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Since its inception in early 2015, The Spontaneous Players have become one of the most critically-acclaimed improv comedy troupes in the United Kingdom.

In addition, Spontaneous Sherlock was one of the biggest free shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2015, 2016 and 2017 performing to over 6000 people each Fringe.

In 2018, Spontaneous Potter made its debut year at the Edinburgh Fringe with Gilded Balloon, completely selling out its entire 26-night run, and winning the Scottish Comedy Award for Best Variety.

Reviews and Awards

Scottish Comedy Award 2018, Best Variety (Winners)

"Flawlessly executed improv comedy... pure, unadulterated hilarity" - EdFringeReview (★)

"Side-splitting laughter across the entirety of the performance" - Three Weeks (★)


"These guys are going to be huge" - Breakneck Comedy (★★★★★)

"Manic laughter" - Lumber Room (★★★★★)

"Unbeatably clever" - Edinburgh Guide 2017 (★★★★★)

""An ingenious, laugh out loud show... perfect for Potterheads and muggles alike" - Edinburgh Guide 2018 (★★★★★)

Derek Award, Best Free Show Edinburgh Fringe 2017 (Winners)

"Raucously funny... the highlight of the Fringe so far!" - TV Bomb (★★★★) 

"It’s no surprise that Spontaneous Sherlock has punters lining up along the pavement... if you're a fan of Sherlock, you must see this show" - Broadway Baby (★★★★)

"Spontaneous Sherlock is an infectiously riotous whirlwind of a show... orders of magnitude better than Benedict Cumberbatch" - EdFringeReview (★★★★)

"Side-splitting and absurd... their quick wit and ridiculous story lines left audiences hyperventilating" -  Three Weeks (★★★★)

"Virtually non-stop hilarity... deliciously daft, utterly irresistible comedy" - Essential Surrey (★★★★)

"Professional quality improv done so, so right... certainly an event which lives up to its own hype" - Edinburgh49 (★★★★)

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