‘Me’ generation takes Fringe by storm
Real-life tales of success, excess and misfortune are taking over this year, irking professional comics
Other unlikely Fringe performers whose talks draw heavily on their own lives are Simon Donald, the co-creator of Viz comic, leading PR man Mark Borkowski, American news anchor Bob Wiltfong, and Colin Hay, the former lead singer of Men at Work.
Broadcaster, writer and Independent on Sunday columnist Janet Street-Porter is being partly credited with reviving interest in the autobiographical show after the success of her Edinburgh debut last year, All the Rage.
“She helped to focus on this type of thing when she was on last year,” said Mr Borkowski. His show, Son Of Barnum: A Stunt Too Far, looks at the tradition of great publicity coups and how his own efforts fit into the tradition.
“There’s a whole generation of people who don’t know about these groundbreaking figures who were years before their time. I see this as putting these people on the record,” said Mr Borkowski, an Edinburgh virgin whose past performing experiences have consisted of sales pitches and talks to students.”