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Cabaret Voltaire

Fringe Venue 338 - Click here for map

36-38 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR  / 0131 247 4704

Food  Wifi  Licensed
Open from 11:30 to 05:00
18+ Only

Cabaret Voltaire is a celebration of jiggery pokery spanning two floors (and a third floor for the Fringe) at the bottom of Blair street, just of the Cowgate. It resides in a cave and is a world of nooks and crannies, with an eclectic selection of drinks, two bars, with DJ's in the afternoon upstairs, and following the Fringe shows on three dance floors downstairs until 5am. It's right in the centre of the old town for the ultimate Fringe fun!

Shows at Cabaret Voltaire
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Cinema Room 

Adrian Tauss and Sasha Ellen: Get A Room COMEDY 
AUG 1-13, 15-25 at 16:10 (60 min) - Free 
Adrian Tauss and Sasha Ellen are stand-ups who have been inappropriately funny in public and have been told to get a room. He makes children cry at parties and she can’t stop talking about sex robots....
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Character Building Experience COMEDY 
AUG 1-13, 15-25 at 13:40 (60 min) - Free 
You enter a tavern. You see a group of comedian questers. What do you do? A Dungeons-and-Dragons-style, comedy, interactive role playing game experience where the audience get to play God and make the...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Comedy Freak Show COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 17:25 (60 min) - Free 
COME ONE, COME ALL TO THIS TRAGIC AFFAIR! Comedy Freak Show is an exhibition of comedic rarities, sometimes referred to as "Alternative" or "Un-funny". Typical features would be socially unusual huma...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Common People (Again) COMEDY 
AUG 1-9 at 14:55 (60 min) - Free 
COMMON PEOPLE (AGAIN!) Following a very successful run in 2018, the Common People are back for more! Janet and Paul are ordinary, common people and very happy with it. They aren’t trying to educate ...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Elliot Wengler: Solo an Elliot Wengler Story COMEDY 
AUG 10-13, 15-25 at 14:55 (60 min) - Free 
Having grown up in the 90s and 00s, all Elliot Wengler, ‘a likeable performer with nice ideas’ (Broadway Baby) wants to talk about is Pokemon, how he became the 16th-best-Pokemon-player-in-the-UK-in-2...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

In-Bread With Joseph Emslie (Work In Progress) COMEDY 
AUG 3-11, 13-25 at 12:25 (60 min) - Free 
Joseph presents a 45 minute work-in-progress show where he attempts to separate the good from the bad and the wheat from the chaff.
While it might not sound that exciting, think again, because a...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Laurence Tuck: Expert in Failure COMEDY 
AUG 1-8 at 18:40 (60 min) - Free 
Laurence Tuck is turning 40, and what has he done? Bugger all! He has been a cataclysmic failure. This show investigates the nature of his failure, and the reasons behind it. So you are invited to eit...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Losing My Mindfulness THEATRE 
AUG 9-25 at 18:40 (60 min) - Free 
Do you want to feel calmer, more focused and relaxed? Imagine a life where daily stress just floats by like a cloud in the sky, not a rain cloud, a nice one, a fluffy one. Yeah, do you want that? You ...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Spring Day: When Push Comes to Shove COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 21:05 (60 min) - Free 
Expect a fun night of sharp, well-crafted and mischievous stand-up that will tickle your fancy and your heart if you have one. It's a show about what we love to hate and why we hate to love.  “A Defi...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 

Who Did I Think She Was? THEATRE 
AUG 1-25 at 19:55 (60 min) - Free 
Peter Henderson returns with his new one-man show following his 5-star Edinburgh Fringe hit of 2014 – Who Did I Think I Was? Who Did I Think She Was? Written and performed by Peter Henderson Dir...
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room 
Long Room 

Alex Farrow: Philosophy A-Level COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 12:15 (50 min) - Free 
“Alex Farrow: Philosophy A-Level” is is a stand-up comedy show about history, religion and modern Britain told through the stories of teaching Philosophy to teenagers. “Honest and interesting and real...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

Dave Chawner; Mental COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 18:20 (60 min) - Free 
A show about mental health (rather than mental illness). As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4. As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. ‘hilariously entertaining’ – The Mail on Sunday ...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

Gráinne Maguire: Guys... It's Problematic COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 14:35 (60 min) - Free 
Award-winning comedian Gráinne Maguire (Dave's UnSpun, BBC One's This Week, RTE's Cutting Edge and Radio 4's Now Show) returns with a sparkling, exhilarating and life-affirming show about why we shoul...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

Hari Kanth: This Train Terminates Here COMEDY 
AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 15:50 (60 min) - Free 
A comedy show about definitely not wanting children… I think? The second debut hour from Hari Kanth: a 2014 BBC Radio New Comedy Award finalist, a 2012 Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist, and the p...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

Laughing Horse FREE Comedy Selection COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 20:50 (60 min) - Free 
See the very best comedians from across the Fringe, alongside hot new talent and Fringe newcomers, with a different comedy line-up at each show, every day, as Laughing Horse's Comedy Selection returns...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

Laughing Horse FREE Pick of the Fringe COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 17:05 (60 min) - Free 
See the very best comedians from across the Fringe, with a different top-notch comedy line-up each day. There's five shows every day, as the Laughing Horse's Pick of the Fringe returns to Edinburgh fo...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

Laughing Horse FREE Pick of the Fringe COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 19:35 (60 min) - Free 
See the very best comedians from across the Fringe, with a different top-notch comedy line-up each day. There's five shows every day, as the Laughing Horse's Pick of the Fringe returns to Edinburgh fo...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 

MARVELus: Improv the MARVEL-verse COMEDY 
AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 13:20 (60 min) - Free 
The UK's premiere nerd-culture comedy duo, The Just Us League and guests present a brand new MARVEL movie trilogy made up on the spot. Get your geek on as these improvisers make up a whole new MCU. Fe...
Cabaret Voltaire / Long Room 
Main Room 

Classic Joke Club COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 14:15 (60 min) - Free 
Join the funniest acts on the UK and international circuit as they share classic jokes handed down to them by their family. Chickens, mothers-in-law, doctors, elephants, Englishmen, Irishmen, Scotsmen...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

James Meehan - Never Better COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 18:00 (60 min) - Free 
How am I doing? Never Better. A spanking new hour of comedy from Edinburgh Comedy Award winner and laidback Lancastrian James Meehan. A show about recovering from the brink, finding pleasure in littl...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

Jenny Collier: The Jen Commandments COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 16:45 (60 min) - Free 
Multi award winning Collier is back with her brand new stand up show. 'Brilliant... Infectious to watch and a joy to behold ★★★★’ - ‘Filth!’ - Rhod Gilbert ‘Joyous...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

Joke Thieves COMEDY 
AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 20:30 (60 min) - Free 
Comedy set swapping live! The cult hit show where comedians perform their own jokes, then each others'. Chortle Award winner – Best Club Show London. Top five comedy shows of the year (List). Top 10 l...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

Martin Mor - Instigator COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 19:15 (60 min) - Free 
INSTIGATOR a new hour of stand up comedy. “A comedy institution” The Guardian “World class” The Scotsman. “A terrifically funny and amiable man” The Skinny. “absolutely brilliant…hilarious at eve...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

Michael Fabbri COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 15:30 (60 min) - Free 
Michael Fabbri, Star of Radio 4’s Dyslexicon, has graced the global comedy circuit for many years, Furthermore, you are most welcome at his new standup show. “An absolutely superb circuit headliner.” ...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

Samantha Hannah: How to Find Happiness (In a Year) COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 12:00 (50 min) - Free 
In 2018 Samantha, 'one of the funniest ladies on the planet' (, tried to find a husband in a year. It didn't work but she got a ridiculous story out of it (as did The Times, BBC News an...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 

Sketch Thieves COMEDY 
AUG 1-12, 14-25 at 13:00 (60 min) - Free 
Comedy sketch swapping live! The cult hit show where sketch groups perform their own sketches, then each others'. Chortle Award winner – Best Club Show London. Top 5 comedy shows of the year (List). T...
Cabaret Voltaire / Main Room 
The Cave 

Absolute Zero: Jez Watts COMEDY 
AUG 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 17:15 (60 min) - Free 
★★★★ The Music, 2018. "Serious laughs" ★★★★½ Perth Happenings, 2018. "If you like funny, dirty standup you'll love Jez Watts" Onya Mag, 2019 "Delivery t...
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave 

Aidan 'Taco' Jones - 52 Days COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 21:00 (60 min) - Free 
In 2012 I wrote a diary on a deck of playing cards, one for each week. Pick them out and I'll tell stories spanning three continents about heartbreak, prison, fireworks -- everything! The order's up t...
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave 

Clash of the Tight Tens COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 12:15 (60 min) - Free 
Andy Quirk presents his pick of the finest Fringe comedians performing ten-minute tasters of their full-length shows. Expect a titanic mix of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. You’ll be "Poseid" yo...
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave 

Comedy Boxing - Best of the best COMEDY 
AUG 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 19:45 (60 min) - Free 
Comedy Boxing triumphantly returns to Edinburgh now with the best of the best competitors each show! Comedians will compete over four hilarious rounds of stand-up, improvisation, heckling and boxing. ...
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave 

Dr Lara Love: Love Leans In COMEDY 
AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 16:00 (60 min) - Free 
Claire Ford, one half of The Kagools presents Dr Lara Love: Love Leans In. What is love? An unknown quantity, a mesmerising spiritual gift or a song by Haddaway? Love guru Dr Lara Love, ‘like Tony ...
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave 

Ghost Orgy COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 00:45 (60 min) - Free 
A late night stand-up comedy show that explores sex and the supernatural. Hosts Erika Ehler, Hannah Lawrence, and Bria Hiebert will be tackling everything from spirits to safe words with their sharp, ...
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave 

Heavenly Comedy Edinburgh COMEDY 
AUG 2-11, 13-23 at 22:15 (60 min) - Free 
Njambi McGrath NATYS 2019 Winner will be showcasing the best up and coming comedians. ...
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave 

Henry Ginsberg: Romantic Comedian COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 18:30 (60 min) - Free 
Henry Ginsberg didn’t loose his virginity, or have any romantic experiences to speak of at all until his late twenties. Now he’s making up for lost time. Having been pigeonholed as a dark and cynical ...
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave 

Late Night Comedy Death Camp COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 23:30 (60 min) - Free 
Henry Ginsberg (FHM Stand Up Hero, Reading Festival New Act Of The Year) presents a possibly anarchic, probably slightly depraved and almost certainly alcohol fuelled showcase of the best stand up com...
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave 

Mistaken COMEDY 
AUG 2-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 14:45 (60 min) - Free 
The Actor Liam Neeson made some controversial statements! How should he be treated? Following an huge row on Facebook Anthony Ayton takes a nuanced view."I love Anthony Ayton he's clever a bit cheeky ...
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave 

Zahra Barri's Special (Work in Progress) COMEDY 
AUG 1-25 at 13:30 (45 min) - Free 
Zahra’s never stood in front of a mirror and taken a selfie. Nor has she intentionally made herself look like a dog on Instagram. Zahra doesn’t think she’s special so why does everyone else think they...
Cabaret Voltaire / The Cave 

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