Edinburgh – Scotland's comedy capital

See a work in progress

While the Fringe is often seen as a launchpad for new comedians, more established acts have been taking the opportunity for years to rehearse new material in preparation for larger stadium tours.

Edinburgh's original and best comedy club, The Stand, has an impressive line-up of both amateur and established comedians year round. During the festival, The Stand is famous for hosting some of the best in the business, and this year you can find new shows from the likes of John Bishop, Phill Jupitus and Bridget Christie.

Family-friendly comedy

Even the youngest audience members deserve a laugh, and there's no shortage of opportunities in Edinburgh during the fringe. Walk the famous Royal Mile to enjoy the sight of buskers trying everything from magic to stunt work. Playing all month in St. Andrew's Square at The Famous Spiegeltent is a new show called Comedy 4 Kids. With nothing but a microphone, James Campbell is charming audiences between the ages of six and eleven, replacing rude words with fantastic jokes that will have all ages laughing.

Comedy for a girls' night out

This year at the Edinburgh fringe there are more female comedians performing than ever before, bringing with them an exciting new angle and a programme of must-see standup shows. Much of the action takes place at Assembly George Square, just a short walk from our Premier Inn hotel at Lauriston Place. Acts like Holly Walsh and Sara Pascoe light up the stage night after night with their witty observations, while a little further across town festival favourite Luisa Omielan is back with her follow up to last year’s smash hit show, promising laughs, dancing and even a few home truths in her exciting new show Am I Rite Ladies?