August 31, 2012 1 Comment
Before I begin, I will make two points. Firstly, this post is clearly no longer relevant because the Fringe has now finished. Secondly, I know I keep mentioning that these posts are no longer relevant and that it’s annoying, but I’m going to do it anyway. With that out of the way, let’s take a fascinating look at what shows I went to see over two weeks ago.
Funkrocket 5000 @ The Caves: 12:55
Rachel and her therapist, Dr Benoit, have decided to form a band. That band is called Funkrocket 5000. Funkrocket 5000 are awesome. I have to declare that I know both the performers in FR5K – Rachel Lancaster and Lee Fenwick – but me being biased didn’t stop this being an excellent show.
Wil Hodgson: Care Bear Punk @ Canons’ Gait (Free): 14:25
I’d seen Wil Hodgson supporting Mark Thomas back in 2009 – see here – and had really wanted to see him doing a solo show. A mere three years later and I got that chance, with an, incredibly, free show. Care Bear Punk was a kind of ‘greatest hits’ package from previous Edinburgh shows, which seems an excellent way of making use of lots of excellent material that might not otherwise see the light of day. Doing a free show is also a good way of advertising his main show – this year being Kidnapped by Catwoman – which I really wanted to see but, sadly, couldn’t fit in. Hopefully he’ll get to tour it.
Fresh Faces at The Free Fringe @ The Southsider (Free): 16:30 – I performed at this, see Gig 73
Seymour Mace: Squeg! @ Stand 2: 19:00
Another performer who I know, but also another performer who I know who did an excellent show. Seymour had a show planned for the Fringe, but decided to throw it away to try and get back to the kind of natural comedy he’d make before he was a comedian. This involved the audience writing down questions/statements/suggestions and Seymour going through them and ‘riffing’ off them. In lesser hands this could have been a travesty, but the hands were not lesser, so it was great. Seymour’s spontaneous material was a lot stronger than many comedians I’ve seen, which added to lovely inclusive atmosphere made for a stand out show.
Jo Caufield: Thinking Bad Thoughts @ Stand 1: 20:15
We were over at the Stand side of town with an hour to kill in between shows and some dodgy weather looming, so it only seemed sensible to go and see another show. The most convenient show was Jo Caufield, so we picked that. She’s not the kind of comic that I’d normally go and see, but in many ways that made it more interesting. She’s clearly very good at her job. Her job is comedy.
Geoff the Entertainer @ Stand 4: 21:20
Geoff is a tramp. Geoff is a tramp who likes to entertain. Geoff is an entertainer. Geoff the Entertainer. Another show from Lee Fenwick, this was a lot of fun, with the unscheduled ghost tour of the building being a highlight.
Simon Donald’s School of Swearing @ Stand 2: 22:30
I’ve sort of lost the point of what these posts are supposed to be. I don’t want to ‘review’ any of the shows, but I sort of semi-half heartedly seem to be doing that. It doesn’t feel right. Anyway, Simon Donald’s show featured lots of swearing and was funny and good.
Set List @ The Caves: 23:59
Some comedians turn up and have to improvise a set based on a set list that they’ve never seen before but have to act as if it’s their usual set. Hilarity literally ensued.
That’s it. I’m done. I’m not even going to bother proof reading this, so there.