Don’t get me wrong, the Fringe is the best culture festival in the world. But it’s also an Alien-style mass hatching ground for future Mock the Week panellists who, given half the chance, will sneak up on you, plaster themselves over your eyeballs and violently force their way down your gullet.
To cut through the scuttling scrum for eyeballs and eardrums, performers venture further and further into both the avant-garde and the offensive, devising ever more unusual subjects, daft show names and experimental concepts. Some of it is brilliant. Some of it is shite. A lot of it sounds like an in-joke from The Mighty Boosh. Improvised comedy in the style of Jane Austen? An absurdist collective that dances badly to exaggerated French music? Both genuine shows at this year’s Fringe.
So, after extensive trawling, here are the 10 most ridiculous, pretentious and downright weird-sounding shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.