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storytelling, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

1990 Child from Wuhan: Trauma, Love, Diarrhoea

From the sweatshops of Wuhan to the stages of Berlin, Moni Zhang is bringing you a show that's equal parts comedic and cathartic. Moni's raw and unapologetic performance delves into her impoverished childhood, dysfunctional family and stomach-churning toilet habits. Brace yourselves for a dark, dirty and downright hilarious comedy show that will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Edinburgh Fringe 2022 sell-out show. Winner Berlin New Stand-up Award 2019. 'An absolutely funny show' **** (ScottishField.co.uk). 'Beautiful storytelling but overtly sexual' (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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variety - EdFringe 2023

A Night of the Mind

A Night of the Mind – Fraser Penman, the world's most unique hypnotist, is an international stage hypnotist and mentalist. Quoted as 'Scotland's answer to Derren Brown and taking the world by storm', at just 28 years old, he is one of the newest, most exciting, performing sensations from Scotland. A Night of the Mind is his brand new headline comedy hypnosis show fused with mind-blowing mentalism. Watch and be mesmerised as he reads and takes over the minds of the audience volunteers, for one evening, creating magic through the power of hypnosis.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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stand-up, solo show - EdFringe 2023

Adele Cliff Can Break Your Arm

Adele's back, funnier and more dangerous than ever! Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show nominee (2023). Pegasus Comedy Best Show (2022). Dave's Funniest Jokes of the Fringe (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016). UK Pun Champion (2020). 'Guaranteed laughs' ***** (The Student Newspaper). 'A consummate jokesmith' (Comedy.co.uk). 'No doubt she's a nifty writer' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Absolutely charming... a skilled performer, with a real presence and confidence' (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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improv, adaptation - EdFringe 2023

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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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Alex Hylton: I Won't Let Failure Go To My Head

Lovable scamp Alex Hylton has done stand-up for a third of his life. It's too late to stop now. Winner of Best Show at Leicester Comedy Festival. 'Breathlessly funny!' (ThreeWeeks). 'Hylton is a performer who takes absolute charge of a room' (TheWeeReview.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Porch

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Alternative Comedy, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Alexis Dubus: 3-Star Show

After 20 years on the circuit, Alexis Dubus, easily one of the comedians of his generation, is ready to deliver the greatest 3-star comedy experience ever staged. Don't miss this explosively average show from a multi award-nominated performer truly at the middle of his game. As seen as a waiter in Derek (Channel 4), an idiot in Nathan Barley (Channel 4) and 3 of 63 in Red Dwarf XI (Dave). 'Can write some strong lines... sometimes excellent... amusing' *** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Too clever' *** (List). 'Puts the audience almost too much at ease... begins well' *** (BroadwayBaby.com).

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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Musical Comedy, theatre - EdFringe 2023

Amy Webber: No Previous Experience

Amy is an award-winning comedian as heard on BBC Radio 4. Armed with her mini keyboard and an opera degree that's never been useful, she's on the hunt for a new job. You may pity her, you may love her, but you will want to employ her. Winner of Audience Choice Award at Musical Comedy Awards (2020), shortlisted for BBC New Comedy Award (2021) and runner-up at Beat The Frog World Series (2022). 'Fast-paced and clever' (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard). 'Phenomenal... a clear hit' (Steve Bennet, Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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cabaret, burlesque - EdFringe 2023

Best of Cabaret

Best of Cabaret from the Fringe returns with an all-star diverse rotating cast of international and regional seasoned artists in the genre. Vivacious variety, musical theatre, circus, comedy and award-winning headline burlesque features to complete the night. Best of Cabaret showcases a round of the finest cabaret acts at the 2023 Fringe in one stellar showcase each night. The hottest cabaret ticket in town, early bookings strongly encouraged. Limited capacity.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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Alternative Comedy, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Big Cuck, Little Cuck

Making their Edinburgh debut, Leeds based stand-up weirdos Kyle Bedder (tall, thin, unhinged) and Dan Powell (short, fat, depressed) present Big Cuck, Little Cuck: a 60-minute exploration of the perils of toxic masculinity, the merits of leaf blowers on the beach and the similarities between ageing men and gone-off yoghurt. Ripping the hour in two (and squabbling over whose half is bigger and better, you know, like men do) they will lay their minds, bodies and souls bare to the shame and bemusement (and certainly entertainment) of the audience.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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clown - EdFringe 2023

Big Zeus Energy

Nominated Best Debut Show Leicester Comedy Festival 2023. Masculinity is in crisis. The men's circle is calling and we're heading deep into the forest to find our Big Zeus Energy. Inspired by men's movements of the 90s, this physical comedy and clown show will have you questioning everything you know about what it means to be a man. Starring three graduates of Ecole Philippe Gaulier – this show promises to be an enlightening experience for audiences of all genders. Described by past audience members as 'bonkers'.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Brit-ish?

Born from the three most violent places on earth (Northern Ireland, America and Essex), Ciara Jack, expresses her political rage by impersonating her disappointed parents. Ira Sylvester actually wanted to be a cult leader, but unfortunately audiences kept cackling, slapping their thighs and pointing at him. Philosophising about his life experiences, he agonises over the privilege he never had but definitely deserves. They met in the infamous comedy hotbed of Denmark, Ira was one of the first UK refugees to escape England and Ciara just went there as a bloody woman with absolute notions.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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sketch show, character comedy - EdFringe 2023

Burdwurld

Shipwrecked, you've washed up on a remote island inhabited only by birds and a smattering of entertainers from other doomed cruises. And now, at the behest of the birds (who seem to control the island), the best and most stranded in showbiz are putting on a spectacle! Expect comedy, music and a hefty amount of longshore drift. Starring Robbie George, Eva Wallis, Hudson Hughes, Aidan Pittman and many other castaways. Praise for previous work: 'Sheer talent... a guaranteed hilarious performance' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'A raucous and ridiculously good' (EdFringeReview.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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Alternative Comedy, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

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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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Craig Hill: This Gets Harder Every Year!

Outrageously high-octane, cheeky and irreverent, Scotland's much-loved kilty pleasure unleashes another corker of a show title and a fun hour of uproarious stand-up! Celebrating 24 years of riotous comedy with the best audiences at the fringe, and all the single, double and, why the hell don’t we make it a triple entendres that you could ever wish for. Craig’s up for it all – and that’s just the way he likes it... 'Riotously funny!' (Independent); 'Brilliant!' (Daily Record); ‘Laugh-out-loud performance from beginning to end... absolutely hilarious!’ (List); ‘Funny as hell!’ (Scotland on Sunday)

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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stand-up, LGBTQ+ - EdFringe 2023

David Ian: (Just a) Perfect Gay

Growing up gay in small town, 90s Kent, it is easy to think your sexuality is the reason you don't fit in. But what if it's not? Explore the expectations, struggles and disappointment of being a gay man at the same time as being not quite good enough. One-liners and intelligent jokes woven into heartwarming storytelling in this romp through David's journey to be good enough that will make you laugh, think and reflect on your own sense of belonging. 'Totally engaging, full of character. Superb stand-up, infectious routine' (Boyz).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Dubai Fling: Ali Al Sayed and Mina Liccione

The UAE's King and Queen of comedy: Ali Al Sayed from Dubai, and Broadway veteran Mina Liccione from New York, deliver powerhouse punchlines and share hilarious stories about life as comedians in the Middle East through a unique mixed-cultural lens. From 'bada-bing' to desert bling, focaccia to Ferrari and everything in between. Both seen on Stand-up Sketch Show, Comedy Central and MTV. 'Groundbreaking' (FOX 5 New York). 'Knockout performance' (National). 'Very funny' (BritishTheatreGuide.info).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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true-life, storytelling - EdFringe 2023

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, Adelaider). 'Uniquely delightful' ***** (TheWest.com.au). 'Beautifully delivered tale of friendship' ***** (Herald / Herald Sun). 'A must see!' ***** (Hairline.org.uk). 'Beautifully crafted, deeply moving' (TimeOut). 'Mesmerising' (Guardian).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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Alternative Comedy, solo show - EdFringe 2023

Eva Bindeman: Semi Killer

Eva Bindeman has made it to every comedy semi-final there is and absolutely no further. Failing at being middle class, middle child and middle life, Eva has one last attempt to become a winner – putting on her own show with only one contestant: Herself. Can she make it to the final? A show, averagely written and performed with the air of someone who has nothing to lose (...or win) – Semi Killer celebrates the frustrating joy of taking part. Expect 3 stars, ample seating and a feeling of this show being just fine.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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sketch show - EdFringe 2023

Femme Natale Theatre

Hilariously truthful – an unapologetically comic peek into the world of parenting: what comes before, during and after in this rambunctious mix of original songs and sketches from NZ actors ensemble Femme Natale. Breeders and non breeders have loved this show all over – first time at Edinburgh Festival Fringe... don't miss the best date night or group night out this season and the best contraceptive in town!

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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music, poetry - EdFringe 2023

Fever Peach: Intense Goblin Nightmare Woman

Dundee's loudest band per capita, Fever Peach, brings a freshly squeezed and off-beat surrealist comedy, heartfelt poetry and juicy jams. Intense Goblin Nightmare Woman summons tear jerkers, floor fillers, and genre bending bops to shake your peach too. Brought to fruition over a lazy afternoon, Scott Redmond (Scotland's leading Romani poet and comedian) and Andy Bullick (Northern Irish comedian and musician) planted the seed that would become Fever Peach, a musical-comedy-poetry duo who have performed at Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Dundee and Edinburgh Fringes, and Summer Anywhere Festival.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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absurdist, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Francis Breen: White

The year is 2023, a white man does stand-up comedy? What?! In this case he's a man in a cheap white suit daubed in white paint. For lovers of the absurd. In association with Beard in a Jar productions

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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comedy, clown - EdFringe 2023

Fruit Salad

Two Gaulier-trained clowns, Chase Brantley and Nicholas Hemerling, burst out for a night of charming yet meaningless hilarity. Originally inspired by chain-sawing a watermelon, this comedy is a banana-za of fruit-based stupidity. So expect fruit. You'll also see smooching, heartbreak, pelvic thrusting, hot muscles, beautiful dancing and audience interaction. If you want something intelligent, we will... try our best. Whatever you're into though, this is the event to find love. That we can promise! Warning: surprisingly sexy.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Gary Delaney: Gary in Punderland

Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world - star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! For 2 nights only!

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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stand-up, solo show - EdFringe 2023

Gaslighting Is My Love Language

Gaslighting Is My Love Language by Fielding Edlow (Bojack Horseman) is about an intimacy-avoidant woman who just wanted a boyfriend but ended up in a 13-year marriage/light hostage situation. Never been married before, she went from whore to hostage in 45 seconds. Fielding's prince was an Irish show-pony named Larry who owned three pairs of crocs and called her 'kiddo'. The only reason to get married is to lie in bed and talk about people you hate. But what if one day you wake up and realize, 'Uch, I hate you!' 'Virtuoso material' (Variety).

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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stand-up, character comedy - EdFringe 2023

Grotto

Unseasonable, unreasonable and unsuitable for brats. A legendary figure has signed in for some out-of-season rehab. Is he the real thing, or another unemployed actor in between Santa gigs? Created and performed by Terry Victor, a jolly fat man who has seen the grotto from the dark side; expect super-salacious Santa secrets and naff Xmas rapping zhuzhed with a bijou touch of drag. There can only be one Santa – but as more of the legend's diverse personalities show up, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas will never be the same. Seeing is believing.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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comedy, new writing - EdFringe 2023

Hersterectomy

"What if you meet the right man down the line? You might change your mind!" "Why waste a good pair of ovaries?" Carmel is a lesbian with no interest in having children. She has polycystic ovary syndrome. She wants a hysterectomy. It shouldn't be that hard, right? To meet the archaic criteria, she plots to curate the perfect nuclear household: a loving husband, a couple of kids and a red SMEG fridge. But family is never straightforward – especially a fake one... It's hysterical. It's hormonal. It's Hersterectomy.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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Family-friendly, interactive - EdFringe 2023

Inside The Robot: Kids vs Chaos!

The world's only theatrical escape room! You are the crew of a robot and everything has gone wrong! 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. Back with new challenges and a new story for 2023 – fans of puzzles, games and silly dances can't miss this unique Fringe experience brought to you for a strictly limited run. Come see us in the iconic Big Caves venue like you have never seen it before.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Jake Baker: Alone Together

Fresh from his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe debut, Jake Baker returns with his follow-up hour. Since his first show was described as a heady blend of the whimsical and the political, this year's show looks to perfect that cocktail with an extra measure of gags, a liberal splash of wit and a soupçon of daftness – all shaken and served over ice in a stylish, albeit rather impractical, glass. 'Quietly impressive... He has a talent that should not be overlooked' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Endearingly offbeat, great comic timing and an engagingly whimsical mind' **** (TheEdinburghReporter.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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solo show - EdFringe 2023

JoJo Pat is Sober and Alive

Australian comedian white-knuckling sobriety, often spotted running through the woods at 2am with blister plasters and an estrogen prescription. She did this so you might not have to. There were no limits in collecting material for her debut show – Sober and Alive. Both a celebration and a warning. Was not paying attention for 39 years. She is now.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

John Robins: Howl

Still screaming after all these years. A new show from Edinburgh Comedy Award winner / dashing hunk o' junk Johnny JR. Tour begins in September and tickets are available from JohnRobins.com. This show is in the Nucleus room at Just The Tonic's Atomic venue, about 200 yards up the road from The Pleasance Courtyard. 'A masterclass in tempo, tone and character' (Guardian). 'A goosebump inducing show that lays bare the limits of comedy' (Telegraph).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

John Robins: Work in Progress

Notes on stage? Tick! Breath-taking riff-scenarios? Tick! Bits that don't work? Tick! Progress not perfection, people! Witness some progress from Edinburgh Comedy Award winner / fabled digital DJ ahead of his new tour starting in September. Tour tickets from JohnRobins.com. This show is in the Sub Atomic room at Just The Tonic's Atomic venue, about 200 yards up the road from the Pleasance Courtyard.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Kate Dale: Up to Scratch

Fingering her way through menopause, discovering she's bisexual at 50, facing the challenges and joys of getting older, embracing invisibility, and beginning again. Enjoy a hot flush with Kate while she works it all out. A funny, frank and liberating show that explores the idea that once we're finally past those societal expectations, hormonal fluctuations and self-imposed limitations, we get to be the person our eight-year-old selves dreamt of being... Or at least give it a jolly good go without worrying (too much) about the consequences.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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interactive - EdFringe 2023

LOLyamorous: A Live Speed-Dating Comedy Show

First Dates meets Graham Norton's Red Chair Stories in this hilarious interactive dating chat show. Choose to put your name in a bucket for the chance to have a one minute date on stage with another random audience member. When time's up, two comedians will ask you both about your love lives and your dating do's and don'ts. Hosted by James Regal and a different, surprise guest host every night. So delete your dating apps and come get LOLyamorous with us. All relationship statuses, orientations, genders and ages (18+) welcome!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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comedy, new writing - EdFringe 2023

Lost and Found

'Have you ever been told that you're too much? Too loud? Too chaotic? Too ambitious? Too Scottish? I have. I was too much. Too much of a fanny to dump him'. Meet Maeve. She's bold, fiercely loyal and wildly chaotic. As her home and university lives collide on a night out in Glasgow, drinks are swilled, hearts are broken, friendships are forged and slobbery snogs are exchanged. Lost and Found follows the sisterhood bond of three unlikely best friends from different corners of the UK, fighting to find themselves as they risk losing each other.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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variety - EdFringe 2023

Marc Adams: BMW Bavarian's Most Wanted

Marc Adams is a multi-talented guy, he's been in singing competitions, thousands of auditions for many movies, musicals and theatre, one competition after another... what can I say, he's a stand-up guy. The Berlin comedy club veteran has packed his show with off-beat humour, visual gags, music, props, and Kraut-work. See for yourself why he is Bavaria's most wanted.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Memories of the Early 1950s

You may want to trigger memories. If you are too young, you will hear how we managed with one fire in the house; rationing, such as two ounces of butter a week; hear about luxuries and necessities compared with those of today. Audience participation will be encouraged – sharing a memory and joining in with songs. Song sheets will be provided.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Micky Bartlett: Let Me Start from the Start

Northern Ireland's comedy superstar brings the noise (and the LOLs) with his all-new show. His brilliant razor-sharp wit and hilariously embarrassing anecdotes would make a psychiatrist blush. Micky has sold out multiple tours across Ireland and Australia. In 2022, he sold more than 10,000 tickets in Belfast and he is half of the smash-hit podcast Deckchair and Yumz. 'Masterful way of delivering with punch and style... Devastating' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Very funny' (Jimeoin). 'He killed, opening. I didn't watch' (Kevin Hart). 'One of the most consistently funny people I've ever worked with' (Adam Hills).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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sketch show, character comedy - EdFringe 2023

Mr Sister

Holly and Brooke are hooked on each other. Watch the duo stumble through the vows they have taken to be besties forever, or as they like to call themselves, Mr Sisters. From money saving experts 'Nifty and NooNoo' to dating in the dark at 'Le Nuit de Sexe', Mr Sister is a wonderful mix of sketch and character comedy that truly is a spectacle of imagination and comedy. Someone once said, 'If you don't get your own sketch show, I'll be disappointed', and Hooked would hate to disappoint. ‘Spectacle of imagination and comedy’ (FunnyWomen.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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improv - EdFringe 2023

Murder Inc

Every night, it's a raucous, improvised, made-to-order murder with Murder Inc – where the audience chooses the setting, the characters, and even motives. Murder Inc has been performing regular monthly shows to sold-out crowds in Manchester and Leeds for over eight years and now the North of England's funniest criminals come to Edinburgh for the first time. Come see the show that our audiences on TripAdvisor say 'had me crying with laughter', 'is just awesome', and that 'everyone should check out'. One lucky detective even takes home a "prize".

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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sketch show - EdFringe 2023

Myles and Dan Just Might Break a World Record Tonight

Witness the impossible as Myles and Dan attempt to complete the most live comedy sketches in a single live sketch-comedy show in live sketch-comedy history. Live. Do your own research.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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storytelling - EdFringe 2023

Nick Pupo: Addicted

Comedian Nick Pupo makes an identity crisis hilarious through his tales of friendship, trust, and, of course, heroin. Nick Pupo shares his story of ruining his most important friendship by becoming addicted to drugs while hiding it from everyone he loves. He's not sure if these things make him an addict and a bad person, but he's trying to figure that out on stage. Join Nick as he explores his shocking past in Addicted, a show about addiction, friendship and identity.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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Musical Comedy - EdFringe 2023

One's a Musical Comedian and One Isn't

Do you like musical comedy? Do you like non-musical comedy? Do you not care, as long as it's good? Then come enjoy either the first half, the second half, or even all of this show, as two up-and-coming comedians from the London circuit talk cereal, sex and supermarkets.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Parallel

Comedians and friends Salma and Danielle explore their parallel upbringings in their respective religious Muslim and Jewish households and how their path of self-righteousness brought them together today.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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storytelling, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Patrick Hastie – My Grandpa's Grandpa's Dad

Ancestry takes an unexpected turn when a DNA test, a trip to Ellis Island, and some late-night googling leads American stand-up comedian Patrick Hastie to question the truth about his heritage and long-told family lore in this hilarious and compelling Edinburgh debut. Through stand up, storytelling and some light crowd-work Patrick examines how we interpret and maintain our relationships with our immediate family and our ancestors.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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clown, Alternative Comedy - EdFringe 2023

Paul Currie: Shtoom

Brand-new, non-verbal immersive comedy show, created by award-winning Belfast comedian and clownarchist, Paul Currie. This show fuses physical clowning, music, contemporary dance, non-verbal comedy vignettes and crowd participation on a grand scale, utilising and subverting everyday objects and everyday life without having to utter a single word. Paul will show how he uses comedy to elevate his mental health and deep depression through laughter in this true sympathy of silly. Shtoom is a unique, surrealist, Dadaesque performance punk musical. 'Best comedy I saw was Paul Currie' ***** (Stewart Lee). 'Gloriously funny, Utterly unpredictable.. thrillingly silly…' ***** (Entertainment-Now.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up, solo show - EdFringe 2023

Piping Hot

Madeleine Hamilton is bringing Piping Hot to the Fringe after a sold-out run in Los Angeles. While technically a first-timer's bagpipes lesson, each part of the bagpipes reminds Madeleine of a man from her past, and you know she's going to talk about it. You will learn a lot about the bagpipes, but more about her. Laughter and tears are sure to follow from true stories that range from heartfelt to downright shocking. Piping Hot is quirky, loud, and sometimes graphic, but in ways you'd never imagine. Earplugs will be provided.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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stand-up, solo show - EdFringe 2023

Portly Lutheran Know-It-All

Comedian Matt Storrs (San Fransico SketchFest) makes his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with his critically acclaimed solo show, Portly Lutheran Know-It-All. When faced with attending religious primary school, Matt rebels in the kindest and most hilarious ways possible. Clashes over religion, evolution and sexuality quickly ensue. There's a personal revelation and possible damnation. Will he ultimately cause new reformation?

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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Live Music - EdFringe 2023

Rave

Rave is an immersive experience that invites the audience to explore the vast and diverse world of electronic music through the lens of Pharos' unique sound. Blending elements of various genres, Pharos creates a sonic journey that spans from introspective and ethereal to ecstatic and euphoric. Using cutting-edge technology and innovative sound design, Rave offers a multi-sensory experience that engages the audience's body, mind and spirit. The pulsing rhythms, soaring melodies and mind-bending visuals create a captivating and unforgettable performance that celebrates the power of sound and technology to connect us to ourselves, each other and the universe.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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theatre - EdFringe 2023

Red Rum: Glue or Glory

A horse walks into a taxi. The driver tells him he's going to win the Grand National. History is made. From the minds of James Murphy and Ryan Ward, Red Rum: Glue or Glory is the irreverent retelling of a classic British tale of one man and his horse. Gritty, Northern and absurd, the play follows trainer Ginger McCain, a crackpot dreamer, as he steers Red Rum, a spooked racehorse haunted by failure and a debilitating bone disease, towards eternal glory as they embark on the journey of their lives... to Aintree.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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Alternative Comedy, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Reuben Solo: Palindrome

Winner: Adelaide Fringe 2023 Weekly Award – Best Comedy. In his Edinburgh debut, Reuben Solo bounds onto the scene and immediately sprains an ankle. He recovers (a miracle). This is a crazy show about paradoxes and parachutes and other perverse ideas that will probably get him deported. 'Side-splittingly funny... a unique style all of his own' ****½ (TheBarefootReview.com.au).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Ross Leslie: Unfit for a King

A lot has happened to Ross since last year's Fringe. He has missed out on a Royal appointment, had life-changing news, and is taking steps to keep his dignity among it all. The record-setting, 5-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist, brings his fourth show to Edinburgh. 'Leslie notably commands the room, finishing the show and finishing it well, he has the wonderful ability to poke fun at almost everything without being mean...' (Student Newspaper). 'An engaging and interesting comic, and has loads of laughs woven into his narrative' (One4Review.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Scotland's Best Comedians at the Fringe

A selection of Scotland's best comedians hosted by five-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist, Ross Leslie. Sold out at Glasgow Comedy Festival 2023. Fresh and exciting line ups every night. We will have genuine headline acts who perform year round at our Scottish comedy clubs. Featuring acts you will have seen on TV, heard on the radio, former Scottish Comedian of the Year winners, and Scottish Comedy Award winners. Ideal show for those wanting an authentic Scottish Comedy experience.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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satire, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Stanley Brooks: I Can Make Me Rich

Why aren't you rich yet? Why are people at the top nowhere near as smart as you? Stanley Brooks is here to teach you the skills you already know so you can succeed! Using interactive activities, useful guides and carefully curated sponsorship partners, Stanley will take you through the basics, the advanced basics, and the hyper-advanced basics of wealth and how to attain it. Bring cash. 'Deft lines' (Chortle.co.uk). 'A weird offspring of Moss from The IT Crowd, Sheldon Cooper and David Brent... Comic genius' (TheScribeTheatreReview.wordpress.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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improv - EdFringe 2023

Suggestions of the Unexpected

A fully improvised anthology found in the darker corners of your mind. Join us as we take you on a journey through the intangible, via the unknowable and into the unexpected. From the creators of Any Suggestions, Doctor? comes a creepy comedy by way of the Twilight Zone, spied in a Black Mirror and guaranteed to give you Goosebumps. Reviews for other works: 'You can't ask for more' ***** (One4Review.co.uk). 'Must see' ***** (ScottishField.co.uk). 'Electrifying atmosphere' ***** (MumbleComedy.net). 'An excellent Fringe choice' (BroadwayWorld.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Tania Lacy: Everything's Coming Up Roses

After surviving six years in Berlin with those crazy Germans, getting through menopause without spontaneously combusting and raising a teenage boy in lockdown with her husband of 22 years, Tania's convinced the worst is behind her. Bahahahaha! 'Tania Lacy is Iconic' **** (TheatreTravels.org). **** 'She knows how to spin a yarn' (Advertiser). 'Had the audience howling with laughter' **** (TheClothesline.com.au).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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sketch show, improv - EdFringe 2023

The Oxford Revue Did It!

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Oxford Revue brings you a tightly crafted, punchy and hilarious murder mystery with a difference – the audience decide whodunnit! Did the butler do it, or were they the one who found themselves on the wrong end of a knife? You decide! Only the onstage detective can bring the culprit to justice, but they won't be told the audience's choices! It's up to them to try and solve the case, and there's every chance the murderer will get away scot-free. With a different mystery every performance, anything can happen...

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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sketch show, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

The Oxford Revue Will See You Now

The Oxford Revue is turning 70 years old! From Monty Python to Mr Bean to Love Actually, the alumni of Oxford's premier comedy troupe have been polluting the UK cultural landscape since the 1950s. Needless to say, we have no regrets. Join us for an hour of stand-up, sketches and music! Jokes will be told! Laughs will be had! Mirth will be broadly distributed amongst the populace!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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improv, storytelling - EdFringe 2023

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 it be answered through myth, mayhem and madness! 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.' ***** (The Student). 'Improv at its finest... Not to be missed!' ***** (EdFringe Review).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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sketch show - EdFringe 2023

The St Andrews Revue

The St Andrews Revue presents Whatever the Hell We Want, an original sketch comedy show confronting such hot topics as seagulls, chickens and even a few non-avians.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Wholesome Prison Blues: Wicked Comedy for (Mostly) Good People

WPB are six rising comedy stars who've been performing in prisons across Scotland since November 2022. With over a dozen shows in the bag, all smash’n’grab hits, plus repeat shows (for good behaviour) already booked, it's an hour of guaranteed laughs and no-holds-barred stand-up for a (not quite) captive audience. Direct from the Big House to the Fringe. This unique showcase of talent is a brilliant concept, perfectly executed by Jack Traynor, Amanda Hursy, Eddy Mackenzie, Paddy Linton, Mikey Motion, and Tattoo Dave. Entry costs less than a packet of smokes.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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storytelling, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

1990 Child from Wuhan: Trauma, Love, Diarrhoea

From the sweatshops of Wuhan to the stages of Berlin, Moni Zhang is bringing you a show that's equal parts comedic and cathartic. Moni's raw and unapologetic performance delves into her impoverished childhood, dysfunctional family and stomach-churning toilet habits. Brace yourselves for a dark, dirty and downright hilarious comedy show that will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Edinburgh Fringe 2022 sell-out show. Winner Berlin New Stand-up Award 2019. 'An absolutely funny show' **** (ScottishField.co.uk). 'Beautiful storytelling but overtly sexual' (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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variety - EdFringe 2023

A Night of the Mind

A Night of the Mind – Fraser Penman, the world's most unique hypnotist, is an international stage hypnotist and mentalist. Quoted as 'Scotland's answer to Derren Brown and taking the world by storm', at just 28 years old, he is one of the newest, most exciting, performing sensations from Scotland. A Night of the Mind is his brand new headline comedy hypnosis show fused with mind-blowing mentalism. Watch and be mesmerised as he reads and takes over the minds of the audience volunteers, for one evening, creating magic through the power of hypnosis.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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stand-up, solo show - EdFringe 2023

Adele Cliff Can Break Your Arm

Adele's back, funnier and more dangerous than ever! Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show nominee (2023). Pegasus Comedy Best Show (2022). Dave's Funniest Jokes of the Fringe (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016). UK Pun Champion (2020). 'Guaranteed laughs' ***** (The Student Newspaper). 'A consummate jokesmith' (Comedy.co.uk). 'No doubt she's a nifty writer' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Absolutely charming... a skilled performer, with a real presence and confidence' (Scotsman).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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improv, adaptation - EdFringe 2023

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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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Alex Hylton: I Won't Let Failure Go To My Head

Lovable scamp Alex Hylton has done stand-up for a third of his life. It's too late to stop now. Winner of Best Show at Leicester Comedy Festival. 'Breathlessly funny!' (ThreeWeeks). 'Hylton is a performer who takes absolute charge of a room' (TheWeeReview.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Porch

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Alternative Comedy, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Alexis Dubus: 3-Star Show

After 20 years on the circuit, Alexis Dubus, easily one of the comedians of his generation, is ready to deliver the greatest 3-star comedy experience ever staged. Don't miss this explosively average show from a multi award-nominated performer truly at the middle of his game. As seen as a waiter in Derek (Channel 4), an idiot in Nathan Barley (Channel 4) and 3 of 63 in Red Dwarf XI (Dave). 'Can write some strong lines... sometimes excellent... amusing' *** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Too clever' *** (List). 'Puts the audience almost too much at ease... begins well' *** (BroadwayBaby.com).

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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Musical Comedy, theatre - EdFringe 2023

Amy Webber: No Previous Experience

Amy is an award-winning comedian as heard on BBC Radio 4. Armed with her mini keyboard and an opera degree that's never been useful, she's on the hunt for a new job. You may pity her, you may love her, but you will want to employ her. Winner of Audience Choice Award at Musical Comedy Awards (2020), shortlisted for BBC New Comedy Award (2021) and runner-up at Beat The Frog World Series (2022). 'Fast-paced and clever' (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard). 'Phenomenal... a clear hit' (Steve Bennet, Chortle.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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cabaret, burlesque - EdFringe 2023

Best of Cabaret

Best of Cabaret from the Fringe returns with an all-star diverse rotating cast of international and regional seasoned artists in the genre. Vivacious variety, musical theatre, circus, comedy and award-winning headline burlesque features to complete the night. Best of Cabaret showcases a round of the finest cabaret acts at the 2023 Fringe in one stellar showcase each night. The hottest cabaret ticket in town, early bookings strongly encouraged. Limited capacity.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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Alternative Comedy, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Big Cuck, Little Cuck

Making their Edinburgh debut, Leeds based stand-up weirdos Kyle Bedder (tall, thin, unhinged) and Dan Powell (short, fat, depressed) present Big Cuck, Little Cuck: a 60-minute exploration of the perils of toxic masculinity, the merits of leaf blowers on the beach and the similarities between ageing men and gone-off yoghurt. Ripping the hour in two (and squabbling over whose half is bigger and better, you know, like men do) they will lay their minds, bodies and souls bare to the shame and bemusement (and certainly entertainment) of the audience.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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clown - EdFringe 2023

Big Zeus Energy

Nominated Best Debut Show Leicester Comedy Festival 2023. Masculinity is in crisis. The men's circle is calling and we're heading deep into the forest to find our Big Zeus Energy. Inspired by men's movements of the 90s, this physical comedy and clown show will have you questioning everything you know about what it means to be a man. Starring three graduates of Ecole Philippe Gaulier – this show promises to be an enlightening experience for audiences of all genders. Described by past audience members as 'bonkers'.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Brit-ish?

Born from the three most violent places on earth (Northern Ireland, America and Essex), Ciara Jack, expresses her political rage by impersonating her disappointed parents. Ira Sylvester actually wanted to be a cult leader, but unfortunately audiences kept cackling, slapping their thighs and pointing at him. Philosophising about his life experiences, he agonises over the privilege he never had but definitely deserves. They met in the infamous comedy hotbed of Denmark, Ira was one of the first UK refugees to escape England and Ciara just went there as a bloody woman with absolute notions.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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sketch show, character comedy - EdFringe 2023

Burdwurld

Shipwrecked, you've washed up on a remote island inhabited only by birds and a smattering of entertainers from other doomed cruises. And now, at the behest of the birds (who seem to control the island), the best and most stranded in showbiz are putting on a spectacle! Expect comedy, music and a hefty amount of longshore drift. Starring Robbie George, Eva Wallis, Hudson Hughes, Aidan Pittman and many other castaways. Praise for previous work: 'Sheer talent... a guaranteed hilarious performance' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'A raucous and ridiculously good' (EdFringeReview.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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Alternative Comedy, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

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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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Craig Hill: This Gets Harder Every Year!

Outrageously high-octane, cheeky and irreverent, Scotland's much-loved kilty pleasure unleashes another corker of a show title and a fun hour of uproarious stand-up! Celebrating 24 years of riotous comedy with the best audiences at the fringe, and all the single, double and, why the hell don’t we make it a triple entendres that you could ever wish for. Craig’s up for it all – and that’s just the way he likes it... 'Riotously funny!' (Independent); 'Brilliant!' (Daily Record); ‘Laugh-out-loud performance from beginning to end... absolutely hilarious!’ (List); ‘Funny as hell!’ (Scotland on Sunday)

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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stand-up, LGBTQ+ - EdFringe 2023

David Ian: (Just a) Perfect Gay

Growing up gay in small town, 90s Kent, it is easy to think your sexuality is the reason you don't fit in. But what if it's not? Explore the expectations, struggles and disappointment of being a gay man at the same time as being not quite good enough. One-liners and intelligent jokes woven into heartwarming storytelling in this romp through David's journey to be good enough that will make you laugh, think and reflect on your own sense of belonging. 'Totally engaging, full of character. Superb stand-up, infectious routine' (Boyz).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Dubai Fling: Ali Al Sayed and Mina Liccione

The UAE's King and Queen of comedy: Ali Al Sayed from Dubai, and Broadway veteran Mina Liccione from New York, deliver powerhouse punchlines and share hilarious stories about life as comedians in the Middle East through a unique mixed-cultural lens. From 'bada-bing' to desert bling, focaccia to Ferrari and everything in between. Both seen on Stand-up Sketch Show, Comedy Central and MTV. 'Groundbreaking' (FOX 5 New York). 'Knockout performance' (National). 'Very funny' (BritishTheatreGuide.info).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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true-life, storytelling - EdFringe 2023

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, Adelaider). 'Uniquely delightful' ***** (TheWest.com.au). 'Beautifully delivered tale of friendship' ***** (Herald / Herald Sun). 'A must see!' ***** (Hairline.org.uk). 'Beautifully crafted, deeply moving' (TimeOut). 'Mesmerising' (Guardian).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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Alternative Comedy, solo show - EdFringe 2023

Eva Bindeman: Semi Killer

Eva Bindeman has made it to every comedy semi-final there is and absolutely no further. Failing at being middle class, middle child and middle life, Eva has one last attempt to become a winner – putting on her own show with only one contestant: Herself. Can she make it to the final? A show, averagely written and performed with the air of someone who has nothing to lose (...or win) – Semi Killer celebrates the frustrating joy of taking part. Expect 3 stars, ample seating and a feeling of this show being just fine.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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sketch show - EdFringe 2023

Femme Natale Theatre

Hilariously truthful – an unapologetically comic peek into the world of parenting: what comes before, during and after in this rambunctious mix of original songs and sketches from NZ actors ensemble Femme Natale. Breeders and non breeders have loved this show all over – first time at Edinburgh Festival Fringe... don't miss the best date night or group night out this season and the best contraceptive in town!

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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music, poetry - EdFringe 2023

Fever Peach: Intense Goblin Nightmare Woman

Dundee's loudest band per capita, Fever Peach, brings a freshly squeezed and off-beat surrealist comedy, heartfelt poetry and juicy jams. Intense Goblin Nightmare Woman summons tear jerkers, floor fillers, and genre bending bops to shake your peach too. Brought to fruition over a lazy afternoon, Scott Redmond (Scotland's leading Romani poet and comedian) and Andy Bullick (Northern Irish comedian and musician) planted the seed that would become Fever Peach, a musical-comedy-poetry duo who have performed at Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Dundee and Edinburgh Fringes, and Summer Anywhere Festival.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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absurdist, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Francis Breen: White

The year is 2023, a white man does stand-up comedy? What?! In this case he's a man in a cheap white suit daubed in white paint. For lovers of the absurd. In association with Beard in a Jar productions

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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comedy, clown - EdFringe 2023

Fruit Salad

Two Gaulier-trained clowns, Chase Brantley and Nicholas Hemerling, burst out for a night of charming yet meaningless hilarity. Originally inspired by chain-sawing a watermelon, this comedy is a banana-za of fruit-based stupidity. So expect fruit. You'll also see smooching, heartbreak, pelvic thrusting, hot muscles, beautiful dancing and audience interaction. If you want something intelligent, we will... try our best. Whatever you're into though, this is the event to find love. That we can promise! Warning: surprisingly sexy.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Gary Delaney: Gary in Punderland

Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world - star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! For 2 nights only!

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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stand-up, solo show - EdFringe 2023

Gaslighting Is My Love Language

Gaslighting Is My Love Language by Fielding Edlow (Bojack Horseman) is about an intimacy-avoidant woman who just wanted a boyfriend but ended up in a 13-year marriage/light hostage situation. Never been married before, she went from whore to hostage in 45 seconds. Fielding's prince was an Irish show-pony named Larry who owned three pairs of crocs and called her 'kiddo'. The only reason to get married is to lie in bed and talk about people you hate. But what if one day you wake up and realize, 'Uch, I hate you!' 'Virtuoso material' (Variety).

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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stand-up, character comedy - EdFringe 2023

Grotto

Unseasonable, unreasonable and unsuitable for brats. A legendary figure has signed in for some out-of-season rehab. Is he the real thing, or another unemployed actor in between Santa gigs? Created and performed by Terry Victor, a jolly fat man who has seen the grotto from the dark side; expect super-salacious Santa secrets and naff Xmas rapping zhuzhed with a bijou touch of drag. There can only be one Santa – but as more of the legend's diverse personalities show up, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas will never be the same. Seeing is believing.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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comedy, new writing - EdFringe 2023

Hersterectomy

"What if you meet the right man down the line? You might change your mind!" "Why waste a good pair of ovaries?" Carmel is a lesbian with no interest in having children. She has polycystic ovary syndrome. She wants a hysterectomy. It shouldn't be that hard, right? To meet the archaic criteria, she plots to curate the perfect nuclear household: a loving husband, a couple of kids and a red SMEG fridge. But family is never straightforward – especially a fake one... It's hysterical. It's hormonal. It's Hersterectomy.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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Family-friendly, interactive - EdFringe 2023

Inside The Robot: Kids vs Chaos!

The world's only theatrical escape room! You are the crew of a robot and everything has gone wrong! 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. Back with new challenges and a new story for 2023 – fans of puzzles, games and silly dances can't miss this unique Fringe experience brought to you for a strictly limited run. Come see us in the iconic Big Caves venue like you have never seen it before.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Jake Baker: Alone Together

Fresh from his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe debut, Jake Baker returns with his follow-up hour. Since his first show was described as a heady blend of the whimsical and the political, this year's show looks to perfect that cocktail with an extra measure of gags, a liberal splash of wit and a soupçon of daftness – all shaken and served over ice in a stylish, albeit rather impractical, glass. 'Quietly impressive... He has a talent that should not be overlooked' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Endearingly offbeat, great comic timing and an engagingly whimsical mind' **** (TheEdinburghReporter.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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solo show - EdFringe 2023

JoJo Pat is Sober and Alive

Australian comedian white-knuckling sobriety, often spotted running through the woods at 2am with blister plasters and an estrogen prescription. She did this so you might not have to. There were no limits in collecting material for her debut show – Sober and Alive. Both a celebration and a warning. Was not paying attention for 39 years. She is now.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

John Robins: Howl

Still screaming after all these years. A new show from Edinburgh Comedy Award winner / dashing hunk o' junk Johnny JR. Tour begins in September and tickets are available from JohnRobins.com. This show is in the Nucleus room at Just The Tonic's Atomic venue, about 200 yards up the road from The Pleasance Courtyard. 'A masterclass in tempo, tone and character' (Guardian). 'A goosebump inducing show that lays bare the limits of comedy' (Telegraph).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Atomic Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

John Robins: Work in Progress

Notes on stage? Tick! Breath-taking riff-scenarios? Tick! Bits that don't work? Tick! Progress not perfection, people! Witness some progress from Edinburgh Comedy Award winner / fabled digital DJ ahead of his new tour starting in September. Tour tickets from JohnRobins.com. This show is in the Sub Atomic room at Just The Tonic's Atomic venue, about 200 yards up the road from the Pleasance Courtyard.

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Kate Dale: Up to Scratch

Fingering her way through menopause, discovering she's bisexual at 50, facing the challenges and joys of getting older, embracing invisibility, and beginning again. Enjoy a hot flush with Kate while she works it all out. A funny, frank and liberating show that explores the idea that once we're finally past those societal expectations, hormonal fluctuations and self-imposed limitations, we get to be the person our eight-year-old selves dreamt of being... Or at least give it a jolly good go without worrying (too much) about the consequences.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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interactive - EdFringe 2023

LOLyamorous: A Live Speed-Dating Comedy Show

First Dates meets Graham Norton's Red Chair Stories in this hilarious interactive dating chat show. Choose to put your name in a bucket for the chance to have a one minute date on stage with another random audience member. When time's up, two comedians will ask you both about your love lives and your dating do's and don'ts. Hosted by James Regal and a different, surprise guest host every night. So delete your dating apps and come get LOLyamorous with us. All relationship statuses, orientations, genders and ages (18+) welcome!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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comedy, new writing - EdFringe 2023

Lost and Found

'Have you ever been told that you're too much? Too loud? Too chaotic? Too ambitious? Too Scottish? I have. I was too much. Too much of a fanny to dump him'. Meet Maeve. She's bold, fiercely loyal and wildly chaotic. As her home and university lives collide on a night out in Glasgow, drinks are swilled, hearts are broken, friendships are forged and slobbery snogs are exchanged. Lost and Found follows the sisterhood bond of three unlikely best friends from different corners of the UK, fighting to find themselves as they risk losing each other.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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variety - EdFringe 2023

Marc Adams: BMW Bavarian's Most Wanted

Marc Adams is a multi-talented guy, he's been in singing competitions, thousands of auditions for many movies, musicals and theatre, one competition after another... what can I say, he's a stand-up guy. The Berlin comedy club veteran has packed his show with off-beat humour, visual gags, music, props, and Kraut-work. See for yourself why he is Bavaria's most wanted.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Snifter Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Memories of the Early 1950s

You may want to trigger memories. If you are too young, you will hear how we managed with one fire in the house; rationing, such as two ounces of butter a week; hear about luxuries and necessities compared with those of today. Audience participation will be encouraged – sharing a memory and joining in with songs. Song sheets will be provided.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Spare Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Micky Bartlett: Let Me Start from the Start

Northern Ireland's comedy superstar brings the noise (and the LOLs) with his all-new show. His brilliant razor-sharp wit and hilariously embarrassing anecdotes would make a psychiatrist blush. Micky has sold out multiple tours across Ireland and Australia. In 2022, he sold more than 10,000 tickets in Belfast and he is half of the smash-hit podcast Deckchair and Yumz. 'Masterful way of delivering with punch and style... Devastating' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Very funny' (Jimeoin). 'He killed, opening. I didn't watch' (Kevin Hart). 'One of the most consistently funny people I've ever worked with' (Adam Hills).

Location Just The Tonic Nucleus

subvenue Just The Sub-Atomic Room

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sketch show, character comedy - EdFringe 2023

Mr Sister

Holly and Brooke are hooked on each other. Watch the duo stumble through the vows they have taken to be besties forever, or as they like to call themselves, Mr Sisters. From money saving experts 'Nifty and NooNoo' to dating in the dark at 'Le Nuit de Sexe', Mr Sister is a wonderful mix of sketch and character comedy that truly is a spectacle of imagination and comedy. Someone once said, 'If you don't get your own sketch show, I'll be disappointed', and Hooked would hate to disappoint. ‘Spectacle of imagination and comedy’ (FunnyWomen.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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improv - EdFringe 2023

Murder Inc

Every night, it's a raucous, improvised, made-to-order murder with Murder Inc – where the audience chooses the setting, the characters, and even motives. Murder Inc has been performing regular monthly shows to sold-out crowds in Manchester and Leeds for over eight years and now the North of England's funniest criminals come to Edinburgh for the first time. Come see the show that our audiences on TripAdvisor say 'had me crying with laughter', 'is just awesome', and that 'everyone should check out'. One lucky detective even takes home a "prize".

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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sketch show - EdFringe 2023

Myles and Dan Just Might Break a World Record Tonight

Witness the impossible as Myles and Dan attempt to complete the most live comedy sketches in a single live sketch-comedy show in live sketch-comedy history. Live. Do your own research.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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storytelling - EdFringe 2023

Nick Pupo: Addicted

Comedian Nick Pupo makes an identity crisis hilarious through his tales of friendship, trust, and, of course, heroin. Nick Pupo shares his story of ruining his most important friendship by becoming addicted to drugs while hiding it from everyone he loves. He's not sure if these things make him an addict and a bad person, but he's trying to figure that out on stage. Join Nick as he explores his shocking past in Addicted, a show about addiction, friendship and identity.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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Musical Comedy - EdFringe 2023

One's a Musical Comedian and One Isn't

Do you like musical comedy? Do you like non-musical comedy? Do you not care, as long as it's good? Then come enjoy either the first half, the second half, or even all of this show, as two up-and-coming comedians from the London circuit talk cereal, sex and supermarkets.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue Just The Meeting Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Parallel

Comedians and friends Salma and Danielle explore their parallel upbringings in their respective religious Muslim and Jewish households and how their path of self-righteousness brought them together today.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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storytelling, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Patrick Hastie – My Grandpa's Grandpa's Dad

Ancestry takes an unexpected turn when a DNA test, a trip to Ellis Island, and some late-night googling leads American stand-up comedian Patrick Hastie to question the truth about his heritage and long-told family lore in this hilarious and compelling Edinburgh debut. Through stand up, storytelling and some light crowd-work Patrick examines how we interpret and maintain our relationships with our immediate family and our ancestors.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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clown, Alternative Comedy - EdFringe 2023

Paul Currie: Shtoom

Brand-new, non-verbal immersive comedy show, created by award-winning Belfast comedian and clownarchist, Paul Currie. This show fuses physical clowning, music, contemporary dance, non-verbal comedy vignettes and crowd participation on a grand scale, utilising and subverting everyday objects and everyday life without having to utter a single word. Paul will show how he uses comedy to elevate his mental health and deep depression through laughter in this true sympathy of silly. Shtoom is a unique, surrealist, Dadaesque performance punk musical. 'Best comedy I saw was Paul Currie' ***** (Stewart Lee). 'Gloriously funny, Utterly unpredictable.. thrillingly silly…' ***** (Entertainment-Now.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Big Room

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stand-up, solo show - EdFringe 2023

Piping Hot

Madeleine Hamilton is bringing Piping Hot to the Fringe after a sold-out run in Los Angeles. While technically a first-timer's bagpipes lesson, each part of the bagpipes reminds Madeleine of a man from her past, and you know she's going to talk about it. You will learn a lot about the bagpipes, but more about her. Laughter and tears are sure to follow from true stories that range from heartfelt to downright shocking. Piping Hot is quirky, loud, and sometimes graphic, but in ways you'd never imagine. Earplugs will be provided.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Wee One

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stand-up, solo show - EdFringe 2023

Portly Lutheran Know-It-All

Comedian Matt Storrs (San Fransico SketchFest) makes his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with his critically acclaimed solo show, Portly Lutheran Know-It-All. When faced with attending religious primary school, Matt rebels in the kindest and most hilarious ways possible. Clashes over religion, evolution and sexuality quickly ensue. There's a personal revelation and possible damnation. Will he ultimately cause new reformation?

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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Live Music - EdFringe 2023

Rave

Rave is an immersive experience that invites the audience to explore the vast and diverse world of electronic music through the lens of Pharos' unique sound. Blending elements of various genres, Pharos creates a sonic journey that spans from introspective and ethereal to ecstatic and euphoric. Using cutting-edge technology and innovative sound design, Rave offers a multi-sensory experience that engages the audience's body, mind and spirit. The pulsing rhythms, soaring melodies and mind-bending visuals create a captivating and unforgettable performance that celebrates the power of sound and technology to connect us to ourselves, each other and the universe.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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theatre - EdFringe 2023

Red Rum: Glue or Glory

A horse walks into a taxi. The driver tells him he's going to win the Grand National. History is made. From the minds of James Murphy and Ryan Ward, Red Rum: Glue or Glory is the irreverent retelling of a classic British tale of one man and his horse. Gritty, Northern and absurd, the play follows trainer Ginger McCain, a crackpot dreamer, as he steers Red Rum, a spooked racehorse haunted by failure and a debilitating bone disease, towards eternal glory as they embark on the journey of their lives... to Aintree.

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Bottle Room

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Alternative Comedy, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Reuben Solo: Palindrome

Winner: Adelaide Fringe 2023 Weekly Award – Best Comedy. In his Edinburgh debut, Reuben Solo bounds onto the scene and immediately sprains an ankle. He recovers (a miracle). This is a crazy show about paradoxes and parachutes and other perverse ideas that will probably get him deported. 'Side-splittingly funny... a unique style all of his own' ****½ (TheBarefootReview.com.au).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Attic

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Ross Leslie: Unfit for a King

A lot has happened to Ross since last year's Fringe. He has missed out on a Royal appointment, had life-changing news, and is taking steps to keep his dignity among it all. The record-setting, 5-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist, brings his fourth show to Edinburgh. 'Leslie notably commands the room, finishing the show and finishing it well, he has the wonderful ability to poke fun at almost everything without being mean...' (Student Newspaper). 'An engaging and interesting comic, and has loads of laughs woven into his narrative' (One4Review.co.uk).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Scotland's Best Comedians at the Fringe

A selection of Scotland's best comedians hosted by five-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist, Ross Leslie. Sold out at Glasgow Comedy Festival 2023. Fresh and exciting line ups every night. We will have genuine headline acts who perform year round at our Scottish comedy clubs. Featuring acts you will have seen on TV, heard on the radio, former Scottish Comedian of the Year winners, and Scottish Comedy Award winners. Ideal show for those wanting an authentic Scottish Comedy experience.

Location Just The Tonic at La Belle Angele

subvenue La Belle Angele

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satire, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Stanley Brooks: I Can Make Me Rich

Why aren't you rich yet? Why are people at the top nowhere near as smart as you? Stanley Brooks is here to teach you the skills you already know so you can succeed! Using interactive activities, useful guides and carefully curated sponsorship partners, Stanley will take you through the basics, the advanced basics, and the hyper-advanced basics of wealth and how to attain it. Bring cash. 'Deft lines' (Chortle.co.uk). 'A weird offspring of Moss from The IT Crowd, Sheldon Cooper and David Brent... Comic genius' (TheScribeTheatreReview.wordpress.com).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Out Of The Box

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improv - EdFringe 2023

Suggestions of the Unexpected

A fully improvised anthology found in the darker corners of your mind. Join us as we take you on a journey through the intangible, via the unknowable and into the unexpected. From the creators of Any Suggestions, Doctor? comes a creepy comedy by way of the Twilight Zone, spied in a Black Mirror and guaranteed to give you Goosebumps. Reviews for other works: 'You can't ask for more' ***** (One4Review.co.uk). 'Must see' ***** (ScottishField.co.uk). 'Electrifying atmosphere' ***** (MumbleComedy.net). 'An excellent Fringe choice' (BroadwayWorld.com).

Location Just The Tonic at The Mash House

subvenue Just the Cask Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Tania Lacy: Everything's Coming Up Roses

After surviving six years in Berlin with those crazy Germans, getting through menopause without spontaneously combusting and raising a teenage boy in lockdown with her husband of 22 years, Tania's convinced the worst is behind her. Bahahahaha! 'Tania Lacy is Iconic' **** (TheatreTravels.org). **** 'She knows how to spin a yarn' (Advertiser). 'Had the audience howling with laughter' **** (TheClothesline.com.au).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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sketch show, improv - EdFringe 2023

The Oxford Revue Did It!

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Oxford Revue brings you a tightly crafted, punchy and hilarious murder mystery with a difference – the audience decide whodunnit! Did the butler do it, or were they the one who found themselves on the wrong end of a knife? You decide! Only the onstage detective can bring the culprit to justice, but they won't be told the audience's choices! It's up to them to try and solve the case, and there's every chance the murderer will get away scot-free. With a different mystery every performance, anything can happen...

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Little Kirk

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sketch show, stand-up - EdFringe 2023

The Oxford Revue Will See You Now

The Oxford Revue is turning 70 years old! From Monty Python to Mr Bean to Love Actually, the alumni of Oxford's premier comedy troupe have been polluting the UK cultural landscape since the 1950s. Needless to say, we have no regrets. Join us for an hour of stand-up, sketches and music! Jokes will be told! Laughs will be had! Mirth will be broadly distributed amongst the populace!

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just Up The Stairs

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improv, storytelling - EdFringe 2023

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 it be answered through myth, mayhem and madness! 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.' ***** (The Student). 'Improv at its finest... Not to be missed!' ***** (EdFringe Review).

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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sketch show - EdFringe 2023

The St Andrews Revue

The St Andrews Revue presents Whatever the Hell We Want, an original sketch comedy show confronting such hot topics as seagulls, chickens and even a few non-avians.

Location Just The Tonic at the Caves

subvenue Just The Fancy Room

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stand-up - EdFringe 2023

Wholesome Prison Blues: Wicked Comedy for (Mostly) Good People

WPB are six rising comedy stars who've been performing in prisons across Scotland since November 2022. With over a dozen shows in the bag, all smash’n’grab hits, plus repeat shows (for good behaviour) already booked, it's an hour of guaranteed laughs and no-holds-barred stand-up for a (not quite) captive audience. Direct from the Big House to the Fringe. This unique showcase of talent is a brilliant concept, perfectly executed by Jack Traynor, Amanda Hursy, Eddy Mackenzie, Paddy Linton, Mikey Motion, and Tattoo Dave. Entry costs less than a packet of smokes.

Location Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

subvenue The Old Foundry Room

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