Pre-Edinburgh Comedy | Tom Houghton & John Robertson

Coronavirus reopening

Visitor notice: All of our sites have reopened and we can't wait to welcome you back. All visitors will need to book a ticket in advance. Find out how we're keeping you safe

Essential information

Event type: 
Date and time: 
Monday 8 July | Doors Open 18.45 | Show Starts 19.45
Cutty Sark, Ground Level: Lower Hold, Michael Edwards Studio Theatre
Cutty Sark Lates

Climb aboard the ship for a comedy work-in-progress double-bill from two critically acclaimed comedians

Tom Houghton: That's What I Go To School For (Work in Progress)

Tom was sent to all-boys boarding school at age six. A world where ‘day kids’ are shunned and girls? None existent. But when, in his second last year the school decided to go co-ed, everything was to change.

The total Fringe sell-out, star of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and ultra-privileged Tower of London resident, Tom Houghton lifts the controversial lid on the incubators responsible for producing many of our country’s leaders. With a little help from 00s pop sensation Busted.

★★★★★ - The New European

★★★★★ - One4Review

★★★★ - Daily Telegraph

★★★★★ - Chortle

John Robertson: Untitled_Nerd_Show.jpg (Work in Progress)

John Robertson (The Dark Room, Videogame Nation) was beaten up at school for liking Star Trek. And goddammit, those kids were right. So, now, 20 years later, he takes his revenge. On himself. The internet has bred a generation of nerds who take fun things far, far too seriously, so it’s time for a proper geek to tear the hell out of the things you like.

Prepare for an hour of jokes about all your interests - Game of Thrones, sports, politics, sex, videogames, trains, anime, Harry Potter, the endless, endless, endless amount of superhero films - whatever it is, chances are you love something too much and deserve to be mocked.

John’s spent over a decade performing at comic-cons, which means he’s smoked dope with the cast of Harry Potter, shared a bathroom with Jason Momoa and David Duchovny, made a videogame, been a professional wrestler, sung heavy metal, dubbed anime, gone viral and measured the volume of Brian Blessed’s penis (deafening.) Bring him your fandoms for a joyous celebration of what it truly means to be a fan – intense love, and an acknowledgment that the thing you like is also very, very terrible.

'A splendid comedy beast' ★★★★ - The Scotsman,

'This is astute, amoral comedy for the morbidly inclined' ★★★★ - The Age, Melbourne

★★★★★ - Broadway World,

★★★★★ - ThreeWeeks

'Don’t miss it' - Daily Telegraph, Sydney.

About the season

A raft of the best comedians in the country jump aboard Cutty Sark to preview their shows before they head to Edinburgh. 

See these big names and soon-to-be-stars just days before they appear at the festival. Belly laughs guaranteed.

Discover the rest of the season