Edinburgh Festival Diary: 15/08/2010
Sunday 15 August 2010
Frank Skinner and the Assembly are at loggerheads over his last-minute withdrawal as host of The Talk Show at its new venue in Princes Street Gardens.
The idea was for him to interview stars of the Fringe past and present, and guests lined up include Alan Cumming, Jo Brand and Clive Anderson. The Assembly's artistic director, William Burdett-Coutts, is reportedly furious, saying Skinner has not offered a full explanation for cancelling, which Skinner denies. Luckily, star-of-the-moment comic Stephen K Amos, whose new sketch show is due to start on BBC 2 next month, has stepped into the breach and The Talk Show has now started its run.
Stephen K Amos again, a Briton of Nigerian parentage, and Reginald D Hunter, an African American, have back-to-back shows at the Pleasance Grand. Amos, above, was standing by the exit as Hunter's crowd was leaving last week and heard a man say: "Oh, that's the one I meant to see ...." Must have been the middle initials that caused the confusion.
Telephone boxes of the old-fashioned kind have been popping up, Tardis-like, around the city. The brainchild of the theatre company Invisible Dot, they are the Fringe's most charming idea; pick up the handsets and you can hear a choice of nine short stories read by their authors, including D B C Pierre, Julia Donaldson, Will Self and the Fringe veteran Arthur Smith.
Scotland's health minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is due to announce minimum unit prices for alcohol – which will be considerably higher than at present. So, it's heartening to see that Fringe venues have already adopted this most socially responsible initiative in their bar prices.
Gemma Goggin, who is performing Get Laid or Die Trying, has had the two blow-up dolls she uses in her show stolen from the backstage area shared with others. Staff at the Gilded Balloon are now running a book on which, er, sticky-fingered (and obviously very lonely) comic is the culprit.
Jeff Fletcher found fame in 1990s
'At times I thought he was me'film
Review: One Direction, Fourmusic
Review: The World of Ice and Firebooks
Film More romcom than S&M
Review: The Imitation Gamefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by police in Ohio park
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Naked free runner captured in breathtaking photographs above London's streets
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Manchester United named Premier League's loudest fans despite late push by Chelsea according to 'Smart Meter' app
Hitler painting sells for 130,000 euros at auction despite controversy over Nazi dictator's artworks
Strictly Come Dancing results: Steve Backshall sent home after dance off with Sunetra Sarker
Naked free runner captured in breathtaking photographs above London's streets
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking leaked clip of Lana Del Rey rape video
Band Aid 30: 'Do They Know It's Christmas' storms to number one
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Green Party Caroline Lucas interview: 'We could be on the edge of something very big'