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Free Festival Shows

Have a look through our selection of shows... we are sure to have something you'll want to see in Edinburgh this August - from children's shows to cabaret; standup comedy to tragic drama. There's something for everyone at the Free Festival!


List Shows: By Name | By Start Time


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12:00

Julienning with Robyn

Julienning with Robyn

Comedy

Julienning with Robyn

Comedy

OCT 10, 17, 24, 31 at 12:30 (60 min) - FREE TWITCH STREAM (Unticketed/With Donations)
Laughing Horse Online / The Internet - Twitch Streaming

Comedian Robyn Perkins loves to cook. A lot. One might say she is obsessed. Cook along in this real-time online comedy cooking show, where Robyn takes you step by step to create a delicious, and hilarious, lunch. Sounds intimidating? You aren't alone because two other comedians will also be following along in their kitchens. Will it be a cooking disaster or sensational success?! We don’t know but it will be funny!...


14:00

Best In Fringe Comedy and Chat.... With Vladimir McTavish

Best In Fringe Comedy and Chat.... With Vladimir McTavish

Chat Shows

Best In Fringe Comedy and Chat.... With Vladimir McTavish

Chat Shows

OCT 24 at 14:15 (60 min) - £5-£6 (Tickets on sale soon)
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

This is the perfect guide to what comedy to see at the Fringe as host Vladimir McTavish, one of Scotland's finest stand-ups, introduces this hilarious start to the Fringe opening weekend with the very best in stand-up, laughs and chat from three of the Fringe's best comedy performers. The guests are all hand-picked from venues around the Fringe by the show's host, with a selection of the UK's best comics and the hottest acts from all around Brighton. "Superb" ★★★★ (The Scotsman) "Gleefully indulgent. Highly Appealing" ★★★★ (The Guardian) ...


Jack the Ripper. My life as a suspect.

Jack the Ripper. My life as a suspect.

Theatre

Jack the Ripper. My life as a suspect.

Theatre

OCT 25, 31 at 14:15 (60 min) - £5
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

In this show character comedian Robert Inston with respect to victims, and irreverence that only comes from knowledge...dissects the suspected perpetrators and celebrities dumbfounded by the demon of Whitechapel. In part one, he gives an overview of the period...particularly the response of the Government and Queen Victoria herself whose own grandson was a suspect. In Part 2, he "becomes" Geoge Chapman wife poisoner; John Piser, known as Leather Apron as he worked in a slaughterhouse; the pathetic Aaron Kosminski who was more solitary than social.... ...


Nik Coppin's Comedy World

Nik Coppin's Comedy World

Comedy

Nik Coppin's Comedy World

Comedy

OCT 10, 17 at 14:15 (60 min) - £5 (Tickets on Sale Soon)
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Nik Coppin's Comedy World is an entertaining collection of stories from a globetrotting funnyman. This is the show of the book of the world tour as Nik puts give you a light-hearted insight into the mind and matters of an international stand-up comedian. And he might mention he has a book to sell. ...


15:00

Dave Chawner; Underdog

Dave Chawner; Underdog

Comedy

Dave Chawner; Underdog

Comedy

OCT 17 at 15:45 (60 min) - £5
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Number 1 best selling author, award winning comic & presenter Dave Chawner brings his new show about dogs, defeat and determination As seen on BBC, ITV & Channel 4 As heard on Radio 1, Radio 2 & Radio 4 ‘Hilariously entertaining’ - Mail On Sunday ...


Jack the Ripper. My life as a suspect.

Jack the Ripper. My life as a suspect.

Theatre

Jack the Ripper. My life as a suspect.

Theatre

OCT 10 at 15:45 (60 min) - £5
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

In this show character comedian Robert Inston with respect to victims, and irreverence that only comes from knowledge...dissects the suspected perpetrators and celebrities dumbfounded by the demon of Whitechapel. In part one, he gives an overview of the period...particularly the response of the Government and Queen Victoria herself whose own grandson was a suspect. In Part 2, he "becomes" Geoge Chapman wife poisoner; John Piser, known as Leather Apron as he worked in a slaughterhouse; the pathetic Aaron Kosminski who was more solitary than social.... ...


Ross Kamp: 2020 Vision

Ross Kamp: 2020 Vision

Comedy

Ross Kamp: 2020 Vision

Comedy

OCT 31 at 15:45 (60 min) - £6
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Queer comedian Ross Kamp invites you to look on the bright side of life as he shares his most intimate dating stories and his experience of being partially sighted. From tales of gay Twitter to Tinder escapades - he will take you on a fabulous journey through the world of LGBTQ+ culture, armed with a ukulele and a series of pop parodies (sorry Ariana, Britney and ABBA)! ...


YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE MAD TO WORK HERE

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE MAD TO WORK HERE

Comedy

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE MAD TO WORK HERE

Comedy

OCT 24-25 at 15:45 (60 min) - £5
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Award-winning comedian and NHS psychiatrist Benji Waterstones has landed a book deal! Is he sitting on a 'modern classic' or are his publishers as deluded as his patients? Make your minds up together as he shrinks a decade specialising in mental health into four nights of comedic (and humane) storytelling. "Perfect and hilarious", Buzzfeed...



16:00

Show Up, Kids! Online LIVE!

Show Up, Kids! Online LIVE!

Childrens

Show Up, Kids! Online LIVE!

Childrens

OCT 10, 17, 24, 31 at 16:30 (60 min) - PAY WHAT YOU WANT via Zoom (Tickets on Sale Soon)
Laughing Horse Online / The Internet - Zoom Show

Kids from all over the world will feel like they're a part of this groundbreaking interactive live event as they hear their names, offer story suggestions, and are called on to help NYC-based Pete put on a real live show. This interactive, semi-improvised, family show for kids 3-10 years old puts a wildly comedic twist on the traditional kids' show. When the main attraction doesn't show up, Pete enlists the kids at home to help create a story and control everything from plot to props, characters to costumes, and settings to sound in a one-of-a-kind, 50-minute laughfest....


17:00

Anna Morris: Kid-Life Crisis (Work-in-Progress)

Anna Morris: Kid-Life Crisis (Work-in-Progress)

Comedy

Anna Morris: Kid-Life Crisis (Work-in-Progress)

Comedy

OCT 10, 24 at 17:15 (60 min) - £5
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Award-winning character comedian Anna Morris (Ch4's Lee and Dean) returns to Brighton with a work-in-progress of her debut stand-up show. A work-in-progress in the lead-up to a BBC Radio 4 recording of same name. For the first time in her career, Morris steps-out of her much-loved characters and reveals a side we've never seen. Anna welcomes you to share her kid-life crisis as she approaches 40 and contemplates Motherhood. Anna's having a very female mid-life crisis. Men turn to a leather jacket, a sports car, younger woman and are told they're more attractive as they age. Anna has bagged ...


Nathan Cassidy: Roses From Joe (work in progress)

Nathan Cassidy: Roses From Joe (work in progress)

Comedy

Nathan Cassidy: Roses From Joe (work in progress)

Comedy

OCT 31 at 17:15 (60 min) - FREE TICKETED
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Award-winning comedian Cassidy has the secret of happiness – 40,000 roses, from Joe. The next chapter after his critically acclaimed, award-nominated show 'Observational'. BEST SHOW NOMINEE Leicester Comedy Festival 2020 "An extraordinary story richly accessorised with laughter. The best live comedy I have seen this August" (Kate Copstick, The Scotsman 2020) "A fitting tribute to the can-do spirit in adversity that powers the festival...puckish likability...bold hour."(Jay Richardson, Chortle 2020) "The best show at this year's Fringe... A classic, structured rollercoaster Fringe...


Nik Coppin's Comedy World

Nik Coppin's Comedy World

Comedy

Nik Coppin's Comedy World

Comedy

OCT 25 at 17:15 (60 min) - £5 (Tickets on Sale Soon)
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Nik Coppin's Comedy World is an entertaining collection of stories from a globetrotting funnyman. This is the show of the book of the world tour as Nik puts give you a light-hearted insight into the mind and matters of an international stand-up comedian. And he might mention he has a book to sell. ...


Ross Kamp: 2020 Vision

Ross Kamp: 2020 Vision

Comedy

Ross Kamp: 2020 Vision

Comedy

OCT 17 at 17:15 (60 min) - £6
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Queer comedian Ross Kamp invites you to look on the bright side of life as he shares his most intimate dating stories and his experience of being partially sighted. From tales of gay Twitter to Tinder escapades - he will take you on a fabulous journey through the world of LGBTQ+ culture, armed with a ukulele and a series of pop parodies (sorry Ariana, Britney and ABBA)! ...


18:00

Best In Fringe Comedy and Chat.... With Vladimir McTavish

Best In Fringe Comedy and Chat.... With Vladimir McTavish

Chat Shows

Best In Fringe Comedy and Chat.... With Vladimir McTavish

Chat Shows

OCT 23 at 18:45 (60 min) - £5-£6 (Tickets on sale soon)
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

This is the perfect guide to what comedy to see at the Fringe as host Vladimir McTavish, one of Scotland's finest stand-ups, introduces this hilarious start to the Fringe opening weekend with the very best in stand-up, laughs and chat from three of the Fringe's best comedy performers. The guests are all hand-picked from venues around the Fringe by the show's host, with a selection of the UK's best comics and the hottest acts from all around Brighton. "Superb" ★★★★ (The Scotsman) "Gleefully indulgent. Highly Appealing" ★★★★ (The Guardian) ...


Dave Chawner; Underdog

Dave Chawner; Underdog

Comedy

Dave Chawner; Underdog

Comedy

OCT 30 at 18:45 (60 min) - £5
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Number 1 best selling author, award winning comic & presenter Dave Chawner brings his new show about dogs, defeat and determination As seen on BBC, ITV & Channel 4 As heard on Radio 1, Radio 2 & Radio 4 ‘Hilariously entertaining’ - Mail On Sunday ...


Nathan Cassidy: Observational

Nathan Cassidy: Observational

Comedy

Nathan Cassidy: Observational

Comedy

OCT 25 at 18:45 (60 min) - FREE TICKETED
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Award-winning comedian Cassidy's true story of his magical, life-changing year. With a crippling bad back, he joined a gym and a big man changed his life forever. You couldn't make it up. BEST SHOW Leicester Comedy Festival Nominee 2020 BEST SHOW Buxton Fringe Nominee 2019 Join Nathan for his award-nominated and critically acclaimed show as he shares the story of that man, that childhood friend, that duck-down duvet, and how he came to be called ‘Observational’. "The best show at this year's Fringe... A classic, structured rollercoaster Fringe hour... star in waiting... he is unto...



19:00

Nathan Cassidy: Observational

Nathan Cassidy: Observational

Comedy

Nathan Cassidy: Observational

Comedy

OCT 28 at 19:15 (60 min) - FREE TICKETED
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Award-winning comedian Cassidy's true story of his magical, life-changing year. With a crippling bad back, he joined a gym and a big man changed his life forever. You couldn't make it up. BEST SHOW Leicester Comedy Festival Nominee 2020 BEST SHOW Buxton Fringe Nominee 2019 Join Nathan for his award-nominated and critically acclaimed show as he shares the story of that man, that childhood friend, that duck-down duvet, and how he came to be called ‘Observational’. "The best show at this year's Fringe... A classic, structured rollercoaster Fringe hour... star in waiting... he is untouch...


Troy Hawke - 'Sigmund Troy’d!’

Troy Hawke - 'Sigmund Troy’d!’

Comedy

Troy Hawke - 'Sigmund Troy’d!’

Comedy

OCT 26, 29 at 19:15 (60 min) - £5
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Perth FRINGE WORLD Best Comedy Nominee 2019, 2020 Perth FRINGE WORLD Comedy Weekly Award Winner 2019, 2020 TOP 30 JOKES OF THE 2019 EDINBURGH FRINGE (The Telegraph, The Scotsman, Inewspaper, GQ Magazine) TOTAL SELL OUT RUN EDINBURGH FRINGE 2019 TOP 40 BEST REVIEWED COMEDY SHOWS EDINBURGH FRINGE 2019 (British Comedy Guide) 2019 FRINGE WORLD Best Comedy nominee and Comedy Weekly Award Winner Troy Hawke returns to Brighton Fringe following a total sellout run of his last show ‘Tiles of the Unexpected!’ at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. Having previously exposed supermarket chain Aldi’s links t...


YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE MAD TO WORK HERE

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE MAD TO WORK HERE

Comedy

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE MAD TO WORK HERE

Comedy

OCT 21-22 at 19:15 (60 min) - £5
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Award-winning comedian and NHS psychiatrist Benji Waterstones has landed a book deal! Is he sitting on a 'modern classic' or are his publishers as deluded as his patients? Make your minds up together as he shrinks a decade specialising in mental health into four nights of comedic (and humane) storytelling. "Perfect and hilarious", Buzzfeed...


Aaaaaaargh it’s The One Liner Show!

Aaaaaaargh it’s The One Liner Show!

Comedy

Aaaaaaargh it’s The One Liner Show!

Comedy

OCT 10, 17, 24, 31 at 19:30 (60 min) - FREE TWITCH STREAM (Unticketed/With Donations)
Laughing Horse Online / The Internet - Twitch Streaming

Enjoy an hour of the best up-and-coming one-liner comedians on the circuit in this celebration of puns, one-liners and wordplay, all held together by your host Masai Graham (UK Pun Champion 2016)....


20:00

Anna Morris: Kid-Life Crisis (Work-in-Progress)

Anna Morris: Kid-Life Crisis (Work-in-Progress)

Comedy

Anna Morris: Kid-Life Crisis (Work-in-Progress)

Comedy

OCT 23 at 20:15 (60 min) - £5
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Award-winning character comedian Anna Morris (Ch4's Lee and Dean) returns to Brighton with a work-in-progress of her debut stand-up show. A work-in-progress in the lead-up to a BBC Radio 4 recording of same name. For the first time in her career, Morris steps-out of her much-loved characters and reveals a side we've never seen. Anna welcomes you to share her kid-life crisis as she approaches 40 and contemplates Motherhood. Anna's having a very female mid-life crisis. Men turn to a leather jacket, a sports car, younger woman and are told they're more attractive as they age. Anna has bagged ...


Ross Kamp: 2020 Vision

Ross Kamp: 2020 Vision

Comedy

Ross Kamp: 2020 Vision

Comedy

OCT 30 at 20:15 (60 min) - £6
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Queer comedian Ross Kamp invites you to look on the bright side of life as he shares his most intimate dating stories and his experience of being partially sighted. From tales of gay Twitter to Tinder escapades - he will take you on a fabulous journey through the world of LGBTQ+ culture, armed with a ukulele and a series of pop parodies (sorry Ariana, Britney and ABBA)! ...


Vladimir McTavish - 60 Minutes To Save The World

Vladimir McTavish - 60 Minutes To Save The World

Comedy

Vladimir McTavish - 60 Minutes To Save The World

Comedy

OCT 25 at 20:15 (60 min) - £6 (Tickets on Sale Soon)
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Global warming, fake news, Brexit, Trump, Britain in shambles, climate change, terrorism, the state of Scottish football. Is the planet on the brink ? In this 2019 sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show BAFTA-nominee and three-time Scottish Comedy Award winner, Vladimir McTavish offers some positive comic solutions to stop humanity falling into the abyss. As seen on BBC Scotland Comedy Underground “One of the finest acts on the Scottish comedy circuit” The Guradian “Amiable yet strident swipes at the horrors in store” The Scotsman “inspired comedy brilliance” Australian Stage ...


Jack the Ripper. My life as a suspect.

Jack the Ripper. My life as a suspect.

Theatre

Jack the Ripper. My life as a suspect.

Theatre

OCT 26 at 20:45 (60 min) - £5
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

In this show character comedian Robert Inston with respect to victims, and irreverence that only comes from knowledge...dissects the suspected perpetrators and celebrities dumbfounded by the demon of Whitechapel. In part one, he gives an overview of the period...particularly the response of the Government and Queen Victoria herself whose own grandson was a suspect. In Part 2, he "becomes" Geoge Chapman wife poisoner; John Piser, known as Leather Apron as he worked in a slaughterhouse; the pathetic Aaron Kosminski who was more solitary than social.... ...



Troy Hawke - 'Sigmund Troy’d!’

Troy Hawke - 'Sigmund Troy’d!’

Comedy

Troy Hawke - 'Sigmund Troy’d!’

Comedy

OCT 21 at 20:45 (60 min) - £5
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Perth FRINGE WORLD Best Comedy Nominee 2019, 2020 Perth FRINGE WORLD Comedy Weekly Award Winner 2019, 2020 TOP 30 JOKES OF THE 2019 EDINBURGH FRINGE (The Telegraph, The Scotsman, Inewspaper, GQ Magazine) TOTAL SELL OUT RUN EDINBURGH FRINGE 2019 TOP 40 BEST REVIEWED COMEDY SHOWS EDINBURGH FRINGE 2019 (British Comedy Guide) 2019 FRINGE WORLD Best Comedy nominee and Comedy Weekly Award Winner Troy Hawke returns to Brighton Fringe following a total sellout run of his last show ‘Tiles of the Unexpected!’ at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. Having previously exposed supermarket chain Aldi’s links t...


Vladimir McTavish - 60 Minutes To Save The World

Vladimir McTavish - 60 Minutes To Save The World

Comedy

Vladimir McTavish - 60 Minutes To Save The World

Comedy

OCT 22 at 20:45 (60 min) - £6 (Tickets on Sale Soon)
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Global warming, fake news, Brexit, Trump, Britain in shambles, climate change, terrorism, the state of Scottish football. Is the planet on the brink ? In this 2019 sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show BAFTA-nominee and three-time Scottish Comedy Award winner, Vladimir McTavish offers some positive comic solutions to stop humanity falling into the abyss. As seen on BBC Scotland Comedy Underground “One of the finest acts on the Scottish comedy circuit” The Guradian “Amiable yet strident swipes at the horrors in store” The Scotsman “inspired comedy brilliance” Australian Stage ...


Will Hall & Sharlin Jahan

Will Hall & Sharlin Jahan

Comedy

Will Hall & Sharlin Jahan

Comedy

OCT 28-29 at 20:45 (60 min) - £5 (Tickets on Sale Soon)
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Will Hall (As seen on BBC Three and Channel 4, Bath New Comedian and Max Turner Finalist, Laughing Horse Semi-Finalist 2018) and Sharlin Jahan (Get Up Stand Up Semi-Finalist, BBC Asian Network, Soho Theatre Young Company) are teaming up for a brand new work in progress show! Expect new jokes about growing up and getting older from rising stars of the comedy scene....


21:00

I Am Google - Live from Hollywood

I Am Google - Live from Hollywood

Comedy

I Am Google - Live from Hollywood

Comedy

OCT 10, 17, 24, 31 at 21:00 (60 min) - PAY WHAT YOU WANT via Zoom (Tickets on Sale Soon)
Laughing Horse Online / The Internet - Zoom Show

Hey, guys! It's me, Google! I'm just a guy with a lot of books, maps, and unopened mail finding answers to your questions 24/7. Come meet me live! Hang out with my friends, Wikipedia, Yahoo, and IMDB, my ex-girlfriend, Twitter, and her new boyfriend, Facebook. Free cookies! No spam. I am searching for you!...


Nik Coppin's Comedy World

Nik Coppin's Comedy World

Comedy

Nik Coppin's Comedy World

Comedy

OCT 30 at 21:45 (60 min) - £5 (Tickets on Sale Soon)
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upstairs

Nik Coppin's Comedy World is an entertaining collection of stories from a globetrotting funnyman. This is the show of the book of the world tour as Nik puts give you a light-hearted insight into the mind and matters of an international stand-up comedian. And he might mention he has a book to sell. ...