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Fringe by the Sea 2016
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Fringe by the Sea 2016

Network ROI sponsors Big comedy Tuesday at Fringe by the Sea 2016

Fringe by the Sea is a boutique music and comedy festival set in the picturesque seaside town of North Berwick. Perched next to the Scottish Seabird Centre and overlooking the famous Bass Rock, Fringe by the Sea is a smaller, more relaxed and less chaotic version of its larger city relative, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Network ROI sponsored Big comedy Tuesday at this year’s event, held inside the beautiful Palais Des Glaces Spiegeltent, one of only a handful of touring Spiegeltents in existence today. The bill included well-known local radio, TV and panto star, Grant Stott, comedian Jo Caulfield and renowned magician/comedian Pete Firman.

Prepare for a feast of comedy talent!

Once the assembled throng had finished mingling outside in the fresh North Berwick breeze, they quickly settled inside the Spiegeltent. Many of the audience members were thankful to be taking advantage of the warmth inside. The evening began with an entertaining introduction from the evening’s host and compere, Ray Bradshaw, a 27-year-old comedian from Glasgow. He quickly had the audience hooting with joy having picked on selected individuals within the crowd who willingly participated, often with hilarious results.

Next up was a local favourite, Grant Stott who entertained the crowd with anecdotes about his time stationed at Jedburgh Police station as a member of Lothian and Borders finest. These stories were interspersed with funny clips from his radio show on Max Am 1548 and Radio Forth. Stott also focused parts of his act on the journey from his early DJ’ing days, spinning the platters for revellers at Edinburgh’s iconic Coasters roller disco and Outer Limits, a favourite with Edinburgh clubbers in the 1980’s

Jo Caulfield, an actress, writer, and comedian who is well known for her appearances on Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, was up next and provided what was arguably the highlight of the evening. Her 20-minute stand-up routine had the audience roaring with delight. Her observational style of comedy and light-hearted digs at her long-suffering Aberdonian husband, Stewart were both hilarious and endearing.

Finally, it was the turn of Pete Firman, a comedy magician who has enjoyed slots on primetime TV thanks to shows such as The Real Hustle and The Magicians. Firman impressed with his unique blend of magic and comedy, although the crowd were a bit slow to respond to his first act, possibly a result of the superb bar facilities on offer!

Two members of the audience who looked like they enjoyed the hospitality a bit too much were singled out by Firman for loudly chatting among themselves, the only slight on an otherwise splendid evening of entertainment for the Network ROI team and our friends. We are already looking forward to next year’s Fringe By The Sea event.

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