The 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Comedy

Just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe followed by a couple of days relaxing/writing in the Scottish Highlands (Wetlands!)

In Edinburgh, Robert Webb (of Mitchell & Webb) hurried across the road in front of our car; last time, it was Tim Vine who hastened past. We spent a few minutes in a café, just a few centimetres from Seann Walsh; last time it was Sam Lloyd and the Blanks (Ted from Scrubs and his band).

We had pre-booked tickets for “Whose Line Is It Anyway” with Clive Anderson and a pot luck of guests. In case you’re not familiar with the show, it began in the UK in the 1980s and ran until around 1999 – and is still current in the USA. Its format is ‘improv’ with the audience making suggestions of styles, themes, etc. for the comedy guests to perform within the set criteria. That evening, we saw Greg Proops, Mike McShane, Phill Jupitus & Ruth Bratt (ShowStoppers).

We also went along to one of the free* gigs at The Laughing Horse to see Jimmy McGhie who was recommended to us by a New Zealand stand-up comedian giving out leaflets. A clip from seven years ago  is below – the style of comedy is the same but the routine is, naturally, delivered from a  more mature comedian:

* free, including street acts, are officially free but donations are expected. Imagine if you or a friend can’t get a break and you scrape together some money to buy a pitch, travel to Edinburgh, sleep and eat somewhere… in order to entertain an audience and showcase your comedic talent. Wouldn’t it be great to break even at the very least?

I’m always sad to leave Edinburgh and moving on to the beautiful countryside was a complete contrast. Despite a really slow internet connection, I managed to work on some writing projects.

Paid job status update: haven’t heard from any of the jobs I applied for, not even a ‘no’ but I have found another half a dozen to pitch for…