Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review: The Blanks, Morgan & West, The Boy With Tape On His Face & Andrew Bird

Here’s another round up of the shows I have been watching at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is the largest arts festival in the world! I reviewed a few shows in my previous post here. Visit the official Fringe Festival site here.

I don’t want to add stars/ratings to any of the shows because views are very subjective and if the comedian/act happens to drop by this blog I don’t want to be responsible for any sadness/unstoppable crying that may arise… Not that  I’m saying any of them are bad though! In fact I have been pleasantly surprised that all the shows that I’ve been to at this Fringe Festival have been fantastic! I think I have good taste ;)

My latest highlight so far is watching THE BLANKS!!

The Blanks’ Big Break

My signed CD!

If you’re a fan of tv sitcom ‘Scrubs’ you’d remember Ted and his Band! Ted, the sad-looking Attorney at Sacred Heart Hospital? Well, did you know his band is an ACTUAL band in real life? Well, more like an A Capella group churning out comedic hits.

I expected them to just be singing famous hits from the show, but the main theme of the show is about their ‘big break’ and it was well executed with a lot of comedy acts in between. Spoilers would spoil (duh!) the show so I highly recommend watcing this if you are in Edinburgh! Also, their shows are a daily sell-out so you will be missing out if you didn’t go!

The quartet are a hilarious bunch on AND off-stage. Did I mention off-stage? Well, one FANTASTIC part of The Blanks is that after their show they had a booth to take pictures with fans and to sign autographs (it doesn’t matter whether you buy a CD or not). Apparently they do it after every show and you gotta hand it to them – they love their fans!!

When Phillip (the one with a a grey beanie on) knew I came from Malaysia he immediately expressed his love for Malaysia and murtabak (an Indian Muslim dish served in Malaysia) :D Everyone was extremely happy to meet their fans one by one, and posing with them. I couldn’t stop blabbering to Ted saying how much I love his show to which he replied: “You’ve got good taste!” I mean, how can you NOT love them??

A definite MUST-GO show to see!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 9.30pm daily until the 27th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £9.50 or £12.00
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

Morgan & West at their Clockwork Miracle show (unfortunately I came late and sat right at the back but it was just fine)

Magicians and time travellers!

An absolute delight to watch these 2 magicians (dressed in vintage which I think men should wear ;)) perform their time travelling magic! The people I went with were so engrossed on HOW they managed to deceive the audience. I simply enjoyed it as great magic because I’m not cynical like that! Haha! Mentioning any of their magic here would spoil the show, so DO go and watch it!

They also have another show at midnight called Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels where you can have an intimate evening with the time-travelling magicians at the card table! My friends and I have booked tickets for next Friday (24th August 2012) already because seats are limited and sell out quickly.

Morgan & West are both in touch with their fans on Twitter so it was really nice to get replies from them regarding the show! Another way of roping in fans is by engaging with them through social media (just like Jeff Leach), so good job guys :D

Details:

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 4.30pm daily until the 27th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £8.50 or £9.50
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 11.59pm daily until the 26th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £14.00 or £16.00
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • Click here for more details and tickets! (Limited seats each night so book early to avoid disappointment)

The Boy With Tape On His Face – More Tape

Imagine being a comedian WITHOUT speaking. This is what he is! That’s him with tape on his face while watching everyone get into the venue. Apparently he does this to see who he’d like to bring in his act. This show is a lot of fun if you are open to the possibility of participating on stage and doing all sorts of hilarious acts along with him.

It’s refreshing to watch this type of silent comedy with only background music, props and the audience to assist him. Again, mentioning any of the hilarious acts would spoil the show so DO watch him!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 9.40 pm daily until the 26th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £10.00 or £12.50
  • Venue: Pleasance Courtyard
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

Andrew Bird’s Global Village Fete

Okay, so nobody really likes sitting on the first row at a stand-up comedian’s show because one is afraid of being picked on. Well, the thing about being the only Asians (I mean chinese by race kinda asians, as am not from China) in the crowd that day (and sitting front row), it didn’t stop Andrew Bird from making references to our heritage. It was hilarious because any remarks he mentioned that related in some way to chinese people were filtered through us: “They’re laughing it’s okay guys!!”

That aside, Andrew Bird’s main theme to his show is his mission to provide comedy to every village in the UK. A lot of hilarious stories, and that the mission was pretty much impossible.

This was a show that we didn’t plan to go but due to the lovely and informative flyer bearers outside the venues, we made the right decision to watch this show!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 6.50 pm daily until the 25th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £8.00 or £9.50
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

That’s it so far! If you are feeling rather skint to watch these shows or want a taster of what to expect, why not head to the Royal Mile and see what shows are on preview on the streets? Here’s what to expect (and it differs everyday!):

They wanted me to kick this guy on stage but I decided to give him a hug & pat on the head:

So have a walk along the Royal Mile and have a taste of the festival in Edinburgh happening at the moment until the end of the month! Also…don’t forget to check out the Missoni hotel along one of the roads branching out of the Royal Mile. Their staff wearing Missoni-print kilts? Niceeee.

That’s all for my reviews at the moment, I will update more on the next ones I go to! :D

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7 thoughts on “Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review: The Blanks, Morgan & West, The Boy With Tape On His Face & Andrew Bird

    • Thanks!! I know right??? The Blanks were SO awesome and I couldn’t believe it when I was at the Fringe looking for shows and found out they were performing!!! They are such lovely guys off-stage and they made references to Scrubs on stage so it was pretty hilarious!!

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