Comic Fringes

A week of comic short stories, performed in front of an audience at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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0101A Deep Hole20000814

by crime writer Ian Rankin, read by Steven Mcnicoll.

0102Aftershave20000815

by Susie Maguire, read by Alison Peebles.

A woman finds herself trapped in a lift with a handsome young man.

0103Year Zero20000816

by Lynne Truss.

A couple argue about their previous relationships - and suddenly their house fills up with former lovers.

0104The Ghost Riders Of Pittenweem20000817

by Brian Hennigan, read by James Bryce.

A chilling tale of a late-night shopping bus from Fife.

0105 LASTMrs Burns' Supper20000818

by Patricia Hannah.

Exasperated by the nonsense written about her husband after his death, Jean Armour decides to hold her own Burns supper.

0201The Rotters's Club20010820

Crawford Logan reads an episode from Jonathan Coe's `The Rotters' Club', in which a schoolboy forgets his trunks and has to face the embarrassment of SWIMMING without them.

0202The Ex-magician From The Minhota Tavern20010821

Steven Mcnicoll reads Murilo Rubaio's `The Ex-Magician from the Minhota Tavern'.

When a man can't stop producing lions, snakes and free lunches from thin air, what can he do?

0203Ted Hughes And The Fancy Rabbit20010822

Vivienne Dixon reads Patricia Hannah's story `Ted Hughes and the Fancy Rabbit'.

A pet goes missing during a poetry reading - just as the buffet serves rabbit tartlets.

0204Footnotes: Peterhead, Winter 196320010823

Michael Mackenzie reads `Footnotes: Peterhead, Winter 1963' by Iain Grant.

A critic's comments on a great Scottish poem reveal the poet's disastrous home life as a drunken misogynist.

0205 LAST20010824
0301Melon's 69p20020812

by Lori Don.

0302Prune Surprise20020813

Ian Macpherson reads his own story.

0303After Proust20020814

by Patricia Hannah.

Read by Vivienne Dixon

0304Mr Heine20020815

by Iain Crichton Smith.

0305 LASTDuck Man20020816

by Brian Hennigan.

Read by James Bryce

0401How To Have Meetings20030811

by Ruth Thomas.

A photographer has an alfresco lunch meeting with a gallery curator to discuss a possible exhibition of her work.

But as well as a portfolio of grainy black and white pictures, she also has to lug along her two-year-old daughter and a large yellow plastic bag containing something called a Porta-Potty.

A beautifully observed portrait of the artist as a lone parent.

0402Salmon Chamareemo20030812

Ian Macpherson performs his own short story about a book group, a well-known Scottish writer, and a bad case of mistaken literary identity.

0403A Small Controlled Explosion20030813

by Patricia Hannah.

What on earth are the SAS doing in Marchmont? And why have they blown up the Reverend Anstruther's garage? The leafy Edinburgh suburb is - quite literally - rocked to its foundations.

But luckily Patricia Hannah's genteel Marchmont attic-dweller - a regular feature of Comic Fringes since it began - is here to explain all in another waspishly observant monologue.

0404Vesuvius20030814

by Ella Henderson.

Liam and his class are building a papier-maché volcano - but when Miss McGregor calls out "Time for the eruption!", things don't go quite according to plan.

Read by Carol Ann Crawford

0405 LASTA Late Night Shopping Experience20030815

Arnold Brown reads his comic short story in front of an audience at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Arnold brings the battle against globalisation direct to the supermarket checkout queue.

But will this mean giving up his loyalty card?

0501May Contain Nuts2009082520101215
20130820 (BBC7)
20130821 (BBC7)

Written and read by Janey Godley.

"If I'm slowly turning into my dad, then I'd better start collecting owl calendars and squirrels."

A woman glimpses her own mortality when she calculates that only twenty-seven years separate her from her cantankerous father.

Brilliant, unsentimental insight into the father / daughter relationship.

Another chance to hear this series of short stories by leading comedians recorded live in front of a packed audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009.

Coming up, at the same time over the next three Wednesdays, are stories by Sarah Millican, Jon Richardson and Susan Calman.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

An unsentimental insight into the father-daughter relationship by Janey Godley.

A woman glimpses her own mortality when she calculates that only 27 years separate her from her cantankerous father.

By Janey Godley

By Janey Godley. A daughter suddenly realises her cantankerous father is getting old.

"If I'm slowly turning into my dad, then I'd better start collecting owl calendars and squirrels."

A woman glimpses her own mortality when she calculates that only twenty-seven years separate her from her cantankerous father. Brilliant, unsentimental insight into the father / daughter relationship.

Another chance to hear this series of short stories by leading comedians recorded live in front of a packed audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009. Coming up, at the same time over the next three Wednesdays, are stories by Sarah Millican, Jon Richardson and Susan Calman.

0502The Hair Of The Dead2009082620101222
20130821 (BBC7)
20130822 (BBC7)
20101228 (R4)
20110112 (R4)

By Sarah Millican.

Kitty does the hair of the dead.

Just the front.

Written and read by Sarah Millican.

A moving (and very funny) short story about a compassionate undertaker's assistant.

Another chance to hear this series of short stories by leading comedians recorded live in front of a packed audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009.

Still to come - at the same time over the next couple of Wednesdays - are stories by Jon Richardson and Susan Calman.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Short story written and read by Sarah Millican, recorded live at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe

By Sarah Millican. Young hairdresser Kitty gets some work experience in a funeral parlour.

Kitty does the hair of the dead. Just the front... A moving (and very funny) short story about a compassionate undertaker's assistant.

Another chance to hear this series of short stories by leading comedians recorded live in front of a packed audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009. Still to come - at the same time over the next couple of Wednesdays - are stories by Jon Richardson and Susan Calman.

0503 LASTGone Phishing2009082720101229
20130822 (BBC7)
20130823 (BBC7)
20110105 (R4)

By Jon Richardson.

A tale of love and betrayal set in a remote village in the Yorkshire Dales.

Series of short stories written and performed by leading new comedians at The Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh as part of the Festival Fringe.

A tale of love and betrayal set in the Yorkshire Dales.

Tom meets a woman on the internet, but all is not what it seems.

By Jon Richardson. A tale of love and betrayal set in a remote village in the Yorkshire Dales.

0601The Woman Who Sniffed2010082420110105

Take front row seats for a new series of short stories written and read by comedians and recorded last week in front of an audience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Susan Calman gets the series underway with a wry look at office politics in "The Woman Who Sniffed".

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

0602Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Be Green20100825

Patrick Monahan takes centre stage with "Just When You Thought It Was Safe to be Green"; a story which warns against paying too much attention to government crime statistics.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

0603 LASTOn The Dot20100826

Comedian and newspaper columnist Shazia Mirza completes the line-up with her story "On The Dot".

Mrs.Pims is late for everything but no one knows why.

Until one day...

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

0701Stairlift Us Up Where We Belong2011082320150824 (BBC7)

By Sarah Millican.

Poignant and funny monologue exploring the tricky turning point in a woman's life, when she goes from being thought of as useful to becoming invisible.

A series of brand new short stories written and performed by leading comedians Sarah Millican, Joe Lycett and Bridget Christie.

Recorded live in front of an audience at the BBC's own venue at Potterrow, listeners are invited to take front row seats for 'as live' performances by three of the freshest talents appearing at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

A woman goes from being thought of as useful to becoming invisible.

0702Spooky And The Van2011082420140319

By Joe Lycett.

Seventeen year old Julian is writing a blog.

He's currently experiencing the weird limbo that lies between finishing school and starting university.

As well as musing upon how his life might change, Julian's neighbour, nicknamed Spooky, is providing plenty of writing material and mystery...

Second in a series of brand new short stories written and performed by comedians.

Recorded earlier this month in front of an audience at the BBC's own venue at Potterrow, listeners are invited to take front row seats for 'as live' performances by some of the freshest talents appearing at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Seventeen year old Julian is writing a blog. He's currently experiencing the weird limbo that lies between finishing school and starting university. As well as musing upon how his life might change, Julian's neighbour, nicknamed Spooky, is providing plenty of writing material and mystery...

Part of a series of short stories written and performed by comedians; recorded in front of an audience at the BBC's own venue at Potterrow, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2011.

0703 LASTA Difference Of Opinion2011082520140326

By Bridget Christie.

When Bridget's husband is assaulted by the ghost of a long dead European leader, it highlights the vast differences in interpreation between a believer and an atheist.

Recorded earlier this month in front of an audience at the BBC's own venue at Potterrow, listeners are invited to take front row seats for 'as live' performances by some of the freshest talents appearing at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

New story written and read by Bridget Christie, recorded at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

When Bridget's husband is assaulted by the ghost of a long dead European leader, it highlights the vast differences in interpretation between a believer and an atheist.

Recorded in front of an audience at the BBC's own venue at Potterrow, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2011.

0801The Three Times I Dumped Eleanor, And The Manner Of Her Death20120819

Russell Kane leads a brilliant line-up of literary comics who've been specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to write and perform their own short stories in front of a packed audience, recorded yesterday at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Coming up over the next two Sundays will be stories written and read by James Acaster and Mark Watson.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Comedian Russell Kane reads his own short story, recorded at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe.

0802Sorry For Your Loss20120826

Recorded live last week in front of an audience at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, James Acaster is the second of three literary comedians specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to write and perform their own short stories.

Coming up next week: a story by Mark Watson.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Comedian James Acaster reads his own short story, recorded at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe.

0803 LASTClub Sandwich20120902

Mark Watson completes the line-up of literary comedians specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to write and perform their own short stories in front of an audience, recorded live at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Comedian Mark Watson reads his own short story, recorded live at the Edinburgh Fringe.