Friday, 23 August 2019

Edblog: Aug 22nd

Things began to pick up today after the early week lull. Clash of the Tight Tens gave the audience solidly brilliant laughs for an hour. Ash Preston's debut went down a treat with the younger teenagers - who he encouraged to share their favourite swear word, much to the amusement of their parents.

99FWP was a solo show due to Anna losing her voice so I tested my ideas for next year again with the audience and they happily went with it. After one crew member shared her self-checkout horror story with us I dug out Tales of the Unexpected for an encore. Altogether, a great gig.

Between the two shows Andy Onions and I watched Saskia Preston at the Underbelly. A story with a twist, Saskia packed the hour full of jokes and callbacks whilst also taking us on what felt like a real trip down memory lane with her family. Well worth sitting in another of the weird little black boxes at the top end of town for. 

Clash of the Tight Tens
Bums on seats: 20 (Total: 410)
Cash in the swing bin: £51 (Total: £972)

99 (First World) Problems
Bums on seats: 18 (Total: 390)
Cash in the bag for life: £66 (Total: £979)

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Edblog: Aug 21st

A quiet day on the fringe still came with its highlights as Clash of the Tight Tens minimal audience enjoyed the sets delivered if to ten times the number whilst 99FWP hosted a truly international audience of Germans, Chinese, Irish and Brits. Though the three Chinese members struggled with the language barrier they joined in with enthusiasm and the tell tale constant scribbling in a notepad by a man at the back suggested a reviewer was in town.

Post-shows, we caught Jollyboat at The Liquid Rooms for some raucous musical comedy and then headed up town to see John Long perform Planet Killing Machine with his trademark very small guitar. Old favourites such as "You Can't Recycle That" were joined by new songs and a poignant tribute to, musical comedian, the late Chris Joyce. A thoughtful counterpart to the previous show, it was well worth the ticket.

Clash of the Tight Tens
Bums on seats: 10 (Total: 390)
Cash in the swing bin: £21 (Total: £921)

99 (First World) Problems
Bums on seats: 10 (Total: 372)
Cash in the bag for life: £28 (Total: £913)

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Edblog August 19th/20th

Week 3 Monday is always slow as Scottish families send their kids back to school and the big weekend presents its hangover.

Clash of the Tight Tens was noticeably more subdued despite reasonable numbers but solid sets came from all involved and flyers were willingly taken from all acts on exit. I caught up with Andy Onions and Dylan Dodds over a beer and chips before making my way to Sofi's to collect flyers and stand about in the rather quiet thoroughfare around George's Square.

99FWP was down to ten people but they gave it their all and we had a great time. The last of the key rings were handed out and the bucket was respectable for the numbers.

Later on I performed guest spots at Comedy Shorts at The Newsroom and a late night hour at City Cafe alongside Peter Merriment, Joe Bains and Rhodders which resembled a good natured hostage situation featuring eight students in a tiny room.

We also saw a few more shows. Katie Pritchard's Storm Stud was an anarchic musical comedy show full of gloriously homemade costumes and bubbling enthusiasm whilst All Aboard with Dragos showcased a Romanian talent of the old school music hall variety to much mirth from the small but captivated audience.

Clash of the Tight Tens
Bums on seats: 18 (Total: 380)*
Cash in the swing bin: £30 (Total: £900)*

99 (First World) Problems
Bums on seats: 10 (Total: 362)
Cash in the bag for life: £31 (Total: £885)

*Includes an additional 27 people and bucket money for Tuesday's show hosted by Sonia Aste (99FWP has the day off.)

Monday, 19 August 2019

Edblog: Aug 18th

After a couple of very busy days, normality resumed on Sunday with more usual numbers at both shows and a city which you could walk across at more than a shuffle. Clash of the Tight Tens welcomed returning groups from Saturday keen for another lunchtime comedy fix whilst 99FWP was busy without being squashy. A lengthy soundcheck ensured everything sounded ten times better than the previous day and we did our best to ignore the intense stare of a single man at the back of the room who kept tapping his phone. Reviewer or stalker, we'll soon find out I'm sure.

In between all this comedy-ing I've seen a few more shows and have a whole list to attend this week before it's too late. For the record, Zahra Barri's, "Special", at Cabaret Voltaire is way more fluid than its "work in progress" tag suggests and is an enjoyable hour of personal storytelling. Ashley Haden's, "Fuck You and Fuck Your Beliefs", at Sofi's Southside is a sardonic sixty minute polemic on modern politics and wider society. The Sacrifice at Opium is a strangely brilliant forty minutes of clowning based on the unlikely relationship between a viking and a vampire preparing for a blood ritual. And finally, Trainspotting Live brings Irvine Welsh's best known novel to life in a tunnel where the audience sit along the sides and watch Renton and co hurtle up and down to collapse on sofas, go cold turkey on mattresses and splash around frantically in a toilet bowl.

Clash of the Tight Tens
Bums on seats: 21 (Total: 353)
Cash in the swing bin: £42 (Total: £847)

99 (First World) Problems
Bums on seats: 22 (Total: 352)
Cash in the bag for life: £48 (Total: £854)

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Edblog: Aug 17th

Today was utterly frantic in town with huge numbers of people treading the Royal Mile and beyond. 

After a brief spot of flyering for Tight Tens (and it's twice-changed lineup due to drop-outs) I was in the room chatting to a capacity crowd and doing my best with Shake It and a sore throat. The assembled thoroughly enjoyed the whole show and a little old lady enquired if 99FWP had any rude words in it as, "I liked all the acts but I'm too old to hear swearing and things about sex." She took my flyer and promised to come the next day. A recent show also got a user review on the Edfringe site:

After a spot of shopping and eating I made my way to Sofi's confident that it would fill with no flyering. Which it did, ridiculously so. Despite some full rooms in the past, none of them compared to this audience. People were sat in the window bays, on extra stools brought in from the other rooms and peering in through the doorway. The show itself went well though the PA started to show its limitations when turned up to a volume to cope with the numbers, distorting the vocals at times. We used this as part of our bucket speech to buy bigger speakers.

A full soundcheck with be happening today before the show commences.

Clash of the Tight Tens
Bums on seats: 40 (Total: 332)
Cash in the swing bin: £100 (Total: £805)

99 (First World) Problems
Bums on seats: 45 (Total: 330)
Cash in the bag for life: £110 (Total: £806)

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Edblog: Aug 15/16

Another couple of great shows over the past few days. August 16th's 99FWP was particularly special with a full room of happy people. 

Aug 15th
Clash of the Tight Tens
Bums on seats: 18 (Total: 278)
Cash in the swing bin: £61 (Total: £661)

99 (First World) Problems
Bums on seats: 20 (Total: 250)

Cash in the bag for life: £61 (Total: £576)

Aug 16th
Clash of the Tight Tens
Bums on seats: 14 (Total: 292)
Cash in the swing bin: £44 (Total: £705)

99 (First World) Problems
Bums on seats: 35 (Total: 285)
Cash in the bag for life: £120 (Total: £696)

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Edblog: Aug14th

Another nice day at the fringe with a decent turnout at Tight Tens and a not-bad-for-a-Wednesday group of ten in 99FWP. 

In between the two I met up with Andy Onions to take part in Alan Shed 7's Music Quiz. Using an interactive tablet we answered questions on music from decades and genres way beyond the hey day of the mighty shed. By the penultimate round we were in the third place but in the final round we got question after question wrong and slipped further and further down the leaderboard. However, with three questions to go we aced one no-one else got and gained a thoroughly unfair bonus boost to the top. The final question duly answered correctly and we were the winners!

Possibly the only award I'm likely to win this summer.

Clash of the Tight Tens
Bums on seats: 25 (Total: 260)
Cash in the swing bin: £58 (Total: £600)

99 (First World) Problems
Bums on seats: 10 (Total: 230)
Cash in the bag for life: £19 (Total: £515)