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Gala show to celebrate Mervyn Stutter’s 20th year

By | Published on Monday 15 August 2011

Mervyn Stutter

This year the Fringe institution that is ‘Mervyn Stutter’s Pick Of The Fringe’ – the daily best bits show which showcases some of the best talent appearing at the festival each year – is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and to mark the occasion a special Gala edition will be held in the Pleasance Grand on Wednesday, 17 Aug.

Recalling how he created the show two decades ago, Stutter says “people kept asking me if I had seen anything good, so I decided to put on a showcase of top Fringe shows every lunchtime with a completely different selection daily”. Stutter has a team of researchers who visit as many shows as possible performing at the festival each year, inviting the best to appear as part of ‘Pick Of The Fringe’.

Based on this team’s work, Stutter also dishes out his own Spirit Of The Fringe awards each festival. The Gala show will feature some past winners of that award, including Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne, Antonio Forcione, Pajama Men, Camille O‚ÄôSullivan and The Magnets. Stutter’s famous pink jacket will also be auctioned at the show, after being signed by his guests, in aid of the South African charity Imibala, which sponsors Cape Township kids through school.

For more info about the gala show click here.