Ah, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is back! As a resident of the city, the Fringe brings equal parts joy of all the shows you can see and pain of all the tourists suddenly filling the streets. I like to think I'm more on the "joy" bandwagon, but give it four weeks and we'll see if I'm still feeling it.
Anyhow, every year lots of great magazines and websites set out to review as much as possible. They do a really good job, but I like getting advice from friends rather than strangers. So this Fringe I'm asking some of my mates to list the shows they'd recommend and tell us why! Below you can find some of the top shows of the Edinburgh Fringe, as recommended by Greg and Pals.
I'll be updating this as often as I can, so check back in through the month.
Cronin's picks (@cronino)
Underbelly, Bristo Square
I've never had to try so hard not to just openly cry in laughter/happiness/sadness.
Greg Yeah, Paul's already recommended that (see below), anything else you'd recommend?
Cronin BEASTS! Why aren't you watching it right now?
Greg It's not on right now, Cro. But I'll see it soon. I promise.
Greg This feature was an awful idea.
Jekyll & Hyde (Theatre)
Quite surreal, but really good. The woman is awesome. See it right now.
Making News (Theatre)
Satirical comedy play. Not hysterical, but full of a lot of funny stuff.
Greg's picks (@gregtyler)
Fast Film Noir (Theatre)
theSpace @ Venue 45
I only got a ticket for this via a friend who booked it by accident, but it turned out to be a really slick, clever play. The production was really well put together, with wonderful performances from the cast, excellent lighting and some fantastic music (I love electroswing).
High Plains (A Western Myth) (Theatre)
Physically, it's a dude sitting in a chair for an hour. But if you enjoy well-performed monologues, this is well worth seeing.
Hot Dub Time Machine (Music)
Underbelly, Bristo Square, Weekend evenings
I'm totally biased about this event, because it took place in the room where I graduated, and I will take up any opportunity to party in there in a heartbeat. HDTM plays songs chronologically from 1954 to 2013, which sounds awesome, and in my opinion totally lives up to that expectation.
As far as I'm concerned, Matthew is a Fringe expert. He always seems to know what the best comedy shows around are. I reckon he's secretly on the circuit, so has checked out all these acts in advance. Whilst this would sort of be cheating, I'll let it slide since I've got no real evidence to prove it.
Comedy theatre by two outstanding performers who interweave ridiculous characters and outlandish mime in a mesmerising and achingly hilarious hour.
Paul's picks (@paulhorrocks)
Best sketch comedy I've seen - fantastic delivery with beautifully linked recurring jokes, could not stop laughing from the off.
A 20-something bisexual comic with an erratic sense of humour. A definite 5/5 for this young guy, he's got it nailed on he head. Great audience involvement. If you're going to see it in 2013, take a fan with you - the venue is roasty toasty! [Ed: Bonus points for practical advice!]
Seen anything you like? Tell the world in the comments below.