If you fancy doing something a little bit different this Festival, try The Edinburgh Comedy Tour.
Walking Heads is literally a hysterical walking tour of Edinburgh using your MP3 or Android / iPhone clamped to your lugs with buckets of laughter thrown in.
Your joke-drivers on the tour are Jamie Macdonald - the blind, accident prone historian and guide, along with his eyes for the day, Harry Gooch, who ‘has to help Jamie as part of his community service after being found guilty of a misjudged act of heroism.’
The surreal pair are ably enabled by top Scottish comedians, Bruce Morton and the divine Susan Morrison. For example, Susan will crack you up with descriptions of Edinburgh’s Pubic Triangle and some of the colourful characters that can be found limbering up for The London Olympics 2012.
The ultimate destination is The Stand Comedy Club, in York Place, the comedy mecca for wise-crack-addicted audiences and their entertainment dealers of a comedic bent.
Edinburgh has been the launch pad of many a must-see comedian. They’ve all suffered and relished in the drollery and hoopla of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In fact some of the venues have been fighting for official titles over who launched whose comedy career.
This is a comedy event / product / series that will tickle any amateur or professional comedy fan’s fancy.
In fact, it’s already won funding from the Scottish Enterprise Tourism Innovation Fund because Walking Heads promises to take people off the beaten track to reveal the true grit of the place.
Dougal Perman from Walking Heads comments:
“We’re very excited about launching our first downloadable walking tour during the Fringe. The Edinburgh Comedy Tour is quirky, funny and full of surprises so we’re starting as we mean to go on – introducing the character and personality that will make our tours stand out from the crowd.”
So if you happen upon some random tourists cackling away to themselves and pointing at odd statues and monuments across the city, you’ll understand they’ve been plugged into a brilliant new comedy tourism product.
Know any other wicked walks and tours in Edinburgh?
Here’s a short list off the top of my head but I’m sure I’ve missed out a few:
- The Edinburgh Photography Tour here, by a great guy and brilliant photographer, James Christie
- The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour here
- The Edinburgh Ghost Tour here (Auld Reekie Tours) and here (Mercat Tours) and here (Cadies & Witchery Tours)
- The Edinburgh Trainspotting Tour here
- The Edinburgh Rebus Tours here