Hi all, I’m back after 10 days at the Edinburgh Fringe. It’s been an unusual time but very entertaining. As well as plugging the comic this was my first year as a performer with several members of the UEA Headlights comedy society as part of a show called “Beast of the East”.
The show (co-written by me and current Headlights president Luis Forte) is about a circus run by a mysterious Ringmaster and featuring a psychoanalyst lion, a pretentious clown (played by Ellie Overvoorde) and his team of assistants. As well as revealing his dark past he also seems determined to keep the elusive beast under control and to show off the features of Bunko (the show’s sponsor, an unusual app device that includes features such as robot surveillance pigeons and a milk port). In between sketches there are standup routines from Neal Goldsmith (spoof performance poet), Charlie Tarran (who also plays the psychoanalyst lion Lion Tamer), Scott Mills (very sharp) and Luis Forte rounds it off with a unique love song.
While it wasn’t always easy the show went well and we got above average attendance for a free show, with the final one being particularly satisfying.
There were also a number of brilliant shows we saw ourselves, such as the outrageous but very talented Late Night Gimp Fight through to a very serious production of 1984. In short if you get the chance it’s worth getting down there.
Finally a big thank you to Luis and the gang for inviting me along to be part of this. I had a great time and it’s an honour to finally be able to say I was part of a show in Edinburgh!
P.S Yes I did have haggis. And yes it is lovely.