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Best musical comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014

There’s more to comedy than saying funny things. Someones you can sing them as well.

Here’s 10 of our favourite musical comedy acts we recommend you see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year.

We also have a list of the best stand up comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, a list of the best free comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and a list of the best sketch and character comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014.


eleanor morton edinburgh fringeEleanor Morton


She’s young and Scottish and very funny with a guitar in her hand. She’s been touted by Josie Long and you can expect similar sweet musings on anxiety, awkwardness and frustrations with modern pop culture.

The Stand
Jul 31 – Aug 24, noon

tina turner edinburgh fringeTina T’urner Tea Lady

Tina T’urner Tea Lady

I first encountered this inspired character act at last year’s Fringe in a very fun and chaotic ACMS in The Stand. At the time I laughed without really knowing why. I still don’t think I know fully why I find this idea so wonderful, but it is. Go along. It’s free as well.

Aug 1 – 24, 2.30pm



singing acupuncturist edinburgh fringeAdventures of the Singing Acupuncturist


Big O Finds Her Soul


Does the name alone not make this a Fringe must? I caught the singing acupuncturist (or Olivia) during her first Fringe appearance performing a free show in a pub basement in what was one of the most memorable and wonderful hours of my life. Will she take bigger notes to the bigger stage this year?


Just the Tonic at the Mash House
Aug 01- 24, 2.40pm
£5- £10

rachel parris edinburgh fringeRachel Parris

Live in Vegas

Edinburgh’s dodgy bookies, deep fried food and the Pubic Triangle don’t quite compete with vices of Las Vegas, but Rachel is here to give a bit of glam to the festival on a show that promises to provide comedy anthems.

Pleasance Courtyard
Jul 30 – Aug 25, 4.30pm

kate lucas edinburgh fringeKate Lucas and Dave Green


Only one half of this show may be music-based, but we’re very loose with our rules here. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Kate Lucas sings darkly comic songs in a very sweet, unassuming voice. Dave Green may not have the vocal talent, but he promises some great one-liners in this promising double-bill.

Just the Tonic at The Caves
Jul 31 – Aug 24, 4.35pm

carly smallman edinburgh fringeCarly Smallman

Made in Penge

Another safe pair of lungs for some fantastic musical comedy, Carly has been building her profile with a starring role on ITV2’s Viral Tap. We expect she’ll still have the same smutty energy of her previous Fringe appearances when she takes to the Free Festival this year.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House
Aug 01-24, 5.30pm

laurence owen edinubrgh fringeLaurence Owen

Lullabies of Pervland

Laurence was one of the highlights of our highlight-filled night of Disney comedy fun with a song about Disney’s less than diverse attitude towards female characters. We expect an hour will be packed with similar cynicism and satire.

Fingers Piano Bar
Aug 2-24, 6.30pm

frisky-and-mannish-just-too-much_2014FRISKYA_UKFrisky and Mannish

Just Too Much

Maybe the most exciting, fun comedy duo to ever take to the Fringe, Frisky and Mannish use their extreme talents to produce polished, camp parodies, pastiches and originals that turn the Underbelly into a screaming mess.

Underbelly, Bristo Square
Jul 30 – Aug 25, 7.35pm


axis awesome edinburgh fringeAxis of Awesome

Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas

These three Australians are veterans in musical comedy, regularly selling out festival appearances around the world. The Edinburgh Fringe is no different, so book now to hear why.

Gilded Balloon
Jul 30- Aug 25, 9pm
£10- £14

abandoman edinburgh fringeAbandoman

Hot Desk

It wouldn’t be a proper Edinburgh Fringe without Abandoman really. The comedy hip hop improvisers have gained a legion of loyal fans over the past few years for their appearances on radio, TV and music festivals, but it’s during August in Edinburgh that their genius is most astounding.

Underbelly, Bristo Square
Jul 30 – Aug 25, 9.10pm
£13.50 – £15

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