Welcome

At the end of the Fringe Festival in 2010 I starting compiling articles to try to help new comers to the Edinburgh Fringe produce a show successfully, and possibly to help those that have produced shows unsuccessfully. I don’t have every answer to every problem that comes up producing a show, if I did I’d be sitting somewhere more comfortable than I am at the moment.

These articles are based on 8 years experience of the Edinburgh Fringe. During which time as well as performing in shows and receiving “critical acclaim” as someone who is “funny, fascinating and engaging” as well as “Charming, Intelligent and above all incredibly funny”. I’ve also been responsible for booking the venue and ordering flyers.

On Boxing Day 2010 the total number of views reached 3000, and the current number of views can be seen on the hand side of the page.

As these articles are mainly for funny people I’ve deliberately not tried not to say anything funny. The full list of articles is currently listed below and also available if you click on  “Fringe Production” at the top of the page.

The articles are:-

How to Produce a Free Festival Show

After producing a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the last 8 years, Ian Fox has produced a helpful guide on how to produce a Free Festival show. Continue reading →

Production Schedule

What to do between January and August and when to do it… Continue reading →

5 Money, Time Saving and Stress Reducing Hints for Fringe Show Production

It can be massively stressful producing your own show so I’ve compiled a list of 5 common problems that can cause you grief, suggested possible solutions and included some money-saving tips.… Continue reading →

More Ways To Save Cash On Your Show

You need a website for your show. I mentioned some internet stuff in an earlier article. This piece specifically deals with the internet, having a site for your show and what you can get free.… Continue reading →

How To Promote a Fringe Show

Interview piece with Ivor Dembina, Bob Slayer and Lynn Ruth Miller on promoting a Free Festival shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Continue reading →

How to Promote a Fringe show – part 2

Whilst trying to get feedback from audience members I received two really helpful emails from different sources offering their thoughts… Continue reading →

How to apply to do a Free Festival show

Full instructions on applying for Free Festival shows are on the Free Festival website. The application process starts in January … Continue reading →

How to list a show in the fringe programme.

40 words, not many to describe a whole show but that’s the maximum you can have in the fringe programme. People complain it’s not enough. I think it’s fine if you think about it and spend some time editing it. … Continue reading →

How to list a show in the fringe programme – part 2

Bob Doolally's World Cup BallsTwo seasoned promoters with a history of producing shows at the fringe give their advice on the best ways to list your show in the fringe guide.… Continue reading →

Best Fringe Comedy Posters Edinburgh 2010

Selling a fringe show and poster design  are two subjects I’m fascinated by. I think these posters are my favourite ones from the 2010 fringe. … Continue reading →

Best Posters from the 2010 Free Festival fringe shows

My choice of the best Free Festival posters from 2010. Bold, eye-catching and unreservedly smutty.… Continue reading →

Best Fringe Posters 2010 – Theatre, Cabaret, Burlesque, Dance and Physical Theatre

If you’re designing posters for the fringe it’s important that you create the right feel for a fringe show. This is my section of favourite posters from the 2010 fringe guide that weren’t in the comedy section.… Continue reading →

Best Fringe Comedy Posters Edinburgh 2009

Following on from the popularity of the compilation of posters from the 2010 programme, these posters are my favourite ones from 2009 … Continue reading

Other Poster Compilations

A helpful resource of posters from other festivals, countries and media including American TV Shows, Movies, US Stand Up Tours, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney Comedy and Fringe Festivals, Theatre shows and other interesting stuff.

The Best Fringe Piss Takes….so far

There’s many a true word spoken in jest. I noticed the term #notfringe appearing on twitter today. Here is a compilation of my favourite tweets to sum up the fringe for you …Continue reading →

The Best Fringe Piss Takes….Part 2

More fringe piss takers. … Continue reading →

Audience members feedback

For the past month I’ve advertised on various forums to get feedback from audience members about what has attracted them to specific shows and what has put them off seeing a show … Continue reading →

Create a comedy showcase.

Random suggestion number 1. One of the reasons people choose to go to the fringe is to network with other acts and agents.… Continue reading →

Critics Interviews

The published interviews so far are with:-

Jay Richardson Award Winning Freelance Journalist

Steve Bennett from Chortle

Julia Chamberlain who reviews for Chortle

Geoff Evans from One4review

Claire Smith from the Scotsman

Julian Hall from the Independent

Tim Arthur from Time Out

Marissa Burgess from Manchester Evening News and reviewer for Chortle and The List

Review team from The Stage including veteran critic Gerald Berkowitz who was voted to London’s prestigious Critics Circle in 2006

Chris Hislop from Fringe Review.

Comedians Interviews

A series of interviews with comedians with a long Edinburgh history.

Published interviews so far:-

Toby Hadoke Les Dawson award winner, Regular Compere of XS Malarkey, Doctor Who fan and author of “Running Through Corridors”.

Jason Cook earning 5 star reviews for his shows in Edinburgh on the International circuit.

Kev F Sutherland (Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre) Kev first visited the fringe as punter in 1984. Since then he’s produced over 10 shows, one featured Miranda Hart and was commissioned for an ITV1 show in 2002.

Patrick Monahan published 28th December

Pete Jonas Dark Side of the Poon was one of the most talked about shows of 2010.  In this interview Pete gives his side of the story.

James Sherwood James has written 6 shows in the last 6 years. As well as creating a panel show for Radio 4 “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The News” which aired in August and September 2009.

Vladimir MacTavish Stand Up Comedian, Character Actor, Writer, Public Speaker, as well as a Star of BAFTA nominated “Live Floor Show”. In 2009 he published the 50 Greatest Scots of all time, ever based on his shows from 2008 and 2009, which featured a foreword by Frankie Boyle.

Craig Campbell His’s TV credits include Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Comedy Store, Edinburgh and Beyond and Russell Howard’s Good News. In Canada he was co-host of the legendary Ed’s Night Party, and guested on numerous Canadian TV shows such as, Jim Carrey Live, The Dennis Miller Show and Just for Laughs.

Andrew Bird wanted to be a comedian ever since he watched the Young Ones on Comic Relief when he eight years old. Since then he’s performed all over the world as well as doing regular TV warm Ups for HIGNFY and Deal or No Deal.

Steve Hall part of the Sketch Group “We Are Klang” they were nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2006. The TV version aired in 2009, with a follow-up show “The Klang Show” broadcast in 2010.

Tony Law has been in loads of thing and mostly awesome in all of them. Broadcast shows he’s been in include Edinburgh and Beyond (Paramount Comedy), Loose Ends (Radio 4), 28 Acts In 28 Minutes (BBC Three), The Stand-Up Show (BBC One), Popcorn (Sky Movies) and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (BBC Two)

Mick Ferry has appeared on “Michael Macintyre’s Comedy Roadshow” as well “The Comedy Store” on the Paramount Channel. In 2009 he made his film debut in the Ken Loach film “Looking For Eric”.

Promoters Interviews

Interviews with promoters from the fringe.

Brett Vincent promoted some of the best-selling shows at the fringe in 2010, and invented the “Roam-Ad”.

Mick Perrin Managing Director of Just For Laughs Live, Tour manager and promoter for Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran and Bo Burnham.

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Banner photo features Morgan and West on the Royal Mile in 2010 advertising their show Time Travelling Magicians – a two-man stage show. Photo by Ian Fox