Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Turns out this festival is good fun, even without bookings! (Do book accommodation, everything else can be wung easily!) Here are the 12 things I saw over an evening and the following 3 days:
Joke Thieves - 4 standups each do their routine. Then they each do one of the others’ routine, taking great care to ridicule their counterpart at every opportunity. Funny because the standups are sometimes funny, and funny because it highlights how fickle we are as people, equally able to laugh at someone because they’re funny, and at the other person who is making fun of the person we were just laughing at a minute ago.
Beyond the Body - amazing and varied dance performance with video effects. Click through for a video. Amazing sound track and variety of movement. Inspired by a variety of ancient movement forms, really nice introduction to the idea of sacred/devotional movement.
The Closure of Craig Solly: A Dark Monologue by Russell Kane - an unsettling reminder that morally broken minds can still be brilliant minds.
The Story of Medieval England From 1066 to 1485 at Roughly Nine Years and Two Jokes Per Minute Incorporating The Hundred Years War - he unexpectedly gave out Jaffa cakes at the beginning of the show.
Tomas Ford Stop Killing People - his thing is terrorising the audience while singing nonsense in an exaggerated but amazing voice.
Edinburgh Toilet Duck Award - Grand Final - embodies what I thought the Fringe was really about: terrible standup in gritty venues. Turns out the Fringe is only a bit about that though. The winner was a magician, comedy magic, but still I think it was the magic that got him the win.
Sam’s Office - was actually our dorm in the backpacker’s hostel. A very high, but luckily very funny, guy (Sam, apparently) stumbled in at 0930 and had a long, very loud, phone conversation to the entire room describing his antics the previous evening and how out of his tree he was. Then he fell into a deep slumber, and we never heard from him again.
Ride of the Wagnerian - an eloquent Italian regaled us with his love of Wagner. Basically a lecture. Observationally funny, and situationally funny. Inspired me to listen to Wagner.
Paul Currie: Release the Baboons - absurdist in the extreme. Awesome chill-out jazz music/muzak to an absolute madman calling on humanity to take itself less seriously. Right on! Even so, I wasn’t expecting the audience participation bread-fight.
Künt and the Gang go to Mecca - incredibly crude songs with comically awful backing tracks, performed in a bingo hall. Quite clever, often politically on the button, utterly dreadful in an entertaining sort of way. He seems like a nice guy, you wonder how he found this peculiar niche.
The Thinking Drinkers’ Guide to the Legends of Liquor - an endearingly pseudo-intellectual ramble through the history of booze and prominent boozers. With free drinks and visual gags.
Scott Capurro Islamohomophobia: Reloaded - romping all over the media’s broken idea of ‘offensive’, at about 300 words per minute. A lovely guy with a lovely voice and a strong sense of funny, right and wrong.