Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Final Run

With just four days of the run to go, routine has pretty much set in when it comes to my days here in Edinburgh.

Comedy Tapas started my day with another full room of people eager to see short sets from across the fringe. As many of the acts choose to perform the same five minutes every time it has got to the point where I can now recount them word for word. The major exception being the musical improv group Impromptunes - who by their very nature have to come up with something new every time. If it wasn't for the fact they're on at the same time as Mirthquake I would have gone and seen them by now, recommended.

From there my dad and I went to the Mosque Kitchen for lunch before I did the usual flyering for Mirthquake. By 4:30 we had a very healthy 17 people in the room - which was reassuring having seen the 2pm and 3pm shows before us attract a combined total of 3. They were slow to warm up but with a bit of chat from all of us things fell into place. For a change I went for some proper audience chat, noting that with a Londoner, an Aberdonian and a kiwi in the back row we had an Englishman/Scotsman/New Zealander "walk into a bar" joke in the making. The money was poor but with most of the audience very young (two admitting they were actually just seventeen) it was unsurprising.

Come 6pm and I was watching 'Kriss Foster and the Very Small Museum' at The Globe Bar. The whole show was powered by playing pass-the-parcel with a small box of objects (his personal 'museum') and material coming from whatever object was taken out when the music stopped. Some material was musical, some spoken, all very sweet and funny. By his choice of music (TV themes from the 80s and 90s) and material it was easy to see his target audience was aged 30+ listeners of Radio 4 - and they loved it. Today's photo comes from the end of the show where my dad had to hold up some violin music for Kriss to play and exorcise his demons of failing grade 1 as a child.

After this we watched Andy Onions take part as a panellist on Quiz In My Pants then ate heartily at a Burrito cafe. A few drinks followed and by 3am a good number of comics were saying goodbye at The Pear Tree.

Shows Performed: 2 (43)
Bums on seats at Mirthquake: 17 (329)
Money in the Mirthquake bucket: £15 (£460.10)
Steps walked according to my pedometer: 14,331 (323,205) 
CDs Remaining: 64

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