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.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 3 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 4 Motorists taunt suicidal woman on bridge and tell her to 'get on with it'
- 5 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
Church of Scientology allegedly sent threatening letters to film distributors and festivals showing damning documentary
This is surely the best way to watch Jaws
James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
Contemporary art is a fraud, says top dealer
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture