A1: The Long Road To Edinburgh

Mark Row - A1 The Long Road to Edinburgh

Rookie Comedian Makes a Stop Off On His ‘Long Road To Edinburgh’ To Perform First Fringe Preview Show… And Now Others Are Joining Him on His Journey Too.

Taking on the Edinburgh Fringe with only a year to learn how to perform stand-up comedy was always going to be a massive ask, so it’s understandable that new comedian Mark Row was nervous about his very first 30 min preview. But he knew it was going to be a hugely important part of the process, and that good preparation would be vital in making the show a success. Mark said ‘Doing a much longer set just felt like such a huge thing to overcome. I’ve been used to performing for 5 or 10 minutes at a time, so the thought of performing my full half hour show and making sure that the audience stayed with me throughout was pretty daunting’ But he survived… In fact he did much better than that, getting a great response from the crowd at ‘Grow Cheshunt’ at The Old English Gentleman. Promoter Ciaran Mckenna was full of praise describing the show as ‘a brilliant insight into the highs and lows of entering the world of stand-up whilst trying to it the ground running. As funny as it is ambitious, the night was definitely a success.’

Mark’s preparation is now going from strength to strength as he has secured some excellent comedians to come and join him on stage at Moriarty’s Bar at 19:30 each night of the festival. Mark said ‘From very early on in the year, I had thought it would be a good idea to get some of the comedians I had met along the way to come and be part of the Edinburgh show, but I’m blown away with the standard of the acts who are willing to come and be part of it.’ Each night a different comedian will join Mark and perform a 15 minute set as part of the show. Among others, acts that have already confirmed include Tom Ward, Olaf Falafel, Paul Revill and Tamar Broadbent, who have all enjoyed tremendous success at the Fringe with their own shows. Even though he is so new to stand up, Mark is confident that with support and guidance from acts such as these, the ‘Long Road to Edinburgh’ will have been a journey well worth taking