The legendary Edinburgh Festival Fringe is upon us. The biggest arts festival in the whole entire world has been running for nearly 70 years and attracts around two million punters during the month of August. Every type of art form is available; circus performers, jazz bands, drag acts, mime and a quite a lot of student performances of Shakespeare.

For a significant number of tourists, there is one reason alone to hit the streets of Scotland’s capital and that’s to see comedy. Last year Australian comedian Sam Campbell won the best show award and musical comedian Jordan Gray was the panel award winner. Their careers have blossomed ever since, who will be the stars of this year’s festival?

Here are our top five picks for the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe

Josh Weller: Age Against The Machine

Pleasance Courtyard – 19:10

2nd August – 27th August (not 14th)

Josh came to London to ‘make it big’ in music. And then… he didn’t. The show is a love letter to music, a break-up letter to the industry and an hour of high-octane stand-up from a man ready to stare his younger self in the face. Age Against the Machine charts a decade of bad songs, tough gigs and unholy amounts of hairspray.

Josh has appeared on ITV’s Stand Up Sketch Show, and has found a large audience on social media, including his excellent YouTube show where he dissects music videos.

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Freya Parker: It Ain’t Easy Being Cheeky

Pleasance Courtyard – 17:50

2nd August – 27th August (not 14th)

Freya’s debut solo show after three critically acclaimed Edinburgh shows in her double act Lazy Susan. ‘It Ain’t Easy Being Cheeky’ see’s Freya navigating the struggles of trying to remain cheeky when it’s raining trauma. Hot topics to include death, bread and the joy of waving.

You may have seen Freya on the BBC Three Lazy Susan sketch show and The Mash Report (and, in a twist no one saw coming, Jurassic World: Dominion.) She is a brilliant performer, and we are very excited to see her debut show in Edinburgh.


Bilal Zafar: Imposter

Underbelly, Bisto Square – 15:50

2nd August – 27th August (not 14th

Bilal was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe and winner of New Act of the Year in 2016. Last year his ‘Care’ show was one of our ‘Picks of the Day’ and we are excited to see his brand-new show about how his usually stress-free house share took a turn and his housemate tried to get him arrested five times. He has appeared on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Radio 4 and built up his own online audience on Twitch as he plays an unhinged football manager in an ongoing improvised series.


Max n Ivan, Choices

Pleasance Courtyard – 17:20

2nd August – 27th August (not Saturday)

The ‘essential’ (Telegraph) Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominees return with a show about fatherhood, friendship, and the future. Creators of The Wrestling, Radio 4’s Casebook of Max & Ivan and ITV2’s Deep Heat. Their last show’ Commitment’ was one of the Fringe’s best reviewed shows and was one of our ‘Picks of the Day’ in 2019. Essential viewing!


Chloe Petts: If You Can’t Say Anything Nice

Pleasance Courtyard – 18:20

2nd August – 27th August (not 14th)

Fresh from her smash-hit Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre sell-out debut, Chloe Petts returns with her follow-up hour ‘If You Can’t Say Anything Nice’. Chloe’s last show ‘Transcience’ had some outstanding reviews and has been described as a “barnstormer of a Fringe show” and “a sharp but unshouty new comic voice“. Expect routines on Greta Thunberg, the Queen and calling everyone a bunch of virgins.

Chloe has gained a loyal fan base over the last few years, promoting her own show as well as supporting Ed Gamble and Josh Widdicombe on their recent UK tours. Soon Chloe will need the new removed from being described as one of the best new comedians in the UK.


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