Who’s representing your city at the Edinburgh Fringe?
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Edinburgh is world famous for its annual Festival Fringe (5-29 Aug) which showcases performing arts from across the world, but focusses mainly on comedy.

Thousands of comedians make the yearly pilgrimage to Edinburgh in August, but where are all these funny people coming from?

We’ve pinned down where some of the Fringe’s most hilarious UK comedians hail from so you can feel some hometown pride, whether you’re making the trip to Edinburgh yourself or not.

And – if you do visit Scotland’s capital during August – at least you’ll know which stand-ups can offer a comfortingly familiar accent when the homesickness sets in.


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Simon Evans

Admittedly, he’s not Brighton born and bred, but BBC regular, Simon Evans, has lived in Hove long enough for the locals to claim him as their own. His 2016 Fringe show, In the Money, makes light of the usually depressing topic of economics, and – for once – will have you laughing at the thought of your bank balance, instead of weeping uncontrollably.

Aug 3-28, Assembly George Square Studios, George Square, EH8 9LH – more info

Zoe Lyons

Once again, Zoe Lyons is technically from Wales, but she’s a huge part of the Brighton comedy scene and – by this point – probably has ‘Brighton’ printed all the way through her centre, like a stick of rock. Little Misfit is Lyons’s latest autobiographical stand-up show, looking back on never fitting in with the crowd and reflecting that – actually – she’s okay with that.

Aug 3-28, Guilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, EH8 9AJ – more info


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Russell Howard

TV favourite and Bristol babber, Russell Howard, is collaborating with fellow comic, Steve Williams, on a work in progress show for this year’s Fringe. The pair will perform half an hour of brand new comedy each, and they’re only charging a fiver per ticket – not bad value.

Aug 3-21, Assembly George Square Studios, George Square, EH8 9LH – more info

Mark Watson

Although he used to do stand-up in a weird pseudo-Welsh accent, Mark Watson is a Bristol lad, and no stranger to the Festival either. This year he returns with the slightly obnoxiously named I’m Not Here (a Fringe tradition, you understand) which explores identity in the digital age and is a lot funnier than that description makes it sound.

Aug 3-28, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ – more info


Iain Stirling

Award-winning homegrown talent – and, more importantly, the voice of Love Island – Iain Stirling is representing Edinburgh in the month-long home game that is the Fringe. His new show is called Onwards! and will undoubtedly be jam-packed with the cheeky stories and Scottish-isms that Stirling has become known for.

Aug 3-26, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ – more info

Rory Bremner

Edinburgh-born comedian and impressionist, Rory Bremner, will be playing host at the Fringe this year with his show Rory Bremner Meets… For seven nights only, the local legend and master of satire will invite special guests on stage to perform a short set, before chatting to them and sharing stories in front of the audience.

Aug 13-19, Gilded Balloon at the Museum, Lothian Street, EH1 1HB – more info

Grant Stott

A former policeman, TV presenter, radio host and professional pantomime villain is bound to have some interesting stories, right? Well, Grant Stott certainly thinks so. The Edinburgh celeb’s solo show, Grant Stott’s Tales from Behind the Mic, will let the audience in on some of the stranger moments of Stott’s career, as well as that hilarious time he accidentally said a bad word live on air. Naughty, naughty.

Aug 3-29, Guilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, EH8 9AJ – more info


Janey Godley
Janey Godley

Janey Godley

Remember the photos of the lady holding that very rude sign about Donald Trump when the presidential candidate visited Scotland earlier this year? That lady was Glaswegian comedian Janey Godley, so now you can seek her out and buy her a pint during the Fringe to say thanks. Described by some critics as Scotland’s funniest women, Godley’s 2016 show is guaranteed to be just as shocking and hilarious as her Trump sign – and it’s free, too.

Aug 4-28, Laughing Horse at The Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS – more info

Michelle McManus

You may remember her from such shows as 2003’s Pop Idol, but ‘All This Time’, Glasgow-born Michelle McManus has been hiding her Fringe potential from us. After her success in Edinburgh last year, the singer and presenter is back this year with more stories from her life and career post-Pop IdolPop Goes the Idol shows the audience Glasgow through Michelle’s eyes, from her performance at the SECC with David Hasselhoff, to falling flat in a Sauchiehall Street karaoke bar.

Aug 4-28, Stand in the Square, St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD – more info

Rab Florence

Burnistoun star and video game aficionado, Rab Florence, is bringing his famous Rab’s Videogame Empty (a popular fixture at Glasgow Film Festival) to Edinburgh for one night only. Whether you’re a game obsessive yourself, or just want to learn how to punch the controller and shout at the screen like a true Glaswegian, this unique night of music, entertainment and general oddities is sure to appeal. It’s the closest you’ll get to being invited round to Rab’s Glasgow flat for a game and a pint or two, and no risk of a restraining order either.

Aug 27, Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, EH2 2LR – more info


Barry Cryer

At the tender age of 81, Leeds lad and OBE recipient, Barry Cryer, has been making generations of radio listeners giggle for decades, but he’s got some other talents up his sleeve besides witty quips on panel shows. Teaming up with musical partner Ronnie Golden, Cryer will show off his musical talents with songs about Nicola Sturgeon, killer stairlifts and parrots. You know, just the run of the mill stuff.

Aug 22-23, Guilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, EH8 9AJ – more info

Gary Hartley

Poet and spoken word artist, Gary Hartley, often goes under the name ‘Gary From Leeds’ so – as you may already have guessed – he’s a Leeds local. You can hear him perform his work in dulcet Northern tones at his Fringe show Garibaldi, where he’ll read some miserable yet uplifting poetry about going bald, and maybe even treat you to some karaoke.

Aug 6-27, Silk, 28a King’s Stables Road, EH1 2JY – more info


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Josie Long

Originally from south London, Josie Long has been performing (and nailing) stand-up since her mid-teens, and you might also recognise her from Skins, back when it was actually good. She’s one of those rare London-based comedians who was actually born there, but whether or not she’ll school you in some cockney rhyming slang is up to her. We’re happy to say Long is back for a heftier run at this year’s Fringe, with an hour-long work in progress show, bursting with brand new material.

Aug 16-28, The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place, EH1 3EB – more info

Lucy Porter

Born in Croydon, comedian and actor, Lucy Porter, has been performing stand-up and contributing to British comedy on both TV and radio for years. It’s a pretty sure thing that her 2016 Fringe show, Consequences, will sell out, but if you get a ticket you’ll hear some of Porter’s funniest personal revelations and political observations, as well as some quips on home-brewing, Britpop and falconry. It’ll all make sense once you get there, we promise.

Aug 3-28, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ – more info

Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili was literally made in Chelsea, but that’s probably where his links to the awful reality TV show end. He’s done everything from Hollywood films to West End theatre, but Djalili first found fame at the Edinburgh Fringe in the mid-1990s, and he hasn’t forgotten it. His latest show is called Schmuck for a Night, and it’s sure to be just as entertaining and enthralling as his first foray into comedy more than two decades ago.

Aug 23-27, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ – more info


Scarlet SoHandsome

Described in official Fringe promo material as a ‘drag queen, stand-up comedian and bitch’, Scarlet SoHandsome is scheduled to bring a taste of Manchester’s fabulous alternative comedy scene to Edinburgh this August. Supported by some hilarious special guests, Scarlet’s Fringe debut will no doubt be an energetic night to remember.

Aug 4-28, Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 37 Guthrie Street, EH1 1JG – more info

Brennan Reece

The current English Comedian of the Year is a Mancunian man known as Brennan Reece, and – wouldn’t you know it – he’s making a trip to Edinburgh for the Fringe for the the very first time this year. He’s already sold Everglow out to Australian audiences, and has made people laugh on the telly too, as well as touring with Fringe favourite Joe Lycett. All of that suggests he’s worth seeing, and he’s got that lovely Manc accent going for him too.

Aug 3-28, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ – more info


Holly Burn

Holly Burn’s stand-up show is called I Am Special, so we’re expecting big things. This Geordie lass is super silly on stage, with flailing limbs, a magical mind and no shame whatsoever, and that’s a recipe for comedic success if we’ve ever heard one. Her stand-up style is totally unique and brilliantly bizarre – something fresh for the Fringe, straight outta Newcastle.

Aug 3-28, Underbelly Med Quad, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG – more info

Rahul Kohli

The show name Newcastle Brown Male is a bit of a giveaway – as you suspected, comedian Rahul Kohli is, indeed, repping the Toon in Edinburgh this summer. Kohli is crazy for current affairs, so his jokes mostly focus on modern society and the crazy old world we live in today. At least we can still laugh about it, eh?

Aug 4-28, The Stand Comedy Club 3&4, 28 York Place, EH1 3EP – more info


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Suzi Ruffell

Last but not least, and with extra points for travelling the furthest, Portsmouth gal, Suzi Ruffell, is a true woman of the people with her show Common. Featuring some top notch Pompey slang, Ruffell’s set will explore what it means to be working class. As well as appearing on both Comedy Central and E4, this young but accomplished comic has also toured with Alan Carr and lived to tell the tale.

Aug 4-28, Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 37 Guthrie Street, EH1 1JG – more info

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