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Simone Byrne Simone Byrne | 14:05 UK time, Tuesday, 30 August 2011

In her final post for Fred at the Fest, Charlotte Runcie summarises Friday's show and her festival experience ...

Susan Calman and Fred MacAulay

Susan Calman and Fred MacAulay

Well, the MacAulay and Co shows live from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have come to an end. It's been an incredible fortnight, with treats from the best comedy the Fringe had to offer every single day on the show. In each show we had brilliant guests, fun with the audience and a great Fringe atmosphere. I'm really going to miss working in amongst all the mayhem, and I know the other runners feel the same.

But it wouldn't be MacAulay and Co if we didn't go out with a bang, and the last show was the best yet. Actually, we didn't just go out with a bang, but also with some bangers... because a bag of sausages was the big prize in a special BBC Radio Scotland edition of Al Murray's 'Compete for the Meat'. In an uproarious end-of-Fringe quiz, Team Radio Scotland (Fred, Susan and Jon Richardson) were pitted against Team Five Live (Richard Bacon, Robin Ince and Peep Show's Isy Suttie) for the chance to take home a bumper pack of bangers.

Richard Bacon, Isy Suttie and Robin Ince

Richard Bacon, Isy Suttie and Robin Ince

In the first round of the quiz, teams were asked questions which had been posed by members of the audience, while in the second round teams had to tell a joke. You wouldn't think this would be much of a problem for comedians, but the atmosphere was tense as competitors were put on the spot trying to be as funny as possible. And then, the deciding round: teams had to nominate a team member to eat as many teacakes as they could in one minute. The result was a chocolatey, sticky mess, with one team emerging victorious... but if you didn't catch the show, you'll have to listen again on iPlayer to find out who won!

Thom Tuck, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer and Tim Fitzhigham

Tom Tuck, Mr B the gentleman rhymer and Tim Fitzhigham

The quiz wasn't all that was on offer on Friday. We also had 'Chap-Hop' from Mr.B the Gentleman Rhymer, sketch comedy from Jigsaw, and standup from Todd Barry and Tim Fitzhigham, who told some fascinating stories about bizarre nineteenth-century bets made by the aristocracy. As always, we were spoilt for laughs.

The last two weeks have been exhilarating, busy, hilarious, hard work and great fun. And next year's BBC Radio Scotland Fringe shows promise to be even bigger and better... so we'll see you then!


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