Monday 23rd April 2018

Avalon announce their full line up for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with the chance to see runs from established and award-winning comics including Russell Howard and Jon Culshaw, Mock the Week star Ed Gamble, host of Dave’s Unspun Matt Forde, and viral musical-sisterly sensations Flo & Joan among many others.

During the last 30 years, Avalon have promoted more Edinburgh Comedy Award winners and nominees than any other company including: Chris Addison, Greg Davies, Dave Gorman, Harry Hill, The Mighty Boosh, Al Murray, Russell Kane, Alex Horne, Roisin Conaty, Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, Garth Marenghi, Lucy Beaumont and Bilal Zafar, and two of only five female winners of the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award; Jenny Eclair and Laura Solon.


Avalon’s line-up for 2018 includes:

Carl Donnelly – Strictly Carl Donnelly

Ed Gamble Blizzard

Flo & Joan – Alive On Stage

Harry & Chris – Harry & Chris Save the World

Iain Stirling + Guests – Iain (Stirling) Does Jokes (With Pals)

Jacob Hawley – Howl

Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare – The Great British Take Off

Matt Forde – Brexit Through the Gift Shop

Pierre Novellie – See Novellie, Hear Novellie, Speak Novellie

Rob Auton – The Talk Show

Russell Howard – Work in Progress

Steve Bugeja – Almost

Tania Edwards – Not My Dog


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Carl Donnelly – Strictly Carl Donnelly

Observational genius” The Guardian

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Carl Donnelly marks his tenth show at the Fringe with his latest (and hopefully greatest) hour.  Join him as he takes a retrospective glance at the last ten years of his life, examining how one develops (or devolves) with time.  “Donnelly can provoke laughter out of almost anything★★★★ (The Scotsman), “Unpredictable, hysterical and, quite frankly, inspiring★★★★ (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).

Ed Gamble Blizzard

he is on irresistible form”★★★★ Rupert Hawksley, The Telegraph

After a sell-out national tour in 2017, Ed Gamble is back with another bracing flurry of idiocy.  Off of Mock the Week (BBC2), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), Comedy Central at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Drunk History (Comedy Central), The Apprentice You’re Fired (BBC2), Man Down (Channel 4), Conan (TBS) and a short film he can’t remember the name of where he killed a man from The Bill (ITV) with a spade. “…this is a super show from a comic who may be about to become more of a force in the game” (Chortle).

Iain Stirling + Guests Iain (Stirling) Does Jokes (With Pals)

“At his [Iain’s] best the Edinburgh native is an unhinged free-form anecdotist”★★★★ Mail On Sunday, Mark Wareham 

3 nights, 30 comedians, 100’s of laughs. The voice of ITV’s smash hit Love Island, Iain Stirling returns to his home town to hosts 3 special shows featuring some of the best comedians at the Fringe Festival. Don’t miss it!


Jacob Hawley – Howl

‘’A mature, sharp wit and an undertow of political passion… Clever, and different” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

BBC New Comedy Award Finalist Jacob Hawley (BBC Three) presents his highly-anticipated debut hour following his roots from a working-class Brexit town to his new life in London which boasts an arts degree, a vegetarian girlfriend and an almost convincing concern for climate change. It’s not quite Billy Elliot but its something.

 “Mocks blind patriotism in an enjoyably offbeat way. Nicely Wry” (Chortle) “He was dry, perceptive and unexpected” (Voice Magazine).

Matt Forde – Brexit Through the Gift Shop

Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe★★★★★ Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

As our own Independence Day approaches, you can almost taste the chlorinated chicken. Join Britain’s leading political comedian and host of Dave’s Unspun, Matt Forde, as he walks you out of the EU and in to whatever comes next. Don’t forget your blue passport (made in France). “a hugely impressive hour of political comedy…it keeps hitting the spot★★★★ (Chortle), “Singlehandedly fulfilling comedy’s brief of taking our political masters to task. Combining spot-on impressions with up-to-the-minute observations” (Mail on Sunday).

Pierre Novellie – See Novellie, Hear Novellie, Speak Novellie

the dawn of a major talent” James Kettle, The Guardian

Last year, Pierre gave you observational comedy for people who think they don’t like observational comedy (★★★★★ Metro), this year it’s satire for people without a team. Pierre’s views don’t please anyone 100% of the time, so who exactly is his demographic? Other white South African Manxmen? When you feel alienated by life, mock it vigorously. Pierre was nominated by industry website Chortle for the Best Club Comedian award in 2016 and 2017. More propaganda – “Hilarious” (The Sunday Times), “Very funny” (The Scotsman).

Rob Auton – The Talk Show

“A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot”’ Paul Fleckney, The Guardian

This is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about talking. Following on from previous shows about hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and yellow, Rob now turns his attention to talking because he is ready to talk. “His delicate turn of phrase is a delight to hear and he has a truly unique voice, which, among the hundreds of acts at the Fringe, is no mean feat” (British Comedy Guide). “One of my absolute favourites” (Daniel Kitson) “Just sad” (Vanessa Feltz).


Russell Howard – Work in Progress

Russell Howard returns to Edinburgh for two weeks only.  New ideas, New routines, Anything could happen! It’s gonna be great AND it’s only a fiver. Who’s in?

Steve Bugeja – Almost

An eye for comic detail that’s all his own” James Kettle, The Guardian

Voted at school most likely to be forgotten. The reunion was in February, apparently. BBC New Comedy Award winner returns following three critically-acclaimed shows. As seen/heard on Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Love Island Aftersun (ITV2) and Radio 4’s Fresh From The Fringe. “Big Laughs” (The Guardian), “Truly hilarious” (Fest), “A polished hour of plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling” (The Scotsman), “Puts gags front and centre of a compelling narrative” (Chortle), “An instinctive genuine comic” (ShortCom), “You’ll like this new stand-up, an out and proud nerd” (The Independent).

Tania Edwards – Not My Dog 

Cuts daggers with sharp one liners” Glamour

A darkly witty exploration of modern life and our need to (mis)represent it from Glamour Magazine’s top female comic; whose one-liners have featured on Mock The Week, Stand Up For The Week, The Unbelievable Truth and have been crowned Top Jokes of the Fringe (The Mirror).

A very punchy stand up★★★★ (Three Weeks), “Fantastically seamy side to the material… also great with audience banter… sublime… brilliant” (Chortle).



Flo & Joan Alive On Stage

These intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute, wiping away a tear the next.” ★★★★ Rupert Hawksley, The Telegraph

Following a sell-out run of their critically acclaimed show The Kindness of Stranglers at last year’s Fringe, musical comedy duo Flo & Joan return to Edinburgh with a new hour of their darkly witty/wittily dark songs. “Their style is stiletto sharp, their diction perfect as their race through their complex rhymes” (Evening Standard). Chortle Awards 2018 Best Music & Variety Act Winners and Leicester Comedy Festival 2018 Best Musical Act nominees.

Harry & Chris – Harry & Chris Save The World

The pair are inspiring Instagram posts in human form” Steve Bennett, Chortle

World Poetry Slam Champ Harry Baker and jazz virtuoso Chris Read return with their third show after preventing an apocalypse and almost getting a panda pregnant. They’re hoping to live up to these outrageous claims in their latest hour of spoken word/jazz/comedy synthesis. The pair are regulars on The Russell Howard Hour (Sky). “This Flight of the Conchords-esque duo mix their talents as a poet (Harry) and musician (Chris) into a wonderful blend of infectious songs packed with sharp, clever wordplay” ★★★★★ (Sunday Post)

Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare – The Great British Take Off

brilliant impersonations” The Guardian

One of Britain’s most celebrated impressionists Jon Culshaw and legendary comedy producer Bill Dare perform an hour of unscripted comedy.  The audience direct the course of the show, deciding which politicians and celebrities are up for roasting, as Jon reveals the secrets of mimicry and the two share behind-the-scenes stories from careers at the top of British TV and radio comedy.


Matt Forde – The Political Party Podcast

 ‘Best Comedy Podcasts’ pick The Telegraph

Following 5 years of sell-out London shows Matt Forde’s Political Party returns to Edinburgh for two live shows! Previous guests include: Tony Blair, Nigel Farage, Michael Portillo, Liz Kendall and Angus Robertson, as well as Alistair Darling in Edinburgh last year. The Political Party Podcast has had over 850,000 downloads and was named one of the Telegraph’s ‘Best Comedy Podcastsand The Times’ ‘Podcast of the Week’.



Show Venue Dates Time
Carl Donnelly Strictly Carl Donnelly Counting House Ballroom 1st – 26th August 6:45pm
Ed Gamble Blizzard Pleasance Above 1st – 26th August 7:40pm
Flo & Joan Alive On Stage Pleasance Cabaret Bar 1st – 26th August 4:00pm
Harry & Chris Harry & Chris Save The World Just the Tonic, The Cask Room 1st – 25th August 2:25pm
Iain Stirling + Guests Iain (Stirling) Does Jokes (With Pals) EICC 22nd – 24th August 10:00pm
Jacob Hawley Howl Just the Tonic, The Attic 2nd  – 26th August 3:40pm
Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare The Great British Take Off Gilded Balloon Debating Hall 13th – 26th August 1:30pm
Matt Forde Brexit Through the Gift Shop Pleasance Forth 1st – 26th August 8:30pm
Matt Forde The Political Party Podcast Gilded Balloon Debating Hall 9th and 15th August 1pm and 3pm
Pierre Novellie See Novellie, Hear Novellie, Speak Novellie Pleasance Upstairs 1st – 26th August 7:15pm
Rob Auton The Talk Show Just the Tonic, The Fancy Room 2nd – 26th August 6:10pm
Russell Howard Work in Progress Assembly Studio 3 1st – 12th August 6:35pm
Steve Bugeja Almost Just the Tonic, The Fancy Room 2nd – 26th August 3:30pm
Tania Edwards Not My Dog Just The Tonic, The Snifter Room 2nd  – 26th August 3:15pm


Notes to the Editor:

Avalon Edinburgh Comedy Award winners include:

1991 – Frank Skinner

1995 – Jenny Eclair

1999 – Al Murray

2001 – Garth Marenghi (Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade)

2005 – Laura Solon

2010 – Russell Kane


Avalon Edinburgh Comedy AwardBest Newcomer winners include:


1992 – Harry Hill

1998 – The Mighty Boosh

2010 – Roisin Conaty