Edinburgh Comedy Festival

The Edinburgh Comedy Festival 2010

Amazing Fringe Facts

Comedy makes up 32% of the programme

Fringe 2008 features 31,320 performances of 2,088 shows in 247 venues

An estimated 18,792 performers will take to the stage at the Fringe in 2008. In 2007 there were 18,626 performers


How the Fringe started... 

The Fringe story began in 1947, when the Edinburgh International Festival was launched. It was seen as a post-war initiative to re-unite Europe through culture, and was so successful that it inspired more performers than there was room for.

Well aware that there would be a good crowd and focused press interest, six Scottish companies and two English decided to turn up uninvited and fend for themselves.

We've just lived through the 61st Fringe and it's still young! It lives in the present, shifting and changing from year to year to accommodate all of the people who want to attend. Over the years, as the Fringe Organisation got bigger so did the programme. Companies began multiplying as soon as the Fringe got its own phone, and by the time the computers were installed over 30 years later, hundreds were coming.

Hot off the press

Here are some of the glowing reviews and tv snipets from this year Fringe Festival 







Last couple of years at The Edinburgh Festival three of Comical

Management's stand up comedians performed

their shows - Check out this year's shows on our news page!




Ian Stone takes his solo show to the Edinburgh Festival 2008

 Life an uphill struggle? You're not alone. But there is a funny side. Come hear Ian moan about it. 'A masterful exponent of self-mocking humour' (Times). **** (List). **** (Scotland on Sunday).

August 01-05,07-12,14-25 July 30,31  He perfoms 'Where's the down' in The Comedy Cavern, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh at 22.40pm - to reserve your ticket go to www.edfringe.com tickets priced at £6

Sky News caught up with Ian Stone at the start of this years festival





Zoe Lyons takes her solo show to the Edinburgh Festival 2008

If.comedy newcomer nominee 2007 and Funny Women Award-winner returns with packed new show. 'Razor-sharp Lyons' (Observer). 'This lady has it' (One4Review.com). 'A natural talent' - ***** (ThreeWeeks).

Warning: Over 14s only

August 01-05,07-12,14-25 July 30,31 She performs 'Mangled Mantra of the Messed up Modern Mind' in The Comedy Attic, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh at 19.00pm to reserve your ticket visit www.edfringe.com tickets priced at £6




Tom craine and fellow comedians Maff Brown and Paddy Lennox head to the

Edinburgh Festival 2008  

Total sell-out 2005-2007 returns with a brand new line-up. Maff Brown, 'brilliant stand-up, great material' (Bill Bailey); Tom Craine, 'can pull punchlines out of unexpected places' (Chortle); and Paddy Lennox, 'simply a scream' (Telegraph). Book early!

August 01-25 July 30,31 He performs alongside Maff Brown and Paddy Lennox as part of the AAA Standup show in The Comedy Cellar, Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh at 19.15pm to reserve tickets go to www.edfringe.com tickets priced at £6


Watch this space for further news on the Comical Management acts that will be taking their shows up for 2010


Lots of Awards to be had at The Edinburgh Festval 2010


1. Fringe First Awards
The Carol Tambor Edinburgh to New York Award 
The Herald Angels Awards
4. If.comedy Awards
5. So You think You’re Funny
6. The Stage Awards
7. Total Theatre Awards
Jack Tinker Spirit of the Fringe Award
9. Amnesty International Big Issue Freedom of Expression Award
10. Allen Wright Award.
11. The Zebra Awards 
Edinburgh Writing Awards
13. AmusedMoose LaughOff 
Three Weeks Editors Awards
15. Arches Brick Award for Emergent Talent 
The Current TV Comedy Award
17. Edinburgh Evening News Drama Award
Edinburgh Evening News Musicals Award
The National Student Drama Festival
The MTM:UK Musical Theatre Matters Awards
21. The Edinburgh International Festival Award
The Malcolm Hardee Award 


What they are in a nutshell.... 

1. Fringe First Awards
These awards are for the best new writing on the Fringe, as decided by The Scotsman’s glamorous team of critics. The awards were designed to encourage people to bring new work to Edinburgh in the spirit of adventure, creativity and experimentation.  

2. The Carol Tambor Edinburgh to New York Award
The Carol Tambor Edinburgh to New York Award is an annual theatre event launched in 2004 that takes award-winning dramatic productions from the Fringe to New York City. The award aims to enable New York producers and promoters to see award-winning Fringe work and to give New Yorkers a taste of the mighty’ Festival Fringe.

3. The Bank of Scotland Herald Angels Awards
A series of awards from the wonderful folk at The Herald, The Herald Angels have been bestowed upon artists for 7 years. The journalists meet each week of the Festival to decide which acts, performers, producers, venues or artists deserve recognition for their achievements. In the case of outstanding or sustained excellence an Archangel is awarded. A final award – the Little Devil - is bestowed upon those who demonstrate ‘a show must go on’ attitude when disaster strikes.

4. If.comedy Awards
The Intelligent Finance Comedy Awards are  the UK's premier comedy awards now in its 27th year. It is given for the most outstanding up-and-coming, funny, original, comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  The prize is £8,000 cash plus headlining The Intelligent Finance Comedy Award Shows in London's West End with the Intelligent Finance Comedy Award Shortlist. For full details, click here.

5. So You Think You’re Funny?
Nineteen years old and still going strong, the So You Think You're Funny? competition is an Edinburgh tradition. Hosted by the Gilded Balloon venue and sponsored by Channel Five, Paramount Comedy and 4DVD, the competition sees 60 comedy newcomers battle it out over seven heats to reach the Grand Final – and then infamy.

6. The Stage Awards  
When it comes to theatre, The Stage knows its stuff. Their awards are adjudicated by the newspaper's festival reviewing team, and aim to recognise outstanding work by individual actors (Best Actor & Actress categories), companies as a whole (Best Ensemble category) and solo show (Best Solo show).

7. Total Theatre Awards
The Total Theatre Awards, as you can imagine, are all about theatre. They aim to raise the profile of physical, visual and performance theatre. First presented in 1997 and now a well-established event the Total Theatre Awards are also sponsored by Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of Winchester.

8. Jack Tinker Spirit of the Fringe Award
Awarded in memory of Jack Tinker, a life long supporter of the Fringe, productions or performances are recognised for outstanding talent and creativity.

9. Amnesty International Big Issue Freedom of Expression Award
Amnesty International is expanding its Fringe Profile this year. The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award is being re-launched as a joint venture with the Big Issue Scotland to help promote Amnesty’s human rights message.

10. Allen Wright Award
The Allen Wright Award aims to encourage quality writing about the arts and is open to young journalists up to the age of 30. It recognises the contribution made by Allen Wright to the encouragement of young journalists in his 30 years as Arts Editor at the Scotsman. He also set up the Fringe First Award Scheme.

11. The Zebra Awards
The Dupliquick Zebra Awards are awards to recognise the best in Fringe posters and flyers. The awards are decided by an independent panel of judges comprising of Edinburgh-based theatre promoters and graphic designers.

12. The Spirit of the Fringe Awards
The Spirit of the Fringe Awards began in 1992 as the Grand Finale of Mervyn Stutter's Pick Of The Fringe, the only daily showcase of Fringe talent encompassing theatre, comedy, dance and music. The performers and companies chosen from this comprehensive coverage, are those who, along with their great talent, still embody the true Spirit of the Fringe.

13. Amused Moose Laugh Off 2008
From January Amused Moose watch 500 comics perform live at specially staged comedy shows across the UK and in Ireland, with the best 100 or so progressing through to heats, then quarterfinals, until 24 semi-finals battled it out for 8 places in the Fringe final. The awards are sponsored by the if.comeddies and in association with DVD producer 2entertain.
The final will be held on Saturday 25 August at the Bongo Club.  

14. Three Weeks Editors Awards
The Three Weeks Editors meet on the last Friday in the Fringe and pick the ten things that excited them most about the Fringe. This means the awards could go to a person, a venue, an exhibition or a show.
This years winners will be announced on Sunday 26th August.

15. Arches Brick Award for Emergent Talent
The Arches Theatre in Glasgow is renowned for supporting developing and experimental theatre. The newly launched Arches Brick Award for Emergent Talent aims to recognise burgeoning theatrical talent from across the globe.

16. The Current TV Comedy Award
Current TV announces its debut Current TV Comedy Award at this year’s Fringe. The station, founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt is keen to showcase the best comedy talent the Fringe has to offer and reward the winner with three commissioned programmes for the channel.

17. Edinburgh Evening News Drama Award
Back for 2008 the Evening News Drama Award will recognise local amateur talent in comedy and drama.

18. Edinburgh Evening News Musicals Award
Our friends at the Evening News have also launched a new award for this year's Fringe. The Edinburgh Evening News Musicals Award will recognise amateur talent in musicals.

19. The National Student Drama Festival
The good people at the National Student Drama Festival have also launched a new award. Their award will offer a student show from the Fringe a one-week transfer to The Pleasance Theatre, Islington.

20. The MTM: Musical Theatre Awards
The MTM:UK Musical Theatre Matters Award acknowledges the companies creating new and exciting musical theatre work and the individuals behind it.

21. The Edinburgh International Festival Award
The Edinburgh International Festival Award is a collaborative award between the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It aims to offer a Fringe show the opportunity to perform at the 2008 Edinburgh International Festival.

22. The Malcolm Hardee Award
Starting this August for ten years, an annual award will be presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe "for comic originality of thought or performance." The Malcolm Hardee Award is in memory of "one of the most anarchic figures of his era".