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Simone Byrne Simone Byrne | 14:30 UK time, Friday, 19 August 2011

MacAulay and Co. runner Joanna Lee describes the comedy antics of yesterday's morning's show...

MacAulay and Co. runner Joanna Lee

MacAulay and Co. runner Joanna Lee

From day one of the Edinburgh Festival 2011, Fred and his white couch have played host to a series of incredible names: today's MacAulay and Co. was in no way an exception.

The morning's festivities were kicked off on a melodious note with musical and lyrical performances by the Horne Section and the Idiots of Ants, both storming the stage at this year's Fringe. Their acts not only got the audience buzzing, but also got the feet tapping of both presenters, Fred and Susan Calman.

Before Fred's discussion with British comedian Mark Dolan, the Horne Section's front man and comedian Alex Horne we were treated to a taste of Diane Spencer's acclaimed stand-up. She entertained the live audience with a comic review of dating and the 'hairy' situations we can often find ourselves in.

Returning to the microphones, the Idiots of Ants tickled crowds with their hilarious dramatisation of growing old gracefully - or, in this instance, quite ungracefully.
Comic songs seem to have been a re-occurring theme throughout today's programme as our musical groups were later followed by solo performances from Bob Downe and Sam Simmons.

Bob hilariously reinvented the Cliff Richard classic, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, clad in a polyester shell suit that seemed almost to emit its own glow in response to the strong studio lighting. With the introduction of comic singer Sam Simmons to the stage, came the start of the day's Star Wars theme. Simmons' amusing combination of the film's oh-so-famous dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun with choice Christmas lyrics was later followed by an audience member's impression of Darth Vader - while different, both were met with hilarity from in front of and behind the stage.

Musical repertoires were not the only thing on today's menu. Comedy duo Ruby Wax and Judith Owen entertained the audience by discussing the unusual roots of their friendship and providing an insight into the fabric of their sell-out Fringe show.

Events drew to a close with prime comedy from Irish comedian and Fringe-favourite Jimeoin and star of the hit Police Academy movies, Michael Winslow. You name it, Michael can impersonate it.

Fred on stage

Fred MacAulay @ Potterrow

For many, the highlight of today's programme however was the combined beat-boxing efforts of Fred, Susan and Michael ... has MacAulay and Co. stumbled upon next year's major box-office hit? You saw it here first!


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