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Image of Jamie Laing, host of the Big Comedy Benefit, on stage with the crowd behind him at the end of the 2019 show.

Big Comedy Benefit at the Edinburgh Fringe

The side-splitting event returned for its eighth year on the 7th August.

The 2019 edition of the Barnardo's Big Comedy Benefit was another huge success - thank you to all the comedians for sparing time from their busy Fringe schedules, and to everyone in the audience who came along and raised money for our vital work in Scotland!

Bringing you a selection of the very best comedians at this year’s Fringe, this is a night that won’t disappoint. Over the past eight years, the show has raised more than £74,000 towards our work with local children and young people.

Our star-studded line-up for the 2019 edition included Jayde Adams, Rhys James, Ed Byrne, Milton Jones, Shappi Khorsandi, David O’Doherty, Tom Rosenthal, London Hughes, Patrick Monahan and Frances Boulle, and hosted by Jamie Laing. ​​​​

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Main image credit: A D Zyne Photography

The 2019 line-up
Jamie Laing

Made in Chelsea-star and creator of the hit-podcast Private Parts, Jamie Laing hosted the evening's entertainment. With screen credits including Young Free and Single, Murder in Successville, This Morning, 8 out of 10 Cats, and In Bed with Jamie, he's proven himself to be one funny guy!

  • Jayde Adams

    Jayde Adams

    Jayde has been called 'Britain's funniest woman comic' (Daily Mail) and 'a star' (Guardian). She's put the sequins in a box (for now), because it's time to get serious. If pop stars, razors and even sausage rolls can attach themselves to important movements, why can't Jayde Adams?

  • Rhys James

    Rhys James

    Rhys James has taken the world by storm with his laugh-out-loud stand-up comedy. With previous appearances on Mock the Week, Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, Roast Battle, Virtually Famous and Sweat the Small Stuff, we’re so excited to have him join us.

  • Ed Byrne

    Ed Byrne

    Ed has appeared on or presented a range of shows on BBC radio, including The Unbelievable Truth and What’s So Funny, and is also a recurring panelist on shows like Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You. He is not to be missed and is guaranteed to leave you in stitches.

  • Milton Jones

    Milton Jones

    Prepare yourselves for a night infused with intrigue and laughter with our next confirmed act! Milton Jones is a highly talented, award-winning comedian known for delivering fantastic one liners. He's a host for BBC Radio 4 and is a recurring panelist on the TV show Mock the Week.

  • David O'Doherty

    David O'Doherty

    We’re delighted to have the Fringe expert that is David O’Doherty join us for our Comedy Benefit once again! Shoddy keyboard in hand, this hilarious Irishman has entertained us time and time again on the likes of QI, 8 out of 10 Cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

  • Tom Rosenthal

    Tom Rosenthal

    There’s no doubt that Tom Rosenthal will have you howling from start-to-finish at our Comedy Benefit on August the 7th. Tom was the winner of the 2011 Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year title, and can be seen in Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner and ITV’s Plebs.

  • London Hughes

    London Hughes

    Winner of the prestigious Funny Women Awards, London Hughes is a stand-up comedian and presenter whose credits include 5 STAR’s Extreme Hair Wars, ITV2’s Don’t Hate the Playaz, ITV’s All Star Musicals, BBC’s Mock the Week and E4’s Celebs Go Dating. 

  • Patrick Monahan

    Patrick Monahan

    Fringe Favourite Patrick Monahan is returning to Edinburgh once again to join us at our Comedy Benefit this year. He is the winner of the 2011 ITV1 series ‘Show Me The Funny’ and can also be seen on The One Show (BBC), Fake Reaction (ITV) and Celebrity Squares (ITV).

  • Frances Boulle

    Frances Boulle

    We’re delighted to welcome Frances Boulle to the Comedy Benefit for the first time. Alongside Jamie, he is the creator of the hit-podcast Private Parts, and is also known for starring in E4's Made in Chelsea. We’re so excited to have Frances join us on – it’s going to be one funny night!

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