Printer Friendly'llhave to go to Scotland if you want to watch him do this; City circus artist in Coke ad parody at Edinburgh Fringe.

Byline: ABIGAIL O'LEARY ECHO Reporter abigail.oleary@

A LIVERPOOL circus artist is raising pulses at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by re-enacting the classic Diet Coke advert, but pouring a can of Irn Bru over his naked torso instead.

Edd Muir, 36, joined the Le Haggis circus act based in Scotland and has been performing his unique stage show throughout the festival.

Describing itself as "Scotland's sexiest cabaret", performers showcase their amazing circus skills to a background of traditional Scottish music.

Edd, from Aigburth, joined the Le Haggis team after being spotted while performing at the Big Burns Supper, and has been dazzling audiences with his unique combination of Chinese pole acrobatics and fizzy drinks.

Edd, who also does circus training at the The Florrie Institute in Toxteth, has made a special Scottish adaptation to his show by pouring Irn Bru over himself instead of Coke, his usual choice of fizzy shower.

He said: "I perform on the Chinese pole which is essentially an upright pole and I do acrobatics. Some times I use fire too but I am not doing that in the Le Haggis show.

"The idea of my act is that I am a builder and it is all quite tongue in cheek. I take my top off and I pour a diet Coke over me.

"After I pour the Coke on myself, I do this big trick on the pole. I fly up to the top just using my feet and I act exhausted when I get there. Then for Le Haggis I pour an Irn Bru over me which re-energises me."

The saucy Le Haggis show has won five star reviews from the likes of Broadway Baby and being named as a top five circus show by Time Out.

Famous Scott Judy Murray has even tweeted about the show, saying: "Scottish music meets the circus, very different - go and see it."

Edd is married to Liverpool burlesque dancer Millie Dollar and started training as a circus performer 10 years ago.

Talking about his unique act, Edd said: "People love a saucy send-up of the classic advert and Diet Coke Man is great because everyone knows it, and it's suggestive and funny from the get go.

"In Scotland Irn Bru has a really known image of its own right so people love to see me using it in the act."

Graham Main, Le Haggis artistic director, said: "Le Haggis is all about being bold, fresh and fun - that's exactly what Edd brings to the stage and the audience love him from the start.

"And he's a brave man tipping Irn Bru down himself - have you any idea how sticky it is - lucky there's not much laundry to do afterwards?"


COOL DOWN: Edd | |goes through his act, main picture, and, inset, with kit on

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 30, 2015
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