Edinburgh Festival Fringe guest blog: Fringe favourites The Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek share their strategies for keeping fit during this year’s festivities.
Five years ago we entered the madness of the Fringe as three relatively young and extremely fit men with a comedy dream. We wanted a TV series and we would put our bodies through anything to make that goal a reality.
We bounded to Edinburgh in that first year free from aches and pains, with more energy than a Duracell bunny on speed and with endless enthusiasm for the physical job ahead. If it hadn’t have taken so long we would probably have put our considerable amount of props on our back and ran to Edinburgh. We were fit and we could have done it!
Five years on… we’ve hit our thirties and the body is starting to feel the many miles we’ve clocked up in the spirit of comedy entertainment.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re still just as enthusiastic. We’re doing our show twice a day (back to back) again this year. We’re not slackers, we can assure you. However, as we clocked up what must be our 300th performance of our very physical River Dance sketch yesterday, you could hear our creaking bones from Princes Street (even over the blooming loud bagpipes!).
We’ll never lose our energy on stage and will always fly around like nutters in pursuit of squeezing 30 sketches into an hour for your enjoyment, but our post-show backstage area is like the locker room scene from Any Given Sunday.
So, what are our strategies to keep fit during Edinburgh? Well we’ve always joined the local gym. The great sauna, pool and fitness equipment have kept us in good shape for the last few years, but hang on a minute… the Geek has a baby now and doesn’t have time. The Geordie has a frozen shoulder, a dodgy back and suspected fractured big toe so can’t use anything at all and the Ginge has dodgy hips and knees from all those fancy dance moves over the years and is more interested in his beloved baked tatties than going to the gym these days.
So what’s the answer you ask? How do these three men – once Spartan warrior-esque proud men – keep themselves right during Edinburgh? The answer is simple. Sugar! We’re doing two shows a day for a month and we’ll take in more sugar than a McDonalds milkshake factory.
We just have to face up to the fact that we’re not young men anymore and that is a tough truth to face. The Ginge is already talking about hair implants, the Geordie is looking at stair lifts for his house and the Geek is spending half his earning on bottles of Just for Men.
We have our BBC2 series coming out in the autumn and the dream, five years ago, was to be three Adonis-esque comedy actors beamed into the homes of millions to be admired and appreciated. These days we’ll just settle for your laughter. It’s the best exercise for us all!
See The Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek – Live at 6.15pm daily, Big Rooms at The Cave (Just The Tonic) until August 25