Friday, August 31st, 2018Welcome to Fringepig


Another Fringe is over. We’re all off home to polish our trophies or, in 99.9% of cases, lick our wounds. Ugh ugh ugh these wounds taste of ill-conceived whimsy that is unsustainable over 54 minutes. Ugh! Nasty gross wounds.


Never mind. We’ll get it right next year. In the meantime, let’s do a quick post-mortem. What was it about this year that marked a sea-change? And what will never, ever change?


– The Counting House and a couple of other free venues were actually more fun and more happening than the Big 4
– Reviewers actually complained that the PERFORMERS were being mean to them
– The weather stayed really nice until the final week (but weather isn’t climate, right?)
– There were more people than last year, but most of them were foreign and didn’t understand puns. Or the concept of bucket money
– There was a flyerer shortage. Is Brexit starting to bite?
– The Loft Bar still has the worst house wine in the entire universe. In whose ‘house’ is that the wine, Loft Bar? The House of Usher? Pat Sharpe’s Fun House? Big Momma’s House?? National Lampoon’s Animal House?!? Patrick Swayze’s Road House?!?!? I don’t know where I’m going with this
– The people who work in Brew Lab are still awful; like Nazis except with stupid and unscientific ideas about coffee instead of Aryan racial supremacy
– There’s a whole new breed of super-arrogant young comedian who just COULD NOT BELIEVE they weren’t getting more attention (no names please), and…
– There’s still nowhere else to be in August if you have even half a creative tendon in your misused wrist.


Til next year,



A K Kipper, Publisher and stuffed elephant



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Want some Fringe background? Here are some archive articles!

August 1st, 2014

SAYING ‘THE UNSCRIPTED BITS WERE BEST’ “The unscripted bits were actually funnier than the show” “The banter with a man in the front row actually suggested to me that compereing might be more his forte”. “The biggest laughs came off the back of an ad-libbed exchange with a woman in the audience”   Did you […]

August 19th, 2014

So, Week Three. In Week Three, in a small room, you realise – or is it remember? – that people are horrible. Goethe once said: “Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.” But the truth is that any other involuntary reaction will show a man’s character just as well: You may […]

August 23rd, 2017

It’s a hot-button issue at last: the establishment thinks that comedy is worthless. LEO KEARSE (Tory capitalist) and ROB MULHOLLAND (socialist working-class agitator) have joined forces to ask why public money is only ever spent on entertainment few of us want Long before theatre supremo Nica Burns took up the cause (check your next-best comedy […]

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July 28th, 2014

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July 13th, 2014

The Skinny

July 13th, 2014