My Edinburgh: Bridget Christie, Comedian
Thursday 16 August 2012
The Edinburgh Fringe is the best arts festival in the world. Performers from all over the globe stage over 2,000 shows every day for a month. But my favourite thing to do is to eat four pickled eggs in a row and some chips on a bench on The Royal Mile. Not when the fourth one has gone off though, like last year.
I nearly got sick on a mime artist. I said to my husband [Stewart Lee], “Smell that! Is that alright do you think? I can’t tell anymore." And he said “Yes, eggs smell eggy. Tuck in!”. I think he’s trying to kill me.
I have my four pickled eggs on the same bench every year now, and this is my eighth year in a row. If someone is already sat on the bench, I stand in front of them, with my eggs, until they leave. In all those eight years, only one egg has been rotten.
Whereas most of the 300 shows I have seen in that time have been awful. A lot of people think that the Fringe has been spoiled by over-commercialisation, and I agree. It should be replaced the Edinburgh Pickled Egg Festival. I’d like to see what the award for the best pickled egg looked like. Do you think it would be a massive plastic egg? Can you imagine all the funny egg yolk/joke puns it would inspire? I can think of one already. But you’ll have to wait three minutes to hear it.
Bridget Christie: War Donkey, The Assembly Rooms, to 26 (0844 693 3008)
Apart from the eggs, my favourite Edinburgh thing is Nick Pynn (Inlingua, 9.45pm). He conjures beautiful sounds from a variety of often home-made stringed instruments in a tiny candlelit room. I love taking friends and family along to be amazed and inspired. My Edinburghs wouldn’t be the same without Nick Pynn.
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