Sarah Millican and Russell Kane on their favourite Edinburgh places

Edinburgh Festival Fringe regulars give us their insiders' insight

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This article is from 2011.

Sarah Millican, Russell Kane

There's a lot to love about the city in August, especially if you know where to look. Two top comedians and Festival old-timers give us their insiders' insight

Sarah Millican

Now a familiar TV face, the delightful Ms Millican considers Edinburgh's 'delicious chips'

Favourite venue?
Whichever venue I am playing that year. It's the place that feels like home for the month.

Favourite watering hole?
Anywhere I can get a milkshake at daft o'clock in the morning. Favorit [19-20 Teviot Place] is, uncannily, a favourite.

Favourite place for dinner?
I love David Bann [56-58 St Mary's Street], the vegetarian place. It feels like an injection of vitamins during an unhealthy month.

Favourite place for lunch?
We eat breakfast at lunchtime during the Fringe so at home in my nightie.

Favourite shop?
No time for shops during the Fringe. Too busy trying to sell yourself. Not like that, you mucky pup.

Favourite quiet spot?
Like I'm going to tell you that so that everyone comes.

Favourite hotel?
The only time I go in a hotel during the Fringe is for a sneaky wee.

Favourite tacky souvenir?
I always keep a Fringe Guide as a souvenir. With circles on and the map torn out.

Favourite garden?
Are there gardens? I mostly just see venues and chip shops.

Favourite unexpected discovery?
That you can get fat even though you're walking everywhere (it's the chips, they're delicious).

Favourite Edinburgh fact?
It is all uphill.

Favourite other comedian?
I don't really have a favourite. I have circled 80 shows. I'll probably manage 15, which will include Tony Law, Paul Sinha and Tim Key.

Least favourite thing about the Festival?
That by the third weekend I'll be crying and won't know why.

Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican, Assembly Hall, Mound Place, 0131 623 3030, 12–28 Aug, 7.30pm, £14–£16 (£13–£16).

Russell Kane

Last year's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner discusses unexpected Thai boys

Favourite venue?
Pleasance Cellar. It's been demolished but it was a corker. Head to The Stand – legendary also.

Favourite watering hole?
The secret bar in the Pleasance Dome. Not that secret but worth the investigation.

Favourite place for dinner?
Long live the haggis of The Mitre [133 High Street] on the Royal Mile.

Favourite place for lunch?
Red Fort Indian [10 Drummond Street]. Amazing king prawns. They do a Festival menu too.

Favourite shop?
Topman. What a loser. I'm addicted.

Favourite quiet spot?
Arthur's Seat.

Favourite hotel?
Missoni [1 George IV Bridge].

Favourite tacky souvenir?
Wool. Any type.

Favourite garden?
The Meadows.

Favourite unexpected discovery?
A Thai boy in my bathroom.

Favourite Edinburgh fact?
The English are welcome.

Favourite flyering technique?
Throwing them into the air and screaming.

Favourite shortcut through the city?
Heading down past the Parliament. [The List wonders where this is a shortcut to: TK Maxx on London Road?]

Favourite other comedian?
Daniel Kitson.

Least favourite thing about the festivals?
Self-doubt, pressure, sobbing and loneliness.

Russell Kane: Manscaping, Pleasance Courtyard, 12–26 Aug (not 22), 8.50pm, £17.50 (£15.50).

This article is from 2011.

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