How to do the Edinburgh Fringe on £25

Settle down, settle down, the smash hit of the media’s 2012 Fringe coverage – Edinburgh is Funny’s day planners – are back! Below you can find three suggested day itineraries if you want to spend a day watching both good and varied comedy, without spending a small fortune. There are three main strata of show price at the Fringe – free, £8-£10, and about £15, meaning £25 ain’t gonna go very far. And for the purposes of this exercise, a “free” show is say £2 or £3 in the bucket in the end – after all if you’ve had a good time it’s only right to put your hand in your pocket. Hopefully the below will be of use to you:


Schedule 1

11.10am: Bridget Christie – A Bic For Her (above) 
Start your day with some light patriarchy-bashing and silliness from a comedian who’s had a pretty successful year of radio/TV exposure. £10.

12.10pm: Mike Wozniak – Take the Hit 
Then a quick dash across the road for the Wozniak. Great ‘tache, great comic. Go see. £8.

4.45pm: Danny Ward – Pressure Point 
A fine, easy-going stand-up who was a Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee this year, Ward is is making his full Edinburgh debut this year. Free.

6pm: Ivor Dembina – Old Jewish Jokes
An old hand at these things, Dembina serves up an hour of classic Jewish humour with a high gag rate. Free.

8pm: Michael Fabbri – Buffering
A straight-down-the-line stand-up, and a bloody good one too. A real pearl of this year’s free offering. Free.


Schedule 2

12:40pm: Tony Law: Nonsense Overdrive
Comedy industry darling who does NOT play by the rules. Let the Law help digest your luncheon with his unorthodox comedy stylings. £10.

4pm: Rachel Parris – the Commission
Star of period improv smash Austentatious, musical comic Parris is venturing out on her own for her debut. Free.

6.50pm: Mat Ricardo – Showman
On the cabaret end of comedy, Ricardo is a showman indeed, and a steal at only … £8.

8.30pm: Alistair Barrie – Universal Adapter (above)
A classy stand-up who’s a regular at the Comedy Store. Ergo, a coup for the Free Fringe. Free.

11pm: MegaGames
Human-sized board games for the drunken and silly. Superb MC Tom Webb is the glue that binds. Free.


Schedule 3

3.30pm – Philip O’Shea
An ace new comic for fans of Simon Munnery and the like. Free.

5.05pm: Sarah Campbell – Isn’t It Fun?
A thoroughly charming stand-up who knows her way around an anecdote, Campbell’s debut is a chirpy affair about her pursuit of fun. Free.

6.15pm: Rory and Tim – On the House (above)
A sketch trio who are, if there’s any justice, on the up up up. Free.

9pm: Tom Binns is Ivan Brackenbury
Brilliant character comedian Binns revives his unforgettable hospital DJ character and introduces a few new ones. Free, but £5 to book a seat is recommended.

11pm: Rich Hall’s Hoedown
One of the shows to see this year, the star of QI and comedy veteran might just have peaked. £14.

This article is sponsored by Holiday Inn, who have two hotels where you could stay for your Edinburgh Fringe visit – Holiday Inn Edinburgh in EH12 6UA, and Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West in EH4 3HL.


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