Three to See
Unearthly treats from the Fringe’s top comics
Open the Edinburgh Fringe programme at the comedy section, and you will be faced by a myriad of options for your evening’s entertainment, including a number of compilation shows, with titles such as “Best Of The Fest”, “Pick Of The Fringe” or “Festival Highlights” etc…
These gigs give comedians a chance to plug their own shows and earn a little extra cash into the bargain. There are also a number of shows which take the comics out of their comfort zone and make stuff up on the spot, like a high-wire walker without a safety net.
These are the gigs we enjoy the most. Most of them take place late at night when the acts are relaxing pre-show. However, one or two are at an unearthly hour of the day, before most comedians have woken up.
Here are three such shows, where you can witness some of the top names of the comedy business literally making it up as they’re going along.
STU & GARRY AND….
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.
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, West Nicolson Street 10.15 pm
This is a bizarrely exciting show for audiences and performers alike, and has proved to be a hit at festivals worldwide. I have guested on the show in Adelaide and Singapore, and did their Edinburgh show this Tuesday. Comedians are paired together. In the first half, they perform a short set of their own material. It is in part two that the show gets interesting, when the acts have to copy or parody one another. It’s a bit of a white knuckle ride for the stand-ups but hilarious to watch.
The Stand Comedy Club, York Place 12 midnight Fri-Sat, 11 pm all other nights
This is the comedy equivalent of jumping out of an aeroplane without a parachute. The comics themselves have no idea about what their material will be until a list of subjects for each act is suggested by the audience. As with Joke Thieves, this format has proved to be a huge hit with audiences throughout the world, and regularly attracts some of the biggest names in the business.
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.
Vlad is also appearing at the Daily Business Summer Party at the Jam House on 26th August. Book here: http://dailybusinessgroup.co.uk/shop/