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Edinburgh Fringe Diary: Day 11

ACMS - Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012

ACMS – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012

The end is approaching (for us anyway) but the comedy things continue to happen. Starting off with one of our favourite acts Adam Larter counting down to midnight in his show Happy New Year on a hot summer afternoon (1.15pm, Captain Taylor’s Coffee House). It was suitably chaotic as well as confusing for a few members of the audience who weren’t quite so in on the joke, but they’re probably idiots, so that’s okay.

Then off to interview Grainne Maguire for the podcast, before taking in here show Where Are All the Fun Places and Are Lots of People There Having Better Fun? at the Underbelly at Bristo Square (4.20pm, some money), which involved a trip back to her childhood to explain her fear of missing out on something better. Great storytelling and smart jokes. And a weird crush.

Next, that Jack De’Ath did his first set of the Fringe, where a baby heckled him through a curtain. He left the stage covered in pasta too.

Another first followed, with a trip to Tempting Tattie for a potato with some other food in it. Deliciousssshh.

One of the shows on everyone’s lips, ears and heads this Festival is Doctor Brown’s Befrdfgth (9.05pm, Underbelly Cowgate), which lived up to expectations this evening. A clown in absolute command of his audience, able to read and influence and astonish each individual.

Then it was the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society at the Pleasance Dome – beginning at 12.45am and finishing at 3am. Tiredness abounded, but so did a desire to live up to that ‘alternative’ promise. Hence, jokes in French, a monologue from a woman/squirrel, a bunch of Weirdos recreating a Wild West shoot out, a u-boat commander discussing his hatred of Wagner and a gorilla dressed as an old man rocking on a rocking chair for 7 minutes while Phill Jupitus dressed as a viking attempts a sudoku. Flabulous.

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