10:10 6 - 10 Aug, Underbelly



Five ridiculously talented musicians, one award-winning comedian and an audience of all ages - this is going to be fun. Expect toe-tapping tunes, stupid jokes and some general melodious chaos. Everyone's welcome! If you have kids, a sense of humour or you just enjoy watching brilliant musicians being made to do extraordinary things, this is the show for you.


SELL-OUT 2012 RUN. STARS OF THEIR OWN BBC RADIO 4 SERIES.

12:50 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



It's 1987. Bronagh is becoming a teenager, competing in the Irish Dancing Championships and being a bridesmaid at her cousin's wedding. This is a one-woman comedy show about awkward names, ra-ra skirts, bad haircuts and a mad weekend in a mad family. Written and performed by BBC New Comedy Award winner and Funny Women finalist HELEN O'BRIEN.


BROADWAY BABY

FIRST AND ONLY IRISH DANCING COMEDY SHOW AT THE FESTIVAL.

14:45 3 - 25 Aug, Underbelly



Sad there's no big election this year? Me too. Join GRAINNE as she condenses all the fun of staying up late to watch democracy in process. Expect needlessly complicated graphics, politicians dancing awkwardly and humiliated grownups trying not to cry in public. There will be Swingometers... Fresh from supporting ROB DELANEY, you may have heard GRAINNE on BBC Radio 4's Now Show and An Idiot's Guide. Or not. We all have busy lives.


FRINGE GURU

EDINBURGH'S LEADING FEMALE POLITICAL COMEDIAN

16:00 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



A raucous hour of satirical stand-up, politics has never been so entertaining. As seen on Have I Got News For You (BBC One), This Week (BBC One) and Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three). As heard on The Now Show and The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4), 5Live and talkSPORT.


THREE WEEKS

EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

SMASH HIT LONDON SHOW COMES TO EDINBURGH

16:45 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



After two sell-out shows, Live At The Electric (BBC Three), and their own BBC Radio 4 series DAN ANTOPOLSKI (Triple Perrier Nominee), TOM CRAINE (used to date NAT) and NAT LUURTSEMA (used to date TOM) bring a third hour of blisteringly fast, silly sketches. Listed in GQ's 'Top 100 Things In The World!'.


LAST FIVE NIGHTS SOLD OUT

PICKED BY THE SCOTSMAN AS ONE OF THE TOP FIVE COMEDY SHOWS

17:50 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



Winner of the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award and Comedy Central's Funniest Student Award, PHIL WANG presents his first grown-up hour of stand-up comedy. A collection of sharp observations and curious opinions, told with undue confidence. Prepare to meet the biggest Wang in comedy. As seen on The Rob Brydon Show (BBC Two), and BBC Three at the Fringe (BBC Three).


EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

SOLD OUT LAST NIGHT

ONE OF THE HOTTEST TIPPED DEBUT SHOWS OF 2013

18:20 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



Eminently silly sketch outfit WITTANK (BBC Three's Live at the Electric and BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama) invite you into the charmingly warped world of The School: a deranged and archaic institution with a dizzying array of loveable eccentrics, diabolical lunatics and malevolent buffoons. So tuck your shirt in, sit up straight, keep off the grass, don't answer back and enjoy the show. Welcome to boarding school.


SELL-OUT 2012. STARS OF LIVE AT THE ELECTRIC (BBC 3)

SUNDAY TIMES

EXTRA MORNING SHOW ADDED 24 AUGUST

19:0016 - 17 Aug, Underbelly



Back by popular demand Britain's favourite pub philosopher returns to Edinburgh, with his critically acclaimed, sell-out show, The Only Way Is Epic for two nights only. In this phenomenally successful stand up show, The Guv serves up his premier brew of satirical genius and hilarious bar-room buffoonery against the backdrop of a nation on its knees. It's not just a show... it's a national pep talk. Get your orders in now!


TWO SHOWS ONLY

19:00 23 - 25 Aug, Underbelly



Following his four times extended sell-out tour, star of Celebrity Juice (ITV 2) and BBC Two's Hebburn brings his critically acclaimed show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for three nights only. How did we get here? Elaborately laid plan, or just pure fluke? Who knows... do you feel lucky? Perhaps you should.


SELL-OUT 2012. BACK FOR TWO SHOWS ONLY

19:00 20 - 21 Aug, Underbelly



At the festival for two nights only, ROB DELANEY with his Soho Theatre debut last year sold out in one hour, after just one tweet from the man himself, making him the fastest selling US performer in the venue's history. With close to one million followers, he has been named 'Funniest Person on Twitter' and is known as one of America's most brilliant stand-ups, a regular at the top US comedy venues, and for appearances on shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Conan.


FUNNIEST PERSON ON TWITTER IN EDINBURGH FOR TWO SHOWS ONLY

19:30 31 Jul - 11 Aug, Assembly



Fame: we're obsessed with it, but who will talk honestly about what it's really like? David Baddiel, in his first full Edinburgh show for 15 years, does. From accidentally stealing the spotlight at Russell Brand's wedding, to realising Andrew Lloyd Webber thinks he's Ben Elton, David Baddiel examines his strange relationship with the New Lad / Token Jew / comedy rock'n'roller / football singer-songwriter persona he's co-existed with for 20 years.


THE TIMES THE INDEPENDENT

THE GUARDIAN THE TELEGRAPH

"insightful, illuminating and extremely funny" - Evening Standard

19:30 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



IAIN STIRLING is a BAFTA-nominated presenter, a Chortle-nominated comedian and he is home. The Edinburgh born comic completely sold-out his debut hour last year. Now, having bought a house with his girlfriend IAIN explores the dichotomy of emotions you experience when making a commitment to "the one". How can a decision that comes from a place of love and commitment lead to such fear and uncertainty?


THREE WEEKS

SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROW SOLD OUT

EXTRA LATE NIGHT UNDERBELLY SHOWS ADDED 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24

19:30 12 - 24 Aug, Assembly



Star of Lee Nelson's Well Funny People, (BBC Three) Lee Nelson's Well Good Show (BBC Three) and host of Live at the Apollo (BBC One), NELSON brings his unique brand of character comedy to Scottyland. As well as Lee's legendary audience interaction, you'll be treated to appearances from several of his alter egos including Premier League footballer Jason Bent and bungling medic Dr Bob.


STAR OF BBC THREE WITH LIMITED EDINBURGH RUN

20:00 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



After sorting out politics (Hitler Moustache), religion (Christ on a Bike), love (What is Love, Anyway?) and penises (Talking Cock) HERRING'S tenth consecutive stand-up show tackles the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns (apart from Jesus and that canoe bloke). Is death a tragedy or an excuse to have an extended lie-in? Are we snuffed out or forced to endure eternity without bodily pleasures? Death is inevitable, so let's laugh in its face while our hearts still beat and our jaws are still attached.


CHORTLE

10TH FRINGE SHOW FROM 'THE KING OF EDINBURGH' - THE LIST

20:15 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



GARETH always dreamt of playing the Albert Hall just like his hero, the singer, songwriter and weirdo Bob Dylan. In 2011, he got that opportunity. However, the act he was supporting was not Bob Dylan, but Englebert Humperdinck. GARETH couldn't say no. He should have. Join Gareth, for his brand new show of songs and jokes about wanting to be like Bob Dylan not Englebert Humperdinck.


EXTRA SHOWS ADDED - 9:30PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY

20:20 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



New stand-up show from JIGSAW's TOM CRAINE, about being best friends with your ex, getting caught in gangland shootouts, eating off Margaret Thatcher's face and other decisions. As seen on Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three), Live At The Electric (BBC Three), Fake Reaction (ITV2), Great British Stories: Glastonbury (BBC One), Bitesize History (BBC Two), JIGSAW's BBC Radio 4 series and a regular on The Josh Widdicombe show (XFM), writer for Mock The Week (BBC Two) and The Last Leg With Adam Hills (Channel 4).


THREE WEEKS

WRITER FOR MOCK THE WEEK AND THE LAST LEG

20:30 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



The 30 year old multi-Bafta award-winning stand up and platinum-selling R&B artist ALEX HORNE is back with an hour of observations, impressions and lies. Best known for mind-blowing Powerpoint or live music, this show has neither; just ALEX, a panda, some jokes and some lies. Although one of those may also be a lie. Or a joke. Either way, it'll be funny. Honest.


FEST

SOLD OUT LAST NIGHT

PERRIER NOMINEE WITH FIRST SHOW IN 2 YEARS

20:30 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



Join Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee CARL DONNELLY (who you may have seen on such shows as Mock The Week (BBC Two) Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three) and Dave's One Night Stand) for a brand new hour of hilarious anecdotes and observations on the current state of affairs and his plans on how we should be dealing with it.


THE SKINNY

FOSTERS COMEDY AWARD NOMINEE 2013

20:30 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



Star of Impractical Jokers (BBC Three) and seen on Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three). A new hour of top drawer, anecdotal stand-up comedy. Warm and cheeky wit with likeability in bucket loads.


STAR OF BBC THREE'S IMPRACTICAL JOKERS

20:403 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



Painfully brilliant, pathologically charming and frequently deluded JIMMY MCGHIE slinks back to Edinburgh after bunking last year. After performing to great acclaim all over the world from Mumbai to Melbourne, JIMMY returns to Edinburgh with more soulful and searingly honest stand-up. As everybody around him pops out babies and leaps up property ladders, JIMMY wanders aimlessly, looking at things and getting annoyed.


EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

CHORTLE

NOMINATED FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT AT PERTH COMEDY FESTIVAL

21:30 3 - 25 Aug, Underbelly



Off-stage CARL is a polite, well-mannered guy who keeps himself to himself. On-stage, CARL is unafraid. Quite often he just can't help himself when reacting to annoying people or difficult situations. Last year, he decided he wanted to see what life would be like living like his on-stage persona. This newly liberated CARL let loose and found himself getting into a variety of confrontations. He found that he really enjoyed himself. One year later, which CARL remains? Was it a fully-fledged transformation or a one-off experiment?


BRAND NEW SHOW FROM CHRIS RAMSEY'S TOUR SUPPORT

21:30 8 - 22 Aug (Not Fri/Sat), Pleasance



What is it with us and smallness? We Brits love it - being tiny but fierce, close but distant. This Jedward-haired award-winning twat is the same, and he returns with a new blisteringly big-small show. Watch him ejaculate thoughts about smallness; on keeping things small when life gets big.


ALL SHOWS SOLD OUT

21:35 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



Elderly child MARK SMITH (Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three) and supported RUSSELL KANE on tour) presents his hotly anticipated debut stand-up hour. Expect laughs/fun/the death of an audience member (delete as applicable). Out of the vast number of stand-up shows at this year's fringe, this is the ONLY one to be at this particular venue at this exact time. Come along to be in with a chance!


DEBUT SHOW. AS SEEN ON RUSSELL HOWARD'S GOOD NEWS

21:45 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



After inexplicably failing to get famous in the UK for three years, triple Chortle Award nominees (2011, 2012, 2013) PEACOCK & GAMBLE have even more inexplicably become 'all famous in Japan. Yes! No messing - your favourite lovely little smashers RAY & ED return to the Fringe in triumph, to shout their way through another knockabout hour of electrifying stupidity.


LAST NIGHT SOLD OUT

NUMBER 1 PODCAST ON ITUNES

22:30 3 - 25 Aug, Underbelly



Rolling into Edinburgh with a brand new barnstorming show, THE HORNE SECTION will yet again provide the festival's best musical mayhem. Top comedians plus amazing performers combine to make this an unmissable show. Fresh from their second BBC Radio 4 series, the first band to ever host Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC Two) are this year rocking an enormous cow. Be there.


SELL-OUT 2012. STARS OF THEIR OWN RADIO 4 SHOW

22:45 3 - 25 Aug, Pleasance



Launching new comedians for 23 years, the Fringe's most prestigious and longest running showcase is back. The Comedy Zone has launched the careers of DAVE GORMAN, HARRY HILL, RUSSELL HOWARD, AL MURRAY, STEWART LEE, FRANKIE BOYLE, CHRIS ADDISON, ROSS NOBLE, JOHN OLIVER, RUSSELL KANE, MARK LAMAAR, JULIAN BARRATT, CHRIS RAMSEY and many more, this year's acts tipped for the top are: LUCY BEAUMONT, CARL HUTCHINSON, TOMMY ROWSON and MATT WINNING.


"EDINBURGH'S TASTE-MAKING SHOWCASE" THE OBSERVER 2013