There’s a certain caliber of shows that happen late-night at the Fringe, whether that may be variety, music or just some super weird stuff, then there’s Mark Watson’s Edinborolympics. A celebration of sorts to the Olympics and the Commonwealth games, “of sorts” being the important phrase. Each night, three comedians battle it out over complicated-party games to represent three countries (this could be their nationality, or some tedious link to a food they ate for dinner). For the night we attended, it was Russell Howard, Tiff Stevenson and John Hastings. Mark Watson makes for a perfect host, aided by the super-talented Adam Kay who provides an apt musical score and introduction song.
It’s safe to say, there’s not many places where you can see a drunk Russell Howard with lipstick over his face and a bin bag for a top, trying to coerce three girls into his pop up tent in Edinburgh… There’s certainly a joy in seeing comedians let their hair down at the Fringe, and this is the best place for that this year.