2015 Edinburgh Fringe

Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! It's the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show - and It's Free!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! It's the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show - and It's Free!. Copyright: BBC
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Anarchic annual two-hour charity show celebrating the late Godfather of Alternative Comedy. Running since 2005. Three awards, oodles of bizarre and/or sometimes offensive acts. The Greatest Show on Legs. The Scottish National Russian Egg Roulette Championship. Some nudity. Some swearing. A lot of laughs. New Fringe legends created in memory of a Fringe legend.

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Awards and a very offensive act at the Fringe

At yesterday's Grouchy Club the star of the previous show in the room, gentlemanly Peter Michael Marino, gallantly went to kiss our Jewish comedy princess Arlene Greenhouse's hand. Unfortunately, her hand twitched and hit him in the face. Late last night, he was still nursing a bruised lip.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 28th August 2015

Kate Copstick's nightmare last night at the Fringe

Tomorrow night, the Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards are announced at the annual two hour variety show in his memory. He drowned ten years ago, in 2005.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 27th August 2015

PBH Free Fringe act sacrificed

Sit back with a good supply of tea for this blog. Extensive, exhaustive and possibly exhausting quotes are included. People not living inside the bubble of the Edinburgh Fringe might be advised to look elsewhere.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 25th August 2015

Malcolm Hardee Award 2015 nominees

A list of the nominees for the 2015 Malcolm Hardee Awards.

British Comedy Guide, 25th August 2015

The trauma of a 5* review & why I don't like fauning

Maybe absurdism and 'outa left field' comedians are starting to make inroads into mainstream media consciousness. Even if I have no idea what 'outa left field' actually specifically means.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 23rd August 2015

Comedian and comedy critic in fist fight at Fringe

Comedians and critics tend to have a love-hate relationship. Critics tend to love comedy and comics tend to hate critics.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 22nd August 2015

When is a cunning stunt not cunning?

One agent/promoter was telling me he had a stunt to publicise one of his acts which he reckoned was going to put all the traffic in Edinburgh into gridlock and he was trying to persuade me this would be worthy of an increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee Cunning Stunt Award nomination. But this would be more likely to get the act thrown out of their venue, him prosecuted and the show loathed by locals rather than an award nomination.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 21st August 2015

Edinburgh Fringe myths and Lou Reed

There were two notable shows which I saw at the Edinburgh Fringe yesterday, both about myths.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 14th August 2015

Cunning Stunt obsessed comic steals three awards

And so the insanity has begun. The Edinburgh Fringe has started.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 5th August 2015

Malcolm Hardee - 10 years dead & his Awards are working

The first award in 2005 was intended as a one-off to mark his passing and was called the Oy Oy Award because we couldn't think of anything better but, in 2007, it became the annual Malcolm Hardee Comedy Award. And there are now three annual Malcolm Hardee Awards, due to run until 2017 because that's the number of awards I got made, on the basis I might not be able to afford to have any more made after 2017. Amazing foresight on my part.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 31st March 2015

How do you win an Cunning Stunt Award?

Every August at the Edinburgh Fringe, I give away three increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards in memory of the godfather of British alternative comedy. One of these is a Cunning Stunt Award for the best stunt publicising a Fringe show or act. And every year, around this time, people ask me for the definition of Cunning.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 20th January 2015


Date Time Venue
28th Aug 2015 23:00 The Counting House

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