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The Fringe is Miserable, and I Love It

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Category: Blog, News

The Edinburgh Fringe is a tempestuous mistress. My first Fringe in the 90s involved a lot of standing around in the rain, hangovers, head colds, and a neck injury from an ill-advised joke pratfall down a double decker bus stairwell. Come to think of it, there was a good bit of misery… But that’s not what stands out in my memory. The Fringe that stays with me is the joy of getting laughs from a foreign audience. The thrill of a 5 star review. The inspiration from seeing so many wonderful shows. And the buzz, the indescribable festival buzz.

So far this year, I got caught up in the Cowgatehead scandal. I booked a slot, I paid for a slot, and then the slot wasn’t there. But I know already: that’s not what I’ll remember. Yes, I’m a ‘Displaced Comedian.’ Yes, I’m on the losing side of a Free Fringe battle. Yes, I’ve had fellow comedians tell me I’m a fool for sticking with Freestival. (Though, if i’m being honest, Freestival has the only logo design I find acceptable.) But now there’s news.

By placing my faith in laziness, I’m now on at the newest hotspot in Edinburgh: the New Waverley Arches. It’s just off the Royal Mile, the terrace is open til 3am, and there’s a wood-fired pizza oven. Even if I wasn’t on at the venue, I have to admit I’d want to check it out.

Here’s the plan for the New Waverley Arches.
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Here it was last August. No public access to these guys since the Victorian era. 

N Waverley Arches 2014Will there be rough edges to bump my head on? Of course. Will I get more head colds from flyering in unexpected downpours? Probably. Did my accommodation fall through? Yes! Just today. Is this what I’ll remember from the Fringe? No way.

PS – I already got my housing sorted. …Stay tuned for the inevitable third thing to go wrong!