Venue 170: The Counting House


After a year away, The Counting House is a Free Venue again, celebrating its 10th free year at the Fringe.

Shows at this venue in 2014

Scotland's Referend...uhm?. Dave Nelder.

Scotland's Referend...uhm?

  • Satire
  • Free
  • 11am (50 mins)
  • 1-12, 14-23 Aug 2014

Scotland will make a momentous decision on 18 September this year: yes or no to independence? The vote will affect...   Full listing

About Comedy: Stand-Up Comedy Courses. Copyright: BBC.

About Comedy: Stand-Up Comedy Courses

  • Stand-up / workshop
  • 89 - 99
  • Noon (270 mins)
  • 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23 Aug 2014

Learn stand-up comedy performance on this two-day intensive comedy course. Our tutors are comedians and writers who have been teaching...   Full listing

Shit of the Fringe. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Shit of the Fringe

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • Noon (1 hour)
  • 2-24 Aug 2014

Tired of all the Pick of the Fringe shows? Worn-out by Fringe hyperbole? This afternoon showcase has all of the...   Full listing

Pab, Comedy and Poetry. Pab Roberts. Copyright: BBC.

Pab, Comedy and Poetry

  • Free
  • 12:15pm (1 hour)
  • 1, 4, 7-8, 11, 14-15, 18, 21-22 Aug 2014

2014's show welcomes you to take a seat and join Pab on a journey inspired by Gorey, Dahl, and Burton....   Full listing

Once Upon a Nightmare.

Once Upon a Nightmare

  • Play
  • Free
  • 12:15pm (1 hour)
  • 2-12, 14-24 Aug 2014

Once Upon a Nightmare is a darkly comic adventure fantasy play for all ages from the makers of the hit...   Full listing

Girl on Fire. Abbie Murphy.

Girl on Fire

  • Free
  • 1:10pm (50 mins)
  • 1-11, 13-18, 20-24 Aug 2014

A totes amazeballs show! An endearingly unaware Essex girl, looking to find her place in the world. Clambering through her...   Full listing

Kwame Asante: Basket Case. Kwame Asante.

Kwame Asante: Basket Case

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1:15pm (40 mins)
  • 11-24 Aug 2014

Kwame (Chortle Award winner, 2012) is a Basket Case, but at least hear him out! Come on down for a...   Full listing

Who Ya Gonna Call?. Image shows from L to R: Jon Monkhouse, Katy Schutte, Tom Frankland.

Who Ya Gonna Call?

  • Music / play
  • Free
  • 1:30pm (55 mins)
  • 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 Aug 2014

Katy, Tom and Jon return to the Fringe with their sell-out tribute show to the best film of all time....   Full listing

Alex the Mind Reader. Alex McAleer. Copyright: BBC.

Alex the Mind Reader

  • Magic
  • Free
  • 1:30pm (1 hour)
  • 14-15, 18, 21-22 Aug 2014

Mentalist, mind-magician or psychological-illusionist - call him what you will, Alex McAleer reads minds. This is contemporary mentalism at its...   Full listing

Is He a Bit Simon Jay? - Free. Simon Jay.

Is He a Bit Simon Jay? - Free

  • Free
  • 2:15pm (1 hour)
  • 1-24 Aug 2014

Epic theatre meets silly comedy in this one-man performance of a lifetime. 'Sketch comedy at its finest' ( 'So gifted...   Full listing

Kevin J: The Urban Truth. Kevin J.

Kevin J: The Urban Truth

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 3:30pm (30 mins)
  • 1-11, 13-24 Aug 2014

Having played stages from London to Africa, the winner of the Black Tie Comedy Award's prestigious Best Newcomer gong, star...   Full listing

The Usual Rejects. Image shows from L to R: Christian Elderfield, Lea Emery, Ben Shannon.

The Usual Rejects

  • Free
  • 4:15pm (1 hour)
  • 1-11, 13-24 Aug 2014

Join Ben, Lea and Christian for an hour of hilarity! One's happy-go-lucky, one's lucky-go-happy and the other is happy to...   Full listing

Adventures on Air - Free. James Cook. Copyright: CPL Productions.

Adventures on Air - Free

  • Storytelling
  • Free
  • 4:30pm (50 mins)
  • 1-11, 13-23 Aug 2014

Award-winning comedian James Cook tells the often hilarious, surprising and surreal true story of being the voice between pop records....   Full listing

Ahir Shah: Texture. Ahir Shah.

Ahir Shah: Texture

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 5pm (1 hour)
  • 1-24 Aug 2014

Using lyrical language, emotional frankness and funny jokes, alternative comedian Ahir Shah presents Texture: a stand-up show about moving house,...   Full listing

Jeff Leach: Fit. Jeff Leach.

Jeff Leach: Fit

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 5:15pm (1 hour)
  • 31 Jul; 1-22 Aug 2014

BBC3/Big Brother's Big Mouth presenter Jeff Leach is fit, but fit for what exactly? Esquire's 'favourite festival comic' brings his...   Full listing

Laughing Horse Free Festival 2014.

Impro Jam

  • Improv
  • Free
  • 6:30pm (1 hour)
  • 17-24 Aug 2014

Bringing together the Festival's best improvisers on one stage.   Full listing

Life Deconstructed.

Life Deconstructed

  • Improv
  • Free
  • 8pm (1 hour)
  • 17-24 Aug 2014

Two improvisers take you on a hilarious, musical and sometimes unnervingly familiar journey through a myriad of characters, places and...   Full listing

The Best of Singapore. Copyright: Finestripe Productions.

The Best of Singapore

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 8:45pm (1 hour)
  • 18-24 Aug 2014

Come see The Best of Singapore, the winner of the Magners New Act Competition, from the Magners Singapore International Comedy...   Full listing

Half Baked.

Half Baked

  • Sketch show
  • Free
  • 8:45pm (1 hour)
  • 1-11, 13-25 Aug 2014

Winners of the Funny Women Awards 2013. A supremely fearless double act, Twisted Loaf are blisteringly funny idiots. Brash, bold...   Full listing

Jem Brookes: Punusual. Jem Brookes. Copyright: BBC / Woof Productions.

Jem Brookes: Punusual

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 9:30pm (1 hour)
  • 1-24 Aug 2014

Fresh from Dave's inaugural UK Pun Championships at Leicester Comedy Festival, a show that has no personal revelations or over-arching...   Full listing

Stuart Black: The Crossroads. Stuart Black. Copyright: Retort / Komedia Entertainment.

Stuart Black: The Crossroads

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 10pm (50 mins)
  • 1-10, 12-17, 19-24 Aug 2014

The path of life is full of crossroads. How does anyone make the right moral choice these days? This is...   Full listing

Choose Your Own Comedy Adventure. Copyright: The Comedy Unit.

Choose Your Own Comedy Adventure

  • Improv / storytelling
  • Free
  • 11:15pm (50 mins)
  • 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-24 Aug 2014

YOU control this interactive comedy show. A multimedia spectacular full of animated wizardry and normal wizardry. Cloaked villains, moral dilemmas,...   Full listing

Comedy Monkey.

Comedy Monkey

  • Improv
  • Free
  • 11:15pm (1 hour)
  • 1-24 Aug 2014

An hour in the company of a unique and often-times challenging solo stand-up comedian. A tale of performing and living...   Full listing

Hidden. Ronan Linskey. Copyright: BBC.


  • Free
  • 12:30am (55 mins)
  • 1-24 Aug 2014

After 13.8 billion years, I've managed to put together some of the things I've been saying on a stage to...   Full listing

Improv from the Crypt.

Improv from the Crypt

  • Improv
  • Free
  • 12:45am (1 hour)
  • 15-24 Aug 2014

Join the Cambridge Impronauts for an evening of untold terror, laughter and music as they take the world of horror,...   Full listing

Hell Is Where the Heart Is.

Hell Is Where the Heart Is

  • Music
  • Free
  • 12:45am (45 mins)
  • 1-14 Aug 2014

Dreams and firelight, shadows and rock'n'roll. Late night tales of witchcraft, mystery and desire from battle-scarred survivors of the Love...   Full listing



  • Sketch show
  • Free
  • 1am (1 hour)
  • 1-12 Aug 2014

Like scientists of old, optimistically firing dogs into space, Cosmonauts are launching their alternative sketch comedy. High-energy idiocy from acclaimed...   Full listing

Bring On the Apocalypse. Tom O'Mahony. Copyright: BBC.

Bring On the Apocalypse

  • Stand-up / storytelling
  • Free
  • 1:15am (1 hour)
  • 1-9 Aug 2014

Bring on the Apocalypse is a bad-ass adventure of teeth-shattering proportions where ex-MMA fighter O'Mahony kicks the door of political...   Full listing

Trevor Feelgood: Sex Machine. Chris Barnes. Copyright: Happy Pup Films.

Trevor Feelgood: Sex Machine

  • Free
  • 1:15am (1 hour)
  • 10-23 Aug 2014

Crazy character comedy, one-liners and audience participation. Trevor Feelgood brings light entertainment kicking and screaming back into the 90s. Last...   Full listing