Hello Edinburgh! How’s the weather? Been to the Mosque Kitchen yet? Tried the 10 to 10 in Delhi round the corner? Great food too and lovely warm chai! I’m not in Edinburgh. I’m not even sure if I can make it this year. I have my son’s A Level results to contend with and an 18th birthday party to organise (like Edinburgh, all I have is a venue – my Mum’s – and an overwhelming sense of panic).
I meant to do a top 10 comedy picks weeks ago, but here we are, Preview Day, and some of the shows have already kicked off! So, if I were in Edinburgh this is who I absolutely definitely would attempt to see (in time order):
Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal – what seems like stream-of-consciousness comedy is tightly written, highly original, utterly brilliant. Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), 19.00
Sam Savage: Looking Out for Linda – award-winning comedian who found a new voice in a wig. Hilarious and warm-hearted. Southsider (Venue 148), 19.00
Joanna Neary: Faceful of Issues – just hysterical. Possibly our best character comedian at the top of her game. Here, she’s Celia. Assembly Rooms (Venue 20), 19.45
Sean McLoughlin: Whatever it Takes – powerful, pure stand-up. Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), 20.15
Bobby Mair: Filthy Immigrant – dark. Kills me. Heroes @ the Hive (Venue 313), 20.50
Spencer Jones Presents: The Herbert in a Proper Job – a word-of-mouth recommendation at Edinburgh 2014, who I saw, love-love-loved, laughed at, cried at, and booked immediately. Twice. Heroes @ the Hive (Venue 313), 21.00
Mark Simmons: Laugh Yourself Thin – brilliant one-liner merchant. Leicester Comedian of the Year runner-up. Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), 21.15
So that’s seven great comedy shows that you could do over 3 days. None of them are on the telly in their own right yet, but I’m pretty sure they will be very soon.
Later in the Fringe (from the 21st), a comedy game show that’s highly recommended – and at lunch-time too – is The Humble Quest for Universal Genius – Assembly George Square (Venue 3), 14.00. The excellent Matthew Crosby from Pappy’s is hosting, and comedians confirmed include Josh Widdicombe, Al Murray, Chris Ramsay, Angela Barnes, Alex Horne, Joe Lycett and Carl Donnelly! It’ll be a corker.
And lastly, where would we be without Katherine Ryan, Jerry Sadowitz, Robin Ince (13th), Nick Helm (2 one-off shows – apparently!), Bridget Christie, Jo Brand, Stewart Lee, Tina C (some of the tightest jokes I’ve ever heard), Ivo Graham, Carl Donnolly, Angela Barnes, Nish Kumar, Aidan Goatley, Joel Dommett, Suzy Bennett, the aforementioned Matthew Crosby, Miss Behave, James Acaster, Mick Ferry, Stephen Carlin, and newer acts Jonny Pelham, Dan Fardell, Stephanie Laing and Larry Dean.
Time’s up – it’s nearly 7pm! Have fun!
PS. I’m bound to have forgotten people – sorry, have great shows and see you soon. Do let me know who you’ve loved the most: you can find me on Facebook or Twitter @kerryherbert007.