Ian Fox – Cockgate

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011. The most talked about event of Fringe 2011 is cockgate. Kunt and the Gang‘s £10 worth of stickers has seen him threatened by comedians, alleged talk of legal action and workers from Edinburgh Council telling him they spent all last week pulling off over a hundred c*cks. You can read the…

Ashley Frieze – The Run In

Last blog post before going to Edinburgh, so here’s one last bit of advice. I got this advice from working with the owner of this blog site – Mr Ian Fox. Since I joined The Great Big Comedy Picnic in 2005, there’s always been a “run in CD”. This is a single mix of music…

Ashley Frieze – Everyone’s a Critic

It’s true. You get to Edinburgh thinking you’re a perfectly normal, rational, non-insecure individual, and then all of a sudden there’s a frenzy of reviews and you end up in the corner of a room beating yourself up over something someone said/wrote/felt. Surely it shouldn’t matter? With comedy, of course, the most important reaction is…

Ashley Frieze – This Is Not A Drill

So this is the point in the festival when it would be one week to Fringe Sunday, except it isn’t because there isn’t a Fringe Sunday, or something like that. The point is that we’re now in action stations people. This is not a drill. The Festival is underway. I’m still writing from the vantage…

Him and Me TV – The Two Faces of the Fringe

So today is Saturday and we’ve just done show number 2. Show number one was a small success, around 15 people in and an ok reaction but there was just an energy lacking that we usually like whilst on stage. We had to work really hard for that one. There were a few bits that…

Ashley Frieze – Look After Yourself

Warning. If you’re doing the Fringe as either a watching person or a doing person (my new terms for it), you’re going to be putting a lot of effort in, and it’s quite demanding on your body. If you don’t look after yourself and deal with your creature comforts, you run the risk of it…

Ashley Frieze – Flyer Me To The Moon

After my piece on flyering, I thought I’d share some flyering stories – where it all went differently to the rosy picture I painted. Here are three simple sorry tales. So I’m stalking this woman… except, I’m not. I’d been trying to give out my last flyer of the day before going to the venue…

Ashley Frieze – The Dirty Dozen

  Today is the first of the 12 days it will take before I’m in Edinburgh with everyone else doing what must never be called “Fringeing”. For some today is the day to travel to Edinburgh to acclimatise. For others, it’s time for last-minute previews, or packing, or publicity, or advertising. For the Fringe office,…

Ashley Frieze – You’ve Gotta Hand It To Them

Flyering, eh? Can’t live with it, can’t live without an audience. There are going to be late teenage or early twenties girls in suspenders, looking cold, probably, handing out flyers with semi-rude pictures of themselves on, because they’re in some sort of student production. This may be amusing and titillating, but ultimately it’s no way for…