Edinburgh Fringe

10 international comedy recommendations for the Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Once again Laugh Out London brings you a list of some of the best overseas comedians you will see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018.

We’ve tried to avoid those international acts who are based in the UK and focused on performers who are making a less common appearance in the country.

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.

Paul Williams

Santa Fe

David Trent recommended Paul to us last year. Sadly we couldn’t make it then but he is one of the first names on our spreadsheet this year. Hailing from New Zealand he’s a Best Newcomer nominee for Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018 and counts Lorde among his fans.

Paul Williams: Santa Fe
Underbelly, Cowgate
Aug 2-26, 4.10pm

Laura Davis

Ghost Machine

An Australian character comic who won Best Indie Show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe. It’s a show about life performed by a ghost.

Laura Davis: Ghost Machine
Underbelly Cowgate
Aug 2-26, 5.40pm

Natalie Palamides


American clown Natalie is a pupil of the outstanding Dr Brown. She deservedly picked up the Best Newcomer award last year for a messy and thrilling show that showed the cycle of life through eggs. This year she’s taking on the role of man’s man Nate. It looks to be in a similar vein to Zoe Coombes Marr’s brilliant Dave character but we’re sure Natalie will have a very distinct spin on things.

Natalie Palamides: Nate
Pleasance Courtyard
Aug 1-26, 6pm

Tom Walker

Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk

A proper highlight of last year, Australian Tom Walker is an overgrown child let loose in a box of props and dumb but brilliant ideas. For fans of Spencer Jones, Weirdos and having a lovely, strange time.

Tom Walker: Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk
Underbelly, Bristo Sq
Aug 1-26, 7.45pm

Demi Lardner

I Love Skeleton

A So You Think You’re Funny winner from Australia who’s building on her early promise, winning the Pinder Prize at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Demi Lardner: I Love Skeleton
Assembly George Sq
Aug 1-26, 8.05pm

Garry Starr

Performs Everything

One of the most exciting sounding Fringe shows on paper, Garry Starr attempts to perform every single genre of theatre in under 60 minutes. Judging by the reaction it’s got at Australian festival, it’s a conceit that delivers.

Garry Starr Performs Everything
Underbelly Cowgate
Aug 2-26, 8.10pm

Tanael Joachim and Garihanna Jean-Louis

Jokes From A Shithole

Haitian immigrants Tanael Joachim and Garihanna Jean-Louis do social commentary, personal stories and satire in a show that takes its title from comments made by a certain president.

Jokes From A Shithole
The Phoenix
Aug 2-26, 9pm

Kate Berlant


An American character comic who’s made something of a name for herself in shows such as Search Party, Transparent and Netflix’s The Characters.

Kate Berlant: Communikate
Assembly George Sq
Aug 1-26, 9.15pm

Myq Kaplan

All Killing Aside

A U.S. comedian who I mainly know from his appearances on many podcasts, Kaplan is a stalwart of the U.S. scene, appearing on The Tonight Show, Conan and Letterman.He makes is Edinburgh debut to discuss a journey of kindness.

Myq Kaplan: All Killing Aside
Underbelly, Bristo Sq
Aug 1-26, 9.15pm

Sam Campbell (must-see show!)

The Trough

Another Australian, Sam Campbell last came to the Fringe in 2016. It was a lovely, silly show with some rough edges but some bright imagination and a lot of promise. I’ve yet to see him since, but by all accounts he’s honed that charm and that vibrant, childlike joy into an absurd hour of real substance picking up the prestigious Barry Award for the best show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Previous winners include Hannah Gadbsy, Zoe Coombs Marr and Sam Simmons.

Sam Campbell: The Trough
Monkey Barrel
Aug 2-26, 12.15am

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