• Published: Jul 31st, 2012
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[Link] Stewart Lee and the slow death of the Edinburgh Fringe

There are many points to discuss around Lee’s article in The Guardian. t’s certainly rather doom-laden (but then isn’t that Lee’s style) but there’s far more to the Fringe than just four big comedy venues.

The establishment of the assumed Edinburgh Comedy festival in isolation from the Fringe festival saw many tacit threads of standardised practise – a mutually observed ticket release date for example – fall away, and the Fringe entered the deregulated free-market phase of late capitalism. Shows performed in the burgeoning Free Fringe cost nothing to see, and little to stage. The fiercely independent Stand underwrites all its shows, so performers lose nothing. But many performers in the simulated Edinburgh Comedy festival’s venues will agree to shed upwards of £10,000 this summer.

Sadly, the perception exists among agents, fringe-goers, and even performers, that Edinburgh Fringe festival shows outside the Edinburgh Comedy festival venues are invisible. And monopolising visibility costs money. (I, for example, was only able to get to write this high-visibility article via a costly go-between.)

More at The Guardian.

  • Published: Jul 27th, 2012
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The Best of the Fringe Podcast: Woody Sez

It’s the final trip into the archives of the Edinburgh Fringe Podcast in today’s show. Next week will see the teams from The Stage and The Fringe Podcast attend the Press Launches at many of the Fringe Venues, and we’ll get our first look at some of the 2,500 shows which will be taking to the 250 stages around Edinburgh this year.

If you want to follow me during the Fringe, Twitter is probably the best way to do so (@Ewan on Twitter), and if you see me around the capital, feel free to say hi!

The Best of the Fringe Podcast: Woody Sez

Woody Sez – The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie
The Seat of the Pants Band

First broadcast August 15th 2007.

Mentioned in the show… This Land, Songs of Struggle, Fables Here and Then, and Why Do You Stand There In The Rain?

That’s our preview/archive shows over, next week will see the start of the daily shows from Edinburgh. To make sure you never miss the latest podcasts from the Edinburgh Fringe, why not subscribe to the Fringe Podcast in iTunes, or copy the RSS File into your favourite RSS application?

  • Published: Jul 20th, 2012
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The Best of the Fringe Podcast: Gary Delaney, ‘Purist’

It’s just two weeks until the fun begins in Edinburgh, and if you need some help in planning which shows to see, then I’m going to go over the ‘rule of three’ in today’s preview show, as well as reminding you of the wonderful coverage from the websites that are in the Festival Media Network.

All that, and an interview from the archives with comedian and writer Gary Delaney.

The Best of the Fringe Podcast: Gary Delaney, ‘Purist’

Gary Delaney
Purist

First broadcast August 18th 2010.

We’ll have another Fringe preview next week, before the first daily show starts on Friday 3rd August. To make sure you never miss the latest podcasts from the Edinburgh Fringe, why not subscribe to the Fringe Podcast in iTunes, or copy the RSS File into your favourite RSS application?

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