Edinburgh Festival diary
Sunday 22 August 2010
The spat between comic Stewart Lee and the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards (previously the Perriers) is descending, fittingly, into farce. Lee (who has never been nominated) objects to the Comedy God award, where the public decides who is the best of the 173 acts nominated in the awards' 30-year history.
Mocking the anniversary initiative, Lee has suggested comedy fans vote for what he believes is the most obscure act – Japanese sketch group Frank Chickens, from 1985 – and, now that they look set to win, both sides are claiming they will pay for them to come to Edinburgh next Saturday to receive the gong. But it's not the grand gesture it appears to be: the troupe has been
based in London for years and is still going strong.
Dapper comic Tom Allen thought it might be nice to watch a sunset from the top of Arthur's Seat (above). But walking down the steep, unlit track in the dark, he panicked and phoned a friend to come and guide him down to street level. His show at the Gilded Balloon, by the way, is called Tom Allen Toughens Up! Maybe next year ....
Audiences at Reel-to-Real, a show about Hollywood musicals, at the Pleasance, have been mystified as to why it has a backdrop of the Great Wall of China. Simple: the Chinese city of Huairou has put an undisclosed (ie huge) sum into the show, which has a cast of 12 and a 32-strong crew – massive by Fringe standards. The city is developing its film industry and it regards the musical as a cultural ambassador.
One of the posh publicists here (probably an Emma, Sophie or Becca) overheard critics discussing a match at Tyne- castle, where Hearts play. "As in Hertfordshire?" she asked. You can take the girl out of the Home Counties ....
Talking of football, in the Fringe's annual grudge match – sorry, sporting contest – between comics and critics at Meadowbank Stadium, the comedians won 3-2. But the funny men were taking it all rather seriously, while the scribes were 'aving a laugh.
BBC Trust agrees to axe channel from TV in favour of digital moveTV
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 2 Greece debt crisis explained: A history of just how the country landed itself in such a mess
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Greek debt crisis: Yanis Varoufakis's funniest (and most memorable) quotes
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
Wireless 2015: Nicki Minaj 2 hours late to main stage due to 'travel issues'
Chronixx interview: Reggae sensation on taking the opening spot at Glastonbury and calling Barack Obama a 'waste man'
Game of Thrones season 6: Director Jack Bender hints showrunners 'communicate closely' with George RR Martin
Amy: Mark Ronson praises 'respectful' Amy Winehouse film as it scores the highest ever UK opening for a British documentary
Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
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
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts