Laughing Horse

Free Festival.

The Laughing Horse Free Festival involves a significant number of venues. Shows are free to watch, but you're encouraged to leave a donation in a bucket as you leave.

www.freefestival.co.uk

Laughing Horse's 26 venues

Laughing Horse shows

101 Comedy Club - Free.

101 Comedy Club - Free

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

'Funny. Fast. Free' **** (ThreeWeeks). Each show sees four experienced acts performing. All our comedians have been hand-picked from an...   Full listing

A Booklover's Comedy Show. George Dimarelos.

A Booklover's Comedy Show

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-12 & 14-25 Aug 2019

***** (Dircksey.com.au). ****½ (FourthWallMedia.Wordpress.com). After a sell-out run in 2018, the book-themed comedy compilation hit is back! If you've ever...   Full listing

A Many Splendored Thing. Rena Hundert.

A Many Splendored Thing

  • Music / improv
  • Free
  • 1-2, 5, 8-9, 12, 15-16, 19 & 22-23 Aug 2019

A musical journey through the hilarious foibles and pain that come with having a heart in this modern world. I...   Full listing

A&E.

A&E

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 17-25 Aug 2019

During his already very busy schedule, life threw a heart attack at Aled which he found to be most inconvenient....   Full listing

ACID!. Image shows from L to R: Liam Kenrick, Sam Miller, Joe Kent-Walters, Mikey Bligh-Smith.
Acting Natural. George Dimarelos.

Acting Natural

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-12 & 14-25 Aug 2019

George has taken acting classes for years. It hasn't resulted in him being a world renowned actor but it has...   Full listing

All Aboard!.

All Aboard!

  • Cabaret / music
  • Free
  • 1-5, 7-12, 14-19 & 21-25 Aug 2019

Possibly the best musical comedy show with live piano and a Romanian performer! It is a 50-minute journey through life....   Full listing

All-Star Comedy Cabaret. Jody Kamali.

All-Star Comedy Cabaret

  • Variety
  • Free
  • 2-6, 8-13, 15-20 & 22-24 Aug 2019

A spectacular mixed bill variety show bursting with the best stand-ups, character comedians, musical acts and the most original performers...   Full listing

Andrew Roper - Break Point. Andrew Roper.

Andrew Roper - Break Point

  • Stand-up / storytelling
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

Sun, surf, skydiving and stand-up. What happens when you take a comedian from a London winter into an Aussie summer?...   Full listing

Angel Comedy Showcase.

Angel Comedy Showcase

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 3-12 & 14-24 Aug 2019

Award-winning Angel Comedy (Best Venue in the UK 2015, 2017 Chortle Awards) brings a whole new showcase of acts to...   Full listing

Angry Boater. Joel Sanders.

Angry Boater

  • Storytelling
  • Free
  • 1-6, 8-13, 15-20 & 22-25 Aug 2019

Comedy the way you like it... up the canal. Now in its fifth year, Joel Sanders returns in his glorious...   Full listing

Attention, Seeker. Gerard Harris.

Attention, Seeker

  • Storytelling / stand-up
  • Free
  • 19-25 Aug 2019

The anxiety-riddled writer/doormat for a famous comedian stumbles into the big-time stand-up spotlight and decides to stay, with hilarious conseq......   Full listing

Babes / Pigs In The City. Image shows from L to R: Ginnia Cheng, Amy Xander.

Babes / Pigs In The City

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 15-16, 19 & 22-23 Aug 2019

What happens when one small-town bumpkin and one Third World brat try to spread their wings and become two cosmopolitan,...   Full listing

Bad Boys. Image shows from L to R: Chelsea Birkby, Jamie D'Souza.

Bad Boys

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

Jamie 'an engaging presence' D'Souza and Chelsea 'good gags' Birkby (Chortle.co.uk) are two of the baddest boys to come out...   Full listing

BattleActs!.

BattleActs!

  • Improv / sketch show
  • Free
  • 2-4, 6-11, 13-18 & 20-25 Aug 2019

Winners: People's Choice Award, Vault Festival. As heard on BBC Radio 1. A ball-busting compere takes four improvisers to their...   Full listing

Ben Van der Velde - Fablemaker. Ben Van der Velde.

Ben Van der Velde - Fablemaker

  • Improv / stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-13 & 15-25 Aug 2019

An improvised comedy adventure with this 'master of audience interaction' (Huffington Post) as he raids the library of his fantastical...   Full listing

Best in Class.

Best in Class

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

Showcasing underrepresented working-class comedy voices. Sponsored by Spam, chippy teas, waste grounds, hanging around, knock-off trainers, a fella your dad...   Full listing

Black Sheep. Image shows from L to R: Eddie Mullarkey, Mags McHugh.

Black Sheep

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-12 & 14-25 Aug 2019

You normal? Acting strange? Mags, in her 50s, Eddie in his 20s, are both black sheep. Eddie is trying to...   Full listing

Bloom. Becky Brunning.

Bloom

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-4, 6-11, 13-18 & 20-25 Aug 2019

Funny Women finalist, Broadchurch actor and Most Promising Junior 1998* Becky, accidentally got gay married and now the biological clock...   Full listing

Board Game Smackdown.

Board Game Smackdown

  • Game show / improv
  • Free
  • 1-13, 15-20 & 22-25 Aug 2019

The cult hit of 2018 is back! The funniest Fringe performers play board/card/party games live on stage. Hosted by award-winning...   Full listing

Borne of Chaos. Eric Lampaert.

Borne of Chaos

  • Storytelling
  • Free
  • 2-25 Aug 2019

From the tomb of the womb to the womb of the tomb. From homeless to Hollywood. This is an honest...   Full listing

Broken Toys.

Broken Toys

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

Comedians are, like, soooo the broken, unused toys in a toy box and we've been, like, really trying to use...   Full listing

Brown Panther - Ruven Govender. Ruven Govender.

Brown Panther - Ruven Govender

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-5, 7-12, 14-19 & 21-25 Aug 2019

Join one of the funniest Indian comedians in Australia for an hour of ethnic-based comedy. Following the success of last...   Full listing

Caspian and Ciaran: The Milkmen.

Caspian and Ciaran: The Milkmen

  • Stand-up / storytelling
  • Free
  • 2-25 Aug 2019

Ciaran loves milking. He milks his friends, acquaintances, family members and passing strangers for anecdotes: from Müller Corner focus groups...   Full listing

Catching Up.

Catching Up

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 2-14 & 16-25 Aug 2019

Fresh from the Oxford Revue, Elaine ('effortless and off the cuff' (Cherwell)) and Olley ('fabulously funny lyrics' (OxfordOpeningNight.com)) present an...   Full listing

Character Building Experience. Sasha Ellen.

Character Building Experience

  • Game show
  • Free
  • 1-13 & 15-25 Aug 2019

You enter a tavern. You see a group of comedian questers. What do you do? A Dungeons-and-Dragons-style, interactive, role-playing game...   Full listing

Charmian Hughes: What-not. Charmian Hughes.

Charmian Hughes: What-not

  • Stand-up / storytelling
  • Free
  • 1-11 & 13-25 Aug 2019

Charmian self-identifies as a what-not, the word for people who don't have a word. Also as an extremely funny comedian...   Full listing

Claptrap. Image shows from L to R: Jessie Nixon, Becky Povall.

Claptrap

  • Stand-up / storytelling
  • Free
  • 1-12 & 15-25 Aug 2019

Claptrap /'klaptrap/ noun: absurd or nonsensical talk or ideas. Pithy and precocious stand-up from up-and-coming comedians Becky Povall and Jessie...   Full listing

Classic Joke Club.

Classic Joke Club

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

Join the funniest acts on the UK and international circuit as they share classic jokes handed down to them by...   Full listing

Laughing Horse Free Festival.

Comedy Shorts

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

Back for its fourth year, Tom Short (Funhouse Champion of Champions 2014, Harrogate Comedian of the Year finalist 2018) presents...   Full listing

Comedy Striptease.

Comedy Striptease

  • Stand-up / improv
  • Free
  • 1-5, 7-12, 14-19 & 21-25 Aug 2019

The best, most daring comedians of the Fringe showcase their skills, but if they're not funny enough they must perform...   Full listing

Comedy Village.

Comedy Village

  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

Montreal, Canada's premiere stand-up comedy show for tourists visiting Edinburgh. Roles reversed, these Canadian comedians have travelled a long way...   Full listing

ComedySportz UK.

ComedySportz UK

  • Improv
  • Free
  • 1-17 Aug 2019

You've seen football. You've seen tennis. But have you seen comedy as a sport?

Two teams will battle it out...   Full listing

Conor Drum: Solo. Conor Drum.

Conor Drum: Solo

  • Stand-up / storytelling
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

A show about growing up and becoming a man. As his parents prepare to Airbnb his old bedroom, Conor rediscovers...   Full listing

Cool Jokes/Hot Takes.

Cool Jokes/Hot Takes

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-12 & 14-24 Aug 2019

Two award-winning comics in one show! We can't tell you who they are... But we can tell you that they're...   Full listing

Cool Story Bro. Trev Tokabi.

Cool Story Bro

  • Stand-up / storytelling
  • Free
  • 1-13 & 15-25 Aug 2019

Childhood memories can sometimes be blurry but you never forget your first school trip, especially when it turns into a...   Full listing

Cordelia and Dimple: Buffet.

Cordelia and Dimple: Buffet

  • Stand-up / storytelling
  • Free
  • 1-13 Aug 2019

Dimple's biggest fear? Looking down from heaven (post-murder) to watch her religiously vegan parents learn that the contents of her...   Full listing

Cyclopath. Dion Owen.

Cyclopath

  • Stand-up / storytelling
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

Professional comedian and avid cyclist Dion Owen brings his best stand-up material with an emphasis on his experiences and passion...   Full listing

Darren Walsh: Punimal Farm. Darren Walsh.

Darren Walsh: Punimal Farm

  • Stand-up / multimedia
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

Like puns? Think you've seen it Orwell before? Well gammon check this out. Join Darren (ITV's Out There, [i]BBC Edinburgh...   Full listing

Down It Fresher!.

Down It Fresher!

  • Play
  • Free
  • 1-11 Aug 2019

After getting dragged along to the smelliest, most infamous night club in Edinburgh by her new friends, Frida the Fresher...   Full listing

Dummy. Anders Lee.

Dummy

  • Storytelling
  • Free
  • 1-11 & 13-25 Aug 2019

A comedy about the autistic spectrum. Everybody's on it. Diagnosed at a young age with autistic spectrum disorder, American comedian...   Full listing

EdinBra Fringe Comedy.

EdinBra Fringe Comedy

  • Stand-up / storytelling
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

A revolving line-up of hilarious female comedians from around the Fringe with an hour of stand-up comedy to be enjoyed...   Full listing

Eh?. Connor Burns.

Eh?

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

From a no-holds-barred dissection of his own laughable life to a skewed look at the absurdity of the everyday. Let...   Full listing

Es Are Good.

Es Are Good

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-14 Aug 2019

If you're looking for unbridled enthusiasm, thwarted by the prospect of middle age, this is the show for you.   Full listing

Expelled from Eton. George Callaghan.

Expelled from Eton

  • Free
  • 13-17 Aug 2019

George is the poshest chav. He's an equal opportunity offender. The stereotypes of multiracial Britain are all absolutely accurate. Macabre,...   Full listing

Fat Roland: Seven Inch. Fat Roland.

Fat Roland: Seven Inch

  • Stand-up / absurdist
  • Free
  • 1-13 Aug 2019

In the last record shop still standing, Manchester comic Fat Roland re-examines his life through not-so-teenage kicks, surrounded by forgettable...   Full listing

Freshly Squeezed Comedy.

Freshly Squeezed Comedy

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

Your first stand-up show of the day, serendipitously happening within the best breakfast joint in Edinburgh! Grab a coffee and...   Full listing

Games With James. James Cook.

Games With James

  • Game show
  • Free
  • 1-13 & 15-18 Aug 2019

Award-winning comedian and UK board-gaming champion James Cook invites you to play board games live on stage. Buckaroo, Guess Who,...   Full listing

Gaming Under the Influence.

Gaming Under the Influence

  • Game show
  • Free
  • 1-5, 7-12, 14-19 & 21-25 Aug 2019

Drunk comedians compete for audience accolades with stand-up, drinking games and a variety of different video game challenges nightly. No...   Full listing

Geeks, Stand Up!.

Geeks, Stand Up!

  • Stand-up / storytelling
  • Free
  • 14-25 Aug 2019

This show brings you some of the funniest comedians from around the Fringe to laugh, joke and talk passionately about...   Full listing

Girl Bully.

Girl Bully

  • Play
  • Free
  • 1-10 Aug 2019

Mary Squared explore the meaning of the word 'bitch' in an evening of comedic theatre. With appearances from our childhood...   Full listing

Godley On The Fringe. Janey Godley.

Godley On The Fringe

  • Storytelling
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

Godmother of Scottish comedy. Chief Trump annoyer. Back at the Counting House bringing you the best of her 22 years...   Full listing

Good Evening Edinburgh. Sam Kissajukian.

Good Evening Edinburgh

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-4, 6-11, 13-18 & 20-25 Aug 2019

Sam (Australia), nominated for Best Comedy at Fringe World 2016. Sam brings wild fun and laughter to an hour of...   Full listing

Goodbye Charles - Free.

Goodbye Charles - Free

  • Play
  • Free
  • 19-25 Aug 2019

'I ate the divorce papers, Charles. I ate them with ketchup... and they were good. Gooood!' 8 Minute Dirge presents...   Full listing

Grumpy Pants. Kiki Vita.

Grumpy Pants

  • Clown
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

A hilarious show for the whole family. Mr Vita will delight audiences of all ages with his perfectly crafted juggling...   Full listing

Haha Cool. Luka Muller.

Haha Cool

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

In the last year Luka has lost 60lbs, a grandparent and the roof of his house. He's told jokes all...   Full listing

Hero Worship. Joel Sanders.

Hero Worship

  • Storytelling
  • Free
  • 1-6, 8-13, 15-20 & 22-25 Aug 2019

If you had a chance to spend time with your idol, would you take it? Joel has hung out with...   Full listing

Huggers.

Huggers

  • Variety
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

The popular show with a revolving line-up of performers of all varieties to entertain all the family returns after more...   Full listing

Italian Stallion: Fake Hero. Joe Palermo.

Italian Stallion: Fake Hero

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 7-11 Aug 2019

A "nearly" comedy about my memories as a professional stripper and near-hero during the London Bridge terror attack in 2017....   Full listing

Jane Hill: All I Want. Jane Hill.

Jane Hill: All I Want

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 14-25 Aug 2019

I'm 55. I thought I'd have everything I wanted by now. Unfortunately I still don't know what that is. Like...   Full listing

Jarred Christmas: A Funny Hour. Jarred Christmas.

Jarred Christmas: A Funny Hour

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-11 & 13-24 Aug 2019

Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Bit of a story. Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Join New Zealand sensation and star...   Full listing

Javier Jarquin is Boring AF. Javier Jarquin.

Javier Jarquin is Boring AF

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-11 & 13-25 Aug 2019

Javier is boring. An utterly painstaking and underwhelming human being. He's not one to watch. He has no buzz about...   Full listing

Jimmy McGhie. Jimmy McGhie.

Jimmy McGhie

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-4, 6-11, 13-18 & 20-24 Aug 2019

Jimmy McGhie brings show number nine to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It'll most likely be a load of whinging and...   Full listing

Joke Thieves.

Joke Thieves

  • Stand-up / improv
  • Free
  • 1-12 & 14-25 Aug 2019

Comedy set swapping live! The cult hit show where comedians perform their own jokes, then each others'. Chortle Award winner...   Full listing

Jokers in the Pack.

Jokers in the Pack

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-25 Aug 2019

Four of the best jokers from the Fringe pack, perform the finest material from their club sets, which have been...   Full listing

Jumping Off the Bandwagon. Image shows from L to R: Annie Sheppard, Victoria Olsina.

Jumping Off the Bandwagon

  • Stand-up / music
  • Free
  • 20-25 Aug 2019

There's no such thing as a free lunch but there is a free quality comedy show at lunchtime!
WhatsApp & Instagram...   Full listing

Jumping the Barriers. Chris Daley.

Jumping the Barriers

  • Play
  • Free
  • 19-25 Aug 2019

We tell the story of a chance meeting on a train between a wealthy young graduate and a homeless northerner,...   Full listing

Lee Kyle - ConQuest. Lee Kyle.

Lee Kyle - ConQuest

  • Stand-up
  • Free
  • 1-13 & 16-25 Aug 2019

Lee didn't have a show this year, he was worried he was going to have to start knowing about politics...   Full listing