It has begun. The Fringe is shifting up a gear for the weekend as most shows have their first public outings tonight.

Among those in top gear already is Phill Jupitus. He showed up at The Stand’s press preview on Thursday night with five minutes of hilarious quick-fire reactions to questions from the crowd.

We were told it was the year 2050 and we could ask Jupitus questions about his life before he died. He spoke of committing unspeakable acts around the grave of a former prime minister. We’ll leave your imagination to fill in the blanks there.

Other acts appearing at Tommy Sheppard’s cosy York Place venue included Stephen K Amos, Vladimir McTavish and Keir McAllister.

Some, however, failed to get into a stride and it was hosts Scott Agnew, former Scottish comedian of the year, and the famously big-bearded Martain Mor of Northern Ireland who raised the most laughs.

Summerhall, Bedlam and the Tattoo

Thursday night also saw The List magazine’s annual festival party at Summerhall. Kevin Williamson introduces the venue over on Bella Caledonia.

Among the crowd was Edinburgh music scene legend, Bruce Findlay. Here’s his verdict on the venue:

bruce findlay@brucerisk

“Summerhall is a fantastic place for a party.Good choice for @thelistmagazine’s Festival Party. Anda Union were a musical treat! #smile”

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