Venue 33, Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance One, 3rd-24th Aug (not 15, 22), 1.30pm-3.00pm


What is this show?

The Edinburgh Fringe can be an overwhelming experience, with over 3,200 shows vying for your attention. How do you separate the exceptional from the mediocre?

Enter Mervyn Stutter's renowned 'Pick of the Fringe' showcases, a trusted guide for thirty years, helping audiences discover the hidden gems amidst the vast array of offerings. Every day, Mervyn and his team of seasoned arts professionals meticulously scour the Fringe, curating a selection of seven top-tier shows to feature in their daily changing showcase. Each chosen performance offers a tantalising 'taster' of what's to come, followed by engaging interviews with the performers conducted by Mervyn himself. This unique format provides audiences with a first-hand glimpse into the diverse range of shows on offer, accompanied by fascinating insights into the backgrounds of the companies and artists involved.

From theatre to cabaret, music to comedy, circus to dance, and everything in between, Mervyn's daily showcase embraces all genres of performance. The result? A dynamic and eclectic 90-minute early afternoon extravaganza that promises something for everyone. After 30 years, this show is now often affectionately referred to as the 'Royal Variety Show of the Fringe'. And remember, every day is a different show!

With Mervyn's expert guidance, navigating the Fringe becomes not only manageable but exhilarating. Armed with newfound insights, you can confidently select the shows that resonate with you, ensuring an unforgettable Fringe experience.

“Mervyn’s show and his annual Spirit of the Fringe Awards are a worthwhile reminder of what the Fringe was initially for.”

Stewart Lee

“From modest beginnings Mervyn has created a Fringe institution.”

Nicholas Parsons

“A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent.”

The Scotsman

When is it on?

The 'Pick of the Fringe' show is on at 1.30pm every day except two. We start bang on 1.30pm so please be ready to take your seat at 1.20pm. Thank you.

3rd - 24th Aug 2024 (not 15th, 22nd)

1.30pm - 3pm (90 mins)

Where is the venue?

We are in Pleasance One at the Pleasance Courtyard, Venue 33. Click for map.

How much are tickets?

All shows: £17.50

Over the 30 years of doing this show we have strived to keep the prices as competitive as we can. We think we've done it again this year with our top price of just £11.67 per hour*! Buy tickets

* Remember, it is a 90 minute show, not one hour!

Want more information?

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for even more information about the show.

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