'One Man Breaking Bad' Show Set for Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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Young U.S. actor Miles Allen races through all six seasons of hit drama "Breaking Bad" in an hour during his one-man show that premiered at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

LONDON – American actor Miles Allen will bring a one-man show, in which he races through all six seasons of hit drama Breaking Bad, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next month.

He will perform the hourlong show, One Man Breaking Bad, at the world's largest arts festival in the Scottish capital at the Spiegeltent and the Stand comedy club, according to the latest Edinburgh lineup.

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The performance features impressions of the show’s main characters — Bryan Cranston's Walter White and Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman — as well as those of Saul Goodman, Skyler White, Hank Schrader, Walt Junior, Mike Ehrmantraut and Gus Fring.

Allen, who has mostly done short films and voice acting, world premiered the show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in March and April.

"Sixty Episodes in 60 Minutes," the show description on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe's website says. "L.A. actor Miles Allen has had over a million hits on YouTube, displaying both his acting and his incredible mimicking abilities."

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"I realized that there was still this huge hole in Breaking Bad fans' hearts — and in mine — when the show had ended," Allen told Australian newspaper The Age during the Melbourne festival. "We're like addicted to it, as Jesse and Walt's customers were to their meth, and so the natural progression for me was … packaging it as this huge fanboy love letter for the fans."

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is set to have another record year. In 2013, it featured 45,464 performances of 2,871 shows in 273 venues. For this year, organizers have announced 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows at 299 venues.

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Last year's festival issued more than 1.94 million tickets, up 5 percent from 2012. It featured appearances by such big names as Rupert Everett and Salman Rushdie, a play about the BBC crisis amid the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal, and a stage adaptation of The Shawshank Redemption starring British comic Omid Djalili.

The Fringe Festival runs Aug. 1-Aug. 25.

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