Supporting New Comics in Edinburgh

Every year Angel Comedy pays 6 new comedians to go to The Edinburgh Festival.

It is one way that Angel Comedy supports newer comedians, alongside our Free Comedy Workshops, and giving more stage time to new, untested acts than any other UK venue.

The Angel Comedy Edinburgh showcase helps acts that are either doing their first ever Edinburgh festival, or need support as they might be also doing their own show or perhaps promoting their first full hour.

The Edinburgh festival can be a very, very expensive venture: Angel Comedy Founder Barry Ferns went bankrupt from putting on Edinburgh Shows. Acts can be paying over £1000 for accommodation (while also paying for rent in London), whilst taking time out from their work-life and paying for any other number of things – if they’re doing their own show in particular that includes venue hire, flyers, posters and PR.

Angel Comedy pays, publicises, and does all the admin and work for the show for the 6 new acts, and the acts take all the donations, ticket money and bucket money. The average amount they make is £2500 each.

Here are some quotes from previous participants:

Khalid Winter
“Performing on the Angel Showcase was an incredible experience which I am very grateful for. The financial support Angel offers opens up the Edinburgh festival for performers who might otherwise never get to experience it. Performing on the Angel Showcase was a great opportunity for me to develop both artistically and professionally, the support from Angel has been crucial in my development from amateur to professional artist.”


Joseph Emslie
“It carefully curates a group of comedians, all of whom are delightful, and allows us to perform to lovely audiences every day to better ourselves as comedians. This year specifically, with the rising cost of everything, the Angel Comedy Showcase was an absolute godsend, it is solely down to this gig that I was able to afford to rent a place in Edinburgh and get to enjoy the Fringe itself. I am extremely grateful for the chance to be part of this wonderful initiative and would recommend the experience to anyone who is lucky enough to be invited/included.”


Carla Gordon
“I was thrilled to take part in The Angel Comedy Edinburgh Showcase, it’s so great to not only have the opportunity to perform every day with a lovely group of comedians and become a stronger performer, but to also be paid to do so was a huge help in terms of funding and making it more accessible for me to be at the fringe festival at all! I’m really grateful for the chance to not only gig myself but also to watch the other great comedians chosen every day and I can honestly say I don’t think I’d have felt as supported or positively challenged if I hadn’t had taken part.”


Lew Fitz
“The Angel Comedy Showcase is one of the best examples of what the fringe is all about! It is a carefully curated group of comedians from a range of different backgrounds with different comedic styles all pulling together for a common cause. It is a wonderful opportunity to entertain an audience each day and improve as a comedian.
Working in comedy is much more than just the work you put in on your own stage craft, it’s your ability to adapt to different audiences, work with others, take & give instruction, interact with the industry and care about other people (which can be easy forgotten amongst the stress of Edinburgh) – the Angel Showcase gives you a delicious taste of the lot – it is a no brainer if you’re asked to do it!”


Thor Stenhaug
“I felt extremely lucky to be a part of The Angel Comedy Showcase. It provided myself and a collective of young comedians with a remarkable opportunity. We got to perform every single day to a wider audience, which developed me both as a writer and as a performer. As well as punters, the showcase attracted people from the industry. Getting to perform to producers and agents, in the midst of their busy schedules, felt invaluable – and was made possible by the support of Angel Comedy. Ticket sales from the show also meant that it was possible for us to perform at the world’s biggest arts festival, which is getting more and more expensive every year.”


Sascha LO
“The Angel Comedy Edinburgh Showcase is just one example of Angel’s generosity and willingness to cultivate new comedic talent. I was lucky to be selected to be a part of this group of truly lovely and talented people. Being able to perform alongside more experienced comedians each day taught me a lot and helped me to improve as a performer. But also, being paid by the showcase actually made the fringe a possibility for me. As a student and a young person, Angel made the fringe accessible, providing me with opportunities I never would have had otherwise. I already feel extremely lucky to be a part of the Angel community, but the fact that they offer opportunities like this just shows how special Angel is. I would definitely jump at the chance to do it again, and I would advise anyone with the opportunity to do so too.”

Doors At Midnight – The Comeback Gig!


Well, we had to go and do it, and run the first live gig in Britain in 2021.


Obviously it started as a joke because we’re a bunch of idiots, whose business acumen seems to start and stop at, “But would it be funny?” All the same, it ended up being a really fun gig, with some of our favourites performing, and a lovely, lovely crowd showing their appreciation.


It was lovely to get some attention from the press. Here’s a selection:


Live From The Bill Murray

Just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who watched the first (and hopefully not the last!) show live from the Bill Murray this year. It was a brilliant show that captured the sort of warm chaos the Bill Murray engenders, and it reminded me why live comedy is such a special thing. There was a real community spirit in the venue that night – thanks for being part of that community too!

Luckily Christian wasn’t just on tweets that night, and he managed to capture some great shots in amongst his other duties. I thought I’d share some of the best ones from a night to truly remember.

We’ve also got a couple more Saturday night shows planned before we reopen the doors to the public, you can grab tickets here:

Saturday 17th April – Phil Nichol, Liz Miele, Sikisa, Cally Beaton & Fiona Ridgewell

Saturday 1st May – lineup to be announced



Looking Back Over The Best Medicine Festival


Towards the end of February, Martin Willis from Objectively Funny and myself sat down to discuss putting on a couple of ‘wellness’ workshops for people in the comedy industry. As a therapist and Director of Angel Comedy, it was a way to morph my two passions in to one – and I was intrigued by Objectively Funny’s engagement with mental health during the 2019 Edinburgh Festival.

By the end of that zoom call, things had got a bit out of hand.

We agreed to put on a Festival, in a few weeks, with panels, workshops and gigs. Maybe Ruby Wax could be one of the panellists. Why not? How about Dave funding some of it? Sure, let’s ask!


March Madness

Holy shit bruh have you seen these lineups?


As we start building up to reopening, and look to a future where live comedy isn’t illegal, it’s also been fun to look back over our past and some of the crazy stories that come from working in a live comedy venue where comedians run it instead of bean counters people with financial acumen. We’ll be sharing a few of our favourite stories over the next few months.

I’ve always loved that Angel Comedy has been a home for comedians wherever they are in their careers, whether that’s comics at the top of their games, or people just starting off. I love looking at some of the names who were doing their first few gigs at RAW in 2017 and seeing where they are now.

I’m really bloody happy that we managed to put out the Best Medicine Festival this month, but looking at the lineups in March 2017, it looks like every month at Angel Comedy is pretty much the Comedy festival of my dreams…

Why The Bloody hell is Shamanism part of Mental Health Week?

Hi, I’m Sarah. I used to do a bit of comedy back in the day; some of you might remember me holding up a psychic magazine (Chat, It’s Fate), and being snide about past lives.

Now I find myself, as one of the directors of Angel Comedy, pushing for Shamanism to be included as part of The Best Medicine Festival, our mental health week. What on earth happened?



Doing up a kickstarted venue

Angel Comedy is built on the principle of community. We want to make comedy accessible to everyone, so we host free shows every night of the week, as well as weekly free and inclusive comedy workshops.

This section of our website is a notice board for our community. It will be updated weekly. You can email submissions and comments to

Please enjoy.

An incomplete list of podcasts from our community

All I Do Is Fail is a podcast that likes to look at life’s failures and celebrate them. Hosted by comedians Tom Elwes and Ali Woods. They are joined by a different guest every week to discuss their life’s failings. The flaw is yours! iTunes Spotify

Billy Joe Mates. A comedy podcast that takes comedians back to school to resit a subject of their choosing. Presented by Joseph Emslie and Joseph Parsons. iTunes Spotify

The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith for anyone who writes comedy, makes comedy, loves comedy or just has an interest in comedians and what makes them so annoying. Stuart has interviewed more than 275 of the funniest people in the world (often at The Bill Murray) about how they do what they do.  Acast iTunes Spotify

Daddy Look at Me with Helen Bauer and Rosie Jones. It takes a certain type of person to work in showbiz, and often it was clear from the start that they were destined to end up on stage. Daddy Look At Me takes the time to explore these scenarios with a guest every week. Acast iTunes Spotify 

FOCUS PEOPLE! With David Mills. A look back at the week and a look ahead to a more dynamite future. iTunes Podbean

Nobody Panic. Formerly known as The Debrief Podcast. Your guidebook to being a fully functioning adult without screaming all the time. Each week, Stevie Martin and Tessa Coates tackle life’s big, small, fun and sometimes scary questions with the help of experts and special guests because we’re all in this together, guys. So nobody panic. Produced by our friends at Plosive Productions and recorded at The Bill Murray. Acast iTunes Spotify

Join The Loremen (James Shakeshaft and Alasdair Beckett-King) as they “investigate” local legends and forgotten folklore. iTunes Castbox 

At the Mystery on the Rocks bar you’ll find a retired sleuth, the bartender trying to settle his tab, and the down-on-her-luck lounge singer, solving mysteries and drinking cocktails. Each week a new guest enters the bar and attempts to solve an unsolved mystery alongside the regulars. Hosted by Masud Milas, Chris Stokes, and Sooz Kempner. Acast iTunes Spotify

Off Menu. Comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite special guests into their magical restaurant to each choose their favourite starter, main course, side dish, dessert and drink. Ever wanted to eat your dream meal? It’s time to order Off Menu. Produced by our friends at Plosive Productions and often recorded at The Bill Murray. Acast iTunes Spotify

The Rob Auton Daily Podcast. It is him reading out writing he’s written that he values enough to want to share with people who are not him. The pieces range from 2-8 minutes and are accompanied by music and sounds (most of the time). Produced by our friends at Plosive Productions. Acast iTunes Spotify  

Funny funnies


Daniel Muggleton – 3 Stripes

Follow Daniel on twitter and instagram. Watch part II of his special here

Alasdair Beckett-King’s Lear

Follow Alasdair on twitter, youtube, and listen to his podcast.

Crush On: Lynn Ruth Miller

Follow Lynn Ruth on twitter.

Lad Pad Episode 2 with Ali Brice and Joz Norris

Follow Ali on twitter and instagram

Follow Joz on twitter and instagram. Follow Mr Fruit Salad on twitter.

Things Drinkers Say to Non-Drinkers

Follow Daman on twitter, instagram and youtube.

James OD’s new life mission

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Follow James on twitter and instagram.

Taylor Trash – Smooth Operator

Follow Lou on twitter and instagram.

Nish Kumar returns to The Bill Murray

The wonderful Nish Kumar returns to The Bill Murray this May for a run of work in progresses of his new show: It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves.

The Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee & host of The Mash Report trials new material for a national tour. The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and some jokes that simply don’t work.

6:45 – Wednesday the 9th May – SOLD OUT

6:45 – Thursday the 10th May – SOLD OUT

2pm – Sunday the 13th May

6:45 – Thursday 17th May

6:45 – Monday the 21st May

6:45 – Wednesday the 23rd May

6:45 – Thursday the 24th May

Come watch someone build something.