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There can't be many Brentford fans performing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, but the Fringe is nothing but eclectic. Massive Bees fan Nathan Caton is in the capital cementing his burgeoning reputation as a rising star of British comedy.
The Londoner’s show Straight Outta Middlesex is, he says, about the trials and tribulations of "still living at home with my Mum, being immature when my mates are growing up doing adults thing like getting married and all that kind of stuff. It’s quite open."
Nathan’s style of comedy has been influenced by a long list of American greats, especially “the old school, original Eddie Murphy. But if there hadn’t been Richard Prior, there wouldn’t have been Eddie Murphy, so he’s another influence. As is Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Robin Williams, Louis CK..."
Despite being only 30, Nathan is something of a veteran of the stand-up circuit, having done his first performance aged just 14 at a church talent show. "Obviously it was clean," he laughs. "I really enjoyed the buzz." From there, he was hooked. But, of course, football was another first love.
"I wasn’t a great footballer, that’s why I’m a comedian now. In primary school I was awful, but in high school I kind of realised, I’m big and fast so I should just stay at the back."
These days he is too busy to play football – "comedy kills your social life", he says – but he is still a proud season ticket holder "so I’m there as often as I can."
Back in Edinburgh, he’s enjoying the famous festival atmosphere. "The crowds have been good so far. Audiences have been turning up, laughing, that’s all I can ask for. If I leave the stage and I’ve not been booed off, I’ve won!"
Tickets for Nathan’s show, at Pleasance Tent Dome at 8pm every night during the fringe, are available at pleasance.co.uk.
Iain Stirling, the stand-up comedian and former CBBC presenter is back in his hometown of Edinburgh performing at the Edinburgh Fringe. He spoke to us about his Fringe show that is being performed at the Pleasance Courtyard throughout August.
The Liverpool fan, who was "never that good" at football, played for his school when he was younger, and spent time at Blue Brazil too.
"So I played for my school, I went to Liberton High School, so I played for my school," Iain said. "They were actually fairly decent you know, and then I played for a team, I think it might have been Caley Thistle, I can't remember, we were called the Blue Brazil, I remember that."
Iain, who does the voiceover for ITV's Love Island, told us about his show and what to expect when you come and see it, “So it’s just 50 minutes of me telling jokes, there is no theme, nothing sad happens, I just tell funny stories for 50 minutes to an hour chatting to people and then go home”, he said.
"You've got to come up with a title in March but I didn't know what the show was about and then the day the title was due in my management phoned me up and said, 'You need to come up with a title', so I just said that title and I've regretted it every day since," Stirling said. "I think I've got the worst title in the Fringe."
Some of Iain’s biggest inspirations when he was growing up were people like Billy Connelly, Derek Tiernan and Andrew Maxwell. Iain also went on to explain that he remembers seeing acts like the Mighty Boosh performing in the streets of Edinburgh. All of these acts played a big part in inspiring Iain as a comedian.
While here in Edinburgh performing, Iain has become so popular that he has been given extra dates at the Fringe.
"It’s mad, my room is quite big for me this year you know," Iain said. "Normally you're in like toilets and office spaces and bunkers and portacabin and I'm in an actual room that is designed for people to be watching someone talking.
"It’s actually really flattering when people come. I do appreciate it."
It was Iain's love of Monty Python that inspired him to become a comedian. He said: "When I was 16 me and my mate just knew someone that ran a venue and then we asked them if we could have the venue for four days. We wrote a sketch because we were obsessed with Monty Python back then, so we wrote like this rip-off of Monty Python essentially and then done that for like 5 days or something, this little venue on the Royal Mile."
"If you just want an evening of laughs and jokes, I'm your man."
With pre-season almost over for the majority of clubs in the United Kingdom, ex-Celtic and current Bolton Wanderers team manager Neil Lennon has come up against his toughest opponent of the season so far.
In a pre-season game against the National League North (the sixth tier of English football) club AFC Fylde, Bolton were held 1-1 by the team managed by an 11 year old. Daniel Fryer got the opportunity when a fellow Fylde supporter won the the chance to lead the club but could not attend, handing the role to Fryer.
With Fryer responsible for team-talks, press conferences and substitutions, the young man’s natural skill-set clearly unsettled the Lancashire club. His presence was so unsettling that Lennon, one of the most coveted managers in British football after his stint at Celtic Park, did not even attend the friendly, clearly worried about the possible mental impact that a defeat to such a talented young manager would have on his squad and his reputation.
Dave Challinor, AFC Fylde’s returning manager, must now be under increased pressure going into the forthcoming season. With such a talented youngster hot on his heels and in and around the ground as a ball boy, the pressure will be ramping up for continued success for the team.
Photo courtesy of BBC Sport.