FREE FRINGE: A round up of stand up at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe

What Fringe Festival? The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Phindie writer Kathryn Osenlund visited Scotland to see some shows from the home of Fringe.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe is uncurated. It has 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows. Of these 686 are free, and many of those are Stand-up, mostly found in pubs. I’ve had time to scout out only a miniscule number of Stand-up acts, and I want to give them a shout-out:

president_obonjoRichard Brown, a smart Stand-up guy says that Trump is like a World Wrestling Federation Hall of Fame event for two men without pants fighting for a belt.

Mo Omar, a funny guy who says that he’ll say really offensive stuff about a nationality and then say he has friends of that race or nationality. (Mo is  black. That’s the joke.)

Lew Fitz has a funny kind of desperation: “I’m not gay. Who knew?” He says he’s from Manchester and went to school in America. Majored in English.”

Josh Trebilcock’s act gets a bit blue. He says he can’t help it, what with his surname.

In another pub ‘President’ Obonjo presents The Rise of a Comedy Dictator: I am the only one who can introduce me. Give it up for myself!” In military uniform and armed (with a toy gun), he says he’ll use it if you don’t laugh. He’s killing us. Almost literally. Actually warm and personable underneath, he’s domineering in his act. As the sole American in the audience, all matters Trump are addressed to me, as his representative, I suppose. (PS, I’m now wearing my Obama T shirt around Edinburgh.)

[Various pubs, August 2017, media@edfringe.com.]

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Kathryn Osenlund, theater and film junkie, is a former National Critics Institute fellow, NEA fellow in Arts Journalism, and member of the American Theater Critics Assn Steinberg and Osborn playwriting awards committee. A Barrymore Award nominator and professor emeritus in communications and theater, Kathryn also writes for NY-based CurtainUp.com. On twitter @theatrendorphin.