Day 4: Lightning! Thunder! Rain! None of these could stop me from going from venue to venue but nice try Edinburgh. The Gods didn’t look down fondly on the arts today as hundreds of festival revellers ran for shelter. But the shows must go on and though I became part of an improv, unticketed wet T-shirt competition I didn’t manage to miss a thing.
Here are my three favourite shows of the day:
‘Troy Hawke in Tiles of the Unexpected’ is another Scrabble based investigation into another famous high street chain. Full of mad conspiracy theories, excellent crowd work and of course a few videos of Troy Hawke getting his hands and smoking jacket dirty amongst the general public. Hawke is one of the finest comedy characters on the Fringe and his dapper persona is a must see, hopefully he reaches the next level of stardom soon.⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Almost Winning’ is Mark Watson offering a different service to his usual hour of stand up. This year Watson is doing his first PowerPoint presentation on how he almost died on reality TV show ‘Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls’. We learn how Watson coped with his biggest phobia whilst also dealing with his anxiety of even going on the show. Obviously this is a Mark Watson show so expect a lot of crowd work and plenty of distractions where most of what Watson didn’t expect to say is usually the funniest.⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Tarot’ is a comedy supergroup made from one man sketch troop Goose and Gein’s Family Giftshop. Tarot is one of the darkest comedy shows I have seen in my ten years of coming to the Fringe and was spectacular. Not many comedians can pull off hilarious sketches involving such twisted subject matter as insest, murder and the worst dating. Tarot seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves as they ended the show covered in fake blood and wine. Check them out to find out why. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5