Edinburgh Fringe

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Your Edinburgh festival comedy podcasts revision guide

Matt Forde, Rosie Holt, Richard Herring and other podcasts to make you laugh.

Patricia Nicol, The Sunday Times, 26th June 2022

Best in Class All Star benefit show featuring Frankie Boyle, Jayde Adams and more

Best in Class have announced an All Star Benefit Show taking place at Edinburgh Fringe.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 24th June 2022

Mary Beth Barone can't wait to dive into her first Edinburgh Fringe

First-timer Mary Beth Barone is relishing it - after all, she's used to hustle and bustle as a gigging comic in New York.

Ross Crae, The Sunday Post, 24th June 2022

Fringe: Eight of the biggest venue operators join forces to run their own box office

Summerhall, Dance Base, Zoo and Just The Tonic will be working with the Fringe's so-called "Big Four" - Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly - for the first time.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 21st June 2022

The Popcorn Writing Award at the Edinburgh Fringe

Popcorn Group set up the Popcorn Writing Award in 2019 as the first award of its kind at the Edinburgh Fringe which solely celebrates the writer. We wanted to champion new writing at the fringe with the writing at the heart.

BBC, 21st June 2022

TikTok becomes first virtual stage partner of the Edinburgh Fringe

TikTok and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society have announced an exclusive new partnership that will see the entertainment platform become the first Official Virtual Stage to the world's premier performing arts festival.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 17th June 2022

Geoff Norcott: How I prepare for the Edinburgh Fringe

I am going to the Edinburgh Festival this August. That declaration could be said in a number of ways. Celebratory (unlikely). Showing off (possibly). Self-promotion (in there somewhere).

Geoff Norcott, The Spectator, 16th June 2022

The Fringe is almost upon us, so embrace it

It doesn't seem that long away at all, and there's already people commenting in newspapers and social media. So I thought I had better join in.

Fiona Duff, Edinburgh Evening News, 16th June 2022

Fringe targets will not be easy to meet but are well worth pursuing

Two years on from its inevitable cancellation in the face of the Covid pandemic, there seems little doubt that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is about to bounce back.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 15th June 2022

Best in Class: Championing Working Class Comedy

With preparations for the Fringe well underway and spiralling costs a focal point for many, we talk to Best in Class about creating opportunity for working-class comedians.

The Skinny, 15th June 2022

NextUp to stream Edinburgh Fringe 2022

Comedy streaming site NextUp has confirmed they are bringing the Edinburgh Festival experience live to their streaming platform for the first time ever this year.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 13th June 2022

Phoebe Waller-Bridge: Fringe is entering a new dawn

The Fleabag star, who is president of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said its new vision will make the event more inclusive and accessible.

BBC, 9th June 2022

Gilded Balloon announces full Edinburgh Fringe Programme

Britney Spears, mental health, fitness, relationships, disability and sex are just a snippet of themes covered, while hilarious storytelling, music and magic take kids on an unforgettable journey of laughs and self-discovery.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 8th June 2022

Karen and Katy Koren interview

Mum and daughter on keeping their comedy club dream alive.

Murray Scougall, The Sunday Post, 7th June 2022

Underbelly adds more Edinburgh shows

Underbelly has announced a further 25 shows to go on sale for this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Beyond The Joke, 7th June 2022

Pleasance announces final Edinburgh Fringe shows

The Pleasance has announced their final batch of shows for this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 7th June 2022

How to pitch to arts journalists at the Edinburgh Fringe

Every August, thousands of comedians, theatre productions and the rest all fight to get noticed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. And with media organisations struggling with ever-decreasing resources and space, in the case of print outlets, it can be hard to get coverage for any show. Here, arts journalist Ashley Davies offers some tips to performers that might just make the difference...

Ashley Davies, Chortle, 7th June 2022

Assembly announces final shows for Fringe 2022

Assembly Festival has announced its final 50+ shows for 2022, including Frank Skinner, Al Murray, Jinkx Monsoon, Queen of Fake Alison Jackson and Fringe favourite Reuben Kaye.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 6th June 2022

The Stand announces final batch of Edinburgh Fringe shows

After a tempestuous couple of years resulting in one missed Fringe in 2020 and one barely recognisable one in 2021, The Stand release their final batch of shows for the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 30th May 2022

Pleasance to use funding to support shows in small venues

Following his week's new of £1.275 funding to be distributed by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society's Fringe 2022 Resilience Fund, the Pleasance Theatre Trust have announced what they will be spending their share of £156,900 on.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 28th May 2022

Chortle's Fast Fringe returns

Arthur Smith will be hosting a jam-packed showcase of 28 comedy and variety acts heading to the Edinburgh festival at the Bloomsbury Theatre on July 7.

Chortle, 27th May 2022

Fringe: Public funding help for leading venues revealed

More than £1.2 million worth of public funding lifelines for the biggest venues, producers and promoters at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have been revealed.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 26th May 2022

Fringe 2022: Emmanuel Sonubi shares how comedy has helped his mental health

I found that the problem with the biggest problems is not being able to talk about them.

Emmanuel Sonubi, Female First, 26th May 2022

Fringe 2022: Njambi McGrath shares how comedy has helped her mental health

Mental health and stand-up, I don't know whether they are synonymous with one another, but both do seem to contribute something in the other.

Njambi McGrath, Female First, 26th May 2022

Fringe: Traverse reveals 2022 programme

Peep Show star Emily Bruni, the songs of The Staves, a one-woman "gig musical" and a drama focusing on a fictional UK Home Secretary will be part of the Traverse Theatre's line-up for this year's Fringe.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 26th May 2022

Fringe 2022: Milo McCabe shares how stand up comedy helped his mental health

'I realised over lockdown and the lack of live shows therein how much I relied on audience response for validation, with a big gaping hole where my self-worth should have been.'

Milo McCabe, Female First, 24th May 2022

Fringe 2022: Here are the 11 Taskmaster contestants who have announced shows

After being cancelled in 2020 and massively scaled back in 2021 the world's largest arts festival is gearing up to get back to normal this year - with over 2000 shows already announced, including several from the stars of Channel 4's hit comedy series.

David Hepburn, The Scotsman, 23rd May 2022

Edinburgh Fringe's first all-female venue?

This year's Edinburgh Fringe will include a venue where all the acts will be female.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 20th May 2022

Best In Class lineup announced

Best In Class is back with a bang at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. The crowdfunded, profit-sharing initiative, founded by 2019 Funny Women Awards runner-up Sian Davies, champions the talent of working-class comedians.

Funny Women, 17th May 2022

Fringe screen showcase aims to emulate past success

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is to join forces with Scotland's screen agency for a drive to unearth a new wave of theatre, film and comedy hits at the event.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 11th May 2022

Hope Mill Theatre to present Classic! in Manchester and Edinburgh this summer

Hope Mill Theatre is set to make its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer with Classic! - a 60-minute "romp" through classic novels from Wuthering Heights to Moby Dick.

Penned by Emmerdale and Coronation Street writers, Peter Kerry and Lindsay Williams, and directed by Joyce Branagh, the piece features a cast of six (and multiple costume changes): Louis Blair, Althea Burey, Amy Drake, Amy Gavin, Robin Simpson and Gareth Tempest.

Tom Millward, What's On Stage, 11th May 2022

Fringe receives £1.5m public funding boost to help it bounce back from pandemic

Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have been handed a £1.5 million public funding boost to help the event bounce back from the impact of the pandemic.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 10th May 2022

Francesca Moody Productions confirm two world premieres for Edinburgh Fringe

Francesca Moody Productions has revealed two world premiere productions set for the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

Firstly, Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder! will be the company's first-ever musical. Secondly, Olivier and two-time Tony Award nominee Samuel Barnett (The History Boys) is set to make his Fringe debut in the dark comedy Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible is Going to Happen.

Tom Millward, What's On Stage, 5th May 2022

Assembly announces new late night Edinburgh Fringe venue

Debuted in 2019, The Flick will return as an immersive performance venue and late-night destination for the duration of the Fringe.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 4th May 2022

Judy Murray to make her Edinburgh Fringe debut

One of a new batch of shows announced by Gilded Balloon.

Chortle, 4th May 2022

Pleasance announces a new batch of Fringe 2022 shows

Tim Vine, Nick Mohammed, Nick Helm and Jayde Adams are among the comics to have announced new Edinburgh Fringe shows today.

Chortle, 3rd May 2022

Edinburgh residents urged to take in Fringe performers to help tackle costs

Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have issued an appeal to residents to take in performers in their spare rooms to help tackle the soaring cost of taking part in the event.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 26th April 2022

Appeal launched as organisers reveal plans for new Fringe archive

The organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have issued a public appeal for memories of their encounters with the stars - before and after they shot to fame.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 21st April 2022

Tributes as former Gilded Balloon manager Mick Bateman dies

Tributes have been paid to former Gilded Balloon manager Mick Bateman who has died at the age of 60.

Chortle, 15th April 2022

Karen Koren on the forthcoming Fringe

The Easter holidays are upon us and we at the Gilded Balloon have been up to our eyes in registering shows for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.

Karen Koren, Edinburgh Evening News, 14th April 2022

Festival rates fail to amuse comedian William Stone

Edinburgh's Festival Fringe is becoming a "playground for the rich", according to an up-and-coming stand-up comedian who claims that "extortionate" rates for accommodation are contributing to a culture of exclusion. William Stone, a BBC New Comedy Awards finalist in 2018, spoke out as providers charged hundreds of pounds per night for rooms during the month-long event in August.

John Boothman, The Sunday Times, 10th April 2022

Bursary launched to help working class performers at the Fringe

Crowdfunded, profit sharing initiative Best in Class has announced a new bursary for working class performers at the Edinburgh Fringe. House of Class is a new fund established with the help of a Fringe Recovery Grant specifically to support working class acts with rising accommodation costs.Sian Davies

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 8th April 2022

Assembly Festival announces more Edinburgh Fringe shows on sale

Today (Thu 7 April) Assembly Festival, a leading multi-venue on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for over 40 years, is putting a further 50 shows from its August line-up onsale.

Theatre Weekly, 7th April 2022

Jon Culshaw paying tribute to Les Dawson in new Fringe show

Jon Culshaw, one of Britain's leading impressionists, will be portraying the late Dawson, one of his lifelong comedy heroes, as part of Assembly's Fringe programme at George Square in August.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 6th April 2022

Gilded Balloon announces Edinburgh shows

The Gilded Balloon has announced the latest collection of shows from this year's Gilded Balloon Fringe season which will go on sale on Wednesday, 6th April.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 6th April 2022

Underbelly announces 47 new Fringe shows

...including a one-man play from Jason Byrne.

Chortle, 5th April 2022

Pleasance announces second batch of Edinburgh shows

The second official on-sale for Pleasance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been announced.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 5th April 2022

Edinburgh venue The Blundabus in danger of missing Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe venue The Blundabus, run (and driven) by Bob Slayer, is in danger of missing this year's Festival.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 1st April 2022

Tom Mayhew voices concerns over accessibility of Edinburgh Fringe

There are concerns the Festival Fringe has become too expensive for working class performers which will have a knock on effect on representation in the arts industry.

Iona Young, Edinburgh Live, 31st March 2022

Edinburgh Festivals issues "Declaration of intent"

Ahead of the opening of the first festival of their 75th anniversary year, the Edinburgh Festivals have issued a 'declaration of intent'.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 24th March 2022

Monkey Barrel announces its 2022 Edinburgh Fringe programme

This year will be the venue's biggest festival yet, with more than 70 acts across eight rooms, including former free venues The Hive and Carnivore coming into the fold.

Chortle, 18th March 2022

Work in progress Edinburgh run for Daniel Sloss

Catch this strictly limited season this August at Edinburgh's stunning new Just The Tonic NUCLEUS venue.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 4th March 2022

More Edinburgh shows go on sale

Acts confirmed include Jimeoin, Craig Hill, Sloss And Humphries On The Road and Connor Burns

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 3rd March 2022

First major batch of Edinburgh shows go on sale as Fringe returns

The first set of shows for the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe are now available to book at edfringe.com.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 3rd March 2022

Assembly announces first Edinburgh shows of 2022

This year's comedy programme sees the return of Fringe favourite Irish comedian David O'Doherty, a brand-new show from Susie McCabe, and Fern Brady with her fifth solo show Autistic Bikini Queen.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 1st March 2022

Pleasance launches first official Edinburgh shows on sale

With shows already on sale from Ben Hart, Nina Conti, The Showstoppers, NewsRevue and Cirque Berserk, the first official on-sale sees the Pleasance Theatre Trust presenting the comedy big guns.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 1st March 2022

Fringe vows to 'dismantle' obstacles and become more affordable

Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have vowed to "dismantle" obstacles preventing people from taking part in the event in future - as leading venues announced their comeback plans for this year.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 1st March 2022

Underbelly announces first Edinburgh 2022 shows

Underbelly has revealed the first 10 shows to go on sale for this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 1st March 2022

Fringe urged to abandon 'open access' ethos to improve event

A shake-up of the way the world's biggest arts festival is overseen is being urged to help tackle long-standing concerns over what is described as its "pay-to-perform landscape". Independent research into the future of the Fringe, led by grassroots companies, organisations and producers, recommends official standards or "best practice" guidelines are put in place for the first time for all shows registering for the programme.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 14th February 2022

First shows of the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe go on sale

Nina Conti, Angela Barnes and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical are among the comedy acts announcing full runs at the Pleasance this August.

Chortle, 9th February 2022

Three quarters of Edinburgh residents believe Fringe makes city better

Three out of every four people living in Scotland's capital believe that its hosting of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe makes the city a better place to live, a new opinion poll carried out for the event has suggested.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 31st January 2022

Phoebe Waller-Bridge: Fleabag wouldn't have happened without the Fringe

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has said she believes her smash hit phenomenon Fleabag "wouldn't have seen the light of day" if the Edinburgh Festival Fringe had not existed.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 30th January 2022

First Fringe shows announced as National Theatre reveals line-up

A black comedy about a fictional Home Secretary who tries to capitalise on a baby surviving being washed ashore off the White Cliffs of Dover, an Alan Cumming dance show inspired by Robert Burns and a new production of Liz Lochhead's Medea will be staged as part of the 75th anniversary season of Edinburgh's festivals this summer.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 25th January 2022

Fringe chief predicts 2022 will see event's 'renaissance' for 75th anniversary

Shona McCarthy said she was "more optimistic about the future than ever before" ahead of the Fringe's 75th anniversary season in August.

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 4th January 2022

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