Entry 353: Edinburgh – day 16

As I write this I have left Edinburgh behind, at least temporarily.

I travelled back home today in preparation for the wedding of Clack, one of my former university housemates, which takes place tomorrow. There was no way I could miss it and I’m pleased to have secured a floor to crash on afterwards.

Even as late as last week it was looking like I would either have to sleep in my car or not drink and drive home afterwards. I’m glad I’ve managed to avoid having to do either.

I’ve missed not performing today. At yesterday’s show we were battling against the elements again after our microphone failed us for the second time this festival just as we were about to go on stage. So we had to do the show without a mic, competing against the noise from the show next door as well as the football being shown in the courtyard outside. But we rose to the challenge and it was a good show. I was opening, but this time it didn’t take me as long to find my vocal range and I pretty much hit the ground running. Langton also did well, the audience laughed throughout the hour and gave generously in the bucket at the end.

When I return to Edinburgh on Monday things will be different. Moz will have unfortunately left and I will have the flat to myself for the remaining six days of the festival. He will be missed, our (often inappropriate) chats have been one of my highlights of this year’s Fringe. That and cartoon cocks on posters. Still, with Moz gone at least the washing-up will improve.

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  1. Hello Alex, I was at your show on Thursday (the Vic Reeves/Proclaimers lookalike to your left with his son). I thought you did well despite the distractions, which would have floored lesser lights. At least there weren’t any Spurs fans in the crowd, or if there were, at least they kept quiet, unlike the knobs I met in the courtyard.

    Came across your blog and am throughly enjoying it. It’s the sort of thing which you should expand into a book . There’s so much comedy around but to the layman there’s very little about the trials and tribulations of performing. I think many people would give up after only getting 8 people and 11 quid. I hope the rest of your run goes well.

    p.s. I was sitting behind your oppo at the Richard Herring gig on Friday, but thought better than to introduce myself.

    1. Hi Billy. Thanks for getting in touch and thank you for coming along to watch our show. I enjoyed the gig you came to, we had to work hard but the best way to cope with such situations is to try and have some fun with it. Glad you’re enjoying the blog too, I’ve found it useful to write during Edinburgh – at times it has been my therapy. You should’ve said hello to Paul, he doesn’t bite off-stage.

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