Edinburgh Festival blog – the shows I want to seeJune 17th, 2012
I’m assuming you already have tickets for my show at the Edinburgh Festival. No? Well sort that out quick smart and buy them here! https://www.underbelly.co.uk/node/470974
Now that awkwardness is over lets get on to the other stuff. It’s traditional for me to sit with the Edinburgh Fringe brochure and book tickets for the shows I fancy seeing at the Festival. This list is entirely my own opinion, I haven’t been prodded or poked (I wish) to recommend any of these shows. They just happen to be comics I’ve seen or heard about that pique my interest. So you can take my recommendations or not. That’s what free will is. And you should totally take advantage of the fact we still have it.
Before the specifics let me start with some general tips.
- The brochure has hundreds of comedians in it. Take a chance. If you’ve seen someone on the TV by all means go and see them but for every person you know about go and see someone you haven’t. By taking a chance you support a comic who may well be the star of the future. And you can say you saw them in a damp basement that smelled of sewage. That’s the joy of the festival.
- In the same vein as above – don’t be lazy. It’s easy to hang around the Pleasance Courtyard but there’s magic stuff happening all over the city in August. Go and find a venue that’s not on the main drag.
- Book in advance if you can. Seeing some pre-sales can calm the nerves of a comedian before August begins.
- Be sober, or at least be respectful. If you go and see a 1am show that’s advertised as “the perfect show to vomit at” then fine. But if you’re going to a show that’s at 5pm don’t show up pissed. It’s costing me about 15 grand this year to do this vanity project and if you’re drunk and ruin the show I will take you down. Well I won’t. But I will stare a lot.
- Try some free festival/fringe shows. There’s some good stuff on. But if you go and you enjoy please put some money in the bucket at the end. Then maybe the comic can eat that week.
Anyway – these are the shows I’m looking forward to seeing this festival in no particular order. Oh and these are all comedy shows. I haven’t made it through theatre yet! I’ve put the fringe brochure page numbers on to help you.
- Anything at the BBC venue. The tickets are free and you can see some fabulous stuff. Most of the shows are listed on pages 39 to 41 of the Fringe brochure
- Sara Pascoe page 154
- Danielle Ward page 62
- Diane Spencer page 68
- Do the Right Thing page 71
- Eleanor Tiernan page 74
- Felicity Ward page 76
- Sally-Anne Hayward page 152
- Shappi Khorsandi page 156
- Hanks and Conran page 90
- Hannah Gadsby page 90
- Helen Arney page 91
- Jo Caulfield page 104
- Juliet Myers page 107
- Josie Long page 107
- Leads and Stern page 113
- Loretta Maine page 117
- Lucy Porter page 118
- Mary Bourke page 123
- Nina Conti page 133
- Jen Brister page 101
- Roisin Conaty page 150
- Sandi Toksvig page 153
- Suzi Ruffell page 167
- Barbara Nice page 38
- Celia Pacquola page 54
- Tiff Stevenson page 170
There you go. There are loads more but I’m going to try and see these people.
What? What do you mean they’re almost all women? But women aren’t funny!
Someone should really write an article about that. We don’t hear that topic discussed enough these days