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DarkChat Q&As

In an effort to make us DarkChatters seem more real we've compiled a few Q&As explaing a little about our reviewers and their relationship with the Fringe Festival.

 

We start with Dai Legs.

Q/ What did you expect at your 1st Edinburgh festival?

 

A/ Not a lot if i'm truthful. I expected comedy but wasn't sure what sort of quality to expect. Only had one big real name to really look forward to and for that I did have apprehensions'.

 

Q/ How did the reality differ from your expectations?

 

A/ Well, where to start? A couple of free shows and lesser known names blowing away the supposed big name (Dylan Moran). A very nice suprising week away with many comedy names I would never have heard of being

brought to my attention.  

 

Q/ What is the best thing about the festival?

 

A/ A toughie, but I suppose the atmosphere. There's a buzz about it that I've never got anywhere else. Everyone out

for a good time, everything happening everywhere you go.  Thats no offence to the shows but it wouldn't be the same seeing these shows elsewhere.

 

Q/What is the worst thing about the festival?

 

A/Going home. If i'm not allowed that then not being able to leave dreadful cheap shows. But thats part of the genius of edinburgh.

 

Q/ What was your favourite Edinburgh show?

 

A/ Barry And Stuart. not truly a funny show but something different that i found spellbinding.

 

Q/ What was your worst Edinburgh show?

 

A/ There's a few contenders, but the awful Terrors of the Black museum wins this. Just because of how seriously they must've taken it to attempt to write something that thought provoking and funny and falling flat on its face.

 

Q/ Who was your favourite overall perfomer (s)?

 

A/ I'd have to say the Penny Dreadfuls win this. Simply for the welsh butchers are still endellibly marked in my mind from two years ago. Might've not been at their best last year but still fantastic performers.

 

Q/ What was your favourite venue?

 

A/Simply because of the sheer quality of shows we seen, The Caves.

 

Q/ What was your favourite place to eat?

 

A/ The Baguette Express

 

Q/ What was your favourite place to drink?

 

A/ The Counting House. Possibly the best glasses we drunk from and fabulous place to watch the football. Though The Beehive had a varied collection of ales. The Jekyll and Hyde would've won if it had more selection in ales.

Because that is just a wonderful themed pub.

 

Q/What will you miss most about Edinburgh this year?

 

A/ Is it a bit too cheesy to write everything? Maybe.  But I suppose it would be regrouping at the end of the

night and discussing the shows we've seen with a glass of wine.  Wonderful times.

 

The one thing I wont miss though, lugging around luggage around the airport and to the flat. But I suppose thats part of edinburgh too. Ahhh so many good memories.

And now onto Dan McKee obsessive Phil Williams

Q/ What did you expect at your 1st Edinburgh festival?

 

A/ Something better than Dan Mckee to kick off proceedings

 

Q/How did the reality differ from your expectations?

 

A/ It was Dan Mckee-shaped

 

Q/ What is the best thing about the festival?

 

A/ Feeling like you're in a completely different world from reality

 

Q/ What is the worst thing about the festival?

 

A/The price of the beer

 

Q/What was your favourite Edinburgh show?

 

A/ Aneas Faversham Forever

 

Q/ What was your worst Edinburgh show?

 

A/ In spite of Dan Mckee's best efforts, the award has to go to 80s movies flashback. Utter garbage.

 

Q/ Who is your favourite overall perfomer (s)?

 

A/ The Penny Dreadfuls

 

Q/ What is your favourite venue?

 

A/ The venue farthest from the one Dan Mckee is perfoming in

 

Q/ What is your favourite place to eat?

 

A/ The apartment

 

Q/ What is your favourite place to drink?

 

A/ Everywhere (apart from Espionage)

 

Q/ What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?

 

A/ Having a wee in Scotland

What did you expect at your 1st Edinburgh festival?

 

I expected to stay up late, see lots of comedy, get drunk and have a laugh.

 

How did the reality differ from your expectations?

 

Not by much!

 

What is the best thing about the festival?

 

Staying up late, seeing lots of great shows, getting drunk and having a laugh.

 

What is the worst thing about the festival?

 

There aren't enough hours in the day/week/month to see everything that you'd like.

 

What was your favourite Edinburgh show?

 

Probably Mark Watson's 24 hour Extravaganza to Save The Earth (or something similarly titled.)  It was more than just a show and you really felt part of something special, although there is a chance that this feeling may have been the combination of alcohol, sleep deprivation and eating only food from Greggs for a whole day.

 

For other reasons Deep Cut at the Traverse in 2008 was special.  Having failed to get a ticket I managed to blag one from one of the cast (I recognised him from Welsh TV) who was having a smoke outside the venue, in turn for him checking his e-mail on my laptop.  It helped that the show was superb.  The year I started watching - and enjoying - plays at Edinburgh instead of mostly just comedy.

 

What was your worst Edinburgh show?

 

Kit & The Widow, they lost me during an inappropriate song about killing Americans (or some such misplaced witicism) and it generally went downhill from there.  I've still never forgiven DarkChat Dave for convincing me that going would be a good idea!

 

Who is your favourite overall perfomer (s)?

 

Difficult really to pick out just one but I'm a bit of a Mark Watson fanboy (fanman I suppose, I'm a little old to be described as an anything boy) as I was part of his 24 hour show (as I wore green!) and the next time I went to see him in Cardiff he recognised me (I wore the same top) and he called me 'mate.'

 

What is your favourite venue?

 

Soft spot for The Pleasance as it seems to be the centre of everything that is going on, the Courtyard area is normally buzzing from noon until night and we've seen some great shows there down the years.  It was also where I was on the BBC's Culture Show.

 

What is your favourite place to eat?

 

Can't really say there is one place that sticks out as I tend to eat anywhere and everywhere, grabbing what you can between shows and generally eating things that would make a dietician (or my sister-in-law) shriek with horror.  It's not Greggs though, definitley not.

 

What is your favourite place to drink?

 

The DarkChat flat in the late night/early hours of each day.  Catching up with everyone and finding out what they have been up to, and seeing who falls asleep /passes out first.

 

What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?

 

Just being there, it's been too long since I've been there and I'll be taking it as hectic as I possibly can in the short time that I'm there, just wish it was longer.

Thirdly (do people say thirdly?) we take a look at DarkChat founding member Carl