The Edinburgh Festival - what a laugh
For the past four days I've battled against the rain, managed to collect at least 100 unwanted flyers and laughed so much that I'm finding it hard to chew.
Last Monday I arrived at the Edinburgh Festival with Richard Bacon. The show came live from various locations and unlike last year Richard wasn't tempted to do any stand-up comedy (although Reginald D Hunter wouldn't let Richard forget about his attempt).
We began the week broadcasting from the heart of the festival walking through the Royal Mile (when I say walk, I actually mean dodge) with author Ian Rankin and comedians Adam Hills and Sarah Millican who confessed how Twitter had taken over their lives. You can see their confession in the video.
Monday saw the start of some rather strange food related 'banter'. Richard commented on-air how he was finding it difficult to find some fruit whilst he was in Scotland. With 30 minutes of the show remaining a random cyclist, dressed in lycra performed a drive-by apple-off on Ian Rankin (what I'm trying to say is that a bag of apples was planted into the paws of Ian Rankin rather quickly and unexpectedly) who was rather pleased and tucked in whilst we were on-air.
On Tuesday we originally planned to come live from the biggest beer garden in Edinburgh at the Peartree pub. However, we were defeated by the rain and had to go inside. This didn't seem to bother our guests, although Richard Herring informed us that this was the first Edinburgh Festival he had performed at without touching a drop. You can watch Richard Herring and Phil Jupitus talking about their shows here.
The surprise of the show came when we received a text message from a listener who was actually in the pub; she wanted to ask comedian Rhod Gilbert why he was performing the same show as the previous year. Richard decided to track her down so she could ask Rhod face to face. Watch the video below to see what happened.
Wednesday and Thursday saw a change of format. We invited an audience to watch the broadcast live at the McEwan Hall. We were joined by comedians Reginald D Hunter, Chris Addison and John Bishop who gave Richard some fashion advice.
Wednesday also saw the second incident involving food. On Tuesday Richard told Phil Jupitus how he'd never had a good salad in Scotland. This comment was obviously taken to heart because out of the shadows emerged a chef with a plate full of fresh salad and seafood.
But it wasn't all about the comedy. We also spoke to Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond who defended the Scottish Justice system's release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.
There was also a live performance from Five Guys Named Moe and live music from The Stormy Seas who played 'Middle Man' and The Coral who sang She's Coming Around and 1000 Years. Watch the performance of 1000 Years below.
I was also armed with a stills camera and you can see all of our Edinburgh photos here.
The Edinburgh Festival provided us with some really entertaining radio, some superb comedy, an aching jaw and two of our five a day.
Thank you Edinburgh