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THE FRINGE THING ... Introduction Kath M Mainland Chief Executive Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Welcome to the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Programme. The Fringe is the largest explosion of culture in the world, and within these pages you will find a feast of events in a programme brimming with energy and inspiration. A programme full of shows to delight, excite, captivate, challenge and entertain you—all taking place in the beautiful, historic, Festival City of Edinburgh. Scotland’s culture is part of what defines us as a nation, and this small

country has produced a breathtaking array of talent across all art forms. In this Year of Homecoming, we are delighted to announce ‘Made in Scotland’, a showcase of Scottish work, from 12 of our most exciting companies, supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

across the globe to take part in this astonishing adventure. There’s a staggering wealth for you to chose from: take some chances, relax with some old favourites, be enlivened, gain insight and laugh out loud. Most of all, immerse yourself in the most exhilarating, extraordinary show on Earth.

The Fringe Society doesn’t programme, or prescribe—what is about to unfold before you is the result of the talent, dedication, ambition and creativity of the Fringe participants who travel from all

Contents Guide to the Fringe

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Children’s Shows

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Comedy

The Festival Fringe Society Ltd is a company limited by guarantee and recognised as a charity. Its policy is determined by a board of directors elected at the AGM in August and is the continual improvement of the world’s largest arts festival, where any person can participate without constraints by the Fringe Society. The Festival Fringe Society Ltd accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the contents or details in this Programme.

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Dance & Physical Theatre

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Events

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Exhibitions

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Music

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Musicals & Opera

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Theatre

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Venue Guide

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Index

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Map

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It’s a PICK AND The Fringe Box Office is the only place to get tickets for every Fringe show. Booking opens 15 June. There are three easy ways to book your tickets:

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Over the counter

By phone

edfringe.com

0131 226 0000

180 High Street

Book online 24 hours a day starting from mid-day 15 June.

15 Jun-18 Jul (Mon-Sat) 10am-6pm 20 Jul-2 Aug (Daily) 10am-6pm 3-31 Aug (Daily) 9am-9pm

15 Jun-18 Jul (Mon-Sat) 12pm-3pm 20 Jul-2 Aug (Daily) 10am-6pm 3-31 Aug (Daily) 10am-9pm

Booking advice

Customers with disabilities

A booking fee of 90p per ticket (up to a maximum of £5.40) applies to telephone and web bookings. No booking fee applies to tickets purchased in person from the Fringe Box Office. ———————————————————————— Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded except in the event of a show cancellation. ———————————————————————— Latecomers may not be admitted. ———————————————————————— If you have asked to collect your tickets, you must do so from the Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street during the opening hours listed, allowing plenty of time to get to your show. ———————————————————————— General concession prices are applicable to students, the unemployed, customers with disabilities (often with one helper), over-60s and children under the age of 16. Proof of status must be presented at the venue. ———————————————————————— For many performances, a 10% discount for groups of 10 persons or more is available. ———————————————————————— Details on accessibility at each venue are available in the Venue Guide on pages 242-265.

Reasonable adjustments will be made at venues to give the best possible access for customers with disabilities. However, given the temporary nature of some Fringe venues, facilities may vary. For further details on access or contact details for individual venues, please check the Venue Guide on pages 242-265. If you have special access requirements or need to book wheelchair spaces, please call 0131 226 0002. Signed, audio-described and captioned performances A number of Fringe shows provide these services. For a full list, call 0131 226 0026 or go to edfringe.com.

Visit us on the web If you’d like to avoid the queues at our Box Office, why not book your tickets via our secure website? You can also browse the site for critics’ and audience reviews, post comments on our message board, keep up to date with all the latest Fringe news and gossip, or buy a souvenir from our online shop.


CHOOSE thing Show Listings Listings in each section are alphabetised first by show title, then by performer/performing company name. The layout of listings has been standardised as follows:

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THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS Sky High Children's Theatre Company Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall, 22 Hanover Street • 0131 220 5911 • Grid Ref: D4

When the case is too tough for even Sherlock Holmes to crack, who does he call? Come discover the story of the Victorian street urchins who helped history's greatest detective solve the mystery of a lifetime! Aug 9-15: 10:00 (55mins) £6.00 (£5.00) (£3.00 C) 3456

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1 Show title 2 Performer/performing company name 3 Venue information

The Fringe massive 2 for 1 ticket offer Be the first to catch the next big thing at Fringe 2009 by taking part in our opening weekend 2 for 1 ticket offer. 2 for 1 tickets are available for almost every performance on 9 and 10 August. Participating shows are listed in the Programme with a symbol. ————————————————

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You must book a minimum of two tickets. The offer only applies to full-price seats. Concession prices are not available on participating performances on these dates. List of participating shows correct at time of printing.

More information about all venues and the shows running at them can be found in the alphabetical Venue Guide on pages 242-265. 4 Dates and times

The 24-hour clock is used. Shows starting in the early hours, eg, 1:15am, are listed on the previous day’s date. Shows starting from 7am are shown on the current date. Approximate show duration is given in brackets. 5 Calendar

Dates in bold indicate that the show takes place on that date. The smaller dates are days when Fringe shows may take place, but that do not come within the core dates of the festival (7-31 August). Dates in red indicate a show is part of the Fringe 2 for 1 ticket offer on 9 and/or 10 August. 6 Price

For unreserved seats in nearly all cases. Concession prices, where available, are given in brackets and are offered to all of the following groups (with additional concessions to specific groups indicated where applicable): students (S); the unemployed (U); people with disabilities (D); over-60s (O); and children under 16 (C). Identification will be asked for. A further concession for families (F) may be offered on four tickets purchased at the same time, where a minimum of two tickets are for children. 7 Age suitability

For children’s shows, an indication of age suitability (recommended by the producing company and not the Fringe Office) is given in brackets. 8 Premieres

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Specifies whether a show is a world ( premiere. 9 The Friends of the Fringe ticket offer

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Listings with a symbol indicate that the show is participating in the special 2 for 1 ticket offer available to Friends of the Fringe. For information on how to become a Friend, see page 4. 10 The Fringe 2 for 1 offer

E indicates that the Fringe 2 for 1 ticket offer is available for performances of the show on 9 and/or 10 August.

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It’s a SUPPORT thing Become a Friend of the Fringe

= 2 for 1 ticket offers on more than 800 Fringe shows = Priority Box Office during the Fringe = Dedicated booking line = Discount off Fringe Select tickets = Support the Fringe ... all for just £18!*

Make the most of your Fringe experience by taking advantage of exclusive Friends benefits. Sign up now and you’ll receive: • access to a Friends-only priority Box Office† and dedicated ticketbooking hotline. • exclusive 2 for 1 Fringe tickets for the duration of August.‡ • the annual Friends newsletter. Become a Friend by direct debit and you’ll get all this for just £15.00.

New for 2009 Brand new services this year make it even easier to become our Friend: • sign up online at edfringe.com. • look for the new symbol in the Fringe Programme listings to identify which shows are part of the Friends ticket offer. • book your Friends 2 for 1 tickets online at edfringe.com.

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Four easy ways to sign up Online Go to edfringe.com/friendsoffringe. In person Visit us at the Fringe Shop and Box Office, 180 High Street, Edinburgh. Email Write to us at friends@edfringe.com. Telephone Call the membership hotline on 0131 226 0036.

Become a Friend for just £15 when you sign up by direct debit Save £3.00 off the price of membership when you sign up to pay by direct debit. Just fill in the membership form, which can be downloaded from edfringe.com or picked up from the Fringe Shop and Box Office. You cannot pay by direct debit online or over the phone.

Terms and Conditions *

Receive a £3.00 discount when you purchase by direct debit. Priority Box Office is open 5-31 August, 10am to 6pm. ‡ 1. Available on selected shows. Booking must be made via the Fringe Box Office. Dependent on availability. Only applicable against full-price tickets. Maximum six tickets per show, per membership. 2. Membership runs from 1 January-31 December in the year of purchase, unless otherwise specified (covering one Festival Fringe). 3. Your membership card must be presented when purchasing tickets in person. If purchasing tickets over the telephone, your membership number will be requested. 4. Membership is non-refundable. †

The Festival Fringe Society reserves the right to make alterations to the Friends of the Fringe membership scheme and its benefits from time to time without prior notice.

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How your Friendship helps support the Fringe The Fringe Society has existed since 1959 and has been a registered charity since 1969. Our mission is to provide a variety of services for performers and audiences alike, while also managing free events on the Royal Mile. We here at the Fringe Society strive consistently to maintain our open-access policy, ensuring anyone can take part in the festival without being subject to artistic vetting or selection. This policy is key to the overall success of the Fringe and over our many years has meant that we can proudly present an annual programme featuring a wealth of new writing and the hottest new talent from all over the world. Every year, the Fringe generates £75 million for the Scottish economy, yet receives little in the way of public revenue funding. By joining as a Friend, you are helping us keep the cost of participation as low as possible, allowing us to create, maintain and develop facilities and services for the next generation.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to each of our Best Friends Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, Alistair Adams, Roger Allen, Gordon Almond, Carole Anderson, John Angus, Geoffrey Arbuthnott, Graeme Baillie, G David Baldwin, Robert Ball, Ralph Bernard, Ann Caldwell, Chris Carter, Lesley Clemenson, Mark Cutherbert, Elissa Da Costa, Jonathan Davies, Gerald Della-Porta, Leeona Dorrian, Tony Evans, Simon Fanshawe, Julian Farrand, Amanda Forsyth, Michael Foy, Roddy Glen, Raymond & Anita Green, Alison Greer, Jenny Harper, Helen Heggie, Stewart Huntley, Scott Maurice Hurnauth, Teruhisa Irie, Barry Jacobs, John Kinloch, Geoffrey Littman, David Long, Alan MacFarlane, Angus Maclennan, Heather Marshall, Vincent Mason, Justine McCoy, Paul Meisak, Bernard Nelson, Derek Ormsby, Jerry Ozaniec, Michael Purcell, Vicky Raphael, Elizabeth Richards, Sir Thomas Risk, Val Robertson, Geraint Rogers, Joan Ross, JohnPaul Stephenson, Bridget M Stevens, Jan Stevenson, David and Alix Stevenson, Samantha Terry, Kevin Upton, Gabriel Vogt, Steven Wheeler, David Windsor, and Keith Young ———————————————————————— And thanks to all our Friends for their continued support

Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill Chair of the Fringe Board of Directors

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It’s a TAKE PART thing Want to perform at Fringe 2010? Anyone can perform at the Fringe. If you are interested in bringing a show to the Fringe in 2010, come and see us at Fringe Central (see the map on page 288). We can tell you everything you need to know about bringing a show to the world’s largest arts festival, such as finding a venue and getting into the Fringe Programme. You can also find information at edfringe.com or by calling 0131 226 0026.

The Edinburgh Festival The Fringe is just one of the events that Free Fringe talks makes up the citywide The Fringe hosts a number of free talks throughout August to offer you advice on how to put together a festival show, market it, take it on tour, and much, Edinburgh Festival each much more. Free talks take place at Fringe Central; tickets are available summer. Check out each via the Fringe Box Office. See the Events section of the Programme for full festival’s website for listings. individual details, or visit Sponsored by Fringe schools poster competition edinburghfestivals.co.uk. Edinburgh International Film Festival 17-28 June www.edfilmfest.org.uk Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 31 July-9 August www.edinburghjazzfestival.co.uk Edinbugh Art Festival 5 August-5 September www.edinburghartfestival.org Edinburgh Military Tattoo 7-29 August www.edintattoo.co.uk Edinburgh Mela Festival 7-9 August www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk Edinburgh International Book Festival 15-31 August www.edbookfest.co.uk Edinburgh International Festival 14 August-6 September www.eif.co.uk

Every year, thousands of school children across Scotland get creative for the Fringe in the hope of having their design picked to appear on the annual Fringe poster. Our winning entry for 2009 was designed by 14-year-old Mhairi Sedgwick from Peebles High School. To see this and a shortlist of the best of the year’s entries, head to the St James Shopping Centre, where posters will be exhibited from 27 July to 31 August. If you would like more information on taking part in the poster competition in the future, email adam@edfringe.com.

Fringe Framed

In association with

Get your photos published on edfringe.com and in Metro newspaper by taking part in our annual Fringe Framed competition. Send your best Fringe shots to framed@edfringe.com from 7 August onwards. For more information, visit edfringe.com/fringeframed.

Royal Bank on the Royal Mile

Sponsored by

Come and join us throughout August on the central section of the Royal Mile (around the Fringe Shop and Parliament Square) when the area is transformed into a huge street theatre featuring buskers, acrobats, fireeaters and a plethora of other entertainers. Also on hand are Fringe acts performing short extracts from their shows and handing out leaflets to help you decide what to go and see.

The Edinburgh Festivals’ Cavalcade Every year, this massive free event attracts over 150,000 spectators to watch the procession of Fringe performers, community groups, commercial floats, bands, motorbikes, and the entire cast of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The 2009 Cavalcade takes place on Sunday 9 August at 2pm in Holyrood Park, and will travel along the Queen’s Drive. There will be family entertainment in the park before and after the Cavalcade from 12pm until 4pm. For more information, please visit www.edinburghcavalcade.com.

Supporters Supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

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How to choose a show Official Daily Guide to the Edinburgh Festival The Daily Guide is produced by the Fringe Office every day during the festival and contains hour-by-hour listings of every show across all of Edinburgh’s festivals. It is available free from the Fringe Box Office, as well as from various locations around Edinburgh and online at edfringe.com.

Reviews The Scotsman and Metro print reviews, news, interviews and more in a daily festival supplement. You’ll also find daily coverage in the Edinburgh Evening News, the Herald, the Guardian and the Times. Listings magazines, Sunday newspapers and specialist publications like the Stage also provide coverage of the Fringe. And check out edfringe.com for links to online reviews.

Word of mouth Great tips are everywhere during the Fringe: critics’ reviews, performers on the Royal Mile and even the person standing next to you in the box office queue. Posters, leaflets and flyers are everywhere to help you make up your mind. Please note that the Fringe Office works on behalf of all performers in the Programme, so our staff cannot recommend individual shows to you—not during office hours, anyway!

How it got started

Festival survival tips

The festival began in 1947 as a post-war initiative to reunite Europe through culture, with a number of distinguished musicians from the war-ravaged continent invited to perform in Edinburgh. Aware that there would be a good crowd and focused press interest, six Scottish and two English theatre companies decided to turn up uninvited and fend for themselves. The next year, a critic dubbed the gatecrashers’ enterprise ‘the fringe of the official festival drama’, and the name and spirit of the Fringe was born.

Be adventurous Don’t just stick to the familiar names and familiar venues. Part of the Fringe experience is going to see something bizarre or outrageous. You might get lucky and see the next big star of tomorrow, or you might end up sitting through an absolute turkey—either way, you’ll have a great story to tell when you get home!

For the first three decades of its life, the Fringe was a fairly intimate affair, dominated by drama and peopled largely by students and talent-spotting producers. The burgeoning of the Fringe began in earnest in the late 1970s, as other forms of entertainment established themselves—notably, new comedy. Nowadays, the Fringe is the place where artists of every stripe come to get discovered. The first Fringe Programme appeared in 1951, the bright idea of a local printer. In 1959, the Fringe Society was founded to provide marketing and coordination between events. No artistic control was imposed on those who wanted to produce a show, a defining element of the Fringe that continues to this day.

Don’t try and see too much Sometimes the best show is watching the world go by, and Edinburgh has plenty of non-festival attractions. For a breath of fresh air and a sense of perspective, climb up Arthur’s Seat and look down on the chaos below. Not everything costs money This programme is jam-packed with 2 for 1 ticket deals and free shows of all varieties. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a memorable Fringe experience. Accommodation During August, accommodation in Edinburgh is hard to find and can cost a lot if you don’t book early. Arrange your accommodation as far in advance as you can. Visit the accommodation section of edfringe.com for links to local agencies and message boards with flats and rooms available.

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ACRES OF CIRCUS SKILLS Albert & Friends Instant Circus Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - Off Inverleith House Lawn, East Gate Inverleith Row/ West Gate, Arboretum Place • Grid Ref: A2

14 years of circus fun and games with surprise guests and inventive audience participation in the storytelling. Anything can happen and usually does! Fabulous family lunchtime entertainment in almost all weathers. Circus at its best! Aug 16-22: 13:00 (45mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND The American High School Theatre Festival Church Hill Theatre, 33 Morningside Road • 0131 447 0111 • Grid Ref: H2

Join Alice on her magical journey with her new friends White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and the Jabberwocky! A not-to-be-missed retelling of a classic. Performed by the McLean Highlanders of McLean,Virginia. Aug 10: 20:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 12: 10:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 13: 22:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 15: 16:15 (1hr) £5.00 3456

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND Dramawise C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

A well-loved family favourite. Join Alice on her musical adventure as she encounters the famous White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle and the Queen of Hearts. Don't be late for this very important date! www.skybluetheatre.com Aug 8-10,15: 17:00 (50mins) £8.50 (£7.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 11: 17:00 (50mins) £6.50 (£5.50) (£4.50 C) Aug 12-14: 17:00 (50mins) £7.50 (£6.50) (£5.50 C) 3456

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ALICE:THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS C theatre

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C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Follow Alice on an adventure into the magical world beyond the mirror. Meet talking flowers, Kings, Queens, Humpty Dumpty,Tweedledum,Tweedledee and hear the story of the Jabberwock ... Spellbinding theatre for all the family. www.ctheatre.com Aug 5-7,11,17-18,24-25: 14:20 (45mins) £6.50 (£5.50) (£4.50 C) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 14:20 (45mins) £8.50 (£7.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 14:20 (45mins) £7.50 (£6.50) (£5.50 C) Suitable for ages 4+

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ANDY AND MIKE'S ... BIG BOX OF BANANAS M & A Productions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

A mysterious, magical box appears, but to open it, CBeebies presenter Andy Day and comedy partner Michael James must take the journey of their life! Come and find out what's inside! PreviewAug 7-8: 12:50 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 9-23: 12:50 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.00) 34567

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ANNE EVANS AND DICK LEE PRESENT HAMISH'S HOMECOMING Anne Evans and Dick Lee Valvona & Crolla, 19 Elm Row • 0131 556 7800 • Grid Ref: B6

A musical journey round the world on a multitude of musical instruments including flutes, reeds and piano. 'Consummate musicians' (Herald). 'I didn't think music could be so much fun' (P4 pupil). Aug 13-14,18-19,29: 10:30 (50mins) £7.50 (£5.00) Aug 16,23: 11:00 (50mins) £7.50 (£5.00) Aug 26: 17:45 (50mins) £7.50 (£5.00) 34567

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ANTOINE AND THE PAPER AEROPLANE Blak Wulff Productions C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

A fantastic voyage from reality to illusion and wonderment. Blak Wulff's refreshing new look at a much-loved tale is told through puppetry, mime, music and movement. For children and adults of all ages.

6–31 Aug 12:00 &13:00 C too

Aug 5-7,11,18,24-25: 10:30 (45mins) £6.50 (£5.50) (£4.50 C) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 10:30 (45mins) £8.50 (£7.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 10:30 (45mins) £7.50 (£6.50) (£5.50 C) Suitable for ages 5+

box office hotline 0845 260 1234 online booking www.CtheFestival.com

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BABY LOVES DISCO Baby Loves Disco Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, Slateford • 0131 443 0404 • Grid Ref: F1

The original and best afternoon party for children and parents, with real DJs spinning classic disco. Bubble machines, face painting, Gymboree chill out zone, healthy snacks and lots of dancing. Sunday afternoon is the new Saturday night! Aug 16,23: 14:00 (3hrs) £8.00 3456

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BAXTERBEAR'S TALES: STORYTELLING FOR ALL AGES! Baxterbear Ltd The Caledonian Hilton Hotel,West End • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E2

From Venice to India, fighter co-pilot to helper with the Flying Doctors. Come hear the adventures of this world-travelling storytelling Scottish bear (as told by his closest associates!). Aug 1-31: 14:00 (1hr) £5.00

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Monkey Productions The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

Beauty is beautiful. She journeys to a heart of darkness. And she comes back. By any means necessary, Jack Crow re-invents stories and makes them live.This is a show for everyone. Aug 7-8,10-15,17-22: 11:05 (50mins) £5.00 34567

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THE BFG BG Touring Augustine's, 41 George IV Bridge • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

Come whizzpopping with Sophie and join us for snozzcumber, frobscottle and belchy burps.This award-winning company tell the popular Roald Dahl stories through a swishwiffling mix of puppetry and physical theatre. Fringe sell-out 2006, 2007. Aug 10-14: 10:00 (1hr) £7.00 (£4.00) 3456

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THE BROTHERS LIONHEART Lionheart Productions Ltd/Pleasance Theatre Musical Theatre @ George Square, George Square/Buccleuch Place • 0131 651 1292 • Grid Ref: F5

The young Lionheart brothers, Jonathan and Karl, lead the villagers of Nangiyala against the might of Tengil's army and the monster, Katla, in the UK premiere of this glorious tale, which has enchanted the world for decades. PreviewAug 7-8: 15:05 (1hr 15mins) £6.00 Aug 9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 15:05 (1hr 15mins) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 10,12-13,17,19-20,24,26-27,31: 15:05 (1hr 15mins) £8.50 (£7.50) Suitable for ages 7-13 34567

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BURGLAR BILL Pandora's Box Theatre Company

Fringe Poster Competition

Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Who's that creeping down the street? Who's that climbing up the wall? Who's that? ... it's Burglar Bill! Learn that robbery is very bad and crime doesn't pay in this musical version of the much-loved Alan Ahlberg story. PreviewAug 5-8: 14:30 (50mins) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24,26-27,31: 14:30 (50mins) £7.00 (£6.00) (£24.00 F) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 14:30 (50mins) £8.00 (£7.00) (£28.00 F) Suitable for ages 3-8

See the shortlist of this year’s entries on display at St James Shopping (venue 26) www.stjamesshopping.com

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CAUTIONARY TALES Wells Cathedral Junior School Augustine's, 41 George IV Bridge • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

Jess meets the tricky Todd McKnight; she begins a strange exciting journey into a fantasy world where cautionary tales, friendship and indigestion help her set the world to rights. Enjoy this incredible premiere from the Fringe's youngest cast. Aug 12-14: 13:50 (1hr 30mins) £7.00 (£5.00) 3456

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CHILDREN'S LATIN PERCUSSION WORKSHOP Latino-All Stars

DILLY DILLY Tabula Rasa Dance Company

El Barrio Nightclub, 119 Rose Street • 0131 220 6818 • Grid Ref: D4

Dance Base - National Centre for Dance, 14-16 Grassmarket • 0131 225 5525 • Grid Ref: E4

A wonderful collaboration of children, music and rhythm! Kids will interact with one another and professional Latino musicians to make the amazing music of salsa.

'Rollickingly eccentric' (Herald). Colourful ideas and an extraordinary girl are growing in the garden. Seriously silly, poetic and slightly absurd dance theatre for smaller and taller folk four years and up. www.scottishtheatre.org/madeinscotland; www.dancebase.co.uk.

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CIRCUS FOR SUCCESS Albert & Friends Instant Circus

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Bonaly Outdoor Centre, 71 Bonaly Road • 0208 237 1170 • Grid Ref: F1

Master some great circus skills with London's leading youth circus training team. Static trapeze, walking globe, tightrope, unicycle, stilt-walking together with lots of fun and games on the ground! Refreshments and lunch are provided too! Aug 15-20,22: 10:30 (5hrs) £35.00 (£30.00) 3456

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COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS Neapolitan Theatre

Suitable for ages 4+

THE DINOSAUR SHOW Melissa Western With Tell Tales Entertainment (Australia) Augustine's, 41 George IV Bridge • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

Visual and musical feast.Tappy the Pterosaur embarks on exciting adventures to find out who is stealing dinosaur eggs. Simple storyline, high energy, interactive singing and dancing. 'Cleverly presented, children enthralled, crowd involvement superb' SSSS (Adelaide Advertiser). 34567

Now in its fourth year, the 'Comedy Club 4 Kids' offers a real comedy club experience, direct from the West End, where the best comedians strut their stuff, but without the rude bits. 'Surprisingly funny' (Guardian). Suitable for ages 6+

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CRABBIT! - THE MUSICAL Halyon Productions The tale of Crabbit, the bullying crab, Michelle the Scallop and her friends Hermie the hermit crab and Starfish in a brand new musical adaptation for the stage, based on the 'Michelle' children's books by Julie Hegarty. PreviewAug 5-6: 12:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 12:15 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27,31: 12:15 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00)

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DOCTOR AUSTIN & DOUG SAFETY'S TIME-TASTICAL TIME TALE Time-Tastical Productions Underbelly's Hullabaloo, George Square Gardens • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

A must-see for 'Doctor Who' fans, this side-splitting science show explodes time and time travel. Can they send the audience back in time? Have they already? Show made possible with a grant from the Scottish Government. PreviewAug 7: 14:50 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8,11-13,17-20,24-27,31: 14:50 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 14:50 (1hr) £9.00 (£7.00) Suitable for ages 6+

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The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Road • 0131 557 2827 • Grid Ref: E6

Aug 6-7,10,17,24,31: 18:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-9,11-14,18-21,25-28: 18:00 (1hr) £7.00 Aug 15-16,22-23,29-30: 18:00 (1hr) £8.00

PreviewAug 5: 10:30 (45mins) £3.00 Aug 6-10,12-16: 10:30 (45mins) £5.00

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DRAMA WORKSHOPS FOR 5-14S Spotlites Theatre Productions Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall, 22 Hanover Street • 0131 220 5911 • Grid Ref: D4

Different each day, including 'Star Wars: Jedi Knight Academy', 'Doctor Who', 'High School Musical', 'Ben 10', 'Harry Potter', 'Mamma Mia', 'Hannah Montana', Dahl's adventures, 'Horrid Henry', pirates. CRB-checked staff. Drop and collect! 'Outstanding' (Stage). Information: www.spotlites.co.uk. Aug 5-31: 09:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 5-7: 16:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 17,19,21: 16:15 (1hr) £5.00

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DUDE! WHERE'S MY TEDDY BEAR? Jammy Doughnut Productions Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

The cult rock'n'roll musical for 2- to 7-year-olds is back! 'Dude!' returns to Edinburgh following appearances at Glastonbury Festival. BYO teddy bear and join in the action. Dude! Where's my ticket? PreviewAug 5-7: 10:30 (45mins) £5.00 Aug 8-14,18-21,24-28: 10:30 (45mins) £7.50 (£5.50) Aug 15-16,22-23,29-31: 10:30 (45mins) £8.00 (£6.00)

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ERNIE'S INCREDIBLE ILLUCINATIONS Simply Theatre C too, St Columba's by the Castle, Johnston Terrace • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E4

Young Ernie has been worrying his mum and dad by his illucinations: soldiers invading his home, Auntie taking on a fairground boxer, Dad rescuing a famous mountaineer in trouble. Come and illucinate for yourself! Family Ayckbourn. www.simplytheatre.com Aug 6-7,11: 11:05 (35mins) £6.50 (£5.50) (£4.50 C) Aug 8,10,15: 11:05 (35mins) £8.50 (£7.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 12-14: 11:05 (35mins) £7.50 (£6.50) (£5.50 C) 3456

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FAIRY LIQUID AND THE BURST BUBBLE ... AND OTHER SCIENCE SHOWS Science Shows For Schools The Zoo, 140 The Pleasance • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

Highly acclaimed touring company perform exciting and entertaining family science shows, including 'Bending it like Beckham', 'The Real Science of the Circus' and 'Fairy Liquid and the Burst Bubble'. Aug 7-31: 11:00 (50mins) £6.00

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THE GREATEST BUBBLE SHOW ON EARTH Amazing Bubble Man

Duddingston Kirk Manse Garden, Old Church Lane, Duddingston Village • 0131 556 9579 • Grid Ref: F6

C too, St Columba's by the Castle, Johnston Terrace • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E4

'The Fairy Queen'. Can we save her? Yes we can! Help Princess Peacha and Tammy Troll combat the forces of evil in their fantastic adventure in the gardens overlooking the magical loch. Promenade production.

Breathtaking bubbles, people-inside-bubbles, square bubbles, amazing bubble colours, sculptural bubbles, special effect bubbles. A show for kids of all ages to thrill, laugh, love, and learn about the world of bubble-ology.

Aug 3-8,10-15: 11:00 (1hr 15mins) £5.00 Aug 9,16: 14:30 (1hr 15mins) £5.00

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FRINGE ON THE FRINGE The Centre, Livingston The Centre, Livingston, 87 Almondale South, Livingston • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: H2

Highlights of the Fringe performed at The Centre, Livingston. Featuring free shows for all the family. Listings and information at www.fringeonthefringe.com and www. shopthecentre.co.uk. Aug 14-23: 11:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 14-23: 15:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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FROG Theater Terra Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

A musical for children with puppets and actors. Max is moving home but he doesn't want to. He has a fear of the unknown. Maybe his friends, Duck, Pig, Hare and Rat will calm his fears? A magical adventure! PreviewAug 5-7: 11:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,17-18,24-27,31: 11:00 (1hr) £7.50 (£6.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 11:00 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00)

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GARDEN DETECTIVES National Museum of Scotland National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street • 0131 225 7534 • Grid Ref: E5

What lurks at the bottom of your garden? Delve into hedges, take a peek in our shed and unearth wonders from our flower beds - all without getting your hands dirty. Inspired by Charles Darwin on his 200th birthday. Jul 31-Sep 6: 10:00 (7hrs) (Free Non-ticketed)

Suitable for ages 5-9

Aug 6-7,11,17,24-25: 12:00 (45mins) £7.50 (£6.50) (£5.50 C) Aug 6-7,11,17,24-25: 13:00 (45mins) £7.50 (£6.50) (£5.50 C) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 12:00 (45mins) £9.50 (£8.50) (£7.50 C) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 13:00 (45mins) £9.50 (£8.50) (£7.50 C) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 12:00 (45mins) £8.50 (£7.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 13:00 (45mins) £8.50 (£7.50) (£6.50 C) Suitable for all ages

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HANSEL AND GRETEL The About Turn Theatre Company The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

When Hansel and Gretel find themselves lost in the forest, they soon discover that they are not alone ... Traditional storytelling, puppetry and live music combine to make this an enchanting treat for the whole family. www.aboutturn.co.uk PreviewAug 7-8: 10:30 (1hr) £6.00 (£3.50) Aug 10-15,17-22,24-29: 10:30 (1hr) £7.00 (£4.00) 34567

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HAPPY FOOD DIY PIZZA PARTY Zanzero Zanzero, 14/16 North West Circus Place • 0131 220 0333 • Grid Ref: C3

We all love pizza so what's better than learning how to make them? Bring your children to create their own pizza while having fun and then enjoy it. Refreshment and cone also included. Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27: 12:00 (1hr 30mins) £12.50 Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27: 16:00 (1hr 30mins) £12.50 34567

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THE GIGALEES CRAZY CIRCUS SHOW Gigalees Productions Australia Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Australia's top comedy show for kids! Don't miss the Gigalees' side-splitting comedy, awesome acrobatics, juggling, slapstick and toe-tapping music which makes a non-stop and hilarious physical comedy show for kids all ages! PreviewAug 5-7: 11:00 (50mins) £5.00 Aug 8-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 11:00 (50mins) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 10,12-13,17,19-20,24,26-27,31: 11:00 (50mins) £7.00 (£6.00) 345 6 7

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GINGERBREAD Fat Toad Theatre Company C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

What happens after happily ever after? Everyone knows how delicious the Gingerbread house is, but nobody knows who lives there. Is she as wicked as everyone says - or just misunderstood? Some fairytales do not always end as expected. Aug 5-7,11,18,24-25: 10:45 (45mins) £6.50 (£5.50) (£4.50 C) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 10:45 (45mins) £8.50 (£7.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 10:45 (45mins) £7.50 (£6.50) (£5.50 C) Suitable for ages 3+

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GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE Blunderbus Theatre Company The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

Gerald the giraffe was not a good dancer. Every year, he dreaded the great Jungle Dance. But one beautiful moonlit night, Gerald discovers that sometimes all we need is a different song to dance to! PreviewAug 7: 10:35 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8,10-15,17-22,24-29: 10:35 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00) Aug 9,23: 14:35 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00) 34567

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HEROES Saltmine Theatre Company

JO JINGLES GOES TO THE SEASIDE! Jo Jingles

venue251, Charlotte Chapel • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: D3

Craiglockhart Parish Church, Craiglockhart Drive North • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: H2

Kapow! Kaboom! See giants slain, lions tamed and generations saved! Introducing David, Daniel and Esther, three heroes with a difference.What is their secret? And just who is the ultimate hero? Find out in this great adventure!

Following previous sell-out shows, Jo Jingles is back again! Come and join the fun with Big Jo and his friends as they row their boats and go fishing in the deep blue sea.

Aug 24-26: 19:15 (2hrs) £6.50 3456

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HONK! Pendulum Productions Musical Theatre @ George Square, George Square/Buccleuch Place • 0131 651 1292 • Grid Ref: F5

Quack! Ribbit! Cockledoodledoo! Pendulum presents this Olivier Award-winning musical from the writers of 'Mary Poppins'. Based on 'The Ugly Duckling', this enchanting tale is sure to delight, surprise and leave you feeling tickled! The family treat of 2009. PreviewAug 6: 12:00 (1hr 15mins) £6.00 (£5.00) Aug 7-11,13,17,19-20,24,26-27,31: 12:00 (1hr 15mins) £8.50 (£6.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 12:00 (1hr 15mins) £10.00 (£8.00) Aug 15-16: 16:00 (1hr 15mins) £10.00 (£8.00) Suitable for ages 6-12 3456 7

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JUMPING MOUSE Unpacked Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Gorgonzola! Jump on the bus, meet a bullfrog blues band, a clapped-out bison, a forgetful wolf, and a most unusual mouse. A totally full-throttle adventure guaranteed to get you absolutely revved up. 'Extraordinarily imaginative' (Scotsman). www.unpacked.org PreviewAug 5-7: 11:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27,31: 11:30 (1hr) £7.00 (£5.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 11:30 (1hr) £7.50 (£5.50)

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JUNGLE BOOK The American High School Theatre Festival

HOPE Saltmine Theatre Company

Church Hill Theatre, 33 Morningside Road • 0131 447 0111 • Grid Ref: H2

venue251, Charlotte Chapel • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: D3

Joseph has the trendiest coat in town, loves life and has big dreams, but his life is about to go very wrong.This magical, musical, inspiring show is about never losing hope and seeing your dreams come true. Aug 10,12-13: 14:15 (1hr) £5.50 Aug 13: 11:15 (1hr) £5.50 3456

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A beautiful musical built around the traditional tale of Mowgli versus Shere Kahn. Along with your favourite characters like Baloo, Bagheera and the monkeys, this production is fun for all ages! Aug 10: 16:15 (1hr 10mins) £5.00 Aug 12,14: 18:15 (1hr 10mins) £5.00 Aug 13: 12:15 (1hr 10mins) £5.00 3456

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ICE CREAM MAN AND THE JELLY INCIDENT Jammy Doughnut Productions

THE LEGEND OF MAGNIFICENT MOON Toto Tales

Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

The Zoo, 140 The Pleasance • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

War in the Foodiverse: can Ice Cream Man bring peas? Smash-hit 'Dude! Where's My Teddy Bear' creators serve up lashings of musical hilarity in this delicious tale of dietary balance, for ages 4-400.

Long ago, when all was night, Moon shone with colours shimmering bright. But then his jealous brother Sun, stole them all, yes every one. Help Moon find his colours then create your own kaleidoscopic world.

PreviewAug 5-7: 11:45 (45mins) £5.00 Aug 8-14,18-21,24-28: 11:45 (45mins) £7.50 (£5.50) Aug 15-16,22-23,29-31: 11:45 (45mins) £8.00 (£6.00)

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Scottish Storytelling Centre,The Netherbow, 43-45 High Street • 0131 556 9579 • Grid Ref: D6

Playful, engaging storytelling performance, a yarn within a yarn written by Allan Ahlberg. Antonio, a small, brave boy, is kidnapped by brigands and carried off to their secret cave in the Italian mountains. 3456

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Valvona & Crolla, 19 Elm Row • 0131 556 7800 • Grid Ref: B6 Aug 15,21-22: 10:30 (50mins) £7.50 (£5.00) Aug 16-20: 13:00 (50mins) £7.50 (£5.00) 34567

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Dilly Dilly ‘Rollickingly eccentric’ The Herald

Seriously silly, poetic and slightly absurd dance theatre for smaller and taller folk 4 years +

10.30 (11.15) 5-16 Aug (not 11) £5 Venue 22, Grassmarket www.scottishtheatre.org/madeinscotland

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LIGHTER THAN AIR Circo Ridiculoso and Pleasance

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT Wizard Presents Storytellers Danya Miller & Louise Coigley

Aug 7-14: 13:00 (50mins) £7.50 (£5.00)

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Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Enter the strange bizarre universe of a wild balloon tamer where surreal stupid things happen. Combining circus and comedy, clown Danny Schlesinger creates an utterly joyous experience loaded with surprises and laughs.Warning! Loud balloon pops! www.circoridiculoso.com PreviewAug 5-7: 11:30 (50mins) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,25-27: 11:30 (50mins) £8.00 (£6.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 11:30 (50mins) £9.00 (£7.50) 345 6 7

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THE LINE KINGS/ALL WHITE NOW! Line Kings Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Giggle-riddled, family-friendly, potty poems, crazy cartoons and silly stand-up blurring the line between real and really insane! PreviewAug 6-7: 12:05 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 12:05 (1hr) £7.50 (£5.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 12:05 (1hr) £8.50 (£6.50) Aug 11,17-18,24-25: 12:05 (1hr) £6.50

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THE LION,THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Wendybird Productions C too, St Columba's by the Castle, Johnston Terrace • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E4

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy do battle with the cruel White Witch. Narnia brought thrillingly to life onstage in Wendybird's spectacular and lively musical adaptation of CS Lewis's spell-binding adventure. Aug 6-7,11,17-18: 15:10 (1hr 15mins) £7.50 (£6.50) (£4.50 C) Aug 8-10,15-16,22: 15:10 (1hr 15mins) £9.50 (£8.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 12-14,19-21: 15:10 (1hr 15mins) £8.50 (£7.50) (£5.50 C) 3456 7

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LOST WORLD The Paper Cinema and Kieron Maguire Scottish Storytelling Centre,The Netherbow, 43-45 High Street • 0131 556 9579 • Grid Ref: D6

A film is created before your very eyes as The Paper Cinema retell Conan Doyle's ripping yarn. Lovingly crafted live animation and original music transports you through Amazon jungles in search of prehistoric life. 'Fragile and beautiful' SSSS (Guardian). Aug 12-17,19-24,26-31: 15:30 (45mins) £7.50 (£5.00) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

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MAGIC PORRIDGE POT Spotlites Theatre Productions Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall, 22 Hanover Street • 0131 220 5911 • Grid Ref: D4

Help Boy cook magic porridge! Splat porridge in a magic food fight! Jump in the huge sea of porridge! Professional interactive theatre: little 'uns come onstage throughout! 'Outstanding, highly original interactive theatre' (Stage on 'Treasure Island'). www.spotlites.co.uk Aug 8-10,18,20,22-23,25,27,29-31: 16:40 (45mins) £5.50 (£4.00) (£15.00 F) Suitable for ages 2-5 34567

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THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES Puppet State Theatre Company Scottish Storytelling Centre,The Netherbow, 43-45 High Street • 0131 556 9579 • Grid Ref: D6

'Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit, the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and adults.Terrific' (Guardian).Total Theatre Awardwinning adaptation of Giono's masterpiece. Sell-out 2008. SSSSS (Scotsman). www.scottishtheatre.org/madeinscotland, www.puppetstate.com. Aug 18-31: 17:30 (55mins) £7.50 (£5.00) 34567

Suitable for ages 7+

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THE MILDLY TERRIBLE REVENGE OF THE SLIGHTLY EVIL BRAINWASHING PUPPETS - FREE PlopLump Productions/Laughing Horse Free Festival

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Beware! After years of being made to kiss each other and do stupid dances, these puppets want revenge.They decide to take control, but it soon goes wrong ... www.ploplump.co.uk Aug 8-16,22-23,29-30: 11:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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MISS GOOGIEPANTS AND CAT Little Shakespeare Theatre School Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 • Grid Ref: F6

Miss Googiepants is back with her cat, Shakespeare. Ready to rock and roll with funny poems, creepy stories and silly songs. Free and fun for the whole family. (Collection taken after show.) www.littleshakespearetheatreschool.co.uk, www.freefestival.co.uk. Preview Aug 6: 14:00 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-8,10-15,17-19: 14:00 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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A MOST CURIOUS QUEST Toto Tales The Zoo, 140 The Pleasance • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

Three princes must find the most wonderful thing, in order for one to be crowned the next king. An intriguing adventure with a surprising twist. Be captivated by this magical tale, bursting with audience participation. Preview Aug 7-8: 12:00 (40mins) £4.00 (£3.00) Aug 10-15,17-22,24-29,31: 12:00 (40mins) £6.00 (£4.00) Suitable for ages 7+ 34567

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MY WORLD,YOUR WORLD Fischy Music venue251, Charlotte Chapel • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: D3

Come and join the Fischy team in an action-packed interactive concert where the audience are the stars! A unique chance for children to explore real-life issues through singing, feeling, thinking and having fun. Aug 17-18: 18:00 (1hr) £5.00 3456

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THE NIGHTINGALE Pericles Theatre Company The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Road • 0131 557 2827 • Grid Ref: E6

A musical, laughter-filled show full of imagination and colourful delight, this adaptation of Andersen's fabulous magical tale touches on the triumph of forgiveness, imagination, simple truth and beauty over mechanical and political sophistication, hierarchy and consumerism. Aug 22-24,26-29: 12:40 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.00) (£20.00 F) 3456

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ONCE UP A RHYME Z Theatre Company The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

Hans and Gretta take you on a colourful journey through an enchanted forest that comes to life.Will the magical creatures help them find their way or will they be captured by the evil witch? Aug 8,10-15,17-20: 12:00 (50mins) £5.50 (£4.00) 34567

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ONCE UPON A TIME Sofa Productions Sweet ECA, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place or Lady Lawson Street • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: F4

Enter an enchanting world of fairies, trolls and talking animals as we return to the festival with four beautiful fairytales from around the world. Magic, mischief and delight to be enjoyed by young and old alike. Aug 24-31: 11:00 (1hr) £6.50 (£5.50) 34567

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C soco urban garden, Cowgate and Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Daily diet of live highlights from across the festivals. A feast of hot picks including music, musicals and theatre. Fresh selection performed three times daily, under cover if wet. Free Fringe smorgasbord for all the family. www.CtheMaze.com Jul 31-Aug 31: 11:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Jul 31-Aug 31: 13:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Jul 31-Aug 31: 15:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

PATRICK MONAHAN'S STORIES AND FABLES FOR KIDS THAT LIKE TO SIT AT TABLES! Phil McIntyre Entertainment Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Stories told by 467-year-old storyteller from the Middle East who looks and sounds like comedian Patrick Monahan! For kids aged five to 105 years old. Aug 7-8: 13:30 (55mins) £5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-26: 13:30 (55mins) £7.00 (£6.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,27-30: 13:30 (55mins) £8.00 (£7.00)

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PETER AND THE WOLF Igor Outkine and Sarah Harrison The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Road • 0131 557 2827 • Grid Ref: E6

Spellbinding, intimate performance of Prokofiev's tale by wonderful miniature orchestra Mazaika. Instruments and characters galore spring from Igor's accordion, alongside Sarah's storytelling, percussion and soaring violin. 'They were fantastic' (Independent). 'Whimsical humour, precision virtuosity' (Cornishman). www.mazaika-music.com. Aug 7-16: 12:50 (45mins) £6.00 (£5.00) 34567

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A PIRATE'S LIFE FOR ME! Act II Theatre Company Augustine's, 41 George IV Bridge • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

An interactive choose-your-own-adventure play where the audience decide what happens next! Swashbuckle your way through a whirlwind adventure: shivering your timbers, swabbing the deck and shouting yo-ho-ho! Aug 10-15,18-22: 09:55 (1hr) £6.00 (£5.00)

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POTTED PIRATES Potted Productions - Festival Highlights

 

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Packing pirates from Long John Silver to Jack Sparrow into one madcap hour.With new shipmates for 2009! 'The schtick is practised, the jokes fast and furious. A great swashbuckling trip' - SSSS (Herald). 'Genuinely funny farce' - SSSSS (Scotsman). PreviewAug 5-7: 12:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 12:30 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 12:30 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00)

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POTTED POTTER:THE UNAUTHORISED HARRY EXPERIENCE - A PARODY BY DAN AND JEFF Potted Productions - Festival Highlights Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

All seven Potter books in 70 minutes! Fringe classic returns, with a new cast. 'Blissfully funny ... terrific family entertainment. A winner in every way' (Guardian). 'Delightfully delirious' (Telegraph). PreviewAug 6-7: 15:30 (1hr 10mins) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,20,24-28: 15:30 (1hr 10mins) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,29-31: 15:30 (1hr 10mins) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00)

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Scottish Storytelling Centre,The Netherbow, 43-45 High Street • 0131 556 9579 • Grid Ref: D6

A brand new poetry, music and fairytale show with much-loved poet Carol Ann Duffy and spectacularly talented musician, John Sampson. Meet hilarious Queens, ancient rock'n'rollers, Mozart, Peggy Guggenheim and the Princess who was always cold. Aug 15-24: 13:00 (1hr 10mins) ÂŁ7.50 (ÂŁ5.00) 34567

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RAPUNZEL AND THE TOWER OF DOOM Theatre of Widdershins/Escalator East to Edinburgh Scottish Storytelling Centre,The Netherbow, 43-45 High Street • 0131 556 9579 • Grid Ref: D6

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Bad hair day? Pity Rapunzel: a mad witch climbing her locks every day. Ouch! Grimm tale returns to its dark roots. 'Very wonderful, beautiful puppets' - SSSSS (List). 'Fantastic' - SSSSS (ThreeWeeks). Sell-out 2007/2008. www.widdershins.co.uk Aug 7-9,11-16,18-23,25-30: 11:00 (55mins) ÂŁ7.50 (ÂŁ5.00) 34567

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RAPUNZELSTILTSKIN C theatre C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Rapunzel meets Rumpelstiltskin - watch two fair maids fight it out to win the heart of a Prince. Hans Christian Andersen's classics brought to life in this brand new adaptation from children's favourite C theatre. 'Thrilling, tautly-written' (TES). www.ctheatre.com Aug 5-7,11,17-18,24-25: 11:20 (45mins) ÂŁ6.50 (ÂŁ5.50) (ÂŁ4.50 C) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 11:20 (45mins) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50) (ÂŁ6.50 C) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 11:20 (45mins) ÂŁ7.50 (ÂŁ6.50) (ÂŁ5.50 C) Suitable for ages 4+

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REACT! IMPRO FOR KIDS C theatre C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Unique interactive theatre for children of all ages, performed by members of C's 'Shakespeare for Breakfast' company. Hold onto your seats as the story develops before your eyes. No two shows are ever the same! www.ctheatre.com Aug 5-7,11,17-18,24-25: 13:20 (45mins) ÂŁ6.50 (ÂŁ5.50) (ÂŁ4.50 C) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 13:20 (45mins) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50) (ÂŁ6.50 C) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 13:20 (45mins) ÂŁ7.50 (ÂŁ6.50) (ÂŁ5.50 C) Suitable for ages 4+

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ROALD DAHL'S REVOLTING RHYMES Clewis Productions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Swizzfiggling interactive storytelling from Roald Dahl's famous 'Revolting Rhymes' and 'Dirty Beasts' by two whizzpopping gentlemen from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. One hour of gloriumptious giggles for children or the child in you. PreviewAug 5-7: 12:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,25-27: 12:30 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 (ÂŁ5.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-31: 12:30 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ6.00)

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ROALD DAHL'S REVOLTING RHYMES Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre

TALES FROM THE SHED Chickenshed

Augustine's, 41 George IV Bridge • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

A musical journey through Dahl's devilish ditties - including Goldilocks the grubby thief, Red Riding Hood the force-to-be-reckoned-with and Snow White the avid gambler! Fiendish fun for all the family!

Chickenshed has opened up the world of theatre to children everywhere.This addictively interactive workshop will have your kids singing, dancing, laughing and bugging you to buy the DVD.You have been warned. www.chickenshed.org.uk

Aug 18-22,25-31: 11:10 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.00)

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THREE POTTER PIGS Spotlites Theatre Productions

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

'How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind ... ' Julia Donaldson's classic book, brought to life by the company behind the popular 'Gruffalo' show. www.tallstories.org.uk PreviewAug 5-7: 14:30 (55mins) £6.50 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,24-27,31: 14:30 (55mins) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 14:30 (55mins) £9.50 (£8.50) 345 6 7

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Pollution litters the galaxy! The crew of the Star Ship Thingy travel the universe, cleaning up the mess left by Morgoon, the evil genius from the planet Morg. Enjoy the songs, slapstick and crazy aliens! Suitable for ages 4-10

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Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

From the people who brought you the 'Comedy Club 4 Kids', another self-explanatory title. A properly funny sketch show for children over six that the whole family can enjoy together. Donkey! PreviewAug 6-7: 13:40 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 13:40 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 13:40 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 11,17-18: 13:40 (1hr) £6.50

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Kidnapped by a toad, snatched by a maybug, married to a mole ... Life's quite an adventure when you're only the size of a thumb. A swallow tells this magical tale through puppetry, dance and song. www.thumbelinathemusical.com Aug 10-15: 11:30 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.00)

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The Spaces on the Mile @ The Radisson, 80 High Street • 0845 508 8316 • Grid Ref: E5

It's a magical, interactive show by an Italian theatre company, in English.Two comic book characters: one good, one evil, but who? Help Gusoberta decide.What a day! Kids, pick up a gift! PreviewAug 7-8: 10:30 (55mins) £4.50 Aug 10-15,17-22,24-29: 10:30 (55mins) £6.00 (£5.00) 34567

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C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

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Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall, 22 Hanover Street • 0131 220 5911 • Grid Ref: D4

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TIXI & MOXO: A COLOURFUL ADVENTURE Compagnia Teatro Instabile

TREASURE ISLAND Hartshorn-Hook Productions

Defeat the evil Cyberwitch with real sonic screwdrivers! Disable the Exterminators with the Doctor! Professional interactive theatre: kids come onstage throughout! 'The most original children's show I have seen for years' (Stage). www.spotlites.co.uk

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SLEEPING BEAUTY AND THE TIME LORDS Spotlites Theatre Productions

Aug 5-31: 13:30 (1hr 45mins) £5.50 (£4.00) (£15.00 F)

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SKETCH SHOW 4 KIDS: BECAUSE I SAID SO Neapolitan Theatre

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Build magic houses with trainee wizard piglets Hammy, Hamione and Rasher! Battle Lord Mouldipork with real wands! Protect House Goblin from the Animagi! Professional interactive theatre: kids come onstage throughout! 'Inspired and witty ... masterly' (Stage). www.spotlites.co.uk

THUMBELINA (A SWALLOW'S TALE) All Aboard Productions

Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

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THE RUBBISH SHOW Incognito Theatre Company

Aug 9-15: 12:05 (40mins) £6.00 (£3.00)

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Join Jack Benbow, Doctor Livsey, Squire Trelawney and their mysterious cook in the hunt for Skeleton Island and Captain Flint's treasure! Jack's dreams become reality in this fast-paced swashbuckling adventure. Suitable for land-lubbers young and old. Aug 7,11,17-18,24-25: 12:20 (40mins) £6.50 (£5.50) (£4.50 C) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 12:20 (40mins) £8.50 (£7.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 12:20 (40mins) £7.50 (£6.50) (£5.50 C) Suitable for ages 4+

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SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Burklyn Youth Ballet

TREASURE ISLAND Nonsenseroom Productions

Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

The Scottish Mining Museum, Lady Victoria Colliery • 0131 663 7519 • Grid Ref: H6

'Very talented young company' (Evening News) returns for 15th year of fun, energetic dancing, and dazzling costumes. 'Professional ballet company in microcosm' (Scotsman). 'Magic, mesmerising, memorable, a family show not to be missed' (EdinburghGuide.com). Aug 16-22: 11:15 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.00) 3456

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Meet the original 'Pirates of the Caribbean' in this family swashbuckling adventure. Join your puppet guide Jim Hawkins, and friends, aboard the good ship Hispaniola as they battle Long John Silver and his pirate crew. Aug 6-7,9-14,16-21,23-29: 16:30 (50mins) £6.00 (£4.00) (£17.50 F) 3456 7

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STORYTELLING ART TOURS Edinburgh Art Festival

TWINE Tortoise in a Nutshell

Edinburgh Art Festival Reading Room, Stills Gallery, 23 Cockburn Street • 07500 461332 • Grid Ref: D5

Diverse Attractions, Riddles Court, 322 Lawnmarket • 0131 225 8962 • Grid Ref: E4

Edinburgh Art Festival takes families on an exciting storytelling journey. Exploring visual art exhibitions, this tour engages young children in an artistic adventure around Edinburgh! Places are free but limited and must be booked in advance. www.edinburghartfestival.com

Stories are brewing, adventures served and the tales taste delicious. But one mistake and everything begins to unravel. Puppetry and live action mix to weave the enthralling story of one rope boy's journey to find his place. www.tortoiseinanutshell.com

Aug 10,12,18: 11:00 (1hr 30mins) (FreeTicketed) Aug 15-16,23,30: 14:00 (1hr 30mins) (FreeTicketed)

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THE TWITS Simply Theatre

WIND IN THE WILLOWS King's Performing Arts

C too, St Columba's by the Castle, Johnston Terrace • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E4

Stage by Stage Edinburgh Academy, 42 Henderson Row • 07816 671450 • Grid Ref: B3

Join the Roly Poly Bird and the Mugglewumps, and help them to escape from the cruel antics of Mr and Mrs Twit by plotting their revenge! A storytelling feast for all the family. Classic Roald Dahl. www.simplytheatre.com Aug 6-7,11: 10:00 (55mins) ÂŁ6.50 (ÂŁ5.50) (ÂŁ4.50 C) Aug 8,10,15: 10:00 (55mins) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50) (ÂŁ6.50 C) Aug 12-14: 10:00 (55mins) ÂŁ7.50 (ÂŁ6.50) (ÂŁ5.50 C) 3456

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VISUALISE: RELOADED Science Made Simple

Aug 10-11,13: 11:00 (1hr 20mins) ÂŁ5.00 3456

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WOLVES Running Torch Theatre Company The Space@Venue 45, 39 Jeffrey Street • 0845 508 8387 • Grid Ref: D5

Venue 13, Lochend Close, Canongate • 07074 201313 • Grid Ref: D6

Last year's hit show returns for one week only. Live science and mischievous physical theatre, all without words! 'This defies anyone, no matter what their age, not to stare in wonder' (Scotsman). SSSSS (Herald). Aug 21-22: 10:15 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ5.00) Aug 23-30: 13:15 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ5.00) 34567

Kenneth Grahame's classic tale of (mis)adventure on the river is retold in a musical for all the family. Performed by an all-child cast from Madrid's King's Performing Arts.

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A journey deep into the darkest forest where the biggest beast of all waits. Suitable for children of all ages, featuring songs and music from 2007 to the distant past; magical, furry, physical storytelling. Some fairy stories never end ... PreviewAug 8: 10:35 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 (ÂŁ4.00) Aug 11,13,15,18,20,22: 10:35 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 (ÂŁ5.00) 3456

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YOU ARE SPECIAL Freedom Theatre UK

WHEN WENDELL WAS A WASP Unfinished Theatre The Space on the Mile @ Jury's Inn (V260), 43 Jeffrey Street • 0845 508 8387 • Grid Ref: D6

Diverse Attractions, Riddles Court, 322 Lawnmarket • 0131 225 8962 • Grid Ref: E4

Colourful story of a stand-up comedian bear, a boy who wishes he were a whale, and a wasp who wants more than anything to talk. Featuring puppetry, allegory and songs composed on the ukulele.

A heartwarming tale from children's author Max Lucado. Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is.This affirming message is for children everywhere in discovering their own worth and value in the world today.

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YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN The American High School Theatre Festival

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Cambridge University ADC Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Join Moley, Ratty, Badger and Toad in this comedic adaptation of a classic: jam-packed with wit, high-energy silliness and big belly laughs for all ages. www.windinthewillowstheplay.co.uk PreviewAug 5-6: 12:30 (1hr 10mins) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 12:30 (1hr 10mins) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ6.00) Aug 10-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 12:30 (1hr 10mins) ÂŁ7.00 (ÂŁ5.00) Suitable for ages 3+

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Church Hill Theatre, 33 Morningside Road • 0131 447 0111 • Grid Ref: H2

Based on the popular American comic strips by Charles M Schulz, this show brings to life favourite 'Peanuts' characters, including Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. Performed by Anaheim, California's award-winning Tri-School Theatre. Aug 21: 12:15 (1hr 30mins) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 22: 14:15 (1hr 30mins) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 23: 20:15 (1hr 30mins) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 25: 18:15 (1hr 30mins) ÂŁ5.00 3456

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AAAAAAAAAARRGHHH! - IT'S BOLLOCK RELIEF! THE MALCOLM HARDEE AWARD SHOW Malcolm Hardee Award Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

90-minute charity extravaganza celebrating late, legendary, anarchic godfather of alternative comedy. Big comedy names. Nudity. Swearing. Prestigious annual Malcolm Hardee Award for most original Fringe comic. Latest: www.malcolmhardee.co.uk/award.

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AAA STAND-UP AAA Stand-Up Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Total sell-out 2005-2008, returns with a brand new line-up. Paul F Taylor: 'Nicely offbeat lines' (Chortle.co.uk), Chris Martin: 'Well structured, funny and original' (Chortle.co.uk), Bryan Lacey: 'Lacey is top notch' (ThreeWeeks). Book early! PreviewAug 5-7: 19:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,17-20,24-27,31: 19:15 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:15 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

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ABACUS DANGER AND THE PITS OF PANIC Champo Productions Featuring Lousy, Lewis and Double M The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson St • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

Stand-up comedians doing panto? Oh no, they can't! Oh, yes, they can! Abacus battles through his book's borrowed characters. Occasional swearing, booing and human flight. Featuring the 'excellent' Steven Davidson (Edinburgh Evening News).

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THE ABI ROBERTS EXPERIENCE Abi Roberts Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

The human jukebox is back. Put a nickel in for amazing vocal impressions and musical take-offs. Guests include: Duffy, Aretha Franklin and Dizzee Rascal.This sassy stand-up with killer vocals is unmissable. 'The consummate entertainer' (Chortle.co.uk). PreviewAug 6-7: 22:45 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 22:45 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:45 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 11,18,24-25: 22:45 (1hr) £6.50

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ABOUT COMEDY: STAND-UP COMEDY COURSES Laughing Horse Comedy Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place, Leith Walk • 0131 556 9628 • Grid Ref: C6

Learn stand-up comedy on two-day intensive courses: our tutors are comedians and writers. Includes a guaranteed spot in a Fringe show. Further information and other courses are available on: www.aboutcomedy.co.uk, info@aboutcomedy.co.uk.

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ABOUT THE SCOTS Bruce Fummey Beehive Inn, 18 Grassmarket • Grid Ref: E4

Following sell-out runs and five-star shows with historical shows about Tam O'Shanter, the Jacobites and Robert the Bruce, the award-winning Afro Celtic comic returns to talk about Kenneth McAlpine, Alex Salmond and everything between. PreviewAug 5: 20:00 (1hr) (FreeTicketed) Aug 6-7: 20:00 (1hr) £3.00 Aug 9-16,18-23,25-30: 20:00 (1hr) £7.00 345 6 7

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ABRACADABRA - GERMAN HUMOUR GOES GLOBAL IMWP, Wehn & Kuhnle Underbelly's Hullabaloo, George Square Gardens • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

Herr Wehn's and Herr Kuhnle's latest crafty masterplan to put Teutonic jolliness where it belongs - on top of the world. Failure is not an option. 'Brilliant' (Stage). 'Laughed so much I gave myself earache' (Scotsman). PreviewAug 7: 18:50 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,11-13,19-20,25-27: 18:50 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:50 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 17,24,31: 18:50 (1hr) £6.50

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ABRIDGED FRINGE Martin Croser/PBH's Free Fringe Dragonfly, 52 West Port • Grid Ref: F4

Variety lives! Fun-sized chunks of the best shows on the Fringe! Stand-up, sketches, poetry, music and other stuff. A whole festival in (about) 40 minutes, daily line-ups available at myspace.com/abridgedfringe or from disenfranchised flyer persons.

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THE ABSOLUTE BEST OF ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS Fit o' the Giggles/PBH's Free Fringe The White Horse, 266 Cannongate • Grid Ref: D6

Back for a second fantastic year, an all new line-up of the hottest new comics in Scotland to make you laugh for free! Catch them while they're new, fresh, and still shaggable. www.fitothegiggles.com Aug 8-29: 23:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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ACASTER, HELM AND WIDDICOMBE - LIVE AT THE VOODOO BAR PBH Free Fringe Voodoo Bar, 8 Torphichen Place • Grid Ref: E1

Fantastic stand-up from James Acaster - 'Joyful enthusiasm' (Latest 7); Nick Helm - 'Lively, funny, imaginative' (ThreeWeeks); and Josh Widdicombe - 'So You Think You're Funny?' 2008 finalist. Highly recommended.

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THE ACCIDENTAL DOG DETECTIVE - FREE Curl & The Burners/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place • 0131 221 9759 • Grid Ref: H5

When a sassy poodle walks into his office, it's trouble. Join Harry as he uncovers one dog's secret in a tale full of thrills, suspense and general stupidity in this film noir shadow puppet show.

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ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN BIRDS Persuasion Skills in Association With Amused Moose Comedy Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

Can a corporate communications trainer become an Edinburgh festival comic in just 11 months - all to win a £1 bet? Join Marc Hogan somewhere on the learning curve to comedy greatness. (May contain birds.) www.myfunnybusiness.com. PreviewAug 7-8: 19:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,16,18-20,23,25-27,30-31: 19:15 (1hr) £6.50 (£5.00) Aug 14-15,21-22,28-29: 19:15 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.00)

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ADAM AND EVE'S DIARY 'You Are a Very Special Person' Production Centotre, 103 George Street • 0131 225 1550 • Grid Ref: D3

What if Adam and Eve kept a diary of the early days in the Garden of Eden. A romantic comedy act about the very first couple of all. Based on a story by Mark Twain. Aug 13-15: 22:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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ADAM HILLS: INFLATABLE Off the Kerb Productions Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

Australia's triple Perrier nominee returns with a brand new hour of world class stand-up comedy. Uplifting. Joyous. Inflatable. Sundays with BSL interpreter. 'If you're not cheered up by this, you have no soul' (List). www.offthekerb.co.uk PreviewAug 6-7: 20:50 (1hr 10mins) £11.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-26,31: 20:50 (1hr 10mins) £14.00 (£13.00) Aug 14-16,21-23: 20:50 (1hr 10mins) £15.00 (£14.00) Aug 27-30: 20:50 (1hr 10mins) £16.00 (£15.00)

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Adam and Jason are back! Three shows only! 'The Irishman and the Aussie put on a great show ... there is no guaranteeing what you will get - but you will cry with laughter' (Edinburgh Evening News). Aug 13-16: 00:00 (1hr 20mins) £14.50 3456

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ADAMS & REA: BLISSFULLY UNAWARE Adams & Rea Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Adams & Rea are back. Join them on the freaky towpath of life. 'Probably the funniest female musical duo since French and Saunders, if French and Saunders played instruments and sang really well' (Time Out). Preview Aug 5-7: 19:30 (55mins) £6.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27: 19:30 (55mins) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:30 (55mins) £9.50 (£8.00)

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ADVENTURE INCORPORATED - FREE Adventure Incorporated/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Free lunchtime comedy. A crack team of Fringe regulars invite you to join them on a never-to-be-repeated, fully improvised adventure shaped by your suggestions. Memorable characters, fantastic stories, guaranteed laughs. Suitable for families. www.adventureinc.co.uk Aug 7-30: 12:20 (40mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

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AN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE:WESTERNERS CALM DOWN! Daliso Chaponda The Lot, 4 Grassmarket • 0131 225 9922 • Grid Ref: E4

A financial crisis, terrorism, obesity. Stop panicking. Daliso aims to calm Westerners down.This is not a crisis, ask Zimbabwe! A new show from the writer of 'Don't Let Them Deport Me'. Aug 7-31: 19:00 (1hr) £5.00

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AFTER HOURS Pleasance and Amused Moose Comedy Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Legendary, unmissable 'After Hours' showcases this year's biggest stand-ups in a comedy club setting - some so hot we may not be allowed to announce them beforehand. 'The best late night show on the Fringe - brilliant!' (Jason Byrne). Preview Aug 7-8: 00:40 (2hrs 10mins) £7.00 Aug 13,20,27: 00:40 (2hrs 10mins) £10.50 (£9.00) Aug 14-15,21-22,28-29: 00:40 (2hrs 10mins) £11.50 (£10.00) 34567

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AFTERNOON DELIGHT The Bodega Brothers/Festival Highlights Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The Bodega Brothers, co-creators of 2008's hit show 'Barbershopera!' bring you a set of hot, fresh tunes and fearless social commentary, including 'MC Stands for Middle Class' and 'The Dinosaurs Were Gay'. Multi-instrumental, soaring harmonies, ridiculous rhymes. Preview Aug 5-7: 15:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-20,25-27: 15:15 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-31: 15:15 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00)

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AFTERNOON TEA Gemma Leader and David Kelly/PBH's Free Fringe The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

Tea, cakes and stand-up comedy. Great British traditions that have never been mixed - until now! And we'll give it to you free, because we love you.We really do ... 'Calm, collected and funny' (ThreeWeeks). Aug 8-16,18-28: 15:40 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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AFTER THE BOMB Cicero Productions Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

  

A Soviet secret ... A ticking bomb ... A train! Join Dr. Robert November - philologist, appliance-lover, self-proclaimed inventor of wool - on a 1950s comic odyssey. Hold onto your hats, ladies - once you go November, you never remember! PreviewAug 7-8: 14:10 (1hr) ÂŁ5.50 Aug 9-13,16-18,20,23-25,27,30-31: 14:10 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 (ÂŁ5.50) Aug 14-15,21-22,28-29: 14:10 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ6.50)

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AIDAN BISHOP - NO SISSY STUFF Paramount International and Edcom Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Come join Aidan as he brings masculinity back to comedy. One thing he will not be doing is talking about his feelings. 'Aidan does what he's paid to do: get the audience laughing' (Chortle.co.uk). PreviewAug 5-8: 22:45 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:45 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 11-13,18-20,24-27: 22:45 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50)

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AL AND NED'S BALDING FRINGE - FREE Al and Ned/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place, Leith Walk • 0131 556 9628 • Grid Ref: C6

Welsh comedians Al and Ned were friends since birth.Their variety show features sketches, songs and banter. During the show, cracks emerge in their 'perfect' partnership, which collapses into a chaotic and destructive inevitability. Aug 16-22: 21:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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ALEX AND HELEN'S RADIO NOWHERE The Young Marriage Club Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Alex and Helen have ideas above their (radio) station.They make a show only ten people hear.That's only nineteen ears mind; Malcolm's missing one. Alex Nash and Helen Cripps present a comedy about communication. PreviewAug 6-7: 15:00 (1hr) ÂŁ6.50 (ÂŁ5.50) Aug 8-17,19-30: 15:00 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50)

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Downstairs at the Tron, 9 Hunter Square • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Hit show: Edinburgh Fringe 2008 and Melbourne Comedy Festival. SSSSS Winner - ThreeWeeks Editors' Award - Top 10 Fringe Experiences. Facts, fables, funnies and other f-words. 'A Stephen Fry of filth' (Evening Standard). www.alexisdubus.com PreviewAug 6-7: 18:20 (1hr) ÂŁ2.50 Aug 8-18,20-30: 18:20 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

ALEX MAPLE'S PRESS RELEASE Good Sense of Humour Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

For immediate distribution: Alex shows how the PR industry attempts to manipulate the public.You want to see this show.You want to see this show.You want to. 'Raw talent ... punchy gags' (List). www.alexmaple.com PreviewAug 6-7: 18:25 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 18:25 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:25 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00) Aug 11,17,24-25: 18:25 (1hr) ÂŁ6.50

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ALI MCGREGOR'S LATE-NITE VARIETY-NITE NIGHT Ali McGregor Assembly @ George St, Assembly Rooms, 54 George St • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

Let Ali McGregor ('La Clique' and 'Opera Burlesque') with Saxon McAllister guide you through the festival's finest stand-up comedians, burlesque dancers, sideshow acts, and musicians. 'Partial nudity, offensive tricks and gorgeous song' (Melbourne Age). PreviewAug 6-7: 22:30 (1hr 10mins) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-9,11-13,18-20,24-26: 22:30 (1hr 10mins) ÂŁ10.50 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,27-30: 22:30 (1hr 10mins) ÂŁ12.50 (ÂŁ10.50) 3456 7

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ALUN COCHRANE ... IS A DAYDREAMER (AT NIGHT) Alun Cochrane/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Downstairs at the Tron, 9 Hunter Square • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Brand new show from one of the world's top comics. SSSS (Chortle.co.uk; ThreeWeeks; Metro). On why we like wallowing in misery. But called 'Happiness', so no one needs to get their ankles broken by Kathy Bates. www.alistairbarrie.com

Observational comedy, droll storytelling and fantasy all collide to create very funny sort-of jokes from the undisputed king of 'Cochranian' humour: Alun Cochrane. ' ... just really, really funny' - SSSSS (Mirror.co.uk).

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ALISTAIR MCGOWAN AND CHARLOTTE PAGE: COCKTAILS WITH COWARD Off the Kerb Productions McGowan ('The Big Impression') and multi-talented Page perform a selection of Noël Coward's masterful songs and poems.Witty, classy and romantic - a perfect feel-good show for the cocktail hour. www.offthekerb.co.uk

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AMAZING ADVENTURE STORIES OF TODD WOMACK - FREE Todd Womack/PBH's Free Fringe The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

ALISTAIR MCGOWAN:THE ONE AND MANY Off the Kerb Productions Assembly @ Assembly Hall, Mound Place • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: E4

Britain's best impressionist ('The Big Impression') returns to Edinburgh for the first time in 10 years. No wigs, no make-up, but more voices than any other show - including, most importantly, his own! www.offthekerb.co.uk PreviewAug 6-7: 19:20 (1hr) £11.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-26,31: 19:20 (1hr) £14.00 (£13.00) Aug 14-16,21-23: 19:20 (1hr) £15.00 (£14.00) Aug 27-30: 19:20 (1hr) £16.00 (£15.00)

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Comedian Todd Womack (ABC, Comedy Central) weaves together wild characters and romping tales from adventures as a comic, travel guide, and teacher. 'Todd steamrollers the audience into peals of laughter' - SSSSS (Freshair.org.uk). www.toddwomack.com/stories Aug 8-16,18-23,25-29: 20:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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AN AMERICAN REDWOLF IN LONDON Laughing Horse Comedy Laughing Horse @ The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place • 0131 221 9759 • Grid Ref: H5

Jacqui Pointon interviews Chuquai Billy - Native American comedian in the UK. An opportunity to hear about reservation life, culture, stereotypes,Vietnam, the BIA, the FBIs, Guardian Angels. 'Insightful and funny' (Groggy Squirrel).

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS Ivory Toast Productions

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The Space on the Mile @ Jury's Inn (V260), 43 Jeffrey Street • 0845 508 8387 • Grid Ref: D6

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AMSTERDAM UNDERGROUND COMEDY COLLECTIVE Amsterdam Underground Comedy Collective Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

The Dutch are back! From the people who brought you tulips, euthanasia, wooden shoes, legal prostitution, Dennis Bergkamp, XTC, Geert Wilders,Vincent van Gogh, 'Big Brother', gay marriage and easy abortion.

ALL THAT GOMEZ Comedy on the Square Presents Marga Gomez Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

Robin Williams calls Marga Gomez 'a lesbian Lenny Bruce.' Her spicy comedy and quirky tales will put the tart in your tartan and a tilt in your kilt. 'Gomez beguiles' (Time Out, NY). PreviewAug 7-8: 21:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-31: 21:00 (1hr) £9.00 (£7.00)

AMATEUR TRANSPLANTS: IN THEATRE Amateur Transplants Medina & Negociants, 45-47 Lothian Street • 0131 225 6313 • Grid Ref: F5

Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

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ALMOST ACCIDENTALLY PBH's Free Fringe The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Like free, fast-paced comedy? Then you'll love approximately half this show. But if you're not keen on racism or live sex, perhaps leave during the interval. (No interval.) 'Full of good jokes, well delivered' - SSSS (FringeReview.com). Aug 8-11,13-18,20-25,27-29: 16:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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Grab your hot tickets for talent-spotting the next Rhod, Jimmy, Sarah, Jack and Simon, from amongst this year's stellar crop, plus a past Hot Starlet who is now rather famous. www.amusedmoose.com/shows Aug 15-16: 13:30 (1hr) £7.50 (£6.50) 3456

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Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

AL MURRAY - THE PUB LANDLORD Avalon Promotions

Aug 21-22: 15:00 (1hr 20mins) £6.50 (£5.00)

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

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All hail to the ale! A lunchtime lock-in with The Guv'nor as he returns to his spiritual home, performing material from his Perrier nominated and winning shows from 1996-99. All for a fiver.

Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

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AMUSED MOOSE LAUGH-OFF FINAL A M Entertainments, in Association With 4DVD The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Road • 0131 557 2827 • Grid Ref: E6

Vote for hot, breakthrough stars-of-tomorrow battling brilliantly for fame, fortune and shiny Moose trophies. Stephen K Amos skilfully comperes award-winning Amused Moose Comedy's prestigious talent search final, in association with 4DVD. www.amusedmoose.com/shows Aug 23: 14:35 (2hrs 55mins) ÂŁ9.50 3456

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AND BOSNICH IS OFF HIS LINE ... Cambridge Footlights/PBH's Free Fringe Nicol Edwards, 29-35 Niddry Street • Grid Ref: E5

In addition to their usual tour show, the Cambridge Footlights and friends - in proud association with the Free Fringe - present 'Bosnich'.Watch the Steve Punts of tomorrow do stand-up and games and that.

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ANDREW LAWRENCE - SOUL-CRUSHING VICISSITUDES OF FORTUNE! Chambers Management Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

The double if.comedy Award nominee returns with a show about luck and how it can shape our lives. 'He's the funniest thing this critic has yet seen, no contest' (Telegraph). PreviewAug 5-7: 21:35 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-13,17-18,20,24-27: 21:35 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:35 (1hr) ÂŁ11.50 (ÂŁ10.00)

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Brand new comedy from if.comedy Award nominee Andrew Maxwell. Sell-out 20052008. 'A comedy masterclass' (Evening Standard). 'Radiates charisma' (Independent). 'Copper bottomed guarantee of a solid hour's laughter' (Scotland on Sunday). Book early!

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PreviewAug 5-7: 21:00 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 21:00 (1hr) ÂŁ14.00 (ÂŁ12.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:00 (1hr) ÂŁ15.00 (ÂŁ13.50)

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ANDREW O'NEILL: OCCULT COMEDIAN Good Sense of Humour Downstairs at the Tron, 9 Hunter Square • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Andrew O'Neill's getting pretty good at this comedy lark. Last year's show got him nominated for awards and stuff.This one's better. 'Probably the best actual jokes I've seen on the Fringe this year' (Guardian). www.andrewoneill.co.uk

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ANDREW O'NEILL'S HOUR-LONG CHARACTERBASED COMEDY SHOW Good Sense of Humour/PBH's Free Fringe Nicol Edwards, 29-35 Niddry Street • Grid Ref: E5

Meet Thoth Al-Ak Fbf the rubbish occultist, Lethanial Matterhorn who speaks only the truth and over-confident superhero Captain Lasers. 'A bit odd but very funny' (Steve Coogan). Free. www.andrewoneill.co.uk

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ANDREW STANLEY - ON SALE NOW Lisa Richards, Edcom and Universal Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Earlier this year, Andrew tried to buy a laptop on eBay, and it turned out to be surprisingly difficult. Join him as he takes you through the funniest uses and abuses of the world's largest internet auction site.

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5-31 AUGUST • PLEASANCE

0131 556 6550 www.pleasance.co.uk 0131 226 0000 www.edfringe.com

PreviewAug 5-7: 21:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27: 21:30 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:30 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50)

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ANDREW STANLEY'S COMEDY MISH MASH Lisa Richards and EdCom Present Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Like biscuits? Like people who like biscuits? Like people who like talking to people who like biscuits? Then come to the 'Mish Mash' for songs, improv, sketches, comedy and, of course, free biscuits. PreviewAug 5-8: 23:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-10,12-13,18-20,25-27: 23:30 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 23:30 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) 345 6 7

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ANDY HAMILTON'S 'HAT OF DOOM' Lakin McCarthy Entertainment The Queen's Hall, Clerk Street • 0131 668 2019 • Grid Ref: G6

One of Britain's best-loved comedy performers and writers serves up a show brimming with jokes, stories, gossip and cash prizes. His TV and radio hits include 'Outnumbered', 'Drop the Dead Donkey', 'Old Harry's Game'.

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ANGUS & DUNCAN'S TEATIME TREAT - FREE Angus Lindsay and Duncan Bolt/PBH's Free Fringe Nicol Edwards, 29-35 Niddry Street • Grid Ref: E5

Free comedy. Angus Lindsay ('Delightfully shambolic and playful' [Stage]) and Duncan Bolt ('Hilariously geeky, refreshingly original' [Tony Allen]) serve up a deliciously refined blend of scintillating stand-up, special guests and free biscuits.

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ANIL DESAI - STAND-UP CHAMELEON Chameleon Productions Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

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The comedy actor impressionist invites you on an entertainingly unpredictable journey in this fast-paced improv show where he single-handedly takes on the challenge to impersonate 52 famous faces in 52 mind-blowing minutes! PreviewAug 5-6: 20:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:45 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 10-13,18-20,24-27: 20:45 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00)

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ANIMALS OF BUTTER BRIDGE Animals of Butter Bridge C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Midsummer's Eve in a tangled wood. A spreading disease, love misunderstood. Death and new dawn in England's old green. Peculiar folk jokes for all but pre-teens. 'Delightfully dark and different comedy' (FringeReview.co.uk). www.theanimalsofbutterbridge.com Aug 16,21-23,28-31: 18:50 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 17-18,24-25: 18:50 (1hr) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 19-20,26-27: 18:50 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) 34567

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ANNA & KATY Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

British Comedy Award nominee 2008 Anna Crilly ('Lead Balloon') and Katy Wix ('Not Going Out') present a show so funny you'll think they're men. 'The most cunning, exciting and brilliantly original example of a sketch show' (List). PreviewAug 5-8: 18:40 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,24-27,31: 18:40 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:40 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.00)

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ANOTHER HEARTBREAKING BUT ULTIMATELY LIFEAFFIRMING SHOW ABOUT DEATH Sanderson Jones The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Sanderson Jones, almost an orphan, already a stand-up comedian, invites you to the darkly hilarious world of death, glorious death. A joyful celebration of our own mortality. PreviewAug 6-8: 17:20 (1hr) £3.00 (£2.00) Aug 9-16,18-30: 17:20 (1hr) £5.00 (£4.00)

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ANTHOLOGY (VOLUME 6) Andrew J. Lederer/Free Festival Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 19 Blair Street • 0131 220 0125 • Grid Ref: E5

Comedians tell true, personal stories in UK's original storytelling comedy show. 'Might just be creating great art' (Richard Herring). 'Fun' (Time Out). SSSS (ThreeWeeks). Host Andrew J Lederer 'my choice for spirit of the Fringe' (Richard Herring). Aug 7-30: 16:30 (1hr) (FreeTicketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

A1 CALIFORNIA COMEDY 4 FREE Comedy On the Square Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 • Grid Ref: F6

From the land of Hollywood and earthquakes! Frisco Fred hosts. Changing bill featuring comics Marga Gomez ('Lesbian Lenny Bruce' [Robin Williams]), Lynn Ruth Miller (SSSS [ThreeWeeks]) and magician Paul Nathan ('A rare treat' [Time Out]). Aug 6-30: 21:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

THE APOCALYPSE ROADSHOW Dog-Eared Collective Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Renegade entertainment.The Dog-Eared Collective poke the coals of panic in an explosive sketch show about the end of the world. 'Offbeat to the extreme ... it's 'The Mighty Boosh' meets 'The League of Gentlemen''(Fest). www.dogearedcollective.co.uk PreviewAug 6-7: 14:30 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,20,26-27: 14:30 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 14:30 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 11,17-18,24-25: 14:30 (1hr) £6.50

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APOCALYPSE WOW! Dougie Hastings Laughing Horse @ The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place • 0131 221 9759 • Grid Ref: H5

Prime Minister William Hampstead's retiring speech, reflecting on regrets; like legalising Rohypnol, buying France, and accidentally ordering a napalm attack on a children's hospital in England. 82% of the UK now live in poverty, but he meant well.

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Aug 6-30: 12:00 (30mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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ASHLEY HAMES: CONFESSIONS OF A SEX REPORTER Phil McIntyre Entertainment Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

A weakness for women and good times never did Ashley any harm. Apart from maybe the scrotum-nailing incident. Bravo's 'Sin Cities' star blazes a toxic trail through a minefield of debauchery. PreviewAug 5-7: 23:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27,31: 23:00 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23: 23:00 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.00) Aug 28-30: 23:00 (1hr) £12.50 (£11.00)

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THE ASPIDISTRAS The Aspidistras

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Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Plants are the new rock'n'roll.The Aspidistras' brand of darkly stylish character comedy sets you thinking as you smirk hysterically. Sketches, songs and a little light movement. 'Bone dry, original and very very funny' (Word). PreviewAug 6-7: 19:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-17,19-30: 19:00 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00)

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ASSFEST 09 - FREE Abergavenny Sidelights Society/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

Welsh wackiness and general mayhem come to Edinburgh! The six-strong team, named after the famous town, present original comedy sketches and stand-up from their celebrated show. Laugh your ass off into the night! www.asscomedy.com Aug 24-26: 23:40 (1hr 20mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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A-TEAM - THE MUSICAL Scratch Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. Now they're back. Hannibal, BA, Face, Murdock.With guns, explosives and power ballads. 'Ingenious' (Stage), 'Fabulous' (Chortle.co.uk).Warning: nobody dies. PreviewAug 5-6: 17:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:30 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00) Aug 10-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 17:30 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00)

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AT HOME WITH HAMYARD TOURISTS - FREE Ham Yard Tourists/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch Street • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

Double act Ham Yard Tourists invite you into their home for high energy stand-up comedy, slapstick and autobiographical tittle-tattle. 'A gift for snappy delivery of daft, witty writing' - SSSS (ThreeWeeks). www.myspace.com/hamyardtourists

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Aug 7-30: 14:00 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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AT HOME WITH HOLLY Holly Burn/Five Pound Fringe/Bombshell Productions Holly's House, 22a Albany Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: C5

Radical innovative comedy in a real house. Ding Holly's doorbell, follow her from cooker to bath ... (please do your dishes). Like nothing you've seen before. 'Dangerous ... hilarious' (Stage). 'Wonderfully abstract ... surreal' (Time Out Critics' Choice). PreviewAug 6-7: 15:07 (53mins) ÂŁ2.50 Aug 8-16,18-23,25-31: 15:07 (53mins) ÂŁ5.00

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AT THE KNUCKLE WITH STUART HUDSON AND JOHN SMITH Stuart Hudson and John Smith/PBH's Free Fringe The Royal Mile Tavern, 127 High Street • 0131 557 9681 • Grid Ref: E5

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Stuart Hudson: 'sordid, laugh out loud funny' (BBC.co.uk); 'quality many a comic would envy' (Chortle.co.uk); 'brooding, moody patter' (Independent). John Smith SSSS (ThreeWeeks); 'Pick of the Week ... Beautifully written jokes' (Guardian). Aug 8-11,13-18,20-27: 20:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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AVATAR AND CLEANSKIN (DOUBLE BILL) Act Too The Space@Venue 45, 39 Jeffrey Street • 0845 508 8387 • Grid Ref: D5

Do you believe in angels? Two heavenly comedies to help you decide. 'Avatar' - maybe an angel but not where you expected to find one! 'Cleanskin' - the right place but maybe not the angel you expected! Aug 24-29: 17:45 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 (ÂŁ6.00) 3456

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AVA VIDAL: REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE 4TH OF NOVEMBER Ava Vidal/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

The day America elected its first black president. Barak Obama promised change for Americans - and the world. Can we apply his political principles to everyday life? Yes we can! Or maybe not ... PreviewAug 6: 13:40 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 (ÂŁ5.00) Aug 7-16,18-30: 15:45 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 (ÂŁ6.00)

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AXIS OF AWESOME: INFINITY ROCK EXPLOSION Axis Of Awesome Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Australian musical comedy sensation return to the Fringe with hilarious new songs. Get ready to rock your face off! As heard on BBC Radio 1. ''Spinal Tap' meets 'Flight of the Conchords'' - SSSS(Scotsman). PreviewAug 5-6: 21:15 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 7-8,14-15,21-22,28-30: 21:15 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00) Aug 9-13,16-18,20,23-25,27,31: 21:15 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00)

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BACK TO THE EIGHTIES - FREE Savage Cabbage Promotions Presents Dean Scurry

Avalon Promotions Ltd Presents

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

Following a sell-out 2008 Fringe debut, Irish comedian Dean Scurry delivers another unmissable free show packed full of hysterical stories from the 1980s. 'High energy, genuine, warm, continuous laughter (FringeReport.co.uk). www.freefestival.co.uk; www.myspace.com/deanscurry.

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BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN TREES Nick Helm/PBH's Free Fringe The Rat Pack, 9b Shandwick Place • Free shows only, no box office • Grid Ref: E2

A whole free hour of comedy, poetry and music as comedian Nick Helm and guests explore happiness, Jaffa Cakes and the howling abyss of man's wretched soul. 'Deadpan humour and fierce intelligence' - SSSS (Scotsman).

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BAMBOOZLEMENT! Morgan & West Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

An evening of magic, mystery and whimsy. Magical duo Morgan & West demonstrate their powers of dupery, hoodwinking and confabulation in this Victorian parlour magic show. Hold on to your top hats, there's not a white rabbit in sight! PreviewAug 5-7: 17:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,17-20,24-27,31: 17:00 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:00 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

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“A veritable feast of character comedy all packing harpoon-sharp material” THE SCOTSMAN

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BANTERLAND PBH's Free Fringe The Rat Pack, 9b Shandwick Place • Free shows only, no box office • Grid Ref: E2

5PM PLEASANCE COURTYARD

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Spring, 1927. In the small French town of Sweden, a nun is murdered in the vestry of the church, her body marked with mysterious symbols.This isn't a description of our stand-up comedy show. Chortle finalist included. 18+ Aug 8-29: 15:10 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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BARRY & STUART: POWERED BY DEMONS Barry & Stuart Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Sell-out 2008, 'Scottish comic illusionists, and their highly entertaining quickfire magic and oddball comedy' (ThreeWeeks) present their new show. 'Dark vaudeville for the 21st century' (Metro). 'Sarcastic ... darkly brilliant ... pure magic' (List). PreviewAug 6-7: 22:15 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,11-13,17-20,24-27: 22:15 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:15 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.50)

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BARRY CRYER & RONNIE GOLDEN AT THEIR PIQUE! Gilded Balloon/Barry Cryer/Ronnie Golden Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

‘Ashley Hames stands for everything that is bad in today’s society.’

‘Irresponsible, insane but inspired, the Queen should present Ashley Hames with a knighthood and a straightjacket... He is equally deserving of both.’ PIERS HERNU

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Protest songs for the 21st century.This their 8th Fringe show.The miffed duo have written a bunch of protest songs for you to sing along with.We shall not be moved. Aug 22-30: 18:45 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00) 34567

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BBC COMEDY PRESENTS BBC Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

BBC Comedy presents another month of fantastic late-night comedy. Promising the biggest names and hottest new talent, the show has sold out every year. Book early to avoid disappointment. Check www.bbc.co.uk/comedy for details. Sponsored by 2Entertain. PreviewAug 5-7: 23:00 (1hr 30mins) £5.00 Aug 8-13,17,19-20,24,26-27,31: 23:00 (1hr 30mins) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 23:00 (1hr 30mins) £10.50 (£9.00)

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Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

For anyone who's ever fancied themselves as a superhero - without the heroic or super part. 'Super-comedienne in the making' (Advertiser, Adelaide Fringe). Ages 14+. PreviewAug 5-8: 15:15 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 15:15 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27,31: 15:15 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ7.00)

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BECOME THE BOSS OF EVERYTHING Kieran & Joe/PBH's Free Fringe The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

Kieran and Joe demonstrate how to get any job, anywhere, anytime. After this workshop no one will ever say 'you're not a surgeon' again. Previous reviews: 'Firstrate' (TheatreGuideLondon.co.uk); 'Leave the audience permanently laughing' (Fest). Aug 18-28: 16:50 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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BEN LERMAN'S SIZE MATTERS Ben Lerman Laughing Horse @ Cafe Renroc, 91 Montgomery Street • 0131 556 0432 • Grid Ref: B6

This gay NYC ukulele player writes and performs smart, funny, twisted songs about love, American Idols, pirates, and more. 'Sick and brilliant' (Time Out NY). 'Tiny instrument, big balls ... So damn funny' (Time Out Chicago). Aug 6-16,18-23,25-30: 19:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456 7

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Fresh from New York's Upright Citizens Brigade, Berty Haddock present a series of absurd sketches, featuring the Artist known as Dave, the Extremely Emotional Interviewer, and many more. All new sketch comedy. Excellent value for money (free!). Aug 8-11,13-18,20-25,27-29: 17:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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BEST IN STAND-UP - 99 CLUB PRINCES STREET - FREE 99 Club/PBH's Free Fringe The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

99 Club has been critics' choice in the Independent, Guardian, Times, Time Out and more. Proudly supporting Free Fringe we present five different performers a night from our West End venues. www.99clubcomedy.co.uk Aug 8-28: 22:45 (2hrs 5mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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BEST IN STAND-UP - 99 CLUB ROYAL MILE - FREE 99 Club/PBH's Free Fringe The White Horse, 266 Cannongate • Grid Ref: D6

99 Club has been critics' choice in the Independent, Guardian, Times, Time Out and more. Proudly supporting Free Fringe we present five different performers a night from our West End venues. www.99clubcomedy.co.uk Aug 8-29: 18:25 (1hr 55mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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BEST OF EDINBURGH - THE SHOWCASE SHOW Paramount International and Edcom Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Best of festival showcasing the best and brightest of 2009's Fringe comics - different line-ups daily plus special guest host. 'Perfect bite-sized flavour of the festival' (ThreeWeeks). Sixth sell-out year! Aug 7-13,17-20,24-27: 13:10 (1hr) ÂŁ7.50 (ÂŁ6.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 13:10 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.00) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

BEST OF IRISH COMEDY The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Ireland's finest under one roof. Excellent value showcase featuring three top comics for the price of one. Fringe institution since 1999. 'Wonderful line-up truly justifies show's title' (Edinburgh Evening News). Different line-up nightly. www.thestand.co.uk Aug 7-31: 18:00 (1hr 15mins) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00)

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BEST OF POPCORN COMEDY Popcorn Comedy

   

The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Top comedians (including Tim Key, Jarred Christmas, Fat Tongue and Idiots of Ants) show their funny films, combined with live performances. 'Best of' collection from the hugely successful monthly London night. (Time Out Critics' Choice). Aug 6,26: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00

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THE BEST OF REBUS MCTAGGART Richard Thomson/Festival Highlights For 10 shows only. Ecclefechan's top cop takes us on a guided tour, revealing the hectic schedule of his crime-fighting mission. 'Very funny physical comedian who doesn't miss a cue' - SSSS (Scotsman). www.rebusmctaggart.com

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BEST OF SCOTTISH COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR Ha Ha Comedy Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

'Often shocking, stand-up comedy's only genius... compelling, hilarious, unpredictable and unmissable... the funniest comedian in the country' 

A selection of Scotland's best. Previous SCOTY winners and finalists alongside guest spot from the English Comedian of the Year. 'Genuinely prestigious affair ... with a genuine sense of occasion' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Major talent' (Skinny). PreviewAug 6-7: 23:20 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 23:20 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 23:20 (1hr) ÂŁ10.50 (ÂŁ9.50) Aug 11,17-18,24-25: 23:20 (1hr) ÂŁ6.50

SADOWITZ COMEDIAN, MAGICIAN, PSYCHOPATH 2009

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

PreviewAug 7: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8,11-13: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00) Aug 9-10,14-16: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ11.00 (ÂŁ10.00)

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BEST OF SCOTTISH COMEDY The Stand Comedy Club

Sat 29 August 11pm Edinburgh Playhouse 0844 847 1660

www.thestand.co.uk www.edinburghplayhouse.org.uk

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Twelfth side-splitting year. Quality showcase with Caledonia's finest. Old favourites and rising stars. Four great comics for a tenner. Changes nightly. 'Great value in a relaxed environment' (Scotsman). 'Best in the country' (Evening News). www.thestand.co.uk Aug 7-30: 21:30 (1hr 50mins) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00)

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BEST OF 'SO YOU THINK YOU'RE FUNNY?' Gilded Balloon Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Your chance to see the most recent winners and runners-up from the best and longest running comedy competition - now 22 years old! Come see how they've grown! Aug 8,12-15,20-26,28-31: 22:30 (1hr 30mins) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50) 34567

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BEST OF THE FEST 2009 Assembly Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

'Best of the Fest' is the biggest night of comedy in Edinburgh. It's a guaranteed night of unabashed showing off and big laughs. Definitely the only place to be 'round midnight this August! PreviewAug 7-8: 00:00 (1hr 20mins) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 13,16,20,23,26-27: 00:00 (1hr 20mins) ÂŁ12.00 (ÂŁ11.00) Aug 14-15,21-22,28-30: 00:00 (1hr 20mins) ÂŁ14.00 (ÂŁ13.00) 34567

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Assembly @ Assembly Hall, Mound Place • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: E4 Aug 27-29: 00:00 (1hr 20mins) £14.00 (£13.00) 3456

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BEST OF THE FIVE POUND FRINGE Five Pound Fringe The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Start your day with a taster of what the Five Pound Fringe has to offer - stand-up, sketches, music, theatre, spoken word, a bit of burlesque (unlikely). Check website, venue boards for lineups. www.fivepoundfringe.com Aug 8-16,18-23,25-30: 12:20 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 34567 8

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THE BETA MALES PICNIC - FREE Beta Males Picnic/Laughing Horse Free Fringe

A BIG EGG! 2: STAND-UP SHOW A Big Egg!/PBH's Free Fringe

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

The Illicit Still, 2 Brougham Street • Grid Ref: F3

Born and inbred in Jersey, Beta Males offer up a comedy of crushed dreams and the quirks of male-pattern bonding. A 50-minute sketch happening populated by bad cops, forgotten astronauts and robot Shakespeare. www.betamalespicnic.com

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A BETRAYAL OF PENGUINS John Gallagher & Matthew Smyth Sweet ECA, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place or Lady Lawson Street • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: F4

Two of Ireland's finest up-and-coming comedians (John Gallagher/Matthew Smyth) take you on a hilarious adventure through life, love, betrayal. No penguins were betrayed in making of this show. 'Ireland's next great comedy partnership' (Irish Comedy Review). Aug 7-31: 13:20 (50mins) £7.50 (£6.50)

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A BIG TROUT IN A SMALL POND Z Theatre Company The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

A brand spanking new comedy sketch show. Be prepared to laugh and cry, indeed yes, frolic in your own angelic delights. It's so riotous, Stephen Hawking gave it a standing ovation.

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THE BIG VALUE COMEDY SHOW - EARLY Just the Tonic

THE BIG COMEDY BREAKFAST Mark Burrows, Robert Auton and Diane Spencer

Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Sweet Grassmarket, Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: E4

'Cabaret comedy at its best' (Scotsman). Four top comedians, two hour show. In its 15th year as the recognised launchpad for future stars.Tomorrow's comedians, yesterday's prices ... today. For £10 or less.

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A BIG EGG! A Big Egg!/PBH's Free Fringe

Aug 8-12,14-19,21-26,28-30: 14:25 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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THE BIG VALUE COMEDY SHOW - LATE Just the Tonic Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Four different comedians to the early show with all the added extras. 'Top comedy, top value' (List). Established as one of the best shows on the Fringe. Must-see for any comedy fan. PreviewAug 6-7: 22:00 (2hrs) £6.00 Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:00 (2hrs) £10.00 Aug 11-13,17,19,25-27: 22:00 (2hrs) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 20,24: 22:00 (2hrs) £8.50 (£7.50)

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THE BIRDS AND THE BEES - FREE Mark Butler/Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Hive, 15-17 Niddry Street • 0131 556 0444 • Grid Ref: E5

In the guise of a bumbling science teacher, Mark delivers the sex education class you never had at school. Intelligent and irreverent filth. 'Butler is wise, cruelly observant and hysterically funny' (Independent Weekly). www.funnymark.com

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BITCH GOT OWNED! - FREE Sajeela Kershi Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Sajeela Kershi infamously appeared in 2007's most talked-about, if.comedy-winning show.Verbally abused, vilified on YouTube - this wasn't the first time her world had turned upside down. Here's the real woman behind the controversy!

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A BIT OF THE OTHER Other Theresa (Featuring Russ Chandler on Banjo & Guitar) The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

Saucy, spiky song and rhyme featuring acrobatics plus audience participation. Scalpelsharp ex-tabloid princess Other Theresa and banjo-picking sidekick perform lyrical autopsies on yoga divas, chavs, suburban 4x4 drivers, gamers and more! www.othertheresa.co.uk. Aug 21: 18:05 (55mins) £5.00 (£4.00) Aug 22: 19:05 (55mins) £5.00 (£4.00)

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BLACK COMEDY Grim's Theatre Company

BOOK REVIEW John Barker/Laughing Horse Free Festival

Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace • 0131 220 6109 • Grid Ref: E4

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

What do you do when you suffer a power blackout minutes before you are due to entertain extremely important guests? Pitch black darkness leads to a hilariously explosive mix that you won't want to miss! Aug 24-29: 20:30 (1hr) £5.00 (£3.00) 3456

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Celebrity ghostwriter previews the latest celebrity biographies, celebrity being the key word in this celebrity book review show, not a failure writing for a website. Aug 6-7: 13:15 (40mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

BLIND MIRTH PBH's Free Fringe

Aug 24-28: 11:15 (40mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

Free improvisation show from St Andrews' best, oldest (and also only) improv comedy troupe. A different show every day.Your suggestions are transformed into a long-form narrative beyond your wildest dreams. 'A pleasure to watch' (Saint). Aug 8-15,17-22,24-28: 13:15 (45mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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BLOW UP - THE CREDIT CRUNCH MUSICAL! Clown and Bear Productions Present Oompah Brass Featuring Charlie Talbot

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THE BOOM JENNIES The Boom Jennies Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

A boisterous sketch carnival from this oddly charming trio. So much fun that by the end you'll have arranged a dinner meeting with strangers in neighbouring rows. 'Bubbly, naughty engaging fun' - SSSS (ThreeWeeks). 'Hilarious ... comedy genius' - SSSS (Scotsgay). www.theboomjennies.com PreviewAug 5-7: 18:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 18:15 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:15 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

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How did bankers destroy the world's economy? What's the oompah version of 'Livin' On a Prayer'? Failed financier Max Klein and Oompah Brass reveal all.You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll have a little boogie.

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BLURRRRR! Blanca Dominguez Laughing Horse @ The Hive, 15-17 Niddry Street • 0131 556 0444 • Grid Ref: E5

'Blurrrrr!' Blanca Dominguez: a happy-go-lucky, won't-balance-her-checkbook, stillbelieves-in-finding-Mr.-Right kind of chica. Discover this hilarious comic in her Fringe debut ranting about younger men, alcohol, and why Facebook is the devil.

'21st-century cabaret stars like no other. Do whatever you have to do to get a ticket: sell your gran, your body, your soul. Be wide-eyed. Be scared. Be there. Absolutely unmissable' (Time Out). PreviewAug 5-7: 21:45 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 21:45 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:45 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.50)

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BLUTO BALTHAZAR'S SCHOOL OF SURREAL SORCERY - FREE Mark Walbank/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

The sorceror needs a new apprentice - preferably someone who can dance, cook and hypnotise people with Paul McCartney's 'Frog Song'. Harry Hill meets 'The Sorceror's Apprentice' - hilarious and mind-blowing magic. www.blutobalthazar.com.

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BOB DOOLALLY: STRAIGHT IN THE BAWBAG Bob Doolally/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Perennial sell-out since 1998. Alcoholic footballing pundit from Hell back for two nights only. Same pish as last year. But different. 'Deserves to be a national treasure' (Record). 'Almost better than football' (Independent). Aug 17: 20:30 (1hr 30mins) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 24: 20:00 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00) 3456

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THE BODY TIGHTS MAN SHOW 3 gaga heads Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

A storm from Tokyo! The whole body tights man, 3 gaga heads, perform the nonverbal funny dances and pantomimes using various daily life articles like rubber gloves, juice and straws. Feel modern Tokyo! PreviewAug 6-7: 16:20 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,11-13,17,19-20,24-25,27: 16:20 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:20 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) 3456 7

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BRAIN REFLUX Simon Dowd/PBH's Free Fringe The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

A lovely early evening start. As they occur: jokes, stories and songs. 10 days only! Check out www.simondowd.com.

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BRENDON BURNS: COMEDY GOOD YEAH SILLY SIDE C**T Off the Kerb Productions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

After touring the US and Australia, Brendon Burns returns to his home away from home that isn't London - the Pleasance in Edinburgh.Two nights only! Book early! Exclaim! www.offthekerb.co.uk Aug 28-29: 22:30 (1hr) £16.00 (£14.50) 3456

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BRIAN GITTINS: ROADSIDE CAFE OWNER Siobhan Rhodes & United Agents - Festival Highlights Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

In three years on the circuit, Brian has written 14 jokes. He's run them past his wife, Cheryl. She said they were 'disappointing'. 'One of the best comedy characters of the decade' (Ricky Gervais). www.briangittins.com PreviewAug 5-7: 16:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 16:45 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:45 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

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BRIDGET CHRISTIE: MY DAILY MAIL HELL Siobhan Rhodes & United Agents - Festival Highlights Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

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I worked on the Daily Mail gossip column. I was strangled by Gene Wilder, fed a fish by Peter Stringfellow, and saw Alan Yentob fall off a plastic chair. 'Wonderfully bonkers' - SSSS (Metro). www.bridgetchristie.co.uk PreviewAug 5-7: 18:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8,11,13,18-20,24-27,31: 18:30 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:30 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50)

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BRIGITTE APHRODITE IN SUBURBAN HELL AphroJamm Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

Bizarre. Poetic. Romantic. Brigitte escapes suburbia through comedy music with guitar, glitter and pasta shapes stuck on. 'Loving her style' (Rob Da Bank, BBC Radio 1). 'Utterly eccentric masterpiece' (Volt). 'Simply fabulous' (ThreeWeeks). www.myspace.com/brigitteaphroditevoutsa. PreviewAug 7-8: 18:00 (50mins) £5.00 Aug 9-13,16,18-20,23-27,30-31: 18:00 (50mins) £8.00 (£7.00) Aug 14-15,21-22,28-29: 18:00 (50mins) £9.50 (£7.00)

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BRITAIN'S BEST MATES Phil & Phill - Festival Highlights Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Obsessed with sports, lads' mags, girls and each other, Comedy Central's delusional couple, Phil & Phill, share the secrets of their bizarre, award-winning friendship. 'Hysterical ... comic geniuses' (GQ). 'The next Ant & Dec' (Phil & Phill). www.britainsbestmates.com PreviewAug 5-7: 17:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-9,11-13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 17:00 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:00 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50)

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BUSSMANN'S HOLIDAY:THE WORST DATE EVER Filthy Pictures & Richard Jordan Productions Ltd in Association With Macmillan Publishing Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

Jane Bussmann ('South Park') fled Britney's Hollywood for heady Uganda, land of spies, trustafarians and reputedly, a sexy peacemaker. Investigating war criminals was an infuriating accident. Hysterical, heartbreaking true story. 'Hilarious' - SSSS (Guardian). Aug 24-26: 16:50 (1hr 10mins) £12.00 (£11.00) Aug 27-30: 16:50 (1hr 10mins) £13.00 (£12.00)

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The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

Through an improvised comedy of superheroes based entirely on audience suggestions of superpowers, locations and characters, we will weave a saga of epic adventure, passion, and joy, with improvised fight scenes, stunts and songs. Aug 24-29: 15:35 (55mins) ÂŁ7.00 (ÂŁ5.00) 3456

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CARDINAL BURNS Pleasance Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

 

Favourites on the UK live comedy circuit and two thirds of if.comedy nominees Fat Tongue. 'The most original sketch act around' (Times), Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns, return to Edinburgh with their hotly anticipated show for 2009. PreviewAug 5-7: 17:45 (55mins) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,25-27,31: 17:45 (55mins) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ6.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:45 (55mins) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ7.50)

    

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CAREY MARX:THE DOOM GLOOM BOOM Carey Marx/The Stand Comedy Club

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The Stand Comedy Club II, 16 North St Andrew Street • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

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Da-doo doo doom doom, ba-boo boo boom boom, da-doo doo doom doom, doomy gloomy gloomy boom boom. 'A genius' (Guardian). 'An analytical gift' (Herald). 'The darkest realms of comedy' (Metro). PreviewAug 5: 19:10 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 (ÂŁ6.00) PreviewAug 6: 14:25 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 (ÂŁ6.00) Aug 7-16,18-30: 19:45 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ7.00)

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CARL DONNELLY - RELAX EVERYONE, IT'S CARL DONNELLY! Carl Donnelly

Top US Comedian. Co-author of He’s Just Not That Into You and Sex and The City writer

Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

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CARL SAGAN IS MY GOD, OH AND RICHARD FEYNMAN TOO Robin Ince/PBH's Free Fringe



 

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Lunchtime celebration of science and the wonderful, with readings and performances from various guests and host, Robin Ince. Check website for updates.Take pleasure in finding things out. www.myspace.com/robinince

‘A SUPREMELY CONFIDENT STAGE PAIR, COMBINING CHILD-LIKE ENTHUSIASM WITH DELICIOUS DANGER.’ The Scotsman

Aug 19-30: 12:10 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

‘as seen in Flight of the Conchords’

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CAROLINE MABEY'S GO GO GO COFFEE SHOW! Caroline Mabey/PBH's Free Fringe Beehive Inn, 18 Grassmarket • Grid Ref: E4

Waking up is hard to do. Caroline Mabey has a cartoon coffee pot.That might help. 'Wonderfully confused' (Time Out). 'Bloody brilliant' (ThreeWeeks). 'Silly, poignant and twisted' (Scotsman). Aug 8-11,13-17,19-24,26-29: 13:30 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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CARRIE QUINLAN'S IMMATERIAL Carrie Quinlan/PBH's Free Fringe The Canon's Gait, 232 Canongate • Grid Ref: D6

The star of 'The News Quiz' and 'The Early Edition' will be Free-Fringing it up like a mofo. It will likely take the form of something between a meeting and an extravaganza. 'Excellent' (Sunday Times). Aug 8-18: 20:25 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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CELIA PACQUOLA IN AM I STRANGE? Adams Management Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Winner - Critics Award 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Best Comedy 2008 Melbourne Fringe. Celia wondered if her mind was strange.Then she was cheated on.This didn't help. 'Jaw-achingly funny' (Age). www.adamsmanagement.com.au PreviewAug 5-6: 19:45 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:45 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 10-13,18-20,24-27,31: 19:45 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

CHARLIE BAKER - THE WORLD'S GREATEST SHOWOFF Charlie Baker Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Imagine Frank Sinatra, Jack Black and Jethro had a son. Imagine no more as Charlie Baker brings his debut solo show to Edinburgh. 'A superior modern take on the traditional showman' (Guardian). PreviewAug 6-8: 18:40 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-10,14-16,24-27: 18:40 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ7.00) Aug 11-13,17,19-20: 18:40 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 (ÂŁ6.00) Aug 21-23,28-30: 18:40 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00)

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CHARLIE CHUCK, UNCLE PETER AND ME Charlie Chuck The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson St • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

Reeves and Mortimer's sidekick.A tour de farce. Music, magic and mayhem. 'A masterpiece of oddity' (Scotsman). 'Genius' (Loaded). 'Cult lunacy' (Metro). 'Unpredictable, wilful, painfully funny. See him!' (Sunday Times). Endorphins will flow. www.charliechuck.com Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-29: 17:00 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ7.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27: 17:00 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 (ÂŁ6.00)

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CHARLIE TALBOT AND DAVE GIBSON: NORTHSOUTH DIVIDE Talbot and Gibson/PBH's Free Fringe Beehive Inn, 18 Grassmarket • Grid Ref: E4

A cocky, vaguely posh Londoner and a chirpy proletarian Lancastrian traverse the vast geographical and socio-political chasm dividing them for your entertainment. Two rising comics, one beard, one moustache, hundreds of jokes.

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CHEESE-BADGER (AND OTHER STORIES) Tom Ovens and Frank Paul Laughing Horse @ The Hive, 15-17 Niddry Street • 0131 556 0444 • Grid Ref: E5

Scrumptious! Thundering! Walrus! Princely! What do these words have in common (except walrus)?They describe 'Cheese-Badger (and Other Stories)', the show that towers above Edinburgh like a humorous Godzilla with spectacles and a balalaika.

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THE CHIPPENDALES:THE ULTIMATE GIRLS' NIGHT OUT Gilded Balloon Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

The combination of sex appeal and class has established Chippendales as the ultimate girls' night out. Ladies, prepare yourselves as these American icons stage their latest production of live music, dancing and fantasy. PreviewAug 5-6: 22:00 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,29-30: 22:00 (1hr) ÂŁ15.00 (ÂŁ14.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27,31: 22:00 (1hr) ÂŁ14.00 (ÂŁ13.00) Aug 22,26,29-30: 23:30 (1hr) ÂŁ15.00 (ÂŁ14.00)

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CHOOSE YOUR OWN EDVENTURE Jim Holland Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

A blend of storytelling and stand-up where you decide what happens next. Dashing comedian, Jim Holland, mixes highbrow literary ambition and pantomime. Free! Aug 8-15: 13:45 (30mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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Star of BBC 1’s ‘LIVE AT THE APOLLO’ and ‘MICHAEL McINTYRE’S COMEDY ROADSHOW’

Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Comedy website Chortle has scoured Britain to find the best student comedians now watch these future stars compete for the coveted title and a £1,000 prize.With top MC and 2009 winner Jack Heal. Aug 25: 23:00 (2hrs) £10.00 (£8.50) 3456

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CHRIS COX: MIND OVER PATTER Phil McIntyre Entertainment Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Mind-reader Chris Cox knows what you're thinking. Come see if he's right. 2007/08 sell-out and award winner. 'One of the most exciting entertainers in Britain' (Guardian). 'Tricks that would make Jesus proud' (Time Out). PreviewAug 5-8: 20:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 11-13,18-20,24-27,31: 20:30 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23: 20:30 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.00) Aug 28-30: 20:30 (1hr) £12.50 (£11.00)

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The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

‘Whip-crack jokes.’

The rock'n'roll of cabaret is back after picking up the Stage's 'must-see' title at 2008's Fringe. Performing a mix of stand-up comedy with contortionism and escapology, creating a high-energy, kick-ass show!

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CHRIS MCCAUSLAND - 7 STRIKES Chris McCausland

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‘A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ACTING ENGLISH’ by Shappi Khorsandi currently available.

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'Excellent!' (Times). During his life Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning seven times. That's just mental! The award-winning Scouse comedian looks at the eventfulness of life amidst Roy's incredible story. 'Terrific material' (Scotsman). www.chrismccausland.com

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Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

'Topical Scurvy' demolished current affairs. Now Charlie Duncan,Tony Dunn, Lawrence Francis examine the future. And it's not looking good ... 'Near-genius festival comedy' - SSSS (Hairline). PreviewAug 7-9: 13:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 10-30: 13:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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THE CLEAN (AS POSSIBLE) COMEDY SHOW Just Fair Laughs The Lot, 4 Grassmarket • 0131 225 9922 • Grid Ref: E4

Stand-up comedy with a 12A certificate. Come and watch four top comedians from the festival clean up their act! Every night a different line-up and Fairtrade prize give-away. Aug 7-31: 17:00 (1hr 30mins) £5.00 (£4.00)

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CLEAN, FREE & KIWI Mateo Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

This clean - well mostly clean - comedy show is free.The best things in life are free: sunshine, laughter, this comedy show. New Zealand comic Mateo presents comedy songs and stand-up without offensive material. Aug 6-17,19-30: 19:30 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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CLEVER PETER CKP Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

After a sell-out Edinburgh debut in 2008, this award-winning sketch troupe return with a brand-new hour of their exciting, fast-paced comedy. 'Python meets 'The League of Gentlemen'' - SSSS (List). 'Pretty much top of the class' - SSSS (Scotsman). www.cleverpeter.co.uk Preview Aug 5-8: 20:10 (55mins) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24-27: 20:10 (55mins) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:10 (55mins) £9.50 (£8.00)

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CLIVE JAMES IN THE EVENING: MORE TO SAY Jeremy Meadow Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

The UK's favourite Australian writer, broadcaster and raconteur returns with new anecdotes. 'James could probably talk unaided and uninterrupted for 24 hours and still be captivating' (Daily Telegraph). 'Sparkling' - SSSS (Scotsman). www.clivejamesevening.com Aug 16,20-21: 20:30 (1hr 15mins) £15.00 (£14.00) Aug 17-19: 20:30 (1hr 15mins) £13.00 (£12.00) 3456

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CLUTCHING AT STRAWS - FREE Sian Hutchinson/PBH's Free Fringe Bannermans, 212 Cowgate • Grid Ref: E5

A one-woman show. An American exchange student takes us on a journey of her observations of British women. She leaves no lady-stone unturned in a quick-fire comedy show with balls and boobs!

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CNUTY & WESTERN AT THE PHOENIX Warrick Hunt & Kirk Western/PBH'S Free Fringe The Phoenix, 46 Broughton Street • Grid Ref: B5

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An hour of Scottish vaudeville from Warrick Hunt & Kirk Western ('X Factor'). Mirth, music, mayhem and mates.This show contains adult material and sex toys and a guitar. LOL. Guaranteed one laugh.

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COLIN HOULT'S CARNIVAL OF MONSTERS Avalon Promotions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Writers' Guild award winner Colin Hoult ('Zimbani', 'Colin and Fergus', 'Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder' ITV1) invites you to a truly original tragi-comic character show that will shock, tickle and appall. 'Sheer comic gold' (Metro). Preview Aug 5-8: 15:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,24-27,31: 15:30 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 15:30 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

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COLLINGS AND HERRIN PODCAST LIVE! Avalon Promotions Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

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Unscripted, unrehearsed, unabashed. Richard Herring and Andrew Collins with intellectual, puerile, needlessly offensive, improvised banter. Five shows only. Different every day.Yet strangely the same. Downloadable from iTunes. 'The spirit of Derek and Clive' (Guardian). Aug 19-23: 12:20 (1hr) £6.00 (£5.00) 3456

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COLM O'REGAN IN HINDSIGHT Lisa Richards and EdCom Present Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Join Colm on a journey through the past and imperfect tense. 'Subtle and nifty' (Chortle.co.uk). 'So funny he could reduce a Russian novelist to tears'* (Hot Press). *Scenario has thus far remained hypothetical. Preview Aug 5-8: 20:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27: 20:15 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:15 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50)

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COMEDY AND CAKE Two Shades of Blue Augustine's, 41 George IV Bridge • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

Returning for a third year of light entertainment, this energetic Oxbridge company will take the weight off your Fringe with joyous sketches, gentle satire, kitsch silliness, and did we mention the free cake? 'Comedy gold' (ThreeWeeks). www.twoshadesofblue.org.uk Aug 25-27: 16:15 (1hr) £7.50 Aug 28-31: 16:15 (1hr) £8.50 3456

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COMEDY BABY WitTank/PBH's Free Fringe The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

Stand-up comedy that's a bit like needing a wee - if you don't go now, you'll regret it later. Meet Mark, Kieran, Naz and Guy (and special guests) as they do the funny. 'Brilliant' (List, 2008). Aug 8-17,19-25,27-29: 13:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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COMEDY BITCH Bite the Bullet Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

A brand new sketch show debuts at this year's Fringe. More underground than the Velvet Underground ... More underground than the Jam, when they were going underground, more underground than moles. Comedy at its cleverest.World premiere. See it. Preview Aug 6-7: 17:35 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 17:35 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:35 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 11,18,24-25: 17:35 (1hr) £6.50

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THE COMEDY BUFFET - FREE Rob Coleman, Graeme Harkins, Jane Hill/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

Three comics, three distinct styles. Jane Hill - a comically jaded take on life, love and relationships. Rob Coleman - a stream of gags, puns and one-liners. Graeme Harkins - interactive and reflective views about life. www.freefestival.co.uk Preview Aug 6: 19:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-30: 19:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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COMEDY BUS On a Roll Entertainment Ltd Club Class Bus, Outside Walkabout Bar, Omni Leisure Complex • 0870 043 3744 • Grid Ref: C5

Public transport is a joke ... this bus is no exception! Join us on our silver doubledecker for a sidesplitting, sight-seeing tour of Edinburgh.Visit four bars while enjoying outrageous comedy from top Fringe comedians! Aug 7-8,14-15,21-22,28-29: 19:00 (4hrs 30mins) £15.00 3456

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Blood. Guts. Puppets. Aug 7th-29th, (not 17th, 24th) 17:00 (40min)

Freemasons Hall, 8/10 Forth Street, North Berwick • 07500 772 720 • Grid Ref: C6

An evening of comedy and crisps with the finest stand-ups from the Gilded Balloon's stable. Save the train fare and buy a pint of lager instead. A huge success last year, don't miss it. Actual acts may vary! Aug 13: 20:00 (1hr 45mins) £10.00 3456

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COMEDY COUNTDOWN Good Sense of Humour Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

‘Hilarious, Must See Stuff!’ -The Scotsman

See comedians pitted against each other in something almost resembling everyone's favourite teatime quiz show! Last year Alex Horne beat the likes of Richard Herring, Josie Long and Stephen Grant to the inaugural trophy. Hosted by Dan Atkinson. Aug 10-11,17-18,24-25: 23:45 (1hr 15mins) £5.00 3456

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COMEDY COVEN Amy Howerska, Hannah Warman and Luisa Omielan Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch St • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

Three lovely young women do 20 minutes of stand-up, each giving her view on sex, work, life and Woolworths.

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COMEDY GALA 2009 In Aid of Waverley Care Festival Theatre Edinburgh, 13-29 Nicolson Street • 0131 529 6000 • Grid Ref: E5

Edinburgh's biggest comedy event featuring an all-star cast, hosted by Michael McIntyre. Last year's guests included: Rich Hall, Jon Richardson, Adam Hills, Ed Byrne, Jeff Green, and Brendon Burns among many others. Book early. www.offthekerb.co.uk Aug 24: 19:30 (3hrs) £25.00 (£24.00) 3456

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THE COMEDY MANIFESTO PBH's Free Fringe Beehive Inn, 18 Grassmarket • Grid Ref: E4

London's most popular live political panel show returns to the Fringe. 'Very well executed ...The laughter continues throughout the show' (FringeReport.com, critic's choice). Hosted by Kate Smurthwaite with team captains David Mulholland and Jools Constant. www.thecomedymanifesto.com Aug 8-17,19-29: 16:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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THE COMEDY RESERVE Pleasance Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Dedicated to bringing the best new talent to the Fringe, the Pleasance presents four of the hottest new acts on the circuit: Doc Brown, Jared Hardy, Chris Stokes and Pat Burtscher. Supported by the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve. PreviewAug 5-7: 21:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,17,19-20,24,26-27,31: 21:30 (1hr) £7.50 (£6.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:30 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00)

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COMEDYSPORTZ UK ComedySportz UK/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

Manchester Comedy Store's resident improv troupe are back in Edinburgh with their unique, family-friendly brand of spontaneous comedy. ' ... funny, more than a little bizarre, a good fun afternoon for all the family' - SSSS (ThreeWeeks). Aug 14-22: 16:20 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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COMEDY 2.0 - FREE The Comedy 2.0 Boys Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 19 Blair Street • 0131 220 0125 • Grid Ref: E5

A tsunami of stand-up, sketches, songs, characters and improv sans compere. By popular demand, the boys from the fast-paced Comedy 2.0 have come to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It's funny, original and it's free. PreviewAug 6: 14:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-14: 14:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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THE COMEDY ZONE Avalon Promotions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The Fringe's original, longest running and most prestigious stand-up showcase returns with Jen Brister, Ed Gamble, Chris Ramsey and Gareth Richards. Sell-out 1991-2008. Back for the 19th consecutive year. 'Comedy's finest new additions' (Observer). PreviewAug 5-8: 22:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,24-27,31: 22:45 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:45 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.00)

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COMIC FRINGES BBC Radio 4 Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Enjoy comedy? Be part of the audience at the recording of three new short stories by leading comedians, and hear the programmes broadcast on BBC Radio 4 the following week. Aug 19: 15:30 (1hr 30mins) (FreeTicketed) 3456

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COMIN' ATCHA - FREE Nob Stewart/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place • 0131 221 9759 • Grid Ref: H5

Nob hates self-promotion and so refuses tae bum himself up tae the max only tae let ye doon. He will sing, recite poetry, rant and dae his best tae make ye piss yerself. A'right? www.nobstewart.com

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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ALL HUMAN KNOWLEDGE IN 59½ MINUTES - FREE Dale Lately, Jay Foreman, Syd Swift/Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

Up for full-frontal nudity, violence and vomiting penguins? No? Then join us for an interactive blend of music, sketches and stand-up with three utterly nice blokes.

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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) Black and White Rainbow Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

The Reduced Shakespeare Company show with a female cast! Shakespeare's works in one hour, including a 30 second backward Hamlet ... Fast paced and exciting - its charm and enjoyment factor are second to none! Aug 5-17,19-30: 14:50 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50)

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COO COMEDY CLUB - FREE Coo Promotions/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch Street • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

A late, lively and seriously special stand-up club for zinged-up punters. Sleeping is for weirdos. Keep on laughing at the venue voted one of the best for late night comedy (Scotsman, 2008). www.freefestival.co.uk Aug 23-30: 00:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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COOLFUN COMEDY - FREE Ed Gamble/Nish Kumar/Tom Neenan/Jez Scharf/PBH's Free Fringe The White Horse, 266 Cannongate • Grid Ref: D6

Four up-and-coming comedians present an hour of stand-up and surprises for zero pounds and no pence. 'Funny and original ... it's pretty bloody good' (ThreeWeeks). Aug 8-17,19-29: 12:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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CRAIG HILL - 40 LOVE ... ? MZA & CHiLL Productions Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

This show's sooo not about tennis ... Craig's 40, single and back on the market! 'Riotously funny' (Independent). 'Wickedly subversive ... Funny, charming, charismatic' (Metro). 'An hour with Hill makes a cracking show' (List). Sold out 2008/07/06/05. www.mrcraighill.com PreviewAug 7: 20:15 (1hr) ÂŁ7.50 Aug 8-13,17-20,24-27,31: 20:15 (1hr) ÂŁ12.00 (ÂŁ10.50) Aug 14-15,21-22,28-30: 20:15 (1hr) ÂŁ14.50 (ÂŁ12.50)

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CRIMEWHOPPERS Karl Edrik Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Edrik Karl Manson, you are hereby charged that you do present a comedic retelling of your life - from Shetland childhood to convicted law graduate. How do you plead? Funny, your Honour, funny.

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CRYPTONITE - FREE Dirty Fingers and Wot Not/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 112 Hanover St • 0131 225 2022 • Grid Ref: C4

The only event to feature stand-up from Alex 'Whiskey Kisses' Harvey, Milly 'Hates Fun' Marshall,Tom 'A Musical Friend' McDonnell and Anthea 'Wet Face' Neagle. Lucky! Live 'Tetris' and 'Pong' at the famous must-see Crypt! www.freefestival.co.uk

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DAFT, RED-HOT SPERM (WHALES) Ebulue, Maskell, Morgan & Smith/PBH's Free Fringe The Illicit Still, 2 Brougham Street • Grid Ref: F3

The London-based night for upcoming acts comes to Edinburgh for the first time, bringing regulars Gabriel Ebulue, Darren Maskell, Ben Morgan, Daniel Smith and special guests for free stand-up and sketch comedy fun. Aug 8-29: 17:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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DAN ANTOPOLSKI - SILENT BUT DEADLY Avalon Promotions Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Triple Perrier nominee, BBC2's 'Hyperdrive', Hollywood's 'The Da Vinci Code', BBC Radio 2's 'Out to Lunch'. Six four-star reviews 2008. 'One of this Festival's unequivocal highlights' (Scotsman, 2008). 'Intelligent, truth-seeking weirdly magical stuff' (List, 2008). PreviewAug 5-8: 21:20 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,24-27,31: 21:20 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:20 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.00)

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DAN ATKINSON: DEATH BY A THOUSAND PRICKS Avalon Promotions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Shambolic stand-up back with new show after total sell-out 2008. 'Brilliant eye for a gag and imagination to burn' (Metro). 'Hilarious delivery of great, witty writing ... not to be missed' (ThreeWeeks). PreviewAug 5-8: 21:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,24-27,31: 21:30 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:30 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

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DANIEL KITSON AT THE STAND Daniel Kitson/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Around every single thing that we know, there are a billion things that we don't.This show may well be about that. But it is, as I write this, still only April. So who knows? Aug 9-13,16-20,23-27,30: 23:59 (1hr 31mins) £10.00 34567

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DANIELLE WARD LIES Avalon Promotions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Dead chickens, suicide, rollerblades and Anjelica Huston are just some of the words Danielle might be using in her new stand-up show. 'Like a Nick Cave album recited by a cheerful wannabe Dorothy Parker' (Sunday Times). PreviewAug 5-8: 21:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24-27: 21:45 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:45 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

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DANIEL RIGBY:THE MOTHWOKFANTASTIC Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Silly silliness for you to point and laugh at. Daniel Rigby presents sketch, character and musical comedy.Winner of the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Award. 'Sublime and surreal' (Chortle.co.uk). PreviewAug 5-8: 18:00 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27,31: 18:00 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:00 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.00)

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DANIEL SIMONSEN & MIKE O'DONOVAN: OFF-KILTER Daniel Simonsen & Mike O'Donovan Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place, Leith Walk • 0131 556 9628 • Grid Ref: C6

Daniel Simonsen (winner, 'So You Think You're Funny?' 2008) and Mike O'Donovan (Laughing Horse semi-finalist, 2009) recite humorous stories and short jokes for an hour a day with the aid of a hand-held microphone.

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DANIEL SLOSS - TEENAGE KICKS MZA & Get Slossed Productions Ltd Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Solo debut from Scotland's 18-year-old comic powerhouse, 'So You Think You're Funny?' finalist 2008, Frankie Boyle writer on 'Mock the Week' and typical hormonal half-man/half-Xbox. 'Genuinely funny ... Star of the future' (Time Out). www.myspace.com/danielslosscomedy

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PreviewAug 5-7: 19:00 (50mins) ÂŁ5.50 Aug 8-13,17-20,25-27,31: 19:00 (50mins) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 14-15,21-23,28-30: 19:00 (50mins) ÂŁ11.00 (ÂŁ9.50)

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DAN MARCH - GOLDRUNNER Unexpected Productions Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

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DAN WILLIS: CONTROL-ALT-DELETE Dan Willis/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Dan was one of the country's leading programmers; he ditched it and became a comedian. 2,000 gigs later he's looking back and mining the data for laughs. 'One of the greats of UK comedy' (ComedyFestival.com.au). Aug 6-30: 18:10 (1hr) (FreeTicketed)

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DAN WILLIS PRESENTS: NORTHERN TALENT Dan Willis/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch St • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

Dan Willis hosts a line-up of top acts from north of the Watford Gap; no-nonsense, crowd-pleasing stand-up. 'Unpretentious belly-laughs a minute stand-up' - SSSS (ThreeWeeks). Aug 7-30: 21:00 (1hr) (FreeTicketed)

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THE DARK PARTY The Dirty Brothers Underbelly's Hullabaloo, George Square Gardens • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

Rising from the embers of 'The Happy Sideshow', 'The Dark Party' is a fusion of physical comedy and hardcore stunts.Think Samuel Beckett meets 'Jackass' and makes a silent movie. SSSS (Advertiser). 'Suave sideshow' (Age). PreviewAug 7: 22:40 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 Aug 8,11-13,17,19-20,24-27: 22:40 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-29: 22:40 (1hr) ÂŁ12.00 (ÂŁ10.00) 34567

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DAVE THORNTON - ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF Gilded Balloon Productions & Token Productions Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Dave brings his honest, laid-back and completely engaging style to the Fringe. A Melbourne Comedy Festival best newcomer nominee, he's been described as having 'a quick and self deprecating wit' (Age). PreviewAug 5-6: 21:00 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:00 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27,31: 21:00 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00)

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DAVID LONGLEY: NO GOING BACK David Longley/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

It's about decisions. Ooooooh! Look! Shiny adverts ... 'Proves comedy can say something important and crucially, still be funny' (Metro). 'Could well find himself becoming a festival must-see' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Intense and intelligent ... great jokes' (List).

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DAVID, MARK AND TEDDY - HOW TO FAKE BASIC HUMAN EMOTIONS - FREE Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Hive, 15-17 Niddry Street • 0131 556 0444 • Grid Ref: E5

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DAVID O'DOHERTY: DAVID O'DOH-PARTY Lisa Richards and Hannah Chambers Management Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Winner 2008 if.comedy (formerly Perrier) Award. Man plays cheap plastic keyboards purchased on eBay while audience sit in near-total darkness! Show includes at least three on-stage lighting changes! And excellent pre-show music! Aug 5-7: 22:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-10,18-20,24-27,31: 22:30 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 11-16,21-23,28-30: 22:30 (1hr) ÂŁ12.00 (ÂŁ10.50)

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DEAD CAT BOUNCE ...WIRED Lisa Richards, Edcom and Universal Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

A rock'n'roll sketch show. 'Genius' - SSSSS (ThreeWeeks). 'Comedically perfect' - SSSSS (Dubliner). 'A sketch show with a brain and a black sense of humour' SSSS (Chortle.co.uk). As seen on RTÉ television. PreviewAug 5-7: 22:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27: 22:30 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:30 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50)

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DELETE THE BANJAX PBH's Free Fringe The White Horse, 266 Cannongate • Grid Ref: D6

Comedy sketch group Delete the Banjax make a bold yet ludicrous attempt to take over the world. Come join the revolution and enjoy this free sketch show! 'Original, charismatic' (Fix). 'A cultish gem' (ThreeWeeks). myspace.com/deletethebanjax Aug 8-11,13-18,20-29: 13:40 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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DEMITRIS DEECH: HYPOCHONDRIAC - FREE Demitris Deech/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 112 Hanover Street • 0131 225 2022 • Grid Ref: C4

BBC Radio Gloucestershire panellist Demitris Deech debuts his (fingers crossed) hilarious stand-up show (albeit 12 months prematurely). Nominated as an Ericsson best new act (no, not Sven-Göran!). 'An up-and-coming talent!' (BBC.co.uk).

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DENIS KRASNOV VERSUS SHANE HEALEY Denis Krasnov and Shane Healey Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from the Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

A love triangle: two comedians, one mic. Both are worthy, but only one will get lucky. With only one hour to win you over, it's going to get hectic. Preview Aug 6-7: 21:20 (1hr) £3.00 (£2.00) Aug 8-9,13-16,20-23,27-30: 21:20 (1hr) £9.00 (£7.00) Aug 10-12,17,19,24-26: 21:20 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.00)

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DES BISHOP: DESFUNCTIONAL Lisa Richards & EdCom Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

Why do some people struggle with intimacy? Is there a difference between shame and guilt? Can a comedian be funny about trying not to turn every emotional experience into a joke? Bishop is dealing with things on stage. SSSS (Scotsman). Preview Aug 6-7: 20:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,25-27: 20:45 (1hr) £11.00 (£10.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:45 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00) 3456 7

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Des Clarke Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

UK's comedy champion (Galaxy FM, BBC Sportsround) returns to the Fringe with a dream - to start his own political movement ... in under an hour. 'Memorable, distinctive and very popular' (Stage). SSSS (List); SSSS (Evening News); SSSS (Chortle.co.uk). Preview Aug 5-7: 18:20 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 18:20 (1hr) £11.50 (£10.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:20 (1hr) £12.50 (£11.00)

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DEVLIN'S DAILY Bruce Devlin/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Start your day the Devlin way: a shamefully entertaining Fringe taster menu of who's hot and who's not. Bruce Devlin - 'Scotland's sharpest interviewer' (Guardian) allows you to try before you buy. News, views, giveaways. Absolutely free! Aug 7,10-14,18-21,24-28,31: 12:30 (1hr 30mins) (FreeTicketed) 34567

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Human Dressage “inspiring and brilliant stand-up...perfect.”

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Richard Hardisty and Andrew Needle Sweet Grassmarket, Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: E4

The schizophrenic Kurt Russell enthusiast and his brain are back! This time the days are mysteriously getting shorter and have headless bodies, Dick's exotic pet and an enigmatic detective to contend with (sold out last year!). 3456 7

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DIE ROTEN PUNKTE - ROBOT/LION TOUR Rodney Breit, Richard Jordan and Paul Lucas Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Utterly dysfunctional siblings Otto and Astrid Rot are Berlin pop-punk and electro-clash royalty.Winner, Montreal Fringe. 'Inspired, brilliantly executed lunacy' - SSSSS (Gazette, Montreal). 'Right from a Christopher Guest film' (Metro, NY). www.dierotenpunkte.com Preview Aug 5-7: 23:11 (1hr 10mins) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27,31: 23:11 (1hr 10mins) £10.00 (£8.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 23:11 (1hr 10mins) £11.00 (£9.50)

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A night of the outrageous, sexy, hilarious and bizarre.The best comedy and variety hosted by the Moonfish Rhumba, Hackney Empire New Act finalists. Come join us for a night like no other. Expect the unexpected. www.moonfishrhumba.com Aug 5-7,11,18,24-25: 20:00 (50mins) ÂŁ7.50 (ÂŁ6.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 20:00 (50mins) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 20:00 (50mins) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50)

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THE DIVINE COMEDY HOUR Just Fair Laughs C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

The show based on 'Divine Inspiration' where you the audience decide what they'll talk about. Every show different with Tony Vino and Andy Kind, two of the country's most uplifting comedians. Free Divine choccie bar. www.justfairlaughs.org.uk Aug 7-31: 18:45 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00

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DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY Dixie's Tupperware Party Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

The No 1 Tupperware seller in the world, the fast-talking Dixie Longate, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took New York theatre by storm! 'Not your grandmother's Tupperware Party!' (NBC's 'Today Show'). PreviewAug 11: 19:35 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 Aug 12-13,17-20,25-27,31: 19:35 (1hr) ÂŁ11.50 (ÂŁ10.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:35 (1hr) ÂŁ12.50 (ÂŁ11.50) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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Nicol Edwards, 29-35 Niddry Street • Grid Ref: E5

Free show. After European tour in Prague, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Paris, Dr Brown (surreal and visual comedy master) arrives in Edinburgh. SSSS (Chortle.co.uk) 'This is gold' (Philippe Gaulier). 'Surreal comedy at its best' (Franz Kafka).

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DR GAZEEBO:THE CASE OF THE MISSING SOCK FREE Big Spoon Little Spoon/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place, Leith Walk • 0131 556 9628 • Grid Ref: C6

Adventure! Mystery! Time travelling! ... Socks? Dr Gazeebo is a sketch show with it all. Packed full of fun, laughs and snazzy tinfoil hats (batteries not included).

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DOMESTIC GODDI 2: HOW TO COPE Avalon Promotions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

2008's sell-out, Rosie Wilkinson and Helen O'Brien return with uniquely formulated, volume-boosting sketches. 'A blisteringly surreal reverie ... funnier than Ainsley Harriott's head in a blender' - SSSS (Metro). 'Ultra-talented ladies' - SSSS (One4Review.com). PreviewAug 5-8: 13:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,24-27,31: 13:30 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 13:30 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.00)

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DONALD MACK IS A STEREOTYPE - FREE Donald Mack Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

The solo stand-up is back and now he's vexed! Funny, poignant, revealing, funny, charming, offensive, opinionated, challenging, funny, silly, patronising, sharp and funny. I've mentioned funny haven't I? Let's do this! Aug 6-30: 17:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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DOUBLE ART HISTORY Gompertz & Head Underbelly's Hullabaloo, George Square Gardens • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

From his insider's position as a director of the Tate Gallery,Will Gompertz hilariously tells the entire story of modern art in an hour, in an actual classroom, in a mortarboard. 'A visionary' (Prospect Magazine). PreviewAug 7: 17:50 (1hr 10mins) £6.00 Aug 8,11,13,17-20: 17:50 (1hr 10mins) £9.00 (£7.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23: 17:50 (1hr 10mins) £10.00 (£8.00) 34567

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DOUBLE PENETRATION - FREE James Mason & Michal Grobelny/PBH's Free Fringe The Illicit Still, 2 Brougham Street • Grid Ref: F3

Grobelny and Mason take half an hour each to peel back the layers of their psyche, juggle cynicism with righteousness and navigate the pitfalls of selfindulgence, and offer a strategically funny outlook of exasperation.

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DOUG'S SKETCHY SHOW Douglas Faulkner Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

The most schizophrenic half hour you're ever likely to spend! Doug's a capable chameleon with three ridiculous character sketches and three flawlessly observed situation sketches designed to start the day with a tickle of your chuckle button!

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THE DOWNAGE HOTDOCTORS See page 62 for show information

Sweet Grassmarket, Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: E4

Three DJs, one video monkey and sumptuous kids humming proud. Hotdoctors mix a live soundtrack of funky breaks and dubbed-up messcore, while delivering a stream of ultra-bizarre sketches, stand-up and video tomfoolery.

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THE DURHAM REVUE: 'KNEES UP MOTHER BROWN AND OTHER OBITUARIES' The Durham Revue Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Who was Mother Brown? Why were her knees perpetually elevated? The awardwinning Durham Revue offer their 'funny and original' (ThreeWeeks), factually questionable sketch show.Thoroughly hysterical. PreviewAug 6-7: 13:10 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,20,26-27: 13:10 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 13:10 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 11,17-18,24-25: 13:10 (1hr) £6.50

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DYLAN MORAN:WHAT IT IS Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place • 0844 847 1660 • Grid Ref: C6

The legendary Dylan Moran sees the joy and disappointments of human existence with the sensibility and intense perception of a man teetering on the edge. Painfully funny. 'One of a kind' (Daily Telegraph). Aug 10-11: 20:00 (2hrs 30mins) £20.00 (£18.00) 3456

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THE EARLY EDITION Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent & Guests Udderbelly's Pasture, Bristo Square • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

Is your morning paper filled with doom, destruction and downfall? Well, we understand.This is the show that questions all those assumptions, ridicules the naysayers, unravels the spin and pooh-poohs the pomposity of headline print. PreviewAug 7: 12:25 (1hr) £7.00 Aug 8,11-13,17-20,24-27: 12:25 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 12:25 (1hr) £12.50 (£11.50)

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THE EARLY EVENING LAUGH-IN/PBH'S FREE FRINGE Jill Baxter/David Blair/Andy Learmonth/PBH's Free Fringe The Mercat Bar, 28 West Maitland Street • Grid Ref: E1

Come and join the 'Early Evening Laugh-In' for an hour of fun, silliness and acerbic Scottish banter from three exciting up-and-coming comedians. Aug 8-29: 19:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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EARTH CALLING JOHNNY ACECRAFT Spalien Acecraft/PBH's Free Fringe The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

Kaboomba! The rather dashing Lifechestermesterfestershieldfield-born captain of Spalien Acecraft has absconded to distribute his lyrical whimsicalisms free of charge in an underground Edinburgh drinking den. Interactive intergalactic playground pop for grown-up extraterrestrials. www.spalienacecraft.co.uk

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THE EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARDS SHOWS The 29th Edinburgh Comedy Awards (Formerly the Perrier Awards) Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The winner and nominees of the UK's premiere comedy awards on one fabulous bill! This outstanding comedy show brings you tomorrow's big stars today. Book early. Every year a sell-out! Aug 30: 23:00 (1hr 30mins) £14.00 (£13.00) 3456

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EDWARD ACZEL - EXPLAINS ALL THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS ... AND THEN SOLVES THEM Show + Tell

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Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Aczel solves the credit crunch, climate change and, critically, stand-up comedy. 'One of the most original acts in years' (Guardian). SSSSS (Time Out); SSSS (Times); SSSS (Herald). www.showandtelluk.com PreviewAug 7: 19:25 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 19:25 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:25 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.00) Aug 11,17-18,24-25: 19:25 (1hr) £6.50

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8½ SONGS ABOUT LOVE (AND OTHER MYTHS) Helen Arney and the London Air-Accordion Society The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

Enchanting songs and stand-up about those lovers and liars you just can't live without, from 2008 'Funny Women' semi-finalist Helen Arney. 'Sweetly bookish' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Elfin, charming ... intelligently funny' (BBC Club). www.helenarney.com Aug 7-8,10-15,17-22,24-29: 18:10 (45mins) £5.00 34567

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THE 80S MOVIE FLASHBACK - FREE The Flashback/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

The Flashback's comic look at your favourite 80s movie characters and where they are now. Starring Rachel Anderson, Rik Moore, and Fraser (BBC Radio 1's 'My Flatmate the Comedian'). 'Fabulously funny original gags' (Chortle.co.uk). www.myspace.com/wearetheflashback Aug 7-13: 16:20 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 14-22: 00:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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ELAINE MALCOLMSON & NIALL BROWNE: ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Elaine Malcolmson & Niall Browne/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club II, 16 North St Andrew Street • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

They came from a land of fairies and giants. One of them is not a giant, the other is not a fairy.Together, Niall and Elaine are all kinds of everything. PreviewAug 2: 17:40 (1hr) £6.00 (£5.00) PreviewAug 5: 14:10 (1hr) £6.00 (£5.00) Aug 7-16,18-30: 12:30 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00)

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ELEANOR TIERNAN - TROUBLE Lisa Richards & EdCom Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Do you like mischief and mayhem? Comedy = tragedy + time. See this engaging Irish comic tell stories and jokes about the times she got away with and the times she didn't. 'Jokes - she's good at it' (Scotsman). PreviewAug 5-7: 19:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,19-20,24-27: 19:00 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:00 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) 345 6 7

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THE ELECTRIC CABARET C Presents ... C central, Carlton Hotel, North Bridge • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: D5

The best comedy acts kick back in the most relaxed and intimate of gigs. Wonderfully unique, chilled-out alternative to late-night bear pits. 'Perfect comedy, an ideal way to start/end the night' - SSSS (ThreeWeeks). www.electriccabaret.net Aug 7,11,17-18,24-25: 23:40 (1hr 15mins) £6.50 (£5.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 23:40 (1hr 15mins) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 23:40 (1hr 15mins) £7.50 (£6.50)

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ELIS JAMES:THE MOST CAUTIOUS LITTLE BOY IN WALES Good Sense of Humour

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The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Debut offering from Wales's hottest young comedian, unsung star of Rhod Gilbert's BBC Radio Wales show, occasional Radio 1 presenter and host of 2008's 'Comedy Zone'.

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ENOUGH ROPE Harbingers Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

A comedy that explodes the myth that chums actually like each other. 'A keen eye for untapped sources of funny ... a trio to watch out for in the future' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Something rather special' (ThreeWeeks). PreviewAug 6-7: 12:10 (50mins) £5.00 Aug 8-17,19-25,27-30: 12:10 (50mins) £8.00 (£7.00) 3456 7

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ERIC DAVIDSON'S SECOND DAY SOUP! Eric Davidson

AN EVENING WITH BEN DOVER: INNOCENT 'TIL PROVEN FILTHY! Ben Dover in Association With Bluebirdfilms.com

The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

After last year's sell-out show, 'A Tan's a Tan for A' That', Eric returns to Edinburgh with more hilarious, satirical poetry. 'Eric Davidson commands attention' (Edinburgh Evening News).

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ERIC'S TALES OF THE SEA: A SUBMARINER'S YARN Eric Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Unique, riveting, funny, poignant; Eric delves into Royal Navy nuclear submariners' lives. 'Truly excellent' - SSSSS (FringeReview.co.uk). 'Brilliant originality - emotional roller coaster of laughs' - SSSS (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 6-7: 14:40 (1hr) £3.00 Aug 8-16,19-22,24-30: 14:40 (1hr) £5.00 3456 7

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In his one-man show, UK porn legend Ben Dover tells all about his 30-year career in the adult industry, both behind and in front of the camera. Preview Aug 6-7: 22:00 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 22:00 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:00 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 11,18,24-25: 22:00 (1hr) £6.50

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EVERYTHINGYOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT GREECE (BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK) - FREE Manos the Greek/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane • 0131 557 6668 • Grid Ref: C5

Geiasou malaka (hello my friends). Is any good word in English not Greek? Crete, Cyprus or Lesbos? Kebab or souvlaki? Are all Greeks homosexuals? www.manosthegreek.com Aug 8-9,11-16,18-23,25-30: 18:10 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

ETCH A SKETCH The Oxford Revue

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Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Oxford University's celebrated sketch comedy group returns for another knockout punch. Alumni from almost 50 years of comedy include Michael Palin, Al Murray, Alan Bennett and many more. 'Expect the unexpected. Only hilarity is guaranteed' (Daily Info, 2009). Preview Aug 6-7: 15:05 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,20,26-27: 15:05 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 15:05 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 11,17-18,24-25: 15:05 (1hr) £6.50

Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

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EVERYTHINGYOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE, BUT DIDN'T CARE TO ASK Bad Bread The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

This sketch show turns the world on its head, answering the unasked questions of life's improbable events.Want to make your existence worthwhile? Learn from our mistakes. Aug 7-8,10-15: 20:05 (1hr) £5.00 (£4.00) 3456

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EUREKA! Eddie O'Dwyer/PBH's Free Fringe The Illicit Still, 2 Brougham Street • Grid Ref: F3

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 • Grid Ref: F6

Come see our ideas and 'Eureka!' Young, brilliant Edinburgh comics plus guests. Featuring Eddie O'Dwyer (The Stand's 'Best of Red Raw' 2008, 2009) and Daniel Webster ('So You Think You're Funny?' semi-finalist), plus other top acts. www.eddieodwyer.com; www.myspace.com/danielwebstercomedy.

Festival Fringe debut from Irish comedian, Jason Coughlan.This show may contain traces of warm, cute, edgy and occasionally downright filthy humour. Jason's comedy exposes both his soft side and a dark underbelly.

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THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAKSHOW Fit o' the Giggles/PBH's Free Fringe

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Madogs, 38a George Street • Grid Ref: D4

Maximum. Electric. Explosive. Future.Variety. Crazy Swedes that make you scream and laugh! They deliver their own style of old-school slapstick in a new-rave context. 'Eurotrash' is live music, absurd acrobatics, video projections and virtuoso juggling. A must-see act!

Richard Ashcroft sang 'the drugs don't work'. Funny, they seemed fine to us.These three ageing hippies might be the funniest thing you'll see all Fringe. Depends if we can remember where the venue is. www.myspace.com/furryfreakshow

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AN EVENING OF CULTURE: FAITH COUNTY II The American High School Theatre Festival In Mineola County, the community theatre is producing 'Romeo and Juliet'.The cast doesn't have their lines memorised, the set is incomplete and a dog keeps barking: they're gonna give it a go! Aug 9: 14:15 (1hr 30mins) £5.00 , Aug 10: 10:15 (1hr 30mins) £5.00 Aug 11: 16:15 (1hr 30mins) £5.00, Aug 12: 20:15 (1hr 30mins) £5.00

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FASCINATING AIDA 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Fascinating Aida Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Pilrig Studio, 1b Pilrig Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: A6

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Britain's top female comedy trio return to the Fringe with their unique and hilarious cabaret that has been thrilling audiences for a quarter of a century. 'Hilarious, funny and filthy rude' (Telegraph). 'Brilliant ... Magnetic' (Guardian). Preview Aug 6-8: 19:30 (1hr) £8.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,25-27,31: 19:30 (1hr) £12.50 (£11.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:30 (1hr) £14.50 (£13.50) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

FELICITY WARD'S UGLY AS A CHILD VARIETY SHOW Gilded Balloon Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Winner - best newcomer, Melbourne Fringe 2008. Felicity was ugly as a child. She had a pan toilet and a Beta video player until 1993. Instead of Easter eggs, she got carob. 'Brilliantly insane and insanely brilliant' (Chortle.co.uk). Preview Aug 5-6: 21:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:15 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27,31: 21:15 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00)

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FERGUS CRAIG STILL WATCHES NEIGHBOURS Avalon Promotions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year and star of 'Star Stories' (Channel 4) shows his favourite clips from 'Neighbours', some home movies and says some funny things. 'Craig was class' (Stage). Preview Aug 5-8: 16:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27,31: 16:30 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:30 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.00)

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'Unrelentingly quick witted' (In Derry Magazine). Love the Concept unleash their warped and wonderful new sketch show. Come see their big Edinburgh debut and catch the fever that had the Irish Times 'killed laughing'. Preview Aug 5-7: 18:15 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:15 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ7.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27,31: 18:15 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 (ÂŁ6.00)

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FIFTY MINUTE ITCH Mark Restuccia and Toby Brown/PBH's Free Fringe Nicol Edwards, 29-35 Niddry Street • Grid Ref: E5

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52 MAN PICKUP - FREE Desiree Burch/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 19 Blair Street • 0131 220 0125 • Grid Ref: E5

Comedian/neo-futurist Desiree Burch shuffles stand-up, storytelling and a deck of sexual experience. SSSS (Time Out NY). 'Unrelentingly funny ... terribly honest' (L Magazine). 'One of the best shows in the NYC Fringe' (NY Press). Aug 7-9,11,13-16,18,20-21,23,25,27-30: 21:30 (1hr 20mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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FIND ME THE FUNNY Wild Rover Productions Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Kurtis Matthews CEO, of San Francisco Comedy College, presents a showcase of the hottest new comedy talent from Northern Ireland and an even hotter celebrity guest. An unforgettable comedy coming of age. Aug 18: 16:00 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ7.00) Aug 18: 18:00 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ7.00) 3456

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FITCHEW & FRIENDS - S X 5 Chris Fitchew/PBH's Free Fringe See page 113 for show information

Bannermans, 212 Cowgate • Grid Ref: E5

Sitcom. Short play. Sketches. Stand-up. Song. Chris Fitchew, from the acclaimed comedy duo Lick & Chew (SSSS [Metro]), brings together five comic disciplines in 55 minutes. 'Chris Fitchew ... stands out' (Guardian).

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FIVE CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF SUSAN Susan Harrison Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Susan Harrison, 'in possession of razor sharp timing' (UKTheatre.net), transforms into five completely different individuals. Funny, twisted and surprisingly poignant, this is character comedy at its very best. 'Utterly convincing' (Sunday Telegraph). Preview Aug 6-7: 14:45 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 Aug 8,12-13,20,26-27: 14:45 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 14:45 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00) Aug 11,17-18,24-25: 14:45 (1hr) ÂŁ6.50

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Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Scary international stories made up just for you. Ill-informed rumour and comedy half-truth. Die in debt, shop for your lives, victorious we spend.The planet's fkd, it's your fault - have a nice weekend.

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FOIL ARMS AND HOG - SKETCH COMEDY SHOW Foil Arms and Hog Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Blasting out an hour of relentless sketch comedy, the Irish trio of comedians will have you soiling your breeches with their innovative brand of observational and character-based comedy. www.foilarmsandhog.ie Preview Aug 6-7: 21:40 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8,11-13,17,19-20,24-27: 21:40 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:40 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00)

BAFTA award-winning star of The Big Impression (BBC1) returns to Edinburgh for the first time in ten years. No wigs, no make-up but more voices than any other show including, most importantly, his own!

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FOOTLIGHTS IN 'WISHFUL THINKING' Cambridge Footlights Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Following sell-out runs in 2007 and 2008, the world-famous Cambridge Footlights return to the Fringe with an all-new show about deceptions and delusions. 'Must-have ticket' (Times). Preview Aug 5-7: 16:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27,31: 16:00 (1hr) £7.00 (£5.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:00 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.50)

‘Wickedly funny mimicry’ SUNDAY MIRROR

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FORDY'S LOCK-IN Fluid Thinking

ASSEMBLY HALL RAINY HALL 0131 623 3030 www.assemblyfestival.com

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Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Join BBC Radio 6 Music and 5 Live favourite Matt Forde for late-night drinking and buffoonery with the best Fringe comedians every night. 'Sore throats and stomach cramps guaranteed. Pure dead brilliant' (ThreeWeeks). 'Perfectly timed' (Metro). Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 00:00 (1hr 30mins) £8.00 (£7.00) Aug 11-13,17,19-20,24-27: 00:00 (1hr 30mins) £6.00 (£5.00) 34567 8 9

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FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY Five Pound Fringe The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Fringe favourites dust off old shows, this year's sell-outs add extra dates, special secret gigs. Acts announced daily - check website, boards, keep your ear to the ground.You don't want to miss this. Aug 11-30: 23:59 (1hr 1mins) £5.00 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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45 MINUTES TO SAVE THE WORLD James and Nidal Agha/Toby Brown/PBH's Free Fringe Dragonfly, 52 West Port • Grid Ref: F4

A bold claim - but after stand-up from James and Nidal Agha, Mark Restuccia and Toby Brown - you will never see things the same again. Shoes might fly. Aug 8-29: 19:50 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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40 WORDS Peter Buckley Hill/PBH's Free Fringe The Canon's Gait, 232 Canongate • Grid Ref: D6

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch insurrectionists contradistinguishing counterrevolutionary interdenominational establishmentarianism, incomprehensiblise institutionalisations, intellectualisations, journalistically, jurisdictionally, neurophysiologically, overenthusiastically: over-apprehensiveness. Weltanschauungen? Wholeheartedness? Ultramicroscopical microminiaturization transmogrifications psychopathologically zoogeographical, zoophytological. Vernacularize valetudinarianism, weatherstrippers! Oversimplification? Overwhelming overindulgences? Incandescence thermoluminesces. Pseudointellectuals philosophically pontificate, disenfranchising straightforwardness. Or not. Aug 8-11,13-18,20-25,27-30: 18:05 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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BBC Radio 4 Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Four great acts and a top-notch host make one fabulous stand-up show for BBC Radio 4, the home of radio comedy. Aug 19: 19:30 (1hr 15mins) (FreeTicketed) Aug 19: 22:30 (1hr 30mins) (FreeTicketed)

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4 POOFS AND A PIANO - SMOKE AND MIRRORBALLS 4 Poofs and a Piano Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Drop everything! The fabulous foursome are storming back with another helping of frisky footwork and musical madness. Fun, outrageous and rarely in the best possible taste. Book early! Preview Aug 5-7: 18:00 (1hr) £7.00 Aug 8-13,17-18,20,24-27: 18:00 (1hr) £13.00 (£11.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:00 (1hr) £14.00 (£12.50)

4.30pm 5 - 31 August “Mackenzie & McGuire are ACTUALLY FUNNY.” Pauline McLynn ‘Father Ted’ “Absolutely hilarious. 100% the ones to watch" ËËËËËThe Wireless Theatre Company

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FOUR SAD FACES: PITH AND VINEGAR Four Sad Faces/PBH's Free Fringe The Canon's Gait, 232 Canongate • Grid Ref: D6

BBC's 'Four Sad Faces' return to the Fringe, dragging a big rickety wagon of hilarious new sketches with them. Join them - it's free! 'Mature, robust and polished' (Scotsman). SSSS (ThreeWeeks). Aug 8-18: 12:10 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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FRANK SKINNER'S CREDIT CRUNCH CABARET Avalon Promotions Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

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Laughing all the way to the bank closure. Direct from a sell-out run in London's West End, Frank Skinner hosts a series of variety shows starring award-winning comedians, musical acts and variety performers. Aug 14-16,18-30: 18:50 (1hr 30mins) £10.00 Aug 27-29: 00:00 (1hr 30mins) £10.00 34567

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FREE & EASY Stu & Garry/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Stu & Garry return with their highly acclaimed lunchtime show. Great improvised comedy, superb food and absolutely free entry. 'Very, very laugh out loud funny' SSSSS (Evening News). 'Funny and free, what more do you want?' (Scotsman). Aug 8-9,15-16,22-23,29-30: 00:30 (1hr 40mins) (FreeTicketed) 3456

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FREE AND FREAKIN' AWESOME COMEDY SHOWCASE Scottish/Aussie Comic Cowboy Ro Campbell and Pro-Circuit Guests Bannermans, 212 Cowgate • Grid Ref: E5

Scottish/Aussie comic cowboy Ro Campbell hosts an awesome showcase of professional comics from the UK and international circuits. 'A hugely entertaining and accomplished performer' - SSSS (Skinny). Aug 9-14,16-21,23-28: 17:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8 9

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FREEDOM COME, FREEDOM GO! - FREE Tom Read/PBH's Free Fringe The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

90 days' detention. Police upset by insects. Man arrested for chalking 'Are we free?' on pavement. Stop and search outside Liberty exhibition. ID cards. DNA database. Protest illegalised. Extradition.Torture. Are we free? Come see! Aug 8-17,19-24,26-29: 15:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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THE FREE LATE SHOW Yariv Perelmuter/Laughing Horse Free Festival

FRONT ROW BBC Radio 4

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 112 Hanover St • 0131 225 2022 • Grid Ref: C4

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Comedian Yariv Perelmuter, also known as his character Grisha - 'Shows flashes of brilliance' (List) - is back with new characters, stand-up and a guitar. 'Played the minority card nicely ... rounding the first half with class' (Issuu.com).

Mark Lawson presents BBC Radio 4's arts show, reporting on the hits, misses, debates and talking points of the festival so far.

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'This would still be a great show if you had to pay, but as it's free it's superb!' SSSSS (ThreeWeeks, 2008). Benny Boot invites his favourite comedians from the circuit to share their jokes with you for free! Aug 8-9,11-16,18-23,25-29: 16:05 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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FRESH FACES AT THE FREE FRINGE Danny Worthington, Elise Harris and Others/PBH's Free Fringe The White Horse, 266 Cannongate • Grid Ref: D6

Elise Harris and Danny Worthington present a variable bill of five or more of the newest comedy acts each day. Some measure their comedy careers in months, some a little longer. Aug 8-29: 14:50 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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THE FUDGE SHOW Patch Hyde and Adam Tempest The Fudge Kitchen, 30 High Street • 07841 194 222 • Grid Ref: E6

Patch Hyde and Adam Tempest host the only comedy club situated in an actual fudge shop. Expect two top stand-ups, free fudge for all, and 'multimedia' exploration of what it takes to be a top fudgeman.

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FRISKY AND MANNISH'S SCHOOL OF POP Frisky and Mannish

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THE GADABOUTS The Gadabouts

Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Pop music is extremely dangerous. It lies.We are not fooled. It's time for reeducation. 'White-hot ones to watch' (Time Out). 'Extraordinarily gifted, astonishing performers' (FringeReport.com). 'A smidgin of fun' (Times). Preview Aug 6-7: 21:00 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 21:00 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:00 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 11,17,24-25: 21:00 (1hr) £6.50

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Downstairs at the Tron, 9 Hunter Square • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

The White Horse, 266 Cannongate • Grid Ref: D6

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Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

They're back! After 2008's cult hit. 'Excellent' (Time Out).The Gadabouts unleash more 'laugh a minute sketches' (List). And now with a late-night slot! 'About as silly as it gets' (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 5-7: 23:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-10,12-13,17,19-20,24,26-27,31: 23:00 (1hr) £7.00 (£5.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 23:00 (1hr) £9.00 (£7.00) 345 6 7

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GAGHOLE - FREE Gaghole/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place • 0131 221 9759 • Grid Ref: H5

Free stand-up comedy from the best in upcoming and alternative comedy acts - a fresh and different line-up every night, all for free. For updated listings, visit www.gag-hole.com. Preview Aug 6: 21:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-30: 21:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

GARY LITTLE: HE WAS ONLY JAIL GAY Gary Little/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Now that he's free to make you laugh again, enjoy ridiculous to sublime tales of depression, sex parties, eBay and life on the inside. 'Consistently imaginative material' (Herald). 'Punchy, perceptive, puerile' (List). Preview Aug 3: 22:00 (1hr) £6.00 (£5.00) Preview Aug 5: 20:30 (1hr) £6.00 (£5.00) Aug 7-16,18-30: 21:45 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00)

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GAVIN WEBSTER'S FALDERAL Gavin Webster/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club II, 16 North St Andrew Street • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Gavin used to work at the rumour mill until it closed down.There's no more think tanks need manufacturing now, so Gavin has stripped it bare and become a nonsense merchant.Warning: expect some very good jokes. Preview Aug 5: 20:50 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00) Preview Aug 6: 20:00 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00) Aug 7-16,18-30: 22:20 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00)

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GAZE: LOVIN' EARTH TOUR 2009 - FREE Gaze/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch St • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

Earth is a fragile place. Like a fat man in a blue and green suit on a trapeze - will it fall? Gaze have returned with a mission in music. Help us save Mother Earth.

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Pioneering stand-up comedy. A jolly dissection of the human condition, its wondrous depravity and grotesque beauty. 'Wicked ... twisted ... deliciously dark' (Time Out). Aug 7-10,12-17: 22:15 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 19-24,26-30: 23:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00

'Ged and George (GAG), Pure Stand-Up!' does what it says in the brochure.Two highly acclaimed new acts are here with their first Edinburgh show. Come along and larf! Aug 6-15: 00:05 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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GEEK NIGHT OUT - CHARITY EVENING Geek Night Out Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

For one night only, the London comedy sensation travels to Edinburgh for a special charity event.Top stand-up comics reveal their inner geek passions. Free entry - with suggested donations. Aug 17: 23:40 (1hr 50mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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GEOFF NORCOTT - THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT MEN AND WOMEN Geoff Norcott Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Geoff Norcott has been probing the heart of sex and gender.To his surprise, the stereotypes he once ridiculed may actually be enshrined in our DNA. 'Funny, charming and optimistic' (List). Preview Aug 5-7: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ11.00 (ÂŁ9.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ12.00 (ÂŁ10.50)

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GERALDINE QUINN - HEX AND THE CITY Geraldine Quinn

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Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Sold out, Adelaide and Melbourne 2009. Ginger. Female. Childless. Accused of witchcraft, musical comedian Quinn must survive her atheist rock opera or be burned alive. 'Cleverly devised, brutally honest' - SSSSS (Advertiser, Adelaide). 'Misanthropic angsty hilarity' (Age, Melbourne). Preview Aug 6-7: 22:20 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 22:20 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:20 (1hr) ÂŁ10.50 (ÂŁ9.50) Aug 11,17-18,25: 22:20 (1hr) ÂŁ6.50

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GERRY HOWELL'S INCUBATION HOUR Show + Tell Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Howell presents his 'weirdly wonderful' (Evening Standard) debut, musing on life, the universe and eggs - with help from some characters very similiar to himself. 'A young Eddie Izzard' (Guardian). 'A truly brilliant talent' (Time Out). www.showandtelluk.com Preview Aug 6-7: 17:15 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 17:15 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:15 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00) Aug 11,17,24-25: 17:15 (1hr) ÂŁ6.50

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GET HAPPY IN EDINBURGH Get Happy Comedy C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

London's friendliest comedy night hits Edinburgh. An hour of the best rising stars, and a top headliner every show. Plus games, competitions and prizes. 'A delightful gig' (Time Out). 'An ace comedy night' (Channel4.com/4Laughs). www.gethappycomedy.com Aug 6-7,11,17-18,24-25: 23:00 (1hr 15mins) ÂŁ7.50 (ÂŁ6.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 23:00 (1hr 15mins) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 23:00 (1hr 15mins) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50)

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Seann Walsh, 2009 Chortle best newcomer and Leicester Mercury comedian of the year. 'A solid gagsmith, a synthesis of Steve Coogan and Dylan Moran' (Independent). Paul McCaffrey, 2008 London paper/Soho theatre London Comic Competition winner.

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GET UP STAND UP! WMD Awareness Programme/Mirth Control The Jazz Bar, 1a Chambers Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

The brilliant mix of top comedy, live music and nuclear politics returns. Excellent value with a different line-up daily including Ivan Brackenbury, Robin Ince, Phil Nichol and Paul Sinha, plus free nibbles at your table. Aug 10-30: 17:00 (2hrs) ÂŁ4.00 (ÂŁ3.00)

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GET UP, STAND-UP Robin Buckland, Murray Cummings and Karel Hutter/PBH's Free Fringe The Phoenix, 46 Broughton Street • Grid Ref: B5

An early-evening showcase of some of the most exciting new comics around. Featuring the deadpan, downbeat Robin Buckland; the high-energy silliness of Murray Cummings; and the hilarious storytelling of Karel Hutter. Aug 8-16,18,20-22,24-29: 19:10 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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GIACINTO PALMIERI: ITALIAN MISFIT - FREE Giacinto Palmieri/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

Don't expect Italian Giacinto Palmieri to dress fashionably or cook lasagne. Maybe that's why he moved to Britain. Expect, instead, the funniest jokes on phrasal verbs you'll find this year on the Fringe.

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GINGER & BLACK:THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND TIMES OF HAROLD Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

BBC3 and E4's 'Musical Storytellers' tell a tale about what a boy did when Hitler was around. They'll use jokes, songs and some enchanted props. SSSS (Fest); SSSS (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 5-8: 18:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 18:00 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:00 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

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GINGER NUTS AT THE FREE FRINGE Rory O'Hanlon Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 112 Hanover Street • 0131 225 2022 • Grid Ref: C4

Rory O'Hanlon presents his debut Edinburgh show, a satirical and informative look at one man's struggle to overcome life's obstacles and boundaries to reaching one goal; albeit with the disadvantage of having ginger nuts.

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GIRLS WITH GUNS Gilded Balloon Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

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Assembly at Assembly Hall 0131 623 3030 assemblyfestival.com 0131 226 0000 www.edfringe.com www.jasonbyrne.ie

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Join if.comedy best newcomer 2007 nominee Zoe Lyons, and star of ITV2's 'FWTV' Tiffany Stevenson, as they present the elite of female comedy talent, joined by a token male comedian as their (special) guest. Aug 13-16,20-23,27-30: 23:45 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00) 34567

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GLENN WOOL: LETYOUR HANDS GO Glenn Wool Underbelly's Hullabaloo, George Square Gardens • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

Been around the world having mishaps recently that I turned into humorous stories; I did it just for you. I need you to justify my existence. Come. I'm lonely, and I need to talk. Preview Aug 7: 21:25 (1hr) £7.00 Aug 8,11-13,17,19-20,24-26: 21:25 (1hr) £11.00 (£10.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,31: 21:25 (1hr) £14.00 (£12.00) Aug 27-30: 21:25 (1hr) £15.00 (£12.50)

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GODLEY'S WORLD Janey Godley Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

True travel tales from the multi-award-winning Glaswegian. A sticky Jesus in New York; a tiger in New Zealand; death on a Highland train. 'Some of the sharpestelbowed comedy in the world' (New York Times). www.janeygodley.co.uk Preview Aug 5-7: 19:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,17-20,24-26,31: 19:00 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,27-30: 19:00 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.50)

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GOLDENANORAK UNZIPPED goldenanorak/PBH's Free Fringe The Mercat Bar, 28 West Maitland Street • Grid Ref: E1

Sketch and stand-up group goldenanorak bring you a glorious concoction of sharp and sexy stand-up, scandalous sketches and delicious character comedy. Panting with puppy-like enthusiasm, this beast is best in show. www.goldenanorak.com. Aug 8-11,13-18,20-29: 17:20 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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AVALON PROMOTIONS LTD present

Sweet ECA, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place or Lady Lawson Street • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: F4

From auditions to director's cut, this movie-inspired improvisation show creates an original film before your eyes every night.You pick the title, we'll take it from there, singing and crying our way to the Oscars. Preview Aug 6: 20:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 7-19: 20:00 (1hr) £7.50 (£6.50) 3456

“An inspired mix of surreal banter”

“With killer lines, great delivery and with a delightful dollop of surprises, Craig was class”

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THE GOOD,THE BAD & THE CUDDLY 'RIDE AGAIN' - FREE Sion James/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch St • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

Cuddly Sion James saddles up again after three years sell-out sensation, with special guests and stars of the Fringe with free laffs, cuddles and badges.There's good, bad and cuddly in everyone ... www.freefestival.co.uk Aug 16-30: 16:10 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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GORDON SOUTHERN:THE UNOFFICIAL ANNUAL 2009 Glorious Talent Management Downstairs at the Tron, 9 Hunter Square • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

STAR OF CHANNEL 4’s ‘STAR STORIES’ WINNER OF HACKNEY EMPIRE NEW ACT OF THE YEAR 2009 5th - 31st Aug (except 17th) at 16.30 0131 556 6550 · www.pleasance.co.uk · www.avalonuk.com

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'One of the funniest things I've seen' (Scotsman). International word clown returns from Adelaide and Melbourne - 'so charming you want to take him home' (Age) - to smash out this awesome evolving scrapbook. www.gordonsouthern.com

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GRAEME THOMAS IS WOUND UP Graeme Thomas/PBH's Free Fringe The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

Scottish circuit regular andTV warm-up act brings a new free show to Edinburgh. 'Thomas is superb' (Edinburgh Evening News). 'Interacting with a crowd he could mix it up with any Fringe performer' (Fest).

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THE GRANDEE WAY Grandees Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

'Perfectly executed comedy' - SSSSS (Edinburgh Evening News). Soho, 1983. Martinis club opens for business. Lurking in the shadows of Thatcher's London, the insane Grandee mob are about to change the world. 'Utter madness' - SSSSS (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 6-7: 15:45 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,20,26-27: 15:45 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 15:45 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 11,17-18,24-25: 15:45 (1hr) £6.50

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THE GREAT BIG COMEDY PICNIC - FREE Ian Fox Presents Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

For the seventh year the picnic returns for more teatime titters. Free tickets. Free Tibet! Critics' Choice 2006 and 2007 - SSSS (ThreeWeeks). Aug 6-30: 16:50 (1hr) (FreeTicketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

GREG BEHRENDT Assembly By Arrangement With Avalon Assembly @ George St, Assembly Rooms, 54 George St • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

US stand-up star, 'Sex And The City' consultant and writer of the New York Times bestselling book 'He's Just Not That Into You' makes his UK debut. 'Outstanding, impeccable and one for the ages' (Montreal Gazette). Preview Aug 6-7: 19:40 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,25-26,31: 19:40 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,27-30: 19:40 (1hr) £13.00 (£12.00)

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Hysterical sketch comedy. Great characters, surrealism, silliness, 80s power ballads and 90s icons.With individual comedy credits from 'Little Britain' to 'Run Fatboy Run' not to mention a Fringe First - guaranteed hilarity! Preview Aug 6-7: 16:10 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:10 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 11,17,24-25: 16:10 (1hr) £6.50 Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 16:10 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00)

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THE GUARDIAN LIVE AT THE GILDED BALLOON Dabster Productions Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

The best of Edinburgh, absolutely free! Join 'The Guardian Live at the Gilded Balloon' for the recording of our unmissable podcast. Performances and chat from top Fringe comedians. Different show every day. Aug 10-14,17-21,24-28: 12:00 (1hr) (FreeTicketed) 34567

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HANNAH GADSBY - KISS ME QUICK I'M FULL OF JUBES Dick the Horse & EdCom Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

Hannah is an award-winning comic who just wants a quiet chat about the importance of self-destructive behaviour and the benefits of defective memories. 'Deadpan perfection.' (Edinburgh Skinnyfest). Preview Aug 6-7: 19:20 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27,30: 19:20 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-29: 19:20 (1hr) £11.00 (£10.00)

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HANS TEEUWEN Hans Teeuwen Udderbelly's Pasture, Bristo Square • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

'Genius' - SSSSS (Metro). 'This guy is a radical genius' (Time Out). 'One of the few comedians now working to whom the word genius might be applied' - SSSSS (Guardian). 'Absurdist Dutch Genius' - SSSS (Times). Also very, very funny. Aug 13-15,26-28: 23:35 (1hr) £14.50 (£12.50) 3456

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What could be more memorable than a fat Glaswegian Sikh cooking dinner whilst telling anecdotes? That's right: nothing. So come to the most memorable Glaswegian/ Sikh cooking show in the world (excluding Namibia). Preview Aug 5: 19:00 (1hr) £7.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:00 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00) Aug 10-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 19:00 (1hr) £11.00 (£10.00)

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HARI KRISHNA AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONED Karl Edrik Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 19 Blair Street • 0131 220 0125 • Grid Ref: E5

Join Karl on his quest for enlightenment.Will he find nirvana or Tantric sex and Honeybee brandy? No swearing, but expect references to cocaine and bisexual hookers. Aug 7-30: 17:40 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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HATTY AND TONY RUB IT BETTER (FOR FREE!) Hatty and Tony/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch Street • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

Hatty Ashdown (Channel 4 presenter, BBC Radio London) and Tony MacMurray ('The Office', 'Last Chancers') do funny stuff like stand-up and sketches and things for the damn hell of it. www.freefestival.co.uk Aug 6-9,11-23,25-30: 13:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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HEAVEN IS SICK - FREE

HEY TOM BELL!

Dearest RAS/PBH's Free Fringe

Tom Bell/PBH's Free Fringe

The Grape, 12-13 St Andrew Square • Grid Ref: D4

The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

Have you ever died? No. Neither had Dr Bishop, until God caught him e-perving Kelly Holmes at the Commonwealth Games.Watch him 'curing' heaven's sick-heads: Goebbles, Lassie,Tutancamun, and more.

A fresh hour of feel-good comedy from the Free Fringe favourite. Critics' Choice: 'Truly high quality' (Guardian). 'Winning and eccentric' (BBC.co.uk). 'Very good indeed' - SSSS (Scotsman). SSSSS (ThreeWeeks). Practise clapping now. See you there. www.tombell.org

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HELEN KEEN:THE PRIMITIVE METHODIST GUIDE TO ARCTIC SURVIVAL Helen Keen

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HI, MY NAME'S CHRIS HENRY! Chris Henry

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

Channel 4 New Comedy Writing Award winner trivialises true tales of her un-Anglican ancestor's Arctic truimph. 'Crisp, sophisticated comedy' (Guardian). 'Packed with gags, silliness and science' (Broadway Baby). www.helenkeen.com

A Scotsman you don't need a translator for that will have you laughing at subjects usually un-mentioned before dinner. An exuberant, rude and entertaining comedian! Not for children or politically correct Neanderthals!

Preview Aug 5-7: 12:45 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 12:45 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27,31: 12:45 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00

Aug 8-16: 12:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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THE HOLY TRINITY PBH's Free Fringe

THE HERESY PROJECT: KILL YOUR GOD

Madogs, 38a George Street • Grid Ref: D4

Heresy Comedy

This three-headed monster of modern multiculturalism will make you laugh with its acid tongue, nimble brain and gobby mouth. 'Sharp original lines ... a good bunch of quietly impressive stuff ... creates a buzz of excitement in the room' (Chortle.co.uk).

Laughing Horse @ The Hive, 15-17 Niddry Street • 0131 556 0444 • Grid Ref: E5

'Hard-hitting, no-holds-barred comedy ... satirising religion and militant atheism' (Edinburgh Evening News). 'Makes Richard Dawkins look like the Archbishop of Canterbury' (Scotsman). 'See them in hell' (Skinny). www.heresycomedy.com Aug 6-30: 16:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4 Aug 6-30: 20:40 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

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HOOPLA - IMPRO SHOW - FREE Hoopla Impro/PBH's Free Fringe

HOW TO SURVIVE A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE After Dark

The Rat Pack, 9b Shandwick Place • Free shows only, no box office • Grid Ref: E2

Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

Improvised scenes, sketches and songs based on audience suggestions.The Hoopla team perform a different show every evening. Hoopla are the resident impro group at the Bedford, south London's leading comedy venue. www.hooplaimpro.com

Be prepared for the inevitable. Celebrated expert Dr Dale and his team teach you how to battle the undead hordes in this inventive, enlightening and insanely informative seminar.This show will save your life.

Aug 8-29: 17:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

Preview Aug 7-8: 19:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-31: 19:45 (1hr) £7.00

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HOT PINK BREAKTHROUGH BALLOON SHOW Gilded Balloon

HUGH HUGHES IN ... 360 Hoipolloi/Escalator East to Edinburgh

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Can laughter save lives? It can if you join us for the first 'Hot Pink Breakthrough Balloon Show' benefitting Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Breakthrough is a pioneering charity changing lives through research, campaigning and education. Aug 22: 15:00 (2hrs) £12.50 3456

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Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Award-winning emerging Welsh artist, Hugh Hughes, invites you into his wonderful world to share an evening of delightfully comic stories of friendship, mountains and the sculpture of the excitement of building the dam. www.hoipolloi.org.uk Preview Aug 5-7: 19:05 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-10,12-13,18-20,24-27,31: 19:05 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:05 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.50)

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HOUR OF THE LYNX Gilded Balloon/Critical Mass Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

A young man in a mental institution has killed again. Two women, a psychiatrist and a priest, come to his cell to discuss how to proceed. The discussion will change all their lives. Preview Aug 5-6: 15:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 15:15 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 10-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 15:15 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00)

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HYPOCRITIC OAFS St George's Medics Revue Sweet Grassmarket, Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: E4

Celebrating our 10th Edinburgh show! Prepare for side-splitting, fast-paced, topical comedy sketches.Warning! Patrons may be subjected to long waiting times and bedpan humour.Thank God for Tena Lady. Contains offensive material and strong language. Aug 24-30: 14:45 (40mins) £7.50 (£6.50)

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HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE BRITAIN? Christopher Fairweather

IAN KENDALL'S 18TH BIRTHDAY MAGIC SHOW Ian Kendall

The Vault, 11 Merchant Street • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

The Zoo, 140 The Pleasance • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

In poems, prose and satirical songs, Christopher Fairweather takes an hilarious look at problems facing Britain.Topics include TV, transport, drink, dustbins, money and members of parliament. (Includes some unique solutions!) www.oceanpixel.org

This is Ian's 18th year at the Fringe, and to celebrate almost two decades of obscurity he's mixing new magic with favourites from past shows. 'Slick, stylish sleight of hand' - SSSS (Broadway Baby).

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OFF THE KERB PRODUCTIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH CORDUROY PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

GOD COLLAR

‘So many immigrants...’ DAILY MAIL

‘Taxes, Europe, the NHS...!’ TELEGRAPH

‘I miss Diana’ DAILY EXPRESS

‘Jade’s Tits’ THE SUN

‘Glooble Warmming’ GUARDIAN

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ASSEMBLY HALL RAINY HALL 0131 623 3030 www.assemblyfestival.com

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IDIOTS OF ANTS:THIS IS WAR Pleasance Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Following two sell-out Edinburghs, the Ants (BBC1, E4, Radio 4) return with their unique blend of fast-paced sketch comedy. 'Sheer excellence' (Scotland on Sunday). 'Must See!' (Daily Telegraph). 'Brilliant' (Time Out). www.idiotsofants.com Preview Aug 5-7: 20:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,19-20,25-27,31: 20:15 (1hr) £9.00 (£7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:15 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.50) 345 6 7

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I DON'T WANT TO GROW UP Conor McGinley/PBH's Free Fringe Voodoo Bar, 8 Torphichen Place • Grid Ref: E1

Conor puts on trial the paradigm shifts that lead to maturity. Has he a point or has his London/Irish and dyslexic upbringing left him too cynical? Anything for Laffs 2007 winner.

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I'LL ALWAYS THINK OF YOU THAT WAY Pleasance/Mackenzie & McGuire Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

After sell-out London shows, a new comic play about unlikely friends who meet in rehab. 'Absolutely hilarious. 100% ones to watch' (WirelessTheatreCompany.co.uk). 'Mackenzie & McGuire are actually funny' (Pauline McLynn - 'Father Ted'). Preview Aug 5-7: 16:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24,26-27,31: 16:30 (1hr) £7.50 (£6.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:30 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

THE IMPROLYMPIANS - FREE The Improlympians/PBH's Free Fringe The Grape, 12-13 St Andrew Square • Grid Ref: D4

If comedy were a crime, the Improlympians would be on death row. Improvising. Join them for a completely improvised play: you provide the title, they turn it into a play. It's the 'Ready Steady Cook' of theatre.

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THE IMPROVERTS EUTC Bedlam Theatre, 11b Bristo Place • 0131 225 9893 • Grid Ref: F5

Edinburgh's resident improvised comedy troupe is back for its 20th year at the Fringe. Hilarious sketches based entirely on audience suggestions. 'Tears of laughter were copious' (Scotsman). 'Never fails to make you laugh out loud' (BroadwayBaby.com).

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AN IMPROVISED HISTORY OF ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING Project Steve Productions Augustine's, 41 George IV Bridge • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

'An Improvised History of Absolutely Everything' challenges our crack team of comedians to recreate famous events based entirely on audience suggestions. Waterloo won by the French? Mussolini addicted to custard? The choice is yours! Preview Aug 24: 14:45 (1hr) £5.00 (£3.00) Aug 25-31: 14:45 (1hr) £7.00 (£5.00) 34567

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INNER BADGER - FREE Julie Jepson/Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

'Intelligent stand-up that is instantly engaging.Truly fabulous' (BBC.co.uk). 'A natural ... Instant control of the audience' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Beautiful moosetash' (my mum). www.juliejepson.co.uk Aug 7-16: 12:35 (45mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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INSIDE ALAN FRANCIS & BARNABY POWER Alan Francis & Barnaby Power/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club II, 16 North St Andrew Street • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Two of the country's finest comic performers bring you sketches and characters that bite. 'Odd, uncomfortable and extremely funny' - SSSS (List). 'Timing that could give Accurist a run for their money' - SSSS (Scotsman).

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INSTANT SUNSHINE Instant Sunshine Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Returning with their unique and very funny blend of music and humour, Instant Sunshine perform their own songs and provide a closely observed and wry commentary on life. Brilliantly crafted musical comedy for everyone. 'Very, very entertaining' (Scotsman). Aug 16-22: 18:10 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) 3456

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IONA DUDLEY-WARD'S A BIT OF A CHARACTER Iona Dudley-Ward The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

Iona Dudley-Ward (award winner at Brighton Festival 2004) presents socially inept, attention-seeking, cringe-worthy characters - live and on screen - in this multimedia one-woman character and situation comedy sketch show.

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I ONLY WANNA HEAR GOOD! - FREE Sol Bernstein/Laughing Horse Free Festival See page 21 for show information

Laughing Horse @ The Hive, 15-17 Niddry Street • 0131 556 0444 • Grid Ref: E5

'I Only Wanna Hear Good!' Sol Bernstein, the world's oldest Jewish comedian, is still standing. 'One part Alf Garnett, two parts Mel Brooks and three parts like nothing you've ever heard' (Guardian). Aug 6-9,11-16,18-23,25-30: 20:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456 7

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ISMA ALMAS BOMBS Isma Almas/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

'A one-woman antidote to Islamophobia' (Leeds Guide). Buckle up for this hilarious cultural extravaganza of a white-knuckle comedy ride. One of the most original and charming circuit comedians expertly annihilates whole herds of sacred cows.

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IS THE DAILY MAIL DEADYET? Baby Chimp Productions Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

The Mail considers itself to be the voice of middle England.This show considers it to be the voice of outdated, emasculated racists. A hilariously liberal attack against those groups it's okay to hate. Preview Aug 6-8: 23:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,16-17,19-20,23-27,30: 23:00 (1hr) £7.00 (£5.50) Aug 14-15,21-22,28-29: 23:00 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.50)

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ISZI LAWRENCE: MATTER OF TACT - FREE Iszi Lawrence/Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Caught between Christian friends and Muslim family, Iszi Lawrence, 'long lost daughter of Marcus Brigstocke' (LilFatComedy.com), battles science friction. TimeOut.com-recommended. LondonLite comedy pick. 'Worth seeing before she's selling out the big venues' (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 6: 14:45 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-18,20-30: 14:45 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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IT'S GOT JOKES IN - FREE Catie Wilkins, Hannah George and Lou Sanders/Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Hannah George, winner, Paramount student 2007 - 'An exciting, unforgettable new talent' (Paramount). Catie Wilkins, winner, King-Gong 2008 - 'Very funny' (Jimmy Carr). Lou Sanders, MySpace nominee 2008 - 'sparkle that makes a good performer great' (ITV).

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IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD (BUTYOU CAN SEE IT FROM HERE) Mike Bubbins The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Life was rubbish. By the skip-load. But an Edinburgh show? At lunchtime? Mike's glass was overflowing.With sour grapes.Which is funny. Unless you're Mike.

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IT SPEAKS! TALES OF A RELUCTANT SHOWGIRL Ophelia Bitz Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

International cabaret miscreant Ophelia Bitz unleashes her new solo show. Songs, silliness, bile and vitriol with an unhealthy dash of dingbattery and erotic fruit consumption! 'Don't miss her show!' (Time Out London).

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IVAN BRACKENBURY'S ALL NEW HOSPITAL RADIO SHOW CKP By Arrangement With Ashley Boroda Entertainment See page 93 for show information

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Discover the legend behind the microphone. If.comedy Award nominee.Winner of Spirit of Fringe. As heard on Radio 2. 'Never ending bombardment of great gags' - SSSSS (Chortle.co.uk). 'Special' (Scotsman).Total sell-out 2007/08. www.ivanbrackenbury.com Preview Aug 5-8: 18:40 (55mins) £6.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 18:40 (55mins) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:40 (55mins) £10.50 (£9.50)

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I WISH I COULD BE LIKE ANDREW WATTS Andrew Watts C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Who wouldn't want to be like Andrew Watts? Find out how in his eagerly-awaited one-man show. 'Observational genius' (ThreeWeeks). 'Posh and witty ... exquisitely funny' (Time Out). Aug 5-7,11,18,24-25: 22:00 (50mins) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 22:00 (50mins) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 22:00 (50mins) £8.50 (£7.50)

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JACK MINK AT WORLD'S END Monkey Productions The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

Jack Mink is a bloke, or so he says. I've known him a long time. He says he's a comedian but he's dark. Mixing stand-up, clowning and improvisation, this is his show. Preview Aug 7-8: 22:40 (45mins) £5.00 Aug 10-15,17-22: 22:40 (45mins) £5.00 Aug 24-29: 18:40 (45mins) £5.00 34567

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JACK OFFLINE Ladma/PBH's Free Fringe Beehive Inn, 18 Grassmarket • Grid Ref: E4

Three dysfunctional losers.Two half-wit brothers. One sordid little world. Live mockumentary sitcom from award-winning comedy group, Ladma. As seen on the BBC and Current TV. 'Hilariously inappropriate' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Priceless mockumentary genius ... comic gold' - SSSS (ThreeWeeks). Aug 8-9,11-16,18-23,25-29: 14:45 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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JACK WHITEHALL - NEARLY REBELLIOUS Chambers Management

JAMES DOWDESWELL - WHEN I GREW UP I WANTED TO BE KENNY EVERETT AND OTHER STORIES James Dowdeswell

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Jack's always wanted to be a real man, like the ones in the audience at 'Top Gear', but unfortunately he likes Smirnoff Ice and doesn't look good with his shirt off. 'Shoo-in for stardom' (Evening Standard).

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JAKEYAPP PRESENTS HALLO, MUSIC LOVERS! Jake Yapp

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JAKEYAPP'S FREE AT FOUR Jake Yapp/PBH's Free Fringe Madogs, 38a George Street • Grid Ref: D4

Sony Comedy Award nominee Jake Yapp's cash-conscious show for discerning freeloaders. Songs, sketches, stand-up, and all free. May contain bum notes. 2008 review: 'Intelligent wit and a dry and dirty sense of humour' (ThreeWeeks).

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'Ever wondered what would happen if Bill Bailey and Marcus Brigstocke had a child ... ?' (Chortle.co.uk). Radio 4 appearances include 'Loose Ends', '4 Stands Up', and writing for 'Now Show', 'News Quiz'. 'Brilliant ... brilliant ... brilliant' (Scotsman).

Fans of Lily Allen, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jay Z, stay away from this cheerful desecration of musical 'greats'. Exclusive, new material. 2008 reviews: 'rare gem' (ThreeWeeks); 'Inventively funny' (Scotsman); 'Diamond-edged wit' (EdinburghCentric.com).

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Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Preview Aug 6-7: 20:20 (50mins) £5.00 (£4.00) Aug 8-17,19-30: 20:20 (50mins) £8.00 (£6.50)

Show and tell for grown-ups. James ('Extras', BBC) unveils curious objects and tells stories about them. 'A real master of the comedian's craft' (Chortle.co.uk).

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JAMIE KILSTEIN - REVENGE OF THE SERFS Assembly Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

America may have elected the black guy, but we are still screwing over the rest of the world. 'Possibly the most impressive writer-performer I have seen all year' (Kate Copstick, Scotsman). Preview Aug 6-8: 21:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,25-26,31: 21:00 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,27-30: 21:00 (1hr) £13.00 (£12.00)

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JANEANE GAROFALO Gilded Balloon Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Emmy nominated actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992. 'A fine hour of stand-up in anyone's books' (Chortle.co.uk). Aug 6-15: 20:30 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00) 3456

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JARLATH REGAN - MAN OF VERY LITTLE MYSTERY Lisa Richards and EdCom Present Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Sold out 2008. An afternoon at the Fringe is not complete without an hour in the company of Jarlath Regan. 'Side-splitting stuff' - SSSS (Metro). 'The perfect tea time show' (Chortle.co.uk). Aug 5-8: 16:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27: 16:00 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-31: 16:00 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50)

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JASON BYRNE:THE BYRNE SUPREMACY Phil McIntyre Entertainment Assembly @ Assembly Hall, Mound Place • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: E4

Total sell-out, 1997-2008. 'A bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle' (Edinburgh Evening News). 'Comic nitroglycerine' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Stand-up so joyous, the clinically depressed should get it on prescription' (Metro). Aug 6-8: 20:15 (1hr) £9.50 Aug 9-13,18-20,25-26,31: 20:15 (1hr) £15.00 Aug 14-16,21-23: 20:15 (1hr) £16.00 Aug 27-30: 20:15 (1hr) £17.50

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Venue 150 @ EICC, 150 Morrison Street • 0844 847 1639 • Grid Ref: F2 Aug 21-22,28-29: 23:30 (1hr) £15.00 3456

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‘If you’re not cheered up by this, you have no soul’ THE LIST

JASON COOK: FEAR Jason Cook/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Last year he brought 'Joy', a Fringe sell-out.This year Jason examines fear. 'A total triumph' - SSSSS (Time Out). 'A joy to behold and a pleasure to have witnessed' - SSSSS (List). SSSSS (Metro). SSSSS (Festmag). Preview Aug 2: 16:00 (1hr) £6.00 (£5.00) Preview Aug 5: 16:35 (1hr) £6.00 (£5.00) Aug 7-16,18-30: 15:20 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00)

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JASON JOHN WHITEHEAD: EMOTIONAL WHITEMALE Jason John Whitehead/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club II, 16 North St Andrew Street • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Acclaimed Canadian Whitehead is back. He'll be performing his trademark passionate, confessional stand-up on life, love, destiny and displeasures. 'One of the most genuine comedic talents on show' - SSSS (List). www.jjwhiteheadthecomic.com

‘If you cannot enjoy Adam Hills, you cannot have a pulse’

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JASON MANFORD & FRIENDS AT THE FRINGE BBC Radio 2 & Open Mike Productions Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

THE SCOTSMAN

6-31 AUGUST (NOT 17TH AUG) SUNDAYS WITH BSL INTERPRETER ASSEMBLY ROOMS MUSIC HALL www.offthekerb.co.uk 0131 623 3030 www.assemblyfestival.com

Join Jason Manford and friends for two free shows of big, big comedy recorded for Radio 2. Last year's guests included Michael McIntyre, Jon Richardson, Adam Hills and Mark Watson. For more information visit www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/comedy. Aug 17: 20:00 (1hr 15mins) (FreeTicketed) Aug 17: 22:00 (1hr 15mins) (FreeTicketed) 3456

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JEFF KREISLER'S GET RICH CHEATING Jeff Kreisler/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Bill Hicks Spirit Award winner reveals proven schemes to make you filthy rich and ruin the world. Everyone's cheating: why not you? 'A heavy hitter' (Scotsman). 'Very funny, very timely' (Terry Jones, Monty Python). www.getrichcheating.com Preview Aug 6: 18:40 (1hr) £6.00 (£5.00) Aug 7-16,18-30: 16:55 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00)

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JEM BROOKES:TOPICAL FISH - FREE Jem Brookes/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

Grab a beer, pull up a chair and enjoy a mix of audience banter, topical jokes and inspired stuff that'll never be said again.Warning: may contain one-liners. 'Fine line in observation' (MetNews). www.freefestival.co.uk Preview Aug 6: 00:25 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-30: 00:25 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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JERRY SADOWITZ: COMEDIAN, MAGICIAN, PSYCHOPATH 2009 Stand Comedy Club @ The Edinburgh Playhouse Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place • 0844 847 1660 • Grid Ref: C6

Vicious humour and jaw-dropping magic. One night only. Be amused, offended, amazed. 'Often shocking, stand-up comedy's only genius ... compelling, hilarious, unpredictable and unmissable ... the funniest comedian in the country' (Guardian). Aug 29: 23:00 (1hr 20mins) £19.50, £22.50, £24.50 3456

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JESSICA DELFINO - I WANNA BE FAMOUS Jessica Delfino Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 112 Hanover Street • 0131 225 2022 • Grid Ref: C4

Ribald jokes, songs, flying v ukulele, rape whistle. Denounced by US Catholic League. 'There's more to this seriously talented comic songwriter than filthy jokes' (Metro, London). 'Supremely witty ... smart and edgy' (Time Out London). Aug 6-25: 21:55 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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JESSICA FOSTEKEW AND DAN THOMPSON: PECKER AND FOOF SAVE THE WORLD! Jessica Fostekew and Dan Thompson/PBH's Free Fringe Dragonfly, 52 West Port • Grid Ref: F4

Dan Thompson and Jessica Fostekew's free stand-up comedy. Fine laugh-makers bring salvation for the world's woes using comedy, violence and very careful planning. 'Intensely funny' (Time Out).

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JIM JEFFRIES:THE HITS Jim Jeffries Udderbelly's Pasture, Bristo Square • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

Jim is back! We suggest you book f*cking early for the 'UK's most offensive comedian' (Q Magazine). SSSSS (List); SSSSS (Edinburgh Evening News); SSSSS (Herald). 'Better than Jesus' - SSSS (Scotsman). Aug 17-21: 20:35 (1hr) £15.00 3456

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JIMMY CARR - RAPIER WIT Chambers Management Venue 150 @ EICC, 150 Morrison Street • 0844 847 1639 • Grid Ref: F2

A rapier is the long sword of a gentleman. 'Rapier wit' is defined as clever, quick, intelligent humour. Please note Jimmy's eighth solo show, 'Rapier Wit', may* contain actual jokes about rape. (*Definitely)

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JIMMY MCGHIE'S NORTHERN MEETING Avalon Promotions Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

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A disastrous party in the Highlands wrecked Jimmy's relationship and his confidence. Now he shares the whole shameful but hilarious story in an hour of stand-up from this exciting newcomer. 'A real talent' (Guardian). Aug 5-8: 21:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:30 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 10-13,18-20,24-27,31: 21:30 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00)

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JIM SMALLMAN - THE BOY NEXT DOOR GONE WRONG Jim Smallman The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Best debut show nominee - Leicester Comedy Festival Awards 2009. Jim is an amusingly-tattooed, depressive, former child prodigy. He used to be nice ... what on Earth happened? 'An instinctive storyteller' (Chortle.co.uk).

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THE JO CAULFIELD RADIO SHOW BBC Radio 4 Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Jo Caulfield returns to the airwaves with a brand new show for BBC Radio 4 with all the wit, verve and venom you've been craving. 'Quite simply, a damn funny woman' (Scotsman). Aug 20: 14:15 (1hr) (FreeTicketed) 3456

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JO CAULFIELD:WON'T SHUT UP! Jo Caulfield/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

She came. She saw. She criticised. Award-winning comedian lambastes dating, relationships, sex, families, 'Dragons' Den' inventors, property developers and bankers. 'Wonderfully bitchy stand-up comedy' (Observer). 'Pure comedy gold' (Evening Standard). 'Compulsive viewing' (Scotsman). Preview Aug 6: 20:10 (1hr) £7.00 Preview Aug 7: 20:00 (1hr) £7.00 Aug 8-16,18-23,25-30: 20:00 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) 3456 7

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JOEY PAGE - ECCENTRIC TREASURE OF THE FUTURE

AVALON PROMOTIONS Ltd PRESENTS

Joey Page Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

A surreal, charming and hilarious show from one of comedy's most unique and exciting new talents. 'Brilliantly inventive and imaginative and very funny' (Josie Long). 'Joey has a sonic imagination' (Noel Fielding). Preview Aug 6-7: 20:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8,11-13,17,19-20,24-27: 20:00 (1hr) £6.00 (£5.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:00 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00)

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JOHN BISHOP: ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING Phil McIntyre Entertainment Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

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John 'comic revolutionary' (Independent) is the age Elvis was when he died. Crisis? 'If you fail to laugh like a lunatic, check yourself into a mortuary; you are probably dead' (Metro). Preview Aug 5-8: 20:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27,31: 20:00 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.50) Aug 14-16,21-23: 20:00 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.50) Aug 28-30: 20:00 (1hr) £14.00 (£12.50)

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JOHN GORDILLO: F**KONOMICS Off the Kerb Productions Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Sex. Man. Consequences. Cost. SSSSS (Daily Record, Metro, Chortle.co.uk). 'Brilliant. Poignantly funny' (Scotsman). 'A grown-up comic who combines emotional intimacy with high quality gags.You may not find a more accomplished Fringe show' (Guardian). www.offthekerb.co.uk Preview Aug 5-8: 20:10 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,24-27,31: 20:10 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:10 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.50)

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Assembly Rooms

0131 623 3030

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George Street

www.assemblyfestival.com

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Wildman Room

www.avalonuk.com

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JOHN HEGLEY:THE ADVENTURES OF MONSIEUR ROBINET John Hegley Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Tales of a Frenchman.There is a love interest which seems rather one-sided, and a scene depicting the 'tapping' of a television set.There are also songs and stories with no televisions. Preview Aug 12-13: 12:50 (1hr 10mins) £8.00 (£5.00) Aug 14-23,25-31: 12:50 (1hr 10mins) £12.00 (£9.00) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

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JOHN ROBINS - SKINNY LOVE Good Sense of Humour/Barking Mad Comedy Downstairs at the Tron, 9 Hunter Square • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Winner, best debut show - 2009 Leicester Comedy Festival. Stories and bombdropping from 'the new wave of storyteller' (Evening Post) and occasional co-host of Jon Richardson's BBC 6 Music show. 'Like discovering buried treasure' (Fest). www.johnrobins.net

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JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH: SOUTHERN SOFTIES Northern Pictures Ltd/Chic Ken Productions Ltd Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Versatile singer/organist travels to Jersey to discover if it's soft down south. Hilarious sequel to acclaimed spoof documentary 'It's Nice Up North' seen on Sky Arts. World film premiere. Q and A with Graham Fellows. Aug 18: 21:15 (2hrs) £8.50 3456

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JOIN THE STAND-UP FREEMASONS - FREE Dan Bland & James Christopher/PBH's Free Fringe Nicol Edwards, 29-35 Niddry Street • Grid Ref: E5

Every day, Dan - 'blistering one-liners' (Worksop Guardian) - and James - 'a nice line in self-deprecation' (Chortle.co.uk) - initiate a third Fringe star comedian into their exclusive stand-up society. Females welcome.Three top comics! Aug 8-29: 16:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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‘Hilarious’ Times ‘Some of the best satirical songs this side of NoĂŤl Coward’ Scotsman ‘The best act in their price range’ Joan Rivers

JoJo Sutherland/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

This charismatic comic takes to the stage to revel in the misery of life and laugh in its face. 'A performer the audience could have watched all night' (Herald). 'Excellent Scottish comedian' (Chortle.co.uk). Preview Aug 3: 18:40 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 (ÂŁ5.00) Preview Aug 5: 18:50 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 (ÂŁ5.00) Aug 7-16,18-30: 13:20 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 (ÂŁ6.00)

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JOKES FROM THE UNDERGROUND Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place, Leith Walk • 0131 556 9628 • Grid Ref: C6

A changing line-up of special secret performers, tax exiles, and murderers all do their best gags and routines. Dodging the authorities, as well as lazy comedy cliches.

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JOLLIE: ABREAST OF CULTURE Jollie Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5 Decline of Western Capitalism Special:

Saturday 15 August, all tickets ÂŁ5

‘You haven’t really “done the Fringe� till you’ve seen these guys’ ThreeWeeks, July 2008

Big news! New One: John and Ollie have been commissioned by an important European festival. New Two: this year John married Ollie's ex-girlfriend Amy.That's what this show's about. SSSS (List); SSSS (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 6-7: 18:55 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 18:55 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 9-10,14,16,21-23,28-30: 18:55 (1hr) ÂŁ10.50 (ÂŁ9.00) Aug 11,17-18,24-25: 18:55 (1hr) ÂŁ6.50

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Jonathan Mayor The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Plunge yourself into Jonathan's growing cult and revel in his savage wit and audacious charm, seasoned by the twisted talents of his two spindly, confused, straight guests. This show may feature actual live mental breakdowns.

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JON HOLMES: ROCK STAR BABYLON Jon Holmes Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

The multi-award-winning (tiny) star of BBC Radio 4's 'Now Show' and BBC 6 Music reads from his book of rock'n'roll rumours and tries not to get sued.With Stephen Fry as the voice of the footnotes. www.jonholmes.net, www.rbmcomedy.com. Aug 17-19: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 20,24-27: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 21-23,28-30: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00) 34567

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JONNY SWEET: MOSTLY ABOUT ARTHUR CKP By Arrangement With United Agents Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

From BBC2's 'Winging It' and the acclaimed 'House of Windsor'. Sell-out 2007/08. 'Unmissable' (List). 'Box-fresh wit and bitingly original' - SSSSS (Scotsman). 'Intimidatingly brilliant' - SSSS (Ed Fest). 'Truly unique' - SSSSS (Chortle.co.uk). Critic's Choice (Guardian, Times). Preview Aug 5-8: 16:45 (55mins) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27: 16:45 (55mins) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:45 (55mins) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.00)

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JON RICHARDSON:THIS GUY AT NIGHT Off the Kerb Productions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The if.comedy newcomer nominee and Chortle award winner returns to Edinburgh. Alone with his thoughts for a year, he is now ready to unleash the funniest of them. 'A true star' (List). www.offthekerb.co.uk Preview Aug 5-8: 20:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,24-27,31: 20:30 (1hr) ÂŁ11.00 (ÂŁ9.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:30 (1hr) ÂŁ12.00 (ÂŁ10.50)

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JO ROMERO TOUCHED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch St • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

Jo has an epiphany brought on by an MDMA/ketamine cocktail: no more sex, drugs, alcohol! She emerges into a world called Reality. It hurts! 'Fearless' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Sidesplitting, bittersweet, dark comedy' (Homovision.tv).

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JULIAN CLARY: LORD OF THE MINCE Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live Udderbelly's Pasture, Bristo Square • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

Britain's king of the double entendre celebrates his 50th year by going back to basics: expect filth and smut in liberal quantities. He has done for camping what Michael Flatley did for dancing ... Aug 22-23,28-30: 20:35 (1hr) ÂŁ15.00 (ÂŁ13.00) 34567

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JUST A MINUTE BBC Radio 4 Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Chaired by Nicholas Parsons, witty and loquacious panellists try to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Find out why this show has attracted the best comedians for over 35 years. Aug 18: 14:15 & 16:15 (1hr) (FreeTicketed) 3456

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JUSTIN MOORHOUSE: SEVEN CKP By Arrangement With Comedy Store Management Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Blake's.Wonders. Dwarves. Samurai. Oceans. Brides for Brothers. Seas of Rhye. Justin celebrates this fabulous number, in a romp through the seven basic stories. Expect tales of comedy, tragedy and overcoming the monster. 'Powerhouse performer' (Scotsman). www.justinmoorhouse.com Preview Aug 5-8: 21:40 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24-27: 21:40 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:40 (1hr) ÂŁ11.00 (ÂŁ9.50)

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JUST SKETCH BETTER! - FREE Unoriginals Laughing Horse @ The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place • 0131 221 9759 • Grid Ref: H5

      

         

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JUST THE TONIC COMEDY CLUB - MIDNIGHT SHOW Just the Tonic Comedy Club Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

'Boasting some of the most consistently interesting bills in the country' (Times). Latenight, top-quality bills from London's Leicester Square and Nottingham's critically acclaimed comedy club. 'Hottest tickets in town' (Metro). Preview Aug 7-8: 00:15 (2hrs 45mins) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24-27: 00:15 (2hrs 45mins) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 00:15 (4hrs 15mins) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00)

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KABARETT'S KLEINE KOMEDIE Itsy Collective/PBH's Free Fringe The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

A darkly humorous alternative variety revue with comedy, freakshow, neo-burlesque and macabre musings from Edinburgh's year-round purveyors of dark cabaret, Itsy's Kabarett. Part of PBH's Free Fringe. Aug 8-28: 18:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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Fingers Piano Bar, 61a Frederick Street • Grid Ref: D3 Aug 8-30: 21:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

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KATRINA AND THE WIVES ... - FREE Katrina Thompson/kitty go miaow miaow ... Productions Avalon Promotions Ltd Present

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

Following the success of her show 'Hurricane Katrina' ('Blisteringly funny ... hilariously cutting jokes' - SSSS [ThreeWeeks]), Katrina returns! Join her and some betrothed beauties - famous and fictional - for a lesson in rampant rabbits, relationships ... and alliteration!

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Sell-out 1991-2008 · Back for the 19th consecutive year!

KEITH FARNAN: NO BLACKS. NO JEWS. NO DOGS. NO IRISH. ALL WELCOME. Keith Farnan Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

'Seriously funny' (Time Out). Following his phenomenally successful 2008 show about the death penalty, comedian Keith Farnan takes a fierce and funny look at racism and religion-ism. Preview Aug 6-7: 18:30 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 18:30 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:30 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 11,17,24-25: 18:30 (1hr) £6.50

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KENT VALENTINE - HOW TO LOVE EVERYONE (EVEN THE ARSEHOLES) Kent Valentine The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Kent moved to London; London's full of arseholes. Can you reconcile a city you love with arseholes you loathe? 'Natural raconteur ... winning stories full of mischief, optimism and warmth' (Chortle.co.uk).

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“The fringe’s leading stand-up showcase” THE TIMES “Comedy’s finest new additions” THE OBSERVER

Pleasance Courtyard

5th - 31st August at 22.45 0131 556 6550 · www.pleasance.co.uk · www.avalonuk.com

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KEVIN BRIDGES: AN HOUR TO SING FOR YOUR SOUL Off the Kerb Productions Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Scotland's 'young comedy prodigy' (Guardian) makes his Edinburgh Fringe debut. 'Hilarious material ... just call his talent frightening' (Scotsman). 'Not just a talent to watch ... one to envy' (Herald). www.offthekerb.co.uk Preview Aug 5-8: 20:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27,31: 20:45 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:45 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.50)

OFF THE KERB PRODUCTIONS

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KEVIN TOMLINSON: SEVEN AGES Kepow Theatre Company Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Fresh from a sell-out world tour.This lighthearted comedy show looks at the seven stages of life that we go through. 'Refreshingly honest and hilarious. He creates magical comedy theatre!' (Herald). 'Wonderfully inventive!' (Comedy Magazine). Preview Aug 6-7: 17:40 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:40 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00) Aug 10-13,17,19-20,24-27: 17:40 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00)

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McGowan (‘The Big Impression’) and the multi-talented Page perform a selection of Noël Coward’s Master-ful songs and poems.

‘VERBAL VIRTUOSITY’ SCOTSMAN

KEVIN TOMLINSON:TRUTH OR DARE? Kepow Theatre Company Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Brand new, highly original improvisation, stand-up and sketch show. Based on true stories from the audience and spontaneous suggestions. 'Tomlinson reminds me of a young Robin Williams!' (Paramount Comedy Channel). 'Tomlinson is hilarious!' (Scotsman). Preview Aug 5-7: 23:05 (55mins) £7.00 Aug 8-13,17-20,24-26,31: 23:05 (55mins) £9.00 (£7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,27-30: 23:05 (55mins) £10.00 (£8.50)

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ASSEMBLY EDINBURGH SUITE 0131 623 3030

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www.offthekerb.co.uk

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www.offthekerb.co.uk (NOT MON 17TH AUG)

ROOMS 2.05PM ASSEMBLY WILDMAN ROOM

6 - 31 AUGUST 0131 623 3030 (NOT MON 17TH AUG)

www.assemblyfestival.com

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KIM NOBLE WILL DIE Brown-Eyed Boy Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

The sublimely talented Kim Noble from Noble and Silver is a unique artist and comedian and in his new show, 'Kim Noble Will Die', he lays bare his plans for departing this world in an absurd mix of comedy, video and avant garde theatre. Aug 25-26: 18:20 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00) Aug 27-30: 18:20 (1hr) £13.00 (£12.00) 3456

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KING OF EVERYTHING King of Everything The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Sexy Johnny Candon (Ricky Gervais' 'Animals') and gorgeous Chortle Award-winner Michael Legge prick about. Michael wanted a show about love, life, and politics. Basically, everything. Johnny wanted it to be about a king. Johnny loves kings.

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KINGSLEY & I: FREE STAND-UP COMEDY COMPILATION SHOW Damian Kingsley Et Al/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 112 Hanover Street • 0131 225 2022 • Grid Ref: C4

Free showcase of the best London circuit comics hosted by Damian Kingsley - Bath Fringe New Act finalist 2009, Comedy Cafe New Act Competition winner 2008/2009. 'Super storyteller' (Julia Chamberlain, Jongleurs).

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KIOSK OF CHAMPIONS 2: KIOSK OF CHAMPIONS! CKP See page 27 for show information

Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Richard Sandling and Stuart Goldsmith, 'supremely funny oddballs' (Time Out), sequelise their award-winning 2008 extravaganza. Lo-fi sketches, competent banter, Peloponnesian dancing. 'Funny, fresh, positively Pythonic' (Scotsman). 'Expect big laughs' (Guardian). www.kioskofchampions.com Preview Aug 5-8: 15:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17-18,20,24-27: 15:45 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 15:45 (1hr) £9.00 (£7.50)

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KIT & THE WIDOW: ALL THAT TWITTERS Kit & the Widow Stage by Stage Edinburgh Academy, 42 Henderson Row • 07816 671450 • Grid Ref: B3

Twitter? Who needs it? These two old songbirds perched at the piano have been peddling trivial nonsense since Alan Turing was in nappies. (Stephen Fry not included.) 'Achingly funny' (Times). 'Free parking' (Scotsman). Preview Aug 8: 19:30 (1hr) £10.00 Aug 9,16,23: 16:00 (1hr) £13.00 (£11.00), Aug 10-11,13,17-18,20: 19:00 (1hr) £13.00 (£11.00) Aug 14,21-22: 19:30 (1hr) £14.00 (£12.00), Aug 15: 15:00 (1hr) £5.00 , Aug 15: 19:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 19: 15:00 (1hr) £13.00 (£11.00)

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KRISTEN SCHAAL & KURT BRAUNOHLER - DOUBLE DOWN HEARTS Assembly By Arrangement With Avalon Assembly @ Assembly Hall, Mound Place • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: E4

American Vaudeville repeated the same shit until the movies came. Likewise Kristen and Kurt present an encore performance of last year's show. If you saw it, feel free to sing along! Aug 21,24-26: 22:05 (1hr) £13.00 (£11.00) Aug 22-23,27-30: 22:05 (1hr) £14.50 (£13.00) 34567

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KUNT AND THE GANG - FREE Kunt and the Gang/Laughing Horse Free Fringe Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch Street • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

Cult YouTube superstars Kunt and the Gang perform their smash hits 'F*cksticks', 'Use My Arse As a C*nt', and other pop filth. 'Life-affirmingly puerile' (Charlie Brooker, Guardian). 'A one-man filth machine' (Bizarre). www.myspace.com/kuntandthegang Aug 14-22: 00:45 (45mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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LADY GARDEN Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

After accidentally signing up for two years on an Edinburgh flat, we're back. Pop in, we're just over the road. Hackney Empire New Act finalists 2009. 'One of the funniest, clever and sexy new sketch groups' (Time Out). Preview Aug 5-8: 17:20 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 17:20 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:20 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.00)

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LAID BACK AND LAUGHING Presents Karl Davison & Val Lee (+ Guests)/PBH's Free Fringe The Rat Pack, 9b Shandwick Place • Free shows only, no box office • Grid Ref: E2

This unlikely, but charmingly complimentary duo aim to amuse with tall tales from life's subtleties. Share Karl's fixation with his international sock collection. How to flummox an angry motorist, and Val's irritation with her transvestite husband.

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LATE NIGHT GIMP FIGHT! Late Night Gimp Fight Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The world's first gimp-based sketch comedy show hits Edinburgh with whips and tassels swinging! Come and see why 2009 has been dubbed Year of the Gimp. Uproarious sketches, music and gimps. Time Out recommended. www.latenightgimpfight.com Preview Aug 5-7: 23:00 (45mins) £5.00 Aug 8-12,16-18,23-27,31: 23:00 (45mins) £9.00 (£7.50) Aug 13-15,20-22,28-30: 23:00 (45mins) £10.00 (£8.50)

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LATE NIGHT IMPRO FIGHT The Scat Pack C central, Carlton Hotel, North Bridge • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: D5

The hottest improvisers and comedians from across the Fringe fight it out to be crowned best person at making stuff up. Quick-fire fun, furious laughter and off-thecuff competition.Who wins? You decide. www.thescatpack.co.uk Aug 7,11,17-18,24-25: 23:00 (55mins) £6.50 (£5.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 23:00 (55mins) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 23:00 (55mins) £7.50 (£6.50)

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LATE 'N' LIVE Gilded Balloon Productions & Token Productions Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

The first and still the best late-night show on the Fringe. 'The celebrated comedy abattoir that has slain a thousand comics!' (Scotsman). Not for the fainthearted! Aug 7-13,17-20,24-27: 01:00 (4hrs) £12.50 (£10.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-31: 01:00 (4hrs) £15.00 (£12.50)

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THE LATE SHOW Neil Masters and Underbelly Productions Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

... In its eighth year! The best late stand-up in an intimate, wee venue. Full line-ups at www.underbelly.co.uk (previous acts: Dara O'Briain, Bill Bailey, Ross Noble ... ). And two hours of laughs for £10 Thursdays and (most) Sundays! Aug 7-8,13,16,20,23,27,30: 00:45 (2hrs 15mins) £10.00 (£8.00) Aug 9,14-15,21-22,28-29: 00:45 (2hrs 15mins) £14.00 (£12.50) 34567

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LAUGHING HORSE FREE COMEDY SELECTION Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Hive, 15-17 Niddry Street • 0131 556 0444 • Grid Ref: E5

A fantastic selection of top comedy talent picked from across the Fringe, Scotland and around the world! With different line-ups every night - and it's free! Sell-out show, Fringe 2004-2008. www.freefestival.co.uk Preview Aug 6: 19:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-30: 19:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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LAUGHING HORSE FREE PICK OF THE FRINGE Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

The very best comedians from across the Fringe ... different line-ups at every show ... two shows daily!The best way to see great comedy - and it's free! Sell-out, Fringe 2004-2008. www.freefestival.co.uk Preview Aug 6: 18:05 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Preview Aug 6: 20:35 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-30: 18:05 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-30: 20:35 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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LAUGHING HORSE NEW ACTS AT THE FRINGE - FREE Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch Street • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

The best in new comedy at the Fringe, selected from Fringe shows, national competitions and the worldwide comedy circuit - and it's free! Sell-out, Fringe 20042008. Different acts each night. www.freefestival.co.uk Preview Aug 6: 23:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-30: 23:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 31-Sep 5: 21:00 (1hr 30mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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THE LAUGHING PENGUIN PRESENTS ... Tony Jameson, Sean McLoughlin and Viz Creator Simon Donald Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

The Laughing Penguin presents its first Edinburgh show which showcases the talents of two of its finest performers,Tony Jameson and Sean McLoughlin. MC is provided by BarryTwyford and Dominic Farquar, aka Viz creator Simon Donald.

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THE LAUGHS AND LOVES OF HENRY BLOFELD Festival Highlights

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My dear old things! The beloved BBC 'Test Match Special' commentator makes his Fringe debut with this delightfully funny show, casting a wry glance over an illustrious career. Sell-out UK tour. www.henryblofeld.com Aug 15-16: 13:30 (1hr 10mins) £15.00 (£14.00) 3456

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LAUGHTER POLICE Alfie Moore/PBH's Free Fringe Dragonfly, 52 West Port • Grid Ref: F4

Alfie Moore is a cop. Seen it all in 16 years. Been spat on, beaten and stabbed. Survived paperwork, policies and political correctness. Still serving, still laughing! 'A fascinating, funny insight into life on the Force' (Chortle.co.uk). Aug 8-29: 18:40 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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LAURA SOLON: RABBIT FACED STORY SOUP Avalon Promotions Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

Perrier Award winner and star of BBC Radio 4's 'Talking and Not Talking' returns with brand new character comedy. 'Terrifyingly good' (Guardian). 'Gobsmacking originality' (Evening Standard). 'Extraordinary' (Telegraph). 'Painfully funny' - SSSSS (Metro). Aug 6-8: 17:05 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9,14-16,21-23,27-30: 17:05 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-26: 17:05 (1hr) £11.00 (£10.00)

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LAWV CHILLERS:THE END OF THE WORLD LAWV Chillers Comedy C central, Carlton Hotel, North Bridge • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: D5

Wild and wacky juxtaposition of improv, sketch comedy, audience interaction, music and mayhem. Five young comedians hot from LA must face the challenge of a lifetime: the end of the world! Aug 7,11,17-18: 20:20 (50mins) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 8-10,14-16: 20:20 (50mins) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 12-13: 20:20 (50mins) £8.50 (£7.50) 34567

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THE LEATHER DINNER PARTY For Your Displeasure Diverse Attractions, Riddles Court, 322 Lawnmarket • 0131 225 8962 • Grid Ref: E4

Class, crabsticks and cucumbers collide - calamity calls! An outrageously comical menage a quatre which delves into the deep crack of conflict that opens up when cockneys and cock candles clash. Continence not guaranteed! Aug 10-15: 15:30 (40mins) £6.00 (£4.00) 3456

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Described as 'a demented child's miscellany of comedy fun' and 'a yummy blend of comedy pudding' - SSSS (Skinny), as well as 'a brilliant little show featuring some excellent young stand-ups' - SSSS (ThreeWeeks) ... basically, there's sweets. Aug 8-10,12-17,19-24,26-29: 17:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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LEWIS SCHAFFER - BIGGER AND BLACKER Lewis Schaffer/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

Fast-talking NY comic and UK hostage fights back with biting political and social satire. Free admission. 'Uncompromising ... offensive ... hilarious.' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Undisciplined ... brilliant ... fascinating' (Evening Standard). SSSS (List). www.lewisschaffer.co.uk Aug 6-30: 18:40 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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LIFE AFTER DIVORCE:THE TRUTH Kevin McCarron/Laughing Horse Free Festival See Venue Guide for show information

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Well, the truth is - it's not all bad! Actually, it can be pretty good! Highly experienced comedian Kevin McCarron's comic look at an issue which touches the lives of more couples than it doesn't. Preview Aug 6: 19:25 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-9,11-16,18-23,25-30: 19:25 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456 7

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LIFE OF SI Simon Feilder & Sy Thomas The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Housemates Simon Feilder - 'compelling to watch' (Chortle.co.uk) - and Sy Thomas 'highly enjoyable' (Time Out) - invite you round for a feast of stand-up, sketch comedy and misguided tomfoolery. Shoes off, kettle on, buckle up. Let's do this. Preview Aug 6-7: 17:40 (1hr) £2.50 Aug 8-16,18-30: 17:40 (1hr) £5.00

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LIGHTS! CAMERA! IMPROVISE! The Scat Pack C central, Carlton Hotel, North Bridge • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: D5

You make up three movie titles.We improvise three trailers.You pick which one you want to watch.We create the whole thing before your very eyes! Hilarious, exhilarating and 100% improvised. www.thescatpack.co.uk Aug 7,11,17-18,24-25: 15:50 (1hr) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 15:50 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 15:50 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50)

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THE LIST OPERATORS The List Operators Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

1. Make a list. 2. Cross stuff off. 3. Repeat! 'Unique ... gifted with great comic timing' (Chortle.co.uk). Winners: Melbourne Comedy Festival 09 best independent production and Melbourne Fringe 08 Auspicious Arts Award. www.lasttuesdaysociety.com/listoperators Preview Aug 5-6: 17:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,29-30: 17:30 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-28,31: 17:30 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00)

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LITTLE ROOM BIG COMEDY PBH's Free Fringe

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Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

The best little comedy club on the Fringe, and it's free. Great quality line-ups every night.Venue on the Royal Mile. Part of the award-winning PBH's Free Fringe - giving the Fringe back to you!

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LIVE FROM NEWYORK, IT'S JONATHAN PRAGER! FREE Jonathan Prager - The Serious Comedian/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch Street • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

Highly acclaimed return engagement of New York Times-featured comedian Jonathan Prager. Known for blazing wit, poignant stories and genial charisma, this NYC standup's comic insight into families, relationships, politics and life's incongruities is both touching and hilarious. www.freefestival.co.uk Preview Aug 6: 12:00 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-30: 12:00 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place, Leith Walk • 0131 556 9628 • Grid Ref: C6 Preview Aug 6: 15:40 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-30: 15:40 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

LIVE NAKED IDIOTS Live Naked Idiots/PBH's Free Fringe The Rat Pack, 9b Shandwick Place • Free shows only, no box office • Grid Ref: E2

Four twerps prat about incoherently for nearly an hour. Support Jesus's darts team. Discover who shot Dogtanian.Watch four award-winning performers piss their dignity away in a series of tasteless sketches.

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LLOYD LANGFORD: EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES CKP

Britain's favourite goth, lesbian, transsexual stand-up comedian returns with another two pigeonholes: recovering alcoholic and love addict. Basically, the video for Prodigy's 'Smack My Bitch Up', but with more jokes! Preview Aug 6-7: 23:35 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 23:35 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 23:35 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 11,18,24-25: 23:35 (1hr) £6.50

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LUCY PORTER - FOOL'S GOLD Lucy Porter Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

A gilt-edged stand-up show from this Fringe favourite.Total sell-out 2002-2008. 'Utterly charming, Porter is a frighteningly gifted comic who sees jokes in the most unusual places' (Sunday Times). Book early! Preview Aug 5-7: 20:20 (1hr) £7.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 20:20 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:20 (1hr) £14.00 (£12.50)

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LUKE TOULSON:TOO MANY LAST CIGARETTES Luke Toulson Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The award-winning, Perrier-nominated comic talks fatherhood, failure and Cyndi Lauper. 'An explosion of good-natured self-deprecation and exasperated observations ... in terms of laughs-per-minute, the show scores well' (Telegraph). Preview Aug 5-7: 21:45 (55mins) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27,31: 21:45 (55mins) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:45 (55mins) £9.50 (£8.00)

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Jokes, rants, grievances, anecdotes and complaints, delivered impeccably by an irresistible curmudgeon. Writer and performer for 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' and 'The Now Show'. 'A quick and instinctively funny mind' (Metro). www.myspace.com/lloydlangfordcomedian Preview Aug 5-8: 21:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24-27: 21:45 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:45 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

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LONG TOOTH Festival Highlights Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

What's your specialist subject? Liz and Julie proudly present their diverse, hard-hitting show: a thought-provoking, action-filled historical drama panorama.With added light spooning and quiz. New character comedy from Viv Gibbs and Trudi Jackson. Preview Aug 5-7: 14:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8,11,13,17-20,24-27: 14:30 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-29: 14:30 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) 345 6 7

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LOOSE ENDS BBC Radio 4 Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

'Loose Ends', presented by Clive Anderson, returns to the Pleasance Grand with a glorious mix of conversation, comedy and music. Aug 22: 11:00 (45mins) (FreeTicketed) 3456

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LUKE WRIGHT - THE PETTY CONCERNS OF Show + Tell Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

How did the desire to be adored by millions turn into an ego trip? 'Best young performance poet around' (Observer). 'Comic, acute, rhythmic eulogies to modern life' (Independent). SSSSS (Herald, ThreeWeeks); SSSS (Scotsman, Metro, List). www.showandtelluk.com Preview Aug 6-7: 18:00 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 18:00 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:00 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 11,17,24-25: 18:00 (1hr) £6.50

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THE LUNCHTIME CLUB Good Sense of Humour/Five Pound Fringe Downstairs at the Tron, 9 Hunter Square • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

They can't grow a beard, but they'll make you laugh. Alfie Brown, Ivo Graham, Joe Lycett, David Morgan and Benjamin Partridge - the cream of young British comedy talent. See them now before they're huge. Preview Aug 6-7: 12:30 (1hr) £2.50 Aug 8-16,18-23,25-30: 12:30 (1hr 30mins) £5.00 3456 7

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MACAULAY AND CO Presented By Fred MacAulay Venue 150 @ EICC, 150 Morrison Street • 0844 847 1639 • Grid Ref: F2

Broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland. Presented by Fred MacAulay and well-established as the best free show in town showcasing the pick of comedy and music from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Aug 10-14,17-21: 10:00 (1hr 31mins) (FreeTicketed) 34567

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MACKENZIE TAYLOR:NO STRAIGHTJACKET REQUIRED Stage D'Or and Green Room Presents Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Sometimes the only way to stay sane is to go a little mad. Mad from life. Mad from the slowest form of suicide ... love. 'Playful, intelligent and very, very funny' (Dave Gorman). www.nostraightjacketrequired.co.uk, www.greenroompresents.com. Preview Aug 5-7: 14:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,23-27: 14:30 (1hr) £7.00 (£5.50) Aug 14-15,21-22,28-29: 14:30 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.50) 345 6 7

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MAGGIE SERVICE WITH A SMILE Maggie Service Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

50 minutes of pure joy as the audience meet the weird and wonderful characters from the mind of Maggie Service. Character comedy at its finest; forget silver service, this girl's gold. 'Maggie Service is wonderful' (Sunday Times). Preview Aug 5-6: 15:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 15:15 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 10-13,18-20,25-27,31: 15:15 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50)

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MAN AND MOUSE Rick Bland & Brook Morgan/PBH's Free Fringe Beehive Inn, 18 Grassmarket • Grid Ref: E4

Rick Bland (Jerry in 'Jerry Springer the Opera') and Brook Morgan showcase their characters, including the Fly Whisperer, a psychotic psychologist and a suicidal Grim Reaper in their new sketch show. Part of PBH's Free Fringe. Aug 8-16: 22:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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MARCEL LUCONT: SEXUAL METRO Good Sense of Humour/Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

France's premier award-winning misanthropist, philosopher and lover brings his 'wonderful French wit' (Time Out) and 'brilliantly brusque routines' (Chortle.co.uk) to you, the 'ignorant masses' (Marcel Lucont). 'A star in the making' (thelondonpaper). SSSSS (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 6-7: 22:20 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,20,26-27: 22:20 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:20 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 11,17-18,24-25: 22:20 (1hr) £6.50

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MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE: GOD COLLAR Off the Kerb Productions Assembly @ Assembly Hall, Mound Place • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: E4

'There's probably no God ... but I wish there was. I've got some things I need to ask him.' A new stand-up show from 'Argumental' and 'The Now Show''s own awardwinning comedian. www.offthekerb.co.uk Preview Aug 6-7: 20:40 (1hr) £11.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-26: 20:40 (1hr) £14.00 (£13.00), Aug 14-16,21-23: 20:40 (1hr) £15.00 (£14.00) Aug 27-30: 20:40 (1hr) £16.00 (£15.00)

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MARK RESTUCCIA AND TOBY BROWN: UNDILUTED Mark Restuccia and Toby Brown C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Mark and Toby conduct a whistlestop tour of all the things that matter to them, including romance, existentialism and self-love/-loathing. Razor-sharp stand-up comedy with surprise special guests thrown in. Come! Aug 5-7,11,17-18,24-25: 21:00 (50mins) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 21:00 (50mins) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 21:00 (50mins) £8.50 (£7.50)

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MARK THOMAS:THE MANIFESTO Mark Thomas/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

14 shows, 14 audiences, one comic and government to influence. Mark is creating a manifesto; policy paddles to steer us out of shit creek.You vote on them and Mark sets off to make them happen. Aug 5-11,13-18: 18:15 (1hr 15mins) £12.00 3456

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MARK TRENWITH BE MY FRIEND - FREE Mark Trenwith/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane • 0131 557 6668 • Grid Ref: C5

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Mark decided to be friendlier.This multimedia, social experiment-based extravaganza tells what happened. 'Genius ... one of the most hilarious things I've seen' (dB Magazine). 'Destined for bigger things' - SSSS (Southern Times Messenger). Preview Aug 8-9: 17:05 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 11-16,18-23,25-30: 17:05 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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MARK WALKER - SCORPIO Mark Walker Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Mark looks at his life and asks: am I in control of the decisions I make, or just a slave to the cycle of the cosmos? 'Get yourself along to see Mark Walker' (Herald). Preview Aug 5-7: 20:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8,11-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 20:00 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:00 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00)

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THE MARK WATSON EDIT Karushi Management & Assembly Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

'He is in the Edinburgh super-league' (Guardian). SSSSS - 'The freshest, funniest, most likable and entertaining comic' (Metro). Please note this is a compilation of Mark's Edinburgh shows to date. Aug 12-13: 19:20 (1hr) £15.00 (£13.50) 3456

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MARK WATSON'S EARTH SUMMIT Mark Watson The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

In 2007 Mark Watson was one of 100 volunteers chosen to attend Al Gore's climate project training programme. For the first time in Britain he attempts a semi-comic version of Gore's famous climate change lecture. www.markwatsonthecomedian.com

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MARK WATSON'S LAST EVER 24-HOUR SHOW Mark Watson Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Five years after it all began, the final chapter of one of Edinburgh's strangest stories. 'A Mark Watson long show offers nothing less than hope for humanity' (Chortle.co.uk). www.markwatsonthecomedian.com Aug 18: 01:00 (24hrs) £5.00 3456

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MARTIN WHITE PRESENTS ... ACCORDIONS OF THE GODS? Martin White The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Why do accordions still exist when they should have been rendered obsolete centuries ago? A shocking exposé of a global novelty instrument conspiracy that stretches back to ancient times.'Wonderfully eccentric' (Time Out). Aug 16-22: 13:20 (50mins) £5.00 3456

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MASON, CARROLL & GRAVES - FREE COMEDY James Mason, Bobby Carroll, Luke Graves Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Mason, Carroll and Graves - live! Mason, Carroll and Graves - free! Mason, Carroll and Graves do comedy! Mason, Carroll and Graves do Edinburgh! Mason, Carroll and Graves are all very funny ... simply Mason, Carroll and Graves. Aug 9-30: 13:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

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MATT GREEN:TRUTH & PLEASURE Matt Green Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

You: devastatingly attractive laugh-seeker. Me: rising star bursting with jokes and stories. Let's do this thing! 'Regular laughs skilfully pulled together to form a charming whole' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Intelligent, well constructed and, crucially, funny' (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 5-7: 19:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27: 19:15 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:15 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00)

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MATT HARVEY - WONDERMENTALIST Matt Harvey Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

BBC Radio 4 'Saturday Live''s Matt Harvey, enemy of all that's difficult and upsetting, offers a fundamentally wonder-filled hour of poetry and comedy, plus superhero Empath Man. 'Very funny?' (Independent). 'Not only funny, but tender and true' (Guardian). Preview Aug 6-7: 15:35 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-26,31: 15:35 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,27-30: 15:35 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.00)

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MATT KIRSHEN - SHORTER THAN NAPOLEON Matt Kirshen Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The star of a few telly things returns to the Fringe with a needlessly self-effacing title. 'First class' - SSSS (Fest). 'The laughs are guaranteed and don't stop from beginning to end' - SSSSS (Evening News). Preview Aug 5-7: 22:20 (1hr) £7.00 Aug 8-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 22:20 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:20 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00)

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MATT PRICE - MY GIRLFRIEND WAS ATTACKED BY A SMALL-TIME WANNABE GANGSTER AND THIS IS WHAT I DID ABOUT IT Good Sense of Humour The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

A true and funny story about love, gangsters, heartbreak and redemption. Directed by John Gordillo. 'Superb' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Extraordinary' (Scotsman). www.mattpricecomedian.co.uk

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MAX AND IVÁN:TELEVISIONARIES 4 Inch Productions C central, Carlton Hotel, North Bridge • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: D5

What's on TV? Literally everything. Join Max and Iván (pronounced Ih-van) on an HD-ready journey, flicking through your box's lesser-known channels. Laugh long and hard at a show that's short and simple. www.maxandivan.com Aug 7,11,17,24-25: 18:55 (55mins) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 18:55 (55mins) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 18:55 (55mins) £9.50 (£8.50)

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ME & JEZEBEL Gilded Balloon

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Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

The hilarious true story of how Bette Davis invited herself to stay for a night with life-long fan Elizabeth Fuller and didn't leave for a month. In a tour de force performance, Katy Manning plays all the parts! Preview Aug 5-6: 16:00 (1hr 15mins) £5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:00 (1hr 15mins) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27,31: 16:00 (1hr 15mins) £9.00 (£8.00)

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MERVYN STUTTER'S PICK OF THE FRINGE Mervyn Stutter Underbelly's Hullabaloo, George Square Gardens • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

See live extracts from eight of the best shows, then go see the ones you like. Simple! Brilliant! Comedy, theatre, music, dance, the lot. 'A stimulating showcase of talent' (Scotsman). 'Excellent!' (Observer). 18th year.

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MICHAEL FABBRI Michael Fabbri/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Returning for another hour of fun comedy ramblings and light-hearted tales of madness and despair. 'Has an abrasive left-field oddness that lifts him above the herd ... startlingly insightful' (Guardian). 'Exceptionally funny ... extremely sharp ... hugely enjoyable' (Scotsman).

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MICK FERRY - THE COMEDY FINAL Comedy Store Management Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Edinburgh debutant Mick presents his own comedy final. He's the MC and every finalist in a unique show catering for every comic style. He may even have a chance of winning? 'Awesome stand-up' (BBC). Preview Aug 5-6: 22:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:00 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 10-13,18-20,24-27,31: 22:00 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50)

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MICK SERGEANT: LIFEBOAT Mick Sergeant/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club II, 16 North St Andrew Street • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Economies crumble.The old rules are dead. Mick Sergeant shows how to play by the only rules that matter - yours! 'An emblematic comic hero for our times' (Guardian). 'Superb' (Time Out).

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MICKY FLANAGAN: SPIEL CKP Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

If.comedy nominee Micky returns with a brand new show. Star of BBC Radio 4 and Comedy Central. 'Side-splitting' (Sunday Times). Critic's Choice (Guardian). 'Highlight of the night ... a class act' (Chortle.co.uk).Total sell-out 2007. www.mickyflanagan.com Preview Aug 5-8: 20:40 (55mins) £6.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24-27: 20:40 (55mins) £10.50 (£9.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:40 (55mins) £11.50 (£10.00)

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MICROCOMEDY Microcomedy/PBH's Free Fringe The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

Charmingly melancholic sketch comedy about misery, loss and the creeping horror of everyday life, delivered with a cheeky smile and a twinkle in the eye. 'Kafka with a punchline ... very funny and very terrifying' (Durham21.co.uk). www.arizonabayproductions.com

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THE MIDNIGHT HOUR PBH's Free Fringe

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The Canon's Gait, 232 Canongate • Grid Ref: D6

The best comics from around the Fringe, slap-bang on the Royal Mile every midnight (OK, not Sundays) - totally free! Compered by Kate Smurthwaite and brought to you by London's legendary Soho Comedy Club. www.sohocomedy.com

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MIKE WOZNIAK: CLOWN SHOES Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Mike is like a coiled spring. New show from this if.comedy newcomer nominee. Time Out New Act of 2008, Chortle best newcomer nominee 2009. 'Just could be the new comedy hero' (Time Out). Preview Aug 5-8: 18:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 18:00 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:00 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

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Inspired by the book by Edward Gorey Written and directed by Shôn Dale-Jones “Clever, accessible and engaging.” The Times

MILES JUPP:TELLING IT LIKE IT MIGHT BE Miles Jupp Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Stories, jokes, ramblings and rants about some of the following: half-marathons, night buses to Amsterdam, fatherhood, waitresses and the problem of democracy. 'A class act as always' - SSSS (Scotsman). SSSS (Metro). Preview Aug 5-7: 20:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:00 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 10-13,18-20,24-27: 20:00 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00)

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MINORITY REPORT The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Ava Vidal ('Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow', 'World Stands Up') and guests take a satirical and silly look at the year's events through stand-up and outrageous videoed stunts. News isn't always black and white ... more video at www.chortle.co.uk/minorityreport. Preview Aug 5: 16:15 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00) Preview Aug 6: 16:05 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00) Aug 7-16,18-31: 14:30 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00)

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MISERY EATS COMPANY Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting/PBH's Free Fringe The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

From the womb of a beautiful fish-beast, two ladies were spawned. Suckling upon the cement bosom of New York Titty, they learned to laugh while eating broken glass. It's binge-and-purge comedy for the starving.

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MONSIEUR MONTPELLIER: ENTERTAINER EXTRAORDINAIRE! Monsieur Montpellier Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Gasp in delight and recoil in horror as Montpellier recounts stories from his life as chosen by the audience! Marvel at magic and illusion as he seeks to cement his reputation as the greatest showman ever! Preview Aug 5-7: 22:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27: 22:00 (1hr) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:00 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50)

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MONSTERS FROM MY ID Aaron Barschak Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall, 22 Hanover Street • 0131 220 5911 • Grid Ref: D4

The child of the comedy terrorist, who gate-crashed Prince William's 21st birthday, dressed as Osama bin Laden in a pink ballgown. It examines Hitler's art, Stalin's poetry, religion, and the evil within all of us. Aug 5-31: 22:15 (1hr) £8.00 (£5.00)

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THE MOONFISH RHUMBA SHOW The Moonfish Rhumba See page 31 for show information

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

A high-octane performance mixing sketches, banter and hilarious songs.The Moonfish Rhumba duo bring their unique blend of musical mayhem and off-the-wall comedy to the Edinburgh Fringe. Hackney Empire finalists 2009. Preview Aug 5-8: 22:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 10-13,17-20,23-27,31: 22:45 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:45 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50)

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MOORE & METCALFE IN 'FUN DRYER' Jake Moore & Nathaniel Metcalfe/PBH's Free Fringe The Mercat Bar, 28 West Maitland Street • Grid Ref: E1

James Acaster introduces Jake Moore - 'really great stuff' (Alan Moore) - and Nathaniel Metcalfe - 'brilliant and unusual and very funny' (Josie Long) - as they perform an hour of gloriously free stand-up comedy. Aug 8-22: 16:10 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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MORE MENTAL! PSYCHIC PARTY GAMES FOR ANY OCCASION Peter Campbell-Wells Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Peter Campbell-Wells presents psychic parlour games from old mesmerist and spiritualist favourites to his own peculiar take on charades. A mixture of the genuinely weird and utter humbug. Free show! www.petesmental.co.uk Aug 16-30: 00:05 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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THE MOROCCAN DISCO SPOKESMAN - FREE Tommy Holgate/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place • 0131 221 9759 • Grid Ref: H5

Factual saga and video diaries of the world-record hopeful,Tommy Holgate, cycling 1,600 miles to Marrakech to film a dance in the street amid snake charmers and performing monkeys. Presented live (if still alive). www.tequilacurryking.com Preview Aug 6: 15:40 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-16,18-30: 15:40 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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THE MOST IMPORTANT SHOW OF THE DAY Interactive Theatre Australia

MURDER FOR PROFIT AND PLEASURE - FREE Jane Hill/Laughing Horse Free Festival

B'est Restaurant, 16 Drummond Street • 0131 556 4448 • Grid Ref: E6

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 112 Hanover St • 0131 225 2022 • Grid Ref: C4

Kick-start your day with Richard Simms, the effervescent fitness guru with a the big heart and tiny shorts. Hilarious health advice, celebrity silliness: nuttier than a bowl of muesli, with added fruit! Breakfast included.

Jane Hill is a nice woman who has murdered six people for money.The show explores her double life as comedian and crime writer, and the fascination of murder. 'Genuine belly-laughs' (ThreeWeeks). www.janehill.co.uk

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Laughing Horse @ The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place • 0131 221 9759 • Grid Ref: H5

Bannermans, 212 Cowgate • Grid Ref: E5

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MOULD & ARROWSMITH'S INVENTIONS Mould & Arrowsmith

Big love everyone! Bristol's premium improv troupe bring you a myth of 100% improvised comedy glory! A mayhemic mash-up of mirth based on your suggestions like no saga before, guaranteed.

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NATHAN CATON: CAN'T TELL ME NOTHIN' Phil McIntyre Entertainment Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Returning with their brand of geeky sketches, these Trident Comedy Award finalists bring you paradoxes, puns and pi to 70 places. Plus two inventions that could change the world. 'Classy, fresh, funny' (Chortle.co.uk). SSSSS (MySpace Comedy). www. mouldandarrowsmith.com Preview Aug 5-8: 17:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24-27: 17:30 (1hr) £7.50 (£6.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:30 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00)

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MOZ AND THE MEAL - FREE Workshed Productions/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

Moz, an unlucky-in-love cannibal, struggles to balance love and lunch. A black comedy which skilfully combines theatre, music and mime to create the most original/ grotesque love story ever. Unmissable.

whack it! www.thefringething.com

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MUCK-GICAL MYSTERY TOUR - FREE Mersey Uncut Comedy Kollective/PBH's Free Fringe Madogs, 38a George Street • Grid Ref: D4

See a pick-and-mix of budding comedy talent from Merseyside's only comedy collective. Six comedians strut their humorous stuff: you'll love it - yeah, yeah, yeah! Come down for a comedy rollercoaster! www.muckcomedy.com. Aug 9-29: 13:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8 9

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THE MUFFIA:TIGHT WOMEN The Muffia Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from the Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Two women, one sofa and a carrot create a filthy, dark and magical world in this satirical chat show. Sharing experiences of Clint Eastwood, biscuits, death and balls. The freshest comedy duo of the moment. Preview Aug 6-7: 16:00 (50mins) £5.00 Aug 8,11-13,17,19-20,24-27: 16:00 (50mins) £8.00 (£6.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:00 (50mins) £10.00

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MUGGING CHICKENS - FREE Mugging Chickens/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place, Leith Walk • 0131 556 9628 • Grid Ref: C6

Takes the sketch show format and gives it a youthful fresh twist. Awkward character humour, surrealism, visual gags and detailed, well-written wordplay. Provides something for everyone. Keeps you laughing from start to finish. Preview Aug 6: 18:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 7-14: 18:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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MYTH-ILLOGICAL IMPROV Goats in the Shell

THE MOST SPECTACULAR SHOW AT THE FREE FRINGE! Axis of Evil/PBH's Free Fringe

Aug 8-29: 12:30 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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Presented by Amnesty International, producers of the Secret Policeman’s Ball

Stephen K Amos Laura Solon Phil Nicholl Sarah Millican Rob Rouse John Bishop Colin & Fergus and special guests When: 12 & 19 August, midnight Where: Assembly Hall, Mound Place Tickets: £18.50/£16.50 conc Book: 0131 623 3030/assemblyfestival.com For latest line-up visit amnesty.org.uk/edinburghfestivals

Sell out show 12 years running. Don’t miss out PROTECT THE HUMAN

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NATIONAL HILARITY SERVICE - FREE Leicester Doctors' Revue/Laughing Horse Free Festival

NICHOLAS PARSONS' HAPPY HOUR Nicholas Parsons and Pleasance

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 19 Blair Street • 0131 220 0125 • Grid Ref: E5

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Sketch show taking a humorous look at the NHS by some of its down-trodden junior doctors! Ranges from satire to fart jokes. No area off-limits; the comedy is definitely adult. Proceeds to charity. www.freefestival.co.uk

More engaging, more flamboyant, more outrageous than ever! The insightful, interactive and inimitable comedy chatshow, with popular guests that will surprise and delight! 'Choose this one for smoothness' (Daily Express). 'Icon of post-modern cool' (Independent).

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Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

NICK DOODY: SCHIZO Nick Doody

Having seen his photo on his university's bookmark, Neil wrote a show about life's bookmarks - the events that highlight our progress or lack thereof. 'A banter bomb, primed to make you explode with laughter' - SSSSS (Scotsman).

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

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What's the good of seeing two sides to every issue if both of them make you angry? 'Quite brilliant' - SSSSS (Scotsman). 'Darkly hilarious' - SSSSS (List). 'All hail Nick Doody ... true comedy gold' - SSSSS (Metro). 'Simply the best' - SSSSS (Chortle). Preview Aug 5-7: 21:45 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 21:45 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:45 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.50)

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NEW ART CLUB:THIS IS NOW New Art Club Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

Britain's funniest dancers deconstruct the very first 'Now That's What I Call Music' album to create new moves and shed their own twisted light on then, the future and now. 'Downright funny' (New York Times). Preview Aug 6-7: 18:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:00 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00) Aug 10,12-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 18:00 (1hr) £11.00 (£10.00)

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NEIL DELAMERE: BOOKMARKS Lisa Richards & EdCom

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NICK MOHAMMED IN APOLLO 21 CKP By Arrangement With United Agents Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

All-new character comedy 40 years after man landed on the moon, from star/writer of BBC Radio 4 series 'Quarters'. 'Superb' (Time Out). 'Choke-on-your-beer funny' (Scotsman). SSSS (Independent). Sell-out 2007/08. www.nickmohammed.com Preview Aug 5-8: 16:45 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,24-27: 16:45 (1hr) £9.00 (£7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:45 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.50)

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THE NEWS AT KATE PBH's Free Fringe/Kate Smurthwaite The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

Why doesn't Britain have its own Jon Stewart? It does - you just haven't discovered her yet. Come and see her free before she gets her own series!

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THE NEWS AT TEN(ISH) - FREE Gill Smith and Friends/Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

Comic and journalist Gill Smith hosts different comedians every night, as they tackle everything hot off the press and whatever's getting them hot under the collar. Celebs, politicians, the environment, technology - no topic left un-taunted!

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NEWSREVUE 30TH ANNIVERSARY Canal Cafe Theatre Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Guinness World Record holder for longest-running live comedy. Fringe First winner. Perrier finalist. 'A hilarious reminder of the year's events' - SSSSS (ThreeWeeks). 'Genuinely funny material delivered in an impeccably groomed manner' - SSSSS (Edinburgh Evening News). Preview Aug 5-7: 18:00 (1hr) £7.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27,31: 18:00 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.50) Aug 14,16,21,23: 18:00 (1hr) £12.50 (£11.00) Aug 15,22,28-30: 18:00 (1hr) £15.00 (£13.50)

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NEXT DOOR BUT ONE Pleasant Banter Sweet Grassmarket, Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: E4

Sex! Drugs! Scandals! I'm not your sister, I'm your father! Anything could happen in this improvised cliche-riddled soap opera with guaranteed laughs. 'Next Door But One', the soap you shouldn't believe in. Aug 24-30: 22:15 (45mins) £7.50 (£6.50) 3456

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NICK PAGE - JAILBAIT Good Sense of Humour Medina & Negociants, 45-47 Lothian Street • 0131 225 6313 • Grid Ref: F5

Britain's least well-known celebrity (he did a show with 3 million viewers every day for three years) was convicted of a major fraud. It didn't end his obscurity, despite his efforts to get a prison sentence!

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NICK WILTY - BEHIND THE JOKES - FREE Nick Wilty/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

Free! 'Nick Wilty - Behind the Jokes'. SSSS (Scotsman, 2007). Globetrotting comedian Nick Wilty returns. More outlandish stories/jokes from his travels. All true? Bandits, transvestites, war and wife? You decide or buy the DVD.

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NIGHTHAWKS AT THE MEADOW BAR - FREE Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch Street • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

Darren Phillips presents dark late-night comedy, stories, sketches and songs for people who don't want to go home, or need to lay low for a while. Aug 6-13: 00:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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A NIGHT OF COMEDY FOR RAY - HOSTED BY MICHAEL MCINTYRE Off the Kerb Productions & Assembly Assembly @ Assembly Hall, Mound Place • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: E4

A benefit in aid of the late Ray Cowper, our beloved Assembly colleague who died suddenly at the age of 40.With special guests Adam Hills, Shappi Khorsandi, Mike Wilmot and Jon Richardson among many others.

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NIK COPPIN - LOQUACIOUS - FREE Good Sense of Humour/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Straight from the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival, Nik Coppin lays down his trademark mix of banter, anecdotes and fun. 'Hilarious, great fun ... highly recommended' (Rip It Up). 'Super funny, super fun ... awesome!' (comedyfestival.com.au). www.nikcoppin.com Aug 6-18,20-25,27-30: 19:20 (1hr) (FreeTicketed) 3456 7

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NINE TO FIVE IDIOT - FREE Roland Gent Laughing Horse @ The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place • 0131 221 9759 • Grid Ref: H5

Tales of dead-end jobs and stupid business ideas help make up a marketing plan worse than Northern Rock. Office worker, 42, former anarchist, two kids, mortgage, writes strong letters to the Guardian. www.freefestival.co.uk Aug 23-30: 18:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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99 PROBLEMS BUT YOUR MUM AIN'T ONE Stephen Hill and Mike Garnell/PBH's Free Fringe Beehive Inn, 18 Grassmarket • Grid Ref: E4

Stephen Hill and Mike Garnell have problems. Ranging from chocolate addiction to Primark etiquette, come hear a selection of them. PBH's Free Fringe. 'Very, very funny' - SSSSS (audience member on edfringe.com, 2008). Aug 8-29: 21:20 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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THE NOISE NEXT DOOR: OTHERWORLD Noise Next Door C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

A new future, a new horizon ...Welcome to 'OtherWorld'! Audience suggestions are transformed into fantastically funny improvised scenes and songs, creating a brand new world every night. 'Hilarious' (ThreeWeeks). 'Vivacious' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Great chemistry' (List). www.thenoisenextdoor.co.uk Aug 5-7,11,18,24-25: 22:40 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 22:40 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 22:40 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50)

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OBIE: LIVING THE DREAM Obie Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place, Leith Walk • 0131 556 9628 • Grid Ref: C6

You will absolutely love Obie's show. He is back after two successful years in Edinburgh and a sold-out show at Glasgow Comedy Festival. Aug 6-9,11-16,18-23,25-30: 19:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456 7

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OCD:TRULY, MADLY, NEATLY Gill Smith/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

Comedian Gill Smith likes everything organised, but is it really obsessive-compulsive disorder? Help her weigh up the evidence and decide if she's truly OCD, madly methodical, or just neatly neurotic. 'Genius' (Herald). Free! Preview Aug 6: 18:35 (40mins) (FreeTicketed) Aug 7-30: 18:35 (40mins) (FreeTicketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

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THE ODD HALF HOUR BBC Radio 4 Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The sketch show for anyone who's beginning to find this exciting new century a bit too much like all the rubbish previous centuries. Starring Stephen K Amos, Jason Byrne, Katherine Parkinson and Justin Edwards. Aug 20: 12:00 (1hr) (FreeTicketed) 3456

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OH Tiani Ghosh C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Punchlines come hard and fast in this outrageous, innovative and unique sketch show. 'Hilarious' (London Evening Standard). 'Proper funny sketch show' (Guardian). 'Genuinely funny' (Metro). SSSSS (ThreeWeeks). SSSSS (Broadway Baby). 'So You Think You're Funny Finalist?', 2006. www.ohtheshow.co.uk Aug 5-7,11,17-18,24-25: 17:45 (50mins) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 17:45 (50mins) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 17:45 (50mins) £8.50 (£7.50)

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OH, SITCOM! Runaground The Vault, 11 Merchant Street • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

Cheap, disposable character comedy. A new episode every day with the same characters but different jokes. Come daily to make new friends. 'No doubt one to watch in the future' (British Theatre Guide on 2008 show). Aug 25-31: 12:45 (1hr) £6.00 (£4.00) 3456

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OLD ROPE IN THE BALLOON Tiffany Stevenson Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Phil Nichol's famous London club. Leading comics and circuit regulars perform new material alongside a nightly headliner. Performers hold the noose only letting go when telling new gags.Third year of 'The Comedians' Club'. Line-ups: www.ropetoday.info. Preview Aug 7: 22:45 (1hr 15mins) £5.00 Aug 8-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:45 (1hr 15mins) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 10-13,17,19-20,24-27: 22:45 (1hr 15mins) £8.50 (£7.50)

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ONE DEGREE OF SEPARATION Chris Mayo and Tom Rosenthal/PBH's Free Fringe The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

‘Caton’s a slick performer with an unbeatable stage attitude and the confident air of someone much more experienced.’ CHORTLE    Student Comic Of The Year

Two of the UK's most promising young comedians. One went to university. One didn't. Rosenthal (multi-competition finalist, Paramount's funniest student 2009) and Mayo ('very big, very theatrical' [Jimmy Carr]).

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ONE KIWI, ONE AUSSIE, ONE HOUR Nick Rado and Richard Brophy/PBH's Free Fringe



Nicol Edwards, 29-35 Niddry Street • Grid Ref: E5

Kiwi Nick Rado and Aussie Richard Brophy are back, free! Two of the stars of 2007/2008 sell-out show 'International Stand-Up' (SSSS [ThreeWeeks, One4Review.com]) present an hour of remarkable stand-up comedy. Aug 8-10,12-17,19-29: 14:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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ONE MAN LORD OF THE RINGS Underbelly Productions Udderbelly's Pasture, Bristo Square • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

3,600 seconds of unbelievable kinetic entertainment! 'If you liked the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, you'll love Charlie Ross's version - and if you didn't, well at least his is shorter' (Sir Ian McKellen). Preview Aug 6-7: 20:35 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 Aug 8,11-13: 20:35 (1hr) ÂŁ12.50 (ÂŁ10.00) Aug 9-10,14-16: 20:35 (1hr) ÂŁ14.50 (ÂŁ13.00) 3456

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ONE MAN SHOW-OFF Spin Promotions/Dave Florez Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Plundering his nether-regions, Dave reveals the alter-egos who squat in the Belgravia mansion of his mind ... Look, it's basically character comedy, stand-up and song. Come along! 'Comically surreal' SSSS - (Metro). 'Florez excels at physical comedy' (Scotsman). Preview Aug 5-7: 16:15 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-13,17-20,24-26,31: 16:15 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,27-30: 16:15 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50)

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OSCAR WILDE AND THE MEN OF THE HOUR Creemnuts The Phoenix, 46 Broughton Street • Grid Ref: B5

History's most fearsome and celebrated authors join forces to travel time and bring smite to the schemes of the diabolical Time Nazis. Now in Techni-sound!

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THE OXFORD IMPS The Oxford Imps Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

After six years of sell-out shows, Oxford's improv comedy troupe hits Edinburgh again! With only audience suggestions, the Imps create a 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' style comic show on the spot. Family-friendly. Preview Aug 5-7: 15:00 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-13,17-20,24-27,31: 15:00 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 15:00 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50)

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PADDY LENNOX - WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS? Paddy Lennox Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

A rollicking ride through 400 years of family skeletons via Cromwell, King Billy, Westminster Abbey and Giant's Causeway. 'Simply a scream' - SSSS (Telegraph). 'Comedy the way it should be' - SSSS (Fest). 'Vastly entertaining' - SSSS (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 5-6: 18:45 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:45 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 10-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 18:45 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50)

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PAJAMA MEN:THE LAST STAND TO REASON Fringe Management Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

Brand new comedy from last year's sold-out sensations! Winners of the 2009 best show, Melbourne Comedy Festival. 'Exquisitely imaginative!' (Time Out). 'Dazzling!' - SSSSS (Times). 'Absolute comic genius' - SSSSS (Scotsman). SSSSS (List). Preview Aug 6-7: 19:25 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:25 (1hr) £13.00 (£12.00) Aug 10-13,18-20,24-27: 19:25 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00)

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PAKER/RICHARDS Henry Paker & Gareth Richards/PBH's Free Fringe The Canon's Gait, 232 Canongate • Grid Ref: D6

Henry Paker (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, 2008; 'Edinburgh and Beyond', Comedy Central) and Gareth Richards ('Frank Skinner's Radio Show', Absolute Radio; '4 Stands Up', BBC Radio 4) lock wits in an epic battle for the funny.

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PAPA CJ: SLUMDOG COMEDIAN - FREE Papa CJ/PBH's Free Fringe The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

Indian tea-planter's son reaches top 10 of 'Last Comic Standing', funding an entire village through comedy. 'Fresh and up to the minute with a sly sting in the tail' (British Theatre Guide). www.papacj.com

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PAPPY'S FUN CLUB'S WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT: 200 SKETCHES IN AN HOUR Phil McIntyre Entertainment

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Fresh from Channel 4, 'The funniest sketch troupe on the Fringe' (Scotsman) fearlessly take on the impossible. If.comedy nominees, 2007. Chortle best sketch act, 2008. 'Turbo-charged' (Guardian). Preview Aug 5-8: 19:20 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27,31: 19:20 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.50) Aug 14-16,21-23: 19:20 (1hr) £13.00 (£11.50) Aug 28-30: 19:20 (1hr) £14.00 (£12.50)

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PARRY & ALLEN'S REVOLUTIONS - FREE Steve Parry & Paul Harry Allen/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

Steve Parry and Paul Harry Allen love revolutions, whether on the streets or on cheesy charity shop vinyl. Expect socialist visions and rumba rhythms.You'll be swinging your pants, wetting your knickers and storming the barricades.

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PATRICK MONAHAN: COWBOYS AND IRANIANS Phil McIntyre Entertainment Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

New stand-up show from international award-winning comedian. Regular TV appearances on Bafta-winning 'Paul O'Grady Show'! 'The funniest show in Edinburgh 2008' (Martin Kelner, Guardian). 'Twinkle toed, mischievous ... Monahan raised the roof' (Sun). Aug 7-8: 21:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-12,18-19,24-26,31: 21:15 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23: 21:15 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.00) Aug 27-30: 21:15 (1hr) £12.50 (£11.00) 34567

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THE PEELING PVA COMPANY (PPC) POSSIBLY PRESENTS RENT-A-TOAST - FREE The Peeling PVA Company (PPC)/Laughing Horse Free Festival

Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

An extravaganza for connoisseurs of imperial comedy from one of the Empire's (includes USA) most original talents. For a unique experience, go the extra mile for just a few pounds. 'A surreal delight' (ThreeWeeks). Aug 6-7: 19:45 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 19:45 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:45 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 11,18,24-25: 19:45 (1hr) £6.50

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Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Ever wanted to own toast without the responsibility that comes with it? Now you can, with this propulsive show featuring 50 minutes of untameable sketches. No down payment required!

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PAUL MERTON'S IMPRO CHUMS Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live

THE PENNY DREADFULS PRESENT ...THE NEVER MAN www.pennydreadfuls.co.uk

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Paul and his Impro Chums are wonders of nature, taking audience suggestions and creating cascades of laughter. Most of the time. 'Every year [they] bring the house down ... a testimony to their brilliance and consistency' (Mirror).

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PAUL RICKETTS - CUTTER'S CHOICE Up the Arts Comedy/PBH's Free Fringe

PETE FIRMAN - THE PETE FIRMAN MAGIC SHOW Underbelly & Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent

The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

The funny and embarrassing story of a suburban black Briton as told through his choice of hairstyles, bald head to dreads, nappy to kinky and the politics of Afro. 'Excels as a natural story-teller' (ThreeWeeks).

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Udderbelly's Pasture, Bristo Square • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

The UK's top comedian/magician returns with his biggest show yet. Big tricks and big laughs. 'The MySpace generation's Tommy Cooper' (Scotsman). 'Gob-smackingly talented' (Metro). 'Putting the pimp back into magic' (List). Preview Aug 6-7: 19:25 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,11-13,18-20,24-27,31: 19:25 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:25 (1hr) £13.50 (£12.50)

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The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

PETE JOHANSSON: NAKED PICTURES OF MY LIFE Pete Johansson

Paul, single since 1991, is increasingly unable to deal with the world at large. Surely an obsession with television quizzes can't be the answer. Or can it? 'Superlative' (Telegraph). 'Superb' (Times). www.paulsinha.com Preview Aug 5: 20:10 (1hr) £7.00 Preview Aug 6: 14:40 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 7-16,18-30: 21:25 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00)

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PAUL SWEENEY AND HIS IMAGINARY FRIENDS FREE Paul Sweeney and Guests Fantasy and reality entwined right before your eyes! 'Paul Sweeney swishes about the stage, liberally tickling our funny bones with his marvellous, unusual, quercine humours' (Paul Foot). 'Funky, fresh, new ... original' (Patrick Monahan). 3456

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The Canon's Gait, 232 Canongate • Grid Ref: D6

Triskaidekaphobia? Not us. 13 years for the show that started the Free Fringe. Four comedians every night; some famous, some not. PBH, 'Fringe legend' (Guardian), comperes: guest compere Wednesdays. 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

PETERS AND ROWNTREE - 1 HOUR COMEDY CLUB Peters and Rowntree/PBH's Free Fringe

As seen on not one, not two, but three Royal Variety Performances, join the UK's no-1 ventriloquist plus Sam, Albert and Baby. Book early! 'Brilliant' (Evening Standard). 'A ventriloquist for the "South Park" generation' (Stage).

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PAY PEANUTS Lee Bannard, John Smith, Dave Nicholls/PBH's Free Fringe Beehive Inn, 18 Grassmarket • Grid Ref: E4

A show like no other, starring: Lee Bannard - 'Had the tingle factor' (John Smith, Independent); SSSS (ThreeWeeks). Dave Nicholls - BBC New Act of the Year finalist, 2004. Aug 8-11,13-18,20-21: 18:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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PAUL ZERDIN: SPONGE FEST Paul Zerdin

Preview Aug 6-7: 19:15 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,11-13,18-20,24-27: 19:15 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:15 (1hr) £12.50 (£11.50)

Endearingly dirty, whimsically honest, an unabashed post-mortem of a very funny man's insecurities about his ageing body, non-traditional life and unusual circumstance. 'One of the comics to watch!' (Hollywood Reporter).

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Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 19 Blair Street • 0131 220 0125 • Grid Ref: E5

Aug 7-9,11,13-16: 19:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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A late-afternoon hot pot with two rising stars, serving staggering stand-up comedy of the highest order. 'Rowntree is a naturally funny and gifted performer' (Evening Standard). 'Peters is a talent' (Stage). Aug 8-9,11-16,18-23,25-29: 16:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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PHILBERTO: PHILBERTO'S ANIMAL CKP Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Portugal's no-1 reality TV star performs his hotly-anticipated debut show. An international headliner who comes to Edinburgh to explore his inner animal through music, poetry and sincerity. 'His act is a comic masterpiece' (Telegraph). www.myspace.com/philbertosanimal Preview Aug 5-8: 21:30 (55mins) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24-27: 21:30 (55mins) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:30 (55mins) £9.50 (£8.00)

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PHIL COOL! WHO'S HE? clubWEST clubWEST @ Grosvenor Hilton, Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor, Grosvenor Street • 07720 28 5550 • Grid Ref: E1

The world's only 'stand-up chameleon' can be shocking, funny, or shockingly funny. Dexterous impressions and surreal comic sketches take us into a world where anything seems possible and the absurd seems credible.The ultimate in Cool!

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PHILIP ESCOFFEY: SIX MORE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE DINNER Jeremy Meadow for Something for the Weekend Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Having stormed Edinburgh 2008 and the Melbourne Comedy Festival, mind-reading's enfant terrible returns with some new impossibilities in this astonishing show. 'A sharp wit, gifted, highly entertaining' - SSSS (Scotsman). www.6impossiblethings.co.uk Preview Aug 5-8: 18:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:45 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.50) Aug 10,12-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 18:45 (1hr) £9.00 (£7.50)

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PHIL KAY - EDINBURGH Gilded Balloon Productions & Token Productions Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

An intimate geological study of underlying rock formation and composition and stories of what a comedian gets up to after hours and full of beans: falling off Arthur's Seat ... storming the Castle naked ... thrown out of his own venue three times ... Aug 7-9,12-13,19-20,24,27: 23:45 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 23:45 (1hr) £11.00 (£10.00) 34567

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PHIL KAY - LONDON AYE! Gilded Balloon Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Back for the 20th time bipolar demand. Must be good. Mind-lover, comedian chameleon, musician magician, agile and alert Mr Kay will move around the room and be attracted to things and speak of his last year. Aug 7-8: 18:45 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 9-21: 18:45 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) 34567

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PHIL NICHOL: A DEADPAN POET SINGS QUIET SONGS QUIETLY ... Phil Nichol/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club II, 16 North St Andrew Street • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Ridiculously deadpan one-liners, fantastically sublime comic poems and quietly engaging comedy songs interspersed with the hairbrained musing of an idiot. 'Entertainingly unpredictable' - SSSS (List). 'Brilliance' - SSSSS (Sunday Times). Preview Aug 5: 20:20 (1hr) £9.00 Preview Aug 6: 18:20 (1hr) £9.00 Aug 7-16,18-30: 21:00 (1hr) £10.00

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PIFF-TACULAR - FREE Piff the Magic Dragon/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Hive, 15-17 Niddry Street • 0131 556 0444 • Grid Ref: E5

'Piff-Tacular' - armed only with astounding magical skills, a mind-reading fish and a penchant for princesses, can Piff become the greatest magic performing dragon of all time? Come and find out! www.piffthemagicdragon.com Preview Aug 6-9: 18:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 10-16,18-30: 18:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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PRINCESS CABARET Tumbleweed Theatrical Productions

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Dark songs, useful songs, very silly songs. Donald Newholm plucks and Dan Woods plays accordion. Includes 'The Complete History of the Soviet Union (Arranged to the Melody of "Tetris")'. No nudity.Violence.

Once upon a time, seven young Aussie women came to know and love the Disney princesses. Now, through darkly satirical sketches and musical numbers they explore their nostalgia for childhood heroines. 'Cheeky and a lot of fun' (Age).

Aug 7-17,19-31: 13:55 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

PUPPET GRINDER CABARET Puppet Grinder/Little Angel Theatre

2008 if.comedy-nominated Pippa Evans returns triumphant with more of her creations to entertain you, hotel cabaret-style. 'One of the most talented performers at Edinburgh this year' (Independent). 'Fabulously funny' (Time Out). Preview Aug 5-7: 18:20 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,17-20,24-27: 18:20 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28: 18:20 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.00) 345 6 7

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PLACEMENT CRISIS - FREE Tick the Box/Laughing Horse Free Festival

Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

For adults only, this spectacle offers a feast of dazzlingly skillful puppetry.With a splash of raunchiness, this rip-roaring and outrageously funny show is an eclectic cabaret of live puppetry and animated short films. Preview Aug 6-8: 20:35 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,25-26,31: 20:35 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,27-30: 20:35 (1hr) £12.00 (£11.00)

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Laughing Horse @ The Hive, 15-17 Niddry Street • 0131 556 0444 • Grid Ref: E5

Facing the crunch, four depression-era students take to the stage in a desperate bid to appease their degrees' placement criteria.Will they succeed or will they be relegated to checkouts in this hilarious comedy sketch show? Aug 16-21: 13:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS Gilded Balloon/Backrow Productions The Queen's Hall, Clerk Street • 0131 668 2019 • Grid Ref: G6

'Puppetry of the Penis', the genital origami extravaganza, is back with the Economic Growth tour! 'Sold-out to the rafters ... the audience scream and squeal' (Mail On Sunday).

PLAYING GOD Jonathan May-Bowles

Aug 21: 22:00 (1hr) £15.00 (£14.00) Aug 22-23: 19:30 (1hr) £15.00 (£14.00)

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

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PURPLE RONNIE'S STAND-UP POETRY CLUB Purple Ronnie in Association With Coolabi and Show + Tell

Preview Aug 6: 12:30 (1hr) (FreeTicketed) Aug 7-12: 12:30 (1hr) (FreeTicketed) 3456

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POSH AND TRAMPY DO SOME COMEDY Lou Sanders & Tania Edwards With Special Guests Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 112 Hanover St • 0131 225 2022 • Grid Ref: C4

Stand-up comedy from Lou Sanders and Tania Edwards. Guest performances from comedy circuit favourites throughout the run. Aug 6-22: 12:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456 7

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THE PREVIEW SHOW - FREE Marcus Ryan Comedy in Association With World Laughs Presents Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 19 Blair Street • 0131 220 0125 • Grid Ref: E5

Try before you buy! Marcus Ryan - SSSS (TheSkinny.co.uk) - hosts a mix of standup, sketches, theatre, music and more! A variety of international guests showcasing their Fringe shows for you! Plus Q&A, interviews. All fun! All free! Aug 6-30: 15:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

'The best young performance poet around' (Observer). Luke Wright presents the UK's finest stand-up poetry talents. Launch night features 'QI''s Phill Jupitus and Dockers MC (Times' Top 10 Literary Stars of 2008). www.purpleronnie.com 3456

A spectacular series of galas celebrating 25 years of Pleasance being the hottest venue on the Fringe.Top comedians from past and present perform thrilling afternoon extravaganzas every weekend. More information at www.pleasance.co.uk.

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RANDY'S POSTCARDS FROM PURGATORY Heath McIvor Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

From the award-winning puppeteer behind 'Sammy J in the Forest of Dreams' comes a brand new comedy about a life misled and a puppet unstitched. 'Heath McIvor is ingenious' - SSSSS (Scotland On Sunday). Preview Aug 6-7: 19:20 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,11-13,18-20,24-26: 19:20 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23: 19:20 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 27-30: 19:20 (1hr) £12.50 (£11.50)

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RANTS OF RINGO Gregory O'Connor Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall, 22 Hanover Street • 0131 220 5911 • Grid Ref: D4

'Rants of Ringo' with Gregory O'Connor. Ringo takes you on a fun-filled adventure from cot to coffin! A hilarious journey from damp Galway to damp teaching, or how to become a hypochondriac and ruin your life. Aug 10-15: 18:10 (1hr) £8.00 (£5.00) 3456

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RAYBON KAN: SPERMBANK MILLIONAIRE Raybon Kan/PBH'S Free Fringe

Aug 6-30: 17:20 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

Nicol Edwards, 29-35 Niddry Street • Grid Ref: E5

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Intellectile dysfunction? Premature opinionation? New Zealand's favourite bespectacled Chinese comedian soothes your crunched cranium with his stimulus package. Award-winning, thought-provoking.You'll be glad you came. 'Searingly funny' (Post). 'A festival highlight' (Age, Melbourne). www.raybonkan.com

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REALITY CHECK: IS ANYTHING REAL Steve Shanyaski/PBH's Free Fringe Beehive Inn, 18 Grassmarket • Grid Ref: E4

Do we really exist, or are we all subscribers to the universe's biggest role-playing fantasy? Award-winning comedian Steve Shanyaski investigates. 'A star in the making' (City Life). 'Delightfully skewed' (ManchesterOnline.com).

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THE REDUCED EDINBURGH FRINGE IMPRO SHOW Scratch Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Sell-out show returns. Improvised comedy from the pages of the Fringe brochure. See all the shows as they were never intended. 'Side-splittingly funny' (Guardian); 'Fabulous' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Great entertainment' (Stage). 'Wonderful ... ingenious ... perfect ... best impro troupe around' - SSSSS (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 5-6: 20:15 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 7-13,17-20,24-27: 20:15 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:15 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ8.50)

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REGINALD D HUNTER:THE ONLY APPLE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN AND NIGGAS Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live Udderbelly's Pasture, Bristo Square • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

'One of the most skilled, powerful, charismatic performers around' (Scotsman). 'A masterful, playful comic ... gets more ideas into 50 minutes than some comics in a career' (Times). Aug 16,21-23,28-30: 22:00 (1hr) ÂŁ15.00 (ÂŁ13.00) Aug 17-20,24-27: 22:00 (1hr) ÂŁ12.50 (ÂŁ11.50)

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THE REGINA MONOLOGUES Robert Inston's Reduced Tudor Company

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Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall, 22 Hanover Street • 0131 220 5911 • Grid Ref: D4

Her enemies may tremble, but how does a queen distinguish friend from enemy? The great Queen, Elizabeth I, exposes the prejudices and politics of power. How does prime minister, celebrity or queen control image, scandal and spin? Aug 16-31: 17:45 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ5.00) 34567

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Comedian Andrea Donovan's brilliantly inspired characters have regrets.What if Audrey could adopt an African baby? Why didn't Ms Warner pursue her modelling career? What can Kathleen teach us that we don't already know? 'Excellent' (Time Out). Preview Aug 5-7: 16:45 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-13,17-20,24-27,31: 16:45 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:45 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50)

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RETAIL IS DETAIL Scarlet Lights/PBH's Free Fringe Beehive Inn, 18 Grassmarket • Grid Ref: E4

Tonight's episode - will Graham reach the spillage on time? Will the pick'n'mix mystery ever be solved? Will Mandy ever use the floor buffer? A farcical look at the perils of life on the shop floor. Aug 22-29: 18:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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RHOD GILBERT AND THE CAT THAT LOOKED LIKE NICHOLAS LYNDHURST Rhod Gilbert Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

If.comedy nominee. Comic of the year and best show winner, Time Out 2008. Star of 'Live at the Apollo' and 'The Royal Variety Performance'. 'Sublime ... exhilarating stand-up' (Scotsman). Preview Aug 5-7: 20:45 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 20:45 (1hr) ÂŁ14.00 (ÂŁ12.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:45 (1hr) ÂŁ15.00 (ÂŁ13.50)

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Last seen on TV as Murray in HBO's 'Flight of the Conchords'. In films 'Yes Man' and 'The Boat That Rocked'.Watch Rhys live in his new show full of characters and stand-up. Aug 6-15: 22:00 (1hr) £15.00 (£14.00) 3456

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RICHARD HERRING - HITLER MOUSTACHE Avalon Promotions Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Reclaiming Chaplin's moustache for comedy, 'Headmaster's Son' star muses on iconography, the positive side of racism and why an innocent square inch of facial hair took the blame for Nazism. 'Best comedian of his generation' (GQ). Preview Aug 6-7: 20:40 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8,11-13,17-20,24-27: 20:40 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:40 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50)

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RICHARD SANDLING'S PERFECT MOVIE Richard Sandling/PBH's Free Fringe The Canon's Gait, 232 Canongate • Grid Ref: D6

MySpace Comedy's film reviewer presents a stand-up show about films featuring guest performers and live re-enactments of top comedians' favourite movie scenes. Line-up changes daily! 'Joyful, funny, clever' (Scotsman). 'Funny and entertaining' (List).

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RICH HALL Off the Kerb Productions Assembly @ George St, Assembly Rooms, 54 George St • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

'Grouchy.' 'Splenetic.' 'Extemporaneous powerhouse.' None of these match the esteemed Adelaide Advertiser, who stated: 'Rich Hall has Wild West eyebrows.' That alone is worth the price of admission. Come see the eyebrows that tamed the American frontier. www.offthekerb.co.uk Preview Aug 6-7: 22:30 (1hr) £11.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-26,31: 22:30 (1hr) £14.00 (£13.00) Aug 14-16,21-23: 22:30 (1hr) £15.00 (£14.00) Aug 27-30: 22:30 (1hr) £16.00 (£15.00)

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RICH HALL'S CAMPFIRE STORIES Off the Kerb Productions Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

A pristine clearing. Glowing campfires. Bourbon. Join Rich Hall with buddies Mike Wilmot and Tim Williams for a hilarious concoction of tall tales, trout philosophy, shaggy-dog stories and wilderness encounters. Guaranteed 100% midge-free. www.offthekerb.co.uk

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RICKY GERVAIS: SCIENCE Ricky Gervais Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place • 0844 847 1660 • Grid Ref: C6

The Emmy, Golden Globe and Bafta award-winning creator of 'The Office' and 'Extras' brings his brand new show to Edinburgh. Aug 25: 19:30 (2hrs) £15.00 , £20.00, £25.00, £30.00 3456

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THE ROAD TO ENDORPHIA Joe Donnachie/PBH's Free Fringe The Royal Mile Tavern, 127 High Street • 0131 557 9681 • Grid Ref: E5

Running from John O'Groats to Lands End, Joe found his thousand-mile journey taking him via the mythical land of Endorphia. How real is runner's high? How high is it? Did Joe reach Lands End? www.joedonnachie.com Aug 8-29: 13:30 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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Cruz, 14 The Shore • Grid Ref: LEITH Aug 10-13,16-20,23-27: 18:00 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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ROB BROWN:WHAT A LOAD OF KABUL! Paramount International and Edcom Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Australian comedian, brutally honest, confronting and funny - Rob takes you from one dark place to another - you will roar laughing from start to finish. 'This is standup at its best' (Melbourne Age). Preview Aug 5-8: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27,30: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-29: 19:00 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50)

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ROB DEB VS ARMY OF DORKNESS - FREE Rob Deb/Laughing Horse Free Fringe Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 112 Hanover Street • 0131 225 2022 • Grid Ref: C4

Comedy show of villains, cyborgs, zombies and psychos. For rebels, geeks, gamers and fanboys. Rob Deb's show is about belly laughs and bad guys! Info: 07908 880 297. www.freefestival.com

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ROBIN INCE - BLEEDING-HEART LIBERAL Good Sense of Humour Medina & Negociants, 45-47 Lothian Street • 0131 225 6313 • Grid Ref: F5

11 shows only. 'When someone writes a history of modern comedy, they should make room for Robin Ince' (Guardian). 'Snortingly funny' (Telegraph). 'Smart, snarly and inventive' (Sunday Times). 'Wry, intelligent and cruel' (Evening Standard). www.myspace.com/robinince Aug 19-24,26-30: 22:15 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 34567

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ROBIN INCE VERSUS THE MORAL MAJORITY Robin Ince/PBH's Free Fringe See page 42 for show information

The Canon's Gait, 232 Canongate • Grid Ref: D6

12 shows only. New show.Who was right - Orwell or Huxley? Angry tirades, then quiet musings. 'Clever comedy by a witty man for smart people' (List). Idiots may enjoy too. Contains facetiousness. www.myspace.com/robinince

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ROB ROUSE: MY FAMILY ... AND THE DOG THAT SCARED JESUS Rob Rouse Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

'8 Out of 10 Cats', 'Friday Night Project' and 'Spoons'. 'He's a man with genuinely funny bones' (Sunday Times). 'See him now' - SSSSS (List); SSSSS (Edinburgh Evening News). Preview Aug 5-7: 21:00 (1hr) ÂŁ7.00 Aug 8-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 21:00 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:00 (1hr) ÂŁ12.00 (ÂŁ11.00)

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ROGER MCGOUGH - THAT AWKWARD AGE Roger McGough Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

Miracle birth of a new collection - poems to delight! McGough wrestles with mortality and jives in Macca's trousers. 'The patron saint of poetry' (Carol Ann Duffy) Ever-perceptive playfulness make this a must-go. www.rogermcgough.org.uk Aug 24: 16:55 (1hr 10mins) ÂŁ12.00 (ÂŁ10.00) 3456

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ROGUE MALES Adam Riches Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Following on from the success of last year's 'Alpha Males', Adam Riches delivers another collection of questionable characters all teetering on the brink. 'stomachachingly funny' SSSS (Fest); SSSS (Scotsman); SSSS (ThreeWeeks); SSSS (Stage); SSSS (List). Preview Aug 5-7: 15:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-13,17-20,24-27,31: 15:30 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 15:30 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.00)

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ROM.COM Rob Heeney/PBH's Free Fringe The Canon's Gait, 232 Canongate • Grid Ref: D6

Following the success of 'No Pressure' in 2008, the Isle of Man's favourite misanthropic comedian returns with his third solo show, complaining about online dating, among other things. 'Comedy that belongs on a much bigger stage' - SSSS (ThreeWeeks).

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ROMEOPATHIC:THE COMEDY OF SEX ADDICTION OR TRYING TO FILL ONE HOLE WITH ANOTHER - FREE Mike Amato/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place, Leith Walk • 0131 556 9628 • Grid Ref: C6

NYC comedian Mike Amato shows us the lighter side of one-night relationships, male lesbianism and the never-ending needs of the modern Lothario.

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ROSA WAXES LYRICAL Creative Cat Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

An intimate evening with Russia's favourite celebrity beautician. Perfectly primped, plucked and groomed, featuring a follicly unchallenged and unstoppable beautician. The international sensation in beauty therapy shares music, comedy and indiscreet tales from behind the Iron Curtain. Preview Aug 5-7: 21:30 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8-13,17,19-20,24-26: 21:30 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.50) Aug 14-16,21-23: 21:30 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.50) 345 6 7

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ROSIE WILBY:THE SCIENCE OF SEX Rosie Wilby Sweet Grassmarket, Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: E4

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Funny Women finalist investigates attraction, sexual chemistry and sexual identity with spoof experiments and handmade props.What makes us gay or straight? What turns us on? What are pheromones? 'Excellent' (Time Out). www.rosiewilby.com Preview Aug 6: 18:15 (50mins) £5.00 Aug 7-16,18-30: 18:15 (50mins) £8.00 (£7.00)

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ROSS LEE: NOT A LOT OF SEX LIES AND VIDEOTAPE Phil McIntyre Entertainment Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Kids have seen his 'Ghoulies', now you can feel his balls. From Hull to Hollywood the original TV terrorist dishes the dirt. Ross Lee rewinds his hysterical life on VHS. Preview Aug 5-8: 19:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 11-13,18-20,24-26,31: 19:00 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23: 19:00 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.00) Aug 27-30: 19:00 (1hr) £12.50 (£11.00)

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RUDI LICKWOOD - FOOD FOR THOUGHT Rudi Lickwood Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

BECA Award winner Rudi brings you an evening's chortle and lively, fast-paced, conversational, passionate buffet of comedy. 'Observant engaging interactive comic whose routines roll out like warm custard over Spotted Dick' (Independent). Book early! Preview Aug 5-7: 20:15 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 20:15 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:15 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.50)

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RUSSELL KANE: HUMAN DRESSAGE Avalon Promotions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Preening, posing, prancing.Why do we? Join the double if.comedy nominee Russell Kane for fast-paced, tub-thumping merriment. 'An exceptional comedian, his pace is relentless and his material exquisitely crafted ... inspiring and brilliant' (Chortle.co.uk). Preview Aug 5-8: 21:20 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27,31: 21:20 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:20 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.00)

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RUSSELL KANE'S FAKESPEARE:THE TRAGICKAL SAVEINGS OF KING NIGEL Avalon Promotions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Last year: a sell-out Pleasance run, then the RSC's main stage, Stratford. Kane presents another blank verse play: Nigellio is an Essex banker, thus utterly finishĂŠd. 'Surpasses himself!' (Sunday Times). Preview Aug 5-8: 14:10 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,25-27,31: 14:10 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 14:10 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.00)

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SAMMY J IN THE FOREST OF DREAMS Sammy J & Heath McIvor Udderbelly's Pasture, Bristo Square • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

The smash hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe is back! A show for anyone who was force-fed Disney films as a child. It's a musical. For adults.With puppets. Book early!

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SAMMY J: 1999 Sammy J Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Sammy J returns with a brand-new comedy musical! Wind the clock back 10 years to a time of innocence, floppy disks and awkward erections in this twisted tale of schoolyard retribution. 'Filthy, frenetic and gloriously funny' (Chortle.co.uk). Preview Aug 6-7: 18:00 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 Aug 8,11-13,18-20,24-27: 18:00 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ7.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:00 (1hr) ÂŁ12.00 (ÂŁ11.00)

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SAM SIMMONS - PROBLEMS Gilded Balloon Productions & Token Productions Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

The multi-award-winning Aussie maestro of suburban absurdism in his UK debut. SSSSS (Age). 'Simmons is a genius ... with a dash of Mighty Boosh and a huge dollop of something that is unmistakably his own' (Chortle.co.uk). Preview Aug 5-6: 20:00 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:00 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27,31: 20:00 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00)

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SANTINO CABARETINO Dr Brown Inc/PBH's Free Fringe The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

Free late-night variety show featuring sketches, comedians, characters, music, and a whole lot of madness. Completing their European tour in Prague, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona. 'Hysterical ... Never seen anything like it' (George Clinton, Los Angeles Times).

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SARAH BENNETTO IS LUCKY Sarah Bennetto Medina & Negociants, 45-47 Lothian Street • 0131 225 6313 • Grid Ref: F5

Sarah has won holidays, the lottery, a car. But for every prize, a price must be paid and dignity lost. 'Storyteller par excellence' (Time Out). 'Effervescent, confident stand-up' SSSS (Age, Melbourne). 'Scintillating storyteller' - SSSSS (BroadwayBaby.co.uk). Aug 16-19,21-26,28-30: 15:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 34567

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SARAH MILLICAN - TYPICAL WOMAN Chambers Management Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Many comics have asked, 'What's the difference between men and women?' If.comedy best newcomer winner Sarah Millican gets to the bottom of it. And finds out whether it's hairy or not. 'Wonderfully wrong ... incredibly funny' (Metro). Preview Aug 5-7: 19:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-20,24-27: 19:30 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:30 (1hr) ÂŁ11.50 (ÂŁ10.00)

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SCENES FROM COMMUNAL LIVING Dramatic Change C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Britain's hottest young comedy improvisers give you the share-flat from hell.Your suggestions create the strangest characters to ever argue over the gas bill. 'Very funny, fresh and endlessly creative.Two thumbs up!' (Time Out). Aug 5-7,11,18,24-25: 15:25 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 15:25 (1hr) ÂŁ10.50 (ÂŁ9.50) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 15:25 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50)

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SCENES OF A SKETCHUAL NATURE The Leeds Tealights C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

A hefty serving of fast-paced sleazed-up comedy soup. If music be the food of love, play on. If sketch comedy be the food of sex, dinner is served. 'A must-see' (Edfringe.tv). Aug 5-7,11,17-18,24-25: 16:35 (1hr) ÂŁ7.50 (ÂŁ6.50) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 16:35 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 16:35 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50)

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THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL Pleasance, Comedians Theatre Company and Jeremy Meadow Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Outrageous famous 18th-century farce! All-star cast: Stephen K Amos, Miss Behave, Lionel Blair, Marcus Brigstocke, Bridget Christie, Paul Foot, Steve Jameson, Ella Kenion, Phil Nichol, Huw Thomas, Clare Thomson, Richard Thomson. Director: Cal McCrystal. Aug 5-8: 16:00 (1hr 30mins) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-11,13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 16:00 (1hr 30mins) ÂŁ13.50 (ÂŁ12.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:00 (1hr 30mins) ÂŁ15.00 (ÂŁ12.50)

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SCOTT AGNEW: SCOTTISH COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2008 Ha Ha Comedy

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Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

'Head, shoulders, knees and toes above the rest' (Scotsman). 'Bold, brash, barnstorming performance ... hilariously graphic ... powerhouse set' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Killer gags' (Evening Times). Glasgow Comedy Festival sell-out past four years. Preview Aug 6-7: 19:50 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 19:50 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:50 (1hr) ÂŁ10.50 (ÂŁ9.50) Aug 11,18,24-25: 19:50 (1hr) ÂŁ6.50

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THE SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Back after two Edinburgh sell-out years, with brand new songs, sketches, socks and violence. 'For sheer energy and laughs per hour, these comic stockings are the biz denier miss it' - SSSS (Scotsman, 2008). Preview Aug 5-6: 22:15 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:15 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00 (ÂŁ9.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27: 22:15 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

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SCURVY STAND-UP SHOWCASE - FREE Scurvy Comedy/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

Scurvy Wednesdays is London's hottest new club, featuring names like Simon Amstell, Richard Herring, Andy Zaltzman, plus hand-picked future stars. Come and see some of the club's favourites - 'Nothing but quality' (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 6-9: 20:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 10-30: 20:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

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SEAN HUGHES:WHAT I MEANT TO SAY WAS ... Jeremy Meadow Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

A brand new show from the Perrier award winner. High-calibre comedy - dark, explosive, sardonic. Eight shows only. 'Hugely impressive and intelligent' (Time Out). 'One of the best stand-ups of his generation' (Daily Telegraph).

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SEETHING IS BELIEVING - FREE Andrew Wallace & Stewart McCure Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 112 Hanover Street • 0131 225 2022 • Grid Ref: C4

Too confused to complain, too conflicted to rant, too fair-minded to let rip with a meat cleaver ...Two of London's rising talents, one hour of hilarious stand-up. 'Laughs come strong and steady' (ThreeWeeks).

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SERATE BASTARDE (BASTARD NIGHTS) Espresso! Teatro Italiano: Dionisi C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Sex, religion, politics, death. Serate Bastarde is what happens when you've decided not to be afraid any more. Afraid of opening your mouth. Afraid of dying without ever opening your mouth. Sharp Italian satire in English. www.espressofringe.org Aug 5-7,11,18,24-25: 23:00 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 23:00 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 23:00 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50)

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THE SEVEN DEADLY JOKES Hannah George and Ashley Frieze See page 18 for show information

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

What makes you laugh? Why do we laugh? Award-winning comedian Hannah George and her musical manservant take you on a journey into the dark corners of light entertainment. (Not actually deadly; it's a metaphor.) Aug 16-30: 13:25 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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7 DEADLY SKETCHES Stage and the Hands C central, Carlton Hotel, North Bridge • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: D5

A step into the unknown as far as sketch shows are concerned: experimental and quite possibly dangerous. A little treat for connoisseurs of divine comedy. Even features an actor whose legs make up 80% of his body. Aug 7,11: 21:10 (50mins) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 8-10,14-15: 21:10 (50mins) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 12-13: 21:10 (50mins) £8.50 (£7.50) 34567

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SEYMOUR MACE AND PETER SLATER: SUNDAYLAND CKP By Arrangement With Ashley Boroda Entertainment Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Join the guys from BBC3's 'Ideal' as they perform a different show every day. Biscuits! Swearing! Idiots!We've got it all and fabulous prizes too. 'Sundayland' - 'Extremely funny and strangely relaxing' (Manchester Evening News). Preview Aug 5-8: 17:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27: 17:45 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:45 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00)

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SEYMOUR MACE PRESENTS FUNSHINE! Seymour Mace/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club II, 16 North St Andrew Street • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

A fabulous festival of fun for everyone featuring live crosswords, hat judging, moustaches on kids and cups of tea all round. Funshine! Stupider than calling yourself Captain Poopy Pants and building a house out of syrup. Preview Aug 5: 15:50 (1hr) £6.00 (£5.00) Aug 7-16,18-30: 13:45 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00)

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SHAGGERS - FREE Nik Coppin/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

Sell-out shows in Britain and Australia! With big names like Stephen K Amos, Greg Fleet, Jim Jeffries and other top comedians dropping in, it's the Fringe's most funfilled show! 'Top show ... highly recommended' (Rip It Up). www.shaggers.org Aug 6-9,13-16,20-23,27-30: 23:40 (1hr 20mins) (FreeTicketed) 3456 7

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THE SHAMBLES Dead Duck Productions Sweet ECA, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place or Lady Lawson Street • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: F4

The Shambles are an improvised comedy troupe of outlandish wisecrackers and pratfallers, producing made-to-measure hilarity for any audience.This irreverent and eclectic mix of performers won't just tickle your funny bone, but snap it in two.

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SHANE LANGAN: NOT ALSO, BUT ONLY EdCom Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

One of Ireland's rising comedy stars, Shane ('Diet of Worms: Friends of the Puffincat' and RTE's 'Dublin Stories') presents a laid-back hour of off-beat comedy storytelling. Engaging and hilarious. Miss at your peril! Aug 5-8: 14:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27,31: 14:00 (1hr) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 14:00 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50)

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SHAPPI KHORSANDI:THE DISTRACTED ACTIVIST Off the Kerb Productions

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Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

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SHED SIMOVE: IDEAS MAN Shed Simove Belushi's, 9-13 Market Street • 0131 226 1446 • Grid Ref: D5

Jimmy Carr says: 'Shed is a cross between Anthony Robbins and Woody Allen.' Paul Kaye says: 'We'll see Shed on Jonathan Ross within a year.' A groundbreaking show based on the best-selling book 'Ideas Man'. Aug 7-30: 19:00 (55mins) £5.00

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SHE'S NOT JUST QUIET ... SHE'S DEAD Tracy Crisp The Space on the Mile @ Jury's Inn (V260), 43 Jeffrey Street • 0845 508 8387 • Grid Ref: D6

Murder! And the vegetarian librarian is framed. Oh, and she still hasn't fed the kids. 'A librarian and she has children. Somehow, this becomes desperately funny.You have to be there' (Advertiser, Adelaide). Preview Aug 6-8: 19:35 (45mins) £5.00 Aug 10-15,17-22: 19:35 (45mins) £7.00 3456

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SHH! IT'S SOMEONE, HOLLAND & HUME Jim Holland & Lee Hume Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place, Leith Walk • 0131 556 9628 • Grid Ref: C6

Talented stand-ups Jim Holland and Lee Hume present an hour of mystery and mirth with a special guest from the comedy circuit every day. Aug 8-15: 16:55 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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SHIRLEY & SHIRLEY - THE SHIRLEY & SHIRLEY SHOW Shirley & Shirley Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Female sketch comedy duo perform characters from Nigeria to Devon, send up celebrities and spoof 'Mamma Mia!', Bollywood-style. 'Characters that make you think, "I wish I'd thought of that"' (Mackenzie Crook). Preview Aug 6-7: 17:05 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 17:05 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:05 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 11,18,24-25: 17:05 (1hr) £6.50

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SHITTY DEAL PUPPET THEATRE COMPANY'S OH! WHAT A SHITTY WAR Axis of Evil Productions/Escalator East to Edinburgh Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

Shitty puppets return; this time it's personal.The history and horrors of war explained by renegade, rag-tag, swearing puppets. 'Brilliant, hilariously funny, must-see stuff' - SSSSS (Kate Copstick, Scotsman). Preview Aug 7-8: 17:00 (40mins) £5.00 Aug 9-16,18-23,25-29: 17:00 (40mins) £8.00 (£6.00) 34567

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SHORT CIRCUIT COMEDY PRESENTS ... PBH's Free Fringe The Phoenix, 46 Broughton Street • Grid Ref: B5

... a free, hand-picked selection of the country's best up-and-coming comedians, featuring: Paul Longley, Make A Stand winner 2009; Ric Wharton, Paramount winner 2008; Antony Green, Gary Brown, Lex Peters ... Plus surprise guests! Aug 8-29: 18:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place, Leith Walk • 0131 556 9628 • Grid Ref: C6

Errands to run? Tasks to complete? Ignore them all with a Short Intention Span! Just sit down, relax and tune yourself in to an hour of uproarious sketch comedy! Intend to attend! Plan to Span! www.myspace.com/richardsoames Aug 16-30: 16:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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Laughing Horse @ The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place • 0131 221 9759 • Grid Ref: H5

We're from Australia.We're funny ladies each performing stand-up.We've come a long way to make you laugh, so please come along ... or we'll come and find you and drag you along.That is all. Aug 17-30: 14:50 (40mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL Showstopper Productions in Association With the Sticking Place Festival Highlights Musical Theatre @ George Square, Buccleuch Place • 0131 651 1292 Grid Ref: F5

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New musical improvised nightly. Audience suggestions collide with the inspired comic imaginings of an all-singing, all-dancing cast. Sell-out 2008. 'Must be seen to be believed' (Time Out - Critics' Choice). 'Just sublime' (Scotsman). www.showstopperthemusical.com Preview Aug 7: 22:50 (1hr 10mins) £7.00 Aug 8,11-13,17,19-20,25-27: 22:50 (1hr 10mins) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:50 (1hr 10mins) £11.50 (£10.50) 34567

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SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICALSPECIAL GUEST MATINEES Showstopper Productions in Association With the Sticking Place Festival Highlights Musical Theatre @ George Square, Buccleuch Place • 0131 651 1292 Grid Ref: F5

A new musical improvised daily. Audience suggestions collide with the inspired comic imaginings of an all-singing, all-dancing cast. Guest stars will be announced first to our email list. Join at www.showstopperthemusical.com. Aug 17,24: 14:50 (1hr 10mins) £11.50 (£10.50) 3456

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SHRIMPS - SCARED SCRIPTLESS! Shrimps Sweet Grassmarket, Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: E4

The award-winning Shrimps return with their unique brand of improvised comedy. Every show is a world premiere.With no scripts to cower behind, the Shrimps thrive on your suggestions, weaving a bespoke comedy experience for you. Aug 17-23: 22:45 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ6.50) 3456

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How do you keep your mouth shut with a transvestite husband, a bolshie best friend and a lesbian lover who thinks she's Gloria Gaynor? VG Lee tells all. 'Wonderfully funny' (Gay's the Word). Aug 8-10,12-17,19-24,26-29: 16:20 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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Your evening's off to a flying start with an exciting new show from four of the capital's finest rising comedians: Martin McAllister, Jim Park, Jeff O'Boyle and Gordon Alexander. 'What the festival's all about' (ThreeWeeks).

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SIMON AMSTELL: DO NOTHING Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Road • 0131 557 2827 • Grid Ref: E6

'As close as you can get to a man emotionally and philosophically disembowelling himself on stage' (Sunday Times). 'Intellectually sophisticated, engagingly honest, genuinely accomplished stand-up' (Scotsman).'Consistently witty and intelligent ... perceptive and very funny' (Stage).

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SIMON BRODKIN: STILL NOT HIMSELF Avalon Promotions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Outstanding character comedy: four inspired creations from the star of ITV1's 'Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder'. 'A veritable feast of character comedy, all packing harpoon-sharp material' (Scotsman). 'Simon Brodkin's new show is inspired' (Metro). Preview Aug 8: 17:00 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,24-27,31: 17:00 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:00 (1hr) ÂŁ10.50 (ÂŁ9.00)

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SIMON DONALD AND MAFF BROWN Simon Donald and Maff Brown Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from the Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Simon Donald, co-founder of 'Viz Comic', brings 30 years of creating characters off the page onto the stage. 'Maff Brown is a totally natural stand-up! Succeeds in raising roars of laughter' (Fest Mag). Preview Aug 6-7: 17:20 (1hr) ÂŁ6.00 Aug 8,11-13,17,19-20,24-27: 17:20 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 (ÂŁ7.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:20 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 (ÂŁ8.00)

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SIMON JENKINS PLUS ONE ... goHERO Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

Channel 4 have followed Simon all year to see his comedy career flourish and have gained a Bafta nomination in the process. Come see why as Simon, plus one, perform a free hour of stand-up.

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SIMON MUNNERY'S AGM09 Simon Munnery/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Munnery returns to the Stand for the eighth year of his sentence, hoping for time off from good behaviour. I've become overly worried about the state of my outhouse: I've got a messy annexe complex. Mac drums. Preview Aug 5: 17:55 (1hr 15mins) £7.00 (£6.00) Preview Aug 6: 17:45 (1hr 15mins) £7.00 (£6.00) Aug 7-16,18-31: 16:05 (1hr 15mins) £8.00 (£7.00)

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6 FEET BLUNDER Crowhog Productions Sweet ECA, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place or Lady Lawson Street • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: F4

A sketch-based comedy show featuring serial killers, obnoxious children, ventriloquists and vampires, all under the roof of one unfortunate funeral director. However, arranging funerals at this establishment might not be as easy as first expected ...

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Bedlam Theatre, 11b Bristo Place • 0131 225 9893 • Grid Ref: F5

The sell-out sketch comedy showcase returns for its third year, featuring a handpicked selection of troupes from the whole Fringe, different each week. Presenting highlights from their shows and exclusive material. Critics' Choice (Time Out). Aug 9,16,23: 15:00 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.00) 3456

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SKETCHATRON: UNWIELDY www.sketchatron.co.uk Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The big brother of 'Sketchatron: Nano', 'Unwieldy' presents the greatest sketch teams at the Fringe in a one-night-only sketch spectacular. 'A fantastic show, rollickingly brilliant' - SSSSS (EdFestMag.co.uk). Book soon. Aug 27: 23:00 (1hr) £11.50 (£10.00) 3456

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SKETCH CRUNCH Marigold C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

The freshest, funniest new sketch show at the Fringe. 'If I had to compare these three to anyone ... it would be the mighty Monty Python ... Slick, original, intelligent humour' - SSSS (ThreeWeeks). Our mums say it's dead good. www.yardstick-productions.com Aug 5-7,11,18,24-25: 23:55 (55mins) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 23:55 (55mins) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 23:55 (55mins) £8.50 (£7.50)

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SKETCH, DRUGS AND ROCK'N'ROLL Abingdon 753 Nica Burns presents the unofficial oscars of comedy

C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Everything from aquatic bigotry to dictator of the year awards. Surrealism and cynicism culminate in an orgy of wit which will have you rolling in the aisles. Probably not literally. Aug 16,21-23,28-31: 17:40 (55mins) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 17-18,24-25: 17:40 (55mins) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 19-20,26-27: 17:40 (55mins) £8.50 (£7.50) 34567

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Politically Erect Comedy/Pelé Ling Sweet Grassmarket, Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: E4

Four top Comedians! Joke Competition Prizes! Two different shows – Early & Late show! Two hours of Comedy!

Join five comedy warriors venturing to a world of comedic vulgarity and surreal wit. Armed with fairy wings, vampire teeth and a toaster, they offer a refreshingly ludicrous take on everything, including politics, religion and breakfast. www.politicallyerect.co.uk Preview Aug 6: 22:25 (50mins) £5.00 Aug 7-13,16-20: 22:25 (50mins) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 14-15,21-23: 22:25 (50mins) £8.50 (£7.50) 3456 7

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THE SLIDING SCALE OF CYNICISM John Purves, Jane Walker & Daniel Webster/PBH's Free Fringe

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Three stand-ups go from whimsy to rage in the space of an hour. www.myspace.com/slidingscalecomedy Aug 8-29: 22:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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Cruz, 14 The Shore • Grid Ref: LEITH Aug 16-23: 14:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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SLOW GENIUS IMPROV COMEDY - FREE PBH's Free Fringe The Rat Pack, 9b Shandwick Place • Free shows only, no box office • Grid Ref: E2

Having taken Wales by storm, Cardiff's premier improvisational comedy group hits Edinburgh! Come, throw your suggestions and chortle away as 'together they create dozens of characters with impressive speed and to hilarious effect' (Western Mail). Aug 8-20,22-29: 19:50 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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Tomfoolery The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

Fresh from having material broadcast on Radio 4,Tomfoolery present this fast-paced mix of sketch and stand-up comedy. Meet a host of characters bumbling their way through some painfully awkward situations and laugh heartily at their foolishness! www.myspace.com/tomfoolery2009 Preview Aug 7-8: 18:10 (50mins) £7.00 (£5.00) Aug 10-15,17-22: 18:10 (50mins) £7.00 (£5.00) 34567

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SOME COMEDY (IN A CAVE) PBH's Free Fringe The Rowan Caves, 16 Niddry Street South • Grid Ref: E5

Approximately one hour of comedy. A different line-up of acts each day. Hosted by Fred Forse and/or Gareth Morinan. It's in a cave. Free entry. It will be good. No more relevant information available.

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SOMEONE WILL LEAVE PREGNANT AND BLEEDING - FREE Tyson Boyce & Bobby Carroll Laughing Horse @ The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place • 0131 221 9759 • Grid Ref: H5

Not all men could single-handedly raise a child with severe learning difficulties while founding an organisation to raise funds for research.These guys are no exception; they do rude, dark comedy. Pricks! Aug 9-30: 23:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

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SOMETHING ELSE Reserve Collection/PBH's Free Fringe The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

The Reserve Collection brings you a set of smart and silly sketches looking at how we communicate and why we mostly don't. From dating to Twitter, it's all about reaching out to another person, missing, and falling over. Aug 8-28: 14:25 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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SOUND & FURY'S SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SALINE SOLUTION TBC Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

150 years ago Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh.Today, he is rolling in his grave. Outrageous send-up by the creators of last year's hit 'Cyranose'! SSSSS (Edinburgh Evening News) Preview Aug 5-7: 22:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:30 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27,31: 22:30 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6

SOUND & FURY'S 'TESTACLESE AND YE SACK OF ROME' - FREE Sound & Fury/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 19 Blair Street • 0131 220 0125 • Grid Ref: E5

See LA boys' fakespearean-vaudeville bawdy romp through Greece - have a ball! 'Love-child of Monty Python and Dr Seuss!' (Advertiser). SSSSS (Edinburgh Evening News, Fest, HairlineUK, FringeReview.co.uk). SSSS (Scotsman).

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SOWERBY AND LUFF'S ALL STARS Comedy 365/PBH's Free Fringe The White Horse, 266 Cannongate • Grid Ref: D6

Comedy showcase featuring a daily line-up of the very best stand-up, sketches and music from this year's Fringe. Plus, guest comperes and surprise acts from iTunes' popular Comedy 365 podcast. 'Very funny' (Time Out). Aug 8-16,18-23,25-29: 21:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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SO YOU THINK YOU'RE FUNNY? Gilded Balloon Sponsored By Sony Pictures

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Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

The ultimate comedy competition where legends are born - thrill as the latest clutch of new acts fight it out for the comedy crown. Past winners include Peter Kay, Dylan Moran, and Lee Mack. Aug 10-11,16-19: 22:30 (1hr 30mins) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 27: 20:30 (2hrs 30mins) £14.00 (£13.00) 3456

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SPANK James & Leon and Underbelly Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Back again! The late-night show of the Fringe.Awesome comedians, sexy DJs, controlled anarchy and booze. 'This is what the festival should be about' (List). 'Everything you could hope for in a late night comedy showcase' - SSSSS (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 7: 00:00 (3hrs) £8.00 Aug 8-10,13,16,20,23,27,30: 00:00 (3hrs) £13.50 (£12.50) Aug 11-12,17-19,24-26: 00:00 (3hrs) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 14-15,21-22,28-29: 00:00 (3hrs) £14.50 (£13.50)

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SPEAK OF THE DEVIL 'til we leave Theatre Company Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from The Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Satanic skits, vicious vignettes and silly sophistry abound in this high-octane extravaganza of surreal, imaginative and cutting-edge comedy sketches. Four marionettes of the macabre compelled by a pact with the devil to be hilarious! Preview Aug 6-7: 13:20 (1hr) £4.00 Aug 8-17,19-30: 13:20 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00)

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SPECIAL RESERVE COMEDY BENEFIT Pleasance/Charlie Harthill Special Reserve Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Now in its fifth year, this classic case of vintage comedy comprises this year's hottest acts. Previous line-ups: Russell Howard,We Are Klang, Andrew Maxwell, Daniel Rigby, Tim Fitzhigham (MC). Aug 26: 18:00 (1hr 30mins) £10.00 3456

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THE STAND LATE SHOW The Stand Comedy Club

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Comedians Rachel Anderson, Luke Graves and Helen Huscroft invite you to the wonderment that is 'Speed Bumps'. One harp, one hour, three different styles creating one of the most exciting new shows of the Free Festival.

Late-night Fringe comedy at its best. Eight superb showcases from Scotland's favourite club. Five comics, two hours, late bar. Different sizzling selection nightly. 'Best value in town' (Evening News). 'They keep the laughs coming' (Times).

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SPIRITS OF THE FRINGE! - FREE Comic Angels/Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street • 0131 667 7533 Grid Ref: F6

Who are the true spirits of the Fringe? Find out at this jam-packed comedy show. Stand-up, sketches, interviews and gossip. Different star-studded line-up each night. Hosted by Sajeela Kershi. Must-see!

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Assembly @ Assembly Hall, Mound Place • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: E4

The legendary Amnesty sell-out benefit is back with two nights of Edinburgh's best stand-up! Starring Stephen K Amos, Sarah Millican, Phil Nichol, Rob Rouse, Laura Solon, John Bishop and many more! For full line-up, visit amnesty.org.uk/ edinburghfestivals. Aug 12,19: 00:00 (1hr 30mins) £18.50 (£16.50)

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STAND-UP MONKEY POET! - FREE Monkey Poet/Laughing Horse Free Festival

C cubed, Brodie's Close, Lawnmarket, Royal Mile • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E4

Laughing Horse @ The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place • 0131 221 9759 • Grid Ref: H5

Real-life eulogies come alive in this drop-dead comedy. Irreverent and heartwarming. From stories of fallen soldiers to beheaded Barbie dolls. '"Sex and the City" meets "Six Feet Under"' (BackStage.com). 'She's hilarious' (Variety). www.funeralogues.com, www.greenroompresents.com

Seven awards! Edinburgh debut! The Monkey Poet's outrageous tour of modern life. 'Funny, passionate, bawdy' - SSSS (Toronto Eye Weekly). 'A British Bill Hicks' (Indianapolis Reviews). 'A bullshit-free zone' - SSSS (NUVO Magazine). www.monkeypoet.co.uk

Aug 6-7,11,17-18,24-25: 17:30 (55mins) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 17:30 (55mins) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 17:30 (55mins) £9.50 (£8.50)

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STAFF ROOM STORIES John Caplis Laughing Horse @ The Hive, 15-17 Niddry Street • 0131 556 0444 • Grid Ref: E5

'Staff Room Stories.' The show is based on the experiences of a supply teacher and his overall contempt for the kids he is supposed to be educating, or controlling as the author describes it. Aug 17-23: 15:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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THE STAND UP MYSTERY AND CHEWING GUM TOO - FREE Scot Stewart/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane • 0131 557 6668 • Grid Ref: C5

Scottish comedian Scot Stewart performs a thrilling murder mystery about a newlywed couple and the sleepwalking detective while taking an occasional break for surreal comedy.

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STEPHEN CARLIN BLOWS THE LID OFF THE WHOLE FILTHY BUSINESS Stephen Carlin/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

THE INDEPENDENT

One of Stewart Lee's ten best ever stand-ups, Stephen Carlin returns to the Fringe with a brand new hilarious stand-up show. 'Sharp and original.' - SSSS (List).

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STEPHEN GRANT - ONE WEEK ONLY Glorious Talent Management Downstairs at the Tron, 9 Hunter Square • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Legendary Brighton comedian fuses the cream of his last six shows with his best ideas for 2010. Lots of interaction, pedantry, and laughs. Sell-out 2003-2008! 'Genuinely funny' - SSSSS (List). 'Exhilarating' - SSSSS (Chortle.co.uk). www.stephengrant.com Aug 16-22: 21:00 (1hr) £5.00 SCOTSMAN

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‘Sickeningly talented young show stealer.’ EVENING TIMES

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STEPHEN HILL AND JESSICA FOSTEKEW: CREAM EGGS V NAZI NANA Stephen Hill and Jessica Fostekew/PBH's Free Fringe Bannermans, 212 Cowgate • Grid Ref: E5

Free stand-up. 'Jimmy Carr's Comedy Idol' finalist Stephen Hill and 'SYTYF?' semifinalist Jessica Fostekew declare joke war!What will conquer all, love or hate? 'Intensely funny' (Time Out). Aug 9-14,16-18: 16:15 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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STEPHEN K AMOS - THE FEELGOOD FACTOR Stephen K Amos

Jeremy Meadow presents

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Forget the credit crunch and welcome to the show that's full of fun, warmth, bonhomie and love. 'Unites everyone in laughter' (List). For sheer entertainment value Amos is tough to beat' (Evening Standard). Preview Aug 5-7: 21:40 (1hr) ÂŁ8.00 Aug 8-11,13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 21:40 (1hr) ÂŁ14.00 (ÂŁ12.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 21:40 (1hr) ÂŁ15.00 (ÂŁ13.50)

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STEWART LEE: IF YOU PREFER A MILDER COMEDIAN, PLEASE ASK FOR ONE Stewart Lee/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Work in progress towards new, coffee-themed, touring show from middle-aged TV man. 'Russell Brand is the nearest this country has to Lenny Bruce' (B Dessau, Evening Standard). Preview Aug 5: 22:00 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 Preview Aug 6: 19:40 (1hr) ÂŁ9.00 Aug 7-16,18-30: 19:45 (1hr) ÂŁ10.00

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THE STICKY BIVOUAC Sirkus On Foot

SEAN HUGHES What l Meant To Say Was... ‘One of the best stand-ups of his generation’ Daily Telegraph

Absurdist, high-energy comedy act. Feast your eyes and ears on the bizarre, unique and delicate world of Paul Currie, street clown and stand-up comedian. www.sirkusonfoot.com

8 SHOWS ONLY - BOOK NOW

Aug 6-7,17-18,24-25: 21:05 (50mins) ÂŁ7.50 (ÂŁ6.50) Aug 8-10,21-23: 21:05 (50mins) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.50) Aug 19-20,26: 21:05 (50mins) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.50) 3456

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STORYTELLERS' CLUB Sarah Bennetto Presents

Photo: Alfie Hitchcock

C cubed, Brodie's Close, Lawnmarket, Royal Mile • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E4

22 - 30 Aug (not 27) at 8.30pm 0131 622 6552 www.gildedballoon.co.uk See page 95 for show information

Medina & Negociants, 45-47 Lothian Street • 0131 225 6313 • Grid Ref: F5

Comedians and musicians telling stories around a fake log fireplace. It's great. Come along. 'A magical haven of intelligent comedy' - SSSSS (BroadwayBaby.co.uk). 'Unashamedly literate' (Independent). 'A magical idea' (Metro). 'Just go and see it' (Time Out). Aug 20,27: 15:00 (1hr 30mins) ÂŁ5.00 3456

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STUART MITCHELL LIVE AND SPECIAL GUESTS - FREE Stuart Mitchell & Special Guests/Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 112 Hanover Street • 0131 225 2022 • Grid Ref: C4

Mitchell shares his crazy life to date, from working beside the prime minister to losing the tips of his fingers! 'Amazing performance'; 'fantastic'; 'definitely one to keep an eye on' (Skinny). Aug 26-30: 21:55 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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THE SUMMER I DID THE LEAVING Aindrias de Staic Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Another great tale of travel and music from the multi-award-winning Irish vagabond himself. Malcolm Hardee Award nominee 2008. 'Talent and humour in abundance ... dangerously seductive ... a gut-bustingly funny experience' (Scotsman) www.aindrias.com Aug 14-16,18-23,25-28: 14:00 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.00) (ÂŁ7.00 SU) 34567

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THE SUNDAY DEFENSIVE: FRIEND AND FOE Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The bespectacled double act proudly present their long-awaited Edinburgh debut after appearances on 'Peep Show' and 'IT Crowd'. 'One of the most innovative sketch groups around ... a terrific duo' (Time Out). 'Recommended' (Independent, Guardian). Preview Aug 5-8: 16:30 (1hr) ÂŁ5.00 Aug 9-13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 16:30 (1hr) ÂŁ8.50 (ÂŁ7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:30 (1hr) ÂŁ9.50 (ÂŁ8.00)

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SUPERCLUMP Good Sense of Humour The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Splendid new sketch show from a clump of the country's best young comedians, who between them have won competitions, been BBC-, Channel 4- and Channel 5commissioned, and if.comedy- and Chortle Award-nominated. Surely that's worth a fiver.

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THE SUPPER CLUB Assembly Assembly @ George St, Assembly Rooms, 54 George St • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

'The Supper Club' returns, the throbbing heart of late-night Assembly. A series of guest hosts, gorgeous performers, a cocktail menu to die for and the best place to catch up with the festival gossip. Preview Aug 7-9: 00:00 (1hr 15mins) £5.00 Aug 12-16,19-23,26-30: 00:00 (1hr 15mins) £10.00 34567

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SURVIVAL OF THE THINNEST Fredrik Lloyd Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from the Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

The original inspiration for 'The X-Files' and the 'Bionic Man' reveals how he reached cult status in medical journals as a bionic child, to become a cage-fighting legend. (Super feather lightweight.) Preview Aug 6-7: 13:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8,14-15,21-22,28-29: 13:30 (1hr) £9.00 (£7.00) Aug 9-13,16-17,19-20,23-27,30: 13:30 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.00)

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SUSAN CALMAN - THE LAST WOMAN ON EARTH Underbelly & Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

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Heckler: 'I wouldn't f*ck you if you were the last woman on Earth' ...What if ... ? Be afraid ... Sell-out, 2008. 'Properly, Scottishly funny' (Kate Copstick). 'Stand-up heaven' (Scotsgay). Preview Aug 6-7: 20:10 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,20,26-27: 20:10 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:10 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 11,17-18,24-25: 20:10 (1hr) £6.50

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TAKE THE EMPIRE:THE GREAT BIG MARVELLOUS VICTORIAN GAME SHOW C Presents ... Dastardly Productions C central, Carlton Hotel, North Bridge • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: D5

From the ingenious minds behind hit sell-out 'Famished', an unforgettable evening of devious questions, impossible challenges, decadent debauchery and delightful chaos. Followed by afterparty with late bar and music. www.dastardlyproductions.com Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 00:00 (1hr 35mins) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 11,17-18,24-25: 00:00 (1hr 35mins) £6.50 (£5.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 00:00 (1hr 35mins) £7.50 (£6.50)

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TAMING GOLDFISH - FREE Plastic Seat Company/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

The highlight of the Sheffield Comedy Festival, the Plastic Seat Company present this irreverent sketchfest.The four gentlemen weave their blend of physical dexterity, verbal contortionism and surreal parody to hilarious effect. 'Relentlessly funny' (Sheffield Star). Aug 17-31: 12:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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TARTAN RIBBON COMEDY BENEFIT 2009 Pleasance and Waverley Care Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Probably the biggest comedy line-up you will ever see. All proceeds go to HIV charity,Waverley Care. Previous line-ups: Michael McIntyre, Stephen K Amos, Jason Byrne. Beg, steal, borrow a ticket! Aug 18: 20:00 (1hr 30mins) £12.00 (£10.50) 3456

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TEAKSHOW TeakShow

PHIL McINTYRE ENTERTAINMENT BY ARRANGEMENT

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

WITH KARUSHI MANAGEMENT PRESENT

Daring, varied, fabulously outrageous. Sketches from the TeakZone will leave you scarred, breathless and crying for your mum. But in a good way. 'Marvellous, manic performances ... expertly realised' (Chortle.co.uk). Hackney Empire finalists. 'Recommended' (Time Out). Preview Aug 5-6: 16:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:30 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-27,31: 16:30 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50)

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TERRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM The Black Museum Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4 INDEPENDENT

Welcome, traveller, and enter the Black Museum, where horror stalks every corner, mystery haunts each corridor and the gift shop prices are very reasonable. Dare you enter? Starring Dan McKee, Ben Smith and Laurence Tuck.

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METRO

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Perrier Award nominee and Royal Variety performer,Terry holds the record for the most consecutive encores at the Comedy Store. 'Brilliant, always funny' (List). 'Fantastic show!' (Scotsman). Brand new show, limited run, book early.Total sell-out 2006. www.terryalderton.com

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THANKLESS CHILD Thankless Child

0131 226 0000 WWW.EDFRINGE.COM

Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Thankless Children Liz Black and Freya Slipper present a brand new lunchtime sketch show. Learn what befalls if you don't take heed from the cautionary tales of our youth. 'Hilarious' - SSSSS (ThreeWeeks). 'Lightning-fast comedy' - SSSS (Fest). Preview Aug 5-7: 13:15 (55mins) £5.00 Aug 8-13,17,19-20,24,26-27,31: 13:15 (55mins) £7.50 (£6.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 13:15 (55mins) £8.50 (£7.00)

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THOUGHT THIEF Peter Antoniou Sweet Grassmarket, Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket • 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: E4

Is your mind safe? Both criminals and the government are controlling you. Join underground mind-reading sensation, Peter Antoniou, as through laughter and amazement he reveals how your mind has been compromised. 'Phenon-mentally good' (Kerrang!).

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3 PINTS OF LAUGHTER (2.114 LITRES) COMEDY SHOW Sophie's Voice and Special Guests Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street • 0131 557 5830 • Grid Ref: D5

Le Figaro

After being saved by a donation of three pints of blood, I was inspired to write this comedy show of stand-up, characters, songs and improvisation that brings out your inner comedian.

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“Quite simply two huge talents!” France 2 TV “Sheer visual craziness!”

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“This show is a fireworks display of visual invention, laughter and poetry. What a joy! ” Pariscope

TIERNAN DOUIEB: 28 YEARS LATER Tiernan Douieb Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Tiernan's never grown up. In height or behaviour. Acclaimed stand-up Douieb brings his debut hour about adulthood, childish imaginings and zombies. 'Good solid laughs' (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Unquestionably talented ... Genuinely funny' (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 6-7: 16:00 (55mins) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 16:00 (55mins) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:00 (55mins) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 11,18,24-25: 16:00 (55mins) £6.50

New Town Theatre, 96 George St, EH2 3DH

5 - 30 august (not 17) 9. 30 pm (1hr 15) www.edfringe.com and www.universalartsfestival.com

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TIFFANY STEVENSON: ALONG CAME A SPIDER Jeremy Meadow for Something for the Weekend

TOM AND BRODY ARE SO COMEDY! - FREE Tom Goodliffe/Broderick Chow/Free Festival

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch Street • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

Are you predator or prey? Tiffany will trap you in her silky web with dark and funny stories.This show does not contain actual spiders. 'Can't wait to see her again' (One4Review.com). Preview Aug 5-6: 17:45 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 7-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:45 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 10-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 17:45 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00)

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You're so comedy and you don't even know it.Two scoops of smackdown standup (actually quite lovely) from Tom Goodliffe: 'the performance is exemplary' (Chortle.co.uk) and Broderick Chow: 8% body fat. www.tomandbrody.com

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TIM: AGAINST ALL ODDS The Roaring Boys

TOM BASDEN: NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSICBASED COMEDY! Phil McIntyre Entertainment

Underbelly, 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: E5

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Throughout history, there have been no winners called Tim. No heroes called Tim. One man has vowed to change that. His name is Tim. 'A laugh a minute' (Sun, Edinburgh 2008). www.roaringboys.co.uk Preview Aug 6-7: 15:00 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8,12-13,19-20,26-27: 15:00 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 15:00 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 11,18,25: 15:00 (1hr) £6.50 3456 7

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TIME OUT COMEDY PRESENTS ... FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY Time Out Magazine and Pleasance Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Curated by Time Out's comedy editor,Tim Arthur, these late-night extravaganzas will feature the best line-ups anywhere in town, including top headliners and a smattering of the weird and wonderful. Aug 14,21,28: 23:00 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.50) 3456

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TIM KEY - THE SLUTCRACKER The Invisible Dot Key (chubby, Perrier nominee, poet) - 'Cowards', 'We Need Answers', 'Newswipe' (BBC4) - with a divvy hour (sophisticated). 'One of the funniest, most off-the-wall and imaginative shows in Edinburgh' (Stage). 'Comedy genius' (Guardian). Preview Aug 5-6: 21:50 (55mins) £5.00 Aug 7-13,18-19,24-26,31: 21:50 (55mins) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,20-23,27-30: 21:50 (55mins) £10.50 (£9.00)

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TODD WOMACK'S MIDNIGHT MASH-UP - FREE Todd Womack/PBH's Free Fringe

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TOM CORBETT VAMPIRES AND VOLAUVENTS - FREE Tom Corbett Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 112 Hanover Street • 0131 225 2022 • Grid Ref: C4

My free show which I'll fill with stories and thoughts about obsession, tiny pastries and the undead. 'Definitely one to watch out for in the future' (Chortle.co.uk). Let's hope it's the future now.

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TOM CRAINE - COMFORT BLANKET Tom Craine

Veteran US comedian Todd Womack (Comedy Central, Bravo) hosts comics from all over Earth in a late-night stand-up show. A sampling of the Fringe's finest comics in Scotland's most haunted pub. www.toddwomack.com/mashup

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Star of the sell-out 'AAA Stand-Up' 2008, Rhod Gilbert's support, creator of BBC Radio 2 comedy 'The Sharp End'.Tom Craine's debut show peeks cautiously at reassurance. 'Dynamic energy, intelligence, razor-sharp wit' (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 5-7: 19:15 (1hr) £6.00 Aug 8-11,13,17-18,20,24-27,31: 19:15 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:15 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.50)

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TOM DEACON - INDECISIVE Avalon Promotions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Nicol Edwards, 29-35 Niddry Street • Grid Ref: E5

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Star of 'Comedy Zone' 2008, Chortle student comedian of the year and BBC Switch regular embarks on his first solo show. 'With looks, confidence, charm and great material, expect other comics to lynch him' (Sunday Times). Preview Aug 5-8: 20:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,24-27,31: 20:30 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:30 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

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TOMMY AND THE WEEKS:WONDERBANG Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live

TOM ADAMS: DROPPED AS A CHILD PBH's Free Fringe

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The Royal Mile Tavern, 127 High Street • 0131 557 9681 • Grid Ref: E5

Hello.This is my first show in Edinburgh. I won't let you down. 'He creates such a snug, inclusive atmosphere that by the end we're all swaying and singing along to the choruses' (Chortle.co.uk).

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If.comedy winner. Bafta nominee. ¼ of BBC4 and Radio 4's 'Cowards'.Tom sings some songs, outlines some ideas, shows some pictures and hopes for the best. 'Comedy genius' (Guardian).

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'One of the full-on funniest hours I remember spending. A made in comedy heaven double-act' - SSSSS (Scotsman). Guardian Critics' Choice. Papery indie waif and brusque Tory boy return to funk out more sketches. Preview Aug 5-8: 17:10 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24-27,31: 17:10 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 17:10 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

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TOM ALLEN:WOMEN! Tom Allen Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

TOMORROW'S LEADERS Guy Incognito

Dapper, young, homosexual, BBC New Comedy Award-winner,Tom Allen, talks about the women he's loved ... but not like that. 'The sly dexterity of his delivery has you hooked' (Telegraph). 'Otherworldly' (Scotsman). 'Lively, charismatic ... the cream of the crop' (Time Out).

Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Preview Aug 5-7: 19:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-9,14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:30 (1hr) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 10-13,18-20,24-27: 19:30 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00)

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The inevitable return of Guy Incognito - BBC New Talent Pick of the Fringe. Welcome to King Peter's School (est 1571). Attendance will be taken. 'Book your seats early' (Stage). 'Tremendously funny ... a must-see' (David Mitchell).

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TOM WRIGGLESWORTH'S OPEN RETURN LETTER TO RICHARD BRANSON CKP By Arrangement With Comedy Store Management

TWELVE ANGRY SKETCHES Naylor & Gant

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Depression, abuse, conflict, murder. Not all can empathise, but all can jeer. Come point and laugh with Naylor and Gant.They apologise for nothing. 'A terrific up-andcoming double act' (Cannon & Ball).

Having witnessed a train manager abuse his position (Hitler would've watched admiringly, taking notes),Tom tells Richard how random acts of kindness make good triumph over evil. 'Joy to watch' (Scotsman). www.tomwrigglesworth.co.uk Preview Aug 5-8: 19:00 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17,19-20,24-27: 19:00 (1hr) £9.00 (£7.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 19:00 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.50)

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TONY COWARDS 'EVERYMAN' Tony Cowards/Laughing Horse Free Festival Debunking the myth that we should try harder, be brighter, richer and more successful.Tony brings tears of laughter and joy as he celebrates all that is good about being 'average'. Free show! Aug 7-10,12-17,19-24,26-30: 20:45 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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Laughing Horse @ The Counting House • 0131 667 7533 • Grid Ref: F6

Tony takes no prisoners with his unique feast of political incorrectness. Performing his own brand of topical parody songs linked with often twisted observations, big belly laughs are always guaranteed.

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2 BY 2 Z Theatre Company The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson St • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

A comedy adapted from the story of Noah's Ark, exploring reality TV. Follow Noah on his journey through slip-ups, embarrassing situations and madness as he discovers the truth ... the whole crew are in on the joke. Aug 8,10-15,17-20: 14:00 (50mins) £5.50 (£4.00) 34567

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TWO EPISODES OF MASH The Invisible Dot Joe Wilkinson and Diane Morgan's new sketch show. 'The skits blend the absurd and the sharply real with effortless ease, not dropping the energy or the gag rate for a moment' - SSSS (Sunday Times).

After four sell-out years, a brand new show straightens things out. Does debit mean credit? Yes mean yes? Who does Hillary Clinton think she is? 'Fabulous' SSSSS(Scotsman). 'Edgily funny' (Standard). 'Twisted' (Daily Mail). www.toppingandbutch.com 34567

TWIST-HEAD'S FREE COMEDY SKETCH SHOW Twist-Head/Laughing Horse Free Festival

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Preview Aug 19: 18:30 (1hr) £9.00 (£7.00)

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Fast-paced comedy sketches. Mixing random originality with parodies of films such as 'Forrest Gump' and writers like Charles Dickens. Avid Daily Mail readers - think twice before attending; you will be offended, you morons.

TONY LITTLER: RETURN OF THE MIDDLE AGED PUNK Tony Littler/Laughing Horse Free Fringe

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Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter's Place, Leith Walk • 0131 556 9628 • Grid Ref: C6

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings,Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street) • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

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TREVOR LOCK - SOME KIND OF FOOL Show + Tell The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Trevor performs an hour of 'superbly comic writing' (Times) and improvised madness. Presenting his non-ideas on life, lipstick and love. 'Charming ... irresistible ... absolutely entertaining' (Independent). 'Pure comic genius' (Metro). www.showandtelluk.com Preview Aug 6-7: 20:00 (1hr) £2.50

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TREVOR MCDONALD'S HORSE ORCHESTRA LIP Theatre Company Sweet ECA, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place• 0870 241 0136 • Grid Ref: F4

Trevor McDonald's Horse Orchestra invites you to join them on a whimsical journey through the forest of life. Let them tickle your titter box with sketches exploring the serious and surreal! Like nothing you've seen before! Aug 16-30: 19:00 (50mins) £8.00 (£7.00) 34567

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TRYING 2B FUNNY COMEDY SHOW - FREE Heatham House/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch Street • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

A host of teenage stand-ups give their unique take on life from relationships to the meaning of Lego. A free show featuring the funniest teenage spots on the Fringe. Aug 8-14: 16:10 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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Mockumentary about three delusional losers and their surreal, twisted lives.You'll see it all: porno, Paul Daniels, papier-mache sex dolls, and other things so depraved they're not even allowed in this blurb.Tempted? Aug 8-29: 17:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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TWO LEFT HANDS - ANOTHER MOUTHFUL Leila Hackett and Charlotte Hudson

UNSUPERVISED DETENTION Unsupervised Detention

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Serving up effervescent sketch comedy: nostalgia, notoriety and Pauline Prescott's plans for global economic revival. 'Best sketch show on the Fringe' (Observer). SSSS (Sunday Telegraph). 'Scintillating writing' - SSSS (List). 'Beautifully performed' - SSSS (Times). SSSS (SoS).

Sketch comedy that breaks all the school rules. Our delightful former pupils present a perfectly behaved hour of social satire, surprising songs, scintillating scenes and accordions. Anyone who fails to attend will be locked in the toilet.

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TYRANNOSAURUS REX: A PACK OF LIES? THE TRUE STORY OF MATT'S ACCIDENTAL FACT - FREE Matt Brierley/Laughing Horse Free Festival

Fingers Piano Bar, 61a Frederick Street • Grid Ref: D3

Laughing Horse @ The Outhouse, 12a Broughton St Lane • 0131 557 6668 • Grid Ref: C5

He's discoveredT-rex was a pack hunter! He's 'protested' outside international museums. He's met the mayor of Dinosaur, Colorado. Join Matt's journey to banish falsehood. www.myspace.com/drmattbrierley

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Assembly @ George St, Assembly Rooms, 54 George St • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

Stars of Radio 4's comedy series 'The Ladies' return with a brand new hour of sketches. 'Laugh-out-loud funny' - SSSS (Scotsman). 'Brilliantly fresh' - SSSS (Metro). 'Book tickets quickly' - SSSS (List).

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VARYTALES ShellShock! The Vault, 11 Merchant Street • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

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VERITY WELCH:TWISTED SISTER Up the Arts Comedy/PBH's Free Fringe Nicol Edwards, 29-35 Niddry Street • Grid Ref: E5

Verity shares her journey in and out of comedy with a celebration of mad, bad and sad characters. Plus special (drag) guests. Many top comics have been fleetingly involved in the making of this show. Aug 9-17,19-22,24-29: 23:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8 9

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

David Mitchell hosts the panel game in which four of the country's finest comedians compete to see which of them can smuggle the greatest number of unlikely facts past their opponents. (Please note: there is no interval.) Aug 25: 15:30 (2hrs 30mins) (FreeTicketed)

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A fairy tale-inspired improvised comedy where you, the audience, create a world of miracle and mystery. Follow our heroes on their quest for that happy ending.Will they succeed or will their nemesis triumph? It's up to you ...

THE UMBRELLA BIRDS: SKETCHES IN A SHOP CHANGING ROOM Avalon Promotions

Aug 6-8: 18:20 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9,14-16,21-23,27-30: 18:20 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 10-13,17-20,24-26,31: 18:20 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00)

Free top-notch poetry and storytelling from captivating humorists including John Hegley,Tim Key, Simon Munnery, Richard Sandling, Jenny Lindsay and Richard Tyrone Jones, your 'wonderful poet and host!' (Daljit Nagra). New show daily! Full listings: www.utterspokenword.com.

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VICTIMS OF ROMANCE Z Theatre Company The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

A bitter comedy about relationships from many perspectives. Love, affairs and heartbreaks are hilarious to watch when you're not involved.This play takes you into the love lives of several characters; can you find your own story? Aug 8,10-15,17-20: 17:00 (50mins) £5.50 (£4.00) 34567

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Udderbelly's Pasture, Bristo Square • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

Come celebrate Underbelly's 10th year in udderation. A festival finale like no other top comedy, music, acrobats, beatboxing, balloons and party hats (maybe) in one mega show. It's going to be big ...

VLADIMIR MCTAVISH THE TOP 50 GREATEST SCOTS OF ALL TIME EVER PART TWO Vladimir McTavish/The Stand Comedy Club

Aug 30: 23:45 (2hrs) £15.00 (£12.50)

The Stand Comedy Club II, 16 North St Andrew Street • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

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Preview Aug 2: 19:20 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00) Aug 7-16,18-30: 18:35 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00)

The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

The wittiest act since Morecambe and Wise, here for two days only. Catch Pam and Ann as they travel the world with their winnings. Eyes down and look in for mega laughs. www.myspace.com/gypsytheatre1 Aug 21-22: 15:05 (50mins) £6.00 (£5.00) 3456

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UNDERWATER CATHEDRAL Red Admiral Productions An elephant and a bird, a porpoise in a cassock, talking trees, rapidly growing kangaroos, animated nonsense. All this and more in a surreal comic play. Come and enjoy the whimsical silliness for free! 34567

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A WALKING ADVERT FOR FREE ABORTIONS! Set Richard Coughlan Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Espionage • 0131 477 7007 • Grid Ref: E4

Some are born-again: Richard Coughlan was miscarried twice! An unpredictably perverse hour with a truly shameless, tragic, unbalanced, brutally honest, proud Dick! Lord filth. 'Comedy genius' (ThreeWeeks) 'Ingenious eccentricity' (Scotsman). www.youtube.com/user/coughlan666 Aug 6-18,21-29: 21:50 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House • 0131 667 7533 • Grid Ref: F6

Aug 23-30: 16:30 (50mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

2008 sell-out. Another affectionately scathing critique of one small nation's greatest icons. 'One of the finest acts on the circuit ... sensitive, yet issues startling invective' (Guardian).

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WANCHORMAN: ADVENTURES IN TELLY LAND Dave Gibson/PBH's Free Fringe Dragonfly, 52 West Port • Grid Ref: F4

Award-winning comic Dave Gibson reveals his most embarrassing televisual blunders. From misunderstandings with Gordon Ramsay to arguments with Tony Blair, join Dave in a sneaky look backstage at the TV world. 'Hilarious' (Will Ferrell). Aug 8-16,18-23,25-29: 16:20 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

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Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Two small-town girls on comedy crack bring you a kaleidoscope of entertainment with song, sketches, physical comedy, dance and mad characters. No jokes, just funniness in the flesh ... A must-see Welsh-Canadian, surreal duo. www.jenniferwarren.ca Preview Aug 4-6: 23:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-9,12-16,19-23,26-30,Sep 2-6: 23:15 (13hrs) £8.00 (£6.00) Aug 10-11,18,24-25,31: 23:15 (1hr) £6.00

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WATTS & MCCURE KNOW THE SCORE Comedy from the Ashes/Laughing Horse Free Fringe Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch Street • 0131 667 6907 • Grid Ref: F6

Comedy's answer to cricket's oldest rivalry: the Ashes. Englishman Andrew Watts 'exquisitely funny' (Time Out) - and Australian Stewart McCure - 'piss-funny bloke' (StandandDeliver.com) - stride out to the middle for an hour of cricket-based comedy.

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WE MADE A FUNNY Bristol Revunions Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Last seen at the festival in 1978, Bristol Revunions is finally returning to Edinburgh after 30 years in the comic wilderness, for an hour of intelligent, witty and hilarious sketches, showcasing the finest comedic talent the university has to offer. Preview Aug 5-7: 23:00 (50mins) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,24-27,31: 23:00 (50mins) £7.50 (£6.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 23:00 (50mins) £8.50 (£7.00)

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WHAT MEN WANT Peadar de Burca The Spaces on the Mile @ The Radisson, 80 High Street • 0845 508 8316 • Grid Ref: E5

Peadar's new show starts off with the audience receiving champagne and pints of Guinness from the stage. It cushions the blow as he tells lots of women how messed up men really are. Aug 24-29: 18:05 (55mins) £8.00 (£6.00) 3456

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WHAT'S IN A KISS? Jools Constant/PBH's Free Fringe The Royal Mile Tavern, 127 High Street • 0131 557 9681 • Grid Ref: E5

Kiss me, Hardy, kiss me quick and kiss me like the first time we met.The story of kissing, the dos and the don'ts, the embarrassing and the erotic. 'Lip smackingly good' (Voice Magazine).

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WHERE THERE'S MUCK THERE'S FUNNY - FREE MUCK Mersey Uncut Comedy Kollective/PBH's Free Fringe Nicol Edwards, 29-35 Niddry Street • Grid Ref: E5

A revolving door of nationally recognised, accomplished circuit stand-up from Merseyside and beyond. Come down and say you were at that show, then come down and see another ... See www.muckcomedy.com for info. Aug 9-29: 21:45 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8 9

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WHO KILLED DEAD MAN IN A BOX? Dead Man in a Box The Vault, 11 Merchant Street • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

A devilish murder has been committed! Who was killed? How, when and where? You decide! Improv comedy group Dead Man in a Box solve the mystery before your very eyes. Time Out-recommended. Aug 18-23: 15:15 (50mins) £6.00 (£4.50) 3456

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WHOSE PLAY IS IT ANYWAY? Sink or Swim Productions C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Nightly intercourse between performer and audience, culminating in a unique and exciting new play each time. An improvisation extraordinaire - with a few tasty gimmicks, in case everything goes tits-up! Aug 5-7,11,18,24-25: 22:55 (50mins) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 22:55 (50mins) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 22:55 (50mins) £8.50 (£7.50)

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WIL ANDERSON - WILOSOPHY Token Events Udderbelly's Pasture, Bristo Square • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

Wil has won GQ's comedian of the year, smashed TV ratings records, and sold out shows from Melbourne to Montreal. Come see why. 'A higher laugh-per-minute rate than anyone I've seen before ... a comic gem' (ThreeWeeks). Preview Aug 6-7: 20:50 (1hr) £7.00 Aug 8,11-13,18-20,24-27,31: 20:50 (1hr) £11.00 (£10.00) Aug 9-10,14-16,21-23,28-30: 20:50 (1hr) £14.00 (£12.50)

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WILD COLONIAL BOYS The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club II, 16 North St Andrew Street • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Bonza stand-up bonanza with three of Australia's hottest comedy exports. Hilarious showcase featuring major talents Damian Clark (RTE Ireland, 'Rove Live'), Marcus Ryan - 'effortlessly funny' (ThreeWeeks) - and Ro Campbell - 'effortlessly brilliant' (List) - plus special guests nightly. Preview Aug 2: 21:00 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00) Preview Aug 5: 22:30 (1hr) £7.00 (£6.00) Aug 7-16,18-30: 23:35 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00)

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WIL HODGSON: PUNK FOLK TALES Phil McIntyre Entertainment Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Chippenham's punk storyteller and Perrier Award winner returns. As heard on BBC Radio 4. 'The light at the end of the tunnel for British comedy' (Mark Thomas). 'Genius' (Russell Howard). 'Absolutely captivating' (Scotsman). Preview Aug 5-8: 20:20 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,18-20,24-27,31: 20:20 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00) Aug 14-16,21-23: 20:20 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.00) Aug 28-30: 20:20 (1hr) £12.50 (£11.00)

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WILLIAM ANDREWS: NITWIT Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Part stand-up, part sketches, part monster: a fast-paced mix of media, melodrama and monkey jokes. 'Deranged and quite brilliant comic star' (Scotsman). 'A vision of love wearing boxing gloves singing hearts and flowers' (Aztec Camera). Preview Aug 5-8: 18:50 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-13,17-20,24-27,31: 18:50 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:50 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.00)

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WILSON DIXON'S AMERICAN DREAM Wilson Dixon/The Stand Comedy Club The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 28 York Place • 0131 558 7272 • Grid Ref: C5

Comedy star of 'The Wilson Dixon Line', BBC Radio 2. 'Gut-bustingly funny ... beautifully crafted songs that really impress' - SSSS (Scotsman). 'Made me cry with laughter' (Stage). 'Brilliantly oddball' (Chortle.co.uk). SSSS (Sunday Times); SSSS (Metro). Preview Aug 6: 16:20 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00) Aug 7-16,18-30: 16:45 (1hr) £9.00 (£8.00)

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...WITH HILARIOUS CONSEQUENCES ... - FREE Fred Spanner/Laughing Horse Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane • 0131 557 6668 • Grid Ref: C5

An insight into the world of comedian Fred Spanner as he worries himself to death over everyday subjects such as suicidal chickens, celebrity cannibalism and his fear of supermarket checkout clerks. www.fredspanner.com Aug 28-29: 14:30 (25mins) (Free Non-ticketed) 3456

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WITH SAILS AND I - HOPKINS AND GLOVER Hopkins and Glover Udderbelly's Pasture, Bristo Square • 08445 458 252 • Grid Ref: F5

Two skint comedians have somehow blagged a yacht and are sailing around Scotland, hoping to dock in Edinburgh in time to perform this show.They've never sailed before.Will they make it? Aug 17: 19:25 (1hr) £11.00 (£10.00) , Aug 18: 17:50 (1hr) £11.00 (£10.00) Aug 19: 16:25 (1hr) £11.00 (£10.00) 3456

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YOU ARE BEING LIED TO David Mulholland/PBH's Free Fringe

Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Enter from the Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate • 0131 208 0882 • Grid Ref: E5

Dragonfly, 52 West Port • Grid Ref: F4

Ties done up to 11. Shirts clean and pressed.Trousers, on.Witness the unacceptable mess as WitTank mix razor-sharp sketches with shambolic charm.And they look good. Well, all right. 'Uniquely inventive ... downright funny ... brilliant' - SSSS (List, 2008).

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Preview Aug 6-7: 17:30 (1hr) £4.00 (£3.50) Aug 8-17,19-30: 17:30 (1hr) £8.00 (£7.00)

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YIANNI AGISILAOU IN MP3SOME: A LOVE TRIANGLE. SET TO MUSIC. Five Pound Fringe Productions Downstairs at the Tron, 9 Hunter Square • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: E5

Boy meets girl. Boy meets another girl. Boy it gets complicated! It wasn't funny then. It is funny now. Stand-up comedy with a soundtrack! 'A magical hour' - SSSS (Chortle.co.uk).

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Believe the news? Don't! Professional stand-up and former newsman David Mulholland explodes the biggest lies you may have been duped into believing and will teach you to spot bullshit at 200 yards. Free! www.sohocomedy.com Aug 8-17,19-29: 17:30 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

YOUR MOTHER'S GOT A FRIDGE MAGNET FROM JUPITER! John McGuinness/PBH's Free Fringe The Mercat Bar, 28 West Maitland Street • Grid Ref: E1

Ever wondered how you'd cope after the kids finally left home? Let John McGuinness explain how to survive this life-enhancing event! 'Hilarious one-liners' (Daily Express). 'Undiscovered comic genius' (Big Issue). Preview Aug 8-10: 21:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 12-17,19-24,26-29: 21:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567 8

ZIP ZAP ZOP - FREE How Do I Get Up There?

YIANNI AGISILAOU'S FREE STAND-UP SPECTACULAR PBH's Free Fringe

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 19 Blair Street • 0131 220 0125 • Grid Ref: E5

Award-winning comedian Yianni Agisilaou - SSSS (Time Out), SSSS (Chortle.co.uk), SSSS (ThreeWeeks) - hosts a recession-busting free daily hour of stand-up, special guests and fun. Check www.yianni.org for daily line-ups.

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YORKSHIRE COMEDIANS: JOKERS, BORN AND INTERBRED! 'OW MUCH? - FREE James Christopher & Various Performers/PBH's Free Fringe The Illicit Still, 2 Brougham Street • Grid Ref: F3

Every day, MC James Christopher introduces a selection of the finest Yorkshire acts who've come oop t' Fringe.The price is equally popular in Scotland as in Yorkshire - free!

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After selling out at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, How Do I Get Up There? make their Edinburgh debut in a fast-paced sketch show with a difference. 'Genius' (Skinny). 'Rocketing towards widespread recognition' (List). Aug 15-30: 14:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 21: 19:00 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) 34567

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ZOE LYONS: MISS MACHISMO Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Punchy comedy from charming if.comedy best newcomer nominee, Lyons. Dave TV joke of the Fringe winner, 2008. 'Zingy one liners - a talent for bitchiness' (Independent). 'A natural talent' - SSSSS (ThreeWeeks).

Aug 8-29: 18:40 (1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

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ANOMIE Precarious

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride's, 10 Orwell Terrace • 0131 346 1405 • Grid Ref: F1

Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

Bringing traditional Irish music, song and dance alive. A high-energy show of Irish rhythms, reels and song.With fiddles, flutes and feet, our fantastic dancers and live band promise to deliver an exhilarating dance and music experience.

Award-winning Precarious's breakneck physicality, stunning imagery and cutting-edge technology, creates a portrait of modernity that will disturb and delight audiences. Intense, provocative, delicate and comic, 'theatre for the 21st-century - brilliantly inventive, challenging, risk-taking' (Stage). www.precarious.org.uk

Aug 14-15: 19:15 (1hr 15mins) £12.00 (£10.00) Aug 15: 15:45 (1hr 15mins) £10.00 (£8.00) (£5.00 C) 3456

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The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Road • 0131 557 2827 • Grid Ref: E6

A Spanish treat - experience the music, feel the rhythm, clap the beat, stamp your feet and join in! A unique high energy show.Travelling, spreading flamenco world wide: come listen to our story and share our art!

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Alba Flamenca, 74 East Crosscauseway • 0131 667 7033 • Grid Ref: F6

Experience the joy and tragedy of flamenco! Earthy and stripped of artifice, Alba Flamenca's superb musicians and powerful dancers deliver a stunning performance. Purity and spontaneous expression provides an exhilarating journey to the very heart of flamenco.

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AM I ... NAKED? Dreckly Productions C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

On stage the best performers can feel utterly exposed.This mad melee of sound and movement cranks up the fear with touches of humour, truth, beauty, and passion. Dancers and live musicians from Trinity Laban go bang!

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ANWESHA COMPANY: A MIND'S JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF DESTINY Anwesha Company & Green Room Presents C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Indian Manipuri dance. Contemporary, modern method and improvised movements. The East-West culture clash is beautifully and thought-provokingly portrayed in brilliant colours. A must-see before world tour. www.anwesha.net, www. greenroompresents.com Aug 5-7,11,17-18,24-25: 19:05 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 19:05 (1hr) £11.50 (£10.50) (£8.50 C) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 19:05 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) (£7.50 C)

ALBA FLAMENCA Alba Flamenca

Aug 9-10,14-15: 18:35 (45mins) £9.50 (£8.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 11: 18:35 (45mins) £7.50 (£6.50) (£4.50 C) Aug 12-13: 18:35 (45mins) £8.50 (£7.50) (£5.50 C)

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A COMPAS FLAMENCO Ricardo Garcia Flamenco Flow

PreviewAug 8: 16:40 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 9-10,14-16: 16:40 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.00 C)

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APPEL/RING CYCLE Company Decalage/Shamita Ray Dance Base - National Centre for Dance, 14-16 Grassmarket • 0131 225 5525 • Grid Ref: E4

Decalages' impossible moves and powerful physicality blends breakin' and contemporary to Indian tabla and flute played live. Acclaimed dancer Shamita Ray performs her captivating new solo, incorporating Indian and contemporary dance to a funky Indian score. www.dancebase.co.uk PreviewAug 5: 17:00 (40mins) £3.00 Aug 6,13: 17:00 (40mins) £5.00 Aug 7,14: 12:00 (40mins) £5.00 Aug 8,15: 13:00 (40mins) £5.00 Aug 9,16: 14:00 (40mins) £5.00 Aug 10: 15:00 (40mins) £5.00 Aug 12: 16:00 (40mins) £5.00

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BOH Espresso! Teatro Italiano: Sanpapié C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Who is she? What does she keep in her wardrobe? Boh - it might not mean anything, but it means something for sure. Boh - the answer you give when you have no words to say. Boh is simply boh! www.espressofringe.org Aug 5-7,11,18,24-25: 16:40 (50mins) £9.50 (£8.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 16:40 (50mins) £11.50 (£10.50) (£8.50 C) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 16:40 (50mins) £10.50 (£9.50) (£7.50 C)

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BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL EDINBURGH 2009 Jodi Kaplan/BookingDance Venue 150 @ EICC, 150 Morrison Street • 0844 847 1639 • Grid Ref: F2

A dance festival-within-a-festival! See seven of the best and most innovative dance companies from America in one show.These dynamic, thought-provoking artists are sure to captivate audiences as a festival favourite! www.bookingdance.com Aug 12-16: 15:30 (1hr 15mins) £12.00 (£9.00) 3456

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BORGES AND I Idle Motion The Zoo, 140 The Pleasance • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

A library, a chance meeting, a collision of worlds. An exploration of the human capacity to love through the stories of Jorge Borges, his life, and his readership. 'Engaging physical drama' (Scotsman) - Idle Motion, 2008. www.idlemotion.co.uk PreviewAug 7-8: 17:30 (50mins) £5.00 Aug 9-16,18-23,25-28: 17:30 (50mins) £7.00 (£5.00) 34567

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BOX The American High School Theatre Festival The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

Are you intrepid, or are you content with the finite definition of happiness and success that our social order dictates? Find out as you take this theatrical journey exploring a life lived inside and outside the 'Box'. Aug 18: 18:30 (1hr) £5.00, Aug 19: 12:30 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 20: 16:30 (1hr) £5.00, Aug 21: 14:30 (1hr) £5.00

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BRAZILIAN FEVER Latino Hideaway in Association With Hartshorn-Hook Productions

THE CHURCH OF SALSA World Festival

C central, Carlton Hotel, North Bridge • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: D5

The World @ St George's West, 58 Shandwick Place • 07761 716 929 • Grid Ref: E2

Brazilian cabaret variety show, fusing samba, funk, afro and jazz dance routines with theatrical and seductive compositions. Latina showgirls provide a highly visual and interactive show with a euphoric Brazilian carnival atmosphere. www.cassandratomaz.co.uk

World's hottest latin club featuring live music from legendary Cuban band Sonora la Calle and the sensational Sister Samba from Brazil. Dance the night away to the sensational sounds of salsa, samba, afro-reggae. Everybody fiesta!

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CAPOEIRA KNIGHTS:THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL World Festival The award-winning six packs return. 'Spectacular dance show ... packed with muscle, backflips, blistering samba beats ... a big hunk of upbeat Brazilian soul. A jaw-dropping performance' (Scotsman). A Capoeira explosion. Brazilliant!

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CASTLE ROCKS BREAKDANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009 Moving In Circles Fringe sell-out 2007/2008. Scotland's biggest breakdance competition and one of the most exciting and dazzling events of the Fringe! With some of the world's best dancers competing, you don't want to miss it! Aug 15: 13:00 (4hrs) £9.00 (£8.00)

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Aug 17,20: 15:00 (45mins) £5.00 Aug 18: 13:00 (45mins) £5.00 Aug 19: 19:00 (45mins) £5.00

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COCORICO Patrice Thibaud/Prod Illimitées (France) Funny Frenchman? Yeah, right! Funny French mime? Don't make me laugh. Physical comedian Patrice Thibaud will. Until it hurts. An utterly original wordless duet with acrobatic pianist Phillipe Leygnac. Colourful characters and improbable situations explode the boundaries of realism. PreviewAug 5-6: 21:30 (1hr 15mins) £7.50 Aug 7-8,14-15,21-22,28-30: 21:30 (1hr 15mins) £12.00 (£10.00) (£39.00 F) Aug 9-13,16,18-20,23-27: 21:30 (1hr 15mins) £11.00 (£9.00) (£35.00 F)

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CRIME OF THE CENTURY Chickenshed Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

'I shanked him. D'ya understand? I shanked him.' Chickenshed's explosive dance theatre turns its attention to the proliferation of knife crime amongst young people. From the creators of 'As the Mother of a Brown Boy'. www.chickenshed.org.uk

C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Join the Gaels from Eire as they travel to Caledonia: a mysterious and wild land inhabited by the Picts. Beware: magic and danger are at work! Acclaimed Celtic dance company Siamsoir return to Edinburgh. www.siamsoir.co.uk

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Undiscovered voices of the Caribbean. Extraordinary voices, exquisite harmonies, thrilling percussion, spectacular evening of music and dance. Sensational choir preserves musical treasures from Haiti, Dominica, Cuba, Brazil and sings today's sizzling latin hits.The Latin Soweto!

CELTIC CALEDONIA - THE CURSE Siamsoir Celtic Dance Company

Aug 5-7,11: 11:30 (55mins) £7.50 (£6.50) (£4.50 C) Aug 8-10,15: 11:30 (55mins) £9.50 (£8.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 12-14: 11:30 (55mins) £8.50 (£7.50) (£5.50 C)

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The World @ St George's West, 58 Shandwick Place • 07761 716 929 • Grid Ref: E2

Returning to the Fringe after two critically acclaimed runs, Lawrence Academy Dance brings 'Cavedwellers', a modern dance. 'Sophistication, riveting dramatic tension, surprising tenderness' (Christian Science Monitor). 'A pleasure to watch' (BroadwayBaby.com).

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Thrilling and moving.Tightly connected acrobatic sequences, intricate scenes and hauntingly beautiful moments. Physical poetry and extraordinary circus skills combine, bathed in layers of sound, light and projection. C!rca has received standing ovations around the world.

CREOLE CHOIR OF CUBA World Festival

The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

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New Town Theatre, Freemasons' Hall, 96 George Street • 0844 477 1000 • Grid Ref: D3

City Edinburgh, 1a Market Street • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: D5

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Assembly @ Assembly Hall, Mound Place • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: E4

The World @ St George's West, 58 Shandwick Place • 07761 716 929 • Grid Ref: E2

PreviewAug 6: 21:00 (1hr 10mins) £12.00 (£10.00) (£5.00 C) Aug 7-27,31: 21:00 (1hr 10mins) £15.00 (£12.00) (£5.00 C) Aug 28-30: 21:00 (1hr 10mins) £18.00 (£14.00) (£7.00 C)

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THE CHAIR C-12 Dance Theatre

DANCEFORMS - 'THE 48TH INTERNATIONAL CHOREOGRAPHERS' SHOWCASE' Dance-Forms

The Zoo, 140 The Pleasance • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

An explosively physical piece of dance, 'The Chair' captures the journey of one man's fight for freedom and forgiveness through contemporary dance theatre. 'Strikingly dramatic' (Dance Europe). www.c-12dancetheatre.com

Stunning works by award-winning choreographers from the USA, Switzerland and Belgium. Dancemakers explore an unlimited source of creative ideas with performers dancing at the edge of possibility. Several shows for one price! www. danceformsproductions.com/scotland.html

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DANCING FORTH - THE SCOTTISH SHOW RSCDS Edinburgh

Greenside, 1b Royal Terrace • 0131 557 2124 • Grid Ref: C6

Edinburgh Academy, 42 Henderson Row • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: B3

Dance Ihayami's students and its Bollywood dancer Anuj come together for a fun evening of colourful and splendid Indian dance, teeming with vibrant rhythms, beautiful stories and fabulous music.

A kaleidoscope of traditional dance, music and song, delivered with energy, skill and enthusiasm.This is Scottish entertainment of the highest quality inspired by the works of Robert Burns. An unforgettable night out!

Aug 27,29: 19:25 (55mins) £8.50 (£6.50)

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FIRST CLASS Half-Wit Theatre

The Vault, 11 Merchant Street • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Five star-winning (Fest) and 2004 festival sell-out, 'Death of a Samurai' returns to Edinburgh! Story based on Shakespeare, costumes inspired by Japanese Manga, no language barrier at theatre! Don't miss it!

Lecoq-trained Half-Wit Theatre brings you an absurd yet oh-so-believable human tale. A man rediscovers his passion for life in the unlikeliest of places ... 'A playful, curious delight from an intelligent, talented company' (FringeReview.co.uk).

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Aug 10-16,18-23: 20:30 (1hr) £8.00 (£5.00)

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DESMORPHIA Ministry of Burlesque/Blond Ambition/Des O'Connor The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

Escape to a world of biting wit and dazzling glamour. 'Desmorphia': an extravaganza of twisted musical comedy from burlesque's brightest stars. Astonishing costumes and hilarious songs deliver the most sensual, thought-provoking night on the Fringe. 'Superb' (Time Out).

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FLHIP FLHOP: EVERYTHING HAPPENS ON THE BREAK Rannel Theatre Company Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

A hilarious and exhilarating performance about two bored decorators with time on their hands and beats in their heads. Combines hip-hop and comedy theatre to create something thrillingly unique. www.rannel.co.uk

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DIALOGUE Fearghus O'Conchuir

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Dance Base - National Centre for Dance, 14-16 Grassmarket • 0131 225 5525 • Grid Ref: E4

FLOW (FABULOUS, LUCKY, OUTRAGEOUS WORLD) Neel de Jong

A dance for a tall Irish man and a shorter Chinese woman; with music by a longhaired Chinese composer. 'Dialogue' avoids the obvious East/West poles, claiming its own intimate territory where different bodies can relate. www.dancebase.co.uk PreviewAug 5: 15:00 (45mins) £3.00, Aug 6,13: 15:00 (45mins) £5.00 Aug 7,14: 16:00 (45mins) £5.00, Aug 8,15: 17:00 (45mins) £5.00 Aug 9,16: 12:00 (45mins) £5.00, Aug 10: 13:00 (45mins) £5.00 Aug 12: 14:00 (45mins) £5.00

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In 'FLOW', de Jong combines abstract movements with deep human realities.While standing in the middle of all paradoxes she allows grace to come. Life energetic experience. '... A blessing to the day' - SSSS (Herald). www.neeldejong.com Aug 9-29: 20:10 (30mins) £6.00 (£4.00) 34567 8 9

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ELVIS STILL MY HEART Pretty Good Girl Dance Theatre Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

The Zoo, 140 The Pleasance • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

1970. Elvis has left the building. Or has he? Hits from the King. A script to dance for. 'Truth is like the sun ... shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away' (Elvis Presley).

An eclectic mix of contemporary dance works bursting with an infectious energy. JMUpstart consists of six vibrant emerging artists from across Europe.The works, taken from their sell out tour, showcase the performers' versatility, technical prowess and creativity.

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EVERYTHING MUST GO (OR THE VOLUNTARY ATTEMPT TO OVERCOME UNNECESSARY OBSTACLES) Beady Eye - Kristin Fredricksson Augustine's, 41 George IV Bridge • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

An athletic-puppetic duet with my dad in drag (aged 78). Cinefilm, clown, puppetry and hurdling from dosshouse and music hall to dancing on graves. Inventive, fresh, brave. www.beadyeyetheatre.blogspot.com

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Dance Base - National Centre for Dance, 14-16 Grassmarket • 0131 225 5525 • Grid Ref: E4

You find a letter. It's not yours. Do you read it? Choreographer Christine Devaney and her outstanding company, including Luke Sutherland ('Venus As a Boy') present bold, beautiful and charged dance theatre, driven by compelling live music. www.dancebase.co.uk PreviewAug 5: 20:30 (1hr) £3.00 Aug 6-10,12-16: 20:30 (1hr) £5.00 3456

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

FOUR QUARTERS Helix Dance/Escalator East to Edinburgh

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The Zoo, 140 The Pleasance • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

Four distinct, compelling and cutting-edge dance pieces. Choreographed and performed by Isobel Cohen (DanceEast Associate), Alex Broadie (Place Prize semifinalist), Steve Johnstone and Shahla Tarrant. 'This slick production instantly excites' (Fest). 'Beautiful, flawless and fluid' (ThreeWeeks).

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Tickets £12.00 (£10.00) Venue 237, Alba Flamenca, 74 East Cross Causeway, Edinburgh EH8 9HQ Fringe Box Office : 013 226 0000 Alba Flamenca : 0131 667 7033 www.albaflamenca.co.uk

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FAITES L'AMOUR PAS LA GUERRE Barking Abbey Drama Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir? 'No!' say the girls.With their legs locked together, life becomes particularly hard for the men ... can they stand it? Find out in a comedy based on Ranjit Bolt's 'Lysistrata'.

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GREAT ZIMBABWE Grassroots Zimbabwe Theatre Company Columcille Centre, 2 Newbattle Terrace • 0131 226 0000 • Grid Ref: H2

Using traditional dance, music, rhythm and song, this dramatic story reveals the strength of humanity in the struggle for Zimbabwean independence and challenges the role politics has played in the birth of the nation of Zimbabwe until today. Aug 15-16,18-20,22-23,25-29: 19:30 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.00) (£5.00 C) 34567

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HAVANA RUMBA! - THE HOTTEST CUBAN SALSA PARTY IN TOWN! World Festival Productions

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Venue 150 @ EICC, 150 Morrison Street • 0844 847 1639 • Grid Ref: F2

Jump out of Nowhere into your face. Bursting with raw energy JooNDance present a varied tangle of fresh dance, theatre and music. 'JooCeBox' fuses physicality and insight to create dance theatre which genuinely makes it hard to sit still.

Augustine's, 41 George IV Bridge • 0131 510 0022 • Grid Ref: E5

Cuba's sexiest music dance extravaganza returns in all its booty-shaking glory. 'The quality and exuberance - staggering. An intoxicating slice of today's Cuba' - SSSSS (Scotsman). 'Havana Rumba is hot!' (Kylie Minogue). PreviewAug 4-5: 19:30 (1hr 10mins) £15.00 (£12.00) Aug 6-30: 19:30 (1hr 10mins) £15.00 (£12.00)

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HOME Theatre Oikos What constitutes home? Using dance, comedy and physical theatre this vibrant young theatre company explore the attitude of British people towards immigrants. 'Home' examines the importance of our origins and acknowledges the outsider in all of us.

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KATAKLO ATHLETIC DANCE THEATRE'S 'LOVE MACHINES' Assembly/Kataklo World class gymnasts adopt the world of dance and physical theatre.World premiere of a tribute to Leonardo da Vinci's studies of body and machines. 'A jaw-dropping explosion of a performance' (Stage). PreviewAug 6-7: 17:05 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,25-26,31: 17:05 (1hr) £13.00 (£12.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,27-30: 17:05 (1hr) £16.00 (£14.00)

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Church Hill Theatre, 33 Morningside Road • 0131 447 0111 • Grid Ref: H2

Using only themselves, a few props and imagination, actors will creatively weave a story of life, loss and love. Come see the imaginative production of this Utah-based group. Aug 21: 20:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 22,25: 16:15 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 24: 14:15 (1hr) £5.00

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C cubed, Brodie's Close, Lawnmarket, Royal Mile • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E4

Solo Japanese theatre based on real story by Shoko Ito.This show will guide you through a 1,000 year lovetrip! Your heart will never forget. 'Ito is undoubtedly talented and energetic ... boundless charm' (Stage). www.peach-moon.com Aug 6-7,11,17,24-25: 19:50 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 8-10,14-16,21-23,28-31: 19:50 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 12-13,19-20,26-27: 19:50 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50)

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INSENSED Dance Ihayami and Sense Scotland

LOLA:THE LIFE OF LOLA MONTEZ Trestle in Collaboration With Increpación Danza (UK/Spain)

Greenside, 1b Royal Terrace • 0131 557 2124 • Grid Ref: C6

Dance Ihayami and Sense Scotland present a collaborative piece of theatre and film, loaded with sensory experiences. Aug 28: 19:25 (55mins) £8.50 (£6.50) 3456

Born in bamboo, grow with moon cycle. Award-winning Oginos and CORE return with this old Japanese fairy tale featuring contemporary performance. Heart-warming, spiritual and mysterious. For children and adults alike! www.oginos-and-core.com

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Assembly @ George Street, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street • 0131 623 3030 • Grid Ref: D4

The Zoo, 140 The Pleasance • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

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KAGUYA HIME (THE MOON PRINCESS) Oginos and CORE (Japan)

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The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

Dance Base - National Centre for Dance, 14-16 Grassmarket • 0131 225 5525 • Grid Ref: E4

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New Town Theatre, Freemasons' Hall, 96 George Street • 0844 477 1000 • Grid Ref: D3

The true story of an infamous 19th-century Spanish dancer, fusing theatre, dance and live flamenco music. 'A racy, pacey and inventive chamber-sized physical theatre production based on this extraordinary woman's life' (Times). PreviewAug 9-10: 18:45 (1hr) £7.00 Aug 11-13,18-20,25-27: 18:45 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 18:45 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.00)

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Four young people are looking for happiness in a concrete jungle.They lose themselves but learn how to love and struggle and finally invent the sky ... on the earth. A unique performance from St Petersburg, Russia.

LOSING SUSAN Z Theatre Company

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The Spaces @ Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street • 0845 508 8515 • Grid Ref: E6

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'Losing Susan' tells the story of a woman and her family torn apart by Alzheimer's disease. Showing the inital humour of forgetfulness, the situation takes a turn for the worse when the disease seizes control. Aug 8,10-15,17-20: 13:00 (50mins) £5.50 (£4.00) 34567

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A LOT OF NERVE Martha & Arthur Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

Caustic cabaret combines with dynamic dance, dark humour and decadence to explode the myths of showbiz in 'a cabaret show unlike any other' (Time Out). Kitsch and cutting-edge, it was Time Out Critics' Choice. PreviewAug 6-7: 22:50 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-10,12-13,18-20,25-27,31: 22:50 (1hr) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 22:50 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) 3456 7

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From clowning and acrobatics to the purest flamenco, with moments of poetry and stunning contemporary circus skills, this whirlwind of drama, dance, music and laughter 'blows up conventions and rewrites the rules' (El Periodico). www.albadulake.com Preview Aug 5-6: 12:00 (1hr) £7.50 Aug 7,10-14,18-21,24-28: 12:00 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.00) (£35.00 F) Aug 8-9,15-16,22-23,29-30: 12:00 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.00) (£39.00 F)

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MAN-MADE: 1,2,3 On the Verge C, Chambers Street • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

Take nineteen performers from three generations and spice with a mixture of dance, music and physical theatre. Allow for three alternative explorations of that which is 'Man-made'.The result: a unique assemblage of ideas. Aug 5-7,11,17-18,24-25: 12:30 (50mins) £7.50 (£6.50) (£4.50 C) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-30: 12:30 (50mins) £9.50 (£8.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 12:30 (50mins) £8.50 (£7.50) (£5.50 C)

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New Town Theatre, Freemasons' Hall, 96 George Street • 0844 477 1000 • Grid Ref: D3

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Actors interact with cartoon characters, scenery with drawings, dialogue with bubbles in this funny, original show from Italy. Breaks the barriers of language and age. Enjoyed throughout Europe. A unique visual theatre experience for all the family. www.espressofringe.org Aug 5-7,11,18,24-25: 15:55 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) (£6.50 C) Aug 8-10,15-16,22-23,29-31: 15:55 (1hr) £11.50 (£10.50) (£8.50 C) Aug 12-14,19-21,26-28: 15:55 (1hr) £10.50 (£9.50) (£7.50 C)

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ME (MOBILE/EVOLUTION) Claire Cunningham in Association With Jess Curtis/Gravity Dance Base @ Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street • 0131 225 5525 • Grid Ref: B6

Double bill from award-winning dancer/choreographer Claire Cunningham showcasing her exceptional technique, impressive power and wonderfully direct Scottish humour. From the quiet, sculptural 'Mobile', combining dance, text and aerial, to the uplifting beauty of 'Evolution'. www.dancebase.co.uk Aug 14-16,19-23,26-27: 19:15 (1hr 5mins) £10.00 (£8.00) 34567

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MERCY MADONNA OF MALAWI World Festival The World @ St George's West, 58 Shandwick Place • 07761 716 929 • Grid Ref: E2

African dance musical.The true story of the girl Madonna left behind goes beyond the tabloids. A modern day African 'Annie'.The moral maze when celebrity and poverty collide. 'An emotional rollercoaster. Unmissable' (Malawi Times). Preview Aug 6: 15:00 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.00) (£5.00 C) Aug 7-31: 15:00 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.00) (£5.00 C)

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MINISTRY OF BURLESQUE'S HIGH TEASE Blond Ambition Events The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street • 0131 556 7060 • Grid Ref: D5

An uproarious revue of razor-wit and frisky burlesque. A sell-out show at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, featuring the finest variety talent in a frenzy of bawdy antics, sex appeal and musical comedy. Aug 12-16,19-23: 22:00 (2hrs 30mins) £15.00 34567

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MISS HIGH LEG KICK'S FASHION BUS Colchester Arts Centre/Escalator East to Edinburgh/British Council Supported Fashion Bus, Grassmarket • Grid Ref: E4

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A free spectacular outdoor show. Naughty teenagers, glamorous grannies, yummy mummies and further fabulous fashionistas emerge from a real London bus in an ultra glamorous celebration of the everyday. Making the ordinary extraordinary. www.fashionbus.co.uk

box office hotline 0845 260 1234 online booking www.CtheFestival.com

Aug 24-29: 18:30 (30mins) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 29: 15:00 (30mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

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Stage by Stage Edinburgh Academy, 42 Henderson Row • 07816 671450 • Grid Ref: B3

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square • 0131 622 6552 • Grid Ref: F5

Modern/contemporary dance program featuring 'Table for Two', award-winning romantic duet danced atop table and chairs. World premiere of 'Musical Chairs', five dancers use four chairs. One solo, one duet and four ensemble dances.

A dramatic thriller, paying homage to 40s cinema, 'Noir' fuses physical theatre and aerial circus to tell the story of a detective, a blonde and vengeful gangsters ... Prepare to be spellbound! '... unfeigned avant-gardism' (Time Out).

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The Junction/Escalator East to Edinburgh DJs, dancers and 20-piece orchestra recreate Goldie's epic drum'n'bass album 'Mother', spectacularly realised by choreographer/video artist Darren Johnson (RenSa). An autobiographical symphony of a lost boy's journey through life staged in a chillingly evocative manga-esque/graffiti/anime world. www.junction.co.uk/mother Aug 27,29-30: 19:30 (1hr) £17.50 (£15.50) Aug 27-30: 21:30 (1hr) £17.50 (£15.50) Aug 28: 20:00 (1hr) £17.50 (£15.50)

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Pleasance @ McEwan Hall, Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

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Fiat Lux (France) New Town Theatre, Freemasons' Hall, 96 George Street • 0844 477 1000 • Grid Ref: D3

Urban sophisticates and wily fishermen reveal a fresh and hilarious take on cultural differences. Fiat Lux's uproarious brand of slapstick has delighted audiences all over the world. 'Tear-jerkingly funny ... it would be absurd to miss it' (Herald). Preview Aug 6: 19:40 (1hr) £7.50 Aug 8,14,21,29: 19:40 (1hr) £13.00 (£11.00) (£39.00 F) Aug 10,12,16,19,23,25,27: 19:40 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.00) (£35.00 F)

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Collisions Dance The Zoo, 140 The Pleasance • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

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In a time when so many feel alone, others strive for escapism and moments of solidarity - a chance to be.Another exhilarating meld of movement styles, plus subtle, emotional narrative from the 'powerful, passionate' Collisions. SSSS (Broadway Baby).

Pleasance Dome, Potterow, 1 Bristo Square • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: F5

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NEW ART CLUB:THE VISIBLE MEN New Art Club

'Best of the Fringe' (Observer, 2008). Lecoq-trained company reinvent the timeless Greek myth. One man's epic quest to reunite with his family and seek his bloody revenge. Passionate, highly physical, and poignant storytelling brings this breathtaking adventure to life. Preview Aug 5-7: 16:20 (1hr) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,25-27,31: 16:20 (1hr) £8.00 (£6.50) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 16:20 (1hr) £9.00 (£7.50)

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Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

The Morecambe and Wise of dance present a show about looking at things you know you shouldn't. Part game, part story; an experiment in live, stop-frame animation. 'Quirky, funny and fast paced' (Spectator). Aug 17,19-20,24-27,31: 14:30 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.50) Aug 21-23,28-30: 14:30 (1hr) £11.00 (£9.50)

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100 WOUNDED TEARS DOT 504 Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

The cowardice of a beggar, the humiliation of a queen, the mutilation of a kitty, in a real world just round the corner where we are too scared to look. SSSS (Herald; List; ThreeWeeks) - 'Holdin Fast', 2008. Preview Aug 7-8: 18:20 (1hr 10mins) £8.00 Aug 9-15: 18:20 (1hr 10mins) £10.00 (£8.00)

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ONE UP ONE DOWN Gilmore Productions The Zoo, 140 The Pleasance • 0131 662 6892 • Grid Ref: F6

Women under pressure from our high-achieving, must-have consumer culture. Comic dance theatre, poetry and song deliver this poignant commentary. 'Hysterical yet strikingly poetic' (Herald) for Gilmore's 'Blank Album'. www.gilmoreproductions.co.uk

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THE OPPOSITE OF WAITING Lisa Wells Turner Venue 13, Lochend Close, Canongate • 07074 201313 • Grid Ref: D6

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Locked in, Rebecca dreams of escape and adventure.Who are we and who do we feel we should be? Merging new writing, movement and song,Turner's previous work was 'a tour-de-force' (British Theatre Guide). Aug 7-15: 13:15 (45mins) £7.00 (£5.00) Aug 16,18-30: 14:45 (45mins) £7.00 (£5.00)

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OUSIA Array/Darren Johnston Dance Base @ Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street • 0131 225 5525 • Grid Ref: B6

As part of Escalator East to Edinburgh, previous Herald Angel winner, Darren Johnston (the creator of 2005 black bus nightmare 'Ren-sa') returns with another trip into the unknown. A fantastical installation world where projection technology meets Victorian illusion. Preview Aug 5-6: 17:00 (30mins) (FreeTicketed) Aug 7-9,11-14,18-21,25-30: 14:00 (30mins) £6.00 Aug 7-9,11-16,18-23,25-30: 16:00 (30mins) £6.00 Aug 7-9,11-16,18-23,25-30: 18:00 (30mins) £6.00 Aug 15-16,22-23: 17:00 (30mins) £6.00

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THE OVERCOAT Gecko Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

Get the coat, get the girl, change the world. Gecko create a fantasy, inspired by Gogol's 'The Overcoat', telling an epic story of love, greed and desire through comedy, cinematic imagery, movement and music. 'Hauntingly and recklessly brilliant' (Sunday Times).

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PLATFORM 88 Platform 88 Physical Theatre Company Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance • 0131 556 6550 • Grid Ref: E6

A poetic, movement and image-led performance about arrivals and departures. Facing her past, having no future, a woman will rediscover an open path in herself, a desperate attempt to step forward. PreviewAug 5-7: 12:30 (50mins) £5.00 Aug 8-13,18-20,25-27,31: 12:30 (50mins) £7.50 (£6.00) Aug 14-16,21-23,28-30: 12:30 (50mins) £8.50 (£7.00)

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Daniel encounters the audience before his dance is made. He consults, gathers feedback and, with the help of a sociologist and economist, creates the perfect dance to suit his audience's desires. A Singapore Arts Festival 2009 commission. Aug 25-26: 11:30 (50mins) £5.00 Aug 27-30: 11:30 (50mins) £8.00 (£6.00) 3456

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QUATERNARY St Paul's Boys School C soco, Chambers Street and Cowgate • 0845 260 1234 • Grid Ref: E5

A trip to Iceland, moments of epiphany, the soundscape of a dying glacier. 'Paradise Lost' powerfully and sensorially distilled in this festival debut. Past Fringe productions by the writer/director: 'A joy to behold' (Scotsman). 'Truly remarkable' (Stage). Aug 7,11: 17:35 (1hr) £7.50 (£6.50) Aug 8-10,14-15: 17:35 (1hr) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 12-13: 17:35 (1hr) £8.50 (£7.50) 34567

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RAGAMALA DANCE PRESENTS YATHRA (JOURNEY) Ragamala Dance St John's Church, Corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road • 0131 473 2000 • Grid Ref: E3

Ragamala unfolds the poetry and rhythmic complexity of Bharatanatyam, the classical dance of Southern India. 'Superb' (Scotsman).Yathra explores the human journey from the dawn of birth to the twilight of life. Featuring live music. Aug 10-12,14-19,21-23: 19:30 (1hr) £12.00 (£10.00) 34567

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RANGANIKA, ISLAND OF DANCE Arakavila Dance and Theatre Foundation, Sri Lanka (adtfsrilanka.com) The World @ St George's West, 58 Shandwick Place • 07761 716 929 • Grid Ref: E2

Sri Lanka's back in town! The pulsating rhythm of traditional drums.The vibrancy of young dancers in striking indigenous costumes, performing trance-like rituals with fire and devil masks. All combine to produce a mesmerising show. PreviewAug 6: 16:30 (1hr) £8.00 (£5.00) Aug 7-9,11-16,18-23,25-30: 16:30 (1hr) £10.00 (£8.00) (£5.00 C) 3456 7

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RAW Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre Dance Base @ Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street • 0131 225 5525 • Grid Ref: B6

5 – 31 Aug 12:30 C

Breathtaking, gravity defying aerial and risqué pole-dancing, circus-dance spectacular. In RAW's hot, sexy clubland, the DJ slips into a shamanic counterpart infecting the hedonistic clubbers. Are we in a fun-loving club or a social prison? www.dancebase.co.uk

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Aug 14-16,18-23,25-27: 21:00 (1hr 10mins) £12.00 (£10.00) Aug 15-16,22-23: 14:00 (1hr 10mins) £12.00 (£10.00)

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David Hughes Dance Productions Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, off Lothian Road • 0131 228 1404 • Grid Ref: E3

Fusing multiple dance traditions with extreme physical theatre, David Hughes, 'one of the most gifted contemporary dancers around' (Guardian), and Al Seed (Fringe First and Herald Angel Award winner) adapt Poe's 'Masque of the Red Death'. Preview Aug 8: 21:00 (1hr 15mins) £11.00 (£5.00), Aug 9: 10:30 (1hr 15mins) £16.00 (£11.00) (£5.00 U) Aug 11: 16:45 (1hr 15mins) £16.00 (£11.00) (£5.00 U) Aug 12,16: 20:00 (1hr 15mins) £16.00 (£11.00) (£5.00 U) Aug 13: 10:15 (1hr 15mins) £16.00 (£11.00) (£5.00 U) Aug 14: 13:15 (1hr 15mins) £18.00 (£12.00) Aug 15: 16:45 (1hr 15mins) £18.00 (£12.00) 3456

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RHYTHM MIGRANTS 4 for Dance

The Music Box, Stevenson College • 0131 535 4840 • Grid Ref: F1

Hungary's 4 for Dance make their Edinburgh Fringe debut! Come on a fantastic 40-minute journey which combines authentic elements of traditional Hungarian folk dances with virtuoso displays of rhythm. Experience endless creativity, enthusiasm and Hungarian folk dancing! Aug 7-8,10: 19:00 (40mins) £7.00 (£5.00) 3456

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Mem Morrison Company The Signet Library, Parliament Square • 08445 458 252 via Underbelly • Grid Ref: E5

Mem Morrison requests the pleasure of your company at the Signet Library, 12 Parliament Square.Take a seat, join the family and meet the many potential brides at his long overdue wedding recepti