The current Coronavirus Crisis has left us, and many people in the Comedy industry without an income. The 2020 Edinburgh Fringe has been cancelled, our Comedy Club remains closed and our fabulous team unable to work. This is one way we're hoping to get back on our feet, support some of our very favourite comedians and help bring a bit of laughter back into our lives.
Our vision is simple.
We believe the Fringe should be Fair. Acts should be able to make money, customers shouldn't have to pay the earth to see shows and all staff should be paid for the work they do.
We believe Live Comedy is art and should be treated as such. This is a grassroots creative industry, which is accessible and inclusive to all, no matter your income, where you live, or your sense of humour. #SaveLiveComedy
We believe there is a better ways to enjoy our favourite shows. By capturing some of the best new shows onto vinyl, comedy fans everywhere can experience some of the unique atmosphere of live comedy at home.
Help us to achieve these aims by pledging your support and get yourself some of our exclusive rewards in the process.
"One of the Edinburgh Fringe's most acclaimed venues" The Arts Desk
Every August, Edinburgh becomes the epicentre of the global comedy scene, as we host the world's largest arts festival - the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since our debut in 2017, Monkey Barrel Comedy has programmed some of the most diverse, interesting and innovative line-ups, culminating in numerous award nominations. In 2019, we expanded to five purpose-built stand-up comedy rooms, welcomed over 50 comedians and close to 100,000 visitors though our doors.
We are a local, community focused comedy club which strives to deliver the best experience for everyone who works, visits or performs with us.
We'll be back next year with another cracking lineup, so have at some of the Monkey Barrel Comedy merchandise on offer in the meantime and see if anything takes your fancy to help keep us going until then.
THE COMEDY CLUB
"Tremendous Scottish comedy hub" British Comedy Guide
Monkey Barrel Comedy is Edinburgh's best rated Comedy Club. #1 of 45 Concerts & Shows on TripAdvisor, Scotland’s Best Venue 2020 Chortle Awards and 3 time Scottish Comedy Award winner. We are owner managed, independent and (usually!) since 2017 open 7 days a week in Edinburgh's Old Town.
Whilst for obvious reasons, specific shows aren't currently being advertised, we're offering three different vouchers, each with a complementary food or drink options with every purchase. All vouchers are redeemable against any of our advertised shows, and/or for food and drink, and are redeemable for 18 months after purchase.
As the review say… Four “fantastic” acts, a “well priced” bar in a “great intimate atmosphere” all brought to you by our “hilarious” resident hosts. “Don't miss if you're in Edinburgh!”
"The best comedy club in the world." Olga Koch
THE RECORD LABEL
"Excited to get my records - this is gonna be very cool" Nish Kumar
Monkey Barrel Records is the new home of exclusive comedy vinyl records, showcasing some of the best shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and beyond.
Last year, we recorded a select number of our shows at the Fringe and we are making some of them available on vinyl record for the very first time.
Our first three releases are available to pre-order now and include some of our very favourite shows from the past 12 months.
John Kearns - Double Take & Fade Away: The only two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner.
Olga Koch - If/Then: The follow-up to her 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominated show.
Ari Eldjárn - Eagle Fire Iron: Iceland’s biggest comedian's awaited return to the Fringe following his 2017 smash hit Pardon My Icelandic.
All three shows are available in exclusive gatefold coloured vinyl and each come with an exclusive digital version of the recording which are not available anywhere else.
Our longer term vision is to present a second series of Record releases in Autumn 2020, followed by a subscription service targeted for early 2021, offering four records direct to your door each year.
As well as recording some of the very best shows each Fringe, when it's safe to open our doors again, we will be hand picking some of our very favourite shows for recording on a regular basis.
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