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Stand-up and be counted at Fringe

Two stand-up comedians share their feelings on the Edinburgh Fringe.


Limmy made his name on the internet ( Much of his show last year was about TV - in particular BBC News' Reporting Scotland - now Limmy is getting a TV show of his own.

Last year was my Fringe debut. I didn't know what to expect, but I assumed that everything would go wrong. Cos that's the type of person I am.

This year, I've got a few more reasons to be optimistic.

Last year was a leap into the unknown with a brand new show for the Fringe.

Limmy made his name on the internet
For all I knew, I was about to launch myself into a month of performing a show that everybody would hate, and everybody would laugh at me for the wrong reasons, and I'd end up crying on stage and asking to be sectioned or something.

Whereas this year, I'm performing a show that I performed for three nights at the Glasgow Comedy Festival in March, and it couldn't have gone down any better.

In fact, it went down that well that the Comedy Unit asked to record it, which they then showed to the BBC, which helped convince them to give me my own telly show (which you'll be seeing on screens in autumn, incidentally).

It was stand-up show of my dreams, in other words.

Yet I can't help thinking that something, somehow, at some point, is going to go terribly wrong.


Limmy is at the Stand Comedy Club


At the age of 30, Sarah found herself divorced and living back at her parents' house, so she started doing stand up comedy.

This is her debut one hour show at the fringe, in it Sarah tells the truth.

I'm ready. Let me at 'em.

The best things aboutthefestival are seeing my friends all of the time and being allowed to snarl at drama students on the Royal Mile if you've had a bad day.

And you can get ginger beer in pubs as well and grow big legs because of all of the walking.

sarah millican
In her Fringe debut, Sarah Millican tells the truth
I've broken in two pairs of shoes ready for this year's festival.

I'm going first class on the train too. Wooo.

The first time I bought a first class ticket, I'd assumed there was some kind of mistake and sat in standard class.

The inspector came along and said I should be in First Class.

I told him I didn't want to as it wouldn't make me feel very comfortable and he said, "oh no, there's plenty of your sort along there".


When I was a kid I used to love to paint but the teacher always told us to do a pencil outline. I've been drawing for months. I just want to paint.

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