Our final final fringe post…
Scroobius Pip – Words
Having seen Scroobius Pip perform with Dan Le Sac (and loved it) we were excited about seeing Pip’s spoken word event. The show starts upbeat and jolly with a rendition of the 80s classic, Duck Tales, but soon takes a dark turn when the poems are recited – the majority of which are fairly heavy hitting. Domestic abuse, self harm and God are among the topics covered in Pip’s poems, they were all so beautifully written and were performed with such emotion, I’m by no means passionate about poetry but I thoroughly enjoyed this show.
My poetic partner in crime was moved to tears, she was touched by the imagery and realism portrayed through the poems and took quite some time to recover from this emotional event.
This show was a welcome change to all the comedy we had seen, that’s not to say there weren’t any laughs, Pip is a funny guy and added some more ‘light hearted’ material in between each of the pitch black poems. We’ll jump at the chance to see Scroobius Pip again, with or without Dan Le Sac, we’ll be there.
We liked the show so much here at EdinBlogger that we bought Pip’s book, it’s a quick read but one which you’ll keep coming back to:
Poetry in (e)motion: The Illustrated Words of Scroobius Pip
Shit Faced Shakespeare
A troupe of actors perform one of Shakespeare’s play’s, each night the cast take turns to have one player paralytic. It may be questionable from an ethical perspective but the potential for hilarity is something we were keen to witness.
We’d heard so many good things about the show, however we were pretty disappointed by what we saw. There is no doubt that the selected actor was a little tipsy, but there was plenty of exaggeration going on for comedic effect, it was just a shame that the actor was a bit lacking in that department although he was capable of being fairly annoying.
It was difficult to follow the story and the only ‘joke’ soon got old, no doubt if a different actor was on the sauce the show would have panned out differently but on our visit it dragged on and bordered on irritating.
Aisling Bea – C’est La Bea
Last year we saw Aisling perform and win her heat of So You Think You Are Funny, whilst we never saw the final we were happy to hear she had won the competition. Aisling was incredibly polished and had some great material, it was no surprise that she won.
We were excited to see her full show this year and were glad we got tickets, she is an incredibly likeable comic with a vast amount of energy. At times speaking in fast forward Aisling can be a little hard to follow, her material is good though and relatable especially to the Irish members of the audience. Aisling talks about her upbringing, visits to local discos and her passion for hip hop, it’s a very pleasant show and by no means controversial – just good clean fun.
One downside was the unbearable heat in the venue, homemade fans were Blue Petered by Aisling herself and provided to patrons. This was a nice touch but nothing could make this room comfortable.
The show was great fun and Aisling proved herself to be a comic of many talents, no doubt she’ll keep getting better and better.
Beardyman – One Album Per Hour
This year Beardyman set out to create a unique album in every show, taking inspiration from the crowd in terms of the band name, styles of music, subject matter and track names. It was surprising to see how easily Beardyman was able to create songs on any subject and make them make sense. Not only does he have a vast knowledge of music styles and genres but his knowledge of all the subject matter was also very wide, he’s clearly a very intelligent and witty man and one that is able to improvise with ease, it was a real joy to witness.
The tracks were often hilarious but always built to be something you could actually see working well in a nightclub. If the improvised album creation wasn’t enough there were also live visuals projected to fit the subject matter which added another dimension of comedy and style to the show.
Beardyman proved that he is not only an incredibly talented beat boxer but also able to improvise with other musical instruments, it was very impressive from start to finish.
It’s always odd attending a music event and remaining seated, it’s even more strange when people then stand up to dance in the small space they have. The show would be better suited to a club venue, the format could be the same but allowing people to stand would work wonders for the night.
Peter Antoniou – Comedium
The show takes place in a very small venue with a small crowd, the fear factor soon sets in once you realise how much the show will rely on audience participation. Peter Antoniou is a gentleman though, so the fear soon subsides once the show get’s into full swing.
It seems to be a standard approach in these types of shows for audience members to write down their name, a secret about themselves and a question they would like the answer to. This must be part of the trick but I can’t figure out how the performers ever get a chance to read the information nor could I see any hidden cameras (I did look for them).
The performance was a little light on the comedy but it was a pretty enjoyable show in the afternoon. The tricks aren’t anything particularly new and if you have been to see similar shows like this I’m sure you will be familiar with some of the routines. Peter is a great performer though and still manages to impress with his mind reading abilities.
Edward Aczel – Lives in a Meaningless Shed
We knew little about Edward Aczel other than he was an ‘alternative’ comic, we’re always keen to try new things so we grabbed a couple of tickets for his show this year.
The show opens with a video of Mr Aczel conducting music out in the open rural landscape, Edward then arrives on stage, scruffy and dour he explains that he will attempt to find out if there is any meaning in this life. Flip-boards and notes are used throughout the show, I’m not a huge fan of comedians reading from bits of paper but it suited Edward’s style perfectly, the paper was in in tatters and the show was a little rough around the edges too.
Edward Aczel worked best when talking to the audience, it’s the only time he came remotely close to making eye contact with anybody but again this awkward style adds to the awkward style of comedy. There were a few too many videos included as part of the show as filler, if these were excluded and replaced by a bit more ‘banter’ the show would have felt much more worthwhile.
Overall we are glad we went, he was a totally different type of comic, it’s hard to see if he enjoys performing but there were plenty of people in the audience enjoying his style (or lack of it).