Our favourite Fringe shows & venues
July 20 2017
It’s nearly that time of year where the city of Edinburgh transforms into a truly unique venue for the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The fringe is the world's largest arts festival which attracts hordes of punters and performers to the city every year from all over the world. Last year’s fringe featured 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows across 294 venues spanned across 25 days. With so much choice right at our doorstep, we have compiled a list of our favourite shows and venues.
One of the acts I have seen on a number of occasions over the last few years has been Foil, Arms and Hogg. Being from the home turf I enjoy their banter as they perform a series of funny sketches keeping the audience entertained along the way. Who knew playing Russian Roulette with cans of Tennent’s Larger could be such fun! In terms of a venue the Pleasance court yard has always been one of my favourites – good for people watching, soaking up the atmosphere, having a drink or entertaining the kids. I’ll be there again this year!
My favourite show I have seen was the Fawlty Towers dinner. Hosted in a guest restaurant we were welcomed, served and abused by Basil, Manuel and Sybil in a re-enactment of the great sit-com, all of which while we ate dinner in their restaurant. The actors were superb and in truth it was hard to differentiate them from the original cast. Hilarious, great audience participation and a brilliant way to spend an evening.
My favourite festival act is David O’Doherty. He is an Irish comedian who I have seen the last three years in a row. As well as telling brilliant jokes, he also plays a little keyboard and sings hilarious songs. My favourite is his song about Lance Armstrong. I also love going to the Pleasance at festival time. There is always a great atmosphere there and plenty of great shows to see.
My all-time favourite show (like Ash) is also David O’Doherty. I’ve seen him every year since moving to Edinburgh from Australia in 2009. He is a delight and never fails to make me laugh. His ‘That’s My Beefs’ is (in my opinion) his best song to date. His song about Lance Armstrong is up there too. Paul Foot is not everyone’s cup of tea, but his weird and wacky sense of humour never fails to make me laugh.
For comedy: Dave Gorman, 1997. Young guy who was way ahead of his time.
Saw Colin Cloud’s last year, a darker version of Derren Brown. Reads minds, that sort of thing… not my normal cup of tea but very clever.
For political incorrectness, try Frank Sanazi. Another we saw last summer. Frank Sinatra meets Adolf Hitler. Shouldn’t work but God it does…very funny.
Tom Stade at the Assembly Rooms in 2015. He did a lot of jokes about moving from 20’s to 30’s, then 30’s to 40’s and having to grow up – very funny!
I must admit that I am fairly disorganised when it comes to booking festival events and usually end up at random shows last minute. I do enjoy the vibe of the festival and try to embrace how busy the city is in August, particularly as I first arrived in Edinburgh during the summer months 11 years ago and loved the festival atmosphere at this time. The one event I do religiously attend is ‘News Revue’ which plays weekly in London and comes to the fringe annually. The show itself is a ‘fast-moving mix of sketches and songs’ rounding up topical news and events and is always hilarious. We’ve also enjoyed attending family shows in the last couple of years and saw one called ‘Kids are Stinky’ – an Australian acrobatic duo – in 2016, which was my favourite show of the festival and was enjoyed by the whole family, aged 3 upwards.
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