Today was our busiest day yet, so thank the sweet lord that sweet Jack was here.
It started with one of our main free comedy recommendations Sam Fletcher (Bannerman’s, 12.30pm, free), who battled the eary (for an Edinburgh Festival) start with an hour of fun, magic, drawings, inventions, dad jokes and tiny eyes. Top stuff.
Then straight off for some more good, clean fun with Joe Davis and Kishore Nayar (The Hive, 2pm, free), who, along with a guest sand-up each day, promise a show of quality stand-up with no swears. Joe Wells was the guest today, and helped bring a political side to a fun atmosphere in one of the city’s gloomiest venues. And the closest we got to HBO levels of naughtiness was ‘boobs’. So, bring your kids. Especially if they like boobs.
Afterwards? I wanted a baked potato a lot, but it didn’t happen. Instead, we sat in a pub and had a drink while the most intriguing show in Edinburgh seemed to be going on next door. About 20 minutes into the 50 minute set, a stream of horrified looking people walked out rather hurriedly through the pub, each in frantic conversation with the people around them. Choice comments include “Why did he do that?” and “That was the most awful thing I’ve ever seen.” We didn’t venture in. We regret this.
I’d already seen Holly Burn (4.40pm, Just the Tonic at the Caves, £7), but Jack was naive to the joy she can be bring, so if we went for another venture, followed by another dose of Tibetan Book of the Dead the Musical (7.20pm, Bar 50, free).
Then an interview with the mania that is Lou Sanders, before seeing her delightfully absurd show An Evening With Wallan (9.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard, £9).
And finally, an hour and half wait for returns to see Daniel Kitson doing stand-up at The Stand. And we got in!!! Just!!! So sorry to the lovely Erin and Mahrouf who were just behind us. As for the show? It was Kitson, innit.
Shows seen so far: 29. All involving a hammer.
Celebrity spots: Simon Munnery in a hat.
Slightly gothy/retro looking girls I’ve fallen in love with: Fifteen.
Scottish indie pop song of the day: Belle and Sebastian – Lazy Line Painter Jane