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Comedy in Edinburgh Say “Edinburgh” to most people and the first word that will come into their head is “Festival”. When people think of the festival they more often than not think “comedy”, as Edinburgh really is the UK’s first city of comedy.

Visitors to the Comedy Fringe Festival that takes place every August have fond memories of seeing some of the world’s top comedians before they made it really big. Often this discovery was made by sitting in an empty pub and being the only audience member to the said comedian as he sweated and struggled his way through his act.

If you’re not haunted by the sound of one hand clapping it’s well worth a visit to this giant of comedy to see the stars of the future doing what they do best and watch Edinburgh go crazy for several weeks in the baking heat.

For those planning a visit before or after August you won’t be disappointed, as the laughter never ends. There’s a wide selection of comedy clubs on offer. Places such as The Gilded Balloon [map], Cowgate, host fantastic festival shows but also put on regular shows throughout the year and are well worth catching.

One of Scotland’s most famous comedy venues is The Stand [map]. With a sister venue in Glasgow, The Stand Comedy Club [map] at York Place is one of the best clubs around. Here you’ll see a range of Perrier award-winning and young upstart comedians take to the stage. There’s usually five acts a night so well worth paying the money for and as laughter is thirsty work there’s a range of alcoholic beverages to tide you over.

The infamous Jongleurs Comedy Club [map] has a home in Edinburgh lining up a host of familiar names. Jongleurs is at Greenside Place and a great night out for a group of friends who can take advantage of a range of discounts.

The Queen’s Hall [map], Clerk Street, is one of those less intimate venues. Here you can see a range of top international and UK comedians and other entertaining acts that appeal to a broad range of visitors.

Every so often The Assembly Rooms [map], George Street, plays host to some impressive talent. When The Assembly Rooms put on a comedy event they really do know how to do it in style. Recent offerings have come from the likes of Adam Bloom, Lucy Porter, and Andre Vincent.

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