Three to See

Great lunchtime gigs to quench your thirst

Vlad headThe really unique thing about the Edinburgh Fringe is that you can see a show at any time of day.  Yesterday I suggested shows you could see straight after work. However, if you are a city centre office worker within a five-minute walk of George Street or St Andrew Square, there are plenty of entertaining ways in which to while away your lunch. 

See a show, there are few better ways of de-stressing in the middle of the working day.  Leave the sandwiches and Starbucks coffee until September, here are three great lunchtime gigs to quench your comedy thirst.

Assembly Rooms, George St (Venue 20) 12.45 pm

Quite simply a must-see event. A series of lunchtime chats hosted by Dr Oliver Double, the first person in the UK to take a doctorate in comedy. 

Guests includes such legends of the industry as Jo Brand talking about their craft.  Included in the line-up is the great Alexei Sayle, one of the original “alternative comedians”

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Assembly Rooms, George Street    1.30 pm

Plays are always a very popular form of lunchtime entertainment, as evidenced by the sustained success of “A Play, A Pie and A Pint” at Oran Mor in Glasgow.  This latest offering from Edinburgh playwright Keir McAllister promises to be one of the hits of this year’s Fringe, an hilarious tale of two comedians who end up in a relationship despite their obvious differences.  That brief description does it no justice, as the story has jaw-dropping twist at its conclusion.

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.  If the weather is good, have a drink afterwards in the Edinburgh Gin Bar underneath the monument in St Andrew Square.

Vladimir McTavish’s one-person show “Scotland, 45 Events That Shaped A Nation” is at The Stand Comedy Club 5, at 6.15 pm from Friday 7th to Sunday 30th August (except Monday 17th)

Vlad is also appearing at the Daily Business Summer Party at the Jam House on 26th August. Tickets available at

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