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Aussies hit Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

After two years of closed borders, Australian comedians are excited to be dusting off their passports and setting their sights on the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

There are big names, award-winners and some of our best emerging performers heading off, and they’re all ready to prove that Australia has some of the best comic talent in the world!

With sell-out seasons and 5-star reviews across Australia and the UK, the Aboriginal Comedy Allstars are bound to leave their mark at the Fringe. Starring Kevin Kropinyeri, Janty Blair (2022 Deadly Funny national winner), Jay Waymarra (2022 Comedy Zone) and Sean Choolburra. The charismatic and very funny Choolburra is also presenting a show for the littlies; blending traditional dance, didgeridoo, storytelling and humour with Didj and Dance!  

Visitors to Edinburgh from Australia this year also include 2022 Festival Award winners and nominees: Rhys Nicholson (Most Outstanding Show winner), Tina del Twist (The Piece of Wood), Danielle Walker (The Pinder Prize), Geraldine Quinn (nominee Most Outstanding Show and Golden Gibbo) and Laura Davis (nominee Most Outstanding Show). They are joined by 2021 Most Outstanding Show nominees Nikki Britton, Michelle Brasier and Reuben Kaye.

Our 2022 RAW Comedy National Winners Alexandra Hudson and Bron Lewis will compete in the Gilded Balloon’s iconic So You Think You’re Funny? competition along with emerging comics from across the globe. Audiences will also be able to catch 2021 RAW Comedy National Winner (and 2022 Comedy Zone cast member) Prue Blake performing alongside Peter Jones and Sonia Di Iorio in Comedy Hour.

But it doesn’t end there! The Australian comedy spirit will be further celebrated with Sam Campbell, Alice Fraser, Cassie Workman, Karen from Finance, Randy Feltface, Sam Taunton, Tom Walker, Troy Kinne, Aidan Jones, Ange Lavoipierre, The Anniversary, He Huang (2022 Comedy Zone), Dan Rath and Josh Glanc (just to name a few) also making the trek.

Festival Club favourite Haus Party with Otto & Astrid will take to the House of Oz at Kings Hall, along with Gabbi Bolt, Dolly Diamond, The Listies, OZmosis: The Great Australian Variety Pack hosted by Dane Simpson and heaps more. The House of Oz will showcase an all-Australian creative arts season as part of the UK/Australia Program 2021-22.

To see the full list of all Australians performing at Edinburgh Fringe head here.

To browse all comedy shows at Edinburgh Fringe head here.

You can also catch Australian faves David Quirk, Felicity Ward and more at Soho Theatre in London from August. Head to the Soho Theatre website for more info.

If you’re heading north for the month, or know anyone in that part of the world, spread the word and support our amazing local talent. Chookas to these awesome Aussies, to all our international Festival friends and to all the wonderful artists performing this year. Here’s to another great Edinburgh Fringe!

The Aboriginal Comedy Allstars, Didj and Dance!, Danielle Walker, Nikki Britton and the House of Oz program are Supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22.