International Edinburgh Previews

Monday 11 July

Doors: Doors 7.45pm 1st Show - 8.00pm 2nd Show 9.15pm

Tickets: £10 ADV. £12 on the door Available from

A chance to catch two full shows for less than the price of one before they go up to the Edinburgh Festival.  We aim to recreate the true Edinburgh experience – no audience, no pay for the acts, great fun!  We have an enviable record in predicting the big-hit shows before they win awards

Markus Birdman               




Life begins at 40. Then you have a stroke. Oh goodie. But you get over it, life moves on. 


Time passes, you smugly celebrate the 10th anniversary of surviving. A week later you have a second stroke. Oh goodie gumdrops!


It’s about Life.  It’s about Death. It’s about change. It’s about getting knocked down, and trying to get up again. It’s about laughing in the face of it all. It’s about an hour.


My 7-year-old daughter came to visit me in hospital. I had all these tubes sticking in and out of me. Cheerfully she said-"Daddy, are you doomed?”

We’re all doomed” I replied, "you just don’t know it yet!”


"Controversial, witty, hip, silly. I laughed so hard it hurt.” BBC


Award winning comedian Markus Birdman returns with his 15th solo show to Edinburgh. Fresh from supporting Jason Manford on tour, including two nights at The Palladium. 


Having performed fourteen sell out solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as many at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and NZ Comedy Festival and delighted audiences from China to Mumbai, from Singapore to Sweden (in fairness he died on his backside in Germany), Markus Birdman is delighted to be bringing his new darkly hilarious show to the Edinburgh fringe. He will be supporting his stories with his usual beautiful visual projections.


"Birdman, whose jovially sour tales of his Essex daughter and his two strokes ride high on his own excellence.” Dominic Maxwell, The Times UK


"This thought provoking, soul bearing show is a joy. Such weighty material, handled with the utmost respect. Beautifully captivating, genuinely charming, not to mention hilarious”. **** The Skinny, UK

'Delightfully comic, topical, controversial and personal.' **** List, UK

'Absorbing, intelligent and funny.' **** Metro, UK

'Second to none' **** Adelaide Advertiser


John Hastings


John Hastings Preview: Over the last sixteen years John Hastings has appeared at every major comedy festival in the world including Edinburgh, Melbourne and Just for Laughs Montreal. He has told jokes on BBC Radio 4, BBC 1, BBC 3, Comedy Central, CTV Australian Comedy Channel, and CBC The Comedy Network.  He is also the COCA Comedian of the Year, a Martin Sims Award Nominee, an Amused Moose Comedy Award winner, and was briefly a viral sensation after Dennis Rodman heckled him in Los Angeles. He was most recently spotted on America's Got Talent where he got a standing ovation even though their was no audience thanks to COVID! John has been heckled by Dennis Rodman and survived to tell the tale. Oh and he is not a Capricorn I know he seems like a Capricorn! He has all sorts of stars from all sorts of people! COME SEE THIS PREVIEW 

Markus Birdman , John Hastings (Canada)