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Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Day 5

Pattie Brewster

Pattie Brewster

As a former reviewer myself, I do have more sympathy than most in comedy for the minds behind the keyboards behind the words behind the opinions about people who want to make other people laugh. But there’s something about getting someone who clearly has no real experience in even watching live comedy, let alone being allowed to transmit a publicly available view on it, to judge Stewart Lee that is just embarrassing. For shame Broadway Baby for even thinking a Stewart Lee review was necessary, let alone publishing one that describes his show as “stand-up slathered in a whole dollop of marmite.” (For me, writers who compare something to marmite are like marmite – they should be kept in an airless jar). Although, I did learn the word ostinato, so that was nice.

Anyway, I had a nice day otherwise, watching Cariad Lloyd, Rachel Parris and more in the Jane Austen improv show that is Austentatious (1.30pm, Counting House, free). It’s exactly how I’ve described, and has some marvellously talented people making it all work.

Lunch was had at Bobby Sand’s Sandwich Bar, before more comedy with Adam Belbin presenting  Half of Next Year’s Show (4.20pm, Free Sisters, free), which including awkward dating, jokes about bees and the sound of 40s music from the venue next door. But that’s the Fringe! Or something like that (I hate msyelf).

I stopped hating myself when I won a table tennis match at the Three Sisters though. I am king of the table. And we definitely didn’t break the ball if anyone from Three Sisters is reading this. It was like that when we got there or something.

Next was another podcast interview with Holly Burn (4.40pm, Just the Tonic at the Caves, £7), whose show by all accounts (well, one person who I trust) is amazing. So go see it, like I will soon. She’s one of main comedy recommendations too. And we ain’t dumb.

You should also trust our judgment on Pattie Brewster’s Friendship Venture at the Banshee Labyrinth (7.50pm, free), which turns into a sweet if slightly scary hour of learning how to make friends. Pattie’s a great teacher, and was very brave in coping with the loss of a projector.

Then a run to The Hive next door for that man from the internet, Devvo (8.45pm, free), for some songs and lifestyle advice when living on the dole. He’s a lot sweeter in real life than in his online videos, and would be a great friends for Pattie.

The evening closed with a trek to the Pleasance Dome to see last year’s Best Newcomer winner Humphrey Ker performing his award-winning show Dymock Watson Nazi Smasher (11.10pm, some money), a character story-telling piece for which enough has already been written about for me to bother writing any more.


Shows seen so far: 14. The best bit of which involved Salman Rushdie.

Celebrity spots: Susan Calman on the Grassmarket as I stood outside a chip shop.

Slightly gothy/retro looking girls I’ve fallen in love with: Two.

Scottish indie pop song of the day: The Delgados – Aye Today

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