Friday, August 21, 2009 1:51 PM
Midlands Comedy, Music, Movies, Politics, Walking & Writers
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Friday 28th August - Sunday 30th August
*** GROUP ACCOMMODATION FULLY BOOKED ***
After much toil and sweat, I've put together a 'suggested' itinerary for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which is coming up next weekend.
Its taken me a while to suss out the most promising looking gigs which are running over the three days as the online guide isnt very user friendly. I've also chosen venues which are fairly close together to allow time to get from one gig to the next. And most importantly, are all FREE!
The group accommodation has been booked up for a while now, but if anyone else wants to join us and you make your own accommodation arrangements, the more the merrier!
FRIDAY 28th August
The Comedy Manifesto
4pm. The Beehive Inn. 18 Grassmarket. EH1 2JU.
"London's most lively political panel show returns to the fringe"
You are Being Lied To
5.30pm. Dragonfly. 52 Westport. EH1 2LD
?Believe the News? Don?t! Professional standup and former newsman David Mulholland explodes the biggest lies you may have been duped into believing and will teach you to spot bullshit at 200 yards!?
Reality Check ? is anything real?
7.15pm. The Beehive Inn. 18 Grassmarket. EH1 2JU.
?Do we really exist, or are we all subscribers to the universe?s biggest role playing fantasy? Award winning comedian Steve Shanyaski investigates. ?A star in the making? City Life. ?Delightfully skewed? Manchester Online.
The News at Kate
8.25pm. The Voodoo Rooms. 19a West Register Street. EH2 2AA
?Why doesn?t Britain have its own John Stewart? It does ? you just haven?t discovered her yet. Come and see her free before she gets her own series.?
Where there?s Muck there?s Funny.
9.45pm. Nicol Edwards. 35 Niddry Street. EH1 1LG
?A revolving door of nationally recognised, accomplished circuit standup from Merseyside and beyond.
00:00. The Canon's Gait. 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ.
?The best comics from around the fringe, slap bang in the middle of the Royal Mile at midnight.?
SATURDAY 29th August
Live from New York in Jonathon Prager
12pm. Laughing Horse and Meadow Bar. 42-44 Buccleuch St. EH8 9LP
"Highly acclaimed return engagement of New York featured comedian Jonathon Prager. Known for blazing wit, poignant stories and genial charisma, this NYC standup comic?s insight into families, relationships, politics and life's incongruities is both touching and hilarious"
1.10pm. Laughing Horse at Jekyll and Hyde. 112 Hanover St, EH2 1DR.
"Rory O'Hanlon presents his debut Edinburgh show, a satirical and informative look and one mans struggle to overcome life?s obstacles and boundaries to reaching one goal; albeit with the disadvantage of having ginger nuts."
With Hilarious Consequences
2.30pm. Laughing Horse and the Outhouse. 12a Broughton St Lane. EH1 3LY
?An insight into the world of comedian Fred Spanner as he worries himself to death over everyday subjects such as suicidal chickens, celebrity cannibalism and his fear of supermarket checkout clerks.
Freedom Come, Freedom Go
3.30pm. The Rowan Caves. 16, Niddry St South, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1NS
?90 days detention. Police upset by insects. Man arrested for chalking ?are we free?? on pavement. Stop and search outside library exhibition. ID cards. DNA database. Protest illegalised. Extradition. Are we free? Come see!?
The Heresy Project - Kill Your God
4.45pm. Laughing Horse at the Hive. 15-17 Niddry St. EH1 1LG
??Hard hitting, no holds barred comedy?satirising religion and militant atheism? Evening Edinburgh News. ?Makes Richard Dawkins look like the Archbishop of Canterbury? Scotsman. ?See them in hell?. Skinny.
The Fabulous Furry Freakshow
6.30pm. Madogs. 38 George St. EH2 2LE
"Richard Ashcroft sang 'the drugs don't work'. Funny, they seemed fine to us. These three ageing hippies might be the funniest thing you'll see all fringe. Depends if we can remember where the venue is."
News at Tenish
22.05. Laughing Horse at the Newsroom. 5-11 Leith Street. EH1 3AT
?Comic and journalist Gill Smith hosts different comedians every night as they tackle everything hot off the press and whatever?s getting them hot under the collar. Celebs, politicians, the environment, technology ? not topic left unturned!
Todd Womack Midnight Mash-up
23.45 Nicol Edwards. 35 Niddry Street. EH1 1LG
?Veteran US comedian Todd Womack (Comedy Central, Bravo) hosts comics from all over Earth in a late night stand up show. A sampling of the fringes finest comics in the most haunted pub in Scotland.?
SUNDAY 30th August
12pm. Laughing Horse at the Counting House. 38 West Nicholson st. EH8 9DD
"Fast talking New York comic and UK hostage fights back with biting political and social satire. 'Undisciplined, brilliant, fascinating' Evening Standard.?
2.45pm. Laughing Horse@Espionage. 4 India Buildings, Victoria St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2HE.
?Caught between Christian friends and Muslim family, Iszi Lawrence long lost daughter of Marcus Brigstokie battles science fiction. ?Worth seeing before she sells out at the big venues? Timeout.?
3.45pm. Laughing Horse@ Espionage. 4 India Buildings, Victoria St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2HE.
?Edrik Carl Madson, you are hereby charged that you do present a comic retelling of your life ? from Shetland childhood to convicted law graduate. How do you please? Funny, your honour, funny.