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Interested in working at Monkey Barrel Comedy?

We are looking for new staff with immediate starts AND for our Fringe (August) team!
Full details below

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, Monkey Barrel is a multi award-winning comedy venue that is rated 5 stars on Trip Advisor, listed as #1 for Theaters & concert venues in Edinburgh, 3-time Scottish Comedy Award winner and winner of Chortle Awards’ Best Venue in Scotland.  Our rapidly growing, independent business operates across three venues, providing a wide variety of live performances throughout the year as well as providing one of Edinburgh’s top Fringe experiences during August.

"Fringe Heroes" - The Metro

"The Best Comedy Club in the World" - Olga Koch

The "Beating Heart" of the Fringe - The Telegraph

Since opening our doors in 2016, we’ve been on a mission to showcase the best live comedy while providing great customer service. Whether it’s the first time someone has set foot in a comedy club or they’re a regular visitor, our team will ensure a warm welcome and create a memorable experience. Weekends and evenings are our busy times; we offer flexible shifts patterns with regular Friday and Saturday night availability being essential.

We pay all staff the real Living Wage, with hourly rates beyond this based on skills and experience, plus other benefits including complementary show tickets, workplace pension (if applicable), training support and automatic holiday pay top-up each month into your salary. You’ll work as part of a small team who share a passion for live comedy, and are determined to provide the very best visitor experience, for acts and customers.


We offer a unique opportunity to see some of the best and most exciting comedy around, and help to host the largest comedy festival in the world every August.


Apply here by emailing a cover letter & CV to

Bar Team

Our team needs to do three things well to help make this the best show in town. Serve our customers, help manage our venues and make sure our acts have everything they need to put on the best shows possible. From serving food and drinks, checking tickets and helping customers find their seats, our priority is to provide visitors with a great and memorable experience when they visit Monkey Barrel Comedy. We’re looking for people who thrive in a busy, fast-paced environment, and have experience of similar settings in hospitality or retail, either as a bartender or cocktail staff. We run a tight ship during our shows and timing is critical, so the right candidates will be outgoing and energetic, a team player with great communication skills.

Show Runners (Ushers)

Our Ushers are the primary  point of contact for our customers ensuring they have an amazing experience while ensuring the show flows easily. The Ushers will be checking tickets, helping customers find their seats and monitoring the show area to provide assistance, our priority is to provide visitors with a great and memorable experience when they visit Monkey Barrel Comedy. We’re looking for people who thrive in a busy, fast-paced environment, have an emphasis on customer satisfaction and have experience of similar settings in hospitality, theater, shows or event coordination. We run multiple shows in an evening therefore timing is critical, so the successful candidates will be outgoing and sociable, a team player with great communication skills and a fine eye to detail.

Technician / Room Manager

Our 5-star reviews don’t just happen by accident. Our Tech and Room Managers are the main reason we put on the best shows in the business. We are looking for skilled sound and lighting technicians to bring that little bit extra to our shows, plus play a key part in our recording programme development including our Comedy Vinyl Record label. Before and during our shows, this role also welcomes our customers into our venues and helps coordinate the show team to get things going on time. A successful candidate will be confident, articulate and cool under pressure, and be comfortable working directly with both the acts and the wider team to bring our shows together. Additional training is provided, but experience in similar settings, particularly on the technical side of the role is preferred.

Kitchen Assistant / Manager

We serve food. Currently a fine selection of pre-prepared, hand-stretched, stone baked pizzas. If you can help deliver our food offering, maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness and keep on top of deliveries and cook safe protocols then this is the role for you! This role will appeal particularly to those who are passionate about food with a keen attention to detail. Equally, you will be actively encouraged to bring your own ideas and creative thinking to the job, and help drive forward our hospitality offering both in and outside of the kitchen. Kitchen or catering experience is required, with frequent weekend availability essential. Assistant or Manager role dependent on experience.

Online Customer Service Assistant / Manager

. We are looking for someone to work 20 to 25 hours per week assisting / managing our online customer service proposition. Core responsibilities include dealing with queries into our mailboxes, social media channels and website inquiry forms, plus managing our general day-to-day approach to customer bookings and pre-show logistics. We are looking for someone proactive, with an independent approach to getting things done, whilst being able to deal with large volumes of queries and questions effectively and efficiently. Previous customer service roles in hospitality and/or online are vital, but full training and support will be given. We anticipate 4/5 hours per day, with the potential for this to be spread over the day to match personal circumstances and our hours of operation. This role can grow into other areas such as act liaison, booking, show registration and more. Plus, longer / full time hours will be available in the lead-up to and during August as we get ready for the Fringe!

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