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Edinburgh Fringe Shows At Monkey Barrel Comedy Make The Guardian's 'Best Comedy' List

Four shows performed at Monkey Barrel Comedy during this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe have made The Guardian’s annual critics’ highlights list. Ian Smith’s ‘Crushing’, Ahir Shah’s ‘Ends’, John Kearns’s ‘The Vanishing Days’, and Julia Masli’s ‘ha ha ha ha ha ha ha’ all made the top ten, with Masli’s incomparable hour clinching the top spot.


Monkey Barrel Comedy club's logo on a brick wall with audience members in the foreground.

We've had an incredible year at Monkey Barrel Comedy, Edinburgh’s top-rated comedy club, having picked up ‘Scotland’s Best Comedy Venue’ at the Chortle Awards, and hosted both the Best Comedy Show (Ahir Shah, Ends) at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards and Best Show (Julia Masli, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha) at The Comedian’s Choice Awards, presented by the British Comedy Guide. Smith, Shah, Kearns, and Masli’s superb hours were part of Monkey Barrel Comedy’s stellar Edinburgh Fringe line-up, featuring some of the best comedians in the country, including David Baddiel, Rose Matafeo, Sarah Keyworth, Larry Dean, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Sofie Hagen, Adam Rowe, Viggo Venn, Josh Pugh, and Vittorio Angelone (to name a few). That’s just a sampling of the 50+ brilliant acts who filled Monkey Barrel’s eight Fringe venues with stand-up, clowning, improv, live podcasts, musical comedy and more. Congratulations to Ian, Ahir, John, and Julia, as well as all the local, Fringe, and touring acts that made Monkey Barrel Comedy the place to see live comedy in Edinburgh in 2023!


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