The Edinburgh Fringe is a funny old place. And by that, we mean both funny “ha ha” funny, and funny “peculiar” funny.
There’s so much going on that if you’re performing a show at Edinburgh, you’re bound to end up in some unusual situations.
We asked three comedians who are performing at this year’s fringe to tell us the oddest thing that they’ve ever encountered. Warning, contains nudity…
“My most surreal EdFringe moment was spotting Michael Barrymore in the audience of a show I was in – and not being able to tell the rest of the cast he was there until we’d finished.
“In 2008, my double act Doggett & Ephgrave made our Edinburgh début in a play we’d written called The Balloon Debate, set in the basket of a hot-air balloon, soaring two thousand feet above East Anglia. We started the show crouched inside it and couldn’t leave until the end.
“Seconds before lights-down, I saw Michael walk past and was dumbstruck. I spent the whole show trying to communicate to my partner with my eyes that he was there; sadly there is no universally recognised signal.
“The next day, we went to see him play Spike Milligan in the show he was in, Surviving Spike. He was incredible in it. We bumped into him afterwards, when he gave our show some generous feedback, and we’ve stayed in touch ever since.”
You ca see David Ephgrave: Mostly David Ephgrave at Just Out the Box, Just The Tonic @ The Caves from 4-28 August (not 15) at 12 noon. Tickets here.
(Lewis) Cook and (Alex) Davies
Alex: “A couple of years ago we were performing a sketch show that featured a big musical finale and required Lewis to wear a dress. Again!”
Lewis: “Just before the finale, we realised another group had stolen my dress and I had literally nothing to wear. Whilst Alex was onstage, we were in the props room searching for a replacement dress. Someone handed me something and told me to put it on. It turned out to be a women’s vest.”
Alex: “The lights went down onstage and Lewis came on and stood beside me, waiting to begin the song. I didn’t know what he had found but I could hear him trying not to laugh. The song kicked in, the lights went up, I spun around and burst out laughing!”
Lewis: “The vest was quite long but even pulled down it still revealed the bottom half of my pants. I have this vivid memory of Alex sat on the floor laughing!”
Alex: “We had to stop the song! I couldn’t get any words out! The vest was incredibly tight. The audience enjoyed the chaos and we eventually managed to get through it.”
Cook and Davies: Do Not Leave This Room is a Just Out Of The Box, Just The Tonic @ The Caves from 4-28 August (not 15) at 10:40pm. Tickets here.
“It was back in 2009, and I was in a show called Ballad of the Skull Fairy with my friend Marc. The final scene was a sword fight between the Skull Fairy, armed with a skull that turned into a fencing foil, and the Tibia Pixie, armed with a fearsome tibia.
“At the exact moment the Tibia Pixie unveiled his tibia, an audience member shouted ‘IT’S A FEMUR!’ – and it turned out it was!”
Will Seaward: Magnificent Bastard is at Gilded Balloon at The Counting House from 3-29 August (not 20) at 5pm. Tickets here.
Photo by alixroth