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Hi, my name is Phil McPants and I'll be your host for this evening. We've got a whole lot of fun stuff in store for you tonight. Are you excited?
I saaaaiiiid are you excited?
That's better! Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Oh, and laugh. It'd help if you could laugh too.
Cal and I had always wanted to go and see the Edinburg Fringe Festival, and thanks to being in such close proximity and having a long weekend we decided it was a perfect opportunity to pop up for a visit.
So very early on saturday morning (it was closer to friday night) we hop on a plane and fly up to Edinburgh. As far as first impressions go, I really liked the place. The landscape was everything I had naively believed it to be from watching Braveheart far too many times, but what I wasn't ready for were the people. In a realisation which flies in the face of everything we've experienced everywhere before there were actually Legit Scottish people all over the place, and they actually spoke with a fair dinkum Scottish accent.
But onto the festival itself. The best word I can think to describe it is "nuts". We caught the last weekend of it and things were coming to a climax. There were entertainers on every corner, people everywhere and excessive drinking (God bless the Scots). What more could one want?
Of course, we went to many shows. We had a few prebooked, but thanks to witnessing cool street shows or being badgered by people handing out flyers on the street, we went to many on impulse.
As you'd expect, there were some good, and some bad shows, but on the whole it was a largely entertaining experience. Highlights and lowlights for me included:
* Wil Anderson – We dutifully attended this show since he was the most famous Australian act. He was bit more hyperactive than he is on tv, and this made for a really awesome experience.
* Jump – A comedy show by a Korean martial arts crew. The humour was simple, but I have to say that if you're doing triple back flips and smashing boards 3 meters in the air with your feet I'm not going to criticise your comedy stylings.
* Sarah Kendal – An Aussie chick who's show we stumbled across randomly. Cal had seen her on TV before, but I was unprepared. She was genuinely REALLY funny. Sorta like a female Jerry Sienfeld.
* Michael Piper – And now with the bad. I have to give this guy props though – he got Cal and I good. His show was called "Best Newcomer: Michael Piper". Now you'd think that this show would be good because, hey – he's the best newcomer! But in a display of pure genious the show itself was just called "Best newcomer" there was no relation to any award. I can give him an award however for the worst show we saw there. The best part about it was that it ended.