Edinburgh Fringe 2013 – Day 10

Here we are, the days have now evened out and I am now writing entries on consecutive days. I am aware that you also know of this and this isn’t the snappiest intro. I have the power and ability to change this, but am choosing not to. You’ll just have to deal with it.

At yesterday’s show, we managed to keep the numbers consistent with the weekend. This is no mean feat for a Monday. The beauty of the Kilderkin room is that it doesn’t take many for it to feel full, with 15 people proving more than sufficient.

I should add that the ‘we’ I refer to above is not Simon, as he has two days off. I have drafted in Scott Merrington as cover, who has experience in promoting and performing at the venue.

We had a very friendly audience, but there was a very drunk, middle-aged Scottish man sitting at the front who was there with his son and daughter. I had a feeling that he would be a diversion from the loud and vocal way he welcomed the start of the show.

He was friendly but persistent and difficult to understand. Scott dealt with him very well, but it made it difficult to establish much pace or build momentum because of the heckler’s interruptions.

Thankfully, the heckler left just it was my time to go on stage. Although the masochistic part of my comedy makeup would have liked the challenge.

There wasn’t much energy in the room, but the audience were very smiley. Things that normally get big laughs received titters, and things that normally receive titters fell flat. It wasn’t my best gig of the run, but wasn’t a death.

Despite the lack of a success I considered the gig to be, we still made £19 in our collection bucket at the end. Although about £10 was from the embarrassed children of their drunken father.

  • Love and Lilley: Fear and Loathing is on at 6pm from Saturday August 3 to Saturday August 24. At Kilderkin, 65 Canongate, EH8 8BT. Venue 227. It is part of the PBH Free Fringe, which means it’s free.

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