Please see below information on all of our 2017 Fringe acts.  

This page will be constantly updated with the latest versions of press releases and links.  Please bear with us if any information is missing – it won’t be for long! 

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Aatif Nawaz

Aatif Nawaz; The Last Laugh

Newsroom @ 11.15pm, 3 – 27 August

Reviewers invited from August 4th

Aatif Nawaz marks ten years in comedy and reveals the hilarious rejections and pearls of celebrity advice he has received along the way from the likes of Omid Djalili and Jimmy Carr.

Among Aatif’s credits are BBC Radio 4’s Inconspicuous Consumption and Stephen Fry’s English Delight.  He was  featured as the voice of reason on the controversial Channel 4 programme, What British Muslims Really Think, an experience he wrote about for the Guardian. Aatif has also appeared on BBC Newsnight. talking about comedy and free speech.

Press release  Images  Footage  Website  @AatifNawaz



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Abi Roberts: Anglichanka

Underbelly (White Belly) @ 6.40pm, 3-27 August (not 14)

Reviewers invited from August 5th

Last year Abi Roberts became the first UK comedian to perform in Russia, in Russian. Abi and Russia go way back – she was once a member of the Moscow Conservatoire and the Russian Orthodox Church. In this, the centenary year of the Russian Revolution, come and find out about what makes our continental neighbour tick!

A seasoned club stand-up and tour support, Abi’s projects have included Musical CID where well-known comedians talk about their music collections, which featuring comedy stars such as Al MurrayRomesh Ranganathan, and Seann Walsh. Abi has recently appeared in two critically acclaimed short films which have aired at prestigious film festivals including London’s LOCO Film Festival, Tribeca, Hollywood and New York Film Festivals – The Honeymoon and One Under.

Press release  Images  Website  Footage  @abiroberts



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Alex Kealy: The Art of the Keal

Just the Tonic at the Caves (Just Up the Road) @ 4.20pm, 3 – 27 August (not 14)

Reviewers invited from August 4th

Alex Kealy believes liberal democracy is having a rough old time. As ever, the centre-left is brilliant at getting mad and crap at getting even. The right has clear, simple messages – can the left do the same for the complex challenges society faces?

Alex Kealy was a So You Think You’re Funny? Finalist in his first year of stand-up and since then has performed on BBC Radio Four Extra as part of the BBC New Comedian Award. Alex runs The Comedy Grotto in King’s Cross, a fortnightly charity fundraiser comedy night, which Time Out praises for it’s ‘consistently excellent line-ups’ that have “comedy connoisseurs drooling’  and The Independent raves has ‘always well-programmed bashes.’

Press release  Images  Footage  @alexkealy


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Andrew Doyle: Thought Crimes

Stand 1, 6:30pm @ 4-27 August (not 14)

Reviewers invited from August 4th

Andrew Doyle doesn’t know his left from his right.  But then, neither does anyone else.  A staunch left-winger, Andrew has somehow found himself accused of being on the Dark Side.  Partly it’s because he’s the only left-wing comic who openly opposed the EU, or maybe it’s because he co-wrote a viral video after the US election which was widely shared by the pro-Trump “alt-right”.  Either way, in the current political climate, does ‘left’ or ‘right’ even mean anything anymore?

As well as a Fringe regular, Andrew is the co-writer of internet sensation Jonathan Pie, the spoof news reporter created by Tom Walker.  Andrew started writing for Pie in December 2015, and since then has collaborated with Tom on weekly online videos and a live show which toured the UK culminating in a sell-out performance at the London Palladium.  Their online video responding to the US election result has had in excess of 130 million views.

Press release  Images  Website  @andrewdoyle_com



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Ben Van der Velde: Sidekick

Espionage (Pravda Room) @ 8.45pm, 3 – 27 August (not 15)

Reviewers invited from August 4th

Ben Van der Velde isn’t feeling too sure about the future for him, his wife or his vaguely imminent kids.  The world seems like a tinderbox ready to explode and he’s not prepared for the fallout.  He’s on the hunt for a hero, whilst trying to find any upside to life as a perennial sidekick.

Ben Van der Velde is a regular host and act for respected British comedy clubs such as The Stand, Komedia, the Frog & Bucket and The Boat Show and is currently helmsman of the Chortle Award-winning Good Ship Comedy Club in Kilburn. Outside the circuit, Ben has performed a voodoo re-marriage ceremonyfounded the Church of the Holy Kazoo with comedy legend Mark Thomas, and walked the entire London Underground network to raise money for The Refugee Council.

Press Release  Images  Website  Footage  @benvandervelde



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Counting House (Loft) @ 4pm, 3 – 27 August (not 15)

Reviewers invited from August 3rd

In her UK debut hour LYNCHED, Carmen Lynch shares her twisted, singular stand-up comedy that frequently dips into the dark side. Childless and drug-free (but only because of her heart murmur), she’ll share her views on Jesus, giraffes, scoliosis, her Spanish mother, and very often, death.

Carmen Lynch comes to the Edinburgh Fringe after enjoying a host of high profile television appearances including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and twice on The Late Show with David Letterman, she has been featured on The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonConan@midnight (Comedy Central), Inside Amy Schumer, and The Good Wife. On the big screen Carmen appeared in Miu Miu’s series of Women’s Tales directed by Chloë Sevigny entitled Carmen.

Press release  Images  Website  Footage  @lynchCARMEN



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Erich McElroy Tops Trump

Laughing Horse @ Espionage (Pravda) @ 3.45pm, 3-27 August

Reviewers invited from August 3rd

It’s pretty hard to top the most controversial figure in modern political history but American-born, British-based comic, Erich McElroy, has stacked the deck. He’s got all the alternative truth, the fakest news and is gonna make the Fringe great again. This is comedy that grabs you – by the funny bone.

Heard on BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking the News and BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze and seen on BBC BreakfastGood Morning BritainSky News –  Erich has made a name for himself in 2016 as a Presidential Election pundit.

Press release  Images  Website   Footage  @erichmcelroy



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Geoff Norcott: Right-Leaning But Well-Meaning

Underbelly George Square (Wee Coo) @ 6.40pm, 2-27 August (not 14)

Reviewers invited from August 4th

The follow up to Conswervative from the Leicester Comedy Festival ‘Best New Show’ nominee and writer for BBC Ones Live At The Apollo, BBC Two’s The Sarah Millican Television Programme, Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night (2015), 8 Out Of 10 CatsAlan Carr’s Happy Hour, and Sky 1’s A League of Their Own.

Geoff has recently appeared as part of the regular panel of Comedy Bigmouths on My5 and made his debut of BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show.  During the course of the tour of Conswervative, he was featured on Question Time (BBC One), the Daily Politics (BBC Two)Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4) and he has written for The TelegraphIndependent Voices and The New Statesman.

Press release  Images  Website  Footage  @GeoffNorcott



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Harriet Braine – Total Eclipse of the Art  – SOLO DEBUT

The Golf Tavern @ 1.15pm, August 4 – 27 (not 14)

Reviewers invited from August 4th

The 2016 Funny Women Stage Award winner and So You Think You’re Funny? finalist of the same year, Harriet Braine, believes that art history delivered through the medium of parody song is the only possible remedy for the broken hearts and minds of a broken world.

As seen on the BBC 100 Women Season, and one of Metro’s ‘nine hilarious women to look out for in 2017′, Harriet was named Best Newcomer at the Musical Comedy Awards 2016 with only a handful of gigs under her belt. She has performed at diverse venues such as Up the Creek, the Southbank Udderbelly and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and regularly headlines at some of London’s best comedy and cabaret nights.

Press release  Images  Soundcloud  Footage  @HarrietBraine



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Kat Bond: Loo Roll –  SOLO DEBUT

Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance That) @ 5.45pm, 2-28 August (not 16)

Reviewers invited from August 2nd

One woman’s hilarious search for her family who left her in a bin – Loo Roll is a joy-filled hour of the most intelligent silliness you’ll see at this year’s fringe.

Formerly one half of critically acclaimed duo That Pair, and fresh from her triumphant Comedy Award-winning run at this year’s VAULT Festival (2017), Kat Bond (star of Channel 4’s Comedy Blaps, BBC One’s Call the Midwife, Sky’s The Greatest of all TimeSketchorama, and Expenses Only for BBC Radio 4), debuts her first solo character comedy show.

Press release  Images  Website  Audio  Showreel  @kathrynbond



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Leo Kearse: I Can Make You Tory

Gothic Room, Three Sisters @ 7.30pm, 3 – 27 August (not 15)

Reviewers invited from August 3rd

Sick of sanctimonious lefties lecturing you about global warming, Jeremy Corbyn and sexism? No? Award-winning comedian Leo Kearse has betrayed his Scottish upbringing and hippy parents and now slaughters liberal sacred cows with razor sharp wit, showing audiences that it’s all right to be right.

As well as straight stand-up, Kearse, a former criminal intelligence analyst, he also performs at festivals and cabaret nights as the improvised ‘Pun Man’, and holds the 2015 Dave TV UK Pun Champion title. Leo is also the co-creator of sellout show Hate ‘n’ Live, which has top comedians hate on audience suggestions.

Press Release  Images  Website  Footage  @comedyLeo



Louise Reay

Louise Reay: Hard Mode

The Stand Comedy Club, Stand 4 @ 5.55pm, 3 – 27 August (not 14)

Reviewers invited from August 4th

Experience life in an authoritarian regime. Yay!

Imagine how you’d act if you were always being watched? Imagine living in an authoritarian regime? Imagine if the Chinese government bought the BBC?

Louise Reay trained as a stand up with Jill Edwards (Brighton Komedia) before moving into more physical comedy with Phil Burgers (Doctor Brown) and with Deanna Fleysher (Butt Kapinski), who directed Hard Mode. Louise is also a documentary-maker, among her credits are Channel 4’s Dispatches and BBC One’s Panorama.

Louise has written and performed in two live shows questioning our attitudes to language, immigrants and race, It’s Only Words and Que Sera,些拉. The shows were all in Chinese – but for people who didn’t speak any Chinese at all, utilising the 93% of communication that is non-verbal! It’s Only Words made the Amused Moose shortlist for ‘Best Show’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and Que Sera, 些拉 was nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe Groundbreaker Award 2016, and transferred to the Southbank Centre (December 2016). Hard Mode recently won the ‘Best Emerging Artist’ award at Adelaide Fringe 2017 and was nominated for ‘Best Comedy’ at Brighton Fringe 2017.

Press release  Images  Website  @LouiseReayBeam



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Olaf Falafel presents The Marmosets Of My Mind

City Cafe @ 4.15pm, 3 – 27 August (not 15)

Reviewers invited from August 4th

Follow up to the award-winning Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth, critically acclaimed idiot, Olaf Falafel is back with another hour of surreal stupidity. Who knows what it’ll involve, probably conkers, maybe sandpaper. Whatever it is, he personally guarantees your money back if you actually learn something of any use.

Olaf secured publishing’s fastest ever picture book deal for his semi-autobiographical masterpiece Old MacDonald Heard A Fart. Olaf’s Vines received 75 million views, with one example, his croissant-haired Donald Trump, being retweeted 19,000 times and clocking up 23 million views in total. Olaf gets Retweeted over 500 times a day on average.

Press release  Images   Footage  Trailer  Website  @OFalafel



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Pierre Novellie

Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance This)  @ 9.45pm, August 3 – 27

Reviewers invited from August 3rd

Pierre Novellie brings an American-style hour of high-quality stand up comedy to the Fringe. A sincere attempt to recreate the best of what the medium has to offer: catharsis, exploring taboos, the admission of sins and, most importantly, laughter.

Pierre was recently nominated for the Best Club Comic 2017 award by Chortle, his third nomination in a row and second for Best Club Comic. Pierre has a regular podcast called My Favourite Podcast available on iTunes. He will appear in BBC Two‘s The Mash Report and Comedy Central’s Stand Up Central later this year.

Press release  Footage  Images  @pierrenovellie



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Sajeela Kershi is bringing three shows to Fringe 2017:

Solo show Fights Like A Girl! at Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap @ 6.15pm (not 7, 14, 21) – reviewers invited from August 4

Storytelling show Immigrant Diaries at The Stand Comedy Club, August 4 – 13 @ 3pm  – reviewers invited from August 4

Multi-act night Nasty Women on the Fringe at Laughing Horse @ Newsroom August 3-27 (Not the 7, 14 or 21) at 8.45pm – reviewers invited from August 3rd

Celebrated for her comedy and her spoken word projects (Immigrant Diaries and Mother Tongues From Farther Lands), Sajeela has picked up a number of nominations and awards including winner of an Asian Women of Achievement Award 2015 (Arts & Culture category), winner of Angel Award for Artistic Excellence (2015). Sajeela starred in the Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show, Brendon Burns: So I Suppose This Is Offensive Now (2007), and was a finalist at the Hackney Empire New Act Awards 2011. Among her scripted radio credits are a Muslim/Jewish collaborative sketch pilot for BBC Radio 4; multi-faith sitcom, Mixing It, alongside Janey Godley and Sanjeev Kholi, for BBC Radio Scotland, and four specially commissioned monologues, also for BBC Radio Scotland. Sajeela is a regular pundit on BBC London 94.9, BBC Asian Network, BBC Surrey, BBC Sussex, LBC and has featured on BBC Radio Four’s Loose Ends and Saturday Live, BBC Radio Two’s Good Morning Sunday with Claire Balding and Kay Adams’ BBC Scotland show. On television, Sajeela has appeared on Comedy Central, ITV2’s Comedy Cuts and ITV1’s The Big Debate with Nina Hussain.

Press releases as linked above  Images  Footage  @SajeelaKershi



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Sid Singh – A Singh in the North

Dropkick Murphy’s @ 2.45pm, August 3 – 27 

Reviewers invited from August 3rd

Life is awkward in all of its interactions and search for identity. Sid Singh goes deeper and more personal finding comedy in the discomfort of being brown in America, being an atheist who regrets it, and dating all over the world.

Sid Singh is a regular at numerous clubs in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego including Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, and The Tony Show (run Comedy Central’s Adam Atamanuik). Among his television credits are Living the Life (Islam Channel), Greatest Party Story Ever Told (MTV), Night Train With Wyatt Cenac (NBC). On radio Sid has appeared on BBC Radio Four’s Inconspicuous Consumption, among other shows. His debut album, Amazing! (Probably) is currently at no.3 in the US iTunes comedy chart and number 13 on the Billboard Comedy Album Chart.

Press release  Images  @MrSidSingh  Footage


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Spencer Jones: The Audition

Heroes @ MONKEY BARREL (515) 9 Blair St. EH1 1QR 
HEADROOM (GROUND FLOOR) 4 – 27 August (not 15) @ 6.20pm

Reviewers invited from August 6th

Writer and star of BBC’s BAFTA-nominated Big Babies; Upstart Crow star; Sky Comedy Shorts star and 2017 Chortle Awards nominee for Best Variety or Character Act, Spencer Jones returns to the the Edinburgh Fringe with his comedy alter ego and total idiot, The Herbert, in his latest joy-filled odyssey, The Audition.

In this latest adventure, another magical mix of musical and visual comedy, The Herbert lands himself an audition for a Steven Spielberg movie. It’s the main part – playing a robot. It’s also a once in a lifetime opportunity, but can this hapless hero grasp it? We stay with The Herbert as he prepares himself for the big day – with a little help from his son, 250 tennis balls and a shy coconut.

Press release  Website  Images  @spendals