FRINGE PREVIEW – Five Pound Fringe comedy

Last year, the Five Pound Fringe brought a selection of shows to Edinburgh, each costing – unsurprisingly – a fiver.

The organisers were of the belief that the low ticket price would encourage people to take a chance on a show without having to dig too deep into their pockets, and it proved to be a great success

This year, The Five Pound Fringe is back. With a full and varied programme of shows to choose from, here’s a look at a quartet of comics who look well worth spending one of those five pound notes on.

James Sherwood - One Man & His Piano

James Sherwood - One Man & His Piano

James Sherwood will be hoping someone buys his piano in his one-man comedy music and standup show One Man And His Piano (The GRV, 6th-29th August – not 16th or 23rd).

For the length of his run, James will be auctioning the piano on eBay and will be asking stars of the Fringe to autograph it as the days go on. If it sells for more than he paid for it, he’ll give the profits to the charity of the buyer’s choice.

With critically-acclaimed satirical standup and songs, not only will you be in for an hour of clever comedy courtesy of James Sherwood – you could end up going home with a unique (if rather heavy) souvenir of the Fringe.

Nick Helm - Keep Hold Of The Gold

Nick Helm - Keep Hold Of The Gold

A semi-finalist of So You Think You’re Funny in 2007 and recipient of four-star reviews, Nick Helm returns to Edinburgh in 2010 with his show Keep Hold of the Gold (The Tron, 5th-29th Aug – not the 18th).

As skilled with a witty one-liner as he is with a poem or a song, Nick will take a sideways look at the power of positive thinking in a show which promises a mixture of styles and comedy.

There may even be dancing.

Henry Paker's 3D Bugle

Henry Paker's 3D Bugle

With appearances on TV, radio, writing credits for Never Mind The Buzzcocks & Mock The Week, as well as being a cartoonist for The Times, Henry Paker is nothing if not versatile.

After his appearance in last year’s hit site-specific comedy show The Hotel, Henry Paker’s 3D Bugle (The GRV, 5th-29th Aug – not the 16th) will be this prolific comedian’s first solo stand-up show, packed with jokes with well-timed buildups and winning punchlines.

So, come let Henry entertain you with his bugle – now in exciting and eye-popping 3D!

Mark Allen's Go Slow

Mark Allen's Go Slow

Mark Allen’s Go Slow (The GRV, 5th-29th Aug – not the 17th) takes a look at the relentless pace and stress of modern life.

For a month, Mark decided he’d see what happened if he took things more slowly. He opted for the stairs instead of lifts. Gave up emails and wrote letters instead. All to see what would happen when you made a decision not to be obsessed with saving every last second of time in the name of convenience.

In this 90-minute show, Mark – who has written for TV and regularly features on Radio Five Live and Sky News Review – will share what he found when he decided to take things a little bit easy. He’ll even provide biscuits.

So why not take a chance on some of these comedians – or anything else on the Five Pound Fringe? For less than the price of a couple of drinks, you’ve not got much to lose!


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