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Aug
5th
Sun
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Where Nobody Knows Your Name

George Wendt, a.k.a. Norm from Cheers, was in Underbelly Cowgate today to see Through The Looking Screen. Ironically, none of our box office staff—some of whom weren’t even born until this post-Cheers era we live in—had any idea who he was.

Aug
3rd
Fri
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Priorities

If you’re a twelve-man stag party, all dressed as sailors, and you’re coming to Edinburgh for the weekend, what’s your first port of call when you arrive in town at 1:30 p.m.?

Apparently it’s our newly decked beer garden at Underbelly Cowgate, where the not-so-able seamen had a few drinks while they waited for hotel check-in time to roll around, before sailing off into the sunset.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the venue, we had interactive shadow puppetry, improvised plays, truth doodling, and letters from past selves. Ordinary day on the Fringe, really.

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Yeah, Jim Jeffries, I saw him last year. He’s only got one leg.
— Drunk punter outside Bristo Square last night, clearly thinking of Adam Hills.
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Underbelly Cowgate had three sold-out shows on opening night—and Iain Stirling and Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales both sold out at Bristo Square for the second day running!

Underbelly Cowgate had three sold-out shows on opening night—and Iain Stirling and Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales both sold out at Bristo Square for the second day running!

Aug
1st
Wed
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THEY WALK AMONG US

Comedians seen in and around the Udderbelly on our opening night:

•Jim Jeffries

Dr Brown

•Carl Donnelly

•Hattie Hayridge

Paul Foot

•Mervyn Stutter

…and probably far more that we didn’t see because we were too busy selling tickets!

Jul
30th
Mon
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We’re MOO-vin’ Back In!

Come see us soon! We’re open from this Wednesday, August 1st, in Bristo Square, and from Thursday in the Cowgate.

Sep
1st
Thu
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It’s Over

Thanks to all the staff, acts, producers, journalists, food delivery men, paying customers, random drunks on the Cowgate, and, of course, the people of Edinburgh for another fantastic Fringe. We’ll see you next year!

Aug
28th
Sun
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I did the Naked Promo at Spank! two years ago. Afterwards a woman from the audience started chatting to me, and now we’re getting married.
— An audience member at Spank! last night. Who says romance is dead?
Aug
27th
Sat
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Meanwhile, At Another Venue…

Alan Anderson, the host of our consistently popular Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year—”four good Scottish comedians for the price of one rubbish English comedian,” as Alan puts it—is also doing another show at Just The Tonic this year: Whisky Fir Dummies.

The show is a mix of comedy about Scotland and comedy about whisky, but probably the biggest selling point is that it’s also a whisky tasting. Alan’s been given dozens of delicious malts and blends to share with his audiences each night, and if you’d poked your head at the start of the show yesterday you’d have seen two of Underbelly’s senior box office staff sitting in the front row waiting for their samples.

Better yet, if you’d stayed for the whole show, you would have seen one of them come onstage and perform an interpretive dance in exchange for his drink. It was probably the most graceful Underbelly production of the year.

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Last Sunday we recorded a special Underbelly edition of The Follow-Up, a bi-monthly podcast produced by Montreal Improv. Here’s the recording. It contains strong language and adult themes and is most certainly NOT suitable for children, people at work, the easily offended, or pretty much anyone.

We also had some technical difficulties so two of our guests are a little difficult to hear. But it’s worth straining your ears—they both have hilarious things to say!