We're just over a week into the Edinburgh Fringe and I have performed my show Addicted to Fun nine times so far to audiences ranging from seven (on the first day) to 31 (a full house plus one). I'm really enjoying it. I change little bits most days, incorporating ad libs & adding audience suggestions - it's a living thing.
I've also done a whole bunch of shorter spots including fun shows called Shaggers - comedians doing material about sex - and Edinbra, a rotating line-up of female comedians. Next week I add an additional show, because I'm mad. All I Want is a work in progress about adult stuff, like pensions and the menopause.
What have I learned so far?
Audiences are really keen to support the shows in the Free Festival venues and take a chance on comedians they haven't seen yet.
Audiences can be baffling. I did a spot at EdinBra to a pair of lovely but incredibly literal older women, who fired me with questions throughout my set. It broke up the rhythm completely but it was a lot of fun. Afterwards they said: do you remember us from when we came to your show last year? Oh yes. I very much do,
The weather in Edinburgh doesn't get any more predictable with the passing years. It really is four seasons in one day, and generally very humid in all of them. At one point today I got soaked to the skin. Then the rain cleared and there was, briefly, a cool breeze. That was soon replaced by more rain then this afternoon the sun came out and it was glorious.
My feet hurt.
Mother India Cafe does great curry.