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Last King of VisitScotland says Edinburgh is great because of Rubber Chicken Disorder

Former chief executive of VisitScotland, Professor Philip Riddle, has declared Rubber Chicken Disorder one of just two reasons why the Edinburgh Festival is “the greatest show on earth”. Well, sort of.

In a piece titled ‘An unscripted success’ posted on, Riddle makes a no doubt very profound point about the value of the Edinburgh Festival (that I’m just a little bit too stupid to understand and too excited to read properly anyway), using Rubber Chicken Disorder to illustrate just how rich and broad the Festival is by comparing it to the National Ballet of China.

“Edinburgh in August…” muses Riddle whimsically, “This has really got to be the greatest show on earth. From The National Ballet of China at the Festival Theatre to something called Rubber Chicken Disorder in the back of a pub, there are thousands of events filling every nook and cranny. The city is pulsating with creativity and exuberance.”

It’s actually the upstairs room of a pub, but I’ll let that slide.

“This just goes to show that if you come up with a stupid enough name,” said Rubber Chicken Disorder star (and author of this blog) Gavin Mackenzie, “Important people will take notice. Our show hasn’t even started yet and already the most powerful man in Scottish tourism over the last decade has recognised its raw comedy potential. I bloody hope he comes to the show. It’s FREE, but we do take donations at the end, and I’m pretty sure he’s loaded.”

“I didn’t say this.” added Mackenzie’s co-star Adam Money. “You’re just making quotes up now. Stop it.”

Rubber Chicken Disorder is a FREE stand-up comedy compilation show starring Adam Money, Tom Palmer, Gavin Mackenzie and Graham Whistler. It’s on at Jekyll & Hyde on Hanover Street (a Laughing Horse Free Festival venue) every night at 22:45 between the 21st and 28th August. It’s funnier than ballet. Just about.


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