TAKE a disco nap, if you must, to prepare for the 11pm kick-off, but RUN, do not walk, to Lili La Scala’s “AFVS”. Each night it features a rotating cast of turns hand-selected by the dynamic diva to showcase the best and brightest acts appearing in Edinburgh. And what an eye for talent she possesses.
Pleasance Dome, Bristo Square
Lili wears more sequins and hits more octaves than Mariah Carey. At times she’s operatic - next thing you know she’s growling like Bessie Smith. Her saucy, good-natured teasing never veers into offensive. (Nevertheless Tom Barres, her pianist, did blush for Scotland.)
She’s set the bar high with an opening night show featuring mentalist Colin Cloud (his ‘think of a number’ trick is ace); hilarious young comic Alex Edelman; saucy, silent juggler Lindsay Benner (on the strength of this, her show Book of Love is worth your time); Heather Holiday of Limbo, swallowing swords (gross and amazing); comedy songster Johnny Awesome; and the superstar who is Dusty Limits (“Think Flanders and Swan with more cocksucking”) performing all too briefly.
Throughout, there’s audience participation.
For a late-night show full of sexual innuendo, “AFVS” feels surprisingly wholesome. It’s utterly exhilarating.
Until 29 August