50 Edinburgh shows picked by a true comedy lover | ...and how Mark Watson's using it to help improve the Fringe

50 Edinburgh shows picked by a true comedy lover

...and how Mark Watson's using it to help improve the Fringe

A bit of a change for our Edinburgh preview feature today. Rather than based on any theme, these are 50 shows chosen by comedy connoisseur Corry Shaw.

In a long career in the industry, she worked for Chortle, tour promoters and agents Gag Reflex, and the Stand and Komedia comedy clubs – and was one of the organisational powerhouses behind Mark Watson’s marathon shows.

However, illness forced her to retire from the business she loved a few years ago, and has left her unable to attend the Fringe this year. Yesterday she posted this list of 50 shows on Twitter as what she would have seen, were she able to make it Edinburgh.

’This list isn’t exhaustive and I’ve almost definitely missed people off,’ she said. ‘Blame it on my damaged brain, not on the quality of their show. Please go and see as many shows as you can of people you’ve never heard of. Support live comedy.’

Watson then took up the baton and asked his fans to fill this schedule – and vowed that for the first ticket bought to each show on the list he and his partner Lianne Coop would match the price with a donation to a new fund to help build a fairer, more widely accessible Fringe.

Most of the shows have now been claimed but a few have not. If you want to help complete the list, check tinyurl.com/corry50 and buy a ticket for one of the unclaimed shows. Put your name down and tweet @watsoncomedian a picture with your confirmation.

Watson tweeted:  'The emotional side of this for me is: Corry are I are famously like THIS (closeness gesture), met at Fringe, it was our playground, and comedy is her oxygen (not literally).

‘For her to be too sick to go is heartbreaking. This is a way of her Fringing vicariously and in the process starting to build a financial bedrock which will help the two things she cares about most (other than cheese): access/equality, and the health of the comedy ecosystem in general. The fund will soon have its own proper donations page. But this is a "loosener".

‘So, please get involved and also share this, if you are comedy-involved-or-adjacent. It's easy (and fair) to complain about the Fringe but it's on people like me, who have been treated so well by it, to start building drawbridges for the next lot. This is a start. Thank you!

‘Is drawbridges what I meant, is that a good analogy? Well. You get the idea. OK, as I say: THANKS, OFF YOU GO.)

Here is Corry’s list:

  • Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt... More (Work in Progress)
  • Alfie Brown: Sensitive Man
  • Ali Brice: I Tried To Be Funny, But You Weren't Looking
  • Amy Gledhill: The Girl Before The Girl You Marry
  • Angela Barnes: Hot Mess
  • Catherine Bohart: This Isn't For You
  • Dalia Malek: Another Castle
  • Daniel Sloss: New Work in Progress
  • Delightful Sausage: Nowt but Sea
  • Disabled Cants
  • Ed Gamble: Electric
  • Fast Fringe
  • Fin Taylor: Daddy Self-Care
  • Garrett Millerick: Just Trying to Help
  • Grace Petrie: Butch Ado About Nothing
  • Heidi Regan Gives Birth Live on Stage Every Night or Your Money Back
  • Helen Bauer: Madam Good Tit
  • Ivo Graham: My Future My Clutter
  • Jamali Maddix: King Crud
  • John Kearns: Varnishing Days (WIP)
  • John-Luke Roberts: A World Just Like Our Own, But...
  • JoJo Sutherland: Growing Old Disgracefully
  • Josie Long: Re-Enchantment
  • Josh Pugh: Sausage, Egg, Josh Pugh, Chips and Beans
  • Kwame Asante: Living in Sin
  • Lauren Pattison: It Is What It Is
  • Lou Sanders: One Word: Wow
  • Marcel Lucont Etc – A Chat Show
  • Mat Ewins: Danger Money
  • Matt Winning: Hot Mess
  • Nick Helm: What Have We Become?
  • Nish Kumar: Your Power, Your Control
  • Olaf Falafel: STOAT
  • Pat Cahill: Work in Progress
  • Paul Currie: The Chorus of Ghosts Living in My Skull Keep Telling Me to Take a Shit in the Fruit Salad
  • Paul Sinha: One Sinha Lifetime
  • Phil Ellis: Hedgehog
  • Phil Wang: The Real Hero in All This
  • Possibly the Last Chance to See Susan Morrison
  • Raul Kohli: Russian Weapon of Mass Destruction
  • Rich Wilson: You Could Have It So Much Better
  • Rob Auton: The Crowd Show
  • Rob Rouse: No Refunds
  • Sarah Keyworth: Lost Boy
  • Seymour Mace Presents Captain Winky's F*ck Off Olympics
  • Sheeps: Ten Years, Ten Laughs
  • Tim Key: Mulberry
  • Tom Rosenthal: Manhood
  • Tom Stade: The High Road
  • Tony Law: A Now Begin In Again

Published: 28 Jul 2022

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