Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Richard Herring

If you want to get an idea of the sheer sweat, graft and toil that goes into preparing an Edinburgh Fringe show you should follow Richard Herring's daily Warming Up blog at the moment. As well as talking wittily about life in general he entertainingly charts the struggle to get to his preview gigs, the difficult audiences and, most importantly, he also dissects his set as it evolves. It is an indication of how creative Herring is compared to a number of less experienced performers that his problem is not filling an hour, but squeezing everything he wants to say into 60 minutes. Previews give him a chance to work out what has to go as well as what should stay in. The editing process can feel brutal but it is not exactly killing your babies, he can always reinstate those excised bits when he does a longer show on his tour after the Fringe. So, what's this year's show, Lord of the Dance Settee, about? After tackling racism, death, religion and cocks, he is mainly just having fun here. But knowing Herring there will be plenty of depth beneath the daftness. He plays Ritzy Crackers tonight (July 17) with Alistair Green. Tickets here.

Richard Herring's Lord of the Dance Settee is at the Assembly George Square Theatre from July 30 - August 24. Tickets here.

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