Sage Advice From Edfringe Buddies

This past August I took a bit of time to ask a bunch of Fringe performers that I adore what advice they would give people about taking part in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  Here are some of their words of wisdom.  Enjoy!

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Born This Gay – Diary of a creamy smooth Fringe icon…

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1981

Livingston, West Lothian. I’m four years old and though my parents are still hanging onto their youth and hoping to influence the moulding of their youngest child by playing The Everly Brothers and The Beatles, I am in my bedroom, with a tea towel wrapped around my waist dancing to Bucks Fizz.

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1984

I can do the whole dance to Thriller.  I even have a shiny bomber jacket.

1986

Thetford, Norfolk.  I’m in a play called Beowulf the Warrior.  The concept of stage acting is alien to me.  I’ve never been to the theatre.  I have never seen a play.  I know I have a line to say.  I know I say it after Steven.  It’s time and I can feel the words jamming in my throat.  My mouth is dry and I’m sweating but out they come…”everybody hide, here comes Beowulf!”.  Wrong.  It…

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Wanted: Big (C)hampions

Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. That’s why the Big C exists and why we’re staging the Big Comedy Gala in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support for the third time this year.

We’ll be at the EICC on Monday 12th August 2013 during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  Our incredible host is Edinburgh Comedy Award Panel Winner The Boy with Tape on his Face and I promise you, it will be the first time a gala has ever been hosted by someone quite like this.

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Did I mention that they are award winning and one of the biggest acts to hit the Fringe in years?

To date, we’ve had an incredible experience raising funds for Macmillan with over £38,000 profits donated to the charity from just two shows.  That’s enough to run one of their information centers for four months.  But we can’t do it without volunteers.  All acts offer their support for free, we get the venue at cost and all production staff give their expertise in the middle of a festival where they could all be paid for their time. We have a print sponsor and an incredible art director and designer…all donating their time to maximize the potential income.

Cancer is shit.  There’s no denying it.  We’ve all been affected by it and it’s absolutely devastating.  Services provided by Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and others like them mean the world to those affected.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the most difficult places to sell tickets, regardless of the quality of your show.  Last year we were pick of the week in the Scotland on Sunday, pick of the day in the Scotsman, hit-listed in the Evening News, top ten in the Daily Record, featured almost weekly in TFN and given diary coverage in the Herald.  There were still a few tickets left on the night.  We were lucky.  Long standing events similar to ours for different charities played to very small houses and at least one that I know of isn’t happening again this year.

That’s why I’m writing this and hoping that you are reading it. I need a favour.  Will you take responsibility for selling some tickets for us?  10 perhaps? More if you’re up for the challenge. You could organise a night out with your friends, family or work colleagues. You could buy them as gifts.  I promise, it won’t be a shit gift.  I know the line up.

Drop me an email on barry@bigcomedygala.com or message on Facebook/Twitter and I’ll let you know the various routes to tickets.

Alterantively, just click through and buy them now: TICKETS FOR THE BIG C

As they say in Australia; don’t be a big comedy gallah!

 

The Foundation of Ben Cohen

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“It is time we stand up for what is right and support people who are being harmed. Every person on this planet has a right to be true to themselves, to love and be loved, and to be happy”.

Barry Church-Woods

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A couple of weeks ago, I was given the rare opportunity to sit down and have a chin-wag with a bona-fide fully fledged gay icon.

Considered one of the top ten rugby players in the world, Ben Cohen is a champion for equality and the Chief Executive of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, an organization that works to combat the lifelong effects of bullying.  He’s also a model in his spare time; as you do.

I really wasn’t sure what to expect with my first meeting. Sportsmen are a bit out of my comfort zone and I always get a little bit gangly in the speech department when I’m…

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