Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy. Phil has blessed us with his view of the world albeit through tartan tinted glasses. Phil has been up in Edinburgh for the festival and following an immersion in Scottish life, which as we all know involves tossing cabers, drinking whisky and wearing tartan kilts sans pants he is back and armed with his musings on the trip.

Sat watching the world go by in a small café in the heart of the ancient city. Here we have an arts festival that just keeps gaining momentum and I’m convinced that this year will show record attendance from tourists from all over the world. The comedy festival seems as if it’s taken over Scotland and local businesses are greatly benefiting from the attendees. Who said that the arts don’t add value to the economy? It’s not true. In addition to this, there are performers from all over the world, desperately trying to make an impact and pull in crowds to see their shows and hopefully secure some good reviews at the same time.

The place is buzzing with energy and we are witnessing some amazing creative talent. One of my highlights was friend Terry Victor and his one man show, Well Thumbed. The premise of the show is simple, it’s outrageous stand-up literature, as Terry enthusiastically thumbs through the contents of a respectable library in search of the mucky bits. As Arts Scene in Wales describes it, “A show, I imagine, that would have Mary Whitehouse spinning in her chastity belt!”

Theatre in Wales has described Terry as “one of life’s larger than life characters, out of the Brian Blessed mould. He has quick wit and a sharp delivery.” For me, this was a very proud moment and to see people doing well with a talent they were born with is one of life’s great blessings.

You can follow Phil Evans on Twitter @philevanswales and www.philevans.co.uk

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