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, changing to live videocasts while Covid-19 restrictions were in place, before reverting back to regular shows and podcasts in 2021. Find us at @ItJustSo1 on Twitter.

014 Edinburgh (3)

Podcast episode 014 LINK features historical events from 20th August and from the history of Edinburgh.

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 recording was hosted by Richard Pulsford.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 20th August in history, before discussing some famous people with historical connections to Edinburgh, including the encyclopedist William Smellie, actor Sir Sean Connery and author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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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