THURSDAY 8th AUGUST 2019
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Atomic Saloon Show
Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (acrobatics, comedy)
The wildest watering hole in town. Madam Boozy Skunkton has been collecting the prettiest, sexiest, dumbest, drunkest troupe of entertainers and acrobats on earth, and is determined to create the greatest saloon show the world has ever known. Moulin Rouge meets Blazing Saddles, and America's Got Talent meets Westworld. From the creators of the hit Las Vegas show Absinthe. Featuring some of the best names in variety and physical comedy, this world premiere is a must-see before it heads to its permanent home on the Las Vegas Strip. Directed by Cal McCrystal (One Man, Two Guvnors).
Maisie Adam: Hang Fire
2018 Best Newcomer nominee and Amused Moose National New Comic 2018 winner Maisie Adam returns to Edinburgh with her second hour, working out who is to blame and for what. As seen on ITV2's The Stand Up Sketch Show. Winner of So You Think You're Funny 2017. 'Mightily impressive' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Effortlessly charming' (Skinny). 'Go see Maisie now and have bragging rights for years to come' (Herald). 'Maisie Adam is phenomenal' (Scotsman).
Theatre (multimedia, comedy)
In 30 years, the cultural change in courtship has been enormous. Today, overwhelmed by technology, are we losing sight of what human connection truly is...? Based entirely on real-life experiences, this hilarious, romping, multimedia exposé of modern dating scrutinises the deeper, brutal side of love and life, challenging our preconceptions of women and dating, sex and autonomy. From dreadful dates to exciting encounters, Tinder swiping, sexting, dick pics, pressuring parents and supportive friends... why is Polly so desperate...? What lies behind her relentless campaign...? And what might any of us do when our world falls apart?
Comedy (theatre, clown)
Following their award-winning show Enter The Dragons, A&E Comedy return with a surreal and darkly hilarious brouhaha directed by Cal McCrystal. These coven-ready weird sisters will be brewing a cautionary tale for our time as they ask who really holds the power in a world where the witches are hunting and predators have become the prey. Winner of Best Show at Brighton Fringe 2017. Guardian top pick at Edinburgh Fringe 2018 for Enter the Dragons. ***** (FunnyWomen.com). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (Skinny). 'Totally unapologetic, brilliantly outrageous' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Gleefully improper fun' (Guardian).
Cabaret and Variety (cabaret, comedy)
'Kaye shines!' (Scotsman). 'A comedy star' (Times). 'The evil love child of Liza Minnelli and Jim Carrey' (BritishTheatre.com). 'Reuben Kaye is everything a cabaret act should be' (Chortle.co.uk). The obscenely intelligent, beautifully filthy, and rib-crackingly funny, Reuben Kaye finally returns to Edinburgh in an explosion of high camp and filthy humour. 'Colossally fabulous' (Scotsman). 'A one-man tour de force, hilarious, outrageous and bloody fabulous. Reuben Kaye's got the goods' ***** (Advertiser). ***** (EdFestMag.com). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (One4Review.co.uk).
Hal Cruttenden: Chubster
Last year’s smash hit show is back (and slightly updated) by popular demand. Hal has literally filled our screens on such shows as Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and Bake Off: Extra Slice. His daughters chose the title of the show and he’s still on a diet… Limited run. 'The funniest he’s ever been' **** (Times). 'On top form' ***** (Edinburgh Evening News). 'He had the audience in stitches' ***** (Daily Record). 'His finest hour to date' **** (Telegraph).
The Tap Pack
Cabaret and Variety (dance, musical theatre)
With sold-out shows on London's West End and the Sydney Opera House, Australia's newest and hottest sensation; The Tap Pack are high energy entertainment inspired by Frank, Dean and Sammy infused with world-class tap dance. Starring four of Australia's most talented performers, equipped with quick wit and sharp suits, these gentlemen mix up a cocktail of songs from Sinatra to Ed Sheeran, tap out red-hot rhythms and bring a new, invigorating energy to a timeless style the whole family can enjoy. If you only see two shows this festival, see this show... twice!
Mervyn has been in the entertainment industry since 1974. He started in theatre where he acted, wrote scripts, songs, and directed for around 14 years. In the 1980s, he became the 'regular topical song bloke' on the BBC TV's first ever daytime show, 'Open Air', fronted by a thin Irishman called Eamonn Holmes. Over the years he has performed weekly topical songs on many TV current affairs programmes and more of the same on radio. In the late 1980s, Merv took his comedy songs onto the Comedy Circuit and then touring theatres. Merv's first Edinburgh Fringe was in 1986 and he has been every year since. He started his 'Pick of the Fringe' in 1992 and he has hosted it ever since. More at About Mervyn.
Pleasance One photos
'It's like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe'
3rd-25th Aug 2019
(not 15th, 22nd)