Our picks: Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Komedia Previews

Brighton Fringe is only just creeping its way onto our streets, but Komedia's already started thinking about the Queen of the UK fringe circuit, Edinburgh Fringe. 

With over 200 comedy shows under her belt in the last 3 years, our Founder Pippa's inner critic has gone through Komedia's list with the 'delete' button. These are the ones that made the cut.

Note: She has seen almost all of the comedians live at least once, with the exception of Rose Matafeo, whose name keeps popping up in conversations on 'one's to watch'.

Rhys James and Gordon Southern

20th June: 7pm, tickets £8

Rhys James: Wiseboy (7.30pm - 8.30pm)

Well, well, well. If it isn’t Rhys James, the guy who said comedy shows are for losers and blurbs are for idiots. Back here with another comedy show, as explained in this blurb. Unbelievable.

Gordon Southern: That’s a Fun Fact (8.45pm - 9.45pm)
Already a hit in Australia, the fact bus is coming and Southern will be your driver with considerably more enthusiasm than expertise! Inspired by several seasons behind the scenes at Q.I. Southern has perfected this unique style of edutainment comedy. If you’re not laughing, you’re learning.


Rose Matafeo and Matt Forde

27th June: 7pm, tickets £8

Rose Matafeo (7.30pm - 8.30pm)

Don’t miss the chance to see Rose try out new material for her next Edinburgh Fringe show.

Matt Forde (8.45pm - 9.45pm)

Matt is one of the country’s most in-demand satirists appearing on Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report (BBC Two), 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Question Time (BBC One), This Week (BBC One) and Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three). He also starred alongside Jon Richardson in Channel 4’s Jon Richardson Grows Up.


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Thünderbards and Phil Wang

28th June: 7pm, tickets £8

Thünderbards: 4nd (7.30pm - 8.30pm)

Critically-acclaimed sketch duo Thünderbards return with their 4nd hour of gag-laden comedy, filled with their trademark off-beat jokes, fast-paced sketches and overwhelming politeness.

Phil Wang (8.45pm - 9.45pm)

Phil Wang is rapidly making a name for himself both in the UK and internationally with clever lines and a trademark laid-back style. As well as a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, he also performed at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival that year, as well as at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015.


Steve Bugeja and Carl Donnelly

29th June: 7pm, tickets £8

Steve Bugeja (7.30pm - 8.30pm)

Steve has appeared as a guest stand up on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and on Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC). He wrote and performed in his own sketch 10 Things You Should Know As An Adult for BBC3 and starred in a viral comedy video for Lucozade alongside England footballer Harry Kane.

Carl Donnelly (8.45pmb- 9.45pm)

Carl started performing stand-up in 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting comedians. His conversational, silly sense of humour saw him win a host of awards (Chortle Best Newcomer 2007, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007 among others) and become a regular at all of the finest comedy clubs in the UK and Ireland.


Tom Lucy and Shappi Khorsandi

4th July: 7pm, tickets £8

Tom Lucy: Tom Lucy Needs to Stop Showing off in Front of His Friends (7.30pm - 8.30pm)

“Fresh from supporting Jack Whitehall, Rob Beckett and Shappi Khorsandi on sold out tours, Tom brings his hotly anticipated debut show to the fringe. Tom is one of the youngest professional comedians working in the UK and in 2016 became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year award.”

Shappi Khorsandi: Mistress and Misfits (8.45pm - 9.45pm)

Shappi presents England’s unsung heroine. For too many years she has been known as just ‘Nelson’s mistress’, a bit of a harlot. (You get ONE job in a brothel and bang goes your reputation.)


Pat Cahill and John Kearns

12th July: 7pm, tickets £8

Pat Cahill: Dignity/I’ve Followed Through Again (7.30pm - 8.30pm)

“Watch Cahill try again, this time with dignity. Having previously spent hours with his bells on and helmet out, this year Pat aims to discover if there’s anything in the idea of being very cool. He’s got hair gel, musk and a dry cleaned suit ready for you.”

John Kearns (8.45pm - 9.45pm)

“The absurdist stand up comic and first ever winner of the Edinburgh Foster’s Best Newcomer and Best Show Awards previews his latest work in progress.”

Jody Kamali’s Hotel Yes Please

15th July: 6.30pm, tickets £4

Join hapless Hotelier Fernando and his topsy-turvy Brighton Hotel. Re-live the joys of a hotel experience in this multi-character comedy show.



Sean McLoughlin and Lloyd Griffiths

17th July: 7pm, tickets £8

Sean McLoughlin: You Can’t Ignore Me Forever (7.30pm - 8.30pm)

As seen on Russell Howard’s Stand-Up Central, Brexit Stage Left on Viceland. Ricky Gervais’ tour support.

Lloyd Griffiths (8.45pm - 9.45pm)

Fresh from supporting Jack Whitehall and Rob Beckett on their sold-out UK tours, Lloyd is back in Edinburgh in:Undated. A show about overcoming the overwhelming. Star of BBC’s Taxi to Training, Drunk History (Comedy Central) and Soccer AM (Sky Sports 1).


Sarah Callaghan and Pippa Evans

18th July: 7pm, tickets £8

Sarah Callaghan: The Pigeon Dying Under The Bush (7.30pm - 8.30pm)

“Award-winning comedian Sarah Callaghan, fresh from two hugely successful shows and tours of Australia, returns with a show inspired by an incredibly lucky escape – forcing her to re-evaluate everything – life, loneliness and fat charges for sky-dives.”

Pippa Evans (8.45pm - 9.45pm)

“Olivier Award winner (as part of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical) and Chortle Award winner Pippa Evans comes to Komedia to try out some new jokes and songs. Come have your fun levels optimised by ‘a comic genius’ (The Telegraph) and Radio 4 regular. As seen on As Yet Untitled and Drunk History.”


Jimmy McGhie and Alfie Brown

26th July: 7pm, tickets £8

Jimmy McGhie (7.30pm - 8.30pm)

A highly regarded young stand-up and comic performer, Jimmy performs on the UK and international comedy circuit to great acclaim.

Alfie Brown (8.45pm - 9.45pm)

Alfie’s firebrand style of comedy has been forged from years of pushing boundaries and experimentation. Natural stage presence combined with explosive material makes for a thrilling performance every time he hits the stage.


Juliette Burton and Miss Glory Pearl

28th July: 7pm, tickets £8

Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect (7.30pm - 8.30pm)

Following total sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and 2016, award-winning comedian Juliette Burton investigates the power of kindness in a brand new docu-comedy

Miss Glory Pearl- The Naked Stand Up: Live & Undressed (8.45pm - 9.45pm)

Join burlesque performer, Miss Glory Pearl, for a no-holds-barred look at the body and our (usually laughable) attitudes towards it. The Naked Stand Up is a witty and heart-felt exploration of body issues and beauty in the twenty-first century. She’s frank, she’s funny and she isn’t wearing any clothes.

Who fancies joining us at one of these?