...is our first port of call. Deliciously filthy and voyeuristic, Danielle Ward has somehow made these even more disgusting. Top work! The family (including pre-teen) sitting to our left may not think so. Especially with the incest..... Very impressed by the one who isn't Issy or Danielle (or Neil), can't remember her name. A most enjoyable way to start the day.
Loiter in the courtyard tenty bit drinking vile coffee with the flatmates and the Traps and a couple of others. The Trap are mostly unenergetic and bleh, which doesn't bode well for our next stop.....The Trap - Bad Play - Second Coming
However I needn't have worried. A million times better than expected, wonderfully clever and inventive and meta. Ace. And very funny! At one point there are 9 of them, which is quite scary. I think I'm on the soundtrack. Can I demand royalties?Comedy for Kids
Isabelle goes to work. Lots of small children file in, with accompanying parents. We sneak in and hide at the back. Patrick Monahan (?) is the compere, the kids are lively. We get a bit of Isy Suttie and some Carey Marx, who is quite ace and makes good use of bread. I've not seen him do his actual show, apparently his suitability for kids would be debatable! Either way, jolly good fun.Neil Edmonds - Knocker
In which Neil plays the character of a door to door market researcher. You, the audience, get to create a questionnaire during the show, which he will actually then carry out the following day. And if you call him on his mobile, he'll also give you the results! You have to respect such amazing dedication. Especially when you've asked him to test that people aren't wearing a wig.
*Reminds self to listen to answerphone message when sober and write it down*
I really enjoy this, but I think it would depend a lot on who you've got in the audience. If you have a big bunch of good people, like us, then you get more back from it. Plus I wanted to have a little cry at some of it. I am turning into a wuss. This is the another show where I leave wanting to give its creator a little kiss on the forehead for entertaining me so well. Also, this is something I probably wouldn't have bothered seeing if diamond_geyser
had not forced the issue, so well done Isabelles!We Are Klang - Klangbang
I've only seen them once previously, D hadn't seen them at all before; we knew we were in for a treat. We Are Klang are glorious. There's nothing particularly deep or clever about it, but that is irrelevant, because there is nothing that isn't hilariously funny about it! Plus it takes some balls to get the audience singing that you're the best show on the fringe. Klang have balls. You'll probably see them. And I sing along as loud as possible, because I think it is probably true. I'd give them all a kiss on the forehead, but I think I'd be a little *scared*, frankly!
Plus all the kool kids are developing bizarre crushes on Big Greg Klang. Errr.....
(Later I try and imitate Marek Klang and smash jaffa cakes onto my forehead. Perhaps there should be a warning. Perhaps I should avoid the red witch......)
What could possibly top this and end the day? Well....C90 - Daniel Kitson
... is a pretty safe bet. Kitson's one man play, about a chap who works collating discarded mix tapes that people have made. If you've seen Stories for the Wobbly Hearted you'll know the man has a way with words and tales. This is better. Sort of performed in the round, he demands your attention and it is all quite, quite beautiful.
We end the day with some tasty booze, playing the Reg D Hunter game for a Long Time. (His Edinburgh show this year is called Pride & Prejudice & Niggas. You can work out the game.)
Our last day in Scotland. I wake up hungover, and fail to go and see The Onomatopoeia Society, which is stupid of me. It is also drasticsturgeon
's birthday, hurrah!The Wil Hodgson Holiday Special
Maybe I have been influenced by D, but I constantly ponder what Wil was like as a wrestler, and who he trained under. I love listening to him weave stories about his life. This show mainly concentrates on a chap named Rob Noxious. I shouldn't (at my ripe old age) still be impressed by this school created name. Again I have a tear in my eye at the end. Maybe I should be put down. Simon Munnery's AGM
Another brilliant concept. We get the usual fringe hour of various bits of material (a True Story of Sherlock Holmes that I haven't heard before, some venn diagrams, readings from his book, clever nappy equations) which isn't amazing if I'm honest, but in the short interval we've all written down motions. Which we then go over the road to the pub and discuss! Marvellous idea! Sitting outside a pub with some booze and Munnery and the 'good people' from the audience debating random things. And singing a scarf. I'd have love to have stayed until the last person, but we had tickets for.....Josie Long - Kindness & Exuberance
Josie is so lo-fi I am jealous. I always leave her gigs inspired to make and do, and I don't think she'd want for much more than that. I leave with a pocket full of homemade badges. I think they're still in my pocket, the flat is a mess :/Phil Nicol - The Naked Racist
Either you like Nicol's enthusiastic stand up or you don't. I do. D doesn't. Anyway, what I am going to say is this: if a comedian asks if anyone has been to Torture Garden, don't, in a fit of booze, but your hand up in a really energetic fashion. They will then think you are a perve. Oh yes, and if you see a show with the word 'naked' in the title, it shouldn't be surprising to see a man jumping around in the nuddy whilst playing guitar and singing. HOWEVER, and noone could prepare for this, various 'celebs' were in the audience (Jeremy Edwards (?) ex Hollyoaks, bird off the Bill, and Les Dennis). And Phil encouraged Les Dennis to get naked.
Which he did. Just the top half though, PHEW!
There was a splitting of the ways here, most people were at Dylan Moran, D was sensibly preparing to leave at silly o'clock in the morning, and I sat in Cafe Royal deciding to get wasted. Ooops. Anyway, troops are recouped, and we go to my final show of the fringe (boooo), which is a really good one (yaaaay!).The Honourable Men of Art
Hurrah! A chance to see Kitson doing stand up stuff! And all his ace mates! Tonight we see David O'Doherty, Alun Cochrane, and Andy Zaltzman. John Oliver appears through the magick of the internet from a hotel room in America. It is all marvellous. I accidentally heckle a heckler. Must learn that shewho
+ red witch != quiet asides.
So what now then? A quiet night before the 8am train tomorrow? It is now 2am....
No. We attempt to get to the end of Dirty Book Club, but it has finished EARLY. Unfortunately the Brooks Bar (?) is still open and selling drink. I take full advantage of this, and possibly become unbearably annoying. To friends and comedians alike. However, I don't remember, so it can't be true, can it?
Back at the flat there is just time to give drasticsturgeon
her birthday cake. I get my head down sometime after half 5, the cab is booked for half 7.