Edinburgh Festival game show offering Bitcoin cash prizes

A new show playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has a special Bitcoin link…

Dominic Frisby, the stand-up comedian, voiceover artist and financial pundit who is (unsurprisingly) the host of Dominic Frisby’s Financial Gameshow, tells a great story about cryptocurrency during his show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

A few years ago, he says, he was explaining how Bitcoin worked to a friend. By way of demonstration, he put a couple of pounds worth of coin onto the friend’s mobile and they went to spend it on ice cream at a festival. For whatever reason, the transaction failed, and so the deposit went untouched. Some years later, the friend remembered the currency was there, checked in with it… and used what was once enough for an ice-cream to buy a new car.

Frisby’s Financial Gameshow is currently being presented daily at the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh, one of the better known comedy venues of the Fringe festival. Every day, the audience compete to get on stage and play a series of games, culminating in a grand final where the winner will attempt to liberate a £500 jackpot of cash from a locked safe. Along the way, however, there is also silver bullion and Bitcoin Cash to be won.

Today, the cash in the safe would be worth the most, but if the anecdote about the ice-cream that became a car tells us anything, it’s that we don’t know quite what tomorrow will bring.

Dominic Frisby’s Financial Gameshow runs daily at 5pm – head to head with peak BBC and ITV gameshow scheduling in the UK. The difference, of course, is that you can’t win a fistful of silver, sterling or Bitcoin Cash by playing along to Pointless on your sofa.

by Brendon Connelly for CNR