August 15, 2008
MOST AMUSINGLY RUDE MERCHANDISE
This prize very nearly went to Alexis Dubus, who is promoting his show A Ruddy Brief History of Swearing (at Nicol Edwards on Niddry Street - it's free by the way) with badges emblazoned with the words "Shit", "Bollocks" and "C***". But he is pipped to the post by the badges for I Caught Crabs in Walberswick, Joel Horwood's theatre show at the Pleasance, pictured. Is this really something you would wear around town? If you're a Fringe performer, probably yes. Anything to make people look.
ODDEST INCIDENT INVOLVING CHILD OF FAMOUS PERSON
Elliot Steel, 12, son of comedian Mark Steel, who sat in a puddle at the request of the ever-mischievous Arthur Smith. "He said he would pay me a pound to see me get my bum wet, but he only paid me 50p," said Elliot. Shame on you, Mr Smith.
FUNNIEST USE OF A TUNNOCK'S TEA CAKE
Will and Greg's sketch show (see review, page 12) sees Greg McHugh memorably force-feeding a Tunnock's Tea Cake to his partner. It's particularly funny when Will Andrews has to do the next sketch with his mouth still covered in chocolate.
MOST MEMORABLE COVER OF LADY IN RED
Office Party has many highlights - the mass singalong, the free wine etc - but Ursula Martinez and Chris Green's striptease act, to Chris De Burgh's soppy ballad, will make your jaw drop. Let's just say it leaves Martinez's legendary "where's that hanky gone?" striptease in the shade. Which takes some doing.
MOST AMBITIOUS MAN AT THE FESTIVAL
"I've decided I'm going to try to win a Nobel Prize for physics," announced an exuberant Iain M Banks at the Book Festival on Wednesday. "It's a toughie, but what use is life without struggle?" Minutes before, he was explaining how hard it is to get scientists to take his outlandish sci-fi books seriously. What next? Joan Rivers trying to win the Nobel Peace Prize?
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