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Punchline Quizzes The Pin

19 Jul

Photograph of The PinWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

A man called Ian Wentworth who we honestly can’t recommend.

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

Cackling too hard to answer this properly – we’ll let you guess which word set us off. (it’s ‘make,’ uh oh, off we go again!)

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

The sitcom Frasier and cocaine.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Always sharing a little hug before we go on.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

The Savoy Grill in London – hell of a commute but wow what a menu.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

“My name is Ezekiel Prendergast, and am I a sorcerer and tailor of fine repute.”

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

Exploit the weaknesses of others and make good use of your tech time.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Tim Key and a clone of Tim Key and the sketch would be about how much to tip the waiter and how has Key been cloned.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

We definitely wouldn’t be writing this in a waiting room in Carlisle if we hadn’t unluckily got on the wrong train.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Ian Wentworth – gonna finally tell the guy to get lost.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Trying to galvanise the community into re-instating the title of ‘King of the Scots’ and nominating yourself for the role.


Catch The Pin: Backstage at Pleasance Courtyard at 8pm, 1 – 27 August (not 11 or 20)

After three multi award-winning series on BBC Radio 4, ‘the next Mitchell and Webb’ (Times) are back at the Fringe with a brand-new show that’s ‘hysterical’ (Independent), ‘masterful’ (Sunday Times), and ‘gorgeously skewed’ (Guardian). Expect a ‘very classy, very funny’ (Telegraph) hour from the creators of BBC Three’s Oi, Leonardo! and writers for Famalam (BBC Three) and Tracey Ullman’s Show (BBC One). As seen on W1A (BBC Two) and Wannabe (BBC Three). ‘The most exciting new comedy duo working today’ (David Walliams). **** (Times). **** (Guardian). **** (Telegraph). **** (Sunday Times). **** (Chortle.co.uk). ***** (Skinny). ***** (List).

Final Fun at the Fringe

31 Aug

Photograph of Edinburgh Fireworks

It’s the last day of the Fringe. Boooo.

But it’s a lovely sunny day! Yeah!

Some venues finished their programmes yesterday, plus a ton of shows have been cancelled so here is our pick of the best comedy shows for the last day. Please check with the relevant box office or Fringe Office before finalising your plans.

  • For a spot of lunchtime comedy, go to see Tom Binns (12.40 at the Bosco Tent, George Square)
  • OR Austentatious (1.15pm at the Underbelly)
  • If you haven’t seen BEASTS yet, what are you thinking?! Get down there! (4.45pm at Pleasance Courtyard)
  • OR if you have seen them, an excellent alternative is Adam Hess, who was shortlisted for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Newcomer this year (5.20pm at the Hive)
  • Our next recommendation is The Pin (7pm at Pleasance Dome) followed by a mad dash to Lazy Susan (8.10pm at Pleasance Dome)
  • OR how about Joseph Murpurgo, shortlisted for this year’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award? (8.15pm at Pleasance Courtyard)
  • OR if you prefer a leisurely walk after The Pin, you have a choice of shows at 9pm: Felicity Ward (Pleasance Courtyard)
  • OR the marvellous Spencer Jones would be a wonderfully surreal way to end the Fringe (9pm at The Hive)
  • Don’t forget the Edinburgh International Festival has their fireworks tonight, so find a hill and celebrate the end of a brilliant month.
  • And if you’re really going to go for it, why not finish at Late ‘n’ Live to take you through to tomorrow? (1am at Gilded Balloon)

Have fun! For those heading back home, have a safe journey and we’ll see you next year. For the locals, see you very soon, after a long sleep! 🙂





Edinburgh Fringe Review: The Pin

20 Aug


Words by Hannah Clapham-Clark

The Pin are a sketch double act comprising of Ben Ashenden, a bespectacled live-wire erring on the side of simple and Alexander Owen, the constantly frustrated straight man who believes he is destined for greater things.

These are, of course, just personas (we hope!) who link the show’s sketches together in brief and increasingly bizarre interludes, whilst dangling the hope of a high-brow, unpublished play, “The Vicar’s Secret”, which is set to finish the show. Sadly, things don’t go according to plan though as we instead become witnesses to a fairly traumatic relationship breakdown.

In the midst of all this compelling awkwardness we’re introduced to a multitude of weird and interesting charatcers; From a pathetically distraught Ed Milliband being coached through a meeting with Barack Obama to a painful display of Frank Lampard’s struggling to film a Gillette advert, as well as a highly incompetent secret agent and an enlightening slide show consisting of Ben’s very unique App ideas.

The old cliché of sketch shows being “hit and miss” is completely forgotten when watching The Pin. With a strong structure and a reassuring confidence, it’s a struggle to find a dull moment. They prove their worth as a polished and exciting act whose future is beyond promising. Original ideas and a developed, authentic stage presence asserts their place as a source of much needed reinvigoration within sketch comedy. There is something slightly unhinged, peculiar and fascinating about the duo’s chemistry which result in a finely tuned, successful hour.

Catch The Pin at The Pleasance Courtyard, 6.15pm until 26 August.

Click here for more information and tickets and here for our interview with them before the Fringe.

Edinburgh Festival 2013 Preview: an interview with The Pin

3 Jun


By Hannah Clapham-Clark

The Pin are a sketch double act tipped for great things in the future. Smart and funny in equal measure, their shows are sophisticated, witty and impressively complex. Make sure to catch their next Edinburgh Fringe show this August. Here they are being funny –

How did the two of you first meet and what were your first impressions of each other?

Alex: We met at University.

Ben: I first spotted Alex in an alley, and I wasn’t much impressed.

How did your comedy first develop and how has it changed since then?

Alex: We got stuck into student comedy with a big six man sketch show a few years ago and just kept going. Since then our style hasn’t changed drastically. We’ve got to know each other better so perhaps it’s a bit more loose on stage, with room for changing things on stage as we go. A bit more in unison I suppose.

Ben: I don’t really agree with that.

If you could describe The Pin in three words what would they be?

Alex: Silly Fun Friends.

Ben: Spot on mate.

Are there any specific sketch groups which have influenced your work? If so, who and why?

Alex: Big Train on TV was great. ‘Cowards’ is a group that really set the bar and I think they had a big influence on our writing style, particularly when we started out and were trying things out.

Ben: Later on ‘The Pajama Men’ with their fast-paced propless act definitely made us experiment along those lines.

Alex: We love ‘Sheeps’ too.

Ben: Oh yeah.

Last year’s Fringe was a big success for you, what were the high/low points? 

Alex: High points include going, on day one, to Red Box, a noodle bar near the Dome. Low point is realising in week two that you need the MSG to stay sane.

Ben: I think I spotted Matt Lucas in the audience once. (High) It wasn’t him. (Low)

Can you tell us a little but about the new show this year?

Alex: Most notably we’ve gone from three to two.

Ben: So now it’s more about us as a double act, rather than a trio. Less narrative and more about our relationship.

There’s a lot of nice things being said about The Pin at the moment, do you ever feel any pressure to get it right because of this?

Alex: Are there? Well that’s lovely. I suppose we never want to disappoint.

Ben: Can I just clarify, I said ‘an alley’: it was a backstreet, and there were other people there.

Where do you see The Pin in five years’ time?

Alex: We’d love to film some of our sketches and see if people like it. But performing live is the real deal so we’re hoping that sketch comedy keeps growing in the way stand-up has.

Ben: So long as I’m with this guy, I’ll be alright. Also, I realise that ‘backstreet’ doesn’t sound any better.

What would your advice be for young sketch comics wanting to get established?

Alex: We find the practice of discarding material as ruthlessly and often as possible helps in the long run. If you keep trying to write better stuff to replace what you’ve currently got in place you tend to end up doing alright on the night.

Ben: Go with you gut. For god’s sake don’t get that ripped out by some ‘ambitious’ surgeon.

Finally, if you could be any other comic dead or alive, who would you be and why?

Ben: I’d definitely go for an alive one. Probably Alex; I already know his lines. Or Freddy Frother- the man’s a genius.

Alex: Freddy Frother isn’t real Ben.

Ben: I know, the guy’s talent is unreal.

Alex: Forget it then.

The Pin will be performing at The Pleasance Courtyard at 6.15pm, 31st July – 26th August. Find out more at http://www.pleasance.co.uk/edinburgh/events/the-pin–3 and Twitter at @thepincomedy

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