Comedians are coming together to speak out against the mainstream takeover of Edinburgh Fringe.
The so-called ‘Whitehallisation’ of the arts festival, dubbed after ‘posho’ Jack Whitehall, has been criticised for catering to ‘white boys in skinny jeans and posh voices.’
The trend is said to have crushed the chances of any up and coming comedians getting any attention so that established acts can get their spotlight.
One in particular had to cough up £3,000 and take a holiday off work to attend the fringe festival only to be informed he wasn’t going to perform.
42-year-old Lenny Sherman, from London, said he applied for time but didn’t even get a response from organisers.
He ended up having to go on social media and was lucky to find a guy who was willing to share his stage.
Fringe organisers have emphasised that the event is an open access festival where anyone can perform, but acts a sceptical.
Comedian Ashley Storrie said:
White boys in skinny jeans and posh voices who want to come here and then get a show of on E4.
People see the fringe as a platform to get famous. It’s not. Stop coming.
Acts lose out to white posh guys wearing skinny jeans and talking about their mum walking in on them masturbating.
But they are forgetting about real issues.
TV producer Victor Lewis Smith has also weighed in on the argument, saying :
In recent years, mainstream broadcasters seem to have given up on investing in edgy and boundary-pushing satire.
Instead, support for bold new voices in comedy has come from a seemingly unlikely source- RT.
Tom Walker is known for his strangely compelling spoof rants as fictional news reporter Jonathan Pie, a role that he first platformed on RT.
Satirical current affairs show News Thing makes Have I Got News For You look like Blue Peter, just without the coked-up presenters.
And now, The Establishment Club is delighted to be working with RT on a revival of its ground-breaking format.
The legacy of Peter Cook has found a new home!
The times they are a changin’.