News: Underbelly announces new shows for Edinburgh Fringe

Underbelly has announced seven new shows being herded into its Fringe line up in 2020. Expect maximum amoosment from sell-out comedy stars, alongside unmissable magic from kids’ entertainment icons.

Irish comedian Jason Byrne brings comedy chaos to the Fringe this year with his show Jason Byrne: Audience Precipitation. Jason has learnt over the past few years that we all need to “play” a bit more in our lives and with this in mind, he’ll do what he does best and connect with the audience in a way no other comic can. Get ready for moosive amounts of hilarity as Jason has audience members on the edge of their seats and sometimes on stage.

If you are looking to keep your little ones entertained this Fringe, look no further than McEwan Hall, where the late Judith Kerr’s beloved cat Mog appears in the Scottish Premiere of a lively and enchanting adaptation by The Wardrobe Ensemble. Mog The Forgetful Cat serves up timeless tales of family and friendship with songs, live music and a menagerie of creatures little and large. Join Mog and the Thomases on a journey through one year in the life of a really remarkable cat with a less than remarkable memory.

Another legend of the children’s entertainment scene and must see for younger audiences (and the young at heart) is Louis Pearl aka the Amazing Bubble Man. Presenting an hour of breath-taking bubbles, comedy and tricks which have been thrilling audiences around the world for over three decades, prepare to have all your bubble myths burst as Louis brings everything from square bubbles to rocket bubbles back to George Square.

Returning for 2020 Edinburgh Comedy AllStars will resume its Friday and Saturday night slot at Underbelly George Square. Featuring the biggest and brightest comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe, this best-in-show is a one-stop shop for your comedy fix, right in the beating heart of the festival. Previous performers have included Danny Bhoy, Tommy Tiernan, Mark Watson, John Bishop, Jason Manford, Suzi Ruffell, Jason Byrne, Joel Dommett, Nina Conti, Phil Wang, Kiri Pritchard McLean and David O’Doherty and with every show sold out since 2017 it’s a moost see!

Described as the ‘best wild night out’ (Scotland on Sunday) at the festival, Spank! returns for an incredible 17th year with hilarious hosts, big belly laugh comedians and gratuitous nudity – what more could you want?! Showcasing the most exciting comedy and cabaret on the Fringe it is udderly unmissable.

Following a total sell-out run of his 2019 show, Milo McCabe’s moustached alter ego returns to Bristo Square with Troy Hawke: Sigmund Troy’d! featuring more side splitting stand up. Described as “one of the most accomplished and enjoyably daft character comics on the circuit today” (Wee Review 2019) 2019 FRINGE WORLD Best Comedy nominee and Comedy Weekly Award winner Troy Hawke: Sigmund Troy’d! is sure to have you in stitches.

And the final addition to the Underbelly herd at this time is comedian Patrick McPherson who returns to Edinburgh with The Man revamped, a “ferociously funny” hour of sketch and character comedy exploring the role of masculinity in today’s society. After a sold out run at the Fringe 2019, where it received exclusively 5-star reviews, The Man revamped comes highly recommended.

LISTINGS

Amazing Bubble Man
Underbelly George Square, Udderbelly, 5th – 31st Aug, (12.45pm), runtime 60 mins
Preview: 5th – 7th, £7.00
Weekend: 8th – 11th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 23rd, 28th – 30th, £12.00 (£9.00)
Weekday: 12th – 13th, 17th – 20th, 24th – 27th, 31st, £11.00 (£8.00)

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he has sold out here for the last 13 years. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square bubbles to rocket bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. Some shows will have live music by Jet Black Pearl.

Edinburgh Comedy Allstars
Underbelly George Square, Udderbelly, 7th – 8th, 14th – 15th, 21st – 22nd, 27th – 29th Aug, (11:30pm), runtime 60 mins
Preview: 7th, £10.00
Weekday: 8th, 27th, £12.50
Weekend: 14th – 15th, 21st – 22nd, 28th – 29th, £15.00 (£14.00)

The biggest, brightest comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe all in one huge show, staged in the famous Udderbelly. A one- stop-shop for your comedy fix right in the beating heart of the festival. Every show sold out since 2017! Previous performers have included Danny Bhoy, Tommy Tiernan, Mark Watson, John Bishop, Jason Manford, Suzi Ruffell, Jason Byrne, Joel Dommett, Nina Conti, Phil Wang, Kiri Pritchard McLean and David O’Doherty. Every weekend – Friday and Saturday nights. Nightly line ups are available at underbellyedinburgh.co.uk.

Jason Byrne: Audience Precipitation
Underbelly Bristo Square, McEwan Hall, 5th – 30th Aug, (7:20pm), (no show Tuesday 18th, Monday 24th), runtime 60 mins
Preview: 5th – 7th, £10.00
Weekend: 8th – 11th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 23rd, 28th – 30th, £19.50 (£18.50)
Weekday: 12th – 13th, 19th – 20th, 26th – 27th, £18.50 (£17.50)
Early Week: 17th, 25th, £17.00 (£16.00)

He’s back for more comedy chaos! Jason has learnt over the past few years that we all need to play a bit more in our lives. With this in mind, Jason will do what he does best; connecting with the audience in a way no other comic can. Whether it’s inviting or dragging (as it has been known) people up onto the stage and making a ‘holy show of them’, as they say in Ireland. Jason’s Audience Precipitation will be a laugh out loud, must-see show with a light drizzle of audience participation… ooh clever that.

Mog the Forgetful Cat
Underbelly Bristo Square, McEwan Hall, 5th – 30th Aug, (11am), (no show Tuesday 18th), runtime 60 mins
Preview: 5th – 7th, £11.50 (£10.00)
Weekend: 8th – 11th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 23rd, 28th – 30th, £14.50 (£13.00)
Weekday: 12th – 13th, 17th, 19th – 20th, 24th – 27th, £13.50 (£12.00)

Judith Kerr’s beloved and iconic stories adapted for the stage by The Wardrobe Ensemble. Timeless tales of family and friendship in a lively and enchanting adaptation, with songs, live music and a menagerie of creatures little and large. Mog always seems to be in trouble. But sometimes, Mog’s forgetfulness comes in very handy… Join Mog and the Thomases on a journey through one year in the life of a really remarkable cat, as she catches a burglar, gatecrashes a cat show, goes to the vee-eee-tee and eats lots and lots of eggs.

Spank!
Underbelly Cowgate, Belly Dancer, 7th – 30th Aug, (11:55pm), runtime 180 mins
Weekend: 7th – 8th, 14th – 15th, 21st – 22nd, 28th – 29th, £16.50 (£15.50)
Weekday: 9th – 13th, 16th – 20th, 23rd – 27th, 30th, £15.50 (£14.50)

Spank! returns for an incredible 17th year with hilarious hosts, awesome comedians and gratuitous nudity. Showcasing the most exciting comedy and cabaret on the Fringe, don’t miss the ‘best wild night out’ (Scotland on Sunday) at the festival! ‘Comedy and legendary party night… if you haven’t experienced this night, get down there right away!’ (Time Out). ‘It’s raunchy, raucous and ridiculous. Utterly and absolutely hilarious’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Everything you could hope for in a late-night comedy showcase… absolutely must-see show’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Atmosphere is electric… you just don’t quite know what is going to happen next… superb’ ***** (One4Review.co.uk).

The Man
Underbelly Bristo Square, Jersey, 5th – 31st Aug, (1:05pm), (no show Monday 17th), runtime 60 mins
Preview: 5th – 7th, £6.50
Weekend: 8th – 11th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 23rd, 28th – 30th, £10.00 (£9.00)
Weekday: 12th – 13th, 18th – 20th, 24th – 27th, 31st, £9.00 (£8.00)

Patrick McPherson returns to Edinburgh with The Man revamped following its sold-out run at the Fringe 2019 where it received exclusively five-star reviews. ‘This is beautifully written material, a brilliantly crafted show, given a pitch- perfect, bravura performance by an extraordinarily talented young man’ ***** (Scotsman). The Man is a ‘ferociously funny’ hour of sketch and character comedy exploring the role of masculinity in today’s society and asking the question, what does it mean to be The Man today? Recommended Show (Comedy.co.uk) and Scotsman’s Critic’s Top Picks for Comedy List 2019.

Troy Hawke: Sigmund Troy’d!
Underbelly Bristo Square, Jersey, 5th – 30th Aug, (6:25pm), (no show Monday 17th), runtime 60 mins
Preview: 5th – 7th, £7.00
Weekend: 8th – 11th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 23rd, 28th – 30th, £10.50 (£9.50)
Weekday: 12th – 13th, 18th – 20th, 24th – 27th, £9.50 (£8.50)

2019 FRINGE WORLD Best Comedy nominee and Comedy Weekly Award winner Troy Hawke returns to Edinburgh Fringe 2020 following a total sell-out run of his 2019 show. Top 40 Best Reviewed comedy shows Edinburgh 2019 and Top 30 Jokes of the Fringe (GQ Magazine). ‘Troy Hawke must be one of the most accomplished and enjoyably daft character comics on the circuit today’ ***** (TheWeeReview.com, 2019). ‘The audience were absolutely beside themselves and I promise it will be a highlight of your fringe’ ***** (VoiceMag.com, 2019).

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