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Heroes of Fringe announce fundraiser for burgled comics

Monkey Barrel event features past winners of the Edinburgh Comedy Award including Daniel Kitson, Tim Key and John Kearns, with special headliner still to be revealed.

Craig Angus, The List, 18th August 2017

Fringe Interview with Brendon Burns

The brilliant Brendon Burns takes time out of his busy Edinburgh schedule to chat about the biggest arts festival in the world.

NextUp, 18th August 2017

Abi Roberts recalls her Unforgettable Five

All gigs teach you something.

Abi Roberts, Chortle, 18th August 2017

Shazia Mirza interview

"I'm never going to have an audience who looks like me."

Christian Butler, Spiked, 18th August 2017

Ivo Graham interview

The up-and-coming standup whiz spills the beans about the things that make him laugh the most, from Lucky Jim to A Fish Called Wanda.

Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 18th August 2017

Where would you be if you weren't in Edinburgh?

Fringe comedians mull an alternative universe...

Chortle, 18th August 2017

Fringesider #5: the Fringe through a feminist lense

Feminist theatre recommendations, performers from The Guilty Feminist podcast and comedy showcases with more than one female.

Rowena McIntosh, The List, 18th August 2017

Aatif Nawaz picks his perfect playlist

'It's what stand-up comedy should be'

Aatif Nawaz, Chortle, 18th August 2017

Campaign to improve pay for Fringe works create union

A new union could be set up as part of a campaign to improve pay and conditions for workers at the world's biggest festival. The Fair Fringe campaign said a new "pop up union" could be established to help change pay and conditions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Phil Miller, The Herald, 18th August 2017

Meet the Thinking Drinkers

Jesus turned the water into wine. It;s one of those facts we all know -- and that turns out to be completely bogus. "Jesus turned the water into beer, actually," explains Ben McFarland who, along with fellow authority on alcohol Tom Sandham, are The Thinking Drinkers, booze boffins and comedy performers who are back at the Edinburgh Fringe after six previous sell-out runs.

Alan Shaw, The Sunday Post, 18th August 2017

Interview with Samson Hawkins

Samson Hawkins takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 17th August 2017

Interview with Rob Lloyd

Rob Lloyd takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 17th August 2017

Interview with Chris Martin

Chris Martin takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 17th August 2017

Interview with Will Duggan

Will Duggan takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 17th August 2017

Edinburgh Fringe day 16

The comedy critic, the comic & the sado-masochism.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 17th August 2017

Comedy Awards: Our critics predict who will win

Comedy Awards: Our critics predict who will win.

Jay Richardson, Kate Copstick, Paul Whitelaw and Claire Smith, The Scotsman, 17th August 2017

Quick Quiz: Morgan & West

Today the magical Morgan & West.

ThreeWeeks, 17th August 2017

Three To See on 18 Aug

Three recommended shows to see on Friday 18 Aug...

ThreeWeeks, 17th August 2017

An interview with Adrienne Truscott

Adrienne Truscott interview.

Mumble Comedy, 17th August 2017

In conversation: Desiree Burch and Selina Thompson

British theatremaker Selina Thompson and American comic and theatremaker Desiree Burch both address racism and their experiences as women of colour in their work. We brought them together to talk about salt., Thompson's account of her journey retracing the Transatlantic slave trade, and Unf*ckable, Burch's standup show about, among other things, her past as a professional dominatrix, and the thorny issue of race at the Fringe.

Jo Caird, Fest Mag, 17th August 2017

+3 interview: Not: Lady Chatterley's Lover

"The company came together following testing of the script at Scratch Night, On The Night at The Arcola Theatre."

Dan Lentell, Edinburgh49, 17th August 2017

+3 interview: Rosie Wilby

"It's a mix of funny and poignant."

Dan Lentell, Edinburgh49, 17th August 2017

Edinburgh's comedy double acts

Trygve Wakenshaw has brought his one-year-old son as a sidekick, Flo and Joan search for love and Giants present the old disintegrating duo routine.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 17th August 2017

Matt Winning: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

One of the few comedians with a PhD in climate policy, Matt Winning warns of the dangers of climate change in this new hour.

Laugh Out London, 17th August 2017

Paul Williams: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

A New Zealand comic with a multimedia-based show about beaches, bathing suits and boys (or girls depending on your sexual orientation).

Laugh Out London, 17th August 2017

What's the worst room to perform in at the Fringe?

Edinburgh's biggest dives, by the comedinans who play them.

Chortle, 17th August 2017

Laura Davis recalls her unforgettable five gigs

Heckled by an exposed penis.

Laura Davis, Chortle, 17th August 2017

Ingrid Oliver picks her perfect playlist

'I've always had a thing for angry men'

Ingrid Oliver, Chortle, 17th August 2017

Comedians stung by Edinburgh Fringe accommodation scam

Edinburgh Fringe performers have spoken of how they fell victim to a scam over their festival accommodation.

Chortle, 17th August 2017

Edinburgh Fringe day 15

Participation hell and real tears in a comedian's eyes

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 17th August 2017

Tommy Sheppard: changing festival dates could be good

A long summer season might be beneficial on a number of counts, argues Tommy Sheppard.

The Scotsman, 17th August 2017

Party Like it's 1947!

The Fringe is 70 this year! Are you excited? We're excited! Edinburgh is excited! The world is excited! But is Edinburgh Council excited? SURELY our City Fathers are excited? Let's look at what they're doing to celebrate seven decades of fun...

FringePig, 16th August 2017

Copyright in-Fringe-ments

Got an edgy parody/tribute show? Becky Walker's Panda says look out for lawyers. Lawyers are cocks. Is that actionable? Sorry... lawyers are allegedly cocks.

Becky Walker's Panda, FringePig, 16th August 2017

Quick quiz: Chris Martin

Today the one and only Chris Martin.

ThreeWeeks, 16th August 2017

Three To See on 17 Aug: Wild Bore, Hear Me Raw, Mental

Three recommended shows to see on Thursday 17 Aug...

ThreeWeeks, 16th August 2017

Fringeside #4: Music and mental health

Our mental health-themed Fringe recommendations, what's the latest on social, and some music for your ears.

Kirstyn Smith, The List, 16th August 2017

BlundaBus is the perfect refuge from the Edinburgh rain

The bright red double decker has been a tempting sight throughout the Fringe at the end of South College Street.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 16th August 2017

Interview with Boris

Boris the Puppet takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 16th August 2017

Interview with Joanne Ryan

Joanne Ryan takes some time to talk to Voice about Eggsistentialism, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 16th August 2017

Interview with Aatif Nawaz

Aatif Nawaz takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 16th August 2017

Interview with Geoff Norcott

Geoff Norcott takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 16th August 2017

Interview with Spencer Jones

Spencer Jones takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 16th August 2017

A day at the Fringe: Chris Isaacs

Chris Isaacs interview.

Natalie O'Donoghue, Broadway World, 16th August 2017

Nick Helm on gigging at Edinburgh Fringe

Comedian Nick Helm has won legions of fans for his turbulent stand-up gigs -- now he's combining food and jokes in a new TV show, he tells Bruce Dessau.

Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard, 16th August 2017

Why the Fringe is a perilous place for comedians

Electrocuted by a faulty microphone, taking a punch from a drunken audience member, plummeting through a theatre's unsecured trapdoor - the comedian's life is not without peril.

Jay Richardson, The Scotsman, 16th August 2017

Boris Johnson talks Brexit the Musical

The new piece by Brexit lawyer Chris Bryant is an audience favourite at this year's Fringe.

Ben Hewis, What's On Stage, 16th August 2017

Watch the finallists from Chortle Student Comedy Award

Eight of the best new comics

Chortle, 16th August 2017

Festival Spotlight: FAG/STAG

I caught up with writer and actor Chris Isaacs.

Daniel Perks, Daniel Perks, 16th August 2017

Comedians' weirdest gigs

Lucy Porter caused a breakup. Romesh Ranganathan did a diabetes panel show. And Alexei Sayle survived a skinhead invasion. Comics relive their worst moments on stage.

The Guardian, 16th August 2017

Otto & Astrid recall their unforgettable five gigs

We've gigged in a fridge.

Astrid Rot, Chortle, 16th August 2017

Evelyn Mok's perfect playlist

I fundamentally disagree with Patrice O'Neal... but he makes me laugh.

Evelyn Mok, Chortle, 16th August 2017

The Wrestling: photo gallery

Shots from last night's action

Chortle, 16th August 2017

EdFringe70 interview: Katie Underhay

Two muddle-headed storytellers use puppetry, live music and general tomfoolery to bring to life this dark, winding fable for monster lovers young and old!

The New Current, 16th August 2017

Catch them while you can......only five shows left

Here's a list of my top five favourite and highly recommended shows that are finishing this coming weekend.

Edinburgh Festivals for Kids, 16th August 2017

Survival is all about quality, not quantity

Halfway through and our intrepid veteran Chris Bratt is bruised but still standing, and coming to terms with limiting himself to just six shows a day.

Chris Bratt, The Independent, 16th August 2017

Standups on why they quit comedy

She may be one of the favourites for this year's Edinburgh Comedy awards, but Hannah Gadsby is about to call time on her career. Here, Gadsby, Patrick Marber, Natalie Haynes and Simon Fanshawe explain why they hung up their microphones.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 16th August 2017

Comedians on their favourite Edinburgh rooms

What's the best performance space at the Fringe and why?

Chortle, 16th August 2017

Matt Richardson: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Young comic Matt finally uses this year's Edinburgh show to tell audiences all about a strange few years where he has gone from interviewing millionaire dogs in LA to having his phone nicked by Kate Moss.

Laugh Out London, 15th August 2017

Edinburgh Fringe day 14

At the Grouchy Club this afternoon, Kate Copstick got worried about the fact Italian comic Luca Cupani has a new girlfriend. Copstick is of the opinion that happiness is not a good ingredient for a comedian's emotional make-up and that having children is worse. She lamented good, edgy comedians reduced to talking on-stage about their children's cuteness.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 15th August 2017

Interview with JoJo Bellini

JoJo Bellini takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 15th August 2017

Interview with Joseph Morpurgo

Joseph Morpurgo takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 15th August 2017

Interview with Josh Glanc

Josh Glanc takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 15th August 2017

Interview with ​Josh Pugh

Josh Pugh takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 15th August 2017

Interview with ​Juliette Burton

Juliette Burton takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 15th August 2017

Interview with Richard Gadd

Richard Gadd takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 15th August 2017

Edinburgh Fringe day 13

I ended today soaked through with Irn Bru and rain.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 15th August 2017

BWW Q&A- NewsRevue 2017

NewsRevue interview.

Natalie O'Donoghue, Broadway World, 15th August 2017

An interview with Siblings

Siblings interview.

Mumble Comedy, 15th August 2017

Tom Allen interview

Comedian Tom Allen dines with the Social Bitches, and discovers Rollo's crispy pork samosas are fabulous beyond belief.

Social Bitches, The Wee Review, 15th August 2017

Naz Osmanoglu's guide to Scottish food

For visitors to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Naz Osmanoglu, Chortle, 15th August 2017

Paul Vickers recalls his unforgettable five gigs

How I got banned from The Stand.

Paul Vickers, Chortle, 15th August 2017

Quick quiz: Simon Evans

Today the magnificent Simon Evans.

ThreeWeeks, 15th August 2017

Three To See on 16 Aug

Three recommended shows to see on Wednesday 16 Aug...

ThreeWeeks, 15th August 2017

An interview with Sam & Tom

Sam & Tom interview.

Mumble Comedy, 15th August 2017

Six best shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Six of the best from Edinburgh including Mat Ewins' barrage of one-liners, a German teacher placement at a secondary school and a transgender journey.

Lyn Gardner and Brian Logan, The Guardian, 15th August 2017

Mae Martin interview

The Canadian comic may look like she needs ID to get into her own shows, but her Fringe show is her frankest (and funniest) yet.

Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian, 15th August 2017

The 10 best jokes from the Edinburgh fringe

From infidelity to insomnia and taxidermy ... the funniest gags we have heard so far from this year's standup shows.

Paul Fleckney, The Guardian, 15th August 2017

Has the 'spirit of the Fringe' been lost?

Edinburgh comedians address the perennial question.

Chortle, 15th August 2017

+3 interview: Emotional Terrorism

Emotional Terrorism interview.

Dan Lentell, Edinburgh49, 15th August 2017

+3 interview: Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows

Matt Tedford interview.

Dan Lentell, Edinburgh49, 15th August 2017

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