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Three To See 2014: Free acts you’ve probably heard of

By | Published on Friday 1 August 2014

Nick Doody

The Fringe’s free show strands are bigger than ever this year, with plenty of great acts to choose from. You get in for nothing, and leave what you think is appropriate in the bucket on your way out. And while there is lots of new talent in the free show programme, don’t be thinking it’s just newbies. Oh no. Here is ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses with some comedy veterans offering pay-what-you-want entertainment this year.

Nick Doody vs The Debonair Assassin
You see, some people think that the free Fringe festival strands are full of people who aren’t funny or first timers trying out duff material. Now, that absolutely isn’t true at all (and there are loads of free shows included in all my other comedy picks, too) but I just thought I would hammer that point home by telling you about the free shows out there from comedians like this one, Nick Doody, an Edinburgh veteran that you’ve probably heard of via all the TV and radio stuff he’s responsible for, and possibly through his appearance on C4’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ contest back in 1997 (crikey, was it so long ago?). Anyway, he is very, very skilled, and this show is guaranteed to be good.
Canon’s Gait, from 2 Aug until 24 Aug.

Brendon Burns
Another Fringe veteran (or is it legend? Can never remember) headed for free Fringery this year is the inimitable Brendon Burns, who I am sure you will remember from appearances on the ‘The 11 O’Clock Show’ (if you are old enough), and about eight million different festival posters. The programme doesn’t offer much info about the show – “Warning! May contain material that will never be commissioned and an Arnold Schwarzenegger impression that goes on for possibly 15 to 20 minutes too long” – but I seriously doubt this show will be a waste of your time. Of course, if you are a wrestling fan (or not) with some cash, you might want to head over to his other show, which isn’t free, but which will be very funny.
The Brendon Burns Show, The Liquid Room, from 2 Aug until 23 Aug.
Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Sit in a 150 Seater at 10pm and Provide the Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches, Stand in the Square, from 1 Aug until 25 Aug. Tickets here.

Michael Legge and Robin Ince Are Pointless Anger, Righteous Ire 3: Ooh Stick You, Your Mama Too… and Your Daddy
What is it with these ridiculously long titles for shows? Anyway, moving on, not sure who you will be more familiar with, Michael Legge, or Robin Ince, but I feel certain you will have heard of one or both of them. Possibly Robin Ince is more recognisable, because everyone seems to know about the Infinite Monkey Cage show he does with Brian Cox. But they’ve both been around for a good long time, doing more shows than I can possibly afford to mention here, in Edinburgh, London, venues and festivals everywhere. Anyway, they are good, and this show will be good. Despite their “Not suitable for most people, probably” disclaimer.
Wee Red Bar, from 2 Aug until 12 Aug.

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