Not just for the Fringe, an audio tour of Edinburgh comedy venues digs into (sometimes infamous) origins of famous city landmarks.
'I hope you have a passion for history Harry?'
Edinburgh Comedy Tour guide, blind comedian Jamie MacDonald, enlists the help of fellow comedian Harry Gooch on his route round the capital city's famous Fringe circuit. The result is a sometimes painfully hilarious twisting trail with unexpected outcomes.
This affectionately irreverent audio walking tour (cum Fringe show) takes in wellknown landmarks including Greyfriars Bobby, Kirkyard and Grassmarket.
But in the course of their adventures the pair uncover less wellknown facts. From the Assembly Hall on the Mound where Harry spies a 'ghastly Gothic monument' on Princes Street, they caper through the Underbelly (original vaults of Bank of Scotland) in the 'bowels of the Old Town', to a nail-biting climax at the towering Melville 'column' in St Andrew Square.
'Was the Duke a good man?' asks Harry. Jamie replies, 'He was a political powerhouse, Harry.' You won’t guess what happens next.
Starts now: the audio tour can be downloaded immediately
A fairly gentle walk though Edinburgh has some steep hills and cobbled streets. But Edinburgh Comedy Tour audio can also be accessed online and enjoyed as an audio/visual Fringe show. Details from www.walkingheads.net
Walking Heads make vivid audio walking tours because we love exploring, on and off the beaten track.
We believe that every building and every street have stories to tell and often the most interesting stories are found in unlikely places. The character of a city is revealed not just in great architecture but in the way people make use of the buildings and the spaces between them.
Whether we are exploring music, cinema, comedy architecture or industrial history, Walking Heads tours open doors to stories hidden inside buildings we take for granted, the ones we walk past almost every day.