Top 22 free shows in Edinburgh

The free part of the Edinburgh Fringe just gets stronger and stronger, and here are London is Funny’s top recommendations … 

John Kearns, Sarah Campbell and Wilfredo

John Kearns, Sarah Campbell and Wilfredo


• Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It
A provocative, political, timely “one-lady rape about comedy”, which returns for a limited run after an award-winning run last year.

Andrew O’Neill, Mindspiders
You get a little bit of everything from O’Neill – personal revelations, social commentary, surrealism and terrific outfits.

• Austentatious
This improvised period novel is what Austen would have called a “no-brainer”.

• Ben Norris, Benny on the Loose
A terrific, mischievous stand-up who has been a club headliner for the best part of 20 years.

BTF_Bobby_MairBobby Mair (left), Off Meds
Mair woz robbed to not get a Best Newcomer nomination last year, so says LiF. Check out the young Canadian (as seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats), who will gleefully take you to dark places.

• Carey Marx, Abominable
Another classic stand-up from the clubs who has a twinkle in his eye. A cast-iron recommendation.

Cariad and Louise’s Character Hour
Two fabulous character comics – Cariad a Best Newcomer nominee and Louise a West End star – join forces for this one.

Sarah_Campbell3Don’t Worry Guys, It’s Sarah Campbell (left)
Don’t worry indeed! That Sarah Campbell is channelling her anxiety for your comedic pleasure in her latest show. Tis a joy to be in her company.

• Gareth Morinan’s Play: Time
Now here’s a comic who uses tech and artwork to ENHANCE the comic experience, not as a crutch. Morinan’s show this year is “multimedia theatrical comedy”. Gulp.

• Joel Dommett, Finding Emo
One of the finest story-telling stand-ups around pops up in the free section to tell the story of his old teenage emo band. This one will be a big draw.

• John-Luke Roberts, Stnad-Up
A wordsmith. A purveyor of smart delicious wordsmithery. HOWEVER, JLR’s new show is also labelled “absurdist”, so enter with an open mind.

• John Kearns, Shtick
Last year’s Best Newcomer winner is back. If you haven’t seen the Kearnsman, go see, and expect heart-felt oddness.

• Josh Howie, AIDS: A Survivor’s Story
Another king of club comedy nuzzles to the bosom of free Edinburgh comedy. As the title suggests, Howie ain’t for the easily offended.

• Kieran Hodgson, French Exchange
A hugely impressive character comedian returns to Edinburgh for his second solo show.

Lewis_Schaffer_BTF• Lewis Schaffer: Success Is Not An Option
Daniel Kitson hit the nail on the head by describing self-destructive New Yorker (left) as “the logical conclusion of all stand-up comedy”.

• Liam Williams, Capitalism
One of last year’s Best Newcomer nominees and something of a critic’s darling turns his attentions from the personal to the political.

• Luisa Omielan, Am I Right Ladies?
Her previous show, What Would Beyoncé Do? , rightly has become one of the most successful comedy shows in recent years – now Omielan is back with a new one.

• Mark Cooper-Jones, Geography Teacher
A tremendously middle-class show if ever there was one, and it’s extremely funny, too. It’s heavy on the geography material, and not ashamed about it.

Wilfredo1• Matt Roper, Wilfredo Deconstructed (left)
Let this grotesque lounge singer/lothario/raconteur into your life, he doesn’t like to leave people disappointed.

• Robert White, The Curious Incident of the Gag and the Gun Crime … Plus More Stuff!
A lightning quick, lewd, and obscenely talented musical comic/stand-up.

• Spencer Brown
A hugely successful club comic making a rare appearance at the Fringe.

• Tim Renkow, At Least Hell Has Ramps
Plenty of hype about American comic Renkow – who has pronounced cerebral palsy – and this is his big chance to show he can live up to it. 

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