Sunday, June 01, 2008

Edinburgh Festival v's Edinburgh Comedy Festival

Read the articles and tell me what you think...

This is from the Sunday Herald.

And this is from The Times.

I'm really looking forward to this years Festival. I've been working through new material most nights and I'm confident this is going to be my best show yet.

It's coming together quite strongly.

I'm calling it 'Jo Caulfield : Two-Faced Bitch?' The basic premise is every review I've had this year mentions the world "Bitchy"... The Guardian calls me “wonderfully sharp and bitchy”, The Observer thinks I'm “feisty, funny and wickedly bitchy”, even the Radio Times said “Jo Caulfield has a great mix of observational humour and hilarious rants on life’s irritations... She is scathing, bitchy and intelligent with masses of attitude.”

The thing is – I don’t agree with those reviews.

I don't think I'm in the slightest bit “bitchy”.

I think I'm just saying what other people secretly think.

In 'Jo Caulfield : Two-Faced Bitch?' I’ll be telling the audience some of the things that happened to me this year – (getting thrown out of a major department store, dealing with a greedy property developer, punching my nextdoor neighbour, meeting my best friends new partner) - and how I handled the situations (badly!). At the end of the show I’ll take a vote and let the audience decide whether I acted "bitchy" or not.

If they think I did - I'll pay a forfeit.

Mind you, the show is still developing so don't hold me to it. I'll tell you more about it nearer the time.

I think my tickets go on sale next week - from 9th June (?)

You can book them through the Fringe Office or you can contact the The Stand direct - why not do that? Why not phone The Stand (0131 558 7272), order your tickets and have a chat with Eva or Nicky or Christine? They're all friendly people.

Anybody else doing a show this year? Let me know who I can go drinking with.

Jo x


Susie Felber said...

re: the articles, as soeone who has never attended, I don't understand. Actually, I've never understood. I hear tell of unknown comedians (not you) paying tons of money just to be there and I don't get it. And I don't understand the what is fringe/what isn't fringe -- ok, I think I mentioned -- I don't get it!

I've got only one good friend going to festival this year. Will find out what's up with him and maybe you two can raise a glass?

Anonymous said...

Do comedians actually lose money when taking a show to the Edinburgh Comedy Festival? For all Doug Stanhope's musings about the fringe costing each comedian £7,349, I'm not sure I believe him.

I can understand how a smaller play, with 10 actors to put up in peak season might lose money, but a comedian just has themselves plus a mike. Where's the cost?

Rebecca Donohue said...

yes. comedians lose big time money. one comedian, one mic. doesn't matter. you pay for your venue. a rather large fee. than you pay for a publicist because you need one. then you pay for an ad because if you don't have one, no one will come. than you pay for flyers. than you pay for someone to flyer for you if you can't all the time. then you pay for a flat for a month. then you pay for airfare. then you pay for food and drink. and believe me, i'm probably missing a cost or two. so, comedians ALWAYS lose money doing the fringe. believe it. because it's true.