News: Catch The Best Of The Edinburgh Fringe In Advance – In Berlin

Berlin is playing host to a season of Edinburgh preview shows this summer.

The city, which has a thriving English language stand-up scene, is the home of the Berlin Fringe, which runs from July 18 - August 5 at the Comedy Cafe in the city.

Among the acts playing are Bob Slayer (July 18), Mark Watson (July 19), Sofie Hagen (July 19), John-Luke Roberts (July 21), Sarah Bennetto (July 25) and Elf Lyons (July 26).


Opinion: Trying to Remember Edinburgh's Past Cults

I’ve been visiting the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 1963. In the early days there were six comedy shows in the programme, which was printed on vellum and hand-delivered to critics who were ferried from show to show on sedan chairs carried by theology students from Edinburgh University. Hog roasts were served in journalists’ rooms at the end of the day – around 4.30pm.

News: All The Edinburgh Fringe 2016 Award Winners

Here is a list of all the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 award winners for all genres, issued by the Festival Fringe Office. If anything is missing please let us know.




2016 Fringe Award Winners

Allen Wright Award
Winner: Rebecca Monks
Special Commendation: Ben Williams
Special Commendation: Alice Saville


News: Two New Awards For Edinburgh Fringe

Two new awards have been annnounced for this year's Edinburgh Fringe.


Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Adam Hess

I think I laughed more when I was at the Edinburgh show by Adam Hess than at any show last summer. I have to qualify that, however, by saying that I couldn’t remember many of the actual jokes afterwards, but that was because they flew around the room at such a fast and furious pace that I was still chuckling at one punchline when the next one hit me. He more than deserved his Best Newcomer nomination. I do remember that there was a lot about his childhood, something about nosebleeds and something else about hiding under a bed.


Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Seymour Mace

Sometimes overnight success takes years. Seymour Mace has been bouncing around on the comedy circuit for well over a decade now, but it was only last year that he picked up an Edinburgh Comedy Award for a show that tied together all the madness of his previous outings in one neat package. There was stand-up, a game show element and props that evoked the childlike, anarchic, freeform spirit of Vic Reeves Big Night. Like Vic & Bob and Ross Noble, Mace channels a distinctly north-eastern brand of hobnail-booted surrealism.


Preview: Battersea Barge Fringe Previews Featuring Max & Ivan, Joel Dommett, Kieran Hodgson, Stuart Goldsmith, Adam Hess, Rhys James & More

There was a time when Edinburgh Fringe Previews in London were thin on the ground. Not any more. The preview season is well and truly under way in the capital with performers hell bent on honing their hours. At times it feels like a festival in its own right.


News: Fee-Free Crowdfunding Scheme for the Edinburgh Fringe

A new crowdfunding platform specially for Edinburgh Fringe shows is to be launched in April. 


Opinion: Fringe 2015: The Year The Free Show Ceiling Was Truly Smashed

I’m not sure why I’m writing this as I know I’m going to get some stick for it from people who will say I did not delve deeply enough into the real alt-com Fringe, but I’ve just totted up my Fringe 2015 tickets. I saw 80 shows, of which 14 were free shows. Free shows in this case also include shows where you could pay in advance to reserve a seat. I may have seen more but as I’m relying on memory rather than ticket stubs I can’t be entirely accurate.



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