5 charity shows to see at Edinburgh Fringe 2022

Support worthwhile causes and laugh whilst doing so!


With so many comedians competing for your time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it can be tricky to choose who to see and who not to see. One of the best ways to see as many comedians at the Fringe as possible is by attending one-off mixed bills nights.


Especially those nights put together to raise funds for worthwhile causes as you're guaranteed some of the biggest names on the circuit and not always limited to just those performing at the Fringe that year.


So if you're still choosing what to see, you can't go wrong with these five charity shows...


1. Comic Relief Live!


For one night only, Comic Relief Live! is returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a surprise host introduces what promises to be an incredible line-up of some of the UK's most exciting comedy talent.


And the best bit? Money raised will support Comic Relief and their work tackling poverty, violence and discrimination in the UK and around the world.


Previous hosts include Nish Kumar, John Bishop, Jo Brand, Russell Kane, Joel Dommett and Sara Pascoe and this year is bound to be another sell-out show, so grab your tickets now!

 

Assembly Rooms, Music Hall (15 August, 9.40pm)



2. Get Off Comedy Fundraiser


Get Off! Live Comedy is an Industry born and funded HR that aims to eradicate Sexual Harassment within Live Comedy. It was set up in 2020 by comedians Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Nina Gilligan, who are passionate about making their workplace one of the safest out there.


It seeks to implement and support a long-term cultural change to tackle sexual harassment within live comedy and following a year of intensive industry consultation, lots of boring meetings about insurance and some scary ones with lawyers Get Off! Live Comedy is now ready to go!


The fundraiser promises to be a corker, with Sindhu Vee, Sikisa and Mark Watson already confirmed to be taking part. Acts in the past who have given up their time and talent, include Russell Howard, Nish Kumar, Sara Pascoe, Daliso Chaponda, Stephen Bailey, Rachel Fairburn and many more.

 

Pleasance Courtyard, The Grand (24 August, 11.20pm)



3. Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit


For over 30 years, The Pleasance has worked in partnership with Waverley Care to raise much-needed funds for Scotland's HIV and Hepatitis C charity.


It's always one of the best nights at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and now the much-loved staple of the Fringe is back, promising raucous laughter, big names and crucially, a lot of money raised for charity.


Following two years of affected services, raising both money and a smile for Waverley Care has never been more important and this year is bound to be another sell-out show, so grab your tickets now!


The line-up is yet to be announced, but previous acts have included Michael McIntyre, Russell Howard, Katherine Ryan, Tim Vine, Jason Byrne and more.

 

Pleasance Courtyard, The Grand (16 August, 7.30pm)



4. Underbelly's Big Brain Tumour Benefit


This year, the Underbelly is putting on an evening of comedy to help the fight against brain tumours with a line-up promising some of the biggest names at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


With brain tumours being the biggest cancer killer for children and adults under 40, increased funding for research is desperately needed and all box office income for this show will go straight to The Brain Tumour Charity.


Plus, Underbelly will match this amount as a donation to the charity, doubling the amount raised on the night.

 

Underbelly Bristo Square, McEwan Hall (16 August, 7.30pm)



5. The Wrestling


In aid of Comic Relief, Max & Ivan are bringing The Wrestling back to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time since 2017 and as it's always a guaranteed highlight of the Fringe, I wouldn't waste any time in booking!


And this year, the biggest show in the history of Edinburgh is now in the biggest room at Assembly Hall. So expect comedians, wrestlers and blood.

 

Assembly Hall, Main Hall (23 August, 11pm)