Lost in translation: International comics in Edinburgh
26 August 2014 Last updated at 13:16 BST
Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world's largest arts festival and attracts artists and visitors from around the globe.
Comedy is big business and a successful Edinburgh run can make a comedian's name.
It is vital to connect audiences and reviewers to get noticed amid fierce competition.
International artists have the additional hurdle to clear - the language barrier.
BBC World visited the fringe and spoke to comics from across the globe to see if comedy is lingua franca.