Edinburgh, day 2

First full day of Edinburgh! I met Clare and Es at MacAuley and Co, a live radio show for the BBC where a bunch of Fringe people perform and chat. The room was totally packed, and apparently always is – it’s really funny, and a great way to sample the best of the show to find out what to see.

As the girls already had tickets for nearly everything they wanted to see, I went off on my own to hunt down some for myself. Turns it’s best to get the ticket at the venue the performance is at, which involves a bit of trekking about. It was a great way to see the town though, which has so many ‘ooh pretty!’ moments as you turn corners. It’s really very pretty. Saw the Castle, lots of great old stuff, beautiful parks, and lots of Fringe things.

Edinburgh, day 2

Edinburgh, day 2

Edinburgh, day 2

Edinburgh, day 2

And then I ran in to Rosie! Completely unexpected, unbelievable odds stuff. But it happened, and it was awesome, and we made plans to meet up later.

My first ‘real’ show was Comedy Bitch, a group I’d seen at MacAuley in the morning. They’re a 6 member comedy sketch group, and were awesome. Clever premises, very very funny. I managed to pick up a new battery for the SLR afterwards, so no more dramas!

Edinburgh, day 2

Edinburgh, day 2

Then it was one on to one that had caught my eye, The Axis of Awesome. With a name like that, how could it not, and I’d seen a few clips of them on Youtube. They’re a 3 member Australian funny music group, like Flight of the Conchords but more rocking – and more Australian. They were easily the highlight of the day. One song was titled “I’m not trying to touch your ass, I’m just trying to put my seatbelt on”, and another was entirely about KFC. And they had lasers! Just brilliant.

Edinburgh, day 2

Edinburgh, day 2

Then I met up with Rosie and her buddies, and things got even more awesome. Pear cider! Lots of pear cider (I had to text Lorrie to thank her), which we drank outside with an oompah band. Top that! And because one of her friends worked at Fringe we got in to some shows for free. We saw Caroline Rhea (from Sabrina) doing standup, which was better than I expected, and some truly horrible late night standup that was completely in the dark. There was lots of fantastic heckling, which combined with its horribleness actually made it really fun.

Edinburgh, day 2

Edinburgh, day 2

Edinburgh, day 2

Edinburgh, day 2

We ended up at a Fringe gig dancing until very late, then found somewhere else for more drinks, and I ended up back at the hostel after 5 in the morning. Great night!

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