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.
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
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Grace DentChannel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 4 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
- 5 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
Better Call Saul creator Peter Gould on the creative concerns of a prequel, season 2 and the mind-numbing realities of the small courts
Britain's Got Talent 2015: RSPCA investigating Marc Metral's miming dog after cruelty complaints
Doctor Who film will definitely happen, leaked Sony emails reveal
Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens trailer: Luke Skywalker's bionic hand sends fans into a frenzy
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer has leaked – watch
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
General Election 2015: Polish prince challenges Nigel Farage to a duel over immigration question