This year my Edinburgh show is drastically overrunning, sometimes by as much as 60 minutes. One night it ran from 6.40pm until midnight. Let me explain. At the end of every show, I try to get an audience member to go on a date with me and whilst I don't think of the date as a part of the show, the beady eyes spying on me and my "quarry" suggest otherwise.
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Friday 13 August 2010
Daniel Kitson pads on to the stage, lightly puffed out, in beard, braces and brown trainers and thanks us for coming to see him at this heroically early hour. It does feel a little strange, settling down to watch the Perrier Award-winning comedian at 10 in the morning, and there are a few bleary eyes around the auditorium. The early start is not a quirk of Fringe scheduling, though. It's all part of Kitson's plan "to put something amazing where you wouldn't expect to find it. To take the first moments of the morning and fill them with something silly and sad and wonderful".
Thursday 12 August 2010
It seems that my review of Jack Whitehall's 2009 show riled the comedian a little. In this year's show he constructs a routine around my verdict, construing "technically sound" as a judgement on how well his technical desk performed. I'd like to think, of course, that getting riled is also one of the reasons behind this year's improved but still not all-conquering show.
Wednesday 11 August 2010
This will be my son's first Edinburgh Festival. He was only six weeks old in August last year so we didn't think he'd appreciate it. I hope he's ready.
Tuesday 10 August 2010
- A sophisticated lunch at the Apex International Hotel to launch the 30th year of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards started well but descended into chaos when water pistols (ready loaded) were handed out to guests. Coffee was never served.
Monday 09 August 2010
Comedy: Laura Solon, (Pleasance Courtyard)
Well-crafted comedy from the 2005 Perrier Award winner.
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Monday 09 August 2010
I hate to say this, but bananas – the whole Edinburgh Festival revolves around bananas. (And after the first three or four days of gigging, that sentence makes as much sense as any – "Wilberforce Birmingham clamp nigh", for example, will sound like poetry.)
Saturday 07 August 2010
When a festival gets to be 10 years old, never mind more, it's usually time to get out the tired old accusation that it's become too commercial/middle class/establishment and just past it.
Friday 06 August 2010
The father of three children found dead in their home today said the family is struggling to come to terms with the "immense and tragic" loss.
Thursday 05 August 2010
A judge warned that three children at the centre of a bitter custody battle could be in danger just 24 hours before they were found dead, it emerged tonight.
Tuesday 08 June 2010
Linda McLean's new play for the Traverse is actually two plays, a diptych in which the relationship between the two doesn't become apparent until very near the end, when we can see the full arc of these regretful, terrified, but somehow still hopeful characters sink into the depths of brutal despair, be lifted briefly by the promise of a good day amidst the misery and then find themselves inevitably crushed once more after the curtain has dropped.
Saturday 22 May 2010
Monday 10 May 2010
Allister Hogg has signed a two-year deal at Newcastle Falcons, bringing an eight-year stint with Edinburgh to an end.
Monday 10 May 2010
Wednesday 05 May 2010
Monday 03 May 2010
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death