Edinburgh Fringe 2022: NextUp to stream shows live
James R | On 18, Jun 2022
NextUp is teaming up with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to bring shows from the 2022 even to people’s living rooms.
The subscription platform dedicated to stand-up comedy will live-stream more than 50 shows from this year’s Fringe, beaming videos of comics in action from dank dark caves, swanky big arts spaces and more throughout August. NextUp has partnered with The Gilded Balloon and The Pleasance to showcase comics from those venues, but will also curate other Fringe highlights, including The Wrestling (combining wrestlers and comedians to hilarious effect) and Late n Live (the original and best late night show on the Fringe). To round off the experience, audiences will be able to see the stars of the future via the infamous So You Think You’re Funny awards.
NextUp’s Head of Comedy Tom says: “The pandemic meant that more gigs were available online and that comedy was finally more accessible – we want to keep that going. Edinburgh Fringe is the biggest event in the comedy calendar, but the venues can be inaccessible and not everyone can afford to travel; we want all comedy fans to be able to see what the Fringe is all about, so we’re going to work as hard as possible to bring as many of the best shows available to audiences worldwide.”
Anthony Alderson, Director of The Pleasance Theatre Trust, adds: “We’re really happy to be partnering with NextUp to stream the Fringe; it means people who can’t make it to Edinburgh get to experience incredible comedy at the biggest arts festival in the world from the comfort of their homes, and see what the Fringe is all about. Hopefully they’ll get a taste for it, and book to come in person next time!”
Fringe Passes that will allow access to all streamed gigs are available at nextupcomedy.com/edfringe for £30. NextUp shares all revenue 50/50 with comedians and supports social impact initiatives within the comedy community, such as the Heckle The Virus campaign that raised over £100k.
The Fringe streams join NextUp’s ongoing livestreams from venues such as the Comedy Store in the past year.
They will also take place alongside other online streams hosted by Edinburgh Fringe comedy acts, including 110% John Kearns and Pat Cahill, The Big Show: Monkey Barrel Comedy’s Fringe Showcase 2022!, Daffodil Tramps the Fringe, Darren Walsh: Work in Progress, Microscope: Live and Monkey Barrel Comedy Presents… Live! and Gigless Live. For more on those events head to the official Edinburgh Film website.