UNFORTUNATELY sandwiched between the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games, the Capital is receiving a visit from stand-up comic and self-proclaimed ‘World Champion of the World’ Judah Friedlander.
Probably best known as slobbish writer Frank Rossitano on the hit show 30 Rock, Friedlander is currently on a whistle-stop tour, with a possible view to a longer stay at next year’s Festival.
And while he may not look entirely dissimilar to his on-screen persona - right down to the homemade hat - he assures us there’s much to separate him from Frank.
Friedlander, who is headlining The Stand tonight and tomorrow says, “Frank would be more likely to go for the cruder or lazier joke, whereas he takes a different, probably more enlightened view. He’s the best at everything, but he uses his powers for good.”
Currently campaigning to be the next President of the United States, who could be a better candidate than a man powered by the tears of a shark he wrestled himself and who is also banned from flexing his muscles within cities because it would be dangerous to the general populace?
However, Friedlander says he’ll use his time in Edinburgh to relax.
“I visited with my parents when I was really young and I remember liking it. Everyone keeps telling me I have to do the festival, so I thought I’d come, check the city out and see some sights while I’m at it.”
Asked if the Scots’ reputation for being handy in a ‘square go’ is something he is planning to test this weekend, there can really be only one answer.
“I don’t know if that would be fair. You see, the reason the Scottish are such good fighters is that I taught everyone how to fight when I was here as a kid. It’s like my legacy and I don’t want to mess with that by taking people down.”
Those not lucky enough to get lessons first time around will be thrilled to hear Friedlander will be bringing with him copies of his book How To Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book, which features potentially life-saving tips on challenges such as how best to conduct oneself when fighting a three-armed man - but no answers on what it would take to defeat Friedlander himself.
“Defeat the World Champion? That’s impossible,” he laughs
Judah Friedlander, The Stand, York Place, tonight and tomorrow, £12-£15, 9pm, 0131-558 7272