It's that time of year again. Edinburgh is rapidly filling up to the brim with tourists, artists and no doubt plenty of other kinds of 'ists' besides. Before you know it, the Royal Mile will become a gauntlet of drama school students and aspiring comedians, all desperate to foist handfuls of flyers upon you, with a desperate: 'It's really good!' The clubs are now open to 5am, and hundreds of obscure venues will open all over the city. This blog is to be the site of plenty of reviews, tips and gripes about the festival, so to begin with, here are some things that I recommend from last year.
Spank, the late night comedy showcase is usually a winner, as it is rude, drunken and raucously funny. The quality and fame of the acts do vary from night to night, but whatever happens a fun evening is there to be had. Reginald D Hunter, the American stand-up comedian will probably be quick to sell out, so get tickets quickly! He is an authorative figure on comedy circuit, who manages to be thoughtful and political without losing an ounce of his humour. For something a lot less heavyweight and a lot more silly, go and see Pappy's Fun Club, a sketch quartet combining ramshackle props, ridiculous songs and occasional nudity.
I'm personally looking forward to the arrival of the hordes of takeaway vans- Aberdeen Angus burger at 2am, yes please!