A Day in Edinburgh

Crikey I’m writing a blog! Doctors I’m cured of my malady!

On Sunday I got out of bed and headed to London to be a part of a lovely event organised my a lovely man for a lovely cause. That’s unusual for me because I usually just lay in bed on a Sunday morning attempting to decide whether I should get up and have a wee or risk my bladder exploding for a few more minutes of beddy comfort.

Anyway, I went down to that London town with my comedy and real chum Andrew Wilson, to take part in ‘All Day Edinburgh’ a benefit gig for the wonderful PBH Free Fringe. For those of you who are unaware, they are the lovely organisation who allow idiots like us to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe without sustaining a massive debt erection. The gig was organised by Michael Legge, who most of you will know as one of the funniest comedians in the country and one of the most supportive.

There were a whole host of professional acts including: The Trap, Richard Herring, Tony Law, Michael Legge and Robin Ince, Simon Munnery, Bec Hill, Cariad Lloyd and Ruaidhri Ward, alongside shambolic acts like me and Andy as Dab and Tench.

It was also lovely to bump into people I only usually get to see once a year in Edinburgh and meet lovely new people. At times it really felt like we were sitting in Brookes slurping beer and putting the world to rights. As usual Dan, Paul and Jeremy from the trap caused me to snort beer down my nose and it was fantastic to hear a couple of songs from Bad Musical again.

And let’s not forget the audience who were incredibly supportive and kept on laughing right up the end of the show at 10pm. We are not the slickest act in the world but we love performing and it means a lot to us when people laugh at our sillyness. In the past I’ve done stand-up comedy but that was never as enjoyable as dicking around on stage with Andy.  So it is very nice when people like Michael and the PBH Free Fringe let us do just that.

Anyway, that’s the end of Dab and Tench as live characters. They will now return to the podcast from whence they came, with a new series beginning in December. I’ve enjoyed doing the shows but I came to realise quite early on that live character comedy should be left to the those with extremes of talent. We are far more comfortable and competent when being ourselves  so I’m very much enjoying working on next year’s Edinburgh show with Andy.

Here are Dab and Tench doing their thing.

Martin Wolfenden

Back in the early days of this Century, I made some money by saying the odd funny thing in public. On one of these occasions a fellow funny talker told me that I should write a blog (because that was the sort of thing funny talking people did back then.) Now, I’m not the sort of person who does things the easy way, so I rejected all the ready made blogging platforms and started my own website. Since then it’s become a repository for whatever stuff is bubbling out of my brains and a directory of various podcasts and videos that I’ve made with my friends and is completely unnecessary.

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