6 Reasons Why I Love My Disastrous Fringe 2015
1) Yes, I lost my venue at the Edinburgh Fringe. But I gained it back, in the form of Freestival’s godforsaken New Waverley Arches. Yes, it looks like a construction pit. But before it becomes glass & steel Gap shops, this construction area is actually an historic site, open to the public for the first time in 150 years. Does it look like a proper venue? You decide:
2) Here’s what it looked like 1 day before opening.
Is it an ideal venue? God, no. Does it embody the Fringey spirit of ‘Hey gang, let’s put on a show?’ Absolutely. Did the Freestival crew find out their sponsorship was ‘sliced,’ 10 days before the Fringe? Yup. But they did it anyway.
The first official show was poor Sid Singh, who did his truly funny hour, despite power outages, a cement mixer out front, and his space invaded by pigeons.
But every day, every hour, the mod cons continue to appear. And so do the crowds.
4) My first show had 4 people, but the 3 acts were classy.
5) I saw a full house for the Free Association with Mike OT & Jim Woods from Boom Chicago.
6) And I played for a full house in the Comedy World War, with Yianni the closer and his big ovation.
In the face of such adversity, Freestival could have indeed canceled. Many people still think they’re totally in the wrong. Maybe they’ve developed a stigma, since losing the Battle of Cowgatehead. Yet they’ve soldiered on and created something out of nothing.With a very real danger to the reputation of the entire free Fringe, I choose to support them. I’ll be appearing in a Freestival benefit show tonight at 9pm. New Waverley Arches, just off the Royal Mile, down Cranston Street.