Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012


Edinburgh Festival Fringe is over for another year, after showcasing a lineup of the world's best arts and comedy acts. 

Festival favourite and all-round superstar Denise Scott has written home telling tales of her very first Edinburgh Fringe experience. We love Scotty. Read it here 


Here are some of the Australian artists who took a show to Edinburgh this year:



Denise Scott - Regrets
Sam Simmons - About the Weather
Hannah Gadsby - Hannah Wants a Wife
Michael Workman & Tommy Little - Splitting the Bill
Claudia O'Doherty - The Telescope
Celia Pacquola - Delayed
Bob Downe - Smokin'
Jimeoin - What?!
Sammy J & Randy - The Inheritance
Anne Edmonds - My Banjo's Name is Steven
Axis of Awesome - Cry Yourself a River
Sarah Kendall - Get Up, Stand Up
Slow Clap - Truth
Xavier Toby - Binge Thinking
Adam Hills - Mess Around
Sugar & Vice - All the Men We've Never Slept With
Barry Morgan's World of Organs
Heath Franklin's Chopper in A Hard Bastard's Guide to Life
I'm High on Life - What Are You On?
Jackson Voorhaar's One True Love
News Smash - hosted by Xavier Toby
Sarah Jones: Does Not Play Well With Others
DJ Tom Loud - Hot Dub Time Machine
The Temps - with Sarah Bennetto & Celia Pacquola



Doctor Brown - Befrdfgth
Felicity Ward - The Hedgehog Dilemma
Paul Foot - Kenny Larch is Dead
Tim Key - Masterslut



Glenn Wool - Return of the Lumberjacks
Shappi Khorsandi - Dirty Looks and Hopscotch
The Horne Section - Live at the Grand!
Alex Horne and Tim Key - Horne and Key and...
Tim Fitzhigham - Stop the Pigeon
David O'Doherty - Seize the David O'Doherty
Simon Munnery - Fylm-Makker
Idiots of Ants - ANThology



Fosters Comedy Award Winners Announced
Big congrats to Edinburgh Comedy Award winners - Best Newcomer - Daniel Simonsen, Fosters Panel Prize - Sam Wills (Boy with tape on his face), and Best Comedy Award to our Barry Award winner Doctor Brown! Read full details here

Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominees announced!
Huge congrats to the Comedy award nominees in Edinburgh - Claudia O’Doherty: The Telescope, Doctor Brown: Befrdfgth, James Acaster: Prompt, Josie Long: Romance and Adventure, Pappy’s: Last Show Ever!, Tony Law: Maximum Noise

Check out deets here

Set List - Comedy Without a Net
Set List took Edinburgh by storm, with star comedians from around the Fringe improvising stand up routines based on topics they've never seen before (and hilarity ensues.).  Read on to this blog from Chortle find out what happened when Simon Evans recently took the stage.

Michael Workman and Tommy Little are Splitting the Bill at Fringe
Check out these blogs from Australian comedians Michael Workman and Tommy Little who headed to Edinburgh on a bill together.

Q&A with Alex 'Horne Section' Horne
One of our Festival favourites had a chat with the Guardian about The Horne Section - Live at the Grand in Edinburgh.

Eddie Izzard in French
Comedy legend Eddie Izzard announced he was returning to the Fringe for one night only at Assembly Hall on Monday 6th August.  It's his first time back in Edinburgh for 20 years.  In true Fringe-style, however, he also turned up at the Pleasance Courtyard and performed a show in a small venue, entirely in French. Izzard tweeted last night, "Ce soir je ferai le premier spectacle en français en Écosse depuis Le Auld Alliance 11pm £10 Le Beside @ThePleasance Edimbourg."

Australians in Edinburgh
The Guardian did a round-up of comedy after the first few days of the Festival - and they've got some lovely things to say about Australians Sarah Kendall "fiercely funny", Felicity Ward "dirty, funny and smart" and Asher Treleaven, "a slick blend of physical comedy, beat poetry, circus skills."  Here's the link to read the whole article. 

Barry Award nominee, Asher Treleaven, tells the Huffington Post what's so special about the Festival.

DJ Tom Loud (the man behind Hot Dub Time Machine and the best closing night party for MICF ever) is taking his crazy beats to the 'Burgh and bringing all the news to you with a daily video blog.  Check it out here.

Why Fringe is Better Than the Olympics
Chortle in the UK have come up with 7 reasons why the Fringe is better than the Olympics.

Must-See Shows on the Fringe
The Guardian have made a list of their 'must-see' shows - including our 2012 Barry Award winner Dr Brown, and Headliners star Kumail Nanjiani.  Check out the whole list here.






Subscribe to the below podcasts to get all the behind-the-scenes news from the comedians on the ground in Edinburgh.

Richard Herring's Edinburgh Fringe Podcast
The Stage Edinburgh Podcast
The Ferret's Free Live Podcast
Do the Right Thing
Greg Proop's Podcast - The Smartest Man in the World
The Comedian's Comedian Podcast - Stuart Goldsmith
Pleasance Theatre Podcast
E4 Underbelly Podcalf



Sam Simmons, About the Weather - 4 stars, The Telegraph
"Fantastically funny hour of lunacy"
Michael Workman, Mercy - 4 stars, Broadway Baby
"Poignant and thought provoking exploration of the imagination"
The Pajama Men, Improv Show - 4 stars, The Guardian
"Infectious... Remarkable"
Adam Hills, Mess Around - 5 stars, Broadway Baby
"All-round magnificent performance"
Hannah Gadsby, Hannah Wants a Wife - 4 stars, Broadway Baby
"The audience clutching their sides with laughter"
Claudia O'Doherty, The Telescope - 4 stars, The Skinny
"Bloody hilarious"
Celia Pacquola, Delayed - 4 stars, The List
"Equal measures of quirk and geek"
Sammy J & Randy, The Inheritance - 5 stars, Edinburgh Festivals
"Brilliant puppetry, refined humour... a perfect comic recipe"
Anne Edmonds, My Banjo's Name Is Steven - 4 stars, Three Weeks
"Energetic performance.. brilliant impressions"
Doctor Brown, Befrdfgth - 5 stars, Fest Mag
"The most purely, convulsively funny live experience"
Felicty Ward, The Hedgehog Dilemma - 5 stars, Broadway Baby
"Spectacularly funny"
Simon Munnery, Fylm-Makker - 5 stars, The Scotsman
"Simon Munnery might just be a comic-genius"
Ali McGregor, Elegance - 4 stars, The Telegraph
"McGregor's voice is phenomenal"


For Edinburgh Festival Fringe reviews, and the latest comedy news from the UK, check out Chortle.