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Three To See 2011: Comedy chat shows

By | Published on Sunday 31 July 2011

Marcel Lucont

Some of the Edinburgh Fringe’s finest institutions are the comedy chat shows. Here ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three such chatty shows appearing at Festival 2011.

Arthur Smith’s Pissed Up Chat Show
That’s the best title of a Fringe show I’ve read for some time, and I must confess that the immature drunkard inside me loves the idea of this chat show: the guests have to be tipsy when they appear. It’s a recipe for mayhem, possibly even disaster, but it could just generate moments of genius. I suspect if you are going to see this show, you’d best get in a couple of pints in advance, too.
Pleasance Dome, 8 – 22 Aug (not 15 – 18), 9.40pm (10.40pm), £8.50-11.50, fpp40.

The Tim Vine Chat Show
Aw, I love Tim Vine. I’ve always enjoyed his quick fire gags and slightly cheesy persona. And this is a chat show with a pretty genuine difference: the guests are plucked from the audience, interviewed, and presumably forced to tell their life stories to the assembled crowd. I’m not sure I want to be interviewed, though, so I’d better make sure I sit at the back.
Pleasance Dome, 3 – 29 Aug (not 10, 17), 3.45pm (4.45pm), £11.00-13.50, fpp159.

Marcel Lucont Etc: A Chat Show (pictured)
The Fringe’s favourite ‘Frenchman’, raconteur and bon viveur Marcel Lucont returns to the festival with a nightly chat show that I am betting will be rather good. I hear he went down quite well in Australia earlier in the year. This does not surprise me.
Underbelly, 4 – 28 Aug (not 15), 9.20pm (10.20pm), £8.00-10.00, fpp113.