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Fred at the Fest: Day 6

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Simone Byrne Simone Byrne | 10:50 UK time, Tuesday, 23 August 2011

MacAulay and Co. runner Joanna Lee embarks on a second week of festival frolics and keeps us updated on all the behind the scenes banter with her backstage blog...

The glorious weather has indeed continued into this week with today's show being broadcast from a very sunny, dare I say hot bubble studio.

Armed with a clipboard and radio headset, today I was stationed at the front entrance to the BBC village, waiting to greet the day's guest stars. First to arrive were Chris Martin, Zoe Lyons and Alfie Joey - each bringing their own unique flavour to the programme. Chris Martin (NOT to be confused with either the king of Coldplay or pop singer Ricky Martin) entertained the audience with a hilarious tale about his name and the misunderstandings which arise surrounding it.

Chris Martin, Alfie Joey and Rob Deering

Musical sensations Rob Deering and Showstopper performed crowd-pleasing numbers. Picking up on the musical references to food, comedian Susan Calman then leapt through the audience in search of which kinds of comfort foods Fred's listeners liked. With a cry of laughter from the audience, Calman then confessed to her own love of tinned chicken in white sauce... a good choice perhaps, but one sadly lacking in chocolate for my taste!

Dave Gorman, Paul Merton and David O'Doherty

Dave Gorman, Paul Merton and David O'Doherty

Dave Gorman, Paul Merton and David O'Doherty - three of the Festival's comedy giants made up what Fred aptly termed as the perfect couch. In light of Merton's current show, Paul Merton's Impro Chums, discussion quickly turned to the subject of improvisation and then to a series of comic anecdotes from each of the four comedians.

Festival Tents @ Potterrow

Festival Tents @ BBC Potterrow

Despite it being Monday morning, today's show flew by very smoothly. Everyday we runners have various tasks to perform, from meeting celebrity guests to writing blog entries. Crowds from across the UK and further afield join the MacAulay and Co. team to enjoy the array of comedy on display. As runners we get to meet the audience before the show and really enjoy finding out more about them. So, if you are planning on coming along to Edinburgh to see Fred in action, look out for MacAulay and Co. runners in the Bubble's public area for your chance to be part of the festivities.


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