The Fringe Festival – Part 1 (Lee and Herring)

Hello, my name is EdinBlogger and I’m a fringeoholic.

The Fringe Festival is one of the highlights in my year, I have no idea why so many locals I speak to get annoyed by it. Sure, the constant flyering can get frustrating as can crowds of people having fun whilst you’re at work, but for one month of the year Edinburgh comes alive.

When I first moved to Edinburgh I only had eyes for two people, my childhood comedy heroes Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. Sundays used to be my favourite day of the week, not just because it was almost time for school but because I got to watch This Morning with Richard Not Judy, the show is available online at very poor quality, but worth checking out if you have never seen it.

Seeing these comedians each year has become a tradition, I feel like I have grown up with these two and my festival experience would not be complete without them.

In preparation for the Fringe I have been reading Stewart Lee’s book, it’s made up of transcripts of his shows along with in depth notes breaking down his jokes even further (who would have thought that would be possible?). If you are a fan of Stewart Lee and haven’t read the book I would recommend you take a look, I can guarantee plenty of laugh out load moments (How I Escaped My Certain Fate – The Life and Death of a Standup Comedian).

I also have a copy of  Richard Herring’s book (How Not to Grow Up: A Coming of Age Memoir. Sort of.), but haven’t started it yet so can’t confirm the level of enjoyment you will experience. I’ll be sure to provide an update on this soon.

So based on my obsession, two shows are already in the bag:

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Next time on EdinBlogger we’ll look at some of the other dead certs in our comedy calendar…

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