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Comedy Clubs and Shows

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Edinburgh is famous for comedy. Many of today’s biggest comedians perfected their craft at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This international arts festival is extremely popular for comedy and theatre, and takes place in the city every August. So, be sure to check out a few shows on a visit to Edinburgh.

Comedy All Year Round

The Stand and Monkey Barrel Club are Edinburgh’s two main comedy clubs. They both host a full schedule of shows and are open all year round. But you’ll also find some of the biggest comedians bring their tours to Edinburgh, packing out large venues like Edinburgh Playhouse, EICC, Usher Hall and more. So check out Ticketmaster for this year’s line up.

Fringe Festival

The best time to enjoy comedy in Edinburgh is at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Comedians from all over the world bring their shows to the festival each August. From well-known personalities to rising stars. From stand-up to comic theatre. And with hundreds of venues and thousands of shows. There is something for everyone! For full listings check this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Programme.

Edinburgh Comedy Awards

These prestigious awards have been held annually in Edinburgh since 1981. They celebrate the best comedic talent at the Fringe Festival. And the industry follows the nominees and winners with interest as they often go on to become huge stars. Previous winners have included Sean Hughes, Frank Skinner, Rich Hall, Harry Hill, Steve Coogan, Lee Evans, Al Murray, Tim Minchin, Josie Long, Sarah Millican, The League of Gentleman and The Mighty Boosh.