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Best of the Fringe: Edinburgh Festival 2023 Top 15 Must See Comedy Show Recommendations

Updated: Jan 11

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Best Comedy Shows Five Star Rated

Check out our must see guide to Comedy in Your Eye's Top 15 highly recommended shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023

Adam Flood: Remoulded

Adam Flood Remoulded Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Show Poster

What we say:

A master of the auto-tune pedal and one of the most sought after new comedians on the circuit, Adam Flood follows up last year's phenomenal run with a highly anticipated new show.

What they say:

Ay up ducks, it’s me (fella doing the show). An hour of stand-up about reinvention with a few tricks* up its sleeve. Last year I had an award-nominated work in progress, so this is gonna be decent I reckon, especially if you come. Get on Stoke-on-Trent’s premium cultural export, in my debut show. Critics are already calling it 'please stop emailing' and 'unsubscribe'. Seen on ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show. Winner: Bath Festival New Comedian, 2022. BBC New Comedy Award nominee, 2019. Amused Moose Best Edinburgh Show nominee, 2022. *Spent whole budget on an autotune pedal.

Alex Farrow: Wisdom of the Crowd

Alex Farrow Wisdom of the Crowd Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Show Poster
What we say:

Alex Farrow is a master at engaging with the crowd and providing thought provoking shows, through his charismatic and intellectual style of comedy.

What they say:

How can you be yourself when others are watching? Wisdom of the Crowd is the new stand-up comedy show in 2023 from former philosophy teacher Alex Farrow. Alex’s solo comedy shows have sold out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019, 2021 and 2022. 'Packs a philosophical punch' ***** (Student). 'Laugh out loud' **** ( Featured in The Times as part of A Bloke Called Dave's Best Jokes of the Fringe. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra. 'Perfect' ***** (Scotsman).

Ania Magliano: I Can't Believe You've Done This

Ania Magliano  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Show Poster
What we say:

Ania Magliano has sold out for a second year in a row so you can't actually buy any tickets online but it's well worth turning up to see if there are any extra tickets on the door or checking the ticket office to see if there are any returns. You will not want to miss this future comedic superstar!

What they say:

To the hairdresser at [redacted] Salon: You can take my money. You can take my dignity. You can take too much off the ends. But you cannot take my right to talk about it every day on stage. This is a show about the worst haircut of Ania Magliano's life. Ania's critically acclaimed 2022 debut run sold out entirely in a week. She's supported Marc Maron, Cat Cohen and Ed Gamble, and writes for Amelia Dimoldenberg's Chicken Shop Date. 'Will have you crying with laughter' **** (Guardian). **** (Times, Time Out,

Daniel Foxx: Villain

Daniel Foxx  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Show Poster
What we say:

Hilarious both on stage and on social media, Daniel Foxx's debut hour is certainly one not to miss from the award winning comedian, who has supported some of the biggest comedians in the game.

What they say:

People's princess and TikTok starlet Daniel Foxx delivers his stand-up hour debut with a show about childhood, Tilda Swinton and bullying (but in a chic way).

With his trademark wit and grandmother's pearls, he's taking us back to the 2000s, when the Special K diet was all the rage and the only queer representation was Jafar.

As seen on BBC One, BBC Three, Comedy Central UK and on Instagram and TikTok (The Supervillain's Gay Assistant).

Tour support for Josh Widdicombe, Rosie Jones, Sofie Hagen and Judi Love.

'Fabulous ' Nigella Lawson

Elliot Steel: Love and Hate Speech

Elliot Steel  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Show Poster

What we say:

The elegantly dark humour of Elliot Steel is unique among his peers and definitely worth a watch this August.

What they say:

Comedys best nepo baby (and there’s a lot) returns.

From near life-altering injuries sustained at jiu jitsu to everyday Gen-Z life, this new show will leave you in fits of laughter.

After gaining huge success online, Elliot is a regular at Britain's top comedy clubs despite being in his mid-twenties.

Seen on Comedy Central's Roast Battle and Comedy Central at the Comedy Store.

'He is confident. accomplished and very clever. His observations are sharp' (

Catch these stars and other Edinburgh Fringe performers every Tuesday and Wednesday night at the Best Comedy Night in London - Comedy in Your Eye!

Horatio Gould: Sweet Prince

Horatio Gould  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Show Poster
What we say:

Horatio Gould is without a doubt one of the best up and coming comedians and is gaining a huge following on social media through his sketches and his popular podcast, Boy's Gone Wild. Catch him whilst you can!

What they say:

Horatio's friends tell him he needs to open up, but he feels he has nothing to confess. Being part of a generation where everyone is constantly reminded that ‘It's okay to not be okay’, Horatio asks the question: is it no longer okay to be okay?

Join this viral sensation (50 million views online) for his hotly anticipated debut hour.

Tour Support for Frankie Boyle.

‘The most exciting comedic mind this country’s seen since Chris Morris’ Fin Taylor

‘Will be this country’s Judd Apatow’ Seann Walsh

Josh Baulf: Bulldog

 Josh Baulf Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Show Poster
What we say:

Josh Baulf is full of wonderful and incredibly relatable stories and his energy and charisma will leave you engaged and wanting more.

What they say:

Josh Baulf has appeared on ITV and BBC Three, but you may know him as "that guy from TikTok", with his online sketches amassing millions of views worldwide. Josh's highly anticipated debut hour, Bulldog, tackles turning 30, relationships and dog sitting.

'A very funny man' (David Walliams).

'A cross between Micky Flanagan and Russell Howard' (

Winner: Get Up Stand-Up. Runner up: Leicester Square New Comedian. Finalist: Amused Moose. Shortlist: BBC New Comedy Award.

Julia Masli: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Julia Masli  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Show Poster
What we say:

Julia Masli is one big bundle of childish joy that is always a favourite with crowds and one of the must see shows at the fringe following her success in 2022.

What they say:

The blurb is: hahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahaha hihihi hahahahahahahaha hoho hahahhahahaha hehe hahahahahahahahahaha. 'Ha' (Guardian). From the legs behind the sell-out hit shows Legs, Logs, and Choosh! Winner of the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality and The Telegraph's Best Sad Clown Award. Off West End Theatre Award nominee. **** (Guardian). **** ( **** (Scotsman). **** (Skinny). **** (List). **** ( **** ( ***** ( ***** (ThreeWeeks). ***** (

Kathryn Mather: Scream Inside Your Heart

Kathryn Mather Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Show Poster
What we say:

Kathryn Mather is one of the most likeable and funny comedians on the circuit and her effortlessly whimsical humour is certainly one to check out up in Edinburgh.

What they say:

Join award-winning comedian Kathryn Mather in this slightly dark, slightly whimsical show about finding love and finding yourself against the backdrop of the pandemic.

Little Smash New Comedian Of The Year 2021 – 2nd Place

Amused Moose Breakthrough Comedian 2020

Leicester Mercury 2019 – 3rd Place

South East New Comedian of the Year 2018 – Winner

Frog and Bucket World Series 2017 – Winner

“Very funny with a distinctive comic voice” – Nish Kumar

“Kathryn is one of those new comedians that makes you want to quit she’s so prodigious. She’s a brilliant and unique voice.”– Kiri Pritchard-McLean

“A fantastic mix of dark humour and funny storytelling. The audience were crying” -Russell Kane

Mamoun Elagab: Why I Love White People

Mamoun Elagab Why I Love White People Edinburgh Fringe 2023
What we say:

Mamoun Elagab is a huge talent and one of the big new prospects off the comedy circuit and we can't wait to see what his debut hour will be like at the Edinburgh Fringe.

What they say:

Rising star Mamoun Elagab brings his highly anticipated debut show to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Born to academics, a dark turn put Mamoun's life into new perspective. This is not champagne socialism – this is the voice of the people.

Finalist of every competition worth winning, including BBC New Comedy Award, Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year, Chortle Student Comedy Award. Alumnus of the Pleasance Reserve.

'A loaded wit and a mischievous way of tweaking liberal guilt'

Peter Flanagan: Meditations

Peter Flanagan Meditations  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Show Poster

What we say:

Peter Flanagan is one of the most highly sought after comedians on the circuit and his preview at Comedy in Your Eye absolutely blew the crowd away. Judging by that short preview, this will be a must see at the Fringe!

What they say:

Join rising Irish talent Peter Flanagan for a preview of his unmissable debut show. An hour of blisteringly funny, personal comedy about moving to London post-pandemic and the year of romance, booze and meditation that followed.

“High laugh count” Chortle

"Witty and insightful" The Journal

Sam Coade and James Trickey- Floorfillers

Sam Coade James Trickey  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Show Poster
What we say:

Comedy in Your Eye's very own Sam Coade brings up his first comedy show alongside hilarious pal James Trickey, in a split bill filled with zany humour and effortless chuckles.

What they say:

Join rising stand-up chart-toppers Sam Coade (Komedia New Act nominee, West End New Act runner-Up, So You Think You're Funny? semi-finalist) and James Trickey (Chortle Student runner-up, BBC New Comedy Award shortlist, Amused Moose New Comedian runner-up) as they turn up the volume to a reasonable level and fill that floor with jokes about sharing the bath, saxophones and everything in between!

Developed with support from Soho Theatre Labs. Praise includes: 'Magnificent... such well developed writing skills' (; 'Fantastic' (Evening Standard); 'I was grooving to the beat of the jokes' (DJ Khaled).

Tom Little: The Reliably Funny Comedian You Want To See

Tom Little The Reliably Funny Comedian You Want To See Edinburgh Fringe Festival Comedy Show
What we say:

Tom Little is quirky, energetic and will knock you for six with his intensely funny comedy.

What they say:

'The real deal. An instinctive comedian with oodles of charm and a quirky, frenetic intensity.... he could end up in movies' (Spectator). 'You will love it. The laughs are there, they are some of the most memorable you will have and they are uniquely Little. ' (Scotsman). 'Inventive, unexpected and often very silly... Can't remain a hidden treasure for long' ( 'His elevation to TV panel show favourite is surely only a matter of time' ( 'An unashamed crowd-pleaser' ( 'Gut-wrenchingly funny' (

Tadiwa Mahlunge: Inhibition Exhibition

Tadiwa Mahlunge Inhibition Exhibition Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023
What we say:

Tadiwa Mahlunge is one of the rising stars of comedy and an incredibly hard worker, offering a fresh new voice in the comedy world.

What they say:

One of the country's top new stand-ups presents their debut hour.

'Fearless comedian on the rise' Daniel Kaluuya

Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show nominee.

'Very bloody funny' Aisling Bea

As seen on BBC One, Dave, Comedy Central, and at 25, already performing at major festivals and historic venues across the UK.

'Tadiwa has been gathering pace as a prodigious act' Kiri Pritchard-McLean.

An alumnus of the 2022 Pleasance Comedy Reserve at the Edinburgh Fringe, Tadiwa has provided tour support for Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Jessica Fostekew and Desiree Burch’s Amazon Prime special.

Viggo Venn: British Comedian

Viggo Venn British Comedian  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 Show Poster
What we say:

If you have never seen Viggo Venn live, stop what you are doing right this second and buy a ticket to one of his performances. His shows are an unforgettable experience, full of laughter, silliness and everything in between. The BGT 2023 winner is an absolute must see at the Edinburgh Fringe!

What they say:

Norwegian clown Viggo Venn has moved to London to follow his life-long dream of becoming a British Comedian. 'Viggo is Norwegian' (

'Viggo is Norwegian' (Scotsman). 'Viggo is a… Norwegian' (

Winner of NATYS New Act of the Year 2022, runner-up Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2022. Total sell-out show at Edinburgh Fringe 2022, updated for 2023. Viggo returns for 12 nights only at Monkey Barrel Comedy!

No clowning to see here…'The most stupid act we have had this year' (Simon Cowell).

'I thought you were gonna do stand-up comedy' (Alesha Dixon).

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