I’m lucky because the start of Edinburgh Fringe Festival always falls on my birthday. What’s a better way to celebrate your birthday than going to the Fringe Festival? Going to Edinburgh Fringe for one day can be tricky so here’s how to do it, plus a few of my fringe festival highlights!
My Edinburgh Fringe Festival Highlights 2018
As my arthritis was flaring when we went up, we didn’t do quite as much this year but we actually found a lot of new places and saw quite a few free things as well!
Before heading to the festival, we decided to book one show. Our favourite Edinburgh Fringe venue has to be Pleasance Courtyard; we always go and see a show there! Last year, we managed to get the last two tickets to the Best in Edinburgh Showcase Show. It’s such a good show to go and see if you’re only going for the day because it’s a showcase of the comedy in Edinburgh with four different comics on that year.
If you’re lucky to be there for more than one day, you can go see it again and again because the line up changes daily! On the day we went, the comics we saw were;
- Sally-Anne Hayward Comedinenne-ess – 2nd – 26th August, Venue 88
- Mark Simmons One-Linererer – 4th – 25th August, Venue 156
- Carey Marx Carey Carey Quite Contrary – 4th – 26th August, Venue 158
- Stuart Mitchell Gordon Ramsay’s Karma Cafe – 1st – 27th, Venue 14
Sally-Anne compared the whole show and had me laughing at all of her jokes and I could definitely see her being on comedy panel shows like Mock the Week and 8 out of 10 Cats does countdown.
Mark Simmon’s is a fantastic one liner. This Milton Jones, just maybe a little bit less strange. His jokes are very clever and whilst it might take a while to get a few, they are well worth the thinking!!
I wasn’t 100% sure about Carey Marx, I definitely felt a little bit uncomfortable at times but everyone around me (including my mum) loved it so maybe it was just me!
I think Stuart Mitchell was my favourite of the group, he was incredibly funny and his set went so quickly! He’s definitely one to watch.
Free Comedy at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
One of the brilliant things about Edinburgh Fringe Festival is that whatever your budget, you can see some amazing shows. All along the Royal Mile was little stages which was showcasing some of the shows which were on.
We were lucky enough to catch one of my favourite a-ccapella groups, All The Kings Men. Yes, I have a favourite a-cappella group! You may have actually heard of these guys if you watched the BBC show Pitch Battle last year. They were incredible and even in an outside, busy setting, their voices carried really well and their arrangements were so clever.
Have you been to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year? What have your highlights been? Let me know in the comments!