Bawdy songs, immoral pontification and audience abuse await you in the sizable cabaret programme of the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Whether you’re looking for lunch-time laughs or late-night lunacy, you’ll find something to tickle even the most jaded fancies in This Is Cabaret’s selection of British and foreign musical comedy shows.
Choose your poison and keep your eyes peeled: you might leave the venue without your innocence, your dignity and your drink.
All The Men We’ve Never Slept With
4-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-25 August, 23:05. The Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68b, Edinburgh EH2 2AA). Free
Late night songs and stories from Sugar and Vice, the duo behind Australian show Princess Cabaret.
An Audience With Tomás Ford
2-26 August, 23:50. Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde (Venue 259, Edinburgh EH2 1DR). Free
The Australian showman fuses cabaret and dance music with audience interaction.
Auntie Myra’s Fun Show
1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26 August, 22:45. The Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68a, Edinburgh EH2 2AA). £5-10
Drag virago Myra DuBois performs musical comedy and magic in a children’s show for grown-ups.
Bourgeois and Maurice – Sugartits
2-13, 15-26 August, 22:15. Underbelly Cowgate (Venue 61, Edinburgh EH1 1EG). £6-11 (£9-10 concessions)
Ironic original tunes by the award-winning cabaret duo.
Cabaret Whore – Her Finest Hour
3-12 August, 19:30. Underbelly Bristo Square (Venue 300, Edinburgh EH8 9AL). £7-12 (£10-11 concessions)
Character comedy chanteuse Sarah-Louise Young performs an hour of selected numbers from the three previous runs of the acclaimed show.
Claire Benjamin Presents The Von Trapp Family Singers
4-16, 20-25 August, 20:40. The Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68b, Edinburgh EH2 2AA). Free
The London singer brings her new character comedy show to the Fringe.
Das Vegas Night
2-5, 7-12 August, 21:30. The Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68a, Edinburgh EH2 2AA). £5-10
Aryan crooner Frank Sanazi revisits his repertoire of Third Reich classics like Strangers on My Flight and Mein Way (On a Steinway).
Dorothy Squires: Mrs. Roger Moore
12-19, 21-27 August, 12:45. Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14, Edinburgh EH8 9AJ). £9-10 (£8-9 concessions)
Songs about the late singer’s ill-fated marriage with the future 007 star, starring cross-dressing comic Al Pillay.
Dusty Limits: Post-Mortem
2-5, 7-12, 14-19 August, 20:15. Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170, Edinburgh EH8 9DD). Free
New songs about hope, joy or the lack thereof by the singer and compère, with live piano by Michael Roulston.
EastEnd Cabaret: Notoriously Kinky
2-12, 14-26 August, 20:50. Underbelly Cowgate (Venue 61, Edinburgh EH1 1EG). £6-11 (£9-10 concessions)
After storming last year’s festival with a packed debut, the dissolute duo returns with a set of saucy originals and filthy popular favourites like Is It In Yet? and DangerWank.
Fascinating Aïda: Cheap Flights
1, 3-11, 13-20, 22-26 August, 18:30. Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14, Edinburgh EH8 9AJ). £8-14.50 (£12-13.50 concessions)
New season of the hit 2012 show by the pioneering musical comedy trio.
2-12, 14-27 August, 22:15. C Nova (Venue 145, Edinburgh EH1 1EX). £8.50-10.50 (£6.50-8.50 concessions)
Award-winning comic Damsel Sophie sings songs of self-love gone mad.
It’s Not Easy Being Yellow
1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26 August, 19:00. The Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68a, Edinburgh EH2 2AA). £5-10
Ria Lina explores her mixed-race background with politically incorrect songs and shameless comedy.
Jonny Woo: Wonder Woo-Man
1-12, 14-26 August, X. Assembly George Square (Venue 3, Edinburgh EH8 9LH). £8-12.50 (£10-11 concessions)
The celebrated drag performer in an hour of surreal characters, modern cabaret songs and tongue-twisters.
Lady Carol Must Die
2 August, 16:15; 3-12, 14-26 August, 18:30. The Assembly Rooms (Venue 20, Edinburgh EH2 2LR). £9-10 (£8-9 concessions)
Dark ditties from the international singer-songwriter.
2-7, 9-12, 14-19, 22-27 August, 22:20. Assembly George Square (Venue 3, Edinburgh EH8 9LH). £8-13 (£11-12 concessions)
Fringe debut of the Grammy-Award-winning New York diva, featuring old-fashioned arrangements of pop songs, bawdy comedy and original songs.
Loretta Maine: Bipolar
2-13, 15-26 August, 18:00. Just the Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88, EH1 1LG). £5-10 (£8-9 concessions)
A character comedy hour of angry country ballads.
Lynn Ruth Miller is Approaching 80!
4-12, 14-19, 21-25 August, 20:00. Sapphire Rooms (Venue 77, Edinburgh EH3 9AW). £7 (£5 concessions)
The San Francisco comic, author and TV presenter returns to the Fringe with a show combining stand-up comedy and cabaret.
Mister Meredith‘s Christmas Crack
4-12, 14-25 August, 20:00. Le Monde (Venue 47a, Edinburgh EH2 2PF). Free
The crooner and pianist sings songs about shopping, drinking, shagging, drugs and other Christmas favourites.
Mr. B’s Chap-Hop Hooray!
14-19, 21-26 August, 21:30. The Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68a, Edinburgh EH2 2AA). £8 (£10 concessions)
An hour of vintage beats and songs of chivalry, cricket, nympholepsy and interfering with livestock, courtesy of Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer and his banjolele.
3-26 August, 12:00. Laughing Horse @ Espionage (Venue 185, Edinburgh EH1 2EX). Free
Yorkshire jazz singer Joanne Jollie tells her journey from toilet attendant to XXL stripper through the media of stand-up comedy and cabaret satire.
Sex, Drugs and Vaudeville
4-12, 14-19, 21-26 August, 21:00. Sapphire Rooms (Venue 77, Edinburgh EH3 9AW). £10 (£8 concessions)
Multi-instrumentalist Joe Black brings his villainous cabaret stylings to the Fringe for the first time.
Tricity Vogue’s Ukulele Cabaret
2-26 August, 21:30. Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170, Edinburgh EH8 9DD). Free (ticketed)
The cabaret diva brings her monthly London show to the Fringe, including daily competitions for the Uke of Edinburgh Awards. Confirmed guests include Holly Penfield, Mat Ricardo and Dusty Limits.
Virginia Gay – Dirty Pretty Songs
3-12, 14-19, 26 August, 20:00. The Famous Spiegeltent (Venue 87, Edinburgh EH2 2LR). £15 (£12 concessions)
Dirty pop, soul and comedy from the actress of ITV2’s Winners and Losers.