Edinburgh Picks 2017

The flyers are out, the venues are booked and the hotels are packed - Edinburgh's annual month of comedy, cabaret and chaos is almost upon us!

With every hall, bar and spare room converted into a venue hosting comedy, theatre, cabaret and beyond, it can be hard to determine what to catch and what to miss.

To see everything coming up in Edinburgh this August, simply head here.

Alternatively, here are a few highlights from this year's schedule - just click the act's name to book tickets!

Francesco De Carlo: Comfort Zone

Underbelly George Square (Wee Coo), 9.20pm, 2-28 August (not 14)

The award-winning Italian comedian returns with a brand-new show about life outside your comfort zone: politics, people, and what you discover when you leave your sofa to become a foreigner. Francesco has toured with Comedy Sans Frontieres alongside Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran, as well as appearing on Unspun with Matt Forde (Dave).

Loyiso Gola: Unlearning

Gilded Balloon (Balcony), 9pm, 2-28 August (not 14)

Two-Time Emmy-nominated and Comics’ Choice Award winning Loyiso Gola is one of South Africa’s most-loved comedians for a reason. Returning to the Fringe with his brand new show, Loyiso challenges societal norms, making you question everything you thought you knew about politics, race, history and more, all delivered with his signature satirical wit. As seen on Mock the Week (BBC2).

Reginald D Hunter: Some People vs Reginald D Hunter

Assembly Hall, Main Hall, 10.30pm, 3-27 August (9, 15, 21 off)

Following a 40 date UK tour Reginald D Hunter returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this Summer with his highly anticipated new show.

In the years that he has been living and performing in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. In the past twelve months he has appeared in a critically acclaimed tour of Ireland as well as performing across Europe.

His appearances on television have included Have I Got News For You?, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the hugely popular three-part BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South which documented Reginald’s epic road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song.

Phil Jerrod: Submerged

Pleasance, 2-27 August (not 14th)

Fresh from supporting Romesh Ranganathan on his nationwide tour, the 'cynical, astute and impassioned' (Chortle) comedian returns with his third debut show at the Fringe. Everyone’s obsessed with living longer, looking better, being healthier, but Phil’s still overweight, still hairy and still just about keeping his head above water in a world that’s gone mad.

Sean Patton: Number One

Pleasance, 2-27 August (not 14th)

A comedian from the drunken voodoo pirate city of New Orleans, Louisiana. There are many ways to describe Sean onstage, but the New York Times did it best when they said ‘I've seen him perform more than a dozen sets, and he's killed every time. He's dynamite, even with ordinary material, turning standard Brooklyn-hipster jokes into a stomping, roaring tour de force, and elevating a bit about sex-performance anxiety into high-stakes comedy.'

Edinburgh Comedy Gala

Edinburgh Playhouse, 7.30pm, Aug 18th

An epic lineup including Rob Beckett, Al Murray, Russell Kane, Shappi Khorsandi and many more come together for the tenth edition of this special gala, raising money for Waverley Care, Scotland’s biggest charity providing care and support to those living with HIV and Hepatitis C.

The Noise Next Door: The Really Really Good Afternoon Show

Afternoons, Venue 14, Aug 2-27 (not 16th)

The nine time sell-out comedy sensation returns to Edinburgh with an anarchic afternoon show for just about everyone. Join The Noise Next Door for an epic hour of outlandish characters, perfect punchlines and awesome songs all mixed together with the guys' trademark brand of off-the-cuff antics. In addition to the daytime family-friendly show, you can catch 10 - the Noise Next Door's late night, adult show!

Gary Delaney

Pleasance, Aug 18-26

Back due to popular demand! Gary thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian, short and punchy. This show is not only great for people who like lots of jokes, but also fun for people who enjoy getting offended by jokes too. Regular on Mock The Week and double Sony Award-winner.

Kwame Asante

Pleasance, Aug 2-27 (not 16)

Kwame has had to embrace a lot of changes: becoming a Junior Doctor, moving from London to Birmingham and turning into Adele after one too many vodka and cokes. Chortle Award winner Kwame presents his debut hour – a collection of his best observations and anecdotes. If he really were Adele, it would be his Greatest Hits album.