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Laugh Out London’s Tom Meek shares his diary of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014

I woke up in the countryside today. You could hear sheep in the fields outside. Baa baa. Poor sheep. With no sense of culture.

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Ali Brice as Phil Collins

Ali Brice in Eric Meat Wants To Go Shopping, 2pm, The Hive, FREE

After making my way back to Edinburgh (and the wonders of Niddry Street) I found myself at Ali Brice’s rather magnificent and magnificently silly character comedy. Ali comes from a background of prop comedy (including a rather fabulous odor eaters or Doritos stick-based joke) but in the past year he has created several extreme, loud and exciting characters that allow him to take his skills in over-the-top lunacy and audience interaction to the next level. Eric Meat is a lonely man looking for love, Nigel Buchanan just his son Neil to speak to him and Phil Collins is Phil Collins, but a bit scarier. It’s a lot of a nonsense, but it’s nonsense that grabs you.

Hurtling, Forest Fringe, FREE

This is a show for one person at a time. You get to a location. You get given a card. The card has instructions to walk around Edinburgh. You follow those instructions. You say hello to a stranger. You put on some headphones. You experience a few seconds of wonder.

If Destroyed Still True, Forest Fringe, FREE

The Forest Fringe is a marvellous thing for Edinburgh allowing inventive young performers a space to put on unique, inspired works that don’t quite fit in with the more mainstream worlds of the Big Four or the other factions that abound. In this case, the playwright and performer Molly Naylor discusses her troubled teenage years to an indie rock soundtrack played by Scottish musician Iain Ross. Naylor’s world must be a familiar one for many, feeling alienated in a world that prefers beauty and B&Q to girls in Pixies’ t-shirts who rebel with pink hair dye. An awkward encounter with the popular girl at high school in a sauna 15 years after they last saw each other sparks an introspective assessment of this juvenile world, as Naylor realises just how stupid it is to have a teenager make decisions for someone that last the rest of their lives. It won’t be a world every recognises, but it was that one that connected with me. The music added energy when needed, although could have been turned down from the 11 it seemed to have been at. In any case, support the Forest Fringe dudes. It’s braw.

Pizza, La Favorita, 8pm

I had some pizza from La Favorita. It was great. 4/5.

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