These days it’s so easy to take a look at a flyer, or see a ten minute set on TV and pigeonhole a comedian into a certain category. I say this because with Brennan Reece, a young comedian from Manchester whose debut hour last year ‘Everglow’, caused a stir and landed him a nomination for Best Newcomer at last year’s fringe; is most definitely not what you expect.
It’s mid-morning and having inhaled a bowl of Shreddies, Stuart Goldsmith is ready to talk about his route into comedy, his shows and his role as host of ‘The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast’; an insightful glimpse into the careers and processes of some of the world’s industry greats. Presenting his first
Comedy sketch duo, Short (Rebecca Shorrocks) and Curly (Paul F. Taylor) have one aim over this wildly eccentric, manic hour of mayhem; to prove (especially Curly) that they can act. Even as we enter their sweaty intimate space, Curly’s CV lies on several seats, an awkward list of his theatrical achievements to date!
ThIs year Stuart Goldsmith seems to arrive on stage fresh from a rom-com movie. He has left London to move in with his partner in the country, proposed marriage and now has a family to take care of, and so forms the structure of one of the most warm hearted, sincere hours of material you're likely to see at a festival full of artists preoccupied with pushing boundaries.
Joel Dommett is going all out this year, throwing everything into this high energy hour filled with eccentric anecdotes, props and audience interaction. This year’s show is extremely well structured, using a variety of techniques to lift his audience and take them on a crazy ride.
There is something inherently likeable about Tom Allen and it doesn't surprise me to find him greeting his audience pre-show, immaculately dressed bringing a sense of formality to proceedings which singles him out from the majority of his peers.
It's difficult to praise this production fully when it falls so short of its publicised definition. Billed as an immersive piece, I remain baffled as to how it falls into this genre.
Set within the framework of having to enter witness protection following a scam involving buying and selling honey to a supermarket going wrong, James Acaster’s “Reset” examines what our lives might be like if we could start afresh. With 4 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations for Best Show under his belt, could this year finally see the big win?
I managed to catch up with comedian Joel Dommett on a little stone staircase outside the Pleasance Courtyard. He needed to remain close by as he had just finished a press launch and needed to go back in to collect his confetti cannon at some point!
When glancing through the list of theatre productions for this year's fringe, ‘Wrecked’ was one I had extremely high expectations of and was looking forward to.