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The Counting House

Fringe Venue 170 - Click here for map

38 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD  / 0131 667 7533

Food  Wifi  Licensed
Open from 11:00 to 02:00
All ages until 9pm, then 18+ only

The Counting House and sister venues The Pear Tree and 32 Below form a complex featuring four public bars, six performance spaces, plus a huge outdoor courtyard and barbecue area. The Counting House is located right in the heart of the area most associated with the Fringe, within seconds of Fringe Central, Assembly at George Square, The Udderbelly, Gilded Balloon and Pleasance Dome venues.


Shows at The Counting House
List Shows: By Room and Name | By Start Time
Shows sorted by Venue Room
The Attic 

Aidan 'Taco' Jones - Lightfoot James COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 14:00 (60 min) - Free 
From December 2016-August 2017 I received two messages a week from a fake Facebook account. This mystery person shared a bunch of private information about my family, and said they were going to fuck ...
The Counting House / The Attic 

Alice-India: Sorry I'm so great or whatever (WIP) COMEDY 
AUG 11-25 at 21:30 (60 min) - Free 
"Bold, subversive and dominant" (Objectively Funny) Alice-India is a rising star on the London circuit. A Funny Women One to Watch, Max Turner Semi Finalist 2019 and Komedia Comedy Launchpad Finalist ...
The Counting House / The Attic 

American Refugee COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 16:30 (60 min) - Free 
In a world where immigrants and refugees are hated and feared, American comedian and human rights lawyer Sid Singh wants to explore why. Why do we hate the people who come to our borders seeking the b...
The Counting House / The Attic 

Cracking Up COMEDY 
AUG 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 11:30 (60 min) - Free 
After dealing with immigration, politics and Jewish mothers, Daphna Baram's 2019 Fringe offering takes on mass and time (AKA weight and age) as the human-rights lawyer-journalist-comedian laughs again...
The Counting House / The Attic 

Dave Chawner; The Pursuit Of Happiness COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 20:15 (60 min) - Free 
Dave is a number 1 best selling author, has presented on BBC, written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Metro & Cosmopolitan & even got an award at The Houses Of Pariliament for his 2015 show...but...
The Counting House / The Attic 

Filippo Spreafico: Sentimental Value COMEDY 
AUG 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 19:00 (60 min) - Free 
Filippo is writing his dream show in which he is finally honest about his life; a completely disarmed, vulnerable and confessional show. Unfortunately, memory is quite tricky, so what is real and what...
The Counting House / The Attic 

Jake Donaldson Fights The Sea (WIP) COMEDY 
AUG 1-10 at 10:20 (55 min) - Free 
Join Jake for a work-in-progress of his new stand-up show. We all know the Sea has gotten too big for its boots recently, and Jake intends to bring it down a peg or two. Is he being serious or is it...
The Counting House / The Attic 

Late Show Great Show COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 00:00 (60 min) - Free 
The night is young and some of the best stand-up comedians at the Fringe are ready to make you laugh, stay up late and definitely have one more drink. It's a late show, it's a great show and at this h...
The Counting House / The Attic 

Nick Elleray: Big Nick Energy COMEDY 
AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 12:45 (60 min) - Free 
Nick Elleray brings the mellow thunder to the Fringe with a brand new stand-up show with a great new zeitgeisty title that the kids will love. Where do you find joy in these grim times? Should you be ...
The Counting House / The Attic 

Sam See: Coming Out Loud COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 17:45 (60 min) - Free 
Sam See (MTV, Comedy Central Asia) brings his show to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time! As a stand-up comedian in a country where free speech and gay rights are non-existent, Sam has a lot he w...
The Counting House / The Attic 

Sh*t Socialist COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 15:15 (60 min) - Free 
Chris Tavner presents his new stand up show about his life of being a Socialist activist. Well, we say activist, that depends on what time he gets up. Chris will explore lessons learned from his exper...
The Counting House / The Attic 

Snog Marry Avoid COMEDY 
AUG 1-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 22:45 (60 min) - Free 
Fancy a snog? Will you marry me? Is the walk of shame avoidable? Kirsty answers all your dating questions with bad advice from years of being a single mid-thirties desperate woman. Kirsty bares all wi...
The Counting House / The Attic 

Split The Bill - Claire Haus, Suzie Preece and Josh Weller COMEDY 
AUG 1-10 at 21:30 (60 min) - Free 
Josh Weller and Suzie Preece ‘Split The Bill’. Two thirty-somethings. Two thirty-minute sets of comedy. Service charge not included. Josh Weller is a mixed race, half-english, half-um-something-brow...
The Counting House / The Attic 

Trans*Atlantic COMEDY 
AUG 11-25 at 10:20 (55 min) - Free 
Has this whole Transgender thing got you confused? Great! Come learn a thing or two at Trans-Atlantic. Why are we mad at Scarlet Johansen? Why are we suddenly everywhere? Why are there so many letters...
The Counting House / The Attic 
The Ballroom 

A.C.I.D! CABARET 
AUG 4-22, 24 at 01:00 (60 min) - Free 
Alternative Comedy It’s Downstairs! is Leeds’ infamous, illicit alternative comedy night, known for packing basements full of comedy fans and putting on events that border on fever dreams. Come downst...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! It's the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show - and It's Free! COMEDY 
AUG 23 at 23:55 (120 min) - Free 
It's the annual two-hour charity variety show filled with bizarre acts and very alternative comedy which includes the presentation of three annual Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards. ...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

Ashley Storrie: Hysterical COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 17:30 (60 min) - Free 
Star of BBC Scotland's 'Up For It!' and BBC Radio Scotland, Ashley Storrie returns to the Fringe with a raw and hysterical show about mental health and the ways she uses humour to overcome her pain. ...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

BattleActs COMEDY 
AUG 2-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-24 at 21:15 (60 min) - Free 
WINNERS: ''PEOPLE''S CHOICE AWARD'' VAULT FESTIVAL BattleActs! is an award-winning, multi-five star late-night comedy party show that has performed to rave reviews around the country. The show sees tw...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

Board Game Smackdown COMEDY 
AUG 1-13, 15-20, 22-25 at 13:45 (60 min) - Free 
Hosted by award-winning comedian and UK board game champion James Cook, the funniest Fringe performers play classic and new board games live on stage in this comedy panel show based on board/card/part...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

Borne Of Chaos COMEDY 
AUG 2-25 at 16:15 (60 min) - Free 
Chapter One is an honest retelling of Eric Lampaert’s trials and tribulations from birth to near death, from womb to tomb, from homeless to Hollywood. This is a psychological odyssey through alternate...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

CeilidhKids at the Fringe - Free! CHILDRENS 
AUG 1-14, 16-19, 21, 23-25 at 11:15 (45 min) - Free 
Family workshop suitable for children aged 3-7 years with parents or carers. We involve everyone: skip, clap and march together to traditional Scottish music, under the chandeliers. Enjoy discovering ...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

CeilidhKids at the Fringe - Free! CHILDRENS 
AUG 1-13 at 10:15 (45 min) - Free 
Family workshop suitable for children aged 3-7 years with parents or carers. We involve everyone: skip, clap and march together to traditional Scottish music, under the chandeliers. Enjoy discovering ...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

Circus Sonas Presents: DTCB The Prison Years COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 22:30 (60 min) - Free 
What happens when two circus performers get sent to prison? They write a new Fringe show of course. CIRCUS IN A CELL Strictly adults only "Dirty Tattooed Circus Bastards: Dangerous And Hilarious… Ju...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

Daniel Muggleton: Pimpin' Ain't Easy (But I Reckon it's Easier for Straight, White Men?) COMEDY 
AUG 25 at 18:45 (60 min) - Free 
Australian comedian and tracksuit enthusiast Daniel Muggleton's just woke enough to know he's an asshole. But who wants to be a hero these days anyway? He released his debut special 'Let's Never Han...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

Godley on the Fringe COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 20:00 (60 min) - Free 
Comedy from the Queen of Scottish comedy Janey Godley. known as the Trump agitator and all round funny woman- check out her viral videos online. ...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

Jarred Christmas: A Funny Hour COMEDY 
AUG 1-11, 13-24 at 18:45 (60 min) - Free 
Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Bit of a story. Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Join New Zealand sensation and Star of the stand-up circuit for a rip-roaring hour of jokes and sto...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

Laughing Horse Free and Family Friendly Pick of the Fringe COMEDY 
AUG 2-25 at 12:30 (60 min) - Free 
See the very best comedians selected from around the Fringe, with different line-ups every day in this brand-new family friendly lunchtime stand-up showcase, from the people behind sell-out hit Laughi...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

Paul mcCaffrey: I Thought I'd have grown out of the by now COMEDY 
AUG 5, 12, 19 at 21:15 (60 min) - Free 
For 3 nights only, Paul McCaffrey returns to the Counting House Ballroom for special performances of his 2019 UK tour show 'I thought I'd have grown out of this by now' Star of Impractical Jokers (BB...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

Stand-up Philosophy COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 15:00 (60 min) - Free 
STAND-UP PHILOSOPHY is like stand-up comedy, except that it’s philosophical as well as funny! With a different philosophical theme and line-up each day, the Fringe’s most intelligent comedians join so...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 

The Vagabonds of Comedy CABARET 
AUG 1-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22, 24-25 at 23:45 (60 min) - Free 
Drawing from slapstick, vaudeville, impromptu performing and standup, Frank (Imaan) Hadchiti and Fico (Filippo Spreafico) Fellini are The Vagabonds of Comedy, the hosts of an exquisite nonsense variet...
The Counting House / The Ballroom 
The Loft 

Angry Boater COMEDY 
AUG 1-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-25 at 13:00 (60 min) - Free 
An hour of comedy, the way you like it.... up the canal. Now in its fifth year, Joel Sanders returns in his glorious comic voyage from suburbia to chaos. What's it really like to give up every...
The Counting House / The Loft 

Best In Class COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 15:30 (60 min) - Free 
Showcasing underrepresented working-class comedy voices. Sponsored by Spam, chippy teas, waste grounds, hanging around, knock-off trainers, a fella your dad knows, weed, the unions, crap schools, bunk...
The Counting House / The Loft 

Happiness bully COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 19:15 (60 min) - Free 
Adverts, books, CDs, work colleagues and self-help Gurus. They all have one thing in common. They all try to bully you into being happy. Glaswegian comedian Martha McBrier is taking a stand and refusi...
The Counting House / The Loft 

Hero Worship COMEDY 
AUG 1-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-25 at 16:45 (60 min) - Free 
If you had a chance to meet your Idol, would you take it? Joel Sanders has hung out with all of his heroes but did they want to hang out with him? ...
The Counting House / The Loft 

Jane Hill - Addicted to Fun COMEDY 
AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 14:15 (60 min) - Free 
Jane used to be fun. By fun, she means drunk. She’s been sober for 16 years and life is fine, but she still misses the fun times: the buzz that only alcohol can give you; the sheer joyous abandon of ...
The Counting House / The Loft 

Louise Leigh Identifiable COMEDY 
AUG 1-6 at 10:30 (60 min) - Free 
Funny Women Regional Finalist and badly-behaved mother of two Louise Leigh should probably be delousing her kids instead of gallivanting off to Edinburgh to appear in the festival. Navigating her pa...
The Counting House / The Loft 

Luka Muller's Gong Show CHAT SHOWS 
AUG 1-25 at 23:00 (60 min) - Free 
Part stand up, part chat show, part roast! After 2 and a half years of shows in Australia, and sold out runs in Melbourne and Adelaide, Luka Muller's Gong Show hits Edinburgh for the first time! A pa...
The Counting House / The Loft 

Philipp and Phriends: A Late Night Comedy Show COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 01:30 (60 min) - Free 
Philipp and Phriends: A Late Night Comedy Show, is late night talk show and stand-up variety act hosted by Philipp Carl Kostelecky. Philipp brings to the stage his favourite acts and people at the fri...
The Counting House / The Loft 

Rib Ticklers' Pick of the Fringe COMEDY 
AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 11:45 (60 min) - Free 
Rib Ticklers Pick of the Fringe Is a variety show with a mixed bill line up. Having worked with these acts over the last decade, Rib Ticklers will be bring you talent from America, Australia, Europe,...
The Counting House / The Loft 

Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Comedian! COMEDY 
AUG 1-13, 15-20, 22-25 at 20:30 (60 min) - Free 
My name is Mickey Sharma and I've been a comic for 10 years with 5 Edinburgh shows. This is the best hours worth of material, greatest hits. No theme, no character arcs, no poignant moments......just ...
The Counting House / The Loft 

Smell The Magic, Daddy COMEDY 
AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 21:45 (60 min) - Free 
Award-winning stand-up bring his fifth solo Edinburgh show in a row to the Fringe. Plus mystery gimmick (fondue seance) ...
The Counting House / The Loft 

The Piece: Now More (Artistically) Accessible - WiP COMEDY 
AUG 1-13, 15-20, 22-25 at 00:15 (60 min) - Free 
After a baffling 2018 run (Fringe Experience Award: 'most memorable experience – be it good... or plain strange’), The Piece is back with a very serious, hyper-immersive work in progress. The Artist d...
The Counting House / The Loft 

Viking Millennials COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 18:00 (60 min) - PWYW 
A dark hour of comedy featuring two Viking descendants from Norway. Thor Stenhaug and Pernilla Holland are in in trouble. Winter has indeed rocked up and with it two millennials are making baffling li...
The Counting House / The Loft 
The Lounge 

AC/DC: Australian Comedians / Dope Comedy COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 22:15 (60 min) - Free 
That's not an Australian comedy show, THIS IS AN AUSTRALIAN COMEDY SHOW! A sell-out hit at Edinburgh Fringe 2018 and a monthly show in London, catch three of the best Aussie and Kiwi comedians at the...
The Counting House / The Lounge 

Adam Elmi's Late Night Comedy Show COMEDY 
AUG 1-24 at 00:45 (60 min) - Free 
A compilation show by up-and-coming comedian Adam Elmi. Fresh off supporting Tom Stade on his 2019 tour and also a semi finalist at the So You Think Youre Funny competition last year. Bringing you som...
The Counting House / The Lounge 

Angus Dunican: Nice Bit of Kit COMEDY 
AUG 1-15, 17-25 at 17:15 (60 min) - Free 
Angus Dunican: Nice Bit of Kit A few years back, the world became too awful for Angus to cope with. So he took a step back from everybody and gently packed himself away in the attic with the Christm...
The Counting House / The Lounge 

BadFamiliar: Live COMEDY 
AUG 2-25 at 18:30 (60 min) - Free 
The show follows the evolution of world-traveled, veteran performer Matt Davis’ ideas as they have developed while performing and traveling through over 250 cities across more than 50 countries. Stit...
The Counting House / The Lounge 

Brown Panther - Ruven Govender COMEDY 
AUG 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 19:45 (60 min) - Free 
Join one of the funniest Indian comedians in Australia for an hour of ethnic based comedy. Following the success of last years show 'Ethnic Cleansing' which SOLD OUT completely at all 23 Edinburgh Fri...
The Counting House / The Lounge 

Charmian Hughes: What-not COMEDY 
AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 13:30 (60 min) - Free 
When everyone around you is self-identifying, and you feel a bit left out, chill! You can join the tribe of What-Nots with Charmian, who also self identifies as a very funny comedian. 'Captivating, ir...
The Counting House / The Lounge 

Comedy Queers COMEDY 
AUG 1-24 at 23:30 (60 min) - Free 
A fabulous selection of outrageous Queer performers from across the fringe. Hosted by Sian Davies (“Sharp and focused… fantastic ability as a comedian and compere” **** Backstage on the Fringe). Last ...
The Counting House / The Lounge 

Cool Jokes / Hot Takes COMEDY 
AUG 1-12, 14-24 at 14:45 (60 min) - Free 
Cool Jokes / Hot Takes 2 of Scotlands finest comedians in one show! Liam Withnail Liam Withnail has been entertaining the audiences of Scotland and beyond for nearly ten years. His cheeky manor is a...
The Counting House / The Lounge 

Daniel Muggleton: Pimpin' Ain't Easy (But I Reckon it's Easier for Straight, White Men?) COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 16:00 (60 min) - Free 
Australian comedian and tracksuit enthusiast Daniel Muggleton's just woke enough to know he's an asshole. But who wants to be a hero these days anyway? He released his debut special 'Let's Never Han...
The Counting House / The Lounge 

Games With James CHILDRENS 
AUG 1-13, 15-18 at 11:00 (60 min) - Free 
Award-winning comedian and UK board gaming champion James Cook invites you to play board games live on stage. Buckaroo, Guess Who, Hungry Hippos and more done like you've never seen it before. Suitabl...
The Counting House / The Lounge 

Rob Oldham: Worm's Resolve COMEDY 
AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 21:00 (60 min) - Free 
After his 2018 Fringe debut, Worm's Lament (The Guardian's Top Shows of the Edinburgh Fringe), Rob Oldham is back. Worm's Resolve explores being right, being wrong and getting angry. Newspaper font...
The Counting House / The Lounge 

What Has The News Ever Done For Me? COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 12:15 (60 min) - Free 
Every day, three top comedians bring in the story from the days news they *think* is the most important and have to persuade the audience why theirs is the one they should care about- will it be Trump...
The Counting House / The Lounge 

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