It's that time of year again; Edinburgh is ablaze with art, theatre, and music from around the world. For the month of August, Edinburgh is the culture capital of the world, as thousands of musicians, street-performers, actors, comedians, authors, and artists demonstrate their art at various venues across the city.
Props and costumes form a significant part of NewsRevue; over the blank canvas of a black background and black basic outfits, the items we adorn are what give the show its colour and pizzazz. As well as dear old Maggie, our show features a host of celebrities and political figures including Richard O'Brien, Ed Miliband, Bashar al-Assad, the Queen and a Romanian horse...
It often only lasts for the briefest of seconds but every regular stand-up comedy punter will have seen it happen. The moment when all emotion leaves the comedian's face for a split second as they glaze over and you would be forgiven for thinking that they are relishing the notion of killing someone. In fact, the truth is far less sinister. We are buffering.
As the more foolish among us head up to the Edinburgh Fringe this week, I've been contemplating that age-old question; what is the Spirit of the Fringe? Perhaps a good starting point is to look at the past winners of the Panel Prize (often informally referred to as "the Spirit of the Fringe award").
I only ever go to a gym when I'm at the Fringe. To be honest I think I go for the same reasons I go to the Fringe. I know it's not going to be fun. I know I'll be counting down the minutes until I can leave.