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.
When Adam Hess comes sprinting up the centre aisle, jumping onto his stage like Peter Pan through Wendy’s window, you know that what lies ahead will be pacy and energetic. However if you've never seen him before, you won't quite believe the extent of this chap’s persona.
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!
Fern Brady’s 2016 offering, “Male Comedienne” is full of irony. Her delivery is, for the most part tough and aggressive, with a touch of neuroses; offering tales of mistaken gender, and an exclusion from the female comedian’s Edinburgh fringe brunch, amongst others.
Norris & Parker fall into the sketch comedy genre, creating over the top characters through a melodramatic, physical approach. Their style maybe dark and surreal, but their fusion of sketches and songs go a long way to cultivating mayhem and drawing the audience into the bizarre world of their characters.