It Just So Happened - an alternative history show

Stand-up comedians at live festival events present short historical ‘on this day’ pieces then discuss some historical topics or people connected to the location where the live show recording takes place. This was a touring show across UK festivals in 2019. In 2020 live videocasts are taking place while Covid-19 restrictions remain in place. Regular podcasts are due to resume in 2021. Find us at @ItJustSo1 on Twitter.

IJSH15 - DUNFERMLINE Outwith Festival - 4th September 2019

December 28th, 2019

Recorded at The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline, as part of the Outwith Festival.

With guest panellists Vladimir McTavish, Jamie Dalgleish, Dan Downie and Bruce Fummey.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 4th September in history, before discussing topics based on some famous people with historical Dunfermline connections.

Amongst other things we find out:-
- how someone was thought to be disguising themselves as a badger
- how New Caledonia got its name
- what made Mary Queen of Scots so, well, Scottish
- what happened when the Forth Road Bridge was opened
- just how accurate Shakespeare's Macbeth was
- where you could go with some body parts when there was no Crusade to take them on
- how a military band played at the dissection of a whale

IJSH14 - EDINBURGH Festival Fringe - 20th August 2019

December 14th, 2019

Recorded at The Beehive Inn in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

With guest panellists Gerard Harris, Radu Isac and Lee Moore.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 20th August in history, before discussing topics based on some famous people with historical Edinburgh connections.

Amongst other things we find out:-
- why Mexico was not a safe haven for an opponent of Stalin
- what message of greeting will last for 1 billion years
- a very spooky-sounding conspiracy theory based on baseball statistics
- whom from Edinburgh was voted the sexiest man alive
- something which allegedly happened to Petula Clark
- whose wicket Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took in a game of cricket

And also why the panel embarked on a rendition of Wee Willie Winkie.

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