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Three To See 2012: Comedy shows with music

By | Published on Tuesday 24 July 2012

The Blanks

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three Fringe comedy shows of the musical kind.

The Blanks’ Big Break (pictured)
If you are a fan of the US TV show ‘Scrubs’ … and I was, before my life turned into an endless round of work and childcare that means I have less time for TV … then you will surely recognise these four chaps, aka Ted’s band. They’ll be mixing their trademark a capella with a ‘knock about comic tale and sketches’, in this, their Edinburgh debut. I’d like to see it. It might make up for all those lost hours of not watching imported TV shows. Sigh.
The Blanks’ Big Break, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-27 Aug (not 14,23), 9.30pm, fpp47. www.theblankswebsite.com

Rob Deering: The One
ThreeWeeks have loved Rob Deering for a long time, not least for appearing in our awful panel quiz back in the day (of which we’ve all agreed never to speak) and not complaining about it at all. He’s a lovely man, and more importantly, for those of you buying tickets, also very funny, very clever, and comes armed with cracking songs. Fans can also see his eight-date live music based game show. Which will be a lot better than our quiz was (oh dear, there I go mentioning it again).
Rob Deering: The One, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug (not 8,14), 8.15pm, fpp149. www.robdeering.com

Anne Edmonds in My Banjo’s Name Is Steven
This sounds good; Ms Edmonds takes a cathartic look at overcoming humiliation, sharing with the audience some of her more toe-curling life moments. I am generally a bit averse to comedy generated via the cringe factor, but I suspect the involvement of Steven might soften things a bit. Either way, she’s considered a fast-rising star in her native Australia, so this may just be worth the mortification.
Anne Edmonds in My Banjo’s Name Is Steven, Underbelly Bristo Square, 1-27 Aug (not 15), 12.10pm, fpp36.

Photo: Nicholas Dawkes

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