Edinburgh Fringe day planners: £40 budget

Following last week’s ground-breaking piece of Fringe journalism, the Edinburgh £25 day planner, here comes the same thing again – but for slightly richer people yay!

With £40 in your pocket for a day’s comedy, you can nudge the balance towards more paid shows and fewer free shows (which for the purposes of the exercise I’m counting as £2-3 in the bucket at the end of the show). And that’s about ideal, as a mix of top-, mid- and lower-level shows is the best approach to a day’s Fringeing.

Here are EiF’s 3 suggested schedules:


Schedule 1

1.30pm, Counting House
Ausentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel – Title says it all. Easily good enough to convert improv-sceptics (for there are many) and presses buttons for period drama fans. Free.

3.50pm, Cabaret Voltaire
Mark Cooper-Jones – Geography Teacher – One-third of WitTank who’s a highly promising and assured stand-up (and a real-life geography teacher). Free.

8pm, Just the Tonic Caves
Andrew Doyle – Whatever It Takes – A quality stand-up who’s as graphic as he is charming. £8.50.

9.05pm, Underbelly
Dr Brown – Befrdfgth – A short scuttle up Cowgate to the Underbelly, where you can see an act like no other at the moment, Dr Brown (above), who deploys mime, clowning and absurdism. £10.50.

23.59pm, the Stand
The Stand Late Show – Arguably the UK’s finest comedy club puts on a good old-fashioned late show of stand-up; the line-ups are great and the atmos lively but not lairy. £15.

Schedule 2


1.15pm, Captain Taylor’s Coffee House
Adam Larter – Happy New Year– A sparkling, camp, joyful, DIY surrealist. Free.

3.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard
Max and Ivan are … Con Artists– Hugely talented duo are a sketch/storytelling act, and were another to really break through last year with a brilliant show? £10.

5pm, Gilded Balloon
Diane Spencer (left) – Exquisite Bad Taste – Brutally honest stand-up returns after rave reviews last year with what looks like another great show. £10.

7.45pm, The Hive
Nick Sun – Potty Time! – Bills himself as the antidote to “clone comedians and tedious TV pretty boys”, and Aussie Sun is an unorthodox and at times thrilling underground comic. Free.

10.25pm, Underbelly
Marcel Lucont – Gallic Symbol – Character comedy brilliance in the form of condescending, brooding Frenchman Lucont. £10.50.

Schedule 3


12.10pm, Canon’s Gait
Helen Arney and Rob Wells – Domestic Science – “Comedy partners, science lovers and a real-life couple” Arney and Wells ease you into the day with an hour of home-cooked science and comedy. Free.

2.45pm, Royal Mile Tavern
Mark Stephenson – Someone, Somewhere – Impressive young deadpan stand-up on the Free Fringe. Free.

5pm, Gilded Balloon
Bad Musical – The return of sketch trio The Trap, whose Bad Play was a Fringe sell-out in previous years. They are back with “the worst musical ever written”. £11.

9.10pm, Pleasance Courtyard
Pete Firman – Ace comic-magician and star of BBC1’s The Magicians knows how to put on a show. £12.

10.25pm, Underbelly
Oyster Eyes Presents: Some Rice – A slightly other-worldly sketch quartet perform their third Edinburgh show. £10.

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