Day 5: Final day at the Fringe and the most popular subjects this year are: Michael Jackson, Greggs’ vegan sausage rolls and Louis CK’s backstage antics. But the festival is much more than just comedy and seeing 6 comedians just talking to a room with a mic stand for company can become hard work. It’s always a good idea to have a mixture of things to see, like these none-straight stand-up shows.
Here are my top three shows of my final day:
‘Alan Shed’s Interactive Quiz Show’ very much sums up the experience by its title. This is Alan Leeches’ (Shed Seven’s drummer) first time at the Fringe and his first time trying stand-up, although it’s 80% quiz 20% comedy. Each team are given a tablet to play against one another with a mix of music, trivia and TV based questions. Best quiz experience on the Fringe.⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Baggage’ is Lucy Pearman’s latest mad-cap audience interactive show. Pearman begins inside a suitcase and I won’t tell you how she ends, but you may get wet, hopefully through tears of laughter or from other spoiler free reasons. Be prepared to declare all your secrets before leaving the show. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘The Beakington Town Hall Murders’ is a murder mystery where sadly some tortoises have met their end at the council meeting. But who committed this diabolical deed? One of the members of the audience and Adam Riches has to use their special skills to work out whom by the end of the show using techniques as hi-tech as Guess Who boards and string. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Honourable mention to Mat Ewings ‘Actually can I have 8 tickets?’ with another tech heavy, interactive show, full of his own cheeky,creative genius.