Three to See
Check out stand-up and cabaret
As I have written before in this column, choosing which show to see on the Fringe can itself be a bit of conundrum. Many people opt for the safer option of buying tickets for one of the many compilation shows on offer.
Choosing which of these is an equal lottery, as their quality is equally variable. The following are all top-quality gigs. Also, all three are in venues which offer the option of al-fresco drinking, in the unlikely event of a warm and sunny weekend.
THE BEST OF SCOTTISH COMEDY
Stand Comedy Club, York Place 10.30 pm
This show does exactly what it says on the tin. A line-up of some of the finest Scottish stand-up talent currently working on the circuit, and an opportunity to catch some acts who are not doing solo shows on this year’s Fringe, such as Bruce Morton, star of Channel 4’s Sin. The show is in Stand 6 which is The Place Hotel on the other side of York Place from the club’s regular venue. It has an open-air sun terrace a the back which offers barbecues every weekend, with a retractable roof in case there is a change in the weather.
THE FIVE-THIRTY CABARET
Stand in the Square, St Andrew Square Garden. 12.15 pm
A mixture of music, spoken word, comedy and political discussion brought to you by Pauline Goldsmith and the inimitable Tam Dean Burn, inside Stand in the Square which is a large tent-like structure in St Andrew Square. The line-up changes daily so you can see this show again and again. St Andrew Square Garden itself is one of the most pleasant corners of the Fringe. If the weather is good, have a drink afterwards in the Edinburgh Gin Bar underneath the monument in St Andrew Square.
Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, Grassmarket 9.10 pm
Another show whose title is fairly self-explanatory. A nightly changing hour-long line-up featuring highlights of four Fringe shows for five pounds. This weekend features Ed Patrick who recently supported Jimmy Carr at The O2 Arena in London, where the entry fee would have been considerably more than a fiver. The Beehive Inn itself offers two outdoor seated areas. At the front of the pub, you can sit and take in the lively atmosphere of The Grassmarket. At the back of pub. nestled under the Castle, they have one of the biggest and best beer gardens in Edinburgh
Vladimir McTavish’s one-person show “Scotland, 45 Events That Shaped A Nation” is at The Stand Comedy Club 5, at 6.15 pm until Sunday 30th August (except Monday 17th)
Vlad is also appearing at the Daily Business Summer Party at the Jam House on 26th August.