News: Line-Up Announced For August Online Fringe Festival

Laughing Horse Comedy has launched its programme of shows today for its 2020 Edinburgh Fringe line-up that has been taken online. The spirit of the Fringe will continue online this year, with a month of comedy shows, plus children’s shows, cabaret and spoken word.

Shows are a performed live, and run from August 7th to 30th - with shows available each day apart from Tuesdays. These are available a streamed content for free with donations given like a free Festival show would be in Edinburgh, or held in a ‘Pay What You Want’ ticketed video conference call, set-up to allowing people to get free tickets, or offer a donation to the performers.

The shows are all from performers who have been seen before at the Free Festival, including Dave TV award winning comic Masai Graham (pictured) with his 101 Jokes shows, a comedy chat show hosted by leading Scottish comic Vladimir McTavish, regular family-friendly Comedy Sportz Improv shows, the return of Peter Michael Marino’s hit kids show ‘Show Up, Kids’, worldwide Festival hit ‘Joke Thieves’, plus Comedy and Cabaret performed live from the USA, a Science Chat show, a new panel show and solo shows including new shows from comedians Meryl O’Rourke, Charmian Hughes (pictured), Singapore’s Sam See, Sasha Ellen and more.

For Fringe fans in Edinburgh there will also be the opportunity to see some of the shows at our venues - with some of the performances planned to be broadcast live on the big screens at our Three Sisters and Pear Tree venues, two of the usual big hubs of Fringe activity in August.

Laughing Horse Comedy, who run free Festival and it’s director Alex Petty think this is a great opportunity to keep the spirit of the Fringe alive in it’s first ever fallow year, support performers and keep some of the fans of the Fringe entertained both at home and in Edinburgh. This also helps in the early planning for the 2021 Fringe which is already underway, that of course is very likely to see changes for shows of covid-19 is still with us -  especially for free shows that have until now remained predominately unticketed, something that will need to change to a ticketed or Pay What You Want model in the ‘new normal’.

The full line-up is available now on


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