Sitcom Trials at Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Among the hundreds of excellent shows at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, I'm going to make an extra effort to see these shows, featuring as they do the stars of the last season of The Sitcom Trials.
The Sitcom Trials, if you're not familiar with it, is the show I've been producing since 1999 where sitcoms compete head to head with the audience and a panel of TV & comedy biz judges choosing the best. The last season ran at the end of 2009 and featured our strongest line up of writers and performers, some of whom will be at the Fringe. They include
Steve McNeil & Sam Pamphilon in Addicted to Danger (7pm Pleasance Dome). Described in the Fringe programme as "Sitcom Trials winners" they are, indeed, that, and brilliantly so.
The Real MacGuffins (10pm Pleasance Courtyard) are a sketch troupe two of whose members were in two of the entries in the Trials grand final, and one of whom, the marvellous Dan March, has starred in the Trials since 2000.
The Unexpected Items (4.30pm Gilded Balloon) were in the Trials final as an ensemble and have since had a miillion hits on YouTube with the cult classic Gap Yah.
Stuart Goldsmith: The Reasonable Man (7.30pm Pleasance Dome) as one half of Kiosk of Champions was in the Trials final and now debuts his solo stand up show.
Wendy Wason (7pm Gilded Balloon) is an excellent stand up who co-starred in a Sitcom Trials entry that made it to the semi finals, along with Jen Brister
Rogue's Handbook (5pm Counting House, free) not only have members who appeared in the Trials but their Paul Gannon was invaluable in helping run the last season
And of course there's The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre (9.5pm Gilded Balloon) who hosted the Grand Final and are produced by me, the inventor of the Trials.
I'm sure there are many other Trials actors, directors and writers on at the Fringe. If you're out there, let me know and I'll, er, big you up, as I believe the kids say.
Sitcom Trials final:
Sitcom Trials 1st semi final
Sitcom Trials 2nd semi final