Every August Edinburgh goes a bit mad for a month of festival fun. At the tail end of summer, six festivals - including the massive Edinburgh Fringe - collide in the city, attracting comedians, artists and performers from all over the world.

The Fringe Festival takes place from 2-26 August and is the world's biggest arts festival. Swarms of comedians, dancers and theatre groups transform the city's medieval streets into a carnival of colour, costume and entertainment. And it's not just performers who make the trip to Edinburgh, the festival season attracts thousands of visitors, with total ticket sales to gigs and shows topping 2.5 million.

If you're looking for a laugh, the Fringe attracts everyone from circuit stand-ups to TV giants, who use the festival to showcase their latest gags.

See below for just a little taste of the bonkersness on offer at the Fringe this year, or visit


Five Things to See at the Fringe


1. Ed Byrne - Roaring Forties

Having been a self-confessed miserable old man since the age of 23, Ed Byrne is now in his 40s - and loving every minute of it in this ode to middle age.


2. Assassins

Set in a fairground shooting gallery, this comedy musical follows nine historical figures as they attempt to assassinate the president
of the USA.


3. Richard Herring's Edinburgh Fringe Podcast

TV comedian Richard Herring presents a daily session of stand-up, gossip and interviews with the great
and good at the Fringe.


4. The Islanders

Playwright Amy Mason teams up with her first ever boyfriend (Eddie Argos from Art Brut), and musician Jim Morray in this funny/tragic musical about young love.


5. The Boy With Tape on His Face: More Tape

After winning the Foster's Edinburgh Panel Prize last year, the multi-award-winning Boy With Tape On His Face is back by popular demand for this year's 




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