug 2013

After their acclaimed freshman show Graham Rex, Graham return to the Fringe with brand new sketches in AntiGraham. When bloodthirsty...   Full listing

BEASTS. Image shows from L to R: James McNicholas, Owen Roberts, Ciaran Dowd. Copyright: Zeppotron.

BEASTS

  • Sketch show
  • 8 - 9
  • 4:45pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-12, 14-26 Aug 2013

Immerse yourself in a world of shadowy secrets, mystical dynasties and political intrigue. Or come to this sketch show. Critically...   Full listing

Sam Fletcher - Drawn-out Jokes.

Sam Fletcher - Drawn-out Jokes

  • 7.50 - 10
  • 4:45pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-26 Aug 2013

Hello, me again. Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer Nominee 2012. 'Put simply, no other show has made me smile...   Full listing

Play That Goes Wrong.

The Play That Goes Wrong

  • Play
  • 10 - 12.50
  • 5pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-12, 14-26 Aug 2013

Award-winning comedy company Mischief Theatre's new hit comedy direct from the West End. The inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic...   Full listing

Pat Cahill: Start. Pat Cahill.

Pat Cahill: Start

  • Stand-up
  • 8.50 - 10
  • 5:45pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-25 Aug 2013

Start is the debut hour of mixed stupidity from Chortle Best Newcomer 2012 Pat Cahill. Once it starts you'll get:...   Full listing

If These Spasms Could Speak. Robert Softley. Copyright: BBC.

If These Spasms Could Speak

  • Play
  • 7 - 9
  • 5:45pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-26 Aug 2013

We know you want to look, to stare even. It's okay. You're allowed. An outstanding solo performance based on a...   Full listing

Itch: With a Twist.

Itch: With a Twist

  • 8
  • 5:45pm (1 hour)
  • 12 & 13 Aug 2013

Following the success of previous Itch events, Comedians Theatre Company presents rehearsed readings of four fantastic new scripts. All have...   Full listing

Phil Wang: Anti-Hero.

Phil Wang: Anti-Hero

  • Stand-up
  • 8.50 - 10
  • 5:50pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-25 Aug 2013

Winner of the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award and Comedy Central's Funniest Student Award, Phil Wang presents his...   Full listing

Slightly Fat Features.

Slightly Fat Features

  • Variety
  • 10 - 13
  • 5:50pm (70 mins)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-26 Aug 2013

Riotous comedy cabaret troupe. Fasten your seatbelts, smash-hit comedy ensemble Slightly Fat Features are cavorting into Edinburgh with their hilarious...   Full listing

BLAM!. Copyright: Above The Title Productions.

BLAM!

  • 10 - 15
  • 5:55pm (75 mins)
  • 31 Jul; 1-6, 8-12, 14-19, 21-26 Aug 2013

Die-Hard meets The Office. To escape their painfully dull 9-to-5 jobs, four ingenious office workers invent BLAM! - an imaginary...   Full listing

Birthday Girls: 2053. Image shows from L to R: Rose Johnson, Camille Ucan, Beattie Edmondson.

Birthday Girls: 2053

  • Sketch show
  • 8.50 - 9.50
  • 6pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-12, 14-26 Aug 2013

The year is 2053. Sketch comedy has taken over the world. But it is a world divided. After years of...   Full listing

Colin Hoult: Characthorse. Colin Hoult.

Colin Hoult: Characthorse

  • Stand-up
  • 8 - 10.50
  • 6pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-12, 14-26 Aug 2013

The master of character comedy returns with a sublimely original hour of comic shape-shifting and supreme silliness. From the Writers'...   Full listing

Ivo Graham: Binoculars. Ivo Graham.

Ivo Graham: Binoculars

  • Stand-up
  • 7.50 - 10
  • 6pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-25 Aug 2013

Binoculars is the punchline of a joke my brother made at my expense at Christmas. Please come and laugh my...   Full listing

Stephen Carlin: Gambling Man. Stephen Carlin. Copyright: Curtains For Radio.

Stephen Carlin: Gambling Man

  • Stand-up
  • 9 - 12
  • 6pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-6, 8-13, 15-26 Aug 2013

Are you content to fritter away your life in gainful employment ... or are you feeling lucky? Well are you?...   Full listing

The Pin. Image shows from L to R: Alexander Owen, Ben Ashenden.

The Pin

  • Sketch show
  • 9 - 11
  • 6:15pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-18, 20-26 Aug 2013

The Pin return to the Fringe, following last year's total sell-out run, with their best sketches yet. This is going...   Full listing

WitTank presents The School. Image shows from L to R: Mark Cooper-Jones, Naz Osmanoglu, Kieran Boyd. Copyright: Splash Media.

WitTank presents The School

  • Sketch show
  • 10 - 12
  • 6:20pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-25 Aug 2013

Eminently silly sketch outfit WitTank invite you into the charmingly warped world of The School: a deranged and archaic institution...   Full listing

NewsRevue 2013.

NewsRevue 2013

  • Satire / sketch show
  • 12 - 16
  • 6:30pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-13, 15-25 Aug 2013

Nobody is safe: politicians and celebrities alike come under fire in a turbo-charged barrage of bladder-threateningly funny songs and sketches...   Full listing

James Acaster - Lawnmower. James Acaster.

James Acaster - Lawnmower

  • Stand-up
  • 9 - 12
  • 7pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-25 Aug 2013

Foster's Comedy Award Best Show Nominee 2012. It's time for some low-key stand-up from an angular young man. A whole...   Full listing

Jamie Demetriou: People Day. Jamie Demetriou.

Jamie Demetriou: People Day

  • 8 - 10.50
  • 7pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-26 Aug 2013

Character comedy from the character comedian who dares to say what everyone's thinking, and saying. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the...   Full listing

Sex Guru. Wolfgang Weinberger.

Sex Guru

  • Stand-up
  • 10 - 12.50
  • 7pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-18, 20-25 Aug 2013

Righteously funny, obscenely cheeky, yet always intelligent, this is a bold, new approach to resolve the battle of the sexes!...   Full listing

Kubrick3. Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

Kubrick3

  • 12.50 - 10.50
  • 7:10pm (50 mins)
  • 31 Jul; 1-12, 14-26 Aug 2013

Alan Conway: failed businessman and unsuccessful homosexual decides his life might improve if he just tells people he's award-winning film...   Full listing

Iain Stirling: At Home. Iain Stirling. Copyright: BBC.

Iain Stirling: At Home

  • Stand-up
  • 8.50 - 10
  • 7:30pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-25 Aug 2013

Iain Stirling is a Bafta-nominated presenter, a Chortle-nominated comedian and he is home. The Edinburgh-born comic completely sold-out his debut...   Full listing

Terry Alderton: Season 4. Terry Alderton.

Terry Alderton: Season 4

  • Stand-up
  • 10 - 13.50
  • 8pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-12, 14-25 Aug 2013

Following his critically acclaimed smash hit shows in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and hugely successful national tours, award-winning comedian Terry...   Full listing

Alex Horne: Lies. Alex Horne. Copyright: BBC.

Alex Horne: Lies

  • Stand-up
  • 9.50 - 10.50
  • 8:30pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-25 Aug 2013

The 30-year-old multi-Bafta award-winning stand-up and platinum-selling R&B artist Alex Horne is back with an hour of observations, impressions and...   Full listing

Neil Delamere: Smartbomb. Neil Delamere. Copyright: BBC.

Neil Delamere: Smartbomb

  • Stand-up
  • 9 - 12
  • 9pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-11, 13-25 Aug 2013

Demagogue? Iconoclast? Dilettante? Virtuoso? Ok, these words have nothing to do with the show but they do make it sound...   Full listing

Pete Firman - Scoundrel. Pete Firman.

Pete Firman - Scoundrel

  • Stand-up / magic
  • 15 - 11.50
  • 9:20pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-25 Aug 2013

Prepare to be amazed and amused as 'the UK's leading comedy magician' (Time Out) returns to Edinburgh with an astonishing...   Full listing

John Robins - Where Is My Mind?. John Robins. Copyright: London Films / Individual Pictures.

John Robins - Where Is My Mind?

  • Stand-up
  • 8.50 - 11.50
  • 9:30pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-25 Aug 2013

Alter egos, ailments, love, nostalgia, indie-nights and belly-laughs. An hour of raucous stand-up for anyone who's tried to live in...   Full listing

Russell Kane: Smallness. Russell Kane. Copyright: BBC.

Russell Kane: Smallness

  • Stand-up
  • 17.50
  • 9:30pm (1 hour)
  • 8, 11-15, 18-22 Aug 2013

What is it with us and smallness? We Brits love it - being tiny but fierce, close but distant. This...   Full listing

Luke Benson: Legendary Feet. Luke Benson.

Luke Benson: Legendary Feet

  • 6.50 - 10
  • 9:45pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-12, 14-25 Aug 2013

What is a legend? And did he mean to spell it feat? Expect those questions answered and more in this...   Full listing

Peacock & Gamble: Heart-throbs. Image shows from L to R: Ed Gamble, Ian Boldsworth. Copyright: BBC.

Peacock & Gamble: Heart-throbs

  • Stand-up
  • 11 - 9
  • 9:45pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-24 Aug 2013

After inexplicably failing to get famous in the UK for three years, triple Chortle Award nominees (2011, 2012, 2013) Peacock...   Full listing

Alfie Moore - Viva Alf's Vegas. Alfie Moore. Copyright: Working Title Films / StudioCanal.

Alfie Moore - Viva Alf's Vegas

  • Stand-up
  • 9 - 12
  • 9:50pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-25 Aug 2013

Alfie's served time as a steelworker, policeman and comedian. The one constant? He's a gambler. This frank and funny show...   Full listing

Storytellers' Club. Copyright: Goldhawk Essential.

Storytellers' Club

  • Stand-up / storytelling
  • 10
  • 10pm (90 mins)
  • 16 & 17 Aug 2013

Some of our most treasured comedians just telling stories, brilliant ones. Simple as that really. Sarah Bennetto gathers her comedy...   Full listing

Doc Brown. Ben Bailey Smith. Copyright: Pozzitive Productions.

Doc Brown

  • Stand-up
  • 14 - 10.50
  • 10:30pm (1 hour)
  • 19-25 Aug 2013

The international rapper turned comedian Doc Brown is back with his tongue in cheek take on hip-hop culture. Fresh from...   Full listing

Vive Le Cabaret.

Vive Le Cabaret

  • Variety
  • 11 - 12
  • 10:30pm (75 mins)
  • 2-11 Aug 2013

A five-star festival in itself, bringing together the finest Scottish talent and a dazzling array of A-list entertainers from stage...   Full listing

The Comedy Zone.

The Comedy Zone

  • Stand-up
  • 8.50 - 10
  • 10:45pm (90 mins)
  • 1-25 Aug 2013

The Fringe's most prestigious and longest running showcase is back for its 23rd year. Previously bringing you the likes of...   Full listing

Joy of Sketch.

Joy of Sketch

  • Sketch show
  • 10
  • 10:50pm (70 mins)
  • 9 & 16 Aug 2013

The créme de la créme of sketch comedy acts are coming together for a one-off sketch comedy extravaganza. Past line-ups...   Full listing

AAA Stand-Up Late. Image shows from L to R: Stuart Mitchell, Nick Dixon, Laura Lexx. Copyright: Peter Rogers Productions.

AAA Stand-Up Late

  • Stand-up
  • 8 - 11
  • 11pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-26 Aug 2013

Total sell-out 2010-2012 returns with a brand new line-up. Laura Lexx: 'probably the funniest solo comedian that we saw all...   Full listing

The Noise Next Door Comedy Lock-In. Image shows from L to R: Matt Grant, Charlie Granville, Sam Pacelli, Tom Houghton, Tom Livingstone.

The Noise Next Door Comedy Lock-In

  • Improv
  • 10
  • 11pm (1 hour)
  • 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 Aug 2013

This brand new breed of comedy club is a 21st-century mash-up of stand-up, panel shows, and after-hours banter. Indulge yourself...   Full listing

School Night.

School Night

  • 12
  • 11pm (75 mins)
  • 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 Aug 2013

Don't end up in detention, head to School Night! The comedy circuit's greatest acts tackle their own specialist subjects. Previous...   Full listing

The Wrestling II. Copyright: Made In Manchester Productions.

The Wrestling II

  • 15
  • 11pm (90 mins)
  • 13 Aug 2013

It's back! Comedians. Wrestlers. Blood. The Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning megashow, Chortle's #1 event of 2011, invades the Pleasance Grand...   Full listing

Voices in Your Head. Copyright: The Comedy Unit.

Voices in Your Head

  • 10
  • 11:10pm (1 hour)
  • 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 Aug 2013

2012's Fringe hit returns, pitting the festival's best comedians against a disembodied Voice who will interrogate, provoke and inspire, creating...   Full listing

Boris & Sergey II Perilous Escapade. Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

Boris & Sergey II Perilous Escapade

  • 11 - 8
  • 11:10pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-12, 14-20, 22-26 Aug 2013

'Flawless' ***** (Fest). 'Triumphant' ***** (ThreeWeeks). Puppetry's Balkan bad-boys return with the sequel to end all sequels! Become enthralled as...   Full listing

Bo Burnham: What. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Bo Burnham: What

  • Music / stand-up
  • 13.50
  • 11:15pm (1 hour)
  • 9-12, 14-19 Aug 2013

Following the 2010 total sell-out; Words, Words, Words, comedy sensation Bo Burnham is back for a strictly limited run with...   Full listing

Do The Right Thing. Copyright: United Artists.

Do The Right Thing

  • 9
  • 11:20pm (1 hour)
  • 18-21 Aug 2013

The hilarious, occasionally absurd and frequently obscene panel game where two teams try to work out the right thing to...   Full listing

Late Show.

Late Show

  • Stand-up
  • 12 - 14
  • 12:20am (90 mins)
  • 2-3, 8-10, 15-17, 23-24 Aug 2013

It's our 12th year and Edinburgh's home of late night A-list stand-up comedy has moved to Pleasance. If you love...   Full listing