Explore the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Ewan Spence through a mix of reviews, news, and interviews.
The Edinburgh Fringe Archive - Kate Smurthwaite (The News At Kate: Leftie Cockwomble, 2014)
2014 is our destination this week, for that year’s ‘News At Kate’ from Kate Smurthwaite.
Smurthwaite’s TV writing credits include ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘The Revolution Will be Televised’ her words have appeared in The Guardian, New Statesman, Cosmopolitan, and more; and she has made countless appearances discussing politics over the years. 2022 saw the award-winning Smurthwaite bring “The News At Kate: Humanity’s Last Hope” to the Edinburgh Fringe.
“The News At Kate” is a lynchpin of the Fringe, and it’s been part of August for as long as I can remember. 2014 saw “The News” with the delightful tagline of “Lefty Cockwomble”.
The tag came about following her appearance on the BBC’s Question Time. With so many people asking her about her experience, this highly visible foray into political debate was the starting point for that year’s show that examined the definitions of freedom of speech.
There have been countless political whirlwinds since 2014. Yet some of the points raised remain just as pertinent, if not more, in 2022’s devastating landscape.
So let’s head back to 2014, to the Free Fringe stage in Viva Mexico, to the ‘News At Kate’.
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The Edinburgh Fringe Archive - Sarah Kendall (Get Up, Stand Up, 2012)
This week we’re back to 2012 once more, as former Perrier nominee Sarah Kendall returned to the Fringe after a five year absence.
“Get Up, Stand Up” (or is it “Get Up, Stand-Up”, how delightfully interpretive) takes on a more storytelling approach than a bang-bang-jokes routine, and Kendall’s acting chops wer brought to the fore in an hour of pitch perfect raccentouring, reflecting on motherhood, the world that her daughter was growing up in, all wrapped up by the tale of the Ugly Duckling.
Her recent work includes the TV show Frayed, which has just finished its second season, and an appearance on the UK version of Taskmaster - so as you’d expect there’s countless clips of her discovering a bag of salt.
As for 2012, we’re off to The Pleasance and the ridiculously early time of 8.30pm, to talk to Sarah Kendall.
The Edinburgh Fringe Archive - Tiff Stevenson (Uncomfortably Numb, 2012)
Tiff Stevenson has been a Fringe fixture since 2006, debuting as a solo act in 2009. Stevenson was already established on the circuit in 2012 when, following her appearance in ITV's 'Show Me The Funny', she brought 'Uncomfortably Numb' to Edinburgh,
She continues to bring new material to the Fringe, with this year’s 'Sexy Brain' picking up five star reviews; And year round she runs and MCs the monthly new material night 'Old Rope' each month at London’s Comedy Store.
So let’s go back in time, back to The Underbelly, and back to Tiff Stevenson’s ‘Uncomfortably Numb’
The Edinburgh Fringe Archive - Arthur Smith (...Sings Leonard Cohen, volume 2, 2013)
Into the archives once more with another Fringe Legend. Over the years, Arthur Smith has performed countless stand-up sets at the Fringe, been arrested for some outdoor shows, wrote his own review and snuck it into The Scotsman, kidnapped a puppet, and many more myths lost to time.
In 2013 he performed the second of three shows around his love of Leonard Cohen and how his music is wrapped around Arthur’s life. We invited him into our podcast studio to tell us more about “Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, volume 2”, his memories of the Fringe, and which of the then up-and-coming comics he was watching out for.
The Edinburgh Fringe Archive - Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, 2013)
In our first trip into the archive, we start with Fleabag. Directed by Vicky Wood, written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, this small show from 2013 took place in the depths of the Underbelly. It remains the gold standard of Fringe legends... from a theatrical dare, to a short stand-up like ten minutes, to a 'that's so Fringe' run in Edinburgh, and then onwards into the zeitgeist Phoebe and Vicky joined Ewan Spence in the podcast studio to talk about the origins of Fleabag, highlight the importance of the subject matter, and try to remember how much of the script was cut before it reached the stage.
Introducing The Edinburgh Fringe Archives
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022 may be over, but this year the Edinburgh Fringe Show is not going to stop. Instead, we're going to showcase some classic interviews from nearly two decades of covering the Edinburgh Fringe. From the big names that went on to even bigger things, the performers who forged careers, and the legends that keep returning, the podcast has met them all.