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10 atypical comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015

best atypical comedy shows edinburgh fringe 2015

The Edinburgh Fringe 2015 is just on the horizon, and we hope you know have a clear idea of what shows to see thanks to our recommendations for the festival this year, including stand-up comedy, sketch/character, free shows and international acts.

This is the last list we are posting this year and it includes those shows that don’t fall easily into the other categories, although are definitely worthy of a mention.

It includes podcast recordings, cabaret, compilations and the return of a beloved 90s TV favourite.

phill jupitus sketch comic edinburgh fringe

Phill Jupitus sketch comic

The Buzzcocks star promises to spend a morning sketching a work of art at galleries across Edinburgh. A curious hour of entertainment indeed.

Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic
Various galleries
August 7-27, 10am

marriage edinburgh fringe


It’s the perfect combination – a centuries-old play by Russian master Nikolai Gogol and the mad brilliance of Pappy’s Tom Parry. This updated classic has an all-star comedy cast too, Tom’s sketchmate Ben Clark, Adam Riches, Lay Susan and the Beta Males. A guaranteed fun farce we think.

Assembly George Square
August 6-30, 2pm
£12 – £13

young man edinburgh fringe

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves… 7

Does what it says on the tin. A fringe classic.

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves… 7
Voodoo Rooms
August 18, 2.30pm

sheeps skewer news edinburgh fringe

Sheeps Skewer the News

One of the best sketch groups in the country (featuring Best Show nominee Liam Williams) take a ‘wry look at the news’. It’s about time somebody did.

Sheeps Skewer the News
Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey
August 21-30, 2.30pm

funz and gamez edinburgh fringe

Funs and Gamez Tooz

The runaway hit at last year’s Festival, Phil Ellis is once again breaking down the barrier between fun for kids and fun for grown-ups with this manic mash-up that promises mayhem and lots of silly fun.

Funz and Gamez Tooz
Assembly George Square
August 6-31, 3.20pm

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Comedians’ Cinema Club

Recreations of hit movies by stand ups we’re in. Fight club, Titanic, Frozen, Avatar and many more are being recreated in Edinburgh, head honcho Eric Lampaert has a selection of very talented acts (Matthew Highton, Katia Kvinge, Felicity Ward, Dane Baptiste…) to help him bring them to life.

Comedians’ Cinema Club
Just the Tonic @ The Tron
August 12-29, 3.40pm

get your own back live edinburgh fringe

Get Your Own Back: Live!

The Edinburgh Fringe has seen a tradition of live recreations and homages to long-loved 90s TV shows. And this may be the most exciting yet. For this is the return of Dave Benson Phillips in a show that lets comedians get gunge-based revenge for petty grievances. We are there.

Get Your Own Back: Live!
Gilded Balloon
August 5-31, 4.30pm
£12 – £13

ACMS Edinburgh Fringe

Alternative Comedy Memorial Society

A failure… A noble failure!. Thom Tuck and John Luke Roberts set up ACMS to capture the pioneering spirit of the 1980s alternative comedy circuit (although a lot of the acts weren’t alive at the time). Experimentation is king above all else. Regular guests include Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe, Joe Lycett, Simon Munnery and a whole bunch of other upstarts. Just stick to the list of permitted heckles.

The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society
The Hive
August 9-27, 10pm (not Fri or Sat)
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

bearpit comedy podcast edinburgh fringe

Bearpit Podcast (Podcast) Gala Show

The cult Ipswich radio station podcast returns to the Fringe for two very special evenings. Promises to be a very special Fringe experience.

Bearpit Podcat (Podcast) Gala Show
Just the Tonic @ The Caves
August 26-27, 11.30pm
£5 regular, £40 concession, £70 student

bob slayer blundabus edinburgh fringe

BlundaBus: Never Mind the BusStops

Bob Slayer is the ultimate Edinburgh Fringe promoter, running the brilliant line-up at Heroes. This is is special after hours show that is part hangout, part chat show, part comedy show, and all drunken fun. And it’s all in a bus as well. Keep the party going late into the night.

BlundaBus: Never Mind the BusStops
Heroes @ Bob’s Blundabus
August 6-31, 12.30am
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

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