BBC Radio Scotland Comedy at the Fringe
Coming soon to BBC Radio Scotland is Christopher Brookmyre's Comedy Bookcase. BBC Radio Scotland Comedy is at the Edinburgh Festival recording a brand new in-conversation series hosted by Christopher Brookmyre. In this show, Chris will chat to the likes of Richard Herring, Jonathan Lynn, Alexei Sayle and Christopher Douglas. The series will be on air from 23rd September.
Here's a words few from Joanna Hall, who was a runner at the recording
The evening of the 23rd August saw the staging of two of Christopher Brookmyre's new Comedy Bookcase programmes. The wind had picked up throughout the afternoon and we runners were feeling the full force of Edinburgh's harsher weather. Both guests, equally prestigious literary figures, were Douglas Gordon and AL Kennedy. Having such fantastic names on the show, everyone from the audience to the production team were anticipating a great evening ahead.
Christopher Brookmyre with Alexei Sayle
Christopher Douglas is perhaps best known for his radio comedy performances with fictional characters such as cricketer Dave "Pod" Podmore and the infamous writer Ed Reardon. With these performances in mind, it was fantastic to hear Douglas' views on the characters and his career at large in radio format. Gordon cleverly interwove the narrative behind his life and career with playful and witty remarks keeping both audience and the production team enthralled.
After rejigging the tent in parts where the wind had gotten the better of it, the second audience were admitted and Christopher Brookmyre began his second interview of the evening. Alison Kennedy, or ALK as she is commonly known, took to the stage heralded by a cheer from the audience. Having spent much time exploring the world of mysticism and mediums ALK entertained the audience by explaining the effects these discoveries had on her literature. Alison's confession to having contemplated suicide exemplified her bitingly sharp wit and at times satirical tone which, in this instance, had the audience suspended between wanting to laugh and cry.
The evening's double bill was fantastic! Christopher's brilliantly angled questions prompted some very thoughtful, yet highly humorous answers from both Douglas and Kennedy. All in all, the evening was a great success hailing what is guaranteed to be an excellent series of follow-up shows.
Christopher Brookmyre's Comedy Bookcase starts on BBC Radio Scotland, 23 September