Was simply amazing! A few days of fun and laughter and comedy and wonderfulness. I was an especially lucky girl as my beautiful and multitalented friend the GPB organised the whole thing – I literally just had to rock up, hand over some cash, and have a good time. Thank you again sweetie!
Set off from home on Tuesday and pelted down the A9. Got to Edinburgh at lunchtime, and headed straight into town to drop off my stuff at the hostel and meet the GPB! An afternoon of tea and chat and acclimatising, and being given my awesome Laminated Timetable of Amazingness (LToA!). And then the shows began. Our first show was called ‘Ferris Bueller’s Way Of…’ and yes, it was a comedy show based on the awesome film. Really funny, and free too ;). Plus I got my first compliment of the visit – the comic asked how old I was, I said 27, and he just went “really? No, you’ve got to be younger”. Cheers! 🙂
Then we headed to the Underbelly, one of the biggest venues, to see Sammy J’s show ‘Sammy J in the Forest of Dreams’. Brilliant, and I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t pick up several awards. It’s comedy with puppets, but the golden moments were when Sammy had to improvise due to technical problems or audience heckling. GPB knows Sammy from her time in Aus, so it was great to see his show packed to the rafters and with excellent reviews.
Apres ca, the lovely Jenga came to find us. This “finding” presented us with its own problems – Jenga lives in Edinburgh and knows it really well. GPB loves the festival (this was her 5th outing!) and knows its geography really well. The two don’t overlap much! But eventually Jenga found us, and after scaring some flyerers with our glee at the awesome powers of the LToA (over the course of the week it would get licked several times, and dipped in water, OJ, red wine, white wine, beer and tea…) we set off in search of pizza.
And gig number three – a free comedy double hander by two young comics, Marcus & James. Really funny and irreverent, but I made the mistake of choosing the “favourite audience member chair” so had to get involved a little….all good fun. Then we stayed fairly late chatting before bidding Jenga and the boys adieu. For the GPB and I had another place to be….
You guys, we went to Silent Disco! Have you heard of it? Basically, as you go in you are given a pair of headphones, and that’s how you hear the music…there are two channels to listen to (one’s fairly hip, one’s more cheesey!), but the real surreality comes if you take your headphones off for a moment…a silent room filled with people indie shuffling or Hammer dancing? Is ace. If Silent Disco have a night near you, I’d recommend! GPB and I danced our socks off, before returning to our digs a little after two, ready to sleep.
I was going to do the whole stay as a post, but that would be far too long…I’ll continue the tale in my next post!