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storytelling

1 Ball Show

NYC comedian Terence Hartnett (Caroline's on Broadway) was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year and it was the first bad thing that has ever happened to him. 1 Ball Show is the story of a charmed life burdened by a single meaningful experience. Something finally happened to Terence Hartnett and now he has to make sense of it. Join him as he struggles to piece together a moral from his brush with the funniest kind of cancer.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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comedy, stand-up

101 – What Women Want!

What if men could really understand what women want? Is it even possible? And if it was, would their heads implode? Join comics Kimberley Datnow and Peter Bazely this summer, as they probe, prod and explore the ins and outs of What Women Want. This two-handed comic performance will take audiences on a whirlwind ride through the female psyche, as seen from both sides of the gender divide. Expect comic songs, special guests and a hilarious tag team of two award-winning comics as your hosts. 'Distinctive stuff' (Bruce Dessau, BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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A Rush of Laughter Showcase

A Rush of Laughter Showcase is a chance for you to see a wide selection of the incredible roster of talent at A Rush of Laughter Comedy Management. Set out in a comedy club style format, each show will see a compere introduce three comedians each doing a set. Acts to feature will include Ignacio Lopez, Maff Brown, Sully O'Sullivan, Jon Pearson, Stephanie Laing, Sam Serrano, Mad Ron and Russell Arathoon who are all doing shows at this years Fringe. Think of the show as a taster menu of comedy.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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A Spiegeltent Showcase

A series of shows each containing a variety of excerpts from across the Fringe. Treat yourself… you never know what is inside until you try!

Location Just The Tonic at St James Quarter

subvenue Just The Spiegeltent

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stand-up, family

AAA Batteries (Not Included)

A tenth year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! An hour of sharp gags, quick wit and high energy hijinks from three of the comedy circuit's funniest performers. Don't miss out on one of the Fringe's most popular all-ages comedy shows. 'Humour for everyone... I can't recommend it highly enough' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'This show has to have wide appeal. Thankfully, it has bucket loads... a great show' **** (Skinny). 'Obtains every ounce of mirth... keeping adults, children and teens alike rejoicing' **** (EdFestMag.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up, solo show

Aalex Mandel-Dallal: Let She Be and Friends

Alex had a breakdown so you don't have to... unless you want to? (She highly recommends it.) Taking self-awareness to new heights, she overshares and guides you through this incredibly personal moment, picking it apart tear by tear. An experience that hopes to give you a sense of relief for your wobblies, highlights include: terrible TED talks, regimented "happiness habits", football (catering to the lads out there), dogs and ramen. Expect comedy pals at every show to serve as a buffer in what may be a triggering experience for all. LOL?

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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storytelling, stand-up

Abigail Rolling: Shit Lawyer

Abby has been chained to a radiator in the magistrates' court for almost 30 years. With misanthropic mirth she pulls back the curtain on a criminal justice system in terminal decline. Dark. Funny. Underfunded. And that’s just her. The stories are true, the crisis real. 'She’s ace' (Micky P Kerr, Really Funny Comedy). 'Some of the cleverest writing I’ve heard, beautifully balanced… truly masterful' (RockCentral Promotions). 'She’d better make it in comedy ‘cos she’s a shit lawyer' (Picture House Comedy). 'The funniest solicitor I ever met' (Chris Lang, screenwriter).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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stand-up

Abigoliah Schamaun: Legally Cheeky

Abigoliah never thought she could be deported. She’s American! But she found herself in court, fighting the UK Government to stay in London with her man. She was never going to let Priti Patel win. Come and laugh at how hard one woman fought for her right to remain. Red tape and bureaucracy has never been this funny. Abigoliah has appeared on Comedy Central, Channel 5, BBC Radio 4 Extra and The Guilty Feminist podcast. 'Confident and brilliantly funny' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'The best kind of shamelessness' **** (The Skinny). 'A comedy whirlwind' ***** (ThreeWeeks).

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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satire, seminar

Accost Your Imposter and Empower Your Power: An Interactive Life Coaching Seminar With Genevieve de Beauvoir

Troubled? Weak? Feel like a fraud? Good. Genevieve de Beauvoir is a fully-qualified life coach* and will be launching her exciting new e-book on imposter syndrome at the Fringe! Imposter syndrome is a clinical lifelong brain disease that affects at least 100% of women and occasional men. In this seminar, Genevieve will offer heart-healing, interactive** life coaching for any audience members with imposter issues and other shameful flaws (incest and hygiene problems are not in her remit). *Certificate available upon request. **To an extent.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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stand-up

Adam Flood: Clayhead

'Ay up, it’s me (fella doing the show). Look, it’s gonna be good I reckon. Critics are already calling it 'how did you get this email' and 'unsubscribe'. But for real, it’s funny, big daft energy and I got some tricks up my sleeve.' Winner of Bath Festival New Act of The Year, 2022, and BBC New Comedy Award nominee. After a sell-out 2021 Edinburgh Fringe run, the Stoke-on-Trent newcomer is back with a 45-minute stand-up show about reinvention. As heard on BBC Radio 4. Million+ views for online sketches: @floodhaha. 'Funny, very, very funny' (MumbleComedy.net).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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stand-up

Adam Riley: Saxon

Psychopaths can't experience empathy. Adam Riley can't imagine what that's like. A deadpan redhead who performs at comedy clubs across the country, Adam will tell you why he's not having children, why he's not good at dirty talk and why he's not the next James Bond. Come and enjoy an hour of late-night, flaps-out stand-up from a comedian so controversial he lost his job at the Cricklewood branch of B&Q.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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stand-up, solo show

Adele Cliff: In the Dark

Knowledge is power, power corrupts, corruption is bad, Adele is good. Come see why Adele thinks ignorance is bliss. Dave's Funniest Jokes of the Fringe (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016), UK Pun Champion (2020). 'Guaranteed laughs' ***** (The Student Newspaper). Adele has featured in best jokes lists in The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Irish Times, The i Newspaper and The Metro. 'Absolutely charming... a skilled performer with real presence and confidence' (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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improv, adaptation

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

No script, Sherlock! Stars of UK and Australian fringes take you on an award-winning improvised romp through the underworld of Victorian Britain, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London’s greatest detective. Light your (imaginary) pipe as an engrossing spontaneous mystery tale unfolds before you. Family friendly. 'Exhilarating! The best of its kind' ***** (FringeFeed.com.au). 'Excellent... very funny and beautifully devious' **** (FringeGuru.com). 'Copious amounts of talent and boundless potential' **** (PlaysToSee.com). 'Total mastery' ***** (GreatScott.media). Winner, Fringe World Variety Show Award 2020.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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music, absurdist

Aideen McQueen: Sugar Baby

Aideen McQueen: Sugar Baby. The story of how a day drinking primary school teacher changed her life by becoming a sugar baby – living a life of luxury and ruining herself in the process. Crazy stories, life lessons and absolute craic! This is an unmissable show, packed with great stories and jokes.

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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absurdist, solo show

Alex Franklin: Dinosaurusesuses

A triceratops is revived from the dead. The monster under the bed has returned. A spaceship is sent back in time. And all in the name of saving the world... An absurdist, punchline-dense, tightly-scripted, musical, one-of-a-kind adventure, and the maddest hour of your goddamn life. As seen on Channel 4, as heard on BBC Radio 4. Brighton Comedy Award finalist 2021, Max Turner Prize finalist, Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist, BBC New Comedy Award nominee, Musical Comedy Award semi-finalist. 'Clever, pithy, offbeat' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Stand out of the night’ (VoiceMag.uk). 'An impeccably delivered force of deadpan absurdism' (Varsity).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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storytelling, stand-up

Alex Hylton: Love, Probably

Alex Hylton is almost absolutely certain he's in love. Join the winner of Best Show at Leicester Comedy Festival as he attempts his most ambitious project yet: a stand-up romcom to retell the tale of the best and worst year of his life. A story of love, betrayal, fame and a small Irish greyhound. ‘Catch him now, whilst he’s still playing the small rooms!’ (Huffington Post). 'Vivid, well-crafted storytelling, breathlessly funny!' (ThreeWeeks). Winner: Best Show, Leicester Comedy Festival 2020.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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stand-up

Alfie Packham and Luke Chilton: Hot New Talent

Tssss. That’s the sound of a hot, new, talented pair of stand-up comedians. London comedy circuit regulars Alfie Packham and Luke Chilton perform a split-bill showcase of their best jokes in preparation for their Edinburgh debuts next year. Strap in as these sexy young things deliver their irreverent angles on intrusive thoughts, death, football men, getting sectioned, love and distracting oneself from viral destruction.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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absurdist, solo show

Alice Cockayne: Attention Needed

Attention Needed is a fearless ride through stupidity and chaos. Join Alice on an unhinged journey of purpose, belonging and acceptance told through clowning and idiotic physical comedy. Expect ridiculous and gorgeous characters, minor breakdowns and strange encounters. Finalist of the Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off 2022. Graduate from Soho Theatre Lab 2019. ‘If Angelina Jolie was a bag-lady on the bus’ (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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international, stand-up

Aliya Kanani: Where You From, From?

30 countries, 10 schools, 6 languages... so, where's she from? After selling out her show internationally, including at the Just for Laughs Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and FringeWorld in Perth, Canadian Academy Award-nominated actress and comedian, Aliya Kanani, is excited to bring her sought-after show for her Edinburgh Fringe debut! Aliya takes us on a turbulent journey around the world with tales of fitting in, sticking out and standing up. Her pleasant nature, combined with her fiery spirit will leave you energized and uplifted. 'Feel connected to humanity through humour' (FourthWallMedia.wordpress.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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clown, interactive

Amber Glancy: Wine Show

Wine Show is a solo clown show centered on Bailey Barrel, a charming and unorthodox wine maker who is discovering her place in the world after the death of her father. Join Bailey on an eccentric and thrilling wine tasting at Bison and Barrel Vineyards, situated in Santa Barbara Wine Country. Full of fun, self-discovery and wine antics, Bailey's unhinged display of pouring, swirling, and gurgling is not something to be missed! I just hope you are a member.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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compilation

An Objectively Funny Show

Critical darlings and audience favourites Objectively Funny take time out from producing top-tier shows and providing mental health support at the Fringe to present some of the hottest new acts on the circuit for your delectation. Different line-ups daily. 'The art form's cutting edge' (Guardian). 'The line-up is such a banger' (London Evening Standard). 'A knack for nailing down the most promising acts around' (Comedy.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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LGBT, stand-up

Andrew White (But Not in a Gay Way)

Sex. Spreadsheets. Revolution. Andrew White promises it all in an uplifting, hilarious show about discovering, loving, and expressing yourself. Join the flamboyantly repressed young stand-up as he tells stories of accidental orgies, BLM protests, charity shops and how they all kickstarted his ambition to become a gay icon (but not in a gay way). 'Rampantly engaging' **** (List). 'Definitely one to watch' (Joe Lycett). 'White’s comedy act is not to be missed' (Daily Record). Writer for Mock the Week, Comedy Central, and Newsjack. Tour support for Catherine Bohart and Stephen K Amos.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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storytelling, solo show

Andy Macleod: Anoint My Head - How I Failed to Make it as a Britpop Indie Rockstar

A one-man show set in early 90s London about a band who didn't become rich or famous but had a manager who did. ‘All the fun of youthful dreams and the poignancy of disappointment – plus a remarkable A-list cameo. Magnificent’ (Guardian). ‘Hilarious warts-and-all story of a Britpop band whose big ambitions did not meet their talents’ (CNJ). Adapted from Andy's critically acclaimed coming-of-age memoir of the same name that hit the No 1 best-seller spot in the Amazon Music book charts.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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storytelling, stand-up

Anthony DeVito: My Dad Isn't Danny DeVito

All little boys want their dads to be superheroes. Anthony’s father died when he was just a baby. Armed with only one photo of the two of them, Anthony created a loving, gentle and caring vision of his father, the proud new dad. And his father was all of those things. He was also a fully initiated member of a prominent Italian organised crime family. A compelling storyteller with a gag-rate to match, US comic Anthony DeVito (Comedy Central; HBO) makes his much-anticipated Edinburgh debut. 'Terrifying and heartbreaking... and of course, hilarious’ (Vulture.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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stand-up, solo show

Anthony Schuman: I Just Want to Be a Good Dad

A twisted stand-up comedy quest to understand fatherhood. From his own upbringing to the disasters of being a veteran turned stay-at-home dad, this show explores it all. Anthony Schuman is a fairly generic father from the US whose style of comedy is as unique as his experiences. Anthony was a semi-finalist in the US Comedy Competition and an official P3 Comedy Fest selection.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Awkward Sex... and the City with Natalie Wall

Awkward Sex... and the City is a comedy show breaking barriers around sex and dating. The show pairs sexual inclusion with humour, shedding light on the awkward universal experience we know and love. Awkward Sex is about taking taboo subjects and creating a safe space for people to feel seen and heard. From cocaine-infused one-night stands to IBS flare-ups during cunnilingus, the audience will be hanging on the performers' every word and excited to go out and have a sexual misadventure of their own.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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Podcast

Be Honest with Jojo and Bruce

Join comedians Jojo Sutherland and Bruce Devlin to seek out the truth-tellers and denounce the disingenuous. With special guests every day, start your day the honest way. Recent events have seen these two emerge from their chrysalis to hold a mirror up to society, and the compact really is cracked. If tart honesty and blunt candour is to your taste, allow our hosts to give you a feast with added bite. Expect their usual shenanigans with added girth in this hour-long recording of their podcast. Line-ups subject to change.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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stand-up, solo show

Ben Lund-Conlon: Lies, Damned Lies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Into every generation, a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will slay the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. But how many, exactly? Ben Lund-Conlon has done the research and is here to present his findings. This is a comedy show about death, Buffy, and statistical analysis. ‘Whip-smart and brilliantly funny. An absolute masterclass’ (London Comedy Writers). ‘A charming and skilled performer’ (Jericho Comedy).

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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stand-up, variety

Best of Scottish Comedy Awards

Showcase of Scotland's best comics. All Scottish Comedy Award or Scottish Comedian of the Year winners or nominees. With almost 20 years of sold-out Edinburgh Fringe and Aussie festival shows. Scottish humour at its funniest. Guaranteed top class entertainment. Different line-ups each show. 'SCOTY looms ever more influentially in the stand-up calendar' (List). ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). Previous performers include Susie McCabe, Iain Stirling, Larry Dean, Mark Nelson. Pretty much every Scottish TV comic except Kevin or Frankie.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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compilation, stand-up

Big Value Early

Four of the best new acts on the circuit, selected by Just the Tonic. A launch pad for future stars. See them before they are famous.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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compilation, stand-up

Big Value Late

Established as one of the best shows of the Fringe. Tomorrow's stars at yesterday's prices... today. Laugh at our hand-picked selection of up-and-coming comics as they join our pantheon of comedy stars.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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stand-up

Birmingham Footnotes: Citation Needed

Watch out Edinburgh Fringe, Footnotes is back! Our show will be a stand-up variety show featuring The University of Birmingham's top student stand-ups! Having honed our skills on the West Midlands student comedy circuit, we’re now eager to test that mettle in the ring of Fringe, the Fring if you will. Our stand-up directors Matt and Alfred helm a revolving troupe of student comics whose particular silly styles range from character comedy, through observational jabs, to surreal musings and witty one-liners. Any comedy genre you can envision, our comedians have dipped their toes in.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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sketch show, absurdist

Biscuit Barrel: Wafering Heights

69 sketches performed in an hour! The acclaimed hyperactive group return to Edinburgh. 'The hit-rate of their sketches is high' (List). Absurd slapstick, quickfire wordplay... and a detective trying to stop a killer from the future destroying the show. Skits include a bickering set of door keys, an abattoir for vegetarian substitutes, and the strange creatures of the Origami Universe. Featuring DazzReviews, as seen on YouTube. The Barrel have previously had sold-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Winchester Comedy Festival and their own comedy night in Bristol. 'Fast, slick and very funny' ***** (Derek Awards).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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sketch show, stand-up

Biscuit Barrel: Xtra Comedy Tin

Four acts, hosted by a sketch show? Late-night comedy, celebrating different acts each night from across the Fringe! Biscuit Barrel's twist on the comedy night, based in Bristol since 2019, arrives for a special limited run in Edinburgh – inviting stand-up, character, improv and more! Prepare for one of the festival's wildest nights... 'Dropped something? Don't even think of picking it up as you may miss an entire sketch' (List).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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storytelling, spoken word

Bob Hecklestein: The World's Greatest Heckler

This is the story of Bob Hecklestein, a boy born without a sense of humour, who learned to overcome his disability and grew up to become the world's greatest heckler.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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stand-up

Broken Zoo: The Texas Takeover

Tip your hat, grab your cowboy boots and bless your heart, because Broken Zoo has come all the way from Austin, Texas, USA to put on the wildest comedy show at the Fringe. Come on down to Just the Tonic over at The Caves for a night of comedy straight out the Wild, Wild West. It's time for the Texas Takeover. Yee-haw!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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musical theatre, new writing

CUMTS: Sleepover

Four immigrant teens. Twelve hours. One suspicious box teeming with questions about sex. Sleepover is a coming of age comedy musical about self-discovery (and self-pleasure!). Join Jenny, Adya, Nina and Ruth as they dive into the world of sex – discussing everything from monogamy to masturbation, dating preferences to penises. Top-class comedy delivered to you with a side of well-rapped bars in this spectacular piece of new writing. From the people who brought you Six, the Musical. Don’t forget your toothbrush!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Caroline McEvoy and Farah Sharp: 60 Minutes to Self-Destruct

Northern Irish comic Caroline McEvoy and Arab comic Farah Sharp are used to conflict. Their greatest enemy? Themselves. Join them for 60 minutes of explosive stand-up as they battle neurotic inner voices, fight off absurd fears and detonate truth bombs. Will they conquer their demons before time runs out? Find out in this quirky and uplifting take on life which is guaranteed to have been very, very, very over-thought.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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stand-up

Carter Morgan: Dick Jokes for End Times

Climate change. Covid. Elon Musk! What the flip is wrong with the world? While earth wheezes out its dying breaths, let's focus on what matters: me and my... jokes. I'm Carter Morgan, and with my last remaining time on a livable planet I plan to tell The Dick Joke Heard Around the World (TM pending). Luckily, rising sea levels and eroding coastlines make that job easier than ever. More than a cynical take on the end of humanity, this show is here to show you that if Carter can do it, he will.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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true-life, solo show

Casey Balsham: Inconceivable

Inconceivable comes from the mind of wannabe mama and stand-up comedian Casey Balsham. Infertility affects one in eight women and yet it's not a conversation being had out loud. Until now! Casey Balsham talks us through her four-year struggle to conceive by joking about all her most unfit friends getting pregnant around her, the crazy medicines women inject, and how her husband has lazy sperm. There has not been anything like Inconceivable available for people trying their hardest to make a baby against what seems to be God's will.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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Cassie Workman: Aberdeen

In 1994 the world lost one of it's most beloved musicians: grunge icon, Kurt Cobain. Part eulogy, part fantasy, part biography, Aberdeen is an in-the-round conversation with Kurt about life and death that takes place across Washington, including his hometown of Aberdeen, Traverse time and space as a multi award-winning comedian and storyteller Cassie Workman races in a desperate bid to save the life of her hero by atempting to manipulate time itself. Dark and surreal, Aberdeen is an epic about loss, music and memory: an extraordinarily heartfelt love porm to the voice of a generation.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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multimedia, variety

Charlie Hopkinson: Deep (Work in Progress)

Ever wondered if what you are seeing and hearing is real? Feel like your trust in the audio-visual spectrum has been shaken? Charlie explores the increasing dangers – and benefits – of deepfakes and misinformation while doing a few impressions along the way. Impressions will include some of: Breaking Bad, Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Succession, Robin Williams, Sir David Attenborough, Morgan Freeman, the guy from The Matrix, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Dec but probably not Ant.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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stand-up

Chelsea Birkby: No More Mr Nice Chelsea

Highly anticipated debut from this 'one to watch' (FunnyWomen.com), 'rising star' (OxInABox.co.uk) and multi-competition finalist. She was 'innocent' (Oxford Mail) and 'adorable' (MumbleComedy.net) but in this thought-provoking and playful show, she explores the things that aren’t so lovely: sex, drugs and rock'n'roll*. 'A real talent, outshining the big guns with her easy charm and sparkling humour… Chelsea Birkby is hilarious' (Oxford Mail). 'Cleverness and class… A show I guarantee anyone at the Fringe will enjoy' **** (MumbleComedy.net). Heard on BBC Radio 4, written for Mock The Week. *Nickelback

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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LGBT, stand-up

Chris Hall and Mark Bittlestone: Two Sour Gays

Yuck! A stand-up comedy show about being gay! And about being vegan (Chris), getting piles (Mark), collecting crystals (Chris), getting piles (Mark), being in love (Chris) and getting piles (Mark). Join social media "sensations" (they have 300k followers, fewer than most cats) Chris Hall and Mark Bittlestone for an hour of jokes, then follow them @chrxstopher.hall and @poofsrus or find them selling their underwear for money on Grindr. Winner: Frog and Bucket Beat the Frog 2021 and Up the Creek Blackout 2022. Finalist: Leicester Square Theatre Sketchoff 2019 and 2020.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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stand-up, solo show

Chris Laker: Bully

Bullies don’t toughen you up or teach you life lessons. That’s a lie spread by corporations in order to prop up the prison-industrial complex. Chris should know. He got punched a lot as a kid and learned nothing from it. Parents always gave the worst advice. 'Stand up to your bullies! They're cowards,' they'd say. They were not cowards. They were emotionally disturbed and very strong. Bully's a show about getting the hate out of your heart. NYC-raised comedian Chris Laker's credits: The Late Late Show with James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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stand-up

Christof Epaminondas and Friend(s): Too Much Encouragement

Christof's overly-supportive, Greek-Cypriot family has made him think anybody cares about his jokes and, even worse, this Edinburgh show. Through talent alone he has done very well at stand-up competitions (or the fact that 50% of the audience were blood relatives – it's unclear). 3rd-place out of 300: Get-Up Stand-Up; Finalist: Rising Star New Act Competition; Semi-finalist: Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year and Max Turner Prize. Name butchered on: BBC Radio 4. Christof plans to make a number of hilarious friend(s) who will also perform some comedy.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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sketch show, absurdist

Chuck Salmon: Pool Noodles

Dive funny-bone-first into a slip'n'slide sketch adventure in the world’s biggest leisure centre, with hilarious lifeguards and heroic comedians Chuck Salmon: the funniest whistleblowers since Edward Snowden. In a world where lifeguards are rock stars and rock stars are as they normally are, underdog(gy-paddler) Kenny Shallows searches for the fabled lifeguarding elixir. As heard on BBC Radio 4. Sketch-Off finalist, 2022. Brighton Comedy Award finalist, 2021. Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist. 'The best sketch comedy one can see at the fringe' (The730Review.co.uk). 'Laughs aplenty' (Scotsman). ‘Hilarious, absurdist writing… absolutely not one to miss’ (TheIndiependent.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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new writing, cabaret

Clementine

Meet Lady Clementine. From shipwrecks to guillotines, bad luck has plagued her love life from day one. When her latest beau, Sir Bradley, goes missing, she sets off on a quest to solve the mystery of her ill-fortune. Guided by the stars, she soon finds out she's been searching for love in all the wrong places. Set roughly "in the past", expect dashing dandies, sickly sisters and many, many, many letters. Not for men. (Unless you're a single Leo in possession of a good fortune). Vault Festival-selected show.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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stand-up

Comedy in the Dark

The sell-out, unique comedy experience returns. Past acts include Sarah Millican, Nish Kumar, Jon Richardson, Shappi Khorsandi and Greg Davies. 'Destined to become one of the most talked about shows' (Time Out).

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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international, stand-up

Comedy with an Accent

Comedy with an accent; comedy with a different point of view! The show is curated by your mischievous Taiwanese comic Kuan-wen and features comedians from all over the world who are not native English speakers. Enjoy jokes from different cultural perspectives – you may also become very good at understanding your colleagues on international conference calls!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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stand-up

Connor Burns: Live, Laugh, Loathe

‘Absolutely cracking… Great material with fantastic execution’ (The Stand). From one of the acclaimed and fastest-rising new stars of Scottish stand-up, this is Connor’s comedy break-up text to the abusive partner that was Covid-19. Hilarious Scottish-level cynicism and self-deprecation in his first full-length solo show, where Connor waves goodbye to the life he used to Live, Laughs with the people who kept him sane and Loathes the fact he had to drive a f*cking delivery van for nine months. ‘Highlight of the night’ (Chortle.co.uk). 'Fantastic' (The Stand). ‘Mark him out as one to watch.’ (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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LGBT, drama

Constellations

Theatre Paradok presents a fresh, LGBTQIA+ take on Constellations by Nick Payne. One relationship. Infinite possibilities. 'Let's go for a drink. I don't know what I'm doing here anyway. One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.' A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet at a barbeque. They hit it off, or perhaps they don’t. They go home together, or maybe they go their separate ways. In the multiverse, with every possible future ahead of them, a love of honey could make all the difference.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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stand-up

Craig Hill: I Always Knew I Had it in Me!

‘Laugh-out-loud performance from beginning to end!’ **** (List). ‘Riotously funny… He's that rare thing, a naturally funny comedian’ (Independent). ‘Delightfully fizzy tone, sharp observational jokes… Brilliant!’ (Daily Record). ‘Flat-out hilarious... I’ve not heard a room laugh so long and hard... There isn’t anyone better at working a crowd... audience was in absolute paroxysms of laughter... Genuinely funny’ ***** (Mirror). ‘Class. Risque, rib-tickling and absolutely screaming from the rafters… Hill actually has to wait until the audience stop laughing before he can start again. It’s absolutely hilarious’ (Edinburgh Evening News).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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horror, immersive

Crone

Enter the witch’s lair in a horrifying and hilarious interactive horror comedy show. Since the dawn of time, human beings have ventured into deep, dark, woods to gain supernatural knowledge and treasures from the creatures within. Spells will be cast, rituals performed, and the ether will be read. Completely interactive and different every night, bring the Crone a “gift” to have your fortune told on the spot. But be warned: such knowledge comes at a price... 'Excitingly peculiar' (Scotsman). 'Unpredictable and inimitable' (LeftLion). 'Visibly unwell' (NottsComedyReview.wordpress.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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stand-up

Dalia Malek: Another Castle

With Dalia Malek, enlightenment can be silly and the gallows can be fun. She delights in dark misanthropy, delivering bile with irreverent joy. She playfully loathes humanity, and that includes herself. Pay attention to her, but don't make eye contact. She invites you to join her journey through chronic personal failures, career blunders, health woes, carefree childlessness, avoidance of strangers and finding love as she realizes that, just like the Mario Bros' quest to save the princess, her hopes and dreams are in another castle.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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true-life, storytelling

Dan Kelly: How I Came Third in the North Korean Marathon

What happens when you try to run 26.2 miles in the most secretive nation on earth? What happens when you run out of malt loaf the night before the big race? What happens when you hit the wall in front of 50,000 people? In April 2018 Dan finished third in the North Korean Marathon and in this (very) funny and (entirely) true story he tells you all about it. It's about North Korea, marathon running, clams and last-minute snack shortages. Directed by Joseph Morpurgo, co-creator of 5-star smash-hit Austentatious.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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Daniel Sloss: New Work In Progress

Scotland's international comedy star is doing a run of shows to work up some new material for his next tour. So come expecting nerves, notes onstage and a lot of laughs... but don't come expecting a slick, finished comedy show. This is strictly a work in progress season. OK - we should also probably mention that Daniel was the biggest ticket selling comedian in the world for most of 2021, has sold out six New York solo off-Broadway seasons, appeared on U.S TV's 'Conan' ten times, broken box office records in Edinburgh and toured in 53 countries. He's the real deal and we're happy he's helping us launch our fantastic new venue hub Just The Tonic NUCLEUS. Definitely book your tickets fast!

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Dave Cerwonka: FFS

It's comedian, idiot, writer and voice actor Cerwonka's Fringe debut. Dave shares anecdotes about being abandoned, an attempted kidnapping, how his parenting ended at 16, facing and escaping death from an early age and discoveries made from growing up in a large, dysfunctional, religious family. Dave shares lessons from numerous jobs (if it requires hands, he's probably done it) and will talk about relationships, living in Los Angeles, politics, pop culture and the absurdity of our current existence. Random observations, jokes, mimicry and mockery galore. Some audience participation may occur but will be all in good fun.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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stand-up, solo show

David Ephgrave: Good Grief

David nails losing parents, so you don't have to (NB you'll still have to). Since David's childhood, his dad Barry provided frustration and support in equal parts. Even as his health deteriorated, he still brought comedic relief. But when he died, everything imploded and now it's time for a cathartic debrief. 'Wonderfully innovative' (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Refreshingly down to earth... devastatingly witty' (EdFestMag.com). 'A natural entertainer' (ViewsFromTheGods.co.uk). '[Justifiably] pinpoints the small but crucial mistakes that people make in public' (List). As featured in Telegraph, Comedy Central, i Newspaper, Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News' best jokes lists.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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Davina Bentley: Never Again 2

One of London’s most exciting stand-ups and online stars (Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian finalist 2018, Banana Cabaret New Act winner 2020, Radio 4), examines low-brow pop culture with a high-brow eye. Expect whip-smart observations and scathing takes as Davina presents her list of pet peeves and laments. She has a penchant for deconstructing social conventions, and JLO songs. Her online sketches have gone from TikTok to Radio 4, amassing hundreds of thousands of views and include parodies of the political drama Made in Chelsea. 'So funny. You should see her' (Alfie Brown).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Desmond Hinks: Tesco Sacked Me After Eight Days

On Monday 16th March 2020, Boris Johnson announced to the UK public: 'Now is the time to stop non-essential contact and travel.' With a lockdown imminent, and absolutely zero savings in the bank as a jobbing actor, Desmond Hinks feared the worst, and had a temporary job at his local Tesco by the Friday. He was sacked the following Friday after his shelf-stacking escapades under his Diary of a Temporary Tesco Worker on Facebook attracted over 10 million views in a week, including the not-so-impressed manager of his local store.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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stand-up

Durham University's Stand Society Presents: Dungaree

Straight from the mean, cobbled streets of Durham comes a troupe of student comics with a mission: making you laugh so hard you forget the overwhelming futility of life. This all-new, one-hour stand-up show is the Fringe debut of some of the funniest comics on the university scene, honed after a year of sell-out shows. Come along to witness us use comedy to cope with the trauma of not getting into Oxbridge! 'A solid serotonin boost' (First Night, DurhamStudentTheatre.org). 'A brilliant night of live comedy' (Palatinate).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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storytelling, stand-up

Ed Patrick: Catch Your Breath (Work in Progress)

NHS junior doctor, comedian and now author (oooooh, check him) Ed Patrick returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with the makings of a new show. Come join as he works through material in the afternoon, named (for now) after his book Catch Your Breath: The Secret Life of a Sleepless Anaesthetist (available in all your favourite bookstores). 'Brilliantly funny’ (Matt Lucas). 'Extremely funny' (Telegraph) 'Masterful, playfully provocative writing' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Packed with funny anecdotes' (Guardian). As heard on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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Edfringe Hot Ticket Lucky Dip!

We will find the sell-out shows and biggest hits and book them. So take a punt for a tenner or wait until we reveal. Prices might go up. The best shows in the best venue!

Location Just The Tonic at St James Quarter

subvenue Just The Spiegeltent

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musical theatre, sci-fi

Edy Hurst's Comedy Version of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of HG Wells' Literary Version (Via Orson Welles' Radio Version and Steven Spielberg's Film Version) of the War of the Worlds

If you're not convinced by the title I have no idea what this is going to do. As seen on MTV UK, BBC Radio 4 Extra, NextUp Comedy. Nominated for BBC New Comedy Awards 2017, Nominated for Best Alternative Act, North West Comedy Awards 2022 and Musical Comedy Awards finalist 2021. 'Bursts with comedic joy' **** (Skinny). 'Funny. Quirky, Deep. Seamless' **** (Lancashire Evening Post). 'Delightfully silly songs' (TheWeeReview.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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stand-up, solo show

Eric Rushton: I Had a Dream and You Were All in It

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2020, Eric Rushton brings his highly anticipated debut hour to the festival. Ever since he was a little boy, Eric has dreamt of being a commercially viable stand-up comedian that could effortlessly entertain both you and your extended family. This is his chance to make that dream come true. Expect salty language, sweet facial expressions and hand gestures with far too much oregano on them. 'Offbeat and sarcasm-packed routines… held the gig in wonderful contempt' (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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true-life, storytelling

Eric's Tales of the Sea: A Submariner's Yarn

Award-winning storytelling. Real-life submariner gives unique insider view of life aboard a nuclear submarine. Heart-warming personal stories of danger, suspense and true love underwater. 'One in a million show' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Quietly wonderful show' **** (Times). 'Captivating' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Truly excellent' ***** (FringeReview.co.uk). 'Literally made me gasp out loud' ***** (FringeGuru.com). 'Breathtaking' **** (List). 'Deeply moving' **** (Advertiser). 'Uniquely delightful' ***** (TheWest.com.au). 'Beautifully delivered tale of friendship' ***** (Herald Sun). 'A must see!' ***** (Hairline.org.uk). 'Mesmerising' (Guardian).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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comedy, stand-up

Eryn Tett Finds Her Audience

Volunteers needed for very important scientific research*. With a style that toes the line between straight stand-up and absurdism, classic misfit and newly proactive Eryn Tett (Funny Women Stage Award runner-up, 2021 and Cherry Comedy Breakout Act of the Year winner, 2020) is collecting important data in search of her "audience". A bizarre exploration of her own thoughts; expect word play, odd observations and surreal storytelling set to a charmingly uncomfortable rhythm, as Eryn takes an entirely literal approach to the sage advice: find your audience. *data may be collected for research purposes.

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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stand-up

Esyllt Sears: Absolutely Not

You can spend too much time in the bath and end up media managing your own death, actually. Esyllt has provided tour support to Elis James and Jen Brister, and co-hosts The Xennial Dome podcast. She has performed on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC One Wales in English and on S4C in Welsh. She has also written for: The Now Show and The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4); Elis James’ sketch series and his stand-up special (S4C); What Just Happened? (BBC One Wales); and The Rest of Us (BBC Radio 4).

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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absurdist

Eva Bindeman: It’s Going Whaley Well

5 years ago, Eva decided to become an entertainer. But with no singing or dancing ability, the only path left was to join a whale pod in Scotland. It’s Going Whaley Well is the hilarious true tale of beachings, teachings and swimming away from the crowd. As seen on BBC One, BBC Bristol and loads of other places she has no real right to be.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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sketch show, family

Finlay and Joe: Perpetual Hype Machine

Watch in amazement as Finlay and Joe shovel comedy coal into the furnace of their patented content generation device: the Perpetual Hype Machine. When these two labourers of laughter clock in together, they’ll forge you high-quality sketches that will get your joy wheels spinning and your brain cogs whirring. If you need an antidote to the doomscrolling, look no further than this fun-filled extravaganza performed by the nation’s favourite idiots. It’s time to get ready for your shift and get stuck in as a supervisor of stupidity on the factory line of fun!

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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international, stand-up

Found Our Funny at the Fringe

After searching far and wide, Barcelona's finest comedic talents have Found their Funny, packed it in a bag and brought it all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe for your amusement! Barcelona is one of the hottest places to find English comedy, but to save you the cost of flights we have brought the best of our buzzing scene to you. Join comedians from all all over Europe... including Spain, Catalonia (it's different), England (still Europe?) and beyond, as they bring you a unique hour of hilarious stand-up comedy with a truly international feel.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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acoustic, music

Frank Foucault: Songs

Frank Foucault is a serious musician now. He has absolutely nothing stupid, funny or silly to say. He's a serious musician. He's a serious musician. Take him seriously. 'He spends a full 6 minutes of the hour simply saying the word smart' **** (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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sketch show, stand-up

Free Footlights

Join 'the most renowned sketch troupe of them all' (Independent) for an hour of stand-up, sketch, song and much more. Following in the footsteps of alumni Sandi Toksvig, Hugh Laurie, David Mitchell, Emma Thompson, Richard Ayoade and many more, catch these rising stars of the comedy world for free before they hit our screens!

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Full Throttle OCD

Free show! Jim fights the mundane and holds no punches. After moving to Chicago to chase his comedy dream, he's going full throttle! Come listen to his fresh takes on life and forget about this cesspool of a world we are leaving our children. Then there's Kevin: the fourth of five kids, a military veteran in a divided country, and – as if things can't get worse – he's got Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Come join the battle inside his brain. Maybe he'll figure out who he is.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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clown, solo show

Gerry Carroll: A Man in My Position

He's a stand-up and a clown. He's Irish, but he's lived in England for ages. He's 70. He sings. He's been a civil servant and teacher. He's funny. 'A charmingly defiant performer with pep and a sense of fun' in Gerry's 2021 show (Chortle.co.uk). This is Gerry's fourth solo show. Come along and let him get you into position to have a laugh. And the great thing is that the show is over in time for Gerry to have an early night.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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sketch show, music

Good Kids: Appetite

The new award-nominated show from the lively double act – Kieran and Tom bring you the most unimportant hour of your life. Nominated for Leicester Comedy Festival, Best New Show 2022 and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2020. 'Comedy's ones to watch for 2022' (Chortle.co.uk). 'They're stupid, daft, at times nonsensical. Funny yes, but daft as brushes. Just how I love my comedy. Thank the stars they went into stand-up and not health care.' (Johnny Vegas). 'It was mad but it was hilarious' (Tom Rosenthal). 'A really fab little sketch act' (Joe Lycett).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Hannah Fairweather: Just a Normal Girl Who Enjoys Revenge

Award-winning comedian Hannah Fairweather is the Taylor Swift of comedy; joking about those who have previously wronged her. Hannah was 2019 Rising Star New Act of the Year, and semi-finalist in multiple new comedian awards including: BBC New Comedian Award, So You Think You're Funny, Leicester Square, 2Northdown, Komedia Brighton. She has been heard on Union Jack Radio, BBC Sounds and Radio 4 and has written for The Now Show and Mock The Week. 'Hannah mixes relaxed, confident stage presence with some killer subversive gags. Absolutely one to watch' (Joe Lycett)

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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music, solo show

How to Record the Greatest Album of All Time

Comedian Tom GK has decided to record the greatest album of all time and he has just 50 minutes to prove he's up to the job. This hilarious new show from the almost-deaf former music critic explores his love of music, taking a chance and using those pandemic days, er, very wisely indeed. The odds might be stacked against him but this joke-filled hour is set to be a must-see performance for any music lover. 'Will leave you singing for joy!' **** (FourthWallMedia.wordpress.com). 'A deft way with storytelling' (TheWest.com.au).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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film

Ian Cognito: A Life and A Death On Stage

Award-winning documentary film about one of the most popular, controversial and troubled comedians in the UK. We learn about the comedy scene in the 1990s, the rise of alternative comedy and some of the unique acts that existed. There is a cavalcade of stories, jokes, songs and behaviours that would often excite or repel an audience that led him to become the most banned comedian in the UK. Starring Matt Lucas, Jo Brand, Shaparak Khorsandi, Matt Lucas, James Acaster and many more.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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interactive

Inside the Robot: Quick, I Need Your Help!

There is a robot in trouble and it needs your help! The stunning visual effects and immersive interactive technology mean kids aged 5 to 95 will be enthralled in this thrilling, educational and hilarious spectacular. Fans of puzzles, escape rooms and silly dances can't miss this unique Fringe experience brought to you for a strictly limited run in the iconic Big Caves venue.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up

Jack Gleadow: Jack's Entertainment

The Leicester Mercury Champion and multi award-winner, Jack Gleadow returns to the Fringe with more old-school comedy for the modern age. He brings jokes, gags, stories and funny sentences. The best thing to come out of Hull since the M62. 'Mainstream appeal, he'll be as big as Lee Evans one day' (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk) 'An absolute natural' (Chortle.co.uk). Winner: Amused Moose National New Comic, Great Yorkshire Fringe Comedian of The Year, Hull Comedian of The Year. Nominated: Chortle Best Newcomer, Leicester Comedy Fest Best Debut Show, Edinburgh TV Festival Future Presenter.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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multimedia, stand-up

Jack Harris: Teaching Teachers How To Teach

Teacher-by-trade Jack's guide to everything the classroom may throw at you. Difficult questions. Problem pupils. Chairs. A jam-packed hour of gags, multimedia and, of course, teacher training. Writer for BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and BBC Scotland’s Scot Squad. Shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe TV Comedy Award. Amused Moose Finalist. 'Funny bones' (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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stand-up, solo show

Jake Baker: Unity

Join this multi award-winning comedian for his debut hour of laughs as he tries to unravel the great questions of our time, like: Why does anyone believe the Earth is flat? Can you win gold at the Olympics without training or talent? And what does one do with a life-size cardboard cut-out of Danny DeVito? 'Endearingly offbeat, great comic timing and an engagingly whimsical mind' **** (TheEdinburghReporter.co.uk). 'Naturally funny without trying too hard' (The Stand Comedy Club). Shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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stand-up

Jasmin Gleeson: Razzmajazz

At the start of 2020, Jazz lost her job and her mind. For comfort she turned to the Muppets, whiskey and the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins. Using comedy, painting and a little puppet friend she found herself again... or did she? Razzmajazz is a work-in-progress stand-up comedy extravaganza about being absolutely fine, thanks! Stand Up and Be Funny finalist (RTE One), Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year semi-finalist, Cherry Comedy Breakout Act of the Year Competition semi-finalist. ‘Great style and a nice angle on the world’ (TheComedyStore.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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stand-up, solo show

Jim Daly: Football and Fatherhood

Debut show from award-winning (and he will prove it) internet comedy sensation, Jim Daly (50+ million views). Jokes, songs and stories on his two biggest two loves: his two-year-old daughter and football. He negotiates the first year of being a new dad with the help of his love of the beautiful game and one of its most noteworthy and loved players, Ireland legend Tony Cascarino. Featured on JOE.co.uk, Amazon Prime, Yahoo Sport, BT Sport, and Blank Podcast. 'Very funny' (Daily Mirror).

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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stand-up

Jimeoin: The Craic!

‘Classic nonsense… Stand-up comedy at its best’ (Scotsman). ‘Always, always funny!’ (Herald Sun). ‘Hilarious… It gets no better than this… Brilliant!’ (Time Out). World-class stand-up from live comedy’s internationally acclaimed Irish master. Apollo, Royal Variety, Palladium, 27th Fringe! ‘True comedy legend… still at the top of his game’ (Advertiser, Adelaide). ‘Inspired ramblings… Comedy of the highest order’ (Independent). ‘Recalls the familiar at fantastically silly levels, boiling his audience down to a tear-filled, gibbering mess’ (Scotland on Sunday). ‘Hilarious… if laughter is the best medicine, Jimeoin is a course of steroids… Don’t you miss it!’ (Edinburgh Evening News).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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stand-up

John Robins: Work In Progress/Progress In Work

A heady mixture of ropey material and competent crowd work from one of the greats.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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music, cabaret

Jon Long: Still a Planet Killer

Jon Long (star of Radio 4's Extinction Compendium) is back with more stand-up and songs about our impending doom, with thoughts on how we might yet avoid it. A work-in-progress show from the affable troubadour, with a host of his most acerbic songs and based on nearly a decade's experience in environmental education. 'A necessary reflection on our times… dependably funny' (Fest). 'Long is sassy and self-deprecating with an unexpected edge to him… it’s genuinely delightful' (List). 'Charming, and yes, funny' (Guardian).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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improv, stand-up

Jon Pearson: What Have You Been Up To

Jon Pearson – crowned Best MC in the Midlands, 2022 – presents his unscripted, unfiltered and unplanned award-winning Leicester Comedy Festival performance plus his brand-new Spotify / iTunes album. Tour support for Darren Harriott and Lucy Porter, Jon crafts a one-off performance of a lifetime with his quick wit and sharp comebacks that take the audience on a hilarious and captivating comedy ride.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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LGBT, stand-up

Joseph Parsons: Equaliser

Rising star Joseph Parsons presents his hotly anticipated debut hour of comedy about being a gay sports fan. This show looks at the joy of sport for those who love the beautiful game and those who don't. As heard on the BBC's LGBT Sports Podcast. Parsons was dubbed as one of the '10 must-see LGBTQ+ shows of the Fringe, 2019' (TheEdinburghFringe.com). 'Very high energy, well-written material' (The Stand).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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stand-up, solo show

Julie Grady Thomas: American Scum

Debut stand-up hour from your favourite, local American. Understudy of her dreams and leading lady of her own life, Julie (BBC Radio 4 Extra, Elle UK) wanted to write a light-hearted show about positivity and community. Instead, her neuroses took the wheel and came up with a comically brash yet tender take on what it really means to be a live living thing living life lividly. As seen from a window in her house and occasionally on public transport, watch her dazzle in this acerbic debut hour. ‘Uniquely hilarious’ (NARC Magazine). 'Captivating' (NorthEastTheatreGuide.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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compilation, family

Just the Tonic's Afternoon Delight

A sample show of different acts from within Just the Tonic venues, and maybe some guests. Spend an hour in the company of five to eight performers and see if you want to go to their full shows. Good idea! Each day is different. You will get a fine selection of family friendly material from a broad sample of our shows. Sketch, stand up, musical comedy. Last year this was a very successful and popular show. A great way to spend an hour.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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compilation, stand-up

Just the Tonic's Midnight Show

'Consistently boasting the most interesting line-ups in the country' (Times). The best acts from the fringe come and mooch about and make you laugh at midnight.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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stand-up, solo show

Kat Nip: Liability

Kat is a comedian and a Catholic-turned-alcoholic from Poland whose main hobbies include alcohol "research", chain-smoking filterless Lucky Strikes and grooming younger, preferably ginger, men. Her debut solo hour is a rapid-fire comedy special filled with drunken, hungover and occasionally sober stories she is able to recall. Kat will take you on a brutally honest and highly entertaining journey – from her childhood in Catholic Poland to living, loving and shagging abroad. A truly inspirational story of learning every day how to give less f*cks. #blessed

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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stand-up

Kate Barron: Losing Myself

In her Fringe debut, one of the rising stars of the UK stand-up scene shares a raw, honest and hilarious hour of tales… with just the right amount of filth. Join the Canadian comedian as she tells her very personal story of how living in a new country in a global pandemic led her to take a drastic decision without telling a soul, and returns to the stage over 13 stone lighter, in more ways than one. ‘Blunt, bold, ballsy and brilliant’ (LeicestershirePress.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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stand-up

Kiran Saggu and Sarah Roberts: Cake

A split bill stand-up hour with a cherry on top. Sarah can’t look at her own face without an Instagram filter but can and will WhatsApp you a photo of her arsehole. Kiran identifies as a savage in the Megan Thee Stallion way but not the Winston Churchill way. United by pushy parents and the same m*n in their DMs, together they're looking for any reason to celebrate. 'Phenomenal new talent, original and funny. Packed with punchlines. Destined for stardom!' (Catherine Bohart). 2Northdown semi-finalist. Leicester Square semi-finalist. SYTYF semi-finalist. Rising Star finalist.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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music, stand-up

Lanessa Long: The Lanessa Show

Lanessa has been performing shows all her life. Delighting audiences [parents, siblings and home-schooling group] with her many, many, many talents, and helping turn lemons into, well, slightly sweeter lemons. Through songs, stand-up and stripping, Lanessa creates a world where we can feel happy to explore life’s playful side. Lanessa Long is a performer from Oregon. Fresh from clown school and is excited for this show to be her guaranteed breakthrough hit. Winner, Best Improv Show United Solo Theatre Festival, 2018. 'Can’t be tamed' (ComeHereFloyd.com). 'Invigorating talent' (DailyInfo.co.uk). 'A natural comedienne' (LAMusicCriticBlog.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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compilation, stand-up

Laugh Etc: Parisian Comedy Night

From Paris with laugh... Stand-up with an irresistible French touch, with some of the top comics of the Fringe. One of the best showcases in Paris since 2015, with different comics every day and hosted by Lisa Raduszynski who makes the audience feel at ease. She's the best unknown comedy host of her generation. She was finalist of Ladies of Laughter in New York in 2018. She wrote and performed several skits on French national TV channel France 2. She has a million views on social media for videos shared with French comic La Bajon.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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stand-up

Lee Kyle: An Actual Giant

Lee Kyle is an actual giant. He smells, eats kids and everything. I mean, he's not all that tall but you can't have everything. A family show for families who don't think that kids are little angels. Lee is one of the top family comedians in the UK, there's a real 'anything can happen' feel to his shows, because it can. 'Very funny' (Primary Times).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up

Liam Farrelly, God’s Brother-in-Law

First full-length solo show from 2021’s Scottish Comedian of the Year Award winner. Beat The Frog World Series winner. BBC New Comedy Award finalist. ‘Foregrounding the ridiculousness in his life… a compelling, down-to-earth voice.’ (Scotsman). ‘Young, working-class Glaswegian guy with an everyman touch… if you like Bridges, you'll enjoy Farrelly… Self-referential asides and personal material… routine[s] about his sister being a nun… about being a dad at 21… distinctive and funny…. If he already feels like a pro at the age of 21, that's because he is.’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Frighteningly young… Natural storytelling talent… Impressive' (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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musical theatre, theatre

Lil Saffron: Ragu to Riches

Award-winning performer Michael Kunze makes his Edinburgh solo debut as the world’s greatest rapping pasta chef: Lil Saffron, aka the King of the Kitchen. Lil Saffron is the world’s greatest pasta chef, with braggodocio to spare, but some say his ragu has lost its groove. Watch Saffron battle his own ego in his quest for culinary greatness. Expect yum-yucked yummy mummies, celebrity clown chefs, pasta grannies and the hottest pasta rap bangers ever to mash your ears. 'Michael Kunze is a comedy master' (TheReviewsHub.com). 'A riotous, enraptured crowd' (ThePhoenixRemix.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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stand-up, solo show

Louise Leigh Amused

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year finalist Louise Leigh was supposed to write her Magnum Opus: a searing commentary on men, menopause and menthol rub, a meditation on the nature of... Look, she's had a lot of thoughts over the last year or so, but the main one is: wouldn't it be nice if we all just got in a room and had a laugh? That's the point of this whole thing, isn't it? Louise is 'a sparky performer, able to energize a room' **** (TheWeeReview.com). She's also 'witty, imaginative and more than a little risque' (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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stand-up, solo show

Luca Cupani: Happy Orphan

What if your mum's death turns out to be one of the best things that happened to you? The nonsense of Italian bureaucracy and a grotesque email from the cemetery lead Luca to a brief yet untimely encounter with his late mother, ten years after her funeral. No reason to be sad though, as Luca realises that he doesn't miss her at all! Storytelling meets observational humour as Luca entertains us with his sweet, gentle and dark wit. 'Funny and fresh and so, so moreish' **** (Scotsman). Award-winning comedian (So You Think You're Funny).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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sketch show

MARVELus: All the MARVEL Movies... Kind Of!

The world’s premier nerd-culture comedy double-act, the Just Us League, squeeze all the MARVEL movies into one action packed show... kind of! Squeezing (almost) all the MARVEL movies into an action-packed hour of laughs. Their short punchy sketches and high-energy style will delight the whole spectrum of MARVEL fans, from those that have seen just one movie to mega-aficionados who know the franchise inside out. It’s weapons-free comedy that takes no prisoners. Like your super-hero movies? You’ll love this. Nominee: Best Comedy Show, Fringe World Perth. ‘Hilarious’ (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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stand-up

Mad Ron: Crime School

Uxbridge's third-hardest man shares his views on the modern world with a few tips and tricks thrown in. 'A well-constructed well-practiced set providing a dependable, gag focussed start to the night' (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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new writing, stand-up

Mairead Doyle-Heffernan: Here Comes The Ride

After a sold-out run at London’s Vault Festival, Irish stand-up Comedian Mairead Doyle-Heffernan makes her Fringe debut with stories from her hilariously colourful journey to a white wedding. Post pandemic, she is back with a vengeance and a pint of prosecco to tell us about her glamorous glow-up, rollercoaster journey and nightmare nuptials, in her new one-hour show. Here Comes The Ride is a culmination of the most hilariously hectic and jarringly joyful moments from the minute she got engaged to the second she said 'I do.' Be there with (wedding) bells on.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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compilation, stand-up

Marcel Lucont Etc – A Chat Show

Top 10 Comedy Shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2019 (Telegraph). The 'prince of the chat-show genre' (List) returns to interrogate guests with deadpan Gallic wit. Previous guests include Sarah Millican, Tom Allen, Sara Pascoe, Andi Osho, Simon Munnery and Bridget Christie. 'Well-honed poems and songs are perfectly balanced by moments of genuine spontaneity in this consistently brilliant performance... an essential Fringe show' ***** (Skinny). 'Fresh, accessible and hilarious' (Guardian). 'Excellently dry' (Times). Line-up of guests: www.marcellucont.com

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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light opera, acrobatics

Mat Ewins: Danger Money

The master of straight-shooting, straight-talking, gimmick-free stand-up is back! 'Possibly the most important comic of his generation' **** (Mat Ewins). Not to be missed, different show every night – extra shows cancelled due to precedented demand!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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sketch show

Matt and Rosa with John Hurt as the Voice of the Dragon

Matt and Rosa with John Hurt as the Voice of the Dragon is the debut sketch show of Bristol Revunions alumni Matthew Wilson and Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist Rosa Richards. Matt and Rosa are super excited to bring their first show to the Fringe, and they are even more excited to feature the vocal talents of beloved British thespian John Hurt (pending John replying to our emails. Fingers crossed!). 'Material you won’t hear anywhere else' (Steve Bennett).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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stand-up, solo show

Michelle Kalt: God Hates You

In her first solo show, Swiss Comedy Talent Award finalist Michelle Kalt tackles the aftermath of an embarrassingly peaceful break-up, covering everything from bad dates (or whatever you call it when your uncle slaps your bum at Christmas) to networking at a funeral and curing self-esteem issues with prostate meds. As seen and heard on Roast Battle (Comedy Central Germany), Deville Late Night, Comedy Talent Show, Comedy Talent Battle and Comedy Zmorge.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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stand-up, solo show

Milo Edwards: Voicemail

Milo hasn't received a voicemail in some time. He’d like to talk about that and quite a lot else. Returning to the Fringe after his hit 2019 solo debut, Pindos, Milo has questions. He’s 29, which is located somewhere in that annoying transitional phase between childhood and death, and he’s keen to know what the point of him is. Voicemail is a stand-up show which examines life, death, politics and the answering machine. ScotsGay Comedy Award winner 2019. 'We need comedians like Milo Edwards' ***** (ScotsGay.co.uk). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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stand-up

Molly Leigh-Moy and Carla Gordon: As Per My Previous Apology...

Molly and Carla are both high-energy and friendly gals. However, Molly’s attitude is: if you can't teach, do teachers. And Carla's is: if you can't do anyone, talk about doing everyone. This show was prophesied by a frankly inappropriate comedy promoter who said 'You two need to do a show together because Molly has too much sex, and Carla has too little.' Although appalled at the blatant misogyny, the girls had to admit… he was right. And so a beautiful friendship (and an Edinburgh show) was born.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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new writing, physical theatre

Mother Tree

A solo show about motherhood, the forest and the universe. A highly physical piece combining theatre, aerial silk and spoken word about the ecosystem created behind closed doors and what the forest can teach us about ourselves. It’s about women and the maternal mental health patterns motherhood comes with, alongside its hilarious and fantastical moments. Mother Tree finds connection between the amazing cooperation, memory and healing of the oldest trees and our own incredible journey through motherhood. 'Wildborne’s acting, whilst completing spell binding tricks in the air, is a masterclass in physical theatre' **** (WestEndBestFriend.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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sketch show, solo show

NDOG: Northerners Deliberating Over Gentrification

Cheeky Yorkshire comedian Stefan Harvey presents some very silly characters exploring a very serious topic. Expect absurd, punchy gags and some drag(ish) campness as they joke about how our cities are changing – probably for the worse.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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stand-up, Drag

Nancy Clench: If Your Symptoms Aren't Life-Threatening, Please Hold!

She’s back, the 6'5" towering Scottish drag legend Nancy Clench, returns to the Edinburgh Fringe. Expect tales from the pandemic, including her recent sabbatical working as a receptionist at her local doctor’s surgery. She's putting the agony in agony aunt, with her own medical woes involving gout, and as usual, this diva is ready to bestow some wisdom on to you to solve your problems. Don't miss out on this! 'She is a master of the mic' ***** (ScotsGay.co.uk). 'This is three-dimensional fun' (Skinny).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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clown, theatre

Nikki Hartung: Love, Pierre

France's greatest love guru, Pierre, swam from Paris to Edinburgh in the hopes of finally finding... love? He's coached the likes of Taylor Swift, Joe Rogan, Jennifer Aniston and yet, Pierre himself struggles to date and find this so-called "true love". Classic. Will you go on a date with him? Probably! Crack the code of love? Maybe! Fall in love with him? Je ne sais pas! A clown character show by Nikki Hartung (newcomer, yeehaw!) exploring dating, ghosting and true love. Love can strike at anytime, so expect to fall in love! Maybe...

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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burlesque, solo show

Nikki Lowe: Nongenue

Nikki Lowe: Nongenue is the answer to the question: what happens when the supportive fat friend finally gets her own show? Actress and comedian Nikki Lowe takes audiences on a hilarious and vulnerable exploration into the characters we create for ourselves, the women who shaped us and what our bodies actually have to say about our worth. A mix of stand-up, storytelling and burlesque comedy, Nongenue challenges society's conception of beauty while stripping away the armoured costumes, caricatures and judgements designed to keep women small. Winner of Best Comedy at the 2021 Down to Clown Festival.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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Nina Gilligan: Late Developer

Nina Gilligan is a so-called 'late developer'. She's never hit a single milestone and at 50 is still trying to grasp the complex rules of womanhood. She knows she's not alone. As her eggs deplete and her body becomes hotter than earth's core she is certain only of one thing: she refuses to go on a cruise. Both outrageous and loveable. A circuit favourite. Leicester Mercury Comedy award winner 2021. 'A bolshier Mrs Merton with razor-sharp wit used at will' (Skinny). 'Breath-taking' ***** (Student Newspaper). 'Transcends any perceived age barriers effortlessly... charming sass' ***** (Deadline.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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true-life, solo show

Nina Hills: Peri-meno... What Now?

Nina was going through life quite nicely, when – pow! Suddenly she wasn’t! Fear and anxiety crept into normal everyday situations. Unexplainable rage at everything and everyone! Depression and weird sexual urges! So imagine her surprise when she was told that this was the perimenopause. The Peri-meno… What Now? Little did she realise that this was normal and part of the joys of growing old! Expect comedy, song, rap and even a bit of contemporary dance. A must-see for anyone with a lady garden and all garden visitors.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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sketch show, new writing

No Laughing Matter

Sick and tired of everyone laughing at them, the Revue decides to get serious. Out are the skits and gags of yesteryear, in are some deep and important meditations on, like, capitalism and stuff. Oh, you came here to enjoy yourself? Tough luck bud, sketch comedy is no laughing matter.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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new writing, compilation

Paradok Platform

Theatre Paradok, Edinburgh's premiere experimental theatre society present our newest innovation, Paradok Platform! This year, we've created the opportunity for student theatre to catch-up after the last few years of darkness! More than ten brand new experimental pieces of theatre, ranging from comedy and drama to musicals and movement – check out festival.theatreparadok.co.uk for the full line-up! With Paradok Platform, we aim to create an exciting, accessible and experimental platform for everyone at the Fringe.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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Patrick Monahan: Classy

In a world of groups, hierarchies and class systems, everyone’s trying so hard to fit in. What's wrong with being a misfit? Be you, be proud! From the caravan to the middle-class neighbourhood, it's taken Monahan four decades to realise this. Enjoy Monahan's stand-up observations on living a contemporary life. As seen recently on BBC One’s The One Show, Loose Women ITV, BBC's Asian Network. 'Rip-roaringly funny….. another hour would have suited everyone!’ ***** (One4Review.co.uk). 'Hilarious' ***** (Three Weeks). 'Terrific Comic' **** (Scotsman). 'Definite must see!' **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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absurdist, stand-up

Paul Currie: The Chorus of Ghosts Living in My Skull Keep Telling Me to Take a Shit in the Fruit Salad

A brand-new show from the grand master of Dada nonsense that will endeavour to kick both the stigma of mental health and the patriarchy right in the non-binaries! Hold onto your reproductive bits you random chromosomes, for an existential genre-defying hour of rule-breaking stand-up comedy. ***** (TheMusic.com.au for Melbourne International Comedy Festival performance). ***** (Scotsman). ‘Paul Currie is a disturbingly brilliant comic’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'I wish I’d seen him sooner. My favourite comedy show this year' (Stewart Lee).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up

Perdidos (Lost) in Translation

Join Chris Groves and guest comedians from around the world for a highly entertaining hour of stand-up comedy with a difference. Laugh along as they try to make some sense of a world where everything seems to get lost in translation: a world of confusion we can all relate to. Brilliantly combining hilarious stand-up routines with completely unscripted interactive comedy, this extremely relaxed and open show grows organically as Chris and guests chat with the audience and each other, going wherever the show takes them. The show is 100% in English (...we hope?).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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multimedia, stand-up

Pete Wells: Success

Do you feel successful? Then this is your show. Making his most triumphant Fringe debut yet, Pete, host of The News, The Smalls Sketch Festival finalist and the third thing that he was definitely successful at – brings you a show about making it, divorced billionaires, and why there's an oversized piano in his undersized flat. 'Delightfully silly with off-putting mystique' **** (Pete, After a good date). 'You've got this' ***** (Pete, 3 minutes ago). 'Engrossing, done, amenable' **½ (Random Comedy Blogger).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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stand-up

Phil Ellis: Hedgehog

After the huge success of his last ever sell-out show, Edinburgh award-winning comedian Phil Ellis is back with his latest final stand-up show ever. Edinburgh panel prize winner, 2014. Star of BBC Radio 4's Phil Ellis is Trying. Seen on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, The Russell Howard Hour, Channel 4, BBC Three, BBC Two and Dave. 'Nothing is ever what it seems in a Phil Ellis show... there are surprises and treats lurking in every nook and cranny' **** (List). 'Ellis, as a character is both completely likeable and absolutely appalling' ***** (Scotsman). **** (Guardian). **** (Times).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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satire, modern

Radu Isac: Pandemic

This show is about the pandemic. Or about Radu Isac, or maybe it's a show about the world. It's probably a show about what Radu Isac learned from the pandemic about the world. It's a good show. Radu's stand-up was featured on multiple BBC and Comedy Central programs. He opened for the likes of Louis CK and Jim Gaffigan, and in 2019 he wrapped up his second solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 'Intelligently subversive' (Scotsman). 'Still making me giggle' (ThreeWeeks). 'The audience loved it and I think you will too' (CounterCultureUK.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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storytelling, stand-up

Ram Adithya Arangi – The Local Tourist

Ram Adithya Arangi – The Local Tourist is a solo comedy show that is best described as a hilarious and emotional tale of a local immigrant who gets labelled as a tourist across five countries. What does it take to be rumoured as the first brown guy in small-town Oklahoma? Why does he refer to cops as cutie pies? Come and find out how pain can be converted into unstoppable laughter through the power of jokes! A delightful blend of stand-up comedy and storytelling awaits you.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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storytelling, solo show

Rich Wilson: You Could Have It So Much Better

Whilst other comedians fret and fuss about finding a theme for their shows, award-winning international comedian Rich Wilson puts all of his focus on one thing and that’s being ridiculously funny. So, join one of the UK’s finest comedians for a brand-new hour of observationally absurd, blisteringly hot comedy that is guaranteed to make you feel a whole lot better about yourself and the world around you. Well, for an hour at least, but what an hour that’ll be!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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stand-up, solo show

Russell Arathoon: The Curious Incidents of the Gay in the Night-Time

'Russell's mum believes the whole pandemic is one huge elaborate excuse to get Bradley Walsh more airtime on British TV and Russell is just grateful for a chance to catch up on the Jurassic Park franchise on ITV2.' Energetic, fast-paced stand-up from the Manchester comedian who 'instantly connects with his audience' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Things would have turned out very differently if only the Track and Trace contract would have been awarded to Moonpig.' Sanitise and settle down for an hour of belly laughs and inappropriate humour. 'A guilty pleasure' (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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comedy, stand-up

Ryan Mold: Generation Gap (WIP)

In the mid-80s, at 6 months old, my grandparents become my legal guardians. They showered me with love, but being guided through life by two 70-year-olds with simply no understanding of modern living was a mixture of confusion and embarrassment. I was having to take advice, navigate school and grow into a man from a generation who are clearly not up to date with the 90s trends of the internet, fashion and modern cooking. If I was ever to have a girlfriend, my grandparents’ thrifty car choice, mannerisms and "alternative solutions" would certainly not help!

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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solo show

Ryan Wingfield: Trophy Husband

Comedian by night, stay-at-home-dad / trophy husband by day! International comedian Ryan Wingfield shares his take on the challenges of family life and other experiences in this solo stand-up show. His comedy has been seen in over a dozen countries on three continents and is recognized as some of the smartest and sharpest on the comedy circuit.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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compilation

Sascha LO and Friends

Sascha LO (Chortle Student and Brighton Komedia finalist, character comedian and shockingly still single) presents a split bill featuring some of the biggest rising stars of the UK comedy circuit. A different split-bill performer each week! Tadiwa Mahlunge (BBC One, Comedy Central)! Izzy Askwith (Funny Women winner 2020)! Horatio Gould (TikTok famous)! Come for the award-winning comedy, stay to find out if Sascha found herself on her gap year. 'Funny bones and a joy to watch' (Matt Reed). 'A hugely impressive set, pulled off effortlessly' (Palatinate). 'A masterclass in comedic acting and writing' (DurhamStudentTheatre.org).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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stand-up

Scott Bennett: Nine Lives

Described by the Evening Standard as 'live comedy’s best kept secret' Scott Bennett has been blazing a trail through the stand-up circuit for the best part of a decade. He’s written for many high-profile acts such as Chris Ramsey and Jason Manford, and recently recorded his debut on BBC One’s Live at the Apollo. With regular appearances on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show, Scott is an act hotly tipped to break through into the big time, come along and see why. Tour support for Rob Brydon, Jason Manford, John Bishop.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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improv

Set List: Stand-up Without a Net

It's back! 'For anyone genuinely interested in comedy and comedians, this is the must-see show of the festival' ***** (Scotsman). Fast, furious, reliably brilliant, different every night! Literally as they walk onstage, in full view of the audience, comedians are flashed a never-before-seen set list of topics and must instantly create a spontaneous and original new stand-up set, right then and there. No existing material allowed; it's all improvised! Previous set listers include: Trevor Noah and Robin Williams who raved about it: http://youtu.be/93464gfTA50 (here is Robin's actual bit on the Sky Atlantic TV series).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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musical theatre

Shannon Matthews the Musical

From cult internet phenomenon and Christmas two-hit wonder Kunt and the Gang comes this potty-mouthed romp through one of this century’s most bizarre news stories. Mother-from-hell Karen Matthews, fed up being a nobody, hatches a cunning plan for a shot at the big time. Henpecked common-law husband Craig Meehan has an unhealthy obsession with his laptop. Borderline special-needs uncle Michael Donovan just wants some company and a couple of quid for some baccy. Stereotypical Yorkshire copper DI Radgitt faces a race against time to unravel the lies and find the missing girl, Shannon Matthews, aged nine.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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stand-up

Sheraz Yousaf: The Google Man

A Google search is possibly the most used thing out of all the things you use after toilet paper, but what's it like to work there? And are the people all weirdo IT people? And are the rumours of an office slide true? One of the highlights of this comedian's life was working at Google whilst still being a stand-up. Somehow he got away with not being Googled. Looks like they don't know everything after all, eh?

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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Podcast

Sloss and Humphries on the Road

Daniel Sloss and Kai Humphries have been friends almost as long as they've been comedians. Now they tour the world making themselves and strangers laugh. Two touring buffoons telling you about their thoughts and then insulting you for being a muggle. Occasional guests, regular dad jokes – for the first time ever at the fringe this is their hilarious smash-hit podcast – live (and very rude) onstage. Don’t miss it! Podbean: https://slossandhumphries.podbean.com, Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0LfqpixbB79BjuD2oTpBhP, YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCuiLwd-45fhOq94CKuKJX6A

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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Spiegeltastic – The Best Mixed-Bill Show at the Fringe

Two hour show with the best comedians, the best new venue – St James Quarter's Spiegeltent, the best drinks from an Airstream Bar…. All truly Spiegeltastic. The best of everything!

Location Just The Tonic at St James Quarter

subvenue Just The Spiegeltent

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stand-up, solo show

Stefania Licari: Medico

Real-life doctor and award-winning comedian Stefania Licari brings her alter ego to the stage in Medico – a hysterical and moving exploration of the medical world, immigration and what it means to become British. Medico marries physical gags, ribald humour and true stories from the medical frontline with Stefania’s own experience as an Italian doctor in the UK. You may laugh or cry, but one thing is guaranteed: you will never look at doctors in the same way again. Co-devised and directed by Chris Head.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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comedy, music

Sugarcoated Sisters: Bittersweet

The hopelessly flawed Sugarcoated Sisters unleash their multi-million-hit TikTok personas onto the stage for the first time. Armed with original songs, guitar and double bass, no musical style is off-limits as ammunition for their scathing revenge on everyone who’s ever wronged them. Winners: Best Newcomer Musical Comedy Awards 2022. TikTok Creators to Watch 2022. TikTok’s Trailblazing Women 2022. Funny Women Content Creator Award finalists 2021. ‘Layers of showbiz magic dust’ (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk). ‘Sisters strike gold!’ (VoxPoliticalOnline.com). ‘Hilarious back-and-forth’ (MyLondon.news). ‘A funny, tragic, perfect marvel' ***** (ThreeWeeks). Directed by Laura Corcoran (Frisky and Mannish).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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multimedia, stand-up

Ted Hill: All the Presidents Man

Ted Hill's debut stand-up show about every single US president and how they saved his life. From Washington to Biden, Ted talks about his recovery from mental breakdown and includes a joke about each and every US president. It's just your standard coming-of-age, multimedia, mental health recovery, every single US president sort of stand-up show we're all so used to these days. Featuring silly graphs, silly drawings, silly jokes and more. Absolutely no knowledge of US presidents required for this emotional, high-energy, multimedia mischief. 'A whirlwind of energy' ***** (Varsity). 'Ridiculous and hilarious' (TheTab.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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The Bunker

Hidden away in the notorious Edinburgh Caves is a late night of music, mayhem and madness. Absolute carnage as a genuinely unplanned night of chaos unfolds. If we don’t know what is going on, how will you! Midnight until 3am – drink, dance and mess around in the Fringe’s most infamous late-night venue… The Caves.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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sketch show

The Dead Ducks

The Dead Ducks are back and raring to tickle your funny bone! This new generation of funny folk form York’s finest sketch comedy troupe – anyone saying otherwise is selling something! Weird segue – why not buy a ticket to our comedy show? With a variety of sketches to launch at your unassuming faces, this show brings York’s most cheeky and chucklesome performers to the stage, all for your sensory delight. Enjoy quick comedy with a pinch of the absurd? Huzzah! Then don’t be a square – be any other shape, and come see these Ducks perform!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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sketch show, improv

The Halls of Ridiculous: Improvised Sketch Show

Join Yorkshire double act The Halls of Ridiculous as they push the boundaries of improv, sketch and character creativity to the max with their quick thinking scenes, zany special guests and quirky approach to performance. Featuring: Chris Lumb (BBC Three: Russell Howard's Good News) and Phil Allan-Smith (BBC One: This is My House). 'Brilliant character work mixed with superb improv' (Hull Comedy Festival). 'THOR has a lot of potential' (ThePhoenixRemix.com). 'A Vic and Bob for a different generation' (ShoeCakeComedy.co.uk). 'Loved all the madness' (BlackpoolComedyClub.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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sketch show, revue

The Leeds Tealights: Imposter Syndrome

The Tealights return to the Fringe for their 15th year, bearing the gift of their brand-new show Imposter Syndrome: an hour of non-stop, nonsensical, sketch comedy. This five-piece troupe take you on an unpredictable journey, brimming with an eclectic mix of characters and eccentric scenarios. Veterans of the student sketch-comedy circuit, and following a year of sell-out shows in Leeds, Bristol, Cambridge and beyond, the troupe are both slickly choreographed and impeccably timed. Strap in for a joy ride of a sketch show ready to send you sideways.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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sketch show, clown

The Lovely Boys

Joe and Mikey are Lovely Boys. They want to show off their jumpers, and play with their toys. Expect silly fun and games in this absurd clown bonanza. The Lovely Boys are Joe Kent-Walters (‘The star of the show, hitting every beat and owning the stage every second he’s on it’ (TheGryphon.co.uk)) and Mikey Bligh-Smith (No pull quote available). Winner, Chortle Student Comedy Award 2021. Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off Finalists 2022. 'Cracking physical comedy' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Hilarious' (TheReviewsHub.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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sci-fi, theatre

The Return of the Planet

What if climate change was mainly due to the return of a planet to our solar system every 3,600 years?! The fiery core of the center of the earth put under pressure by the arrival of this nearby planet would lead to the warming of our climate! Insane truth totally refused by the 20,000 actors to whom the paid casting was offered. But don't worry we just discovered the comic reincarnation of Noah and James de la Cloche, Queen Mary Stuart who has regained her head. And we will save you!

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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improv, family

The Show That Must Not Be Named

Improvised Harry Potter parody from Chortle Award-winning Jericho Comedy. Previous praise: 'Brilliant – energised, fun and funny' (DailyInfo.co.uk). 'Supreme talent' ***** (EdFringeReview.com). 'Roaring success at creating vibrant comedy shows' ***** (OxfordMail.co.uk). Suitable for all ages and magical abilities. Mischief managed.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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improv, storytelling

The Silliad: Improvised Myths and Legends

Why do geese fly south for the winter? What's really inside an Oreo? You suggest the question, then watch as the myth of its origin comes to life! From the roaring thunder of Mount Olympus to the frozen tundra of Scandinavia, it's Horrible Histories meets Clash of the Titans meets Whose Line Is It Anyway? If you love improv, this is not a show to myth! 'One of the most hilarious and sweet shows a person can watch' ***** (Student). 'The fun they have on stage is infectious' **** (BingeFringe.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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Podcast, Drag

The Vanity Project

From interviewing guests such as Lorraine Kelly and Karen Dunbar, drag queen Vanity von Glow swaps the studio for the stage as she interviews the stars of the Fringe in this hour-long live podcast. Join her in the audience to hear from some interesting voices as Vanity discusses politics and entertainment with a dash of frivolity. Performers are known for talking, but this queen is a great listener. In a cultural moment where it feels like everyone is shouting at one another, we offer you a classic innuendo: it is time to go deeper with Vanity.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Three Grams and a Baby

After moving to Switzerland, a wayward Aussie finds out he'll be a father and so he does the obvious: Leaves everyone to embark on an acting career (AKA cocaine addiction) and accrue £126,000 in debt. Everything is working out great, until he meets the baby. And so begins a long, confronting and often surreal road back to redemption. Can he become the person and father he was meant to be? Without learning a single word of Swiss German? Come and find out in this revealing debut show from Australian stand-up Chris Darwa.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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stand-up, solo show

Toby Isaacs: Existence is Futile

Toby, an unambitious 30-something wants to make the world a better place, but takes umbrage at most of its citizens because he doesn't have a pension. Perplexed at regular social interaction, Toby attempts over and over to deconstruct the dream of a normal life and the hollow identity portrayed by cultural saturation; like having a career in something-that-is-more-than-just-a-series-of-imaginary-words management, and then binge-watching nine seasons of Suits over the Easter Weekend. This reluctant member of the middle-child-classes will have you pining after a simpler life and hopeful that the world can be rebuilt, with fewer pieces.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up

Tom Henry, Jack Hester: Tom and Jack Having the Craic

Two rising stars of the UK stand-up circuit banging out jokes and stories on topics as diverse as relationships, religion, politics, health and the human condition. Expect big laughs and great craic from two acts who are used to blowing the roof off clubs all across the UK.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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stand-up, solo show

Tom Stade: The High Road

Tom's been trying to remember what was important before responsibility and fear got in the way. He’s simplified his life; sold his house and embarked on another round of misadventures. Armed with his usual sense of mischief, he'll be tackling all manner of gritty issues: What does Love Honey have to do with covid? How far would your dog go to protect you and what does Grandpa really want for Christmas? Going to places that others dare not tread, join Tom on this no-holds-barred trip as he travels the high road.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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stand-up

Triple Threat Comedy

As seen at festivals across the UK. Triple Threat Comedy is a late-night showcase bringing you three of the best established and up-and-coming acts. All funny, none male; with a fresh line-up each night. Stand-up’s answer to Charlie’s Angels. This late-night show which promises to have a cracking line-up of TV names alongside breakthrough acts each time. A perfect way to end the night, or start the day! Previous acts include Helen Bauer, Ria Lina, Holly Stars, Isabelle Farah, Eryn Tett and Adele Cliff.

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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storytelling, stand-up

Tudur Owen: Alive Huw

Welsh stand-up and Fringe veteran Tudur Owen returns to Edinburgh with a true-ish tale of a man he once knew called Alive Huw. Huw had figured out how to save the planet… the problem was, he just couldn’t be arsed. Join Tudur as he recounts the astonishing events that take us from a sleepy Welsh village to an armed stand-off in Central London. A show about hope, survival and sheer laziness. ‘Riotously funny’ **** (TheReviewsHub.com). 'Great material, great variety, very funny and very Welsh' (BBC Wales). As heard on BBC Radio 4. 

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Vix Leyton: More Fiction Than Girl

A whirlwind show examining the multiple roles you play in your life and what happens when you break out of them. Everyone has that friend who tweeted something that altered the course of their life. If you don't, Vix is now yours. Part cautionary tale on keeping hold of yourself and not believing your own hype, part inspiration for anyone who might want to give a dream a go. It really could happen to you and there is power in saying yes to the things that scare you.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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storytelling, stand-up

Vlad and Kuan-wen: The Wee Aliens

A dazzling double-header show featuring Vlad and Kuan-wen (Macedonia and Taiwan), who cut their teeth on the London circuit. With several awards and TV credits between the pair, they bring a charm and vitality that can often be lost in the big city grind. Brimming with fantastic observations about life in Britain, these two acts confirm they would’ve made it, if people didn’t forget where they’re from. Audience reviews for Vlad: 'That Montenegro guy was funny!' Reviews for Kuan-wen: 'Been on a stag-do once in Thailand, didn’t know they had good comedians too!'

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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LGBT, stand-up

Wil Hodgson: Barbicidal Tendencies

Comedian, barber, barstool philosopher. Chippenham’s cult-favourite, award-winning, genderqueer punk storyteller makes their long-awaited return to the Fringe with a brand-new show. As seen on Russell Howard’s most recent Netflix special. 'This is punk rock' (Mark Thomas). 'Genius' (Russell Howard). 'The most charismatic of storytellers. A sort of urban warrior on behalf of all those who don’t fit in' (Scotsman). 'It may not be everyone's cuppa but believers know that he remains one of the most original and consistently funny performers in the UK' (Guardian).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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stand-up, solo show

Will Preston Can't Face Reality

Reality is overrated. Why bother with work, relationships, and mental health concerns when escapism is king? Will Preston – self-confessed geek and gaming addict – explores his love of geek culture, as well as his normal life that he tries to escape from. Will he keep his face against the screen, or will he finally face reality? 'Slick, surprising, and acutely aware' (Objectively Funny). 'Energetic and lovable' (Joey Page). 'Very funny geezer. Guaranteed laughs! (Lenny Sherman). 'Edgy, distinctive voice' (Sadia Azmat). 'Fearless, oozes confidence' (Nathan Cassidy).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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storytelling, stand-up

You Don't Have to Be Mad to Work Here (WIP)

Award-winning comedian, NHS psychiatrist and author Benji Waterstones shares highlights from his forthcoming book. A fly on the padded-wall account of the mental health world that busts some myths (ie there are no padded walls) and finally explains the difference between a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a psychic. 'One of my favourites' (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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solo show

gosh!

'Thanks for coming to audition. Now, I want you to pretend you're a tangerine. You're a lonely, sad tangerine – your dad's left you and your mum's a pear. Ok? Go for it.' After its sold-out London run, gosh! arrives at Edinburgh. A comedy about a comedian. Blending sketches, stand-up, theatre, clown, audio-visuals, and everything else, gosh! is a fast-paced, slick whirlwind of an hour. From the company behind the award-nominated Badgers Can't Be Friends (***** (LondonPubTheatres.com)) and from the writer/performer of award-winning comedy short film The Audition (2019). And it's in a pub. We love pubs.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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storytelling

1 Ball Show

NYC comedian Terence Hartnett (Caroline's on Broadway) was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year and it was the first bad thing that has ever happened to him. 1 Ball Show is the story of a charmed life burdened by a single meaningful experience. Something finally happened to Terence Hartnett and now he has to make sense of it. Join him as he struggles to piece together a moral from his brush with the funniest kind of cancer.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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comedy, stand-up

101 – What Women Want!

What if men could really understand what women want? Is it even possible? And if it was, would their heads implode? Join comics Kimberley Datnow and Peter Bazely this summer, as they probe, prod and explore the ins and outs of What Women Want. This two-handed comic performance will take audiences on a whirlwind ride through the female psyche, as seen from both sides of the gender divide. Expect comic songs, special guests and a hilarious tag team of two award-winning comics as your hosts. 'Distinctive stuff' (Bruce Dessau, BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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A Rush of Laughter Showcase

A Rush of Laughter Showcase is a chance for you to see a wide selection of the incredible roster of talent at A Rush of Laughter Comedy Management. Set out in a comedy club style format, each show will see a compere introduce three comedians each doing a set. Acts to feature will include Ignacio Lopez, Maff Brown, Sully O'Sullivan, Jon Pearson, Stephanie Laing, Sam Serrano, Mad Ron and Russell Arathoon who are all doing shows at this years Fringe. Think of the show as a taster menu of comedy.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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A Spiegeltent Showcase

A series of shows each containing a variety of excerpts from across the Fringe. Treat yourself… you never know what is inside until you try!

Location Just The Tonic at St James Quarter

subvenue Just The Spiegeltent

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stand-up, family

AAA Batteries (Not Included)

A tenth year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! An hour of sharp gags, quick wit and high energy hijinks from three of the comedy circuit's funniest performers. Don't miss out on one of the Fringe's most popular all-ages comedy shows. 'Humour for everyone... I can't recommend it highly enough' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'This show has to have wide appeal. Thankfully, it has bucket loads... a great show' **** (Skinny). 'Obtains every ounce of mirth... keeping adults, children and teens alike rejoicing' **** (EdFestMag.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up, solo show

Aalex Mandel-Dallal: Let She Be and Friends

Alex had a breakdown so you don't have to... unless you want to? (She highly recommends it.) Taking self-awareness to new heights, she overshares and guides you through this incredibly personal moment, picking it apart tear by tear. An experience that hopes to give you a sense of relief for your wobblies, highlights include: terrible TED talks, regimented "happiness habits", football (catering to the lads out there), dogs and ramen. Expect comedy pals at every show to serve as a buffer in what may be a triggering experience for all. LOL?

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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storytelling, stand-up

Abigail Rolling: Shit Lawyer

Abby has been chained to a radiator in the magistrates' court for almost 30 years. With misanthropic mirth she pulls back the curtain on a criminal justice system in terminal decline. Dark. Funny. Underfunded. And that’s just her. The stories are true, the crisis real. 'She’s ace' (Micky P Kerr, Really Funny Comedy). 'Some of the cleverest writing I’ve heard, beautifully balanced… truly masterful' (RockCentral Promotions). 'She’d better make it in comedy ‘cos she’s a shit lawyer' (Picture House Comedy). 'The funniest solicitor I ever met' (Chris Lang, screenwriter).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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stand-up

Abigoliah Schamaun: Legally Cheeky

Abigoliah never thought she could be deported. She’s American! But she found herself in court, fighting the UK Government to stay in London with her man. She was never going to let Priti Patel win. Come and laugh at how hard one woman fought for her right to remain. Red tape and bureaucracy has never been this funny. Abigoliah has appeared on Comedy Central, Channel 5, BBC Radio 4 Extra and The Guilty Feminist podcast. 'Confident and brilliantly funny' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'The best kind of shamelessness' **** (The Skinny). 'A comedy whirlwind' ***** (ThreeWeeks).

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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satire, seminar

Accost Your Imposter and Empower Your Power: An Interactive Life Coaching Seminar With Genevieve de Beauvoir

Troubled? Weak? Feel like a fraud? Good. Genevieve de Beauvoir is a fully-qualified life coach* and will be launching her exciting new e-book on imposter syndrome at the Fringe! Imposter syndrome is a clinical lifelong brain disease that affects at least 100% of women and occasional men. In this seminar, Genevieve will offer heart-healing, interactive** life coaching for any audience members with imposter issues and other shameful flaws (incest and hygiene problems are not in her remit). *Certificate available upon request. **To an extent.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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stand-up

Adam Flood: Clayhead

'Ay up, it’s me (fella doing the show). Look, it’s gonna be good I reckon. Critics are already calling it 'how did you get this email' and 'unsubscribe'. But for real, it’s funny, big daft energy and I got some tricks up my sleeve.' Winner of Bath Festival New Act of The Year, 2022, and BBC New Comedy Award nominee. After a sell-out 2021 Edinburgh Fringe run, the Stoke-on-Trent newcomer is back with a 45-minute stand-up show about reinvention. As heard on BBC Radio 4. Million+ views for online sketches: @floodhaha. 'Funny, very, very funny' (MumbleComedy.net).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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stand-up

Adam Riley: Saxon

Psychopaths can't experience empathy. Adam Riley can't imagine what that's like. A deadpan redhead who performs at comedy clubs across the country, Adam will tell you why he's not having children, why he's not good at dirty talk and why he's not the next James Bond. Come and enjoy an hour of late-night, flaps-out stand-up from a comedian so controversial he lost his job at the Cricklewood branch of B&Q.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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stand-up, solo show

Adele Cliff: In the Dark

Knowledge is power, power corrupts, corruption is bad, Adele is good. Come see why Adele thinks ignorance is bliss. Dave's Funniest Jokes of the Fringe (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016), UK Pun Champion (2020). 'Guaranteed laughs' ***** (The Student Newspaper). Adele has featured in best jokes lists in The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Irish Times, The i Newspaper and The Metro. 'Absolutely charming... a skilled performer with real presence and confidence' (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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improv, adaptation

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

No script, Sherlock! Stars of UK and Australian fringes take you on an award-winning improvised romp through the underworld of Victorian Britain, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London’s greatest detective. Light your (imaginary) pipe as an engrossing spontaneous mystery tale unfolds before you. Family friendly. 'Exhilarating! The best of its kind' ***** (FringeFeed.com.au). 'Excellent... very funny and beautifully devious' **** (FringeGuru.com). 'Copious amounts of talent and boundless potential' **** (PlaysToSee.com). 'Total mastery' ***** (GreatScott.media). Winner, Fringe World Variety Show Award 2020.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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music, absurdist

Aideen McQueen: Sugar Baby

Aideen McQueen: Sugar Baby. The story of how a day drinking primary school teacher changed her life by becoming a sugar baby – living a life of luxury and ruining herself in the process. Crazy stories, life lessons and absolute craic! This is an unmissable show, packed with great stories and jokes.

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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absurdist, solo show

Alex Franklin: Dinosaurusesuses

A triceratops is revived from the dead. The monster under the bed has returned. A spaceship is sent back in time. And all in the name of saving the world... An absurdist, punchline-dense, tightly-scripted, musical, one-of-a-kind adventure, and the maddest hour of your goddamn life. As seen on Channel 4, as heard on BBC Radio 4. Brighton Comedy Award finalist 2021, Max Turner Prize finalist, Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist, BBC New Comedy Award nominee, Musical Comedy Award semi-finalist. 'Clever, pithy, offbeat' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Stand out of the night’ (VoiceMag.uk). 'An impeccably delivered force of deadpan absurdism' (Varsity).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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storytelling, stand-up

Alex Hylton: Love, Probably

Alex Hylton is almost absolutely certain he's in love. Join the winner of Best Show at Leicester Comedy Festival as he attempts his most ambitious project yet: a stand-up romcom to retell the tale of the best and worst year of his life. A story of love, betrayal, fame and a small Irish greyhound. ‘Catch him now, whilst he’s still playing the small rooms!’ (Huffington Post). 'Vivid, well-crafted storytelling, breathlessly funny!' (ThreeWeeks). Winner: Best Show, Leicester Comedy Festival 2020.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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stand-up

Alfie Packham and Luke Chilton: Hot New Talent

Tssss. That’s the sound of a hot, new, talented pair of stand-up comedians. London comedy circuit regulars Alfie Packham and Luke Chilton perform a split-bill showcase of their best jokes in preparation for their Edinburgh debuts next year. Strap in as these sexy young things deliver their irreverent angles on intrusive thoughts, death, football men, getting sectioned, love and distracting oneself from viral destruction.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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absurdist, solo show

Alice Cockayne: Attention Needed

Attention Needed is a fearless ride through stupidity and chaos. Join Alice on an unhinged journey of purpose, belonging and acceptance told through clowning and idiotic physical comedy. Expect ridiculous and gorgeous characters, minor breakdowns and strange encounters. Finalist of the Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off 2022. Graduate from Soho Theatre Lab 2019. ‘If Angelina Jolie was a bag-lady on the bus’ (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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international, stand-up

Aliya Kanani: Where You From, From?

30 countries, 10 schools, 6 languages... so, where's she from? After selling out her show internationally, including at the Just for Laughs Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and FringeWorld in Perth, Canadian Academy Award-nominated actress and comedian, Aliya Kanani, is excited to bring her sought-after show for her Edinburgh Fringe debut! Aliya takes us on a turbulent journey around the world with tales of fitting in, sticking out and standing up. Her pleasant nature, combined with her fiery spirit will leave you energized and uplifted. 'Feel connected to humanity through humour' (FourthWallMedia.wordpress.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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clown, interactive

Amber Glancy: Wine Show

Wine Show is a solo clown show centered on Bailey Barrel, a charming and unorthodox wine maker who is discovering her place in the world after the death of her father. Join Bailey on an eccentric and thrilling wine tasting at Bison and Barrel Vineyards, situated in Santa Barbara Wine Country. Full of fun, self-discovery and wine antics, Bailey's unhinged display of pouring, swirling, and gurgling is not something to be missed! I just hope you are a member.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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compilation

An Objectively Funny Show

Critical darlings and audience favourites Objectively Funny take time out from producing top-tier shows and providing mental health support at the Fringe to present some of the hottest new acts on the circuit for your delectation. Different line-ups daily. 'The art form's cutting edge' (Guardian). 'The line-up is such a banger' (London Evening Standard). 'A knack for nailing down the most promising acts around' (Comedy.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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LGBT, stand-up

Andrew White (But Not in a Gay Way)

Sex. Spreadsheets. Revolution. Andrew White promises it all in an uplifting, hilarious show about discovering, loving, and expressing yourself. Join the flamboyantly repressed young stand-up as he tells stories of accidental orgies, BLM protests, charity shops and how they all kickstarted his ambition to become a gay icon (but not in a gay way). 'Rampantly engaging' **** (List). 'Definitely one to watch' (Joe Lycett). 'White’s comedy act is not to be missed' (Daily Record). Writer for Mock the Week, Comedy Central, and Newsjack. Tour support for Catherine Bohart and Stephen K Amos.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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storytelling, solo show

Andy Macleod: Anoint My Head - How I Failed to Make it as a Britpop Indie Rockstar

A one-man show set in early 90s London about a band who didn't become rich or famous but had a manager who did. ‘All the fun of youthful dreams and the poignancy of disappointment – plus a remarkable A-list cameo. Magnificent’ (Guardian). ‘Hilarious warts-and-all story of a Britpop band whose big ambitions did not meet their talents’ (CNJ). Adapted from Andy's critically acclaimed coming-of-age memoir of the same name that hit the No 1 best-seller spot in the Amazon Music book charts.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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storytelling, stand-up

Anthony DeVito: My Dad Isn't Danny DeVito

All little boys want their dads to be superheroes. Anthony’s father died when he was just a baby. Armed with only one photo of the two of them, Anthony created a loving, gentle and caring vision of his father, the proud new dad. And his father was all of those things. He was also a fully initiated member of a prominent Italian organised crime family. A compelling storyteller with a gag-rate to match, US comic Anthony DeVito (Comedy Central; HBO) makes his much-anticipated Edinburgh debut. 'Terrifying and heartbreaking... and of course, hilarious’ (Vulture.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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stand-up, solo show

Anthony Schuman: I Just Want to Be a Good Dad

A twisted stand-up comedy quest to understand fatherhood. From his own upbringing to the disasters of being a veteran turned stay-at-home dad, this show explores it all. Anthony Schuman is a fairly generic father from the US whose style of comedy is as unique as his experiences. Anthony was a semi-finalist in the US Comedy Competition and an official P3 Comedy Fest selection.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Awkward Sex... and the City with Natalie Wall

Awkward Sex... and the City is a comedy show breaking barriers around sex and dating. The show pairs sexual inclusion with humour, shedding light on the awkward universal experience we know and love. Awkward Sex is about taking taboo subjects and creating a safe space for people to feel seen and heard. From cocaine-infused one-night stands to IBS flare-ups during cunnilingus, the audience will be hanging on the performers' every word and excited to go out and have a sexual misadventure of their own.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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Podcast

Be Honest with Jojo and Bruce

Join comedians Jojo Sutherland and Bruce Devlin to seek out the truth-tellers and denounce the disingenuous. With special guests every day, start your day the honest way. Recent events have seen these two emerge from their chrysalis to hold a mirror up to society, and the compact really is cracked. If tart honesty and blunt candour is to your taste, allow our hosts to give you a feast with added bite. Expect their usual shenanigans with added girth in this hour-long recording of their podcast. Line-ups subject to change.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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stand-up, solo show

Ben Lund-Conlon: Lies, Damned Lies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Into every generation, a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will slay the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. But how many, exactly? Ben Lund-Conlon has done the research and is here to present his findings. This is a comedy show about death, Buffy, and statistical analysis. ‘Whip-smart and brilliantly funny. An absolute masterclass’ (London Comedy Writers). ‘A charming and skilled performer’ (Jericho Comedy).

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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stand-up, variety

Best of Scottish Comedy Awards

Showcase of Scotland's best comics. All Scottish Comedy Award or Scottish Comedian of the Year winners or nominees. With almost 20 years of sold-out Edinburgh Fringe and Aussie festival shows. Scottish humour at its funniest. Guaranteed top class entertainment. Different line-ups each show. 'SCOTY looms ever more influentially in the stand-up calendar' (List). ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). Previous performers include Susie McCabe, Iain Stirling, Larry Dean, Mark Nelson. Pretty much every Scottish TV comic except Kevin or Frankie.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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compilation, stand-up

Big Value Early

Four of the best new acts on the circuit, selected by Just the Tonic. A launch pad for future stars. See them before they are famous.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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compilation, stand-up

Big Value Late

Established as one of the best shows of the Fringe. Tomorrow's stars at yesterday's prices... today. Laugh at our hand-picked selection of up-and-coming comics as they join our pantheon of comedy stars.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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stand-up

Birmingham Footnotes: Citation Needed

Watch out Edinburgh Fringe, Footnotes is back! Our show will be a stand-up variety show featuring The University of Birmingham's top student stand-ups! Having honed our skills on the West Midlands student comedy circuit, we’re now eager to test that mettle in the ring of Fringe, the Fring if you will. Our stand-up directors Matt and Alfred helm a revolving troupe of student comics whose particular silly styles range from character comedy, through observational jabs, to surreal musings and witty one-liners. Any comedy genre you can envision, our comedians have dipped their toes in.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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sketch show, absurdist

Biscuit Barrel: Wafering Heights

69 sketches performed in an hour! The acclaimed hyperactive group return to Edinburgh. 'The hit-rate of their sketches is high' (List). Absurd slapstick, quickfire wordplay... and a detective trying to stop a killer from the future destroying the show. Skits include a bickering set of door keys, an abattoir for vegetarian substitutes, and the strange creatures of the Origami Universe. Featuring DazzReviews, as seen on YouTube. The Barrel have previously had sold-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Winchester Comedy Festival and their own comedy night in Bristol. 'Fast, slick and very funny' ***** (Derek Awards).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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sketch show, stand-up

Biscuit Barrel: Xtra Comedy Tin

Four acts, hosted by a sketch show? Late-night comedy, celebrating different acts each night from across the Fringe! Biscuit Barrel's twist on the comedy night, based in Bristol since 2019, arrives for a special limited run in Edinburgh – inviting stand-up, character, improv and more! Prepare for one of the festival's wildest nights... 'Dropped something? Don't even think of picking it up as you may miss an entire sketch' (List).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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storytelling, spoken word

Bob Hecklestein: The World's Greatest Heckler

This is the story of Bob Hecklestein, a boy born without a sense of humour, who learned to overcome his disability and grew up to become the world's greatest heckler.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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stand-up

Broken Zoo: The Texas Takeover

Tip your hat, grab your cowboy boots and bless your heart, because Broken Zoo has come all the way from Austin, Texas, USA to put on the wildest comedy show at the Fringe. Come on down to Just the Tonic over at The Caves for a night of comedy straight out the Wild, Wild West. It's time for the Texas Takeover. Yee-haw!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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musical theatre, new writing

CUMTS: Sleepover

Four immigrant teens. Twelve hours. One suspicious box teeming with questions about sex. Sleepover is a coming of age comedy musical about self-discovery (and self-pleasure!). Join Jenny, Adya, Nina and Ruth as they dive into the world of sex – discussing everything from monogamy to masturbation, dating preferences to penises. Top-class comedy delivered to you with a side of well-rapped bars in this spectacular piece of new writing. From the people who brought you Six, the Musical. Don’t forget your toothbrush!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Caroline McEvoy and Farah Sharp: 60 Minutes to Self-Destruct

Northern Irish comic Caroline McEvoy and Arab comic Farah Sharp are used to conflict. Their greatest enemy? Themselves. Join them for 60 minutes of explosive stand-up as they battle neurotic inner voices, fight off absurd fears and detonate truth bombs. Will they conquer their demons before time runs out? Find out in this quirky and uplifting take on life which is guaranteed to have been very, very, very over-thought.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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stand-up

Carter Morgan: Dick Jokes for End Times

Climate change. Covid. Elon Musk! What the flip is wrong with the world? While earth wheezes out its dying breaths, let's focus on what matters: me and my... jokes. I'm Carter Morgan, and with my last remaining time on a livable planet I plan to tell The Dick Joke Heard Around the World (TM pending). Luckily, rising sea levels and eroding coastlines make that job easier than ever. More than a cynical take on the end of humanity, this show is here to show you that if Carter can do it, he will.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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true-life, solo show

Casey Balsham: Inconceivable

Inconceivable comes from the mind of wannabe mama and stand-up comedian Casey Balsham. Infertility affects one in eight women and yet it's not a conversation being had out loud. Until now! Casey Balsham talks us through her four-year struggle to conceive by joking about all her most unfit friends getting pregnant around her, the crazy medicines women inject, and how her husband has lazy sperm. There has not been anything like Inconceivable available for people trying their hardest to make a baby against what seems to be God's will.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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Cassie Workman: Aberdeen

In 1994 the world lost one of it's most beloved musicians: grunge icon, Kurt Cobain. Part eulogy, part fantasy, part biography, Aberdeen is an in-the-round conversation with Kurt about life and death that takes place across Washington, including his hometown of Aberdeen, Traverse time and space as a multi award-winning comedian and storyteller Cassie Workman races in a desperate bid to save the life of her hero by atempting to manipulate time itself. Dark and surreal, Aberdeen is an epic about loss, music and memory: an extraordinarily heartfelt love porm to the voice of a generation.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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multimedia, variety

Charlie Hopkinson: Deep (Work in Progress)

Ever wondered if what you are seeing and hearing is real? Feel like your trust in the audio-visual spectrum has been shaken? Charlie explores the increasing dangers – and benefits – of deepfakes and misinformation while doing a few impressions along the way. Impressions will include some of: Breaking Bad, Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Succession, Robin Williams, Sir David Attenborough, Morgan Freeman, the guy from The Matrix, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Dec but probably not Ant.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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stand-up

Chelsea Birkby: No More Mr Nice Chelsea

Highly anticipated debut from this 'one to watch' (FunnyWomen.com), 'rising star' (OxInABox.co.uk) and multi-competition finalist. She was 'innocent' (Oxford Mail) and 'adorable' (MumbleComedy.net) but in this thought-provoking and playful show, she explores the things that aren’t so lovely: sex, drugs and rock'n'roll*. 'A real talent, outshining the big guns with her easy charm and sparkling humour… Chelsea Birkby is hilarious' (Oxford Mail). 'Cleverness and class… A show I guarantee anyone at the Fringe will enjoy' **** (MumbleComedy.net). Heard on BBC Radio 4, written for Mock The Week. *Nickelback

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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LGBT, stand-up

Chris Hall and Mark Bittlestone: Two Sour Gays

Yuck! A stand-up comedy show about being gay! And about being vegan (Chris), getting piles (Mark), collecting crystals (Chris), getting piles (Mark), being in love (Chris) and getting piles (Mark). Join social media "sensations" (they have 300k followers, fewer than most cats) Chris Hall and Mark Bittlestone for an hour of jokes, then follow them @chrxstopher.hall and @poofsrus or find them selling their underwear for money on Grindr. Winner: Frog and Bucket Beat the Frog 2021 and Up the Creek Blackout 2022. Finalist: Leicester Square Theatre Sketchoff 2019 and 2020.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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stand-up, solo show

Chris Laker: Bully

Bullies don’t toughen you up or teach you life lessons. That’s a lie spread by corporations in order to prop up the prison-industrial complex. Chris should know. He got punched a lot as a kid and learned nothing from it. Parents always gave the worst advice. 'Stand up to your bullies! They're cowards,' they'd say. They were not cowards. They were emotionally disturbed and very strong. Bully's a show about getting the hate out of your heart. NYC-raised comedian Chris Laker's credits: The Late Late Show with James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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stand-up

Christof Epaminondas and Friend(s): Too Much Encouragement

Christof's overly-supportive, Greek-Cypriot family has made him think anybody cares about his jokes and, even worse, this Edinburgh show. Through talent alone he has done very well at stand-up competitions (or the fact that 50% of the audience were blood relatives – it's unclear). 3rd-place out of 300: Get-Up Stand-Up; Finalist: Rising Star New Act Competition; Semi-finalist: Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year and Max Turner Prize. Name butchered on: BBC Radio 4. Christof plans to make a number of hilarious friend(s) who will also perform some comedy.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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sketch show, absurdist

Chuck Salmon: Pool Noodles

Dive funny-bone-first into a slip'n'slide sketch adventure in the world’s biggest leisure centre, with hilarious lifeguards and heroic comedians Chuck Salmon: the funniest whistleblowers since Edward Snowden. In a world where lifeguards are rock stars and rock stars are as they normally are, underdog(gy-paddler) Kenny Shallows searches for the fabled lifeguarding elixir. As heard on BBC Radio 4. Sketch-Off finalist, 2022. Brighton Comedy Award finalist, 2021. Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist. 'The best sketch comedy one can see at the fringe' (The730Review.co.uk). 'Laughs aplenty' (Scotsman). ‘Hilarious, absurdist writing… absolutely not one to miss’ (TheIndiependent.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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new writing, cabaret

Clementine

Meet Lady Clementine. From shipwrecks to guillotines, bad luck has plagued her love life from day one. When her latest beau, Sir Bradley, goes missing, she sets off on a quest to solve the mystery of her ill-fortune. Guided by the stars, she soon finds out she's been searching for love in all the wrong places. Set roughly "in the past", expect dashing dandies, sickly sisters and many, many, many letters. Not for men. (Unless you're a single Leo in possession of a good fortune). Vault Festival-selected show.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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stand-up

Comedy in the Dark

The sell-out, unique comedy experience returns. Past acts include Sarah Millican, Nish Kumar, Jon Richardson, Shappi Khorsandi and Greg Davies. 'Destined to become one of the most talked about shows' (Time Out).

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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international, stand-up

Comedy with an Accent

Comedy with an accent; comedy with a different point of view! The show is curated by your mischievous Taiwanese comic Kuan-wen and features comedians from all over the world who are not native English speakers. Enjoy jokes from different cultural perspectives – you may also become very good at understanding your colleagues on international conference calls!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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stand-up

Connor Burns: Live, Laugh, Loathe

‘Absolutely cracking… Great material with fantastic execution’ (The Stand). From one of the acclaimed and fastest-rising new stars of Scottish stand-up, this is Connor’s comedy break-up text to the abusive partner that was Covid-19. Hilarious Scottish-level cynicism and self-deprecation in his first full-length solo show, where Connor waves goodbye to the life he used to Live, Laughs with the people who kept him sane and Loathes the fact he had to drive a f*cking delivery van for nine months. ‘Highlight of the night’ (Chortle.co.uk). 'Fantastic' (The Stand). ‘Mark him out as one to watch.’ (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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LGBT, drama

Constellations

Theatre Paradok presents a fresh, LGBTQIA+ take on Constellations by Nick Payne. One relationship. Infinite possibilities. 'Let's go for a drink. I don't know what I'm doing here anyway. One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.' A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet at a barbeque. They hit it off, or perhaps they don’t. They go home together, or maybe they go their separate ways. In the multiverse, with every possible future ahead of them, a love of honey could make all the difference.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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stand-up

Craig Hill: I Always Knew I Had it in Me!

‘Laugh-out-loud performance from beginning to end!’ **** (List). ‘Riotously funny… He's that rare thing, a naturally funny comedian’ (Independent). ‘Delightfully fizzy tone, sharp observational jokes… Brilliant!’ (Daily Record). ‘Flat-out hilarious... I’ve not heard a room laugh so long and hard... There isn’t anyone better at working a crowd... audience was in absolute paroxysms of laughter... Genuinely funny’ ***** (Mirror). ‘Class. Risque, rib-tickling and absolutely screaming from the rafters… Hill actually has to wait until the audience stop laughing before he can start again. It’s absolutely hilarious’ (Edinburgh Evening News).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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horror, immersive

Crone

Enter the witch’s lair in a horrifying and hilarious interactive horror comedy show. Since the dawn of time, human beings have ventured into deep, dark, woods to gain supernatural knowledge and treasures from the creatures within. Spells will be cast, rituals performed, and the ether will be read. Completely interactive and different every night, bring the Crone a “gift” to have your fortune told on the spot. But be warned: such knowledge comes at a price... 'Excitingly peculiar' (Scotsman). 'Unpredictable and inimitable' (LeftLion). 'Visibly unwell' (NottsComedyReview.wordpress.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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stand-up

Dalia Malek: Another Castle

With Dalia Malek, enlightenment can be silly and the gallows can be fun. She delights in dark misanthropy, delivering bile with irreverent joy. She playfully loathes humanity, and that includes herself. Pay attention to her, but don't make eye contact. She invites you to join her journey through chronic personal failures, career blunders, health woes, carefree childlessness, avoidance of strangers and finding love as she realizes that, just like the Mario Bros' quest to save the princess, her hopes and dreams are in another castle.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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true-life, storytelling

Dan Kelly: How I Came Third in the North Korean Marathon

What happens when you try to run 26.2 miles in the most secretive nation on earth? What happens when you run out of malt loaf the night before the big race? What happens when you hit the wall in front of 50,000 people? In April 2018 Dan finished third in the North Korean Marathon and in this (very) funny and (entirely) true story he tells you all about it. It's about North Korea, marathon running, clams and last-minute snack shortages. Directed by Joseph Morpurgo, co-creator of 5-star smash-hit Austentatious.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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Daniel Sloss: New Work In Progress

Scotland's international comedy star is doing a run of shows to work up some new material for his next tour. So come expecting nerves, notes onstage and a lot of laughs... but don't come expecting a slick, finished comedy show. This is strictly a work in progress season. OK - we should also probably mention that Daniel was the biggest ticket selling comedian in the world for most of 2021, has sold out six New York solo off-Broadway seasons, appeared on U.S TV's 'Conan' ten times, broken box office records in Edinburgh and toured in 53 countries. He's the real deal and we're happy he's helping us launch our fantastic new venue hub Just The Tonic NUCLEUS. Definitely book your tickets fast!

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Dave Cerwonka: FFS

It's comedian, idiot, writer and voice actor Cerwonka's Fringe debut. Dave shares anecdotes about being abandoned, an attempted kidnapping, how his parenting ended at 16, facing and escaping death from an early age and discoveries made from growing up in a large, dysfunctional, religious family. Dave shares lessons from numerous jobs (if it requires hands, he's probably done it) and will talk about relationships, living in Los Angeles, politics, pop culture and the absurdity of our current existence. Random observations, jokes, mimicry and mockery galore. Some audience participation may occur but will be all in good fun.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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stand-up, solo show

David Ephgrave: Good Grief

David nails losing parents, so you don't have to (NB you'll still have to). Since David's childhood, his dad Barry provided frustration and support in equal parts. Even as his health deteriorated, he still brought comedic relief. But when he died, everything imploded and now it's time for a cathartic debrief. 'Wonderfully innovative' (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Refreshingly down to earth... devastatingly witty' (EdFestMag.com). 'A natural entertainer' (ViewsFromTheGods.co.uk). '[Justifiably] pinpoints the small but crucial mistakes that people make in public' (List). As featured in Telegraph, Comedy Central, i Newspaper, Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News' best jokes lists.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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Davina Bentley: Never Again 2

One of London’s most exciting stand-ups and online stars (Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian finalist 2018, Banana Cabaret New Act winner 2020, Radio 4), examines low-brow pop culture with a high-brow eye. Expect whip-smart observations and scathing takes as Davina presents her list of pet peeves and laments. She has a penchant for deconstructing social conventions, and JLO songs. Her online sketches have gone from TikTok to Radio 4, amassing hundreds of thousands of views and include parodies of the political drama Made in Chelsea. 'So funny. You should see her' (Alfie Brown).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Desmond Hinks: Tesco Sacked Me After Eight Days

On Monday 16th March 2020, Boris Johnson announced to the UK public: 'Now is the time to stop non-essential contact and travel.' With a lockdown imminent, and absolutely zero savings in the bank as a jobbing actor, Desmond Hinks feared the worst, and had a temporary job at his local Tesco by the Friday. He was sacked the following Friday after his shelf-stacking escapades under his Diary of a Temporary Tesco Worker on Facebook attracted over 10 million views in a week, including the not-so-impressed manager of his local store.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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stand-up

Durham University's Stand Society Presents: Dungaree

Straight from the mean, cobbled streets of Durham comes a troupe of student comics with a mission: making you laugh so hard you forget the overwhelming futility of life. This all-new, one-hour stand-up show is the Fringe debut of some of the funniest comics on the university scene, honed after a year of sell-out shows. Come along to witness us use comedy to cope with the trauma of not getting into Oxbridge! 'A solid serotonin boost' (First Night, DurhamStudentTheatre.org). 'A brilliant night of live comedy' (Palatinate).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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storytelling, stand-up

Ed Patrick: Catch Your Breath (Work in Progress)

NHS junior doctor, comedian and now author (oooooh, check him) Ed Patrick returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with the makings of a new show. Come join as he works through material in the afternoon, named (for now) after his book Catch Your Breath: The Secret Life of a Sleepless Anaesthetist (available in all your favourite bookstores). 'Brilliantly funny’ (Matt Lucas). 'Extremely funny' (Telegraph) 'Masterful, playfully provocative writing' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Packed with funny anecdotes' (Guardian). As heard on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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Edfringe Hot Ticket Lucky Dip!

We will find the sell-out shows and biggest hits and book them. So take a punt for a tenner or wait until we reveal. Prices might go up. The best shows in the best venue!

Location Just The Tonic at St James Quarter

subvenue Just The Spiegeltent

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musical theatre, sci-fi

Edy Hurst's Comedy Version of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of HG Wells' Literary Version (Via Orson Welles' Radio Version and Steven Spielberg's Film Version) of the War of the Worlds

If you're not convinced by the title I have no idea what this is going to do. As seen on MTV UK, BBC Radio 4 Extra, NextUp Comedy. Nominated for BBC New Comedy Awards 2017, Nominated for Best Alternative Act, North West Comedy Awards 2022 and Musical Comedy Awards finalist 2021. 'Bursts with comedic joy' **** (Skinny). 'Funny. Quirky, Deep. Seamless' **** (Lancashire Evening Post). 'Delightfully silly songs' (TheWeeReview.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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stand-up, solo show

Eric Rushton: I Had a Dream and You Were All in It

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2020, Eric Rushton brings his highly anticipated debut hour to the festival. Ever since he was a little boy, Eric has dreamt of being a commercially viable stand-up comedian that could effortlessly entertain both you and your extended family. This is his chance to make that dream come true. Expect salty language, sweet facial expressions and hand gestures with far too much oregano on them. 'Offbeat and sarcasm-packed routines… held the gig in wonderful contempt' (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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true-life, storytelling

Eric's Tales of the Sea: A Submariner's Yarn

Award-winning storytelling. Real-life submariner gives unique insider view of life aboard a nuclear submarine. Heart-warming personal stories of danger, suspense and true love underwater. 'One in a million show' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Quietly wonderful show' **** (Times). 'Captivating' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Truly excellent' ***** (FringeReview.co.uk). 'Literally made me gasp out loud' ***** (FringeGuru.com). 'Breathtaking' **** (List). 'Deeply moving' **** (Advertiser). 'Uniquely delightful' ***** (TheWest.com.au). 'Beautifully delivered tale of friendship' ***** (Herald Sun). 'A must see!' ***** (Hairline.org.uk). 'Mesmerising' (Guardian).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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comedy, stand-up

Eryn Tett Finds Her Audience

Volunteers needed for very important scientific research*. With a style that toes the line between straight stand-up and absurdism, classic misfit and newly proactive Eryn Tett (Funny Women Stage Award runner-up, 2021 and Cherry Comedy Breakout Act of the Year winner, 2020) is collecting important data in search of her "audience". A bizarre exploration of her own thoughts; expect word play, odd observations and surreal storytelling set to a charmingly uncomfortable rhythm, as Eryn takes an entirely literal approach to the sage advice: find your audience. *data may be collected for research purposes.

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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stand-up

Esyllt Sears: Absolutely Not

You can spend too much time in the bath and end up media managing your own death, actually. Esyllt has provided tour support to Elis James and Jen Brister, and co-hosts The Xennial Dome podcast. She has performed on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC One Wales in English and on S4C in Welsh. She has also written for: The Now Show and The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4); Elis James’ sketch series and his stand-up special (S4C); What Just Happened? (BBC One Wales); and The Rest of Us (BBC Radio 4).

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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absurdist

Eva Bindeman: It’s Going Whaley Well

5 years ago, Eva decided to become an entertainer. But with no singing or dancing ability, the only path left was to join a whale pod in Scotland. It’s Going Whaley Well is the hilarious true tale of beachings, teachings and swimming away from the crowd. As seen on BBC One, BBC Bristol and loads of other places she has no real right to be.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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sketch show, family

Finlay and Joe: Perpetual Hype Machine

Watch in amazement as Finlay and Joe shovel comedy coal into the furnace of their patented content generation device: the Perpetual Hype Machine. When these two labourers of laughter clock in together, they’ll forge you high-quality sketches that will get your joy wheels spinning and your brain cogs whirring. If you need an antidote to the doomscrolling, look no further than this fun-filled extravaganza performed by the nation’s favourite idiots. It’s time to get ready for your shift and get stuck in as a supervisor of stupidity on the factory line of fun!

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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international, stand-up

Found Our Funny at the Fringe

After searching far and wide, Barcelona's finest comedic talents have Found their Funny, packed it in a bag and brought it all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe for your amusement! Barcelona is one of the hottest places to find English comedy, but to save you the cost of flights we have brought the best of our buzzing scene to you. Join comedians from all all over Europe... including Spain, Catalonia (it's different), England (still Europe?) and beyond, as they bring you a unique hour of hilarious stand-up comedy with a truly international feel.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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acoustic, music

Frank Foucault: Songs

Frank Foucault is a serious musician now. He has absolutely nothing stupid, funny or silly to say. He's a serious musician. He's a serious musician. Take him seriously. 'He spends a full 6 minutes of the hour simply saying the word smart' **** (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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sketch show, stand-up

Free Footlights

Join 'the most renowned sketch troupe of them all' (Independent) for an hour of stand-up, sketch, song and much more. Following in the footsteps of alumni Sandi Toksvig, Hugh Laurie, David Mitchell, Emma Thompson, Richard Ayoade and many more, catch these rising stars of the comedy world for free before they hit our screens!

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Full Throttle OCD

Free show! Jim fights the mundane and holds no punches. After moving to Chicago to chase his comedy dream, he's going full throttle! Come listen to his fresh takes on life and forget about this cesspool of a world we are leaving our children. Then there's Kevin: the fourth of five kids, a military veteran in a divided country, and – as if things can't get worse – he's got Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Come join the battle inside his brain. Maybe he'll figure out who he is.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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clown, solo show

Gerry Carroll: A Man in My Position

He's a stand-up and a clown. He's Irish, but he's lived in England for ages. He's 70. He sings. He's been a civil servant and teacher. He's funny. 'A charmingly defiant performer with pep and a sense of fun' in Gerry's 2021 show (Chortle.co.uk). This is Gerry's fourth solo show. Come along and let him get you into position to have a laugh. And the great thing is that the show is over in time for Gerry to have an early night.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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sketch show, music

Good Kids: Appetite

The new award-nominated show from the lively double act – Kieran and Tom bring you the most unimportant hour of your life. Nominated for Leicester Comedy Festival, Best New Show 2022 and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2020. 'Comedy's ones to watch for 2022' (Chortle.co.uk). 'They're stupid, daft, at times nonsensical. Funny yes, but daft as brushes. Just how I love my comedy. Thank the stars they went into stand-up and not health care.' (Johnny Vegas). 'It was mad but it was hilarious' (Tom Rosenthal). 'A really fab little sketch act' (Joe Lycett).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Hannah Fairweather: Just a Normal Girl Who Enjoys Revenge

Award-winning comedian Hannah Fairweather is the Taylor Swift of comedy; joking about those who have previously wronged her. Hannah was 2019 Rising Star New Act of the Year, and semi-finalist in multiple new comedian awards including: BBC New Comedian Award, So You Think You're Funny, Leicester Square, 2Northdown, Komedia Brighton. She has been heard on Union Jack Radio, BBC Sounds and Radio 4 and has written for The Now Show and Mock The Week. 'Hannah mixes relaxed, confident stage presence with some killer subversive gags. Absolutely one to watch' (Joe Lycett)

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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music, solo show

How to Record the Greatest Album of All Time

Comedian Tom GK has decided to record the greatest album of all time and he has just 50 minutes to prove he's up to the job. This hilarious new show from the almost-deaf former music critic explores his love of music, taking a chance and using those pandemic days, er, very wisely indeed. The odds might be stacked against him but this joke-filled hour is set to be a must-see performance for any music lover. 'Will leave you singing for joy!' **** (FourthWallMedia.wordpress.com). 'A deft way with storytelling' (TheWest.com.au).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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film

Ian Cognito: A Life and A Death On Stage

Award-winning documentary film about one of the most popular, controversial and troubled comedians in the UK. We learn about the comedy scene in the 1990s, the rise of alternative comedy and some of the unique acts that existed. There is a cavalcade of stories, jokes, songs and behaviours that would often excite or repel an audience that led him to become the most banned comedian in the UK. Starring Matt Lucas, Jo Brand, Shaparak Khorsandi, Matt Lucas, James Acaster and many more.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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interactive

Inside the Robot: Quick, I Need Your Help!

There is a robot in trouble and it needs your help! The stunning visual effects and immersive interactive technology mean kids aged 5 to 95 will be enthralled in this thrilling, educational and hilarious spectacular. Fans of puzzles, escape rooms and silly dances can't miss this unique Fringe experience brought to you for a strictly limited run in the iconic Big Caves venue.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up

Jack Gleadow: Jack's Entertainment

The Leicester Mercury Champion and multi award-winner, Jack Gleadow returns to the Fringe with more old-school comedy for the modern age. He brings jokes, gags, stories and funny sentences. The best thing to come out of Hull since the M62. 'Mainstream appeal, he'll be as big as Lee Evans one day' (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk) 'An absolute natural' (Chortle.co.uk). Winner: Amused Moose National New Comic, Great Yorkshire Fringe Comedian of The Year, Hull Comedian of The Year. Nominated: Chortle Best Newcomer, Leicester Comedy Fest Best Debut Show, Edinburgh TV Festival Future Presenter.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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multimedia, stand-up

Jack Harris: Teaching Teachers How To Teach

Teacher-by-trade Jack's guide to everything the classroom may throw at you. Difficult questions. Problem pupils. Chairs. A jam-packed hour of gags, multimedia and, of course, teacher training. Writer for BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and BBC Scotland’s Scot Squad. Shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe TV Comedy Award. Amused Moose Finalist. 'Funny bones' (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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stand-up, solo show

Jake Baker: Unity

Join this multi award-winning comedian for his debut hour of laughs as he tries to unravel the great questions of our time, like: Why does anyone believe the Earth is flat? Can you win gold at the Olympics without training or talent? And what does one do with a life-size cardboard cut-out of Danny DeVito? 'Endearingly offbeat, great comic timing and an engagingly whimsical mind' **** (TheEdinburghReporter.co.uk). 'Naturally funny without trying too hard' (The Stand Comedy Club). Shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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stand-up

Jasmin Gleeson: Razzmajazz

At the start of 2020, Jazz lost her job and her mind. For comfort she turned to the Muppets, whiskey and the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins. Using comedy, painting and a little puppet friend she found herself again... or did she? Razzmajazz is a work-in-progress stand-up comedy extravaganza about being absolutely fine, thanks! Stand Up and Be Funny finalist (RTE One), Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year semi-finalist, Cherry Comedy Breakout Act of the Year Competition semi-finalist. ‘Great style and a nice angle on the world’ (TheComedyStore.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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stand-up, solo show

Jim Daly: Football and Fatherhood

Debut show from award-winning (and he will prove it) internet comedy sensation, Jim Daly (50+ million views). Jokes, songs and stories on his two biggest two loves: his two-year-old daughter and football. He negotiates the first year of being a new dad with the help of his love of the beautiful game and one of its most noteworthy and loved players, Ireland legend Tony Cascarino. Featured on JOE.co.uk, Amazon Prime, Yahoo Sport, BT Sport, and Blank Podcast. 'Very funny' (Daily Mirror).

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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stand-up

Jimeoin: The Craic!

‘Classic nonsense… Stand-up comedy at its best’ (Scotsman). ‘Always, always funny!’ (Herald Sun). ‘Hilarious… It gets no better than this… Brilliant!’ (Time Out). World-class stand-up from live comedy’s internationally acclaimed Irish master. Apollo, Royal Variety, Palladium, 27th Fringe! ‘True comedy legend… still at the top of his game’ (Advertiser, Adelaide). ‘Inspired ramblings… Comedy of the highest order’ (Independent). ‘Recalls the familiar at fantastically silly levels, boiling his audience down to a tear-filled, gibbering mess’ (Scotland on Sunday). ‘Hilarious… if laughter is the best medicine, Jimeoin is a course of steroids… Don’t you miss it!’ (Edinburgh Evening News).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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stand-up

John Robins: Work In Progress/Progress In Work

A heady mixture of ropey material and competent crowd work from one of the greats.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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music, cabaret

Jon Long: Still a Planet Killer

Jon Long (star of Radio 4's Extinction Compendium) is back with more stand-up and songs about our impending doom, with thoughts on how we might yet avoid it. A work-in-progress show from the affable troubadour, with a host of his most acerbic songs and based on nearly a decade's experience in environmental education. 'A necessary reflection on our times… dependably funny' (Fest). 'Long is sassy and self-deprecating with an unexpected edge to him… it’s genuinely delightful' (List). 'Charming, and yes, funny' (Guardian).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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improv, stand-up

Jon Pearson: What Have You Been Up To

Jon Pearson – crowned Best MC in the Midlands, 2022 – presents his unscripted, unfiltered and unplanned award-winning Leicester Comedy Festival performance plus his brand-new Spotify / iTunes album. Tour support for Darren Harriott and Lucy Porter, Jon crafts a one-off performance of a lifetime with his quick wit and sharp comebacks that take the audience on a hilarious and captivating comedy ride.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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LGBT, stand-up

Joseph Parsons: Equaliser

Rising star Joseph Parsons presents his hotly anticipated debut hour of comedy about being a gay sports fan. This show looks at the joy of sport for those who love the beautiful game and those who don't. As heard on the BBC's LGBT Sports Podcast. Parsons was dubbed as one of the '10 must-see LGBTQ+ shows of the Fringe, 2019' (TheEdinburghFringe.com). 'Very high energy, well-written material' (The Stand).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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stand-up, solo show

Julie Grady Thomas: American Scum

Debut stand-up hour from your favourite, local American. Understudy of her dreams and leading lady of her own life, Julie (BBC Radio 4 Extra, Elle UK) wanted to write a light-hearted show about positivity and community. Instead, her neuroses took the wheel and came up with a comically brash yet tender take on what it really means to be a live living thing living life lividly. As seen from a window in her house and occasionally on public transport, watch her dazzle in this acerbic debut hour. ‘Uniquely hilarious’ (NARC Magazine). 'Captivating' (NorthEastTheatreGuide.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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compilation, family

Just the Tonic's Afternoon Delight

A sample show of different acts from within Just the Tonic venues, and maybe some guests. Spend an hour in the company of five to eight performers and see if you want to go to their full shows. Good idea! Each day is different. You will get a fine selection of family friendly material from a broad sample of our shows. Sketch, stand up, musical comedy. Last year this was a very successful and popular show. A great way to spend an hour.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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compilation, stand-up

Just the Tonic's Midnight Show

'Consistently boasting the most interesting line-ups in the country' (Times). The best acts from the fringe come and mooch about and make you laugh at midnight.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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stand-up, solo show

Kat Nip: Liability

Kat is a comedian and a Catholic-turned-alcoholic from Poland whose main hobbies include alcohol "research", chain-smoking filterless Lucky Strikes and grooming younger, preferably ginger, men. Her debut solo hour is a rapid-fire comedy special filled with drunken, hungover and occasionally sober stories she is able to recall. Kat will take you on a brutally honest and highly entertaining journey – from her childhood in Catholic Poland to living, loving and shagging abroad. A truly inspirational story of learning every day how to give less f*cks. #blessed

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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stand-up

Kate Barron: Losing Myself

In her Fringe debut, one of the rising stars of the UK stand-up scene shares a raw, honest and hilarious hour of tales… with just the right amount of filth. Join the Canadian comedian as she tells her very personal story of how living in a new country in a global pandemic led her to take a drastic decision without telling a soul, and returns to the stage over 13 stone lighter, in more ways than one. ‘Blunt, bold, ballsy and brilliant’ (LeicestershirePress.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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stand-up

Kiran Saggu and Sarah Roberts: Cake

A split bill stand-up hour with a cherry on top. Sarah can’t look at her own face without an Instagram filter but can and will WhatsApp you a photo of her arsehole. Kiran identifies as a savage in the Megan Thee Stallion way but not the Winston Churchill way. United by pushy parents and the same m*n in their DMs, together they're looking for any reason to celebrate. 'Phenomenal new talent, original and funny. Packed with punchlines. Destined for stardom!' (Catherine Bohart). 2Northdown semi-finalist. Leicester Square semi-finalist. SYTYF semi-finalist. Rising Star finalist.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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music, stand-up

Lanessa Long: The Lanessa Show

Lanessa has been performing shows all her life. Delighting audiences [parents, siblings and home-schooling group] with her many, many, many talents, and helping turn lemons into, well, slightly sweeter lemons. Through songs, stand-up and stripping, Lanessa creates a world where we can feel happy to explore life’s playful side. Lanessa Long is a performer from Oregon. Fresh from clown school and is excited for this show to be her guaranteed breakthrough hit. Winner, Best Improv Show United Solo Theatre Festival, 2018. 'Can’t be tamed' (ComeHereFloyd.com). 'Invigorating talent' (DailyInfo.co.uk). 'A natural comedienne' (LAMusicCriticBlog.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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compilation, stand-up

Laugh Etc: Parisian Comedy Night

From Paris with laugh... Stand-up with an irresistible French touch, with some of the top comics of the Fringe. One of the best showcases in Paris since 2015, with different comics every day and hosted by Lisa Raduszynski who makes the audience feel at ease. She's the best unknown comedy host of her generation. She was finalist of Ladies of Laughter in New York in 2018. She wrote and performed several skits on French national TV channel France 2. She has a million views on social media for videos shared with French comic La Bajon.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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stand-up

Lee Kyle: An Actual Giant

Lee Kyle is an actual giant. He smells, eats kids and everything. I mean, he's not all that tall but you can't have everything. A family show for families who don't think that kids are little angels. Lee is one of the top family comedians in the UK, there's a real 'anything can happen' feel to his shows, because it can. 'Very funny' (Primary Times).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up

Liam Farrelly, God’s Brother-in-Law

First full-length solo show from 2021’s Scottish Comedian of the Year Award winner. Beat The Frog World Series winner. BBC New Comedy Award finalist. ‘Foregrounding the ridiculousness in his life… a compelling, down-to-earth voice.’ (Scotsman). ‘Young, working-class Glaswegian guy with an everyman touch… if you like Bridges, you'll enjoy Farrelly… Self-referential asides and personal material… routine[s] about his sister being a nun… about being a dad at 21… distinctive and funny…. If he already feels like a pro at the age of 21, that's because he is.’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Frighteningly young… Natural storytelling talent… Impressive' (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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musical theatre, theatre

Lil Saffron: Ragu to Riches

Award-winning performer Michael Kunze makes his Edinburgh solo debut as the world’s greatest rapping pasta chef: Lil Saffron, aka the King of the Kitchen. Lil Saffron is the world’s greatest pasta chef, with braggodocio to spare, but some say his ragu has lost its groove. Watch Saffron battle his own ego in his quest for culinary greatness. Expect yum-yucked yummy mummies, celebrity clown chefs, pasta grannies and the hottest pasta rap bangers ever to mash your ears. 'Michael Kunze is a comedy master' (TheReviewsHub.com). 'A riotous, enraptured crowd' (ThePhoenixRemix.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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stand-up, solo show

Louise Leigh Amused

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year finalist Louise Leigh was supposed to write her Magnum Opus: a searing commentary on men, menopause and menthol rub, a meditation on the nature of... Look, she's had a lot of thoughts over the last year or so, but the main one is: wouldn't it be nice if we all just got in a room and had a laugh? That's the point of this whole thing, isn't it? Louise is 'a sparky performer, able to energize a room' **** (TheWeeReview.com). She's also 'witty, imaginative and more than a little risque' (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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stand-up, solo show

Luca Cupani: Happy Orphan

What if your mum's death turns out to be one of the best things that happened to you? The nonsense of Italian bureaucracy and a grotesque email from the cemetery lead Luca to a brief yet untimely encounter with his late mother, ten years after her funeral. No reason to be sad though, as Luca realises that he doesn't miss her at all! Storytelling meets observational humour as Luca entertains us with his sweet, gentle and dark wit. 'Funny and fresh and so, so moreish' **** (Scotsman). Award-winning comedian (So You Think You're Funny).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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sketch show

MARVELus: All the MARVEL Movies... Kind Of!

The world’s premier nerd-culture comedy double-act, the Just Us League, squeeze all the MARVEL movies into one action packed show... kind of! Squeezing (almost) all the MARVEL movies into an action-packed hour of laughs. Their short punchy sketches and high-energy style will delight the whole spectrum of MARVEL fans, from those that have seen just one movie to mega-aficionados who know the franchise inside out. It’s weapons-free comedy that takes no prisoners. Like your super-hero movies? You’ll love this. Nominee: Best Comedy Show, Fringe World Perth. ‘Hilarious’ (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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stand-up

Mad Ron: Crime School

Uxbridge's third-hardest man shares his views on the modern world with a few tips and tricks thrown in. 'A well-constructed well-practiced set providing a dependable, gag focussed start to the night' (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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new writing, stand-up

Mairead Doyle-Heffernan: Here Comes The Ride

After a sold-out run at London’s Vault Festival, Irish stand-up Comedian Mairead Doyle-Heffernan makes her Fringe debut with stories from her hilariously colourful journey to a white wedding. Post pandemic, she is back with a vengeance and a pint of prosecco to tell us about her glamorous glow-up, rollercoaster journey and nightmare nuptials, in her new one-hour show. Here Comes The Ride is a culmination of the most hilariously hectic and jarringly joyful moments from the minute she got engaged to the second she said 'I do.' Be there with (wedding) bells on.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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compilation, stand-up

Marcel Lucont Etc – A Chat Show

Top 10 Comedy Shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2019 (Telegraph). The 'prince of the chat-show genre' (List) returns to interrogate guests with deadpan Gallic wit. Previous guests include Sarah Millican, Tom Allen, Sara Pascoe, Andi Osho, Simon Munnery and Bridget Christie. 'Well-honed poems and songs are perfectly balanced by moments of genuine spontaneity in this consistently brilliant performance... an essential Fringe show' ***** (Skinny). 'Fresh, accessible and hilarious' (Guardian). 'Excellently dry' (Times). Line-up of guests: www.marcellucont.com

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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light opera, acrobatics

Mat Ewins: Danger Money

The master of straight-shooting, straight-talking, gimmick-free stand-up is back! 'Possibly the most important comic of his generation' **** (Mat Ewins). Not to be missed, different show every night – extra shows cancelled due to precedented demand!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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sketch show

Matt and Rosa with John Hurt as the Voice of the Dragon

Matt and Rosa with John Hurt as the Voice of the Dragon is the debut sketch show of Bristol Revunions alumni Matthew Wilson and Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist Rosa Richards. Matt and Rosa are super excited to bring their first show to the Fringe, and they are even more excited to feature the vocal talents of beloved British thespian John Hurt (pending John replying to our emails. Fingers crossed!). 'Material you won’t hear anywhere else' (Steve Bennett).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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stand-up, solo show

Michelle Kalt: God Hates You

In her first solo show, Swiss Comedy Talent Award finalist Michelle Kalt tackles the aftermath of an embarrassingly peaceful break-up, covering everything from bad dates (or whatever you call it when your uncle slaps your bum at Christmas) to networking at a funeral and curing self-esteem issues with prostate meds. As seen and heard on Roast Battle (Comedy Central Germany), Deville Late Night, Comedy Talent Show, Comedy Talent Battle and Comedy Zmorge.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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stand-up, solo show

Milo Edwards: Voicemail

Milo hasn't received a voicemail in some time. He’d like to talk about that and quite a lot else. Returning to the Fringe after his hit 2019 solo debut, Pindos, Milo has questions. He’s 29, which is located somewhere in that annoying transitional phase between childhood and death, and he’s keen to know what the point of him is. Voicemail is a stand-up show which examines life, death, politics and the answering machine. ScotsGay Comedy Award winner 2019. 'We need comedians like Milo Edwards' ***** (ScotsGay.co.uk). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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stand-up

Molly Leigh-Moy and Carla Gordon: As Per My Previous Apology...

Molly and Carla are both high-energy and friendly gals. However, Molly’s attitude is: if you can't teach, do teachers. And Carla's is: if you can't do anyone, talk about doing everyone. This show was prophesied by a frankly inappropriate comedy promoter who said 'You two need to do a show together because Molly has too much sex, and Carla has too little.' Although appalled at the blatant misogyny, the girls had to admit… he was right. And so a beautiful friendship (and an Edinburgh show) was born.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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new writing, physical theatre

Mother Tree

A solo show about motherhood, the forest and the universe. A highly physical piece combining theatre, aerial silk and spoken word about the ecosystem created behind closed doors and what the forest can teach us about ourselves. It’s about women and the maternal mental health patterns motherhood comes with, alongside its hilarious and fantastical moments. Mother Tree finds connection between the amazing cooperation, memory and healing of the oldest trees and our own incredible journey through motherhood. 'Wildborne’s acting, whilst completing spell binding tricks in the air, is a masterclass in physical theatre' **** (WestEndBestFriend.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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sketch show, solo show

NDOG: Northerners Deliberating Over Gentrification

Cheeky Yorkshire comedian Stefan Harvey presents some very silly characters exploring a very serious topic. Expect absurd, punchy gags and some drag(ish) campness as they joke about how our cities are changing – probably for the worse.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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stand-up, Drag

Nancy Clench: If Your Symptoms Aren't Life-Threatening, Please Hold!

She’s back, the 6'5" towering Scottish drag legend Nancy Clench, returns to the Edinburgh Fringe. Expect tales from the pandemic, including her recent sabbatical working as a receptionist at her local doctor’s surgery. She's putting the agony in agony aunt, with her own medical woes involving gout, and as usual, this diva is ready to bestow some wisdom on to you to solve your problems. Don't miss out on this! 'She is a master of the mic' ***** (ScotsGay.co.uk). 'This is three-dimensional fun' (Skinny).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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clown, theatre

Nikki Hartung: Love, Pierre

France's greatest love guru, Pierre, swam from Paris to Edinburgh in the hopes of finally finding... love? He's coached the likes of Taylor Swift, Joe Rogan, Jennifer Aniston and yet, Pierre himself struggles to date and find this so-called "true love". Classic. Will you go on a date with him? Probably! Crack the code of love? Maybe! Fall in love with him? Je ne sais pas! A clown character show by Nikki Hartung (newcomer, yeehaw!) exploring dating, ghosting and true love. Love can strike at anytime, so expect to fall in love! Maybe...

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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burlesque, solo show

Nikki Lowe: Nongenue

Nikki Lowe: Nongenue is the answer to the question: what happens when the supportive fat friend finally gets her own show? Actress and comedian Nikki Lowe takes audiences on a hilarious and vulnerable exploration into the characters we create for ourselves, the women who shaped us and what our bodies actually have to say about our worth. A mix of stand-up, storytelling and burlesque comedy, Nongenue challenges society's conception of beauty while stripping away the armoured costumes, caricatures and judgements designed to keep women small. Winner of Best Comedy at the 2021 Down to Clown Festival.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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Nina Gilligan: Late Developer

Nina Gilligan is a so-called 'late developer'. She's never hit a single milestone and at 50 is still trying to grasp the complex rules of womanhood. She knows she's not alone. As her eggs deplete and her body becomes hotter than earth's core she is certain only of one thing: she refuses to go on a cruise. Both outrageous and loveable. A circuit favourite. Leicester Mercury Comedy award winner 2021. 'A bolshier Mrs Merton with razor-sharp wit used at will' (Skinny). 'Breath-taking' ***** (Student Newspaper). 'Transcends any perceived age barriers effortlessly... charming sass' ***** (Deadline.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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true-life, solo show

Nina Hills: Peri-meno... What Now?

Nina was going through life quite nicely, when – pow! Suddenly she wasn’t! Fear and anxiety crept into normal everyday situations. Unexplainable rage at everything and everyone! Depression and weird sexual urges! So imagine her surprise when she was told that this was the perimenopause. The Peri-meno… What Now? Little did she realise that this was normal and part of the joys of growing old! Expect comedy, song, rap and even a bit of contemporary dance. A must-see for anyone with a lady garden and all garden visitors.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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sketch show, new writing

No Laughing Matter

Sick and tired of everyone laughing at them, the Revue decides to get serious. Out are the skits and gags of yesteryear, in are some deep and important meditations on, like, capitalism and stuff. Oh, you came here to enjoy yourself? Tough luck bud, sketch comedy is no laughing matter.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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new writing, compilation

Paradok Platform

Theatre Paradok, Edinburgh's premiere experimental theatre society present our newest innovation, Paradok Platform! This year, we've created the opportunity for student theatre to catch-up after the last few years of darkness! More than ten brand new experimental pieces of theatre, ranging from comedy and drama to musicals and movement – check out festival.theatreparadok.co.uk for the full line-up! With Paradok Platform, we aim to create an exciting, accessible and experimental platform for everyone at the Fringe.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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Patrick Monahan: Classy

In a world of groups, hierarchies and class systems, everyone’s trying so hard to fit in. What's wrong with being a misfit? Be you, be proud! From the caravan to the middle-class neighbourhood, it's taken Monahan four decades to realise this. Enjoy Monahan's stand-up observations on living a contemporary life. As seen recently on BBC One’s The One Show, Loose Women ITV, BBC's Asian Network. 'Rip-roaringly funny….. another hour would have suited everyone!’ ***** (One4Review.co.uk). 'Hilarious' ***** (Three Weeks). 'Terrific Comic' **** (Scotsman). 'Definite must see!' **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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absurdist, stand-up

Paul Currie: The Chorus of Ghosts Living in My Skull Keep Telling Me to Take a Shit in the Fruit Salad

A brand-new show from the grand master of Dada nonsense that will endeavour to kick both the stigma of mental health and the patriarchy right in the non-binaries! Hold onto your reproductive bits you random chromosomes, for an existential genre-defying hour of rule-breaking stand-up comedy. ***** (TheMusic.com.au for Melbourne International Comedy Festival performance). ***** (Scotsman). ‘Paul Currie is a disturbingly brilliant comic’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'I wish I’d seen him sooner. My favourite comedy show this year' (Stewart Lee).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up

Perdidos (Lost) in Translation

Join Chris Groves and guest comedians from around the world for a highly entertaining hour of stand-up comedy with a difference. Laugh along as they try to make some sense of a world where everything seems to get lost in translation: a world of confusion we can all relate to. Brilliantly combining hilarious stand-up routines with completely unscripted interactive comedy, this extremely relaxed and open show grows organically as Chris and guests chat with the audience and each other, going wherever the show takes them. The show is 100% in English (...we hope?).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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multimedia, stand-up

Pete Wells: Success

Do you feel successful? Then this is your show. Making his most triumphant Fringe debut yet, Pete, host of The News, The Smalls Sketch Festival finalist and the third thing that he was definitely successful at – brings you a show about making it, divorced billionaires, and why there's an oversized piano in his undersized flat. 'Delightfully silly with off-putting mystique' **** (Pete, After a good date). 'You've got this' ***** (Pete, 3 minutes ago). 'Engrossing, done, amenable' **½ (Random Comedy Blogger).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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stand-up

Phil Ellis: Hedgehog

After the huge success of his last ever sell-out show, Edinburgh award-winning comedian Phil Ellis is back with his latest final stand-up show ever. Edinburgh panel prize winner, 2014. Star of BBC Radio 4's Phil Ellis is Trying. Seen on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, The Russell Howard Hour, Channel 4, BBC Three, BBC Two and Dave. 'Nothing is ever what it seems in a Phil Ellis show... there are surprises and treats lurking in every nook and cranny' **** (List). 'Ellis, as a character is both completely likeable and absolutely appalling' ***** (Scotsman). **** (Guardian). **** (Times).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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satire, modern

Radu Isac: Pandemic

This show is about the pandemic. Or about Radu Isac, or maybe it's a show about the world. It's probably a show about what Radu Isac learned from the pandemic about the world. It's a good show. Radu's stand-up was featured on multiple BBC and Comedy Central programs. He opened for the likes of Louis CK and Jim Gaffigan, and in 2019 he wrapped up his second solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 'Intelligently subversive' (Scotsman). 'Still making me giggle' (ThreeWeeks). 'The audience loved it and I think you will too' (CounterCultureUK.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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storytelling, stand-up

Ram Adithya Arangi – The Local Tourist

Ram Adithya Arangi – The Local Tourist is a solo comedy show that is best described as a hilarious and emotional tale of a local immigrant who gets labelled as a tourist across five countries. What does it take to be rumoured as the first brown guy in small-town Oklahoma? Why does he refer to cops as cutie pies? Come and find out how pain can be converted into unstoppable laughter through the power of jokes! A delightful blend of stand-up comedy and storytelling awaits you.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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storytelling, solo show

Rich Wilson: You Could Have It So Much Better

Whilst other comedians fret and fuss about finding a theme for their shows, award-winning international comedian Rich Wilson puts all of his focus on one thing and that’s being ridiculously funny. So, join one of the UK’s finest comedians for a brand-new hour of observationally absurd, blisteringly hot comedy that is guaranteed to make you feel a whole lot better about yourself and the world around you. Well, for an hour at least, but what an hour that’ll be!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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stand-up, solo show

Russell Arathoon: The Curious Incidents of the Gay in the Night-Time

'Russell's mum believes the whole pandemic is one huge elaborate excuse to get Bradley Walsh more airtime on British TV and Russell is just grateful for a chance to catch up on the Jurassic Park franchise on ITV2.' Energetic, fast-paced stand-up from the Manchester comedian who 'instantly connects with his audience' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Things would have turned out very differently if only the Track and Trace contract would have been awarded to Moonpig.' Sanitise and settle down for an hour of belly laughs and inappropriate humour. 'A guilty pleasure' (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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comedy, stand-up

Ryan Mold: Generation Gap (WIP)

In the mid-80s, at 6 months old, my grandparents become my legal guardians. They showered me with love, but being guided through life by two 70-year-olds with simply no understanding of modern living was a mixture of confusion and embarrassment. I was having to take advice, navigate school and grow into a man from a generation who are clearly not up to date with the 90s trends of the internet, fashion and modern cooking. If I was ever to have a girlfriend, my grandparents’ thrifty car choice, mannerisms and "alternative solutions" would certainly not help!

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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solo show

Ryan Wingfield: Trophy Husband

Comedian by night, stay-at-home-dad / trophy husband by day! International comedian Ryan Wingfield shares his take on the challenges of family life and other experiences in this solo stand-up show. His comedy has been seen in over a dozen countries on three continents and is recognized as some of the smartest and sharpest on the comedy circuit.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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compilation

Sascha LO and Friends

Sascha LO (Chortle Student and Brighton Komedia finalist, character comedian and shockingly still single) presents a split bill featuring some of the biggest rising stars of the UK comedy circuit. A different split-bill performer each week! Tadiwa Mahlunge (BBC One, Comedy Central)! Izzy Askwith (Funny Women winner 2020)! Horatio Gould (TikTok famous)! Come for the award-winning comedy, stay to find out if Sascha found herself on her gap year. 'Funny bones and a joy to watch' (Matt Reed). 'A hugely impressive set, pulled off effortlessly' (Palatinate). 'A masterclass in comedic acting and writing' (DurhamStudentTheatre.org).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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stand-up

Scott Bennett: Nine Lives

Described by the Evening Standard as 'live comedy’s best kept secret' Scott Bennett has been blazing a trail through the stand-up circuit for the best part of a decade. He’s written for many high-profile acts such as Chris Ramsey and Jason Manford, and recently recorded his debut on BBC One’s Live at the Apollo. With regular appearances on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show, Scott is an act hotly tipped to break through into the big time, come along and see why. Tour support for Rob Brydon, Jason Manford, John Bishop.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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improv

Set List: Stand-up Without a Net

It's back! 'For anyone genuinely interested in comedy and comedians, this is the must-see show of the festival' ***** (Scotsman). Fast, furious, reliably brilliant, different every night! Literally as they walk onstage, in full view of the audience, comedians are flashed a never-before-seen set list of topics and must instantly create a spontaneous and original new stand-up set, right then and there. No existing material allowed; it's all improvised! Previous set listers include: Trevor Noah and Robin Williams who raved about it: http://youtu.be/93464gfTA50 (here is Robin's actual bit on the Sky Atlantic TV series).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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musical theatre

Shannon Matthews the Musical

From cult internet phenomenon and Christmas two-hit wonder Kunt and the Gang comes this potty-mouthed romp through one of this century’s most bizarre news stories. Mother-from-hell Karen Matthews, fed up being a nobody, hatches a cunning plan for a shot at the big time. Henpecked common-law husband Craig Meehan has an unhealthy obsession with his laptop. Borderline special-needs uncle Michael Donovan just wants some company and a couple of quid for some baccy. Stereotypical Yorkshire copper DI Radgitt faces a race against time to unravel the lies and find the missing girl, Shannon Matthews, aged nine.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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stand-up

Sheraz Yousaf: The Google Man

A Google search is possibly the most used thing out of all the things you use after toilet paper, but what's it like to work there? And are the people all weirdo IT people? And are the rumours of an office slide true? One of the highlights of this comedian's life was working at Google whilst still being a stand-up. Somehow he got away with not being Googled. Looks like they don't know everything after all, eh?

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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Podcast

Sloss and Humphries on the Road

Daniel Sloss and Kai Humphries have been friends almost as long as they've been comedians. Now they tour the world making themselves and strangers laugh. Two touring buffoons telling you about their thoughts and then insulting you for being a muggle. Occasional guests, regular dad jokes – for the first time ever at the fringe this is their hilarious smash-hit podcast – live (and very rude) onstage. Don’t miss it! Podbean: https://slossandhumphries.podbean.com, Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0LfqpixbB79BjuD2oTpBhP, YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCuiLwd-45fhOq94CKuKJX6A

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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Spiegeltastic – The Best Mixed-Bill Show at the Fringe

Two hour show with the best comedians, the best new venue – St James Quarter's Spiegeltent, the best drinks from an Airstream Bar…. All truly Spiegeltastic. The best of everything!

Location Just The Tonic at St James Quarter

subvenue Just The Spiegeltent

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stand-up, solo show

Stefania Licari: Medico

Real-life doctor and award-winning comedian Stefania Licari brings her alter ego to the stage in Medico – a hysterical and moving exploration of the medical world, immigration and what it means to become British. Medico marries physical gags, ribald humour and true stories from the medical frontline with Stefania’s own experience as an Italian doctor in the UK. You may laugh or cry, but one thing is guaranteed: you will never look at doctors in the same way again. Co-devised and directed by Chris Head.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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comedy, music

Sugarcoated Sisters: Bittersweet

The hopelessly flawed Sugarcoated Sisters unleash their multi-million-hit TikTok personas onto the stage for the first time. Armed with original songs, guitar and double bass, no musical style is off-limits as ammunition for their scathing revenge on everyone who’s ever wronged them. Winners: Best Newcomer Musical Comedy Awards 2022. TikTok Creators to Watch 2022. TikTok’s Trailblazing Women 2022. Funny Women Content Creator Award finalists 2021. ‘Layers of showbiz magic dust’ (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk). ‘Sisters strike gold!’ (VoxPoliticalOnline.com). ‘Hilarious back-and-forth’ (MyLondon.news). ‘A funny, tragic, perfect marvel' ***** (ThreeWeeks). Directed by Laura Corcoran (Frisky and Mannish).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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multimedia, stand-up

Ted Hill: All the Presidents Man

Ted Hill's debut stand-up show about every single US president and how they saved his life. From Washington to Biden, Ted talks about his recovery from mental breakdown and includes a joke about each and every US president. It's just your standard coming-of-age, multimedia, mental health recovery, every single US president sort of stand-up show we're all so used to these days. Featuring silly graphs, silly drawings, silly jokes and more. Absolutely no knowledge of US presidents required for this emotional, high-energy, multimedia mischief. 'A whirlwind of energy' ***** (Varsity). 'Ridiculous and hilarious' (TheTab.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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The Bunker

Hidden away in the notorious Edinburgh Caves is a late night of music, mayhem and madness. Absolute carnage as a genuinely unplanned night of chaos unfolds. If we don’t know what is going on, how will you! Midnight until 3am – drink, dance and mess around in the Fringe’s most infamous late-night venue… The Caves.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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sketch show

The Dead Ducks

The Dead Ducks are back and raring to tickle your funny bone! This new generation of funny folk form York’s finest sketch comedy troupe – anyone saying otherwise is selling something! Weird segue – why not buy a ticket to our comedy show? With a variety of sketches to launch at your unassuming faces, this show brings York’s most cheeky and chucklesome performers to the stage, all for your sensory delight. Enjoy quick comedy with a pinch of the absurd? Huzzah! Then don’t be a square – be any other shape, and come see these Ducks perform!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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sketch show, improv

The Halls of Ridiculous: Improvised Sketch Show

Join Yorkshire double act The Halls of Ridiculous as they push the boundaries of improv, sketch and character creativity to the max with their quick thinking scenes, zany special guests and quirky approach to performance. Featuring: Chris Lumb (BBC Three: Russell Howard's Good News) and Phil Allan-Smith (BBC One: This is My House). 'Brilliant character work mixed with superb improv' (Hull Comedy Festival). 'THOR has a lot of potential' (ThePhoenixRemix.com). 'A Vic and Bob for a different generation' (ShoeCakeComedy.co.uk). 'Loved all the madness' (BlackpoolComedyClub.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Road

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sketch show, revue

The Leeds Tealights: Imposter Syndrome

The Tealights return to the Fringe for their 15th year, bearing the gift of their brand-new show Imposter Syndrome: an hour of non-stop, nonsensical, sketch comedy. This five-piece troupe take you on an unpredictable journey, brimming with an eclectic mix of characters and eccentric scenarios. Veterans of the student sketch-comedy circuit, and following a year of sell-out shows in Leeds, Bristol, Cambridge and beyond, the troupe are both slickly choreographed and impeccably timed. Strap in for a joy ride of a sketch show ready to send you sideways.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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sketch show, clown

The Lovely Boys

Joe and Mikey are Lovely Boys. They want to show off their jumpers, and play with their toys. Expect silly fun and games in this absurd clown bonanza. The Lovely Boys are Joe Kent-Walters (‘The star of the show, hitting every beat and owning the stage every second he’s on it’ (TheGryphon.co.uk)) and Mikey Bligh-Smith (No pull quote available). Winner, Chortle Student Comedy Award 2021. Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off Finalists 2022. 'Cracking physical comedy' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Hilarious' (TheReviewsHub.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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sci-fi, theatre

The Return of the Planet

What if climate change was mainly due to the return of a planet to our solar system every 3,600 years?! The fiery core of the center of the earth put under pressure by the arrival of this nearby planet would lead to the warming of our climate! Insane truth totally refused by the 20,000 actors to whom the paid casting was offered. But don't worry we just discovered the comic reincarnation of Noah and James de la Cloche, Queen Mary Stuart who has regained her head. And we will save you!

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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improv, family

The Show That Must Not Be Named

Improvised Harry Potter parody from Chortle Award-winning Jericho Comedy. Previous praise: 'Brilliant – energised, fun and funny' (DailyInfo.co.uk). 'Supreme talent' ***** (EdFringeReview.com). 'Roaring success at creating vibrant comedy shows' ***** (OxfordMail.co.uk). Suitable for all ages and magical abilities. Mischief managed.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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improv, storytelling

The Silliad: Improvised Myths and Legends

Why do geese fly south for the winter? What's really inside an Oreo? You suggest the question, then watch as the myth of its origin comes to life! From the roaring thunder of Mount Olympus to the frozen tundra of Scandinavia, it's Horrible Histories meets Clash of the Titans meets Whose Line Is It Anyway? If you love improv, this is not a show to myth! 'One of the most hilarious and sweet shows a person can watch' ***** (Student). 'The fun they have on stage is infectious' **** (BingeFringe.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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Podcast, Drag

The Vanity Project

From interviewing guests such as Lorraine Kelly and Karen Dunbar, drag queen Vanity von Glow swaps the studio for the stage as she interviews the stars of the Fringe in this hour-long live podcast. Join her in the audience to hear from some interesting voices as Vanity discusses politics and entertainment with a dash of frivolity. Performers are known for talking, but this queen is a great listener. In a cultural moment where it feels like everyone is shouting at one another, we offer you a classic innuendo: it is time to go deeper with Vanity.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Three Grams and a Baby

After moving to Switzerland, a wayward Aussie finds out he'll be a father and so he does the obvious: Leaves everyone to embark on an acting career (AKA cocaine addiction) and accrue £126,000 in debt. Everything is working out great, until he meets the baby. And so begins a long, confronting and often surreal road back to redemption. Can he become the person and father he was meant to be? Without learning a single word of Swiss German? Come and find out in this revealing debut show from Australian stand-up Chris Darwa.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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stand-up, solo show

Toby Isaacs: Existence is Futile

Toby, an unambitious 30-something wants to make the world a better place, but takes umbrage at most of its citizens because he doesn't have a pension. Perplexed at regular social interaction, Toby attempts over and over to deconstruct the dream of a normal life and the hollow identity portrayed by cultural saturation; like having a career in something-that-is-more-than-just-a-series-of-imaginary-words management, and then binge-watching nine seasons of Suits over the Easter Weekend. This reluctant member of the middle-child-classes will have you pining after a simpler life and hopeful that the world can be rebuilt, with fewer pieces.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up

Tom Henry, Jack Hester: Tom and Jack Having the Craic

Two rising stars of the UK stand-up circuit banging out jokes and stories on topics as diverse as relationships, religion, politics, health and the human condition. Expect big laughs and great craic from two acts who are used to blowing the roof off clubs all across the UK.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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stand-up, solo show

Tom Stade: The High Road

Tom's been trying to remember what was important before responsibility and fear got in the way. He’s simplified his life; sold his house and embarked on another round of misadventures. Armed with his usual sense of mischief, he'll be tackling all manner of gritty issues: What does Love Honey have to do with covid? How far would your dog go to protect you and what does Grandpa really want for Christmas? Going to places that others dare not tread, join Tom on this no-holds-barred trip as he travels the high road.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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stand-up

Triple Threat Comedy

As seen at festivals across the UK. Triple Threat Comedy is a late-night showcase bringing you three of the best established and up-and-coming acts. All funny, none male; with a fresh line-up each night. Stand-up’s answer to Charlie’s Angels. This late-night show which promises to have a cracking line-up of TV names alongside breakthrough acts each time. A perfect way to end the night, or start the day! Previous acts include Helen Bauer, Ria Lina, Holly Stars, Isabelle Farah, Eryn Tett and Adele Cliff.

Location Just The Tonic at The Tron

subvenue The Tron

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storytelling, stand-up

Tudur Owen: Alive Huw

Welsh stand-up and Fringe veteran Tudur Owen returns to Edinburgh with a true-ish tale of a man he once knew called Alive Huw. Huw had figured out how to save the planet… the problem was, he just couldn’t be arsed. Join Tudur as he recounts the astonishing events that take us from a sleepy Welsh village to an armed stand-off in Central London. A show about hope, survival and sheer laziness. ‘Riotously funny’ **** (TheReviewsHub.com). 'Great material, great variety, very funny and very Welsh' (BBC Wales). As heard on BBC Radio 4. 

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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storytelling, stand-up

Vix Leyton: More Fiction Than Girl

A whirlwind show examining the multiple roles you play in your life and what happens when you break out of them. Everyone has that friend who tweeted something that altered the course of their life. If you don't, Vix is now yours. Part cautionary tale on keeping hold of yourself and not believing your own hype, part inspiration for anyone who might want to give a dream a go. It really could happen to you and there is power in saying yes to the things that scare you.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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storytelling, stand-up

Vlad and Kuan-wen: The Wee Aliens

A dazzling double-header show featuring Vlad and Kuan-wen (Macedonia and Taiwan), who cut their teeth on the London circuit. With several awards and TV credits between the pair, they bring a charm and vitality that can often be lost in the big city grind. Brimming with fantastic observations about life in Britain, these two acts confirm they would’ve made it, if people didn’t forget where they’re from. Audience reviews for Vlad: 'That Montenegro guy was funny!' Reviews for Kuan-wen: 'Been on a stag-do once in Thailand, didn’t know they had good comedians too!'

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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LGBT, stand-up

Wil Hodgson: Barbicidal Tendencies

Comedian, barber, barstool philosopher. Chippenham’s cult-favourite, award-winning, genderqueer punk storyteller makes their long-awaited return to the Fringe with a brand-new show. As seen on Russell Howard’s most recent Netflix special. 'This is punk rock' (Mark Thomas). 'Genius' (Russell Howard). 'The most charismatic of storytellers. A sort of urban warrior on behalf of all those who don’t fit in' (Scotsman). 'It may not be everyone's cuppa but believers know that he remains one of the most original and consistently funny performers in the UK' (Guardian).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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stand-up, solo show

Will Preston Can't Face Reality

Reality is overrated. Why bother with work, relationships, and mental health concerns when escapism is king? Will Preston – self-confessed geek and gaming addict – explores his love of geek culture, as well as his normal life that he tries to escape from. Will he keep his face against the screen, or will he finally face reality? 'Slick, surprising, and acutely aware' (Objectively Funny). 'Energetic and lovable' (Joey Page). 'Very funny geezer. Guaranteed laughs! (Lenny Sherman). 'Edgy, distinctive voice' (Sadia Azmat). 'Fearless, oozes confidence' (Nathan Cassidy).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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storytelling, stand-up

You Don't Have to Be Mad to Work Here (WIP)

Award-winning comedian, NHS psychiatrist and author Benji Waterstones shares highlights from his forthcoming book. A fly on the padded-wall account of the mental health world that busts some myths (ie there are no padded walls) and finally explains the difference between a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a psychic. 'One of my favourites' (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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solo show

gosh!

'Thanks for coming to audition. Now, I want you to pretend you're a tangerine. You're a lonely, sad tangerine – your dad's left you and your mum's a pear. Ok? Go for it.' After its sold-out London run, gosh! arrives at Edinburgh. A comedy about a comedian. Blending sketches, stand-up, theatre, clown, audio-visuals, and everything else, gosh! is a fast-paced, slick whirlwind of an hour. From the company behind the award-nominated Badgers Can't Be Friends (***** (LondonPubTheatres.com)) and from the writer/performer of award-winning comedy short film The Audition (2019). And it's in a pub. We love pubs.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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