Canceled Father Ted author defies double snub and gives the Fringe’s ‘weirdest performance’

A CANCELED Father Ted writer has defied a double snub and performed the ‘weirdest performance’ of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Graham Linehan entered a “small stage” in front of the Scottish Parliament.

Graham Linehan got lucky the third time


Graham Linehan got lucky the third timeCredit: Alamy
His show has twice been canceled at venues ahead of the impromptu appearance at the Scottish Parliament


His show has twice been canceled at venues ahead of the impromptu appearance at the Scottish ParliamentCredit: Alamy

The Leith Arches canceled his first show after that complaints were briefed on the controversial issue at the venue cartoons.

The comedy The Unleashed event was canceled again by the second venue to be rescheduled.

After the second cancellation, the anti-trans activist came to Holyrood to perform his cancellation show.

The show was moved to the Scottish Parliament with the same start time.

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The creator of Father Ted and Black Books scheduled a show at Leith Arches earlier this week in which he would express his views on transgender issues.

He appeared to be laughing and joking as he arrived in front of a crowd of onlookers.

Fellow comedian and writer Andrew Doyle posted: “Our backup venue for comedy Unleashed at the Edinburgh fringe has now also been canceled with us.

“So Glinner and the other acts will be performing at 7.30pm on a small stage outside the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood.

“This show is happening whether these activists agree or not.”

Andy Bore, co-founder of Unleashed Comedy continued to write Social Media: “People gather for the weirdest gig at the Ed Fringe.”

One user added, “Glinner will be heard.”

Another added: “We’re right next to you. ginner Get her.”

A viewer said: “He didn’t really elaborate on what was going on. He didn’t attack. He was just playing his sentence and it wasn’t that controversial considering what was going on.”

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Emma James

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