1990 Child from Wuhan: Dark and Dirty Comedy Storytelling

Comedy (storytelling, stand-up)

  • Just the Tonic at The Mash House - Just the Attic
  • 16:00
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 18+ (Guideline)
  • Country: China
  • Group: Moni Zhang Comedy
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of a sexual nature, Strong language/swearing Buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry or Pay What You Want at the venue
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


From the sweatshops of Wuhan to the stages of Berlin, Moni Zhang is bringing you a show that's equal parts comedic and cathartic. Moni's raw and unapologetic performance delves into her impoverished childhood, dysfunctional family and stomach-churning toilet habits. Brace yourselves for a dark, dirty and downright hilarious comedy show that will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Edinburgh Fringe 2022 sell-out show. Winner Berlin New Stand-up Award 2019. 'An absolutely funny show' **** (ScottishField.co.uk). 'Beautiful storytelling but overtly sexual' (Scotsman).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: The main entrance is accessed either via an alley and some steps (appximately 20) from Cowgate or from an alley and steps down (approximately 15) from Guthrie St. Once in the venue, this space is accessed vias approximately 10 stairs
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Bradley 106 days ago

Loved it! Moni skillfully blends storytelling and humor while describing her experiences growing up. She tells a deeply personal tale that is both hilarious and heartwrenching, leaving you feeling truly inspired by the end of it.

Looking forward to seeing her future sets!

Alexandra 106 days ago

Me and my friends saw Moni at Fringe 2022, where one show seemed to get slightly derailed for various reasons but we cheered on for Moni who saved the day and delivered some of the funniest comedy I've seen - so we came back in 2023 as some of her biggest fans to see Child from Wuhan! It was such a good show - she is both an engaging storyteller and a great comedian who had me laughing and crying and fully invested through the whole show. Her comedy is dark but Moni is like a ray of sunshine - a very lovely and bubbly person even off-stage. I recommend Child from Wuhan but if you like her stuff then definitely see some of her other shows too!

Polly Crafter 107 days ago

This show was FIRE, not only because the tiny venue was boiling, but because Moni is a dedicated, excellent, and hilarious storyteller.

Starting the hour handing out flyers as makeshift fans (not me, I’m a prepared Fringe go-er and come equipped with a handheld mini fan AND rain poncho, thanks) we were then invited to leave based on a list of a list of, frankly, ridiculous prior complaints. No one budged. Obviously. We knew what we were in for.

Moni guided us expertly through the highs of dog adoption, getting herself out from under an oppressive family and the singular enjoyment of speed eating hot/dry noodles, to the true, unimaginable (for a white girl from Jersey) lows of growing up in an actual sweat shop, horrible mental health struggles (relatable) and feeding her rescue pup human diarrhoea (Mmmmhmm). I howled laughing and quietly sobbed. Then laughed again.

The hour sped by, and I didn’t end up caring that I was too hot, and the seating was too squished together (standard Fringe). Probably helped that I was singled out as the best audience member, something I will be eternally proud of! I will not be shamed for laughing too loudly!

The storytelling format of the show was different to any of the other 20 shows I’ve seen this week, which have been a real mixed bag! It was refreshing, entertaining, educational, and just so bloody great. I loved Moni’s heart wrenching, silly, eye-opening, and sometimes downright disgusting tales and cannot recommend her enough. One of my real faves of the month. 5 shiny stars from the lady in the 2nd row.

Christina 110 days ago

Brilliant show. Moni skillfully swings you between laughter and sadness as she tells you the story of her growing up in Wuhan and moving abroad. She clearly highlights cultural differences in a way that hits the nail in the head for many Asian diaspora. Expect dark and dirty humour. If it offends you, you're not her people.

Murray Whitaker 110 days ago

Fantastic balance of wet humour and engaging story-telling. I hope her dog’s stomach is OK

Malc 111 days ago

Moni delivers her act in a nice storytelling format bringing you on a journey through her difficult upbringing in Wuhan and on to her new life in Europe. She engaged the audience with her unique descriptive and observational style. If you enjoy darker comedy, this comes highly recommended!

David Gouck 111 days ago

I first saw dark Asian Daddy and I loved the show it’s easily the best comedy show I’ve seen in the fringe for years so I knew I had to see child from wuhan also and I wasn’t disappointed taking both shows together it’s easily the best live comedy show I have ever seen , Moni has a unique way of delivering her story and taking you on a journey and making you laugh along the way I hope I can see her again as I’m definitely a fan for life

Alan 124 days ago

Really nice storytelling peppered with some pretty big audience laughs. Uplifting and thought-provoking while not getting too bogged down in dreariness.

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