Three to See

A few crackers to finish the Fringe

Vlad headIt’s the final day of the Edinburgh Fringe.  Indeed, for many performers, myself included, yesterday marked the end of Edinburgh 2015. 

However, the festival does not end until the fat lady sets off her fireworks over the castle, and there is still quite a lot of brilliant comedy on offer for the Bank Holiday.

Here are my three tips for shows to round off Edinburgh 2015 with a laugh.  See you next year !

The Stand Comedy Club, York Place  12.30 pm

Multi-award winning improvisation duo Stu Murphy and Garry Dobson are seasoned experts at thinking on their feet.  Year-round, they perform a lunchtime show at The Stand every Sunday.  During the Fringe, however, they are joined by a different guest each day.  Given that this show starts just after twelve noon, there is a possibility that their guest-of-the-day may have had very little sleep from the night before, which always makes for an entertaining hour.

Screenshot 2015-08-30 23.49.22WILL DURST “BOOMERAGING: FROM LSD TO OMG”
Gilded Balloon, Bristo Square  5.30 pm

Will Durst is probably the finest American comedian of his generation.  The pin-point accuracy of his satire is on a par, if not superior to, that of the late Bill Hicks.  When I started out in comedy, he was one of acts I really looked up to, and have been fortunate enough to share a stage with him on a couple of occasions.  After being nominated for The Perrier Award in 1989, Durst has only made a couple of return trips to Edinburgh.  He’s back this year with a show which deals with the problems faced by the Baby Boom generation as they enter old age.

The Stand Comedy Club, York Place     5 pm

Without doubt the surprise package of this year’s Fringe has been Perthshire famer Jim Smith.  A ruuner-up in both last year’s “So You Think You’re Funny” and Scottish Comedian Of The Year, Smith has made great strides forwards in the last twelve months, with his down-to-eath style and eerily-accurate impressions.  He sold out his entire Fringe run before the festival started, so The Stand have addec this extra show at Stand 1 today.

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