Edinburgh has been taken over and the ground has been littered with performer's hopes and dreams in flyer form. That's right Ladies and Gentlemen The Fringe Festival has arrived and the streets they are a bustling. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Fringe, it is a month long festival that takes place in Edinburgh every August. Over 40,000 shows, across over 350 venues, everything from comedy to poetry to cabaret is available at your culture craving little finger tips. You can't walk around the city without having flyers thrust into your hands. I have so many right now, I could be one of the promoters. Some of my favourites I have attended so far are below and have been part of The Free Festival.
What a way to kick off my fringe and what a stage presence. Wozniak looks like a mixture of Nick Offerman and Dave Grohl with just as much mustache but much more cat talk. His show contains a mixture of bad luck, advice, parenting and the odd (and i mean odd) fact thrown in for fun. The audience were given options of the topics they could have facts on including rats, bubbles, insurance and pigs. Each one not what you were expecting. In a classic Edinburgh Fringe venue, a kid's show is happening next door and they are causing a commotion. Wozniak apologises for the noise, telling us they go for the ankles so when we see them in the hallway, kick high.
This show was always going to be hit and miss when the topic is your dead father. There were moments of hilarity, moments of awkwardness and moments of pure heart. John has a likable, underdog quality that make people root for him. You feel like you're in it together. However that could be because he is standing naked in front of you so you've been forced to skip a few steps. The show switches between a comedian doing a bit and a guy just grieving for his dad the only way he knows how. You witness this in a bizarre scene of an audience member sitting on his lap while he is dressed as he deceased father. John broke character, looked at the audience and simply said 'I have a degree.' Meaning, he doesn't have to be doing this but here we are. That honesty and vulnerability is how he won this viewer over.
25 people crammed into a tiny room above The Three Sisters, David Callaghan jokes that we shouldn't be complaining because he is pretty sure this is usually the staff room. The looks on people's faces are an indication of the uncomfortable heat to which Callaghan warns us is only going to get worse. And that it did. As Callaghan set off with his high energy set the room soon turned into a cesspit, a cesspit pit of laughter, but a cesspit none the less. It's 45 minutes of health and safety nightmares but that's what Fringe is all about. The show jokes about the usual struggles of millennials; like growing up, missing childhood and pleasing your parents. With each gasp that came from a shocking punchline Callaghan ensures us it was much worse when his mum and dad were in the crowd yesterday. Using a variety of props Callaghan has you in the palm of his hand. If you a nineties kid or love a good cereal pun - this is the show for you. Get there early for a seat as the show is selling out daily which Callaghan himself cannot explain.
Javiar wasn't just a random fringe choice for us. Although, if we had just been wandering Cowgate looking for a show his dynamite flyer would have pulled us in fo sho. We were first in line and couldn't wait. I first came across Jarvier at Scared Scriptless, an improv comedy show in Christchurch, NZ. He was a stand out performer and I have been waiting ever since to see his solo show. The show is a mixture of comedy and straight up skill that hours have been put into to perfect. His skill? Card Ninja. Javier is great at involving the audience and building momentum. The things he can do with cards are impressive but don't think it is a magic show, oh no no no, he is a ninja. I was worried going to this show that we wouldn't get to hear much of Javier's comedy but he was just as hilarious as he was a skilled ninja. Who knew boys could do it all. This show is an absolute must see and is going to be a hard one to beat.
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