Health: starting with my health update today. I woke up tired, aching, dehydrated and my left eye was twitching. I am not feeling joy at the prospect of four shows today. More time in too dark, too hot crowded rooms on uncomfortable chairs wedged in too close to the person next to you, followed by short brisk walks in the too cool, too bright outside air to sit in hot darkness again. No wonder husband is sick and I am tired. Happily we have this morning off doing some sightseeing and taking time for a long relaxing lunch (because the evening schedule is tight and leaves no time for dinner).
Paul Merton’s Impro Chums
Paul and four others perform a series of skits bases on suggestions from the audience. Pole vaulting tigers, the Merchant of Menace and Paul Merton takes his top off at the doctor’s …you know how improv works. (And if you don’t, go see some.)
Natalie Harris: Good Grief
A comedy show about grieving. What? Yes, a funny journey through the five stages of grief. And simultaneously, a lovely tribute to Natalie’s Dad. Well done Nat for taking this subject matter and making it funny.
Mark Watson: The Infinite Show
Mark Watson is trying to re-establish connections with people. Hence the handing out of cards before the show for audience members to give responses for him to use in his show. You could think this is a lazy way to source material, but Mark talks at such a fast pace, he had loads of jokes on his own without relying on material from the audience. That said, the couple who came in late provided much levity, simply because they didn’t check the show start time on their tickets. And my response to the hand out card (I pronounce data as dah-tah not day-tah) got a huge boo from the audience. Whereas husband’s admission to only eating with a specific small spoon was like, oh yeah, that’s reasonable.
Alun Cochrane: You. Me. Now.
Lubricated by a pint of Titanic Plum Porter (“dinner”) at the Conan Doyle down the road, we made our way into the basement of the Stand. We spent the show perched on uncomfortable footstools but time passed very quickly.
We knew Alun from the radio, where he comes across as ponderous and philosophical, however his live shows are much snappier. He has been doing stand up for 18 years so some level of professionalism is to be expected. But he was still quite philosophical compared to other comedians. Certainly the first show we’ve seen that debates gender issues.
Observations: I think five days is a recommended maximum for Fringe visits. It’s day 6 and my mind is blown and my body is broken.