We had some friends visiting last week and we saw a few bits at the Edinburgh Festival so I thought I’d share. With over 46,000 performances to potentially take in this month any advice might be welcome.
First up was Rich Hall’s Hoedown (http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/rich-hall-s-hoedown) at the Pleasance. We were at the preview night (cheap tickets for less than £10 and a lot of locals) but even so, the music was amazing. The back up band were superb and apparently we can go and see the individuals involved in their own shows at the fringe, which I will. Nick Pynn, the fiddle player was particularly astounding – at moments it seemed as if flames really would shoot out of the fiddle being played at breakneck speed. The songs were lyrical genius, the cover of a rap song and the placename song particular highlights. Or maybe ‘She left me for Jesus’ – that was so funny I thought I’d lose the ability to breathe. The only downside about the show wasn’t anything to do with the players but the venue – the seats were too restrictive for any hoedown dancing.
Next night was the Best of the Scottish Comedian of the Year (http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/best-of-scottish-comedian-of-the-year) at the Underbelly in the Cowgate. With three comedians and a compere for your few pounds (our night was £6 each), it was a good value night. One was awesome, one was good and one was okay – granted I was entirely sober that night so maybe add on a few stars if you’ve had a bevvy. The compere, Alan Anderson, was hilarious and all you’d want from a compere and more. He really knew how to rev up the crowd as well as get rid of the awful hecklers we had on our night. He also has his own show (http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/alan-anderson-whisky-fir-dummies) which I’ll need to see too if his compere-ing is anything to go by.
For some good tips on the Fringe in general, please stop by http://mrskemmer.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/edfringe-tips-from-a-local/
Anyone else seen anything worth taking a look at?