Max & Ivan: Life, Choices


  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The 'essential' (Telegraph) Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominees return with a show about fatherhood, friendship, and the future. Creators of The Wrestling, Radio 4’s Casebook of Max & Ivan and ITV2’s Deep Heat. Their last show Commitment was one of the Fringe's best reviewed shows, The Guardian's 4th Best Show of the year, and was nominated for Best Comedy Show at the Chortle Awards. ‘Astonishing' ***** (Times). 'Joyous' **** (Independent). 'Phenomenal' ***** (Mirror). 'First-rate' **** (Scotsman). 'The real deal' **** (Guardian). 'Immaculate' **** (Sunday Times). 'Astonishing' ****1/2 ( 'Epic' **** (TimeOut). 'Formidable' ***** (

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Main queue on road outside. Lift access through Pleasance Bar — ask at Box Office or bar for assistance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • 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.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Kay Harrison 100 days ago

This was very slick and professionally delivered. Very funny and touching, will see these guys again. I'm still thinking about it...

Wilcox Family 101 days ago

This is a delightful show about friendship, fathers, and fate. Two comic actors give an extended chat update about their lives. We were initially put off because we thought from the blurb this would be a comedy skit act… this is not skits at all… it is a funny yet poignant discussion about choices that we very much enjoyed.

King Rhoton 102 days ago

After 2 weeks at the fringe, I can say that this was the best show of the roughly 40 I saw. As always, Max and Ivan are extremely clever, lightning fast, top-notch comedy, and this time their show is also very touching. Wholeheartedly recommended.

Marc O'Brien 105 days ago

I thought the Matt & Ivan show was tremendous! Multi-generational understanding that sometimes life does not work out as planned.

What’s not to love.

Go and see it and feel alive!

Erica 106 days ago

We were given a flyer and with 10minutes before the show started booked tickets. We absolutely LOVED this duo…funny, heart felt and very well put together. Having just discovered this duo, I hope to see more of them in the future….! We saw 14 shows at the fringe, this was our favourite! 5 stars! Must see!

Jake 106 days ago

One of the best shows I’ve seen this year.

Funny, heartfelt, authentic & even flamboyant in parts.

We’ll worth seeing.

Audrey 106 days ago

Lovely guys and you can tell they put their heart and soul into what they do. Some of it was hit and miss but overall it made me chuckle. Would go see them again for sure to make up my mind on this duo!

John 106 days ago

I've seen there last 4 shows and this one is on par with them.
Very funny, very heartfelt, very well constructed.
Highly recommend.

Jenny 108 days ago

Wonderful. To be honest I booked the show as we had a space between 2 others it fitted into and I'd heard their radio show a couple of times so thought it was worth a stab, but we came away wishing we'd found them years ago and got to see their other shows. Hilarious and heartfelt, a show about family and friendship. One of the stand out shows for us this year.

Rebecca 110 days ago

Max & Evan set the bar high with previous performances being amazing. So sadly we thought this lacked the zing & hilarity that the Boxing & stag night created. A bit too predictable for an act that usually delivers the totally unexpected. But still worth the time spent queuing at the Pleasance .

David amos 117 days ago

Spotting a Max & Ivan show on the fringe listings is always a positive for us. Other shows have to be booked around a commitment to see them.
We were there for the first preview show this year and loved every second. The chemistry is so strong, the comedy so well written and delivered.
We’ll be looking out for M&I in next year’s programme!

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The Telegraph (3/5 stars) 103 days ago

One of the better stage double-acts of the last two decades.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine 105 days ago

an enjoyable hour of laughs.

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Fest (5/5 stars) 111 days ago

Not only is this show consistently funny, and perfectly structured and executed, but the emotional twists and turns will do all sorts of things to your heart. Bring your best friend and bring tissues.

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