Edinburgh Fringe

10 musical/cabaret comedy recommendations for the Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Laugh Out London brings you a list of some of the best musical/cabaret comedy shows you will see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018.

As usual we’ve avoided some of the bigger names and focused on newer/less-established acts who should be among your favourites, if they aren’t already. The shows are listed in chronological order for your convenience.

New for this year is our ‘must-see’ show. In each of our Fringe recommendation categories we will pick one outstanding act that you simply must see . It’s the one that’s all highlighted below.

See our other Edinburgh Fringe recommendations for 2018, including the including the best stand-up shows, the best sketch shows, the best character/clown shows, the best free comedy shows, the best musical/cabaret shows, the best theatre shows, the best special shows and the best international shows.

Flo and Joan

Alive On Stage

This musical duo have a raised profile thanks to their performances featuring on an actually rather good ad campaign from a bank (I can’t remember what one, so maybe it’s not that good a campaign). Anyway, they’re the sort of comedy act where seeing them in the middle of an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale is a very pleasurable distraction from the utter despair of a dystopian world.

Flo and Joan Alive On Stage
Pleasance Courtyard
Aug 1-26, 4pm

Fringe Wives Club

Glittery Clittery

These guys have won Best Cabaret at the Adelaide Fringe 2018 and been nominated for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. A fun-filled hour of female empowerment, songs and glitter.

Fringe Wives Club: Glittery Clittery
Assembly Roxy
Aug 1-26, 8.50pm

Harriet Braine


Winner of the Funny Women Award 2016, Harriet combines nerdism and talent to create intellectual musical comedy on interesting subjects. This year’s effort is set in a library at the end of the world.

Harriet Braine’s Apocalibrary
The Counting House
Aug 2-19, 9pm

Zach and Viggo and Thumpasaurus

Where Does The Love Go?

Some of our favourite clowns Zach and Viggo team up with a Californian funk band for a an absurd, intergalactic opera.

Zach and Viggo and Thumpasaurus: Where Does The Love Go?
Underbelly Cowgate
Aug 2-26, 9.20pm


Pirate Radio

A perennial Fringe favourite, Abandoman (Rob Broderick) still has the ability to astound with hsi improvised hip-hop and audience interaction. Guaranteed fun.

Abandoman: Pirate Radio
Underbelly, George Sq
Aug 1-27, 9.30pm

Two Hearts

Edinburgh World Tour

A New Zealand camp, poptastic duo in the mould of Frisky and Mannish. There will be confetti and energy and pulsating, sexy dance music.

Two Hearts: Edinburgh World Tour
Underbelly Cowgate
Aug  2-26, 10.10pm

Rob Kemp

The Elvis Dead

A very welcome return for one of the runaway hits of last year, Rob Kemp’s The Elvis Dead combines the film the Evil Dead and the songs of Elvis Presley in a way that makes absolute sense. Rob’s also doing a show earlier in the day that relies on the spin of a wheel to determine its content.

Rob Kemp’s The Elvis Dead
Pleasance Courtyard
Aug 1-25, 10.20pm

Amusical (must-see show!)


This was one of the absolute highlights of last year’s festival, with Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Jayde Adams hosting a glorious night of comedians performing their favourite West End hits. They’ve had the likes of Nick Helm, Aisling Bea, Sara Pascoe and John Robins before, all of whom have excelled themselves.

Pleasance Courtyard
Aug 22, 11.30pm

The Singing Acupuncturist

Adventures Of The Singing Acupuncturist 6: Big O Makes It In Ny…Or Does She?

Ever wanted a singing acupuncturist to tell you her life story through song? This is the sixth time she’s done it.

Adventures Of The Singing Acupuncturist 6: Big O Makes It In Ny…Or Does She?
Aug 15-26, midnight

Rachel Parris

Musical Comedy Club

One of the most talented musical comedians on the circuit hosts a night of the best the Fringe has to offer.

Rachel Parris’ Musical Comedy Club
Pleasance Dome
Aug 14, 21, 23
Times vary

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