Edinburgh Festival 2014
I did it! I did a whole month of shows at the Edinburgh Festival and I didn't die, kill anyone, have a nervous breakdown, get pregnant, get an STD, get punched in the face, eat a deep fried mars bar, get flu, succumb to exhaustion or sing at the karaoke!!
The very next day, I played for 3000 people at the storied Edinburgh Playhouse for the Forth Gala's Best of the Fringe. My dressing room still had Burt Bacharach's name by the door from the night previous.
It's easy to find ways to occupy your time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the world's largest arts festival. There are performances taking place from morning until night every day for a month
Sup. I am back from the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. (I am aware they do more than comedy, but frankly I have never seen a show there not starring a comedian so refuse to admit it, sorry dancers/ actors/ acrobats.)
Comedian Tim Vine has won this year's Funniest Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe Award. His one-liner "I’ve decided to sell my
You may have failed miserably at scoring tickets for last year's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner - FYI, Bridget Christie's A Bic for Her rightfully scooped the Best Show prize -but there are plenty of other female comic talents making waves at the Fringe in 2014, actively disproving the myth that women aren't funny...
On Wednesday 13 August 2014, I'll be giving a talk at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe about these and other related issues on the connection between free speech, humour and the public sphere as part of the Beyond a Joke? Comedy, Culture and the Public discussion series.
This advice is being given on the assumption that before you go to Edinburgh, you've at the very least written yourself 5-10 minutes worth of comedy you can perform on stage. If you haven't got that, then by all means visit the festival but don't bother getting on a stage and wasting audiences' time.
The other way to go is simply to live on your instincts. An overheard recommendation between friends in a bar or coffee shop, a chance flier shoved into your hand or catching a snippet of a show acted out on the pavement and seeking out the full version because you were stopped in your tracks by what you saw.
The memories and the attachments from the last 2 years at Edinburgh festival are still ripe in my mind. To not be part of this for 2014 feels like a stab of solemnness right in the pit of my stomach. But as a fellow comedian recently told me - Edinburgh festival ain't going anywhere.
God knows I've spent enough of my own money on presenting my show here this month. I daren't count how much. No doubt all comedians here could - collectively - have relieved a small African state from the heavy shackles of debt.
Rob Ward's stunning solo-performance brings to life this heart-aching tale of a young gay man's journey to self acceptance. The play, co-written by Ward and Martin Jameson, is simple yet haunting. It's everything someone should want to see at The Fringe.
Protesters Shut Down Israeli Hip-Hopera at the Edinburgh Fringe. I'm Not Sure How I feel About This.
My thoughts on this have been very mixed. I too have very strong views on Israel's aggression towards Palestine. But I find myself questioning whether picketing a small hip hop show at an arts festival is the best way to make a demonstration. Does the theatre company's receipt of a government grant really make them complicit in the assault on Gaza?
Flying solo, in a commercial airplane of course, means one thing to me: handling a single point of failure... Tired, strung out on sleep aids, carrying everything I own of current use and value in 3 extremely heavy bags, and on my own with nobody to check behind me for droppings, I find myself again, beautifully aligned for disaster.
It's fair to say I've never slept well. Decades of insomnia, night terrors, sleep walking, sleep talking, sleep apnoea, sleep paralysis and sleep paranoia means, if nothing else, it's a laugh riot sharing a bed with me.
The worlds largest arts festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, is kicking off tomorrow and Benny, Lee and I are back for our sixth year with a show called Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas. In the weeks leading up to the festival we've been interviewed by a number of publications and I've found that some of the questions we've been asked are a little stale.