Lil Dave went to meet up with his Uncle MacDave on August 21, 2012 to hang out and see his show The Monkey with Banana on his Face (similar to The Boy with Tape on his Face – I wonder who copied who?!).
We walked around the Royal Mile and saw more performance art advertising shows around the Fringe Festival.
I went to get a haircut. The lady really got into cutting my hair like she was competing for best Edinburgh hairdresser of the year. I think the haircut took 30 minutes. I got my hair short again since with the layers my hair looks really full. I think I’m going to keep it short for awhile.
We rushed to The Tim Vine Chat Show. We love Tim Vine who’s known for his quick one-liners and puns.
I think he was testing out a game show where he’s a chat show host. Everybody filled out a paper at the beginning where they stated what they did for a living and an interesting story. We didn’t fill one out since we didn’t want to be chosen.
Tim Vine told some awesome jokes.. he’s hilarious!! He even talked to us since we were sat in the front row. The Chat Show was 4 guests from the audience with interesting jobs (well, some of them were) like a movie promoter?? who’s promoted such movies like Batman?. The Chat Show part was alright… I prefer Tim’s comedy show instead. I’m glad we got lots of jokes still.
We had lunch at Italiano on the Mound again. The roasted vegetables on ciabatta is the best sandwich for sure – I think the pesto makes it!
Ivan and I did souvenir shopping.
Later, we went to see An Evening with David Hasselhoff. David Hasselhoff is weirdly really popular in Germany for his singing. I’m not really sure why though. He sang a lot of songs like some song from Les Miserables that I bet nobody knew and too many love songs that he sings. The Germans were getting into it. It was a rather odd show… there was limbo where people go low and people from the audience joined it. I didn’t know what to expect with the show.. but it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.
For dinner, we went to our favorite vegetarian restaurant in Edinburgh, David Bann.
Ivan and I shared tofu, mushroom ravioli, goats cheese salad and a lovely orange cake for dessert. The wine was a lovely Viognier Trivento Tirbue from Argentina again – it went well with the ravioli.
Next, we went to check out another Fringe show this time a ventriloquist named Nina Conti. She’s been around for years. She was amazing and her characters were all very different. She even took of the clothes of one of her characters which was odd since seeing it without any clothes on made me think of Cabbage Patch dolls.. the puppets looked similar. I loved the character Monkey and her grandpa was very funny as well.
Our last show of the evening was a play called Wrecked. This show we saw being advertised on the stages on the Royal Mile. This play was about a kid who’s dad comes back into his life after a long time since he was in jail. He was always told that his dad committed a robbery a long time ago, but later we find out it his crime was much more sinister.
The kid thinks his dad is cool, but things go wrong one day… when his dad almost beats a Muslim to death when he finds out that the guy did his son wrong.
The crime of the dad was that he raped a little girl… also, he sexually abused his daughter and beat up his mom. The kid thinks his mom died of cancer, but it really was that she got beaten up so much.
It escalates when he has to help out his dad get out of a fix and he realizes that his dad is only looking out for himself when he doesn’t save him from a bad guy who wants to get revenge from his twin sister getting raped years ago.
This play was AMAZING!! Wow, the story was very unique and the acting was brilliant. I’m so glad we got to see this play and it was definitely the best show we’ve seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
We found out that our friend Jo was coming to the Fringe Festival from London for one day with his two friends. Ivan and I thought it was strange because there’s lots to do in Edinburgh and one day isn’t enough especially since they were driving 7 hours each way. Also, Jo doesn’t really like theatre.. so we weren’t sure what he was going to see. Ivan thought he might be seeing an Indian play since Jo is Indian (Indian as in from Indian apposed to American Indians).
Ivan texted Jo earlier, but Jo never texted us back. We figured maybe he was sleeping after the long drive. We wanted to meet up with him for dinner, but he never got back to us. Ivan knew that his friends were going to see a play at Space… so, we decided to go there after our last show to see if Jo ended up going to that show with his friends. We really wanted to see him since we probably won’t be able to see him for years (since he’s moving to Copenhagen, plus we’re not sure if he’ll be able to travel to Las Vegas to see us since his wife was born in India… we’re not sure how easy it would be for her to get a visa to come to America).
Ivan and I waited outside in the courtyard and had a cider. We saw Jo exit the Space theatre with his two friends.. but he didn’t see us. So, Ivan and I thought we should secretly follow him. Jo was chatting awhile with his friends just standing there.. finally, they started walking and we followed suit. They stopped at another place while Ivan and I hid behind a fence. So far they still hadn’t spotted us. Ivan thought I should go up to them and beg for money in a British accent. I’ve been trying to talk in an English accent since I don’t like my American accent (which is boring)… also, I don’t want our kids growing up with a weird sounding American and British accent.. believe me, I’ve heard a similar combination being Australian and American and it sounded rather odd.
So, I pulled my fuchsia hood over my head (to cover my head) and went over to Jo and his friends. I said “Can you spare some change?” in an accent that I thought sounded British. I held out my hand to all his friends first. Jo said “Oy!” and grabbed my hand since he recognized my voice. I said “Why are you grabbing me?” and ran off. I wasn’t sure if Ivan saw this. I tried to hide in case Jo came running after me. I saw Ivan pop his head around the fence. I motioned for him to come my way. He put his hood over his head and walked towards me. I told him what happened. He left and went to talk to Jo. I was still in hiding. I came out and we started chatting to Jo and his friends Fish (obviously Fish is a nickname… although it did look like he ate A LOT of fish.. hence the nickname?! Probably not…)and Sunil. I asked Jo why he didn’t chase after me.
He said he knew our tricks and that we’d be there to chat with him soon.
It was great seeing Jo again since the last time we saw him was in London a few months back.. and we thought we wouldn’t see him for a long, long time.
Ivan chatted with Fish and Sunil while I chatted with Jo. I got on a cow and didn’t think I should be on it.. so we quickly took a picture.
I asked Jo a few questions about his recent marriage in India. It was an arranged marriage (as opposed to disarranged marriage which is just chaos!). He’s going to be moving to Copenhagen soon and his wife will be coming over in a month and a half. I’m happy that he’s married now… I bet he’s going to be a dad really soon. He’s definitely one of the friends who I wished lived in Vegas… we always have fun together.
Credits: Tim Vine Chat Show photo