Now it’s time for the show that we look forward to the whole year round. It’s the amazingly wonderful James Loveridge and an equally amazingly wonderful female host – not sure who she’ll be quite yet – presenting Spank! at Belly Dancer @ Underbelly, Cowgate, at midnight on the night of Monday 20th. Here’s the blurb: “Spank! returns for an incredible 15th year with hilarious hosts, awesome comedians and gratuitous nudity. Showcasing the most exciting comedy and cabaret on the Fringe, don’t miss the ‘best wild night out’ (Scotland on Sunday) at the festival! ‘Comedy and legendary party night… if you haven’t experienced this night, get down there right away!’ (Time Out). ‘It’s raunchy, raucous and ridiculous. Utterly and absolutely hilarious’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Everything you could hope for in a late-night comedy showcase… absolutely must-see show’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Atmosphere is electric… you just don’t quite know what is going to happen next… superb’ ***** (One4Review.co.uk).”
This will be our first of three visits this week, and to say we’re excited is to say a very considerable underestimate of how we’re feeling. Check back around 3am (or maybe early on Tuesday morning) to see who were the guests, who got naked and how much fun we had. By then the first preview blog for Tuesday should be available to read too.
As always an amazing, unpredictable night at Spank! Hosted by James and new co-host Kai Humphries, our guest artistes were Hot Mess, Josh James, Jacqueline Mifsud, and closing the first half Milo McCabe’s brilliant creation Troy Hawke. In the second half we had the pleasure of the company of burlesque performer Freda Love, newbie Sam Campbell and headliner Ivo Graham, whose set included a one-to-one mastermind with front row Steve about US State Capitalss and an educational talk from a lady in the audience about the Lotus Eaters. The naked promo was a couple of people who met during the interval and agreed that if no one else wanted to do it, they would. No other reason. An utterly bizarre, bonkers and brilliant Spank.