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Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe
Published on Wednesday, 27 June 2012
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Pleasance Courtyard (venue website)
Comedy
4-7, 9-13, 15-20, 22-26 Aug, 1:00pm-2:30pm

 Recommended for age 16+ only.

Take reviews with a punch of salt?  Like to see for yourself before you make up your mind?  Then Pick Of The Fringe is made for you.  An old-fashioned variety show with a typical Fringe spin, Mervyn Stutter's now-traditional lunchtime slot gives you the chance to sample a number of acts, all hoping to tempt you along to the full version of their routine.

The original and still the best of a number of similar shows, 2012 is a coming of age for Pick Of The Fringe, back in Edinburgh for a remarkable 21st year.  Packing in seven or eight short extracts a day, it runs the whole gamut of Fringe entertainment – and as well as giving ideas for future ticket purchases, it's an entertaining event in its own right.  Mervyn Stutter himself, resplendent in a trademark pink jacket, is a quick-witted host, following up each five-minute extract with a chat-show-style confab with its performers.

The show's been through a few different venues over the years, but 2012 sees it back at the Pleasance Courtyard – arguably, the ideal place to take the pulse of the Fringe.  The 1pm start slots nicely into the start of the Festival day, and you get 90 minutes’ entertainment for less than you’d normally pay for a bare hour.  All in all, this good-value show fully justifies its longevity... and who knows, you might just unearth your own hidden diamond there.

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FROM OUR ARCHIVES

These are archived reviews of shows from Edinburgh 2012.  We keep our archives online as a courtesy to performers, and for readers who'd like to research previous years' reviews.

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The Magical Adventures of Pete Heat


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Truth


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The House of Shadows


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Briefs


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Made for Each Other - Free


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Tony Law: Nonsense Overdrive


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Ivo Graham and Liam Williams


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Hannibal Buress: Still Saying Stuff


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The Blanks' Big Break


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A Clockwork Orange


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Richard Wiseman: Psychobabble


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Martin Mor: A Man You Donít Meet Everyday


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1984


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Swedenborg, the Devil and Me


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The Trench


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Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut


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Joyced!


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An Evening With Dementia


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Scott Agnew: Tales of the Sauna


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Comedian Dies in the Middle of Joke


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Chris Ramsey: Feeling Lucky


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The Horne Section - Live at the Grand!


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How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found


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The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle


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Songs of Lear


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Jonny Woo: Wonder Woo-Man


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Josie Long: Romance and Adventure


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10 Films With My Dad


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4.48 Psychosis


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As You Like It


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Appointment With The Wicker Man


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Jessie Cave: Bookworm


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Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels


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Hearts on Fire


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Rainbow


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Chris Dangerfield: Sex Tourist


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Chris McCausland: Not Blind Enough


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Chatroom


5 stars Comedy
Peacock & Gamble Don't Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway


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I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You


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John Robertson - The Dark Room - Free


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Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and His Singing Tiger