Getting off the train at Edinburgh Waverley is when the Edinburgh festival starts for me. It’s my favourite train station in the world for the simple reason it's always my gateway to the Edinburgh festival. The first thing that hits me when I get off the train is the smell of potatoes (others have said popcorn). The second thing that hits me is that i'm unfit, everywhere in Edinburgh is up hill. There are so many hills and levels to Edinburgh, It’s the only city I’ve ever been to where maps can confuse you more than help.
Like a child at Christmas my first stop after dropping off my suitcase is always straight to my venue to see my new room and find my flyers. I get a little too excited at seeing my promotional material I think sometimes I feel more like a proper comedian seeing my flyer than I do performing but this year I may have gone too far. I have so many pictures of my face, SO MANY…
Let's count. I have 10,000 main flyers. 2,000 secondary flyers, 1000 aftercare postcards, 500 stickers, 2 (huge) roller banners, 4 (big) Foam Posters, 100 A3 posters, 6 paid for posters and the cherry on the ego four jackets for the fliers, yep thats right this year the ego has landed and I am branding other human beings with my face.
So the quick count is 13,616 pictures of my face. Although there are more little pictures on the main flyer so that number could add another 100,000. (I have a big foam poster looking at me as I write this, I might have to turn it around).
Edinburgh is different this year because it's my first proper hour. Previously I've been messing around practising but this year that practice has made perfect (hmm… maybe) Meaning that this year my show's not free. It's only £8 and very much worth it if you like comedy, if you prefer dark and depressing theatre I would give me a miss. That said I also have a password which allows people to get 2 for 1 tickets so you'd be bloody stupid to pay full price if you're reading this. (password at end)
This year I'm with Sweet Venues in the Grassmarket, I've heard of Sweet Venues before but I've never been to them and I think that has been my loss. I don’t think they people running the venue could be any nicer, the venue looks great, everyone working there is lovely. It's a long festival and like the city full of ups and downs and having good people around you is important. I've always done Free fringe/festival and it's good but you only really deal with the act before you who is either happy or sad and counting money and the act after you who is busy. Turning up to my venue and being greeted by smiling faces is much nicer.
First show today, I would be sat here wondering how it is going to go but in all honesty I am writing this after the fact and I know exactly how it went.
If you want to come and see the show
buy 2 for 1 tickets at the Sweet Box office using the pass word...