Sleepless nights, eclectic sights, and memorable moments. This was almost everything I expected the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to be – and I was right. If you’re like me, a big fan of live comedy and performance and maybe even dabbled a bit in stand-up yourself, the Fringe is tailored to you. As soon as I arrived at Edinburgh Waverley train station, I could feel the atmosphere buzzing with anticipation; people from far and wide wandering around this circus-like microcosm of entertainment and slow walkers. (When will that sub-species of walkers die out?)
There were always going to be various forms of highs and lows during my two weeks at the Fringe. The most memorable moments for me were seeing comedians that I had admired for a long time and occasionally meeting them afterwards and getting a photo! The Fringe broadened my horizons as a novice stand-up comedian: discovering lesser known comedians based on recommendations from friends was a gift. To get to know a wider variety of comedic styles and characters was eye-opening and made me realise that the world of comedy is a lot more diverse than we usually see on Mock the Week and similar panel shows.
Doing the society’s stand-up show most nights, at the late time of 10:40pm, was, and I know this sounds so cliché, different every night. I got my first heckle! It was in response to me reminiscing about The Archers on Radio 4, but still! At least it wasn’t a sexist comment about how women aren’t funny…every cloud… At the show, sometimes you’d get a full house laughing at everything you say or you’d get a few drunk stragglers coming in and not knowing where they were. It’s a unique experience whether you’re in a show or simply there to appreciate the wealth of talent and diversity in Edinburgh in the month of August; I highly recommend going.