THIRD week of the Fringe and all is well. We’ve just had a very busy weekend, lots and lots of people about, it is brilliant.
The great news is that Kiss Me Honey, Honey is transferring to the King’s Theatre in October. We are doing a couple of nights on 16 and 17 October.
The show’s Fringe run has sold out at the Gilded Balloon, so please tell your friends to come and see Grant Stott and Andy Gray perform at their very best this autumn.
Meanwhile, the lovely Jenny Éclair finished her run on Saturday night and it was sad to see her go. Such a lovely lady and she told me she had a great time, the audiences were lovely and her shows sold out. The very talented Alistair McGowan has taken over her spot in the Debating Hall and opened to a sell- out crowd.
Alistair performed at the Gilded Balloon in 1993, 20 years ago now, and he was then partnered with Ronnie Ancona. Both have gone on to great things. In those days he performed in a small 120-seater in the Cowgate and other wonderful performers at the GildedBalloon that year were The Rubber Bishops, Bill Bailey’s comedy partnership before he turned solo - part of the same show was Sean Lock.
Great to look back, but more important to look forward to what we have in store this week at the Gilded Balloon.
This year we have the final of three competitions. First the Best New Sketch Act tonight at 10pm and on Wednesday the Sitcom Trials, So You Think You Can Write? Finally on Thursday, our annual Fosters’ So You Think You’re Funny? hosted by Zoe Lyons. Our celebrity judge is Sarah Millican, pictured above, who came second in 2005. We’re on the way to discover the stars of tomorrow and we have more women than ever before, I’m pleased to say - four of the nine finalists. Looking forward in seeing who will be the winner.