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Edinburgh Fringe

Dear Fringe Diary

Monica Heisey | Posted 10.14.2012 | Comedy
Monica Heisey

DeAr FrInGe DiArY: If U don't have a !BiG AuDiEnCe! for your show, a cool way to get ppl 2 come CU is to scream at them while already in costume for that show. Ppl will be so impressed that u r in character 24/7 that they will HAVE to come see you.

For the Love of God, Come See My Show!

Jake Martin | Posted 10.14.2012 | Arts
Jake Martin

I wake up screaming, soaked in sweat thinking about it. No, I'm not talking about my show, I'm talking about flyering.

Claire Sweeney Spotting

Up & Over It | Posted 10.13.2012 | UK Comedy
Up & Over It

We're officially half way through the fringe people - HALF WAY! Two weeks down, two to go. That's two weeks without watching the news or reading a newspaper (besides scouring them for reviews). So apart from Tom Daley getting a medal for doing some sexy showering and Louise Mensch fecking off to America, we have no idea what's going on in the rest of the world. Not that'd matter if we did know.

If Every Instinct You Have Is Wrong, Then the Opposite Would Have to be Right

Michael Blomquist | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
Michael Blomquist

When I was young people would say, "Oh, he has so much potential!" This was my death knell. Even in my naive state of ignorant bliss and never-ending cans of root beer I knew that I never wanted to be that guy who grew up with potential and lost it somewhere along the way.

Fringe Fest: Week 1 -- Wow!

Bronston Jones | Posted 10.13.2012 | Comedy
Bronston Jones

The beauty of a small crowd for a storyteller is it feels like dinner conversation, rather than a raucous party. I love feeling walls of laughter from hundreds of people, but it's not personal.

The Elephant and the Mouse in Edinburgh

Monica Bauer | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
Monica Bauer

Too often, Americans especially view theater as something that is only done in the English-speaking world. One of the coolest things about Edinburgh is finding a hidden gem from the great big wide world of theater, done by companies outside the U.S. and UK.

The Benefits of 15-Hour Naps

Jake Martin | Posted 10.10.2012 | Home
Jake Martin

The only thing I can picture in my head when I think of "edgy Jesuit" is a priest in cassock wearing high top sneakers shooting hoops with the kids and reciting lyrics from Will Smith songs.

Fringe Fest: Day 1 & 2

Bronston Jones | Posted 10.09.2012 | Home
Bronston Jones

It's hard to believe this festival is in a little city in Scotland, because it's big. Well, big doesn't do this thing justice -- The Fringe is bigger than big. It's huge, massive, enormous, or in American terms, it's super-sized.

Artists in the Middle of Fringe Crazy

Monica Bauer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Home
Monica Bauer

The excitement of the Festival going off like a sprinter in the 400 meters, well, that's wearing thin. And the 400 meters go by in a flash, don't they? And then where are you, after?

"Raunchy Librarians Take Manhattan!"

Anne McGrath | Posted 10.09.2012 | Home
Anne McGrath

There's a delicate art to selling a show at the Edinburgh Fringe. When my sister was helping me flyer for the show I'm producing at the 2012 Fringe, we discovered an entirely new flyering move -- straight-up lying.

Jokes About Gad

Mike Sheer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Comedy
Mike Sheer

It's quite easy to assume that anyone who does a comedy show about God is going to be derogatory towards religious people. That it will bully the poor figure and poke holes in sundry paper-thin arguments based on naught but faith and old books.

Ghosts at Summerhall

Jillian Lauren | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Jillian Lauren

Summerhall is a terrifically cool space, with a fascinating community of international artists wandering in and out of its nearly 500 rooms, playing music, watching films, hanging from the ceiling fans, getting naked, and making art in all mediums.

On the Verge of Fringe

Jake Martin | Posted 10.07.2012 | Home
Jake Martin

Last night at one of these farewell soirees my cousin Chris asked me how I felt about going to Edinburgh and doing my show. I said, "I feel like I want to vomit all of the time." So pretty usual for me and performing.

An Open Letter to the Man Playing Bagpipes Outside My Bedroom, Daily, From 9 am

Monica Heisey | Posted 10.06.2012 | Comedy
Monica Heisey

The problem is this: you have chosen as your outdoor concert space the area immediately below my bedroom window. Therefore I have been awoken for the past several days by bagpipes, commencing with militaristic regularity at 9:00 am.

Mother Always Said, 'Don't Talk to Strangers'

Michael Blomquist | Posted 10.06.2012 | Comedy
Michael Blomquist

Here I am in Edinburgh actively making myself vulnerable to strangers each and every day.

Life on the Fringe

Jillian Lauren | Posted 10.06.2012 | Home
Jillian Lauren

I miss my child, I'm anxious about opening night, and still there's a vein of joy running through my day, through these streets. There's no need to feel motion sick from swaying between these disparate identities. There's room for all of it here. I'm right at home.

Edinburgh Fringe Diary #2: Tonight's the Night

Felipe Schrieberg | Posted 10.05.2012 | Home
Felipe Schrieberg

I am hanging on for dear life pretending that everything is alright as a mad Polish artist barrels down the street in a van that is carrying all our delicate equipment back to our show venue. He may be drunk. Or high. Or both. I'm not sure.

Hello, Media Hordes!

Monica Bauer | Posted 10.05.2012 | Home
Monica Bauer

Show me an artist completely comfortable with self-promotion, and I'll show you... very few people, actually. Mercifully, many of the reviewers I spoke with had kind eyes, spoke to me like a real human being, and even if they could not promise a review, always left me with a bit of hope.

Say Hello, Edinburgh!

Monica Bauer | Posted 10.03.2012 | Home
Monica Bauer

Edinburgh, where every other word seems to be "wee." "Would you fancy a wee cup of coffee, then?" No, I'd like a giant super-deluxe size that Mayor Mike Bloomberg would like to ban, thanks very much, I'm American.

A Fringe Family Affair

Annette Roman | Posted 10.02.2012 | Home
Annette Roman

I've always told my siblings that I would only move to Texas if I were on my death bed -- and now that seems likely. The medical system is excellent, and it's my mother who is. Dying, I mean. And therein lies my dilemma.

Why Edinburgh Fringe Comics Need Therapy

Taylor Glenn | Posted 10.02.2012 | Home
Taylor Glenn

If you've never been to the Fringe, let me paint a little picture: imagine being an athlete headed for Olympics, except instead of training for the big event with daily exercise and drills, you down BLT triples, sleep weird hours, and drink like a sailor to cope with stress.

Edinburgh Fringe Diary #1: We Had A Space! We Lost The Space!

Felipe Schrieberg | Posted 10.02.2012 | Home
Felipe Schrieberg

As Scotland's biggest blues band (at full strength we are a 12 piece outfit) it will never be the easiest thing making sure that all components of the show are smoothly coordinated.

Packing for the Edinburgh Festival -- A Guide

Monica Heisey | Posted 10.01.2012 | Home
Monica Heisey

I don't want to brag, but I am incredible at packing suitcases. I have some helpful things to share with audience members, or, gulp, reviewers and critics who will be headed to Edinburgh this August for the controlled chaos that is the Festival Fringe.

EDINBURGH FRINGE DIARY #1: Say Hello, Monica

Monica Bauer | Posted 10.01.2012 | Home
Monica Bauer

Although the Fringe at first seems intimidating, I'm going to Edinburgh with real joy. That's not because I have visions of winning awards and getting international tours, although those would be quite nice indeed.

What's This Fringe Thing, Anyway?

Michael Blomquist | Posted 09.30.2012 | Home
Michael Blomquist

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest open-access arts festival in the world. Sounds impressive, eh? Well, it is and it sort of isn't.