Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Big Day

We've reached that time of the Fringe again. Sore throats and fatigue are setting in, every bar in Edinburgh is being drained as performers feel the return to normality is just around the corner and, most annoyingly of all, we're all desperately trying to see all the shows we've put off seeing until the last week. Recent highlights for me have included Matthew Crosby's AdventureParty (a really enjoyable show which left Rich and me desperate for Nando's), Joel Dommett's Neon Hero, a fantastic debut show, and Ford and Akram's Humdinger in the Pleasance Hut. Try to catch these if you haven't already, as well as Joe Bone's stunning third part of his Bane trilogy.

The big news of the day came at about 3 in the afternoon when the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominations were announced. The fact the announcement was delayed by several hours is testament to the quality of the shows under consideration, and we were personally happy to see Gimp favourites Adam Riches, Andrew Maxwell, Chris Ramsey and Totally Tom all up for awards. It really doesn't seem like a year since we got our nomination, and we offer our Gimp congratulations to everyone nominated.

On the subject of nominees, I managed to sneak into Josh Widdicombe's show tonight. I really enjoyed his set and, having never seen him before, now understand why he's being spoken about in the same breath as Michael McIntyre and Jerry Seinfeld. A really entertaining hour.

Right. I'm tired, I'm hungry and it's raining outside. This can only mean one thing: time to go flyering!

Til next time,


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