What did you expect at your 1st Edinburgh festival?
I expected to stay up late, see lots of comedy, get drunk and have a laugh.
How did the reality differ from your expectations?
Not by much!
What is the best thing about the festival?
Staying up late, seeing lots of great shows, getting drunk and having a laugh.
What is the worst thing about the festival?
There aren't enough hours in the day/week/month to see everything that you'd like.
What was your favourite Edinburgh show?
Probably Mark Watson's 24 hour Extravaganza to Save The Earth (or something similarly titled.) It was more than just a show and you really felt part of something special, although there is a chance that this feeling may have been the combination of alcohol, sleep deprivation and eating only food from Greggs for a whole day.
For other reasons Deep Cut at the Traverse in 2008 was special. Having failed to get a ticket I managed to blag one from one of the cast (I recognised him from Welsh TV) who was having a smoke outside the venue, in turn for him checking his e-mail on my laptop. It helped that the show was superb. The year I started watching - and enjoying - plays at Edinburgh instead of mostly just comedy.
What was your worst Edinburgh show?
Kit & The Widow, they lost me during an inappropriate song about killing Americans (or some such misplaced witicism) and it generally went downhill from there. I've still never forgiven DarkChat Dave for convincing me that going would be a good idea!
Who is your favourite overall perfomer (s)?
Difficult really to pick out just one but I'm a bit of a Mark Watson fanboy (fanman I suppose, I'm a little old to be described as an anything boy) as I was part of his 24 hour show (as I wore green!) and the next time I went to see him in Cardiff he recognised me (I wore the same top) and he called me 'mate.'
What is your favourite venue?
Soft spot for The Pleasance as it seems to be the centre of everything that is going on, the Courtyard area is normally buzzing from noon until night and we've seen some great shows there down the years. It was also where I was on the BBC's Culture Show.
What is your favourite place to eat?
Can't really say there is one place that sticks out as I tend to eat anywhere and everywhere, grabbing what you can between shows and generally eating things that would make a dietician (or my sister-in-law) shriek with horror. It's not Greggs though, definitley not.
What is your favourite place to drink?
The DarkChat flat in the late night/early hours of each day. Catching up with everyone and finding out what they have been up to, and seeing who falls asleep /passes out first.
What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?
Just being there, it's been too long since I've been there and I'll be taking it as hectic as I possibly can in the short time that I'm there, just wish it was longer.