The Hottest Comedy Acts At Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Written by Jen Degnan / August 06, 2019

Edinburgh Fringe is here! Seasoned festival goers will know the benefits that can come from planning ahead and securing tickets for hotly anticipated shows before they sell out. We reveal some of the hottest acts performing in Edinburgh this month 👇

All Killa No Filla

Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they explore a shared passion - serial killers. In this live version of the hugely popular podcast the pair will talk all things murder and macabre while having a right laugh doing it. Recent shows have sold out so book your tickets now!

All Killa No Filla comes to Assembly George Square Theatre on Saturday 24th August. Find tickets.

Dan Soder

 As seen on Billions and The Standups on Netflix, Dan Soder’s Fringe show addresses the big questions that cross our minds when we reach our mid-30s – is parenthood for you? Is wanting to be liked a bad thing? Are police dogs on your side? Join him next month in his journey to find the answers.

Dan Soder brings his show Son Of A Gary to Underbelly between 31st July and 26th August. Find tickets.

Emmy Blotnick

As seen on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, New York based stand-up Emmy Blotnick brings Party Nights to the Fringe. Her comedy explores themes of anxiety, depression and neurosis alongside unlikely spirit guides Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Beyoncé, Andre 3000 and Swedish pop songwriter Max Martin. Whether or not they can point her in the right direction is anyone's guess… 

Emmy Blotnick brings Party Nights to Underbelly between 31st July and 26th August. Find tickets.

"Emmy Blotnick makes comedy look easy and her latest show, Party Nights, is an hour of brilliant, side-splitting stand up." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine.

Jamie Loftus

Learn how to empower yourself by participating in capitalism in this fabulous keynote speech from Silicon Valley girlboss and founder of Pee-Pee Smarthomes, Shell Gasoline-Sandwich, as played by LA comedian Jamie Loftus.

Jamie Loftus brings Boss, Whom is Girl to Pleasance Courtyard between 31st July and 26th August. Find tickets.

"If you like your comedy weird then make an appointment to see Jamie Loftus as soon as possible. The Los Angeles native has nailed her first visit to Edinburgh with a hilariously bizarre show that's occasionally challenging but never at the expense of humour." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The List Edinburgh.

Jess Robinson

Join this award-winning Fringe favourite for The Jess Robinson Experience. This year, her catchy brand of musical comedy comes along with a fabulous live band and spot-on impressions of your fave celebs. With rave reviews, don’t miss this pitch perfect performance. 

The Jess Robinson Experience comes to Assembly Rooms between 1st and 24th August. Find tickets.

Joe Zimmerman

Ricky Gervais’s New York opener and featured comic on Conan, Comedy Central, The Tonight Show and The Late Show, Joe is making his UK debut sharing what he’s learned about the history of everything. This is the show to see if you wish to discover the secret you’ve always wanted to know – the meaning of life. But on top of all that (i.e. everything), there will also be a lot of jokes. “One of the best new comedians from the south.”- Paste Magazine

Joe Zimmerman comes to Monkey Barrel on 12th and 13th August. Find tickets.

Kiri Pritchard-Mclean

As seen on Have I Got News For You and The Russell Howard Hour, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean is working up a new show. It’s all new jokes and it’s probably about empathy, which you might have to have cos she hasn’t got an ending yet!

Kiri Pritchard-Mclean brings Work in Progress to Monkey Barrel between 31st July and 13th August. Find tickets.

Liza Treyger

Star of Netflix’s The Degenerates Liza has been living it up. Spending so much cash, eating all the food, laying on all the surfaces and pretty much living her dream. Then she turned 31 and became a cliché Bridget Jones' Diary. She doesn't fit in her pants, she can't remember what she did even yesterday, she's got no savings and won't leave her carbon monoxide-filled apartment to find the love she so desperately wants. She's in therapy, she's trying to intermittent fast and buy less crystals. Self-improvement is annoying.

Liza Treyger: In the Weeds comes to Underbelly between 31st July and 26th August. Find tickets.

Mark Nelson

Having barely survived his car exploding on a motorway, Mark Nelson isn’t exactly about to pussyfoot around the political car crashes currently happening. The award-winning stand-up is renowned for his brilliantly dark material. He is the host of BBC Radio’s hit “Good, Bad and Unexpected” and the creator of viral sensation “News at 3” (180+ million views).

Mark Nelson brings Brexit Wounds to Gilded Balloon Teviot between 31st July and 25th August. Find tickets.

“His humour is so sharp” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The Scots Reviewer.


Michael Odewale

As seen on Stand Up Central, Michael Odewale is a fresh new voice known for delivering sharp, slick and beautifully executed stand-up. He tries to figure out what matters, and what’s just noise, in his highly anticipated debut show, Black Bears Matter.

Michael Odewale brings Black Bears Matter to Pleasance, Bunker Two between 31st July and 25th August. Find tickets.

"#BlackBearsMatter is current, funny and perceptive. As a young comedian Michael is building his profile and finessing his routine with great stead, and it I doubt it will be long before you see him gracing your TV screens." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Voice Magazine.

Troy Hawke

Following a sellout run in 2018 in which he exposed Bingo as the deadliest sport in the country, the empty marxist promise of Poundland’s false advertising and Aldi being responsible for Princess Diana, 1930’s throwback comedic investigator Troy Hawke returns, applying his Scrabble mentalism to Kanye West, xenophobia and the ugly truth of Ikea’s link to the CIA.

Troy Hawke brings Tiles of the Unexpected! to Dexter Room, Underbelly between 31st July and 26th August. Find tickets.

 “Milo McCabe masters character comedy with Troy Hawke” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Fest Mag.

Nick Helm

After 6 years away from Edinburgh and ahead of his National Tour, Helm is back with not one but two shows!

Phoenix from the Flames reminds the world what they’ve been missing out on. Come witness two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee shake his ass, sing songs and right wrongs.

Nick Helm brings Phoenix from the Flames to Pleasance Dome between 31st July and 24th August. Find tickets.

“Helm certainly never gives less than 100 per cent” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Evening Standard.

Nick Helm’s I Think, You Stink musical B-movie, drive-in horror anthology tribute is risen from the grave and back at the Fringe for the first time since 2008. Not for the faint-hearted…you’ve been warned!

Nick Helm brings Nick Helm’s I Think, You Stink to Assembly Roxy between 31st July and 24th August. Find tickets.

"Opening with a melodramatic and brilliantly produced video, I Think You Stink fully embraces the camp feel of B-movie horror. From the first number to the last, there’s a hyperbole and silliness in all of these fantastic songs which work on both a comedic and musical level." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Voice Magazine.

Rachel Fairburn

Rachel’s been described by some losers as obnoxious, rude and contrary.  However, she thinks she’s absolutely adorable and the natural choice for the dormant title of The People's Princess. “Awash with astute observation and dark gallows humour” Edfestmag 2018

Rachel Fairburn brings The People’s Princess to Underbelly: Dexter between 31st July and 25th August. Find tickets.

"A relatable and crowd pleasing hour, from a comic at the top of her game." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Young Perspective

Sean Patton

On the outside, Sean Patton is loud, pudgy, white and stubborn. On the inside, he is also all of those things plus riddled with obsessive compulsive disorder. And so be it. After decades of trying to be anyone else, Sean Patton has finally decided to own who he is. "One of the top comics in the world” (Ari Shaffir, 2019, Something’s Burning)

Sean Patton brings Contradickhead to Gilded Balloon Teviot between 31st July and 26th August. Find tickets.

"Patton is a supremely gifted storyteller" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The Scotsman

Stewart Francis

The star of Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Crackerjack embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour ever! See comedy legend Stewart Francis before he heads off... Into the Punset.

Stewart Francis brings Into The Punset to Assembly Ballroom between 1st and 25th August. Find tickets.


Tiff Stevenson

As seen on Mock The Week, People Just Do Nothing and The Bugle, Tiff Stevenson explores the extreme sport of womanhood. With five-star reviews under her belt, you won’t want to miss her show, Mother.

Tiff Stevenson brings Mother to Monkey Barrel between 31st July and 25th August. Find tickets.

"For more than a decade Tiff Stevenson has been performing her shows to large and enthusiastic audiences, all seemingly with consummate ease, tip-top writing and stage presence in abundance" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - One4Review


Tom Parry

The largest third of the legendary sketch team Pappys and Best Newcomer Nominee of 2015, Tom Parry is back with a brand-new hour celebrating life, love and going tops off. 

Tom Parry brings Parryoke! to Pleasance Courtyard between 31st July and 26th August. Find tickets.

"There seems to be a trend at this year’s Fringe for comics doing conversational, feelgood shows that avoid politics, failed relationships and, most noticeably, Brexit. And Tom Parry’s delightful, silly even, new show leads that trend."⭐⭐⭐⭐ - The Arts Desk.

Celeste Barber

Hailed as the funniest woman on Instagram, we all eagerly await to see which celeb selfie Celeste will parody next! At her sold out Edinburgh Fringe show, fans will hear the story behind her most famous photos, how she awkwardly made friends with some of the celebs featured on her feed, her newfound stalkers, the comments that get under her skin and much more!

#CelesteChallengeAccepted show at Pleasance Theatre on 3rd August is sold out.

Daniel Sloss

2018’s smash-hit show 'X' by Scotland’s internationally acclaimed, award-winning Netflix star (Jigsaw, DARK) returns to the Fringe during its extended worldwide tour!

Daniel Sloss brings X to Edinburgh Playhouse between 15th and 17th August. Find tickets.


Come enjoy world-class stand-up from live comedy's internationally acclaimed Irish master. Jimeoin, the star of the Apollo, Royal Variety and Palladium returns for his 26th Fringe! 

Jimeoin brings Ramble On! to Pleasance at EICC between 2nd and 25th August (some dates excluded). Find tickets.

Jimeoin brings Ramble On...Some More! to Pleasance at EICC on 9th-10th, 16th-17th and 23rd-24th August. Find tickets.

Paul Foot

Paul, now a fully-disqualified swan psychologist once again unleashes his bag of Disturbances. 'As gloriously anarchic as ever' **** (Fest). 

Paul Foot brings Baby Strikes Back! to Underbelly: Cowgate 1st-12th and 14th-25th August. Find tickets.

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