I’m only going to be in Edinburgh for a couple of days this year as I’m on one of the panels at the TV Festival talking about how to be excellent at podcasting. I feel a bit sad because I always have a million ideas for shows I’d love to put on – I’m determined to finish a horror comedy play I started a few years ago – but the costs are so crazy these days (mainly accommodation) that you either do a career focused show that isn’t that interesting but might get you on Viceland TV or a 5 minute sketch on BBC3 online, or something free and bonkers in a room with no lighting that sometimes smells of sick and where a drunk man will scream abuse at you five nights in a row. Only a lucky few get to ride the waves inbetween and that usually due to some financial sponsorship/management covering costs/they’ve been giving handjobs to a kindly benefactor all year. Plus I’ll be 6 months up the duff and quite frankly the idea of a ‘dry’ fringe fills me with more horror than childbirth.
That said here are some shows I recommend; Michael Legge, Colin Hoult, Jessica Fosteskew, Tom Neenan, Sara Pascoe, Lucy Porter, Sarah Kendall, Jenny Bede. I’ve not seen any of them though so if they’re fucking rubbish don’t blame me.