every third thursday of the month

Spontaneous Sherlock - Scotland's hottest improv comedy show, and the biggest free improvised comedy show of EdFringe 2015 and 2016 - is back for in a series of monthly shows at Monkey Barrel Comedy just off Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

Spontaneous Sherlock is an entirely improvised Sherlock Holmes comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a title. Performed in two halves by three of Scotland's most critically-acclaimed comedy improvisers, with live Victorian musical accompaniment.

Performed by Will Naameh, Sam Irving and Nicola Dove.

Music improvised by Jenny Laahs (piano), Nick Lauener (piano/violin) and Graham Coe (cello).


thursday 2nd february

Brutally funny storytelling show on learning to laugh about the visible and invisible scars of surviving domestic violence, drug addiction and mental illness - plus some feminism for comic relief!

Audience Reviews
"The most incredible comedy performance I've ever seen." - Phil Jones

“An incredible story that will make you laugh when you probably want to cry! This woman is amazing!” – Mariana D.

"Observant and witty, Katharine is a modern, 21st century woman, who throws herself into life and consequently her jokes." - **** TVBOMB


16th march - Ed Patrick

The 2016 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee Ed Patrick is both comedian and junior doctor.  Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, his debut show follows his first-hand experiences, challenges and occasional blind panic working for the much loved but troubled NHS.

**** "Refreshingly good" - Three Weeks

**** "Material strong and unique" - Arts Award Voice

"Packed with funny anecdotes" - The Guardian

"If I were him I'd quit medicine and do stand-up" - Bruce Dessau

"Masterful, playfully provocative writing" - Chortle


19th march

Rising star Jamali Maddix has been seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC2), The John Bishop Show (BBC1) and Live at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central).  His own series Hate Thy Neighbour was released on Vice’s TV Channel in both the UK and the US, and Jamali has supported Jim Jefferies in Hyde Park and performed throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Fresh from a complete sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Jamali takes his solo debut hour on tour.  Do not miss this highly anticipated show from a truly unique talent.  

"Something to offend everyone" - The Sunday Times

"It's a failing of the comedy industry that there aren't more voices like Jamali Maddix on the circuit" - Chortle




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